Books to Read with your Children during Black History Month & Always

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Books to Read with your Children during Black History Month & Always

February is Black History month, a time to celebrate the achievements of African Americans and learn about both the famous & not-so-well-known people who changed the face of history.

When my girls were younger I tended to always just pick up the books of African American struggles & while those are very important to read & educate my children with, I had an amazing Black momma reach out to me & remind me that I need to also share Black triumphs. There are so many inventions, moments in history, awards, etc by African Americans I had never heard of prior to seeking our book selection for February & am still learning about today

Listen, I am just a white mother in the midwest, in a town of very little diversity, doing my absolute best to do better with my children & to end prejudice. I think it is our job as parents & educators to introduce a variety of literature into our children's lives. But it is also up to us to be sure our black children know where they came from, more than slavery & for our white children to see our kids of color as equals, able to do the same great things they have the opportunity to do & to understand they weren't always treated that way & in some cases, still aren't treated as equals.

So this book selection isn't just about African Americans' struggle, but also strong, amazing Black women & men that are a part of our history.  However, I encourage you to diversify your library, not just with the above-mentioned black stories but to just have people of all colors in ordinary, everyday books on your shelves. It's something the past several years I have been working on. 

We need to teach our children they have an important role to play in changing the way our world looks at race & they aren't too young to start. We can start right at home & in our classrooms to raise those who share the vision of making the world a better place. I hope this list will help you to teach your children about both, the pain & the great victories of African Americans across History this month & hopefully inspire you to continue to diversify your library always & not just Black History Month, there is no better time to start than now.

7. Rosa


Disney's Space 220 Restaurant REVIEW 👩‍🚀🚀

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 Disney's Space 220 Restaurant REVIEW

My oldest {the one pictured in the majority of these photos} is the biggest space lover & hopeful astronaut one day, so the announcement of this restaurant she was so excited about. When we found out it would be open for our Walt Disney World trip I knew I had to get reservations. We had told her to not even think about going because they would be too hard to get. But, little did she know we had snagged one to surprise her with! Her reaction was amazing. {video of us telling her & other parts of the restaurant below}

Here I will tell you everything you need to know about the brand new Epcot Space 220 restaurant including the Space 220 menu, what we ate, if it was good & of course the pressing question... if it's worth the cost! This is the review you need to read before you go!

Let's start with: 

What is Space 220?

Space 220 is one of the newest restaurants to open on Disney property! It is located in Epcot at Walt Disney World! It's right on the other side of Mission Space in the Space Pavilion, in Future World West. The name is Space 220 because the restaurant simulates dining in space & traveling 220 miles away to eat there.

I know what you are thinking... simulates dining in space? How? Boy, am I glad you asked.

Space 220 is all about the experience. Yes, spoiler alert, the food is amazing. But, you aren't dining at Space 220 for the food. First, you start your experience by checking in outside of the restaurant. You may see a long line. This is for the people hoping to snag a walk-in. If you have a reservation, walk on by & check-in. They then will send you on through toward the back. {Note: you can take your stroller all way with you to this point, so you won't need to keep your stroller out in the Future World stroller parking} Once you enter the automatic sliding doors you head to the desk where they give your space station boarding pass. You wait your turn to board the elevator that will take you to the space station. This didn't take long at all.

Next, was one of the coolest parts of the experience and that is riding the elevator. As you enter, you give them your boarding pass. You can watch on the top and bottom as the elevator goes 220 miles into the air. As you are holding the bar you can feel the rumble and simulated movement as you go up. As you are watching yourself go up higher to the space station, you can see the shape of Flordia and even before that above everything in Epcot as things get smaller & smaller. This was very cool to see, the entire family loved it. As you get near the space station, you see it come into view overhead as you land then the doors open & you are led to the hallway which brings you to the dining room.

There is a really neat revolving garden as you pass by that is labeled "your food".

Then the big wow. The most amazing part of the entire experience. Walking into the dining room with panoramic windows for you to look into outer space. Earth is visible in the distance, space shuttles go by, even astronauts make some appearances. 

What was really neat is our dinner was just before sunset. So as we went up the elevator & entered the dining room to see earth it was light. But as the dinner went on, it got dark. Earth through the windows reflected that & showed the lights from earth. On the way down it also was dark & showed the lights from Flordia & Epcot lit up. It was mindblowing!

It truly feels, what I imagine, like actually going from earth to space.

There are defiantly better seats than others, but really every table has a great view. There is also now lounge reservations which is toward the upper part of the dining room {not as great of a view} but an easier reservation to come by. However, note that the menu is different. & there is a bar.

Space 220 Reservations

Okay, Okay so I am sure you all want to go now right? Space 220 reservations can be made on the My Disney Experience app or on the Disney World website. Everything books up extremely fast & far out. This is one of those reservations that is tough to get & probably will be for some time as it's the newest of restaurants & so neat. 

If you can't get reservations, remember how I mentioned that line out front? You can always try to walk up & see if they have anything available. 

Let's break down food at Space 220

- Adult Dinner {ages 10+} $79 and includes one appetizer, one entree & one dessert
- Adult Lunch = $55 and includes one appetizer and one entree

- Kids Lunch or Dinner = $29 and includes one entree, one dessert, & one drink. We added a fun drink that had pop rocks {moon rock drink} to their meal which was $12 and came in a fun rocket cup & a pack of collectible trading cards. However, you can add the cup for $5 to a normal included drink as well.

NOTE: Since this is a pre fixe menu and an unique dining experience it is a longer meal. It took us about 2 hours til completion. Something you will want to know and plan for with fireworks and ride reservations. 

What did we order from Space 220?

My husband & I both got pretty much the exact same things. Looking back we should have at least gotten different appetizers because they are HUGE. We were genuinely full after just the first course.
We ordered {all pictured below}:
Starry Calamari
8 oz. Filet Mignon
I got the Chocolate Cheesecake & my husband got the Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake
I also ordered Atmospritz which had a cotton candy "cloud" it. {such a fun presentation, clip of it in the video below}

Our girls {ages 11 & 9} ordered: 
Space-Ghetti {comes with a chicken meatball}
Moon Rocks Drink
Cosmic Cupcake

Is Space 220 worth the cost?

For our family, absolutely. Do I think we will eat here every Walt Disney World trip? Probably not. This is kind of like eating at the castle. I really recommend doing it at least once. The experience alone was worth the money for us. It was a cherry on top that the food was great as well. Taking in the factor that our middle is a space addict, we thought it was well worth the cost. If you are still wanting to experience but worried about cost, you could do a lounge reservation instead.

@mrsmumaw Space 220 was everything!! 🚀👩‍🚀#disneyparks #disneyworld #epcot #space220 #28DaysOfEucerin #disney50 #nasa #surprise @Disney Parks ♬ original sound - mrsmumaw


FREE Pop-It Printable Valentine Cards | Pop-It Valentine's Day

11:20 AM

FREE Pop-It Printable Valentine Cards | Pop-It Valentine's Day

I don't know about where you are, but Pop-its are IT around here. My girls haven't really gotten into the phase but do very much enjoy them. Since they are loved by all, it made for a perfect Valentine's Gift. I was able to find mini pop-it keychains HERE for pretty cheap. With my free Pop-It Valentine printable below it makes for perfect Valentine's! 

For the Pop-It printable I tried to make it pretty gender-neutral colors so they can be used by all! I suggest printing them on cardstock but normal paper works just fine, too. After all, these will just end up getting tossed! Which makes the free printable even more appealing!

Pop-It Valentines Supplies:

- My free Pop-It Valentine Card Printable {found below}
- Printer
- Scissors
- Hole Punch
- Mini Pop-It Keychains {of course}

Just print & cut out the Pop-it Valentine Cards & hole punch where you desire on the card. Attach the keychain & have your kiddo personalize the Pop-It Valentine Card with their name and the recipient! 

About Me

Welcome Friends!
I am Tara. I am a wanna be southern momma, stuck in the Midwest. Huge Disney lover. I love a huge bow & all things Farmhouse style. Frequent user of "Ya'll" Here you will find about our travels, all things motherhood & parenting, with everything I love in between! Grab a cup off coffee & stay awhile!