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About livinginagrownupworld

**LIKES** Movies (especially horror movies), baking, cooking, going out to eat (food in general is a big like of mine), spending time with friends and family, working out, and of course…All things related to Walt Disney World...I have been there 15 times, and I love to read anything I can get my hands on about Disney…needless to say I have a lot of (otherwise useless) Disney information in my head. I enjoyed WDW so much as a child, and when I went back as an adult I found I enjoyed it so much more than I could have ever imagined, hence this blog...and THE PURPOSE OF THIS BLOG IS to convince those out there that Walt Disney World isn’t just for kids/families, its enjoyable for those of all ages, and there is something there for everyone (and I mean EVERYONE)

T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – My Husband Is Going To Disney Without ME!!!!!

It’s true. My husband is going to the Happiest Place on Earth without me – his Disney loving wife. Granted, it’s for a work conference, and he will only get to really spend 1 night in the Parks, but STILL – I am so jealous I could die.

I wanted to try and go with him – and we had even thought about me bringing our son along and meeting up with him after the conference is over and staying a few extra days at WDW – but the cost of that, coupled with the logistics of bringing an infant, AND the fact that my vacation balance is precariously low…all of it adds up to him flying solo on this trip – and me crying at home…alone. Well – ok, I probably won’t actually CRY – but it will be lonely for sure!

The one bright spot in all of this is that he will be able to fulfill my running list of Disney Souvenirs! Shopping is not his favorite thing to do, but he has kindly agreed to grab a few things for me. Here’s what’s currently on that list:


This is the number one must have item on my list – Mickey ears for my baby boy – with his name embroidered on them of course! Classic, iconic, and adorable


I’m a huge Alice in Wonderland fan – and so I just have to have this mug, on the back it says “We’re all mad here” (one of my favorite quotes – I love it so much I even have it tattooed on my shoulder!). Do I need more mugs? NO. Will I still get this one? HECK YES!


We always get an ornament when we make a trip to Disney, and I especially love ones I can put a trip picture in. I also prefer ones that are not glass or round (easier to transport that way!) – so something like this would be perfect! I won’t have a trip pic to put in it, but I can always put a family pic in it instead!


There’s a TON of new amazing Tower of Terror merchandise at the Disney Parks – which is great because I LOVE the ride, plus I remember when it opened – and my parents and I would wait over 2 hours to ride it – worth every minute, as the theming is amazing all the way through the queue. I love games, especially Disney themed ones – so this Hollywood Tower Hotel Jenga would be an awesome souvenir


And while I can pretend this one is for our son – it’s really more for me. Because who WOULDN’T want to cuddle a giant Mickey pillow every night?!

So while I am hating that I won’t get to go with my husband to Walt Disney World, I am comforted by the fact that he will be bringing a few little pieces of WDW back to me! What about you – what’s on YOUR Disney souvenir list?


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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Fun In The Sun!

This week I am writing to you from beautiful Cape Cod – where my family and I are enjoying a much needed vacation, and we are loving every minute of it! We rented a house here with my best friend from college and her husband and their daughter, and it has been an amazing time!

Here’s some highlights from our trip so far:








I know I mostly write about Disney and how amazing it is there – but let’s face it, a Disney family vacation every year probably won’t ever be in our budget – and we want to make sure our little guy gets to experience a variety of activities and places. So until he is old enough to ride Space Mountain, we will take him other places – like the beaches of Cape Cod!

I’m grateful to have such great friends and family and the ability to take time off to spend with them – hope you get the chance to do the same, be it at Disney or wherever!


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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Personalized Disney Gifts For The Disney Fanatic In Your Life

I recently realized that I write a LOT about Disney stuff you can buy – and I am not like a shopaholic or anything, I swear! I just really LOVE that there’s so many amazing Disney items out there – and that they can be purchased from a ton of different places! When I was younger, Disney stuff had to come from the Disney Parks or the Disney Store – which meant it was hard to get, and expensive to boot! Nowadays, Disney is everywhere and I for one am glad that I need not go further than my local Walmart to score some awesome Disney merchandise (especially now that I have a son who will be wanting Disney toys before too long!)

Today I wanted to shine a spotlight on a specific line of Disney products from (and no – I am NOT paid or compensated in ANY way for talking about this – I just am THAT excited about it!) – it’s brand new, and they have some REALLY cute products that you can personalize, and some you can even add photos to:

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A notebook to jot down ideas, thoughts, and plans for your next Disney trip perhaps?


A set of wall decals would be perfect for a little one’s bedroom or nursery


Santa will for sure know which presents to leave for you if you have one of these Disney stockings


What better way to keep warm as colder weather approaches than with your own personalized Disney blanket?


Speaking of cooler weather, wouldn’t your little Frozen fan love to sip cocoa from their very own Frozen mug?

So if you’re looking for something SUPER unique and special for the Disney addict in your life, then you’ll definitely want to check out the full line of Disney products at


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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Traveling In (Disney) Style

As my family gets ready to head to the beach for our first ever family vacation (yay!), I am beginning to prepare, both mentally and physically, for the daunting task that is ahead of me – PACKING. I normally don’t mind packing – but since having a baby, it has taken on a whole new dimension of insanity. The sheer volume of items required to care for and travel with a small baby is ridiculous – and making lists and packing ahead of time are definitely things that are now necessary when it comes to vacationing.

I realize I am not the first person to deal with this – and luckily, there are some pretty awesome ways to tackle the packing monster – and they include DISNEY, of course!

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If your kids are a bit older, you might be lucky enough to get away with them lugging their OWN bags around on vacation – and if they need some convincing, then make sure you sweeten the deal with an awesome Disney bag!

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….Of course, they make them for adults too

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The Disney Store and stores like Target and Walmart carry a whole bunch of cute Disney swimwear and beach towels – perfect for fun in the sun

And if you’re traveling via car to your vacation destination – then you will definitely want to make sure you have a road trip kit with you – all the items in it are designed to make that LONG car ride just a bit easier on everyone

Ok so Disney luggage? Check. Disney bathing suits? Check. Disney towels? Check. Road trip kit? Check. Only 1,004,840 other things left to pack and I will be ready to go!


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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Saying “I Do” At Disney

I have written about Disney Weddings before here on the blog – but today’s wedding inspiration hits close to home – my husband’s brother is marrying his long-time girlfriend tomorrow, and I am so happy for them that they will be starting their Happy Ever After after 9 years of dating! Got me to thinking about wedding in general, and how much a wedding at Disney would be a dream come true

The team of wedding planners at Disney truly can do it all – check out some of the amazing weddings they have done at Disney:






If you’re thinking about getting married at WDW (or if you just want to drool over the fairytale weddings!), then check out the different packages and options here

And if you can’t afford a WDW wedding (like most of us who don’t have an unlimited wedding budget!) then check out these Disney Wedding DIY’s – and remember, no matter how or where you tie the knot, the end result is that you get to marry your soulmate (the Mickey to your Minnie, if you will!)


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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – The Disney Things I Miss The Most

Time between vacations can seem like an ETERNITY – and this is ESPECIALLY true for time between Disney trips (because Disney World is the best place EVER to take a vacation, obviously!). Since my son was born, we have talked about taking him to WDW when he is younger but we will likely wait until he is about 4 – which is QUITE a ways away at this point, and I gotta say, there are some Disney things I am missing a LOT right now:


Mickey shaped foods just taste better. It’s a tested, tried and true fact – and if you don’t believe me, then you might want to check out some Mickey foods for yourself – like maybe a Mickey Waffle?


Shopping. Don’t judge me. I like to shop, and I like to shop at Disney World especially – checking out all the stores and seeing what new merchandise they have, and narrowing it down to see what the few things are I will bring home with me – it’s a ritual, and one that I love


This view of Main Street USA – It’s my fave place in the whole world, and I can’t wait to be back here again!


Wearing Mickey ears at work or out at the mall or the park is apparently not normal (ugh) – but wearing them at Disney is the norm, and I miss seeing heads upon heads of Mickey everywhere I look

Most of all, I just miss the feeling I get when I am at Disney – that happiness that I have come HOME. I can’t wait to get back!


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