Thursday, May 26, 2016

Spring Bucket List: make a strawberry dessert

Spring Bucket List: make a strawberry dessert
One more done on our bucket list! I shared the last items on our list with Aria and she picked strawberry dessert to accomplish next. We scrolled through various strawberry desserts and then ended right back at our favorite - strawberry pretzel salad. When you find a winner you stick with it, yes? We made it, we ate it, we enjoyed it. A tasty check for our list!
Spring Bucket List: make a strawberry dessert

Spring Bucket List: make a strawberry dessert
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Spring Bucket List: go to gatorland

Sweet Turtle Soup - Spring Bucket List: go to gatorland
We are chugging along with our spring bucket list so far! When I saw that Gatorland was running a Florida discount this spring I knew it had to make it on to our list. I went once when I was little, but remember nothing, so it was about time we made a trip. It's a very Florida thing to do, yes?

I wasn't sure what to expect. I thought it was going to be just a bunch of gators in water with a few snakes thrown in for good measure. But, it had a ton of things to see and do. I was impressed. All sorts of neat critters including a super fluffy and adorable blonde raccoon, a train ride, a huge water play area for kids, little gators, big gators, gigantic gators, white gators, shows, etc. We had terrible timing with the shows, and the train needed maintenance right before our ride but we still managed to spend several hours checking everything out.

I actually have a picture (somewhere...) of me holding a baby gator when I went as a kid. So, I was really hoping they still did something like that so I could get a picture of Aria holding a baby gator too. If my memory serves me well, the baby gator I was holding was a legit baby gator...just a little thing. When we found the stand where you can take a picture with a gator I was a little thrown off by the size of their 'baby' gator. More like teenage gator?! But we were able to get a family picture with not only teenage gator but also with a snake. Double the fun I guess? Aria wasn't intimidated in the least, and I love that she draped her arm around our gator friend - ha. He was super cute though, and his tummy was very soft.

Another fun addition is that you can feed the gators overpriced hot dogs. We also saw the gator wrestling, fed goats ice cream cones, thought the white gators were awesome looking, heard some male gators making very odd sounds in the mating swamp, and then let Aria get completely soaked even though I didn't bring her bathing suit. It was a great time, but a hot time. We will definitely be back again sometime - perhaps in the cooler months, or again next year for the Florida discount!
Things to do in Florida, Florida vacation, Gatorland Florida
Things to do in Florida, Florida vacation, Gatorland Florida
Things to do in Florida, Florida vacation, Gatorland Florida
Things to do in Florida, Florida vacation, Gatorland Florida
Things to do in Florida, Florida vacation, Gatorland Florida
Things to do in Florida, Florida vacation, Gatorland Florida
Things to do in Florida, Florida vacation, Gatorland Florida
Things to do in Florida, Florida vacation, Gatorland Florida

Sweet Turtle Soup - Spring Bucket List: go to gatorland
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Monday, May 16, 2016

$10 at Target - May

Welcome to this month's $10 at Target challenge! It's simple enough to join in - take yourself to Target with 10 bucks of fun money and see what you can find. Then take a picture of your haul and let us know if you came in on budget by linking up below.

Sweet Turtle Soup: $10 at Target - May
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The best part about a monthly 10 bucks at Target trip is letting dad take over the kid duties so I can wander around. Esp with a frappuccino in hand. It's the little luxuries. I spotted the weekly memo pad in the dollar spot and thought it would be a fun organizational tool even though I have a big ol' planner. Although, I might save it for next year and forego the big ol' planner. Undecided. Aria found the little black mini bucket and tossed it in the cart for herself before heading off to the toy aisle with dad. I meandered back to the gardening section and wished it was full of holiday decorations instead, but the pumpkin seeds caught my eye. I've always wanted to grow a pumpkin, it's perfectly in sync with my love of Halloween, so I decided to grab it. Then I saw that tanks were on sale too! I grabbed one of my favorites in a different color and was set with my 10.
Sweet Turtle Soup: $10 at Target - May
 But, did I keep it under $10 this time?
Sweet Turtle Soup: $10 at Target - May
Absolutely did! My very first time. Mission accomplished.

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If you joined in with us for this month's $10 at Target challenge please link up below. And, mark your calendars for the next challenge link up on June 20th.



Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Picture Perfect Project: 12 in 2016 - May

12 in 2016 a photo challenge, one photo a month in 2016
"Singing in the Rain"

Welcome back to another month of the Picture Perfect Project. I am joining up with Beth of Our Pretty Little Girls, Whitney of Work it Mommy, Stephanie of Wife Mommy Me, Elizabeth of Chasin' Mason, and Desiree of Macke Monologues to encourage you to challenge yourself in 2016 to take pictures daily, monthly, weekly, or any combination under the sun. And, then link-up with us on the 2nd Thursday of each month to share your progress. Challenges are always more fun when you do them with friends.

My challenge is "12 in 2016" - taking a photo of Aria once a month all year. Not just any picture (because I can usually be found behind my camera) but a picture where Aria is both looking in my direction and with a genuine smile. Some months are more successful than others but the only picture you regret is the one you don't take.

We woke up to pouring rain the other morning and Aria couldn't wait to get out in it. I just love some of the images I captured. Watching her joy in the simple act of playing in the rain fills my heart up. A great way to start the day, followed by some hot cocoa because Aria was a frozen popsicle by the time she came back inside.

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Please link-up any photography challenge you've been working on this year below! The link-up will be open until the end of the month, so add your link anytime between now and then. You can also share your pictures on instagram or twitter using #thepictureperfectproject. And, don't forget the next link up is on June 9th.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Spring Bucket List: have an ice cream date

Sweet Turtle Soup - Spring Bucket List: have an ice cream date
We checked off another item from our Spring Bucket List - a mother's day ice cream date! I wanted to try out Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, a tiny ice cream shop at Disney's Beach Club Resort. So, we made an afternoon out of it. We explored both the Beach Club and the Yacht Club, two different resorts but right next to each other. Beaches & Cream has food as well as ice cream, but I wanted to eat at the Crew's Cup lounge instead, on the Yacht Club side of the resort area. So, we stopped in for lunch to try their truffle fries - we all hated them. Such a powerful flavor, but not at all to our liking. The rest of our lunch was good though.

We had some time to kill before our reservation so we headed into the arcade, which was conveniently located right next door to Beaches & Cream. I think it was the highlight for Aria. She had a blast trying out all the different games, and didn't even want to leave when our reservation time popped up. Who knew she would like arcade games better than ice cream?

We talked her into heading over for our ice cream date though. Super cute little ice cream shop - right out of the 50s with pastels and even a juke box playing oldies. We hadn't planned on ordering the infamous 'kitchen sink' - multiple scoops of every ice cream flavor plus every topping they offer plus a huge pile of cherries on top. I was leaning towards a nice modest brownie sundae, Aria wanted strawberry ice cream, but Chris thought go big or go home. So, we ordered the kitchen sink. Sirens and lights go off when they bring it to your table, it is quite the experience. We ate and ate and then ate some more, but in the end the kitchen sink won.

Was it fun? Absolutely! Would I order it again? Only with at least twice as many mouths! Was it a memorable Mother's Day? Indeed!
Sweet Turtle Soup - Spring Bucket List: have an ice cream date
Yacht Club, Crew's Cup Lounge
Yacht Club, Crew's Cup Lounge
Sweet Turtle Soup - Spring Bucket List: have an ice cream date
Beach Club, Beaches & Cream, Disney World
Beach Club, Beaches & Cream, Disney World, The Kitchen Sink
Beach Club, Beaches & Cream, Disney World, The Kitchen Sink
Beach Club, Beaches & Cream, Disney World, The Kitchen Sink

Beach Club, Beaches & Cream, Disney World, The Kitchen Sink
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