I have posted on Instagram lately about wanting to go back down to Padre Island National Seashore a few times now. So I am now planning our next few trips that I want to take in the next year. I have also talked about wanting to save up for a trip to Disney World, and I finally found a way to start saving for that.
I knew the other day when creating the 21 Blog Post Ideas, that I wanted to create a Gift Idea Guide, I will be going into more detail on the guides later, but this is my Christmas Wish List, Gift ideas for the Blogger, Photographer, and Disney Fan. I am all three so this is a HUGE HINT HINT for my own family as these items in this Gift Guide are all things that I, myself would love to have. Now, James if you are reading this, yes this is an idea of things that I want. Yes, this is a hint hint to you and for the rest of the family. I am not asking you or anyone else to purchase EVERYTHING on this page but should help you understand and help you while shopping for me for Christmas. Anyone else that has someone that fits one, two, or all three of these careers and interest, feel free to share it as your own “hint hint” to your family. As most people do, I have multiple interests.Â I am both a blogger and photographer, and at the same time, I am a HUGE Disney Fan. I have other interest, but these are my main ones. I also love anything and everything to do with Beauty and the Beast. The Bloggers Christmas Wish List If you can’t tell, I run a blog. There are a lot of people that run blogs and write for a living. I already know James is going to know that I am putting journals and notebooks on this list. Afterall I do kinda collect them. He actually got me one last year that I LOVED and used a lot. I have moved on to a linedÂ one now. Where I am able to jot notes down as needed. Below you will find myÂ Bloggers Christmas Wish List, along with links to the product. Please note that these links are affiliate links in some cases and will help Odysseys With Love at no cost to you. Coffee Subscriptions Am I the only one that runs purely on caffeine? Well, more specificallyÂ Coffee? Those coffee lovers will love one of these subscriptions! 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Years ago I tried a wine subscription where we got a tasting kit and a crate of wine was delivered to my home every so often. I loved it. Below are the top wine subscriptions you can gift to your wine lover! Winc (Get $20.00 for your first order!) https://odysseyswithlove.com/Get$20ForWinc California Wine Club https://odysseyswithlove.com/CaliforniaWineClub VineBox https://odysseyswithlove.com/GetVineBox Tasting Room (Get A Free Tasting Kit) https://odysseyswithlove.com/FreeTastingRoomTastingKit Just For Her Subscription Boxes Boss Babe Boxes Running a blog takes a lot of work. These Subscription Boxes are for the Boss Babe in us all! 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House Of Flynn Camera Bags Camera Lenses From Amazon SHOP Try Out The Gear First SHOP Don’t forget all of the different photography magazines that your photographer loved one would like to have. But what else could you gift the photographer in your family? Sue Bryce Education I love Sue Bryce and would love to be in her class again. One day I will. Her website starts at $35.00 per month! Join Now! Creative Live Do you want to gift a class on Creative Live? I know of a lot of the classes on this site I would want to take! Get $15.00 Off your first class!Â Â https://odysseyswithlove.com/Get$15OffCreativeLive Other Great Gifts For Photographers? The Disney Fan Christmas Wish List If you didn’t know already, I am a huge Disney Fan! Even though I have yet to visit the parks since I was a little girl, I dream of visiting and hopefully I will get to soon. I have a few things on my Christmas Wish List, but I am going to include a few other things here as well that I know all DisneyÂ lovers will well, love! Disney Subscrition Boxes I love subscription boxes! Why? You never really know what you are going to get until you open your box and the magic unfolds. Disney Themed Subscription Boxes are plentiful to choose from, ranging in all price points and what comes in the boxes. Also with the Disney Themed Boxes, you don’t only just have the magic of the boxes, but you are bringing a little Disney Magic into your home. Just a little pixie dust for your loved one. I have searched the internet for all of the different boxes available and these are the ones I have found so far! Know of a different one or one that I missed, comment below and let us all know about it! Magic At Your Door I was not able to find an about section on Magic At Your Door’s Website, but was able to find a small section on their facebook page. — “Delivering a magical variety of Disney products, including licensed Disney items and Disney Store/Disney Theme Park merchandise, at your door every month.” https://odysseyswithlove.com/magicatyourdoor I love that Magic At Your Door has an extensive questionnaireÂ for your preferences. They do not guarantee that you will get everything you like in your box, but if you tell them the thing you do not like, they will try not to put it in your box. I have fallen in love with watching unboxings! Below are a few! This is a BIG HINT to James! https://youtu.be/p4P2dwf-RuAhttps://youtu.be/F7xnmgdnRKYhttps://youtu.be/p6RVxX_NgGg The Mickey Monthly Box What is Mickey Monthly? Lets look at their website! — “Mickey Monthly offers monthly Disney mystery box for diehard Disney fans. These monthly Disney subscription boxes can include Disney pins, officially licensed Disney items, or a Disney Parks items, and are delivered to your door every month.” https://odysseyswithlove.com/MickeyMonthly Ok Below are just a few of the items from Mickey Monthly’s website that I REALLY want! Not only does Mickey Monthly have several different boxes to choose from you also can go to their shop page and order specific things too! These are just a few of the things I would REALLY love to add to my collection! Just click the image below to be taken to Mickey Monthly’s page for that item! Gifts From Mickey With 12 different monthly boxes to choose from there has to be a box for everyone at Gifts From Mickey! Gifts From Mickey has the Monthly Palace Box to the Monthly Popcorn Box and everything in-between! I think my favorite box from them would have to be the Monthly Coffee Lovers Box! — “This pack is the perfect gift for the coffee lover. Get a box every month with a coffee blend direct from Walt Disney World. These coffees are served in various location such as Epcotâ€™s Le Cellier, Animal Kingdomâ€™s Sanaa, and many more. Each coffee is paired with a special mug from one of the parks or Wald Disney World Resorts.” https://odysseyswithlove.com/GiftsFromMickey Gifts from Mickey has the option to not only have the subscription boxes, but you can also get one time boxes, personal shopping, and so much more! Below you will find a few videos from other YouTubers about this box! https://youtu.be/FQA4cE6KI7ohttps://youtu.be/SiwZuwxCyOw Bibbidi Bobbidi Boxes With 5 different monthly boxes to choose from Bibbidi Bobbidi Boxes has a subscription for just about anyone! The What’s Inside page states: “The Genie himself would be surprised by the magic contained inside our Disney boxes! Â We offer the most magical monthly subscription boxes, sure to satisfy all Disney lovers! Box sizes ranging from the “Dreams” collection to the “Ultimate Magic” box, and customized by our Disney personal shoppers just for you!Â Â “ https://odysseyswithlove.com/BibbidiBobbidiBoxes I am not going to lie! I REALLY want the Ultimate Magic Box! I know its $119, BUT! It includes one designer item in each box! https://youtu.be/I2aNAzeWJlAhttps://youtu.be/8Z-FHuKXys8 Thanks For Reading! ? Pin Me For Later Don’t have time to fully read the post? Want to share it to come back to later? Use your favoriteÂ ? and share it on our favorite site, PINTEREST! Not only does it help you, but it helps us grow and get our information out in frontÂ of others too! Are You Following Us On Social Media? Want To Keep Reading? The “D” Word July 2, 2017 As most of you know I am a single mother. To top that off, I am the only parent my girls really know. Sure, Skyler knows who her Dad is, and has even communicated with him some. We have a pretty decent relationship. 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As we are saving up to go on our first family trip to Disney World, I started thinking about the different things that I wanted to experience at the parks. I have seen a lot of Ultimate Disney Bucket List on pinterest, but none of them have really caught my eye or were really what my family would want to do or see! So, It was time to create our own, and you can also get our FREE printable Ultimate Disney Bucket List printable at the end of this post too! The Ultimate Instagram Bucket List – Disney World Edition The First Bucket List item I am introducing is for everyone that LOVES Instagram and finding the perfect shots to take! Also, take a look at our Pinterest board filled with Instagram Ideas for Disney World! The Classic Castle Shot The Purple Wall Spaceship Earth Wall HarmbeÂ Theater Wall The Carousel of Progress Wall Seas With Nemo and Friends Wall Tangled Restroom Wall Morocco Wall You Are Most Beautiful Wall Disney Springs Wall The Boardwalk Wall Art of Animations Walls Wanjophi Refreshment Wall Cast Member Door Tome Hearts Becky Wall Mickey Shaped Treats Meeting the Characters The Blue Wall The Candy Stripe Wall Blueberry Wall Moss Wall in the Animal Kingdom. [pin_board url=”https://www.pinterest.com/odysseyswithlove/disney/instagram-bucket-list/” size=”custom” image_width=”250″ board_width=”900″ board_height=”450″] Download the free printable by Joining Our Tribe at the end of this post and gain instant access to our Freebie Library!Magic Kingdom Bucket List Disney World is huge and has several Theme Parks and other areas that are on our bucket list of places to go, but within each park, we have our own bucket list of things that we want to do. I already know that when we visit for the first time, The Magic Kingdom will be the first park we visit!Â Give Ariel a Dinglehopper Meet Wendy Eat a Mickey Ice Cream Bar Meet Tigger Meet Jiminy Cricket Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Meet Price Naveen Meet Lilo Meet Marie Meet John Smith Eat a Mickey Shaped Pretzel Meet Prince Charming Have Dinner at Be Our Guest Enjoy a dole whip Meet Jafar Meet Prince Phillip Meet Mickey Meet Peter Pan Dinner at CrystalÂ Palace Try Disney Bounding Get your hair cut at Harmony Barber Shop 4th of July Fireworks Meet Prince Eric Be the Grand Marshall in any Disney Parage Meet Merida Meet Flynn Eat a Caramel Apple Meet The Dwarves Meet Jack Skellington and Sally Eat Dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table Flying Carpets Ride Liberty Square River Boat Keys to the Kingdom Tour Kiss Goodnight Meet Minnie Ride the Teacups Find Lady and the Tramps pawprints outside of Tony’s Town Square. Mail something from the main street mailbox Write a wish in the blue fairy wish book. Take a picture on an empty Main Street Pull the Sward from the Stone Be chosen as the Family of the Day Be in the parks before opening Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party See the Hidden Mickey on Under The See (Only visibleÂ once a year.) Sit on Walt Disney’s Bench Meet Rapunzel Ride the Main Street Trolley Mine Train Ride Attend the Flag Retreat Ceremony Download the free printable by Joining Our Tribe at the end of this post and gain instant access to our Freebie Library!Next Stop! EPCOT Bucket List As an adult, I think Epcot, or really World Showcase, is what I am REALLY excited about. There is so much that I want to do and see in this park that I REALLY have to have a bucket list, and I really think two or three printables is what really needs to be done in the long run!Â Epcot Bucket List Download the free printable by Joining Our Tribe at the end of this post and gain instant access to our Freebie Library!Eating Around The World Download the free printable by Joining Our Tribe at the end of this post and gain instant access to our Freebie Library!Drinking Around The World Download the free printable by Joining Our Tribe at the end of this post and gain instant access to our Freebie Library!Animal Kingdom Fun With our family being huge nature and animal lovers, this is another big one for our first trip, not to mention the rides! Download the free printable by Joining Our Tribe at the end of this post and gain instant access to our Freebie Library!Hollywood Studio’s I really can not wait for the new Star Wars Land and hotel to open. 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Its time for a little Disney Daydreaming again here at Odysseys With Love. Golden Oak at Walt Disney World has been a dream of ours for a while now and with the Mega Millions reaching 970 Million for the drawing tonight, I wanted to share a little bit of information that I have uncovered lately about the Happiest Place On Earth and living there.Â In the past, I have shared some information about different things in regards to Disney and Golden Oak at Walt Disney World, and with me Daydreaming again, knowing (Power of Attraction) I am going to win the Mega Millions Lottery, why not share my wealth of knowledge I have learned. From Golden Oak to the Four Seasons Residences, there is something here for everyone to learn.Â What is Golden Oak at Walt Disney World? “Welcome to a world embraced by luxury, privacy, and the Magic of Disney. This magnificent resort community offers first-ever who ownership of custom single-family homes at Walt Disney World Resort.” The above quote is from Golden Oak at Walt Disney World’s website. I have to say it really is a luxury and private community, as not many of the residents are talking about living on Walt Disney Worlds property. That’s right, Golden Oak at Walt Disney World is on DISNEY PROPERTY!Â These homeowners have purchased land and homes that were Owned by Walt Disney himself! Disney still has a heavy hand in everything going on at Golden Oak and offers a lot of amenitiesÂ to their residents. These homes start at two million dollars and go up to 10 million. Disney has advertised this community to an elite community, but does not mean that Disney Fans like myself have not heard of this community.Â What Are Some Of the Amenities at Golden Oak at Walt Disney World? This is the first question that I raised. Since Golden Oak is 980 acres in size and offers many different neighborhoods including the Four Seasons Orlando Private Residences, what did Golden Oak Offer to their homeowners. This called for a little detective work. Not really, I was able to view their Club Life Brochure and find out exactly what Golden Oak offers.Â But First! What is the price of living at Golden Oak? Not only does the homes have a heftyÂ price tag, but there are fee’s associated with living at Golden Oak. From what I have been able to uncover, Golden Oak’s HOA dues are around $25,000 yearly. So what is included with this? “Nothing can compare to living the magic – and membership in the Golden Oak Club is one of the fantastic reasons why.Â That’s because the Club is about having friends in fun places. Count on the Club for premier Disney-designed experiences and services at Golden Oak, Walt Disney World Resort and beyond.” A little bit from the beginning of the Club Life Brochure. You can head over to Golden Oaks Website to view the brochure HERE.Â Â Golden Oaks Club Member Services and Amenities. First, let’s look at the Golden Oak Member Pass, Those that close on a new home by December 31, 2018, will receive up to five Member Passes for three years. Then if you need more member passes, you can purchase those through Club Member Services. These passes are Disney Platinum Plus Pass, these normally range around $1,000 per pass. Plus the members receive five additional One-Day Theme park tickets with Park Hopper Plus Option. Residents are also able to book FastPass+ selectionsÂ up to 60 days in advance.Â What Services come along with the Club Life Membership? The Summerhouse has a concierge-styleÂ and fee-based approach to fulfilling the request for the residents. Disney Parks and special event tickets, scheduling Private VIP tours, making dining reservations and spa reservations, helping coordinateÂ in-home dinner parties, and much more.Â Some residents may opt for Disney InspiredÂ holiday decor and have Disneys lawn and home maintenance services.Â Instead of riding on the busses to and from the parks and Disney Springs, Golden Oak Club members also have a shuttle and coach service they may use to get to and from the parks. This means being dropped right off at the main entrance of the parks! The Summerhouse Where do you go to get your Club Member Services? The Summerhouse. BUT! The Summerhouse isn’t just the home base for the Cast Members Concierge Team! You have Markham’s. The Dining room featuring five-star chefs and wonderful cuisine. Maybe you are looking to have a drink before dinner? Head into Tyler’s, the Club lounge. They are also opening Bolton’s this year. Their Facebook page updated on August 12th that it is quickly approaching their opening day.Â Its not just a place to eat and have a drink at the Summerhouse. There is also a pool area, fitness room, and a family room.Â Events and More at Golden Oak at Walt Disney World. 2018 was filled with events and activities for Golden Oak Residents. Some of my favorite to read about was Valentine’s Day Dinner, Mother’s Day Brunch, Dinner With Santa, and Christmas Eve Dinner.Â Looking at the brochure, I also noted that Sunday Supper was also an option on select Sunday evenings.Â PLUS RESIDENTS had an Enchanting Departure to Disneyland Resort and Southern California Adventures by Disney. Last year the residents were able to cruise the seas.Â Membership extras include special experiences, access to two different lounges on property, and Signature Events! Members Also have Extra Magic Hours, Merchandise Delivered to the Summerhouse from the parks. Discounts on food and merchandise is also a benefit of residents.Â Do You Daydream of Living At Walt Disney World? I know I am not the only one that dreams of living at the most magical place on earth. Which of the Golden Oak at Walt Disney World homes is your dream home? Let us knnow down in the comments below! Sadly my dreamhome was purchased not too long ago.Â Thanks For Reading! ? Pin Me For Later Don’t have time to fully read the post? Want to share it to come back to later? Use your favoriteÂ ? and share it on our favorite site, PINTEREST!Â Not only does it help you, but it helps us grow and get our information out in frontÂ of others too! Are You Following Us On Social Media? Want To Keep Reading? 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I have known for years now that Skyler LOVES Jack Skellington from Nightmare Before Christmas. This Christmas, James got her a poster for her room of Jack, and it has me thinking that its time to re-decorate her room. Why not decorate it with a Nightmare Before Christmas Theme. Making My Own Printables I have Photoshop for a reason. I use to love making scrapbook digital elements, so I have a little knowledge of making things for these printables. I started off searching for silhouettes of Jack and also of Jack and Sally together. If I wasn’t able to find a silhouette, I found images that had a white or solid color background. Using the Magic Wand Tool, I selected the solid backgrounds and inverted my selection. I added a new layer and then using the flood fill I filled in the new selection. This gave me a blank canvas. Under this layer I always flood fill it with white, or what ever color I want the background to be, but for today’s, I used white. I had a few stock images of watercolors that I knew Skyler would love, so I added those to a new layer above my new silhouette. Right Clicking on this layer, I selected create Clipping Mask. This applies this layer only to the black silhouette. The only other thing I did was add a few words to a couple of them Nightmare Before Christmas Inspired Bedroom I created a wishlist on amazon for the things that I am either going to start buying or, since I am so lucky to have such a handy man in our lives, have James make. The dresser, nightstand, and artist table are things that he can make for us. The artist table would be even better because it would be more solid, and I can have a light box in the top for her. As you know I have the printable above that you can just click on and save if youÂ wish. The Paint color is Sapphire Glow by Valspar and is available at Lowes. Amazon Wish List GreenForest Twin Size Metal Bed Frame with Stable Metal Slats Stable Headboard/Black 6-PIECE Black Bed-in-a-Bag Comforter Set Fancee Nightstand Fancee Dresser Simple Designs Mosaic Tiled Glass Genie Table Lamp Kenney Mirror Mosiac Glass Window Curtain Rod WPM 2 Piece Beautiful Sheer Window Elegance Curtains In Black and Dark Purple Studio Designs 10088 Triflex Drawing HSicily LED USB String Lights Disney Nightmare Before Christmas Zero Portable Pet House Dog Bed / Cat BedÂ Do you have a themed bedroom or one of your children? Let us know down in the comment section below. Stay in touch with Odysseys With Love and receiveÂ weekly newsletters, enter for a chance to win the monthly giveaways, freebies, and so much more! Opt in to receive news and updates. I Want In Now! Thank you! You have successfully joined our subscriber list. Head over to our Freebie Library now! The Password is OWL2018
The other day, we posted about dreaming of winning the lottery. I posted a few things that I would want to do with that money. It got me to thinking of all kinds of things that we could do if money wasn’t an object in our lives. Do you remember the largest Powerball jackpot ever? IT was split between three people but it was worth $983.5 Million Dollars in cash option, or $327.8 Million EACH! Just this year one woman won $480 million alone! I know I posted a lot about what I would do, but I won’t lie, I keep having dreams about winning one of the jackpots. If only I could remember the numbers. What If You Had $983.5 Million Dollars I have always wondered how the 1% lived, and I have always daydreamed about what it would be like to join their ranks. I played a few tickets in this jackpot, and only got my money back from it. What if I was the only one to win this jackpot? First, my new found wealth would not be the full $983.5 million. After taxes, which I will estimate as 50%, I would be coming home with about $491.7 million. You know that I had posted about being generousÂ with our windfall with our family and friends. Setting up trust funds for the kids. Paying off all debts. Setting up investments so that we could earn an income from our win. Setting Up Accounts I would also set up separateÂ accounts for different things. One would have to be for the house and furnishing our house. Another for cars, the RV, shopping and spending money. But the biggest account I would set up is to pay our bills, taxes, HOA dues. Things like that. Set it up to pay for them for at leastÂ 30 years. That account would not be used otherwise. Setting up an account for travel. That way I have to budget the funds for everything. I thought this was about money not being an object! Well, with $491 million in the account, it really isn’t an object. I would still budget out enough for the home, and other things so that the money isn’t just going down the drain like some lottery winners. If I invest correctly we would never want for anything. The House Where would you want to live? It has been a dream of mine since I found out you could live AT Disney World. I wrote about Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort in the last post and included the video of one of the houses I am in love with. I know that within Golden Oak there is the Four Season Resort, but if you turn off right before you get there, you will find The Four Seasons Private Residence Orlando. So far I have only seen three houses in this area go up, so even if I do not get one of these houses, there will be 27 more houses built in the Four Seasons area! Then there are the 5 other neighborhoods within Golden Oak. I am pretty sure even if it is another 10 years waiting to win this lottery, I will find a beautiful home located in the beautiful Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort. There are a few homes already in Golden Oak and The Four Seasons Private Residences that I am in love with.ï»¿ï»¿ï»¿ï»¿ You Already know about theÂ Capolavoro Home. This is the home of my dreams! But there is two others, plus one custom being built and one under construction right now. Check out the videos below of the two that are there now and click here to see the other two on the Four Seasons Website. Travel Dreams The first trip I am scheduling has to be a 7-Night Very Merrytime Western Caribbean Cruise, not just any stateroom, but I want to stay in the Concierge Royal Suite with Verandah. TheÂ Concierge Royal Suite with Verandah, AKA, Roy and Walt Disney Rooms, are lavish in their decor and the balcony! I would love to spend Christmas at Sea with the kids. I wonder if I could get a tree put up in the stateroom… Hmmm. [wp_ad_camp_3] If we are having to wait for our new home to be built, we would be hotel jumping at Disney World. I would be having my dental work done ASAP So having a place to stay while I heal will be important. So I would like to spend the first two weeks that we could at somewhere like the Polynesian Resort. After I get my fill of Disney World for our first two weeks or so, I would start my dental work and use the resorts as a place to heal while the kids enjoy themselves around Disney. Speaking of spending time at Disney, Our first week would most likely be spent with a guide, the Private VIP Tours. I would also like to see behind the scenes, so that would also be a tour we would do. After fulling healing and the home still isn’t finished, I would use the RV we would buy and start traveling around the states visiting all of the places below we would love to see. Some of them are below in our little slide show. Did you know that they have cruises for cruising around the world? Some of them are 100+ days at sea and included ports all over the world! I think this might be the best way for us to see all of the different countries. My only fear with this would be 99% of these cruises would not have many other children for the kids to get to know and have something to do other than with us, but this would be an experience I think the girls need to have, at least when we win the lottery. Cars! Cars! Cars! What is your dream car? I love the Dodge Challengers. 2018 Dodge has released the new Demon. I can not describe it so I am dropping another video! I can get it in PURPLE TOO!!! James wants a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and I love them and the Dodge Durango SRT. YES! I love my cars and yes I love more performance cars. Is it bad to just want a car for fun in the Dodge Demon? My daily driver would the Dodge Durango, and the Demon would be for special occasions.
Have you ever dreamed of winning the lottery? What about daydreaming of winning the lottery? Over the past few years, I have had several dreams of winning the lottery and it is always fun to think about what I would want to do with the lottery wins. I even have a secret PinterestÂ board of what I would want to do. I will set it to public as this post goes live. What Is The First Thing You Would Do If You Won The Lottery? Have you ever really thought about the first thing you would do if you won the lottery? This will tell you how much I have thought about it so far. I know that I would protect my ticket first and foremost as I start to put together a team to help me navigate my windfall. I would have to hire aÂ tax attorney,Â family planning attorney,Â licensed accountant, financialÂ advisor, CPA, whatever I needed to protect myself and the new assets. The State of Texas has laws in place that would allow me to remain anonymous, so it would be a huge help to keep people that I do not want knowing that we won such a huge amount. The attorneys would help me claim my ticket and let me know how to go about this. Let’s think of how much now I normally start playing the PowerballÂ once in a while after it is over 150 million. I am going to give a say that the jackpot for this post would be about 500 million, and the cash option prize is at 250 million. After good old Uncle Sam takes his money from that, I would have a take-home amount of about 125 million. That is a good chunkÂ of change! What would I give to family? The next thing I would do after claiming my win would be to pay off all debt. My team would help me make sure nothing is left unpaid. I am not sure how much that would be but I am going with aÂ VERY generous estimate .05%.Â After that, I would get my mother set up for the rest of her life. If she wants to keep this house, we would have it gutted and remodeled for her, even though I would prefer for her to move into the Edgemere. I have worked with the security team there and I would trust them with my mother. Since my dream would be to move down to Flordia, I would check and see if she wanted to come with us, or if she would prefer to stay local to Texas. Check out Edgemere below. I would then set her up with her own lawyers and team and a for all of I would set asideÂ 5% just for her. 6.25 million should set her up for the rest of her life. My Children, Set For Life? After this, I would look at setting up Trust Funds for my children. Each of them would receive 8% in a trust fund for college, and at the age of 25, they would be able to start receiving a monthly transfer into their accounts. I would support them until that time unless they went to college, etc. This would be right at 10 million for them. [wp_ad_camp_3] As for Jacobs mother, I would have our family law attorney call her up so that we could set a new house for Jacob (we would figure out how to make sure the house was his) and funds for Jacobs upbringing to be transferred to her account to care for him. This would also set up him coming to Florida to stay with us whenever he wanted hopefully. I am not a mean woman and would never try and take a child away from his mother. Giving to My Brother and a few others. With both mine and James’ families, I would set up an account if they were to come to us to ask for money, or if they needed help with something. This way our attorneys can field what is given and to who. After This is Set up, How much is left? Let’s look at what I have given so far in my Dream: So, I would have approximately 45 million after all major purchases Dreaming of Winning The Lottery? What About Investing? So, I would have around 45 million left. How much of that should I invest? 50% of it would be invested! 22 million would be invested. I would have 22 million to survive on for bills and HOA dues. I even took a few CD rate and looked at splitting them up between four banks. I have set asside a few accounts for things like the dream home and other things I consider major purchases. A New House! I already said I wanted to move to Flordia. The images I created for this post have Dream Big Princess on them. Can you image where I would want to live? No, I don’t want a house in Orlando, or around Disney World. No, I have to DREAM BIG! I dream of living ATÂ Disney World. Have you heard of the community called Golden Oak? It is a community only four miles away from the Magic Kingdom inside of the Disney World Resort. I have looked at a few of the houses at Golden Oak, and I know which one I want. The first one that I REALLY want is TheÂ Capolavoro. The Capolavoro is located in the Four Season Residences area at Golden Oak. If I am talked down from this price range. I would love to have one of the ones under construction or move in ready at the other areas of Golden Oak. They have a list of homes on their website, and two others also in the Four Seasons area also. The Four Seasons one is a little under 8 million, and I would have to see if that would be doable with what I have left because it also comes with HOA dues. I don’t want to purchase something and have to do what a lot of lottery winners do and end up going bankrupt. What is also awesome about living there? Being able to call for a car and be taken to Disney World, and so many other amenities. I did put aside 15% for our dream home, and that is right at 18 million. If we do not use all of the funds, it will be added to our bill money account. Travel Dreams One thing that I also want to do other than live at Disney World, is to travel. I want an RV so bad and I dream of owning one. The Foretravel Realm. I want the LVB Bunk Model floorplan. Check it out below. MHSRV has it priced atÂ $859,999, what an upgrade to the Jayco one we are currently looking at! We wouldn’t be able to do it with this amount that is set aside, so whatever is left over from the dream home could help with the RV. The other thing I would like to do is a cruise. Disney Cruise anyone? For the Walt Suite, on a 7 7-night cruise, its about 60K. Cars and More I have a list of cars I want a mile long, First is the Dodge Durango STR, James has the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. The only other car I want more than anything is a Dodge Demon. Medical and Dental I have to have dental work done. I would be putting aside approximately 1% just for mine and James’ work that needs to be done. I need a full mouth of new teeth and would look at doing a hybrid denture. I am saving for a plain denture now, because you know implants are EXPENSIVE. I may consider full implants, but I like the idea of a hybrid denture also. I have played around with James about wanting it done, but I really don’t want any other cosmetic surgery. I may have a tummy tuck or things like that, but no boob jobs or facial work done. After two c-sections and two large babies, I would like a flat tummy. Since We live at Disney, What about the Parks? You knew this one was coming. Shortly after moving into our new house, I want to do the Private VIP Tour of Disney World. One day for each park. That way we can figure out how to get around and get a close look at Disney World. I also want to do some shopping for the house and for friends and family. I would also invite my family and friends for a trip out to Disney also. After we get accustomed to our new life. An estimate of this would be around $30K or so for all of the parks. Marriage on the Horizon? You already know that James and I plan to have the commitment ceremony this year. We may considerÂ actual marriage after everything settles. When talking about paying off debt, I would be paying his off too, and the account would be both of ours. This would be our win. If we separate, which I already know will not happen, it is just like any relationship. It is split 50/50. If we do the actual marriage thing down the road, I want to be married at Disney World. We would be living there and living that life. Why not let good old Mickey Mouse marry us. What Would You Want To Do With A Lottery Winning? Have you ever sat down and thought about what you would want to do with a lottery win? I know 99% of people don’t plan like I have in this, but it was fun every time I have a dream about winning, I take the amount of the win and see what I could REALLY do with it. Pinterest and Amazon Things I dream of You can check out our Pinterest Board HEREÂ and the things I would want from Amazon are listed below.
I always see how to plan a Disney Vacation on a budget but I never see Planning a Dream Disney Vacation. I seem to do this every time that a large Powerball or Mega Millions Lottery is going on, I always think about what I would do if I had a large windfall and had no worries over what I would do financially. When asked what I would do with all that money, the first thing I would say is to plan our dream Disney Vacation. But, have you ever really sat down and thought what that would be? I mean plan out your own dream vacation? Please don’t tell me I am alone in this. Disney Dreaming | Where Would We Stay? If you look at the main image and the one to the left, it might be a giveaway. These are not at Disney, but the Hotel we are dreaming of staying at are themed after those images. My first choice of hotel HAS to the Polynesian Village Resort. If money isn’t an issue and I could have my choice of rooms, it wouldn’t be just the regular room, but the Club Level theme park view. Club Level includes a dedicated concierge, advanced planning and reservations, turn down service, and then the FOOD!Â Club Level offers a continental breakfast, snacks, drinks, appetizers, and deserts. For those 21 and older, you also have beer and wine out during certain times. So why the Polynesian? The theme of the resort is the main reason. It would be like visiting HawaiiÂ for us. (Yes I know, with a large lotto, we could go to Hawaii and Pacific islands.) It is also on the monorail for the Magic Kingdom and we can watch the fireworks on the beach. How long would we want to stay? If it wasn’t an issue, I would stay the maximum of 15 days with 10-day park hopper plus tickets. This way we would be able to see and do just about everything at an easy pace and not worry about the timing of everything. We would have three days of park breaks other than the day of arrival and departure. Are Tours just Disney Dreaming? Even with the pricing of $425 – $600, I would want to enjoy a Private VIP Tour for at leastÂ one day. Have you seen the Cast Members in Plaid out at the parks with a group of visitors? That was most likely one of the tour groups. Disney offers several types of tours, but the Private VIP Tour would be what we would want. Not only does the Cast Member plan your day with you, but they tell you all about the parks and show you tips and tricks along the way. You start your day at your desired time by your guide picking you up. You would then have a day packed full of shows, rides, parades and more. You also have reserved area’s at parades just for your family. If we were in a time crunch, this might be a great idea to visit all of the parks and ride all of the rides. Disney also offers the Ultimate Day of Thrills and Day of Classics. I have also noticed the newÂ addition ofÂ The Nights of Adventure. Disney offers other tours but the ones mentioned above are what we would want to experience if we could. [wp_ad_camp_3] Epic Disney Dreaming Dining The Disney Dining Plan has been upgraded in 2018. The Deluxe Dining plan now includes an alcoholicÂ drink were in previous years it did not. Most of the restaurants that we would love to visit are on the deluxe plan. If we could, I would prefer to have dinner at the Dinner Show Spirit of Aloha on our day of arrival. The good thing about being in club level is the planning service. The concierge helps with dinning reservations, and I would love their help planning our epic Dream Disney Vacation. We would like to have meals at, Cinderella’s Royal Table, Be Our Guest, Yachtsman’s Steakhouse, California Grill, and many others. One other thing that we would be doing while at Epcot is eating our way around the world, I am not a heavy drinker and can not hold my alcohol, so, drinking around the world would not be a fun trip, but going to each country in Epcot would be right up my alley. Maybe the concierge could help planning this day? Just a Dream Disney Vacation I wish I could say that this vacation was possible for us right now. Maybe one day we could actually do this. Only other thing I would want to do is give James his nights in the Star Wars Hotel along with this Epic Disney Dream Vacation. Without the VIP Tour and extra food, just the resort, tickets, dining plan, and flight alone would cost around $25,000. This would be a dream vacation for us if we hit the lottery one day.
Hi! Im Megan! I am a photographer and writer behind Odysseys With Love. I am a Mother and Wife and enjoy sharing our everyday life journey. From our The Mesquite Texas Guide and Wandering In DFW to helping other bloggers work from home, I love what I do.
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