Friday Favorites-August 30th, 2019 Edition

Hey There Three Day Weekend!
It's nice to see you.

Today, I'm teaming up with Andrea and Narci to share FRIDAY FAVORITES!  

First FAVORITE of the week...this Cauliflower Pizza Crust.  When asked what they'd like to eat for dinner all three of my big kiddos always respond, "Pizza".  This past weekend we swam at a neighbor's house on Friday night and had yummy pizza for dinner.  The next day we decided we'd stay in to watch the Cowboys' preseason game.  When we discussed what we'd have to eat...their response, "Pizza!".  So we compromised on a Make-Your-Own-Pizza Night.  I brought pre-made personal size crusts for them and went out on a whim to try this cauliflower pizza crust for me.  And it was a WIN!  Living here in Texas, we love a little spice with our food and this crust delivered!  The only negative is the crust didn't get super hard-like I couldn't have picked up a slice but then again I did add a lot of toppings.  I found this at my local grocery store, Market Street.  The brand does have a couple other flavors-Italian and Red Pepper are the two I saw.

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FAVORITE #2...getting to spend my days with this little sidekick before she starts preschool next week.  She is the sweetest thing!  She's started saying, "I love you, mama".  Totally unprompted...just when she's thinking about it.  And it's the sweetest thing ever.  Tab worked from home part of one day this week and he might have gotten a little offended she doesn't offer that up for him.

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Another FAVORITE from this week...one morning I was reading a little chapter in Only Love Today book.  The author was saying during her first middle school meeting the principal told the parents the students biggest worry every year wasn't the four minutes between classes, the location of the next class, or being tardy...their biggest questions is how are they getting home.  Sometimes it feels like these big kiddos of mine need me less and less {except the car-I'm a personal taxi service} but this reminded me that's not the case.

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Did you see all my Walt Disney World posts this week?  Just last week thanks to Mix and Match Travel I headed to Walt Disney World to experience all the fall magic it has to offer.  I, along with thirty-four other travel agents, was spoiled rotten with all the perks we got to enjoy.  {My FAVORITE!}If you missed any post, you should read them...

Remember if you're planning a trip to Walt Disney World {or a cruise, international trip, or to Hawaii} let us help!  E-mail us at mixandmatchtravelagency@yahoo.com to learn more!

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Ebby Lee has been asking for several weeks to decorate our house for fall.   It's her FAVORITE!  This weekend we have a few days with NOTHING on the calendar so we have big plans to get our house looking all kinds of fall.  In preparation, I've been on the hunt for some cute Halloween pajamas and found some CUTE options!  You might need these for you or the kiddos in your house...



Thanks for stopping by today!  Since Monday is Labor Day, I'll be taking the day off but will see you Tuesday!
XO

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Walt Disney World Fall 2019-Part Three


Hey Hey Friends!

I'm back for my last installment of my Walt Disney World trip recap. 
Sigh.
#saditsover

I had the BEST week getting to experience Walt Disney World with a big group of travel agents.  I'm sad to see the recaps come to an end.

If you missed my earlier posts this week, see them here...
Part One
Part Two

Day Three started bright and early.

Sebastian's Bistro located right in the heart of Caribbean Beach Resort hosted a private breakfast event for us.  This restaurant was recently renovated and it was darling!

Sebastian's pulled out all the stops...balloons, signs, and a buffet full of breakfast goodies.
#ohandcoffee

Right after this, we split up into groups and were surprised with VIP TOURS!  We had four hours with a VIP tour guide who took us wherever we'd like to go to catch any attraction or show.  This was AMAZING!

Our first stop was Toy Story Land in Hollywood Studios.  A couple of the ladies in our group hadn't ridden the Slinky Dog Dash yet so we headed there first.

This ride is so much fun!

Pardon my sweaty smile but I want you to see how we got around...our guide drove us from park to park by pulling us right up to the very backstage of each park.  At certain parks we were greeted with snacks and cold water bottles.  This allowed us to "hop" from park to park with very little downtime in between.

We made our way back to Magic Kingdom to ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

The inside of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train felt SO GOOD...it was so nice and cool in there.

Afterwards we hopped over to Animal Kingdom to ride Flight of Passage.  Three parks and six rides in four hours...not too shabby.  The VIP tour was absolutely amazing and such a perfect thing for those of you who HATE lines and want to do it all on limited time.

Our lunch stop was Terralina in Disney Springs for a nice, homemade Italian lunch complete with unbelievable bruschetta, pizza, and two different types of pastas.

Who's heard of the NBA Experience?  If you have any basketball junkies in your house, you MUST check this out.  It's located in Disney Springs and is any basketball lovers' dream.

You purchase a ticket and then can stay as long as you'd like.

This was my favorite exhibit/game...you sling shot balls into the hoops and competed against each other.

I'm gonna go ahead and toot my own horn for a hot second.  I was KILLING it but apparently a twelve-year-old boy was doing better than me-ha!  My score was high enough that a guy asked...who was on #6.  Basically, I could have stayed here all day.  Who knew I had basketball slingshot skills?

Other exhibits included a combine area where they measured your wing span, the height of your jump, and observed your free throw skills.  They also had a dunk area where you could lower the goal.  When we stumbled into that area, I was sweating from the slingshot basketball so thought I should skip a dunk attempt.  There were stations where NBA players taught you how to dribble at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.  The basketball games you see at Chuck E. Cheese?  They were there too and you could compete against friends for forty-five seconds to see who could make the most shots.  I'm telling you...this was a fun way to spend the afternoon.

While I was busy slingshotting basketballs, Britty was living her best life with a movie, lunch, and then nap at the Shull house.

Our evening ended at the Spaceship Earth lounge and look who arrived for meetings...MICKEY MOUSE himself!

This was a fun little surprise and everyone lined up to take a picture.

My romper is here and my shoes are here.

For dinner we were served food around the world.  Street corn salad from Mexico, vegetable dumplings from China, cheese chowder from Canada, and much much more.

Pasta options from Italy.

I was one happy girl.  :)

Some sweet ladies and I made our way to the Soarin' ride before the night time show.

IllumiNations:  Reflections of Earth did not disappoint.  We had a reserved seating spot right beside the water complete with little tables and some yummy desserts.

How travel agents watch the night time show.  hahahaha!

The perfect way to end the trip...a front row seat to the show.

Isn't it pretty?

I grabbed a picture with my group before we made our way back to the resort for the night.

My alarm went off CRAZY EARLY because I was catching the Magical Express at 4:15 a.m!

I could go on and on about how much fun I had, but hopefully the pictures speak for themselves.  Walt Disney World is a place where children and parents of all ages can find something they love.  Right now Mix and Match Travel Agency is working on all 2020 Walt Disney World vacations.  If you'd like to go to WDW in 2020, please e-mail us at mixandmatchtravelagency@yahoo.com.  We'd LOVE to help you!

And remember we also book other vacations....a trip to Paris?  We've got you covered!  An Alaskan cruise?  We can help!  A vacation to the Bahamas?  E-mail us to learn more!

Happy Thursday, Friends!
XO

What's Up Wednesday-August 28th, 2019 Edition

I'm linking up today with Sheaffer and Shay for What's Up Wednesday.

What We're Eating This Week...

Monday:  Crockpot Chicken Tacos-fall sports have officially started this week so my slow cooker is my BFF.

Tuesday:  Taco Chili...we happened to have a little cool front sweep McKinney {I'm talking temps in the low 80's so a soup was a must around here}.

Wednesday:  Tonight Angel Chicken is being served!

Thursday:  Chipotle Chicken Tostadas are up!

Friday:  No clue...I haven't even thought about Friday night.


What I'm Reminiscing About...
Just a year ago Britt had her very first Meet the Teacher for preschool.  Now, a year later we're about to have Meet the Teacher #2...she's changed so much in the last year.  She's talking so much more.  Partly because we're working hard and partly because her confidence is so much higher.  She's not afraid to try new sounds and give it a shot.  Super proud of this girl!  


What I'm Loving...
That College GameDay is back on!  And according to how many messages I got after posting this picture on Saturday...you guys are loving it too!


What We've Been Up To...
Did you see I was at Walt Disney World last week?
You see Part One and Part Two.


What I'm Dreading...
Dare I say HOMEWORK?!


What I'm Working On...
Magical vacations for families like YOU!

We'd LOVE to help you with an upcoming vacation too!  Please e-mail us at mixandmatchtravelagency@yahoo.com to get more information.  Cruise?  Walt Disney World?  European vacation?  And more!  Let us help!


What I'm Excited About...
These glasses take me back to being nine-years-old and wanting glasses.  Are they blocking the blue light?  I have no clue, but I wear them often while I'm working to fulfill my nine-year-old glasses dreams.

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What I'm Watching/Reading...
Anyone else?  Let's talk Big Brother....

*This season started out really slow for me, but I think it's getting good!
*Who are you cheering for?  At this point, I think I'm a Tommy fan!
*Christy versus Nick...who is going home tomorrow?
*Zingbot is my favorite episode every season!

Did you see my Summer Reads 2019 post?  I just shared a great list of books I read over the summer.  If you need a recommendation, check it out!


What I'm Listening To...
Is it weird to say we're getting into the spirit and have been listening to Halloween music?
#toosoon?


What I'm Wearing...
I've been wearing this comfy romper on repeat.

And this dress is in the rotation as well.



What I'm Doing This Weekend...
We'll be spending our last weekend in the pool before we go ALL IN FALL!


What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month...
I know football season just "officially" started but we're ready for it!  Every year we try our best to tag along to one or two of Tab's games.  Next month, I'm headed to a game and then later in the month the boys are going along with him.  It'll be a fun September!

Thanks for reading today!
XO

Walt Disney World Fall 2019-Part Two


Today is Part TWO, friends!

Yesterday, I shared the awesome, busy, exhausting, amazing day one of a Walt Disney World experiences program I participated in last week at Walt Disney World.  This is a program just for travel agents where in true Disney fashion, they rolled out the red carpet for us and showed us all the "extras" they have to offer.

Day Two of my Walt Disney World program started nice and early!

A delicious breakfast buffet at The Wave inside the Contemporary Resort was the perfect way to start the day.  I'm gonna be honest...anytime my day begins with a cheesy hashbrown, I know it's gonna be a great day.

After a morning full of presentations, we were taken over to Coronado Springs to check out Toledo for lunch in the new Gran Destino Tower.

This restaurant is GORGEOUS!


The tile had my heart.  

Most popular DM I got during my trip, "Where are those shoes from?"....super comfy shoes, come in a variety of colors.

Toledo is typically only open for dinner but they opened just for us...these were our choices.


With windows all around, the views were stunning.


My lunch...DELICIOUS!


Right across the hall is the Dahlia Lounge...another super cute spot with once again-great views.


We scoped out a room as well...super nice!


There's that pretty tile again!


The lobby area in the Gran Destino Tower was just as gorgeous.






A look from the outside.


Coronado Springs was looking pretty.


We checked out a newly refurbished room.


Before making our way over to Pop Century Resort to see their new rooms.


We were all laughing because when thirty-five agents are going in and out of a room to take a peek and pictures it was absolutely impossible to snap a picture without someone else in the background.



Have you heard of the new Walt Disney World Riviera Resort?  It's scheduled to open in December of this year.  We were able to take a look at some of the "model" rooms and they were stunning!




Aren't they pretty?


And a quick look at the Copper Creek Villas as well.


Before heading over to Animal Kingdom Lodge...






It was so informative getting a look at all the newly refurbished rooms and certain resorts.  Loved spending my afternoon with some resort tours!


Next up on our list of fun...Circle of Flavors:  Harambe at Night at Animal Kingdom.  This is essentially a progressive dinner with several small bite options at each stop along with entertainment.


The fun began at the train station where we could grab a few bites and a drink while listening to live music.




The train took us to our next stop.

Which happened to be my favorite stop...LOOK at those caramel apple slices.  I wish I had some right now!  They were SO GOOD!


Timon and Rafiki were at stop #2 meeting and greeting each of us.

My top and shorts are from early summer so they're sold out but these are the exact shorts in a different print.


Stop #3 found us back at the Harambe Market {right near where we started} and there were TONS of food options.  It was at this stop where I realized I LOVE some street corn.  


Animal Kingdom wasn't busy at all.


The park at night was absolutely gorgeous.

We had reserved seating at the Rivers of Light:  We Are One show.


Such a perfect way to end day two.

Remember Mix and Match Travel Agency would LOVE to help YOU with your next vacation!  Please e-mail us at mixandmatchtravelagency@yahoo.com to learn more information about our services.

Thanks for reading today!
XO