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Holler Dollar: Toddler Snacks

Friday, March 11th, 2016

Wow, back-to-back holler dollars!

If you frequent the dollar store you will know the food aisles are….a little sketch.

Recently however, we have found our favorite snacks for the girls at less than half the price of the grocery store which has given us a new appreciation for the dollar store.

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Mini boxes of raisins HERE
Animal crackers HERE6-pack pears in water (in store)

You’ll always find these three things in our diaper bags…the prices can’t be beat!
Next time you’re in the dollar store, head down the food aisles. Look for brands you know you like, you’ll be surprised at the cost!

Holler Dollar: Easter Cards

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Easter is a pretty big deal where we are from in England. It’s second only to Christmas, so decorations, card sending etc are always part of the fun.

I found these sweet cards at the Dollar Tree this week.

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A few of the eggs are pop-outs and it’s hard to tell from the picture but that is real ribbon and a cute metallic banner…so great for a buck!

They’ll be making there way to England this week.

Do you still send cards or are you 100% email only?

I still love sending and receiving a card in the mail…one of the sweet little joys of life!


Friday, March 4th, 2016

Who’s up for a FUN GIVEAWAY?!!

With Spring Break and warm weather approaching, we thought it would be fun to host a great giveaway for you guys!


Today, we will be giving away TWO FUJI Instax Cameras along with TWO $100 Amazon Gift Cards – a camera and gift card for YOU and a camera and gift card for a FRIEND. Pretty sweet, right? There’s nothing better than winning an awesome prize as well as being able to give a prize to friend or family member. :)

The cameras will help you capture your family fun in the coming week and the gift cards can help with those last-minute spring break items you need.

Don’t forget to click over to all the talented bloggers that are helping make this giveaway possible! You’ll love them!





You have 16 opportunities to enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter form below! The giveaway will run from MARCH 4TH, 2016 at 12:00 am through MARCH 10TH, 2016 at 11:59pm. The winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond, before a new winner is chosen!

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$3 Bunny Totes

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Oh how we love spring time, Easter, baby animals and lots of bunnies!

Target just got these adorable totes in their dollar spot, and for $3 we couldn’t resist!

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boxwood clippings | bunny bags
The perfect size for the girls to bring to church or bring a few activities in for the car…we can’t get enough of these cute bunny bags.

Doing Disneyland on a Budget with Babies!

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

We just got back from Disneyland for the twins second birthday. Many people say it’s a waste of money to take babies to the magical kingdom, but I say you can’t afford not too! They are FREE until they hit 3, so for us that cuts the price of admission in half, and they really really love their day. Plus did you know there are major benefits to visiting with a baby? I’m talking shorter lines…read on friends!

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There are so many little tips and tricks to maximize your time and money, here are what we like best:

One Pass, One Day, One Park: We say one fully packed day is better value that spending triple time taking it slower. Plus Disneyland is exhausting, a nice day on the beach the day after is both free and relaxing! There’s way too much to see and do trying to jump between parks, so we feel picking a park and getting as much done in one day is the best approach.

Baby Swap Pass: The magical thing about Disneyland is that babies and parents can enjoy rides together, having said that many of the popular rides have a height limit and babies/toddlers can’t ride. This can be to your advantage if you do the baby swap system while they nap! One person stands in line like usual and gets a pass for the person with babies to then skip the line. This works really, really well when you’re with a bigger group. We were with a group of 10, so we fast pasted 5 tickets and the first group rode, then the second group did after with baby pass. No one then has to stand in line more than 10 minutes or so. We only fast passed half the tickets because you can only do one fast pass at a time per ticket, so we fast passed half the tickets on one ride and half on another, there’s no need to spend all the fast passes on one ride when you have babies with you. Hope that makes sense!

Food: We never enter the park empty handed when it comes to food and water. Water bottles are a must, as they can be refilled for free anywhere in the park. We also like to bring in snacks and treats, nothing to heavy to lug around (strollers are so handy). We eat a good breakfast, and then have a later lunch around 2 to avoid bigger crowds. Rancho del Zocalo we think is the best value for money (menu HERE) and fills us for the whole day. Dole Whips are our favorite treat to enjoy in the cool Enchanted Tiki Room that has been one of the girlies favorite attractions!

Souvenirs: They have amazing shops at Disney, but if I’m there one day that’s not how I want to spend my time! I always hit the Dollar Tree before our trip and get lots of little Disney bits and bobs like coloring books, pencils, little characters, story books…these come in handy for the whole trip and nice to bring some into the park. The Glow in the Dark Wands were a real hit once the sun goes down, and for $1 they really can’t be beaten.

We also got the girls a Mini soft toy before their first visit. I think we paid about $10 for it at Hobby Lobby where as in the park they go for $30. We attach their toy to a binky clip so it stays with us the whole day. We put them away when we got home and pulled them out again for this trip, they are such a novelty, but they don’t miss them when they go back into storage!

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Our favorite souvenirs are these adorable silhouettes. They are hand cut and are just the cutest! For $10 you get two copies of the same portrait so I write on the back of one about our day at Disney to save for the girls and frame one for me.

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Clothes: I love seeing all the little princesses around the park, and other creative ways people dress up. For us, I stick the the classic Mickey and Mini look. I pull some black and white clothes from our closets, somethings that can layer easily and are comfy. Add a pop of red and ears and we’re there!

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Baby Lounge: The first time we took the girls they were 9 months old and I was still pumping full time and was panicked about being out the whole day. Then I found out about the baby lounge….sooooo dreamy! It’s at the top of main street by the corn dog stand and it’s basically a baby heaven. Nice and cool, quiet and has everything a baby and mummy needs. Feeding/pumping booths, high chairs, microwave, changing stations. It’s really all the comforts of home, I’d highly recommend taking a ‘time out’ in there with your little one to regroup, change and feed. Plus the decor in there is charming!

Our favorite part of the day is the light parade and fireworks. The girls were loving every second and it’s fun for them now to begin to recognize characters and point them out. The 60th celebration firework show was fantastic and worth the $99 entrance fee alone!

We hope we’ve inspired you to visit Disneyland, to make wonderful memories and to save a few bucks here and there. We’ve just had the best experiences there WITH BABIES, and now young toddlers…I’m wondering if it actually gets harder once the kids are older, or if it will be even more fun since they can enjoy even more. Either way, we’ll be going back soon!

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