Friday, August 24, 2012

Baby Care Center - Disney's Hollywood Studios

This post is the first in a mini series, there will be four total; one for each theme park. If you have a Disney, Travel, or Mommy blog (or any other kind of blog you think this could fit into) and are interested in using this post and the ones that follow, please contact me!  This time we will be exploring Disney's Hollywood Studios.

For those who don't travel to Walt Disney World with young children the Baby Care Centers are completely ignored, or, in some cases, are unknown entirely. Being a Cast Member at the parks I have known exactly where each one is and what they offer. Did I know before I started in 2001 and got my park tour? Probably, but being in the 20 and under group, I would have to say I am sure it was ignored. Now being a mom to a newborn, the Baby Care Centers are my (and Cole's) new favorite stop!

Disney's Hollywood Studios would have to be my favorite park for getting in and out of with a little one by myself. I have to walk from the car because the stroller, diaper bag and baby in the car seat are just all too much for me to deal with if I don't have an extra set of hands. Add that to an almost hour drive to the park, and it's about time for Cole to want a diaper change and some food! Here Baby Care is located just inside the park on the left within Guest Relation, which, in my opinion, is the only downside. It's the smallest of the Baby Care Centers, but even during Star Wars Weekends over Memorial Day weekend it wasn't very crowded in the center. It was, however difficult to get in the doors to Guest Relations because *they* were busy.

When you first walk in, you are greeted with a lobby/seating area complete with a TV playing children's programs (in my experience here it's usually Little Einsteins), a padded bench, ottoman, two chairs and three high chairs for feeding the bigger little ones.

The lobby/seating area when you walk in. 
There is also a mini kitchen, with a sink and microwave in here.


Then off to the left are two private rooms for nursing. It's a cozy little room with a curtain door, dimmer light, outlets, a rocker with a padded seat, and small bench. They are small, but I can bring either of my strollers (I have a regular Chicco stroller and then a Baby Trend jogging stroller) in there with me and there is plenty of room for me and Cole. I doubt a double, inline or side by side, would fit and the Disney ones are too wide I think to fit in there though. Since he is still so small, (and not too wiggly) and I'm usually by myself, I will use the small bench to go ahead and change Cole's diaper using my travel changing pad. I don't want to get him all settled back in the stroller just to take him out in the changing area and do it all over again.

One of the nursing rooms
Finally on the right side of the lobby is the changing area. It's spacious and has two changing tables, a hand washing sink and even a restroom with a child sized toilet.
Changing area.

Of all of the Baby Care Centers, this is our most frequently used one.  It's our second favorite! 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

WEI Beauty Giveaway

I am so happy to be working with Megan Blogs for this WEI beauty giveaway! Some super lucky person is going to win, and it could be you!! 
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One lucky winner will receive a set of three WEI, Correct-Zen products valued at $140, comprised of:

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{Disclaimer/Disclosure: The Musings of Jillie D has not been compensated in any way for this giveaway, except for receiving a link in the entry form in exchange for participation.  This giveaway is hosted by Megan Blogs. Megan received this product as audience swag from the TV show The Talk and will be sending it to the winner in its original/new packaging. Therefore, The Musings of Jillie D is not responsible for prize fulfillment.}

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Back to School Shoes!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Famous Footwear for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
Growing up I loved getting new back to school clothes, especially new shoes! RIght now Famous Footwear wants to help you with your new shoe needs!  They already have brand name shoes at great prices and tons of styles.  I also love how easy their stores are to shop in, and the staff is friendly and helpful. Did you know that if they don't have your shoe in stock, you can get it through home delivery or through the website? You can also order online and pick up in the store for no extra charge!
Through August 18th they are offering a BOGO + 15% off Famous Footwear Coupon!  This definitely helps out with new shoes for school, or anyone else in the family for that matter.  Even better, if you are a Rewards Program member, or sign up before you check out, that 15% jumps to 20%! If you haven't checked out the Rewards Program, you should! It's free to join. In addition to the extra 5% off for the sale, you get 1 point per $1 spent in store or even online, you can earn up to $100 a year in points, plus extra discounts and perks just for being a member!
So while you're out and about shopping for back to school, make sure you print out the BOGO + 15% off Famous Footwear Coupon and stop by your favorite Famous Footwear before 8/18/12.  If you take advantage of this great deal, make sure you stop by and tell me what shoes you picked up!


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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Back to School Crafts with AstroBrights!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Astrobrights Papers by Neenah Paper for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

As a crafter, I just love AstroBrights Paper! It comes in 23 eye catching, brilliantly bright colors that are sure to bring attention to what ever you use them for. They are great for crafting at home, using for school projects, or even for work. Any time you want to stand from the crowd, please be sure to use AstroBrights papers!

Did you know that AstroBright Papers is holding a sweepstakes right now? The "Give a Brighter Year" sweepstakes helps support the school of your choice. You could win a cash prize and school supplies valued at $30,000 for the school that you choose. That is an amazing prize! What lucky school would you choose?
They are also having a family friendly "Make Something AstroBright" design challenge.  How fun!  Unleash your creativity and you could win AstroBrights Paper and other prizes. You can share your projects with photos and videos.  Post them to your Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and what ever social media you use!  If you post them, be sure to use the hashtag #goastrobrights I can't wait to see what projects start popping up! I would love it if you all would make something and share it here when you are done!

So now that school is just around the corner, what will you use AstroBright Paper for?  Summer reading book reports? Scrapbooking a great summer?  PTA meeting flyers? After school activity sign ups? Family chore chart?  The possibilities are endless! Have fun with it!

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Big Ten Boise Big West Basketball

It is almost time for college basketball! What team, or teams, are you rooting for?

Did you know that there are still Boise State Broncos tickets available for upcoming games? You can pick up your Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament tickets here! Check out Big West Tournament tickets for upcoming games.

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