Summer


15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

Summer is almost here… I can feel it!  School is almost out, the weather is getting warmer… it’s time to have some fun with the kiddos!  We’ve gathered 15 of our favorite summer ideas for you today.  There’s a little something for everyone.  What’s on your summer list?

15 Fun Summer Ideas

40 Indoor & Outdoor Summer Boredom Busters from The Crafting Chicks

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

Nature Explorer Journal from The Crafting Chicks

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

DIY Summer Tent from The Crafting Chicks

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

Summer Picnic Blanket from She Wears Flowers

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

DIY Library Bags & Tags from The Crafting Chicks

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

Build Your Own Drink Stand/Puppet Theater from Dream Crafter

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

DIY Rain Stick from The Crafting Chicks

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

Grandma’s Camp from The Crafting Chicks

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

Summer Cloud Paintings from Simple Simon and Company

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

Summertime Scattergories from The Crafting Chicks

Summertime Scattergories Printable

Summer Fun Chart from The Crafting Chicks

Summer Fun Chart - Printable

Summer Fruit Garland Printable from Kiki and Company

Summer Fruit Garland - Printable

Summer Activity Jars and Grab Bags from The Crafting Chicks

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

How to Ride a Bike from The Crafting Chicks

How to ride a bike

Cookies and Cream Pudding Pops from The Crafting Chicks

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!


Summer Porch Ideas - Moss Wreath, Planters, DIY Sign Post, Painted Cement, Herb Garden, Tabletop S'mores, Porch Curtains and so much more!

Summer is almost here… I can feel it!  (Or maybe I’m just tired of the daily school routine and I’m dreaming of summer!)  Either way, we’ve gathered some of our favorite Summer Porch Ideas for you today.  It’s time to get that porch ready for lazy summer days in the shade and cool summer nights eating your tabletop s’mores!

Summer Porch Ideas

DIY Moss Letters from The Crafting Chicks

Summer Porch Ideas - Moss Wreath, Planters, DIY Sign Post, Painted Cement, Herb Garden, Tabletop S'mores, Porch Curtains and so much more!

DIY Welcome Post from Little Bit of Paint

Summer Porch Ideas - Moss Wreath, Planters, DIY Sign Post, Painted Cement, Herb Garden, Tabletop S'mores, Porch Curtains and so much more!

Children’s Arbor Bench from The Crafting Chicks

Summer Porch Ideas - Moss Wreath, Planters, DIY Sign Post, Painted Cement, Herb Garden, Tabletop S'mores, Porch Curtains and so much more!

Painted Striped Concrete Floor from Lolly Jane

Summer Porch Ideas - Moss Wreath, Planters, DIY Sign Post, Painted Cement, Herb Garden, Tabletop S'mores, Porch Curtains and so much more!

Chandelier Planter Tutorial from DIY Show Off

Summer Porch Ideas - Moss Wreath, Planters, DIY Sign Post, Painted Cement, Herb Garden, Tabletop S'mores, Porch Curtains and so much more!

Table Top S’mores from The Crafting Chicks

Tabletop S'mores - perfect for summer nights!

DIY Summer Banner The Happy Scraps

DIY Summer Banner - Pallet Sign

Drop Cloth Porch Curtains from Old Things New

Drop Cloth Porch Curtains - Love this simple privacy solution!

Mason Jar Herb Garden from Home Remedies

Mason Jar Herb Garden right outside your back door!

Beach Towel & Bathing Suit Rack from The Summery Umbrella

DIY Beach Towel Rack

DIY Magical Lights in your Fairy Garden from Little Tudor on the Prairie

Summer Porch Ideas - Moss Wreath, Planters, DIY Sign Post, Painted Cement, Herb Garden, Tabletop S'mores, Porch Curtains and so much more!

Summer Porch Ideas - Moss Wreath, Planters, DIY Sign Post, Painted Cement, Herb Garden, Tabletop S'mores, Porch Curtains and so much more!


Springtime Blooming Tree Kids Craft

Today I’m over at Oriental Trading Co. Blog, sharing this fun Springtime Blooming Tree Kids Craft. A fun project to do with kids on a rainy day or any day. This project is a great way to keep the kids busy without making the house a mess.

Springtime-Bloom-Tree

This project was so fun and easy. Especially if you use the free printable tree that is available over on the Oriental Trading blog.

Each child will shine through with this project. They are able to use their personal creativity to make a Springtime Blooming Tree that is just for them.

Springtime-blooming-tree

So if you are looking for a great way to keep your kids busy on a rainy day, or any day.

blooming-tree

 

 

 


I scream, you scream, we all scream for ... Mini Donut Ice Cream Sundaes!!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! And what is better than ice cream? Mini Donut Ice Cream Sundaes!!

Mini Donut Ice Cream Sundaes are the ultimate easy no bake dessert!

 

Hi Crafting Chicks fans! It’s Keri from Shaken Together and this month, I am sharing another easy, no bake dessert with you. No bake desserts are pretty much my jam. I love a good no bake cookie, a fun way to dress up store bought cupcakes or a quick dessert dip to wow your guests. These mini donut ice cream sundaes are the perfect way to say hello Summer, happy birthday or yay for Friday!!

I mean, when you start off with the most adorable sprinkle frosted donuts, the cute factor can only go up!

Mini Donut Ice Cream Sundaes are the cutest sprinkled no bake dessert perfect for Summer!

These sundaes are SO easy … just plop a scoop of ice cream on top of a mini donut, add sprinkles (or hot fudge, a whoosh of whipped cream or a drizzle of caramel), grab a spoon and dig in!

These Mini Donut Ice Cream Sundaes are the easiest, sprinklicious no bake dessert ever!

Want to know my secret for getting mini ice cream scoops for these mini sundaes? A cookie scoop! It makes the perfect mini sized scoop and the lever mechanism pops it right out on top of the donut.

The secret to mini scoops of ice cream for our Mini Donut Ice Cream Sundaes? A cookie scoop!

To make serving these mini donut ice cream sundaes easy (and not to mention adorable), I use colorful cupcakes papers. Each cupcake paper is the perfect size to hold one mini donut and catches any drips or crumbs!

Colorful cupcake papers are the easiest (and most adorable) way to serve our Mini Donut Ice Cream Sundaes!

Mini Donut Ice Cream Sundaes
Ingredients
  • Mini donuts
  • Ice cream
  • Your favorite ice cream toppings
Instructions
  1. Place each mini donut in a cupcake paper.
  2. Just before serving, use a cookie scoop (or a spoon) to add a scoop of ice cream to the top of each donut.
  3. Garnish with hot fudge, caramel, whipped cream or sprinkles!
These mini donut ice cream sundaes are serious fun and since they are small – just a few bites each – they are easy to eat for little hands and provide just enough sugar to satisfy a sweet tooth! Wouldn’t it be fun to set up a mini donut ice cream sundae bar?! Cake donuts with birthday cake ice cream … coconut donuts with vanilla ice cream and caramel … powdered donuts with strawberry ice cream and fresh berries … the combinations are endless!

Mini Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches - top your favorite mini donut with a mini scoop of ice cream! They may be mini, but they pack BIG time fun!

If you are craving more easy no-bake desserts, take a peek at a few more of my favorites!

Banana Split Cookies from Shaken Together - no bake and SO fun!

Banana Split Cookies – topped with fruit, frosting & hot fudge!

Strawberry Marshmallow Dip from Shaken Together - just 2 easy ingredients!

Strawberry Marshmallow Dip – just 2 easy ingredients!

Cheesecake Banana Splits from Shaken Together - move over ice cream, cheesecake is here!

Cheesecake Banana Splits – move over ice cream, cheesecake is here!


Easiest Strawberry Jam Ever – made with just 3 ingredients, in one pot.  This small batch, no-pectin strawberry jam is delicious and super easy to make!

Easiest Strawberry Jam Ever - made with just 3 ingredients, in one pot. This small batch, no-pectin strawberry jam is delicious and super easy to make!

Hello there!  This is Katie from The Casual Craftlete blog.  Today, I am very excited to share one of my favorite jam recipes.  This Easiest Strawberry Jam Ever recipe really does live up to it’s name.  It’s made with 3 simple ingredients and is so fresh and delicious.  Strawberry season will be soon and you will want to save this recipe.  This jam is perfect on toast and bagels in the morning, yogurt for a snack, or on top of ice cream for dessert.  There really is no wrong way to eat strawberry jam.  Sometimes I just dig in with a spoon.

Easiest Strawberry Jam Ever - made with just 3 ingredients, in one pot. This small batch, no-pectin strawberry jam is delicious and super easy to make!

The three ingredients you will need for this jam recipe are fresh strawberries, granulated sugar, and fresh lime juice.  Start by washing one 16 oz container of fresh strawberries.  Then hull and dice the strawberries into large chunks.  Add the prepared strawberries into a medium size sauce pot.  Next, add granulated sugar and freshly squeezed lime juice into the sauce pot with the strawberries.

Easiest Strawberry Jam Ever - made with just 3 ingredients, in one pot. This small batch, no-pectin strawberry jam is delicious and super easy to make!

Stir ingredients over medium-low heat until the sugar has dissolved (about 5 minutes).  Increase the heat and bring mixture to a rolling boil.  Stir and mash strawberries frequently and continue to boil, until jam has thickened (about 10 minutes).  I like to use a potato masher because I think it is easier to mash the strawberries, but you could also use the back of a wooden spoon.  Then transfer the jam to a clean mason jar and cool to room temperature.  Seal the jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator up to 10 days.  My jam never lasts that long because I eat it up in just a couple of days.

Easiest Strawberry Jam Ever - made with just 3 ingredients, in one pot. This small batch, no-pectin strawberry jam is delicious and super easy to make!

Easiest Strawberry Jam Ever
This small batch, no-pectin strawberry jam is delicious and super easy to make!
Ingredients
  • 16 oz strawberries, washed, hulled and coarsely chopped
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • Juice from 1 lime
Instructions
  1. In a medium sauce pot, add prepared strawberries, granulated sugar and freshly squeezed lime juice.
  2. Stir ingredients over medium-low heat until the sugar has dissolved (about 5 minutes). Increase the heat and bring mixture to a rolling boil. Stir and mash strawberries frequently and continue to boil, until jam has thicken (about 10 minutes).
  3. Transfer the jam to a clean mason jar and cool to room temperature. Seal the jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator up to 10 days.
 

Easiest Strawberry Jam Ever - made with just 3 ingredients, in one pot. This small batch, no-pectin strawberry jam is delicious and super easy to make!

Thank you for letting me share my Easiest Strawberry Jam Ever recipe.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

 

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Best Salsa Recipes - Peach Salsa, Pineapple Salsa, Mango Salsa, Greek Salsa, Fresh Tomato Salsa, Avocado Salsa, Tomatillo Salsa... and so much more!  Can't wait for the next summer BBQ!

Salsa recipes are some of my very favorite!  Tomato season is just around the corner and I can’t wait!  Today we’ve got some of the very best salsa recipes for you.  There’s a little something for everyone.  Avocado, Peach, Mango, Cilantro, Corn, Pineapple… oh I can almost taste them!

Salsa Recipes

Okie Caviar from The Crafting Chicks

Best Salsa Recipes - Peach Salsa, Pineapple Salsa, Mango Salsa, Greek Salsa, Fresh Tomato Salsa, Avocado Salsa, Tomatillo Salsa... and so much more!  Can't wait for the next summer BBQ!

Easiest Fire Roasted Green Salsa from Latina Mama Rama

Best Salsa Recipes - Peach Salsa, Pineapple Salsa, Mango Salsa, Greek Salsa, Fresh Tomato Salsa, Avocado Salsa, Tomatillo Salsa... and so much more!  Can't wait for the next summer BBQ!

Avocado Salsa from Cooking Classy

Best Salsa Recipes - Peach Salsa, Pineapple Salsa, Mango Salsa, Greek Salsa, Fresh Tomato Salsa, Avocado Salsa, Tomatillo Salsa... and so much more!  Can't wait for the next summer BBQ!

Fresh Mango Salsa from Cookie and Kate

Best Salsa Recipes - Peach Salsa, Pineapple Salsa, Mango Salsa, Greek Salsa, Fresh Tomato Salsa, Avocado Salsa, Tomatillo Salsa... and so much more!  Can't wait for the next summer BBQ!

Greek Salsa from Two Peas & Their Pod

Greek Salsa

5 Minute Restaurant Salsa from The Chunky Chef

5 minute Restaurant Salsa

Pineapple Salsa from The Gunny Sack

Pineapple Salsa

Peach Salsa from The Pioneer Woman

Peach Salsa

Homemade Fresh Tomato Salsa from Little Broken

Homemade Fresh Tomato Salsa

Rainbow Salsa from Gimme Some Oven

Best Salsa Recipes - Peach Salsa, Pineapple Salsa, Mango Salsa, Greek Salsa, Fresh Tomato Salsa, Avocado Salsa, Tomatillo Salsa... and so much more!  Can't wait for the next summer BBQ!

Tomatillo Salsa Verde from She Wears Many Hats

Tomatillo Salsa Verde Salsa

Chipotle Copycat Corn Salsa Recipe from Bright Green Door

Corn Salsa

Jalapeno Cilantro Salsa from Laylita’s Recipes

Jalapeno Cilantro Salsa

Blueberry Pineapple Salsa from Carlsbad Cravings

Blueberry Pineapple Salsa

Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips from Spend with Pennies

Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Salsa Verde from Frugal Coupon Living

Salsa Verde

Fruit Salsa from Know Your Produce

Fruit Salsa

Best Salsa Recipes - Peach Salsa, Pineapple Salsa, Mango Salsa, Greek Salsa, Fresh Tomato Salsa, Avocado Salsa, Tomatillo Salsa... and so much more!  Can't wait for the next summer BBQ!


Pirate Party Table

I recently put together a quick and easy Nautical Party Tablescape using the Recollections™ Craft It™ party décor items from Michaels. All the decorations came together in less than a half an hour, thanks to the convenience of the line. Now that’s a really big deal, cause you know the “party moms” out there? The ones who start planning birthday parties 6 months in advance and spend hours and hours creating and decorating for that party? Whelp, I’m not that mom. So the fact that this went together so quickly with so little effort is a really big deal! I’m all about the shortcuts!

Nautical Party

The cake topper was made with 2 skewers, a piece of bakers twine with flags from the line attached with glue dots.

Pirate Party

The same flags were attached to skewers to create these donut kabobs. I think the crumb donut holes look like they’re covered in sand

Quick Ideas for Nautical Party

The blue banner was create from a pack of patterned triangles that I attached to baker’s twine with mini clothespins

Quick Ideas for Nautical Party Nautical Party Tablescape Play Like a Pirate Party

Play Like a Pirate bottle wrappers add another fun and quick touch to this simple party.

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Vintage Trailer Remodel - Retro Trailer - This is SO cute! Love this glamper!!

I’m Amy.  I work with The Crafting Chicks on the back side of their blog.  Years ago my cousins and I had a little blog to share all of our crafty projects.  We got busy and the blog disappeared.  But I still love to craft.  And I still get to work with the wonderful Crafting Chicks!

My parents have a piece of property that they stay at over the summers.  The grand kids just LOVE to go camping out there too.  Think…. 4 wheelers, zipline and archery range… yep.  The kids (and adults) LOVE it!

Last summer my parents were given a 1972 Rancho el Rae Camper Trailer.  The idea was to slap some paint on it and turn it into a guest house for their property.  As soon as I saw this trailer, I knew it needed to become a Glamper!  Let me show you what we did… (with links to tutorials that will help you to do the same!)

Retro Camping Trailer Remodel

Before

The base of the trailer was in fairly good condition.  But boy oh boy, was it dated.  (Don’t you just love that carpet?!  Yikes!)  We liked the aqua trim.  But the dark paneling, carpet and floral print just had to go.

Vintage Trailer Remodel - Retro Trailer - This is SO cute! Love this glamper!!

 

After

What a difference!  Oh it turned out SO cute!  The color.  The light.  The retro feel.

Love. Love. Love!

Vintage Trailer Remodel - Retro Trailer - This is SO cute! Love this glamper!!

Vintage camper trailer

Vintage Camper Trailer

Retro Camper Trailer

Patching Holes

If you’ve got an old trailer, you know that you’ve got to do some repairs.  We had some water damage.  So my amazing Dad jumped in and started patching holes.  Here is a great tutorial to walk you through the process:  Patching Holes.

Camper Trailer Remodel - Patching holes

Paint

A little bit of paint makes a HUGE difference.  The white opened up the space and gave it a completely different feel.  The red drawers gave it that pop of color we were looking for.

Painting a Camper Trailer

Flooring

The first thing to come out was that carpet. Yikes!

We just fell in love with the black and white checkered tiles!  So much easier to clean and so fun!

Here is a great tutorial for installing new flooring:  Trailer Flooring.

Camper Trailer Remodel - Flooring

Reupholstering Cushions

Our polka dot cushions turned out beautiful!  We used Riley Blake Fabric.  The cushions are a Home Decor fabric called Medium White Dot on Black.   If you haven’t used their fabric before, you are missing out!  Oh my!  It’s like sewing with clouds.  Truly.  (I just did another project without Riley Blake Fabric… it was like working with sand paper.  Awful!  I’ll be sticking with Riley Blake.)

Luckily, the kitchen table cushions were in great condition once we flipped them over.  Now the Aqua color shows beautifully.

My Mom tackled the bedroom cushions.  And they were a beast.  But she’s a miracle worker and they turned out adorable!!  The couch that folds into a bed was super complicated.

Here is a tutorial to help you with cushions:  Cushion Tutorial.

Camper Trailer Cushion Remodel

Curtains

The curtains are Riley Blake fabric as well.  We needed to double the material on the curtains, since the windows don’t have blinds.  We wanted the trailer to be light and bright during the day, have privacy at night, and keep the sun from peaking in during the early morning hours.  We made curtains ties to hold the curtains open during the day.  We attached the ties to the curtain on one side (so they don’t get lost) and they just velcro together in the back.

In the bedroom part of the trailer we used Four Corners Teal, Medium Dots Black, and White Swiss Dot on Black.

In the kitchen part of the trailer we used: Small Red Gingham, Medium Dots Black, and White Swiss Dot on Black.

We also made some accents pillows with Medium Dots Aqua/Red.

Camper Trailer How To Curtains

Before and After

What a difference!

Vintage Trailer Remodel - Retro Trailer - This is SO cute! Love this glamper!!

Painting the outside of a trailer

At first we had visions of a bright white trailer with a red stripe down the side.  Maybe a few polka dots here and there.  Then we decided NOT to paint the outside of the trailer.  Let me tell you why…  This trailer is, right now, sitting on mountain property surrounded by 5 feet of snow.  We can’t access the trailer for a good portion of the year.  That means that we can’t check on it to make sure that it hasn’t been broken into or being lived in (yikes!) as often as we would like to.  So we decided that it would be best to keep the outside of the trailer looking a little run down.  We don’t want the whole mountain to know what a darling trailer it has become!

If you want to paint the outside of your trailer, here is a great tutorial:  Painting the outside of a trailer.

Vintage Trailer Remodel - Retro Trailer - This is SO cute! Love this glamper!!

The circle stick-on mirrors are from Amazon.

The adorable red teapot is from  Bed, Bath and Beyond.

The plates, table runner and vase are from IKEA.

The furry animal friends were added by the grand kids and are from KOHLS.

Vintage Trailer Remodel - Retro Trailer - This is SO cute! Love this glamper!!

Do you have a trailer that is just begging for a little TLC?  What are you waiting for?  It isn’t as hard as you think and it’s so rewarding to transform an entire space!

Happy Glamping!

 


DIY Garden Markers - A fun way to add color and personality to your garden! A great activity for kids too!

DIY Garden Markers

Spring is in the air and I’m anxious to get outside!  However, it’s not quite warm enough to start planting my garden.  So today we are gathering DIY Garden Marker ideas… you can get them all ready to go now and dream of warmer days.  Get the kids involved, they’ll love it!

Kid Painted Garden Markers from A Girl and A Glue Gun

DIY Garden Markers - A fun way to add color and personality to your garden! A great activity for kids too!

Letter Tile Garden Markers from The Farm Girl Gabs

DIY Garden Markers - A fun way to add color and personality to your garden! A great activity for kids too!

Painted Rock Garden Markers from Crafts By Amanda

DIY Garden Markers - A fun way to add color and personality to your garden! A great activity for kids too!

DIY Garden Plant Markers from Grey Luster Girl

Garden Plant Marker

Brick Herb Markers from Simple Details

Brick Garden Markers

Beaded Garden Markers from Paging Fun Mums

Beaded Garden Markers

 

Wood Spool Marker from Eighteen25

Wood Spool Garden Markers

 

Painted Garden Markers from Ready Set Read

Painted spoon garden markers

Chalkboard Garden Markers from Handmade in the Heartland

Chalkboard Garden Markers

Recycled Spoon Garden Markers from Domestic Simplicity

Recycled Spoon Garden Markers

Rainbow Garden Markers from Living Well Spending Less

Rainbow Garden Markers

 Indoor Chalkboard Garden Markers from The Crafting Chicks

Indoor Chalkboard Garden Markers

DIY Garden Markers - A fun way to add color and personality to your garden! A great activity for kids too!


Hey Everyone, it’s Kimberly with Get Away Today and my favorite season is just around the corner… vacation season! Spring breaks have already begun and summer vacations aren’t far behind. Of course, my favorite vacation destination is the Disneyland Resort. Time spent on vacation is valuable, and even more so at Disneyland in my opinion. I’ve been to Disneyland many times over the years and always have a great time, even when it’s packed. Since spring and summer tend to be busier travel times to visit the parks, I put together some of my best tips to help you save time and money at Disneyland.

Time and Money Saving Disneyland Tips

1. Be sure to use the FASTPASS system for the most popular attractions, which serves as a reservation for you to come back and ride later. Radiator Springs Racers and Hyperspace Mountain are the hottest FASTPASS attractions right now, so you’ll want to grab those first thing in the morning. You can get your next FASTPASS two hours after you get one, or by the first time printed on your FASTPASS ticket, whichever comes sooner.

RadiatorSpringsFastpass

2. Use Rider Switch if you have small kids that can’t ride the bigger attractions. One person stays back with the younger kids while everyone else rides. Then, the rider who stayed behind gets to go to the front and ride with up to two other riders. This will be your older kids favorite since they’ll normally get to ride twice in a row. Another way to save some time if you have older kids is to use the Single Rider line on some of the more popular attractions. You wait in line together and then fill single spots as they open up on the attractions. Radiator Springs Racers is one of the best Single Rider line options.

RadiatorSpringsRacers

3. Get to the parks as early as possible. Each 3-day or longer ticket comes with one early morning into Disneyland, so be sure to take advantage of that. In addition to the official early entry, you can get past the gate and into the entry of both parks 30 minutes to an hour before the park opens. By getting there as early as possible, you’ll be able to beat most of the crowds.

4. Stay on property. True, you’ll pay more to stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel, but if you can afford a little splurge, the perks more than pay for themselves. One of the best perks of staying on-site is that you get early entry into Disneyland or California Adventure every day that you have a ticket for. It’s the only way to get into Disney California Adventure Park early, and I will tell you, the 5-minute wait time for Toy Story Midway Mania is worth it!

ToyStoryWaitTime

5. If the Disneyland Resort Hotels don’t fit in your budget, choose a hotel that offers a free breakfast. Many area hotels have deluxe or full breakfast options that include protein and hot items to keep you full longer. Some of the suite hotels offer dinners or snacks in the evenings, and may even have a full kitchen for you to use during your vacation.

6. Get the longest length ticket possible. You’ll pay a little more overall, but you’ll pay less per day, and have way more flexibility. That is especially important during the Diamond Celebration that has multiple nighttime shows that you won’t want to miss.

WOC

7. Pack snacks. Not only will bringing snacks into the parks save you money, it can save you time. Munch on healthy snacks like trail mix or fruit snacks while you’re waiting in lines for attractions. It will keep you occupied and energetic for a fun-filled day.

8. Book a Character Breakfast. Don’t spend your valuable park time waiting in lines to meet characters, let them come to you when you book a Character breakfast, lunch or dinner. There are five different options each with different times, characters, menus and locations. Choose from Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel for “brunch” or dinner, Ariel’s Princess Celebration for breakfast or lunch at Disney California Adventure, Breakfast at the Park with Minnie & Friends inside Disneyland, Surf’s Up Breakfast with Mickey & Friends at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, and Chip ‘n Dale’s Critter Country Breakfast at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Each has something unique and I love them all.

CharacterDining

9. Buy your souvenirs before your trip. Park prices on T-shirts, stuffed animals, glow sticks and trinkets are much higher than, well, almost anywhere else. You can save a ton by purchasing these items before your vacation, and bringing them with you. The kids are happy because they still get fun new things that remind them of the fun you had on vacation, and you’re happy because you didn’t spend a fortune.

10. Use coupons. Our packages at Get Away Today come with exclusive coupons on dining and merchandise in Anaheim and Downtown Disney, but there are a lot of ways to save. Sign up for coupons at Earl of Sandwich, Rainforest Cafe, Subway, Wetzel’s Pretzels and more before you go. You may even want to consider buying an Entertainment book to use during your trip.

I hope these tips help you as you’re planning your Disneyland vacation! If you’re looking for the best way to save money, it starts by booking with Get Away Today. We negotiate with our hotel and attraction partners to help you save the very most on your vacation. We’d love to help find the perfect fit for your family on getawaytoday.com or by calling 855-GET-AWAY. Mention promo code: CraftingChicks to save an extra $10 off any 2-night or longer Disneyland package.

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