Our Family Disney Halloween Costumes

family halloween costumes

Are you one of those families that match at Halloween each year or would you not be caught dead in matching costumes?  We have only matched with our costumes one year.  We dressed up as Wizard of Oz characters.  I was the wicked witch, my husband was the scarecrow, my youngest daughter, Reese, was Glinda the good witch, and my oldest daughter, Finley, was Dorothy.  It was so much fun!  Since that year, I have said we would match every year.  That was three years ago, and we haven’t done it since.

This year, I came up with the idea of us matching again with Alice in Wonderland costumes.  To my utter shock, my oldest daughter agreed to do match with us.  She is ten years old.  I figured she would run for the hills when I started talking about matching costumes, but instead she got really excited.  Of course, the fact that she gets to be the villain this year probably helped.

This year I will be the Cheshire cat, my husband will be the Mad Hatter, my youngest daughter will be Alice and my oldest daughter will be the Queen of Hearts.  I plan on doing a vlog on Halloween to show you all how we got ready with our costumes and makeup and how much fun we had trick or treating!

I think we are going to have a lot of fun!  I can’t wait! I’m hoping we can find different activities to do other than just trick or treating on Halloween, so we can wear our costumes more than once.  Stay tuned for the fun vlog soon to come after Halloween!

If you would like to see what our costumes look like, I’ll link the video below for more details.

Exciting New Disney Announcement!!

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I am so excited to share a new announcement with you guys!! I haven’t really expressed my huge love for Disney too much on my blog or YouTube channel, but let me tell you, we LOVE Disney in our house!!

We have an upcoming trip in January. I have thought in the past how much I would love to look into becoming a Disney travel agent as something fun to do on the side of my full-time job, but never really jumped into it. I decided to use a Disney travel agent for our trip in January to get an idea of what it would be like. To my surprise, it is completely free to use a Disney travel agent. After hearing there was no additional cost, I thought why in the world doesn’t everyone always use a travel agent!? They are so helpful, and a lot of times can save you money! At the very minimum, they are so helpful in making sure your trip is the best it can be by giving tips and tricks and saving you time to do things such as scheduling your fast passes and dining reservations.

After thinking more about it, my husband and I decided to go for it and become Disney travel agents ourselves! We have been to Disney several times and have learned so much with each trip. We want to share our tips and tricks with you guys to make your Disney trips more magical!!

We are starting a new blog and YouTube channel. You can visit our new website at ImaginationAdventureTravels.com and I will put the introduction video to our new channel at the bottom of this post.

We hope you find our Disney tips helpful and fun! Of course, if you think it would be helpful to have a Disney travel agent, please feel free to contact me on our new website for more information! We would be more than excited to help you plan your next trip!

Refrigerator Organization Tips

refrigerator organization

I like to go through my refrigerator to take inventory before grocery shopping.  This helps me avoid buying things when we already have things that should be used before buying more!   I also like to take the time and quickly wipe it down to keep it clean.  I definitely don’t take everything out each week and give it a good deep clean, but just a quick wipe down.

Isn’t it so gross when you find caked up food or even worse… a hair… in your refrigerator!?  Am I the only one who gets completely grossed out at finding a random hair in the fridge?  Now you guys are never going to want to come to my house and eat knowing we get random hairs every now and then in our fridge.  Trust me, when I find them, I don’t want to eat here either.  Am I going overboard?  Maybe.

refrigerator organization

Once a week I love making sure everything is gathered together and organized.  For example, all of the yogurts are together, all the protein shakes together, etc.

After getting our groceries home, I will wash our produce, prepare it, and put it in a Tupperware container to keep it fresh.  This helps us to eat up those fruits and veggies instead of letting them go to waste because we get lazy and don’t feel like washing them.

Want to see my fridge?  Click the link below to see me go through my refrigerator and show in detail what I do to keep it looking pretty organized.

Preparing for the New Week – My Sunday Routine

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I love a good relaxing Sunday, but I hate that dread at the end of the day of starting a new work week.  That dread multiplies by about a hundred for me if I know I am not prepared for my upcoming week.  If I can look back on my weekend knowing that we had fun as a family and I did everything I could to get organized and prepared for Monday, I feel much better.

Every weekend I will do our meal planning.  After I have gone through my refrigerator and planned which groceries we need, I will sit down and do my online grocery shopping.  Lately I have even started getting grocery delivery.  Talk about a life changer!  Having the groceries ready to go and my weekly meals planned is so nice!  All I have to worry about each night is cooking our meals instead of needing to plan each day and run to the grocery store to get what we need.

sunday night routine

I rely heavily on my weekly planner.  I like to sit down each weekend and plan my week.  Even though I know which days we have our extracurricular activities and other pre-scheduled activities, I like to write them down to look ahead to see how I need to plan around them.  Of course, adding extra things such as doctor’s appointments, hair appointments, etc. is always important to make sure you don’t forget them!  I like to sit down each night to look at my day ahead of me to pre-plan.  There have been many days that I have done this and been so grateful that I reminded myself of something that was going to happen the next day.

My youngest daughter still relies on me to choose her outfits.  I’m sure she could choose her outfits, but who knows what she would end up wearing every day.  Laying out clothes the night before is very helpful, but in her case, I lay out her weekly outfits for school.  I will choose five outfits including her underwear and socks and place them in a cubby in her closet.  She wakes up each morning and gets the outfit on top.  Then, I don’t have to worry about doing one more thing in the morning while we are trying to get out the door on time!  I will also lay my outfit out for the next day.

Both of my girls are in dance classes.  My youngest daughter has specific clothes she has to wear to her dance class.  I like to make sure her clothes are clean and already packed in her dance bag.  This way when she has dance, I know her outfit is all ready to go.

We are blessed with a nice size playroom, but it gets messy!!  Through the week, we are so busy that most of the time it doesn’t get trashed with toys.  On the weekends, however, my girls usually have plenty of time to make a mess.  On Sundays, I will ask my girls to clean it up.  This way it usually stays nice and clean all week.  I will go around and straighten up the rest of the house while they are cleaning the playroom and their rooms.

Each night before school, including Sunday of course, I make their school lunches.  I pack their lunch at night to avoid rushing in the morning before school.  I would much rather sleep for a few extra minutes in the morning then get up early enough to make sure their lunches are packed!

Our trash guys come very early Monday morning.  Each Sunday, I go through the house and empty our small trash cans and my husband will take the trash can out to the street to get it ready to go.

Each of us have different busy schedules, so each person’s Sunday routine will look different.  I hope this inspired you to find what works best for you and your family to get organized and prepared for your upcoming week!  What do you all do to prepare for your upcoming week?