11 Must Have Harry Potter Shirts

I have a firm belief that one can never have too many Harry Potter shirts.

So many great shirts for Harry Potter fans. Adult and baby shirts great for gifts.

Whether you are the world’s biggest Harry Potter fan, have a Harry Potter lover on your gift list, or you’re ready to deck out the next generation of potterheads I have 11 must have Harry Potter shirts for you today.

Oh my gosh! So many fun cute baby Harry Potter inspired pictures. Rae Gun Ramblings

Have your little one share his or her house pride with these great Hogwart’s uniform baby sets. The ties can be ordered with any house in mind (see Slytherin here). They come with cute little coordinating bottoms. Either plain for the fellas or ruffle on the bums for the little ladies!

you're just as sane as I am Luna Lovegood quote shirt. Great for Harry Potter lovers

Do you love looney Luna Lovegood? Crazy glasses, radishes from her ears, nargles and all. This Hogwarts Student Shirts is one of my new favs.

Snape is my homeboy shirt. Super awesome Harry Potter shirt.

Snape is one of the best characters ever, complicated, hate-able, brilliant, repentant, but ultimately totally driven by love. My sister requested this awesome Snape is My Homeboy shirt for our trip to Orlando this past summer and I’ve also listed a version in baby sizes tooLove this awesome Hermione is my home girl shirt. Yay for fabulous strong girl role models. Perfect Harry POtter gift
Maybe you’re more of a Hermione gal? Books and school and all that? We got SO many compliments on my niece’s Hermione is My Homegirl shirt that I made for her to wear at the Wizarding World this Summer. I promised to add it to my shop and I finally have. Right now I just have the baby version up but if you want one in an adult size I can do a custom order just email me or contact me through the shop.
Awesome Dobby the house elf quote shirt perfect for Harry Potter fans

There is just something awesome about Dobby’s straight forward ways. Love this Dobby the House Elf quote shirt. The quote says “Dobby never meant to kill. Dobby only meant to maim, or seriously injure.” It’s perfect for all your crazy little house elves!

Too funny love this Harry Potter I'm with the muggle shirt.

This was the one shirt my mom wanted for our trip to the Wizarding World. She thought she was soooo funny. Do you have a Muggle in your life? Shout your proud with this fun I’m With the Muggle Shirt.

Harry Potter Inspired House pride skirt - Rae Gun Ramblings
This Swish and Flick top is so simple but screams a love for all things Harry Potter. I’ve got the the onesie versions available but if anyone is interested in adult ones I’m happy to do custom orders.

DIY 1 hour Quidditch jersey tutorial. Easy Harry Potter costume tutorial

You don’t have to limit your Harry Potter shirts to tees and tanks. This one size fits most Quidditch jersey is fun to throw over anything. So many family members have worn this one it’s awesome and easy to wear you have to see the back. You can make your own by following the tutorial here or buy one here.

So fun Make Love Not Horcruxes shirt and book bag. Perfect for Harry Potter fans

I loooooove this Make Love Not Horcruxes shirt. I’ve made myself many over the years but this was the very first of my Harry Potter shirt designs and still one of my very favorites.

Fabulous Hermione shirt. When in doubt go to the library. Perfect for Harry Potter fans and all around booknerds.

This Hermione Library Quote shirt is my personal favorite. I mean a we know how awesome Hermione already is and the library is so awesome too. So what’s there not to love right?

Fun Harry Potter inspired onesie. Class of '32 at Rae Gun Ramblings

Personalized Hogwarts Student Shirts. These can be made in both baby and adult sizes all you have to do is request your graduation year of preference! This would make a super fun baby shower gift or even a clever baby announcement.

hogwarts alumn skirt and ikat knit diy skirt

What more Potter posts? I have loads? Check out more than 100 Harry Potter recipes, book lists, crafts, and more here. But for now here are a couple of my favs!

So many great books for Harry Potter fans. I've read a ton of these and totally agree with this reading list.

A book for every type of Harry Potter fan. These are all great some as good as Harry Potter, I know sounds impossible right?

Hands down the best Harry Potter crafts, diys, tutorials, recipes and more

Every year I do a Harry Potter series every Summer with tons of blogger friends sharing all kinds of Harry Potter projects. This is my round up of just last year’s awesome Harry Potter projects.

over 40 pictures of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

This past Summer we went to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. And I shared a whole heck of a lot of photos in this post just so you could see the awesomeness from all different parts and angles and details a sort of Photo tour of Harry Potterland if you will.

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Harry Potter Quidditch Jersey Tutorial

Did you hear? They announced the opening date of the new Wizarding World at Universal Studios Hollywood! Epp I’m so so excited. I think that requires a Harry Potter post to celebrate!

Love this. Easy DIY Harry Potter Quidditch jersey. fast sewing tutorial

But really I think it’s been way too long since I’ve had a Harry Potter post. I’ve been going through withdrawal since my trip to Universal Orlando this Summer (did you catch my HUGE Wizarding World photo tour). Today I am sharing a SUPER EASY Harry Potter quidditch jersey tutorial.

Love this! Adorable Harry Potter couple costume (works for pregnant costume too). Golden Snitch and quidditch player costume tutorial

A few years back (when I was pregnant with Teddy) I made Daniel and I Golden Snitch and Quidditch Player costumes. As always it was SUPER last minute since I was so busy making all the orders (many of them Hogwart’s Student Costumes) for my shop. So I threw together my Snitch costume and with the hour I had left made Daniel a crazy easy jersey to be my quidditch playing partner.fast and easy harry potter costume. DIY quidditch robe tutorial

Trust me you if you have basic sewing skills you can totally make this. I’d say this is an advanced beginner level project (not hard enough to count as intermediet but you need to be comfortable using the sewing machine). If you don’t want to bother I decided to sell a “free size” version of this Quiddidtch jersey in my shop.

Make a Harry Potter costume in 1 hour. Easy DIY quidditch robes jersey tutorial

What You Need

  • Loose fitting shirt for your pattern
  • Large paper for tracing your pattern (kid drawing paper or even tissue paper works well)
  • Knit Fabric (maroon and goldenrod unless you want to do one of the other Hogwarts Houses) make your pattern first and then you can see how much you need
  • Iron-on Vinyl and a cutting machine (like a Cricut Explore)

What To Do

Start by making your pattern:

  1. I used one of Daniel’s T-shirts (men’s Large from Old Navy) and the jersey works great for him and for me. After all it’s a loose vest thing it doesn’t have to fit perfectly. Fold it in half. Trace the basic shape of the bodice (not including the sleeves.
  2. Instead of doing a curve for the neck I just angled the line down from the shoulder.
  3. Cut out your pattern 1/2 inch outside your tracing line so that you have a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
  4. Now cut out your main color fabric (maroon).

Sew your jersey together:

  1. With a 1/2 inch seam allowance sew your shoulder seams together.
  2. Then sew down your side seams. I used a serger but you can just sew it on a sewing machine. Since you’re using a knit you don’t have to worry about finishing your seams.

Next cut out your accent fabric (goldenrod):

  1. You want 5 inch strips the width of the fabric for the front band and 2 inch strips for the armhole bands.
  2. Lay it along the front edge of your jersey you just sewed.
  3. You might need to sew two strips together to make it long enough if so do that. Cut a length the right side for the front.
  4. Next lay it around the armhole and cut to the right size. Make a tube for each armhole by sewing the short ends together. Repeat for the other side.
  5. Iron each piece in half and then sew (or serge) to the jersey.
  6. You should now have the basic jersey made. All that is left is decorating it.

Make your iron-ons:

  1. If you’ve never used heat transfer vinyl it’s one of my FAVORITE craft supplies you can learn more with my How to use Iron-on Vinyl post but for now I’ll just assume you know how to use it.
  2. I just searched for an emblem I liked and then typed out what I wanted it to say on the back, cut it out of my vinyl and then ironed it on.

1 hour Quidditch jersey tutorial. Great Harry Potter costume idea

It really was just as easy as that. And I was left with a darling jersey that has been worn for Halloween, races, and even traveled to Universal Orlando with us earlier this year. I wore it then :)

So fun to wear to the wizarding ward. great diy harry potter quidditch robes in just 1 hour. easy sewing tutorial

And again if you’d rather just buy one you can order a Harry Potter quidditch jersey in my shop now. SO SORRY to all the people I said no to over the last few years. I just wasn’t really to make them for sale then. But I am now.

Awesome Harry Potter Recipes and Crafts. Great desserts, tutorials, and gift ideas

And the Harry Potter fun doesn’t end there. I’ve teamed up with a bunch of Potter loving blogger friends to share even more projects check out these scrumptious Harry Potter inspired recipes and creative DIY’s below!

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Harry Potter Butterbeer Cupcakes by Sugar & Soul

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Harry Potter Party by The Love Nerds

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Harry Potter’s Butterbeer Fudge by Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt

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His & Hers Harry Potter Mugs by The Crafty Wife

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Golden Snitch Truffles by CakeWhiz

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Hogwarts House Crest Ornaments by Hey, Let’s Make Stuff

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Harry Potter Butterbeer Cake by Eat It & Say Yum

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Harry Potter DIY Golden Snitch Ornament by Kid’s Fun Review

DIY 1 hour Quidditch jersey tutorial. Easy Harry Potter costume tutorial

Want more HARRY POTTER? See TONS of Harry Potter projects, recipes, party ideas, book read-a-likes and more just click here!

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What to Eat at Universal Orlando and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

These all look so good. THings to remember to try on vacation at universal studios and the wizarding world of harry potter

A great vacation requires great food. For those of you who follow me on Instagram you know my family is all about yummy food. So I’m super excited to share my top picks of what to eat when you’re visiting Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.

As I mentioned last week in my tour of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter we had a complete blast visiting the area and theme parks so today I’m sharing my favorite foods to make YOUR next trip to Universal Orlando the most delicious it can be.

What to eat at Universal Orlando - Frozen butterbeer at the wizarding world of harry potter and the three broomsticks

1. Butterbeer, Butterbeer, Butterbeer!

If you do one thing food-wise when you visit please please please buy yourself a Butterbeer (or two or three). This is a non-alcoholic drink that is absolutely delicious. It’s like a butterscotchy-y cream soda.

Regular (non-frozen) butterbeer. And what else to eat at the wizarding world of harry potter universal studios

It comes both in the regular drink variety which is a very tasty carbonated bit of yumminess.

Must get butterbeer at the wizarding world of harry potter

And in a frozen version. My sister and husband are adamant that they prefer the frozen kind. If you have to pick one I would say go for the frozen kind.

Best foods to eat at the wizarding world of harry potter number 1 is butterbeer

But that being said I think I like both the regular one just as much as the frozen one. It kinda depends on my mood. We had Butterbeer every day we were there.

Must eat food at universal Orlando. number 1 is butterbeer

To me it’s like gelato in Italy you just have to do it and as often as possible!

Top foods at universal orlando - seafood pot pie

2. Lombard’s Seafood Grille

Fashioned after the famous San Francisco eatery this was hands down MY favorite place we ate the whole time we were in Orlando. And crazy enough it was in the theme park. Everything we had was very tasty. The portions were generous and it was really nice to take a break from the fast pace of the amusement park and sit down to a restaurant meal.

Best food at Universal Orlando - fisherman's basket

In fact I loved the food so much that I almost went back in the same day. Unfortunately they were closed when it was dinner time since the park was closing shortly. We had the Fisherman’s Basket which was a fried seafood lover’s dream.

what to eat at universal studios orlando - clam chowder

The clam chowder which was so tasty I had to resist gobbling it down since I bought that for Teddy (he also highly approved). And my sister ordered the Lobster and Corn Bisque which was just as yummy as it was stunning.

best foods to eat at universal studios - lobster and corn bisque

But my biggest regret was not stealing a bit of my mom and dad’s seafood pot pie . They said it was so good and were raving about it later and boy did it look amazing. The prices were very reasonable and we were able to share stuff and feel satisfied. I would definitely go back (in fact I wish I could go back now) you can see the whole menu here.

Best food at universal - the simpsons fast food

3. The Simpson’s Fast Food Boulevard

If you’re looking for something a little faster you can go through the cafeteria style lines of Fast Food Boulevard with all your The Simpson show inspired favorites that’s sure to have something for everyone in your group. We couldn’t resist trying the Chicken and Waffle Sandwich which was topped with a tasty maple syrup mayo.

Lard Lad donut at universal studios and other MUST try food

The kids were feeling the pizza and baby boy goggled his portion down. There are lots of other options like fried fish, burgers and hot dogs. But you can’t get out of there without trying the iconic Lard Lad donut. It’s massive and surprisingly yummy. And you know from my instagram feed that we are donut connoisseurs. You can see their full offerings here.

food at the Leaky cauldron and other must eats for universal studios

4. The Leaky Cauldron

Harry Potter fans can’t miss the opportunities to eat in one of the wizard themed eateries. We decided on The Leaky Cauldron and it was great. Just like all the other stuff in the Wizarding World, the attention to detail was down right magical.Menu for the Leaky Cauldron at the wizarding world of harry potter

It was SO fun to sit in there and dine. Also for a sit down restaurant they are surprisingly fast at serving you. It takes a while to get through the line to order but once we did our food came fast.

What to eat at the leaky cauldron at the wizarding world of harry potter

Our favorite by far was the Toad in the Hole. It was unique but also super tasty. We also had the Beef, Lamb, and Guiness Stew pictured above but we didn’t love that. The bread was a bit dry but it wasn’t bad.

Sticky Toffee pudding at the wizrading world of harry potter

The sticky toffee puddings was very yummy almost a cake version of butterbeer.

Menu for the Leaky Cauldron at the wizarding world of harry potter

I was super impressed with the portion size of the Bangers and Mash and I really liked the taste of those as well but ever since my Summer in Oxford I’ve had a soft spot for Banges and Mash.

Cowfish at universal citywalk and other must eat food

 5. Cowfish at Universal CityWalk

In the park isn’t the only place to eat. Universal is split into two theme parks that’s connected with CityWalk (a row of shops and restaurants) on the outside and the Hogwart’s Express on the inside. It’s just as easy to step outside the gates to grab a bite and I’m so glad we were able to try out Cowfish.

what to eat at universal orlando

The eatery get’s it’s name since they serve both burgers and sushi. Super fun right? We had the Crab Rangoon Dip, Parmesan Bacon Truffle Fries, Boursin Bacon Burger, Spicy Yellow Tail Roll, the Prime Time Filet and Lobster (sushi) roll, and the High Class Hill Billy (pictured here). It was all very tasty.

Awesome kids meals at cowfish at universal orlando.

But the thing I was most impressed with were the kid’s meals. We almost never order kid’s meals because honestly it’s almost always fake dumbed down food that isn’t that flavorful put there on the assumption that kids on’t eat real food. That was NOT the case here. There were really good options with real food that was both healthy and fun. For Teddy we picked the Shrimp Tempura meal which came with a shrimp tempura roll and choice of sides (we could have also had apple slices or edamame) and it had the cutest rice krispie sushi. He scarfed it down!

What to eat on vacation at universal studios

6. Bubba Gump at Universal CityWalk

Another good option in CityWalk is Bubba Gumps. If you like fried seafood (or seafood of any kind) this is a treat. Our waiter was awesome quizzing us on Forest Gump trivia while also tending to our tummies’ needs.

Eating guide to vacationing at Universal orlando

I’m always a sucker for friend shrimp and the Shrimper’s Heaven did not disappoint. But I think my favorites were a tie between Lt. Dan’s Drunken Shrimp (pictured above) or Jenny’s Catch with Lobster Butter Sauce (pictured right here). Oh man it they were SO good. The portions were very generous so we were happily stuffed just sharing a few dishes. See the full menu here.

Must eat food when traveling to universal studios orlando

7. Bula Bar and Grille at the Royal Pacific Resort

We had the pleasure of staying at Loews Royal Pacific Resort during the Family Forward retreat with Mom It Forward and the first day we were there we camped out by the amazing pool (more on that in a different post). But I was VERY impressed by the poolside food options. Not only were they super yummy but the portions were giant making them very sharable and a great bang for your buck. We tried the burger and yummy chicken sandwich both which came which a geneorus portion of fries.

Royal Pacific Hotel food So good

The kids meals were equally as big and tasty. And of course how can you pass up a poolside frozen daiquiri?

Top 9 foods to eat at Universal studios and the wizarding world of harry potter

8. Pumpkin Juice

Butterbeer get’s all the fame but if you are a fan of pumpkin stuff (like my husband) then you’ll want to grab yourself one of these. The pumpkin juice comes in the cutest bottle (yes I brought it home). It’s like a yummy refreshing spiced thin juice that tastes like fall in a bottle.

must eat food when vacationing at the wizarding world of harry potter

9. Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour

And last but not least I highly highly recommend the delicious ice cream from Florean Frotescue’s in Diagon Alley. This is your chance to try butterbeer in yet another form -soft serve ice cream. I’m not going to lie that butterbeer cone my sister and nieces got was DELISH.

butterbeer ice cream and other must try food in the wizarding world of harry potter

But I was happy with the flavors I picked to share with the hubby -Salted Caramel Blondie (one of their best sellers so suuuuuuppppper yummy flavors) and Apple Crumble.

I was so pleasantly surprised with all the food we had during our trip. Have you been to Universal Studios Orlando? Is there anything else I need to make sure to try next time I’m in town?

And if you missed it make sure to check out my photo tour of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter full of tons of fun pictures.

eating guide for universal studio and the wizarding world of harry potter vacations

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Photo Tour of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

over 40 pictures of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

For any Harry Potter fan news that they were creating a section of Universal Studios dedicated to our fandom sent us into a tizzy. The idea of walking through places from our favorite places (albeit fictional) were like a dream come true. And it was, I went back in 2011. But then they announced that they were expanding The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to included even more.

Diagon Alley and TONS of pictures from Harry Potter land in Universal

Butterbeer!!! The ice cream is a must  at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter tour through pictures

Not only would we get a glimpse of the Hogwarts castle and Hogsmede but Diagon Alley in all it’s glory would be brought to life too.  It’s more amazing than I could ever communicate even with my giant photo filled post here and gushing gushing gushing!

Hogsmeade at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter tour through pictures

Hogwart's Express at the WIzarding World of Harry Potter (plus tons of pictures)

Hogsmeade, Diagon Ally and more Thestrals and Lots of pictures so you can experience what it's like to walk through the wizarding world of harry potter

Let me tell you after visiting at the beginning of the month it is JUST as magical as you’d imagine.  You guys the attention to detail is something else. Like my pictures are cool but when you’re there your jaw will drop!

Photo tour of harry potter world

Honeydukes Hogsmeade, Diagon Ally and more Thestrals and Lots of pictures so you can experience what it's like to walk through the wizarding world of harry potter

I shared about the first installment of the Wizarding World a few years ago in my first trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter post but even after just a few short years there is so much to say and show you! We were there for three days this past month with #FamilyForward and while that was enough to experience it, everything was SO cool I felt like I could go back and take in every little inch super slowly and never get tired of it!

Lots of pictures so you can experience what it's like to walk through the wizarding world of harry potter

Thestrals and Lots of pictures so you can experience what it's like to walk through the wizarding world of harry potter

Street signs Hogwart's Castle and huge picture tour  love the detail of the wizarding world of harry potter

For today I will just show you the awesomeness in pictures. I want YOU to be able to experience it without my constant gabbering in your ear. But I do have SO much to say since I don’t want you to miss out on any of the awesomeness since I know that will be so easy with so many pictures.

tour of the wizarding world of harry potter

Owl Posts and lots of pictures of Harry Potter stuff at universal

Just take it in. And then go start aggressively saving for your own trip because it is TOTALLY WORTH IT. No really TOTALLY WORTH IT. If this post makes you happy, then you can’t even imagine how stepping on those streets and experiencing the world will be. I want to go back already!

Weasley's WIzard Wheezes at the wizarding world of harry potter and lots of pictures

photo tour of wizarding world of harry potter inside the joke shop plus so much more.

Don’t worry I won’t leave you hanging. I have PLENTY to SAY about all the awesomeness that is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. But I’m saving that for later. But let’s say for any Harry Potter fan, this place feels like home.

Flourish & Blotts Wizarding World of Harry Potter tour through pictures

Ollivander's Wand Shop and  Wizarding World of Harry Potter tour through pictures

Borgin and Burkes at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter tour through pictures

The ice cream is a must Borgin and Burkes at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter tour through pictures

And boy do I have a lot to say. I have even MORE pictures and a page full of post titles for all the different things (the food, what to wear, what to skip, what not to miss, photo spots, etc.) that I want to share about Harry Potterland and Universal Orlando as a whole.

Hogwart's Castle and huge picture tour  love the detail of the wizarding world of harry potter

Three Broomstick at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter tour through pictures

Gringotts Ride and DIagon alley plus huge photo tour or the wizarding world of harry potter

Diagon Alley at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter tour through pictures

Diagon Alley at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter tour through pictures

picture tour love the detail of the wizarding world of harry potter

picture tour with moving posters love the detail of the wizarding world of harry potter

Make sure to check back in since I will be sharing my Top Ten Musts for the Wizarding World next week. I’ll also be sharing one of my super favorite aspects the interactive wand features. Along with videos and some insider tips.

Grimauld Place home of the Order of the Phoenix at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter tour through pictures

Wizard photos inside Hogwart's Castle at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter tour through pictures

But for now I just want you to Take.It.All.In. These are just a fraction of the pictures that I have to share. And seriously limited them to just these was super hard. I’ll be sharing more in blog posts here and on my instagram.

SO cool Hogsmeade, Diagon Ally and more Thestrals and Lots of pictures so you can experience what it's like to walk through the wizarding world of harry potter

So much detail SO cool Lots of pictures so you can experience what it's like to walk through the wizarding world of harry potter

Can't wait to vacation at universal orlando  Lots of pictures so you can experience what it's like to walk through the wizarding world of harry potter

I can’t wait to go into even more depth and share all the fun details of Gringotts, Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, The Leaky Cauldron, The Hogwart’s Express, and so much more! I could do detailed tours for each of those. Would you guys want that?

The knight bus and LOTS of pictures of Harry Potter stuff from universal (photo tour)

Inside the station for the Hogwart's Express. Platform 9 3/4 at the wizarding world of harry potter

Hog's Head in Hogsmeade at the Wizarding WOrld of Harry potter with lots and lots of pictures

The Daily Prophet plus lots and lots of pictures of vacation at universal studios Wizarding WOrld of Harry POtter

Wizard SHop signs plus lots and lots of pictures of vacation at universal studios Wizarding WOrld of Harry POtter

Hogsmeade station Wizard SHop signs plus lots and lots of pictures of vacation at universal studios Wizarding WOrld of Harry POtter

So fun right? You might just want to subscribe to my newsletter so you don’t miss a single post since I have lots planned! I can’t wait to share all of it. Thanks SO much to Family Forward for the amazing trip and Universal Orlando for sponsoring the retreat to make it experience more affordable for our family it was seriously the most magical ever and we just cannot wait to go back!

If you need more Harry Potter goodness you can see all my Awesome Harry Potter Posts, Projects, Recipes, and Book Lists here (there’s a lot!)

Can't make it to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter right now. No worries tour it through pictures while you get excited for when you can really be there!

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10 Ways Guarantee a Great Family Vacation

great tips to remember for having a great family vacation when traveling with kids

I am a firm believer that breaks and time off is a necessary part of health. For individuals time away from work or just moments for yourself, but for the family I’m a firm believer in the good old family vacation. There is just something powerful about connecting with each away from home.  Whether it’s as fancy as a cruise with Royal Caribbean, as simple as a short weekend road trip, or awesome like staying at Loews Royal Pacific Resort and visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando,  which I’m so excited to be doing soon with Family Forward, I’m all about time away together making memories. So here are 20 ways to guarantee a great family vacation. #TravelforReal #FamilyForward

must remember these trips for the next family vacation. great ideas for traveling with kids

  1. Pick a destination that your family will be excited about. Part of the fun of a trip is the anticipation. Get excited together and have fun dreaming and planning.
  2. Work within your budget. As great as a vacation is, you want to make sure it doesn’t become a future burden for your family. There is something great about saving up and knowing you won’t be coming home to credit card bills.
  3. Do some planning in advance (or have your sister do it). Whether it’s looking up the local dive restaurants or seeing what the best route from the airport to the hotel is a lot of time and stress can be saved by planning things before you leave home.
  4. When you’re traveling with kids take the time to sort out all the transportation logistics ahead of time.
  5. Don’t be afraid to utilize new technology like uber and lyft apps which usually give you your first ride free. But keep in mind they are typically barred from airports so you’ll want to check before leaving home.
  6. Make the most of your hotel and see what’s provided and what extra perks they have available for guests. For example we learned that Loews Royal Pacific Resorts  has a Kid’s Closet with all kinds of gear you can check out to make the kids more comfortable like DVD players, strollers, car seats, potty seats and more. Since our flight gets in really early we can check in early and leave our bags at the desk giving us access to the pool area while we wait for our room to be ready. Just learning a bit more about where you’re staying (and maybe considering this kind of stuff when selecting a hotel) can make the stay even better!
  7. Be flexible. Whether it rains on the day you were planning to go to the theme park or your schedule shuttle doesn’t pan out expect that something will go wrong and be prepared to roll with the punches.
  8. Build in some down time. When investing so much money lots of us try to cram too much into the schedule. Make sure that there is breathing room and time to veg. If you have small kids you might want to think about going back to your hotel or home base midday for a nap or some quiet time. While it might seem like a waste of precious vacation time this step away to recharge will help your crew to go longer later and actually enjoy more of the day’s activities.
  9. Remember to take pictures. You don’t need to miss out on everything by living behind your camera, in fact make sure not to do that. But take some time to snap a few pictures of the people you’re with where you are a couple times during the trip. I am surprised at how just the shots of the beach town without any people I know in it make me from our last big trip. It’s a fun way to relieve the goodness when you get home.
  10. Have fun!

must remember these trips for the next family vacation. great ideas for traveling with kids

Eepp I seriously cannot wait for our trip. As soon as I hit publish on this post I’m going to make like 5 Harry Potter shirts for everyone in the family. AHHHH you guys I’m so excited! Do you have any great tips before I leave?

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Review Tips and Tricks at Rae Gun Ramblings

Want more traveling fun? Check out my peek into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I cannot wait to go back and to stay at Loews Royal Resort and give a look at the new Diagon Alley and all the other goodness that they have added since I went back last!!!

Hands down the best Harry Potter crafts, diys, tutorials, recipes and more

Going to Harry Potter world too? Might as well be prepared. Every year I do a huge Harry Potter blog series and this year between all the bloggers we shared over 50 awesome Potter related DIY projects, recipes, book lists, and so much more!

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Over 50 Awesome Harry Potter Projects

Hands down the best Harry Potter crafts, diys, tutorials, recipes and more

Happy Birthday Harry Potter! Today is the day we’ve been looking forward towards for the last few weeks. Can you believe that during this year’s Happy Harry Potter series we saw 53 amazing Harry Potter tutorials, recipes, book lists, and other fun projects?! And that’s not even counting the 5 giveaways! I’ve been BLOWN AWAY with the awesomeness!

I know that with two posts a day for two weeks it’s easy to miss some posts so here are all of the amazing projects from Happy Harry Potter 2015.

Love all these Harry Potter shirts. SO many great tutorials

If you want to make yourself or your baby a shirt to show off your Harry Potter loving pride we’ve got you covered!

Great decorating ideas. DIY harry potter home decor projects and tutorials

Whether you have your house decorated with Wizarding fancies during the year or want something special for a party here are a bunch of great Harry Potter Home decor ideas.

Must do all these activities with the kids. Fun Harry Potter projects and summer fun

Are you ready to share your love for Harry Potter with the kids? These Harry Potter kid activities are fun for the whole family!

Sewing, knitting, and crochet projects for the Harry Potter lover. Great tutorials and free patterns.

Ready to take some needles to your Potter projects? These sewing, crochet, and knitting projects are perfect for warming your wizard loving hearts!

I've made a lot of these Harry Potter party food recipes and they are keepers!

And we couldn’t forget the Harry Potter foods now could we? We’ve got all the treats and goodies you need for your next Harry Potter party.

Free digital graphics, downloads, and other Harry Potter printables

Whether you’re printing to paper or saving to your favorite electronic device we’ve got a bunch of great free Harry Potter designs to help you get creative and Wizard-ize your world to your hearts content.

Super cute. Must make all these Harry Potter necklaces and bags. DIY tutorials

Last but certainly not least for all of you who like to wear your love for our favorite birthday boy around your neck on on your bag we’ve got a ton of fabulous Harry Potter Jewelry and Accessories ideas for you!

Don’t forget the giveaways are still open for a while. I wanted to make sure that the people that found us on the last day had time to enter. We’ve got the main giveaway which you can enter below. The End of series giveaway which just went up today! Two instagram giveaways which can be found here and here and there is a giveaway for my newsletter subscribes which you can join here.

While the series is over there will certainly be more Harry Potter posts before next July but thanks so much for indulging my geekiness with a solid two weeks of Wizarding wonderfulness! Okay last call to enter the giveaway. And remember you can do the pinterest entry once a day! Don’t forget about all the other giveaways that are still open (links to those at the top of this post)

Huge Harry Potter giveaway. Lots of cute shops to remember for Christmas for Harry Potter fans

The winner will receive the following awesome Harry Potter and bookish prizes!

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Happy Harry Potter Giveaway

Awesome Harry Potter Giveaway

I have one last giveaway for you guys before we bring the Happy Harry Potter series to a close for the year. The fun part is that a lot of the prizes are some of the projects we have seen shared during the series and others are provided by the bloggers!

The winner will receive:

Enter to win with the rafflecopter widget below. If you don’t see the widget try refreshing the page or go here to enter.
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Sew Out Stash: Ikat Hogwarts Style

DIY Ikat knit skirt and Harry Potter shirt
Oh my guys I had high hopes for Sew Our Stash this month but besides the crazy work that the Happy Harry Potter series takes (all worth it though) we got hit with a huge bug and I’ve been holding Teddy through the night poor sick boy. So sadly those amazing hand stamped Harry Potter dresses that I had planned are still sitting as a pile of fabric on my cutting table.

DIY Ikat knit skirt

But I have made myself a few things this month. Just in case you forgot. We had the Square Maxi Skirt for Riley Blake. Pretend that I made myself and awesome Harry Potter top to go with it (I’m thinking with Polkadot Chair’s amazing Quidditch Mom design).

quick and easy square maxi skirt tutorial just 2 steps and 15 minutes

And I made that Hogwarts Text Book Skirt which I ADORE. It’s so cute in person guys! I’ll get a nice modeled shot of that for you soon. I promise.

Must make Harry Potter inspired Text book skirt. Step by step tutorial instructions

But our theme this month was polka dots and here is my unusual take on polka dots. Let’s just say trying to combine Potter and Polka dots and all the other stuff going on was a little tough. But I’m in love with this skirt and I know it will get lots and lots of wear!

hogwarts alumn skirt and ikat knit diy skirt

I made it using my Simple Simon and Co’s SPEEEDY knit skirt tutorial. It teaches you how to take the measurements off your own body and make a pattern. It’s my favorite!

DIY knit skirt and Hogwarts shirt

I do have another polka dot project I was reeeeeaaaaallly wanting to make so I will just have to share it next month. But until then here is my new skirt and new top. I shared the tutorial on how to make this but the baby version last year and I’ll be adding the adult ones to my shop later this week (the baby ones can already be purchased here).

This sounds so fun. Monthly sewing themes for women.

Okay here’s to a better next month of Sew Our Stash. The theme next month is knock off!  And before you go Bev shared a bunch of awesome Maxi Skirt Tutorials so go check them out!

awesome diy ikat knit skirt and harry potter shirt

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Happy Harry Potter Day 11

super awesome easy and unique harry potter diy projects and recipes

Oh man the creativity in this bunch of Harry Potter posts will knock your socks off!
diy harry potter Mirror-of-Erised tutorial

I can’t get enough of babies dressed up like Harry Potter characters so when Kelly from Delicious reads asked if I wanted to let her borrow a Hermione costume from my shop for a shoot I couldn’t help but get Teddy in on the action.

amazing baby harry potter pictures

 

She made this AH-mazing Mirror of Erised tutorial. It’s super cool. Hop over to see more of how to make the mirror and see more pictures of the cute babies seeing the desires of their hearts! The sunning pictures are by Summer Nicole Photo!

diy harry potter umbridge plates tutorial

When Rhonda from Mrs. Greene told me her project idea I about died. She is a genius guys! She mad a cat plate in the vein of the much hated head mistress Delores Umbridge. Brilliant right? Ahahaha yup I love it so much I think I’m going to hit up the thrift store and make myself a whole collection of them. Check out the Umbridge Cat Plate Tutorial now!

diy harry potter tshirt

Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts is back with another awesome shirt tutorial. If you remember last year she shared a super cool appliqued Harry Potter shirt. This time she’s got two darling Potter shirts that are so easy to make that her kids did it themselves! Learn how to make your own Harry Potter shirts.

pollyjuice potion punch recipe

The girls from Made from Pinterest shared the coolest Polyjuice Potion Punch recipe. It looks so good! Seriously after all the amazing posts from the last two weeks I think I can easily through an awesome Harry Potter party together in just a few minutes. This recipe is so quick and easy but looks absolutely delish.

hogwarts alumn skirt and ikat knit diy skirt

And I made myself a Hogwarts Alumn shirt to go with Teddy’s Future Hogwarts Student onesie!

Huge Harry Potter giveaway. Lots of cute shops to remember for Christmas for Harry Potter fans

The winner will receive the following awesome Harry Potter and bookish prizes!

Enter the giveaway with the rafflecopter widget below. Just reload if you don’t see it or click here.
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Happy Harry Potter Day 10

Must see Harry Potter crafts

Harry Potter fun continues and you’re going to flip when you all the awesomeness from today!  DIY harry potter crest watermark tees sew a straight line

Last year Sabra from Sew a Straight Line made a super awesome Sirius Black shirt. I’m always in awe of the things she makes for her boys they are so creative, interesting and fashionable. This year and she’s back this year with equally awesome an Hogwarts House watermark screen printing tutorial.

Harry Potter instagram giveaway

In case you missed it I have a 2nd Instagram giveaway going on. This time you can win a bunch of kiddo stuff, jewelry, and books. Head to my instagram and find this picture to enter and if you missed the one from Monday might as well enter that too while you’re there ;)

Free Harry Potter Printable & How Harry Potter Impacted My Life

Hello Creative Family is sharing How Harry Potter impacted her life as well as offering this awesome free Harry Potter quote printable!

Alohomora HArry potter keyrack

I’m super loving this Alohomora Key Rack that Havalah from Sisters, What created. How cute and creative to use the unlocking spell right? Plus those of you know have been around here for a while know I’m totally a sucker for woodgrain. Swoon.

Harry Potter Pillowcase Tutorial

And last up today we have Kyla from Funky Polkadot Girrafe. Check out the awesome Harry Potter pillowcase she made. I think I need one! Go learn how to make your own and while you’re there be sure to check out her Halloween costumes from last year eeep so cute!

Huge Harry Potter giveaway. Lots of cute shops to remember for Christmas for Harry Potter fans

The winner will receive the following awesome Harry Potter and bookish prizes!

Enter the giveaway with the rafflecopter widget below. Just reload if you don’t see it or click here.
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