Dreaming Of Winning The Lottery | Dream Big Princess

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 Pinterest 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 a tax attorney, family planning attorney, licensed accountant, financial 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 Powerball 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 chunk 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 a VERY generous estimate .05%.  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 aside 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 AT 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 The 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 at $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 consider 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 HERE and the things I would want from Amazon are listed below.

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It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

If you walked into my living room over the past weekend, you would have thought a fairy exploded in there. We had that much glitter all over everything. That is when you know it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in our household. This Christmas will be James and my first Christmas together. So we are slowly adding new things to our Christmas Decorations and adding his decoration in with mine. We purchased all new poinsettias this year because the ones that we did have were falling apart. Most of my decorations with the exception of the large wreath, we have collected over the last 40 years and more with a few ornaments on the tree. I made the large wreath a few years ago, but most of the decorations on it were ruined in our attic over the last year. Decorations From Years Past We have decorations from 40+ years ago, including my parent’s wedding bells. We have a lot more that we don’t hang on the tree, and a few, the photos didn’t turn out. My father’s favorite things were the Santa’s and his village that we display on our mantle. We have also had a “Elf on the Shelf” for years before the Elf on the Shelf below was a thing. Shiney and New One tradition for our house is that we purchase a new ornament every year. We are changing that a little this year as we purchased only one for James and I. The girls also get one new one every year. Artificial to Live Tree We have been trying to save for a Balsam Hill Tree for the last few years but something always seems to stop us from getting one. We have had an artificial the last three years and somehow I lost the middle section of our tree! How I have no idea how I did it. James has his “Bachelor’s” tree that was a four-foot tree that we are now using in the office window. Off to Lowes, we went! I found a 6-7 foot Noble Fir tree for $50.00, plus on Black Friday, they had a deal for a fresh cut tree where we would get a $10.00 rebate. I originally picked up colored lights, but after telling my mom that I found blue lights, I went back and returned them to get the blue. It took us all weekend and a lot of frustration to actually finish putting the tree up and decorating it. I did end up putting icicles on the tree after picking up a few of the presents at Walmart yesterday.    Latest News! Did you see the newsletter or our Instagram post? I said YES! Well, you knew that we were planning our Commitment and Promises to each other for Christmas Morning, but as we were going through the packages that arrived Sunday, and I promised James not to peak at what he got for me, he got down on his knee and asked me to spend the rest of our lives together.  

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Disney Dreaming | Our Dream Disney Vacation

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!  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 Hawaii 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 least 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 new addition of 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 alcoholic 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.

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Date Night Ideas | Fort Worth Botanical Gardens

I had the pleasure of photographing my neighbor’s daughter, Meghan, the other day at one of my favorite locations in the Dallas / Fort Worth area. Her boyfriend Alex asked me to capture his proposal at the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens. Meghan has always been like a sister to me and I was excited to do this for her.

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Skoolie Dreams | Floorplans

We talked about Disney allowing Skoolies at the Fort Wilderness Campgrounds a couple of days ago, today lets talk about Skoolie Dreams and floorplans. In 1995 laws were passed that school buses could not be longer than 40 foot in length. Recently that has changed to 45 feet. With purchasing a used school bus to convert into a motorhome, AKA Skoolie, We would most likely be purchasing a bus that was between 36 feet and 40 feet. If we could find a newer one that was closer to 45 feet in length, I would be happier, but I have been able to keep our dream plans below 38 feet so far. First Skoolie Floor Plan   The first thing I did after hanging up with the Disney Cast Member, I started thinking up ideas for our floor plan. Discovering Us Bus, was one of the websites I browsed and joined their facebook groups that I am still waiting to be excepted. Without much research other than the buses are typically 8 feet wide, I started to draw. I love the fact that I can print graphing paper with my HP Printer. I used the 1/8th-inch graphing option and started drawing with each grid equalling six inches. I knew that we would have the front 4 feet or so taken up by the dash and captains chair, not to mention the stairs. With us having three kids, I knew we needed seating for at least four in the living area of our future bus. I am not happy with a galley kitchen but I am still playing with the floorplans, and I have found a range that is 24″x24″ and a small fridge also. We know we want bunks for the kids, and we would need a bathroom also, I found a 30″ wide tub that we could also do a shower in the tub area. The last thing we need is a master bedroom. This floor plan is around 38′ in length. I am not really happy with it, and yes I know the floor plan walls are way too thick. I am just feeling a little dubious about this plan for now. The Second Floor Plan The second floorplan that I came up with has a little different specs. The front would be changed to have a co-captains chair right at the stairwell like in a class a motorhome. We will work out how to cover the stairs while in motion hopefully. We still have the galley style kitchen but after some research, I found out that Ikea has base cabinets that are only 24″ in depth. I was able to sneak in a larger French door style fridge also. We would have a larger couch that seats three since we have the co-captains chair and a media center. I need to work so we have that also. The bunk beds would be turned and have custom mattresses in it. This would let us all have a little privacy as the bunks would be built in. Yes, the electrical closet is near their bunks but we could have it locked down so the little bit cannot get into it. The bathroom would be accessible from the hallway and the master would have a closet if we can find a long enough bus. These are just ideas, and we will be playing with it for a while until we find the perfect for us bus.   Other Skoolie Floor Plans

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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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