Wednesday, February 18, 2015

$30 Disney Dining Challenge

Have you been able to function with all the waiting?  I came back from a heavenly trip and got catapuleted into the rush of school!  No happy endings for me, well at least not yet, although spring break and another Disney trip are in the near future!  Hooray!  

So, if you've been waiting for the report on my $30 Disney Dining is the day!  Did I make it?  Was a groveling for snacks?  or... did I feast like royalty?  Read on to see a complete breakdown of my day and find out if you can do a day in the parks for $30 or less!


I have to admit that I didn't choose wisely on breakfast.  Money wise, I didn't break the budget, but I was definitely hungry a lot sooner than I should have been.  I chose an apple (thinking it would fill me up with all that fiber and stuff...) and a banana from a cart near Tomorrowland.  If I had it to do over again, I'd look for something protein packed, like yogurt-that way I'd feel fuller longer. For drink, I had water (Money saving tip: Bring a refillable water bottle with you into the parks, you can even get a cup of ice water for FREE at all quick service restaurants.  A medium soft drink is a whopping $2.99 (for the most part, restaurants do not offer refills).  

- $3.50  (for an apple and banana kind  of breakfast)


I'm first to admit that I am overly cautious. I had a strategy going into this challenge, I planned to eat like a pauper for the first two meals and feast like a queen for my dinner--I should clarify that I did want my favorite Disney World foods (that was hard).  With that mindset, I didn't want to miss out on my favorite quick service spot, Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe.  I love eating there and reminiscing of my childhood days! I decided to go with the children's meal.  I got the chicken nugget plate (4 nuggets, fries, grapes, and a drink).  (Money saving tip: Go for the kid's plate if you don't normally have a large appetite.  Sharing an adult size plate is another great idea!  You get plenty of food (in my humble book) and you save some cash!). I also got some pickles and sauteed mushrooms from the fixings station, you know, to spice up my nuggets...that might seem kinda random, but I wanted them and they are included.  

- $6.38 (for a kid's chicken nugget plate and drink)


Have you ever just felt accomplished?  I mean, like on top of the world?  That was exactly what I was feeling come dinner time!  I was ready to splurge and enjoy a delicious (albeit quick service) meal.  We headed over to Pecos Bill's Tall Tale Inn and Cafe in Frontierland.  I had a yummy Deluxe Chicken Sandwich served with your choice of side, I went with fries (which I dolled up with all the trimmings at the fixings station).  I even had enough to comfortably spring for a soda!  

-$14.68 (Deluxe Chicken Sandwich meal and a soda)

You know I can't go to Disney World without having a Premium Mickey Bar...that's just what I did!  This is my favorite treat and I simply cannot pass it up!

-$3.50 (Mickey Bar)


And with a whole $1.94 left over in my pocket!

I'll admit,  this wasn't an easy feat.  Not because it can't be done, but because I have a tremendous love for Disney Food.  I wanted to eat and eat and eat.  I don't think I'll constrain myself to this tight of a daily budget again, because let's just be honest, when you're at Disney World, calories don't count and I can't go about missing out on Mickey Bars and Nutella Waffles.  Would you be brave enough to take the challenge?  If so use the hashtag #30DollarChallengeDDR.  Let us know your favorite money saving tips in the comment section below!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Are we there yet????

So... I can say with no problem, that I have become that person.  Any D word turns into Disney, everything has a Mickey connection, and at any random time I can be found babbling off my mantra of "only (insert days (let's be real...I practically have it down to hours, minutes, seconds, milliseconds, etc.)  I have the fever you guys.  I've got it bad.

The bad news? I'm a grown woman.  The good news?  I'm a grown woman.  I can't yell, "are we there yet????" every five seconds.  I must wait it out...

But it's so hard!  Luckily, I'm really into countdowns and making the most of the build up.  I love movie themed nights, but my life is crazy! Between turning in my grades for report cards, squeezing in workouts, planning lessons, etc. etc. etc.-I usually catch something to eat on the fly.  It would require far too much time (not to mention money) to put together a movie theme night.  That'll have to wait a few months for the glory days of summer vacation...

For now, how do I redirect all this Disney enthusiasm to create even more hype about my upcoming trip?  How do I fall out of the proverbial Pinterest fail and into pixie dust fantastic?  So glad you asked!

I'm only  3 sleeps away from the most magical place on earth!  So today, I'm sharing 3 ideas that will tie you over in the wait that takes the longest.  Here are some of my favorite simple ways to celebrate your upcoming Disney trip.  Whether you're busy with school, kids, or what the heck, just life in general, you'll be able to incorporate these simple piece of magic into your day to get you in the mood for Disney World!  Let's go!

Whistle While You Work

You know you have a problem when you REGULARLY listen to Disney World loop music on Youtube.  I have that problem.  I am guilty.  BUT, I get even more guilty when a trip is coming up.  I sneak in this soothing and happy music as my students write, I listen as a I respond to emails, and I am currently carried away in the bliss of the parks as a blog.  You can't help but feel the magic when you hear your favorite music from the parks.  Go ahead, take a break from reading an click that play button.  You won't be sorry and you won't have to go out of your way to make it happen!

Disney Inspired Eating

Okay, so I already said I ain't got no time for a full out themed dinner and a movie night.  Even I have time to add a bit of Disney World to my week night dinner.  One of my favorites is a quick and flat out delicious recipe from Liberty Tree Tavern.  If you guessed the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake---excuse me, had to wipe some droll off my keyboard---then you're right!  Here's a copycat recipe that you can whip up in a flash!  Don't break the bank or a sweat with this delicious recipe!

Make a To-Do at Disney List

I don't know what it is about creating lists and planning my trip that makes it so much more magical.  There's something about the build of anticipation that I just love about a Disney World trip!  Typically, I'm more of a free spirit than a planning binder kind of gal, but when I really want to heighten my excitement, I whip out my checklists and favorite planning sites.  Plan it out, make a family checklist to make sure that everyone gets a turn to pick a ride or meal.  When in doubt, plan it out!

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!  I hope I can make it through the next three days at work without being too far out in daydreaming.  I have a bad case of Disneyitis and the only way to cure it is a bit of Disney World.  Let me know what you do to pass the time!  Let's talk in the comment section below!  Don't forget to follow me on Instagram (@smashleycupcake) to get in on the magic and the $30 dinning challenge.  

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Disney Dash and a Challenge!

I promised you a post detailing THE challenge.  Sooooo....what is the challenge exactly.  Will we be doing something utterly and downright embarrassing?  Are we going to try to ride every ride in the Magic Kingdom in one day?  Will we survive on candy alone?  Alright, here it is.  THE challenge...that we have so happily accepted is....


Okay, so it's not Earth shattering, but it will definitely rock my Disney dining world! 

That's right, we're eating substantial meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner PLUS at least one snack (no packets of least I hope that's not what I can afford at the end of the day...).  We'll be noshing and squashing (it rhymed...) pinching pennies and posting along the way!  You don't want to miss out on the fun!  Follow along on Instagram (get an early start on following! go ahead and look me up my handle is @smashleycupcake) and be sure to follow along on my Facebook page too!  I'm hoping that this will provide a hard enough of a challenge without leaving me hungry!  Let's me know if you think it can be done in the comment section below!  Stay tuned for more posts!  


Last post is dated March 2014...


Okay, so it has been a while since I posted last.  I've been super busy (insert all the usual excuses) and I've denied writing on here for other writing for other bigger blogs and sites.  If you ever want to check out those posts, you can hit up Under Cover Tourist and check me out in my monthly feature as guest blogger.  I'll admit that committing to a deadline and writing under contract have been enough to keep me posting there.  I'm a bad blogger.

I'm going to try my best to post more.  I can't make excuses when there is so much awesome material to post about!  It's that time of the year where my blog views go up like crazy with readers prepping for the Princess Half Marathon.  Between racing wear ideas and reviews, I've still got a few hits!  Thank goodness for all those awesome runners!

I'm gearing up for another trip to my happy place!  With only about a month to go, I'm super excited because my boyfriend is going with me!  Yay!  He's just about as die hard as me! So that my friends is a HUGE plus!!!  He's graciously agreed to be a part of a little experiment that I've decided to do out of frugality and for the sheer fun of it all.  I'm working on a post about our little experiment.  It should be up tomorrow.  I'll be posting along the way on my Instagram account you can follow me @smashleycupcake  Do it!!!!  I love connecting with all my wonderful Disney loving friends!  Tune back in tomorrow for the issuing of the challenge....

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Voxbox: J'Adore Box Review!

Hooray for  Influenster's Voxbox program!  I love testing out new items, especially when they are things I can use at Disney World!  A few days ago, I got the J'Adore Voxbox, full of all kinds of lovely goods!  Here's what the box included:
  • Milk Chocolate Hershey Kisses (Valentine official colors)
  • John Frieda's Frizz Ease 3 Day Straight Flat Iron Spray
  • Kiss Look So Natural Eyelashes
  • Red Rose Simply Indulgent Teas
  • Boots Botanics Shine Away Iconic Clay Mask

My favorite item in the box is the John Frieda's Frizz Ease 3 Days Straight Flat Iron Spray.  That stuff is Florida strong!  My hair stayed smooth and straight through the humidity, the rain, and so much!  I am seriously in love.  All you do is wash your hair as usual, spray 7-15 sprays on wet or damp hair, blow your hair straight, and finish with a flat iron.  I'm telling you, this stuff is amazing.  I have a lot of hair, that typically gets caught up in some sort of clip or hair tie,  and usually that means that my attempts at straight hair end up lumpy, bumpy, and not so pretty.  Not with this spray!  I just woke up, brushed my hair out and headed to the parks!  What a HUGE time saver!

I enjoyed snacking on the Hershey Kisses on the drive to Florida.  I would say they'd be good park bag snacks, but even in February/March, the heat of Florida is too much for these little, let's just get real, who would even have any left to carry into the parks...they were all gone!

So, the whole reason I was visiting Disney World was for to run in the Princess Half Marathon.  You can imagine a little R&R came in nice after 13.1 long miles throughout the parks!  That's why I was so excited to get the Boots Botanic Iconic Clay Mask.  I love a good pampering!  This mask works really well.  I recommend you shake up the bottle before opening it, the formula is a bit runnier than other masks I've used, but it quickly dries for an easy and clean application.  Leave it on for 10 minutes and you're left with smooth, soft, skin with the impurities of the day (or a sweaty 13.1 mile run) washed down the sink.

You can't beat a good cup of tea!  I was really excited to see the Red Rose teas.  I'm big tea fan!  This came in especially helpful with my recent sinus infection/head cold.  When it comes to tea, Red Rose has got your cup covered!

I didn't use my Kiss lashes at Disney World, but if I had been there for Dapper Day, I certainly would have!  If you don't know this about me, I am a HUGE, I mean unashamedly HUGE makeup junkie!  I love Kiss lashes!  They look natural, go on easy, and actually I am sort of in love with their lash glue.  I was able to use these lashes on a typical Saturday outting and got tons of compliments.  If you're new to false lashes, try out Kiss, they are super easy to use and they are affordable and reusable.  Maybe I'll do a Disney inspired makeup look with them and post it for you guys... that would be fun, right?

I hope you enjoyed this review of my J'Adore Voxbox from Influenster.  All products were sent to me complimentary as part of the Influenster program.  If you haven't heard of Influenster you should check out their website!  

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Get Your Turkey On!

Where did 2013 go?  I mean, how is it possible that we are here, with a little over a month until the new year?  I need a slow down button!  Any rate, this year has been great!  I've had the opportunity to continue writing for Chip and Co. and I've recently joined on as a monthly guest blogger on Undercover Tourist!  I've I got to visit Disney World in April and again for my 30th birthday!  Life is good!  We all have SO much to be thankful for!  

Today I'm finally writing a new piece (I know it has been a while, I've been really busy).  So in the spirit of making up for lost time, I'm doing a post all about being a glutton!  It's time to feast on a wordy post since they've been pretty thin lately!  Today we're talking turkey!  That's right, let's talk about what Disney World has to offer when it comes to the Thanksgiving season!

Turkey Here, turkey there, turkey EVERYWHERE!

You really can't beat Disney food!  I love to feast on the fine foods when I'm visiting the parks!  One of my favorite things to do is to try out something new!  I would love to have my Thanksgiving feast at Disney World!  There are a variety of places you can go to dig in.  From picking up a turkey leg for an on the go dinner to sitting down to a bird and all the fixings, Disney World has got you covered.  Need more info?  Check out this awesome post from my friends at Undercover Tourist

Home sweet home

I don't know about you, but when I'm at Disney, I'm at home!  There's something cozy and comforting about Disney World!  I love checking into my hotel and hearing, "welcome home!"  That's why I think that you can pull a Thanksgiving switcheroo and not miss too much!  As long as you're with your family, you are at home...especially at Disney World!


Celebrate in American style as we honor this tradition for our Country.  You'll be able to enjoy the American Adventure at EPCOT and the Hall of Presidents in the Magic Kingdom.  You can take a ride on a good ole' American river on the Liberty Belle in the Magic Kingdom.  I say, why not!  Go America!  

Now is the time, this magic is limited time

Take a little advice from Disney and enjoy this moment!  After all, this moment is only here for a limited time!  Enjoy a unique Thanksgiving experience with the ones you love!  You'll leave ready for the upcoming Christmas season and you'll create family memories that you'll always be thankful for!  

No Kitchen Duty

I'm not sure that anymore typing needs to happen.  If I don't have to do the dishes, sign me up!  Let someone else do the dishes (and the cooking too)!  Take time out of the kitchen and let Disney do the cooking!  

See a parade!

It's not Thanksgiving if you don't watch a parade!  While I usually like to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade (you can record it), I have to say that Disney knows how to do a parade.  Just think of the possibilities on Thanksgiving day...especially if you park hop!  Enjoy your day with a parade!  

So, are you ready to give THANKS at Disney World?  I hope that this fun list will inspire you during this season!  Stay tuned for more here, on and!  I hope y'all have a truly blessed Thanksgiving--filled with turkey, family, and plenty of desserts...and of course all the Disney you can handle!  See ya real soon!