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Wilderness Explorer Backyard Camp Out

Posted in Parties and Entertaining, and Summer

This post is a throwback to a fun campout we had with the kids last summer! I wasn’t blogging regularly back then, but we had so much fun that I thought it was definitely worth sharing in honor of this week’s Disney Family #DisneyWeekend theme being back yard camp out! We made our campout a Wilderness Explorer theme, because not only do we love the movie Up (and let’s face it, ALL the Pixar movies), but I had the idea of adding a bit of learning to the experience by having the kids participate in different activities to earn Wilderness Explorer “badges” (stickers) just like Russel has in the movie!

Dark Side Cookies and Bantha Milk

Posted in Recipes

We keep hearing all this talk about the dark side having cookies, so Caleb and I decided to don our matching Vader sweaters and switch sides for a day to see what all the fuss is about. And big surprise–no cookies! Lucky for them, I had a feeling this might happen so I came prepared with my own recipe for not only these chocolatey Mustafar-inspired “dark side” cookies, but blue vanilla bantha milk to wash them down! You’re welcome, Anakin.

DIY Sulley Shawl (Monsters Inc)

Posted in DIY

Last weekend Disney and fashion lovers from all over gathered at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA for the semi-annual fan organized event known as Dapper Day. Dapper Day celebrates the tradition of “stepping out in style,” and while many guests choose vintage and vintage-inspired fashion, I always like to bring my own personal style which tends to be more modern and above all, colorful.

A Very Merry Un-birthday Party

Posted in Parties and Entertaining

We recently had the pleasure of attending one of the most epic birth– er, un-birthday parties I’ve even been to. With help from her family and others in the Disney community, Velia, the mother of Sophie (better known as @growinguponmainstreet on Instagram) transported guests down the rabbit hole by transforming an entire backyard into a literal Wonderland. From masterfully crafted Wonderland themed snacks to beautiful backdrops, no detail was left out. And to top it off, Alice and the Mad Hatter themselves (performed by The Adventure Effect) were guests of the party! They ran around with the kids, told stories, posed for pictures, and even played a rousing game of “Alice Says.”

DIY Easter Egg Pillows

Posted in DIY

In an effort to add some Springtime cheer to our home decor, I decided to make some decorative pillows in the shape of Easter eggs. For those who don’t know me…I’m not exactly what you would call a master seamstress. In fact, the exact opposite is true so trust me when I tell you that this craft is definitely beginner friendly. To add a little Disney flare, I made some printable iron-on transfers of some of my favorite Disney-inspired designs that my husband recreated for this project. The result was an adorably squishable pillow that would make a perfect addition for any Easter basket.

Pooh Cakes (Honey Cupcakes w/ Winnie the Pooh “Ears”)

Posted in Recipes

I took a break from my usual Mickey-shaped food recipes to gives some love to everyone’s favorite silly ol’ bear! We all know Oreo cookies work great for edible Mickey and Minnie ears, but for these honey cupcakes I switched things up and used Mini Nilla Wafers to make Pooh ears! Enjoy!!!

DIY “Carl and Ellie” Mailbox

Posted in DIY

So one day I was walking through Michael’s and happened to come across these adorable mini-mailboxes for about $3 and I immediately knew exactly what I wanted to do with one. So I picked it up, brought it home and let it sit on a shelf for about a month (isn’t that the way these things always go?!) But today I woke up feeling crafty and decided that this was the day that I would finally create my Carl and Ellie replica mailbox from the Disney Pixar movie Up. Here’s how I did it. 🙂

  1. First things first, gather your supplies. If you’re someone who crafts often you’ll probably have most of these things in your house already. If not, you can find all of these things and any local craft store or even the art supply section of your local Walmart (with the exception of the mailbox itself, which I mentioned before came from Michael’s craft store).

Carl and Ellie Mailbox