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Disneyland Discount and Win a Gift Card

March 4, 2016 in Mailbox, Out the Door by Melanie

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It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of Disneyland. I spent almost 40 days at the Happiest Place on Earth in 2015. We had so much fun, and I would do it again in a heartbeat! It takes us some time to save up for our big annual pass year, and it’s always worth every sacrifice we make to save up those pennies. So I’m super excited to help you save more than just pennies on your Disneyland vacation!

Disneyland just raised their prices again, but you can still get the old lower prices until March 8 at Get Away Today. It’s all about who you know, and luckily for both of us, you know me! If you’ve never booked with Get Away Today before, you should definitely check it out. They are fabulous to work with, have really awesome deals (like everyone plays at the kids price!), and even send you fun gifts. With a savings of up to $36 on each ticket, the savings can really add up.

Disneyland discount 2016

After you get a great deal on your Disneyland vacation at Get Away Today, you’re going to need a little extra cash for some Dole Whips and churros. So I’m having a little contest over on Instagram with a $25 Disney Gift Card as the prize! Here’s all you need to do:

  • First, follow 40eighteen on Instagram and watch for my Disney photos for the next few days.
  • When you see one, guess where we are in the Disneyland Resort in the photo. It’s okay if you don’t get it right. Your guess = one entry.
  • If you have the first correct guess on a photo as it shows up in my feed, you’ll get a little extra reward. First correct guess = one extra entry.
  • Tag a friend who is a Disney fan for an extra entry. You can tag as many friends as you want. It’s ok if they’re all in the same comment. Each tagged friend = one extra entry.

That’s it! Follow, guess, tag. Simple!



Remember, you have to follow 40eighteen and make your guess for any of the entries to count. This contest will run from 10:00 am March 4 until 11:59 pm March 8 MST. Several photos will be posted each of the 5 days of the contest, and one winner will be chosen from all of the entries. The winner will be announced on March 9 in an Instagram post and must claim their prize within 48 hours or forfeit to the runner up. Prize will be awarded as a $25 Disney gift card mailed to the winner. This contest is not affiliated with Instagram, Get Away Today, or Disney.

This post contains affiliate links. Your price is the same, and I earn a small commission on each sale. Thank you for supporting Forty Eighteen. 

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How I’m making this year the best one yet!

January 4, 2016 in Coffee Table by Melanie

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It’s Monday morning, and after weeks of not normal, being out of our routine, and having minimal responsibilities, we’re back to real life. The kids are all at school, the house is still, Christmas music is wafting in from the other room {and I’m not sorry}, and I have time to think – think about this new year and all of its possibility. How exciting!

Fresh starts – new beginnings – are my favorite! I even love Monday mornings because it’s like a fresh start every single week! {And let’s be real here – parents don’t really get a weekend break. Amiright?} But a brand new year is the best. So many goals and ideas of what this year can become if only I make it so.

Are you ready 2016? We’re going to be amazing!


See how I tossed a little Christmas in there? I’m just not quite ready to let it go. As I sit here in my post-Christmas break reverie, I am mostly thinking about three ways I’m going to make this new year the best one yet.

• one •

My focus for 2016, my one word, is PRIORITY.

I have a habit of trying to do too much and not doing any of it as well as I would like because I’m stretching myself too thin. {That’s the only time you’ll hear me say I’m too thin.} Too often my time isn’t spent on the things I claim as priorities. But if they were really my priorities, wouldn’t that be where I actually dedicate the most of my time and energy? This year I will focus on spending the most time on the things that matter most.


• two •

I’m a huge fan of setting goals and make resolutions. I do it a little differently than most people. I tend to make my own rules. My rules are what most experts would tell you NOT to do. But I whole heartedly believe in finding your own way, doing what works for you. I won’t let the experts decide what I should do. I will be my own expert on what works for me.

• three •

resolutions-pinWhile I was searching through old posts for my version of making resolutions, I found my resolutions from 2015. I love them. They are exactly what I needed to focus on last year. They made me smile, but reading through that list of perfect goals for my year also made me a little sad. Because how many of them did I actually do? Not one. And do you know why? Because I never looked at them again after January!

I need a lot of reminders in my day-to-day life, and for big, year-long goals I need even more. So this year I will keep my focus and my goals in plain sight, in my face, so I am constantly reminded of these ways I want to improve my life and keep myself on track.

What are you looking forward to in 2016? Here’s to a fabulous year!

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Get Away Today Giveaway

April 21, 2015 in Out the Door by Melanie

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I am counting down the days to my next Disneyland vacation. 6 days away. SIX!

Which means I’m dreaming while doing laundry — mountains of laundry. But hey, the clothes have to be clean before we can pack them, right?

60 diamond

Have you heard about Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration? You can click on the image for a little sneak peek. It starts on May 22, and sounds amazing! New fireworks, new World of Color, new parade. There’s even an awesome giveaway where guests in the park can win amazing prizes like a stay in the dream suite or a universal fastpass. I want it!!!

We already have our trip booked in June, and I have my fingers crossed for an awesome prize. In the meantime, Get Away Today is celebrating their 25th Anniversary with a $50 Gift Card for 5 lucky winners!

All you have to do is watch a short video that will get you even more excited about your Disneyland vacation. That’s it! Enter and win $50 to book your dream vacation at Get Away Today. Enter NOW.


Even if you’re not one of the lucky 5, you will find the best deal on your Disneyland vacation at Get Away Today with a free night at your hotel and even a free day on your ticket. Seriously, the best deals I’ve found – and believe me, I’ve looked.

Remember to use this code: FORTYE for an extra $10 off when you book your Get Away Today vacation!

What part of the Diamond Celebration are you most excited for?

P.S. Don’t forget to enter to win the $50 Gift Card right now!

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Tax Day 2015 Freebies and Discounts

April 15, 2015 in Out the Door by Melanie

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What’s the best way to turn a day people fear into a day people love? Free stuff!

You probably don’t usually think of celebrating tax day, but I love ANY excuse to celebrate – especially when freebies are involved. This is a list of freebies and “cheapies” you can snag today. Happy Tax Day!



• Free cookie from Great American Cookie

• Free shaved ice and Hawaiian leis at Kona Ice

• Free Jalapeno Hushpuppies or Value Curly Fries at Arby’s (not all locations)

• Free entree at Hard Rock Cafe… but be warned, this one requires some singing

• Free massage at HydroMassage

• Free shredding at Staples and Office Max/Office Depot



• Fill your cup full of frozen yogurt and toppings for $4.15 at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

• Buy one individual meal and get one free at Boston Market

• Every cheeseburger is half off at Sonic

• Free red velvet cake at KFC with the purchase of a 10-piece (or larger) family meal

• Get a free The Original small sandwich at Schlotzsky’s when you buy chips and a 32 oz drink

• Get free chips and queso with any entree purchase at California Tortilla when you whisper the secret password “Taxes Shmaxes”

• Free appetizer or dessert with purchase of adult entree at Chili’s and this coupon

• Large pizza with 5 toppings for $10.40 at Papa Johns with this code “T414TAX”

• Get half off a rib dinner at Sonny’s BBQ

• Get 15% off your entire bill at Beef O’Brady’s

• Get $10 off your bill at Bonefish Grill with this coupon through April 20th.

• Get $10 off dinner tonight if you mention this offer to your server at Texas de Brazil

 Get a free side with an entree purchase at Smashburger

• Buy one Big Mac or Quarter Pounder with cheese and get a second for a penny at McDonalds (not all locations)

• Get a short stack of pancakes for $1 at IHOP

• Get a Big Bagel Bundle for $10.40 with this coupon at Bruegger’s Bagels

• Buy one Whopper, get one free at Burger King with this coupon

• Get 15% off your dinner check at Outback Steakhouse with this coupon

• Save up to 60% on online purchases at the Cabela’s Cyberwalk Sale

• Save 40$ on your entire purchase at Justice with this coupon

Royal Caribbean will pay for your fees, taxes, and port expenses when you book a cruise today, and even more discounts (like cut your deposit in half and 50% off additional guests)

• Get a $10.40 gift card when you donate three clothing items to Fashion Project

• Dine in with one dinner entree, take a second home for free at Macaroni Grill

• Complete your P-2 Pizza tax form at to quality for a chance to win Pizza Hut gift cards

• 25% off best weekend rate for Marriott hotels in Washington, DC and Arlington when you book today

• Eat at Tony Roma’s today and get a coupon for a free dessert on your next visit

• 10% off your order at the Warner Music store with the code “TAXBREAK”

• The Entertainment Book is on sale for $10.40 + $1.99 shipping


Do you know of any more Tax Day deals? Which deal are you celebrating with today?

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Grandma’s Fruit Dip

April 14, 2015 in Kitchen by Melanie

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If you’re here from Love to Be in the Kitchen, welcome to Forty Eighteen and thanks for visiting!


My grandma was the most amazing woman. She had this way of making every grandkid feel like her favorite. She loved adventures and made everything fun. And she was the greatest cook in the world. Seriously, no matter what she cooked for you, it was the best thing you’d ever eaten.

My grandma passed away a few years ago, and I miss her. Every day. But she passed on her legacy with a family full of great cooks and even some of her amazing recipes.

Of course, getting her recipes was always a trick because she didn’t actually use recipes. She just knew how to make things taste amazing. But sometimes someone in the family would sit and watch exactly what she did and write it down as she did it. And now we can recreate some of her genius.

Grandma’s fruit dip is one of those recipes that someone wrote down, and I am so glad. It takes a typical whipped cream and marshmallow dip and kicks it up a notch or two. I love it on strawberries and bananas! It’s great on melon, too, and apples. Try it on your favorite fruit and tell me how much you love it!

Also, it’s super quick and easy to whip together – which is always a bonus. We serve it at family gatherings – large and small.

Grandma’s Fruit Dip

  • 8 oz Cool Whip
  • 1 jar marshmallow creme (1 pint)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp lemon extract
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Mix it all together. Eat with fruit.

That’s it! That’s all there is to it! It’s yummy and you will love it. Just be sure not to add too much ginger. Ew. You can add more than 1/2 tsp to taste, but I’ll just warn you if you get all the way up to a whole teaspoon, it’s not as awesome as it can be.


My favorite dessert is strawberries and cream, and this fruit dip is my “cream” of choice.

If you’re looking for fruit dip, you need to run – don’t walk – to check out the 20 Mind Blowing Fruit Dips I shared at Love to Be in the Kitchen.

Do you have a favorite fruit dip I need to try? Share! Please share!

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