I am super stressed about leaving on our first family vacation
My daughter woke up yesterday with horrible stomach pains only
to get sick on my poor husband (a great Father's Day gift).
But I had managed to make two different muffins to pack on our
trip, cut fruit and put them in ziplock bags and cooked up some
homemade chicken soup for my daughter per her request. I also
have a small duffle bag of foods... can you say paranoid mom?
And where am I going? To the most magical place on Earth, Walt
Disney World or as I call it, LaLa Land.
last October, I pulled the trigger and decided not
go to a conference with my husband and our kids. It saved my
sanity. I was a mess and stressed out about it for weeks on end
thinking about all the foods I would have to pre-make. We were
graciously given a reprieve on our tickets but had to go back to
Florida. My husband announced three months ago it was time for us
to go to Disney.
The thought of planning a Disney trip made me sick. It is a
practically a part-time job to plan those trips!
We were past the 180 day reservation requirement for booking a
special meal with a Disney character so I already failed that one,
but I did what everyone else does who wants to take shortcuts in
planning their first family vacation: post something on Facebook
asking for recommendations. Thankfully someone mentioned Travel
beCAUSE and that night I emailed her, beCAUSE I loved
what I saw on her site. She gives back a part of her earnings to a
non-profit of your choice. How can you say no to that?
She has been amazing. She booked our character meals putting in
all of our allergies in the computer system, answered all of my
questions, sent my schedules and everything. She completely took
the stress off of me, which is great because I have other things to
So many have told me that if I am going to dine safely it is in
Disney. However, this salicylate allergy is overwhelming and am
trying to let go of things so we can enjoy this experience for
them. He does not have a life threatening allergy, thankfully, but
it will trigger his psoriasis to flare up and activate his Sensory
I am mentally preparing myself to let a lot of things go since
we booked this trip. My husband is not so convinced that I am
capable of this but if there is anything us wives like to do it is
to prove our husbands wrong, right?
I am excited to go and have dairy free options too. I heard they
carry all types of non-dairy milks there. Coconut, almond, soy, and
rice to name a few, plus their infamous ice cream parlor also has
all types of non-dairy ice creams. I am really looking forward
having some ice cream as a family in the Magic Kingdom. Last year
when I was there with my daughter only, it was closed (and she has
Now I am ready with muffins, snack bars, zip lock fruits and
all. If you want a sneak peak at what we are up too, follow me on
I hope through my posts you will be able to find something that
strikes your fancy on your next trip to most magical place on Earth
or at least send me a little encouragement to let it the stress go
and have a blast.
Wish me luck!
Jasmine blogs to inspire you to make positive, healthy changes.
See more of Jasmine's stories here.
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