21 Day Fix : Day 1

This 21 Day Fix journey is interesting to lots of folks so I thought I’d try to blog through the days. So, here is Day 1.

First, I CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH that preparation is the key to doing this. If you do not have food prepped and you either work or have children or both, you will find it difficult to do this correctly at the start. I’m a pretty organized person who meal preps for the week anyway, and I’m still struggling a little bit. I’m confident that it will get easier over time, but this first week, you’ve got to get your ducks in a row.

The other thing to note is that you’re encouraged to eat 6 “meals” a day. You and I, we would call them snacks in between meals, but no. It really is more like 6 mini-meals, and I’m trying to get my head around that.

So, here’s what I had on Day 1

Meal One: 1 Green 1 Purple 1 Red
Fresh, chopped vegetables with 2 eggs
Banana not pictured

21 Day Fix Day 1


Meal 2: 1 Purple 1 Red
Mixed berries – some frozen, some fresh
Plain greek yogurt

21 Day Fix Day 1


Meal 3: 2 Green 1 Red 1 Yellow 2 Tsp
Lunch at Cinco with Team
Fajitas with corn tortillas
Side salad

Forgot to take a picture, and I’m pretty sure I went over on my fats here, but it was worth it. I did say NO to chips and salsa, which is HUGE for me. So, I considered the meal a win for my first day on the 21 Day Fix.

Meal 4: 1 Red



Meal 5: 1 Green 1 Blue
Veggies and Hummus



Meal 6: 2 Green 1 Red 1 Yellow 1 Orange
Salad with grilled chicken and dressing
Side of brown rice

Forgot to take a picture…

Totals for the day:
6 Green (over by 1, but if you’re going to go over, this is the best place to do it)
2 Purple (short 1)
5 Red
2 Yellow (short 2)
1 Blue
1 Orange
2ish Tsp (pretty sure all 5 were covered and I just didn’t know)

Workout: Total Body Cardio Fix (3o min DVD)
I was able to do it with some modifications. Obviously, I’m not in great shape or I wouldn’t be doing this. They do have a fabulous lady, Kat, who shows you how to modify each exercise. We are becoming great friends.


  • Getting the 4 yellow containers in is going to be hard. I have avoided carbs so much that trying to eat some, even healthy ones, is hard. I’m pretty sure that’s because I never eat healthy carbs.
  • This is A LOT of food. A LOT!
  • If I had not already been working out consistently since January, this would be really hard. It’s totally doable, just requires commitment and discipline.

The 21 Day Fix Series (June 2015)

#HOHGETSFIT Starts the 21 Day Fix

Yes, you read that right. #HOHGETSFIT has jumped on the 21 Day Fix bandwagon. 

If you’ve been following along, you know that the House of Hills has been working toward a fitter lifestyle (AKA #HOHGETSFIT). Maggie and I joined a gym. David has been doing workouts at home. We’ve been trying to improve our eating.

Here Mags and I are the beginning of the journey.


And, it’s been going pretty well. I lost ten pounds by the end of February. And, I lost another ten by the end of April. Then, I stalled out. Don’t get me wrong. I still FEEL BETTER. I have more stamina. I think I’m a nicer person to be around.

Here we are at the end of May.


I’ve continued to exercise…

However, I haven’t been consistent like I was. I was starting to get lazy with the food. (I mean, my child started a cookie company and doesn’t eat cookies. Who do you think is taste-testing those things?) I needed a little nudge in the right direction.

I have too much at stake here people.
I need to be alive to meet my grandchildren.

I have quite a few friends, both in real life and online, who are Beachbody coaches and while none of them pressured me, all had reached out to tell me about Beachbody. So, for Mother’s Day, I got the 21 Day Fix Program, and I joined a challenge group that started yesterday.

For those of you that don’t now, the 21 Day Fix is a three week (duh) program that encourages you to track your eating through monitoring how many “colors” or servings of different types of food you eat each day. In addition, they provide a workout DVD that gives you a 30 minute workout rotating through multiple types of workouts so you don’t get bored. Finally, you are encouraged to drink Shakeology, which is a nutrient packed protein powder that is actually a meal replacement.

21 Day Fix Package

I got the vegan Shakeology in case Maggie can have it.
I’m still investigating if it’s Low Fodmap or not.

Because everything is portion controlled, it is VERY important to be prepared. So, I spent a good bit of the weekend dealing with this.

21 Day Fix Prep

And making it look like this.


Lots of little containers people. Lots of little containers.

It’s been worth it though. The first two days have gone pretty well. I’m excited to have a new focus and a new accountability group. If there is one thing I’ve learned on this fitness journey, it’s that I respond better when I know people are either counting on me or encouraging me. An accountability group does both.

I’ll keep you updated!

Have any of you done the 21 Day Fix?


We Survived Conference Season

I would just like to announce that the House of Hills survived conference season.

Cue the celebrating!!!!!

I enjoyed every minute of the Orange Conference.


David loved his time at Drive Conference.


His favorite part was of course when his daughter came to visit.


Maggie even got into conference season and helped out with the Waumba Land Showcase.


We will now sleep for days.

Then, maybe I’ll blog again.
I’ve got ideas.
So many ideas.

Christmas Letter 2014


Merry Christmas from the HOH

I sit here on Christmas Eve and try to sum up our year in one post. This post is taking the place of the Christmas letter that I have dutifully sent out (sometimes late) every Christmas for the last fifteen? years. I LOVE getting Christmas letters, but I have had to let some things go, and Christmas cards and letters are one of them.

Instead, I’m doing a digital Christmas card!


We began 2014 celebrating our fifteenth wedding anniversary. The actual day is December 12th, but there is never any time to celebrate our anniversary during the Christmas crazy, so we decided to do it big in January. David and I went on a three night Disney cruise (on the Magic) ALL BY OURSELVES. We missed the girl for like five minutes, but had an amazing time just hanging out with each other and eating really good food.


The end of January brought crazy snow to the ATL (twice!). I’m sure you heard about it on the news even if you’re not in town. We were thankful that David got home safely on the day the city shut down. His fifteen minute drive became three hours, but that was nothing compared to what friends experienced. We had a nice, warm house and plenty of food. There were even opportunities for fun sledding and snowman building.

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February brought Maggie’s big Off Broadway Kids show where she played the god of water, Agwe, in “Once on This Island, Jr.” It was her hardest role to this point, and we were so proud of how hard she worked. It was her first solo, and her first opportunity to take curtain call all by herself. These are big steps in the musical theater world. The troupe took a twenty minute portion of the show to the National Performing Arts Competition at Disney and WON!!!! (You can watch the twenty minute performance HERE and HERE.) Not only did the troupe win, but Maggie, along with her fellow gods, won individual awards for their performances. Because the troupe won the competition, they were able to perform on the stage at Downtown Disney. (You can see her solo HERE.) Such an honor!

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Disney Stage

Spring found us facing our biggest change of the year. David’s job transitioned to one that doesn’t have a role on Sundays meaning he now works Monday through Friday and is free to go to church with us on Sunday. Mother’s Day was the first day we went to church together as a family in over a year! It was a happy day indeed.

HOH Mothers Day

You can now find David’s work online presence on Facebook and Twitter. And, be looking for some exciting new web developments in the future. In addition, he continues to play an important role in the campus bookstores and during conferences held at North Point Ministries.

Kathy continues to work for Orange, and helped host over 5,000 ministry leaders at the annual Orange Conference this year. There are now over 3,000 churches using the First Look curriculum she helps produce. It’s amazing to see what God is doing around the world through the work Orange does.


Maggie did several jobs for Orange this year. She is on the new preschool Dance Moves DVD. (That was a CRAZY shoot.) And, she continues to be one of the Bible Story DVD Clubhouse Kids. (You can get an app that has these Bible Story videos for each week of the year.) She has a blast teaching preschoolers how much God loves them.

Dance CVD


Maggie is not only in chorus classes at school, but in the Chamber Choir as well. She auditioned in the fall of her sixth grade year and was one of a handful of six-graders invited to participate. This spring, they competed and blew away the competition with a score of 99, which is CRAZY good. They had a great time on the trip and brought home a huge trophy.

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Maggie is truly blessed with a fabulous chorus director who pushes them to do new and harder things each quarter. Their spring concert blew us away. Mags even had a solo that you can listen to HERE.


And, just like that, the sixth grade year was over. Here’s the obligatory last day of school pic.

Last Day of 6th

The summer months brought lots of fun.

There was Woodlands Camp. This was her fourth year attending with her friend Olivia D. This year, Olivia M. came too. These are truly life long friends as all the mommies were pregnant together!



Maggie and Kathy went up to Camp Kidjam in North Carolina this year. This camp is organized by Orange, and is truly AMAZING. Mags loves hanging out with the interns and Ms. Colette usually lets her get on stage at some point. She also loves hanging out with Mr. O’Brien, who is even crazier than her daddy.



There was a trip to Edisto Island to visit Grandpa and Grandma Dot and hang out with the cousins from the Hill side.


Then, later in the summer, we celebrated all three of their birthdays together with Nana.


Maggie did a summer camp where she played a MOSTLY HYSTERICAL Captain Hook in “Peter Pan, Jr.” You seriously need to go watch one of her songs HERE. I mean, her comedic timing, awesome. So much fun.


She also did a drama camp at CUE52, where she was one of three girls to play Elle. This was a really fun production that they pulled off in just a week. You can see her monologues HERE and HERE.

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The biggest fun this summer was had at the Nestleroth (Kathy’s mom’s side) family reunion over the Fourth of July. It was great to have all the Wileberger cousins in town as well as family from all over the country. Maggie really helped with the food preparation this year and has now learned family recipes including deviled eggs and brownies.

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The reunion was the first opportunity I had to use my NEW CAMERA too. LOVE IT!!

Speaking of cameras, Maggie had her first set of head shots done this summer. We’ve not signed up with an agent yet, but we’re thinking about it. And, we’re ready!

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We finished off the summer with a trip to Lake Lanier Islands with the Wileberger cousins. Such a great day!


Finally, it was time to go back to school. Mags started SEVENTH GRADE! How is that even possible?


She celebrated her 12th birthday with theater friends at home and then her cousins at their pool. Hard to believe, but next year’s Christmas pictures will have a teenager in them!

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Off Broadway Kids started up again in August, and Maggie was cast as Jojo in “Seussical, Jr.” They’ve been working VERY HARD on the production and will perform at the Off Broadway Theater the last weekend in January and the first weekend in February. If you’re local, you’re going to want to get tickets. They’ll then take this production to competition at the end of February.

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This amazing group of kids not only accomplish much on the stage, but they banded together twice to serve others this fall. A large group of them walked in the Walk to Defeat ALS. Then, in November, they packed 25 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.


In fact, the HOH packed EIGHTY-EIGHT shoeboxes this year for Operation Christmas Child for Kathy’s Birthday. It’s one of our favorite traditions of the year.


In October, the HOH headed to their favorite place on earth to celebrate Halloween. This was our first time going to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Maggie dressed as Smee and they had a special moment during the parade.


Maggie was very creative this year and made one-of-a-kind Mickey ears to wear with her outfits.

IMG_6320 EPCOT_ECENTR2_7071431990MK_BELLEVILLAGEBRIDGEICONNC_7073641812We had an awesome time like we always do and, of course, can’t wait to go back. In fact, we’re heading out on the Disney Dream cruise ship very, very soon.

Maggie and Kathy continue to serve in the preschool area at Browns Bridge Church. Kathy is a “coach” over two rooms, and Maggie leads preschool worship. There is nothing like leading 100 preschoolers in singing songs about Jesus. So much fun.

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Finally, the most exciting thing that happened this December is that Maggie was asked to help with the Christmas Opener at North Point Community Church. Now, NPCC Christmas Openers are a thing of legend in the church world so this was a HUGE HONOR. We spent this past weekend hanging out in the greenroom (which isn’t green by the way) at North Point while she performed in six services that were seen at the main campus and online. She brought tears to our eyes multiple times with her performances, and we truly couldn’t be prouder of how she is using the gifts God gave her to glorify Him. You can watch her performance (and the rest of the awesome opener) HERE.

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That brings us to this day—the day we celebrate the birth of our Savior. We couldn’t be more thankful for the blessings we’ve had this year and the friends and family we get to celebrate with in this season. We pray that you and your have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR.


31 Days of OCC: Packing Party

Everybody likes a party – right!? Well, almost everybody. Extroverts like a party. And, we’ve got TWO of those living in the House of Hills. So, several years ago we decided that we’d celebrate my birthday with a party—an Operation Christmas Child packing party!! We even had birthday cupcakes supplied by My Katie.


Now, we’ve got the packing party down to a science here at the HOH. In fact, I did a whole Top Ten Tuesday blog post on having an Operation Christmas Child packing party. Make sure you click over to see the details.

The important things are these:

  1. Decide who is supplying the box contents. Is it you, your guests or a combination?
  2. Have a festive environment so that everyone has a good time.
  3. Be sure to collect the shipping money.
  4. Pray over the boxes.
  5. Know where you’re going to take the boxes once they’re packed.

That’s the basics. Then, it comes down to the details. I typically collect items throughout the year and then ask my guests to bring more age specific items to complete the boxes. Before the party, we line the hall with every container we can find in the house and sort all the crazy stuff I’ve collected throughout the year.


When my guests arrive, they take a box (I order mine from OCC, but you can use shoeboxes too.) and start filling it with what I have in the hall. Then, they finish it off with the items they brought with them. Finally, they print a shipping label through the OCC website (we have a computer and printer) set up in the living room and attach it to the box. They all end up in the back of my van and get taken to my church, which is a drop off location.


I love the site of my van filling up with boxes. It makes me happy every year.

Now, don’t think your packing party has to be a big, huge one like mine. I kinda like to do parties up, and now it’s become a tradition that people calendar months in advance. (Seriously, my friend Angela asked me in July when this year’s is so she could get it on her calendar.)

Your packing party can be just your family or yours and the one that lives next door. Or, maybe you are in a small group through church, and you want to get those families together to pack boxes. Or, your Bunko group might want to pack boxes before the next Bunko night. Oh, what about that playgroup that meets once a month—maybe they’d like to pack boxes. It could even be those friends from high school that you’ve been meaning to get in touch with, but needed a purpose to call them.

Whatever group you pull together, be it large or small, remember that what you’re doing will impact someone’s life forever. That’s why it’s important to pray over the box. That box that you pack at the party will end up in a child’s hands halfway across the world. They will open it and know you care and that there is a God who loves them.

So, who are you inviting over? When’s the party?

Have you been following along with the Write31Days series. Be sure to check out what other bloggers are writing about.

31 Days of OCC: Why OCC?

31DaysOCCatHOH_HouseofHills.orgSometime in the last few years, I’ve become known in my circle of friends as “the lady who does OCC parties.” A question arises about OCC, and people say, “Ask Kathy, she’ll know.” The closer we get to collection week, the more tweets and texts I get with people asking me questions, “Can this go in the box?”

You wanna know a secret? I kinda love it.
I’ll answer any and all questions, and if I don’t know the answer I’ll find out.
I’m that passionate about it.

What started out as something that was fun to do around Christmas turned into a full blown, year-round endeavor in 2010. That was the year I decided that for my birthday I wanted to have an Operation Christmas Child party. So, I posted it on the blog and asked friends and family to give me box packing supplies instead of gifts. And, I invited anyone and everyone to participate.

We had a GREAT time that first year so we’ve done it every year since!!!!

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But, why OCC? Why shoeboxes?

That answer’s easy. My love languages are acts of service and gifts. I LOVE LOVE LOVE to give gifts. Ask my friends. When somebody says they like a particular candy, I write it down to make sure they get it soon. When it’s a special occasion, I like to mark it with a gift. Actually, my favorite gifts to give are “just because I love you gifts.” Those are awesome.

So, what better way to show someone half-way around the world that God loves them than by giving them a gift. A shoebox is a tangible way of saying, “I may not know you personally, but God does. And, He cares about you.”

A shoebox is something those children can hold and treasure and share and love. Each item in a shoebox communicates God’s love to these precious children. Toothbrushes and toothpaste show that He cares about their physical being. A plush friend shows His love through snuggles and cuddles. Toys show that He cares about joy and fun.

Then, there is that one item that He puts in each box that He’s picked out just for them. I’ve heard story after story of children who opened their shoebox and found just what THEY needed. Maybe it’s hair clips for a little girl who’s never had her own. Maybe it’s a new shirt arriving just as the one the little boy’s wearing is too small. Maybe it’s a needed pair of shoes or a sewing kit or a hammer and nails. Whatever it is, that one thing speaks into that child’s life, and God whispers, “I know  you. I love you.” 

It’s the stories of those whispers that bring me to my knees in gratitude and awe. My heavenly Father loves me as much as He loves these little people a world away. And, I know how much He loves them as I’ve watched Him orchestrate hundreds of thousands of people to bring them joy in the form of a shoebox.

That’s why OCC.
That’s why I pack shoeboxes EVERY year.
That’s why I’ll do it until I can’t do it any more.

I pack shoeboxes to give the gift of God’s love.

Won’t you join me this year?


Parent CUE App

Friends! I realized I’ve never shared this AMAZING resource with you!


It’s the Parent CUE App that my company, Orange, created a few years ago.

There is a section for preschoolers and a section for elementary. When you purchase the app, you get access to both sides!!! Awesome right!?!

There is a weekly video Bible lesson and then activities to do with your kids several times during the week that correspond with that lesson. There’s also support resources for parents. The App is designed to supplement churches that use the Orange curriculum, but anyone can use it.

My favorite part is the videos. They are so well made and perfect for when you just need to distract the little people for a minute at the doctor’s office and also for when you want to sit as a family and watch them together. I mean, if they’re going to watch a video while getting a haircut, even better if it’s a Bible story – right? Oh, and the preschool videos…. every few months there is a cute blonde girl named Maggie that shows up.

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She’s my favorite.

If you’ve never looked at the Parent CUE App, you should check it out. It’s a good one.

Disclaimer: I work for Orange, but get no additional benefit from selling the App. I just think it’s great.

Awe, She Loves Me

I took Mags outside tonight to do a few quick videos and pictures for work. She was of course beautiful and great on camera.


Then, I handed her the camera to hold while I picked up our scripts, and she started doing something I didn’t expect. She started taking pictures of me. Like, lots of them.


She loves the fancy, new camera as much as I do and often grabs it to take nature shots. But, she’s never turned it on me.

Why would she want pictures of me?

And then I thought something that made me pause.

I take pictures of her ALL THE TIME.
Like, multiple times a day usually.
Because I love her more than words can say.
I love every inch of her… flaws and all.

You know what? She loves me that much.
Flaws and all.
Maybe that’s why she wants to take pictures of me.
So she can see me through that lens.
And focus on just me like I like to focus on just her.

So, I let her take my picture.
Because she loves me.


Fall 2014 TV Schedule : What We’re Watching at the HOH

Fall2014_TVReally, I should have titled this what Kathy’s watching. Because, let’s be real. I’m the TV addict here in the HOH. I actually may have a problem. My DVR almost can’t keep up with me. For other’s who are like me, I thought I’d share what we’re watching at the HOH for Fall 2014.

Oh, and another disclaimer. I TOTALLY added shows to my DVR list after I read Mary’s AMAZINGLY THOROUGH investigation of the Fall 2014 TV Schedule over on Giving Up On Perfect. I encourage you to go check it out.

Here’s what I’ve got set up to record. (Please note that not all of these are starting this week, but this is what the TV Guide website has up as the Fall 2014 TV Schedule.)

Madame Secretary – 8PM – CBS – This one is new. Woman in power in a high drama situation. Thought I’d give it a try.
Once Upon a Time – 8PM – ABC – The entire HOH watches this crazy show. Can you say Disney characters? We caught up from season one during the summer and are anxious for the new season to begin.

The Big Bang Theory – 8PM – CBS – Watch this one with the hubby. We laugh out loud. Literally.
The Voice – 8PM – NBC – We know someone auditioning this year. Honestly, we’ll probably only watch as far as he makes it. So, hopefully all the way!
Castle – 10PM – ABC – I love Richard Castle. Sigh…
NCIS Los Angeles – 1oPM – CBS – I adore a good crime drama, and the the ensemble cast of this show really clicks.
The Blacklist – 10pm – NBC – Hubby and I both like this one. Always leaves you hanging just enough to go “huh?” in a good way.

Please note that Monday at 10PM is over-booked. I can only record two at once. (I know I’m behind the times, but we only have one TV and older model DVR and it’s really all we need.) We have not yet determined which show will be pushed to the bottom of the list and therefore must be watched online. Thankfully, this decision can wait until next week as NCIS:LA is not on this week.

The Voice – 8PM – NBC – We know someone auditioning this year. Honestly, we’ll probably only watch as far as he makes it. So, hopefully all the way!
NCIS – 8PM – CBS – Gibbs… love him and his team. I’ve watched this show since the beginning. ADORE it!
NCIS New Orleans – 9PM – CBS – Newest of the NCIS franchise. Not sure if I’m going to like this one, but I’m going to try.
Person of Interest – 10PM – CBS – Another one hubby and I really like and have watched from the beginning. If you’re jumping in late on this one, go back to the beginning and catch up. Worth it.

The Voice Results – 8PM – NBC – We know someone auditioning this year. Honestly, we’ll probably only watch as far as he makes it. So, hopefully all the way!
Criminal Minds – 9PM – CBS – Disturbing yet addicting. This is one I went all the way back to the beginning and caught up. Can’t let it go.

Football – 8PM – CBS – We kinda love football at the HOH. It’s on all fall. And, it’s a family thing.
Gracepoint – 9PM – FOX – David Tennant – That’s all that needs to be said. Truly hoping we like this one. Might let Mags watch depending on the intensity of the show. She is currently in love with Doctor #10.

Um, nothing…. catching up on the week.

Football – wherever we can find it.
And, when football’s over, we have to reconfigure our lives.

What shows are set to record on your DVR? Did I miss any good ones?

Disney Cruise: Dining on Deck 11 of the Disney Dream

Dining on Deck 11 of the Disney Dream from HouseofHills.org

We’re preparing to board the Disney Dream once again next month. Yes, I know we “just went” in December, but we NEED to go again. Really, we do.

Even more exciting about this trip is that we know two other families that will be on the ship at the same time. We’re going to have so much fun hanging out with Mickey together!

Since neither family has been on a Disney Cruise before, we’ve been going through our pictures and sharing all kinds of information about the Disney Dream. And, in doing so, I realized I took pictures specifically to share with you, and I haven’t yet! I need to fix that!

One of the awesome things about cruising with Disney is the food. It’s amazing. I talked about how much I loved it when we went in 2010 and the food on the Christmas Cruise we took in 2012 was even more amazing. When I talk about the dining, most people think I’m just talking about the sit down dining, but there’s great quick service food too.

You find this yumminess on Deck 11 of the Disney Dream…


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To Mater Grill

Isn’t that an amazing variety of food!? And, it’s all FREE!! Well, I mean, you paid for it when you paid for the cruise, but there is no additional cost for any of that yumminess.

And, it’s right there by the pool so you can grab a quick snack for the kids (or you) while you’re sunning and frolicking.

A House of Hills favorite is to grab some chicken fingers around 5pm and take them down to the cabin while we’re getting ready to go to the show. We typically do late dining (around 8), so we need a little something to eat before we go see the extraordinary entertainment in the theater.

In addition, there are some treats that have a minimal charge. It’s worth the small price.

Frozone Treats


Last but not least is what Maggie considers THE BEST THING ON THE SHIP!


Ice cream. For Free. As much as you can eat. For Free. As much as you want. Ice Cream.
I think her record in one day was NINE!

There are definitely some great food to be found in the quick service areas on Deck 11. They are typically open from 11am to 7pm, and you would want to check your Navigator daily to confirm the hours.

In addition to the quick service counters, you can dine in Cabanas, which is a buffet restaurant or grab drinks, specialty coffees, and snacks in the adult only Cove Cafe.

Have you dined on Deck 11 of the Dream (or the Fantasy)? What was your favorite thing?