Our Experience With Disney Genie+ And Individual Lightening Lanes

Our Experience With Disney Genie+ And Individual Lightening Lanes

On our recent trip to Walt Disney World, my family got to try out Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lanes. Disney Parks recently introduced Genie, the new in park planning tool, as well as Genie+ and Individual Lightening Lane services and people have a wide range of opinions. Today, I will talk a little more about the Genie Plus service and tell you what I thought of it!

As a person who lives too far away from Disney to be a frequent visitor, the changes felt very overwhelming at first. My husband and I still remember running to get paper fast passes on our Honeymoon and we were also pretty comfortable with digital Fast Pass system that had been available for free up until the parks closed due to the pandemic, so the thought of paying to wait less wasn’t something we loved, but we were willing to give it a try.

You can purchase Disney Genie+ in advance for your entire trip, but we decided to purchase it in the morning on the days we wanted to use it. The service is $15 a person per day however, that does not include tax, so it ends up being $15.98 per person. For my family of three, it was just under $50 a day. We bought it three times, so the extra expense came to almost $150 for the week. It felt like a lot to spend on a service that was once free, but when we compared it to similar services at other theme parks we’ve been to, it was much less expensive.

Now that we’ve gotten a few of the basics out of the way, let’s talk about my experience! My dad and step mom got us all an Individual Lightening Lane pass for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in Epcot and we purchased three days worth of Genie+. The wait for Remy through the Lightening Lane was very short. Unfortunately, it broke right as we were about to get into a ride vehicle. They scanned our band and told us to come back at any time. When we did go back, we ended up having to talk to three cast members to get back into line. The first two told us that we had a boarding group, but not a Lightening Lane. It did get sorted out and the ride was a lot of fun! The boarding groups for the ride were gone right at 7AM that day, so if Disney World’s newest ride is a must for you, it is worth paying for!

 We used the Genie+ at Magic Kingdom and Hollywood studios. It was amazing in Magic Kingdom. Our first MK day was a busy Sunday, and we were still able to get almost constant Lightening Lane selections. The longest we waited in line all day was about 10 minutes. My daughter is just under 40 inches, so she couldn’t ride any of the big rides, but we rode almost everything else in a day. In my opinion, the service is a must for Magic Kingdom, even if you have several days planned at the park. After our second day at MK, we park hopped to Hollywood Studios for dinner and a few rides. I was very disappointed to find that almost all the Genie+ selections for gone by 3:30PM. We were able to get one for Alien Swirling Saucers for much later in the evening. We originally were going to buy Genie+ for our full day at Hollywood Studios, but because of that experience, we decided not to.

Overall, I really enjoyed the Genie+ service and found it to be a good value for our time at Magic Kingdom, but didn’t think it would have been worth the cost at any other park.

Have you used Genie+ yet? I’d love to hear your opinions!

18 Wonderful Science Experiments

18 Wonderful Science Experiments

Science is a part of our daily lives. Potential STEM learning is all around us! It is important that young children are given the opportunity to explore how that day-to-day science works. Today we have some wonderful science experiments and activities to share.

Penguin Science Experiment 

Peppermint Science Experiment

Dragon Fire Science Experiment

Fizzy Lemonade Edible Science Experiment

Skittles Color Blending Experiment

Magic Milk Experiment

Colorful Baking Soda and Vinegar Reaction

Popsicle Stick Catapult

Easy Heart Pump Model

Unicorn Density Tower Science Experiment

Balloon Air Pressure Experiments

Fun DIY Bath Bomb Science Experiment

Frozen Toys Ice Challenge

Edible Sensory Foam

Borax Crystal Snowflakes

Dancing Grapes Experiment

DIY Upcycled Toilet Paper Seedling Pots and Painted Stone Garden Markers

Coffee Filter Process Art Science Activity

16 Sweet Halloween Treats

16 Sweet Halloween Treats

Halloween is almost here! I have gathered some fantastic homemade Halloween treat recipes. You can make these with your kids or make them while they are at school for a fun surprise!

Halloween Chocolate Bark from Slow The Cook Down

Halloween Bark from Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt

Halloween Monster Bark from Seasoned Sprinkles

Spooky Halloween White Chocolate Candy Bark from XOXO Bella

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups from The Art Of Food And Wine

Gluten Free Snickers Bars from Organically Addison

Homemade Strawberry Fruit Leather from This Mama Cooks

Candy Corn Butterfingers from In Fine Taste

Halloween Candy Cookie Bars from In Fine Taste

Instant Pot Halloween Sugar Cookies from Corrie Cooks

Halloween Pinwheel Cookies from Urban Bliss Life

Nutter Butter Ghost Cookies from Urban Bliss Life

Frankenstein Rice Krispie Treats from Urban Bliss Life

Halloween Pretzel Treats from Sweet Precision

Hocus Pocus Marshmallow Pops from House Of Nash Eats

Halloween Rice Krispies Treats from Kitchen-By-The-Sea

BoxyCharm: October Box

BoxyCharm: October Box

Every month, I look forward to getting my BoxyCharm box! The box is only $25 per month and it includes 5 full-size beauty products worth well over $100! Keep reading to see what I got in my box this month!

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Overnight Lip Mask

Retail Price $20

My lips get so dry once the weather gets cold, so this came at the perfect time! I tried it out as soon as I opened the box and loved how soft and moisturized it made my lips feel. It is a little thick and sticky feeling, but I can get past that since it works so well.


Resurfacing Face Serum

Retail Price $70

I decided to gift this one to my mom because I already have more skin care products than I can use!


Makeup Remover Towelettes

Retail Price $20

These makeup removing towelettes aren’t horrible, but I don’t love them either. They are soft, but have a smell that I don’t like. I would not pay $20 a pack for these.


Spackle Skin Perfecting Primer: Hydrate

Retail Price $32

I just got a primer last month, so I’m not opening this one up until I finish that one.


Milk & Honey Highlighting Palette

Retail Price $38

This palette is beautiful! I don’t use highlighter on a daily bases, but I will use it. I got a similar palette last month, but I like this one better.

Overall, I didn’t love this month’s box. I did like it enough to feel like I got my money worth, but I was disappointed to get very similar items two months in a row. If you get have a subscription, I’d love to hear what you thought of this month’s box!

A Boat For Santa

A Boat For Santa

I know we haven’t even shared any Halloween crafts this year, but as my preschooler and I were talking about modes of transportation, she decided to talk about ways Santa might get around. It was a wonderfully creative conversation. After talking about it, she wanted to make Santa’s boat. It turned out super cute, so I wanted to share it!

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Materials Used

Paper Plate

Red Paint

Brown Construction Paper

Decorative Paper

Paint Brush



Craft Sand

I started by cutting a paper plate in half. After that, I gave my daughter red paint to paint the paper plate.

While we waited for the paint to dry, I drew a rectangle on the brown construction paper and a triangle on the back of the decorative paper for my preschooler to cut out.

Once the plate was completely dry, we flipped it over and glued the rectangle onto the back. Next, we flipped it back and glued the triangle onto the rectangle.

To finish the boat, my daughter made three circles with glue. I helped her pour the sand onto the plate. This part was messy, but so much fun! If you want a less messy option, you could use black construction paper.

The end result of our spur of the moment craft project was a magical boat fit for Santa!

Book Suggestions

Little learners love pairing a book with an activity or art project! Here are a few suggestions.

What Would You Pack? Creative Learning Activity

What Would You Pack? Creative Learning Activity

Our family loves to travel! This past weekend, we did a fun travel themed activity that encourages creative thinking and language skills.

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Materials Used

Construction Paper


Magazine Clippings


Something To Draw With

I started by drawing a rounded rectangle on the construction paper. I also drew two handle shapes. I helped my daughter cut all three things out.

After the shapes were cut, we folded the rectangle in half and then glued the handle shapes onto the sides.

While we waited for the glue to dry, we talked about where we could go on a pretend trip and what we should pack. My preschooler decided that we should pack from a camping trip. I had her pick pictures from a pile of magazine clippings. Before she glued on each picture, she told me what it was and why she needed to pack it.

Book Suggestions

Little learners enjoy pairing a book with crafts and educational activities! Here are a few suggestions.

Don’t Feel Guilty If You Can’t Do It All! Five Ways To Manage Your Stress

Don’t Feel Guilty If You Can’t Do It All! Five Ways To Manage Your Stress

Raising a family is both rewarding and challenging. Juggling work, the house, and your family can be a major source of stress for parents. Today, I want to share five things you can do to help manage stress levels as a parent.

Reduce stress in your life by setting priorities, taking unnecessary things off of your to do list, and finding time to do things as a family that you all enjoy. Think of activities to help you feel relaxed and healthy, and then try to do at least one activity a day to reduce stress.

If you are feeling alone, reach out to a friend who you can speak honestly with. Chances are, whatever is stressing you out, might not be as uncommon as you think it is. There are a lot of stressful issues that parents face but rarely talk about. Even if your friend can’t relate to what you are going through, it always feels good to talk out tough feelings!

The activities that work best for each person will be different, but they can include meditation, yoga, exercise, reading, or even just binge-watching Netflix. Everyone manages stress in their own way, and it may be necessary for you to try a few activities to see what works best for you.

Most parents feel guilt over something they think they do wrong as a parent. A hectic work schedule, chronic illness, or the occasional yelling incident may be the source of parental guilt. Try not to be too harsh on yourself when you feel like you aren’t being a great parent. Try to focus on the parts of parenthood you are handling well instead of the things you think you are failing at.

It is okay not to be super mom or dad every day. Knowing and accepting that what you do and do not have time for in your life will help you make healthier choices that can lead to a less stressful life.

Being a parent can be hard, but it can be a little easier if you work to reduce your stress levels!

I’d love to hear from you! What is your favorite stress relieving activity? What steps have you taken to reduce stress in your life?

Easy Felt Crafts The Whole Family Will Enjoy

Easy Felt Crafts The Whole Family Will Enjoy

Felt is such a wonderful fabric for small children to craft with! Today, we want to share a list of easy felt projects that children can do with just a little help!

No-sew Monster Banner

Cute Felt Angel

DIY Space Rocket Pencil Toppers

DIY No-sew Felt Name Pennant

Flower Pencil Toppers

Tweety Felt Bird DIY Bookmarks

We help this list can inspire you to break out the felt and get craft with your little ones! If you like the list, please share it with a friend!

My August BoxyCharm Box

My August BoxyCharm Box

I recently signed up for a BoxyCharm subscription. BoxyCharm offers 5 full-size beauty products each month for just $25. Today, I want to share what was in my August box.

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KATE SOMERVILLE ExfoliKate® Glow Moisturizer (retail price: $70)

I have not tried this one out yet. I signed up mid July, so I got July’s box shortly before I got this one and I’m still using the amazing skin care products from that box.

DITO COSMETICS LIMITED EDITION VENUS 12 Shade Palette (retail price: $29.99)

I absolutely love this palette! I would definitely pay the retail price. The glitter shadows are super pretty and all the pigments last well.

PURLISSE Ageless Glow Serum (retail price $38)

I absolutely love this stuff! It makes my skin feel so soft while offering the perfect amount of tint.

EARTH HARBOR AQUA AURA Reparative Eye Crème (retail price $34)

I just tried this for the first time today. It was okay. I didn’t love how it smelled. I probably wouldn’t pay the retail price to buy it again, but I will use it.

MANNA KADAR Hydration Happy Face Mist (retail price $19)

This spray is my least favorite thing from the box. It didn’t make my face happy at all. It felt kind of gross on my skin.

Overall, I am really happy with this box and can’t wait to see what September has in store.

I’d love to hear from you! Have you gotten August’s box? If so, what did you think?

Five Cities You Can Visit Affordably with Hotels Etc.

Five Cities You Can Visit Affordably with Hotels Etc.

Our family loves to travel. Unfortunately, we haven’t hit the lottery yet, so our bank account does not always support our passion to explore new cities. Recently, I discovered Hotels Etc. This  private membership club was established in 1996 and they offer great discounts on travel, entertainment and so much more! After I got my membership, I dove deep into all the wonderful discounts Hotels Etc. has to offer. Today, I want to share five cities you can visit affordably thanks to this wonderful travel club!

**I was gifted a year’s membership to Hotels Etc. so that I could review it. All opinions are my own.* All prices mentioned in this post are just examples of prices I found the day this post was published and may be different when you search. All trips are hypothetical examples with actual screenshots from the website**

Before I start talking about a few of the places you can visit after you get a Hotels Etc. membership, I want to give a few details about the program. It costs $299 a year. In my opinion, that is a wonderful value for all the discounts it provides. Once you sign up, you’ll have access to tons of discounts! In order to find those, you can use four color coded search engines. You can also click on the categories pictured above. Some categories will take you to a page listing deals, while other categories will take you to the search engines. The website takes a minute to learn how to navigate, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to easily find amazing deals! I used the purple and the red engines for this post.

Boston, Massachusetts

There are so many great discounts on Hotels Etc. for hotels in the Boston area! If you are looking for a family friendly hotel, Holliday Inn is always a great choice. Depending on the location, you can save up to $40 a night at a Holliday Inn! That is $200 off of a five night trip! While you are in Boston, you can use your membership to get tickets to the Boston Historic Sightseeing Cruise starting at $38 per person, the Boston Harbor Historic Cruise starting at $41 per person, or the Ghosts and Gravestones Tour starting at $43 per person. There are tons of other entertainment options as well! As a bonus, Salem is just over a half hour away from Boston, so you can visit two historic cities on one vacation!

Orlando, Flordia

Orlando is one of my favorite vacation destinations. Everyone in my family absolutely loves Disney, but a trip to the Orlando area can be very costly! With Hotels Etc., you can easily save $100 a night on Hotels that are extremely close to all the major attractions. If you need a rental car, I found an SUV rental for under $500 a week including taxes! We are considering renting a car during our next trip to Orlando and can’t wait to use this membership to save on it! If you need to fly in order to get to Flordia, Hotels Etc. can help you with that as well! They currently have 11 pages of good deals on flights.

Anchorage, Alaska

Alaska is absolutely beautiful. I highly recommend everyone visit at least once! With the help of this club, it might be more affordable than you’d think! With the discounts, you can get a four night hotel stay for under $1,000.

Miami, Flordia

When I was researching to write this post, I asked a family member “Where have you always wanted to visit, but the costs of a hotel kept you away?”. She answered Miami. You can use Hotels Etc. to save a range of $15 to $50 a night on familiar hotel chains like Holiday Inn and Homewood Suites. There are a some hotels where you can save even more than that! When you aren’t at the beach, you can visit Sawgrass Recreation Park starting at just $24 a person or the Mansions of Miami Boat Tour starting at $27 per person. If you have a rainy day during your trip, you can either get a coupon for extra jump time at Sky Zone Trampoline Park.

Seattle, Washington

I visited Seattle as a teenager and I hope to travel back again soon! I loved the whole city. Since we live in Ohio, it has the potential to be an expensive trip. I will use our membership to make it less costly! There are a lot of hotel options under $200 a night after the discount! If you need a car, you can grab a 25% coupon for Budget Rent A Car right now!

After spending hours exploring all the perks of this membership program, I can definitely say that if you travel often, you’ll get much more than your money worth out of a subscription. If you only travel once a year, it may not be something you are interested in, but it depends on where you are traveling to. Discounts on everyday things like online shopping and gift cards to chain resturants are a wonderful bonus.

I’d love to hear from you. Have you ever used Hotels Etc.? If so, what did you think of it?

Don’t forget to visit them today! http://www.hotelsetc.com