Our Florida Holiday & A Crafty Giveaway!

Our Florida Holiday & A Crafty Giveaway – Edited To Add Winner

Hello. Today I want to tell you about the vacation we took to Florida during August, and I also have a crafty giveaway of some items I purchased in Target, Michaels, & Jo-Ann’s while I was there!

Our Florida Holiday & A Crafty Giveaway!

We are so lucky that my lovely in-laws asked us to go to Florida with them. They have visited the Summer Bay Resort many times and this year they asked us along to enjoy Orlando and the theme parks!

It wasn’t mine or hubby’s first times out there, as we’d both been before. But it was the kid’s first time. They had been to Disney Land in Paris, but Cheeky Boy was only 1 at the time so he doesn’t remember Paris at all. Little Miss had a couple of memories, like being scared on Big Thunder Mountain, but she was only 4 so again she couldn’t remember much.

They were both super excited about the holiday, and it certainly matched their expectations, and more! We had a wonderful time. And though it was baking hot – I mean really super hot for us English fragile beings (100 degrees F / 37.7 degrees C on some days) – we manage to stay cool a lot of the time by picking the right times to watch shows or sit in queues. Plus it rained on a few days, which cleared the air but didn’t last so long that it spoiled the day.

Here we all are on our way into the Animal Kingdom:

Our Florida Holiday & A Crafty Giveaway!

The kids loved the Safari ride here, which we went on twice and saw different animals both times. I enjoyed the Expedition Everest ride which was new for me, and hubby just about stomached it (he doesn’t like roller coasters that much).

One of the best things about Disneyworld is the little extras that kids can do for free – at Animal Kingdom it’s collecting stickers to become ‘Wilderness Explorers’ (you do a variety of things like play music, find out animal facts, and learn about other cultures), at Epcot it’s collecting stamps from each country on a Barney Bear picture (which you can also colour in on your way around), and at the Magic Kingdom there’s both the ‘Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Challenge’ (using picture cards to cast spells at magic portals throughout the park), and the ‘Pirates Adventure – Treasure of The Seven Seas’ (using a treasure map to find marked spots in Adventure land, where things come to life and the clues lead you to treasure at the end – you keep the map and the treasure card). These were all fun and we could have done lots more if we’d had longer – there were more Sorcery Cards and more Treasure Maps which we didn’t have time for. These extras are not advertised very much so make sure to look out for them if you go there.

My favourite place to go was Harry Potter World at Universal Studios. I have been dying to go here since it opened. My friend Rosie and I actually planned out our own Harry Potter World on a long bus journey once when we were at Uni together, then when the park opened years later we wondered if some Universal Studios bigwig must have been sitting behind us on the bus?!

Our Florida Holiday & A Crafty Giveaway!

I’d made shirts for us four to wear to Harry Potter World using my Cricut Explore and iron-on-vinyl. They say:

Mine – ‘I’m still waiting for my Hogwarts letter’

Hubby’s – ‘If you can read this my invisibility cloak isn’t working’

Little Miss’s – It’s leviOsa, not leviosA’

Cheeky Boy’s – ‘You must be a boggart because you look Riddikulus’

These were so fun to wear, all the cast members kept reading our shirts and laughing! The kids loved showing them off. I wished I’d made Disney ones too!

Harry Potter World lived up to my expectations, I loved the Hogwarts Express, the Escape from Gringotts, and the interactive wands especially. The ride in Hogwarts itself made me feel a bit sick though! I will do a post on Harry Potter World another day as I could say so much about it!

All in all, we had an amazing time. The kids will have so many fabulous memories…

Our Florida Holiday & A Crafty Giveaway!

And if they ever forget they can watch the movies I made. Thanks to Blogtacular and Xanthe Berkeley’s Video Workshop, I had learned the tricks to be able to record and edit daily videos using my iPhone and the Adobe Clip app. I saved videos that were 1 minute long, which I shared on Instagram and Facebook, and some that were longer (approx 5-8 minutes per day) which I am keeping for family memories. If you missed me sharing them on social media, you can watch the 1 minute long videos stitched together as one video (less than 15 minutes long) here:

Or click HERE to view in YouTube.
I also enjoyed visits to Target, Michael’s, and Jo-Ann’s for buying some crafty supplies. I bought lots of bits and pieces, including a Marquee Love letter J, a D-Ring 12×12 album, some paper, material, paints, and more! I was in heaven.
I wanted to spread the joy, so I bought some items for a giveaway for you!
Here’s the items you could win:

Our Florida Holiday & A Crafty Giveaway!

Including some pencils, washi tape, twine, enamel dots, a ‘be creative’ wood plaque, and a cute little notebook – here’s a peek at the pages inside:

Our Florida Holiday & A Crafty Giveaway!

Aren’t they fun?!

To enter to win this giveaway just leave a comment at least 8 words long on this post. For additional entries you can also comment on either of last week’s posts – ‘Minc Reactive Paint & Toner Pen’ or ‘Kickstarter Campaign For Jennifer Grace Creates’. So you can earn up to 3 entries.

Minc Reactive Paint and Toner Pen Test               Jennifer Grace Creates Mugs Kickstarter Campaign

This giveaway is open internationally and it will close for entries on Thursday the 20th of October at 10pm GMT. The winner will be drawn from all entries using random.org, and I’ll post the winner on a blog post at some point that weekend (21st – 24th Oct).

The Giveaway is now closed – the winner was KT Fit Kitty! Thank you to all who entered!

If you have any questions or are having problems commenting please contact me at jennifergrace(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk

Thanks for stopping by!

Jennifer x

10 Comments
  • Jackie Edwards
    Reply

    What a wonderful holiday!!! I can see the kids had a whale of a time!!!!!! Bet Paris didn’t compare!!! LOL Super giveaway….was lovely you thinking of all the poor people at home while you were making ‘mouse memories’!!!

    October 10, 2016 at 8:44 pm
  • He He, love your Hogwarts T shirts,very creative! What a fabulous holiday for your children,I can see they enjoyed it so much. Great giveaway too!

    October 10, 2016 at 10:40 pm
  • Sharon Butler
    Reply

    Ooooh, what a generous person you are. My family and I love Florida, my son especially loved HP World and even bought a wand from Ollivanders. x

    October 11, 2016 at 10:05 am
  • KT Fit Kitty
    Reply

    Oh this looks like a trip of a lifetime! I have never been there – I don’t get out much – so I really enjoyed your photos and video! Felt like I was right there with you! You certainly packed a lot into your 14 days! You have a beautiful family! Looks like your kids had a blast! Lots of yummy food too! I enjoyed seeing what you bought at the craft stores – we don’t have Target or JoAnn’s here in Canada Glad you enjoyed your holiday and thank you so much for sharing it with us! Your giveaway looks wonderful – thank you!.

    October 12, 2016 at 3:49 am
  • LaTanya Thornhill
    Reply

    My son would have so much fun with these crafts.

    October 13, 2016 at 2:23 am
  • Really enjoyed your holiday updates on instagram, you have the sweetest children.
    I bet you t-shirts went down a storm- they look fab

    October 13, 2016 at 11:53 pm
  • Serin Esin
    Reply

    What special memories, looks like you all really enjoyed it. We love florida and especially HP world so looking forward to that post. Great giveaway, thank you x

    October 15, 2016 at 10:16 pm
  • Hi, Jennifer! I’m new to your blog, but I can already see that it will become a favorite. I love how u just made us feel like we were with u guys on the trip. It looks awesome! And the shirts are definitely my kind of quirky humor. Looking forward to future posts.

    October 17, 2016 at 10:11 pm
  • I am new to your blog. What a fun trip! My kids are older and married and I miss the days of these kinds of trips. How kind of you to think of others during your trip! What a fun filled package! Thank you for the opportunity!

    October 18, 2016 at 2:13 pm
  • Jackie Edwards
    Reply

    Hope you are ok Jennifer….you haven’t posted in ages!!

    November 4, 2016 at 11:12 pm

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