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What we are eating this week!

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I am trying to get back on track with my meal planning. I completely fell off the wagon when I started working full time and now I am finally ready to get back to it. It’s funny to me that I stopped meal planning at the exact time I needed it the most. With my crazy busy schedule, I really need to be more organized and stick to a plan when it come to what the heck we are having for dinner. It truly makes my life easier. I find that the kids like having a plan and knowing what to expect. And they don’t bug me with the “what’s for dinner?” question everyday when I get home.

I have been a fan of emeals for a while, and will probably sign back up with them. It helps to get me out of my dinner ruts and we end up trying new things.

This weekend I made a HUGE batch of sauce and meatballs. I thought it was an easy way to get back into my groove. We had spaghetti and meatballs for Sunday dinner, and are having meatball grinders and salad tonight. I will also use the sauce for the Chicken Parmesan later in the week. I wanted to keep it simple this first week back in the swing of things. It’s only Monday, but so far so good! Haha!

Do you meal plan? Have any good tips for me? I’d love to hear how you are making your dinner routine a little easier!

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Climbing mountains.

My life has taken a couple of twists and turns this year. Some amazing things have happened, and some pretty crappy things have happened. I made some decisions that I have questioned, and some that have been the best decisions of my life. While I am still trying to figure out what the hell I am doing half the time, I know I am moving in the right direction.

Today I climbed a mountain.

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A year ago I would have NEVER done that.

Yup. Today was a good day.

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Are you planning to see Maleficent this weekend?

We are! We have been waiting for Maleficent to come out for what feels like forever.
It looks so good.

Check out these local theaters for showtimes.

Metro Movies 12 Middletown

Starplex Cinemas Berlin

AMC Loews Plainville

Let me know if you see it, and what you thought of it!

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Happy 9th Birthday to you Chloe!

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Disney On Ice Princesses and Heroes is heading to Hartford!

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Our family loves everything Disney. Seriously, we are freaks for anything Disney. When we saw that Disney on Ice was coming to Hartford we were thrilled. We took the kids to a Disney on Ice show years ago. Chloe was a baby actually. Jacob had a blast and loved every minute of it. I loved seeing the look on his face through the whole thing. He was in a trance! He thought it was the best night ever at that time of his cute little life. It really was a fun family night out, and we are looking forward to seeing the show this week.

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If you are looking for something fun to do with the kids this week, here is some information about the show.

Disney On Ice Presents Princesses & Heroes invites audiences to come along as Tinker Bell shows them the timeless tales of inspiring princesses and their heroes. Focusing on the moments where the princesses’ dreams come true, the show uses high-energy music, glittering sets and dramatic choreography to make a truly breathtaking experience.

Show dates and times:
Wed. January 8 at 7:00PM
Thu. January 9 at 7:00PM
Fri. January 10 at 7:00PM
Sat. January 11 at 11:00AM
Sat. January 11 at 3:00PM
Sat. January 11 at 7:00PM
Sun. January 12 at 1:00PM
Sun. January 12 at 5:00PM

Ticket Prices:
Opening Night tickets start at $15, $80 Front row – $60 VIP – $30 – $25
(additional fees may apply)

Tickets available by phone at (877) 522-8499, online at XLCenter.com, or at the Box Office

Disney on Ice Discount Tickets:
Disney On Ice Presents Princesses & Heroes is sponsored by Subway Fresh Fit for Kids. Starting December 16, 2014, fans can stop by any participating Subway Restaurant location in the Hartford area to grab $15 kids ticket coupons and learn how to enter to win a “skating with the stars” experience.

Feld Entertainment produced this new touring show that takes audiences where imaginations soar and anything can happen if they just believe. Ariel’s dreams are unlocked from under the sea and, in one magical moment, Prince Eric breaks Ursula’s slithering spell to reclaim his one true love. In a race against time to rescue Sleeping Beauty’s Aurora, Prince Philip defeats the evil Maleficent as she transforms into a fire-breathing dragon. Rapunzel fulfills her dream to escape the tower and see the floating lights; Tiana celebrates her ambitions of owning a restaurant down in New Orleans; Jasmine discovers a whole new world with Aladdin; and Snow White finds her one true love. This beautiful presentation also reveals Cinderella and Belle’s deepest wishes.

Have you ever been to a Disney on Ice show? Are you a crazy Disney fan like I am? I’d love to hear about it! If you are planning on seeing the show this week let me know how you liked it and if you see me wandering around in my Disney trance looking for some light up thing we really don’t need, but HAVE TO HAVE, say hi!

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Happy New Year. :)

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Happy New year!

2013 has been a strange but amazing year. I started the year thinking I knew the exact direction I was going, and ended up in a place I never expected. Although I didn’t set out to end up where I am, I am exactly where I should be. Funny how that happens sometimes.

This past year was full of adventure and I hope the same for 2014. When I sit and look at everything we have done I can’t help but laugh. So many awesome memories. One of the things we are going to do more of is local adventures. Last year we traveled a lot and even though we are heading to Disney and camping in Maine this year, we are looking forward to exploring more locally. Some of our best trips and most fun memories are from day trips we took around the state.

Balancing a full time job, family, and blogging is going to be a big challenge this year. A challenge I will be sharing with you along the way. I know I will also need some advice and will be turning to all of you for some tips and tricks. I have had a bit of a rough time getting used to the new schedule. I’m finally feeling back to normal and seem to have somewhat of a routine down. So far so good!

We had a great Christmas and a fun New Years Eve at Coco Keys Water park in Waterbury. (Post to come soon) I hope you all had a great holiday and had the Happiest of New Years. Can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for all of us!

What are some things you are looking forward to or are planning to do in 2014?

It was so fun looking back at the year with this slide show!

Cheryl Budge’s Slidely by Slidely Slideshow

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Our surprisingly fun trip to Florida on an Amtrak train

Back at the end of the Summer I wrote about getting ready for our #FamilyForward trip. Since we have been back it’s been insanely crazy. This Fall has totally kicked my ass. I have been so busy, at times I thought there was no way I could keep my head above water. Things are finally getting back to somewhat normal and now I can actually sit down and share some fun we have been having.

I really wanted to make sure I wrote about our Amtrak trip to Orlando. Every time someone hears that we took a train to Florida from Connecticut I can see the disbelief in their eyes. We get so many questions about it. To tell you the truth, when I was booking the trip I thought we were crazy. We had no idea what to expect. I knew it would be an adventure. Good or bad, we would be making some family memories!

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One of the things that made me so happy was that even though we didn’t buy assigned seats, they assigned our seats as we got on the train in NYC. I was stressed about how that worked, I was worried we wouldn’t all be able to sit together. But luckily no worries! The service crew in NYC were fabulous. So friendly and super nice. Chatted with everyone and traded jokes with my kids. We packed a cooler with a bunch of food and drinks for the trip. Best idea ever. Saved a lot of money and we didn’t really have to worry about the cafe car times. The kids did get to pick out a treat from the cafe car, but not having to buy full meals was a big money saver.

Chloe loved that you could walk around the train. She thought the cafe car was the coolest thing in the world. She had a blast playing card games at the table while having a snack. It was nice to go into the dining car and get a change of scenery. We also packed our portable dvd player and the kids watched Harry Potter and Despicable Me in preparation for Universal Studios.

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When we arrived in Orlando Town Car Now was there waiting for us. The kids got such a kick out of seeing our name on the sign! The drive to Loews Royal Pacific Resort was short and our driver was fabulous. It was a great start to our vacation.

All in all we loved traveling by train to Florida. It was much more relaxing than driving. In the end we all decided we would totally do it again. In fact, I am looking at booking our train for our April trip to Disney as we speak. Have you ever traveled long distance by train? I’d love to hear about your trip! Are you thinking of taking a long trip by train and have questions? Ask me anything!

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Monday.

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Happy Monday.

I hope you all had a good weekend. Weekends are always too short. We managed to get a lot of things done around the house and had a chance to hang out with some friends for homemade pizza and beer on Saturday night. Great great weekend.

Things have slowed down a bit. Chloe’s cheer has ended for the season. Even though she is now doing swimming, it is not at all as time consuming as cheer. A couple of weekends ago we visited Chelsea in NYC. It was homecoming weekend. We had so much fun and seeing Chelsea was the best. Can’t wait for her to be home for Thanksgiving. It’s crazy how busy Fall gets. It will be nice to have family time over the Thanksgiving weekend.

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Halloween was a blast. The kids ate way too much candy and stayed up too late. It was perfect. This year the weather was great. No snow storms or hurricanes. WooHoo! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I keep it pretty low key around here so I can actually enjoy it.

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This is just a little snapshot of the last couple of weeks. Next up is my post about our Amtrack trip to Florida. I am finally getting back into the swing of writing!

I hope you had a good weekend. I’d love to hear what you did!
Have a wonderful week. :)

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Can’t wait to see Disney’s Frozen!

We are SO looking forward to seeing Disney’s Frozen when it comes out on November 27th. Who else is excited? Are you planning on heading to the theater Thanksgiving weekend?

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