A Colorful Day at Crayola Experience

To kick off our summer family vacation, we headed to Orlando a few days before boarding our Disney Cruise. Since we would be surrounded by Mickey and friends for an entire week, we wanted to experience a different side of Orlando.

Researching attractions outside of Disney, I found Crayola Experience — a fun and colorful attraction, bigger than a football field and filled with arts, crafts, imagination and play. We decided to spend our first afternoon exploring Crayola Experience! This was a great choice for our family as it was nostalgic for us and incredibly fun and engaging for Westley.

We started the tour by making crayons — Westley chose an orange and I (with his help and input) made a “Mama Blue” shade.

We then went to one of the interactive stations where Westley became the star of his very own coloring book page. Then he spent a while playing in the interior playground and after that we enjoyed some of the interactive exhibits from making frogs dance to creating a magical masterpiece mixing and melting two crayons.

The verdict: Crayola Experience was fabulous! It provided entertainment, learning opportunities and a creative outlet for our little guy. If we lived in Orlando, we would definitely buy an annual pass and would also consider the birthday party option as that would be such a fun party theme and event!

The best part?! Crayola Experience is offering my readers a discounted admission fee of $18.99 if you buy tickets using this link: http://bit.ly/2H86tUk

Happy Coloring,

Ivette

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Seize The Saturdays

Everyone tells you as a new parent, don’t blink, it’ll all go by so fast. He’ll be 18 before you know it. It’s a cliche, but there is some truth to it. The older you get, the faster time passes and nothing makes you appreciate that more than having a child.

My 12 weeks of maternity leave flew by (the shortest 12 weeks of my life) and my tiny little “small fry” is now a 3-month old who smiles, cackles, makes real eye contact and lifts his head, holding it up for a while. It may sound silly, but he has made so much progress and changed before our eyes in only a few months. If this is any indication of how time will go moving forward, it’s going to feel lightning fast. His growth and development is exciting and terrifying at the same time. I don’t want to miss anything and want to be present and enjoy every moment.

I came across an NYT parenting post that really spoke to me “between the day your child is born, and the time he or she turns 18, you get 940 Saturdays.” WOW. That doesn’t seem like a big number when you’re looking at close to two decades. Seeing the number makes it even more real — time is precious and it goes by so fast. With that number in mind, I’m making a commitment to seize the Saturdays and make each one count.

Even with a 3-month old who may not remember all these experiences, we’ve already started doing something fun as a family every weekend. From community festivals to cookouts with family to strolls in the park — the goal is not something fancy or expensive, it’s about being present and being together as a family to make memories. In the end, isn’t that all we have — memories that make a lifetime.

I’m excited to take on the Saturdays and the Sundays and the week days and whether I have a few hours or an entire day to spend with W, I’m going to make the most of every minute.

How will you seize your Saturdays?

XoXo,

Ivette