Monthly Archives: October 2014

Terranea Resort, Southern California

Posted On October 31, 2014| 1 Reply

Slumming it in southern California…..

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Lucky for me I married a guy who’s job requires him to attend conferences throughout the year! I started tagging along a few years ago….once the babies were old enough to be left with the Grands and I was able to push the mama guilt to the back of my brain for a few days at a time. This particular conference led us to sunny southern California to the Terranea Resort. Pronounced (terra-NAY-a) it is just a short cab ride from LAX and consists of 102 acres of private paradise in Palos Verdes. The crashing waves of the Pacific are soothing, the views are beyond beautiful and Catalina Island can be seen on a clear day. It’s a family friendly resort but we forgot to bring the kids…oops!

Fun fact: the resort sits on land that was once Marineland. California’s first theme park….yep, it was around before Disneyland. It was home to several killer whales, a research department and a first-of-its-kind swim through aquarium. It closed in 1987. When you are bored, watch Pearl Harbor, The Aviator, Pirates of the Caribbean or Charlie’s Angels and see if you can spot the scenes that were filmed at Marineland! You’re welcome for giving you a game plan for your next free Friday night! Here is a picture from the Marineland archives:

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Construction of the resort began in 1998. Terranea Resort is celebrating it’s 5 year anniversary this year. Just a baby!

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Upon our arrival, we were greeted with glass of bubbly. IMG_5787

Jeremy is not a champagne guy, so he politely refused his glass. I lovingly kicked him in the shins after the nice bubbly-offering man walked away, who turns down FREE champagne? Mama could have handled two glasses!  The top notch service and attention to detail never let down.

 

 

We stayed in Casita 24, Room 103. Casita means small house for those of you who slept trough high school spanish class. The room was really nice. Really. Nice. Look:

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I loved the private patio. Well done Terranea!

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We took a little stroll to check out our surroundings. There are walking paths that follow the coastline. Here is a view from of our casita from the path:

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An incredible view of The Point Vicente Lighthouse was mere steps from our room.

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The weather was gorgeous and I was starting to sweat through my cotton tank top, so we headed to the pool. The adult pool! Great idea, Terranea! It was pretty sweet.

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Cielo Point Adult Pool

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Since we came in a day before the conference started, Jeremy was able to lounge by the pool with me. We ordered drinks and food. One of us applied sunscreen and we both settled in for a few hours of pure bliss. In true Mathis Style, we met some new friends and acted a bit silly. I highly recommend the ‘Beach Party’ cocktail….yummy!  Order the mini burgers…by far the best choice on the menu.

 

We dragged ourselves away from the pool, changed clothes and made it to dinner at Nelson’s just in time to see the sunset.

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Seeing the sunset over the ocean while sipping wine made me temporarily question our choice of states in which to reside! It was perfection….I will share it with you, although my iPhone picture does not do it justice.

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The sun set at 6:30, so we made our dinner reservation for 6:00. Do your homework and arrive a bit early, you do not want to miss it. And Nelson’s is hands down the best place on property to watch the sunset while dining! Another fun fact: Nelson’s is named after Mike Nelson, the character played by Lloyd Bridges in Sea Hunt. There are loads of pictures from the show on the walls. Pretty cool.

We had grand sight seeing plans for the next afternoon. We love to check out new places when we travel and I had scoped out several. The Abalone Cove. The Wayfarer’s Chapel. The Point Vicente Lighthouse. We had bloody mary’s and a bite to eat at Catalina Kitchen. It hit the spot. Jeremy’s chicken and waffles outshined my scrambled eggs for sure. Our breakfast was happily interrupted several times by old friends. These Osteopathic conferences are a bit like a family reunion. Our pal from residency, Eric L. joined us and we picked up where we left off from our last meeting a few years ago in Miami. He keeps promising me that he will bring his wife Heather next time….Heather, if you are reading this, PLEASE COME!

Once Jeremy’s lectures had ended, the resort shuttled us to the Abalone Cove Shoreline Park and it was closed. Looked like a little construction was going on. Buzz kill number one. Next stop was the Wayfarer’s Chapel. It was open! YAY! This chapel is beyond beautiful. It was built in 1951 as a place for wayfarers (I looked it up, it means “a person who travels on foot”) to come and worship. Llyod Wright (Frank’s son) designed it. It sits atop a hill overlooking the sea. It is made of glass and surrounded by redwood trees. Enjoy….

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When it was built, the trees were so tiny. I found this picture from 1951:

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It is a popular place for weddings. And it offers a worship service every Sunday at 10am. Kind of wish we could have attended while we were in town. It’s worth a stop if you are in the area. Be careful, you will drive right by it and apparently not many locals know about it. Our driver had never been. We told him he needed to go and to spread the word! We spotted a very interesting flower, which of course Jeremy knew the name of (I immediately forgot it) and took a minute to enjoy the view from a bench outside the chapel…

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Our third tourist destination, The Point Vicente Lighthouse was just a few minutes down the road. It is the lighthouse that we had been admiring from our casita. We pulled in and were greeted by very large fences that were locked. Buzz kill number two. So, the lighthouse is only open to the public on the third Saturday of the month! Not cool. At this point Jeremy was questioning my cruise director status! Later that evening one of Jeremy’s partners was receiving an award so we attended the ceremony. I can vouch for him first-hand as he repaired my mangled softball injured finger when I was a junior in high school. Small. World. Congrats Dr. Kerr.

Being the amazing, astounding, awesome, above-average (I like A words) wife that I am, I declined an invitation to accompany (I told you I like A words) Jeremy, Eric and two other resident pals, Mark & Andy to the LA Kings hockey game. I knew I would be missed, but I decided to let the boys have free reign to talk shop, drink too much beer and shout profanities at the refs without ‘offending’ me. Ah, who am I kidding….I had the evening to myself. Wine. Remote. Quiet. It was hard, but someone had to do it. Wink, wink!

Here was my view:

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Here was my dinner:

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And for dessert….a salted caramel truffle!

Friday came and went quickly. Jeremy attended several lectures. We soaked up some more sun. Questioned our state of residency. And planned dinner. We opted for Catalina Kitchen, but decided to swing in Bashi for a cocktail. We bumped into Eric and entertained the bartenders with our midwest charm.

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IMG_5848Sea Beans  has the best selection of tasty treats! In addition to truffles, gelato (get the chocolate) and macaroons, Sea Beans offers a Pancake Station on the weekends.

I didn’t think I was a pancake person, but I may have to reconsider! Hopefully this was the only time I will spend $12 on a stack of pancakes that I could not finish. $10 gets you a stack of three cakes. Each topping is $1. That is not a typo. You want a heaping mound of chocolate chunks? $1. You want a spoonful of rainbow sprinkles? $1. Choose wisely.

 

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Pancake Station

I sware I snapped a pic of my plate of bliss, but I must have been too eager to EAT the pancakes, sorry about that. I chose chunks of chocolate (duh) and strawberries. Along with a large spoonful of whipped butter and syrup, lots of syrup!

Once my belly was content, we strolled to the spa. Who doesn’t gorge on pancakes before a romantic couples massage with their husband?! Eek!

The Spa…..

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We checked in, went to our separate locker rooms and found our robes.

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Before stashing my phone I took a selfie, but oh how I wish I would have kept my phone to get a picture of Jeremy in his robe. TOO CUTE!

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Don’t I look like a professional spa-goer? That should really be a job!

I opted for the Hot Stone and the hubby went for the Terranea Therapeutic. I got sizzling stones, he got elbows…suffice it to say we have different tastes in massages!

For the rest of the day I relaxed on the super comfy padded lounge chairs offered only at the Spa Pool. With a treatment the pool is ‘free’ for the day. Without a treatment, you can enjoy this pool for $40. Yikes!

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The resort offers several daily excursions/programs that we did not take advantage of this time. We did get to see the ‘Bird Guy’ with one of his hawks he was using to scare away some crows. I am not a huge bird fan, but I will admit that hawk was cool. Check out a few of the extras you can enjoy while staying at the resort:

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Our stay came to an end at 3:30 Sunday morning as we loaded our bags into a cab and headed to LAX. I can now say that I have been to an airport before it even opens. 5:45am flights are rough, but it got us home in time to see Noah tear it up on the soccer field.

Thanks Terranea for a wonderful few days…….we will cross paths again!

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Live Creatively,

mamaSig

 

 

 

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Ohio State Football!

Posted On October 21, 2014| Leave a reply

Let’s Go Buckeyes!

OSU vs. Rutgers: October 18, 2014

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The kids have been bugging us for a few years to go to an OSU football game. Noah attended the Spring Game when he was two, but he says that doesn’t really count. Natalie has a hard time being confined to a number painted on a metal bleacher and Noah never wants to leave a sporting event until the VERY END, so we were a bit hesitant, but excited. Thanks to my OSU loving friend, Alissa, we scored great seats. A-deck, row 20. And bonus, we had cushioned stadium seats WITH BACKS! We all did a silent cheer for those amazing things!

Natalie’s last soccer game was earlier in the day, which made our arrival to campus later than we had hoped. But, as I walked my kiddos through the tunnel of the French Field House and proudly heard them each start an OH cheer, well, I knew it was going to be a good day!

Here’s a peek of Natalie and Coach Daddy at her last soccer game….crazy socks and hair. Oh, and did I mention that she scored the only goal for her team? YAY NAT!

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We were lucky enough to be there in time to see the cheerleaders, the band and Brutus waiting to run through the tunnel of fans on their way into the stadium. I hustled the kids over to the Drum Major for a picture….

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They had no clue who he was or why they were getting their picture with him, but I knew they would understand once they saw him take the field,bend over backwards, touch his hat to the ground and lead TBDBITL. Let’s just say that they were pretty impressed and happy that they had met him earlier!

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Watching warm-ups. Check out those comfy seats!

Jeremy hooked us up with hotdogs, kettle corn and bottled water. The Buckeyes took the field and we settled in for the butt-whipping!

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The super cool thing was that a few weeks earlier we ran the Buckeye 4 Miler as a family and finished on the 50 yard line. So we ran down the same tunnel the team does….someone must have screwed up though, because we didn’t get any smoke! Here we are before the race and the kids relaxing in the end zone after we finished:

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Back to the game….the Buckeyes dominated and tallied up another win. The rain came right after halftime. Just a slight drizzle and we were prepared with raincoats! The band’s halftime show was A.W.E.S.O.M.E. It was a bunch of old school rock songs and their formations were out of this world. My favorite was the walking Frankenstein! Kids were impressed! Our littlest Buckeye was growing restless early in the 3rd quarter. I took her down for a treat. While we were snacking, the rain picked up and along came the boys. Noah was freezing and the game was a blow-out so we took off. Both kids say they want to go to another game next year and their OSU alumni mama will be happy to make that a reality! GO BUCKS!

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Live Creatively,

mamaSig

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Cruising on the Disney Dream

Posted On October 20, 2014| 6 Replies

Team Mathis LOVES Disney.

Not a shocking admission for most of you, but it is true, we are happier when we are getting our Disney on!

Last November Jeremy and I surprised the kids with a Disney Cruise. And, well, we had such a great time we went back 10 months later! Did I mention we love Disney?

We have cruised before….Carnival, Royal Caribbean….nothing compares to Disney. I guess that is why their ships are named the Dream, Wonder, Magic & Fantasy!

We chose the Dream for the second time. We were already going to Disney World over our Princess’s birthday, so we gave her the choice of being on land or sea for her actual birthday. Smart girl chose the sea!

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Our floating home away from home!

I plan early. Really. Early. Yes, I love a spontaneous trip now and then, but with Disney I believe the success and ease of the trip all comes down to the planning. I booked our cruise in April, we sailed on September 25th. Early. Early. Early. Doing this allowed me to space out the payments and make my selections sooner. Now, if Jeremy gave me the OK to cruise again next week I would find a way to make it happen and all would be good, but I do enjoy the sense of calmness that comes over me when I know I have everything lined up months in advance. Go ahead and roll your eyes…it annoys even me at times! Become a member of the Castaway Club and book your Disney Cruise here.

So, booked in April. Set to sail in September.

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Sailor Pluto greeted us at the port!

Since we are Silver members of the Castaway Club, these fun gifts were waiting for us in our stateroom:

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The Navilighter, to highlight your Navigators!

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Tote Bag & Door Magnet

 

After enjoying a one-of-a-kind buffet for lunch, we changed into our swimwear and hit the pool.

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My little Quacks ready to swim!

The Sail Away Party was supposed to be on the deck by the pool, but by 4:30 it was drizzling and Minnie does not look good with wet hair, so it was moved inside to the Lobby Atrium. It happened to us last year too, so we were pros on where to stand!

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We watched from our secret location and then snuck out to high-five a few friends!

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The actual ‘sailing away’ is pretty cool!

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With about an hour before dinner we explored the ship a bit…

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A stop by the Pumpkin Tree.

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Getting their Detective Casebooks to solve a mystery while on board.

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Even the portholes are festive!

Our first dinner was in the Royal Palace.

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This is Cinderella’s restaurant. The servers are dressed like Prince Charming and no detail is spared. The napkins are folded like Charming’s jacket, the bread basket is Cindy’s carriage and the menu is fit for royalty.

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But it’s Disney, so fun is still encouraged:

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There are hidden Mickey’s EVERYWHERE in Disney. The kids, and to be honest, us adults love to spot them first and point them out to everyone else.

Check out this one:

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And this one:

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This was taken last year…she looks so young!

After dinner we headed back to our room for a quick minute and the birthday girl was quite surprised. In true Disney style (and planning on Mama’s part), this greeted us…

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Birthday wishes from Mickey and the gang!

While my kids don’t spend a whole lot of time in the Oceaneer’s Club (Kid’s Club), it is pretty awesome. There is a Monster’s Inc lab, Andy’s Room with all of his toys, a sweet dance floor with a giant movie screen, Pixie Hollow for crafts and dress-up…last year Natalie got to color with Tinkerbell herself! You will not get any parent guilt for dropping off the kids here!

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DAY TWO:

Happy 7th Birthday Natalie!

The birthday princess awoke to a roomful of decorations…apparently the Birthday Fairy found us in the Caribbean! And she even had a few presents to open.

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We stopped to visit with Princess Minnie on our way to breakfast:

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The night before,  we wrote our names on pumpkin seeds and ‘planted’ them under the tree. Look what happened while we slept…

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We opted to stay on the boat while docked in Nassau. We got off last year and spent the day at Atlantis. We had a good time, but the early morning disembark time and shuttle commute turned us off. It ended up being a great decision, we had a magical day on board!

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Braids and lunch pool-side!

The Aqua Duck is a favorite of our’s. It’s a water slide that goes out over the ocean! LOOK!

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The Aqua Duck

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I seriously lost count of how many times we rode this slide! Well done Donald!

 

 

Once we were full of sunshine, Disney  movies on the big screen, cruising on the Aqua Duck and eating at least three ice cream cones, we got changed for dinner & met up with a few pals…

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Captain Jack Sparrow! He was in rare form this evening!

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Peter Pan! The kids asked him to crow and it was awesome!

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Vampire Mickey!

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Next up was dancing with some Disney friends and filling our trick-or treat bags to the rim at Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party!

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Our dinner this evening was at Animator’s Palate.

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This is our favorite restaurant on board. It is F-U-N!

Natalie was hoping Crush would sing to her and he did!

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Crush singing to Natalie. Last year he busted out the OH-IO cheer once he found out we were Buckeyes!

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Nat’s birthday treat. Plus all the servers sang to her!

Mama and Daddy needed a little Cruising Beverage after dinner, so we took the kids to the Bon Voyage lounge on Deck 3. Before you get upset, know that this is a family-friendly lounge. I will admit that it was a little odd to be bellied-up to the bar with my kids, but they had fun. No doubt Natalie will ask for a Disney Shirley Temple everywhere she goes!

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DAY  THREE:

This day is true bliss. The ship docks at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

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The All Ashore for Castaway Cay is 8:30am and we were one of the families ready to explore the island as soon as we could. Leaving the ship early means a shorter line and a better beach location! We stopped to say hello to Olaf and Donald and then found the perfect place to call home for the day on the Family Beach.

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We practically had the beach and sea to ourselves for about 30 minutes!

We swam, floated on inner tubes, snorkeled, enjoyed the floating playground, jet-skied in the open ocean, exercised our legs on a paddle boat, filled our tummies at Cookie’s BBQ and just relaxed a bit. Some day we plan to take advantage of the stingray adventure, massages, sports area, glass bottom boat rides, parasailing…we need 2 days here!

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We were too busy this year to take the plunge on the awesome waterside, Pelican Plunge……. but check it out. The kids loved it last year!

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Natalie presents the Disney Dream!

The day goes so quickly while on this island. On the short walk to the shuttle pick up, we always stop by Mount Rustmore and say hello to a few old friends:

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Castaway Cay has it’s own Post Office. The kids buy a post-card at the She Sells Sea Shells Shop, compose a silly note to themselves and drop it in the mailbox. This post office is on island time, so we arrive home long before their cards! A fun souvenir!

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Our view of Castaway Cay from our stateroom:

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When choosing your stateroom, it really is worth the splurge for a verandah…

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We spend quite a bit of time admiring the sea!

Our last dinner was spent in the Enchanted Garden.

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This place truly is enchanted. The large wall mural changes color as the day unfolds. It goes from a bright blue during the daytime to a beautiful red for the setting sun and finally to a nighttime sky with twinkling stars. Ma-gi-cal!

Even if you don’t want ketchup with your fries, ask for it. Your server will create a hidden Mickey with the ketchup right in front of your eyes! May have to step up my ketchup presentation!

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Yep, that’s Natalie’s hand presenting the ketchup masterpiece!

The kids voted to skip the show after dinner on our last night. I would not normally recommend missing the shows, they are AMAZING. But, we had seen them all last year, so we felt ok about ditching it to ride the Aqua Duck at night! The pool area was deserted and the kids rode the slide over and over again. Jeremy and I sat in some comfy chairs and watched The Frog Princess on the big screen. A perfect ending to another magical adventure!

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The next morning we sadly left our stateroom, ate a few more Mickey waffles for breakfast, disembarked the ship, boarded the bus and headed to our next Disney destination. We have agreed that 3 nights is not enough. Next cruise will be longer….for sure!

As Cinderella says,  “A dream is a wish your heart makes.” and  the Disney Dream has once again made our hearts happy!

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Live Creatively,

mamaSig

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Favorite Things Party

Posted On October 13, 2014| 5 Replies

Brown paper packages tied up in string, these are a few of my favorite things…..

Thank your lucky stars that there is no sound byte attached to the lyrics above because I have been told by more than one of my family members that I should only sing in the car, preferably when I am alone! Yes, I still find it in my heart to love these people and clean up after them!

OK, so back in June, one of my besties, Michelle pitched me an idea for a party.

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Meet Michelle. Isn’t she adorable? LOVE HER!

 

A Favorite Things Party. I was hooked from the get-go! Here’s the idea…..

Gather 11 fun friends.

Each friend brings 10 gifts. These gifts are her favorite thing(s)….something she cannot live without. Something she uses every day. Something she is excited to share. The 10 gifts need to be the same item(s). So, you choose your favorite thing(s) and buy 10 of them.

We chose an amount of $20 per gift, so $200 total per guest.

Wrap them up real pretty (or not….and have your guest close their eyes while you pass them out)! When it is your turn, pass out your gifts and as the guests open them explain your item(s).

Here is what I chose and why:

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The Wet Brush: Love. It. I can use pretty much any brush. I have thick hair, so I have broken a few brushes in my day, but never really gave much thought to my grocery store brushes. Then God blessed me with a little girl who has very fine hair that seems to attract rats while she sleeps. And of course she wants Rapunzel hair, so we have tried brush after brush after brush. The Wet Brush has eliminated the tears from our morning routine! YAY! Natalie has two and Mama has one! Check it out here.

Essie Nail Polish in Chinchilly: My sweet friend, Barb introduced me to this polish years ago. She was rockin’ it one night and I loved it. It is the coolest gray color, I get loads of compliments when I wear it and Essie has some magical formula that makes the polish stick to your nails for longer than 2 days! I’m pretty sure I don’t want to read the ingredient list! You will not be disappointed. Check it out here.

Bath & Body Works CO Bigelow My Favorite Night Balm: Another sweet friend, Amanda changed my life when she let me borrow her lip balm a few years ago. I love girlfriends….who else would let you borrow their lip balm and not think anything of it?! This stuff is amazing. It really stays on all night and I can still feel it in the morning. I have tried so many chapsticks, balms, ointments, etc., because my lips dry out so much at night. This works. Once while at B&BW I panicked and bought all 12 they had on the shelf because I can’t imagine living without this stuff. And I may or may not have gotten my kids addicted to it as well 😉 Check it out here.

The Container Store Travel Pill Case: My name is Mandy and I am addicted to The Container Store. There, I said it. I can wander this store for hours and am always inspired to organize something while I am there. I came across this little beauty in the travel section and immediately scooped it up. My mom always has a stocked pill case in her purse. While I may have teased her a few times, she has cured many a headache, upset tummy and sore throat with her traveling pharmacy! Now I am just like my mommy! It has three sizes of compartments, is see-through and opens and closes very easily. Check it out here. FYI, I also bought the gift boxes at The Container Store!

Because I love old stuff and crafting, I made a magnet from a vintage-style pin. I dismantled the pin from the back and hot-glued a magnet in it’s place. Each of the 10 were different. Just a little something unique from Mama Mathis!

Ellie Rose Sun & Sand Lotion: This is an Idaho favorite! I found this on one of my trips to visit my folks. They live in Sandpoint, which is about 50 miles from Canada. This lotion is made from goats milk by a stay-at-home mom. It is perfect for sensitive skin. The ‘sun & sand’ scent is my favorite, it smells just like Coppertone!  Check it out here.

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My brown paper packages tied up in string.

 

Each of us had a ball handing out our gifts. Some of the items given included:

Cabernet. Laura Mercier Primer. Sugarboo Lunchbox Notes. Joico Dry Shampoo. Olive Oil. The Candle Lab Pumpkin Candle. Sephora Sample Pack. Rodan+Fields Lotion. Hot Tea. Sour Jellybeans. Urban Decay Eye Pencil. Orbit Sweet Mint Gum. Chocolate. Iced Cookie (which was consumed immediately). Moroccan Oil. Heel Genius Foot Cream. Handmade Ponytail Ties. Zipper Pouch….look at mine:

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Here are a few of the pretty packages!

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Let me tell you how so amazingly, off the wall fun this was! I had flashbacks of Christmas mornings as a kid! Here are the gals who participated…

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It was a great evening spent with fun girls sharing our favorite things. I am already looking forward to doing again!

This party can be adapted in so many ways. The cost of the favorites can be set to any dollar amount or the favorites can be home-made or recycled. Let your imagination run wild. Who doesn’t like to receive presents?! I would love to hear your ideas on how you would change this party and what are some of your favorite things?

Live Creatively,

mamaSig

 

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Noah’s 9th Arcade Adventure

Posted On October 7, 2014| 3 Replies

My video game junkie turned nine on August 6th!

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Noah is a gamer + He’s obsessed with Minecraft + His friends are gamers too = GAME TRUCK PARTY!

Noah had attended a couple Game Truck parties in the past year, so he was 100% certain of the theme for his 9th birthday. His mama was a little nervous at first (how could I maximize my creative energy into a party that centered around a giant arcade?), but once I embraced the theme there was no turning back!

I found the cutest invitation on Etsy…check it out HERE

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The shop owner was amazing to work with and even created a matching Thank You card and Cupcake Toppers. Look, I am not teasing when I say these were perfect.

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I wanted to use more than just GREEN. Green truck, green Minecraft game…this party planner needed more than green. Hence the blue and red added to the invites and toppers! So, I had my theme and colors, which meant I was ready to plan!

The favors! I know you don’t need them and guests don’t expect them, but I love them! Realistically the giant arcade sitting at the end of my driveway would have been ‘favor’ enough, but I could not squelch the need to present each Gamer a goodie bag as they left.

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These were pretty simple, thanks to Etsy! They included:

Elixcir Bubbles (Clash of Clans), buy HERE

Diamond Boxes (Minecraft), customized, buy HERE. Fill with blue candy!

Mining Sanitizer (Minecraft), buy HERE

Bird Toy (Angry Birds), clearance section of Hobby Lobby

Arcade Candy (Space Invaders), Old Navy

Gummies (Angry Birds), Party City

Cookie (Pac-Man), buy HERE

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We started the day singing HBD to our always-smiling boy. He loves candles (well, fire) so we put candles in pretty much every meal during Birthday Week. See:

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Happy 9th Birthday Noah!

 

Next up was party prep. The Game Truck was scheduled for 2:30, which meant mama was in over-drive.

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Notice Jagger getting in on the party prep!

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Drink Station

 

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I spent several hours learning as much as I could stomach about Minecraft and all of the items you can mine because Noah wanted a Minecraft Buffet. With the enormous help from Etsy I found these creative food tents which made me very happy. You can buy them HERE.

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This buffet was so much fun! Many of the items were purchased from the grocery store. I made the ‘lava’, red jello shots (non-alcoholic, of course) a few days before. The ‘dirt grass’ was a double batch of Rice Krispie treats with green icing. The TNT was Twizzlers cut and half and wrapped with TNT paper (included with my food tents). I ordered the golden gum balls (golden apples) and colored rock candy from HERE. Please do not make the same mistake I did and order clear rock candy for diamonds….Minecraft diamonds are BLUE. Let’s just say I heard about it from Noah and one, or two, or three of his gamer friends! Who knew?!

We did not see much of the boys for the two hours the truck was parked in my street. Every once in a while a gamer would emerge from the darkness, eyes shielded and wobble up to the buffet for an energy boost. I must admit the truck was pretty cool. I had a small vision of an adult only retro gaming party (with real jello-shots!).

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All smiles in the dark, air conditioned rolling tomb of gamer paradise!

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These boys take their gaming seriously!

After two hours the game truck pulled away and there may have been a few tears shed…but I will not name any names! Ok, it was Jeremy…because now we had to entertain 16 zoned-out boys! EEK! Good thing I had a plan. I knew the boys would need to burn off some energy after staring at pixelated screens for two hours. I also know that these boys love Minute-to-Win-It games. I decided they needed to earn their dessert. In Minecraft there are 9 ingredients you need to make cake. Perfect, huh? Nine ingredients, Noah is nine, we were serving cake! Sometimes the party gods deliver a gift on a platter!

Find the Ingredients for Cake Scavenger Hunt/MTWI Challenge:

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1-transferring 9 tic-tacs from one cup to another with tweezers

2-stacking cans and paper plates

3-wrapping the birthday boy as a mummy

4-cereal box puzzles

5-tipping over bottles with a baseball in pantyhose

6-moving cookie from forehead to mouth without hands

7-bouncing ping pong balls into plastic cups

8-unrolling toilet paper rolls 2 at a time

9-blow a Solo cup across the table to their partner and back again

A clue was given for a certain location. At the location the ingredient was found with instructions for their MTWI game. While they were finding the clues, we were setting up the  next MTWI game. I had all of the game supplies in different baskets so it was a quick set-up each time!

I made this ‘Ingredient Board’ where the boys taped the cake ingredients when they found them.

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When the board was complete, the cake (cupcakes) were served!

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Here’s the whole Gamer Gang:

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Future members of Video Gamers Anonymous

 

And it is crazy how popular these little guys were. I found them at Brother’s (boy side of Justice) and almost didn’t buy them, because I thought they would be considered ‘babyish’! Boy, was I wrong! I even had a few boys ask if they could take them home! Look how cute….

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Noah and his cousin creep it up!

 

And as you have probably figured out…I am a stickler for themed shirts for our parties. I love how my whole family plays along!

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You are SO loved, Noah!

 

Live Creatively!

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