The World Outside Disney

T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Feeling The Disney Birthday Love

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I celebrated my birthday this week with friends, family, and of course FOOD – my mother in law made me dinner, and a homemade cookie cake (confession – I actually had two cookie cakes, and they were both delicious. I regret nothing). I had a great day – and felt so loved! Was especially feeling the DISNEY love with these amazing gifts:

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I had been wanting my husband to craft me some kind of coffee mug display for a while now (I have a LOT of mugs – and a lot of them are Disney Mugs– because why not enjoy your morning coffee with a side of Disney?), and he was able to put this together for me – not only is it totally functional, but if you look closely you will see that he drew in tiny Disney characters on the heads of the hooks – how creative is he?

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My husband and my BFF collaborated on this year’s gift giving, and she made me this amazing sign to go above the coffee mug display – it combines two of my loves – Disney and caffeine. Genius work on her part

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Then I got myself a super cute new Mickey and Minnie Alex and Ani bracelet…yep, I bought it for myself and nope I don’t even care that that’s kind of weird – just look at how pretty!

I am so touched to have family and friends who care about me enough to make me Disney gifts – and all in all, it was a great birthday,

and I can’t wait to see what the year ahead brings!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – New Disney Dooney & Bourke!

As a woman, I love me a good designer handbag. And even if you aren’t a purse fan, surely you can appreciate the time and talent that goes into creating an exquisite bag. Disney has had a partnership with the high-end Dooney & Bourke brand for years, and they have recently branched out with three BRAND NEW collections, check it out:
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Beauty and the Beast was one of the first movies I remember going to see in the theater – and it is still just as magical today as the day it was released (almost 25 years ago!)
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The “Tea Time” collection is my personal favorite – as I am a huge Alice In Wonderland fan (I even have a tattoo of a quote from the movie!), and I could watch it over and over again without getting bored of it
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I love the design of the Dumbo series – almost like a chalkboard-ish type drawing, and the red accents are the perfect touch
These collections will be available via the “Shop Disney Parks” Mobile App – which I HIGHLY recommend you download if you’re a Disney fan like me – it gives you the opportunity to have merchandise that is normally only available in the Disney Parks shipped directly to your front door! Perfect for the Disney lover who isn’t able to spend as much time at WDW as they would like (like me, and every other Disney fanatic out there who wishes they could just live in Cinderella’s Castle!)
TGIF, and happy shopping!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Top (Adult) Disney Birthday Gifts

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Disney isn’t just for kids, people. I have said it a million times, and I will say it a million times more – ADULTS CAN LOVE DISNEY WORLD TOO! There’s so much for everyone to love about all things Disney – and that includes at birthday time, too! There are Disney gifts out there for those of ALL ages, and I know there’s a few Disney items I am hoping to receive for my birthday this year, too! Check out my top Disney birthday gift picks for adults:
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What woman wouldn’t want a Disney themed purse for their birthday? Disney has partnered with famous designers like Vera Bradley and Dooney & Bourke to create unique handbags that feature an assortment of Disney characters, themes, and events
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A haunted mansion themed mug makes even Monday mornings more bearable. Oh – and it even says “Hurry Back” on the inside *swoon* – check out Disney Drinkware Here
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Not only will this Disney luggage cheer you up while you deal with the monotony/annoyances of air travel, but it’s also super easy to spot as it comes out of baggage claim
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Brighten up their office with some Disney
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Ok truth be told – this post was slightly inspired by the fact that MY birthday is coming up – and I would love to receive any of these awesome gifts! As for this bracelet…I might have already ordered this for myself as an “early birthday present”…I couldn’t help it, it’s just the cutest, and will go with my other Disney Alex And Ani perfectly. What can I say – sometimes you just gotta treat yourself, am I right?

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – The Dole Whip Becomes A (Delicious) Cake

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There are some snacks at Walt Disney World that are just so iconic that they are not only “must-haves”, but they are the source of obsessions and dreams for many people (myself included sometimes – I admit it!). The Dole Whip is FOR SURE one of those – it’s a Disney snack that people line up for rain or shine, no matter how long the wait – it’s worth it. And if you’re at home and wishing for the perfect dole whip-inspired dessert, wish no more – as it is here. The Dole Whip Cake has arrived to make all your dreams come true:

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There were actually quite a few steps to making the cake – there was the cake itself, the filling, and the frosting – both of which required stove time, fridge time, and then mixing too – but I would say overall it was worth it – the cake turned out moist and flavorful, and the frosting was rich and creamy. It was a winner with my big man and my little man:

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…Ok so maybe this cake won’t actually make dreams come true, but it certainly can curb those “I miss Disney world” blues that you might experience post-trip, and it is also the absolutely perfect thing to bring along to that summer picnic you were invited to and had no idea what you were going to bring – dole whip cake is here to solve that dilemma! TGIF – and happy baking!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Unique Pin Displays That Anyone Can DIY!

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Disney Pin Trading is a HUGE thing at The Disney Parks and has been for quite a while now. I resisted it for a long time but I finally gave in a few years ago – and I like to think I keep it at a manageable level – I only buy a couple of pins when I go to Disney, and I like to buy ones that actually mean something to me, that spark a great memory when I look back at them.
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Speaking of looking back at my pins – I made this awesome Pin Display Case a few years ago so that I can always look back on my favorites that I keep in there. Since then, Pin displays have definitely become “a thing” – and there are plenty of ways to make your own unique version:
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Grab a sheet of corkboard and a cutout of Cinderella’s Castle and boom you have an awesome silhouette display case
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Create a Mickey head out of foamboard, and use a unique background – like Disney scrapbook paper, or – what a great use for all those Park Maps you end up coming home with, right?
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Foamboard or cork can be cut to fit any frame – so pick something that matches your style or existing décor to display those pins proudly!
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Cork letters like these can be purchased at your local craft store, and I saw them at Target recently too
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And there’s always this style for displaying them when you head to Disney World…ok just kidding, but seriously, there are so many lanyards to choose from, or you can display them on a hat, backpack, or purse strap too

If you’re not into Disney Pin Trading yet – what are you waiting for? Check out the basics here and then start collecting and trading the next time you’re at the Disney Parks!

TGIF

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week: Family Time Is The BEST Time!

I was lucky enough to be ON VACATION this week – and while in the past we have mostly taken time off to GO somewhere (like DISNEY WORLD, or a cruise), this time we did things a little differently….

The first part of the week was spent at HOME – a little staycation action was much needed, a chance to relax and spend time with our son. PLUS – our friends came to visit from Virginia too – which was great as always, and seeing our son play with their daughter makes my heart oh so happy!

(I couldn’t resist us all posing in our Disney aprons for a photo op- and can you blame me? Look at these cuties!)

We had TONS of fun – and even though they stayed for longer than normal this visit, it was still pretty sad to see them go…

But no time to be sad yet – as we moved on almost immediately to the second half of our adventure, when we drove upstate to the Adirondack Region of New York to join my parents at the house they rented for the week:

And here we are, enjoying one more day of quiet, tranquil nature before heading home tomorrow and back to the reality of all work and no play soon after….ok maybe that’s not so accurate, more like “more work and less play”…

Feeling really grateful right now for these amazing people that I am lucky enough to call my friends and family❤

TGIF!

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