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My Disneyland Guide 2019 || Tips, Tricks & All That Park Magic #Disneyland

I just want to start this off with the biggest THANK YOU to Disney Parks & Resorts Canada for hosting and partnering with my blog. If you follow along on Instagram, you may have noticed earlier this month I had the absolute pleasure to visit Disneyland, California Adventure and stay at the Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. It was an unreal experience to say the least! I traveled with my little guy and my parents! Incorporating multiple generations into one trip really helped with some travel perceptive for sure. I’m so excited to share some tips, tricks and info on all the magic from this press trip. This wasn’t our first time by any means, some of you may already know although we are Canadians, Disney vacations have been our trip of choice for the past few years. So many of my tips and tricks have been garnered over time in an attempt to save you time, money and help you create the MOST magically Disney experience.

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I asked on this Instagram post if you had any burning questions you wanted answered in my trip recap blog post. The response was overwhelming! So I’ve decided to break up my posts to make them far more concise and helpful. I’ll follow up with a Q&A with very specific information requests later this week. And I’ll also do a favourites list of restaurants, photo spots, rides and attractions in the near future. Just hit the “TRAVEL” tab on the right side of this page to look for more travel posts.

Here are my top 4 Disneyland Tips and Tricks to help you and your family have an ideal Disneyland Park experience in 2019:

1) Before buying your park passes please check out the “offers” page on the Disneyland website. As an example, currently the “Canadian Resident Ticket Offer” is giving us a pretty great discount on passes. This offer ends April 11th 2019, you can take advantage of it by visiting  www.Disneyland.com/CanadaTicket or calling (866) 285-1422. If you book after that date I strongly encourage you to check the Special Offers page on their website for all available offers and discounts. It always feels great to save a bit of money when planning a trip.D0E5C8FF-FA23-441E-A277-D9D0D67C1A25

2) A common misconception of many first timers to Disneyland is that the “Fast Pass” line costs money. It is free! Anyone can access the quicker line up and it only costs money to have it conveniently located on your phone. My biggest piece of advice, work that Fast Pass System hard!  I’m not only saying that only coming from a mother with a little person that can’t wait in lines too long. As an adult, time is time and if you get great at working this feature you can experience far more attractions in your day. If you are new to Disney, there will be two lines at the front: Standby and Fast Pass holders. You can book fast passes on the app for $15 a day per person in the group by getting a Disney MAXpass. BUT you can still get fast passes without that $15 fee! They are located at “fast pass distributors” at each attraction that has a fast pass line. Basically in short, you can pay a fee to conveniently book them on your phone throughout the day or you can walk to each attraction to manually obtain one. Please note, some rides are more popular compared to others. And there are only a certain amount of fast passes available each day. I find unless you get a fast pass before noon for many of the “popular rides,” there will not be any more fast passes available that day for that attraction and you would have to line up in the standby line. Some of my must have fast passes include: California Adventure: Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Break Out, Toy Story Mania and Radiator Springs Racer. Disneyland:  It’s a Small World, Madahorn, Star Tours, Big Thunder Mountain Railway and the Haunted Mansion.

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My Kentwood Ford Journey #Kentwoodford #Sponsor

Over on the Kentwood Ford blog I’m doing a little Q&A. Let you guys in on how and why I started this blog. And a little about why this partnership has been such a great fit for my family. I’ve been so lucky in my blogging career to have such a consistent variety of opportunities float into my email. As you can imagine, being a busy mom and running this fast paced business I say no to the majority. So when you seen a long term partnership like this you know it must have quite the impact on our lifestyle for me to truly connect with the brand and want to share the journey with you. Over the past 8 months, so many of you have had questions about what makes my Ford dealership different from the rest. I’d love for you to give this interview a read…

“Here at Kentwood Ford, we don’t just sell F-150s to your regular rough-and-tough Albertans. We also carry a wide variety of Ford vehicles perfect for any household, small or large. That’s why we asked our friend Kira Paran to help showcase some of the best Ford has to offer in the SUV side! Known for her lifestyle blog, Northern Style Exposure, Kira has been driving a Ford Explorer from our North Edmonton dealership. See what her experience was like driving it below!” READ MOREContinue reading

The Art of Cozy with @Etsy & Shopstyle #AD #Etsyca #Etsy

pink modern minimalist bathroom monstera plant  chevron wall tile I don’t know what it is about January that makes me want to get cozy and stay in. I’m so excited to partner with Etsy and the ShopStyle team to showcase some of my favourite things for our home that spark that Hygge feeling. If you’re new to Etsy, it’s a community of sellers from around the world whom offer a huge selection of unique and creative goods. Find vintage, handmade, and interesting items spanning across categories such as home goods, jewelry, clothing, baby, art, and more. See a few of my favourites from this month:

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A Giveaway! 5 Easy Steps to Achieve Cozy in Your Home #AD @YEGHomeShows

I’m so excited to partner up with the Edmonton Renovation Show and Revolve to talk all things cozy in the home decor department. I definitely feel the pull to bring in cozy pieces into our home once we hit the first snow fall. It’s easily one of my favourite design tips for the winter months and I know you’ve seen me chat at length about it before. But a little knew fact about me, I actually practice the art of Hygge all year round. If you haven’t heard of this design trend, it’s easy to think about it in 3 simple ways: make your home cozy, inviting and comfortable. Leading with that feeling of cozy, it’ll feel make your decor inviting for guests and invoke that happily STAY home to relax mentality. Kira - Jan 14 2019 025 Kira - Jan 14 2019 026 Kira - Jan 14 2019 027 Kira - Jan 14 2019 028

There are 5 easy items you can work into a room to create a Hygge inspired design: cushy pillows, candles, soft or furry blankets/throws, plush rugs and fireplaces.

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What I love about The Art of Cozy is that it’s simple and easy. Blankets, pillows, and throws can easily be changed out throughout the year to switch up a colour palette for a room. Candles can immediately have an impact just with scent memory alone. I love to do floral in the warmer months and spicy for masculine scents in the winter like Balsam. Most people look at the concept of the fireplace as a main obstacle to achieve that cozy cabin feeling. But there are so many faux plug in options available these days at almost any price point. And my favourite c out effect trick, wood wick candles will give off the glow, scent and sounds of a burning fireplace. You get that crackle for a fraction of the price.

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I love attending the Renovation Show each year. It can give you both small refresh ideas or connect you with contractors for big home building projects. To find more inspiration on adding the perfect cozy elements into your home, visit the Cabin Fever feature designed by Revolve Furnishings, also inspired by Hygge decor. I’m giving away a few pairs of tickets on Instagram, head over to my feed and look for one of these photos to enter.

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A traditional take on Holiday décor || Red || #AD #myCANVASstyle #CTChristmas

Here is my final holiday home reveal of the season. With December here in full swing, I’ve finished my decorating for the season with A LOT of help from Canadian Tire. If you’ve followed me for a while you know I love this Canadian retailer. Supporting Canadian brands is very important to me as a main theme of my blog messaging throughout the years. This is why I’m so excited to share our dining room and mantel space with almost EVERYTHING from Canadian Tire’s CANVAS Collection. They have a wide assortment of stylish, on-trend décor to make your Christmas feel fabulous. What I love about holiday decor shopping with Canadian Tire most? They organize décor in colour coordinated aisles! That’s right! You pick the colour trend that you are feeling for your home, and browse that aisle for all your holiday needs in one spot. It takes out the guess work and you don’t need to be an interior designer to put together a trendy look. From entertaining needs to this year’s must-have toys, to of course, holiday décor, Canadian Tire is truly Canada’s Christmas Store and I’m so excited to share this partnership with you.

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CANVAS Galvanized Potted Tree Mug, 24-in (Favourite Item Alert) || CANVAS Noel Felt Decorative Cushion

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CANVAS Stripe Knit Stocking || CANVAS Red Nordic FA LA LA Banner (Only $10!) || Antler Stocking Hook (In-store Find)

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NOMA Outdoor Christmas Fairy Lights || CANVAS Assorted Lanterns, 22-in || CANVAS bows and ribbons for presents (In-store Finds)

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CANVAS Red Natural Acorn & Pinecone Set

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NOMA Pre-Lit Berry Flocked Festive Wreaths

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We have the tradition of setting up a Christmas Village every year in our dining room. Each week in December we pull a house out of storage and add to our little holiday town. The kids love to look into the windows and see what the family is up to. We found this cute Yoga studio at Canadian Tire to start off our set up this year.

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