Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom NOW in theaters! Movie Review #MonkeyKingdomEvent

We went to an advanced screening of this movie in order to bring you the Monkey Kingdom Movie Review. All expenses were paid by Disney but the opinions are our own.

disneynature, disney, movie, monkeys Families everywhere are going to fall in love with these sweet wide eyed monkeys. Disneynatures newest film Monkey Kingdom, gives us insight into the life and struggle of Macaque monkeys in their native land of Sri Lanka. Like all Disneynature documentaries, they take you up close in a way you would never see otherwise. The beauty in these curious little monkeys is utterly breathtaking, and the storyline presented by Tina Fey is heartfelt. This week we had the opportunity to interview Dr. Sanjayan the Disneynature Ambassador, and learn more about what went into the making of Monkey Kingdom and it’s mission. It only made my love grow deeper. 

disneynature, disney, movie Monkey Kingdom is set in the ancient ruins in South Asia, where these Macaque monkeys call a place known as “Castle Rock” home. And because all good movies have one, Monkey Kingdom has it’s own leading lady. Miss Maya is a clever blonde bobbed monkey who is determined to not let the hierarchy position she was born into affect her new offspring, Kip. Maya fights to provide safety, food and shelter for her baby even in the midst of danger! 

disney movie, disneynature, monkey kingdom Maya’s character is completely relatable to mothers, as we all desire to provide the best for our children. I felt myself getting tearful a few times as I could understand to her worry and fear. Maya is a very nurturing mother~  shielding her son from the world’s injustices. She guides him and shows him the ways of the land. I loved watching her evolve as a mother throughout the story. 

disneynature, disney movie, monkeykingdom AND THAT BABY!! I must have said AWWWWWW like a million times! Little Kip is soooo stinkin cute, and his story will surely pull on your heartstrings (It’s that maternal things again!) Their tiny faces and squishy looking skin is just too cute! Children will love watching the babies explore and venture out~ and for all you breastfeeding mama’s, Monkey Kingdom has a ton of nursing scenes! Great talking points for little ones!  

disneynature, disney movies, monkeys, monkey kingdom Monkeys in general are cute and fun to watch~ so much that most people would rate monkeys their #1 favorite animal. In Monkey Kingdom, families will enjoy watching the monkeys do the same kind of things kids do like swinging around, playing, and wrestling. I thought many times “WOW! They look just like my boys playing!”. 

disneynature monkey kingdomMaya and Kip have quite the adventure in Monkey Kingdom after their home at Castle Rock is taken from them. They explore the city and forage for food in a whole new way! They even make friends with a whole new species! 

disney, monkey kingdom, disneynature, monkeys, But it’s not all fun and games in Monkey Kingdom. Maya and her family face real threats like leopards, monitors, and other monkey clans! Not all monkeys come out unscathed. Monkey Kingdom does lose a few monkeys to these threats, but the scenes are safe for children and not scary at all. Again, I found many great talking points for kids in this film. Monkey Kingdom is full of educational opportunities and paired with the educator pack you could make this a week long learning series!

If you haven’t check out the preview……..it features Lorde and is AWESOME! 

This is not one to miss! It is great for all ages, captivating, and educational~ as a Mom I don’t think it gets any better than that! If you want your tickets to go towards the Disneynature Conservation Fund, be sure to watch Monkey Kingdom during opening week! 

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Dr.Sanjayan~ The Disneynature Ambassador explains what makes Monkey Kingdom soo incredible! #MonkeyKingdomEvent #Disneyside

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Amazing sand sculpture at Animal Kingdom~ to celebrate the April 17th release!


Are you one of those people who truly appreciates things once you know how and why it was made?

You really loved it before buuuuuuttttttt NOW, you like really love it because you know what went into it before it arrived to you?! That is my feelings about the new Disneynature movie Monkey Kingdom. Today on our #MonkeyKingdomEvent, we had an amazing lunch at Sanaa in the Animal Kingdom Lodge with Dr.Sanjayan, who is not only the vice president and senior scientist for Conservation International  but also the Disneynature Ambassador! 

Dr.Sanjayan is a global conservation scientist, writer, and Emmy nominated news contributor who focuses on the connection of nature and human well-being. He has worked on numerous documentaries including “Planet Earth: The Future”(BBC), “Expedition Alaska”  (Discovery Channel), “Mysteries of the Shark Coast” (Discovery Channel), “Powering the Future” (Discovery Channel), and of course he is the host of the new National Geographic show on PBS “EARTH A New Wild” that reveals how humans are inextricably linked with wild nature. His passion has lead him to an Emmy nomination for his report on elephant poaching in Kenya. It is clear to see in conversation that he truly loves his job and nature! 

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Dr.Sanjayan was super excited to be part of Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom and the conservation efforts of the Disnature program. As you know, the Disneynature Conservation fund helps animals all around the world and helps build habitats in places like Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and Indonesia. Monkey Kingdom was filmed in Sri Lanka and Dr.Sanjayan had the chance to be on the set with Jane Goodall! 

 Things I learned about Monkey Kingdom that make me absolutely love it!  

 Monkey Kingdom took 1003 days to film. Day in and day out, with someone filming every minute of the day. The chance that they would miss that one shot was not one they were willing to take. Sometimes you only get one chance to get that one shot you were waiting for and some shots only come once in a lifetime or once a year in the case of the termites! Which is one of my FAV parts of the movie~ you will have to see it for yourself on April 17th! 

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    And for all that filming and all that work……………….you only get 1 min of edited film for 10 days of filming. INSERT GASP HERE! Amazing dedication! I would imagine they started to fall in love with these little monkeys as I did in just the 88 mins of the movie! Dr. Sanjayan said the Disneynature film crew followed many monkeys in the area, but knew they had something extra special with Miss Maya. Monkey Kingdom perfectly captures her character, which is soooo relateable to Moms everywhere. 

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the trailer- watch below to get a glimpse into life at Castle Rock with Maya and Kip! 

  And what did Dr.Sanjayan think of Monkey Kingdom?

” It is the perfect mix of Downtown Abbey and Game of Thrones cast into the Jungle Book setting.” 

Folks……it doesn’t get any better than that. Monkey Kingdom opens in theaters everywhere April 17th, and a portion of opening week tickets go towards Disneynature conservation efforts. You won’t want to miss this heartwarming movie! 

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this post.  This amazing experience and travel costs were covered by Disney, but as always we have provided out honest opinion. 

Scion by Kelly Oram is LIVE on Amazon



One of my favorite series just released a new book and I am SO excited! I am actually one of Kelly’s Beta Readers so I happen to know, for a FACT, that you are in for a treat.

Scion is book 3 in the YA Supernatural Series. I have followed this series from the beginning on the recommendation of a friend of mine and I have loved each book. The characters, the story lines, the parts that have you going “NOOOOOOO! What are you thinking?!”

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Russ Devereaux used to have it all—loving father, beautiful best friend, a carefree life in a town he loved, and strong magic. He was the king of his happy universe. Five months ago, that life was taken from him. Do not pass Go. Do not collect two hundred dollars.

He’s spent months fighting back and building himself a new life, in a new city, with new friends he now considers family. But suddenly, his new life might be in jeopardy of getting shot straight to hell just like the last one. Literally, this time.

He’s discovered power inside of him—an ancient, dark power that he shouldn’t have, can’t explain, can’t control, and definitely needs to keep secret. He needs answers, but before he can get them, he finds himself arrested and on his way to face the supernatural council. The same council that stole everything from him the first time.

As Russ struggles to keep his new power under wraps, his old life and he new one are about to collide and it’s bound to be explosive. He may not have all the answers he needs, but one thing is certain: he’ll be damned if anyone is taking his new life from him. That is, if he’s not just plain damned.

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For small-town rebel Dani Webber magic and monsters are no more real than the Easter Bunny… until the day she accidentally stops time. Dani quickly discovers that not only do supernaturals exist, but she herself is one of them. This is great news for her life-long best friend Russ, who can finally come clean about his own supernatural status and his undying love for her. Before the two can start to enjoy the long overdue relationship, Dani is taken by a powerful council of supernaturals who believe she is the Chosen One destined to save them from extinction.

As if being kidnapped and expected to save the world isn’t bad enough, an ancient prophecy warns of the Chosen One’s dark nature: “Only the truest love will keep her an agent for good.” The council believes they know who this “true love” is and, unfortunately, that person isn’t Russ. The mysterious, powerful and devastatingly handsome Seer is the last person Dani wants in her life, but when she starts having visions of a horrific future, she has no one else to turn to for help.

Soon Dani finds herself torn between two very different boys with two very different opinions of whom she can trust. With the visions getting worse and time running out, Dani is forced to put aside her feelings and work with both the Seer and Russ before an ancient evil is unleashed upon the earth.

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Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She’s obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and a cat named Mr. Darcy.
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3 REAL Ways To Save The Planet #EarthDay2015 #EarthDay

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We have all seen the Earth Day crafts and recipes floating around Pinterest by now, and, sure, they’re cute, but what do they really have to do with saving the planet? Conservation is a complex process that requires sacrifice and sustained effort. Simply cutting back your showers and biking to work isn’t going to do it. Let’s use Earth Day 2015 to talk about real things you can do to make a real impact.

Here are 3 REAL ways  to save the planet:

go vegan~ Going vegan is the #1 thing you can do to save the planet for many reasons. For one, it takes about 2,500 gallons of water to produce a pound of meat.

2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of beef. ” (NOTE. The amount of water used to produce 1lb. of beef vary greatly from 442 – 8000 gallons. We choose to go with the widely sited conservative number of 2500 gallons per pound of US beef from Dr. George Borgstrom, Chairman of Food Science and Human Nutrition Dept of College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Michigan State University, “Impacts on Demand for and Quality of land and Water.” ) {source}

Also, most of our food is grown to feed cattle grown for food. It doesn’t make much sense. Karen Ritter, President & Founder of the non-profit Compassionate Farming Education Initiative, told me:

Our world hosts nearly 6.8 billion humans, almost 1 billion people are malnourished, and 6 million children starve to death every year. Animal agriculture is feeding half the world’s grain crop to animals raised for food instead of directly to humans. If we stopped breeding animals for food and redistributed those food stuffs to the hungry, we would effectively wipe out world hunger.

Let’s not even get into the fact that the commercial meat industry is notorious for abusing and torturing animals in its care.

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commit to reducing your waste~ We have to do more than just recycle. But in order to make a big dent on the amount of trash in landfills, on the roads, and in our waterways, we have to actually decrease trash. Only buy products with little to no packaging, use refillable water bottles instead of buying bottled water, buy thrift, do without. Make a goal of one bag of trash a week and maybe even less. This family in Ontario had just one bag of trash in a whole year.

grow your food~ My family has no yard. I mean, we don’t have access to a single blade of grass because we live in a walk up, but most people have a little something. Make an effort to grow as much of your produce as you can.

Not only are the distances that food travels from farm to market important, but the modes of transport also have a large effect on how much pollution is generated. The effects all this pollution can have on our health may be reflected in high rates of asthma and other respiratory symptoms, as well as increased school absence days for children. {source}

Check out this family that grows 6,000 pounds of food, and makes $20,000, on 1/10 of an acre.

These are hardcore actions, but they will have real, honest, lasting change on the environment. We can do this!



When Your Car Is More Than A Car @dodge #caravan


This week, I had to say goodbye to my van. I wasn’t prepared for how much it would hurt. I mean, it’s just a car, right?

But, it’s so much more than that, isn’t it?  It was the one constant my girls and I have had for the last 6 years. It’s been a rock of reliability in our chaotic life.

It’s the car I drove, while in labor, to the hospital to have Emory.

It’s the car that brought her home.

When I finally had to admit that I couldn’t attend school, work, and raise three girls on my own, I packed it to the brim and drove North on 95 to our new life. We brought only what we could fit in the trunk and between the three car seats. We lost everything and started over with nothing, but we were fine.

It’s the car I drove to the doctor’s appointment when the twins were diagnosed with Autism.

It took us to countless appointments, evaluations, and therapies afterwards. For six years. We did it, though. They’re pretty much done with therapies.

It was also the car we drove to many different states when we started this gig as travel bloggers. It has taken us all up and down the coast and we’ve seen some pretty amazing things. The gorgeous mountains of Tennessee, the humidity of South Florida, the white picket fences of Lexington, the big Mouse at Disney, numerous amusement parks, and several month long road trips. It has driven us through so many memories and every one of those memories starts with packing up that van.


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We packed it full of kids and went places with friends. There was lots of fighting, but also a lot of love. Lifelong relationships were forged in it’s safety.

Recently, it took me to South Carolina to pick up my husband four days before we married. That man is the best decision I ever made.

It took us to our humble little courthouse wedding and drove us home afterwards.

Three months later, it drove us to the appointment where we found out we lost our honeymoon baby. It then took five crying people home. That was rough.

And then out of the blue, it was gone. Not because it stopped or because I did something wrong, but because PennDOT has seemingly given up on salting and plowing the roads.

It represents the worst times of my life, but the best, too. It represents the strength I found deep inside myself when I thought there was none left. That van is a beast and never stopped. In a way, I knew that I was going to be able to keep running because it kept running.

It took me from single mom to happily married. I wanted to bring more babies home in the same van that brought Emory home. I wanted to bring it into the new part of my life~ the happy part where it’s not all such a struggle. I wanted to keep going until it was time to stop.

I wasn’t ready to give up the representation of that strong woman that I have become. I wanted to stop driving it only when I switched over to a 12 passenger van. I would have kept it, though! To drive when I got a spare moment alone, so I could remember all I’ve been through and the things we did together in it. My three girls and I created a strong, happy, healthy family in that van.

But, this week I had to say goodbye. And I cried.



I will be swinging into fun in Orlando next week for the Disney #MonkeyKingdomEvent!!

Disclaimer: Disney is providing me with an all expense trip in order to facilitate this post and all future posts regarding #MonkeyKingdomEvent. I am providing my honest opinion. Please refer to our PR policies for more information. 

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Join me(and 24 other bloggers!) April 14-19, as we celebrate the new Disneynature Monkey Kingdom Movie! You can be part of the fun by following along at #MonkeyKingdomEvent, #Disneyside, and #AllstarVacationHomes! 

  We will be kicking off this once in a lifetime event with a prescreening of the Monkey Kingdom movie~ Where I will of course tweet LOTS of my favorite scenes and characters (Be sure to follow us on Twitter!)! On April 17th, theaters everywhere will offer families the opportunity to get a look into the lives of monkeys in their natural habitats in the all new Disneynature movie Monkey Kingdom. You will have the chance to meet Maya and her sweet little boy Kip, and gather insight into the life and struggles of monkeys in Asia. 

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I just love supporting an organization like Disneynature that pours out their love into each film and it’s mission to support our Earth! Proceeds during opening week will go towards their conservation effort~ sooo be sure to have your tickets pre-order for this adorable new movie! 

Have you had the chance to see the trailer! You will want to swing around with them………………….

I know I will! When Disney said we would have the chance to experience Disney World’s Animal Kingdom in a whole new way~ I literally fell out of my chair in excitement. First off- I secretly (not sooo secret anymore) LOVE hippos! Animal Kingdom’s Animal Trek takes you RIGHT over the hippos and crocodiles~ getting you close enough to watch the animals in their native habitats! Do you see that hippo?

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While at Animal Kingdom, we will be going on the Backstage Tales tour with the trainers and  meeting with wilderness explorers to complete challenges and earn badges from all over the park while we learn more about 1,500+ animals and their environments. Perhaps that we will prepare me for question and answer lunch at the FABULOUS Animal Kingdom Lodge restaurant Sanaa with the Disneynature ambassador ~Dr.Sanjayan. I can’t wait to learn more about the Disneynature program and get the low down on the  Monkey Kingdom movie! 

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We will also be dropping by Epcot for the International Flower & Garden Festival~ to check out all the garden creations and the Monkey Kingdom Sand castle! Did you know you can find over 100 topiaries, gardens, and exhibits featuring your favorite Disney Characters? I am after these 2! 

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During this week long event, we have partnered with All Star Vacation Homes to truly make it the BEST trip ever! Their 5-6 bedroom homes make vacations extra special with private pools, hot tubs, game rooms, Disney themed rooms, and of course TONS of space for everyone in the family~ or for all us bloggers!

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EPIC adventure right?! I invite you to follow along on this adventure and learn more about the monkeys from Monkey Kingdom! If you have questions you would like me to ask at the interview, just let me know! Remember you can follow along at #MonkeyKingdomEvent, #Disneyside, and #AllStarVacationHomes~ I will be using all those hashtags on our social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, and IG


Snack & Share with General Mills and Savings at Publix #snacksharesave #ad

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Are you a super busy family? I am always surprised at how on-the-go we are because I try to keep our lives unscheduled and open~ it just doesn’t seem to work. We’re always running here or there and we’re always late. I just can’t help it. Thankfully, there is General Mills brand Grab N Go snacks to help me stay on schedule!


These snacks are great for the car!


It never fails that as soon as we get in the car, someone announces that they “forgot” to eat that day and they’re dying of starvation. The incessant whining inevitable leads to a stop at a gas station for a bag of chips or a trip to a drive-thru for a large fries. Then this leads to fighting among the three over sharing, dropping the food on the floor, etc. Every time. It’s like our own little car game.

Snack Bars are GREAT for us! Each kid gets their own, they’re super portable, and they don’t make too much of a mess. Perfect!


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I love that these are made with REAL Quinoa! Quinoa is a superfood and a great option for snacks.

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Organic whole wheat flakes, granola clusters and crunchy strands of bran—what a crisp way to greet the day!

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Make those first steps even more magical with Disney Robeez shoes!


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All my babies have taken their first steps with Robeez~ these soft little shoes are perfect for new walkers! Made from genuine leather; they are soft and bendable allowing little ones to feel the ground, balance themselves, and encourage muscle growth. They promote healthy foot growth and development all while protecting their tender feet from the elements. 

Robeez shoes are great for indoors and outdoors, and have the cutest designs to match every outfit! Their newest collection….DISNEY!! 

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As a Disney fanatic, I was soooo excited to see these super cute Mickey Geo soft shoes! Any of these shoes would be the perfect addition to your little ones Summer travel ensemble! Couldn’t you just picture your little one walking down Main Street in Disney for the first time rocking these soft shoes?

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Robeez feature an elastic ankle band to making them easy to put on and STAY on :) And the nonslip suede bottoms are flexible for climbing! 

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5 “Must See” Places For Kids in Dublin



Planning a family trip to Ireland? {Can you take me?} While you’re there, you’re going to want the kids to see local places that tell the history of Ireland and are educational, but are also fun and engaging. Here are my top 5 Must See Places For Kids in Dublin, Ireland!

Saint Patrick's Cathedral

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

The parish church of Saint Patrick on this site was granted collegiate status in 1191, and raised to cathedral status in 1224. The present building dates from 1220.

The National Museum of Ireland provides a wide variety of learning resources and activities across all four museums.

The National Leprechaun Museum

The National Leprechaun Museum

Feel what it’s like to journey deep beneath the rocks of the Giant’s Causeway, open up your minds to the sights and stories of Ireland’s mythical otherworld on a trip to a fairy hill. Find yourself in a leprechaun-sized world and take a journey to the end of the rainbow to see if the elusive crock of gold really exists.



There are three exhibitions in Dublinia where you will see Dublin city from a new perspective. Come away knowing more about the citizens of Dublin throughout the ages and share in their experiences. These exhibitions based on Dublin allow the visitor to interact with the exhibition itself allowing all ages to engage, learn and share.

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Viking Splash Tours

Viking Splash Tours is a truly unique experience on land and water, taking in the sights of Dublin during a fun-filled and engaging guided city tour. We do what no one else can do by showing you the sights of Dublin by land and water! Our amphibious vehicles take you from land to water and back again, offering city vistas not available on other Dublin tours.


Phoenix Park

The Phoenix Park at 707 hectares (1752 acres) is one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces within any European capital city.

Áras an Uachtaráin, the residence of the President of Ireland dates from 1750 and is located in the centre of the park adjacent to the United States Ambassador’s residence, which was built in 1774.  Many other historic buildings and monuments are located in the Park.

The Victorian People’s Flower Gardens located close to the Parkgate Street entrance, comprise an area of  9 hectares (22 acres) and, were re-opened in 1864.  These gardens were initially established in 1840 as the Promenade Grounds.  They provide an opportunity to display Victorian horticulture at its best.  Ornamental lakes, children’s playground, picnic area and Victorian bedding schemes are just some of the attractions.  The opening hours are 8am till dusk.  Closing times vary during the year. 

Ashtown Demesne accessed off the Phoenix roundabout on Chesterfield Avenue, has numerous attractions for young and old alike.  Those include Ashtown Castle, a two and a half acre Victorian Kitchen Walled Garden (under restoration), Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Phoenix Cafe, toilets, car and coach parking, woodland walks, picnic area and new universal access playground

The Victorian Tea Kiosk serves teas and lunches with an outdoor picnic area.  Situated between the Band Hollow and Dublin Zoo.  The Band Hollow is host to summer musical performances.


My underarm confession…..and hopeful future with Dove.

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dove. I received a product sample of Dove Advanced Care Deodorant and promotional item to thank me for my participation.”



I am about to admit something that I probably shouldn’t say out loud for fear of embarrassment… but I haven’t switched brands of deodorant since I was 16. No really. I know what you’re going to say…

” But Melissa, your body has changed soooo much since you were 16! ” 

“MELISSA! Our hormones change as we age- do you still smell good?”

“You aren’t a spring chicken anymore and probably need something made for busy moms like you!”

Truth is, yes, I still smell good but I sweat so much more than I used too. My current deodorant just can’t keep up with me. The main thing I recognize is that my activity level has changed~ as in I used to not sweat just walking down the street, and now it’s like it rained on me.  I stress more which makes me sweat, and I work as an ER nurse for 12 hours! I need a deodorant that fits my needs NOW. 

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I am super excited to partner with Dove this month~ where I will be trying out Dove Advanced Care Anti-perspirant/Deodorant. This says it offers 48 hour odor and wetness protection- meaning I don’t need to reapply deodorant before bed (please tell me I am not the only one!) Beyond that, it is supposed to offer smoother underarms~ which is perfect for the upcoming summer~ thanks to it’s NutriumMoisture ingredient! 

I will really be putting it to the test with a week in Disney for the #MonkeyKingdomEvent next week! Care to join in the fun with smoother underarms, Dove Advanced Care Anti-perspirant/deodorant is available at mass retailers everywhere, and Dove can be found on Twitter and Facebook for more insight!