Monday, November 24, 2014

Our #Disneykids Preschool Party!

I feel like we just recovered from Halloween and am going crazy thinking about Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other various projects that need to get done. So of course we decided to add a party into the mix, Disney style! Disney sent us an awesome box of goodies for us to throw a preschool playdate, which got Pinga extremely excited.

To ensure we didn't go completely bonkers, we opted to keep things simple and just let the kids let loose and have tons of fun.

Pinga dressed up as Princess Belle and anxiously awaited the arrival of her little friends.

We served pizza because it's delicious and kids love it. Plus, it was awesome not having to cook!

Thanks to the amazing toys and activities we were sent, the kids were pretty much occupied for the rest of the evening. They colored, made Disney fortune tellers, and played with puzzles, an awesome Mega Bloks car and a Barbie house that Pinga had been begging to put together all week. After some root beer floats for dessert, they played a bit more before calling it a night. Our guests got some fun goodies to take home and Disney memories were made!

Thank you to Disney for providing such a fun box of supplies to host a fun party!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Home Cookin' Chicken 'n Waffles with Chick-Fil-A

It's no secret that we are huge eaters of all things Chick-fil-A. Our kids seem to think that where there's cows, there's chicken to be had which, in our case is actually pretty accurate.

*Insert obligatory cute pictures here:

There's also this cool thing called the Chick-fil-A Mom's Club which I'm a part of. Aside from getting to offer valuable input and feedback, I also occasionally get treated to yummy goodies. The #DressUpYourNuggets promotion is my opportunity to share with you my best semi-homemade idea to dress up those addictively delicious chicken nuggets. I came up with two different ways to serve CHICKEN 'N WAFFLES because really...is there anything more satisfying?

We'll start with the easy way:

Step 1: Get a box of mini Eggo waffles. Sure, you could make your own waffles, but why on earth would you want to do that? Plus, these are way cuter. And don't forget the Chick-fil-A chicken nuggets!

Step 2: Toast the waffles. You can do that, right? Put them on a plate. You can even make pretty patterns, if you like.

Step 3: Stick some butter in the middle of the waffles, drizzle with your favorite syrup, and eat it all up!

Okay, now for my gourmet version.

This is what you would serve at a party, or if you wanted to make it seem like you have some mad cooking skills. The thing is, it's still totally easy, which is key. Get a load of this:

Seriously? How cute is that?! Okay, the trick here is the adorable mini plate. In this case, I used one from my daughter's play kitchen. Spread the waffle with a bit of butter - honey butter if you wanna be extra fancy, delicately place a chicken nugget on top, and drizzle lightly with syrup.

Enjoy - I know I did.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A Disney Halloween (plus Five Ways To Stay Cool at Disneyland)

This past weekend, my family got to check out Disneyland Resort for Family Media Day. Halloween Time is such an awesome time to visit!


For starters, there are the fun, spooky costumed characters to interact with:

There are creative pumpkin carvers and crafts at the Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch. You can also pet animals and watch a magic show here:

And rides like The Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain get spooky, ghostly makeovers:

At the media reception, we also had the opportunity to pose for a Disney silhouette. I highly recommend visiting the Disney Silhouette Studio on Main Street and getting one of these done...only takes five minutes and these guys are magicians with scissors! This makes for such a sweet souvenir, and Pinga's came out great:


And now for some tips on staying cool! October tends to be a hot month at Disneyland, and this day was no exception. That didn't take away from the fun though! Here are five things we did to beat the heat:

1) Visit the Animation Academy at California Adventure

This place is huge and we had a blast chatting with Crush the Turtle, creating simple animation and interacting with all the cool exhibits. Bean was fascinated with the zoetropes. It's all indoors and if you wanna just relax, you can take a seat in the main foyer and watch the cartoons on the walls.

2) Watch a Sneak Preview of Big Hero 6 at the Magic Eye Theater

Nothing's better than sitting in a cool theater on a hot day. The Magic Eye Theater in Tomorrowland offers up an exclusive sneak peak at Disney's latest animated feature. Big Hero 6 is presented in 4D, so be prepared for some exciting in-theater special effects! Both kids loved this, and we're looking forward to seeing the whole movie when it comes out.

3) Hang Out at Innoventions

One of Bean's favorite places at Disneyland is Innoventions, also located in Tomorrowland. He loves playing all the video games. Turns out, it's also quite cool inside. This time, he got to play a new game called Fantasia: Music Evolved for the Xbox One. It's a rhythm motion game that Bean happened to excel at. The cast members said he was the best player they had ever seen! Pinga also got in the action. Do me a favor and watch all 30 seconds of this video. Then try and tell me this isn't a genius way to wear out your kids:

4) Make Reservations At A Restaurant

Traveling with kids has made us realize that they get hungry. A lot. So this time, we decided to make a reservation at a restaurant and make sure that they get a proper meal. We chose to eat at The Blue Bayou, which turned out to be awesome. It got us out of the hot sun, plus the food and atmosphere were amazing. We got to see the boats of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride as they passed by, plus our drinks glowed! And take a look at this scrumptious pork chop, only available at Halloween Time. To die for!

5) Get Some Dole Whip and Chill At The Enchanted Tiki Room

Here's the skinny on Dole Whip: it's delicious. You can't not get it. And since you're getting it, you may as well eat it in comfort. Get it, then head to The Enchanted Tiki Room right next door, where you can sit, eat and hear the adorable birds sing. I guarantee it'll make you smile.

Finally, end your day by looking at this and you're golden:

Special thanks to Disneyland Resort for giving us a magical day at the parks!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Magical Moments with Disney Poster-A-Page

Time Home Entertainment Inc. recently released a series of Poster-A-Page books. Two books, Disney Princess: Fairy Tale Moments and Disney Junior Sofia the First: Practice Makes Perfect are now available. My little princess Pinga spent all day with her book.

The Disney Princess: Fairy Tale Moments book has 100 glossy, full color pages for her to flip through, and all of her favorite princesses are in there! She talks non-stop about Snow White, Belle, Aurora...she loves them all! The pages feature inspirational or fun sayings on them as well.

These are no ordinary pages, either! They are actually posters. Each page is perforated, and easily removable. Nine supersize pull out posters are included, and are great to use as room decorations, door signs or festive backgrounds. Pinga has hers hanging up on the wall beside her bed.

There is also one large coloring poster page. Pinga had a lot of fun with this.

These books retail for $12.95. Which one is your favorite?

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Friday, June 13, 2014


Bean has a new toy:

That right there, is an Armadon. Basically, it's a really cool transforming motarized robot which for boys, is a dream come true! This particular Armadon is Thorn, one of the Stealth Fighters - this bad boy attaches to his wrist and launches into action with the touch of a button. If you launch them onto a smooth surface, you can then slide, spin or race them around. Drone Fighters Aerial Fighters and Ground Fighters are also available. Add another Armadon and a friend to the mix, and you could have some awesome battle action!

Bean had a lot of fun with this. He gets a kick out of pushing the button and watching it fly off his wrist! Plus, the idea of a transforming robot that comes to life is pretty sweet to him.

Armadons are reasonably priced at $9.99 - $19.99. Get yours at Toys"R"Us!

Thank you to Armadons and Maria Bailey for this review opportunity.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Maleficent - The Untold Story

For those who have been counting down the days until opening day of Maleficent, the wait is finally over! I had the privilege of seeing an advanced screening of the movie Wednesday night. I wasn't sure where Disney was going to take this story, but it was definitely entertaining!

The original animated Sleeping Beauty film paints Maleficent as a pure figure of evil. But we all know that there are two sides to every story. In similar fashion to the musical Wicked, this movie absorbs the villains back story and gives us those missing details of her character that we didn't get to see the first time around.

Turns out, Maleficent actually has a pretty interesting story of unrequited love. At times you actually feel really sorry for her, and those moments where she's soft hearted (like when she's looking out for the baby Aurora) are extremely touching. Like the movie Frozen, we get to see what it means to truly love somebody. Don't worry though - there are still plenty of awesome evil moments, played impeccably by Angelina Jolie. And? The baby playing Princess Aurora has got to be the cutest baby I have ever seen (besides my own babies, of course!)

The complexity of the characters drives the story and makes for an entertaining movie. The scenes are gorgeously shot, although I could have done without so much CGI. The movie is also quite dark at times - I wouldn't bring my young kids to this, but kids older than eight years old would probably get more enjoyment out of it.

Maleficent is rated PG and opens in theaters everywhere today, May 30th.

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