Let's Talk About Spring Break! (Planning the perfect trip to Disneyland)

Can we talk about spring break for a second? When is your spring break? Do you have any fun plans? 



Today I have teamed up with my favorite vacation deal site: Get Away Today to bring you a fun idea for Spring break. 

{Please note, this post contains affiliate links.}

A few years ago I took my family to Disneyland for spring break and we booked through Get Away Today and I have nothing but good things to say about this vacation planning website! They specialize is Disney trips, but also offer a lot of affordable vacation packages to other fun places like Mexico, the Caribbean, etc. 


Here's a peek inside my Get Away Today spring break vacation from a few years ago. (I'm dying over how little my kids look in these pictures!)



If you've never taken your kids to Disneyland, I highly recommend it. My kids were young (only 3 and 1) when we went, but it was the most magical experience for them. We used the stroller passes to go on the big rides and my best tip for toddlers is to bring bubbles to help entertain kids while waiting in line. 



We stayed at the Cortana Inn and Suites which was a nice place to stay, but a little too far away for our liking. It was within walking distance, but a little too long of a walk with our young kids. It was hard to go back for naps or walk back after a long day at the parks. Next time we either want to stay at the Castle Inn (which is right across the street) or right at the Disneyland Hotel which would be the most convenient and a super special experience.

 

I especially recommend booking a character dining experience at Goofy's Kitchen! We went for dinner and the menu was amazing. For parents, this is the best way to have your kids meet the characters because there is no waiting in long lines and the characters come right up to the table! 


We did a 3 day Disney package which included one day at Disneyland, one day at California Adventure, one day park hopping between both. 3 days was nice because we were able to go back and do some of our favorite rides on Day 3. 



We also added on a Sea World one day package. My kids loved it, but next time I want to add on a Universal Studios ticket so we can go to Harry Potter World! (I finished reading book 1 with my six year old and we're currently halfway through book 2.)



I also highly recommend saving one day for a beach day! Huntington Beach is only about 30 minutes away from Disneyland and our favorite stop for a relaxing day on the beach!



Of course, Disney is magical without kids too (my husband and I are both big Disney fans - I even worked at Disney World in college!) and we are currently planning a trip to Disneyland without kids for our wedding anniversary! 


If you'd like to plan your magical spring break or vacation, you can use this promo code WTTW10 to get an extra $10 off any 2-night or longer Southern California package (hotel and 2 ticket minimum).


    
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For those of you planning to go to the TPT Conference in Anaheim this summer, you might want to consider booking your hotel and Disney tickets through Get Away Today



You can register for the TPT Conference by clicking the photo above. 



Have you been to Disneyland? 
Share your favorite planning tips in the comments!
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10 Conversation Heart Activities Your Students Will Love!

Want to make your Valentine's Day fun AND educational for your students? Here are 10 hands-on activities using conversation hearts your students will LOVE! Includes activities for math, science, language arts, and more! 

This Valentine's Conversation Hearts Activity Pack contains 10 fun, educational, and hands-on activities for Valentine's Day. I have included activities for ELA and STEM as well as some fun games as well. These printables are all ready to print and use in your classroom, just add conversation hearts! 

(I feel bad that I didn't have these ready for the TPT sale, so they will be ON SALE in my store all day on Saturday!) 


Here's a peek at what's inside:












(Please note: The science experiment, Dancing Hearts, does require clear soda and a cup/jar.)


If you want to read more, click here to go to my TeachersPayTeachers store:




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TPT BE MINE

TPT has announced their sale and we are so excited!! After a long and cold winter, this sale is just the thing to help brighten our day and lift our spirits. I can't wait to go to my wishlist and purchase all of the items I've been needing! There's just something about shopping that makes you feel better, am I right?!





Here are some of our best-selling units for the end of the year!! Now is the best time to stock up on the resources you need to get you through the next few months!


   
     

     

        

   




Please click on the buttons below to see some more of the products we have in our stores. 


          



Don't forget to use the promo code LOVETPT at checkout!
Happy Shopping!!

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Natalie's New Adventures

Hey friends! I thought I'd share a little something from my heart today and post a little update about what's new with me. 


I'll start at the beginning...


Teaching is my passion and I believe that I was born to be a teacher. I taught 5th grade for 7 years and loved every second. However, when my second child came along, it became too difficult to teach full-time, so I found a half-time position at another school where I could job share. I did that for 3 years and absolutely loved it. However, after my 3rd child came along, I started feeling like I was being pulled in too many directions. 


(My 3 cuties!)

Fast forward a little bit and this summer I had a moment where I realized I couldn't be a good teacher and a good mom anymore. There were a lot of factors that lead to this decision, but the final  decision was made when I went to sign my daughter up for preschool and realized I had no way of dropping her off or picking her up from school. I had to do a lot of soul searching to figure out what was best for me and my family, but in the end, I came to the conclusion that I just needed to take a break from teaching. It was a happy moment as a mom because I could finally be at home with my kids, but I was also very sad because I was giving up something that I loved very much.


(The day I signed my resignation papers, I just cried and cried. It was so hard to make it official!)


(The day I finished packing up my room. So many emotions: sad, happy, scared and excited all in one.)

Now I'm half way through this school year and I am loving being home. I thought I'd have a lot of extra time on my hands to blog and work on TPT, but it turns out that being a stay at home mom all day is a lot harder than you think. (Seriously, it's so much busier than I ever imagined. Ha!) I still really miss teaching and having that special relationship with a class full of students, but I love knowing that I'm helping my own kids learn and grow at home. 

Do I miss it? 

Yes!! So much!! But I know I'll go back to teaching some day, and right now I'm in the place I need to be. 


So, besides being a mom, what else is new?



My daughter and I are doing a neighborhood co-op preschool 2 days each week. I only have to teach a few days each month and love that I still have the opportunity to teach! 

(I converted our extra bedroom downstairs into an office/preschool room. This is my happy place and I absolutely love having this space!)

(I found this awesome table on Amazon.)

I joined PTA and School Community Council. I wanted a way to volunteer and feel involved at my son's school. I'm also a room mom for my son's 1st grade class. It's a lot of fun planning parties for the kids in his class!

I started a little social media business, where I do VA (virtual assistant) work for a few of my blogger friends. It's a fun way for me to bring in a little extra income to make up for not teaching anymore.

Recently I was asked to be the leader (Primary President) of my church youth group. I am now in charge of approximately 100 kids and 20 teachers every Sunday. It's been a big job, but also a lot of fun to spend so much time with the kids in my church. 

Even though I'm not teaching, I am definitely staying very busy as you can see. I'm excited to share some more of my ideas with you as I create resources for preschool and continue to update my TeachersPayTeachers store


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