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Friday, February 28, 2014

#DisneySide Party Raffle Prize Details

I was selected to host my very first #Disneyside party and if you haven't seen my sneak peak blog post click here.

I decided to have a raffle for all of the party guests. Each guest received one raffle ticket and at the end of the party I picked the lucky winners!

Raffle Prizes:


My daughter decorating her tee shirt 


The cake, Craisins, raffle prizes and game set up

the beautiful princesses had a blast 


the kids loved taking pictures with this adorable Little Mermaid party prop


The Raffle prizes include Ariel themed bubbles, a Disney princess kite, handmade tutu tote bags from www.kidsbowtique.com, HP photo printing paper, handmade Ariel tumbler from Wiley Oaks Crafts, personalized vinyl decal from Magical Creations and Celebrations, adorable handmade mermaid thank you notes from Mediterraneo Gifts, and the grand prize is the American Tourister 20" spinner! 



Good news for readers! Mediterraneo Gifts is offering a special a discount just for my readers with the discount code DWBUDGET expiring 3/23/14. This promotion code when entered at checkout will give 5% off the Etsy shop offering Mediterranean & Personalized stationary and party favors.

 Magical Creations and Celebrations is also offering my readers a special discount of 15% off your order when you enter the code DisneysideHayden. I absolutely love my adorable decal that Donna made for me, check it out here.

I want to say a big thank you to American Tourister, HP, Haynes and Ocean Spray for the awesome goodies! And of course, thank you to Disney At Home Celebrations for choosing me to be a #Disneyside host!


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Top 5 Tips For Visiting Disney On Spring Break


Welcome to those of you joining me from I Am A Disney Nerd and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail.

Spring break is such a busy time at Disney World. Ride wait times can be longer than usual and you may be surprised by how hot Florida can be in April. I am going to share with you the top 5 tips for visiting during spring break. Be sure to purchase your park tickets ahead of time. This will save you a lot of time and you can simply bypass the ticket line and go directly to the gates to enter the park. You can purchase tickets directly on the Disney website. Many first timer's do not realize the importance of arriving to the park when it first opens. I always recommend arriving at or even before the rope drop. This will allow you to have a head start to your first ride of choice :) Always have a game plan. 




TIPS

  1. Purchase park tickets ahead of time
  2. Arrive at the theme park at rope drop
  3. Pack plenty of snacks and lunch to avoid waiting in long food lines
  4. Make your ADR's (advanced dining reservations) ahead of time
  5. Take a mid afternoon break to avoid the heat
Don't try to do everything in one day. Pace yourself, enjoy the moment and take time to see the details, take some photos too.

My kids favorite activity on vacation was visiting the pools at the resort


Take time to relax and enjoy a leisure train ride at Magic Kingdom, you'd be surprised, kids enjoy the little things too :)


Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Capturing Magical Memories.



Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:




1st Stop ~ I Am A Disney Nerd
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3rd Stop ~ Capturing Magical Memories
4th Stop ~ Adventure In The Gread Wide Somewhere
Final Stop ~ Disney Mamas


Sunday, February 23, 2014

My #DisneySide Party Sneak Peak

I was selected by Disney At Home Celebrations to host my very first #DisneySide party this year! I am beyond excited to have been selected to be a party host. You may remember, I received an awesome package in the mail filled with goodies to host the party including an American Tourister 20" Spinner! Here is a sneak peak of my #DisneySide party.

I chose an Under The Sea theme because I love Ariel and my daughters both love The Little Mermaid movie. My daughter is 6 years old and invited a few friends to the party and I invited a few friends with children of various ages to the party. I asked everyone to dress as their favorite princess. The children are going to decorate the Haynes shirts with fabric markers, create a Princess door knob holder, play Disney Trivia games and snack on yummy cake!


Purchased these foam stickers at Hobby Lobby and the kids will be making their own door knob holder.

Decorate your own Haynes shirt with fabric markers


Made these oyster/pearl cookies

This adorable Little Mermaid themed party prop was donated by Sweet Caroline's Studio

Every party needs cake!

Raffle prizes

The Raffle prizes include Ariel themed bubbles, a Disney princess kite, handmade tutu tote bags from www.kidsbowtique.com, HP photo printing paper, handmade Ariel tumbler from Wiley Oaks Crafts, personalized vinyl decal from Magical Creations and Celebrations, adorable handmade mermaid thank you notes from Mediterraneo Gifts, and the grand prize is the American Tourister 20" spinner! 

The party is in just a few hours, pictures to follow of all the princesses :) 



Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sofia The First: Songs From Enchancia CD Review

Are you a Sofia The First fan? If so then you will want to check out this awesome cd. I was lucky enough to receive the brand new Sofia The First cd and I absolutely love it! My 6 year old daughter has been listening to the cd non stop! Click here to hear a sample song from the cd. One of my favorite songs on the cd is "Bigger is Better" it is such a catchy song and I find myself singing it even when my kids are away! If you are a Little Mermaid fan then you will be happily surprised to find the new Ariel and Sofia song "The Love We Share" is on the cd! You may remember this song from the Disney Junior special tv show movie "The Floating Palace". To download the songs from the cd visit ITunes.


This is such a fun cd complete with 14 songs and a bonus track "Be Who You Wanna Be" Jake and Sofia. The cd also has a bonus karaoke set of four songs that your little princess or prince will love singing along to! 

*I am a participating Influencer at The Entertainment New Media Network. I have received free product for review and to give to my readers. I was not compensated for this review and all expressed opinions are strictly my own*

Sunday, February 16, 2014

10 Ways To Survive Disney With A Baby


Traveling with a baby can be stressful but if you plan ahead and pack accordingly you will survive! 


  1. Pack pack pack ALL of the baby must have's that your baby needs on a daily basis. This includes the obvious, binky, blanket, favorite teether, diapers, wipes and of course a change of clothes in case of an accident.
     2.  Be prepared to take an afternoon break each day to keep baby out of the heat and Florida sun.




     3.  Bring sunscreen and a hat for baby to prevent sunburn.




     4.  Bring a comfortable stroller for baby to ride in around the parks, I suggest a stroller with a sun canopy and a stroller that has a lot of storage underneath. I highly recommend renting from Kingdom Strollers.




    5.  Bring a backpack so that when you park your stroller you can have one parent wear the backpack and avoid leaving important items in the stroller unattended.




    6.  Don't try to ride every ride. There are some great rides for young children and babies, check out my top 10 rides for babies and toddlers at Magic Kingdom. Pace yourself and remember it's all about having fun.




   7.  Your baby won't remember meeting the characters or riding the rides, try to just relax and enjoy the moment. Take plenty of pictures and avoid overdoing it.




   8.  Hand sanitizer! Don't forget to bring hand sanitizer. Many first timer's complain that their children picked up a stomach bug at WDW, but then I ask, did you have hand sanitizer? Did you use it after EACH ride? Kids put their hands in their mouth, especially babies! To avoid picking up unwanted germs remember hand washing and hand sanitizer is key.




   9.  Avoid trying to make advanced dining reservations at restaurants that are not 'kid friendly'. The last thing you want to do is have a tired, cranky screaming baby at Le Cellier for example. Make dining reservations at a loud family friendly restaurant such as O'hana, Chef Mickey's or Rain Forest CafĂ©.




   10.  Buy a few memorable must have's from DisneyStore.com before your vacation. I really love to see these adorable mouse ears on little one's.





Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Kids Bowtique Needs Your Vote

I need your help today. Please take one minute and vote for this great small business. Kids Bowtique designs the cutest tutu bags I have ever seen! They can personalize them and coordinate them to match your party colors. Isn't this so cute?



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Baby Be Mine Giveaway


Our Baby Be Mine collection features so many items to pamper and care for your baby. From wonderfully natural products, to gear to make feeding and soothing easier on the go, this gift collection is the perfect Valentine's Day treat!

San Diego Bebe

San Diego Bebe Eco-Nursing Pillow with built-in Privacy Cover

San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow with built-in Privacy Cover - Retail value: $59.99
San Diego Bebe® is a deluxe line of nursing pillows for singletons and twins made with virgin eco-fiber. Eco-friendly, hypo-allergenic, non-toxic and foam-free, we never use fire-retardant chemicals or toxic glues. We pride ourselves in manufacturing the healthiest choice nursing pillows on the market today. Our pillow line is LOADED with features and benefits, including a cool built-in Privacy Cover™ for discreet nursing in public. For more information visit doubleblessings.com.

Yummi Pouch

Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches

Yummi Pouch 2 sets of 6 reusable food pouches - Retail value: $30
Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches encourage healthy snacks for active kids. Our eco-friendly food pouches are freezer safe, dishwasher safe, BPA-free, Phthalate-free, and can be filled with healthy blended snacks and easily taken on the go, no spoon required. Our vision is to help moms and dads prepare healthy snacks for their active kids. Yummi Pouches are perfect to be filled with nutritious smoothies and purees prepared in batches, frozen or refrigerated, and easily consumed on the go. For more information visit yummipouch.com.

Wristy Buddy

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Wristy Buddy Lion Teething Wristband - Retail value: $15
Wristy Buddy is a teething wristband designed for babies who haven't developed the motor skills to hold traditional teething devices. Wristy Buddy is made of absorbent materials to help keep little faces and clothing dry. Its various textures and colors engage and stimulate. It is easily accessible to your teething baby and is more sanitary than traditional teething objects. Wristy Buddy is machine washable. Phthalate-Free, Lead-Free, and BPA-Free and Non-toxic Certified. Patent-Pending. For more information visit wristybuddy.com.

Beachfront Baby

Beachfront Baby Wrap

One-size Beachfront Baby Wrap in the winner's choice of color - Retail value: $54.99
Beachfront Baby water baby carriers are a must have for the summer! 100% polyester jersey lends breath-ability with just the right amount of stretch. The fabric feels like a lightweight, silky swimsuit which keeps it light in the water & dries very quickly. Wear baby in the shower, at the beach, at the water-park or in the pool. This especially comes in handy for keeping your hands free to play with or help older children in the water!
Beachfront Baby LLC is a Texas-based company run by Diane Turner, President & work-at-home-mom to four lovely children. Beachfront Baby has offered fashionable water baby carriers to parents world-wide since 2011. For more information visit BeachfrontBabyWraps.com.

Baby Spa

Baby Spa gift set

Mommy & Me Stage 1 Gift Set - Retail value: $54.99
Includes Soapless Body Wash, Moisturizing Body Lotion, Shea Butter Diaper Cream, Calming Massage Oil, Travel Size Ultra, Soft Baby Wipes, Travel Size Moisturizing Body Lotion, Plush Tickle Sensory Toys, Infant Massage Book

Indulge babies with those sensory spa experiences we all love to feel. Our pampering gift set nourishes, hydrates and soothes, making it perfect for those memorable mommy and baby moments.
  • Safe & gentle for sensitive skin in newborns through crawlers
  • Great for baby showers and delivery gifts
  • Contains organic enthnobotanicals Songa™, Kendi Oil, and Patented Swiss Moisturizer EG28 to soothe, hydrate, and comfort tender baby skin.
  • Includes our infant massage book and tickle toys to stimulate baby sensory development
  • Our signature Fresh Baby scent
BabySpa is a natural bath and body care collection for newborns through preschoolers made with special ethnobotanical blends that provide lasting hydration, soothing effects and sweet, comforting sensations. All of our products are 98-100% natural! We believe natural is better, and therefore always use extracts and oils from plants, roots and flowers to deliver gentle, vitamin-rich skin care. Our collection contains over 30 different botanicals, each one carefully selected for its unique benefits and therapeutic properties. Our bath and body care collection offers an easy to follow "stages" approach with products that are individually tailored to address the changing skin care needs for babies from infancy through toddlerhood. For more information visit babyspausa.com.

Buncha Farmers Inc.

Buncha Farmers gift basket

Buncha Farmers gift basket including stain removers, Manuka honey natural soaps, laundry detergent, hand sanitizer and skin creams - Retail value: $60
Buncha Farmers Inc. is committed to the highest standards of quality, satisfaction and fair pricing. We put a lot of thought and care into developing our products so that YOU, our CUSTOMER, can benefit and truly appreciate our efforts. Our focus is to make day to day living a little more rewarding and put less stress in your life. We also want to make your life as healthy as possible without sacrificing little pleasures that everyone looks forward to everyday. For more information visit bunchafarmers.com.

Bert&Bratt

Battery powered, Portable Sterilizer

Battery powered, Portable Sterilizer for infant items - Retail value: $45
Battery powered, portable sterilizer for infant items! Sterilizes pacifiers, sippy cup tops, bottle nipples and small teethers with just the push of a button. Gets items germ free in 4 minutes and uses NO WATER, NO HEAT and NO CHEMICALS. Easily fits into diaper bags and purses and goes wherever baby goes. Never be without a clean pacifier or feeding item again.
Bert&Bratt is a 100% female owned Canadian company. The product was dreamed, designed and manufactured by the head moms in charge, Tasha Bertrand and Annemarie Brattland. "This is a product that we, as mothers with young children, would have loved to have. We both hated having to run and find soap and water whenever something hit the ground. This makes moms lives easier and helps keep babies away from potentially harmful bacteria. When something is easy people tend to do it more often. We made cleaning infant items as easy as pushing a button!" For more information visit bertandbratt.com.

Rhoost

Rhoost Finger Guard and Cord Winder

Finger Guard and Cord Winder - Retail value: $20
Rhoost's Cord Winder makes dangling blind cords a thing of the past, keeping your loved ones safe and your personal style intact. Features screw free installation. Our Finger Guard protects little fingers from door and hinges, keeping your loved ones safe and your personal style intact.
Rhoost designs eco-friendly, stylish and non toxic baby-proofing products. No screws or adhesives required. For more information visit rhoost.com.


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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Ariel and Prince Eric Disney Couple Facts

My favorite Disney couple is Ariel and Prince Eric. It only makes sense since my favorite Disney movie of all time (ever since I was a little girl) is The Little Mermaid. I have always loved Ariel and meeting her at Disney World was something I looked forward to for years. I've had a fascination with mermaids ever since watching The Little Mermaid. Something about a mermaid turning into a princess and meeting Prince Eric just seem so magical. 

My children could not wait to meet Ariel at the Magic Kingdom at the new Ariel meet n greet in Fantasyland. This was the highlight of my children's day. Well, probably week!




Scenes from The Little Mermaid are depicted in the Journey of the Little Mermaid ride


To read my ride review visit my blog post here

Facts about Ariel and Prince Eric:

Did you know Ariel married Prince Eric when she was just 16 years old?

Prince Eric was 18 years old when he met Ariel.

Did you know Christopher Daniel Barns aka Greg Brady from the Brady Bunch Movie did the voice of Prince Eric in the movie The Little Mermaid?

Three Disney characters can be seen in the movie The Little Mermaid during the scene when King Triton appears--Mickey, Donald and Goofy

Prince Eric's dog is named Max

Did you know Prince Eric is the only Disney Prince who does not sing during the movie?







Saturday, February 1, 2014

Discovering The Magic Kingdom An Unofficial Disneyland Vacation Guide Review + Giveaway


Believe it or not I have yet to visit Disneyland in California. That being said, after reading this amazingly detailed vacation guidebook by Joshua Shaffer I feel as if I have already been to Disneyland's Magic Kingdom! The book covers everything ranging from packing for the trip, where to purchase tickets, cost of eating in the parks, to Disney Fairy Tale weddings and birthday parties! 

There is a a whole section of the guide book dedicated to Disney history which I found really interesting. This includes Disney princesses, Disney movie trivia and Pixar. Did you know that Disneyland Park opened to the public on July 18, 1955? I had no idea Disneyland has been around for over 59 years! 

I learned all about Club 33 in this guidebook-for those that don't know Club 33 is an exclusive club that only the rich belong to. Club 33 members enjoy access to the club's exclusive restaurant and full bar. It is the only location within Disneyland to offer alcoholic beverages. There are different levels of memberships, the Corporate Membership fee is $27,500 + an additional $6,100/year and this includes up to nine members (an additional annual fee of $4,650 each). There is an option for an individual to become a member and the fee is $10,450! For more info on membership visit the Club 33 website

To purchase your own copy of Discovering The Magic Kingdom An Unofficial Disneyland Vacation Guide visit the website at www.DiscoveringTheMagicKingdom.com and be sure to like them on Facebook at Facebook.com/DiscoveringTheMagicKingdom. 

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