T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Spring Is In Bloom At Epcot!

It is starting to finally feel like spring – no more snow (at least I HOPE not), temperatures slowly starting to creep up, birds chirping…these are all good signs in my book! While Florida may not have the extreme seasons like my Upstate NY home does, they still find ways to celebrate the season of regrowth – and one way is with Disney’s annual International Flower and Garden Festival, where each spring starting in March and running through May, guest can view amazing topiaries, gardening displays, and attend gardening seminars (hosted by your favorite HGTV stars!), plus much more!

Check out what is in store at this year’s festival:

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Mickey and Minnie greet the crowds as they enter Epcot

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A gorgeous topiary of Disney’s most popular “Frozen” sisters

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Everyone’s favorite Monsters head to college in this awesome display

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Oh, and aside from the amazing gardening displays, they also have tons of “Outdoor kitchens” – basically food kiosks that are serving up some awesomely fresh and delicious eats – like these drool-worthy desserts (have to give props to the always amazing Disney Tourist Blog for these beautiful photos!)

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Overall, if you’re a lover of flowers, gardening, and all things Spring – then you will love the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, as they have something for everyone and it’s a great way to spend a day!

TGIF – and HAPPY SPRING!

 

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Birthday Planning – With A Disney Flair

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This week my little guy is SIX MONTHS OLD! Which may not seem very old – but it’s pretty amazing to see how far he has come, and my husband and I are so grateful for him, and we are celebrating the fact that we survived the first six months (relatively) unscathed! Now he may only be halfway to one, but as far as I’m concerned – it’s never too early to start planning for his 1st major milestone – his FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY! We booked the park lodge already, and now it’s time to think about the details – things like cake, food, and THEME are the main points of conversation now – and of course a Disney theme is a possibility, which got me to thinking – how could I do a Disney theme? What’s out there that I can use, and what can I make myself? Check out what I found…

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An UP themed birthday is great because it’s so colorful – and it involves balloons – and what little kid doesn’t love balloons?

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There’s plenty of stuff available at places like Party City, Wal-Mart, and other party stores – super cute Baby Minnie and Mickey stuff, and plenty of other Disney options too – Cars is a favorite of a lot of little boys for sure!

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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is a show that definitely took some time to grow on me – I did NOT care for the creepy 3-D ish characters or the way Mickey’s ears don’t really move when he turns his head (strange right?), but I know how much my son likes it – the colors, the songs, and the stories are usually pretty fun and send a good message, so needless to say – I got over my dislike of it, and we watch it all the time now! It would also make a great party theme – there’s plenty of décor available out there, and you can easily compliment the Mickey items with primary colored napkins/tablecloths/balloons, etc. It’s great for boys OR girls too

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…So maybe this isn’t good for a first birthday party, but if the kids are a bit older, wouldn’t this be fun? A Mickey Mouse bouncy house!!! Just make sure they don’t eat too much cake beforehand…

So while I mull over what his birthday party theme should be, I also need to seriously consider my cake options – check out some cake inspiration here, and while you do that I think I might go whip up a “test” cake…and since he’s too little to eat it now, I better just try it on his behalf (yum!)

TGIF!

 

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Unique Etsy Finds

All you Disney lovers out there know how much fun it is to find and wear unique Disney items, and one place that is a go-to is Etsy.com – they have TONS of homemade and handmade items, from apparel to jewelry and soooo much more. Check out these amazing Disney finds:

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I LOVE LOVE these unique buttons – aren’t they fun? A great twist on the traditional celebration buttons you can get at the Parks. Check them all out here

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Custom Disney shirts for your next trip would be pretty amazing, right? Check them out here

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This Up-Themed keychain would make a perfect gift – check it out here (and check out the shop’s other awesome Disney themed keychains/necklaces while you’re there too!)

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If you or someone you know is into Disney art, then you will for sure need to check out Vivid Editions – so many cool prints to choose from!

TGIF!

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My Son’s Disney Education – The (REALLY) Early Months

My little guy is already going for the Disney toys - apparently we will be playing Disney Yahtzee tonight!

My little guy is already going for the Disney toys – apparently we will be playing Disney Yahtzee tonight!

There are few things I am adamant about, but waiting until my kid is old enough to enjoy a vacation (and not need a stroller!) is one of them – as I cannot fathom toting a stroller/diaper bag/toys/blankets etc around with me at Walt Disney World, so I am opting to wait until he is about 4 to take him to the Happiest Place On Earth (well, almost 4. 3 maybe – depending on how independent he is….). This means I have approximately 3.5 years to make sure he is schooled in all that is the World of Disney. May seem like a long time, but there’s a LOT TO LEARN!

So how do I teach? Well, I have several methods.

MOVIES: This is probably the most important, and one of the easiest ways to teach kids about Disney – is to show them the works of art that Walt himself and his team of animators and Imagineers created. They may not understand much of the story, but they will love the colors, animation, and songs

BOOKS: Reading to your kids is a great habit to get into, and my little guy loves hearing stories and seeing the pictures. Most Disney classic movies are also available in book form, and they are a great way to introduce them to the joys of reading!

SINGING: Some of you may be wary of this one as not everyone has choir perfect voices, but kids generally LOVE being sung to – even if you aren’t always pitch perfect. I like to sing Mary Poppins songs to my boy, and I help him “dance” to them too

TOYS: There are SO MANY Disney toys out there – they have them at almost every store – from the grocery store, to Wal-Mart and Target and drugstores too! Make sure you pay attention to the recommended ages, so that you can be sure your little one is enjoying the right kind of toy. Personally I love stuffed animals, and so does my son – Mickey’s ears and Tigger’s nose make the best chew toys

It’s NEVER too early to teach your kids about Disney – Or at least that’s what I keep telling myself anyway. At this rate he will be more than ready for his first (of what I am sure will be many) Disney World trip!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week: Have Your (Disney) Cake And Eat It Too!

Now that I’m a mom, my inspiration for most things usually starts from something related to my son – in this case, I happened to see some birthday parties for little ones on Facebook, and not only were they all super amazing and perfectly themed, but they all had adorable cakes and cupcakes too – and it got me to thinking about ideas for my baby’s first birthday (which is many months away, but hey planning ahead is good right?) – and as far as I’m concerned, the CAKE is one of the most important parts of any party! Check out these awesome Disney themed cakes:

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The movie UP is such a great love story – and a cake like this would be a perfect wedding cake, don’t you think? What a way to start out your greatest adventure yet!

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A baby’s first birthday party wouldn’t be complete without a smash cake would it? Something simple and not too intricate like this one would be perfect (after all, it’s just going to wind up all over their hands – and face, hair, feet, probably the floor and walls and…well, you get the idea)

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I love this Princess cake – subtly celebrating some of Disney’s most beloved characters and movies! I also enjoy that it’s not over the top frilly or glittery or extra girly – its classy and fit for royalty!

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And of course – I HAVE to mention the cupcakes my mother in law made for my own amazing baby shower (yeah, those are brownie Mickeys in them – aren’t they amazing?!)

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Ok – so let’s be real here – not everyone is as crafty as my mother in law (like me, for example…), but luckily, most grocery store bakeries have the ability to add some Disney magic to their sheet cakes – with designs like Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Pooh and Friends, and yes – even Frozen – this means everyone can enjoy some Disney cake on their Birthday!

Ok – now I really want cake. That’s acceptable for breakfast right?

TGIF!

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Must Have Items For That LONNNGGGGG Road Trip To WDW

ARE WE THERE YET?!

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When I was a kid, we drove to Disney World a BUNCH of times – and I know it’s a huge money saver for families with kids, but the truth of the matter is – its BORING and LONG – especially when you live in Upstate New York and the drive takes TWO DAYS – ugh. I am so grateful that my parents were able to take me to Disney so many times, but I have to admit – I hated the car ride – especially on the way back. These days, many families are opting to hit the road instead of the airport – and for those of you who decide to head to Walt Disney World by car, here are some items you will definitely want to bring along to help make the trip more bearable:

Electronics: Ipads, kindles, tablets, ipods, smartphones, DVD players – they are all amazing inventions that will help provide many hours of entertainment to your passengers. Make sure you pre-load them with stuff they can do offline, like downloaded movies, games, and music. And since all those things can be pretty noisy, remember to bring along a few pairs of headphones too!

*Don’t forget to bring extra batteries/chargers/car adapters too – or else you could wind up with a meltdown on your hands!

Snacks: For some reason, riding in the car makes me SUPER hungry (weird, right?), so I like to make sure I have plenty of snacks on hand. Make sure you get everyone’s favorites, the ones you don’t normally buy them – so that it makes the car ride more ‘special’ for everyone (I would very willingly get in a car for a long road trip if I knew there were plenty of delicious goodies waiting for me…just sayin’!). Try and stick to items that don’t melt easily to avoid a mess in the car! Speaking of messes – I suggest you bring along some baby wipes/wet naps, paper towels, and extra grocery bags for garbage (it accumulates quicker than you might think…)

Drinks: Pack up a cooler before you leave home, and make sure to include a variety of drinks. Water is the most important – bring some water bottles full of ice and water, and then stick a few caffeinated beverages in there too for when you need a quick pick me up. Make sure the cooler is easily accessible – we like to keep ours between the driver and passenger seats (easy cuz we have a van – but the backseat works too – just make sure not to pile anything on top of it!)

Pillows/Blankets: It’s not easy to get comfortable or stretch out for a nap in the car – but bringing along your favorite pillow and blanket can help you pass the time by getting a little shut eye during the trip. Make sure you bring enough for all of your passengers – as no one wants to hear a fight over how “he took my pillow and won’t give it back!”

Road Trip Games: Classic distraction tools that don’t require any fancy technology or an adapter – click here for some great road trip entertainment. Or you can purchase some games, like this Family Road Trip Box Of Questions, or this Travel Scavenger Hunt For Kids game, or you can buy books of word searches and crossword puzzles to bring along. Things you’ve already got at home work too – crayons and coloring books, decks of cards, pads of paper and pens, books & magazines – the possibilities are endless!

While none of these will make a road trip “thrilling” – they will definitely help to pass the time. And the best part is, once you arrive, you’re on vacation at DISNEY – the Happiest Place On Earth!

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