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Best “Let It Go” Covers from Disney’s Frozen

I admit to having blasted Frozen’s hit song “Let It Go” on a few trips down the highway while singing at the top of my lungs.  I’m certainly no Idina Menzel and I’m sure I did the public a service by keeping my windows up!  More than a few people have also sung their own versions of the song and posted them on YouTube – and most are waaaaay better than mine!  Here are a few of the best I have found:

The Mom Version (how many of us can relate to this one??)

This is one of my favorites – kind of like The Lion King meets Frozen.

 

I’m always in awe of people who can do multiple impersonations as I can’t do, well, ANY.

And lastly, this one had my whole family cracking up and asking to see it over and over. Got to love a news guy with a sense of humor!!

Did I miss a great cover of “Let It Go”?? Link to your favorite in the comments so I can check it out!

Got relatives visiting for the holidays? Win them a free hotel stay!

hampton hotelsWhen we first bought our house, we had visions of relatives and friends finally coming to visit and bunking at our place.  I spent all kinds of time decorating our guest room to feel homey and inviting.  My sister in law had given us a gorgeous blue and white wedding quilt that I used to drive the color scheme and I decked it out to the hilt.

Now, granted my parents did use the guest room a few times when them came to visit and seemed to appreciate my efforts,  But then they bought a house a mile and a half down the road and not only do they not need to crash at our house anymore, all the relatives who visit stay with them!

Our guest room sat empty and sad until one day I finally gave up and converted it into my office.  Now the room is fully converted – no more bed, only a desk, file cabinets, and a closet full of office supplies.  It’s great to have a place to conduct business that is all mine, but what do we do when suddenly someone decides to visit??

We point them toward the nearest Hampton Hotel!

Now, before you start calling me a bad hostess, let me add that I think most of our guests appreciate the chance to escape the ungodly-early antics that start just before 6am at our house every day.  First you have LJ who seems physically unable to sleep past 6 am, no matter how late he has gone to bed.  Add in an early rising dog who wakes up ready to play (and bark) at LJ, and it’s not always the best place to be trying to sleep in.

I’m pretty sure most guests would prefer the nice quiet morning that greets them at a nearby hotel!

hampton inn

So why Hampton? When I first graduated from college, I worked as an admissions recruiter for a year.  The college I worked for was in New Hampshire, but my recruiting territory was Connecticut and Long Island.  I would hit the road Sunday night or early on Monday morning and then spend the week on the road and head back home on Thursday or Friday and this went on for about six months out of the year.  That was a LOT of nights in hotels and I quickly learned which ones I wanted to spend time in and which ones I didn’t.  It didn’t take me long to develop a preference for Hampton Hotels and searching them out wherever I was staying.  I loved that they were always clean and inviting, that the staff was consistently helpful and friendly, and that there was just something about them that felt more like home.

Hampton Hotels has actually put a word to what I was feeling – Hamptonality.

The 5 Tenets of Hamptonality are:

·         Unexpected delight

·         Being anticipatory

·         Sharing a compliment

·         Providing a moment of humor

·         Showing empathy

 If you are looking to provide your holiday guests with a little Hamptonality yourself, entertaining expert Jenny Steffens Hobick has a few tips!

Tip 1: Be the best OFF-SITE host ever…

Let’s be honest. You love your friends and family, but cramming everyone into your house for days at a time can be stressful and add to your already lengthy holiday host to-do list! If you simply don’t have enough room to host all of your holiday guests or you just think everyone would be happier with their own, comfortable space, consider booking them at your local Hampton. With more than 1,900 locations, Hampton is the perfect place to stay no matter where your guests may be traveling from.

Tip 2: Surprise your guests with welcome treats

I always like to make sure my guests know how excited we are to have them for a visit by surprising them with a little treat when they arrive. One of my favorite ways to greet them is with something personalized with their name on it, like a decorated sugar cookie or a festive welcome sign. I love staying at Hampton Hotels because they take a similar approach. They often add a personal touch for a guest’s stay by offering a favorite local snack or fun local item when guests check in.

Tip 3: Be prepared with lots of snacks

We all get a little grouchy when we’re hungry – adults and kids alike!  Anticipate those moments by having snacks planned for afternoons and before dinner to keep everyone happy.  Be sure to include fresh options like fruit and crunchy veggies, along with filling cheeses and more decadent treats so you have something for everyone!

 Want to treat your guests to a night at a Hampton Hotel? One lucky Wisconsin Mommy reader will receive a “Be My Guest” card, which entitles the bearer to (1) free night stay at a Hampton location. (And there are 1,900 locations to choose from!)  Each location offers free, hot breakfast with fresh-baked waffles in addition to free high-speed internet access.

 

 

Connect with Hampton on:

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Instagram: http://instagram.com/hamptonality

Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by Hampton Hotel via MomTrends.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hampton or Momtrends

Our Disney Magic Cruise – a first glimpse

Disney Cruise Ship at SeaLast month, LJ and I got to experience  the newly “re-imagined” Disney Magic Cruise ship.  While I had been on a number of cruises before, LJ had not and he quickly fell in love with the ocean and cruising.  (Of course, now he is ruined for all other cruise lines as Disney makes their cruise ships as amazing and kid friendly as their theme parks.)  Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing about our trip in a few different posts but wanted to give you this quick overview now that I have finally finished editing it!!

A huge thank you to Disney Cruise Lines for having us as their guests!  We had an amazing time (which I hope is evident in the video).  For more information on all that Disney Cruises have to offer, be sure to check out their site for the most up-to-date special offers.

MasterCard Prepaid Cards Are Great for Travel @MasterCard #Prepaid #MC

Collective Bias MC

MasterCard prepaid card pinIt’s no secret that I love to travel.  Luckily, I have been fortunate enough to have done quite a bit of it this past year.  Just in the past few months, I’ve been to Texas, Arkansas, Arizona, and am headed on a cruise out of Florida at the end of this week.  One thing I have learned about myself is that I need to put myself on a budget when I travel.  It’s just too easy to get caught up in the fun of everything and start buying souvenirs and fancy meals without keeping an eye on how much is being spent.  Luckily, I have figured out a solution using MasterCard prepaid cards.

@thewendywright and I flying to SoFabCon

@thewendywright and I flying to SoFabCon

Me in Sedona, Arizona

Me in Sedona, Arizona

 

I like to sit down before I leave and figure out how much I am prepared to spend on food and snacks, souvenirs, and then those unexpected last-minute expenses.  Once I have my figures, I have a few choices, right?

1) I could just use my credit or debit card to pay for everything as it comes up. I’ve found that this is not the best option for me.  Yes, I am good at keeping my receipts in one place, but what I am not good at is adding them up every single night to see what I spent that day.  This tends to result in a larger than expected credit card bill at the end of the month or a smaller than expected balance in the bank account after all the debit transactions go through.

credit card shock

2) I could allocate a certain amount of cash to each category and carry all that cash with me.  I really don’t like this option for several reasons.  One, I feel that walking around with a wad of cash is unsafe and makes me a target.  Second, how the heck am I going to keep my piles of cash separate for each category? Or do I put it all into one big pile and count on keeping track again? Um, no.

wads of cash

3) I can get a MasterCard prepaid card (or two, or three) and preload the amount I want to spend.  Bingo!! I think we have a solution here!  With a MasterCard prepaid card, I absolutely cannot go over my budget because once the money is gone, the card doesn’t work anymore.  The card looks like any other credit card, so nothing is going to make me stick out as a potential target AND should my card get lost or stolen, it is protected the same as a regular credit card.  Plus, prepaid MasterCard cards are accepted all over the world, so I have access to my money no matter where my travels take me!

MasterCard prepaid card

Nothing helps me unwind and enjoy a trip more than knowing that my budget is safe and sound and I won’t be getting any nasty surprises at the end of my trip!  Before your next trip, do you think you might get a prepaid card to protect your budget?

mastercard prepaid website

Disney Works to Make Every Guest’s Experience Stellar

Photo0087FourBySixBack when LJ was three, we started thinking it might be time for a family vacation.  We weren’t sure where we wanted to go, but it needed to be somewhere where we would all have a good time.  Of course we asked around and heard from a number of people that Disney was the place to go – that it would be a good experience for all of us.

Jay’s dentist in particular was adamant that we HAD to go to Disney World.  When we questioned him on why he was so sure that was the place to go with a young child, he told us all about his experience there as the parent of a child with special needs.  He has twin girls, one of whom has some severe physical special needs that can make travel a challenge.  He told us about how well his entire family was treated at Disney.  He explained that it wasn’t just that they were allowed to bypass the long lines, but more about how his daughter was treated by the staff – how they did not treat her as a child with a disability and showed such sincere care and concern for her and the entire family.

We did wind up going to Disney World and had such a fabulous time that we returned the two following years!  We loved how everyone is treated with care and concern at Disney, no matter what their ability or disability.  (I even got the chance to test drive the on site first aid station when I fainted outside the Indiana Jones Experience – ugh!)

So it’s no surprise to me that Disney is once again re-evaluating and improving the way they service their guests with special needs in their quest to make sure everyone at Disney has the best experience possible.  There’s a lot of rumor and misinformation flying around right now.  Our personal experiences reinforce that Disney is always trying to meet the needs of their customers in the best way possible and I don’t think these changes will vary from that mission at all.   Here is some more information from Disney themselves:

After careful consideration, we will be replacing the Guest Assistance Card with the new Disability Access Service Card on Oct. 9 to create a more consistent experience for all our Guests while providing accommodations for Guests with disabilities. Until Oct. 9, we will continue to use Guest Assistance Cards. We look forward to sharing more information about the Disability Access Service Card as we get closer to implementation.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How will the new program work?

The Disability Access Service Card will offer Guests a return time for an attraction based on the current wait time. Guest Assistance Cards will continue to be in effect until Oct. 9. We look forward to sharing more information as we get closer to implementation.

Did you ask for feedback in developing the Disability Access Service Card?

We are engaging disability groups, and Autism Speaks was instrumental in providing feedback as we developed this new process.

Why are you doing this?

Given the increasing volume of requests we receive for special access to our attractions, we are changing our process beginning Oct. 9 so that it creates a more consistent experience for all our Guests while providing accommodations for Guests with disabilities.

Who will be eligible for a Disability Access Service Card?

Our goal is to accommodate Guests who aren’t able to wait in a conventional queue environment due to a disability (including non-apparent disabilities).

Will Guests on wish trips also use Disability Access Service Cards?

No. Guests who are visiting through wish-granting organizations will have access through a separate program.

What should Guests do if they have concerns?

Guests should contact Guest Relations to discuss their assistance needs.

 

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