Post Comment Love 28th - 30th September

Welcome back to another Post Comment Love with my co-host Stephanie and I. I'm so glad to be back to a good routine and I'm looking forward to reading more great posts from you. Link up your favourite or best post from the week, you could even link up the post you want to get a bit more love.

It's been another busy week with all sorts going on. I've done two trips into Nottingham, the Hubby's been to London and Nottingham, and the boys have had their usual after school clubs. I don't mind being busy sometimes but when you think things are finally settling down it can get annoying to have another busy week. 





Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. 

Henry David Thoreau





I've started to miss Walt Disney World this week, I know we've only been back a few weeks but I do miss that holiday feeling. You soon lose that when you get home and get back to work. It feels like we've been back home for about a year! The only way I can make myself feel a little better is by writing about Walt Disney World, this week I've been remembering the ways to get peaceful moments in the parks. It may sound unlikely but there are ways to get some peace, you just have to know how.




Well that's all for this week from me, do let me know what you've been up to this week.



Blogger Showcase Huda from Beau Life




Huda is a beauty and lifestyle blogger who recently finished her bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management. She loves writing about beauty, lifestyle, and any blogging tips and she loves to connect with like minded people. She describes herself as sensitive, hardworking, and passionate. To read her answers to our Blogger Showcase questions head over to Stephanie's blog.

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11 ways to get a peaceful moment in Walt Disney World

If you've ever been to Walt Disney World you'll know it can get crazy busy. Hundreds of people all rushing around the parks trying to get as much fun out of their holiday as possible. Everyone is doing the same thing and it can get a little much. Knowing how and where you can get a peaceful moment can help you to get a break from the craziness - and that's where I come in.





I like peace and quiet whenever I can grab it.

Wole Soyinka





Having just visited this summer I made a mental note of all my favourite places to get a peaceful moment so I could share them with you. Here we go.



Where to get a peaceful moment




1. Tower of Terror waiting area


If you're a non-rider like me one of the places you can chill is in the waiting area at the exit of Hollywood Studios Tower of Terror. If you've never been and want to know how to get there, you head into the shop that is underneath the Tower Hotel. Go past the entrance to the ride and you'll find it nestled at the back. Walk through the shop and back into a hotel lobby area, if you carry on walking through you'll get to a dark area with seating in the walls. It's all concreted and looks a bit bland, but that's how it's supposed to look. Whenever my boys ride Tower of Terror I head into the waiting area and get a little peace. 


Hollywood Tower of Terror shop in Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World.


Now don't get me wrong, you're in Walt Disney World here and it's not silent - far from it - but there are times when it is a lot quieter than other areas in the park. Every few minutes you'll see groups of people exiting and they'll shriek as they see their photos on the screens but once they groups exit there's a moment of quiet before the next group. I cherish these moments - they give me time to think.



2. Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros


In Epcot inside the Mexico pavilion is a boat ride. Gran Fiesta Tour  is great and while it is a ride it's a little less crazy than other areas in the park. You don't get a boat to yourself, but you do get to ride a boat while listening to some of my favourite music in Walt Disney World.


Morgan Prince holding a flavoured tequila drink while standing in front of Mexico, in Epcot, Walt Disney World


The best times to ride are at night, it tends to be less busy when the Illuminations are on and that's when it's quietest inside Mexico too. Be sure to check it out during your next trip.



3. The toilets in The Odyssey building


Again in Epcot there is one place that I wanted to go to a lot. It is the one and only place I found in all  of Walt Disney World that is SILENT

It's called The Odyssey building and there are two sets of toilets near it. The first are the popular ones, they get busy and are not silent. But the second set of toilets are hidden just around the corner, you really could miss them if you didn't know they were there.


Rain at Epcot, Walt Disney World.


There's a walkway over the water that takes you from the Test Track area to The Odyssey, and the toilets are right there inside the building. It's always so quiet and when I went into the ladies room I couldn't believe it was silent. There was no one else in there and it was the quietest place I could find. If you're after just a moment of silence head here - it was lovely!



4. Spaceship Earth


I know this is a ride, and it's certainly not quiet, but it does give you a chance to sit down and listen. After listening to the narration for a while there is a peaceful moment during the ride when the narration stops and you are encouraged to answer a few questions about the future. You don't have to do this.


The entrance to Spaceship Earth in Epcot, Walt Disney World.


Occasionally the Hubby and I won't answer the questions and instead we'll just sit and enjoy the quiet. It's a short moment but anything is worth it when you're in Walt Disney World.



5. One Man's Dream


An attraction in Hollywood Studios, One Man's Dream, tells the story of Walt Disney - the man who thought up Walt Disney World. If nothing else it is a brilliant short movie where you get to learn about the life of Walt Disney. I love it.

But of course this is about getting a peaceful moment. One Man's Dream is a great place for this and while it isn't silent it is a place you can be away from the crowds. It's almost never busy and you get to walk around a theatre styled area and see models of places in Walt Disney World and Disneyland (California), and there's even a preview model of what Star Wars Land is going to look like. Wandering around this area is a great way to get that peaceful moment.





But I do like to have peace and quiet for a good hour.

Bryan Ferry





6. Voices of Liberty


Head to Epcot and once the World Showcase area opens walk straight around to The American Adventure. First thing (11am) it is SO quiet, hardly anyone will make it around there and you get to sit inside and enjoy the quiet. 

We happened to be sitting in The American Adventure early one day and caught the first show of Voice of Liberty. An a capella group that sing beautiful songs inside the halls of The American Adventure. Their voices echo in the large lobby area and they're so talented their singing will whisk you away. Not only does it get you away from the crowds in the rest of the park but you get to listen to amazing voices singing songs you know. Magic.



7. Canada


On a different day, still at Epcot, instead of going to The American Adventure head for Canada. Go up the steps that lead to the shops and walk to the back, towards what look like mountains and a waterfall. As soon as World Showcase opens this area is completely empty and is a beautiful, and peaceful place to be. 


Beautiful waterfall in Canada pavilion, Epcot, Walt Disney World.


We were going to see O Canada, a show all about the great things in Canada, and I stood for a moment at the top of the steps just to take in the beautiful sights and snap a few photos. I loved how quiet it was and I wanted to breathe it in. I stood, still as I could, and looked out at the waterfall. It was a lovely peaceful moment.



8. UK pavilion - after 7pm


British Revolution is one of my favourite live entertainment shows in all of Walt Disney World. They put on a show in the UK pavilion and it's in a little square at the back of the pavilion. During the day, particularly when the show is on it can get quite busy in this area and you're lucky to find a seat. More than once we ended up sitting on the pavement to watch the show. 


UK pavilion in Epcot, Walt Disney World at night.


But, head to the UK pavilion at night and it's a completely different story. Don't get me wrong, when British Revolution are playing it is busy, people enjoy the show after all, but once the group goes back inside everyone clears off. And if you stick around in the square you'll find you're suddenly in a quiet spot with no one else around. 

The Hubby and I enjoy our evenings at Epcot and we always sit in the UK pavilion eating our dinner (chips & baguette) where we can almost kid ourselves we're the only people there. Because there's no entertainment and not really anything interesting to see in the garden area people avoid it, which makes it the perfect spot for your peaceful moment!



9. Hire a boat


Another one of our favourite things to do is hire a boat. You can do this from Grand Floridian or the Wilderness Lodge - so far we've only ever been to the Wilderness Lodge. We hire a pontoon - basically a big boat where we can all sit down and enjoy a drink while we float over the lake and look around at the hotels. 


A teenage boy relaxes on a boat on Lake Buena Vista in Walt Disney World.


The awesome thing about hiring a boat is that you are doing something with just your family - it's just you out on the water and no one is going to walk along and bump into you or get in your way. Hiring a boat is great - just be sure to take a drink with you. It can get quite hot out on the water and you don't want to be dehydrated.



10. Grand Floridian Lobby


This isn't a place you're going to find silence, after all it's a hotel lobby, but you will find somewhere you can sit and enjoy classic Disney music


Grand Floridian Lobby, where a live band plays. Walt Disney World.


There's a live band that plays classic songs and because the lobby is so big the music echoes around. The sofas and chairs in the lobby are comfortable and if you sit and close your eyes it can be quite relaxing. But there's not just a live band, there's a pianist too - and they take turns in playing music. If the band isn't playing the pianist will be. 

More than once we've spent a little time in the lobby of the Grand Floridian so we can have a calm moment and listen to some good music. Have you ever been there?



11. Your hotel room


I've only ever experienced the Animal Kingdom Lodge rooms but if you stay here you can certainly get a peaceful moment in your room - as long as it's not by the pool!

Once you get into your room and shut the door the world outside drops away and you can lie on your bed and chill. It is quiet (as long as the kids shhh!), other than the air con unit making noise there's no  noise and if you have a Savannah View room you can even sit outside and watch the animals wander around while still being in the quiet. A brilliant peaceful moment to enjoy.


There are ways to get a peaceful moment in Walt Disney World - you just have to know how - and I do!


Getting a peaceful moment in Walt Disney World can mean the difference between you losing your mind and you being able to cope with another few hours of walking around a busy park in the height of summer.



Do you know of any peaceful spots you think I've missed?




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Encouraging your kids to be creative and how that can help you

I am a creative person, I like writing (obvs!), I like drawing and colouring, and like creating things. It's always been something that both soothes me and fires me up. I can spend hours on end on a particular drawing or I can lose myself in a piece of writing. I love that and I can see similar traits in my eldest, BP (14 years old). LP though is less creative, he's more about the logic and the maths - but that doesn't mean he can't be creative. I spend a lot of time encouraging LP to be creative and actually he's not only learned a lot but found that he likes being creative (sometimes). This in turn has helped me because it means I can have a hot coffee while he does some creating.





A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. 

Ayn Rand





Getting started


For someone like BP, someone who enjoys being creative, getting them started is easy. One of BP's favourite things to do is to write short stories or flash fiction and sometimes he asks for my input. A few months ago I started him off with an idea, I said to him "There's a girl, she's standing underneath a large tree in the middle of an empty field." That was all I said. It must've sparked something though because as a result he wrote this:



It all started in the darkest corners of the darkest places of the Earth. All around the world, trees, grass, plants, dying. The world, slowly being drained of its mesmerising greenery and replaced with dull grey and with that came death and despair. People were dying, killed by the mass amount of Carbon Dioxide in the air. The world had been poisoned and the human race and everything else on Earth was going to pay the price. Humans had been around for billions of years, until finally, all the hoaxes about the end of the world or the human race suddenly come true, the Ozone layer of the atmosphere almost completely wiped out as the world is cleansed. Maybe the end of the human race is a good thing, after all, humans did kill each other and not only each other, but trees, plants, greenery and animals, all of which were innocent. Humans had a lack of good judgement. If they thought that the end of their race was bad but the end of any other race doesn’t matter, then they deserved to die, and they did. All humans were cruel and selfish, their intelligence only poisoned them and spread the poison to the world, slowly killing it. All humans. All except for one. One of the last living humans on earth, a 17 year old girl who had a blonde ponytail, azure coloured eyes and mostly wore a bubblegum coloured dress which had poker black and white dots on it and hung down to her knees. She wore black patent school shoes, since it was all that she had left, and white socks that went up to her ankles. She kneeled in a field of what seemed like drowsy wheat, as they perished. The brightest thing in this grey field was her, a bubblegum girl kneeling in front of an old Oklahoma Redbud tree, it used to stand tall in all its pride and compassion, but now, it shrivels to a rotten state, its pure blush flowers ripped from their branches. The girl kneeled there, with a 2 pence coin in her hand, and she closed her eyes, made a wish and flipped the coin, and as it swivelled through the air, a dash of sunlight made its way through the misty clouds and shone upon the grand tree, and as the girl looked up at the tree, she smiled. She got up and skipped away, permeated with hope and bliss as a rose blossom sat there, on the closest branch to the ground, the sunlight still shone upon it as dashes of rain started to drop onto the grand tree, and hours later, the girl came back to find the drooping wheat closest to the blossom standing tall, as if they were proud. This was a sign. A sign that the Earth might forgive the humans for what they did to it. This was a sign of hope.



It is his favourite piece of writing and he always references it when he's thinking about writing more. 

LP is harder to get enthusiastic and writing is certainly not the thing he likes to do. What I have noticed though is that he enjoys watching me draw and before the Apple Pencil came out we used to sit at the table together and draw pictures on paper. He would love when I'd sit next to him and help with his drawings.




He recently bought himself an iPad and an Apple Pencil and has started using this to draw. Again it's probably because he's seen me doing it. But the great thing is that he's always asking questions and likes to hear my thoughts. LP also loves a challenge. So to get him excited about being creative I'll tell him to draw something in particular - like a Christmas scene that has to have a tree and some snow in it. He loves that because it allows him to have his own thoughts but he knows he has to follow some rules.

If LP isn't really in the mood for drawing I'll suggest he does some colouring and just lately this has been the thing that keeps him busiest the longest. I have sent him a few of my pictures and he colours them in - he loves it so much! A few days ago he spent at least 2 hours meticulously colouring in a picture and he even went on to add his own little drawing in the background. I was so happy.



Why be creative?


Being creative is SO important. It allows your mind to wander, you think about things you wouldn't ordinarily, and you get to release some energy. I don't know why but being creative let's you find that calm space in your head and just let go of everything else. 

Even for someone like LP who likes to be active and prefers logic and maths being creative is an outlet. He can draw and colour and let go of anything else. So even if you don't like to be creative, just colouring in could help you chill out.

Encouraging your kids to be creative too means they have quiet time, perhaps even time away from screens. It's a chance for them to think about fantasy and fiction and let their imaginations run wild. I have no doubt every child enjoys using their imagination. 



How does it help you?


When your kids sit down and start drawing/colouring/writing there's a chance they will get lost in the creation. It doesn't happen all the time but once or twice my boys have been so lost in the creations they haven't realised how much time they're spending on it. I have had more than 2 hours with 2 very quiet boys - that's 2 hours where I can sit, drink a hot coffee, even read sometimes.

Your kids will realise how much they enjoy being creative and may even go to school and tell their friends about it too. They will start to request creative time - like my two - and that means more time for you to enjoy a coffee. 





Creative thinking inspires ideas. Ideas inspire change. 

Barbara Januszkiewicz





Of course you can always get involved in the creation too. Like I've said I love being creative and just lately I've been engrossed in creating creatures. I have a monkey, a bear (who likes to dress as Disney characters), a fairy, and even a dragon! I'm currently getting them ready for halloween and I think they're quite excited about it!

A drawing by Morgan Prince of a dragon dressed as a mummy for halloween



When you encourage your kids to be creative, you let them know it's okay to use their imagination, but also you tell yourself it's okay to let go. It's okay to let your mind wander, and even if you don't write things down or draw, time not spent stressing over school runs and packed lunches does you good.


If you encourage your kids to be creative it can help you get time for yourself!


When was the last time you were creative?


If you enjoyed reading this post check out Why are our children so bored? Or if you're struggling with the day-to-day stuff check out 10 ways you can feel better in 10 minutes!

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Post Comment Love 21st - 23rd September

Welcome back to another Post Comment Love with Stephanie and me. We look forward to reading your posts every week and I can't wait to see what you've got for us this week. 

I'm happy to report that things have settled down for me. I can breathe a bit better after getting lots of work done, I'm a little more organised with the boys' school things, and the Hubby's stuff has settled into a nice routine too. It's taken about 3 weeks for things to settle but I'm glad it's happened.

I had a bit of an epic week last week, after getting invited backstage for Cirque Du Soleil OVO in the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham. It was, by far, the most exciting thing I've done for the blog and I can't believe I got to talk to the performers, to see all the props, even seeing how they pop up from the underneath the stage. I learned a lot and I would jump at the chance to do something like that again. 




I also got to work with Intel (!) on one of their campaigns - one which the boys were very pleased I got to do. They got to try out a laptop for playing games which meant I was very popular. We had lots of fun doing the video and the boys realised that my work isn't just "messing on the computer" anymore. Always a good thing. 

Another post from this week (there have been lots!) and one I was pleased to do was Postnatal Depression - Laura shares her story, this is the post I'm linking up this week. Laura, better known as The Butterfly Mother, agreed to share her story with me and I was so glad she did. I hope the post helps other mothers realise there is help out there.

After such a busy week I can't decide if I'd like it to stay settled or get busy again. Being busy has it's advantages but I do like the lulls when things calm down. 

Well that's it from me this week. How has your week been?

Do you like things to be busy or slow?





Blogger Showcase Caroline from Caroo Makeup




Who are you? 


My name is Caroline Agoba, and I am a 19 year old beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger. I am currently studying Mental Health Nursing in Limerick, Ireland. I love writing and sharing my reiews and opinion.



How did you discover blogs/blogging?


I discovered blogging through Pinterest, when I was looking up pastimes for the summer before I was going into college. Blogging seemed like something I would love because I love writing and photography.



Why did you start blogging?


I started blogging as a pastime, and it still is a pastime for me. I loved reading blogs so I thought it was time to start my own and if I didn't like it then I could stop, but I love it so I continued.



What do you find most challenging?


I find taking picture for my blog the most challenging. I see myself as a perfectionist so it could take hours for me to find a picture I really love. 



What is your favourite topic to write about?


I love writing about my favourites or hauls. People seem to love those too.



Are you blogging for fun or do you have goals?


I'm blogging for fun and I also have goals for my blog. I would like for it to grow more. 



What is your favourite thing about blogging?


My favourite thing about blogging is when I have finished writing a post and press 'publish'. I don't know what it is but it's so satisfying and rewarding to know I have completed a post and I'm happy with it.



Have you ever attended a blogging conference and if so, what did you think?


I have never attended a blogging conference but I would love to!



What are your 3 best posts?





Describe yourself in three words!


Ambitious, bubbly, and quirky!



Are you a tea and biscuits or coffee and cake person?


Coffee and cake definitely! 



What's your idea of a perfect night out?


A perfect night out is a dinner, and then maybe go to a bar for some drinks and go home to watch a nice movie.



What would your best friend/OH/mum or kids say is your best quality?


They would say I am a selfless person.



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Wear your jeans on Jeans for Genes Day

We are a family of jeans wearers, I wear mine every day, as does the Hubby, and the boys do a lot of the time too. I am always looking for a good pair of jeans and when I find a good pair I'll wear them until they're falling to bits. The Hubby is the same, in fact I've had to take jeans off him to be thrown away because he doesn't want to get rid of them. Which is why I'm so glad there's a charity we can support simply by wearing our jeans.



Jeans for Genes Day


Jeans for Genes Day is tomorrow - Friday 21st September - and it is trying to raise awareness and funds for children affected by genetic disorders.

I first heard of Jeans for Genes Day a few years ago but never really knew when it was - I only ever heard of it when it was the day and there was nothing I could do about it. However this year I'm ahead of the curve - Yay! I'll be wearing my jeans and spreading the word about Jeans for Genes Day because there are around 6,000 genetic disorders and an estimated 1 in 25 children is affected by a genetic disorder. Around 30,000 babies and children are newly diagnosed each year. 





Confidence is everything. Confidence is what makes that simple white tee and jeans look good.

Ciara





Need new jeans?


The boys in my house get through jeans like crazy, in fact BP is growing so fast at the moment I'm having to buy jeans almost every week! I recently bought the Hubby a slim fit pair of jeans, unfortunately he prefers the loose fit - like these from Jacamo - and complains about the slim fit ones whenever he wears them. I think I'll be visiting the Jacamo site (again!) to get him some he'll like.



Two young boys walk along a path wearing jeans, jumper, and trainers.
My boys in their classic look - jeans, jumper, trainers. 



As for BP he prefers skinny or slim fit jeans, and he can really look good in them because he's very tall (5'10'' nearing 5'11'') and slim. He is a bit of a pain to buy for though because he's very slim which means even the smallest waist size isn't quite small enough but I can't buy children's jeans because they're not long enough! Ah the annoyances of a mum! In the end I opt for jeans that are a little bit too big in the waist but are long enough in the leg - the other way around would look ridiculous.

It's easy buying for LP, he's only 9 and a fairly average height so I can just get children's jeans. And he likes all different cuts, so again it's easy.

I do like the Jacamo site though, for mens jeans, there's lots of choice and the sizes are great - I don't have to go looking elsewhere for either the Hubby or BP. They have a range of colours and styles and even though I'm the one choosing the jeans I know I'll be able to find something they'll both like.



How your money helps


By donating to Jeans for Genes you're helping to fund things like Oily Cart, a theatre company, who visit special schools with a production that involve tactile and multi-sensory activities. 

I love that children with these genetic disorders still get to enjoy the theatre. As you know I love going to the theatre and seeing things like Cirque Du Soleil OVO is amazing, my boys enjoy seeing the shows and they learn a lot too, so the fact that there are companies like Oily Cart who bring the enjoyment of theatre to children suffering with a genetic disorder is brilliant. Much respect to them. 





I wish I had invented blue jeans. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity - all I hope for in my clothes.

Yves Saint Laurent





10 reasons you/your company should get involved



  • It’s fun and simple to organise. All you have to do is ask people to come to work in their jeans and make a donation of £2.


  • It’s a great way to bring a team, a floor or the whole company together.


  • It can help to raise the profile of your organisation – highlight your fundraising in your annual report, on your website and in your local paper or trade magazine.


  • Staff will think it’s great – the boss will look good for letting you all wear your jeans.


  • Although, individually, genetic disorders are rare, together they are the biggest killer of children 14 and under.


My boys (all three of them) wearing their favourite jeans while on a walk. 




  • Create a bit of role reversal and give the boss a ‘day off’ – sponsor him or her to make the tea or do the photocopying.


  • £350 will pay for a child with a genetic disorder to spend a weekend away with other children like them, supported by trained medical staff.


  • Wearing jeans and having some fun in the office starts the weekend that bit earlier.


  • Raising money on Jeans for Genes Day helps your company to meet its corporate social responsibility targets.


  • The fun and fundraising don’t have to stop at 5.30pm. Make a night of it, serve a ‘gene and tonic’ drinks trolley and hold a pub quiz or karaoke night at the local pub!


Will you be wearing your jeans on 21st September for Jeans for Genes Day?



Are you or your company getting involved in Jeans for Genes Day?




If you enjoyed this post you'll enjoy 5 outfits I like to see the Hubby wearing or if you're after something a little different check out The ideal PC for all the family.

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The best snacks to try in Walt Disney World

We've been back home for 3 weeks now and even though I was completely stuffed by the time we got home, I still find myself missing the snacks. There is such a huge selection of snacks in Walt Disney World that it is easy to overlook some of the best ones. But that's why I'm here - below you'll find a list of our favourites from our most recent trip.



Dole Whip


A cup of pineapple juice topped with a huge dollop of vanilla ice cream. It is the most amazing/most refreshing snack there is in Walt Disney World and it is my all time favourite snack. 


Morgan Prince holding a Dole Whip, a pineapple juice topped with vanilla ice cream, in front of Aloha Isle in Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World.


Just standing in front of Aloha Isle where it is served, gets me all excited because I know exactly why I'm there. Now on the list they don't list the pineapple juice with vanilla ice cream, it's listed as a Pineapple Dole Whip which is pineapple juice with pineapple ice cream. To me though that's far too much pineapple and when you pair the juice with the vanilla ice cream it is luscious. 

The best thing though is they're definitely big enough to share. I'm not saying you should share of course - that choice is up to you - but they could be shared if you chose to. The Hubby and I did share one or two but our first ones were definitely one each!



Apple Blossom Sundae


Apple Blossom Sundae from Plaza Ice Cream Parlour in Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World.


Served in the Plaza Ice Cream Parlour on Main Street in Magic Kingdom it is one of the best ice cream snacks you will have. Again they are big enough to share and with this one we did - I'm not sure either one of us could've eaten the whole thing by ourselves. 





Food is not just eating energy. It's an experience. 

Guy Fieri





This snack is warm apple pie served with your choice of two ice cream flavours and cherries on top. The apple pie is amazing and paired with your favourite ice cream you can't go wrong. 



Funnel cake topped with strawberries and whipped cream


Have you ever tried Funnel Cake? It's a strange one - especially for us Brits. And it's hard to describe too, it's kind of like waffle bits dunked in a deep fryer all mixed together and then served with strawberries and cream. That description doesn't really do it justice - needless to say it is very tasty and topped my favourites list for our holiday.


Funnel cake topped with strawberries and cream from Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World.
The bananas are from the Hubby's snack - he doesn't like bananas!


You can find this particular funnel cake at Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom - we went there for breakfast one day, and what a breakfast it was. I ordered the funnel cake and couldn't finish it, it was huge! Again this is definitely a snack you could share - and perhaps even should!



Giant cookie


Okay so when you go to the US most of the food is super sized but these cookies are epic. LP had seen them around in lots of the snack shops and kept mentioning he wanted to try one so towards the end of the holiday we let him get one. It was as big as his head!!!


A mickey cookie, LP's favourite snack, from Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World.


He thought it was awesome and had a huge smile on his face (and chocolate all over it when he was finished). We each pinched a small piece but LP still had enough left that he couldn't finish it in one sitting. It was a great snack for him to try but also it's a good one for a family to share if they just want to try it out. Check out any of the shops with a bakery section and I'm sure you'll find them there.



Icee - Blue Raspberry


One thing you find yourself constantly battling in Walt Disney World is the heat. It is hot. ALL. THE. TIME. From drinks to ice cold snacks you're always looking for something to cool you down. One of the best drinks for this are ICEE's - available from many places in each of the parks. 


Morgan Prince and son enjoying a Blue Raspberry ICEE on a tram in Walt Disney World.


LP's favourite was the blue one - a blue raspberry - and I lost count how many he had. BP's favourite was cherry, but he didn't have as many. For the adults there's an alcoholic version too - so be sure to check those out.



Chicken fried rice


Most of the snacks you'll find around Walt Disney World will be full of sugar. And when I say 'full of sugar' I mean overflowing. You'll definitely be on a sugar rush after eating most of the snacks!





One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. 

Virginia Woolf





But they do have the odd snack that isn't full of sugar - like chicken fried rice, available from the Yak & Yeti quick service desks in Animal Kingdom. We tried it for the first time during our trip in the summer and I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to go back and have more. We even had a few of them for our lunch one day. We all enjoyed it - which is rare - and that meant we knew exactly what to order when we got there, always a good thing to reduce queueing time.



Mickey Waffle


You can get mickey waffles from most places but this one came from Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom. Bought at the same time as the funnel cake BP had this one for his breakfast. It is large, again, and he couldn't finish it, but he had a good go.


Mickey Waffle with strawberries and cream available from Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World.


You can have strawberries and cream, or just with powdered sugar, and it's just as nice either way. If you like waffles you'll love this one. 


The best snacks in Walt Disney World - which ones would you try?


These are just a few of our favourites, there were so many different snacks I lost count of how many we tried. Which is probably why we were so stuffed all the time!



Which snack would you most like to try?




If you enjoyed reading this post check out The best places to eat in Walt Disney World theme parks or if you're looking for a bit more information read Things to know before visiting Walt Disney World.

Do stop by Facebook and let me know which snack you'd most like to try - it's always lovely to hear people chatting about Walt Disney World. Or you could find me on Twitter and say hi!

And to keep the kids busy on the plane while you're on your way to Walt Disney World (fingers crossed!) why not download these activity sheets available as my welcome gift.

The ideal PC for all the family

Whenever we think about travelling anywhere, like to visit family, we often have to have a car full of devices. There's iPads for the boys so they don't get bored in the car, Kindles if they fancy reading, and then there's work stuff for the Hubby, like his Macbook and iPad. But what if there was a device that would be good enough for everyone to use? A device that could be taken anywhere, was powerful enough to play games, but also useful for storing and editing family photos for example.

Intel recently sent me a Lenovo Ideapad to try out, it has their latest 8th Gen processor and Optane Memory (a new type of memory from Intel beyond the processors you know them best for) which means it can boot up fast. Now I'm not about to get all techy and start talking about its pixels or something. To be honest as long as it works and I can use it for all the things I do then I'm happy. But I will say it has a nice big screen and because the boot up is fast I can be blogging quicker which I think is great. 



Family life


We all know that PCs are a part of life these days, even if you aren't a blogger, and having a good machine that can do everything is what we're all looking for. You want something that you can take places, that will hold all your family photos and allow you to edit, and perhaps even something you can play games on. And whether it's games or photos having a large screen is a bonus. 





The memories we make with our family is everything. 

Candace Cameron Bure





Like most children my boys love playing games and watching movies, but this is something they miss out on if we visit family. They can take iPads and play simple games but their favourites are more complicated and can't be played on the iPad. Which is why they were so excited to find out I had been sent a "proper" PC to try out that is powerful enough for them to watch movies and play games and it has a 15.6 inch screen which is nice and big.




They loved that they could be playing games quickly thanks to the 8th Gen processor and Optane Memory and it meant that I could be chatting to my mother-in-law while they were quiet rather than asking them to be quiet every five minutes.




LP tried watching a movie too, and thought it was brilliant. He's asked if he can take it whenever we visit family so that he can watch all his favourite movies. 



Work life


A PC isn't just useful for keeping the kids busy though and if, like me, you work from home having a machine that can do it all is important. Being able to pick up the laptop and be typing within a few seconds is brilliant, it means my work gets done quicker and I'm not sat waiting for the thing to boot up. 

It's also great at editing photos too, something I do on a daily basis for work and something that can take up a lot of time. I like being able to get through it quickly and be back to writing rather than tapping my fingers on the desk while I wait for changes to take effect. That can be quite frustrating, particularly when you have a deadline.







Home life


Because this PC is great for everyone to use we keep it on the table in our lounge so that if someone wants to use it they can just pick it up - which the boys have done on occasion.





It's all about quality of life and finding a happy balance between work and friends and family. 

Philip Green




Having a device that is responsive and quick and easy to use, but that doesn't cost the earth, is an essential part of home life and this Intel powered Lenovo IdeaPad 330 is ideal. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good all rounder.



Does your family share a PC?




If you liked this post you might enjoy How we spend time together as a family or if you're looking for something a big more 'me' time like then try How to get time to yourself during the summer - I know it's not the summer anymore but some of the points are still valid!

Stop by Facebook and let me know how you use your PC, or head to Twitter and say hi.

To keep the kids busy so that you can have a hot coffee download these Activity Sheets in my welcome gift - and do let me know if you got that hot coffee.




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