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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Gearing Up For The Holidays – Disney Style

The other day I was going through the Toys R’Us holiday toy book – when my son toddled over and flipped the book over and points to a picture of a stuffed Mickey and goes “Daba!” (which is what he calls Mickey). I should be proud, and I am – but I am also scared. He is just barely 1 and already knows what Mickey Mouse is – which is cool, but I wonder what kind of like subliminal messages are in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse….ah well, either way, my kid loves Mickey (yay!), and I suppose that means Disney Christmas gifts this year?

It may only be early November, but I have already started Christmas shopping – and while I still have a lot to do, it’s nice to get some stuff out of the way early. I still do have to shop for my son, so I was thinking some Disney inspiration might be in order:

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What kid wouldn’t want to receive a GIANT stuffed Mickey Mouse? Perfect for cuddling and playtime

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I love these “road” carpets – and this Mickey Mouse Clubhouse themed one is a great choice for your tiny Disney fan

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I saw this at Target and thought it was the cutest thing – what a great way to “play doctor” – just like Doc McStuffins!

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This Lightning McQueen toy box is great for everyone – kids will love that it looks like their fave Cars star, and parents will love the extra place to stash the TONS of toys that seem to explode from everywhere

My son isn’t the only Disney lover in the house – and I personally like to deck my halls with a Disney flair:

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Personalized stockings hung along the mantle

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Or maybe a tree skirt with the family name on it?

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Can’t go wrong with these – whether you’re giving them as a gift or using them to make delicious sugar cookies – it’s a win win

And of course Disney sells TONS of ornaments – I personally love to get one each time we go to Disney

Hopefully these gift and décor ideas have helped kick start your holiday spirit into gear!

TGIF!

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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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Landscape Of Flavors Offers Delicious Fresh Menu Options For All!

My family and I were lucky enough to get to travel to Walt Disney World last month for Christmas, and even luckier still to get to stay in the NEWEST Disney Resort – The Art of Animation Resort. Let me tell you, this place did NOT disappoint, the Little Mermaid/Finding Nemo/Lion King/Cars themes were awesome, the service was great as usual, and probably the best thing about the Resort is its Landscape of Flavors Food Court – which offers up tons of great and unique menu options. Here’s a rundown of what you can expect to find here:

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Breakfast: Omelete station, pancakes, Mickey Waffles, French toast, make your own yogurt/fruit/granola parfait, breakfast sandwiches (like this “steak” sandwich, and the chicken sausage sandwich!) breakfast platters (both American AND Mongolian!), and tons of bakery and packaged choices (fruits, yogurts, etc)

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Lunch/Dinner: Create your own salad station (a personal favorite of mine!), Mongolian grill, hamburgers/sandwiches, pizza/pasta (and cheesy pesto bread yum!), plus packaged items like salads, sandwiches, and sushi

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Desserts: There’s a bakery case that was offering some delicious seasonal options while we were there – sugar free cranberry apple pie, Pecan pumpkin tart, Gingerbread cookies, and then there were also cupcakes and other cookies, and then there’s the gelato station – serving up tons of great flavors (including seasonal ones like peppermint and pumpkin!). Or you can go a bit healthier and have a fruit smoothie whipped up just the way you like it (strawberry/banana/mango comes to mind? Yum!)

Drinks: They offer the standard Coca Cola soda machines (which offer Sprite Zero in addition to Diet Coke and light lemonade, which I was glad to see!), as well as plenty of bottled choices: waters, Gatorade/Vitamin water, smoothies, juices, and a decent selection of beer and wine too (available by the single serving, or full size bottles/six packs are available too!)

Our personal favorites from the Landscape of Flavors? It’s REALLY a tough call, but for me personally it had to be the Pumpkin Pecan Tart (which I got multiple times!) and I know my parents really loved the Cranberry Apple Pie, and my husband loved the Mongolian Sausage plate – which was delicious sausage served with rice, two sides, and fresh naan bread

We will definitely be staying here again, partly (ok, largely!) due to how amazing the food was! I would highly recommend the Resort (and its food!) to anyone and everyone!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – The Little Mermaid Makes A Splash At WDW’s Newest Resort

I know I have talked about the new Art Of Animation Resort before, and I honestly can’t stop saying enough good things about it! It’s Walt Disney World’s newest Value Level Resort, and it has been opening in phases, the Finding Nemo, Lion King, and Cars themed areas have already opened, and as of tomorrow, September 15th, the 4th and final phase of the Resort will be open to the public – the Little Mermaid area! This area is the only area comprised of standard rooms – the other 3 areas of the Resort are comprised of family suites.


I personally am VERY excited to stay here, in the Little Mermaid area, as I love the movie and am thrilled about the whole theming of this new Resort!


Today is also a special day in my book – it is exactly 1 year from today that I will be heading back to WDW! My husband and I will be staying at the Art of Animation Resort, and can’t wait to get that “Under The Sea” feeling these new rooms are sure to deliver! Check out more on this Resort at Disney’s Art Of Animation Page
TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – “Cars” Stars On Both Coasts

This has been a big month for Disney, and specifically for their hit movie Cars! With the opening of Carsland at disneyland’s California adventure park, and the opening of the Cars Family Suites at Walt Disney world’s art of animation resort both happening this past week, you better believe Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater have been busy!!

Carsland is like a mini theme park within the California Adventure park, where guests step into Radiator Springs and can ride the Radiator Springs Racers, or head over to the Cozy Cone motel for a snack – where each cone offers a different type of food

Over in Florida, the second phase of the Art Of Animation opened with a similar idea, to immerse guests in the charming world of Radiator Springs, This time with its themed resort suites that sleep up to six and feature a car wash themed bathroom!

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Above are some of Carsland in Disneyland in California

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And here are a few of the Cars area at Walt Disney World’s Art Of Animation Resort

So Cars fans – no matter which park you visit, you’re in for a treat!!

TGIF!!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Disney Brings Art To Life At It’s New Resort

Disney is always striving to improve their guest’s vacation experience, and one way they do this is by opening new Resorts for guests to enjoy. Their newest resort, the Art of Animation Resort, will be opening in phases, starting with family suites later this month and by the end of 2012 all rooms will be open. The rooms will be themed after famous Disney movies: Cars, The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, and The Lion King

The Kitchen area in a Cars themed Suite

A Standard room – Little Mermaid themed!

The Resort’s Main Pool Area

I think one reason people adults may initially dismiss the Value Resorts is that they are kind of tacky, with their giant decor everywhere, and they seem more for families than for adults/couples. This is true to a point, in that they are geared towards families (especially with the family suites being the focus of this new resort), but adults can still enjoy their stay at these resorts – King beds can be requested instead of the standard doubles, and there are many quiet spots to take a stroll at the Value Resorts. Personally, I love them, you can’t beat the price, and the food courts are always serving up delicious eats!

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I plan on staying at the Art Of Animation Resort next September and I can’t wait! I am excited to see what they did with all the decor and the food court is supposed to be amazing, new and different foods than the other Value food courts

So if you love Cars/Finding Nemo/The Lion King/The Little Mermaid, or if you just love the idea of staying in a brand new Resort, I highly recommend you check out Disney’s Art of Animation Resort!

TGIF!

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