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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Practicing Gratitude

Normally on Fridays I like to bring you a fun, lighthearted look at something fun and Disney-themed with these TGIF pic posts- but this week I gotta say – I am having trouble coming up with something fun to post – in light of the destruction that has been happening all over – fires, floods, earthquakes – and most recently – Hurricane Irma who spun her way through Florida earlier this week leaving destruction and devastation in her path

I am not going to comment on the Hurricane specifically – other than to say I hope everyone staying at/working at/living near Disney World and every other place effected is safe and sound and able to move forward

Luckily – myself and my family were not personally effected by the hurricane or other natural disasters that have recently plagued our planet – and for that I am so grateful. Blessed beyond words to not have to go through that – and it just makes me even more eager to practice gratitude daily – something I always try to do. This week’s pictures are brought to you by the things I am most grateful for:

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My son, my husband, my dog, friends/family, health, a stable job, a home, laughter, hugs and kisses – these are the things I am grateful for today, everyday – always.

TGIF – and to those affected by Irma and the rest of the problems of the country/world – stay strong, and search for that glimmer of hope – it may be small, but it’s there

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – “So Basic I Can’t Even”

Perhaps you have heard of the term “Basic White Girl” – and if you haven’t, I can school you on it – it’s your typical fall-loving, pumpkin spice latter drinking, apple picking, scarf wearing gal who just adores everything about fall and all that goes with it. Maybe the term might offend some, but I personally find it to be funny, and truth be told I am about as Basic as they come. I LIVE for fall, and the unveiling of all things fall at Disney is something I look forward to every year. And now that it is September, I feel like I can OFFICIALLY be excited about fall – and all the great ways Disney brings it to life:

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There’s the fall décor that springs up everywhere you turn at the Parks

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And then there’s the seasonally themed treats for sale at all the Disney Parks, too!

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 And for those of us not lucky enough to be headed to Walt Disney World this fall, we can take solace in the fact that the Disney Store has a nice big Halloween Section – full of amazing costumes and décor and other fun stuff you can use at home to make this the BEST FALL EVER!!

Ok – sorry – got a little excited there – can’t help it – it’s the basic girl in me!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – The Disney Store I Remember

When I was a kid (not to sound old, but – might as well say “back in MY day”…), the mall was quite the place to go – the 90’s were certainly a height of the “mall” era – and it was always packed full of people shopping for anything and everything – that perfect gift, new shoes, back to school clothes – you name it, the mall had it. And one thing they had that I always, always had to check out was of course the DISNEY STORE. They had it ALL – toys, movies, a TON of stuffed animals, and of course – DISNEY movies playing all day every day!

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The oh-so-90’s look of the old Disney Stores – I LOVED the Mickey “film strip” style border

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There were adorable animated scenes depicted in the store windows

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Even more characters awaited you inside the store

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THE STUFFED ANIMAL MOUNTAIN!!! The best part! It was always a mess but was still always amazing anyway

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OMG that carpet – haha – it was something, wasn’t it?

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Pooh – meeting and greeting fans with hugs outside the Disney Store at MY local mall!

This is the pic that actually inspired this post – I was going through some old photos and found this – they used to have characters come to the Disney Store, and I remember standing in line to meet Mickey, Minnie, and Pooh too (this one was taken when our local Disney Store opened back in the early 90’s)

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The more modern Disney Store design we see in today’s malls

The Disney Store is still a magical place – but it’s WAY different than I remember. The magic is still there though – and kids still LOVE it – the stuffed animals, the movies and music playing, the fun lighting and décor – even though it’s changed, I still wish we had one at our mall (sadly it closed years ago). These days, not only are Disney Stores closing more than they are opening, but malls themselves are kind of going by the wayside – as people buy a TON online now (myself included!). Ordering online from the Disney Store’s website is pretty great – they have TONS of stuff, and are always running deals/specials – but let’s face it, it’s just not the same as going into the store and picking it out yourself.

Ah, well – times change, and while it’s fun to reminisce – I have to admit, online shopping is convenient, and can be fun in it’s own way, too! What about you – Are you lucky enough to still have a Disney Store in your local mall? Or do you prefer to get your Disney fix online (like me!)?

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Usher In Spring and Summer With This Bright Disney Kitchenware!

Living in Upstate New York means that it can snow basically anytime from September through May – and even though it’s only early April, I feel almost *mostly* confident in saying that Spring has Sprung! Green things are growing, the temperatures are rising, and most exciting of all – I am MOVING SOON – to a house with a POOL! So needless to say, I am pumped for spring/summer this year – to have a deck and pool to get to enjoy the nice weather, and to get the chance to entertain and host many pool parties and get togethers! So as I like to do, I was browsing the Disney Store for some things that might go nicely in my new house, and I found some awesome kitchen/serving stuff that is PERFECT for the upcoming warm weather months:

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I can just see myself serving up drinks and snacks in these adorable bowls and cups while lounging on my deck by the pool! Check out the full line of Mickey Mouse Citrus here

And here’s hoping I’m right about no more snow – fingers crossed! TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Beauty And The Beast’s Live Action Remake Hits Theaters TODAY!

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When Disney released the animated classic Beauty And The Beast back in 1991 (almost 26 years ago now!), they probably had no idea just how much of a true “classic” it would become. It made millions at the box office, and even won two Oscars (and was the first ever animated film to be nominated for Best Picture, too!)

I remember watching the VHS of this over and over and over (and listening to the soundtrack cassette tape over and over too!) – so the fact that Disney’s live action remake is releasing into theaters today has me more than just a little excited! Check out what’s in store for you when you head to the theater to see it:

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I can’t wait to see how they re-tell this “tale as old as time”

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What about you – are you headed to the theater this weekend to see it?

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Happy 30th To My “Mickey”

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This week my husband turned 30 – and I got to thinking about our past (almost 11 years together!), and about just how grateful I am for him. He’s an amazing friend, husband, and dad – and I hope he knows just how much he means to me

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He supports my love of Disney, and has traveled there with me many times – and we have so many fond memories of those trips

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Here’s to millions more memories (Disney and otherwise!)

TGIF – and HAPPY 30th to the Mickey to my Minnie

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