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Moms + Small Business = Success!

Welcome to the first in a new series where I'll be highlighting local small business owners who are also moms! I am a mom and small business owner and so many of my friends and clients are too! Every mom can tell you that being a mother is a full-time job all on its own and then some of us go and decide to start small businesses as well! These moms have my utmost respect and deserve recognition for all the hard work that goes into running a business as well as a home.

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smiling woman in brown coat and black jeans sits on stoop of backyard greenhouse for lifestyle headshots

Meet Jana Sandoval - a Disney Travel Planner

Jana isn't just a Disney travel planner, she's also a homeschooling mom to 3 littles! She spent 8 years as a school teacher before deciding to stay home with her kids. 3 years ago her family took their first trip to Disney World and they fell in love! Her kids were obsessed and she had so much fun with the planning process. She'd been looking for ways to help bring in extra income for their family and becoming a Disney travel planner provided the perfect solution. Jana said that this new role has been such a blessing both in her family's lives and the lives of the families she serves!

Jana's Disney Faves

Favorite Disney Park: EPCOT- Guardians of the Galaxy, margaritas, and plenty of open space for kids to play and explore. What more could you want? (EPCOT is my favorite too but it's because I love the World Showcase!)

Favorite Ride: Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom

Favorite Disney Resort: Wilderness Lodge because it has a great vibe, fun pool, good food, and Magic Kingdom is just a boat ride away! Also, the Art of Animation is a super fun theme with mostly family suites and Skyliner access to both EPCOT and Hollywood Studios!

Favorite Disney Princess: Belle

Favorite part about being a Disney Travel Planner: Helping families with small children make lasting memories by taking the stress out of planning a Disney trip.

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#1 Disney Trip Planning Tip

Say that 3 times fast!

I asked Jana for her top tip for anyone planning a trip to Disney with kids and this is what she said:

"My number one travel tip when it comes to taking kids to Disney is to make your trip your own! No one family is the same. Some kids love rides, some kids hate meeting characters, some kids can sit through shows and sit down meals and some can't. It's okay! There is so much magic to be experienced at Disney and there is no one way to do it! Helping my clients make their vacation 100% their own is my top priority and I have so much fun doing it! "
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Take out the stress and plan your Disney trip with Jana!

Are you looking for help with planning your next (or first) trip to Disney? Jana helps families plan trips to Disney World, Disneyland, or even a Disney Cruise! Or maybe you're interested in becoming a Disney travel planner yourself! Either way, Jana can help! She's got a newsletter and is always posting great travel tips and tricks on her social media. Here are all the ways you can connect with Jana!

My Recommendation

We used a Disney travel planner for our trip to Disney World in March of 2023 and it was the best decision I could have made! (Sadly, it wasn't Jana but we will definitely be using her next time!) It had been over 10 years since I'd been to Disney and my parents handled all the planning for that trip so this was the first trip where I had to "do it all" and I was overwhelmed! Letting someone else who knows the ins and outs take care of the mundane details made our Disney trip so much more enjoyable and we got to do and see everything that was important to us! I highly recommend using a Disney Travel planner for your next Disney vacation!

Here are some of my favorite photos from our 2023 trip to Disney World!

mom and dad hold little girl between them with sign for daughter's birthday at Magic Kingdom Disney World
little girl in purple dress waits by shop at Disney World Magic Kingdom main st
3 year old girl smiles in doorway of main st shop at Disney's Magic Kingdom
little girl with brown curls looks into the window display of a shop on main st in Disney's Magic Kingdom
smiling 3 year old in purple dress checks out the window display of a shop on main st in Disney's Magic Kingdom
mother and daughter hold hands and look inside the window display of a shop at Disney's Magic Kingdom
little girl with mouse ears sits on dad's shoulders with Cinderella's castle in the distance
little girl in Minnie Mouse shirt enjoys her first ride on the Magic Kingdom carousel
little girl poses in front of the Chinese gardens at EPCOT
the Spaceship Earth at the entrance to EPCOT lit up in the early morning light with a moody sky
little girl dressed as Minnie Mouse holds out a Mickey rice crispy treat blocking her face
little girl dressed as Minnie Mouse poses with the Minnie Mouse character at Chef Mickey's restraurant in Disney World
Little girl holds up a birthday sign sideways in a candy store at Disney World
Little girl in purple straightens a letter on her birthday name sign in front of candy mural at Disney World
Mom and Dad hold daughter for family photo in front of Cinderella's castle at Magic Kingdom
family of 3 poses with birthday sign for daughter's Disney World birthday
little girl dressed as Minnie Mouse meets the character Chef Mickey
Chef Mickey character dining experience ends with shy 3 year old meeting Mickey on her birthday
family poses with Chef Mickey character after dinner at Disney World

Are you a mom and small business owner?

I'd love to feature you and your business too! Send me a message and let's connect!

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