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Disney in a Day

So for those of you who have read the title and thought to yourself that doing Disney in a day isn’t possible, guess what it is and here’s how it’s done. Between the 3 NYC airports (JFK, LaGuardia and Newark) Newark has the earliest flight leaving at 6am with JetBlue and has you landing around 8:30am. I was able to book my ticket about a week before for the best price of $110 round trip! 

From there you can take an Uber or Lift for a 30 minute ride to Magic Kingdom (or the park you want for the day). If you go to Magic Kingdom they will drop you off at the transportation center which means you will need to take the monorail or ferry over to the park.  And now you have reached Magic Kingdom just as the park has opened. 

If you plan your day right you can get on a ton of rides and eat all your favorite treats. Mobile orders are the best way to go unless you really want to do a sit down meal. I left all my shopping for the end of the day and bought a reusable bag to be my “carry-on” for the plane with all my goodies. 

My flight to leave Orlando was at 7:35 so I had to leave the park by 6 to give all that extra time for driving and security. I was lucky and security went quick and I was at my gate by 7ish and back in NJ by 10:30ish. I think I fell asleep at one point on the plane but again…well worth being there for the day! 

I packed a backpack with all I needed for the day. I wore sneakers down and about 3pm when my feet started to hurt, I switched to my Croc flip flops. I also packed 2 masks, a wallet with ID, my Disney Rewards card, credit cards plus some cash. I also packed KT Blister tape, a Welly first aid kit, sunglasses, a hat, water bottle, hydration powders, a mini fan, hat, earplugs, gum (MCO does not sell gum), Advil and Tylenol, lip balm, sunblock, Purell wipes, portable battery charger, and a metal straw (Disney uses paper). 

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While this all looks a lot, I did have a lot of room left over but once the sneakers went in my backpack there was less room. I still fit some disney souvenirs in my bag plus I had gotten the big tote bag too which was fine in the overhead bin. 

Overall, it was a SUPER draining day and I was exhausted the next day too but it was 100% worth every moment. So I guess your asking can this be done with kids…that’s not up to me to say. If you think your kids can handle it, go for it. But if you and your friends or husband are looking for a spontaneous trip…BOOK IT. 

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Back To School In A Post-Covid World

Let’s help make this the best school year ever!

Last year’s school year was something we had never seen before, with many schools offering a fully remote option, children like mine haven’t stepped foot in a school since March of 2020. However, many school districts have done away with that full remote option. The goal is to get every child back to school for in person learning in September. So needless to say besides the normal first day gitteries we have some additional worries and concerns this year.  So Sissa, Sue and myself sat down and discussed how to help ease that transition from a teacher’s perspective to help prepare “the busy bees” for a return to in person learning and came up with these 5 easy tips we want to share with you: 

  • If there is anything we have learned & seen this past year is mental health is important. If you thought quartiened was hard for you, imagine a child who didn’t fully understand what was going on. So address their feelings and help them work out their emotions and of course seek the help of professionals if you feel it is out of your comfort zone. But most of the time, we all just need someone safe to vent to.
  • Being positive in front of kids. We are all adults and have so many different opinions on everything. That’s what makes us special and unique BUT even if you disagree with a school wide regulation, please encourage the kids to be respectful  and cooperative. The goal is to keep everyone, everyday, as safe as possible.                      
  • Stick to routines (bedtime/lunches/homework time) – kids thrive off routines and can find success when they know there are clear expectations and what is in store for them. At our home when the kids were little, we used a visual scheduler like Easy Daisy visual scheduler and now that they are older we use apps like Tiimo, where they can check off items in each activity as they complete it. Using tools like this takes a load off your plate, believe it or not. Yes, it requires you to plan out your day a little but once it’s done, you won’t be repeating yours 1,000 times anymore! 
  • Little ones need practice who didn’t get to experience school last year.   All summer long I have been packing Baby B’s lunch/dinner in her @Omni lunchbox she will be using in fall. So she gets used to opening and closing everything on her own. We also have been working on getting our shoes, jacket and clothing on and off independently. Teachers you’re welcome 😂         
  • Make the weekends about free time/free play (de stress) – that’s where we come in!! Check the blog and event calendar for ideas of inexpensive things to do with your hive without breaking your bank!! 

Wishing everyone an amazing 2021-2022 school year! Let’s be patient. Be positive. And always have fun!