Happy Earth Day!!!

Happy Earth Day, Mousefans! I thought today would be an appropriate day to share these pictures of some of my favorite inhabitants of this planet on our trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom! Today is not only Earth Day, but it is Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s birthday! Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened on April 22nd, 1998.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

If you’re looking for a good way to celebrate Earth Day, consider heading to the movies to see Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom. If you see this fun family film during opening week (April 17-23,) Disneynature will make a donation in your name to Conservation International to help protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats. Learn more at http://nature.disney.com/monkey-kingdom.

And as always, don’t forget to check out the other Wordless Wednesday posts by clicking the link below!

Focused on the Magic

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Showing our #DisneySide with a Disneyland Themed @ Home Celebration!

Disclaimer: I received free products from Disney Parks and Mom Select in exchange for me hosting a #DisneySide @Home Celebration. All opinions expressed here are my own. 

Disneyland Party

Pinterest. It is the addicting world of endless inspiration. It is also the land of “oh my gosh, how in the world did that person make a cinderella carriage bed out of popsicle sticks and taffy?” Seriously, people do some incredible things on pinterest and sometimes you fall in love with (and pin the heck out of) these incredible things! However, sometimes you just have no idea how to recreate them! Last year when I was planning my first #DisneySide @ Home Celebration, I stumbled across the most magical party on Earth! Million Dollar $mile Celebrations had thrown the perfect little girl’s Disneyland themed birthday party and it was incredible! And yes, as a grown adult, I decided then and there that someday, I too would have a Disneyland themed birthday party as gorgeous as this little girl’s was.

Fast forward to this year when I was again given the wonderful opportunity from to throw a Disney Side @Home Celebration! The party ideas were definitely swirling even before my magical box of party goodies arrived!  I immediately started brainstorming with an amazing friend of mine: Courtney from Fave Mom. I happened to mention my love for this adorable party and not long after, she sent me an email with some of the very same printables from that party! Talk about magical mail! Courtney even made me some matching water bottle labels! Now that I was equipped with a theme and adorable printables, I was excited to throw my own take on a Disneyland themed party for all of my friends!

Disney Side Party

Disneyland Party

#DisneySide Party

Since my theme and much of the decor was now taken care of, now I just had to brainstorm on food! Hmmmm, Disneyland themed party….DISNEYLAND FOOD!!! Yes I know it was a stroke of genius! I thought of a few of my favorite Disney foods, and then invited my guests to bring some of THEIR favorite Disney foods as well. After all, this was a party for all of my friends, not just me! On my menu of Disneyland’s “must eats,” I had:

Little Red Wagon corn dogs

#DisneySide Party Food my absolute favorite: snickerdoodles from Pooh Corner

Disneyland Snickerdoodles

popcorn (because duh)

Disneyland Party Food

pickles (my childhood Disneyland snack of choice…in addition to a churro, of course!)

#DisneySide Party Food

Mint Juleps and waters with the adorable labels (Confession time. These aren’t really mint juleps….I made them for the first party that was cancelled last minute due to illness, and just wasn’t able to make them again. This is in fact, green Gatorade.)

Disneyland Party Beverages

and taffy and rock candy (because I always leave the parks with pockets full of candy!)#DisneySide Party candy

I also threw in some oranges to stand for the orange groves that once stood on the land that Disneyland now inhabits! (That is right, I got a little historical and symbolic for my party! Sometimes I think about more than just delicious Disney food….not often, but sometimes.) The apples were really just for good measure! I do love a good chocolate covered Mickey apple, but I am not nearly crafty enough to attempt to make those!

Disneyland Party

Since we just recently took our first family vacation to Walt Disney World, I also wanted to have the Florida parks represented a little as well. I made these Cinnamon Glazed Almonds that we found at Magic Kingdom park. They smell ahhhhh-mazing warm! We brought some home with us from Florida, but they didn’t make it off the plane!Cinnamon Glazed Almonds

Originally, I had baked a glorious Mickey cake with the Duff Tie Dye Cake Mix that was included in our incredible kit that was sent to us to help throw the party. It was really easy to make, and VERY delicious! Why was it not at my party? Because life happened and our original party had to be postponed due to illness. While I am sad that my friends didn’t get to enjoy our tie dye cake, I am mostly sad for my waistline. It was really good, and it didn’t last long with our family of six munching on it!

Duff Tie Dye Cake Mix

For our party favors, I handed out some fun, orange, ABC Family reusable totes filled with Disney parks luggage tags, Twinings Tea, Disney Princess Nail Polish, HP Create Memories You Keep Packs of photo paper, and a customizable “Family Tree of Life” poster. I also got a little crafty and made some Disney savings jars! I kept it super simple. I just took a mason jar, cut a Mickey shape out of vinyl, slapped it on the jar, wrapped it with ribbon, stuffed it with tissue paper and voila! The perfect #DisneySide party favor!

#DisneySide Party Favor

Now onto the party fun! Yes, we did actually do something other than eat. (Although heaven knows there was enough Disney food out to just sit and eat all day!) My multi-generational Disney Side @ Home Celebrations kit came complete with fun party games for everyone to enjoy!

We played bingo (with cotton candy Jelly Belly markers)

#DisneySide Bingo

& pin the smile on Mickey.

#DisneySide Party Game

We also played a trivia game with the adults which I loved because A) Disney trivia is the best kind of trivia! And B) I’m not gunna lie, I love it when I am the caller for the game…mostly because I can never get the answer wrong! Well, I guess I could, but with the answer right in front of me on the handy dandy cards, I’d have to try really hard to miss it! We also had some fun prizes with the games that included Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki sauce, Wisk and all mighty packs with oxi.

Before our party came to a close, we of course had to get some fun shots in at the photo booth!

#DisneySide Party Photo Booth

#DisneySide Party Photo Booth

We all had a great time! It is always great to take a little time out and have fun with your friends. It is even better when you get to combine two of the things you love the most in one event: my friends and Disney! While I can’t speak for my friends, I know I immediately started looking at the calendar to see when I could get another Disneyland trip on the books. This party reminded me that it has been too long and I need my Disney fix! If you are also in desperate need of some Disney, the Disney Parks website is a wealth of information for those planning a trip or those just wanting to know more about the parks. You can also follow the Disney Parks on Twitter @DisneyParks and the Disneyland Resort @Disneyland to learn about all of the pixie dusted happenings at the parks!

Thank you to all of our friends who helped to make the day so much fun! Thank you to Courtney at Fave Mom for getting me permission to use these fun Disneyland party printables and for making the water bottle labels! Thank you to Nicole at Million Dollar $mile Celebrations for letting me use your fun printables! A really big thank you to Mom Select and the Disney Parks team for selecting me to show my #DisneySide and for all of your hard work on this fun event!

Disclaimer: I received free products from Disney Parks and Mom Select in exchange for me hosting a #DisneySide @Home Celebration. All opinions expressed here are my own. 

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I’m Throwing A Disney Side @ Home Celebration!

Disclaimer: I received free products from Disney Parks and Mom Select in order to host my #DisneySide @Home Celebration Party. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Well it has happened again! I was selected to host a Disney Side @ Home Celebration! (Here is a link to last year’s fun Celebration!) I could not be more excited and I can’t wait to show my #DisneySide to all of my friends! Well that isn’t EXACTLY true. All of my friends (and anyone who knows me at all) have seen my Disney side since I really can’t hide my Disney love! Maybe it is more accurate if I say that I’m excited to celebrate my Disney side with my friends. Enough with the chit chat and on with the fun!

Disney Side @ Home Celebration Kit

I was sent this amazing (and huge) package of goodies to throw a multi-generational Disney Side party. This party theme is perfect for our family as most of our Disney trips include 3 generations! Let me show you all of the gloriousness that was inside. The kids were definitely excited to see all of the goodies!

#DisneySide Kit

Here it all is! Disney Side Kit

If this kit won’t help me throw an amazing #DisneySide party, then I don’t know what will! Here are a few close-ups!

DisneySide Kit contents

DSC_0481DSC_0472 My daughter fell in love with the Mickey cake pan and claimed it as her new toy to pile all of her blocks in. It is apparently a very versatile product!


 And of course, there are these awesome gifts from the sponsors! (Such great ones this year!)

DisneySide Celebration Sponsors

Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki

all mighty packs with oxi

HP Create Memories You Keep Packs

Twinings Tea

Duff Goldman Cake Mix

I am already dreaming up party ideas! What will it be? Stay tuned to find out! In the meantime, are you wishing you could throw your own Disney Side @Home Celebration? Well you can! Visit the Disney Side @Home Celebrations website to download your own party kit! Til next time, mousefans!

Disclaimer: I received free products in order to host my #DisneySide @Home Celebration Party. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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How Woody Saved my Walt Disney World Vacation

Imagine that you and your family of six are starting your first day of your first Walt Disney World vacation. You are so excited to see all that there is to see, but even more than that, you are excited to see your KIDS get excited. This was me last September when we made our way to Florida to visit Mickey and all of his friends. I decided to wait to take the obligatory family pictures until after our first ride as we were running late for our Toy Story Midway Mania! FastPass+ reservation. So we took a 4D spin and then found ourselves right across from a Buzz and Woody meet and greet. Having bought the Memory Maker photo package, I wanted to get the most out of it that I could and immediately announced that we were going there before we went anywhere else!

Woody and Buzz meet and greet

We waited in line for about 10 minutes, took some fun pictures in the queue, and then we were ready to meet with Buzz and Woody themselves. I was so excited to see the kids interact with these two! We go to Disneyland often, but we don’t visit the character meet and greets as often as we should. My 2 1/2 year old daughter was the first to toddle in and say hi, followed by my 5 year old daughter. They were so excited and chatting up a storm with the life sized toys!  My littlest one was even comparing her shoes to Woody’s boots saying “your boots are BIG!” Of course, my middle daughter was true to form and snuggled up to her Toy Story favorites.

Woody and Buzz Meet and GreetAfter a minute or so, I noticed my 8 year old daughter was still standing next to me. I turned to her and asked if she was ready to go in and visit with Woody and Buzz. Her reply, accompanied by an annoyed look on her face: “I don’t want to see them.” I said that it was fine and if she changed her mind to go ahead and come join us as I was taking our baby boy up next. But my words did not match the tears welling up in my eyes (which I promptly covered with sunglasses)  and the sinking feeling in my stomach. You see, I promised my husband before we left for this trip of a lifetime that I wouldn’t try to “cram in the fun.” This is a phrase we use when I do things like go into beast mode and make a crazed mad dash through the park, dragging the kids in my wake, to hurry and get in a line for a ride that nobody really needed to ride but me. With this being our first day, I was determined to keep my promise by not making her meet with Buzz and Woody if she didn’t want to. However, taking a family picture with the characters, without my oldest daughter, was just too much to take. I was now officially sniffling with tears falling out from under my shaded lenses. Was this how the entire vacation was going to go? She was still 8, not 14, I thought I still had time before she really settled into the “too cool” teen years. I have been watching her grow up, and so quickly as of late, but I still just see her as my sweet baby girl. The one that almost climbed out of her stroller waving and calling out for Minnie (MeeMee) Mouse on the Disneyland parade float. I so badly wanted to see some of that same excitement in her eyes on this trip. I just wasn’t ready to let that go. My husband quickly came over to console me as I gathered up the troops to head out to the next ride.

Family picture at pixar

I had the little ones ready to head out the door, when my husband tapped me on the shoulder and gestured back towards Buzz and Woody. I turned around, having just dried my tears, only to start crying again. But this time, it was the happiest tears of all. Woody had walked over to grab Morgan’s hand and playfully led her over towards Buzz. They proceeded to play around with her and tickled her until she broke down in laughter. My beautiful, happy, not “too cool” daughter had returned! That Disney magic is simply (thankfully) too hard to resist.

Woody and Buzz meet and greetThis is my baby girl, the one who made me a mommy. I hope that she’ll always want to take pictures with the characters on our Disney trips. If there is a time in her teens where she gets “too cool,” I will patiently wait for that time to pass by looking at this picture on my wall and remembering this moment.

Woody and Buzz Meet and Greet

This was truly the most magical moment of our vacation and I will never forget it.

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Disney Legacy Collection: The Little Mermaid {A Review and Giveaway}


I received the Little Mermaid Legacy Collection CD as a member of the Entertainment New Media Network.  No further compensation was received and all opinions are my own.  This post may also contain affiliate links.

The Legacy Collection The Little Mermaid CD

My kids love Disney’s Frozen. All of the kids I know love Frozen. Frozen is everywhere and it is all anyone sings. Frozen to this generation is what The Little Mermaid is to mine. I grew up singing “Under the Sea” in my friend’s mom’s car on the way to Girl Scouts. I sang “Part of Your World” like a boss while imitating Ariel’s classic rock pose on the steps of our neighborhood pool. As a 5 year old, The Little Mermaid was basically the coolest thing in the world. The soundtrack to that movie is the soundtrack to my childhood and I absolutely love it. That is why I jumped at the chance to review The Legacy Collection: The Little Mermaid 2 CD set.

The Little Mermaid is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Please don’t do the math on that one….ouch. The Legacy Collection: The Little Mermaid CD set has been released just in time for the celebration. This is a 2 disc set that features a list of 32 songs and original score from the movie that you love and grew up with on Disc 1, and 12 work tapes and demos performed by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman on Disc 2. Disc 2 is incredible because you hear the songs as they were originally intended: different lyrics, different settings, different feeling behind the words. You can really hear the process of how the songs developed and changed. The collection also includes a beautiful 20-page booklet with gorgeous artwork and liner notes. I immediately fell in love with this CD set because of the artwork. The case itself is gorgeous and while I throw most of my CD cases away to conserve space, I’ll be making some room on the shelf for this one. 

My youngest daughter is three. In spite of my best efforts, she has never really shown an interest in The Little Mermaid, but she is a lover of all things Frozen. I had been playing this CD in the car for a week, and she ever so sweetly asked, “Mommy, this isn’t Frozen, what is it?” To which I responded by telling her that it was from the amazing movie with the mermaids that I had been trying to get her to watch with me since her birth. She said “I like The Little Mermaid, can we watch it?” Well that was it. She has watched it almost everyday on the tablet and is now all about The Little Mermaid. She has now stolen her sister’s plush Ariel and has already planned her outfit to meet Ariel on her next trip to Disneyland!

The Legacy Collection: The Little Mermaid CD

The soundtrack to The Little Mermaid has stood the test of time. I venture to say that someday, my little girl will be playing this soundtrack for her baby girl and watching her fall in love with this amazing music just like I did.

All  Disney music can be found in the new Disney Music Emporium http://www.disneymusicemporium.com/.  For more information, visit them at Facebook.com/disneymusicemporium or follow them at Twitter.com/DisneyMusicEmp.

You can also find the Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection: The Little Mermaid CD set on Amazon.

And now for the giveaway! I have one copy of Disney’s The Legacy Collection The Little Mermaid CD set to give away to one lucky reader. Just enter by using the rafflecopter below. A winner will be chosen on January 17th. Good luck!

The Little Mermaid Legacy Collection Giveaway

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*If it comes to this blogger’s attention that the winner of this giveaway has won on an additional blog for this same prize, this blog reserves the right to choose another winner.

Disclosure: I received the Little Mermaid Legacy Collection CD as a member of the Entertainment New Media Network. No further compensation was received and all opinions are my own. This post may also contain affiliate links. Giveaway prize provided by Disney Music via Entertainment New Media Network.

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#DisneyKids Preschool Playdate (aka a Sofia the First Party)

I received free product to help host my Disney Kids Preschool Playdate, but all opinions are always my own.

Sofia the First Party

When given the chance to throw your Sofia the First loving child a Sofia themed playdate, you jump and do a happy dance and start dreaming up ways to make your party the best ever! Almost immediately, I knew we would be throwing our party to celebrate our first Daisy Girl Scout meeting. My daughter was so excited to finally have her first meeting…until she realized she didn’t already know all of the girls in her troop. She started to retract into her little shell that I so desperately wanted her to stay out of. I told her that we were going to have a party for our first meeting just so that everyone could get to know each other. “What kind of party” was the sulky response I got. When I told her it was going to be Sofia the First and showed her all of the great supplies we had been sent, well that was it! She wasn’t afraid anymore and was so excited to have a Sofia the First party.

Sofia the First Party


With all of the fun things we had to set up to get ready for our new friends to come over, she was too busy to think about the fear anymore!

Sofia the First Party


We set up some fun goody bags for each Daisy with a bracelet, Sofia stickers, a Cliff Kid Zbar Protein, a notepad and a fancy ring! Every princess needs jewelry!

Party Snacks


And of course, we made some goodies! I had been thinking of recreating my other daughter’s princess tea party, but as always, my daughter had other ideas! When I asked her what food she wanted at her party, she said cookies and mini hot dogs! Sweet and simple. Thank goodness! I went with her plan instead, but I also threw in some blueberry scones (from a box) for good measure.

Luggage Tags as Wine Charms


This was a Girl Scout event, so I didn’t break out the bubbly, but I couldn’t help but have a brilliant idea when I saw the adorable luggage tags that came in our party box! I have a bunch of luggage tags right now, but you know what I don’t have? Wine charms! The best part is that there is a little slot where you can change the character’s picture featured on the tag. You could put a picture of each of your party guests in it so that they could easily identify their own glass! I am sure I’m not the first person to have this idea, but I will of course take the credit for it. So you’re welcome for that party planning gem. ;)

Sofia the First Party


We turned on our Sofia the First CD and like magic, our sweet little Daisies arrived! Of course, being girls after my own heart, they each grabbed a Sofia plate and went straight for the snacks! They loved these gluten free cheesy Crunchmaster Crackers that came with our party box. I wasn’t sure if they’d take to them as I was honestly a little fearful of the “gluten free” part, but I can’t tell you how quickly that box was gone!

Sofia Playdate Snacks


Not only were the crackers good, but the box served as a great toy! I believe it became a Zhu Zhu pet’s house later on that evening.

Kinetic Sand from Spinmaster


After the snacks, that was it. We had awesome games planned, but they wanted to just go have fun and get to know each other, so off they went! They grabbed the Kinetic Sand and went to town! It looks like kinda like playdough, but it really is just like sand. They dove into that stuff and made a big old mess. It didn’t stick to clothes and it was pretty simple to clean up, so this mom rates it high on her list of awesome toys!

Sofia the First Party


After a while of free play, my oldest daughter taught the girls how to use their fortune teller game that told them who their Disney character was. Note: I saw these in the box and immediately thought “Disney made cootie catchers!?!?” Any of you remember those from your childhood? Am I dating myself? Sigh. If you do know what I mean, then you can recreate this baby really easily at home! It was really fun until they caught on that under certain colors were certain characters. Suddenly, a lot of Daisies were turning out to have Sofia as their Disney character! Curious, eh?

And like that the party was over. It was a huge success and our Girl Scouts are becoming fast friends! I am pretty sure Sofia played a big role in bringing them together. Thank you to Disney for providing me with the perfect supplies to throw this great Sofia the First Disney Kids Preschool Playdate!

Don’t forget that you can have your own fun #DisneyKids Preschool Playdate or another fun Disney party by going to the Disney Side Celebrations website. There you’ll find great theme, game and recipe ideas.

Again, I received free product to help host my #DisneyKids Preschool Playdate, but as always, all opinions are my own.

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A Wish Full of Magic and The Happiest Tears On Earth

This post is about a sweet princess named Violet and her Make-A-Wish trip to Disneyland.  I am so honored that her mother, Shenay, gave me the opportunity to share their special experience with you all. Grab your tissues and be prepared to remember what a blessing life is and see how magical Disney can truly be.


Violet's Make-a-Wish trip to Disneyland

Our sweet baby Violet Brielle was diagnosed with a pediatric cancer called Retinoblastoma at just 7 months old. We were devastated beyond belief. Within just days we were forced to move near to Seattle Children’s Hospital and everything started … CT scans, MRIs, surgeries, 6 months of chemotherapy, labs, exams under anesthesia, injections … It was the most difficult time my husband and I had ever faced. Genetic test results came back that Violet not only had Bi-Lateral Retinoblastoma, but she also had the RB1 gene mutation and a rare chromosome 13 deletion. This meant she was at higher risk of other cancers developing in her body throughout her life along with many other threats to her health. Violet’s diagnosis is a lifelong, day by day risk and there is currently no cure. Violet’s cancer is in remission, however, her body does not create the protein that ours does to suppress new tumor growth. Every cell in her body is a potential danger, and so, every day of health is a very precious gift.

Violet Brielle

When we heard the news that Violet was approved for a wish through Make-A-Wish she was so excited! At our first visit with Violet’s Make-A-Wish volunteers it was easily determined that Violet wish was to see Mickey and friends at Disneyland. Making it even more special, Violet would be enjoying this trip on her 3rd birthday! The countdown began and we had so much to look forward to. Everyday we would talk about how much fun we were going to have at Disneyland! Violet would watch videos of the rides and parades in between jumping up and down for joy at the thought of being there soon.

When we arrived at Paradise Pier we were greeted by the manager of the resort hotel and treated with VIP status. We stayed in a beautiful room with this awesome view of California Adventure.

Grand Californian View

Over the next 3 days, Violet’s wish experience at Disneyland was full of wonderful surprises from start to finish. The characters and cast members at Disneyland were just amazing! They had such a sincere joy for Violet and our family and they all made her feel like she was the most important little girl in the parks.

Violet and the Princesses Disneyland


Violet and Minnie, Make-a-wish Disneyland

With her Make-A-Wish Genie Pass, Violet was quickly escorted to the front of all lines to meet her Disney character friends! Even the photographers followed Violet around for long periods of time to make sure they captured all of her special moments.

Violet with Tigger and Pooh

Each character interaction had our family in the happiest tears because they took so much time with Violet. They hugged and danced together, they walked with her hand in hand to meet other characters, princesses gathered to play ring around the rosies with her and they even gave her a personal tour of Fantasy Faire.

Violet and Belle

Violet and Belle

Violet and Belle Violet and Belle Make-a-wish

Did you know there is an exclusive place for children on a Make-A-Wish trip to visit at Disneyland? It is called the Wish Lounge and it is located at the end of Main Street. It was a beautiful and relaxing retreat where they had snacks and drinks for our family. Best of all, Violet enjoyed a playdate there with Mickey Mouse himself! They played a whole game of Candy Land and they even spent time coloring together. Violet absolutely loved it and there wasn’t a dry eye in our family as we witnessed this very magical time.

Violet and Mickey Make-a-wish

 Make-a-wish DisneylandViolet and Mickey Make-a--wish

Violet also received a complete Cinderella make over at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique! Violet’s sweet little face beamed with happiness when everyone she met at Disneyland that day referred to her as Princess Violet.

Princess Violet Make-a-Wish

Cinderella and Princess Violet Make-a-Wish

Violet make-a-wish Disneyland

Violet with Chip & Dale

One of Violet’s photographers arranged even more special time with Mickey! He walked us over to a spot in California Adventure where Mickey would again make Violet feel like he was there just for her. He came out from behind the scenes, gave Violet a big hug, took her by the hand and lead her up and down Buena Vista Street. Mickey was personally showing Violet around his land! They stopped to dance, read the Disney newspaper, say hi to Pluto and wave to the guests on the trolley. Crowds gathered to witness this once-in-a-lifetime moment and many were snapping photos! Oh my heart, it was just unbelievable and wonderful. Here was our sweet and brave girl, who goes through so much that a child should never have to face, just beaming with ear to ear smiles and not having a care in the world. Violet was walking hand in hand with the mouse himself as if they had been friends forever. It was a perfect moment that we will never forget.

Mickey and Violet Make-a-wishMickey and Violet Make-a-wish

On our last night there, when it was time for the special castle lighting and firework show, the cast members were kind enough to give our family seats in a reserved area front and center. Violet was in awe of the show and threw her arms up in the air with excitement when they made it snow on Main Street!

When Make-A-Wish and Disney get together, they make incredible moments happen. Moments full of joy, love and wonderment … A magic like no other! We shed many happy tears watching Violet shine her little light all over the Happiest Place on Earth. Our courageous little girl was treated like a true princess and it was the biggest blessing to witness. We will always remember Violet’s blissful smiles as her wish came true. We are so very grateful! Thank you Make-A-Wish and Disney!

~Shenay (Violet’s Mom)

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Click here to watch Violet’s official Make-A-Wish video (and get your tissues ready!)

We believe in miracles! Please follow our sweet Violet’s journey on Facebook.

If you know of a child that may be eligible for a wish, please don’t hesitate to contact the lovely staff at Make-A-Wish! Violet’s local chapter is Make-a-Wish Alaska and Washington.


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Gleam by Melanie Mills

I’m twenty something days away from our first family vacation to Walt Disney World. I have been doing an inventory of all of the things I would need for the trip. Do I have enough medication, plenty of socks, and lots of sunscreen? Yes to all of those. What about my make-up? You know, the stuff that is going to make me look like a nice mom having fun with her family and not like a tired old hag who should have stayed in bed? Yep, that stuff. Well, that was not up to snuff and was in need of a serious refresher before those Photopass photographers started snapping my Memory Maker photos!

Gleam by Melanie Mills

Little did I know that my broken make-up would lead me to discover a really fun line called Gleam by Melanie Mills. That would be THE Melanie Mills who has worked her magic on the performers on TV’s Dancing with the Stars and is a leading beauty consultant in Hollywood. With 15 years of that level of experience, I figure she might know a thing or two about make-up, so I’d give it a whirl.  I was given the opportunity to try the Body Radiance, Radiant Dust, and Lip Radiance.

Gleam by Melanie Mills

There are four different shades of Body Radiance — Light Gold, Rose Gold, Bronze Gold, and Deep Gold. I tried the Light Gold and was a little scared at first since it appears to be quite a shiny yellow. Pleasantly surprised that when massaged in,  the gentle glimmer just added a little highlight to this mama’s usually very tired looking skin. It also didn’t feel caked on at all, but actually really moisturized my dry skin. I then managed to drop my shirt onto the leg I was testing it on. Of course. Another shirt stained? Nope. The make up won’t transfer and it won’t stain. Awesome, because I am the messiest person on the planet and will stain everything I own if given the chance.

Gleam by Melanie Mills

Radiant Dust is available in Light Gold, Rose Gold, Bronze Gold, and Deep Gold. I used Light Gold Radiant Dust. Here is where I got tricky. I used the Body Radiance as a base on my eyelid so that my Radiant Dust wouldn’t even be tempted to rub off later in the day. It was great alone on my eyelid for a little color and then I added a little bit of a copper colored eye shadow later in the evening for some night fun. I didn’t even have to refresh the Radiant Dust at all! This is perfect for a day in the parks when you don’t want to have to worry about reapplying make-up!

Lip Radiance is moisturizing, hydrating lip color that won’t bleed. It’s available in seven colors — Naked, Pop My Cork, Uncontrollable, Unforgettable, Unstoppable, Up Against the Wall, and With My Heels On. You may not know if by the incredibly memorable names of those colors, but cross my heart, this is a rated “G” blog. ;) I used the Naked color and really liked the color. Even if you aren’t a fan of the “glossy” lip look, you can blot it a little bit and you’re left with a lip stain that lasts for hours!

Gleam by Melanie Mills

And voila! The finished product. All in all, I was really impressed by this line’s versatility and the overall ease with which you can liven up your look. I’m looking forward to using Gleam by Melanie Mills on my trip so that I can get pictures of me with my family that I will actually want to display.

Gleam by Melanie Mills Products

If you’d like to know more about Gleam by Melanie Mills, visit the website or follow them on Facebook or TwitterThere will be a Twitter Party complete with prizes on September 10, 2014, at 9:00PM EST. You could win the entire Gleam product line, gift cards, and more! So join in the fun with the hashtags #GleamGirl and #Gleamalicious!

Disclosure: I received complimentary product for this review. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Wordless Wednesday ~ August 2014 Calendar Shot

Happy Wednesday, all! Today, we’re hopping with the wordless Wednesday blog hop and showing off our August calendar shots. Be sure to click the camera button below and hop around to the other amazing blogs to see what they have up their sleeves!August 2014 calendar shot

Focused on the Magic

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Sweeties Locket Giveaway

Wake up. Feed kids. Pay bills. Get groceries. Feed kids again. Yadda yadda yadda. You know, everyday life. It can be incredibly amazing and fulfilling….but it can also be incredibly monotonous and “blah.” Insert here a fun piece of jewelry that reminds you of those fun and amazing parts of your life when you’re in danger of falling victim to the dreaded “blah.” That is why I love living lockets. You can completely personalize them to include all of your happy memories and favorite things…even Disney things!

Sweeties Living Lockets

We have a great giveaway for you today! My friend over at Sweeties is giving one lucky winner a living locket! The winner may choose from her etsy shop any locket (excluding the heart shaped locket,) 4 charms, and a choice of either an 18″ chain, a bracelet or a keychain.

If you win, you can personalize it for yourself or even a loved one or friend if you’re feeling so sweet. I have bought a few of these for mother’s day and birthday gifts and they are so cute and of great quality, too. With so many options for charms, you can really make the locket a perfect fit for anyone!

Good luck everyone!

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