5 Must-Do’s at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

5 Must-Do’s at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

As long time Disney lover’s, we have definite favorites at every park. Thanks to being annual passholders, I don’t feel the pressure to see “everything” each time we visit as I know we’ll be back. However, there are certain “Must-Do’s” at each park. Even if we miss everything else, if we enjoy these favorites, it was a successful park day! So, here are our top 5 Must-Do’s at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The Top Must-Do Rides Kiliminjaro Safaris. How can you visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom and not enjoy the animals? Right? The safari is the best way to do this. I’ve always found the guides to be informative and great about sharing their love of the animals. It’s also wonderful that every safari ride is a little bit different. You’ll see different animals doing different things throughout the day. Sometimes you’ll even have to stop and wait for an antelope or ostrich to walk in front of you! This is definitely a ride you’ll want to fast pass as the wait can be pretty long. Insider Tip: Have your camera ready – you can get some really amazing pictures during this ride! Flight of Passage. Although all of Pandora is pretty amazing, the ride Flight of Passage is truly amazing. During this ride you’ll get to ride on the back of a banshee – and it truly feels like you are flying. The first time we rode Flight of Passage, we hadn’t even seen Avatar and still loved it! Definitely either get a fast pass or head to this ride as soon as the park opens. Expedition Everest. If you...
Easy Ways to Make Extra Money on the Side – Part 2

Easy Ways to Make Extra Money on the Side – Part 2

Are you ready to learn a few more super easy ways to make extra money? Remember last week I shared two of my all-time favorites, Swagbucks and Rakuten? Both of those I’ve been using for YEARS. This week I’m sharing two newer ones that I’ve been very impressed with so far. Sell your stuff to make extra $$ Remember the days of selling everything on eBay? I know I made a TON of money selling old baby clothes back in the day. A few weeks ago I decided to give it a go again to sell some of my son’s old soccer cleats. I sold two pairs, but it was very cumbersome and with the high fees I didn’t make as much as I’d hoped. Then, I found out about Mercari. Mercari is an app you download to your phone where you can easily sell and buy items from other sellers. It was so simple to list items right from my phone – I discovered it only takes me a few minutes to list something! I also love that it’s not an auction like eBay, so I set my price, and then if I want Mercari has a feature where they will lower the price every day or so until it hits a floor I’ve preset. One of the things that drove me crazy with eBay was figuring out shipping. Mercari makes it simple. You can either offer free shipping, or they will help you set a price based upon what you are selling. Once the item is sold, you just print out a prepaid shipping label, package the...
Hiking, Local Treats, and Nightlife in Shelby County

Hiking, Local Treats, and Nightlife in Shelby County

Ready for some Shelby County fun? Another beautiful Indiana day means another day of exploring all the state has to offer! Once again, we hit the road to check out a new to us county in pursuit of my challenge to visit (and find something fun to do) in all 92 Indiana counties. Shelby County is a wonderful addition to the project! Exploring downtown Shelbyville Less than an hour southeast of Indianapolis, it’s easy to fill an entire day and night full of fun in Shelby County. Our trip started by checking out downtown Shelbyville, the county seat. Unlike many Indiana downtown squares, Shelbyville is centered around a circle. Another unique difference from downtown Shelbyville to most of the other downtowns I’ve visited is that the courthouse isn’t in the heart of downtown – it’s actually a few blocks away. AND it looks very different than most of the more traditional Indiana courthouses. It appears that downtown Shelbyville is working hard to revitalize. There was a LOT of construction going on which made walking around a bit challenging. We did notice several restaurants with outdoor seating that seemed to be drawing in a decent crowd as well as a cute little museum. I mentioned to my husband that this is a town we need to revisit in about a year to see how all the roadwork turns out. Hiking in a nature preserve After checking out the downtown area, we headed just outside of town to a lovely nature preserve called Meltzer Woods Nature Preserve. I appreciated the well-marked trail and nicely maintained path. The preserve was beautiful and...
Summer 2020 Book Reviews

Summer 2020 Book Reviews

Hard to believe summer is coming to an end. How can it be September already? Although we didn’t take a big vacation this summer for the first time EVER, we did enjoy a LOT of day trips! And I definitely had fun exploring many areas of Indiana that I hadn’t visited before. So, overall it was still a win in my book! Speaking of books, ready for reviews of the BEST books to read now? Looking for fun in Indiana? Check out my Explore Indiana blog post where I round up ALL the counties I’ve visited – if you live near Indiana I guarantee you can find something fun to do near you! Best Non-Fiction Books Summer 2020 https://amzn.to/31wtI6Q The 12-Week Year by Brian Moran is the best goal setting/ business book I’ve read in a while. It’s not a new one, so I’m not sure how I missed it, but I am glad I picked it up! It’s exactly what I need right now to push myself to reach my goals. I’m in the midst of my first 12-Week Year and I can already feel the momentum and excitement. I can’t wait to reach my goals!!! Next, I plan on purchasing the 12-Week Year Field Guide to help me plan my next 12-Week Year! My rating 4.5 out of 5. Creating Your Best Life is another very timely book! September is often referred to as the “second New Year.” There is still time to complete your goals, and with kids going back to school, it just feels right to give yourself a fresh start too. One of the...
A Perfect Day in Henry County

A Perfect Day in Henry County

When searching for a fun activity to do for #avaiationday, I discovered that just an hour away is the birthplace of Wilbur Wright. Although I couldn’t make the trip on the actual date (you know, work), I did take off for an afternoon with my son to check it out. We visited the area on two separate days, but you could easily combine this itinerary for a perfect day in Henry County. It has been so wonderful being able to get back to finding new places for my Explore Indiana project! Wilbur Wright was born on April 16th, 1867 near Millville, Indiana. The Wilbur Wright Birthplace Museum has a rebuilt version of the house that he lived in for three years, a full-size replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer and a wonderful little museum FULL of historical facts and personal anecdotes about the Wright Brothers. The museum even houses a replica of the camp Wilbur and Orville set up at Kitty Hawk. We found this part of the exhibit especially interesting. I was really impressed by how much information this museum held. It is out in the middle of nowhere, but well worth the drive if you have any interest in the Wright Brothers or the beginnings of flight. After browsing the museum, we headed into nearby New Castle for a quick bite to eat. As we were headed into town, we saw a large roadside stand called Weenee World. How could we not stop, right? Stop at the local hot dog stand My son ordered a coney dog and said it was delicious – a large dog with...

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