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5 Best Reasons To Stay at Loews Sapphire Falls at Universal Orlando Resort

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The Loews Sapphire Falls Resort is the newest hotel property that makes up Universal Orlando Resort. The hotel has a great lobby, a water taxi and walking path to Universal Orlando and Islands of Adventure, restaurants, concierge, pool and gift shop. But here are our 5 favorite things about Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. 

 

1. The Pool 

The pool is fantastic. The middle is zero entry which is perfect for babies and toddlers or sun bathers who just want to get a little cooled off. Packed with beach balls, there is live steel drum music during the day and movies shown on a big screen at night. 

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Life jackets are provided at no charge and if your child is under 48", they will need one for the super fun water slide. Lounge chairs are plentifully and rest on white sand while cabanas are available for rent. There are bars poolside as well as a full service restaurant. All you need is your room key and you can charge food and drinks to the card on file! 

 

2. The View

If you want to get excited about your day at Universal, all you need to do is look out the window at Sapphire Falls!  

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The picture above was snapped from the elevator bank as we walked to our room the first time. If you didn't have a park view, you had a pool or water view. The kids loved to wake up every morning and see Islands of Adventure!  Which leads to number 3.  

 

3. The Proximity to the Parks

Sapphire Falls is a less than 10 minute walk to Universal Orlando, Islands of Adventure and City Walk. If you aren't in the mood for a stroll, you can hop on the water taxi that comes every 15ish minutes and drops off at City Walk. 

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For transportation to the newest theme park, Volcano Bay, there is a shuttle bus pick up stop right outside. The ride on the Volcano Bay shuttle felt like two minutes. It was super fast and easy.  

 

4. The Lobby

The Sapphire Falls lobby is playful and elegant. Besides checking in and out, you can buy park tickets and store your luggage after check out.  

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There is plenty of space to hang out and relax but the best part for our family was the Dutch Trading Co. restaurant and gift shop. The restaurant had hot food to go all day but it was also stocked with all of the kid essentials from milk to gogurts to cereal. Ice cream, desserts and donuts are also plentiful while there is also a cooler of beer and wine for the grown ups. It was nice to be able to stock up on essentials to keep in your room.  

Also in the lobby is a Universal gift shop. It has everything from the Harry Potter interactive wands for Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade to Duff Beer tshirts. It has all of the essentials you need before going into the parks and the souvenirs you need before you go home.  

 

5. Extra Time in the Parks

When you stay at a Universal Orlando Resort hotel, you get extra time in the parks.  During our trip you could enter Volcano Bay and Islands of Adventure early.  For Volcano Bay especially this is a huge perk because that place gets packed!  Like at capacity, no more people allowed through the gates packed.  

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Set your alarm and roll out of bed early to hit the ground running.  When you have great pictures of your little wizzards in Hogsmeade without huge crowds, the early wake up call will be worth it! 

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So those are 5 of our favorite things about Loews Sapphire Falls at Universal Orlando Resort.  If you have any questions leave them in the comments - we are happy to help you on your Universal Orlando adventure! 

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Disclosure:  This was not a sponsored trip however we did receive complimentary upgrades and perks along the way.  All opinions are honest and my own.

 

 

 

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Cute and Cheap DIY First Day of School Sign

The girls are back to school with Will to follow in a couple of weeks. This summer we traveled over 8,000 miles (seriously!) and came home from our trip to Universal Orlando Resort right before school started. While we had done the supply shopping and picked out the outfits, there was one thing that had slipped through the cracks - the first day of school signs! 

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Thankfully on a trip to Target the day before school began I found these adorable school lined dry erase boards in the Dollar Spot. Instead of using the dry erase marker that was included, I splurged and bought a board for each child and used a Sharpie instead. I was a little nervous that the kids would accidentally smudged their boards which is why I went the Sharpie route.  

 

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There are so many different ways to do the boards and different information you could include. Your child could write it or a parent can write the sign. Either way they turned our really cute and made the first day of school photos pop! 

 

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Hanging Out at City Club Gymnastics Academy

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Hanging Out at City Club Gymnastics Academy

This post is in partnership with City Club Gymnastics Academy. Thank you for supporting TLSF! 

 

Not only are we getting ready to head back to school, we are also heading back to activities. I've mentioned my daughters are dancers, but they also love gymnastics.  

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Over the past few summers the girls have done gymnastics camp to work on tricks, coordination and balance. After each day, it's so fun to see how excited they are to tell me how they are SO CLOSE to getting a trick or the day they run out of the gym screaming "I did it!!!!!!"  

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Gymnastics is a really great activity for boys and girls of any age. Beyond just getting kids off the couch and moving, I have seen first hand how it can boost a child's confidence. My kids make friends at gymnastics and, if you want to take it to the competitive level, there is so much to be gained by having your child be part of a team.  

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My kids are not natural tumblers and have to work hard to get their tricks. But after watch my daughter nail her front handspring this year, I've never seen her more proud of herself! 

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 City Club Gymnastics Academy offers classes for toddlers to competitive teams. They have camps, clinics, Parents Night Out and even host birthday parties!  Open Gym is perfect for the cold weather months when your preschooler is bouncing off the walls. 

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City Club Gymnastics Academy is located at 1723 S Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Get all of the details on programming at http://cityclubgymnasticsacademy.com/

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This is a sponsored post, all opinions are honest and our own.  

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Back to School with Gymboree #KidGoals

This post is in partnership with Gymboree.  Thanks for supporting The Little Style File!

Can you believe summer is winding down and we are getting ready to head back to school?  We still have a lot of fun to pack into the next two weeks but back to school shopping is in full swing.  

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This school year, TLSF kids are going into preschool, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th.  Two of our little ones are venturing off to middle school this year.  They are growing up way too fast!

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As they grow, their own style shines brighter and brighter.  We can try to guide them in a direction that we think is age appropriate, however putting together their own looks helps them show who they are and we don't want to squash that.

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Gymboree has always been a place we can count on to have fun styles that the kids love to wear.  They have everything from basic pieces to patch jackets and sparkly sneakers.

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We went online and let each of the kids pick an outfit from Gymboree's new back to school lines.  Here are the results.  

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The girls love patches and sparkles.  Ellie and Mia laughed when they saw the tunics the other one had picked out.  And Mia's patch jacket is the perfect compliment to Madeline's patch dress.

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The boys go for cool and casual.  Cargo style pants, monster inspired shirts and too cool bomber jackets are their looks for fall.  We asked each of the kids what their absolute favorite part of their outfits were and they were very honest.  

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"My charm bracelet is the BEST!  It is so adorable and matches the patches on my dress.  AND I love my pink shiny shoes!" - Madeline, 7

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"I love my whole outfit, I mean look at the glitter shoes!  But my favorite thing is my flip shirt.  I can change my star to solid pink sequins at any time during the day!" - Ellie, 10

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"My jacket has a lightening bolt on it!" -Will, 3

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"The monsters are so cool!" - Dylan, 8

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"I love all of the patches!" -Mia, 11

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Each new school year has so much promise.  On the first day of school you start fresh.  We wanted to know what the kids wanted to accomplish this year.  They shared with us their #KidGoals.

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We are so proud of these five kids and know they are going to rock this school year!

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Head over to instagram to win a $50 gift card to Gymboree to get started on your back to school shopping! Https://instagram.com/p/BXG6Mual2Aw/

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Giveaway runs from 7/28 - 8/4.  Good luck!

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Chicago Baby Show Ticket Giveaway!

The Chicago Baby Show is coming to Navy Pier August 26th & 27th and we are so excited!  This amazing experience for new and expecting parents has been taking place in New York City for the past several years and in LA last year.  Now our favorite city will have a show of its very own.

Chicago Baby Show ticket giveaway

What can you expect at the Chicago Baby Show?  A family friendly jamboree with the best brands, top speakers, seminars plus lots of learning and support for your own tribe.  We have 10 tickets to giveaway (single or family) below.

Or you can purchase your tickets to the Chicago Baby Show at 50% off HERE.  So grab your favorite families, enter the giveaway or get your 50% off tickets using the link above and we'll see you at the first ever Chicago Baby Show!

This post is in partnership with the Chicago Baby Show. All opinions are honest and our own. 

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