Orlando here we come!!

The limousine arrived at 9am to take us to the Detroit airport. The kiddos were beyond excited!! They were waiting outside with their book bags on jumping up and down as it approached. My parents took the kiddos overnight the night before we left so that we could finish packing and let me tell you that was one of the best gifts. To be able to pack without 3 kiddos moving things and removing items from the suitcase helped immensely. Thus, if anyone ever offers to watch your kiddos so you can prepare and pack for a trip do take them up on their offer. This was the children’s first time in a limousine and they though it was just the neatest!!


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And on to their second 1st of the day, flying!! Our eldest has flown before but she was 17 months old the last time she was in a plane thus all 3 of them were super excited to fly. We made it through security fairly quickly. Thankfully the children could keep on their shoes. Once through we grabbed snacks for the plane and boarded!! The children had the opportunity to meet the pilot and see the cockpit and best of all, received wings!!  Then it was time to find our seats and wait eagerly for take off or, as our 3-1/2 year old said, “mommy, when are we going to blast off?”. Haha! it was the cutest. She went on to ask if we would go upside down first. It was adorable, all she knew about planes was from cartoons where they go upside down. She was disappointed that we were not going upside down but definitely enjoyed take off.

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It was amusing, at one point during the flight our littlest’s ears wouldn’t pop and she kept yelling, “I CAN’T HEAR MYSELF” and her sister was quick to say, “BUT WE CAN!!! STOP YELLING!!”. Haha! Flying with children is so much fun! They get excited about all of it, looking out the window, getting pretzels, the trays going up and down, the safety video, etc. it really reminds you to slow down and enjoy the little things which was precisely what I did on this vacation.

Once we arrived our Walt Disney World Vacation officially started! We got to use our Disney Bands for the first time to board the bus to the resort. Those things were like our second skin we used them for everything, food, to get into our room, to get on rides , etc. In fact I feel naked now without mine on. Haha!


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We arrived at The Riverside Port Orleans Resort late afternoon and immediately I was in awe over the scenery. It was gorgeous! I absolutely love the foliage and air moss found in that climate. And the little critters and creatures really amazed the children. We saw bunnies, frogs, snake, and lizards on way to our building/room, Alligator Bayou 28!


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Once we opened the door the first thing the children noticed was the Mickey Mouse head shaped towels on the bed and then they noticed the adorable shampoo and conditioner. That was the moment the excitement hit a new level. We arrived!!!


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After we looked around the room and got situated we headed down to the dinning area for dinner. Talk about overwhelming! It felt like everyone received directions except us. There were so many people!! People waiting in lines for food, walking with trays, rushing here and there, yet, there seemed to be a method to the madness and we were not clued in at all! After searching the dinning area for a table we finally found one after 10 minutes! The key is to watch for a family getting ready to leave and stand next to them until they leave then sit quickly to claim your space. You then have one parent go up and get food why the other stays and waits. That first meal was quit an ordeal and we were not too excited to do it all over again the next morning but we did eventually become pros at the dinning charades, besides, it was all worth it once we finally arrived at the Magic Kingdom!!! But boy were we in store for some adventures…storms, swimming with a snake, getting stuck on an adorable ride that quickly turned into an annoying ride, and more! To be continued…..


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Minnie Mouse Party & Get up in my Business

I know I have been MIA for the past week. I have been busy with the usual, driving kiddos around, homework, mediating sibling quarrels, repeatedly cleaning up the same messes (if I had a quarter for every piece of dog food that doesn’t make it into our dog’s mouth I would be halfway to a millionaire!), etc. And in my free time (I just made myself lol! Free time, what is that!?), let’s be honest, it is more like on my in-between drop-offs and pickups I run into stores that are on my route (I totally sound like a bus drive, ha-ha!) for party supplies! Because someone turned 3 a month and a half ago, thank goodness we were blessed with a patient 3 year old.

After one year and one and a half months later today was finally her birthday party! The theme she selected was Minnie Mouse, she is a HUGE fan.

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And as is standard operating procedure for motherhood, I have decided to kill two birds with one stone. See not only do I want to share my daughter’s long awaited birthday party with you but I also would like to share some exciting news with you….A dear friend and I are launching Kater 2 Kidz Parties & Designs!!

How it works is pretty simple and ingenious if I do say so myself, and I do! Since moms are really busy with their daily routines finding time to plan a party (any party…baby shower, birthday, end of school, Halloween, Christmas, you name it and we will Kater to your Kidz), let alone go shopping for all the essentials is practically impossible and exhausting. Thus, what if someone else did all the leg work for you, went shopping for every last single detail? What if all you had to do was say what the theme was for the party and then 24 hours before the party everything required magically arrived at your doorstep? EVERYTHING! Right down to tape, scissors, and removable hooks. We are talking, food, goody bags, decorations, napkins, and all those cutesy little things that really make a party pop delivered to your doorstep. Everything you see here (see images below).

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As you can see our parties are not the run of the mill Party City inspired gathering. We are providing a higher caliber party, more like a classic DIY worthy to be Pinned a dozen times over on Pinterest Party. Details are important like labels and all the frills.

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Each of the party packages comes with 2 activities, one being a craft that each party attendee can take home. For this party the craft was decorating the goody bag. The Lazy Susan in the center has a variety of items that the kiddos used to decorate their goody bags.

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For the activities the kiddos chased after bubbles and danced and played musical instruments (the attendees ranged in age from 1-4 so the activities were age appropriate). During the activities each child received bubbles and maraca to add to their goody bags.

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After burning all that energy it was time for the piece de la resistance, cake!

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And then gifts! How adorable is that hat! Now our little lady can continue to wear her Minnie ears into the winter months while still keeping her ears warm.

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Get up in my Business…

Now it is time for you to please get up in my business and share your thoughts on Kater 2 Kidz. Please be honest. I admire, appreciate, and respect your opinions (and your advice always rocks). So, what do you think of the concept of Kater 2 Kidz? Do you like the idea of all the party essentials literally being dropped off at your doorstep? Would you be interested in booking a party with Kater 2 Kidz? Are there any components that you do not agree with?