Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Creative Character Autographs

There are so many fun and creative ways to capture character autographs besides just an autograph book! I am going to share with you just a few idea's for your next Disney vacation or Disney Cruise.

Getting autographs is such a fun experience for children of all ages!
 
 Creative ways to get autographs:

Bring a picture frame mat to the theme parks and have characters sign! The mats with a 2' border are my favorite because there is plenty of room for characters to sign.

Bring a white tee shirt and have characters sign this on the front and back! Be sure to use a fabric marker.

A Disney storybook is a great way to capture the memories of your vacation with character signatures. These make great presents for friends too! Just don't plan on toting around a heavy book all day. I recommend bringing a small storybook that is light weight :)

Pillowcases are my absolute favorite way to creatively capture signatures! I recommend having your child's pillow monogrammed with their name beforehand. Then bring bright fabric markers for each characters signature. Never use Sharpies on fabric as they will bleed in washing machine. Did you know if you are going on a Disney Cruise that you can actually bring your pillowcase to guest services when you board the boat and at the end of the cruise you will receive it back, signed by all of the princesses (or you can choose the classic characters). I would suggest sending the pillow case and fabric markers in a sealed baggie with a thank you note and perhaps some candy for the characters or a small tip.



Monday, August 12, 2013

Yummi Pouch Super Summer Giveaway

Get outside and enjoy the summer with some cool new gear for you little one, perfect for going on walks, taking snacks on the go, and adding a little d├ęcor to your life!

Super Summer Prize Package:

  • Yummi Pouch - Little Munchkin Set with Yummi Pouch Brights. ($29 value)
  • Luca & Company - Chocolate Chip Cookies or Pink Lemon Aid Artwork ($90 value)
  • Sticky Bellies - $25 gift certificate
  • Mixie Baby - 8oz Mixie Bottle ($19.99 value)
  • SVAN - Totseat portable child seat ($35 value)
  • Greater Than One Kids - Hold-On Handles - Bumblebee Single Handle Set ($19.99 value)
  • Simple Nature - 8 fl oz Fragrance Free Diaper Rash Cream, 8 fl oz Fragrance Free all in one Shampoo & Body Wash, 8 fl oz Fragrance Free Face & Body Lotion ($35.47 value)

Total Value = $255

Yummi Pouch - Reusable Food Pouches

Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches little munchkin set giveaway
Little Munchkin Set - Retail Price: $28.95
The Little Munchkin set has everything you need to get started with using Yummi Pouches! Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches are perfect for filling with homemade baby food, blended snacks, healthy smoothies, and more. Designed by a husband a wife team, Yummi Pouches are dishwasher and freezer safe, BPA-free, phthalate-free, easy to fill and clean through the wide zipper opening, and encourage healthy snacks for active kids! For more information visit yummipouch.com.
  • Set of 4 Yummi Pouch Brights reusable food pouches - hold up to 6oz each
  • 16oz filling funnel pitcher
  • 10 dishwasher safe name label stickers
  • 2 decorative dishwasher safe sticker sheets
  • 6 mixed color extra pouch caps

Luca & Company

Luca and Company art
Chocolate Chip Cookies or Pink Lemon Aid artwork - Retail Price: $90.00
Luca and Company makers of the multi-award winning FunPod which provides a safe environment to get toddlers from 12 months up to six years up to the kitchen worktop on their own safely constructed platform comes the Classic Recipe Collection. Choose from Chocolate Chip Cookies or Pink Lemon Aid artwork which is perfect for the family who loves to cook. This series is not only for children – these prints would be lovely in any kitchen. MSRP $90. For more information visit lucaandcompany.com.

Sticky Bellies

Sticky Bellies gift certificate
Sticky Bellies™ - $25 Gift Certificate
Invented by a mom, Sticky Bellies™ are removable stickers that help parents document baby's amazing growth with style and ease! By combining the look of a custom shirt with the convenience of a sticker, Sticky Bellies™ help create adorable pictures from pregnancy through the toddler years. Simply peel, stick, and snap a pic! 13 new styles will be available on September 1st. For more information visit stickybellies.com.

Mixie Baby

Mixie Baby 8oz bottle
8oz Mixie Bottle - Retail Price: $19.99
Mixie is the revolutionary formula bottle that allows you to fix a bottle now and mix it later. Powder formula is stored in an airtight container separately from water. When you are ready to feed, simple press the button at the bottom of the bottle to release the formula into the water, shake, and feed. Moms on the go will never again need to fumble around with formula containers in public, and a pre-mixed bottle is already ready when you need it. Mixie is great for caretakers and grandparents, travel, and those sleepy middle-of-the-night feedings. For more information visit mixiebaby.com.

SVAN

SVAN Totseat - portable child seat
Totseat - Retail Price: $35.00
Our newest seat for children is the original portable, washable, and "squashable" seat. Made of fabric, The Totseat is designed to safely attach to all types of chairs. Adult chairs can be quickly transformed into the perfect seat for a baby or toddler.
Available in 6 colors with a variety of patterns, The Totseat eliminates the need to hunt down a highchair when traveling. The Totseat is ready to go in its own carry pouch which fits neatly into your diaper bag, purse or other carry bag. For more information visit svan.com.

Greater Than One Kids

Hold-On Handles
A Bumblebee Single Handle Set from the popular Bizzy Bugs collection - Retail Price: $19.99
Hold-On Handles from Greater Than One Kids helps keep children within arm’s reach without restraint. It is the first stylish stroller accessory and walking rope for 1-3 children. Snaps easily onto strollers or worn on parent’s wrist/belt loop. Children love the whimsical handles. Available in Double and Single Handle Sets in three fun themes, Bizzy Bugs, Ocean Odyssey and Zany Zoo.
Greater Than One Kids designs mom, baby, and kid products for growing families with greater than one child. As parents of multiples, company founders Susanne Budofsky and Robyn Spritzer experience first-hand the challenges parents of greater than one face each and every day. Although life may be challenging at times, with the proper gear, organizational tools, guidance, and a sense of humor, raising more than one child need not always be difficult. In fact, it can simply be greater! For more information visit greaterthanonekids.com.

Simple Nature

Simple Nature natural face and body lotion
1 Fragrance Free Diaper Rash Cream
1 Fragrance Free all in one Shampoo & Body Wash
1 Fragrance Free Face & Body Lotion
Retail Price: $35.47
Simple Nature is a fresh new brand of truly all natural and certified organic baby care products that are stylish, effective, easy to use and totally free of harsh ingredients and toxins! Based out of Las Vegas NV, the brand was created by a licensed cosmetologist and skin expert who felt that children deserve only the best. Inspired by her daughter who has very sensitive skin, Simple Nature's founder created the most luxurious products available that are:
  • Dermatologist tested and approved
  • Fragrance free
  • pH balanced perfectly for newborn skin
  • Tear free
  • Soothing, gentle and non irritating
  • Does not contain synthetic fragrances or dyes
  • Does not contain scent masking agents
  • Biodegradable and Eco friendly
  • Does not conduct any animal testing
  • Completely free of toxins and harsh/irritating ingredients
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Vegan
  • Made in USA
For more information visit simplenature.co.

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Back To School Giveaway!

It's almost time for back to school! The summer has flown by once again! I have teamed up with some wonderful Disney bloggers and businesses to bring you an awesome Disney themed back to school giveaway! The winner will win an adorable princess pink chevron dress from The Smocked Shop (perfect for the first day of school!) and a Disney Princess backpack, matching lunch tote and Disney Princess pencil box filled with the must have essentials. This awesome prize is valued at $75. The giveaway will begin August 10th and run for two weeks. Giveaway open to US and Canada residents. Winner must 18 or older. To enter use the Rafflecopter below:



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Thank you to everyone who has made this giveaway possible: Magical Moments Vacations by Nancy Mattingly. The Adult Side of Disney. Magical Mouse Schoolhouse. Peace Love Disney. Disney Day By Day. Keep Moving Forward With Me. Magical Vacations By Crystal. The Smocked Shop. Mouse Ears and Memories Vacations LLC. Disney Babies Blog. Vacation Cocoa Beach. Windsor Hills For Less.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Favorite Food Friday: Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar

Happy Friday! I don't know about you but I really enjoy reading all of these wonderful posts on your favorite foods! Makes me miss Disney even more :)
 
 
When my kids hear the word snack they instantly run to the closest snack cart (conveniently located everywhere!) and beg for the Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar--The best $3.75 we spent at Magic Kingdom :) My children love these and I have to admit, I love them just as much! Did you know they're only 5 calories!! Just KIDDING!!! :)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Yummi Pouch-Reusable Food Pouches Review

The Yummi Pouch is one of my favorite inventions! They are reusable food pouches that you can easily add pretty much anything to. This is great for on the go snacking, picnics, visits to the beach, etc. I filled mine with applesauce and then labeled them. I really like the fact that I can label each one and date it. Best of all they are BPA free and dishwasher and freezer safe! For some fun fruity recipes check out their website! These are so affordable costing just $14.99 for 6 pouches. You can also buy the super cute bright pouches.


My son really loves them and they are mess free!


Monday, August 5, 2013

A Real Life Disney Fairytale From The Eyes Of A Child

This is a fairytale of sorts that is based on a true story. Two children from completely different backgrounds and walks of life recently visited Disney World for the very first time. The first child, Emily comes from a very well to do family and was lucky enough to stay at the Grand Floridian with her family for their first Disney vacation. Emily's family was also on the dining plan. The second child, Annie comes from a very hard working larger family who had saved for over 5 years to come to Disney World for the very first time. Annie and her family stayed at the All Star Music Value Resort in a family suite. They could not afford the dining plan. They drove over 12 hours to get to Disney World. Emily's family flew first class. As you can see, these children come from very different backgrounds as many of us do.

Emily's Mom is a stay at home and spent months planning their Disney vacation down to each meal where they would eat, etc. Annie's Mom didn't have Internet or time to plan that much because she was busy working 50+ hours per week. Both families were able to visit all four of the Disney theme parks.

Emily's Mom booked her an appointment at the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique for a princess makeover and she was lucky enough to have dinner reservations at Cinderella's Royal Table. They also dined at many other very nice restaurants each night. Annie's Mom could not afford for the children to visit the BBB but she brought each child a princess costume before their vacation at Walmart and surprised each child. She also painted their nails in their hotel room and did their hair special. Annie's family was unable to eat dinner at Cinderella's Royal Table however they were able to meet the princesses at the princess meetngreet in Magic Kingdom.

After the Disney vacation came to an end and each child was back home their parents asked them what their favorite memory was from the vacation. Emily told her parents her favorite memory was riding the Magic Carpets of Aladdin with her Dad whom she does not spend much time with at home because he is always busy working. She also said that her favorite souvenir was surprisingly not the $100+ princess costume and accessories her parents purchased for her at Castle Couture nor the many stuffed animals but it was a simple pair of earrings that she had picked out that cost less than $10.

Annie's parents asked her what her favorite memory was from their Disney vacation and she replied "everything". She said there was just too much to name, but what she loved most of all was playing in the pool at the resort with her Mom and Dad and sisters. Annie collected pressed pennies from the different theme parks and that was what she was most proud of.

Isn't it a real eye opener to step back and realize that these children, some of whom may only visit Disney World once in a lifetime really don't even focus on or need all of the 'extras' that cost so much money, they simply look back on their time spent with their families as their greatest Disney vacation memories. So next time you are planning and planning and researching and budgeting just remember, it's not about the stuff you buy your children or the most expensive resorts you stay at or the places you eat but it is about spending quality time them and making memories together as a family. Take time to relax and enjoy the little things in life.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Favorite Food Friday: Casey's Corner Hot Dogs


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Casey's Corner hot dogs are a must have when you're at the Magic Kingdom! Pictured on the left is the classic Casey's hot dog with cheddar cheese added to it. On the right is the Barbeque Slaw Dog which is a messy but delicious meal for just $9.