Saturday, February 14, 2015

A lovely Valentine print

In honor of Valentine's Day-

So this is Love, by the very talented Will Gay.



Monday, February 9, 2015

Marketplace Fun Finds Grab Bag

Ah, the lure of the grab bag- I've never been able to resist. As a kid, I could never pass one up. I've always loved the possibilities, the idea that a treasure might be hiding somewhere. 

In Downtown Disney's Marketplace Fun Finds- a shop with affordable souvenirs- you'll find a grab bag rack to tempt you. Bags are $11.99. I was dying to know what was inside.

At $12, how could I go wrong? It's all in the name of research, right?

My grab bag consisted of two mini vinylmation key chains, a feathery princess pen, a Mickey magnet, a vinylmation-shaped sippy cup, and a sort-of Nemo/sort-of key chain thing. Original retail value of these totaled about $38.

Any vinylmation fans out there? These are a little bit cute, if you like this sort of thing.

Feathery princess pen- the top is on a spring, and the whole feather and gel portion on top bobbles around when you write. NO.

The best item in the bag- a two-piece Mickey magnet

Vinylmation-style sippy cup. Hard to fill, hard to use. Impossible to clean. Very thin plastic.

Nemo-esque. Key chain-esque. What even are you, little Nemo thing?

So there we have it. I really do like the magnet, and I know I can find a friend who'll appreciate the mini vinylmation key chains.  Have you ever given in to the temptation of the grab bag? Did you uncover any treasures? Tell us about it in the comments...

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Getting ready for a #DisneySide Celebration- VILLAINS style!

I signed up once again to host a #DisneySide @ Home Celebration, an opportunity offered through Disney Parks and MomSelect. We had a fantastic time hosting last year's celebration, so when we heard that there might be a villains theme offered this year- we were in!

Making an unboxing video when our party kit arrived seemed to be in order this year, so I decided to try out my brand new iMovie app.

Things took a turn for the hilarious when I came across some "villainous" music to score the video. I can't really explain why, but this music is absolutely awesome and makes me laugh- every single time. My daughter and I have watched it over and over, and neither of us can get through it without cracking up. Enjoy.

(Please be gentle, as this is my very first attempt at iMovie!)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dream Job: Disney Horticulture

Everyone remembers their very first job, right? Mine was working in a large greenhouse, part of a now-defunct retail garden & craft store chain. I cared for and sold all kinds of plants for two years, before I moved away for college. Much of what I learned stuck with me over the years. I can still look at just about any house plant and tell you its care requirements, its common name, and in many cases- its Latin name! I briefly considered entering the field professionally. That didn't happen, but I can definitely see myself returning to a job working with plants one day. Maybe that's where Disney comes in!

I marvel at the plants, flowers, and landscaping every time I visit. I could stroll the parks and resorts all day, doing nothing but appreciating the flora. (OK, that's a stretch- but I could make it a BIG portion of the day!)  Living with the Land is obviously a must-do attraction for me, always. I'm a Behind the Seeds tour devotee. My Disney dream job would absolutely be something in the horticulture department. 

This week the Disney Parks Blog featured part of their ongoing series, "Every Role a Starring Role", in which they highlight individual Cast Members and showcase the role they play in the parks and resorts. This is my favorite one yet! Take a look below, and I'm sure you'll see why...

So, what's your dream job? Have you ever thought about being a "Topiary Engineer"?

Tell us about it in the comments...