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$50 Disney Gift Card Giveaway

imageIt is no secret that we are Disney obsessed in our family. Because hunny and I love everything Disney, we now have a little 3 year old who can’t get enough, either. We know that trips to the Disney Store are expensive, and trips to the Disney Parks can be out of reach for some families. Well, we are here to help! We’ve teamed up with The Philosopher’s Wife, Saving Up For Disney, Fit Disney Mom, and some other great bloggers to bring you this amazing giveaway!

Up for grabs is a $50 Disney gift card that can be used for anything at Disney Stores across the United States, online at the disneystore.com, as well as at select Disney Resorts locations.

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Details: Must be 18+ to enter. US only. Ends August 21, 2016 at 11:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time aka Walt Disney World time). Void where prohibited. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email from The Philosopher’s Wife. After 48 hours a new winner will be chosen. Disney, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. are not affiliated with this giveaway in any way..

 

 

Post-Graduation 

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As graduation season comes to an end and summer is in full swing, I wanted to say, “Congratulations” to everyone who graduated this year. From the pre-school stepping up ceremonies, to high school graduations and beyond, it’s an accomplishment of which everyone should be proud. 

Last month, after almost five years, I finally finished my Art Market Master’s program. A lot of stuff happened throughout those five years that made me wonder if I should just quit the program and stay put in a job I hated. I watched four separate groups of people finish the program in the normal two years. Each September, I met a new group of students and got close to them, only to watch them graduate while I was still finishing up part time. The bright side of this is, I made a lot of friends during my five years! 

Currently, I am still writing my thesis, The Value of Mickey Mouse: Appropriation, Copyright and The Walt Disney. While it is a lot of work, I love being able to combine my two favorite subjects: Disney and art. I’m hopeful that all this will lead me to a job with Disney or with artist that work for Disney. I stay positive, even as I got my rejection letter from the Walt Disney Family Museum as I walked into my graduation ceremony because I will never give up. Disney hires all ages, right? 
Of course I had to decorate my cap this way! 

My classmate Dana’s awesome Peter Pan inspired cap! 

 

Friday Five : Father’s Day Edition

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Most days, Mom gets all the credit. She’s a business woman, nurturer, activities coordinator, and personal chef wrapped in one. Once a year, we remember how amazing Dad is and we celebrate him. Dads are truly the superheroes that make every day a little bit more fun, silly, and exciting. In our house, Dad is a wrestler, a rock star, a baseball coach, and so much more. To celebrate dad, we put together some awesome items we think would make great Father’s Day presents (most are available in store for you late gift givers!) Cheers to celebrating Dads everywhere with this week’s Friday Five.  I hope all the dads out there have a wonderful day.

1.  Vans Nintendo sneakers –  My husband loves video games. It’s usually my go-to gift for him. Vans’ newest collaboration with Nintendo is a classic game lover’s dream come true. The collection has pieces from Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong, Duck Hunt, and The Legend of Zelda!


2. Pixar Dad Shirt- My hunny loves graphic t shirts and all things Disney, so this shirt is a no brainer. Featuring all the best dads from Pixar, this is a great shirt to wear to the parks. Two of my local Target stores have it in stock!

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3.  ESPN 30 for 30 collection –  ESPN continually amazes me with their documentaries, which highlight important people and events in sports histories. If your dad is a sports fan, this is the gift to get him. There is something for everyone, as the documentary subjects have been Larry Bird (the best ever), Muhammad Ali, Reggie Miller, The Raiders, NASCAR, and so much more.

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4.  Herschel Settlement Backpack – If the Dad in your life loves Disney, but doesn’t want to parade around with giant, colorful graphics, this backpack is for him.  The black on black Winnie the Pooh design is subtle, yet striking and totally Disney.

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5. Sprezzabox subscription –  Some dads have effortless style and others need a little help. Sprezzabox is perfect for both types of dad! Each month, the recipient receives a  curated box filled with stylish accessories. The box theme changes every month, so you will never get the same item twice. Items include socks, ties, lapel pins, skin care, and sunglasses.

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Disney x Coach

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Disney x Coach

My love for bags comes a close second to my love for Disney (I’ve been known to cry over a particular Chloe bag a few times). So when Disney announced they were going to be collaborating with Coach, I knew I had to do everything in my power to snag a bag. I’m still a little sad that I never got the Kate Spade Minnie mini maise and I refused to have that same remorse with Coach.Lucky for me, the entire collection was available before the worldwide June 17 release ONLY at the Coach store in SoHo, NYC. We decided to make an event of the day and celebrate Kid Congeniality‘s birthday, too (more on that later).


The store is a Mickey Mouse lover’s dream come true. Inside and out is transformed with the adorable Mickey graphics that are embroidered onto many of the products. The store is two floors of Disney x Coach goodies. Upstairs has an open, fun feel with adorable graphics on the walls and windows. There is a huge Mickey face mural and a video wall that shows how all those cute Mickeys made it on to the bags! Downstairs, is smaller and more intimate. There are more pillows and two framed Mickey animation artworks.

 The pillows were seriously so squishy and fun! The kids loved them. 

The price point for the collection is slightly higher than regular coach products, but if you just want something small to be part of it all, there are key chains for $25 and bookmarks for $40. I’m already regretting not buying the adorable bangle with charms of Mickey’s pants and hands, but I had a budget and fell in love with the ear clutch.

If you are in NY, I really recommend seeing the store in person. It’s beautiful decorated, and the employees are very nice and accommodating. We easily spent an hour in there, while the kids were playing on the pillows and the employees never once made us feel unwelcome! It is definitely worth a trip.

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imageCordelia got dressed up for the occasion and Disneybounded as Minnie Mouse

Would you like a little more tea?

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CJ loves having tea. We have daily tea parties and drink Teavana white chocolate peppermint tea almost every day at lunch. Recently, she watched Alice in Wonderland and has been hooked ever since. I love anything Alice, so I jumped at the chance to bring her to one of my favorite spots in NYC, Alice’s Tea Cup.

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If you have never been to Alice’s Tea Cup, you must get there! There are three locations in NYC, but my favorite is Chapter II. There is an upstairs dining area with big beautiful windows that let in so much light and offer a pretty view. We went for breakfast and shared the Mad Morning Tea! It was definitely more than enough for us (one child and two adults) and it was delicious. The granola is magical .

My favorite part about Alice’s is the decor. It is a blend of Vintage Alice images with some of the Disney version mixed it. Everything twinkles and sparkles. The china is mismatched  and so perfectly Alice!

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The tables act like shadowboxes for the restaurant’s huge collection of Alice in Wonderland items

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Alice’s Tea Cup is perfect for brunch with the girls, breakfast with your kids, or drinks with your significant other. It is definitely a must visit for any Alice in Wonderland fans. The walls are decorated so beautifully and perfect for photos! Their tea list is huge and each day there are new scone flavors. I cannot say enough good things about this place. It is a pleasure to visit and the workers always make little ones feel special with fairy wings and pixie dust. There is almost always a deal on groupon or living social for the restaurant, so you really cannot go wrong!

Minnie Paints the Dots Birthday Party

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Earlier this month, we celebrated CJ’s 3rd birthday with a Minnie Mouse painting party. CJ loves  all things art (I may have influenced her just a bit) and the hilarious Mickey shorts cartoons, so combining this with Minnie Mouse seemed like such a natural fit.

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As with her other parties, it was really important to me to make as many of the decorations as possible, or at least buy handmade. My cousin made her invitations, while my co-worker made the mouse ear signage with her name that we put on the dessert table. My mom made the desserts, including most amazing 3 tiered cake – complete with Minnie ears and a bow. I made the tissue paper mouse heads and a few banners that we hung around the room. I also had a failed attempt at a “photo booth” wall.

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I would like to point out that this is only the 2nd fondant cake my mother has ever made! 

 

The most important handmade thing we purchased for the birthday was CJ’s Minnie Mouse outfit. The amazingly talented Little Gun Tank made her a gorgeous Minnie outfit complete with a retro daisy hat like Minnie wears in the cartoons. The outfit was 3 pieces – a black top, polka dot skirt with crinoline layers, and white pantaloons. It was perfect! CJ also wore a polka dot bow from Mina Loves Bows when she was running around with her cousins.

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cheater photo because she was running around so much!

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We set up a table with easels and canvases for everyone to paint. This was my favorite part of the whole party. I got the table easels so cheap at Jo-Ann’s with 50% off coupons.  The kids, and many adults, had a blast. So many beautiful artworks were created!!

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We also had temporary tattoos!!!

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I had such a fun time planning this party. I cannot wait to see what CJ is in to next year to start planning her fourth!

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Happy Mother’s Day

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Being a mother has been to most amazing and happy time of my life. CJ has taught me so much about myself and the world around me. I love seeing photos of new mother’s holding their children for the first time. There are so many wonderful firsts ahead of them. I love learning from other moms, moms with multiple children, moms that have been doing this “mom” thing for a while. There are so many different ways to raise your child, but as long as it is done with love and the best intentions, differences do not matter.

We all have days where we have no clue what we are doing, or if we are even going to get thru this. Days where we cry in the shower, or wish we had even a minute to shower. It’s all ok. I can guarantee that your child thinks you are the greatest mom in the world and that is all that matters. My best days have been ones where I don’t have time to shower and CJ tells me I’m “so pretty.” She makes me feel like a princess.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms, grandmothers, aunts, god mothers, and caregivers. Your love and devotion to your children will help shape the future of our world.

 

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