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Mickey's Halloween Party



Oh Boy! Pumpkin season is totally my favorite and this year I am adding yet another thing I LOVE about fall. Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland! This year I took the kiddos and it was MAGICAL. I have been so so blessed to be able to have an annual pass this year and I didn't think Disneyland could be more magical than it already was. But oh my goodness! This was mine (and the kids) first time going. We decided to dress up which was so fun! I had some pretty elaborate handmade costumes in mind and to be honest I was so much happier (and less stressed) with the ones we picked up from Oriental Trading. Ryder's costume was a HIT! He was soooo adorable in his little donald costume. The stuffed butt waddled each time he took a step. Avery was so excited to be Rapunzel, she even wore the wig for a lot longer than I expected. And by that I mean she wore it long enough to get a few pictures haha! This year I dressed up too, which I haven't done since Avery was born! My aunt and I were matching Mouseketeers. So fun!




The Donald costume from behind was too good!!!! Look at that fluff butt!


Disneyland goes HEAVY on the Fall decor. From the moment you arrive you are in a fall wonderland. 





Look at Main St! It looks like a Fall dream land! Kinda reminded me of Stars Hollow, where my GG fans at?! 

So the deal for the party is you pay an admission for the specific hours of the Halloween party. Ours was 6pm to 11pm and we were allowed to enter 3 hours prior. So we could have gone in at 3pm. That gives you 8 hours in the park which I feel is totally enough time to get all the magic in!




Trick or Treating started at 6pm and they are really smart about their treat stations. At first I was discouraged by the lines, but they go super fast. The stations are set up like trails so you hit like 5 or 6 treat carts through one line. Which means a ton of candy! My favorite thing was the variety of treats. They have fresh apple slices, baby carrots, freeze dried apples, pirates booty, goldfish crackers and of course your usual Halloween candy.


In between treat trails we rode some rides. I love this picture of these sweet girls in awe of the carousel. Disney magic is real! I loved that rides were not to focus of this trip. Don't get me wrong we LOVE riding the rides but it was nice to have so many other fun things to do!



Just some Main St. Modeling. Haha! Right behind me in this picture they had 3 different character meet and greets set up. Plot twist, they were all villians! How fun is that!


The fireworks and parade were AMAZING! Soooo much different than what they usually do, but in a good way. Seeing the parade with villains as the main characters was an interesting spin on things. Fireworks give me all the feels. The Halloween fireworks did not disappoint. So much fun and so much fire haha!


My sweet duck was out by 8pm! Which was fine with  me because I just took in all the fall vibes Disneyland had to offer me. So to wrap this up, Mickey's Halloween Party is a must do, at least once. I am going to save for this during the year and make it a tradition to go. PS buy your tickets as soon as they go on sale because they do sell out! Put this on your bucket list and have a Happy Halloween boos and ghouls!

In love, Rachel





Our Favorite Budget Friendly Diapers

This post was sponsored by my friends at Kroger. As always I am thankful for my blog partnerships but would never post about anything I don't believe in or wouldn't recommend to my BFF.

Hi friends!

Happy Tuesday! Today has been one of those hot mess mom days for me for sure. You know those days when you feel like you're running around like a chicken with your head cut off, yep that is me today. We overslept, I spilled my coffee, we were late to MOPS one of Avery's dolls lost a shoe so that was tragic in itself, haha! But now Ryder is napping and I think the rest of the day is going to be great. All these little things can seem stressful but we honestly have so much to be thankful for. 

Since Ryder is blessing me with a good nap I have a moment to share about some great new diapers! I have always loved sharing new things on my blog because I love when other moms give me a heads up! It totally takes a village. 



I have tried so many different brands and I have had some found some good, bad and really bad finds. There are a few must haves I look for when I seek out a new diaper brand and Comforts totally fits the bill. This is Krogers brand of diapers if you are not familiar with the name. We get ours from Ralph's which is awesome because I can grab diapers when I'm doing my grocery shopping. 








They come in fun colorful prints for a fraction of the cost of other printed diapers. I don't know if it's just me but printed diapers make poop more fun! Haha! 




Recently Comforts has changed their line of diapers a bit. They have improved their leak protection, have a wetness indicator and they are super soft! For the value they are totally worth a try next time you are at your local Kroger store! For extra savings you can head here: Comforts Diapers for coupons!

That's all I have today! Enjoy your week friends! In love, Rachel

Cooking With Gobble!

Thank you Gobble for teaming up with Mama Loves Little and sponsoring this blog post. As always my opinions are 100% authentic to my experience. 


Hello! Happy Tuesday! I am the putting the B in basic right now because the temperature has fallen below 90 and I'm totally lighting all my Fall candles. I was just so over Summer though! It stinks when it's too hot to even take the babes outside. Don't get me wrong I love a good beach day but when those leaves start to fall it lights a cozy fire within me!

 Recently I got the opportunity to try a new meal service called Gobble. Some pros of Gobble right off the top of my head are:

No meal planning
Minimal prep
No grocery runs (for dinner ingredients)
Homemade meals with minimal effort

I'm a total wannabe fancy homemaker guys. I have big dreams but when it comes down to it I just fail to plan our dinners. I'm working on it and getting better but nothing hurts more than throwing away food that went bad due to poor planning. Which is one thing Gobble totally avoids, there is no wasted ingredients! You use everything they send.

I tried 3 meals total, the meals were portioned for two people and there were no leftovers. Which was fine! But sometimes I do love leftovers for lunches or for the kiddos. So if I were to try it again I would get the 4 people plan. My favorite meal was this Brown Sugar-Crusted Salmon. SO GOOD! And I felt so fancy guys! I killed it in the cook department this night.



Each box includes 3 meals, the ingredients for each meal are bagged and labeled. Recipe cards are included too for each meal with directions and an ingredient list.


Here is a picture of what everything looks like portioned out.


The instructions were really easy to follow! Here is my crusted salmon ready for my hot pan!

That reminds me all Gobble meals are designed to be one pan meals! Just make sure your pan has no plastic on it. One of our meals called for our pan to be placed in the oven but I couldn't do that since our pan had a plastic handle.


Yummy english cucumbers and toy box tomatoes! These were mixed together in a tomato vinaigrette to make a salad. So good!


Gobble sent the most perfect avocados for this meal! Am I the only one that gets sooooo excited about a perfect avocado? I just mashed the avocado up with a fork, mixed in some salt/pepper and put it on top of the salmon.


My Gobble meal in all of its glory! Just look at it! My one year old LOVED this. He ate so much of the salmon, I was one pleased mama.



All in all I am a fan! I love the minimal prep! But I will add that you do have to chop up the things for your recipe (obviously lol) which takes time. So keep in mind there is some prep work to be done. With that, there was one dinner we tried where I had to tweak the cooking time quite a bit. No big deal though! I just had to pay attention to what I had in the oven. If you are a busy mom wanted to get fresh healthy meals on the table quickly I would give this ago! Next time we have  a busy week coming up I may get Gobble instead of making a grocery store trip. If you do want to try Gobble you can head here:https://www.gobble.com/50Live  to get $50 off! Also, let me know what you get and if the meals were good!

That's all for now friends!


In love, Rachel



Ryder's 1st Rodeo

I'm not crying! You're crying!

My baby is one. O N E! He's given us one year of pure joy! I love his little face so much I can hardly stand it. Every year I tell myself we're going to have a "small" simple party. But I can't help myself! I love getting everyone together! I love having a vision and then seeing it come to life. We were planning on doing a lumberjack themed party but I saw an adorable cowboy print fabric at Hobby Lobby and it totally inspired me! It worked out too because it would have been way to hot for lumberjack flannels!



We had they party at my husbands Grandma's house. She has the most amazing view!



One of my favorite decorations were these banners from One Oliver! The shop owner Deanna is so sweet and made the custom rodeo banner just for the party! Check her out here! Etsy: www.oneoliver.com
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Oh this table! I wanted to keep it up forever! The fabric on the back drop is the one that inspired they whole theme! Hobby Lobby had the metal tray, "one" balloons, mini hay bales and the cowboy hat! I also got the burlap pennants and ribbon for the high chair garland there too. 



These cupcake toppers were PERFECT for the party. I found them on Etsy from Where The Green Grass Grows. Again the shop owner Andrea was so sweet to customize them with Ryder's name. You can check out her amazing shop here:


I made the garland, can you tell? lol! It was fun to make and super easy! 



This letterboard sign has been a staple in our house, I use it for EVERYTHING! This on is from: https://rivi-co.myshopify.com/



Ryder's shirt made for the cutest little outfit. I wanted to have him wear something fun but it was over 100 degrees out so I didn't want him to get too hot. This tee was so soft and comfy for him to play in at the party! I'll treasure it forever! You can find this tee and other themed shirts here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AddiesThings?ref=l2-shopheader-name
Andrea got us our personalized shirt super quick! She was so great to work with. Here is here: https://www.instagram.com/addiesthings/



I have had the best time being this boys mama you guys. He is SO SWEET! Boys and their mamas have such a special bond and I am so blessed.




That's all for now friends! I hope you had fun checking out Ryder's 1st Rodeo. Now lets hope this year doesn't go as fast as the first!

In love, Rachel