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Affordable Dresses on Amazon for Under $20

I love shopping for clothes on Amazon and have found some adorable fashion finds. It's convenient plus free returns and free shipping?! Yaas!

Best of all, I'm always getting compliments on these affordable and fashionable outfits and never spent more than twenty bucks.

Fashionably Chic Dresses on Amazon for Under $25


Maxi Dress - $12.99

I was really impressed with the quality and soft fabric of this maxi dress. If black and white isn't your thing, it's also available in 6 other color combos.


Rainbow Chiffon Party Dress $11-24


Yellow Pineapple Dress - $20.99


Yellow Pineapple Sun Dress $20.99 on Amazon

Lemon Swing Dress with Pockets - $17.99 


As the saying goes… when life gives you lemons…wear a lemon dress! lol  Oh, and it has pockets -- yay! 
Chic Swing Lemon Dress on Amazon for $17.99

Floral Romper with Pockets - $15.99


Although the material is a bit gauzy and sheer, it looks great on, and everyone keeps asking me where I got it.

Floral Palm Leaf Romper from Amazon $15.99Floral Romper from Amazon $15.99

Blue Pineapple Dress - $20.99


I LOVE all things pineapple! I'm only 5'2 but am able to pull-of this long dress by opening up some of the lower buttons, providing a teasing slit too.

Pineapple not included ;)


Tucked in Blouse Mini Dress with Pockets
- $14.99



Long Sleeve Polka Printed Casual Button-Down Midi Dress with Pockets - $17.99 



Fall Floral Pockets Casual Swing Pleated T-Shirt Dress $19.99 - $20.99


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Wipe Out Breast Cancer with Pink Wiper Blades

I partnered with Valvoline Instant Oil Change for this project, however, opinions here are my own. 
Valvoline Instant Oil Change Service in Estero, FL

Wipe Out Breast Cancer


October is, of course, Breast Cancer Awareness Month ... and when football players wear pink uniforms. While the pink ribbon might have become ubiquitous now, it's important we not forget that it represents an important cause and a reality that impacts many families.

I'm honored to be showing my support daily for Breast Cancer Awareness with AutoTex PINK Wipers on my car.

Say what? Yup, you read that right!

Participating Valvoline Instant Oil Change (VIOC) locations are selling special pink wiper blades throughout October with proceeds going to National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). You can choose from full Pink Wipers or Black Wipers with a small pink ribbon. Each swish of my wipers during rainy/hurricane season here in Florida is a reminder of this health issue.

AutoTex PINK Wipers at Valvoline 
VIOC has raised over $86,500 for NBCF through this campaign to date. To learn more and find a location selling pink wipers near you, visit viocpink.com. Also, If you do end up Pinking Your Ride, you can submit pics in the pink photo contest for a chance to win up to a year of FREE oil changes here.

Double Donation Day


On National Mammography Day October 19, VIOC is making a double donation on all wipers sold that day. So if you're in need of new blades go in on 10/19/18 to make an even bigger impact.



Valvoline Oil Change Coupon:


The most convenient part about a Valvoline Instant Oil Change was being able to blog right there in my car while they performed the service and checked out my car. I simply drove up to my local VIOC store without an appointment and was waved to an open lane, then directed forward like at a car wash, but for a drive-thru oil change instead.

Customers stay in their cars during the entire service making necessary car maintenance easy for busy people and moms since, the kids don’t have to get out of the car. The whole thing took about 15 minutes and that included my inside air filter changed, new blades, the tire pressure checked and put to the recommended requirements and my fluids topped off. They even reset the annoying Service alert on my dashboard! All why I sat there like a VIP.

Get a $10-$15 discount off of an instant oil change by printing the following Valvoline coupon (Wipers cannot be discounted because it would lower the donation amount):



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Ant-Man & The Wasp Blu-ray Giveaway

Marvel Studios' Ant-Man & The Wasp is available on digital 10/2 and Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD on 10/16. I so can't wait for a family movie night in!

I really liked the first Ant-Man film in 2015 even more than I was expecting because although I'm a fan of all Marvel films, I didn't know anything about the character going into it. Now, I think he's one of my favorites. Plus, Paul Rudd is so adorable.


In Ant-Man and The Wasp, Scott Lang is grappling with the consequences of his choices, as both theSuper Hero Ant-Man and a father, in the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission to rescue Janet van Dyne from the Quantum Realm. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp, all while attempting to serve house arrest, assist fast talking-Luis (Michael Peña) and the X-con Security crew, and thwart the efforts of a new adversary called Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) and her ally Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne).

Ant-Man & The Wasp was the 20th consecutive Marvel Cinematic Universe film to debut at No. 1 opening weekend and ranked in the box office top 10 for six consecutive weeks this summer.

Blu-ray Extras 


Exclusive Blu-ray extras include an up-close look at the making of the film, the tiniest Super Heroes in the world’s biggest film franchise, commentary, deleted scenes and more!

Ant-Man & The Wasp Blu-ray Giveaway 


Enter to win a copy of the Blu-ray. Good luck!

Ant Man and the Wasp

Related post: Ant-Man Screening With Paul Rudd
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Behind the Scenes of Disney On Ice Mickey's Search Party


I received an advanced behind-the-scenes look at Disney On Ice's newest production, Mickey’s Search Party. It's called a "search party," because Mickey and the gang follow clues to help release Tinker Bell's fairy powers. The cast even calls out to the crowd asking for advice and answers. It's pretty cute seeing the kids jump out of their seat in order to lend a hand.


New Technology

While I've been to four previous Disney on Ice shows, this is by far the MOST stunning. It combines interactive audience elements, new technology, and high flying circus-like acrobatics.

Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party extends the performance space beyond the ice surface to better engage and interact with the audience on a new, transformative level. Executive Producer Nicole Feld explains that the ice gives them a large white canvas to work on, and this production takes advantage of it. Projection mapping visually immerses and transports guests to each of the magical worlds of the Disney stories, using 12 projectors and approximately 31,000 Lumens equaling about 186 classroom projectors.

High flying action with skates on!


New characters come out to skate too!
 


There are approximately 45 performers in the production and a total of 40 Disney characters featured. Plus songs from Moana and Disney Pixar's Coco, along with Classics like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story, Aladdin and Frozen! Plus, of course, the fab five and Tinker Bell and Captain Hook!

Maui from Disney's Moana joins Disney on Ice - You're Welcome!
This combination of new films mixed with beloved favorites will help to keep both kids and adults riveted. Also, it's a perfect balance of Princess and action ideal for both boys and girls alike.

Disney on Ice Mickey's Search Party Behind-the-Scenes Look and Tips

Arrive Early! 


You don't have to wait until showtime to see the Disney magic. There is a preshow of sorts featuring Pirates and Tinker Bell.

Where to Sit 


Sit higher up in the cheap seats to see all of the lighting effects, however, if you'd like your children to interact more with the performers, try sitting close on either stage left or right. During the Coco segment, performers dressed like sugar skull skeletons and using a "sway poll" they practically fly over the heads of the audience, causing several gasps. It's really cool.

Disney On Ice rehearsal, performer using the Sway Poll
Also, during the Toy Story portion, the iconic Pixar ball gets thrown out into the stands to be tossed around. I actually had the chance to hit it back to the cast, so cool! Plus, if you're lower you'll also get snowed on during Frozen.

What to Wear


Your Disney gear obviously, but have your children wear something white or neon that will glow under the black light during the Coco section for added enjoyment. You might also want to order a light up wand ahead of time to bring with you too, but they can be purchased from the vendors at the stadium too.

Save Money on Tickets

Disney on Ice Mickey's Search Party will be coming to Southwest Florida at Germain Arena in Estero Sept. 21-23. Tickets start at $20 and are available online at DisneyOnIce.com, at the Germain Arena box office or by calling 800-745-3000. Get your tickets now!

Use code FTMMY18 for a $15 flat ticket price in lower level areas. Valid on all performances, on select price levels. Go through the checkout process and on the third step of the ticket purchase page, there’s a box in the upper right corner under the banner to enter the coupon code.

Read on for more tips for attending Disney on Ice with Toddlers


Tips for Taking Kids to Disney on Ice for the First Time

Disclosure: I am a Feld Entertainment Blogger Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and other exclusive opportunities.
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Guide to the Instagram Walls of Disney World


No Fear of Missing Out Here!

Sure, it's fun to find the hidden Mickey's throughout the park, but how about the Disney Walls? I brought different changes of clothes and went on the hunt during my last trip.

What are Disney Walls? Disney fans with an Instagram account know the must-have shot at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom isn’t in front of the castle, but in front of these walls.

Each Disney park has their own photo wall standouts. Go find them all!

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How to Have a Great Staycation

It’s fun being a tourist in your own town sometimes. Before school started for my boys, we spent some quality fun time together during an overnight getaway at IHG Staybridge Suites in Naples, which is only twenty minutes away from our home.

Sure, "staycation" is a buzzword and I was skeptical, but after experiencing one, I'm so down. It's great to check out without having to incur the extra expense of traveling far. And forget an Air B&B when you can have all the conveniences and amenities of a suite and a hotel. In fact, I didn't want to leave and go back to reality.
Staycation Guide and Hotel Review: Staybridge Suites Naples Gulf Coast, Florida

What works for Families and Staycations at Staybridge Suites Naples :

  • Large suites, all with full kitchens are ideal for families. Our two-bedroom suite had a patio with direct pool access, so I was able to watch my boys swim from a private lounge chair in the shade, while sipping a pina colada.

  • Complimentary breakfast each morning with kid-friendly options too, plus juice and coffee.
  • Location! Although not on the beach, but US-41, you're very close and can walk to Waterside Shops or take a short ride to Downtown Naples' 5th Avenue and the Naples Pier.
  • Tiki Bar by the pool. Kids can spend the entire time splashing and you can be sipping, thus a win/win for families ;)

  • Free Social Hour! WHAT? Yup! Starting at 5:30 p.m. out at the Tiki Bar, just flash your room key and receive a glass of wine or beer on draft at no fee. Be sure and tip the friendly bartender of course. My husband had a stout and I called a Cab, Cabernet that is! 
  • Appetizers in the Lobby - besides the generous glass of red wine, they have appetizers and snacks in the lobby in the evening. The evening that we stayed, the hotel had yummy grilled cheese, salad, and tomato soup available for guests. My boys loved it so much that we ended up going light on dinner after.
  • Bicycles are available to rent at this Naples hotel.
  • Parking is also free (I always hate that additional expense). 
  • Fitness Center - it's not grand but has everything you need. I also loved having it to myself at night and even turned the volume up and channel to Twilight. This wellness me time was really appreciated. 
  • DVD library The lobby has a catalog of complimentary movies available, you just need to put down a $10 deposit, which you get back once the disc is returned. And yes, there are DVD players in your room. After the kids had a bath, we watched Muppets in Space that evening together. 

Tips for a Great Staycation - act like a tourist in your own city. Load up the car like you can't go back home again (wine, pool noodles, etc.)

Tips for a Great Staycation:


  • Pack like you can't easily go home. Go big, so you don't have to go back home, lol. After all, you're driving, so load that trunk up. I even tossed in our pool noodles for the boys. The key is to make this stay your temporary home away from home, but without having to clean up after. *sigh*
  • Go overboard on wine and snacks. The wine to unwind and the snacks to indulge. Again, you don't have to worry about oz counts for flying! And whatever you don't finish you can bring back with you - nothing wasted. 
  • Act like a tourist in your own city. Go do something that all the visitors do, but you either haven't or hardly ever take advantage of. We went to the Naples Botanical Garden for the first time after living here for four years and it was beautiful. If you need ideas, look through the pamphlets in the lobby.
  • Relax! After all, tomorrow is another day. Sure, you're still close to home, but pretend you're much further away. Don't think about money or what needs to be done after you get back, just chill! This is your staycation vacation! 
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