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Orlando’s Mariott Grande Vista

Orlando’s Mariott Grande Vista 150 150 Jenn Pennell

Hello Love!
This place.
Oh, this place.
We struggled where to stay in Orlando when we were booking our Orlando trip. Should we stay at the Disney resort? Should we stay closer to the best? We didn’t know what the best option for us was until we found the Marriott Grande Vista Resort just minutes away from both WDW and Universal. We rented a two bedroom/two bath condo that had a full size kitchen, moving room, and two separate screened-in patios. IT. WAS. AMAZING. I know when I walked in the first time there was a gasp out of my mouth and my eyes were probably as big as the moon.
The best part?

THIS!
I had EVERYTHING washed when we got home from our trip. It made for a very relaxing day when we got home!
 
Thanks so much for making our vacation perfect!
 

Easy travel packing tip!

Easy travel packing tip! 150 150 Jenn Pennell

Hello Love!
 Packing for a trip is my LEAST favorite thing to do.  Getting everything ironed and ready to go takes me forever and it’s never easy getting the 5 of us ready.  I found this little trick on Pinterest a year or two ago that makes my life a lot easier.  I get the big one gallon ziplock baggies and put the children’s clothes for the whole day in them.  Underwear, socks, top, bottom, and hair accessory, all ready to go!
EASY PEASY!
Try it next time you go on vacation! 
No more mismatched outfits. No more suitcases torn apart.
Simple. Clean. Done!
You’re welcome mommas!

Quick and easy Hermione Granger halloween costume!

Quick and easy Hermione Granger halloween costume! 150 150 Jenn Pennell

 

 

 

Hello Love!
Yeah, I’m one of those that decides 30 minutes before trick-or-treating that I probably should dress up along with my children. 🙂 Is it a coincidence that I had all these pieces in my closet to pull off a simple Hermione Granger costume? It was easy and adorable!
 
Sweater // JCrew (similar here and here)
Button down // Ann Taylor
Pants // Mossimo (Target)
Tie // unknown
Boots // Hunter
Wand // from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

FS Over $75 728x90

Welcome to Dreamland

Welcome to Dreamland 150 150 Jenn Pennell
 Hello Love!

Can I just start this post by saying I have the absolute BEST husband ever?!
It’s true!
A few weeks ago he asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I told him to “surprise me!”
He replied, “How about a new closet?”
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Friends, Welcome to Dreamland…

What was once a closet with a few wire shelves is now a closet masterpiece,
made by hand by my Hotness!
Isn’t it simply heavenly?!
XOXO,
Jenn


Fall dining room table decor

Fall dining room table decor 150 150 Jenn Pennell
I am SO in love with my dining room table. 

Unfortunately, this is usually the place where everything happens…meals, homework, arts & crafts,…pretty much everything.  I found this runner and plates last weekend for our Thanksgiving dinner this year, but I had to get them out and display them, even if its just for a day or two!
Pumpkin plates // Home Goods
Runner // TJ Maxx
White plates // Mikasa
Silverware // Oneida
Chargers // Hobby Lobby
Jars // Ball & Great Value
Cake stands // Hobby Lobby
Pumpkins // TJ Maxx


We’re going to Disney World!

We’re going to Disney World! 150 150 Jenn Pennell

Hello Love!
Well, we’re finally doing it.  We’re finally taking this kiddos to DISNEY WORLD!
They’ve been begging us FOREVER to take them and now that we won’t have to deal with strollers and toddlers, it’s time! 
 We’re so excited to be going to Magic Kingdom and then over to Universal for Harry Potter!  Wahoo!!!
Got any tips and tricks for us first timers? We need all the tips we can get!

Back-to-school lunchobxes

Back-to-school lunchobxes 150 150 Jenn Pennell
  
 School is here and only 1 of my 3 kiddos is ready to go back. 
Two start this Friday and the little one starts her 1st day of Kindergarten on Tuesday.
You all know that I’m a Scout for the group Savvy Sassy Moms and they sent us a box of back-to-school goodies to try out and review for you!
We received Plum Organics sent us some fabulous goodies called “Mash ups” organic purees and “Jammy Sammy” snack bars.  The kiddos LOVED these!
We also were sent Annie’s cheddar bunnies snack crackers.  The kids were DYING to try these and devoured them in seconds.  They didn’t stand a chance.

 
 
And their bags are packed and ready to go!
 
Thanks to everyone at SSM and the companies we featured here today
 for sending us these delicious goodies!
 
We’ve got a few more products left to feature and they’ll be here on Shaw Avenue soon!

One Pot Meals: Beef ‘n Noodles

One Pot Meals: Beef ‘n Noodles 564 846 Jenn Pennell

 

Hello Love!
 I mean, guys, I don’t think I’ve ever gotten so much traffic on a post than I did on the Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chili. Food is definitely the way to people’s hearts so I’m sharing my go-to comfort food recipe with you.  This is by far my favorite thing my mom ever made growing up.  I’m not sure where she got this recipe from, but its the BEST!
I usually make this in the crockpot but it can be made on the stovetop too! I find the meat is more tender when it cooks in the crockpot. 🙂
 Beef ‘N Noodles:
1 package beef stew tips (browned)
Fill 1/2 your pot with water and add about 4-5 beef bouillon cubes
1 package dry french onion soup mix
1 package “No Yolks” noodles. I actually prefer the “Broad” noodles instead of the “Dumpling”
1 stick of butter
Brown your meat and add it to the water and cubes. Add in the dry soup mix and let this cook all day on low, or simmer about 45 minutes on your stove stop. Add in the noodles and stick of butter about 45 minutes before you’re ready to eat and you’re DONE!
Super easy & DELISH! Serve it up with some bread and go to town!
Your family will LOVE IT!

Americasmart market

Americasmart market 150 150 Jenn Pennell
 
 My mom and I ventured to Atlanta’s Americasmart a today to buy all the newest & greatest stuff for her Hallmark store and we had a GREAT time!
She bought some AMAZING new products and I can’t wait to see them in her shop!
We ran into my homies over at The Home T and man, were they BUSY!  Their showroom was absolutely booming, which means it’s a new hot thing!  You can always tell by the crowds.
The amazing folks sent me one of their tees and I wore it over in my curly hair routine post.
 
 
You reeeeealy aren’t supposed to take pictures of things at market, but I managed to sneak a few.  I wish I could have gotten pictures of everything!
 


 
I found some AMAZING clothes on this trip too!
I’ll post them all tomorrow!


Welcome to Shaw Avenue

Welcome to Shaw Avenue 150 150 Jenn Pennell
Hello love! 
 
Thanks for visiting my blog!  I am still under construction, but check back soon for new blogs posts!
XOXO,
Jenn