T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – The Fall Season Is In Full Bloom At The Disney Parks!

Fall is – in my humble opinion – the very best season of all! Apple and pumpkin everything, cool air, changing leaves, sweaters – I love it all. And although autumn may not officially begin for a few days (9/22 to be exact!) – the season is definitely in the air everywhere – here in upstate NY you can see it in the apple orchards and feel it in the crisp air, and in Walt Disney World, you can see it everywhere you look!

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…And of course with fall comes Halloween – which Disney is already fully prepared for, since they are already in the midst of their Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party celebrations! Whether or not you get to celebrate fall or Halloween at Disney, I hope you get to enjoy the season as much as I do!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Check Out This Awesome Disney-Themed Baby Shower!

Ok – so the title of this might be a bit misleading – but I can’t help but brag about how amazing my recent baby shower was! My mother in law made pretty much ALL of the decorations – from the garlands, to the wooden letters, to the silverware holders, to the cupcake holders and the cupcakes themselves – which contain a famous mouse made of brownie inside them! Check it out:

 

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Oh, and aside from the amazing décor – she also went ALL OUT when it came to sewing – curtains and a valance, a crib skirt, quilt, bumpers, blankets, burp clothes, a teddy bear, onesies, teethers – all handmade, and all Mickey themed! This picture isn’t great, but you can see some of the items she worked so hard to make for us! Makes me feel so special – and we are so grateful that our little guy is already so loved (and that he is getting introduced to the Mouse so early in life too!)

 

Don’t worry – even if you or your family isn’t quite so artistically inclined, you can still outfit your baby in plenty of Disney – clothes, bedding, toys and more are available at most major retailers like Target, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, and department stores

 

TGIF!

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Times They Are A Changin’…

I am in the home stretch of my first pregnancy – early next month my little guy will be here and nothing will be quite the same ever again! I have many hopes and dreams for him and for our life together as a little family – aside from wanting him to be happy, healthy, and to thrive and grow – I am hoping that he inherets my husband’s curiosity and intellegence, my organizational and planning skills – and if we are being honest, I am kinda hoping he inherits my love of all things Disney too (that being totally secondary to all the other things of course!)

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I first visited Walt Disney World when I was 4 – and I do remember parts of it – sitting on my dad’s shoulders, getting Mickey Bars (which looked a bit different back then – plus you could buy them at grocery stores too which we did often!), begging for the Daisy Duck hat with the giant HEAVY plastic brim (her beak, of course!), and most memorably – I recall crying and crying after my dad convinced me it would be fun to ride Space Mountain (it was NOT fun – but luckily I got over it)

I was lucky enough to spend over a dozen family vacations at Disney World with my parents – we made memories that I will always cherish, and I truly hope I can make some similarly amazing memories with my husband and our son in the years to come

Ok, so if we are being honest, there are a few things I am hoping he likes when it comes to Disney:

-Rides: He doesn’t have to like them all, but I hope that he will be willing to try all the different kinds – from the thrill rides to the “kiddie” rides – I hope he has an adventurous side and is open to them all!

-Characters: Giant fuzzy creatures coming towards you for a hug can be extremely frightening for a little kid – and many young ones have cried at their first character encounter, even if its with their favorite character who they have been dying to meet. You just never know, but I am hoping my kid will love the hugs and attention even at a young age (I sure did – man did it feel special and awesome to get a hug from Pooh at breakfast!)

-Food: Disney does an amazing job catering to those with allergies, food sensitivities, and especially to those picky eaters out there. I don’t think any parent hopes for a picky eater, but hey – it happens, and luckily they can have their fill of chicken nuggets, fries, and mac and cheese at Disney World. Do I hope my son wants to try the sushi and steak and gelato and naan bread? Yes, of COURSE I hope he wants to try something new, but if he doesn’t, we can both eat the chicken nuggets together (as they are pretty good too!)

These are all “nice to have” wishes, but in reality, I just hope he wants to go places with us, and can look back on the memories we made as a family when he grows up

Needless to say, a trip to WDW is not exactly in the cards for us for….a while. Probably 3-4 years at least. But in the meantime, I will have a LOT going on – and something tells me I wont miss it that much compared to the joy ahead of me – like getting to meet the little guy kicking around inside me (you can come out any day now – seriously). I can only hope that my love for Disney will be passed on to my son and that he will get as much joy and pleasure out of it as I have!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – The Disney Halloween Costume Possibilities Are Endless!

School has started, pumpkin lattes are out at Starbucks, apple picking has commenced, and Halloween costumes and candy are popping up everywhere you look! Maybe you have started thinking about yours or your kid’s costumes for this year, and maybe you want something Disney themed (who wouldn’t, right?)? Well then check out these awesome options available at the Disney Store:

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For your little Minnie Mouse fanatic

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Hoping I can get my newborn into something like this for some pictures this year *fingers crossed!*

Check out the full Disney Store Halloween Shop for many more great options

 

Or you can head over to Party City for a huge assortment of Disney Princess Costumes, like this adorable Ariel:

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If you’re in the market for a canine costume, then check out Party City’s selection – which includes Mickey/Minnie hoodies and star wars costumes too!

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There are so many great costume options out there, I know I will have trouble narrowing it down to only ONE!

TGIF

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Back To School Cool With Mickey (And Friends!)

Not many kids really countdown to the start of a new school year – and why would they? It signals the end of carefree sunny days spent outside playing, and the start of another year of books, assignments, and routine. There are some ways to get kids excited though – and I personally am a big fan of using a little bribery to make things go smoothly – bribery in Disney form perhaps? Why not outfit your kids with some awesome Disney school supplies that will make going back to school way more fashionable:

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How about an adorable snack box you can fill with treats to tide them over between school and soccer?

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Heck, I am not going back to school but even I want this awesome stationary kit featuring the ultimate villian himself – Darth Vader

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Maybe your little princess needs a royally styled backpack to make going back to school more bearable

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I don’t know where you are, but here in Upstate NY the fall mornings can get a bit crisp – so keep them warm with a personalizable hoodie featuring their favorite character

Check out the Disney Store’s full Back to School collection here, and check out your local Wal-Mart/Target/grocery store for plenty of other Disney themed clothes, folders, pens, pencils and much more to get them into that “back to school” spirit!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – FALL IS COMING!

Ok, yes – it’s still August, its still hot and there are still picnics to be had and beaches to visit – but the stores are brimming with fall and Halloween merchandise – and I am as ready for fall as can be! It’s the absolute BEST SEASON OF ALL – apple picking every weekend, pumpkin flavored everything, crisp cool air (aka no more stifling heat yay!) – I love it all!

One thing I look forward to someday being able to do is to visit Walt Disney World in the fall – specifically so I can check out all the awesome décor and also attend Mickeys Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! Check out all that the autumn season brings at WDW:

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Plenty of pumpkins, fall colors, treats and more! I hope to someday bring my son to Disney during the fall so we can enjoy everything WDW has to offer during my favorite time of year!

So enjoy the rest of your summer – and if you’re mourning the end of summer, fear not – as the BEST SEASON ever is just around the corner!

TGIF!

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