What to do on a Rainy Weekend in Hershey, PA – All the Kid-Friendly Activities at the Hershey Lodge, Sweet Lights and MORE!

This weekend we enjoyed what I believe to be our last visit to Hershey, PA for 2018. It’s crazy to think of all the fun we’ve had in the Sweetest Place on Earth this past year – as I’ve been blessed to be a part of the Sweetest Moms. 

It’s been a whirlwind year that’s been filled with so much chocolate-covered sweet fun. The boys have had an absolute BLAST with all of our trips to Hershey. Here’s a look back at all our visits + trips to Hershey in 2018:

Our Stay at the Hotel Hershey + Room Tour / Hersheypark in the Dark / 5 Reasons You Should Stay at the Hotel Hershey / A Look Inside the WaterWorks at Hershey Lodge / Springtime in Hershey / 30+ Rides at Hersheypark {in ONE DAY!} / Summer at Hersheypark + The Boardwalk

Lots of videos in those posts, so if you want to see what Hershey is like, check ’em out! 

This weekend we were looking forward to for so long – Christmas at Hershey is always the MOST FUN!

But unfortunately, it was rainy all.weekend. And taking young kiddos to the park in the cold + rain was not going to happen for me. It was a bummer to miss out on Hersheypark this visit, but I’m so excited to share with you ALL the amazing things there is to do at Hershey if the weather isn’t cooperating during your visit this Holiday season! 

If you are staying overnight, I can’t suggest the Hershey Lodge enough. It’s amazing because no matter the weather, the indoor WaterWorks is incredible for kids of all ages. We checked into the hotel and went straight there on Saturday. And we woke up on Sunday morning and was there at 8am when it opened to go swimming first thing. There are water slides, a toddler area and lots of things to play with to keep entertained for HOURS. 

We love it here so much, its such an amazing perk of staying overnight at Hershey and a great way to burn off energy. 

Check out this video to see more of the WaterWorks in action!

Aside from the indoor waterpark, the Hershey Lodge has a great arcade and kids play room. They can play games, draw, watch movies or even play with the LEGO table. My kids did all of these things and had a blast killing some time while we waited to see if the rain would stop. 

It’s nice to know you don’t have to pack a ton of toys for entertainment during down time, because the Lodge has got you covered. 

Here’s a look at all the activities that were available for us at the kids all weekend at the Hershey Lodge! There was so much to do we couldn’t possibly do it all! 

After having at blast at the hotel for a few hours, we made our way out to see Sweet Lights as a little Christmas treat for the boys. Since it’s an activity you drive through in your car, it’s easy to do in any weather! 

This is such a cool thing they do in Hershey every year. Last year during our visit I put together a video of the Christmas fun + Sweet Lights – if you want to see it all in action, check out this post – the Sweet Lights were pretty much the same and equally awesome this year!

We got there right at 5:00 when it was opening and it was perfect because the sun was just setting and there was no line. I had heard people waited 2 hours on the Saturday before so I wasn’t taking any chances! Luckily we got to go right in and it was perfect!

I’d recommend going early or late – I think peak is around 7:00! Here are some pictures of the Sweet Lights, which the boys LOVED – but be sure to check out the video for a better look at all of the lights! 

 Another amazing thing that we did on our rainy weekend was OFCOURSE hit up Chocolate World! 

We ALWAYS visit Chocolate World at the beginning or end to any Hershey visit. The boys LOVE the Chocolate Ride – so that’s always a go-to and we always find something else to do too. Any of these activities are perfect for a rainy day! 

This time we decided to check out the 4-D Chocolate Movie, which was a lot of fun. This was the boys’ first time seeing it, so it was a big hit. 

We’ve also done the Make Your Own Chocolate Bar {which is always a big hit and a great gift to take home} 

Another rainy day activity would be to do the Trolley Works – it takes you all around the town and gives you a great history of all that is Hershey, PA. I’ve done it before and LOVE it – the drivers are so much fun! I’d highly recommend! 

If you do stay overnight at one of the Hershey resort properties, you also get tickets, included for FREE with the cost of your stay, to the Hershey Story Museum and the Hershey Gardens! Both of which are SUPER awesome to do especially if the weather isn’t cooperating! 

The boys were bummed that we didn’t actually get to Hersheypark during our visit, but we managed to have so much fun with everything else going on. If the weather cooperates for us I might try to sneak back up to Hershey before the year is over during their school break for a little extra treat. Stay tuned for that! 

As you can see, there is SO MUCH for kids to do and enjoy at Hershey that doesn’t even involve Hersheypark – which is crazy! It’s such an awesome place to visit for any holiday or any occasion!

Thanks so much to all my friends at Hershey for the SWEETEST YEAR! It’s been an absolute blast being a part of the Sweetest Mom team. I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store! 

Friday Favorites: Panama Hats, All the Cheetah {print}, a Goldfish Swim School Giveaway and MORE!

Hello and Happy Friday! It’s been a WEEK and the kids are OFFICIALLY off school until January 2019 – which is insane. So I’m here to cruise direct the rest of their holiday season.

Let’s get to it!

// top / necklace / jeans {on sale!} / booties {on sale!} / hat 

For Friday Favorites this week, I HAD to highlight my new favorite outfit. I am Obsessed with this top. The zippers on the side are perfection. It’s comfy, cozy, cute – I’m ordering it in Black as I type.

Must. Have.

I’m also currently obsessed with hats. I’ve purchased 2-3 in the past few weeks and I’ve been wearing them all the time. They are cute to cover up hair, lack of make-up and I think just look dang cute however you are rocking your daily style that day.

I’m into HATS!

Also – by accident I sort of fell in love with cheetah print this season. I now own a bag, a wallet, a Apple Watch strap, and these amazing booties.

I didn’t plan on loving it so much. But I do – and I want all of it. It’s perfection.

And these boots are a NEED. So comfortable and stylist. I’m in love.

Another little Friday Favorite is that my friends at Goldfish – check out our experience of learning to swim there in this post – we’ve teamed up together this holiday season to GIVEAWAY TWO MONTHS of LESSONS – PLUS some other amazing goodies.

It’s open to anyone in the Mt. Laurel, NJ / Oaks, PA / Ft. Washington, PA locations. You can check out the post here to enter on my FB page. It’s a good one! Such an awesome holiday treat!

& Pizza

is my new obsession.

Stop what you are doing, and go order the American Honey. It will Change.Your.Life.

You’re welcome.

Also, for all my Philly friends – Tinsel – the Philadelphia Christmas Pop-Up Bar opened last week. It is so much fun, if you’re looking for something fun, festive and boozy – check it out!

When I was there, I had the Hot Toddy, because #basic.

It was yummy, but the decor and amazing Christmas must – like Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays – stole my heart.

The present chandeliers were also worth noting.

Super fun.

Another little fun brand + product I’m loving this week – Krusteaz  – Their Honey Cornbread + Fire Roasted Cornbread is OUT OF THIS WORLD.

It completely elevated my weekly chili mix and I don’t think I can ever go back again.

For this mix, I used Fire Roasted tomatoes, small red, orange and yellow bell peppers in the pot and black beans – things I never usually would throw in, but this time it’s what I had on hand and it totally worked. It had a bit of sweet and creaminess to it – I loved it!

Paired with my new favorite Krusteaz corn mix, it was the perfect comfort food on a cold winter day. I’ll be making this again for sure!

Another Friday Favorite in the food department is something that would be a PERFECT stocking stuffer if you are searching for that hard to shop for person in your life.

Soften than Brittle – its a unique and flaky gourmet nut confection, hand crafted from a 60 year old family recipe. Each piece is carefully made in small batches in a copper kettle. It’s vegan, without preservatives, cholesterol, gluten, dairy or hydrogenated oil.

Pecan, Peanut, Almond or Cashew – I can’t pick a favorite! Which would you choose?

And finally, this variety of Moore’s Marinades & Sauces showed up on my doorstep this week. Asian Teriyaki Wing Sauce, Creamy Ranch Buffalo or the Original Marinade – I’m already recipe planning in my head because I can’t wait to use all three! What should I make first?

So there you have it! A few of my favorite things at the moment. So much going on this time of year and so much to be excited about and thankful for! We’ve got a busy two weeks coming up and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Happy Friday!

Winter Wear: My Favorite Cozy Looks with Cuddl Duds

Christmas is less than two weeks away. It’s almost officially winter and guess what?

It’s chilly in Philly!

The cold weather crept up on me pretty quick this year. I am not one to really mind the cold, but I like to be extra cozy when those temperatures drop.

// fleece top / fleece pants / shoes / headband

I’ve shared my love for Cuddl Duds with you last season and I’m back again to sing their praises!

If you haven’t stocked up on your winter wear yet, now is the perfect time to do so, because my favorite Cuddl Duds are 50% off at Boscov’s. I love this product because of how it feels when I wear it. The softwear pieces feel like butter on your skin – silky, smooth and durable. You won’t want to take it off.

// Softwear Crew Neck Top / Hat

These pieces are amazing to wear on their own, under snow gear if you are hitting the slopes this season, or layered while out and about on a cold winter day.

This fleecewear piece I’m wearing below is my favorite in this print, but it comes in a few different solid colors. It’s thick and cozy – like being wrapped in a warm blanket.

For fleecewear pieces, I like to layer them with a vest for added warmth, but not so much bulk that you would overheat.

A cozy vest is the perfect way to elevate this look. And you don’t have to let anyone know that you are walking around feeling like you are in pajamas all day!

I love these fitted pieces because they come with the perfect amount of stretch so you will be comfortable. I end up wearing these leggings to bed more often than not because they are just so comfortable.

I never want to take them off.

// softwear turtleneck / leggings

If you are looking for some last minute holiday gifts, these are perfect for anyone on your list and BONUS – almost each piece is under $20 at the moment! You can find this amazing deal at any Boscov’s stores or Boscovs.com!

This price is insane to me because these pieces feel like a million bucks!

Thanks so much to my friends at Boscov’s for hooking me up with these amazing pieces. I can’t wait to wear them all winter long!

Now I’d love to know – are you a Cuddl Duds fan?

Which piece is your favorite?!

This post is sponsored by Boscov’s. As always, all opinions are my own.

A Day at SeaWorld, Orlando – All the Rides, Rollercoasters, Feeding a Sea Lion, the Dolphin Nursery, Animal Experiences and More!

During my recent visit to Florida, I was so excited to have the chance to visit SeaWorld Orlando – someplace I had never been before!  

I am a huge lover of animals – especially ones in the ocean – dolphins, turtles and having the chance to see killer whales has always been something I’ve wanted to do. Being able to see these animals and more up close + personal was a real treat for me – something I found SeaWorld does a wonderful job at!

Here’s a video I put together sharing our day. I left out the Dolphin Days + One World Killer Whale Shows as I am going to put that together in a separate video. Stay tuned for that, but check out our Day at SeaWorld video and let me know what you think! 

Side Note: Make sure you watch it in HD! 

Before I get into our day at SeaWorld Orlando in this blog post, I must let you know that I HAVE seen The Cove and Blackfish. Both movies have left a very lasting impression on me, in regards to animals in captivity.

If you haven’t seen either movie yet, be sure to add it to your movie list. Both are something everyone should watch.

I am going to discuss my opinion on the park, the movies and more in a separate post. Today is all about our visit!

My mom and I were both excited to explore SeaWorld together and see what it had in store for us. 

And Bonus, everything SeaWorld was all decked out for the holiday season. So that was nice to be able to see the decorations and enjoy some of the festive events. 

Our first animal encounter of the day – a Flamingo Parade walking right down the park! That was cool to be able to see such beautiful animals up close and personal. 

After the parade, we made our way to enjoy some rollercoasters! We got to the park right at opening and had the place to ourselves. I was able to walk right on two of the more popular coasters – Mako and Kraken Unleashed. Both were super fun and a treat for me as I don’t usually get to ride things like this when we are at parks with the kids. 

Check out the video to see the coasters in action!

After that we made our way over towards SeaWorld Rescue to see the Manatee Rehabilitation area. This five acre Rescue Center is used for rehabilitating wildlife that has been ill, injured or orphaned – including manatees, sea turtles, birds and other marine animals.

We also got to see Turtle Trek, which is a 3D movie inside a 360* theatre that showcases the vulnerable sea turtles and asks everyday heroes across the globe to help make a difference in saving animals in the wild.

It was a beautifully done film. And seeing the creatures that need a little extra help, like this turtle missing a flipper, was nice to see and learn about. 

Next it was time for another ride – this time I went on the Journey to Atlantis water ride. Check out the video to see the drop in action!

Then we made our way over to Antartica to go on the Empire of the Penguin ride. Here we were turned into a baby penguin, learning to walk + explore the Antarctic wonder. 

This ride was cool because you become the penguin in the experience and then the ride opens up to see all the live penguins at SeaWorld. 

This little guy was my favorite. 

After that we made our way over to Pacific Point Preserve to see the Sea Lions and Harbor Seals. 

Hands down one of my favorite parts of the day was getting to feed these animals, all by myself. The fish were gross, but the experience was so cool. 

Sea Lion Selfie. 

This one was my favorite because when I was feeding him and asked him to say “Please” he gave me a flipper wave! Multiple times! 

Check out the video to see it in action, but I’m basically a Sea Lion Trainer now. 


Feeding the seals & sea lions was super cool. 

But THE BEST part of my day – was the Dolphin nursery. 

Here I got to get SUPER CLOSE to these insanely beautiful + smart creatures. I took TONS of photos and videos from this part of the park. I could have stayed here for HOURS. 

Hours and Hours and HOURS. 

It was unbelievable to be able to be so close and to interact with these dolphins. They were very aware of the people watching them and interacted back with us. 

This one wanted to be in a picture with me! I think she saw her reflection in my flipped iPhone and wanted to check herself out. 

It was amazing.

And she smiled. 

I think I took about 300 pictures in the dolphin nursery. And we did stay in this one spot over an hour, just watching these amazing creatures. 

They are so incredibly special.

I feel a little more in love with dolphins on this trip. This part of our visit to the park is one of my most special memories of the day. It won’t soon be forgotten. 

Ok – back to the rest of the park! There is more to SeaWorld than dolphins – even though there doesn’t need to be because they are just THAT good. 

I was SO IMPRESSED with all the rides, shows and animal experiences. The rides were awesome because they were geared towards ‘bigger kids’ so older siblings and teenagers will love all the thrills and coasters. And Sesame Street is bringing a whole new section of SeaWorld in 2019, so that’s something the younger kids will love too. 

We did most of the rides, saw all three of the main shows – dolphins, sea lions + killer whales  {more on all those later} and enjoyed most, if not all of the animal encounters. There were so many aquariums and viewing areas for everyone to enjoy each in different neighborhoods of the park. 

The park itself is MASSIVE – as it should be when it is home to so many animals. You need to plan accordingly when walking from one side of the park to the next – especially if you are aiming to see a particular show. But the walk around the park is beautiful and SO CLEAN. 

I was seriously impressed. 

We had an absolute blast – watch my video to see all the animals up close and personal and to get an idea of what the park is really like. 

There was way to many photos and videos of everything we saw and did to share in one post. And thanks for sticking around this one to the end – I know it was a long one! 

Stay tuned later this week for round 2 of our visit! And a HUGE thank you to my friends at SeaWorld for having us! 

Now I’d love to know –

Have you ever been to SeaWorld? Which location? What did you think?! Please share!

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