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Is your family as excited to see Toy Story 4 as we are? We bought our tickets for Tuesday night and every morning for a week Ezra has been asking, is it Toy Story Tuesday yet? Woody, Buzz, Bo Peep and the whole gang + new friends are back for another incredible adventure.
I know that everything Toy Story 4 is going to be on his Christmas wish list, so was super interested to see that you can already preorder Toy Story 4 4K Blu-Ray Collectible SteelBook at Best Buy.
I’ve blogged before about Best Buy’s exclusive DVD SteelBooks, which has the coolest designs and are fun collectibles. The Toy Story 4 SteelBook has exclusive art for each movie.
Right now you can buy exclusive SteelBooks are BestBuy for Toy Story 1, Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3.
Check out the interior at of the Toy Story 4 SteelBook.
Best Buy also has expanded its toy selection over the past year (especially around the holidays). I was shocked how much Christmas shopping I was able to get done at Best Buy this past year! It’s now one of my go-to places for gifts.
Check out Best Buy for all your Toy Story toy and DVD needs.
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If you are a frequent traveler, packing cubes are the accessory you never realized you needed! Read on for why I love them and why you will too.
For our eight-day trip to Italy, we knew we wanted to fly with just carry on suitcases. After doing a lot of research, I discovered that packing cubes were the most consistent recommendation from people who traveled overseas for extended periods.
After using them for that trip, as well as two business trips and a family trip, I can say with confidence that I will never travel without them again. I ordered the Bagail packing cubes from Amazon and am incredibly happy with them. They have more than 2,500 five-star reviews, a lifetime guarantee and a wide-range of colors available. You can buy them here.
Benefits of packing cubes
Okay, why I am crazy in love with packing cubes? The reasons are numerous! Here is why packing cubes are so beneficial for travelers.
Think of packing cubes like drawers for your suitcase. Everything remains tidy and packing and unpacking is quick and easy with packing cubes. In the past I have found unpacking to be daunting, but with everything in cubes, it has helped me unpack quickly and efficiently. I like to pack my cubes by style of clothing; for instance: one for day time clothes, one for pajamas/gym clothes, and one for undergarments. The cubes offer endless options to stay organized while you travel.
Variety of sizes
The Bagail set of six offers three different sizes, making them perfect for all sizes of suitcases, as well as all types of clothes, accessories and travel essentials. The sizes are as follows: Two Large (17.5″ x 13.7″ x 4″) Two Medium (13.7″ x 9.8″ x 4″) Two Slim (13.7″x5″x4″). These sizes make them perfect for all types of suitcases, as well as weekenders and backpacks.
Ultralight and durable
This combination is incredibly important because you don’t want your cubes to add weight to your bag, but you also don’t want to skimp on quality. With a lifetime guarantee, Bagail packing cubes are lightweight and very durable. I haven’t had any trouble with the zippers, despite packing them with a lot of clothes.
Pack more clothes
You can fit more clothes in your suitcase with packing cubes because they keep everything so tightly together. People on Instagram messaged me saying they had suitcases go overweight because they could fit so much in them – ha! The great thing is that if you did have an overweight suitcase, you could easily remove a cube and easily carry it on a plane.
Have more space
Because a packing cube will compress your clothes, you will have more space in your luggage.
Clothes get less wrinkles in them with packing cubes because they are compressed. (You can put clothes in packing cubes rolled or flat. I prefer rolled!)
Mesh top panel
The mesh panel in these packing cubes makes it easy to identify what you have in each cube.
Bagail offers 16 different colors/styles to choose from. I bought black for Matthew and turquoise for me. Many people shared with me that they have a color for each member of their family, which makes family vacation packing a breeze. I love this idea and plan on investing in more colors for my family.
Useful for all kinds of travel
Packing cubes are useful for a variety of traveling needs including flying, camping, and backpacking.
Storage is easy
Because they are so thin, they are easy to store. You can fold them into one another, or even tuck them in your suitcases. I have them in a small bin in my closet for easy access.
You need packing cubes
Seriously, if you travel, you will love having packing cubes. Don’t be like me and think, nah, I don’t need them. Trust me. You do need them. And you will wonder why you didn’t own these little suitcase miracles sooner.
Looking for other travel recommendations? Check out my travel section, which includes everything from travel hacks to favorite travel destinations.
This post was not sponsored in any way. I wrote it simply because I feel like everyone needs to know about packing cubes. Amazon link is an affiliate link, which is used at no cost to you.
Disney launched the new trailer for its highly anticipated movie Frozen 2, which will release this holiday season. Learn more and watch it below.
Frozen 2 Trailer
A new trailer was revealed this week for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2,” offering a glimpse at the dramatic journey Elsa and Anna take into the unknown. The movie looks so fantastic – full of jaw-dropping animation, brilliant storytelling and the magic we all fell in love with in the first Frozen movie.
The kids and I watched it immediately and were mesmerized. Adeline proclaimed, “it looks even better than the first one!”
Adeline has loved Frozen, which released in 2013 and is the highest grossing animated film of all time, her whole life. Remember this video of her singing Let it Go when she was just 2?
Frozen 2 Synopsis
Disney provided this brief synopsis of Frozen 2: Why was Elsa born with magical powers? The answer is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she’ll set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey. In “Frozen,” Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In “Frozen 2,” she must hope they are enough.
The Dollywood DreamMore Resort in the Great Smoky Mountains is a great option for families looking to enjoy a special experience and convenient access to Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country.
For spring break, Elias, Adeline and I visited Dollywood DreamMore Resort and Dollywood for a hosted press trip. We hadn’t visited since Ezra was a baby, so it was a fun opportunity to get away and enjoy the park with older kids.
We stayed at the relatively new Dollywood DreamMore resort. If you are considering staying at the DreamMore Resort, here is what you can expect:
A Disney Feel
DreamMore Resort has a very magical, Disney-like quality to it. The staff is kind and attentive – from the people who greet you at the door to the . Every detail has been thought out, from butterflies incorporated all over the hotel to photos and quotes from Dolly Parton.
Great rooms for families
The DreamMore Resort offers family-geared rooms with bunk beds, which my kids loved. The rooms reminded me of rooms at Disney World or Great Wolf Lodge because of how they catered to families (bunk beds + queen bed vs. two queen beds) and had so many sweet decorations.
Free Parking at Dollywood DreamMore Resort
With the hotel being as nice as DreamMore, I would have expected to need to pay to park, but it is free. The parking lot is large and offers plenty of parking spots.
The rooms offer toiletry essentials in large bottles, mounted right to the tub. If you forgot anything else, the hotel is happy to bring it to your room.
Throughout the hotel, you’ll find classic games like checkers. I loved this simple way of bringing families and groups together.
Outside, you’ll find a simple playground for more fun together. After checking out of the hotel, the kids played on the playground for a bit and it was a great way to burn some energy before the car ride home.
Multiple pools at Dollywood DreamMore Resort
DreamMore Resort has both an indoor and an outdoor pool. While it was too cold to enjoy the outdoor pool, we loved the indoor pool, which is surrounded by windows on three sides and was a nice size for families.
I also appreciated that a life guard was on duty, which isn’t something you typically find in an indoor hotel pool.
Easy access to Dollywood Theme Parks
DreamMore offers a shuttle to Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country Waterpark, making it quick and easy for guests to go enjoy the theme park. It was also nice to not have to worry about parking at Dollywood. The shuttle delivered us right to the entrance and picked us up from the same spot.
Though this post is about DreamMore Resort, I wanted to say that Dollywood is fantastic and perfect for families. It offers family-friendly shows and rides, as well as shops, restaurants and an incredible Dolly Parton Museum. It is a must-visit.
Dollywood room delivery
If you do any shopping while at the park, you can ask to have the items delivered to the hotel. We bought several things at the theme park and it was so nice to not have to carry our bags. Simply ask at any store to have your items delivered to DreamMore.
The only downside to the hotel that I experienced was that the hotel restaurant was very costly. For the buffet breakfast for the three of us was $59 (at 10, Elias was considered an “adult”). Our second day we grabbed a lighter breakfast from the coffee shop, which offered kids’ meals for just $5. This was a far better option for families, in my opinion. The rooms also have refrigerators, so you could also bring your own food to save some money.
We absolutely loved our stay at Dollywood DreamMore Resort in the Great Smoky Mountains. If you love a hotel experience (vs. a cabin) in the mountains, definitely book a visit.