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Thrilled to share my experience at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017 with you today!
Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

The Disney Social Media Moms Celebration has been one of my favorite events since I attended my first in 2015.  It’s no secret I’m a huge Disney fan, so being able to experience the fun with my family and friends is such a treat.  If you haven’t heard much about this celebration, take a look at #DisneySMMC on social media.  You’ll see pictures from our time at Walt Disney World and The Disney Wonder Cruise Ship.

Made a little video of our trip, hope you enjoy!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

This year my husband and I went together.  We celebrated our early anniversary.  We had family helping with the boys and we were ready for a great trip!

How adorable is the R2D2 American Tourister Spinner?  My 11 year old has claimed it his 🙂

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

After we landed in Orlando, we made our way to the Magical Express.  Disney has got this down to a science.  So nice to pop on over after your flight.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

We spend the first portion of the trip at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-Riverside.  The grounds were absolutely beautiful.  Stay tuned for a full review of the hotel on my Disney page coming soon.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Photo via DisneySMMC Photographer

We got our welcome bag and it was time to experience the fun!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

We decided to arrive one day early so we could explore a couple Disney Parks before the events started.  First up was Epcot.  One of my favorites!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

We made our way to Via Napoli for lunch, in Epcot’s Italy of the World Showcase.  I always try to get reservations here, some of my favorite pizza and appetizers anywhere!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

It wouldn’t be a trip to Epcot without some of our favorite treats from Germany and France!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

After lunch, we made our way over to Magic Kingdom Park.  There’s nothing like walking down Main Street U.S.A and seeing the Cinderella Castle ahead.  I love it here!!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

More goodies throughout the day.  Just too fun!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Picture in front of the Castle, check!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

We caught the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade while we were heading to Splash Mountain.  It was adorable!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Later that evening we had our first event dinner at Disney’s Animal Kingdom sponsored by GoGo Squeeze.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Lots of food, lots of fun seeing everyone with their families.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Photo via DisneySMMC Photographer

What a treat to be able to preview the Rivers of Light Nighttime Show after dinner.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

I’m telling you, it was stunning.  A must see when visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

The next morning we had a lovely breakfast at Epcot.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Photo Via DisneySMMC Photographer

We heard from our amazing sponsors and even got to hear from 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

We got to meet and mingle with our sponsors after breakfast and got a peek at this gorgeous Beauty and the Beast display.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

After breakfast we had a Disney Springs Social Media Challenge.  I found all kinds of fun things to bring home.  Disney Springs is such a great place for shopping and amazing restaurants.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Later that evening Cullen and I made our way over to Hollywood Studios before our event dinner to explore the park and ride some of our favorite rides.  These Storm Troopers are the coolest marching down the street!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

We miss The Hollywood Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure so it was such a treat to ride it.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Yah, epic.  Lol!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

My favorite Butterfinger Cupcake, couldn’t pass this one up!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

For dinner, we met up with our event at the new Pizzerizzo Restaurant.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Outside patio area.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

We had pizza, pasta and salad.  Fun night!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Photo via Disney Parks Blog

After dinner we had reserved seating for  Star Wars: A Glactic Spectacular.  This is one of my favorite nighttime shows.  We loved it!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

After the fireworks show we had a dessert party with the cutest Star Wars themed cupcakes and cookies.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Always a treat with the Star Wars characters 🙂

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

The next morning we got all packed up then made our way to Disney Springs for an advanced screening of Disneynature’s Born In China plus a Q&A with the producer Roy Conli.  Oh my goodness it was the cutest.  Can’t wait to see it again with the boys.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

After the movie we were on our way to Port Canaveral to board the Disney Wonder!!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Time to check in!  I’ll never forget the excitement I felt in that line anticipating the fun ahead.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Off we go.  We were so excited for our first ever cruise let alone a Disney Cruise.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

I’ll never forget walking into the Disney Wonder, the cast members welcome each family over a microphone for everyone to hear.  “Welcome the FLAKE FAMILY!” It was awesome.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Our adorable Stateroom.  See the full review of our room on my Disney page.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Having a little patio to sit outside with this view was the BEST.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Right after we checked in, we had our first lunch on the ship.  Animator’s Palate was the cutest restaurant I’ve ever seen.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Photo via DisneySMMC Photographer

We were asked to draw a picture of ourselves and by the end of our lunch, our pictures came to life on the picture frames around the restaurant.  Adorable!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

I met up with Cullen and we went to the deck party to celebrate setting sail! It was so much fun.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Later that evening we saw our first live show called The Golden Mickeys.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

I loved it.  So much fun.  Depending on your dinner schedule, you either go to the early or later showtime.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Our first dinner rotation was at Tiana’s Place.  An absolute blast!!  Live music, amazing food and great staff.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

The next day was our Conference sessions.  We heard from amazing Disney speakers.  Loved each and every one of them.  I’m certain each one them had the whole room in tears with their heartfelt stories and videos.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Photo via DisneySMMC Photographer

In our afternoon session, we heard from Alex Ruiz, Disney Parks, Digital Marketing Director and Ginger Zee, Meteorologist of Good Morning America.  She was amazing, down to earth and I loved how relatable she was.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Photo via DisneySMMC Photographer

Our group was even featured on Good Morning America with Ginger Zee!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Met back up with Cullen that afternoon and ice cream seemed to happen numerous times a day, lol!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

It was time for our next show!  Tonight’s show was Disney Dreams.  Adorable.  I was so impressed with how great the Broadway-like shows were.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Our next dinner rotation was at Tritons.  Another great experience with amazing food.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Later that evening we had the Pirates of the Caribbean Party!  The guests are invited to dress up in their best Pirate costumes and join the fun on the deck.  We loved it.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Look who joined the party!  Adorable.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

We even had fireworks!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

One of my favorite experiences was arriving to Disney’s Private Island Castaway Cay.  Stay tuned for a full review of Castaway Cay on my Disney page coming soon.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

The water was crystal blue and sand was soft and white.  This was such a great day.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

How cute are these Disney cuties that lined the walkway?

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

We spent the day at the adult beach, had a great BBQ lunch, rented some bikes and had a perfect relaxing day.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Ice cream cones on the beach also happened 🙂

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

We boarded back onto the ship by 4pm.  Got ready for our last live show “Frozen.”

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

 It was phenomenal.  Felt like I was watching a real Broadway show.  Everyone was fantastic!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Photo via DisneySMMC Photographer

The conference guests and family could also see the costumes and “Frozen” Door up close and personal.  How cool!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Our last diner rotation was at Animator’s Palate.  My favorite restaurant of the three.  I love the whimsical interactive frames on the wall that change throughout your dining experience.  We had the best servers, Anthony and James.  It’s so great having the same servers at every dinner.  Loved getting to know everyone at our table.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

The last night of the cruise they had a “Goodbye Party” with the Disney Characters. Mickey is too cute in his sailing suit.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

…and just like that our time had come to an end.  So many incredible memories made.  I’ll never forget this experience.  Can’t wait to take my boys in the near future!

 Huge thanks to the Disney Moms Team who made this all possible.  I know there were countless hours put in to making every detail so special.  I’m sincerely grateful to be a part of the fun.

Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Disney Social Media Moms Celebration however thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017


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Dinner

This Mexican Style Lasagna makes the perfect weeknight dinner for the whole family! Flavor packed and simple to prepare.
Mexican Style Lasagna

It’s always a pleasure partnering with Target and Old El Paso to bring you simple Mexican style dinner recipes!  This quick fix dinner has all of my favorite ingredients and it really is a crowd pleaser.  With just a few simple ingredients, you’ll have a gorgeous dinner ready in no time!

Mexican Style Lasagna

Simple ingredients is all you’ll need to get started.

Mexican Style Lasagna

Be sure to check out the Cartwheel coupon for Old El Paso Refried Beans at Target HERE.  These are some of my favorite Old El Paso products I keep on hand regularly.  Love to have so many options for dinner when my pantry is stocked.

Mexican Style Lasagna

After you brown your meat, add your Old El Paso Original Taco Seasoning.  Transfer to a large bowl and set aside for a few minutes.

Mexican Style Lasagna

You’ll also add some Old El Paso diced green chilies to the Old El Paso Refried Beans.

Mexican Style Lasagna

Add some mild salsa as well.

Mexican Style Lasagna

Spread a light layer of beans on the bottom of your baking dish.  Start layering with some halved taco size tortillas.

Mexican Style Lasagna

Layer one complete!

Mexican Style Lasagna

Spread another light layer of beans over tortillas.

Mexican Style Lasagna

Top with taco meat.

Mexican Style Lasagna

Top with your salsa rice.

Mexican Style Lasagna

Repeat all layers again.

Mexican Style Lasagna

When layers are complete, top with shredded cheddar cheese.

Mexican Style Lasagna

Ahhhh, perfect!

Mexican Style Lasagna

Ready for the oven.

Mexican Style Lasagna

Bake at 350 degrees F. for 25-30 minutes.

Mexican Style Lasagna

Top with chopped fresh cilantro before serving.

Mexican Style Lasagna

Cut into squares to serve.

Mexican Style Lasagna

Look at those fabulous layers!  Enjoy!

Mexican Style Lasagna

Mexican Style Lasagna

Mexican Style LasagnaPrep time: 15 min | Cook time: 30 min | Total time: 45 min

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 packet Old El Paso Original Taco Seasoning
  • Two 15 ounce cans Old El Paso Refried Beans
  • 4 ounce can Old El Paso chopped green chilies
  • 1 1/2 cups mild prepared salsa, divided
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 8 Old El Paso taco size flour tortillas, cut in half (you’ll use 15 halves)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef to hot skillet. Cook and crumble until browned. Stir in taco seasoning until well combined. Transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Place beans, green chilies and 3/4 cup salsa into a large bowl, stirring until well combined.
  4. Place rice and 3/4 cup salsa into large bowl, stirring until well combined.  Top with chopped fresh cilantro and cut into squares and serve warm.

Makes 8 Servings

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Old El Paso. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Picky Palate possible.

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Valentine’s Day Chocolate Bark

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This Valentine’s Day Chocolate Bark will brighten everyone’s day!

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Chicken Taco Rice Skillet

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This Chicken Taco Rice Skillet makes the perfect flavor packed weeknight dinner!

It’s always a pleasure partnering with Old El Paso to bring you simple Mexican style meals.  These flavorful chicken thighs over taco rice could not be more delicious.  Perfect for busy weeknights and even great for Sunday dinner to serve family style.
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Chocolate Hazelnut Sweet Rolls

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These Chocolate Hazelnut Sweet Rolls make the perfect surprise for your family and friends.

It’s a pleasure partnering with Fleischmann’s® Yeast today to bring you these gorgeous Chocolate Hazelnut Sweet Rolls.

There’s something so special about making homemade rolls.  Especially in the winter, when it’s oh-so cold outside and you just want to get cozy.  It’s the kind of 1-dish recipe that puts a smile on everyone’s faces when they see them sitting on the counter and that smell – so delicious!  They are perfect to bake for any occasion and since baking is one of my favorite ways to show how much I care, I couldn’t wait to make these and share them.

Can you imagine how perfect these would be for Valentine’s Day coming up?  I was inspired from Feischmann’s Beginner’s Caramel Rolls and decided to shake up the sweetness by adding chocolate hazelnut.
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Loaded Potato Soup

Loaded Potato Soup With Cheesy Garlic Toast

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This Loaded Potato Soup with Cheesy Garlic Toast makes the perfect weeknight dinner for the whole family!

It’s a pleasure partnering with Idahoan® featuring their Premium Steakhouse® Potato Soups today!  I’m always a fan of a delicious meal that just takes minutes to prepare.  So perfect for busy weeknights with the kids.  Love that I can bring the steakhouse to my home any day of the week!  Break out the nice plates and silverware and bring the steakhouse to your home!
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Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice Bake

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice Bake

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This Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice Bake makes the perfect flavor packed weeknight dinner!

It’s always a pleasure partnering with Old El Paso to bring you new Mexican style family friendly recipes.

Developing quick and simple dinner recipes is one of my favorite things to do because I know how hard it is to get dinner on the table during the busy holidays and kids school schedules.  I’ve used simple pantry ingredients to get dinner on the table in no time.
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Chocolate Marshmallow Peppermint Bars

Chocolate Marshmallow Peppermint Bars

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Sharing these gorgeous Chocolate Marshmallow Peppermint Bars, perfect for your Holiday baking!

These bars are a chocolate lovers dream!  Chewy cookie bars with the perfect crunch from candy canes and marshmallow bits.  Your guests are going to go crazy for these.  They make festive gifts for your family and friends too.
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