Celebrating Spring: Revisiting Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa’s Chocolate Easter Egg Display

Finally, spring is upon us and Easter is just two weeks away! It’s time to celebrate the end of a long Canadian winter and welcome the colours and warmth of spring.

This has always been, without a doubt, our favourite time of year to visit Walt Disney World Resort, and I feel very fortunate to say that we have a history of having been able to fly Home in April every year or two.

Spring at Walt Disney World typically means the opening of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival when beautiful outdoor topiary and floral displays bring a special magical touch to Epcot, and outdoor kitchens cook up incredible international delights around World Showcase.

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Food Prep During Social Distancing

In our house, we’re trying to keep our routine as ‘normal’ as we can for our kids during this pandemic, and while so much seems out of our control right now, we can at least control what happens in our home.

In the early days of social isolation, and when it was technically their March Break week, we let the kids have fun and let the rules and routine slide: meals happened whenever everyone was hungry, and we didn’t necessarily focus on healthy meals, but rather fun meals.

Now though, with no end to all of this in sight and our girls obviously becoming stressed, we’ve tried to put small parts of their routine back in order. Sure, we’ve extended their bedtime at night and allowed them to sleep in every morning, and for the most part they have the day to relax and do whatever, but now we expect them to check in with their school lessons online every weekday, they are responsible for a few extra chores above and beyond their usual ones, and they are expected to help out at meal time. In fact, dinner has become something of a family affair now: the tv goes off and music goes on. At the sound of the music, the kids know it’s time to head to the kitchen to help. So far it’s working and it’s even fun (so far at least).

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Love Where You Live

What better time than now to get out and explore the beauty of nature? In these uncertain times, I think it’s time we all focused on where we CAN go, and what we CAN do. We all need to focus on our mental health in the days ahead, and research shows that getting outside in nature has many health benefits, including reduced stress and anxiety.

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The Race Ahead: runDisney Registration Day!

“Registration Coming Soon.” It feels like I’ve been reading those words for a very long time.

Clear Your Calendar and Be Race Ready

Well ‘soon’ has finally come, and for me (along with no doubt thousands of others), it’s tomorrow: registration for Disney’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend opens at 10 am ET.

My calendar is clear for the entire morning and I’ve got an alarm set on my phone for an hour before the actual registration time (just in case I should forget).

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Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

This slow cooked chicken is on our weekly rotation for food prep just about every single week. With minimal effort, I can put it on to cook early in the day and have an incredible juicy chicken packed full of flavour by dinner time. We love it during the week to cut up for use in wraps, on salads, in pasta, or just for picking at after school.

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Mincemeat Pancakes (gluten-free)

What does one do with leftover mincemeat when the holidays are over? I’ll be honest, that’s never happened in this house before, so I’ve never had to think about it. I’m a mincemeat junkie and usually the holidays for me are all about warm tarts, pies, and mincemeat topped scones. But this year, I had some left over and started looking for a new way to use it up.

Thankfully, I stumbled upon a great idea for mincemeat-stuffed pancakes. I know what you’re thinking, WHAT? But think on it for a minute. It’s like a warm breakfast version of a mincemeat tart.

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Snack Attack! Pizza Quinoa Bites

We’re down to the final two exams in our house this week and all of our energy is being directed to studying rather than making meals. So this weekends food prep was focused on quick and easy snack foods that would help keep us fueled and satisfied while we hit the books. I decided to switch up one of our favourite recipes this week and created these pizza quinoa bites.

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