Our #Disneyside @Home Celebration

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. The products received were given to me for free, the party and the fun were all real!

A few weeks ago we recieved the best package since Christmas: our #Disneyside @Home Celebration kit!

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Inside the box was a suitcase from American Tourister which held all of the goodies I used to help me throw my party, plates, cups, napkins, cookie cutters, decorations and more!

Today we put it all to good use, and the result was a super fun Mickey-ful celebration!

Our party had five toddlers and their moms, mostly my friends from work at the daycare and school. We had good food and crafts for the kids. They filled the rest of the time playing with all of B’s toys he never plays with and watching Disney Junior. This was the first party B’s had with friends (his first birthday was family only) and there wasn’t any fighting! We all had so much fun and I can’t wait to have another Disney Side Celebration!

 

I made Mickey pizza bites (tutorial coming soon) so I could say I didn’t *only* jack the kids up on sugar.

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I found this great tutorial to make a treasure map cupcakes here. I didn’t include all of the candy in the tutorial this time, but you can certainly go all out!

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We had a fun craft with our Hanes t-shirts. Instead of coloring, we made the shirt decorating toddler-friendly by making stamps out of sponges and letting them stamp their own Mickeys!

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The decorations even provided a lot of excitement with the kids!

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Also in our kit were some face-painting tutorials, but since we were dealing with one to three year olds who don’t sit still for long, we opted for tattoos. These kids got all inked up!

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You can host your own #DisneySide Celebration in your home too! You can find party recipes, themes, and more ideas here! Your Disney Side celebration doesn’t have to be a party (although it will certainly feel like one). It could be a play date, girls (or boys) night in, sleepover, etc. All you have to do is add a little bit of Disney magic and you’re sure to be the host with the most!

I received free products in order to host the Disney Side @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own.

 

 

 

The day I decided to train for a half-marathon

I haven’t been myself lately. I think back to the times that I was happy and felt fulfilled; I exercised daily, ate relatively well, and spent a lot of quality time with my friends. These days, I wake up at 6:30  in the morning with a baby, and go to bed at 8:00 at night with a baby and not much in between that does’t deal with baby.

It’s probably not much of a surprise to you, if you have kids, that it’s hard to do something for yourself on a daily basis. I was juggling two jobs, school, and baby as well as day-to-day “what-will-we-eat-tonight-and-have-I-brushed-my-teeth” stresses. I don’t workout anymore, and the only reason I weigh less than I did before I was pregnant is stress. Straight up stress.

I needed something for me. Something healthy, an attainable goal, and something fun! I have always wanted to run a marathon, or 10K. Ok. let’s be real. a 5K was really going to be the goal there. My friends were runners and I was…well let’s say I walked most of the mile in high school. This might not surprise you either, but I love Disney, and I love Disney Princesses. When I learned about their Disney Princess Half Marathon, I literally went on a high of running or pretending I was a runner (after a mental freak out.) I never committed.

The other night, I decided I’m committing to training to run the Disney Princess Half Marathon. My goal date is in 2015 (that’s the attainable and reasonable goal part.)

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Following this post here will be a sequence of New Year, New You posts. I don’t feel like me, and I have a feeling 2013 may have put you in the dumps as well. Let’s get out of it! I have a feeling 2014 will be “our year,” our comeback year.

I’m not saying run the half-marathon with me, but I’d love to see you at the finish line!

What are some of your New Years resolutions for 2014?

photo courtesy of  Disney Sports media site.

Magical Moments: Reunited with the Magic

This week, I’m going to join up with Jenn at Superjenn.com and share a Magical Moment at Disney world:

Two years ago, Mom dragged me to Walt Disney World for Disney Social Media Moms. Ok- so,  no dragging necessary. I may or may not have begged her to let me go.

The last time our family went to Walt Disney World I was only two years old (maybe less) and we never really went back. I didn’t remember much except the few pictures my grandmother had left in our possession. When I got to return, it was like I was experiencing everything for the first time: magical.

The first park I got to re-see for the first time: Epcot; and there Stitch was, waiting to be the first character with whom I would document my first Renaissance Disney Trip.

My Dream Vacation

When I was a wee little girl: maybe eight or so, the Sellers family embarked on what will be the most memorable vacation I have ever been on: A Disney Cruise. Ever since I’ve wanted to go back. Our super cool Christmas cruise: not disney- not as fun. I may just be a little biased/ in love (call it what you want). Now that I am preparing to be Super Mom, all I can think of is sharing the joy of Disney with my little boy and I have begun planning my Disney Cruise.

While Disney Cruises provide for all ages, I plan on waiting a good four to five years to take him on this cruise, mostly so he can fully appreciate it, you know, the best a 4-5 year old can appreciate something. I’ll also have to plan this based around a budget. While I would love to stay in a Concierge Family Oceanview Stateroom, I may have to settle for the just as magical Inside Staterooms (if not more magical with Real time views of the ocean PLUS a few Pixar characters floating by or saying hello!).

So “Why Disney?” you may ask. Well I say, why NOT! Disney knows how to do things and make every moment magical. Here are some of my favorite reasons to go on a Disney Cruise:

  • Rotational Dining You get to visit every dining room and rotate throughout every night. Your servers switch dining rooms with you so you still get the same amazing service tailored to your every need. One night you’re in Animator’s Palate, the next you’re in the Royal Court (on the Disney Fantasy).
  • Disney Characters…everywhere I mean, everywhere. In the kids clubs they can interact with characters, in the lobby you can interact with characters: it’s great.
  • FIREWORKS and the only cruise line to do a fireworks display!
  • Castaway Cay They have their own private island with, you guessed it, characters! You can do water sports, snorkel, or play on one of the few water play areas!
  • Entertainment Each night there is something entertaining going on whether you fancy a Broadway style show, or even just catching a movie…perhaps in 3-D?
  • Teen Clubs I never got to experience this…and I never will, HOWEVER, I know how teens don’t always want to be with their families all of the time, so this is a great thing to have. Your teens can get their “family-time” in and then bounce when they need a break (and you don’t have to worry about them!)
  • You don’t need kids to have a good time If you just want to get away with the Hubs, feel free to. They have plenty of Adult-only activities and areas including an Adult only pool and two adult-only restaurants!
  • It’s Disney Let’s be real: it’s Disney running the show here. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that their behind the scenes work makes everything run so smoothly, it may as well be magic. Count on having amazing service to handle any curve balls that get thrown your way, luxurious accommodations, a cleanliness that makes it seem as if no one has ever been there, and a guaranteed good time.

 

I can’t wait. I’ll be researching and sharing with you for the next four years, so you may want to sit down. Bring it on year 2015!!

Photos courtesy of Disney

Preggers in Disney World and Disney Baby

As you may have seen mom write, a few weeks ago she was invited to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, and guess who got to tag along? ME! I never really got to enjoy Disney as a child, a young one anyway, due to the fact that I was two years old, and the past few years we went with my older siblings and friends and did “grown-up kid” things. Being pregnant, I was looking forward to taking my future child to Disney so I thought I would scope out all of the rides for kids! I still wanted to include the more grow-up rides as well, however, they recommend expecting mothers NOT ride the rides. So sad. So my trip consisted of kid-proof rides, and lots of shopping in gift stores during the day, and the events at night.

Disney Baby played a big part in this trip, including a lot of gifts from the conference including a onesie, stuffed Organic toy (with rattle!), mom and baby lotion and some Huggies wipes. I did not attend the actual conference (mostly hung out by the super awesome Yacht and Beach club Pool) but mom told me they are opening the very first Disney Baby STORE in Anaheim. I hope one day mom and I can fly out there and visit!

Disney Baby offers a wide range of baby gear, including everything from clothes, to strollers all in the brands you can trust, from the people who really get kids. A lot of their products found online can also be found in stores such as Babies R Us.

As a person who loves everything Disney, I’m so excited to dress up my kiddo in Disney get up with Mickey or Minnie or even Buzz Lightyear, and then share with them the Magic that you can find in Disney World, and get to really experience everything as a kid, with a kid!

 

Art of Animation Resort at Disney Social Media Moms

Later on, when my kid has grown up a bit and can fully appreciate everything Disney ahs to offer- I’m talking like 3-4 years old?- I hope we can stay at the new Art of Animation Resort! It is a new value priced suite and standard room resort Disney is building in the Hollywood Studios area, opening next month! It truly is a place that was built around kids.  As part of the Disney Social Media Moms celebration, we were invited to a dinner/tour of the facilities.

The colors in the theme are very bright and reflect the four main movies, each having their own area on the resort: The Lion King, Cars, The Little Mermaid, and Finding Nemo. Just so you can grasp how colorful this resort is, here’s a picture of the ladies room in the lobby:

Nice and pink huh? There’s a life-size picture of Ariel right as you enter and exit, so you know it was a room built for princesses to do their business.

Our event took place pool-side in the Finding Nemo area, which is pretty much to coolest pool you could think of. There’s a really fun splash zone where kids can run through fountains that randomly shoot up from the ground, as well as a large pool that was super tempting to get in, however, it wasn’t allowed at the event (not to mention I totally forgot to bring my suit!!). While hanging out at the pool, you’re accompanied by your friends, Nemo and Crush as well as some large Jellies floating above water (don’t worry, they won’t sting you!).

Fun for kids, fun for adults.  If you have an aversion to bright happy colors then this might not be the place for you, but we give it a big thumbs up.

We were invited to the Disney Social Media Moms celebration and received our trip at substantially reduced rate.

Weddings At Disney World: Magical for 20 Years

One of the fun events we attended at Disney Social Media Moms was a renewal of vows “dancing down the aisle style” at the Wedding Pavilion at Disney’s Grand Floridian. This is Disney’s 20th Anniversary of hosting Weddings  and they had a few cool announcements to make too!

Who wouldn’t love to get marries on Disney Dream Cruise Line as it heads to Disney’s newest Hawaiian Resort?  As the resort opens this year you will have the opportunity to travel on Disney Dream from the West coast to Aulani Resort.  It’s something to (dream) consider as you plan your wedding or your children’s weddings or maybe a renewal of vows!

We were also treated to speakers Michael Shettel, the man behind the Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings by Alfred Angelo Collection (check out the gorgeous dress coming down the aisle), Carley Roney of The Knot and David Tutera of My Fair Wedding.  Here are some of my photos from the event…

 

I know I want candy now too.

Visit Disney Weddings the Disney’s Let The Memories Begin campaign where couples (and families) can share their Disney wedding experience online.

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2011

You know I love to take photos of flowers so imagine my delight when I came upon the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival 2011 during the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration! The show  runs now through May 15th and you can get the deets at the Walt Disney World site.

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Flowers at Epcot

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yes a real bird btw…don’t let the eyes fool you….

mickey minnie pluto topiary

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You know me, I could have taken photos of that all day, but there were rides there too, surprisingly. Fun ones. More on all that later!

we were invited to attend a weekend in Disney for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. it was a “sweetheart” deal and tickets, hotel and many meals were heavily discounted or free.

Can a teen have fun at Disney? #disneysmmoms

Wonder if your teen can have fun at Disney?

Let’s see how happy Marg looks through this ordeal.

She looks pretty happy on the teacups in Magic Kingdom.

Dinner on the Beach at the Grand Floridian after we attended a wedding celebration in the pavilion.  Yes, pretty happy.  Hugging a dog.  What could be wrong with that!

Coloring at the Disney Junior Dinner in Hollywood Studios.  She looks happy.  I mean who could be miserable with a crayon in their hand?

What NOT ENOUGH FUN YET?  NEED TO STEP IT UP A NOTCH?

Daisy knows how to get the partay started!

 

Confetti FTW!

Happy Marg.  See even for the social media mom’s social media savvy teen, it’s a celebration!

we were invited to attend a weekend in Disney for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. it was a “sweetheart” deal and tickets, hotel and many meals were heavily discounted or free