Showing Our DisneySide

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*I received free products from Mom Select and Disney Parks.  All opinions expressed are my own.*

When I first received my DisneySide party kit I was so excited, because it would be coming just in time for my son’s seventh birthday.

The thing is, I know other people who absolutely love Disney that wouldn’t be coming to his party.  So what’s a girl to do?  Have TWO parties! 🙂

Up first was the “Summer In Walt Disney World” party.

My original idea was to crank the heat up in the house so it would be nice and warm, just like Walt Disney World.  Unfortunately, the weather here in New England decided to be freezing the night before (it was minus-something.  I can’t keep track of all of those bitter-cold nights!).  I think I was at least able to get the heat up to 70 degrees, so warm enough. 😉

I had decided to decorate each room in our downstairs area to represent one of the Parks in Walt Disney World.  Thanks to the HP photo paper I received I was able to print out some great photos from our trips over the years to Walt Disney World.

The entry way was the Ferry Boat to the Magic Kingdom.

Then, you arrived just in time for the Welcome Show!

The dining room was Epcot, monorail and all.

Hollywood Studios took over the living room, with our own game of Toy Story Midway Mania on the Xbox Kinect.

The kitchen, unfortunately, didn’t get the full Animal Kingdom makeover that I wanted. Of course, with Animal Kingdom currently going through construction for Avatar Land, I think it worked. 😉

We ate a lot of Mickey shaped foods.  Now if I had only gotten more photos!!

The kids and parents played the Disney versions of Apples to Apples and Beat The Parents.  And the kids did beat us – the parents – with their knowledge of Disney.

It wasn’t a huge gathering, just a few of us parents and our kids.  Of course, when it comes to Disney, a little magic goes a long way!

Now on to party number two!!

When Big Hero 6 came out last fall, my youngest fell in love with Baymax, so his party theme was a no-brainer.

On Saturday we pulled out our bowls and spoons and made the awesome Duff Tie-Dye cake that we received in our DisneySide party kit.

Now, when the thirteen year old gets involved, you know it’s good.

Once the cake was baking in the oven, I set out to make my son a shirt just like the one Hiro wears in the movie.

Of course, I had to get into the fun with a bit of Disneybounding as Aunt Kass.

Baymax cake frosted, decorations up, and we were ready to go the next day.

This party consisted of mostly family – mom, dad siblings and Grandparents.

Time to eat the yummy Baymax Duff Tie-Dye cake!!

It was such an amazing experience getting to host a DisneySide Home Celebration.  In all honesty, if I was given the opportunity to host another one, I think I would do a party strictly for the adults.  We had so many snow days with the kids home this year, that it would have been great to get together to sip some Twinings of London Tea and have some fun.  Maybe make some cool Disney themed crafts, or just put on our Ears and be kids – without our kids.  😉

Walt Disney World Planning 101: Budgeting

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I started a new series on YouTube for helping anyone who is thinking about planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation.  In this video, I talk about the different ways you can set a budget and start planning.

Next up: Saving for your Walt Disney World Vacation 🙂

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Baymax Sock Tsum-torial

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In this house, our kids (big and small alike) love Disney Tsum Tsums!  If you’ve never played it, it’s a matching game featuring adorable Disney creatures called Tsum Tsums. The Tsums originated in Japan where “tsum” means “stack”.

How does stacking fit in with a matching game, you ask?  Well, these cute little critters are also adorable plush, beanie toys that you can purchase at your local Disney Store, or through http://www.disneystore.com

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There are quite a lot of Tsum Tsums that have made the jump from the game itself into a plush version.  Unfortunately, our favorite, Baymax, has yet to make an appearance.  So what is one to do when they can’t find the Tsum they love?  Head over to YouTube and find a tutorial!  I found a tutorial about a month ago on YouTube for making an Olaf Tsum out of a sock.  They don’t have Frozen Tsums out yet – What?? I know, right? – so someone came up with a great idea of using a sock and felt.  (Luckily, for those of you who have been waiting patiently for Olaf and the gang, Frozen Tsum Tsums will make their debut at the Disney Store on March 3rd!)

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So, using the basic Olaf Sock Tsum tutorial, I tweaked it a bit to make one that looked like Baymax.  It was pretty simple really.  He’s pretty much a plain white sock with eyes on the front.  If you’d like to learn how to make your own Baymax sock Tsum, check out my video!  And while you’re there, please like and subscribe!  Happy Stacking!

Miles From Tomorrowland

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Okay, so I’ve been really excited to see the new Disney Junior show “Miles From Tomorrowland”.  Something about it struck me as interesting from the get-go, so I was looking forward to watching it this past Friday.

I actually missed the premiere episode on Friday morning at 9:30 but, as luck would have it, they were showing several episodes that morning.  I was able to catch one of them as I sat down to eat a bit of a late breakfast.

I have to say, “Miles From Tomorrowland” does not disappoint. With other shows like “Doc McStuffins” there tends to be a basic format to the show – Doc finds a toy that needs fixing, and she fixes it.  The thing I love most about “Miles” is that every show is a new adventure!!  There’s no expected format – just expect a lot of fun!

Another great aspect to the show is the lessons it teaches.  In “Game On” one of the lessons is perseverance.  His father reminds him in the final scene that “It’s okay to fall down, as long as you get up”.  Love it!!  I also love the lesson on getting to know others before making a judgement based on their “kind”.

Disney Junior shows are generally made for small children – I would say preschool through 3rd grade – but “Miles” will appeal to all ages.  The STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – aspect to the show is sure to entice and entertain viewers of all ages.  My 13 year old son – who is an aspiring engineer – sat and watched the show with his 9 year old sister and 7 year old brother.  Honestly, “Miles” has been playing on our TV almost non-stop since last night.

I hope you’ll check out the new Disney Junior show “Miles From Tomorrowland”  It’s “blast-tastic”! 🙂

#tbt Today In Disney History

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  • 1984 – Super Bowl XVIII is played at Tampa stadium.  A Disney production called “Salute to Superstars of Silver Screen” is its halftime show
  • 1995 – The second of 40 trading cards celebrating Disneyland’s 40th Anniversary – “1956 Astro Jets” – are handed out to guests visiting the park.
  • 2006 – Disney California Adventure hosts a Celebrity attended premiere for “Monsters Inc.: Mike and Sully To The Rescue!
  • 2008 – The Disney/Pixar movie “Ratatouille” receives five Oscar nominations – the most ever for a Disney/Pixar film.
  • 2009 – Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion 40th anniversary tickets sell out in just 10 minutes – at up to $475 a piece!
  • 2010 – 400 Walt Disney World employees volunteer to man phones during the “Hope For Haiti” live telethon.
  • 2013 – Disney’s oldest cruise ship – the Disney Magic – is named the #1 largest cruise ship by Condé Nast Traveler.

Moms Need To Do Something For Themselves?

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Every other month the local retro gaming store in our area does a kind of ‘swap meet’ where people can bring stuff to buy or trade.  My oldest son really looks forward to these events.  He’s a really talented artist and can draw characters easily by sight.  I, like my Irish mother would say, “can’t draw my own breath”. 🙂 So the other day I decided to take the $25 gift card I had gotten for Christmas and buy my son some good art supplies so he could make some nice drawings to sell at the meet.

Now, I think, I’m supposed to feel guilty about that, right?  That I spent a gift that was for me on my child?  I’m supposed to use that and do something for “myself”.  Here’s the funny thing I realized when that thought entered my head.  When I do things for my kids, it brings me a sense of joy and ;therefore; I am doing something for myself.  it makes me happy to do things for them.  Yes, we as moms should always do things here and there for ourselves.  We have a difficult time unplugging from our families and their needs, so we pretty much have to force ourselves to put ourselves first, if that makes sense.

It’s kind of a cool revelation though.  To realize that I can do things for them and myself at the same time.  That I don’t need to feel bad when I go out and pick up something for the kids, and nothing for myself.  I don’t need more stuff.  I’d rather invest in them and watch them grow in every sense, because – in the end – that’s what really matters.

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Showing My #DisneySide

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I belong to a “few” Disney related groups on Facebook. 😉 About this time last year, I saw a bunch of people posting about how they were hosting DisneySide Home Celebrations.  Hey, if I can have an excuse to hold a Disney party without looking like a total loon, I’m there.  Plus, after seeing the AWESOME kits they got last year, I knew I had to at least try to host one if I got the chance. So, this year, some wonderful person on one of the Facebook groups posted the link for the application to hold one of the Home Celebrations.  Wohoo!  Once I got into filling out the short application, I thought there was no way I would be selected.  At that time I had a whopping 100 followers on Twitter (which I thought was awesome – until I saw people had thousands), and about 160 Facebook friends.  My blog had been inactive for a year or so, so I didn’t even include it.  There were also all kinds of questions about involvement in PTAs, school, church groups, etc.  I answered “no” to pretty much all of them.  So, at this point, I’m thinking there’s no way – but by the Grace of God – that I’m going to get picked.

Fast forward a couple of weeks, and the Facebook groups were abuzz with people waiting for e-mail notifications to find out if they were selected for a party.  Imagine my surprise when I received the “Congratulations!” e-mail.  It was like the whole Disney Moms Panel process all over again. (Which I will blog about another day). 🙂 I was so excited!

So, here’s how the DisneySide Home Celebration works.  They send you a kit in the mail with all kinds of goodies to hold a party at your home.  You then take pictures/video during the planning stages and the party itself, and post them on as many social media outlets as you’d like using the hashtag (I can’t believe I’m saying that, and am actually part of the Twitterverse now) “DisneySide” @Home Celebration. Super cool.

So now you’re asking yourself “what is this DisneySide thing I keep hearing about?” Well, your DisneySide is the part of you that comes out when you’re watching a Disney movie with your kids, or singing Let It Go for the millionth time. 😉 It’s skipping down Main Street USA in Magic Kingdom Park while singing Zip A Dee Do Dah (while your teen gives you a weird look).  It’s your teenager getting just as excited for the trip to Walt Disney World as he did when he went for the first time at eight years old.  So what’s my DisneySide?  I’m six. Seriously.  When it comes to Disney, and especially Walt Disney World, I’m six years old again.  I get excited to see the Disney Princesses.  I’m wearing my Minnie Mouse ears, or DisneyBounding as one of my favorite characters.  I break loose of this whole being an “adult” thing.  I’m free!  I’m young again, and I don’t care what anyone else thinks.  Now, be warned, if you show your DisneySide out there in the “real” world, people might think you’re nuts. Heck, they might even call the men in the white coats. 🙂 But, it’s worth it.  We all need to take the time once in a while to be a kid again.  I’m with Peter Pan. This grown up stuff is highly overrated.

So that’s it.  I now sit in anticipation of the UPS e-mail saying that my kit has shipped. Once I get it I’ll definitely be sharing more.  Until then, take time to show your DisneySide and embrace being a kid again! 🙂

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