T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Why Halloween Is The PERFECT Time To Visit WDW

While every day at WDW is sure to be an amazing one, there are certain days/times of the year that are more magical than others. Personally, I LOVE Disney at Christmastime – the decorations, the food, the sounds, the smells – it’s all amazing! BUT – it is also one of the BUSIEST times of the year at the Parks, with crowds so thick that the wait time for Space Mountain is 2.5 hours or more…so understandably, not everyone would jump at the chance to head there in late December.

All things considered, the perfect time of year for visiting WDW is really around Halloween time – the crowds are lighter, the weather cooler, and the décor and atmosphere is just as amazing (if not more so!) than at Christmas! Check out these shots of Halloween at WDW:

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Trick or treat, meet and greet with characters, and enjoy an exclusive parade – all of this and more can be found at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

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The décor is really amazing at this time of year – they go all out with pumpkins and fall theming everywhere!

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And what would a Halloween celebration be without themed treats? Decorated and delicious – these will delight those of all ages (not to mention make me drool all over my keyboard…)

I can’t WAIT to bring my son to experience Halloween at Walt Disney World – I just know he will find it as amazingly magical as I do!


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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Port Orleans Riverside Resort

I recently wrote about how my husband is going to Disney without me – and not only does that suck (for me), but he is also staying at one of the WDW Resorts that I haven’t really gotten a chance to explore or stay at yet – Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort – which is themed after the rural Louisiana Bayou, and has a great “Southern Hospitality” air to it. Check out what it has to offer:

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…Needless to say, I am SO JEALOUS of my husband’s trip, and of the amazing place he gets to stay, too! Port Orleans Riverside offers amazing rooms, beautiful pools, delicious food, and some awesome views too – what more could you ask for? Can’t wait to hear what he thinks of this amazing Resort


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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Happy Birthday To My Baby Boy!

It’s a bit hard to believe that a year has already passed, and that this tiny little guy…

…Has turned into this big man!

He turned 1 yesterday, and we are celebrating his first birthday tomorrow – I can’t wait to see everyone come together for this milestone! There will be pizza, cake, and presents – but most of all, there will be CELEBRATING! We survived! My husband and I managed to successfully keep the baby alive, not kill each other, and have a TON of fun along the way…


From tons of playtime (including peek a boo!)

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to helping Mommy cook…


To getting to meet the Easter Bunny,


And enjoying plenty of outdoor playtime!


I realize that this post isn’t really Disney related – but I love my kid more than I love Disney (it’s true!) – so I figured why not dedicate a post to how excited I am about his turning 1?

Oh – and if have a baby in your life who’s turning 1 soon, then you should check out my list of gift ideas!

TGIF – and Happy FIRST BIRTHDAY JOHN! Here’s to millions more memories and fun times!

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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 Shutterfly.com (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 shutterfly.com


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