Saturday, July 30, 2016

Poolside at Hyatt Grand Cypress in Orlando

Minutes from Disney World in Orlando
is a fantastic resort, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress!  For years it has been voted "best hotel pool" in Orlando. 

We took advantage of the cheaper Florida resident rates offered in the summer. (And we will be back!!)





Fantastic service at the pool for drinks and food:


Lakeside too! (Great free activities!!) 









And S'mores at dusk!!



Monday, June 27, 2016

Wellie Wishers - new American Girl Doll series


American Girl Doll released a new series, Wellie Wishers last week. They are smaller than the regular dolls and are made for girls ages 5+. I had not heard of these until we arrived at the Orlando store today. They retail at $60 (versus $100+ for the original dolls.)





Thursday, May 19, 2016

Neon-themed Sleepover for Preteens

My daughter is having a sleepover with three school girls.  Two days before the sleepover, I decided to go to the store to buy a few items. 

I actually did not have a theme in mind… But that changed once I walked into Target. I found these cute plastic neon colored popcorn containers at Target in the dollar bins and thus the "party planner" inside of me kicked in.  (So my four colors are yellow, pink, purple, and lime.)

I then moved into the Girls Dept and found black T-shirts, and black/white/neon colored socks.


Of course glow-in-the-dark/neon accessories are needed. (Also in the dollars bins!)

Neon drinking straws! (I think I found these at Wal-Mart--I actually already had them in the pantry. Amazon has them too.)

And at the very last minute, my daughter begged me to go to Party City to pick up coordinating neon gloves for the girls.


Sunday, May 08, 2016

Longboat Key: Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

This past weekend we went over to the Longboat Key area. Since it was Mother's Day, I wanted a nice(r) dinner, but I also wanted it comfortable for the kids. I read great reviews about Dry Dock Waterfront Grill on Trip Advisor, and I'm really glad that we pick this restaurant!

We went on a Saturday night, and many of the reviews said to get there early.  We arrived at 4:30 PM, and by 5 PM there were no tables left. (And by 6 PM the bar area was full of guests waiting for tables.)

We had a choice of seating upstairs/inside or below/outdoors. I'm very happy that we sat outside.  The weather was beautiful. 

Here are my kids relaxing well hubby and I enjoyed a cocktail. 

I chose the scallop pasta in a wine and garlic sauce. It was outstanding! The scallops were fresh and the pasta was cooked perfectly.

My husband chose the grouper sandwich, and decided to try a blackened. He said it was excellent and I'm sad I did not get a picture. He also enjoyed this local craft beer, Circa 1926. 

Favorite New Store: Naples Soap Company

While shipping in Sarasota this weekend, I came across this store and it's my new favorite! 


I love bath bombs! And my daughter bought some shampoo and conditioner bars. 


There are several locations around Florida, including Naples, Key West, Sarasota, Sanabell and more!  You can read more on their website: 
http://www.naplessoap.com/articles.asp?ID=250

A return visit to Fanta Sea

I was excited to return to Fanta Sea in Sarasota today! It's my favorite store for coastal decor! 








Sunday, April 24, 2016

Scoops on 5th, Downtown Mt. Dora

Today, my family took a little road trip to Mount Dora. The quaint town is about a 30 to 45 minute drive north of Orlando. It is known for tea rooms and antique shopping. However, we chose to indulge in desserts!