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Whether you are traveling the states or the world – here are some great tips and items from Mama Smith’s for your travels!

Disney, Disney Cruise Series, Disney Planning, Travel May 18, 2017

3 Reasons To Book A Disney Junior Breakfast on Your Next Disney Cruise | #DisneyCruise

My family has been on two Disney Cruises now. Going in to the second one, we felt like we knew a little bit more about what we wanted to book. A must have for us was the Disney Junior Breakfast. When we go to Disney World, we always make sure to book the Disney Junior Breakfast as Hollywood Studios. My daughters are 4 and 5 so they actively watch the shows and are huge fans of the characters. They are always excited to meet them, and we knew it would be no different on the cruise.

Disney, Disney Planning, Travel April 13, 2017

3 Reasons To Stay at Disney’s Art of Animation Hotel When Visiting Disney World | #Disney #Travel

We recently went on our second Disney Cruise. This time, we decided to head down the night before – you never know with February weather and Upstate New York. Mu husband and I normally like to try out a different hotel every Disney trip, and so this time we decided on the Art of Animation hotel. Now, we generally prefer to stay at a moderate or deluxe hotel, but since we were only going to be there one night we figured a value hotel made the most sense. We have since joined the Disney Vacation Club, so we likely will not be staying at another value resort again, however if we were going to, we would stay at Art of Animation for sure – and here is why!

Disney, Travel April 6, 2017

Head to The Walt Disney Family Museum this Spring & Summer | #DisneyFamilyMuseum #Disney

Last year, as part of a press trip, I was lucky enough to check out The Walt Disney Family Museum. It was so powerful for me as a Disney lover and I can’t even think about certain things I saw without tearing up. I can’t describe the feeling it felt. So if you are ever in San Francisco, I highly recommend swinging in and spending some time there. This Spring and Summer The Walt Disney Museum is adding some youth summer classes and a brand new exhibition that will make your trip even more worthwhile.

Disney, Disney Planning, Savings, Travel March 30, 2017

How to Make the Disney Vacation Club Work For You | #DVCMembers #DVC #Disney

While on board our Disney Cruise this year, we joined the Disney Vacation Club. This is something that we have been going back and forth on for years! We went to Disney World on our honeymoon and chatted with the DVC people for over an hour. We almost joined then, but honestly the initial sticker price had us nervous. Now we wish we bought back then because the savings are unreal!

Disney, Disney Cruise Series, Disney Planning, Entertainment, Kids, Travel March 23, 2017

Planning Your Disney Cruise: 3 Day Versus 7 Day Voyage | #DisneyCruise #Disney

Last year I went on a Disney Cruise with my daughters and my mom. It was a short 3 days cruise but we had a blast. After talking to my husband about it, we decided to book a 7 day cruise – and we actually did this while I was still on board the Disney Dream. For us, the 3 day was such a tease – we wanted more! So I went in to the 7 day knowing that it would be a ton of fun, but I didn’t know how much I still wouldn’t want to leave after a week out at sea.

Disney, Disney Cruise Series, Disney Planning, Health & Fitness, Travel March 16, 2017

5 Reasons to Run the Castaway Cay 5K on Your #DisneyCruise | #runDisney

I have never run a race in my life. My husband was a runner in high school though, so he is not stranger to them. I have always wanted to do a 5K or 10K – especially with Disney – so I was thrilled to learn about the Castaway Cay 5K that I could run while on my Disney Cruise! As tough as it was, it was actually a blast – and I was so proud of myself after doing it. I finished in 36 minutes, which I think is pretty good considering I was eating cruise food and enjoying wine for 6 solid days before it! I enjoyed it so much that I think I caught the running bug! I am hoping to do a run at Disney World next – perhaps the Princess Run?!?

Disney, Disney Cruise Series, Disney Planning, Entertainment, Kids, Travel March 9, 2017

5 Don’t Miss Activities During Star Wars Day at Sea on the Disney Fantasy | #DisneyCruise Series

My husband and I are huge Star Wars fans – we even honeymooned at Disney’s Star Wars Weekend in 2009 and walked out to the Imperial Death March at our wedding. So when we were planning a family cruise, we just knew we had to take advantage of Disney’s Star Wars Day at Sea onboard the Disney Fantasy’s 7 day cruise. Star Wars day actually started the night before, when Captain Phasma showed up unannounced with some Stormtroopers to look for “rebel scum” that were hiding on our ship. That in itself was pretty amazing (and my 5 year old was a bit freaked out) but it only got better from there. There were so many amazing activities throughout the entire day. If you are going on a Disney Cruise that features the Star Wars Day at Sea, here are a few activities that you can’t miss out on!

Disney Cruise Series, Disney Planning, DIY, Travel February 16, 2017

Easy DIY Fish Extender & Fish Extender Gift Guide | #DisneyCruise Series #DIY

While on board the Disney Dream last August, I learned all about Fish Extender groups. What exactly is a fish extender? Well, outside your room on the ship is a message holder – in most cases it’s shaped like a fish (but can be a starfish or sea horse). This is there for Disney to place important communications to you, such as excursion tickets and notes from the Cruise staff. It is basically a mailbox for your room. A Fish Extender (FE) it is something that you hang off the fish, much like a pocketed organizer. By hanging the Fish Extender off of the fish the Cast Members can still use it for its original purpose.

Health & Fitness, Travel January 17, 2017

Kicking Off 2017 By Improving My Mind, Body, & Spirit + How You Can Too! | #TGGNewYou #ShopShare

I decided to take control of my life again this year. Being a mom of two little ones, a wife, a housekeeper, and still running this site has taken a lot out of me the last few years. I am not saying that I am not happy – because I am – but I gained weight, have been having too much wine (no such thing though, right?), have stopped working out, and have slipped back in to very poor eating habits. For my New Year’s Resolution, I promised myself that this was all going to change. I have started Nutrisystem, set a great workout routine again, picked up some new books for some me time, and best of all – my husband is doing it all right along side me. Having his support is going to make a huge difference -and already has. In just one week I feel more relaxed, have lost 8 lbs and 1.5 inches off my waist, and feel a stronger bond with my kids and my husband. Below are some other things that I plan to utilize in 2017, and I hope you do too!