A Country Christmas in Nashville is here! Every year we get excited for the lights to come on at Gaylord Opryland and all the Christmas festivities to begin. Guess what? All that is happening THIS WEEK! The lights turn on and the Christmas festivities ...

 

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A Country Christmas in Nashville Is Here!

A Country Christmas in Nashville is here! Every year we get excited for the lights to come on at Gaylord Opryland and all the Christmas festivities to begin. Guess what? All that is happening THIS WEEK! The lights turn on and the Christmas festivities officially begin Friday, November 10th at 5:45pm at Gaylord Opryland.

This year, the resort will hang more lights than ever, bringing the total to more than 3 million Christmas lights. Teams have been working several hours each day since July to make sure the holiday lights are up for A Country Christmas, taking place November 10 through January 1.

The resort’s signature holiday attraction—ICE!, returns with A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz. The beloved holiday story will come to life in 2 million pounds of colorful, larger-than-life ice sculptures. Kept at nine degrees Fahrenheit, the exhibit is hand-carved by 40 master artisans from Harbin, China, who use their artistry to create favorite scenes with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy and friends, plus multi-story ice slides. If you can’t get enough of the Peanuts gang, enjoy an interactive breakfast you and your family won’t soon forget at Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up Nashville for the first time, November 18 through December 27, 2017, at the Grand Ole Opry House featuring never-before-seen performances, over 300 costumes, 20 of the world’s best acts, original music and seasonal favorites in a multi-million-dollar stage wonderland.  Hailed by The New York Daily News as “A delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleighload,” don’t miss this must-see Broadway musical, new cirque adventure and family show wrapped in one BroadwayWorld declares “the perfect holiday gift.”

 

Diamond Rio’s Holidays & Hits Dinner Show will bring lighter-than-air harmonies to Gaylord Opryland, November 17 through December 25. The Grammy Award-winning six-man group has sold more than 10 million albums, earning three platinum and five gold records. With their hit, “Meet in the Middle,” they became the first group in the history of country music to have a debut single reach No. 1. The band was awarded Opry membership in 1998 and has received Top Vocal Group honors six times from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.

The Build-A-Bear Workshop experience lets guests make their very own furry winter friend—a cuddly, cute polar bear plush, designed exclusively for Gaylord Hotels that can be personalized with cozy winter clothing and accessories. For even more fun, families can work together to solve the Build-A-Bear Workshop Scavenger Hunt to gain a “beary” special prize.

No need to endure the cold for a lovely yuletide glide! Gaylord Opryland takes it up a notch this year with a 6,000-square-foot indoor ice rink in the spectacular Holiday Hall. While there, guests can also hop aboard the Opryland Express kids’ train, stop by the Gingerbread Decorating Corner, presented by Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas, or take a whirl on the Santa’s Spinners tea cup ride!

For heart-pounding thrills, guests can head outdoors and brave the hills of the resort’s extreme snow tubing hill covered in 1.5 million pounds of real snow—or enjoy a carnival-style game to test guests’ aim at Santa’s Snow Throw.

We aren’t the only ones who love A Country Christmas so much. It’s been hailed as one of the “Ten Great Places to Catch up with Santa” by USA Today; “The Most Christmassy Hotel in the Nation” by the Travel Channel’s “Extreme Christmas;” one of the top 10 places to spend Christmas in the world by Travel + Leisure; and a “Nashville treasure” by Southern Living.

So, let’s re-cap all this holiday fun:

  • 3 million holiday lights
  • 1 million visitors to the resort during the holidays each year
  • 15,000 poinsettias
  • 15 miles of green garland
  • 10 miles of hand-tied, red ribbon
  • 48-foot-tall Christmas tree
  • 1.5 million pounds of real snow on snow tubing hill
  • 2+ million pounds of ice for signature ICE! attraction
  • Nearly 7,000 giant blocks of colored ice
  • 40 ice artisans from Harbin, China

Go ahead and grab your tickets to all these attractions (and others) at Gaylord Opryland this Christmas season. Save 20% off your holiday stay through January 7th by using the code “ADP”. 

 

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What To Do and Where to Stay on 30A.

We’ve recently returned from our yearly voyage to 30A. There’s so much to do, how do you know what to do and where to stay on 30A?

(make sure you read the entire post because I have some pretty great discount codes for you to use at some of these places, including our favorite beach house)

Every year, we try to go at least once (if not more) to our favorite beaches in the U.S. It’s those along 30A in Florida, specifically Santa Rosa Beach. We go for about 3 weeks each year. It’s the best thing to unplug from normal life for that time with family and live life at the beach.

Where are our favorite places to eat? What all can you do on 30A?

Bike and Golf Cart Rentals

First off, you need to rent bikes. Riding bikes along Highway 30A and to/from the beach is a must. The last couple of years we have rented our bikes from Live Well 30A and have LOVED our nightly, family bike rides.

The entire 30A community is extremely bike friendly. Most of 30A has a bike path. No better way to experience the beach, the sunshine, and beautiful 30A than on a bike. We had 2 adult bikes, one had a baby seat on the back and the other had a Weehoo for our 5 year old to pedal with my husband on his bike. We also had 3 individual bikes for the boys as well. The boys would wake up each morning and the first thing they’d ask to do is take a bike ride around the neighborhood. Why not? We’re on beach time. No where to be and nothing to do.

Our experience with Live Well 30A was perfect! The bikes were dropped off on the morning we arrived and they picked them up the day we left. Live Well 30A was so easy to work with in making the reservation and they answered all the questions we had.

We love Live Well 30A so much, we’re giving you a discount code to use. Use code THEMEGHANTUCKER for 10% off bike rentals, beach chairs, or baby gear. The code is good through August 2018. Let me know what you decide on when you book your rental. I’d love to know!


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We also love to have a golf cart when we visit 30A. It makes beach life much easier. It’s fun and convenient and a great way to get around the area. Need a quick ride to the beach but don’t want to get your car full of sand? The golf cart is the way to go.

These golf carts are street legal and make riding around 30A so much fun! We took it to the beach everyday which was so nice to have. The cart we had allowed 6 people to ride and had a bed in the back for beach gear.

The cart was there when we arrived at our rental, and was picked up the day we left. Talk about convenience! There are quite a few different options of carts to choose from. Our 6 passenger golf cart was just perfect for our family of 5.

Of course our boys thought having the golf cart was a blast (let’s not kid ourselves, so did we, the parents) and is already talking about getting a golf cart for our next trip to 30A.

Let’s talk food.

There are SO many options along 30A for great places to eat, any time of the day. Really, if all you did was eat, you’d never run out of options, but here are a few of our favorites:

The Perfect Pig  – This is my husbands favorite place to eat on 30A. He loves their Potato Parmesan Crusted Grouper dish. Their breakfast? It’s perfection! Our favorite is the Parmesan Crusted Breakfast 3 Grilled Cheese Sandwich with bacon, 2 eggs, and 2 types of cheddar cheese is to die for.

Grayton Seafood Co – They have our favorite friend shrimp plate. Oh, and their gumbo is fantastic.

The Great Southern – There are too many wonderful things here to list, but our favorite is the Grits a Ya Ya. Yummo!

The Donut Hole – Such a great place and a tradition for breakfast. Their bacon? Our favorite. But everything they serve here is so good. Our boys favor the donuts. Hah!

The Food Trucks at Seaside are always fun and The Hub has so many different, yummy options for any meal.

Playgrounds at the beach?

Yep, a few of our favorites are along 30A and in Destin. Fanville Press in Alys Beach and The Village at Baytowne Wharf.

State Parks along 30A.

There are a few beautiful Florida State Parks along 30A and near Destin. A few of these are places you can camp at if you’re up for camping at the beach or go for the day to explore.

Camp Helen State Park

Deer Lake State Park

Grayton Beach State Park

Topsail Hill State Park

Of course,  Starfish and Coffee in Old Florida Village is the cutest little beach house. Old Florida Village is located right on 30A and is a quiet, little neighborhood that makes you feel like you’re right at home. The home we had was directly across the street from the pool. So close that I could send the kids over to swim while looking out the window and seeing them. It almost felt like it was your own private pool.

With 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, and 2,200 square feet, this house sleeps 10 and is all the room you need to vacation at the beach with your large family or several friends. There are 2 king bedrooms, 1 queen, and a tower room with two sets of bunk beds. 3 bathrooms and several porches make this home just perfect for your next getaway to Santa Rosa!

I’m excited to give you all a 10% discount on your rental from Starfish and Coffee. See for yourself why we love this place so much. Use the code starfish10 at checkout through 12/31/2018 when making your reservation. You can see my complete review of this home away from home, here.

If you need help planning your next family vacation, I’d love to help you plan a trip to Santa Rosa Beach, Florida on 30A. I promise it will be one of the best.

 

 

 

 

 

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26 Christmas Gifts for Kids {Holiday Gift Guide 2017}

 

 

It’s time to start making those lists. Christmas is right around the corner and I’m excited to share 26 fun Christmas gifts for kids that will be at the top of their wishlist.
{This was a family project. My boys even went through the list with me to “approve” of what was being listed for boys. Hah!}

3. Baby Alive Super Snacks Snackin’

4. Num Noms Lipgloss Truck Craft Kit

5. Minecraft Exploding Creeper 5” Figure

6. Build a Bear Workshop Stuffing Station

7. Story Cubes 

8. Air Hogs Race Drone

9. Barbie Dream House 

10. Just Play Doc McStuffins Hospital Care Cart  

11. VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2

12. Nerf Tactical Vest Kit

13. Star Wars BladeBuilders Spin-Action Lightsaber  

14. Telestrations 

15. SKLZ Pro Mini Basketball Hoop

16. Simon Air Game 

17. Global Glowball Musical Toy 

18. Fisher Price Think and Learn Teach n Tag Movi 

19. Barbie Pop Up Camper Vehicle

20. Lil Woodzeez Honeysuckle Street Treats Food Truck

21. Paw Patrol Sea Patroller 

22. Sequence for Kids 

23. Slamwich 

24. Belly Laugh Jokes for Kids

25. United States of LEGO 

26. Spy Gear Mission Alpha Set  

What’s is on your kids Christmas list? When do you start your shopping – early or the week before Christmas?

 

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13 Fall Festivals in Nashville (2017 edition)

It’s our favorite time of year! There are so many Fall festivals in Nashville and events going on, you almost need to plan them all out. So, let’s do just that.

  • Cheekwood Harvest September 23-October 29
  • Boo at the Zoo October 13-15, October 20-22, October 26-29
  • Hendersonville Family Fun Fest October 14 (9am) 197 Imperial Blvd. Hendersonville
  • Hendersonville Pumpkin Patch at The Streets of Indian Lake October 14 (10am)
  • Fall Artisan Festival October 14 (10am) 157 Old Shackle Island Rd. Hendersonville
  • City Farmhouse Pop Up Fair October 20-21 (8am) 230 Franklin Rd Franklin
  • Bell Buckle Main Street Arts & Crafts Fair October 21 (9am)
  • Clarksville Vintage Fair October 28 (10am) 1100 Dunlop Lane Clarksville
  • Pumpkinfest October 28 (1pm) Downtown Franklin, TN
  • Goodlettsville’s Halloween in the Park October 28 (3-5pm) Moss Wright Park
  • Red River Farms Fall Barn Sale  November 3-4
  • Crafty Nashville Fall Market November 4 (10am) Track One Nashville
  • Harvest Craft Show November 11 (9am) Portland, TN

Have a market or fall festival that I missed? Let us know by posting it in the comments. 

 

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Blanket Scarves Under $15

It’s that time of year. All my favorite hoodies and sweaters come out of storage and I can begin to wear scarves. My favorite? Blanket scarves. My favorite go to accessory for the fall and winter months. I love the classic style for my home as well as my wardrobe and I think blanket scarves are just that. I found these beautiful blanket scarves all for under $15! They’re just too good not to share with you.

My favorite part? They’re all on PRIME! Yep, FREE 2 day shipping. Cha-Ching! Stock up on your favorite for yourself or start your Christmas shopping. I love giving blanket scarves as gifts!

Some of my personal favorites…

How about a Christmas blanket scarf? This one is perfect for the holidays!

Now, this one would be perfect for fall hayrides and cookouts. Don’t you think?

Date night anyone?

And a few more because these are just too, too cute.

This black and white plaid

This red and black plaid

This blue and maroon plaid

This one is by far my favorite print. I wear mine all the time.

And this one

And this one

They’re all just so perfect and maybe I need one in each color. These soft and warm scarves are perfect for the upcoming season. Made from high quality soft material that won’t itch or scratch. You can wear it all day and it won’t weigh you down. That is one of my favorite things about blanket scarves. Length- 59″ x Width- 59″.

Which one is your favorite?

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