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The Magic Kingdom WDW 2017 {Day 4}

The much-anticipated day at The Magic Kingdom WDW 2017! We took it easy much of our trip and planned only the Magic Kingdom and didn’t visit any other parks this time around. We planned to get there early for the opening, hit as many rides as possible early on (without fastpasses), return midday for a rest, and go back in the evening.

Here is Day 4 of our WDW 2017 trip. You can find Day 1, Day 2 part 1, Day 2 Part 2, and Day 3 here.

The Magic Kingdom - the new "rope drop" - taking it easy with kids - how to visit the most rides before noon

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Motivating Mom Alyssa: Little activities add up!

I love that my girls are growing up watching and joining me in fun fitness activities.

I love hearing stories from other moms, especially those who are committed to living a healthy lifestyle and raising a healthy family. I’m very inspired by other moms and I love to hear how they stay committed to setting a healthy example for their little ones and raising a healthy family.

Today we’re hearing from Motivating Mom Alyssa

If you’d like to be featured as a Motivating Mom, send a message to¬†Exploring Domesticity on Facebook or email exploringdomesticity(at)gmail(dot)com with the subject, “Motivating Mommas.”

Motivating Mom Alyssa, "I love that my girls are growing up watching and joining me in fun fitness activities."

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Why It’s Good to Let Children Play #PlayMoreMN

It’s so important to let children play. However, so many parents today feel the pressure to direct their child’s every move and to provide structured opportunities for learning. Child-directed play is essential to learning, and we need to provide more opportunities and let children play.

We also need to give ourselves the freedom to relax and let the kids play and work through things on their own.

Who is with me!?

Why it's Good to Let Children Play #PlayMoreMN

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Disney Character Countdown Chain for your Disney Vacation


Everyone with a Disney Vacation planned counts down the days until it arrives. Creating a Disney Character Countdown Chain makes it that much more fun.

We have been counting down the days until our Walt Disney World vacation, and now we can do it with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy countdown paper chains. They are adorable and so easy!

Disney Character Countdown Chain: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy

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DIY Teacher Gift with Essential Oils: Room Spray and Stress Ball

Finding a unique gift for teachers is tough. This DIY Teacher Gift with Essential Oils is easy to make, inexpensive, and something all teachers can benefit from!

In minutes you can put together a Mood-Boosting Anti-bacterial Room Spray to help keep those special people happy and healthy. Also, add a quick and easy Stress Ball for those rough days.

This works for teachers, coaches, bus drivers, etc. and it is a gift that is great for both male and female recipients. We’ve got it covered!

DIY Teacher Gift with Essential Oils: Mood-Boosting Antibacterial Room Spray & Stress Ball

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Gifts to Inspire Creativity in Children

Kids don’t have as many opportunities these days for creative thinking. Even the modern toys seem to be more focused on profit and selling, rather than allowing kids to use their imagination and get creative. It’s so important to encourage them with gifts to inspire creativity.

You can’t really beat the open-ended play that comes from simple gifts. They may be a little old-school, but they inspire children to use their imagination and think outside the box. These gifts teach children how to learn and problem solve.

We’ve put together a list of some of the best gifts to inspire creativity in young children. Let’s help our kids play the way we did when we were younger, with these gifts to get those creative juices flowing.

Gifts to Inspire Creativity in Children - gift ideas to get the creative juices flowing

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Scout Elf Wrapping Paper Drive: use up wrapping paper scraps with Elf on the Shelf

Download this flyer for the Scout Elf Wrapping Paper Drive, and your Elf on the Shelf will deliver your wrapping paper scraps to Santa to be used for all those stocking stuffers and small gifts.

Use up all those small wrapping paper scraps without ruining the magic of Christmas. Your kids will be so excited to see that Santa used the paper they donated!

Scout Elf Wrapping Paper Drive

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The Power of Play: promote play for learning

Children have less opportunities for play than ever before. With our busy lifestyles, screen time, organized sports, and homework, kids aren’t getting enough “play time.” That means they are missing out on key learning opportunities. It’s up to us to promote play and give our kids opportunities to explore, learn, and problem solve.

The Minnesota Children’s Museum has made it their mission to promote play and redesign the museum to provide opportunities for play. We were invited to the first exhibit, Forces at Play, and had a great time!

The Power of Play: the importance of play for learning

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Martial Arts Gift Guide {for young children}

It’s always great to support your little ones when they show an interest in an activity. Christmas is also a fantastic time to get them items they can use, or to find something that will be a cherished memory each year. This martial arts gift guide will spark some ideas for your young martial artist.

Martial Arts Gift Guide (for young children)

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Active Gifts for Healthy Kids

Gifts that let those active kiddos get all that energy out are a gift for the child and the parent.

Give the gifts that help your kids get all that extra energy out! Here is a list of active gifts for healthy kids this Christmas.

Active Gifts for Healthy Kids

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