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Mother's Day Handprint Flower 2016

I’m a sucker for anything handprint from my girls. I love seeing the growth from year to year through their hands. You probably know this because I like to post project and gift ideas using handprints. Of course I had to make another Mother’s Day Handprint Flower Printable for 2016.

These always make a fun gift for grandmas too because it’s one of a kinda artwork from their favorite children.

They are quick but can be messy so I suggest having some wet wipes nearby. Also, clothes that are okay to have paint on them, and a surface that could get paint on it. 😉

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Other then the suggestions above, you’re going to need the free printable, which you can download below, some paint, a paper plate to put the paint on, and a paint brush.

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Paint your child’s hand so that you can control the amount. Then they can place the hand on a stem.

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You can also let them use their creativity to make flowers with their fingers or thumbs.

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This can get on the messy side so beware and have your wipes handy.

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I loved watching how she made each flower.

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A fun little action shot of her showing me her painted thumb.

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And there you have it. You can have each child complete one page each, or have each child do only one flower. This project is so fun and each one is unique.

To download the 3 stem option click below

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And to download the 4 stem option click below

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How to edit your iPhone photos

Hello again! Michelle here and today I’m talking about Photography and making the most of your iPhone photos. I know that you probably have thousands of photos that mean the world to you on your phone right now… I currently have 11,244 photos and 525 videos!!! omgoodness and I have to admit that those are all from this past year!

I use two cameras every single day. My Canon 5D Mark iii and my iPhone 6 (I’m holding out for whatever amazing phone comes out this fall). There are so many apps and filters and resources for photography on the iPhones of today, but I wanted to share with you my process for my iPhone images. There is a fine line between being obsessed and taking 40 shots for that one awesome image… or just taking a couple good images and still being present and involved in the activity that is happening around you. My goal is to never become so involved in getting an image that I’m not present with my family. There is of course a time for both instances of course. There are times that I become a little crazy and my family lets me know. So….. what do I do from taking a photo to posting it on my Instagram account?

First and most importantly, come follow me on Instagram

Camera

I use the built in camera of the iPhone to take my photos. I use the “photo” setting. I’m a wide angle kind of girl and I love to get as much into the frame as I can. I feel like the square setting limits a lot of what I can pull into the frame. There are camera functions within many of the photography apps, like VSCO, Instagram and countless others that you can use as well.

Taking Your Images

I look for light when I’m going to take my photo. The most beautiful photos include natural light, whether they are outside or inside my home. Turn your subject so that the light is most flattering on them. Avoid very harsh light and raccoon shadows in the eyes.

Editing Images

I try to be spontaneous with my picture taking on my phone and not focus too much on editing them. I also keep my edits simple and clean. I have three favorite apps that I use for editing.

My first go to app is Photoshop Fix. I use this for the most irritating issue… that angry 11 between my eyebrows or a pimple, scratch, or jelly goo on one of the kids’ faces. Use the healing brush, click and poof it’s gone! If you are a Lightroom user, there is also a Lightroom app.

Next I use an app to edit the look of my image; color, contrast, brightness and sharpness, etc. My favorite app to use is VSCO. I use some of the VSCO presets in Lightroom when editing my photos from big girl camera, so there is some consistency when using the app. VSCO gives you a wide variety of tools to use for your images, including the vertical and horizontal tilt of your photos… for those people who for some reason can’t always take a photo straight. That would be me! Here are two examples and my settings in VSCO.

This morning we ventured to the awesome donut shop in town and this little guy was overwhelmed with the cookie monster in front of him.

How to edit your iPhone photos

All of my color images were edited with the A7 preset and I used the X2 preset for my black and white edit. Once I choose my preset or the filter that will be on the image, I then make the fine adjustments that are found under the tools. For the above two images I made the follow adjustments. Clarity +1, Shadow Save +1, Sharpen +1, Fade +1, Highlight Save +3, Tint +1, and Skin Tone +1.  Most of my adjustments were very minor. The only difference on the black and white version was a little added in grain of +2

How to edit your iPhone photos

This image is one that I used on Instagram to show what my car office looks like when I’m waiting for the kids at rehearsals and practices. This image was also the A7 preset with the following adjustments: Contrast +1, Highlights Save +3, Saturation +1, Sharpen +2, Clarify +2.

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I’m a huge sucker for sun flare. Some avoid it like the plague, but I love love love a beautiful huge sun flare. This image was also done with the A7 preset. I went a little more drastic with my adjustments to bring out the sun flare more dramatically. Shadows Tint +7, Temperature +1, Highlights Save +6, Clarity +6 and Saturation +1.

I will also use Pic Tap Go for a quicker edit and also Instagram. In Instagram, I typically don’t use the filters at all but instead use the tools similar to VSCO to edit the images. In the end, the goal is to make your image look as close to real life colors as possible while adding a little extra oomph and interest. Avoid filters that make you look like an oompa loompa or an alien. Scroll through the multiple filters and find your favorites. Using consistent filters for editing will give your photography a consistent and clean look.

Backup

Since I have 11,244 images, backups are essential. Make sure that your iCloud is up to date and is backing up your images continuously. I’m terrified of a crash. I also use my external hard drives to periodically backup my images as well as an online backup system. I pay a small $3 fee each month with iCloud for an increased amount of storage.

I hope that you have fun doing quick and consistent edits of your iPhone images… and remember to be present and involved in the activities and get in those photos! Come visit me at Michelle Lea Creative.

-Michelle

How to edit your iPhone photos


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Science Teacher Gift Idea - Periodic Element Thank You

Teacher Appreciation week is coming up and I’ve been trying to think of a thoughtful gift to give when I saw these Method Pink Grapefuit Cleaners caught. These are my all time favorite cleaner (they’re even on my Amazon subscribe and save). Nothing freshens up a room like a citrus scent! And well, kids are messy and smelly so I figured teachers will appreciate it as much as mom’s do. When giving teacher gifts I aim for a consumable, something they can enjoy and use up so it doesn’t create clutter. And I try to not give treats or food, unless I know what their favorites are.

Science Teacher Gift Idea - Periodic Element Thank You

Pick up a couple bottles of this, get one for you and one for the teacher! Download the printable of choice, I have a Thank You and a Best Teacher one to choose from, have your student write a sweet message, tape it on and your Periodic Element Teacher Appreciation Gift is ready to go!

Science Teacher Gift Idea - Periodic Element Thank You

The made up Periodic Elements go right along with the fun science pattern on the back and sides of the wrapper.

Science Teacher Gift Idea - Periodic Element Thank You

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Science Teacher Gift Idea - Periodic Element Thank You

Download the Thank You Element (as seen on Skip to My Lou below:

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Periodic Element Teacher Gift Idea - Scientific Thank You Printable

Find more teacher appreciation ideas below:

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Your teacher will love this fun Mint Themed Teacher Gift - what a cute way to thank a teacher for a job well done!

Well, hello again! I’m Keri from Shaken Together and I love stopping by each month to share an easy recipe, a quick craft or a seasonal gift. With Teacher Appreciation Week and the end of another school year approaching, I thought I would share a thoughtful and inexpensive gift idea that is perfect for your favorite teachers!

Mint Themed Teacher Gift

Mint Themed Teacher Gift with a cute "I was Mint to be in Your Class" paper flag!

I love love love themed gift giving! Here are a few of my favorite ways to do a themed gift:

  1. Pick a Color – For example, I found all sorts of white items to tuck in our White Christmas Teacher Gift
  2. Pick a Cute Phrase – like “Thank you for the mark you make” I used for our Sharpie Teacher Gift
  3. Pick a season, event, word or uniting idea – One of my favorites was a basket full of pampering items for hands (lotion, nail polish, nail file, etc.) for our Hands Down We Have the Best Teachers Gift

Today, I got lucky and used a cute phrase and a color!! Bonus – this gift cost less than $10, so it is affordable even if you have multiple teachers to buy for!

To make our cute mint themed teacher gift, here is what you’ll need:

Hunting down all of the minty items to fill this bucket was the best part of this Mint Themed Teacher Gift!

  • Small metal bucket (or any other small basket or container)
  • Box of Junior Mints
  • Small packet of Mint Bath Soak
  • Minty gum
  • Tic Tacs
  • Mint green nail polish – This one from Sally Hansen is even called Mint Sorbet 🙂

Here are a few more mint themed items that you can use for a Mint Themed Teacher Gift:

  • Mint lip balm
  • Mint foot lotion
  • Mint chocolate candy or truffles
  • Mint colored office supplies
  • Mint colored socks
  • Mint hot chocolate packets

The hunt to find the minty things for this gift was my favorite part … I was wandering up and down the aisles of my local Target scoping out all of the fun finds! Once you’ve tracked down everything you are going to put in the gift, just tuck everything in the bucket.

Quick tip: place the biggest items standing up vertical in the back of the bucket to create some height and a foundation to lean and tuck the other items around.

Quick Tip when filling our Mint Themed Teacher Gift - tuck the larger items vertically in the back of the bucket to create height and a foundation for the other items!

All of the minty treats and treasures tucked in our Mint Themed Teacher Gift!

Once all of the mint items were tucked in the bucket, I thought it would be cute to add a stamped paper flag with the phrase “I was mint to be in your class!”

Stamp a paper flag with "I was Mint to be in your Class" for a cute touch for the Mint Themed Teacher Gift!

To make this cute paper flag, grab a piece of mint colored scrapbook paper cut as pictured below, a paper straw (or skewer or lollipop stick), washi tape and some bakers twine. Use the washi tape to attach the paper flag to the paper straw. Then, tie a small bow around the straw with a length of bakers twine.

A few basic craft supplies make a paper flag to tuck in our Mint Themed Teacher gift!

Finally, stamp or write your minty message on the paper flag:

  • I was MINT to be in your class
  • Thank you for your commit-MINT
  • Your’e worth a MINT
  • You MINT so much to me this year

Add the paper flag and this Mint Themed Teacher Gift is ready to give! SO cute, right?!

Our Mint Themed Teacher Gift is a thoughtful and inexpensive way to say thank you to a great teacher! Perfect for Teacher Appreciation Week!

Here are a few more great ideas for Teacher Gifts!

Orange You Glad It's Almost Summer Teacher Appreciation Gift from Shaken Together

Orange You Glad it’s Almost Summer Teacher Gift

Fruit Bowl Teacher Gift + Printable Tags from Shaken Together

Fruit Bowl Teacher Appreciation Gift + Printable Tags

Monogram Marquee

Monogram Marquee Teacher Gift

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Plant Teacher Gift + Printable Poem

 See you all again next month!!


Spring Kid Activities - walking sticks, bird feeder, bubbles, sidewalk chalk paint, crafts, windsock, water games, and so much more!

The sun is shining and the flowers are coming up… it’s time to get outside!  We are so ready for Spring activities around here, how about you?  This roundup has a little something for everyone… little ones and big ones alike.

Spring Kid Activities

Spring Windsock from The Crafting Chicks

Spring Kid Activities - walking sticks, bird feeder, bubbles, sidewalk chalk paint, crafts, windsock, water games, and so much more!

Color Changing Flower Experiment from Go Science Girls

Spring Kid Activities - walking sticks, bird feeder, bubbles, sidewalk chalk paint, crafts, windsock, water games, and so much more!

Walking Sticks from The Crafting Chicks

Spring Kid Activities - walking sticks, bird feeder, bubbles, sidewalk chalk paint, crafts, windsock, water games, and so much more!

Noodle Sunflowers from Crafty Morning

Spring Kid Activities - walking sticks, bird feeder, bubbles, sidewalk chalk paint, crafts, windsock, water games, and so much more!

Patriotic Bike Flags from The Crafting Chicks

Patriotic Bike Flags

Q-Tip Painted Handprint Cherry Blossom Tree from Glued To My Crafts

Qtip handprint cherry blossom tree kid craft

Bubble Blower Painting from Childhood 101

Bubble Blower Painting

Thumbprint Flower Pot from Upstate Ramblings

DIY Tumbprint Flower Pot

Handprint Flower Bookmarks from Live.Craft.Love

Handprint Flower Bookmark

Grass Head Pots from Non Toy Gifts

Grass head flower pot

Squirt Gun Races from Made From Pinterest

Squirt Gun Races

Homemade Bird Feeders from Growing Family

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Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint from A Little Pinch of Perfect

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Spring Kid Activities - walking sticks, bird feeder, bubbles, sidewalk chalk paint, crafts, windsock, water games, and so much more!


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Our Michael’s Makers challenge for the month was to create, or convince our husband and children to create, a Mother’s Day gift. I tried and tried to convince my husband that this would be a great project to tackle. But he didn’t bite. So, it was up to me to make something my mom would like for Mother’s Day. I’m pretty sure my mom loves her grandkids more than her own kids, so I made a Birthstone Locket with all 11 grandkids being represented by the birthstone of their birth month.

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I actually saw something similar to this being sold online a handful of years ago, but boy we’re they spendy! I’m sure they contained real jewels and precious metals, but they didn’t fit in our budget.

Birthstone Locket Mother's Day Gift Idea

So when I saw this line from Blue Moon Beads at Michaels I was excited. Now, in case the words “acrylic charms” don’t alert you, these are not real jewels. They are however inexpensive and when it takes 4 packages of birthstones to take care of all the grandkids you’ll be happy they don’t cost a ton.

Birthstone Locket Supplies

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This project is so easy that my kids, or husband, or kids and husband could handle it. The locket is magnetic, so begin by popping it open.

Birthstone Locket Mother's Day Gift Idea

Get the birthstones ready to go. My initial thought was to dump all the packages in a bowl, but then I realized that I don’t know what stone goes with what month. I also realized that I was going to have to write down all the kids and their birth month to keep them all straight.

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From there I started matching months to months and adding the little jewels. Once all were added, I snapped the locket back together and inserted the chain. If another grand baby is added to the family we can easily open the locket and add another jewel.

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Now Grandma can keep the grandkids close even when they live hours away! Happy Mother’s Day!

Be sure to check out the other Makers Mother’s Day ideas:



With bright eyes, a sweet pink nose and mischievous whiskers, these Bunny Face Strawberries are the cutest no bake Easter treat ever!

Bunny Face Strawberries! Dip bright ripe strawberries in white chocolate and create sweet faces with sprinkles! This is the cutest Easter dessert!

Hi everyone! If we haven’t had a chance to meet yet, I’m Keri from Shaken Together!

So, now that the introductions are out of the way – is anyone else sort of stunned that it is already March? And Easter is right around the corner? Well, if your life has been on fast forward like mine, then you will love this super easy Easter treat!

I mean … look at those sweet little faces?! Chocolate covered strawberries have never been cuter!

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Bunny Face Strawberries are the cutest no bake Easter treat ever!

With a few supplies from your kitchen, you can make a whole herd of these Bunny Face Strawberries in no time! And just in case you are wondering, Google confirmed that a group of rabbits is called a herd 🙂

Anyway, here is what you need:

  • Ripe strawberries
  • Vanilla Candiquik or white candy melts
  • Flat candy sprinkles – blue and black for eyes
  • Chocolate jimmies – these are the whiskers
  • Mini pink Sixlets – or any other small pink candy for a nose
  • A large baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  • Food tweezers (optional but a set makes placing the sprinkles easier)

I like to set up a dipping station right on my baking sheet so everything is close at hand. It also helps keep drips on the parchment paper and makes clean up a breeze!

Set up a dipping station to make dipping strawberries (and clean up) easy while making Bunny Face Strawberries!

Once you have your dipping station ready and you have melted your Candiquik or candy melts according to package directions, get ready to dip!
Step by step instructions for making Bunny Face Strawberries from Shaken Together at The Crafting Chicks!

  1. Dip the strawberry in the melted Candiquik, allow some of the excess to drip off and move it to your parchment lined baking sheet.
  2. Allow the Candiquik to set just a bit and add the pink candy nose. You may need to hold it in place for a few seconds so it doesn’t slip down the strawberry.
  3. Add two flat sprinkles for eyes. I used both black and blue sprinkles.
  4. Use the tweezers to place three chocolate jimmies on either side of the nose to create whiskers.
  5. Allow the Bunny Face Strawberries to set. You can speed this up by popping them in the fridge.

These are best served within a day and can be stored in the fridge until you are ready to serve these sweet little berry bunnies. If you ask me, these Bunny Face Strawberries are almost too cute to eat.

Almost 😉

Bunny Face Strawberries are an easy no bake Easter treat that are almost too cute to eat ... almost!

How about a few more sweet treats for Easter?! Snack mix, cupcakes and cookies cups! 

Easter Bunny Snack Mix from Shaken Together

Easter Bunny Snack Mix

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Easter Basket Cupcakes

Carrot Cake Cookies Cups from Shaken Together

Carrot Cake Cookie Cups


DIY Easter Baskets - fabric baskets, wood baskets, personalized baskets, pails, buckets, easter tags and party favors - Love these simple Easter baskets!

DIY Easter Baskets

Easter is sneaking up on me this year!  Time to pull out those baskets!  For those of you looking for that special Easter basket, we’ve got some of the best in this post!  These baskets are for everyone.  We’ve got some darling baskets to sew, an adorable one made of wood, one made of crepe paper, personalized baskets and an egg shaped one that the kids will love to help with.

Egg Shaped Easter Basket from HMH Designs

DIY Easter Baskets - fabric baskets, wood baskets, personalized baskets, pails, buckets, easter tags and party favors - Love these simple Easter baskets!

DIY Easter Bucket from The Pinning Mama

DIY Easter Baskets - fabric baskets, wood baskets, personalized baskets, pails, buckets, easter tags and party favors - Love these simple Easter baskets!

Fabric Easter Basket from V and Co.

DIY Easter Baskets - fabric baskets, wood baskets, personalized baskets, pails, buckets, easter tags and party favors - Love these simple Easter baskets!

Easter Basket Cupcakes from The Crafting Chicks

DIY Easter Baskets - fabric baskets, wood baskets, personalized baskets, pails, buckets, easter tags and party favors - Love these simple Easter baskets!

Mini Easter Basket Favors from At Home on the Bay

Mini Easter Basket Favors

Crepe Paper Easter Basket from Smile Mercantile

Crepe Paper Easter Baskets

DIY Decoupage Avengers Easter Basket from Oh So Savvy Mom

DIY Decoupage Avengers Easter Basket

DIY Tutu Easter Basket from Paging Fun Mums

Tutu Easter Baskets

Personalized Easter Baskets from The Daily D.I.Y.er

Personalized Easter Baskets

Wood Easter Basket from Ana White

DIY Wooden Easter Basket

Mini Easter Basket Place Card Holders from The Crafting Chicks

Mini Easter Basket Place Card Holders

Bunny Baskets from Going Star Fishing

Bunny Easter Baskets

Fabric Easter Baskets from Sew Me Some Love

Fabric Easter Baskets

Paper Plate Easter Bunny Basket from The Girl Creative

Paper Plate Easter Basket

Personalized Easter Pails from Simply Kierste

Personalized Easter Pails

Easter Basket Name Tags from The Crafting Chicks

Easter Basket Name Tags

DIY Easter Baskets - fabric baskets, wood baskets, personalized baskets, pails, buckets, easter tags and party favors - Love these simple Easter baskets!


sm leprechaun photo props header St. Patrick’s Day is so fun for kids.  Sharing a cute idea for Leprechaun photo props.  If you are planning a St. Patrick’s party, or just hosting a family activity, these are such a fun way to add fun to the party!

We love to take silly pictures on St. Patrick’s day, with the kids all dressed in green.  These St. Patrick’s Day photo props will make our photos even more fun this year. sm st patricks day photo props
For these leprechaun photo props, you will need:

-pictures of hats, beards, mustaches

-paper straws (I love the black and white)

-tape
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You can find these Leprechaun photo prop printables in our St. Patrick’s Kit!  17 fun ideas are part of the kit too!  You can read more about our kit and the details on the fun activities HERE! St. Patrick's Printable Pack
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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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