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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 Cruise Series, Disney Planning, Entertainment, Kids, Travel September 29, 2016

All That Castaway Cay (Disney’s Private Island) Has to Offer! | #DisneyCruise Series Part 6 | #CastawayCay

One of my most favorite parts about our Disney Cruise was our day at Castaway Cay. Castaway Cay is Disney’s private island – and it is beautiful! I have been to islands in the Caribbean before, but nothing like this. Not only is it gorgeous and relaxing – it is decked out Disney! If you are a Disney fanatic like me, Castaway Cay should be one of the top reasons you need to book your Disney Cruise now. And there are so many reasons to get off the boat when you pull into Castaway Cay.

Disney Cruise Series, Disney Planning, Entertainment, Travel September 22, 2016

3 Don’t Miss Activities for Adults Aboard the #DisneyDream | #DisneyCruise Series Part 5

I recently went on a Disney Cruise and had the time of my life! It was just a three day cruise but it was a blast. My family and I have since planned a second one for this coming February and I cannot wait to experience it with my husband. He has been in class for work and was unable to attend the last one, so I took my mom. I was sure to take lots of mental notes on what adult activities there were that my husband and I could enjoy while our daughters are at the Oceaneers Club and Lab. There were actually lots of things – but my top three MUST DO activities that I recommend for adults on a Disney cruise are hitting the spa, eating at Palo (or Remy), and lounging in the 18+ deck area.

Disney Planning, Entertainment, Travel September 15, 2016

5 Tips for Attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Disney World | #MNSSHP #Disney #DisneyTips

We are a Disney family. There is no denying that. My husband and I honeymooned at Disney World, and we have been back almost every year since. Our daughters are 3 and 5 and will be going to Disney World for the 3rd time this coming fall. Last year, after several years of attempting to find the time, we were able to attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP). We immediately started to research and plan our visit. Here are 5 tips that will help you plan your MNSSHP experience to the fullest!

Disney Cruise Series, Disney Planning, Entertainment, Kids, Travel September 8, 2016

5 Reasons To Book Your Disney Cruise NOW | #DisneyCruise Series Part 4 | #DisneyDream

If you are thinking about going on a cruise and are a Disney fan, there is really no other option than a Disney Cruise! Everything has a touch of magic in it and guests of all ages are sure to have a blast. If you aren’t 100% certain yet, take a look at these reasons why I think you need to book your Disney Cruise now!

Disney Cruise Series, Disney Planning, Entertainment, Travel September 1, 2016

Choosing Your Stateroom + Your Disney Cruise Packing List | #DisneyCruise Series Part 3

Planning a Disney Cruise can feel overwhelming at first – I get that. My husband and I had been researching for a few months when I was given the opportunity to take my daughters on a 3 day cruise thanks to Disney Cruise Lines. This was a total blessing – and I used it to help decide what exactly we wanted out of our 7 day cruise (we ended up booking a trip on the Disney Fantasy which includes the Star Wars Day at Sea – score!). I have put together some tips that will hopefully help make your Disney Cruise planning go quickly- and even included a packing list.

Entertainment, Local, Travel August 31, 2016

3 Things Not To Miss at The Great New York State Fair | #NYSFair #NewYorkStateFair

We love going to the Great New York State Fair every year. It is something that our family looks forward to all year long. We usually go at least one or two days – and have so much fun! This year, the fairgrounds had been improved and WOW – the place looks great! I just love the main gates now – gorgeous! If you follow me on Snapchat or Instagram, I am sure you saw my stories as I was there this past weekend. Planning a trip to the fair for the first time can be overwhelming. Even if you have been, you can easily miss some great stuff because there is so much to see and do. No matter what you check out, you are sure to have a blast, but here are my 3 things that I don’t think anyone should skip. They are fun for the whole family and things that we come back to year after year.

Disney Cruise Series, Disney Planning, Entertainment, Kids, Travel August 25, 2016

Why Your Kids (and You!) Will Love the Oceaneer Club & Lab | #DisneyCruise Series Part 2 | #DisneyDream

The Oceaneer Club and Lab are the “kids only” parts of the boat on the Disney Cruise Line ships. They are for ages 3 to 12 (must be fully toilet trained) and are full of excitement! Parents can sign their kids in and out as they please so that they can enjoy some adult time on the cruise. My girls loved these areas and were quite upset when I would go and pick them up. I had to practically beg them to come to dinner with me the first night. Our next cruise will be a 7 day, and I wouldn’t be surprised if my husband and I end up going to dinner once or twice without them.

Disney Cruise Series, Disney Planning, Entertainment, Kids, Travel August 18, 2016

5 Tips for Disney Cruising with Preschoolers | #DisneyCruise Series Part 1 | #DisneyDream

Recently I was super blessed with the opportunity to sail the seas with Disney Cruise Line. I knew it was going to be an amazing time (because – Disney) but I had no idea what I was in store for. I brought my 3 and 5 year old and my mother with me and we made memories that will last a lifetime. My husband and I were already researching planning a Disney Cruise when I got the invite to go. I admit, we had been nervous that our daughters were too young so this was sure to be a great tester to find out. I immediately discovered that they are not, by any means, too young. Disney makes sure that there is something to do for everyone – and I mean everyone. From 0 to 100, everyone is sure to have the time of their lives on a Disney Cruise. But if you are planning a cruise with preschoolers, here are some tips that I learned aboard the Disney Dream.

Disney Planning, Entertainment, Travel August 2, 2016

5 Best Character Dining Experiences at Walt Disney World | #DisneyWorld #DisneyDining #DisneyTips

I am going to come right out and say it – I am a Disney fanatic. My daughters and 3 and 5 years old and they have already been to Walt Disney World twice – and we have their third trip planned for this November. My husband and I honeymooned at Disney World and we have decided that our yearly family vacation will always be Disney related. Half of the fun for me is planning out our trips – I mean booking dining reservations and fast passes. We always get the dining plan because it makes sense for our family so when I book reservations, I try to find the best character dining experiences. Since we will not be paying for each dining experience individually (because they each just use a meal from the dining plan), we always cram in as many character dining meals as we can. Having been to WDW at least 15 times myself, I know which ones are worth the time.