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I FINALLY Saw Saving Mr. Banks – And LOVED IT!

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Ok, so I am a bit behind in my movie viewing – but I finally saw Saving Mr. Banks last night – and I LOVED IT! I honestly was holding off as I wasn’t sure how I would like it – I had seen clips and previews and I knew how Emma Thompson would be portraying PL Travers – I knew she would be tough and unlikeable, so I honestly didn’t know if I wanted to bother with it – But I am glad I did! The story was heartfelt and I even shed a few tears (don’t judge me!)

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the story, here’s a rundown: it’s set in the 1960’s, and the premise is that Walt Disney (played by the always charismatic Tom Hanks) is trying to convince author PL Travers to allow him to purchase the rights to her Mary Poppins character and story. This has been going on for 20 years of him trying to convince her, and finally she agrees to come to Walt Disney Studios in California and meet with him. She is stubborn to a fault with her vision for the movie, with crazy demands and script changes, as we watch the story come together through bits of song (familiar ones like “Let’s go fly a kite” and “A Spoonful of Sugar”), drawings, flashbacks, and arguments. PL Travers is hesitant to give up the story partly due to her troubled past – a past we see unfold and one that Walt sympathizes with and that allows him to connect with her on a deeper level.

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Without being too much of a spoiler, I wanted to share my favorite moment of the movie. PL Travers arrives in LA and walks into her hotel suite, which is filled with Disney merchandise – stuffed Mickeys, Minnies, Goofys, Donald, Chip and Dale – the whole gang is there to welcome her. She is of course disgusted by this silly display and shoves it all in the closet. Just when she thinks she is done, she walks into the bedroom to find a GIANT Mickey Mouse stuffed toy on the bed!

The movie truly did a great job combining humor and drama into the movie, and it truly was a great film. I highly recommend you rent it today!

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Celebrate Your Next Big Occasion with a Disney Theme Party!

Ok, so I must admit – the reason for this post is partly selfish – as I just recently found out my husband and I are expecting our first little Mouseketeer – due in October! We are thrilled, and of course I have been in overload thinking of things we need to get and buy and prepare and reading books and napping (the napping being one of the better parts of pregnancy I think!), and one thing that has already been brought up to me by one of my closest friends is my baby shower – and she suggested it be a Disney themed shower! Obviously I didn’t really have to think about that one – and she has already gone full steam ahead with thinking about décor, favors, and more! I am super grateful to have her and other friends and family helping plan such a great event for our soon to be little guy or gal, and ideas have been flying around for various things – which got me curious about Disney parties in general – as I will likely be wanting to have some for my child in the future, so I wondered – exactly what is involved in a “Disney Themed” party?

Well, the short answer is – A LOT! You can really go as far as you want with something like that, from the big to the small details – everything can be customized to fit your theme. Let’s take something classic like Mickey, for example. And start with something everyone will notice – the décor:

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Banners, signs, tablecloths, plates, and more can be created or purchased featuring Mickey himself

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The FOOD is probably my personal favorite part of ANY party – and if you’ve got a Mickey Cookie cutter – you can pretty much make any food mickey shaped! Like sandwiches, brownies, cookies, cheese and meats for deli platters, and much more

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Most celebrations involve some kind of sweet ending – usually in the form of CAKE! You can buy a Mickey cake pan at most craft store chains, or go rogue with your own design

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Party favors are common at a lot of birthday parties and baby/wedding showers, and usually are just something simple and small – for kids you could do a goodie bag with stickers/crayons/coloring pages etc, or candy, or you could make something all on your own – like individually wrapped Mickey shaped cookies

Not sure where to start? Think about the following questions:
-What’s the guest of honor’s favorite Disney movie/character?
-What did that character love to do?
-What did they eat in that movie?
-What colors does the character always wear?
-What is the one item that symbolizes that movie/character? (For example – Winnie The Pooh has his Hunny Pot, and the movie Cinderella can be summed up with a glass slipper!)

Once you have answers to these questions, you should have a handle on your theme, menu, favors, games, and décor! Check out Pinterest for tons of great ideas – as with anything crafty or food related, the site is bursting with blog posts and pictures and recipes to help make your theme party the talk of the town! You don’t even have to wait until a birthday/baby shower to use some of these ideas – you can do a Disney movie night, or a sleepover, or anything really!

Oh – and as a tip for those who are slightly less crafty/DIY inclined – Disney party supplies can be purchased at places like Party City – and they offer a pretty decent selection too – from cutlery and plates/napkins, to décor and favors – it’s all there and ready to help you host the perfect Disney themed bash

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Muppets Most Wanted Hits Theaters TODAY!

I recently wrote about how excited I am for the new Muppets: Most Wanted movie to come out, and luckily for me and all you Muppets fans out there, the wait is finally over! The movie hits theaters today, and I can’t wait for the singing, dancing, joking, and general hilarity that comes along with the Muppet crowd

What can you expect from this sequel to the hit 2011 Muppets Movie? Well, here’s a few hints…

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Dancing frogs, singing stars, mystery, intrigue, yep – this movie has it all!

Oh, and I also stumbled across this “Which Muppet Are You?” Quiz – I am Scooter. What about you? Check it out!

If you decide to check out the new movie, I hope you enjoy it (I know I will!) TGIF!

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Missing The Happiest Place On Earth? Disney-Fy Your Home For That Magical Fix!

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I don’t know about you, but I tend to go through a MAJOR Disney withdrawal post-trip – and it makes me want to plan another trip and go back ASAP! As we know though – that isn’t always possible – and sometimes I have to figure out other ways to beat those Disney Blues. Here’s what I like to do:

SHOP! – I like to check out the Disney Store online and pick out things to help decorate my home and wardrobe so that I can keep that Disney magic alive and be reminded of just how much I love it. They even have a section of Disney Parks Merchandise – it’s almost as good as the real thing (well, sort of anyway…)

Recipes – I have several Disney Cookbooks with recipes from the Parks and Resorts, and it’s a lot of fun to flip through and look at the pictures and recipes and recreate some Disney dishes at home. Don’t have any Disney cookbooks? Fear not – as I regularly post on Chip and Co

Crafts – I love doing crafts, especially for holidays and loved ones – so it makes sense that I also love DISNEY crafts – check out a great selection here – this would be a great thing to do with your kids too, to help get them excited for a WDW trip (or to cheer them up after a trip)

Movies – A surefire way to beat the Disney blues is to pop in a Disney Movie – I even still have a bunch on VHS (and yes I even have a working VCR hooked up to my TV). My faves? Cinderella, and anything Muppets!

Post vacation depression happens to everyone – but these tips can really help lessen the load and put a smile on your face!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Feeling That (Disney) Love In The Air!

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day To One And All! To many this may be an annoying day full of overpriced flowers and pink hearts, but I personally have always loved Valentine’s Day – a day to express your love, or to reveal a new love, or to rekindle with an old love!

For all you Valentine’s Day cynics out there, might I suggest a Disney movie or two to help remind you how grand love is?

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Who didn’t cry for joy when Ariel finally got to kiss Eric?

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Who didn’t tear up at this scene from the Lion King while “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” swelled in the background?

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Robots have feelings too – Wall-E reminded us of that!

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Oh Lord the first 15 minutes of this movie had me in tears, and I love the overall message about fulfilling your dreams

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And my personal favorite Disney movie of all time – Cinderella – which proves that a great pair of shoes really CAN chance your life

Hope these were a nice little reminder of just how powerful love can be!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Angelina Jolie Transforms For “Maleficent”

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Wow that’s creepy! Angelina Jolie can really transform into one evil looking Maleficent, am I right?

Disney’s “Maleficent” is due out in theaters on May 30th 2014, and it is the untold story of Sleeping Beauty’s iconic villain who has an idyllic life until her land is attacked and she rises to protect her people, but is betrayed and then begins to slowly turn evil as her heart turns to stone. Revenge is the name of the game as she sets her sights on Aurora by placing a curse on her. Dark stuff, right? Check out the official movie trailer here

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I love the darkness and the overall feeling I have of the movie so far – and I can’t wait to see it! What about you – will you head to theaters to check this out in May?

TGIF!

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