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Holiday experience for your family at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions

Kalahari Resorts and Conventions biggest sale of the year and Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Boys sitting in front of Christmas tree in Christmas pajamas.

This post is sponsored by Kalahari Resorts & Conventions

One of my absolute favorite Thanksgiving traditions is watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I remember when I was little my mom would always make apple pie for Thanksgiving and she’d make an extra one and we’d all eat apple pie while watching the Thanksgiving Day parade together before going over to my grandmother’s for Thanksgiving dinner. That is still a tradition I love to carry on with my boys. We gather together Thanksgiving morning to watch the parade before going to my parent’s for dinner. It sets the anticipation for the holiday season and the kids always get so excited to see all their favorite characters, floats and balloons and of course Santa at the end.

This year, Kalahari Resorts & Conventions will have a float and be part of the 97th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  They were kind enough to send us some swag ahead of time.

Kalahari Resorts and Conventions biggest sale of the year and Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Boys sitting in front of Christmas tree in Christmas pajamas.

If you are not familiar, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions is home to America’s largest indoor waterparks with locations in Wisconsin Dells, WI, Sandusky, OH, Poconos Mountains, PA and Round Rock, TX. This resort offers something for everyone and is a great place for families to vacation. Whether you are looking to let loose and have some fun at the water park or entertainment center, or maybe relax at the spa, or enjoy some shopping, you can do it all and then enjoy a nice meal together as a family at one of their signature restaurants.

Kalahari Resorts and Conventions biggest sale of the year and Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Man and woman in front of Christmas tree with coffee mugs.

Give your family the gift of Kalahari this year and an experience they won’t forget! What’s better than kicking back together as a family, escaping the cold and snow and enjoying some laughs at a premier waterpark? Their new Virtual Reality Water Slide looks amazing! You can enjoy a thrilling waterslide experience and slide through a jungle or float through space and experience a whole new level of excitement.

Kalahari’s best sale of the year is here! You can save up to 30% on your next getaway with promo code BLACKFRIDAY starting on Thanksgiving 11/23 through Cyber Monday 11/27.

Click here to see their site for more details!

 

This year, gift your family an experience they won’t forget! Give your family a trip to Kalahari Resorts and Waterparks.

8 In Lifestyle

13 movies to put you in a cozy fall mood

13 movies to put you in a cozy fall mood. Sitting on couch, watching fall scene in When Harry Met Sally.

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As the leaves start to change and the weather gets a little cooler, it’s the perfect time to curl up in a comfy blanket and have a movie night or afternoon.  There’s no denying that autumn just evokes a certain feeling. I’m sharing 13 movies to put you in a cozy fall mood.

Cozy up with a mug of my pumpkin spice hot chocolate (linking the recipe here) and get streaming.

13 movies to put you in a cozy fall mood

You’ve Got Mail – Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” This one is sure to make you feel all the autumn nostalgia especially with Meg Ryan’s cozy wardrobe.

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When Harry Met Sally – Practically every scene contains the golden colors of fall foliage as Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal walk through New York. This movie is a whole autumn aesthetic with the smooth jazz in the background.

Hocus Pocus – this is a family classic featuring the famous Sanderson sisters in Salem, MA.

The Craft – a group of high school girls in Los Angeles form a coven and grow rich with their powers. Ultimately, their powers lead them to suffer some consequences.

The Craft (1996) - IMDb

Practical Magic – 2 sisters and witches (Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman) live in Massachusetts with their witchy aunts. The scene where they are drinking margaritas at midnight and dancing in the kitchen is my favorite.

Autumn in NY – the title says it all. This one stars Richard Gere and Winona Ryder and is a story about how an older man falls for an younger woman with a chronic illness and their affair lasts the season.

Twilight – Vampires, warewolves, a tale of romance and a darker aesthetic make this a great choice for a rainy afternoon.

Mona Lisa Smile – This one takes place at Wellsley College in the 1950’s, giving some true September back to school feels. This one stars Julia Roberts as the new art history teacher who brings along some progressive ideas that will challenge the girls about feminism.

Harry Potter – the Halloween feast at Hogwart’s with all the floating candles and jack o lanterns will put you in the mood for the Halloween season. Binge the whole series.

Good Will Hunting – Set in Cambridge, MA at an ivy league college, and the famous scene where Matt Damon says “how do you like them apples?” It’s only right to watch this movie as the leaves begin to change and during apple picking season.

12 classic autumn movies you need to watch - UtahValley360

 

Sleepy Hollow – Whether you’re in the mood for a spooky movie or just to stare at Johnny Depp, this one is about a police officer who is sent to Sleepy Hollow, NY to investigate a string of murders by the Headless Horseman.

Little Women – Between the fireside, snug tweed outfits and the bonds between the four women, this will make you feel all warm and toasty inside.

The Sixth Sense – If you’re in the mood for suspense and a psychological thriller this is a classic. Bruce Willis plays a child psychologist who helps Cole, a young boy who can see dead people.

The Village – this one is for lovers of a good thriller. An Amish style community doesn’t dare enter the woods that borders them for fear of “Those we don’t speak of”. But when a young girl becomes ill, the man who loves her takes a risk in hopes of getting her medicine.

If you have a favorite fall movie that’s not on this list, let me know in the comments!!

 

Must haves for the perfect cozy fall vibe

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20 In Lifestyle

How to live a tomato girl summer

Women in blue and white caftan holding a drink in kitchen with fresh tomatos, basil and cherries. How to live a tomato girl summer

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Last summer was the summer of the Coastal grandmother aesthetic. This year Tik Tok is already calling it “The Tomato Girl Summer”.  Scroll down to read how to live a tomato girl summer.

What is a tomato girl summer?

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The tomato girl summer lifestyle is one that gets it’s inspiration from the Mediterranean.  Think of a breezy, carefree lifestyle that exudes summer. It’s sipping an Aperol Spritz on the Almafi Coast or perusing the farmer’s market for fresh produce and then coming home to make a Caprese salad barefoot with the windows open. And while it may seem like everyone you know is vacationing in Europe, if that’s not in your plans, I’m sharing how you can live out your Tomato Girl or Mama Mia fantasy.

When I think of a tomato girl, Lucia from The White Lotus in Season 2 comes to mind. Bold, confident, carefree, her vibe is “Let’s Fun!”

Tomato Girl Summer Fashion

The tomato girl color palette is neutrals and bright bold colors like red, blue and terracotta.  Think lightweight linens and ruffles with gold accents and rattan accessories. Breezy dresses, skirts, caftans and sandals with understated classic vintage jewelry are the vibe.

Makeup is kept neutral, with a clean complexion, some mascara, and a glossy bright lip, like you just bit into a juicy tomato or cherry.

I’m sharing some of my curated Tomato Girl Summer Fashion Picks below.

 

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Tomato Girl Summer Playlist

Click here for my Tomato Girl Summer Playlist

 

Tomato Girl Summer Food

Here are some things you can whip up and enjoy to transport you to vacationing in Santorini.

My caprese pasta salad

Quick and easy caprese pasta

My stonefruit and burrata salad

Summer stone fruit and burrata salad - burrata, sliced cherries, sliced peaches and arugula drizzled with balsamic glaze

Rose Elderflower spritz

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How to live a tomato girl summer aesthetic

Cheers to living out your best Tomato Girl Summer!!!