Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween

We took the girls to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween last weekend at the Magic Kingdom. This visit was all about the princesses! Maggie and Amelia both wore Elsa costumes, and were so happy to meet and get autographs from their favorite characters. Amelia and I rode the new Mine Train ride, which was super fun, and we all enjoyed the special Halloween parade with all of our favorite Disney villains, a spectacular firework display, and trick or treating throughout the park. It was a special night we are sure to remember, and I am happy to have these photos of my girls with the princesses. I know they will grow out of this phase all too soon.

Recently

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one-Amelia’s open house at her school was this week. Beau and I had a good laugh at the family portrait she made, as it seems she gave him a “hitler” mustache.

two-I found four of these old school lunch trays at a thrift shop recently, and Maggie has been making me different lunches all afternoon.

three-A friend of mine just returned from a nearly month long trip to Europe. She found this forty year old french copy of Disney’s Snow White in Paris, thought of me, and bought it as a gift for me. I have been swooning over the illustrations and beautiful french words.

Mama Loves Thrifting

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I haven’t shared any of my thrifting finds with you for a while, so I thought you’d like to see some of the highlights from recent weeks.

one-a plastic doe I found last weekend at the flea market.

two-a Fire King bowl I found at my neighbor’s yard sale.

three- vintage Disney Bambi planter I found for a steal on Ebay. I decided to store my vintage brooches in it.

four-a sweet deer lamp I found at a garage sale near my work. I’ve put it in Maggie’s room.

five-a vintage cat cookie jar I found at the flea market.

Our Weekend in Photos

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one-Amelia’s first pair of Mickey ears.

two-A tramp at our hotel.

three-A happy Maggie on the carousel.

four-We took a ride on a fancy steam boat.

five-Thunder Mountain

six-The hottest ticket in town. (well, in Maggie’s town anyway)

seven-Cinderella’s Castle all gussied up for the holidays.

eight-Main Street Electrical Parade.

nine-Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. (vintage Disney at it’s finest)

ten-Amelia and taxi.

eleven-Like Father, like Daughter. (Star Wars nerds)

twelve- A Muppet fountain.

thirteen- A snack.

fourteen-Two pretty little ladies.

New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom

This weekend we were lucky enough to be among the very first to see the new Fantasyland expansion at the Magic Kingdom. This newest part of the park opens to the public December 6th, and let me tell you, it is FANTASTIC! 

The Little Mermaid ride is so much fun. We rode it twice! The Little Mermaid is a personal favorite of mine, and I couldn’t help but sing along to all of my favorite songs. My girls aren’t old enough to be embarrassed yet, so they just think I’m the fun mom.

We tried a new beverage, a LeFou’s Brew at Gaston’s Tavern, which consists of frozen apple juice with a hint of toasted marshmallow, topped with a passion fruit mango foam. The drink is all natural with no sugar added. Bonus!

We also got to experience Enchanted Tales with Belle. This new attraction totally immerses you in the world of Beauty and the Beast. It is very interactive with the crowd, and you get great access and time with Belle. Amelia LOVED this new Disney treat! 

We did not tour the new restaurant, Be Our Guest, however the French inspired menu sounds delicious, and we plan to eat lunch here when we return for a visit next month.

Anniversary Weekend

My fella and I got away this weekend to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary. We stayed at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside, went to the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot, and visited Hollywood Studios. 

It was so nice to have some time with my sweet husband without our kids. My mother was kind enough to keep them overnight, and so we had a weekend to hold hands instead of strollers, eat dinner slowly, go swimming without keeping a watchful eye on our girls, and have actual adult conversations without interruptions. It was much needed, and the perfect time to reconnect with my mister.

The weather was beautiful, our resort was lovely, and the lines at the parks were short. A near perfect weekend for us to reflect on our first year as a married couple, and to be thankful for our little family. 

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort {Little Mermaid Room}

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We were lucky enough to be among the very first to stay in the Little Mermaid section of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. We LOVE this place! There is so much attention to detail, and something new to see around every corner. 

The Little Mermaid rooms are the standard rooms here at this resort. Our room had two double beds, a small table with two chairs, a flat screen television, a small fridge, and the usual tub/shower combo. The room was a bit on the small side, but comfortable enough for the four of us, Maggie slept in a portable crib. 

My girls loved all of the Little Mermaid decorations and characters everywhere. The shower tiles were made to look like you are in Ariel’s grotto complete with all of her treasure. The pool in this section of the resort was also a lot of fun, and not crowded at all. Did I mention they gave us lemonade and chocolate chip cookies when we checked in?!

There is a great food court here at the resort with lots of yummy food choices. The children’s meals were generous, and my girls were able to split a meal , which saved some money. We ate four meals here, one lunch, one dinner and two breakfasts. My husband and I enjoyed the make your own omelet station at breakfast, and we had burgers at one meal, delicious, and mongolian beef at another, also delicious. 

We spent alot of time exploring all of the other areas of this resort. The other three wings are based on the movies Cars, The Lion King, and Finding Nemo, which is where the main pool and splash park are located.

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We will definitely be staying here again!