6 Helpful Resources for Planning Your Disney Vacation

Disney World Planning

I’m back with another installment of “Countdown To Disney” where I am sharing everything I’m learning about Disney World vacation planning in the midst of planning our very own upcoming trip this year. So far, we’ve answered the basic questions you should ask when beginning to plan your tripa rundown of where to stay when you get there, and the plethora of things to do while at Disney. If you missed those, be sure to go back and get caught up to speed.We are less than a month away from our trip and I am super excited! So excited that it’s getting harder by the day to keep it a secret from the girls. 

Today I am sharing 5 resources that have been ESSENTIAL in helping me to plan our first Disney vacation.  Continue reading

BBQ Chicken Salad

BBQ CHICKEN SALAD

 Chicken salad is a big summer staple in my home and is probably on the menu at least once every couple of weeks or so. I love it because it’s quick to prepare, I can make a lot at once, and we can typically eat sandwiches for at least two days, which frees me up from cooking two days in a row.  The girls also love it, and it’s very rare that they actually request a dish that I make, so I tend to make it often to keep them happy. 

We have a local restaurant, Chicken Salad Chick, that serves a variety of different flavors of the chicken salad. When I was there recently, I decided to try their Barbie-Q style and it was sooooo good, I KNOW I had to try my best to recreate it!

This BBQ chicken salad is my first attempt at knocking off the Chicken Salad Chick recipe and I must say…it turned out very well! 

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Meanwhile…On Instagram

MyBBLife Instagram

 Hey, hey, hey! 

So here’s a rundown of my life lately….wake up…slave at work…get off…slave at the gym…leave the gym…slave at home. Go to sleep, wake up and start all over again! Even my weekends have been super hectic! Every time I get ready to think of a post in my head…something bombards my brain and I never get the chance to get it out here on the blog…boo, boo, and BOO. 

Anyway, I wanted to make sure I got something out this week, so I figured I’d do an Instagram recap! You all know I love these things, as I love to give a little background on some of the snapshots because sometimes the captions just aren’t enough! Instagram is about the only Social Media site I use regularly now, so if you want to keep up with comings and goings of yours truly…be sure to add me here

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Pin-Spiration: DIY Chore Charts

DIY Chore Charts

 Over the past month or so, I’ve been teaching my daughters about responsibilities by getting them in the habit of doing weekly chores.  I am not at the point of giving out allowances, so I wanted to create something that the girls could use that would get them excited about doing them. Of course, I turned to Pinterest for some ideas and inspiration and of course, I found it! 

If you follow me on Instagram, you’d know that I started this project about two weeks ago, and I must say that it took waaaay longer than I expected, and it’s partly my fault. See…I just can’t do things the simple way, I have to be too dang on extra which means added steps (and time) for me. *sigh* 

…and even though it took longer than expected, I LOVE how they turned out! I couldn’t wait to share the “how-to” with you! 

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According to Parents Magazine, I Suck at Being a Mom…

Parents magazine

I cringe when folks assume I’m such a “good mom” and things of that nature because to be honest, I could use a lot of work…and there are certainly a lot of things I still have to learn. On some days…I tend to think I do a pretty damn good job of making things memorable for the kids and teaching them the skills and values they need to flourish into adulthood. On other days, however, there are articles like this that bring me back down a few notches to make me feel like an UTTER FAIL. 

I stumbled upon this “10 Things You Should Never Say to Your Kid” article by Michelle Crouch in the April 2014 edition of Parents Magazine while on my little break from blogging. I really wanted to write about it then, because I was amazed by how many things on this list I have actually said (and still do) to my children.  

…and I couldn’t WAIT to get back here and share this list with you! 

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Are you Guilty of Driving While Distracted?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), of the nearly 33,000 roadway fatalities in 2012, there were 3,328 fatalities and approximately 421,000 injuries in distracted driving-related crashes.

I am guilty of driving while distracted, and to be honest…I should be ashamed. From texting on my cell phone, being really “into” a telephone conversation, or simply reaching or looking to the back to deal with my fighting daughters, I have been distracted while driving on many occasions. Too many to count actually. I also admit that I have been *this* close to being involved in a crash as a result.

I should definitely know better, because I have been a victim of a crash caused by distracted driver.

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