July 6, 2015

Navigating Disney with Kingdom Stroller Rentals and StrollersandGroceries.com

Disclaimer: I was provided a stroller free of charge to facilitate this review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 


The world knows I am obsessed with my stroller and I have read some horror stories about strollers getting destroyed during airplane transport.  I just couldn't risk anything happening to "my baby".  Even though I knew I'd have my LILLEbaby airflow carrier with me for the the little guy, I also knew that I would need a stroller for the princess. Lots of walking, some late nights, and big crowds where she could easily get lost... I needed to have a mode of transportation for her that did not require me carrying her while wearing her brother.

A quick Google search brought me to StrollersandGroceries.com


 Strollers and Groceries partnered with Kingdom Strollers to provide strollers and groceries to Disney, as well as many other local places, vacationers. 

Here's why you NEED to order through them:

1. One low delivery fee for both the stroller and the groceries! If you rent a stroller from Strollers and Groceries, they will deliver your groceries for free! That's a $14 savings! In addition to the double stroller we rented, we had milk, cereal, yogurt, and fresh produce delivered to the hotel room.  It made a quick breakfast before the park a breeze!

2. It's so much more affordable than Disney stroller rentals. We rented the City Mini GT Double stroller for a total of $80 for an entire week.

(current as of July 2015) 

At $31 a day for a double stroller from Disney, we saved over a $100 off of the Disney price!

3. Much more comfortable than a Disney stroller!
Take a look again at the beautiful, comfortable City Mini GT Double... 


Now check out the strollers Disney offers. Hard plastic. No reclining options. It's clear to see which you would prefer. 


4. You need a double, even if you only have one kid. 
Half the time I was wearing Tyler in our LILLEbaby airflow carrier, but I still needed a place to put all the "stuff" we would need over the day: diapers, wipes, change of clothes, small snacks to hold the kids over, ponchos, etc.  That's a lot to carry on my shoulder while also wearing a 20 lb little guy. 


We have a TON of vacation photos with my oversized purse (similar) taking up the second seat. Either kid is on one side and the bag is on the other.  Emma wanted to walk around for most of the day but there were times when she needed a place to sit... or sleep...


5. You can't remove Disney strollers from the parks. Which means if the above had happened in a Disney Park stroller, someone would have been carrying a sleeping child the whole way home. You do have to fold up the strollers on the buses but the ability to keep her in the stroller as we left the park and waited for the buses and being able to put her back in it from the resort bus stop to our room was priceless. 

We would not have survived our Disney vacation without this amazing stroller! Whether it was a napping place for the little guy while I went on rides with the princess, a purse holder, or a way to get through the parks quickly without the 4 year old being distracted by everything, it was perfect for us!



July 2, 2015

30 by 30 : 7 months to go!


Two more items off the 30 by 30 list! I'm down to just 7 months and I KNOW I won't complete it all but I'm getting closer!

18. Go to Vegas for my 30th! (The 29th can count too right?! I just wanted to go!)

I went for my 29th birthday and it was AMAZING!

30. Make a list of 100 things that make me happy.

I assigned this as a project for my Juniors and I of course, did it alongside them.  It was so fun!

So, to update:

1. Be an English Teacher (have my own classroom)
2. Have baby #2.
3. Buy a house.
4. Own a pair of Manolos. (Really not my lifestyle anymore-- might be a pair of Jack Rogers instead)
5. See a show ON Broadway.
6. Run a 5k.
7. Weigh 150 lbs again. (muscle weighs more than fat-- this will never happen. Maybe we'll say, be a size 8/10)
8. Get my Masters degree.
9. Do a photography challenge for a month.
10. Pay for someone else in the drive through behind me.
11. Get my palm read/fortune told.
12. Go to a blogging conference.
13. Re-learn how to sew and make a blanket from Em's old clothes. (maybe I'll just get a blanket done, I have no place to set up my sewing machine and I totally don't trust myself with such important items)
14. Own a car that's less than 5 years old.
15. Go for a weekend trip to Martha's Vineyard.
16. Adopt a family for Christmas.
17. Buy a bicycle. A regular old fashioned bicycle.
18. Go to Vegas for my 30th! (The 29th can count too right?! I just wanted to go!)
19. Start (and keep) a vegetable garden.
20. Spend a day getting pampered.
21. Learn to crochet or knit. (Why was this important to me?!)
22. Buy brand new furniture.
23. Have dinner out with my husband at Top of the Hub or go to Blue Man Group (he's never been!)
24. Wear a bikini to the beach... no cover up.
25. Bring Emmalee to see the Rockafeller Christmas Tree.
26. Do a boudoir photo shoot.
27. Go to a group fitness class.
28. Buy an original piece of art and frame it in our house.
29. Go on our first family vacation (must be out of state, can't be CT)
30. Make a list of 100 things that make me happy.


June 29, 2015

Dannon Light & Fit Tiramisu Flavored Greek Nonfat Yogurt, Stop & Shop & Getting Healthy

“I participated in an Event and Blogger Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dannon. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. All views and opinions are my own, and do not necessarily represent those of Dannon.”

It is no secret that I love a good snack. I am overweight but I'm working on it. I won a fitbit from work and since I don't have to take it off to charge it every night, I actually end up wearing it the next day to count my steps! Factor in cutting out soda and making sure I drink the recommended amount of water and I'm doing better every day.  The hardest part of getting healthy for me has been giving up my favorite snacks. Funfetti cupcakes, potato chips, a rich slice of chocolate cake... yum!

It's hard to choose better for you foods because so often, they don't taste nearly as good! Dannon has figured out the solution to my problem making delicious, Dannon® Light & Fit® Greek nonfat yogurt in one of my favorite flavors-- Tiramisu! It is so delicious and is a satisfying alternative to something loaded up with sugar and empty calories!

Dannon® Light & Fit® Tiramisu Flavored Greek nonfat yogurt has 12 grams of protein, 80 calories and 0% fat per 5.3 oz serving so it helps me stick to my new lifestyle while satisfying my sugar loving taste buds and shrinking away those daily temptations and cravings.


My local Stop & Shop was having a tasting of the new flavor so I had to try it out! I have always been hesitant of yogurt because I have such consistency issues with foods but I was super excited and impressed by the creamy deliciousness of Dannon Light & Fit Tiramisu Flavored Greek Nonfat Yogurt! It was the most perfect consistency-- I didn't have to shake it and mix before enjoying it-- it was perfect. 



While at Stop & Shop, a nutritionist walked us through the store pointing out 'better for you' snack options. Stick to berries, leafy greens, and fresh produce.
Berries on my yogurt... yum!


She also reminded us to make sure we are eating all of the colors of the rainbow to make sure we're getting a full range of vitamins from our foods and to really look at labels while purchasing our foods.  Stop & Shop is making it even easier for those like me who struggle with making good choices, pre-cutting produce and offering both bulk and single serve portions which are great to grab on the go.






This label was for gluten free ciabatta rolls which qualifies as a "Healthy Idea" at Stop & Shop and the label lets you know as you are shopping!  This label also indicates that it is a gluten free product. It makes it a lot easier to "grab" things in the aisles with that type of information just at the ready.  Between the easy to read labels from Stop & Shop and the delicious treat like good for you snacks by Dannon, I am sure I'll be watching the pounds fall off! Now excuse me while I go indulge in some Tiramisu (yogurt!)!



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