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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

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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!!

Surrounded by talent!!

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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Friday Five: The Most Romantic Disney Couples

Valentine’s Day is almost here and I cannot think of a better way to celebrate than by watching a romantic movie with the one you love. So, today’s Friday Five celebrates the most romantic Disney couples.

1. Carl and Ellie – in 8 minutes, Pixar tells us one of the most beautiful love stories ever. Carl and Ellie meet as kids, bond over their love of adventure, fall in love, get married and make a life together. Their dreams of a family are shattered, but their love never fails them. Even after Ellie’s death, Carl still looks to make her happy and make her dreams come true.

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This couple set the bar pretty high in the love/romance department

2. Wall-E and Eve – Wall-E is a hopeless romantic who makes everyone he comes in contact with happy. He is sweet, innocent and longs to hold Eve’s hand. Finding Eve makes Wall-E realize he is not always going to be alone, and deep down that is something we all worry about. When Eve sees the recording of all the things Wall-E did for her while she was “asleep,” she realizes how much she cares for him.

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All he wants is to hold her hand

3: Aladdin and Jasmine – When Princess Jasmine runs away from her palace and gets in trouble at the marketplace, Aladdin comes to her rescue. Before he even knows she is the princess, he has fallen in love with her. Jasmine is in awe is of his simple lifestyle and freedom. They both long for a life different from their own. The two fall for each other from the start and even finish each other’s sentences.

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4. Rapunzel and Flynn – My heart melts every time I watch Tangled and Flynn finally falls for Rapunzel. The way he looks at Rapunzel is the way every girl dreams someone will look at her! Flynn gives Rapunzel the courage to follow her dream and Rapunzel shows Flynn that there is a lot more to life than money. When he tells her “you were my new dream,” I sob.

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ugh the way he looks at her!

5. George and Meg – the first time I watched Paperman, I cried. Truth is, I cried the second and third times as well. George falls in love with Meg at first sight and in just six minutes we watch him risk his job to get the attention of the beautiful stranger he saw on the train platform.

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You never know where you will find the love of your life 

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

A Little More Pumpkin King


 Halloween is my favorite day of the year. You get to pretend to be someone else for the day and you get to be rewarded with candy for it. It always appealed to me the most. However, I understand the dilemma Jack Skellington feels when he realizes that Christmas is an equally amazing time. For some reason, during the holidays, people seem a little nicer, smile a little more and think of those less fortunate. The colors, lights and decorations are all spectacular. In our house, once we decorate for Halloween, I know that the rest of the year will be filled with fun and celebrations.

CJ is already a big fan of Jack Skellington. She knows who he is. She can say “Jack” and she even points him out among her toys, our vinylmations,  daddy’s tattoos and mommy’s bracelet. Her appreciation for Jack was a big inspiration in my Fall pumpkin decorating and will continue into our Christmas decorations. Before we transition completely into Christmas, I wanted to post our pumpkins and show off CJ’s adorable dress made by the talented Maria of Lyla Bloom. When I saw this dress on her instagram, I knew I had to purchase it. I am so glad I did. It works perfectly with heavy layers, but I know once the warmer weather makes its way back, she will still be able to wear it.

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CJ was very excited to “help” paint the pumpkins and really liked to look at them, so they stayed on display in her play area so she could enjoy them every day.

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Oogie Boogie was by far my favorite pumpkin. We used Martha Stewart green glow-in-the-dark paint. It didn’t really glow well, but the green was so different and very bright, so I was not really disappointed by the lack of glowing. I used acrylic and poster paints on the pumpkins. The acrylics held up much better. After a week, the poster paint cracked off and had to be reapplied. Lesson learned for next year!

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I might be biased, but this is just the cutest photo ever

Friday Five: Disney World Vacation Highlights

After 9 awesome days in Disney World , we came home Tuesday a little sad that it ended, but filled with some great memories. Here are the top five highlights from our trip.

1: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party – MNSSHP is by far my favorite thing to do at Disney. If you can schedule your vacation around one of the nights of this annual fall event, do it. It is so much fun. Disney goes all out for Halloween. Gorgeous decorations are put up throughout the park and on party nights there are extra special touches, like Halloween themed balloons (Jack Skellington), characters in costumes and special character appearances. Meeting Jack Skellington and Sally was awesome. My husband and I dressed up like young Carl and Ellie and CJ was Kevin ( I told you we were Up obsessed). We got to trick or treat around the park and we saw so many cool costumes. MNSSHP is a ticketed event. It is approximately $60 to attend the event, but it is well worth it.

 

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2: Dapper Day – Although not run by Disney, Dapper Day is a fashionable event that takes place twice a year at three Disney Parks – Disneyland, Disney World and Paris. Dapper Day aims to get people to dress in their fashionable best and head out to the parks in style. There were so many gorgeous outfits and hairstyles in Hollywood Studios that day. I had as much fun being dressed up as watching all of the stylish participants. We Disneybounded as Wall-E, Eve and the stars. It was a fun way to incorporate some Disney into our Dapper Day outfits.

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3: Memory Maker – At $149, The Memory Maker  was the best money we spent the entire trip. We have hundreds of photos from our vacation that were taken by the talented photo pass photographers. Even with having my own camera, I would have never been able to capture all of the moments without the memory maker. I was able to be in the photos and we now have the digital copies of them to use anyway we want. The money is well worth it for the peace of mind and ease of not having to take my own camera.

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4: Puerto Rico Marketplace Booth at Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival – Everything at Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival was delicious. I love the idea of bite size food. You can have a little bit of everything without overdoing it.  The Carne guisada con arroz blanco (Slow-braised beef with Puerto Rican-grown rice) was my absolute favorite. The portion was generous and the flavors were fantastic. I will think about this meal for a long time. Hopefully, the Disney Dining blog will post a recipe!

 

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5: Baby’s First Haircut – CJ doesn’t have a lot of hair. Up until a few weeks ago, I would consider her to be close to bald.  This has been extremely upsetting to me. I am not a huge fan of those giant baby headbands. Small ones are fine, but I long to put her hair in pigtails. She did have this fabulous mullet, though. Bald on top, long in the back. Ever since I was pregnant, I knew her first haircut would be in Disney. There was no hair to work with the first two times we visited with her, but this time we had something! I loved everything about the Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street. They clearly cater to kids. CJ got the first haircut package, which included personalized Mickey ears, a first haircut certificate and a sample of her hair with some confetti to take home. Her hairdresser, Diane, was a lot of fun and made CJ feel comfortable, which made us feel great. Harmony Barber Shop is small – three chairs for haircuts and a small corner to wait, but it is a great experience. Harmony doesn’t only cater to kids. CJ’s Uncle Chris got his haircut that day, too!

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Happy Birthday Alice

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Today marks the 63rd anniversary of the release of Alice in Wonderland. The Disney film was based on Lewis Carrols’ Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with some aspects of Through the Looking-Glass. Walt wanted to turn the book into a film from the time he was 21 and his version is one of 20 adaptations of the story. 220px-Alice_in_Wonderland_(1951_film)_poster
I love Alice. Most days I feel quite like Alice- nothing makes sense and I feel like I have landed in another world. It is not always the best feeling, but you embrace it and start to love the nonsense. Plus, as Alice, there are 364 unbirthdays during the year, which is plenty to celebrate! May your dad be filled with nonsense and unbirthday celebrations!
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CJ excited to celebrate her first Halloween as Alice in Wonderland

Just Like: Minnie Mouse

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Let’s face it, Disney Princesses might be fun and fashionable, but the original Disney fashion icon is Minnie Mouse. Equal parts sassy and sophisticated, Minnie’s look is classic and instantly recognizable. Any time I see red with white polka dots, I instantly think Minnie Mouse.
I think the buyers at Modcloth are huge Minnie Mouse fans. When you type in “red polka dot” in their search field, dozens of adorable Minnie Mouse – worthy pieces come up – many of which are perfect for Dapper Day! Modcloth is one of my favorite sites. Their pieces have a retro feeling and they are incredibly cute and affordable. Here are my favorite pieces to help you be just like Minnie Mouse.

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Musee Matisse Skirt $34.99

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Humbly Haute Dress $189.99

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Professor of Pop Flat $39.99

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Rouge That Girl? Skirt  $19.99

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Taking on Tulsa Dress $54.99

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Hepcat Dress $49.99

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Night Classics Sneaker $49.99

“I don’t think there is ever a wrong time for a polka dot.” – Marc Jacobs