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About the author  ⁄ Andrea Fellman

Andrea Fellman is a Mom who hasn't lost her style to motherhood. Andrea is the owner and editor-in-chief of Savvy Sassy Moms. She also contributes weekly to BabyCenter's Blog, a Los Angeles iVoice for ivillage.com, has run the social media and blog for the children's retailer the Right Start, and is now living in Costa Rica. Connect with me on Google+

We’re kicking off week two of our #weePLan series with Weelicous and Project Junior. This week it’s all about leftovers. Leftovers are never a fan favorite in my home. Usually when I break news that leftover are the feature of the dinner menu it is usually followed by sad faces and occasionally a couple of tears. Catherine McCord from Weelicious is about to change that. She’s sharing six left over recipes and tips for making foods ahead of time that will last all week and can make appearances in several dinners and lunches throughout the week!

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Basil Pesto

Cook up some pasta on Sunday then toss it with pesto or marinara sauce to serve later in the week topped with chicken, parmesan cheese, or roasted veggie.

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Mexican Fried Rice

Make a huge pot of brown rice to store in the fridge. During the week you can use it to make Mexican Fried Rice or serve it simply as a side dish with sesame seeds. You can even use it to make Rice Pudding for dessert during the week.

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Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf Bites

Make Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf Bites for dinner one night, then slice them up and put them into a sandwich for lunch the next day.

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Mediterranean Grilled Veggie Wrap

You can roast a large baking sheet full of veggies on the weekend, store them in the fridge, and use them to quickly add a veggie side dish to dinner, make them into a scramble for breakfast, or wrap them up into a tortilla for school lunch.

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Grilled Chicken Corn Quesadilla

Almost anything can be added to a quesadilla.  Chop favorite leftovers like chicken, meat or veggies and you have a meal in minutes!

We all know the microwave is the quick and easy way to reheat leftovers, but if you give yourself just a touch more time, you can have more satisfying leftovers.

Here are a few tips reheating leftovers

- If rice has gotten crunchy, add a bit of water to it, then reheat it over low heat on the stove, covered, stir occasionally for about 7 minutes, and you’ll have fluffy just like new rice!

- Toss plain pasta with oil to prevent sticking before cooling and refrigerating. Reheat on the stove, tossed with a sauce of your choice, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes.

- Casseroles and other baked dishes reheat beautifully in the oven. Heat to 350F, cover with foil, and bake for 10-15 minutes, until warmed through.

FreezeCups

Munchkin’s Fresh Food Freezer Cups are a great option for storing food. It will keep your leftovers fresh which you are going to cook them up the next day or freeze for a later date.

Date-Mates

Don’t forget to label your containers. DateMate’s from Mabel’s Labels will help you remember what’s inside each container and the date it was package.  They will keep you and your refrigerator organized.

So remember, instead of tossing out perfectly tasty food, turn it into a new creation your family will love. You may be surprised that you created a dish to add to your weekly rotation!

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Recipes and tips  by Catherine McCord. Catherine posts new family-friendly recipes and videos every week on Weelicious. She is also creator of Weelicious Menus, a meal planning service that helps busy families make dinner easier.

 

 

 

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#weePLAN Twitter Party

Tuesday, August 19th
10:00am PST / 1:00 EST

Hashtag: #weePLAN

Hosts:  @ProjectJunior @SavvySassyMoms @Weelicious @WeeliciousMenus
Sponsors: @mabelhood @EhrmannUSA @Munchkin_Inc

Join Savvy Sassy Moms, Project Junior and Weelicious to kick off this year’s back-to-school season!  Moms everywhere are in full shopping and planning mode to start their family off right and we have some savvy tips and tricks to share with you!

We’ll be chatting about how to get organized, pack lunches and healthy family meal planning during this one hour party. Catherine McCord of Weelicious just launched her brand new Weelicious Menus and all our fans can sign up for a FREE 21 day trial.  We’ll also be giving away 1 full year membership at the party!

Our sponsors Munchkin, MIXIM yogurt and Mabels Labels know that back to school time is a busy time for Moms, so they will also be giving away some fabulous prizes throughout the party.

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Twitter Party Prizing

Prize #1  - Munchkin Prize Pack + Weelicious Book + Laptop Lunches
Prize #2 –  Skip Hop Backpack + Itzy Ritzy Snack Bags + Weelicious Book + Laptop Lunches
Prize #3 – MIXIM Prize Pack + $100 Gift Card + Weelicious Book + Laptop Lunches
Prize #4 –  Pedi Ped $100 Gift Card + Weelicious Book + Laptop Lunches
Prize #5 – Weelicious Meals for 1yr + Mabels Labels Prize Pack + Weelicious Book + Laptop Lunches

Thank you to our prizing partners Laptop Lunches , Skip Hop,  Itzy Rity and Pedi Ped.

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May take up to 21 days to receive your prize

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Finding the Perfect Bra

Finding the most comfortable bra is much like finding the perfect pair of jeans. You’ll have a stack of denim in your closet but you always grab your favorite pair. The same is true for bras, we all have a drawer full but we always seem to wear the same one over and over. That’s because just like a great pair of jeans, a great bra that fits perfectly is comfortable and makes you feel good.

Vanity Fair Lingerie has totally changed the way I feel about putting on a bra in the morning. The fabrics of Vanity Fair bras are so soft and luxurious you’ll want to place them in a draw perfectly and treat them like you do your shoe or handbag collection. Vanity Fair has sent me a lot of bras to give a try and I have my three favorites that i keep wearing over and over. I should also mention I am a 34B to give you some perspective..

Fits You Perfectly Vanity Fair Bra

Fits you Perfectly Wire Free Bra

This bra is what I would call sporty-chic and is the perfect t-shirt bra. It has a beautiful seamless cut that is so soft and smooth, you really forget you’re even wearing a bra. I wear a lot of v-neck t-shirts and this bra supports and has smooth lines that makes t-shirts look great. If you are not a fan of underwire, then this is a perfect option. I also love this toasted coconut color! Fits You Perfectly Wire Free

Next To Nude Vanity Fair Bra

 

Next to Nude Underwire Bra

This bra I have worn when I have dressed things up a bit and worn things that needed a bit more cleavage. The fabric is very pretty with a thin and silky texture. It is truly a light weight bra that feels next to nude. The underwire helps give the lift I want but still holds everything in place.
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Full Coverage Illumination Vanity Fair Bra

Full Coverage Illumination Underwire Bra

This bra is my daily go to bra because I feel fully supported but it stills has plenty of flexibility. This bra is a bit thicker and has wider straps so it’s great for t-shirts, blouses and button up shirts. I love these two colors violet steel and the midnight black.  Full Coverage Illumination Underwire Bra

The thing about bras is, that they can totally change the way you look in your clothing, not to mention how you feel the rest of the day. No one wants to be limited or confined by their bra. Afterall, the first fashion rule of thumb is that you have to start with the right undergarments to really make your clothing look it’s best, so finding a perfect bra is just as important as finding those perfect jeans.

Have you tried Vanity Fair Bras?  I highly recommend you do.

Vanity Fair Lingerie has launched the “Women Who Do” campaign and is traveling across the country giving women a lift with their LiftTOUR - attend on of these special events and see for yourself just how comfortable these bras are!
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Disclosure: I am a Vanity Fair Lingerie brand ambassador, only because I love their bras so much. All my savvy thoughts and sassy opinions are my own.  I share this with you because I want to be helpful and honest to stylish Moms everywhere.

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The lazy days of summer are coming to a close! The kids are headed back to the classroom and us moms are once again gearing up for early morning and busy schedules. Our days will soon be filled with packing lunches, carpool and hours of homework assistance. So before you head back through the schoolyard gates Savvy Sassy Moms, Weelicoius and Project Junior want to help you gear up for the school year. We’ve joined forces with some of our favorite brands to bring you everything you need to send your kids back to school in style! One lucky person will win ultimate back to school prize package (over a $600 value).

Back to School GIVEAWAY!

Check out our amazing lineup and descriptions of each item up for grabs below.

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Weelicious Menus

Catherine McCord is the expert when it comes to family meal planning and creating healthy lunches your child will actually eat. This Fall she has launched her brand new Weelicious Menus, which is a monthly subscription of meal planning for busy parents.  Our fans can sign up for a free 21 day trial so head on over to Weelicious Menus today!

1)  Weelicious Meal Plan for 1-year

Are you kids tired of the same old turkey sandwiches? Kick things up a notch this year with Weelicious’s meal plan. From everything to “sushi” sandwiches to easy tips, Weelicious will make your kid the envy of the lunch table.  http://www.Weelicious.com

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2)    Back to School Lunch Pack from Munchkin.

Munchkin is your go-to resource for all your lunch packing needs. Their stylish, yet functional, gear and lunchboxes are 100% mom tested and kid approved. Munchkin’s back to school package includes: White Hot Cling Shades, Click Lock Insulate Big Kid Cup, Snack Catcher, Toddler Lunch Bag and Click Lock Bento Mealtime Set.

Mabels Labels

3) Ultimate Back to School Combo from Mabel’s Labels

Kids are famous for “leaving” behind things. Mabels Labels is your one-stop resource for all your labeling needs. Whether it’s a lunchbox or their favorite sweater with Mabel’s Labels your belonging will always find the away back home.

MIXIM Greek Yogurt

4)Variety Pack of MIXIm Greek Yogurt and a $100 gift card

MIXIM Greek yogurt has the unique heart-shaped container that has three separate chambers. Each serving of creamy, smooth MIXIM Greek yogurt is paired with two topping combinations to let you create your own taste sensations! They have a variety of flavors and just introduced two new mouthwatering flavors to its lineup, Maple Syrup & Waffle Pieces  and Blueberry & Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites! Your kids will want these in their lunch!

For more information and where to buy MIXIM™ Greek yogurt head to their website,http://www.ehrmann-usa.com/

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5) Skip Hop Zoo Backpack (animal of choice)

Skip Hop has a variety of products for the modern parent that help them get through each day. The designs are bright and playful while being the highest of quality.  Each year we anxiously await the arrival of the new Zoo Backpack animal and each year we fall in love all over again. This year it was the Butterfly and Hedgehog. You can always spot a Skip Hop Zoo Backpack on a toddler’s back from a mile away. http://www.skiphop.com/

Pedi Ped Shoes

6) $100 Gift Certificate to Pedi Ped Shoes

Exceptional quality, unsurpassed comfort and distinctive styling have made the award-winning company a favorite among Moms for years.  This year pediped® will give $13,000 back to over 200 schools enrolled into the pediped® ♥ schools program. Each school will receive a check for a 10% rebate on their total attributed purchases of pediped® footwear from May 15, 2013 to May 15, 2014. The top five performing schools will receive $1,000 as an additional bonus. For more information, visit http://www.pediped.com/

Itzy Ritzy

7) Itzy Ritzy Snack Happend Reusable Snack Bags

Itzy Ritzy’s products show that parenting in style is possible. By packing function and style into one eco-friendly punch, Itzy Ritzy provides attractive solutions to everyday challenges. Responsible for the great selling line of modern solutions for chic parents on the go, including one of our favorites, the Snack Happened Reusable Snack Bags.You should not send your child to school without them! http://itzyritzy.com/

Little Pim

8) Little Pim Complete Language Set

The number one language learning program for kids! Scientific research shows that learning a foreign language comes naturally for children when they start at an early age. Their program is specifically designed to promote language learning for children from ages 0 to 6. Little Pim offers videos, books, flash cards, and CDs keep kids entertained while inspiring in them a lifelong love of language learning. http://www.littlepim.com/

 

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10 Fall Handbags Under $100

Fall handbags under $100

So now that you have your kids ready to go back to school with the coolest backpacks, awesome shoes and school supplies. I think it’s time mama needs a brand new bag! As Moms we always spend so much more on our kids, but I urge you to also set aside a little “back to school” aka fall fashion fund for yourself. Now, there is no need to dip into the kids college fund, because finding an inexpensive fall handbag under $100 can be done!

There are plenty of stylish handbags out there that look like they cost more than $100 bucks and I found my top ten favorites.

Savvy Handbag Tips

Skip the bling. Too many zippers, studs, rhinestones, tassels, patterns and pockets will make a bag look cheap.  Besides, you are a grown woman and you don’t want to be carrying the same bag as your next door neighbors teenage daughter.

Stick with classic. Choose colors and neutrals that can look good with many outfits in your closet. This way they you can use this bag daily. Neutral colors typically look more sophisticated and inexpensive bags will look richer in these tones.

1. Jessica Simpson Raina Bucket Bag $98
2. Sole Society Pilar $55
3. Sole Society Amerie $60
4. Danielle Nicole Adeline Satchel $98
5. Sole Society Hampton $55
6. BP Zip Satchel $59
7. Danielle Nicole Piper Hobo $88
8. French Connection So Fresh Tote $98
9. Danielle Nicole Poppy Hobo $98
10. ModCloth Got it in the Bag $85

Sole Society has definitely stepped up and out of just shoes!  I am in love with so many of their bags this fall and at those prices, you can pick up more than one!  I am digging that that taupe Amerie bag (#3). I also just discovered Danielle Nicole bags, that sleek black piper hobo will be mine (#7).

So, which handbag would you choose?
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A few weeks ago I co-hosted a “Smile Cocktail Party” for Invisalign with my friend and fellow blogger Nadia Carriere from Child Mode.  It was a fun night of smiles, seeing friends and learning a bit more about Invisalign. Our Invisalign Straight Talk event also had a doctor on hand to give us the scoop on how Invisalign works, how much Invisalign really costs and who exactly Invisalign is right for. He also set the record straight on the myths of getting the Invisalign treatment.

My Altered Smile

I was fortunate to not have to have braces when I was young, however I was always told my teeth were crowded and very close together. Which also resulted in cavities, because tighter teeth means tougher to get clean in between. Fast forward to present day and well, my teeth have moved and all that crowding has now made my one front tooth over lap the other. Not so cute. This has totally affected my smile and how I pose for pictures. I delete any pictures that is up close and you can see my tooth overlapping. It may seem like a very small thing to some, but when something makes you so uncomfortable and makes you self conscious it can affect you and weigh heavily on your mind. Especially when you know that thee is a possible solution to the problem.

I have been considering Invisalign for over a year now and there were some many things that I assumed about the process that were so wrong and I realized I was just really mis-informed.

Myth: Invisalign takes longer to complete than braces.

Setting it Straight: The length of Invisalign treatment is comparable to braces. The average Invisalign journey averages about 12 months for adults. The length of treatment time for teens may vary depending on the severity of the case and can only be determined by a doctor.

Myth: We can’t afford Invisalign.

Setting it Straight:  Invisalign Teen is covered by many dental insurance policies just like traditional braces — up to 50% of the cost may be covered by insurance. Even if dental insurance doesn’t apply, many doctors will help parents find options to make straightening their child’s teeth more affordable. Many offer flexible and affordable monthly finance plans that can be as low as $99 per month.

Myth: Invisalign treatment will disrupt our lives.

Setting it Straight:  With Invisalign, Teens can play sports without fear of injury and continue cheerleading, musical instruments, acting and singing with little to no interference. And because its removable, brushing and flossing is easy and no food restrictions to worry about either. Invisalign is much less disruptive for busy moms and dads too.  Invisalign Teen eliminates emergency ortho visits for broken wires and brackets and requires fewer appointments since several aligner sets are provided in advance.

Many of the Moms at the party have children about to reach the age where they need to be getting braces and so the were very engaged with learning more and asking so many question about Invisalign Teen, which was great because I have been told both of my kiddos will need braces too, and I certainly don’t want them to feel bad about their smile like I now do.

If you are interested Invisalign you can take the Smile Assessment and find a doctor in your area with their easy Find a Doc locator. Invisalign is also giving away a FREE treatment!  Hurry up and enter, it ends August 30th 2014.

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Disclosure: I am working with Invisalign on a variety of social media campaigns and real life events. However, my overlapped tooth is very REAL and all my savvy thoughts and sassy opinions are my own.

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I don’t know how you feel, but for my family summer has flown by! It’s hard to believe it’s time to start thinking about homework, schedules and packing lunches. If you are anything like us and feeling a little apprehensive about the upcoming weeks, don’t stress because we’ve joined forces with our friends at Project Junior and Weelicious to help you with everything to you need to send your kids back to school.

Over the next four weeks we’ll be sharing our back to school “must-haves” and the one-and-only Catherine McCord from Weelicious will be share her top recipes and tips to help you prepare meals for your kiddos that are mom tested and kid approved!

We kicking week 1 off with Catherine’s top five foods to always have one hand to help you whip a gourmet (and healthy meal) at a moment’s notice.

Just for Savvy Sassy Moms & Project Junior readers – get a 21 day free trial of Weelicious Menus!



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Carrot Broccoli Arroz

1. Pasta and brown rice

I keep these dry in the pantry so that I can cook it any day of the week. I also cook a bunch on the weekends so that I have them at the ready to mix into any manner of meals. Carrot Broccoli Cheese Orzo.

Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip

2. Nut and seed butters

Spread on pancakes, tortillas, or crepes for a fun new twist on the traditional PB&J for school lunch. You can also make fun dips like this Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip.

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3. Pesto

Pesto adds tons of flavor to sandwiches, pasta, or use as a dip for veggies. Basil Pesto is one of those things you might be surprised to learn that kids love! You can store it for weeks in the fridge and my kids devour it up no matter what I put it on.

Crock Pot Mexican Bean Soup by Weelicious

4. Beans

Dried or canned for a great vegetarian protein mixed with brown rice, in breakfast burritos, or served as a side dish with your favorite dinner. Try this  Crock Pot Mexican Corn and Bean Soup.

Chicken Ceaser Wrap by Weelicious

5. Bread and tortillas

Use tortillas instead of sandwich bread to break away from the typical sandwich for lunch. Wrap up your Caesar Salad to make dinner a hands-on dining experience to get kids more interested. A Chicken Caesar Wrap will be an unexpected surprise in your childs lunchbox too!

These are the five pantry staples Catherine always have on hand, of course you want plenty of fruits, veggies, eggs, chicken and cheese too! Don’t forget to label each container in your pantry to keep your shelves organized. Mabel’s Labels is one of our favorite go-to for keeping the kitchen looking beautiful.

Canister Pantry Labels by Mabels Labels

Ready to start packing that lunch? Munchkin’s Click Lock Bento Mealbox set will help keep your school-goers lunch fresh and organized. It’s thought out design help keep the food in place so the portions don’t mix and match.

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menusbyweeliciousYou’ll find that these ingredients star in many of Catherine’s Weelicious Menus and cookbooks. Just for Savvy Sassy Moms & Project Junior readers – get a 21 day free trial of Weelicious Menus!

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Post by Catherine McCord.  Catherine posts new family-friendly recipes and videos every week on Weelicious. She is also creator of Weelicious Menus, a meal planning service that helps make dinner easier for busy families.

Next week: Catherine shares her secrets for making great leftovers.

 

 

 

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Camping clothes
What to wear camping and still look cute…hmmm?

We still have plenty days of Summer left and if you like to hit the great outdoors and do a little camping then I have some stylish tips for you. A fashionable girl can go camping and not look like she got totally lost in the woods. Roughing it in 2014 isn’t exactly roughing it with these camping hacks or some of the glamping sites that can now be found around the country. Now you can turn pitching a tent into quite the enjoyable experience. We know you’ve packed the bug spray, sleeping bags and have a cooler full of food, but now what about you?

Here are the things you will need to survive the weekend in the woods.

 

1. Hiking Shoes or Sandals – depending on what types of nature walks or hikes you’re up for, you’ll want a quality shoe that can go the distance and get a little dirty. The shoe brand Teva makes great sport sandals for short walks to the lake or beach and water activities.  Merelle walking shoes makes some great waterproof shoes that are more for serious hikes.

2. A Hoodie – Yes it will get chilly at night and you want to cover up from the bugs too. You will probably want a pair of sweat pants or yoga pants while you’re at it too. Check out Prana.com for a gorgeous collection of hoodies and sweaters for the sporty yet stylish outdoor woman!

3. Backpack – This is essential if you plan on doing some long nature walks or hikes.  Fill it with snacks, a water bottle, and your camera.  Your backpack does not have to look like a child’s school backpack or one that looks like you are climbing mount everest.  You can still find one that is stylish yet practical for your walk in the woods. I love this backpack from PacSun, it has leather on the bottom for a little protection but is still outdoor chic.

4. Jean shorts – You will probably wear these everyday, these are great because denim is tough and you can get them dirty and no one will care or even notice.  Also, pockets are essential for keys, money and your phone

5. T-Shirts /Tank Tops – simple t-shirts that you might not care that if they make it back. Look for some fun vintage type of t-shirts at Target or Old Navy. V-neck t-shirts are always best and loose razer back tank tops are always super comfortable.

6.  Swimsuit & Flip Flops – You will be spending a lot of time in your swimsuit jumping in the lake or making sand castles on the beach. Bring one that is a bit more athletic and won’t have you adjusting yourself every 5 minutes.  Again, Prana.com has some beautiful swimsuits for active women.

 

What are some of your must have’s when packing up to go camping?

 

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Grand Cypress Hotel Orlando

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

A few weeks ago we stayed at the Hyatt Regency Grand Hyatt in Orlando and I cold not have been more impressed! If you are planning a family vacation and are searching for hotels near Disney World, then this is the place to stay. Not only is this the perfect location near many of the theme parks, but there is actually so much to do at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress that you may want to skip some of them and just stay and play at the hotel all day!

Hyatt Regency Pool with Bridge Orlando

The Hyatt Regency Pool and Waterfalls

The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress has essentially one gigantic continuous pool that is connected through a narrow river-like pool enclosed by a large cave with waterfalls which then opens up to a large pool that has a bridge extending across it. There are a total of twelve waterfalls around the pools and they also have a water slide that empties into an additional pool. For those of you with little toddlers they have a splash pad area as well. You are allowed to bring flotation devices into the pool and they have some for sale at the towel stand for purchase as well. The pool is definitely one of the things that impressed me the most at this hotel.

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Orlando Pool and Caves
The pool is open 24 hours and I highly recommend a night swim with the kids. The pools are lit up and the caves are even more magical at night. Inside the cave there are lounge chairs for people to get out of the sun and perfect for any napping babies or husbands;) Inside the cave is also where the fitness center is located, probably one of the most unique places to get a workout in I’ve ever seen. They also have a fire pit for roasting marsh mellows and making s’mores. They sell a s’more’s kit, or you can bring your own s’mores ingredients in yourself.

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Family Activities Orlando

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Plenty of Family Activities

Since this hotel sits on 1,500 acres and there is a small lake there is plenty to do!  They have three jogging trails, tennis courts, and a pitch-and-putt golf course. They have two rock climbing walls, one for smaller kids and one for older children and adults. Down by the water there is a beach with lounge chairs, a volleyball court and tether ball. On the lake you’ll find paddle boats, paddle bikes and paddle big wheels! You can also take out kayaks and canoes. Throughout the day there are also a variety of kids activities to participate in; a scavenger hunt, feeding the ducks, sand castle building, and a treasure hunt.

Other kids’ activities that have an additional fee are sand art, mermaid class, the arcade and Camp Hyatt, which is a drop-off kids’ club. The kids’ club schedule can vary so you’ll just want to call ahead and make a reservation.

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The Mermaid Academy was an absolute must do for my daughter. It is an hour-long class and could not be any cuter. They do also offer shark fins for the boys to participate as well.

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Dining Options

There is a very nice buffet-style breakfast each morning, but this is not included in your stay. Or you can go to the grab-and-go coffee bar in the morning to pick up pastries, fruit, yogurt, juice, chocolate milk and other lighter options. Cascades is the restaurant that serves lunch and dinner, we ate here twice and were very pleased with our meals each time. I loved my crab cakes and my husband loved his steak but you MUST order the s’mores brownie sundae, it’s pretty much sin in a jar.

There is the Beach Grill outside by the pool for your typical poolside sandwiches, burgers, fish tacos and kids’ meals. Hemingway’s is their fine dining restaurant on the property, if you can get away for a night without the kids then I would suggest this for a little date night.

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hotels near disney world, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Orlando

The Hotel

The atrium of this hotel is beautiful and even comes with a hotel lobby ambassador, a talking parrot. The lobby has plenty of seating areas for you to lounge, grab a coffee and even get some work done. In the afternoon the lobby bar opens and you can grab a drink as well — and they have a late-night menu, too. The rooms are pretty standard hotel rooms with modern furnishings, we were on the 15th floor and had a great view of the entire property and a lot of Orlando, we even saw a few of the Disney fireworks from our room.

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I really can’t express enough how much fun my kids had and how much my husband and I enjoyed staying at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. When I vacation with my family I don’t want it to only be about the kids, I want to be on vacation too! This hotel literally has something for everyone no matter the age and is a fantastic place for a family vacation. I am already thinking of a reason to go back to Orlando just so we can stay here again! With so many hotels near Disney World, it can be tricky to find the one that’s perfect. We’re thrilled that we found this fantastic property!

So, where will you be staying for your next family vacation in Orlando?

 

All photos taken by me and should not be used without my consent.

Disclosure:  This was a media stay for me to review the hotel.  I was comped one night and given a media rate for the rest of my stay. This also included one dinner at Cascades.  All of my savvy thoughts and sassy opinions are my own. I share this with you because it is an exceptional property and I would absolutely stay here again.

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NatureBoxSSM
I love discovering new products and things that make my life (and yours) a little easier. Getting my kids to snack on healthy snacks throughout the day and on long road trips can be difficult at times. Sure, fruit and granola bars are easy but we all get tired of those, which is why I love the new healthy snacks from NatureBox, with over 100 options to choose from! These snacks are sure to change your snacking habits up a bit and the best part about NatureBox is that they deliver these healthy snacks right to your door every month.

Watch my latest video about NatureBox.

The entire family gave them a try and loved so many of the snacks, we can’t wait to try even more!

This summer we have spent a lot of time traveling and  so when I learned about NatureBox, I just had to try it. The nice people at NatureBox knew that I was on a road trip and so they delivered a sample box right to my hotel, which could not have come at a better time.

The best part about this subscription model is that you can customize your monthly delivery or choose your favorites each month.  If you are looking for specific snacks that are dairy free, non gmo, vegan, gluten conscious, or nut free they have those too!

How do you stick to healthy snacks at your house?

Disclosure:  I was sent product for me to try and nothing more.  All my savvy thoguhts and sassy opinions are my own.

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