Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Happy New Year of Great Books to Read from Disney Publishing!

Disney Baby has a bunch of adorable new books coming out.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Disney Scrapbooking Guide!

Disney Scrapbooking is a ton of fun!

Want a printable, full color, photo-filled PDF version of this guide? 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A Charlie Brown Christmas from LeSportSac

We LOVED the collaboration between LeSportSac and the Peanuts!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Winter Wish List Must Haves by Wonder Forge!

Wonder Forge has outdone themselves this holiday season! 


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Welcome Moana to your Disney family this holiday season!

I loved the feeling I had when I left the theater after seeing Moana!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

LeSportSac Moana Collection!

The LeSportSac Moana Collection 

is spunky and full of spirit!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

LeSportSac Moana Weekender Prize Pack!

LeSportSac has sent us this beautiful bag/cosmetic bag combo to share with YOU dear reader! 

I adore the new Moana collection. 
This weekender bag is just fantastic! I have multiple sizes in the weekender and I use them for everything from sleepovers for our children, to carry on luggage on planes. I have used my Monster's Inc one over and over and it remains in as good as new shape! 

The Giveaway:

In addition to the fabulous Moana weekender bag I am going to throw in a Pirates of the Caribbean Inspired Wish Bracelet from my Etsy shop and some surprise books from Disney Publishing!

The contest runs from 12/16 to 12/22  (U.S. only).
Use the rafflecopter links below! 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Free Printable Disney World Photo Scavenger Hunt!!

As always, I like to give credit where credit is due, when I first started searching the internet to see if someone else had developed this sort of list I stumbled on a few more generic "pictures everyone should take on the their Disney trips" lists and even a few printables.  

The one over on Travel Hyper linked to some free pattern pieces on the blog Sprik Space which I used for the adorable chevron backgrounds.  And I found the fonts, as always on the free font site Da Font.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Fall into Reading this Autumn with Disney!

Disney has really outdone itself with the amazing art and stories this season! We are totally loving the new empowering Disney Princess campaign we are seeing all over and the new book releases focus on just that: brave, strong, fierce heroines teaching girls to overcome challenges, never stop loving, and to always be brave and kind! 

My favorite this season is Moana! Find her featured in one of the new and amazing Art of Disney Coloring Books! This one features sea life, polynesian style art, and of course all the great characters from this upcoming release! 
My idea of a great night in!
She is also featured in the fabulous novelized version of her feature story that focus on her bravery during her adventures! It is a beautiful hardcover that is canvased with nice printing and great design.

Moana isn't the only new princess on the scene this season! Elena of Avalor is on fire! Her show is one of the only both our 7 and 12 year old BOTH get excited for and she is here for some great fun! 
Featured here is the Elena of Avalor Christmas Book Feliz Navidad: A Royal Christmas and a lift the flap book called A Palace Fit for a Princess both of these are great finds this season (and any) I love the art style of the books.  We've previously reviewed Sofia the First books similar to the Christmas one, the art is sketchy and bright, and the hardcover is bound with fabric.  These really make swell gifts! And the lift-a-flap book will surely occupy any Elena fan as both my girls had fun checking it out!

A review of Disney Publishing releases features brave, strong female characters could not be complete with the new quintessential classic, Frozen! Disney and paper artist Matthew Reinhart have really outdone themselves with this AMAZING pop-up book! Every page opens up into a beautiful world and almost every page features pull tabs to transform part of that world along with the story itself.  Art and Disney at it's very best. 
The attention to detail is incredible!

Also being released this season is the original Disney girl, the one and only Minnie Mouse.  This compilation art book titled The Art of Minnie Mouse features some of my favorite current artists and I've snapped a few sample pics.  Any Minnie Mouse or Disney Parks fan in your life will love this awesome coffee table book and your imagination will soar as you page through it! 

I think this is my very favorite in the entire book!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

When Fairy Tales Do Come True: An Up-Themed Disney Engagement Party!

I am many things.  Three of those many things are: someone who life has broken in the past, a true believer in fairytales (and the heroines that rule them), and a cynical optimist (yes, you read that correctly, I both doubt it will come and believe in happy endings at the same exact time).  So there you have it. I am for all intents and purposes a typical middle American: a hard-worker who loves her job teaching, a dreamer of impossible things, and a lover of love. I will come right out with it: I got engaged in Disney World this summer.  There are lovely details to this story, but they are for me and my family and friends, not the entire internet.  I will share this:

So you may know of me if you have followed Picturing Disney from when I started it (and we were still located at lol) and you may have figured out my personality from the way I write, review, share, and photograph.  Whether this is your first read or you figured this out long ago, let me say... this was the single best moment of my life thus far. 

We came home from Disney World and bought a house! While, I know that seems simple... anyone who is reading this who has bought a house can vouch for me that it has not.  It was the single most stressful process of my life so far (and I am previously divorced and have lost people I love dearly).  I am not demeaning other people or my own pain.  This was just such immediate stress and such a long process that it really was not as simple as "and then we bought a house" might make it seems and I wanted to attest to that. 

Newly Engaged + New House = Party Time

I was immediately in touch with my girl, Monique, at her company Only One Mark Inc! She designed and printed announcements and invites for our celebration!

I used a Shutterfly code for 10 Free Magnets and used the 4 mini square design, ended up with 40 two inch by two inch magnets, used adhesive circles to attach them to the announcements and VOILA! If you enjoy that idea, the magnet coupon has long since expired but you can get a Free Photo Book with this link!

Monique and I designed the cards together, my fiance and I are huge fans of "Up" for many reasons, some are personal and private, others are the same as the reasons you love Carl and Ellie. We went with an Up theme for our announcements and invites and really our whole party (and probably our wedding)! I added a touch of Doctor Who to the back of our announcements because... well, anyone who has watched any 10th Doctor episodes knows I do not need to finish that sentence! Also, the party invites were not flawed at all- they are and were perfect! I just had to block out our phone numbers so haters and trolls won't hate and troll. lol. 

In any case, onward! We moved in and love our home! We were truly a couple that is meant to be. Every happy line from every sappy country song literally describes us.  One of our first projects together was the purchase of a white mailbox so we could do this:

It's even cute when I look at the pictures again! 

Onto the big PARTY! Because that's why you are here! I tried to photo document as well as I could so enjoy my captions and shoot us a message or comment if you are planning and have any questions! We tried to keep it DIY and personal.  Homemade, but with so much love that was the key to our planning. 
The metal ampersand light up ($7 on clearance at Target) and the Hello frame ($5 on clearance at A.C. Moore) are both are battery operated and switch on and off.  I had them at one end of our drink table which was also on the porch when people walked in.
I handpainted "Paradise Falls" on a mason jar then filled it with change.  We put Sharpies for labeling drink cups in the jar as well!

Another awesome frame find was this kickass photobox frame in Target! It was only $7 and has 4 mini shadowboxes on the sides and is a pin board.  I put our magicbands and buttons from our trip in the shadowboxes and other trinkets. Then I used a Carl & Ellie pin we had bought on the trip and a Walt Disney World one I'd had to pin our engagement photo up and put it in the middle of our food table!

I handpainted a big mason jar with a likeness of the Up house and then used cookie pops shaped as balloons to fill it up so that we had our own mini (and edible) Up house at the party!

We served some chips before dinner and fresh made popcorn from a home popper! We got the machine plus the popcorn boxes plus kits to make about 200 cups of popcorn for about $200 on Amazon.  I think that most people end up shelling out around $50 for party snacks, and this is only an investment once.  The next time we have a party, for about $20 or so we can feed everyone awesome popcorn snacks! an investment, yes, but a good one! 

We got popcorn and cookies and of course had dinner... but what do we all love best? CAKE! My mom made us this awesome book! It was perfect and beautiful and delicious (I am literally eating leftovers as I type)!

Favors? ELLIE BADGES of course! I attached a soda cap pin (made with printouts and epoxy on metal) to a piece of white cardstock and then glued a black backing piece of cardstock to secure it and neaten it up.  The Highest Honor We Could Bestow was a huge hit.  

Almost as big of a hit as the "balloons out front marking the house" :)
We couldn't have an Up themed party without balloons on our chimney! 

What's next? Happily Ever After, I think. 

Party Playlist
Up theme
Mango Tree - Zac Brown Band
Falling Slowly - Once broadway musical soundtrack
Laundry Room - The Avett Brothers
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
You & Me - Dave Matthews Band
Ghosts That We Knew - Mumford & Sons
Flowers in Your Hair - The Lumineers
Dog Days are Over - Florence + the Machine
Some Nights - Fun.
Sound of Sunshine - Michael Franti & Spearhead
Lava theme
Margarita - Great Big Sea
Wanderlust - Flogging Molly
I and Love and You - The Avett Brothers
Work Song - Hozier
As We Are Now - Saint Raymond
She Got the Honey - Mat Kearney
I Need Never Get Old - Nathanial Rateliff & the Night Sweats 
Marry You - Bruno Mars
XO - John Mayer


Friday, September 30, 2016

Miles from Tomorrowland Mission Rover Review

What's better than flying around in space?  Getting out of your ship and exploring extra-terrestrial terrains in your own Mission Rover!  Planning a trip to the Moon, Mars or Venus?  You will certainly need your own Mission Rover to work up samples in your mobile space lab.

My son was so thrilled when Disney sent us a Miles from Tomorrowland Stellosphere to review that he was too busy jumping around to see the amazing Mission Rover sitting on the bottom of the box.  Once I reigned him in he was ecstatic to be able to play with both.

Like the Stellosphere, the Mission Rover is sturdy and durable.  I can't tell you how much I appreciate this as a mother.  I am constantly finding broken toy pieces around the apartment.  I don't expect to see many broken Mission Rover parts.  The toy is appropriate for younger children as there are only a few small pieces (4 space instruments) that are non essential to play.  The instruments can be taken away and hidden until the child reaches an appropriate age.

The Mission Rover opens up to reveal a mobile space lab.  Miles and his family easily fit into the lab and can run experiments on space rocks and foreign objects.  The Mission Rover has two cool robotic arms that can move in different directions.  One arm can blast away space jun with its flash beam launcher and the other arm can pick up the debris for inspection.

Logan really liked the green Terra Skiff which rolls off he back of the Mission Rover to help Miles explore exotic locales such as Mars.

The Mission Rover retails for $39.99 and will provide your child with many hours of interesting and imaginative play time.

Official Product Description:
Miles and his friends are all part of the Cosmic Explorers who use the Mission Rover as a mobile space lab. Once the Cosmic Explorers reach their destination they can open up the back of the Mission Rover to reveal the mobile space lab. Inside the lab, Leo can give Miles missions with the touch of a button. To help Miles complete any mission the Rover has 2 Robotic Arms that can be moved to different locations on the vehicle to blast away obstacles with the flash beam launcher, or move space debris with the grappling claw. Miles can use the Terra Skiff for any missions that require him to leave the safety of the Rover. Once Miles is ready to use the Space Lab, it is equipped with 4 space tools, including robotic IO, to help with whatever they may need. Join Miles as he explores Mars in his Rover!
Available in stores now.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Miles from Tomorrowland Stellosphere Review

Miles from Tomorrowland Stellosphere
I would imagine that living in space is tough.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Post Disney Trip Blues


We just recently arrived home from another action packed trip to Walt Disney World!
Napkin from Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

What a trip!  
We hit a patch of bad weather in Orlando but that didn't stop us.  We put on our ponchos and had some fun!
Tusker House, Animal Kingdom

The only bummer was that due to storms the Jungle Book show was canceled the two nights that we were in Animal Kingdom.  A major plus was that the crowds were low and we were able to hit a lot of spots to eat that we normally would not have been able to get reservations for.

The Grey Stuff at Be Our Guest

Alas, now it is back to reality.  Time to deal with the post Disney blues.
They struck like clockwork.!  I was hoping that if we came home to beautiful weather (which we did) that might lift our spirits a bit.
Nope!  But you know what did?   A few days after we arrived home a big package was delivered to our door.

Disney sent us a Miles from Tomorrowland Stellosphere & a Mission Rover to review.  I am so excited for my son to play with these toys and to give you our honest review.  Stay tuned for part one on the blog on Tuesday and.... remember....

Pillow seen in Frontier Trading Post at Walt Disney World