Friday, 27 February 2015

Saratoga Springs | Disney


Aloha Sprinklerinos,

It seems like only a moment ago I was writing THIS blog post about my sweet baby being born, but now, fast forward almost four years and she's a proper little child. 



 (I want to remember how little these leggies are forever)



I took these pictures thinking I was going to write a 'Baby OOTD' but when I looked closely, I realised all of these clothes are from last year and so if you wanted to buy any of them, you'd be pretty frustrated. I decided instead just to share some pictures of the resort we stayed at and have a little chat. 

(This little area was right outside our building -there are lots of different blocks of villas- and was the perfect spot of OOTD photography. Obviously if you're not a blogger, it was also a great spot for family photographs. I liked it a lot).

(I also like this little goober a lot too).

About six weeks ago, Disney invited our family to come and experience one of their holidays and despite having a subsequent holiday to the same destination with the BitsandClips family booked, we said yes- you can't say 'no' to Disney!!

We stayed at the Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa is modelled on a late 1800's New York retreat that was famous for it's horse racing and spas. Everywhere you go on the property there are nods to horses and I enjoyed that. It didn't feel at all like a kids hotel but at the same time, there were obvious elements of Disney, which as you can imagine, really pleased me. 

(Sweet chairs for sweet babies to watch films in the lobby whilst you check in or wait for taxis and transfers)

(Horsey! I thought this might be from Mary Poppins?)

 (I thought this was really cool. A little shaded area with picnic benches, a BBQ, lights and a fan. It was right by the pool and looked like the perfect place for a family get together or a small party. I love that those facilities were provided). 

(I love that even the pool had a horse racing theme and it looks so fun for kiddies. I had actually gone to PlaylistLive by the time Darcy had a play in here but Matt said she really enjoyed it).

(Darcy wasn't thrilled about being splashed in the face with the water springs but she did enjoy toddling round them all haha).

The villa we stayed in was a spacious one bedroomed apartment which a huge bath, separate shower and toilet room, patio area looking over the golf course, fully equipped kitchen and double pull out sofa bed for Darcy. It was very lovely. 

The property is huge, with several pools, places to eat to suit various budgets and a spa (which I didn't go to sadly). I wish I had had time to really wander around and learn more about the place and see it all but we were often rushing from one place to another and so time escaped us. 

Things I liked about Saratoga Springs :: 

 Everywhere felt REALLY clean, pristine and well cared for. 
♥ When you arrive in the lobby, the man opening the door or the people on front desk say, 'Welcome Home'. It's weird at first but then it feels really nice. 
 It was a haven of pastel colours- pinks and creams and sages as far as the eye could see. 
♥ The lobby had little tiny 'fancy' chairs in for little tiny 'fancy' people to sit in and watch films. 
♥ The gardens were well tended and just felt really pretty. 
♥ The little food shop was a welcome addition. 
♥ The ease of getting to all the parks using the free bus service.

I will be uploading all my Disney vlogs over the next few days (since it's only 8 days until we go back haha!) so you will of course see more of the resort, including a full apartment tour. 

Have you ever stayed at Saratoga Springs? What did you think? We were gifted our week's stay there but haven't been paid to write this post or say nice things, I just wanted to share my thoughts with you. 

Coming up next -

Holiday OOTD's
Disney Design Love
Disney World Photo Dump
Hollywood Studios
Travelling With Toddlers
Eating At Disney

Toodlepip!

xx

112 comments:

  1. looks like you had a fantastic time! darcy looks so sweet! lovely blog post.
    Jess x
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  2. have you ever been to Disneyland Paris? is there anything you'd recommend?

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  3. Wow Darcy's becoming a proper young lady with some serious style going on. Looks like you're having an awesome time, can't wait to read all about it!

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  4. I loved this post and I can't wait to read the other Disney ones!

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  5. I cant wait to see your vlogs of your trip. I'm hoping to take my two to Disney Paris in 2016 (we have holidays booked already and they'll be old enough to appreciate it more). My little girl is 4 in September, its crazy how fast they grow. x

    Kate | A British Sparkle

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  6. Darcy is the cutest baby ever!! Also you look gorgeous of course*

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  7. This looks so lovely! Looks like you and Darcy had a lot of fun!
    Love

    Pili

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  9. Hey Louise!

    First of all, you are amazing. You are talented in many ways! I would tell you in every language is, but I don't know that many languages. HAHA.
    Second of all, I'm glad you had a lovely time. I'm glad you still had some time for family during playlist.
    Third, you remind me of my sister, she is a lot like you, she looks a bit like you and she has the same sweet and caring personality. She also has a toddler that is four years old. Her name is Sophie and she love love loves Disney. My sister lives in England with her daughter and husband and I still live in Belgium because I still go to uni. I miss my sister, but when I see your video it makes me happy, I think of her then and send her a message, just something simple. I only see my sister every 2-3 months, so watching your videos is like she's a little bit closer to me. I know it doesn't makes sense, but it makes me happy.

    I love you, Louise!

    XOXO Lot (just a girl from Belgium who loves you)

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  10. Darcy is an absolute gem. Your family is beautiful Louise. x

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  11. Darcy is just the cutest little girl! I would love to visit Disney, only been to the one in Paris. Sounds like you had a nice holiday! :)

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  12. Aww, both of you look so beautiful and happy!

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  13. i will be gobsmacked if you follow through with this series hahaha

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  14. So many lovely photos! Thanks for sharing :) looking forward to seeing the vlogs!

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  15. This looks such a lovely place :) looks like you had a good time :)

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  16. This looks lovely! Disney resorts and hotels are just the best! So well themed, and lovely and it means you're always within the magic x

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  17. im so excited for the bitsandclips trip! i really need those blue polka dot pumps for my 3 year old!! xx

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  18. I can't believe Darcy is nearly 4! I remember when I started reading your blog, she was just a tiny baby xo

    Jenny // That Northern Gal

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  19. I haven't been to Florida for years and I would love to go back. Saratoga Springs looks like right up my street!

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  20. This is soo cute! I can't wait to read the Disney posts! I haven't been since I was really small too! I really want to go back! I'm glad you had such a great time! The place you stayed looks incredible!
    xx
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  21. She is so cute =] Love your post

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  22. Darcey is so cute! You are a great mother to her! PLease check out my blog if you can: AutumnWillow@blogspot.com

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  23. Darcy is adorable. It looks like y'all are having a great time and lots of fun <3

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  24. Indeed time runs so fast! I can remember subscribing to all of you guys when no one has hit a 300,000 mark yet and look where all of you are now. I can just imagine little Darcy growing up to be a fine young lady like her mom. I'm excited to see more of your trip Louise and I definitely love your outfit, Darcy's as well and those mini chairs!

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  25. Gorgeous photos! It looks so nice there, sounds like heaven especially with a pastel colours scheme!!! x

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  26. It looks like you had such a lovely time, Darcy looks adorable as always! Love her outfits! :D xx

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  27. I have been waiting for your Disney theme post and videos. Are you going to post any videos of your trip? I live near the real Saratoga Springs and Disney really nail it. From your pictures, the resort looks just like the race track.

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  28. Very excited for all the disney posts. From the instagram shots you all looked like you had an amazing time. Soooo jealous!
    Reinventing Neesha ♥

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  29. Lovely blogpost! :) Darcy looks super cute in her little outfit and you just wanna give her a cuddle. The place you stayed in looks absolutely lovely :)

    Franzixxx
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  30. I'm from Saratoga Springs! We still have the racetrack and a bunch of historical buildings. I knew Disney had a resort modeled after the town but I've never been there or even seen pictures :( I am so excited for your vlogs now!

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  31. Baby glitter!! Beautiful little lady!! You are such an inspirational mother!

    Ivy x
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  32. Those chairs are unbelievably sweet!

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  33. I love this, darcy is so cute!
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  34. Louise you look stunning in that outfit! And I love how playful Darcy's first outfit is! Also looks comfortable and ideal for a child running around! :)

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  35. I went to Disney World after Christmas 2013, and we stayed at Saratoga Springs too! Mind you it was my parents, my 17 year old brother and I, a bit different than your young family of 3, but we really enjoyed it as well. My brother eats constantly, so we really appreciated how easy it was to get food in the morning before we'd go to the parks and at night when we'd come back. Plus the food was actually pretty good, I think. I don't know if you or Matt golf, but my Dad likes that course. :)

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  36. She is a little beauty Louise, I hope I have a little girl just as lush as Darcy one day! This looks like such a beautiful holiday.

    Meme xx

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  38. Lovely photos Louise! <3

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  39. Hi Louise! I'm not sure if you heard of the Disney Vacation Club while you were at Disney, but it's like a timeshare program. Members buy into a Home Resort like Saratoga Springs. One of the slogans for the Vacation Club is that it is your "home away from home." That's why they say Welcome Home! My family are members of the Vacation Club and Saratoga Springs is one of our home resorts and I'm so glad that you liked it! It's one of my favorite places to stay! If you come back for another visit, you should look into the Royal Rooms at Port Orleans Riverside Resort because they are princess themed and super magical! =)

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  40. Aw such a cutie! Darcy will be so grateful someday to see that her lovely mum has been documenting precious moments like this.
    Marianne XX

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  41. Wow it looked like an incredible trip! The little chairs in the lobby are the cutest thing I've seen, and Darcy looks so gorgeous in the photos- she's turning into a proper little lady!
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  42. It looks so lovely, glad you had a great time! Also love both your outfits, Darcy is growing up so fast wow.

    Kathryn : )
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  43. It looks like you had an amazing trip! Those little chairs are just so cute ee! It's so scary to see how much Darcy has grown, it really does feel like yesterday that I watched Zoe's video on your channel saying that she was almost here! xo

    Josephine Jade xox

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  44. Awh Darcy is adorable and becoming such a stylish little lady.
    I really hope that I'll be able to go to Disneyland at some point, never been! And the hotel sounds absolutely fab. Can't wait to see what you all got up to. :)

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  46. Aww those pictures of you and Darcy are too cute! I cant wait to see your vlogs from your Disney adventures :) xx

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  47. Darcy is growing up so fast and you should defiantly be a proud mamma. I am a big lover for Disney and cannot wait for when you upload more posts and the Vlogs :)

    ~Katy Summers (TeenageBlogger)

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  48. Congratulations on 2 million subscribers Louise! You deserve every single one, you should be so proud, and a proud mum too, these pictures are adorable!

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  49. she is just so cute! I can't believe you're now on 2 million subs! that is amazing :D


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  50. Darcy is the cutest! Such a cute family! :)
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  52. Looks like such a beautiful hotel!

    Renee
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  53. It's so incredible to see how much Darcy has grown over the past few years! She's just such a lovely and cute girl ♥

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  54. this looks like such an amazing place! i want to go so badly!

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  55. that looks amazing!

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  56. Love that. I'll make sure to look up that place when I go to orlando

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    Tyana
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  57. It's always mind blowing watching a child grow up and thinking "where did all the time go?!" not that I have any children myself, but Darcy and my own baby cousins are just so adorable! children and babies give you that feeling that nothing else can give you! It's simultaneously heart warming and heart breaking to watch them grow up.

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  58. I love your skirt Louise! It looks amazing on you!
    Also, Darcy looks adorable, as always (You dress her well, mama glitter!)
    Xx

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  59. The hotel seems so lovely! I like that they say 'Welcome Home'
    Darcy looks so cute in that outfit :)

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  60. awww <3 your daughter so cute & stylish

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  61. Saratoga Springs is a lovely place irl, so I imagine the resort is totally lovely! Hopefully I will get the chance to see visit at some point, as I love Disney so much!!

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    xoxo

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  62. So beautiful as always Louise, thanks for sharing!

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  63. Absolutely lovely! Glad you had a good time at the resort (: xxx

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  64. Hey!
    I love you and Darcy so so much and i'm so glad you had an amazing time in Disney, I am also a blogger and would love it if you could possibly check out my blog? but even if you see this comment I will be so so grateful as you are amazing and my idol x
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  65. It's crazy how time flies! Seems like yesterday Darcy was only born x


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  66. Aww Darcy is just the cutest♥

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    xoxox

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  67. Wow this looks great, I'm hope you had a lovely time. Darcy's outfits are always the prettiest, she is too adorable!

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  68. What a cutie and I love both your outfits. I hope to do outfit pictures with my daughter in the future.

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  69. I loved this post, Darcy is adorable and you look stunning! I love you so much xx

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  71. Beautiful post Louise those photos of Darcy are so cute!
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  72. Those leggies are just adorbs! Love you so much Louise, I am sure Darcy will be a fine woman thaks to you (I bet that she'll super competitive though, just like youuu!)

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  73. Love this post you both look so cute :) x

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  74. It sounds amazing Louise - I also really like how the hotel is a "touch of Disney" instead of full on Mickey.

    Lizzie Dripping

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  75. It really looks like a nice place to stay at. I'm excited for the vlogs ^^.

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  76. Saratoga Springs sounds incredible! I want to go there!! :) Wendy xx
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  77. She's seriously the cutest. I hope you had a nice day!
    xx K

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  78. Love Darcy�� So cute�� Xx

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  79. Great post! This looks like a lovely place to stay.
    Darcy is super cute, as always!
    Emily
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  80. Amazing photos!! You and Darcy are so beautiful xx
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  81. I go to disney in june, I cant wait! Looking forward to seeing more of your blog posts all about disney :) xx
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  82. I love this post the photos are wonderful. I love Disney and their hotels they always go all out with the theming. This hotel looks like a beautiful place to stay.

    Beth x
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  83. Looks like you had a brilliant time. Really would love to go to disney sometime... Never to old!

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  84. In love with your blog recently and look forward to reading whenever I get a notification! Gorgeous photo's x

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  85. Darcy is so cute! I hope you had a great time at Disney xxx

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  86. Adorable!! x

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  87. this is just way to cute xx :) b.t.w your youtube chanel and blog really help me through good and bad times also just lke you and zoe me and my best friend call eachother chummy xxx Have a good time when you go back lysm thankyou for all you do xxxx

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  89. Looks like you had a really fun time Sprinkle mum! xx bubba glitter is so grown up but still as cute as ever

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  90. This is such an adorable post! It looks like you had an amazing time, I can't wait to have the chance to go myself! xx

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  91. I'm Staying at saratoga springs when i go in a few weeks, hope you had a nice time!

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  92. This makes me want to go back to Disney sooo bad:(

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  93. Darcy is soooo cute!

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  94. Baby glitter is the cutest <3

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  95. Darcy is so cute I remember going to Disney when I was her age it was so magical and I'm lucky enough to be going this year too! xx

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  96. Saratoga looks so beautiful! Hopefully I can go there one day.. It's so nice that you and Darcy just go on adventures together :)

    Arianne

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  97. This vlog was adorable. Darcy was just to cute when she was meeting all the princesses :)
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  98. Darcy is so sweet! I love how your share these precious memories with us, they're just so special x

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  99. You look beautiful Louise! And not-so-anymore-a-baby Darcy looks so cute!
    The pics are amazing <3

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  101. Your Disney posts make me miss it! I'd love to go back right now and enjoy the warmer weather :)

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  102. I just cannot get over what a perfect combination of you and your husband Darcy is! She has your amazing eyes, and his smile. And she's also managed to inherit your pout. XD

    Seeing these photos is really amazing. I'd love to see America one day and especially visit Disney World. I have vague memories of visiting the one in Paris a few times when I was younger, but it doesn't really compare to the images and videos you've taken.

    I love when you record your trips like this. Much love.

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  103. I love disney, perfect article Louise! Baby glitter is so cuteeee!xx

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  104. Your daughter is so cute. Looks like you have wonderful time together.
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  105. So, SO cute. Oh my gosh, what a gorgeous little post here. Glad you had a lot of fun!

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  106. Oww, your daughter is really cute and sweet!! :) Nice photos :)

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  107. This post makes my heart feel warm and fuzzy, but mostly it is also absolutely lovely to see what a beautiful, seemingly well mannered and well behaved little girl Darcy is growing up to be! (I say seemingly because I know the internet isn't everything, but it's difficult to not be yourself, aged 3, so well dones all round!!)

    Simply wonderful! I'm glad to hear you had such a great time :)

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