#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.

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.

~Michaelyn

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.

 

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.

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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Wordless Wednesday ~ Attractions!

 

This week’s Wordless Wednesday blog hop is all about attractions! Here are some fun ones from the California Adventure park!  A big thank you, as always, to Deb at Focused on the Magic for hosting this hop! Don’t forget to click the adorable button below to hop around to see all of the other great blog posts today! Happy hopping everyone!

California Adventure Attractions

 


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Summer Celebration Giveaway!!!

It is that time again, mousefans! GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

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Summer is in full swing and, like Olaf, I’m sure many of you are dreaming of all the wonderful things you’ll do “In Summer!” I’m still working on the “getting gorgeously tan” part….I think my white-ness repels sunlight…but back to the giveaway!

One lucky reader will receive a $75 Disney gift card and choice of one of these custom made shirts from Behind The Mouse. That oughta make some of your summer dreams come true!

Disney Shirts

All you have to do is follow the Rafflecopter below. Winner must be 18 or older and a US citizen. No fake entrants please!

Good luck everyone!

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Ode to Mickey and the Magical Map

Oh Mickey and the Magical Map, how I love thee, let me count the ways. Disney is all about entertainment, and to me, the theater shows that they put in in their parks really just embody the reason Disney has captured the hearts of so many.

Fantasyland Theatre, Mickey and the Magical Map

The Fantasyland Theatre at Disneyland has been home to many musical productions over the years. My personal favorite was Beauty and the Beast Live in the early 90′s. (Here is a link to a video I found of it on YouTube in case you want to reminisce with me.) I still remember watching that and thinking “I want to be her.” Not Belle, although that would be pretty cool, too. That Beast did turn out to be quite the handsome fellow, but no. I wanted to be the girl playing the part of Belle. The one who got up and sang and danced in front of thousands of visitors every day. It inspired me to want to pursue a life in the arts. I danced for many years, and although I never became the professional dancer I hoped I would be, it gave me the drive and passion for the arts that no movie ever could. There is something about seeing it up close and live that makes you appreciate it so much more.

In 2006, the theater became the Princess Fantasy Faire. It was lovely, and all those princess loving little girls and boys enjoyed it. A meet and greet spot for the princesses was something that I think the park needed. However, I always felt that Disneyland was missing out on an opportunity to inspire future performers or even just bring out that appreciation for live musical productions in children as well as adults.

Mickey and The Magical Map

I jumped up and down (not even kidding, not one little bit) when I found out that Disneyland was planning to relocate the princesses to a more fitting location next to the castle and use the theater for a much better purpose: a live, musical production of Mickey and the Magical Map. In May of 2013, the theater once again started stealing visitors from the long lines of other park attractions and dazzled them a 23 minute show that is more than worth the time taken to sit and watch. My girls love that they can see characters from their favorite movies like Tangled, The Princess and the Frog, Mulan, The Jungle Book and Pocahontas come to life on stage while in the park. It really helps give that extra magic to a visit to Disneyland.

Mickey and the Magical Map

Mickey and the Magical Map

Not only does this show inspire a love of the performing arts, but it also sends a great message from a very wise sorcerer. “The map contains never-ending magic. For it will never be completed, for as long as there is imagination in the world.” If that sounds familiar, it should:

“Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” – Walt Disney

Mickey and the Magical Map

Mickey and the Magical Map

Do yourself, and your kids a favor and take the time to see this incredible show next time you head to Disneyland. It is much more than just a shady spot to sit or a way to pass the time while you finish your churro and frozen lemonade slush. (Although it is most definitely those things, too!) It is a beautiful park attraction that is not to be missed.

Mickey and the Magical Map

Genevieve’s new single “My Telephone Number Is”

I was sent the single of “My Telephone Number Is…” by Genevieve Goings to review as an influencer with Entertainment New Media Network.  I have been compensated for this post but all opinions expressed are my own.

l am sure you have all heard of Genevieve Goings of “Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve” fame on Disney Junior. You know, “all aboard the choo choo train!” You and I both know that you have had her catchy songs in your head and have probably sang them almost as often as your kids. I will admit to you right now that a few years ago I was quietly singing her song “Animal on the Farm” in the check out line at the grocery store, only to have the cashier join in with me. I tell you this truth not to begin a dialogue about what an incredible singer I am or about how all of my kids strangely cover their ears when I sing, but to give you an idea of how catchy her songs are if you don’t already know.

Genevieve Goings

Genevieve has come out with a new song called “My Telephone Number Is…” from her new solo album “Do You Know,” which is set to release June 3rd, 2014. I really can’t even type out the title of her song without singing it in my head! I played this song for my kids the other day…well…that actually isn’t true. I was sent the link to the song and I immediately played it to see what it was all about, but my kids weren’t in the room. No sooner had I started playing it than my two and four year old girls came bounding into the room ready to put on their dancing shoes. I am loving their enthusiasm for music, let alone for a song that will actually teach them their phone number! The use of music as a teaching tool is something I love, especially when it is done so creatively.

Here is the song I have been talking about with a great video to go with it!

Isn’t that an adorable video!?!? I love the 90′s throw back as it adds a fun element for the parents as well. The Furbies, The Fresh Prince, and the awesome clear phone that must have been stolen from my childhood bedroom were some of my favorite sightings!

I love this song, and really, I love Genevieve Goings and the passion that she has for inspiring children to learn in a musical way. Keeping a little one’s attention can be difficult when trying to teach them things, but the entertainment that comes with this educational song is something that makes it a must have. I for one can’t wait to hear the rest of the album!

"do you know" genevieve goings

You can buy “My Telephone Number Is…” on iTunes. While you’re at iTunes, be sure to take a peek at her free app “Sing with Genevieve” for some more musical fun.

The album release date is June 3, 2014. If you pre-order the album (which you can do starting early in May,) you’ll receive instant access to the albums next single “Gotta Do My
Business.” Yep, it is a potty training song, but with a reggae twist. I am thinking that I’ll just throw it in with my Sublime playlist because while the words are definitely geared towards the wee ones, the beat is awesome for everyone!

Keep up with everything Genevieve has going on by following her on social media!

Twitter: @ChooChooGirl
Facebook: Facebook.com/GenevieveGoings
Instagram: Instagram.com/GenevieveGoings

I was sent the single of “My Telephone Number Is…” by Genevieve Goings to review as an influencer with Entertainment New Media Network.  I have been compensated for this post but all opinions expressed are my own.

MousekaTools is Going to Walt Disney World!

Well folks, look outside because somewhere out there, pigs are flying. Or maybe they’re being carried by Tinkerbell and her Pixie Hollow friends. Either way, things are getting crazy. My wonderful, amazing, incredible, loving, sweet husband has given me the go ahead to book a vacation. This may sound like I am going overboard a smidge, but no, trust me, I am not. We don’t do “vacations” in the traditional sense around here. We go on trips to see our families and we have done a few overnighters here and there. This is a real, honest to goodness, get on a plane and fly across the country, vacation. Hang onto your hats and glasses folks, because this family is going to Walt Disney World…and I may die of happiness before I even get there.

I can't keep calm, I'm Going to Disney World

Follow along as this family of Walt Disney World newbies makes plans for our magical trip to Florida! Any suggestions for us? I can use all the help I can get!

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