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Disney Family Fun Nights

26 Mar

Disney Family Fun

Our good friends came along on the recent Disney Cruise that we took in February (Click here for: Disney Cruise Review).  Their family actually did a week at Disney World first.  I have to say that my friend, Jackie, did an amazing job at getting the kids prepped and excited for their trip!  She has graciously allowed me to share all of the wonderful activities that she did with her family.  Even if you are not going on a Disney vacation, these ideas make for a wonderfully fun and wholesome family night (or entire day!).  Plus, most of these activities are very educational and a great learning opportunity!


pic1In preparation for our family’s Disney trip we decided to do a Disney countdown.  We created a poster using poster paper picked up from  Michaels craft store.  My son, who is 4 years old, was learning numbers and the calendar in school, so I decided to combine what he was learning in school to create our countdown.  We cut out numbers that I printed, using word and placed them in order on some construction paper.  He had to show me the order the of the numbers and the days of the week.  We then decided to decorate the calendar using some stickers we had at home (Disney inspired of course).  My son also cut out a Minnie and Mickey Mouse character from one of his coloring books to help with his scissor skills.  We had lots of fun making it.

To start the countdown, I cut out a circle for the head, and 2 circles for the ears using scrap book circle cutter.  My son glued them together to make the Mickey Mouse countdown.  Although…he got tired so I ended up finishing them.  Every morning for about 30 days leading up to our vacation, we placed a Mickey Mouse on the day of the week it was.  We practised reviewing the days of the week and the numbers of the month.

We decided that every Saturday would be a special Disney theme night.  So every Saturday had a special sticker on it, to note that it was Disney theme night.  I picked a Disney movie to be our theme and would do something special Disney.  We had a lot of fun.

Theme Night One: Toy Story

Every Saturday, leading up to our Disneyworld vacation, we decided to do a Disney theme night, more like a theme day.  We would combine books, craft, game, movie and snacks all related to the movie I chose.  Here is an example of one of our days.

Good Morning-  when my kids woke up from bed, I had the books that we would read for the day out on the coffee table.  I also gathered the toy story toys we had at home and had them sitting on the table waiting for them to eat breakfast.  They loved waking up on Saturday to find out what kind of day we were going to have.


Books – I gathered any toy story books that I had at home or from the library which we read during the day and again at bedtime.  My daughter who is 1 really loves to read books.  

Craft – I purchased a birdhouse shaped like a rocket from Michaels, and my son painted it.  My daughter loves to paint too , so she painted a little car.



(1)                Buzz Lightyear Blast off – we made a buzz lightyear calendar with aliens that we cut out from images googled from the internet.  My husband made a rocket from one of the games we owned called Krazy forts.  We placed the aliens on the rocket.  To play the game, I used a lazer pointer to point at the numbers.  My son had to call out the numbers and when he heard, 3,2,1.. he had to yell blastoff.  He was then able to jump and save one of the aliens from the rocket.  To save him, he had to read the sight word glued to the alien to protect him.  We had lots of fun playing the game.


(2)          Hide the Alien – With this game, I used paper cups I had at the house and a toy story figurine from one of the books we had.  I glued site words that my son was working on in school.  I would hide the alien under one of the cups and mix them around.  To find the alien my son had to read the word to lift the cup up.  If he read the cup correctly, he got to check what was underneath.


Snacks – nothing says Toy Story like eating Pizza planet pizza.  I used a recipe from Lisa’s blog titled Dry Mix Pizza Dough .   My son and daughter helped but all the ingredients together and we rolled out the pizza dough to make individual pizzas so we could all put our favorite toppings on…yumm


Theme Night Two: Cars

Good Morning-  when my kids woke up from bed, I had the books that we would read for the day out on the coffee table.  I also gathered the all of the cars die cast toys we had at home and had them sitting on the table waiting for them to eat breakfast.  They loved waking up to them all set out on the table.  They played with them for hours.


cars2Books – I gathered any cars books that I had at home or from the library which we read during the day and again at bedtime.

Craft – today’s craft was a really fun one.  We decided to make and decorate cars for our drive in movie.  We used cardboard boxes that we had at home.  I took parcel paper and covered one box as it had a lot of writing on it (although it looked bulky as I did not tape it well). The other box I left and just decorated the box directly.  My son painted the wheels made from left over paper plates I had at home.  We also used a plate for his steering wheel.  My daughter colored hers with markers.  I used paper fasteners to fasten them to the box so they spun around.  We also used construction paper for decorations and headlights.

The kids then sat in their cars to watch the Cars movie. When the racing scenes were on, my son would drive his car like he was racing, so cute.  My daughter, is too young to watch movies, but loved to sit and race her car.

cars collage

cars6Snacks – cars and tires from Casa Della Tire shop.  I used apple slices for the cars and grapes for the tires held together with toothpicks.  I bought some mini chocolate donuts from the local grocery store to make the stack of tires.  My kids thought having a tall stack of tires was so cool, a bit too much sugar – so I had to take the stack away from them because they wanted to eat them all…ha ha.

Well, didn’t she do an amazing job with her Disney Theme nights?  I love all of these great ideas, they really are fun for the children and promote awesome family togetherness!

I recently came across this post from another blogger who did a Peter Pan Family Movie Party.  She gave permission for me to share the link to her post – I just love those sweet Peter Pan decorated popcorn bags!  Brenda from Chatting Over Chocolate actually has tons of wonderful Disney themed ideas for your family, so make sure you have a good look around her blog!

Peter Pan Character Popcorns1

I hope you have enjoyed this post, let me know if you try any of these activities with your family!  Thanks again for stopping by.



Sweet Easter Mantle

24 Mar

Easter Mantle

We finally got around to making some Easter decorations!  Here is a picture of our decorated mantle.  Yes my Benjamin had to get in the picture.  When he gets that gleam in his eye there is no stopping him, he loves to be in pictures.  But who can really complain when he is completely adorable?

Anyways, we did make a few things which I wanted to share with you.  There are some eggs, some bunnies, and some Jesus = perfect Easter combination.

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Yarn Easter Eggs:  Ben and I had so much fun making these!  We found a great tutorial on one of my favorite blogs, Happy Hour Projects.  It was pretty messy, but Ben loved all of the glue and goop, plus we got to spend some quality time together while the little brother and sister were napping.  We used multi-colored yarn instead of one color per egg.  Mine were a little more uniform than Ben’s, I think they turned out quite well!


Chevron Bunny: We made a little bunny decoration too.  I’m not sure exactly how I feel about him though, I think maybe the background was a bit too busy… First we mod-podged some grey tonal chevron fabric to a dollar store canvas.  Next we cut out the bunny shape from some medium grape chevron and glued it on with Mod Podge.  We added a pom pom to the tail for some texture and 3D effect.  Have I mentioned that my 3 year old, Sam, has a deep love for pom poms?  This was mostly for him.  Then I decided that bunny was too plain and added some ribbons and little triangles of rainbow cotton dots to make a little banner.  All of the fabric is from Riley Blake Designs.


Free Printable Casting Crown Lyrics:  I made this printable and it is my favorite part of the mantle decorations!  You can print it, trim off the white border, and it fits inside of an 8×10 frame.


salt dough

Salt Dough Easter Egg & Bunny garland:  We actually made this last year.  We found the idea on Pinterest, the original recipe and tutorial is from Desperate Craftwives: Salt Dough Easter Egg Garland.  I decided to add some bunnies to ours as well, my children had a blast making this, they love painting projects.

And that is it for the decor!  I also wanted to show you this un-traditional Easter dress that I made for my sweet little niece.  I followed a pattern from Violette Field Threads – The Chloe Dress Pattern.  Have you ever heard of them?  They have gorgeous patterns!!!  There are several more that I want to make, but I can’t decide which one to make next!  Anyways, the dress I made had three layers of tulle.  I did a pink layer on top, a white layer in the middle, and a blue layer underneath.  I call it the cotton candy dress, I think she will love it!  It was really hard for me to get a great picture of it.  The dress looks much nicer when worn, but my niece lives far away and my husband has begged me not to put dresses on the boys anymore 😦


I hope you have enjoyed this post, thanks for stopping by!


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~ Disney Birthdays: Tangled

22 Mar

Jocie from One Project Closer’s: The Better Half is back today, sharing another one of her wonderful birthday parties!  Her Brave party was spectacular, wasn’t it?  Today she is showing us the Tangled party that she threw for her daughter last year.  Again she has done an amazing job, so many fun ideas!

This will be the last Disney Birthday, and next week I will be posting my final Disney project for Disney Fun Month – the grand finale (you won’t want to miss it!).  Stop by later today though, my link party “Sweet Treats & Swanky Stuff” will be live and I have created a free Easter printable.  Now have fun reading this great post, and thank you Jocie for being our guest today and yesterday!


Thanks so much for having me here again, Lisa! I’m Jocie (pronounced Jah-see) from OPC’s The Better Half. I’m ready summer, you?!

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If you haven’t heard of us or if you missed yesterday’s guest post here, One Project Closer (OPC) is a site for the serious DIY lover. Ethan (the hubs) shadows professional contractors on actual job sites to give our readers the best and most detailed project guides available, all for free.

The Better Half is more decor and crafts oriented (think glue gun and sewing machine instead of power tools). Some of my favorite recent projects include my Plastic Plate wall and homemade chalk paint. Kim, the other Better Half, works 24/7 to provide up-date home improvement savings like this AJ Madison coupon!

Tangled Birthday Party

Did you see my guest post yesterday about my daughter’s 4th Birthday party that was Brave themed? Well, my daughter, Izzie loves princesses, like most little girls, and I wanted to share with you her 3rd birthday party that was Tangled theme. I loved looking back at this and seeing how different she, her sister (Lucy), and her friends all are now. Izzie looks like such a big girl now that she has hair! lol.


Do you remember the “bears” from yesterday? This is a picture of Izzie (right) and her BFF, Lily (left), one year younger.


I love that Ethan is such a wiz with Photoshop because we made these invitations for 15 cents a piece by designing them ourselves and having them printed at Target.

Izzie dressed as Rapunzel for the party and insisted that Lucy dress as “baby Rapunzel” for the party. Since the dress isn’t sold in stores in smaller sizes, I made a Baby Rapunzel costume for Lucy using tulle, sequins, ribbon, and an old purple shirt. Yes, I did this at 10 pm the night before the party! This picture of Izzie and Lucy totally cracks me up – Izzie is having a blast, but Lucy was not very happy waking up from her nap and did not want to be put down. hahaha

For party favors, I made crowns to clip into hair out of felt, hot glue, and puffy paint. I also gave the boys foam swords – obviously the princes needed to protect the princesses from any threats! lol.


I also made floating lanterns, aka tissue poms, using a tutorial by Martha Stewart. Izzie loved them and kept them for weeks in her room after the party. Now, Party City and most party supply stores sell them for pretty cheap, so I would likely not ever make them again.

In addition to balloons, streamers, and lanterns, we also had Tangled paper plates and plastic cups (that the kids got to take home with them). I got these for a great price at Walmart.

For table decoration, I filled a jar with skittles, put a number “3” inside,and attached helium balloons to the top. It was a great way to add color to the table, plus we got to eat skittles forever (or a couple days…lol).


We didn’t do many party games except Pin the Bow on Rapunzel’s Hair! It was super easy to make using scrap-booking card stock for the braid and different colored card stock for the bows. Again, I made this VERY last-minute the morning of the party.

Finally, the most EPIC (and time-consuming) piece of the party was Rapunzel’s tower. I saw an idea on Pinterest and I tried replicate the idea for Izzie. I had never made fondant before and it went okay…just okay. Some of the hair kept breaking off, but they did look really beautiful and the kids loves them. Again, not sure I will ever attempt this again.


For more fun projects, parties, and crafts, visit Jocie at The Better Half! You can also connect with her on Facebook and Pinterest. Hope to see you soon!

~Disney Birthdays: Minnie Mouse Party

19 Mar

What would Disney Fun Month be without a couple of great birthday party ideas?  Today I am so lucky to have Carrie from My Favorite Finds on Sweet Benanna & Sam for a guest post!  Carrie loves Disney (and Starbucks), I think I would get along really well with her 🙂  Carrie threw a Minnie Mouse party for her daughter and here she is to share some of the projects for that party.  At the bottom of this post you will find some more great Minnie party ideas that my friend did for her daughter’s First birthday last spring.My Favorite Finds

Hi everyone! My name is Carrie, and I blog over at My Favorite Finds. On My Favorite Finds, you’ll find tutorials, recipes, organization ideas, and Disney travel tips! I love to share my {FAVORITE} ideas with my readers, and I hope you’ll check it out. I’m addicted to Starbucks, reading, shopping, and my sweet kids and hubby. I’m always looking for a new recipe or craft to fill our bellies or beautify our home. I’m also slightly addicted to planning, and going on, Disney vacations with my family. I love sharing my ideas about Disney planning on my blog AND on Chip & Co. Each week I host Must Try Monday, where you can share your must try recipes with my readers! Come over and join in the fun.

I am so excited to be here today to share my Minnie Mouse party with you. After our trip this past June, it was decided that my daughter’s birthday theme would be Minnie Mouse. I was stoked! I don’t think I’ve had this much fun with planning a party!

So, I wanted to share with you a round up of our party! Many of these were inspired by ideas I had pinned on my Ns Minnie Party Pinterest board. I hope these will give you some ideas when you get ready to plan a Minnie Mouse inspired party!

Of course, my little princess needed a Minnie Mouse tutu! And I had ordered a super cute t-shirt from A Stitch Upon a Star on Etsy. Loved it!

I created these Minnie Mouse centerpieces from some supplies I picked up at the Target Dollar Spot. These were my {FAVORITE} part of the party.

Minnie Mouse Party Collage

Do you have a Silhouette or Cricut? If so, you can make a Minnie Mouse birthday banner. I used pink and black paper from Michaels. I think I could probably use it again for her future birthdays, because pink and black are classic colors.

Finally, to add a fun touch, I bought some frames from the Dollar Tree. I applied a thin coat of Mod Podge to the edges and glittered them. Inside, I put photos of my daughter with Minnie Mouse from past Disney trips. I love how it added a personal touch to her party decor.

Finally, I made some of these easy Oreo cookies for the party favors. You could even make these into Mickey Mouse as well-just swap the pink melting chocolate for red!

It was a magical party for my daughter-and the decorations were so fun to make!

Thanks, Lisa, for letting me share my Minnie Mouse Birthday Party!

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Last Spring one of my good friends also did a Minnie Mouse party for her daughter’s first birthday.  I just wanted to quickly share a couple of her ideas, there were some great ones, and she spent so much time on all of the details!




1.  The decor and the treat bags:  I loved her banner, minnie heads cut from construction paper (and she doesn’t have any fancy craft machines like a Cricut or a Silhouette, this was done by hand).  The letters were all done in pink and then white layered over top, so much effort but it looked awesome!  You will notice that some of her gift bags had bows and the others did not, to distinguish between girl treat bags and boy treat bags.  Inside the gift bags, my friend had made Mickey and Minnie ears for each of the guests!  She used plastic headbands and black felt for the ears.

2.  The dessert table:  Cupcakes, cake pops, and of course, the cake!  Again she put so much time into those great details.  The cupcakes each had a little Mickey head made from chocolate melting wafers.  Oh and they tasted so good – chocolate cheesecake filled with cheesecake frosting.  She made the Minnie cake pop stands out of styrofoam and ribbon.  The cake pops were chocolate pudding covered in…chocolate!   The cake was beautiful, I believe it was her first time experimenting with fondant but you couldn’t tell!  The centre of the cake had a heart baked into it.  So talented!

3. And of course this is my tired little party girl, modeling her Minnie ears!

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed some of these Minnie party ideas!


Hair Accessory Fun ~ For Your Next Disney Vacation

18 Mar




Are you taking yourself and your little Princess on a Disney Vacation?  Part of the fun is all of the dress up and the bling that goes along with it!  And I’m going to let you in on a little secret ~ if you make yourself some hair accessories at home, it will be A LOT cheaper than buying the Disney Park or Disney Cruise stuff.  Of course you are going to want to buy yourself some ears as souvenirs, but the bows and accessories, those are easy to make!  I bought a very cheaply made, flimsy, head band on my Disney Cruise to wear with my formal dress and it cost $16.  Of course I thought in my head {AAhhh, I could have made this for about $3}  So I thought I would bring you a couple of ideas and tutorials so that you don’t make the same mistake I did!

How about a stacked bow headband?  There are lots of great shops on Etsy that sell beautiful Disney Ribbon.  I bought mine from a shop called Bottle Cap Art Supplies.  For a stacked bow, you basically need at least three different bow elements to stack together.

Mine was made with a Spike Bow on the bottom, a Surround-a-bow in the middle, and then my own creation (or at least one I just played around with and figured out on my own) The Quadruple Bow, which I will explain now.

The Quadruple Bow is the red bow with white polka dots  in my stacked bow picture.  You will need 30″ of 1 1/2″ ribbon, a needle and thread.  Here are the instructions:







Creating the stacked bow is very easy.  Take your three prepared bows.  On the bottom I had my spiked bow, then I layered the surround-a-bow on top, and last I put down my quadruple bow.  Run a needle (and thread) up through the middle of all three layers.  Wind the thread around the centre of your bow a few times and then run the needle back through the centre.  Trim your thread.  Next take a piece of 3/8 inch ribbon about 2″ long.  Put a dab of hot glue on the back of your bow and wrap the ribbon around the centre to hide the thread.  Secure it onto the back with another dab of hot glue.  Now you can put some jewels or anything in the middle to decorate your bow.  Here is what I did to make mine a little more “Disney”.


Here is a super easy idea to jazz up any hair accessory and make it Disney themed.

Mickey Jewel Head Supplies: Decorative bottle cap, small scrap of felt or fabric, 1 x 10mm plastic jewel, 2x 8 mm plastic jewels, glue gun and glue.

All you have to do is cut out a circular piece of fabric or felt that will fit inside the bottle cap, glue it inside.  Then glue the 10mm jewel in the centre towards the bottom, and the two 8mm jewels are glued in the “ear” positions.  Then glue your decorative Mickey head to your hair accessory.

When I was picking out the jewels at Michael’s, I couldn’t open the box to see how big the jewels were in relation to each other.  You will notice that my Mickey ears are probably a bit too large.  The jewels I actually used were 10mm for the head, and 9mm for the ears – so I have corrected the size in the instructions.

Now that your bow is done, you can either glue it to a hair clip, or a hair band like I did.  To do this I cut out two felt circles.  I glued one circle to the back of the bow.  I then put some hot glue on the other side of that felt circle, positioned the bow where I wanted on the hair band, and glued the other felt circle so that the hair band was sandwiched in between.


Here is another hair bow I did.  I used the Ribbon Retreats: Ribbon Flower Bow Tutorial.  Instead of gluing the jewels to the bottle cap, I glued them directly to the bow.

mickey loop

And lastly I wanted to share this Pirate bow I made for a friend’s daughter.  Again I have used the Spike Bow tutorial.  I had these really cute skull and cross bone buttons and I glued one to the centre of this bow.  Perfect for a pirate party on your Disney Cruise!


Here is a different one I did for a Valentine post in February: Cross My Heart Hair Clippie


And here are some of my favorite ones from around the web that I DID NOT create: 13 Disney Inspired Princess Ribbon Sculptures from the Grosgrain Fabulous blog.  Aren’t these gorgeous??  There are full tutorials for each one, just click on the picture of the one you would like to make.



This one I came across last week during a link party.  This Minnie Mouse Headband tutorial was made by Sarah at Craft Quickies.  I think I am going to make one for my niece before she heads to Disneyland in the fall. It is so darling, and that baby just makes it look even cuter!


I hope you have enjoyed this post, thank you for stopping by!


Sweet Treats & Swanky Stuff Link Party #4

15 Mar


Happy weekend everyone! Thanks for coming to Sweet Treats & Swanky Stuff.
Before we get to the party I just wanted to let you know about a giveaway I am having.  It is for one of my Sweet Island Dresses (winner will pick the size and colour) and IT ENDS ON SUNDAY!! So please go and enter (giveaway is open to U.S and Canadian residents only)
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Each Saturday I will pick some links from each of the parties to be the “sweetest treats” and the “swankiest stuff” and I will feature them on my blog.  I am also going to pin each one to my Sweet Treats&Swanky Stuff Pinterest board as well as display links to each project on my Facebook page – I would love it if you followed me on Pinterest and “liked” my Facebook Page!    If you like, feel free to grab a button too!!
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And if you have been featured, please take one of these:
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Here are my “sweetest treat” picks from last week:


Peeps In a Nest – by Diana Rambles: Don’t these little marshmallow treats look like fun?

And my picks for the “swankiest stuff”:


Alternate Egg Hunt by Diana Rambles – yes these eggs are also by Diana Rambles, and no I’m not trying to play favorites!  I love these eggs because they remind me of my youth going to school in Mexico.  And let’s face it, smashing an egg on someone’s head is just plain fun.


Handmade Mother’s Day Tote Bags by Crescent Number Nine:  These bags are just gorgeous, and I love the fabric she has used!

Thank you to everyone who linked up last week!




Sweet Treats & Swanky Stuff Link Party #3

9 Mar


Happy weekend everyone! Thanks for coming to week number three of Sweet Treats & Swanky Stuff.
Last week we had 9 links added (hey, I know it’s a small number but it’s still an improvement over week number one!)  Here is how it works:
Each Saturday I will pick three links from each of the parties to be the “sweetest treats” and the “swankiest stuff” and I will feature them on my blog.  I am also going to pin each one to my Sweet Treats&Swanky Stuff Pinterest board as well as display links to each project on my Facebook page – I would love it if you followed me on Pinterest and “liked” my Facebook Page!    If you like, feel free to grab a button too!!
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And if you have been featured, please take one of these:
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Here are the “sweetest treats” from last week:

1. Snickers Fudge from Designed Decor I could really go for some of this right now, it looks amazing!
2. Potato Cheddar Breakfast Bake from Plucky’s Second Thought  You had me at potatoes and cheese, sounds delicious!
3. St. Patty’s Candy Bark from Diana Rambles  I can just see my kids bouncing off the walls after a taste of this treat!

And the “swankiest stuff”

img_02041. American Girl Doll Refashion from Diary of a MadMama – you have to check out this sweater refashion, it is adorable!


2. St. Patrick’s Day Mantle from Kaminski’s Creations – a refreshing change from everything green for St. Patrick’s day!  Kaminksi’s creation uses the colors of the Irish flag for her mantle decor
stepping stones
3. {stories of a house} Stepping on Stones from Inspire Me Heather – A great DIY project for making stepping stones, and a really cute kitty too!
Thank you to everyone who linked up last week!



Thank you for stopping by! Please join me again next week to see if you have been featured, and to link up more of your “sweet treats” and “swanky stuff”


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