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Disney World in the Rain Guide

Disney World in the Rain; the Ultimate Guide

If you know Florida weather, you know that you will almost definitely encounter a rain shower or two during your Disney vacation. The good news is that Disney World in the rain is still Disney World, and there is still plenty of fun to be had even if you get a little wet in the process.

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Magic Kingdom in the Rain: 11 Things You Can Still Do

Our most recent visit to Disney World just happened to be smack dab in the middle of Hurricane Eta. While it ended up not being the complete catastrophe I expected it to be, we definitely had our fair share of downpours that week. And as I was navigating the park with 3 kids in the rain I knew I had to write a post when I got home for anyone who is planning a trip and wondering, “what do you do at Magic Kingdom when it rains?”

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9 Matching Disney Shirts for Families in 2021

If you’ve stumbled upon this post you likely have a family trip to Disney World scheduled this year and you’re starting to think about what you’re all going to wear (mom, check out this post just for you). Maybe you’re thinking about that photo you’re going to take in front of the castle and you want to get everyone’s outfits just right. Or maybe you want matching shirts for every day of your trip. Because did you even go to Disney World if you didn’t at some point wear matching Disney family shirts? I think not.

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How to Hang a Wreath With Ribbon on Your Front Door

As the seasons change I like to change out the wreath hanging on my door and I almost always use a metal wreath hanger. But this Christmas I ended up having 2 wreaths that I wanted to hang, and for the life of me, I could not find our second metal hanger anywhere in storage! So instead of leaving the house, I started to research ways to hang a wreath on a door without a metal hanger. As it turned out, I already had everything I needed so it cost me nothing! So if you’re looking for ways to hang a wreath without damaging your door, here’s my new trick on how to hang a wreath with ribbon!

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Unexpected Disney World Expenses

You’ve made lists, gone shopping, made dining reservations, purchased discounted Disney gift card and packed your Mickey ears. But no matter how well you plan there will always be unexpected expenses that pop up on your trip that you may not have budgeted for. So my hope is that this list of unexpected expenses on your Walt Disney World vacation will help you to be ready for anything that comes your way, making for a more enjoyable, stress free time!

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How to Make a Zombie Costume for Kids

Last year my son was adamant that he was going to be a “scary zombie” for Halloween. Keep in mind that I had already bought 6 costumes on clearance at Target the previous year during after-Halloween sales just to avoid overspending and the last minute rush before Halloween the following year (See my post on how I save money on just about everything to read more about after holiday Target clearance). But thankfully a zombie costume is one of the easiest costumes to DIY. Here’s how to make a zombie costume for kids with things you probably already have around the house.

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Island H2O Live!: the New Margaritaville Water Park

Summer hasn’t looked exactly how I envisioned it. We had planned long before COVID on making a trip to Florida to see family but we thought for sure we would fly. And while we still could have flown, it just didn’t feel like the right thing yet, so we took on the great road trip of 2020. And now I’m so glad we did! Because instead of just a week visiting family, it turned into an east coast adventure.

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Simple DIY Candy Themed Party Decorations

After being home for what feels like FOREVER, I have been tempted to minimize family celebrations. But now that my son’s birthday is right around the corner I just didn’t want him to think that his day was any less special this year. Because it’s not! There will still be cake, there will still be balloons, and there will still be fun.

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Discounted Disney Gift Cards Using Chase Offers

Ever since my husband and I started using points and miles to travel I have seen more and more that the perks of using credit cards are so much more than just the points you earn for using them. If you have any Chase branded credit cards you could be getting discounts on Disney gift cards (or any gift card for that matter) of up to 10% through a program called Chase Offers.

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What to Wear to Disney World for Moms

Does anyone else ever google, “What to wear in Disney World,” or “What to wear on an airplane,” before going on vacation?

I have literally searched, “Outfits to Wear to a Baseball Game” looking for inspiration. I know. I’m such a nerd. But I can’t be the only one because there are actual articles out there with those titles!

And now I’m writing one. Because I know someone else out there is googling, “What to wear to Disney World,” wanting to make sure they’re on the right track with their packing game.

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How to Turn Gift Cards into Disney Money

I get gift cards all the time for things like eating out or going to the movies. Sometimes I get them from rebate apps like Fetch Rewards, sometimes I redeem credit card points for gift cards, and sometimes we’ll get them as gifts for birthdays or Christmas. But what does this have to do with how to save for a Disney vacation? Well, there is a strategy I’ve been using ever since we started saving for our Disney World vacation that has really given our travel budget a boost. And like most of the tips you’ll find on this blog, this strategy can be used to save for any big trip you have planned. But keep reading to find out how you can turn any gift card into savings for Disney. 

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10 Ways to Boost Your Savings Account

We have very little margin in our monthly budget, so when we want to splurge on a family vacation or any other non-necessity, the funds usually have to come from somewhere other than our paycheck. That might feel impossible, but here are 10 ways to boost your savings when money is tight.

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How To Eat Cheap at Disney World

Today I’m going to combine 3 of my favorite things in one post:

Saving Money
Disney World
and Stuffing My Face
Does it get any better than that? I think not.

I’ve compiled every tip I have in my arsenal for how to eat cheap at Disney World so that you can start getting your game plan together for your own trip, whenever that may be. Yes, I realize they are still closed, but the day is coming when life as we knew it will be restored! Right? Right? Please someone tell me that day is coming!

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Free Home Improvement Projects

Continuing with my theme of “Ideas for When You’re Stuck at Home” (see my list of At Home Date Night Ideas here), I’m here today with 15 home improvement projects you can tackle with what you probably already have in your house and that will cost you next to nothing.

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