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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.






Little Gun Tank

It’s no secret that I have an Instagram obsession. I’ve “met” so many wonderful moms and fellow Disney lovers on the app. Instagram started my vintage clothing obsession for CJ, too. I do a lot of shopping via Instagram and I enter every single contest that I can. I’ve won some pretty amazing things, but nothing ever can or will top winning CJ’s Halloween costume this year.

Late this past summer, I stumbled across a fairly new Instagram account, @littleguntank while looking at the explore page. The photo was of the cutest ever dress made out of a pair of vintage pink Princess Jasmine sheets, exactly like I had on my bed in my late teens/early twenties. I clicked on it immediately and scrolled thru all of the photos and fell in love. Across the world, in Australia, was another Up-obsessed, Disney fanatic, who made the most gorgeous children’s clothing out of fabric that reminded me of my childhood. I immediately contacted Lottie, the genius behind little gun tank, and asked to be put on the waiting list for one of her creations. She was so accommodating and made the ordering process so easy.

Little Gun Tank, named after a nickname Lottie had for two friends from school, is not her full-time job. This amazing woman, creates such quality clothing in her spare time when she is not working as an animator for children’s programming. Lottie is one of the lucky ones. She gets to get up every day and go to her dream job, then come home and immerse herself in Disney movies, her favorite being  Tarzan. Lottie’s pieces have a nostalgic feeling to them. She has always been obsessed with older styles, in particular clothing from the 1950s, and it shows in her work. She meshes this appreciation for vintage clothing with her love of Disney, which adds a whimsical and fun element to the pieces. Lottie knows how much Disney and the company’s characters mean to the fans. Knowing that some of these pieces will be worn in the parks or by children who love Disney means a lot to her; “getting to be part of that magic makes me incredibly happy.” Like many of us Disney fanatics, Lottie turns to Disney whenever she needs a pick-me-up. “If I’m ever having a rough go of it, or feeling blue, watching a Disney film or listening to the soundtracks can really turn my day around. It’s got a lot of happy memories attached to it.” She truly encompasses Disney Magic!


The attention to detail on this dress is incredible. Lottie indulged me with an embroidered collar. The bow on the back is already formed and sewed in place. It attaches to the back of the dress with velcro (GENIUS!).



Lottie is unlike any other seller I have ever come in contact with. Not only is she generous (donating items to multiple auctions for various causes), but she also gives so much back to her followers. Lottie is constantly holding giveaways on her page and offering chances to win (FOR FREE!) one of her gorgeous creations. Her prices are more than fair. The work that goes into them is unlike any I have ever seen. We were lucky enough to win CJ’s Timothy Q. Mouse Halloween Costume from @littleguntank and there are no words to describe this piece. As if the attention to detail on the dress was not enough, the hat Lottie made was absolutely perfect. It was really a piece of hand crafted art. CJ was so excited to wear her costume. She shouted to everyone we passed, “I’m Timothy Mouse.” It made her day. There is no way that we would have ever been able to afford such a high-quality costume and we are forever grateful to have won it.




If you would like a chance to win a costume, you are in luck! Little Gun Tank is holding another Costume Contest on her feed. Just head on over and look for the image of CJ as Timothy Q. Mouse, then clock on it for information on how to enter! Good Luck. If you stop by her page, Congratulate @littleguntank on hitting 2,000 followers on Instagram!



The one….the only…the fabulous

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Disney is developing a live action version of of the beloved 1941 film, Dumbo. Following the success of this year’s Maleficent , Disney is finding that rebooting their animated classics into live-action films is an excellent way to have an on-screen presence without coming up with an entirely new movie idea.

Disney has several upcoming reboots. Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella will hit screens in early 2015. The Jungle Book will follow. In addition, there’s also a script for Beauty and the Beast in the works. Dumbo has the power to be the most socially relevant film of them all. Bullying is at an all-time high with suicides, brutal attacks and other various hate crimes being the result. This live action version has the potential to speak out against bullying and make an impression on both children and adults. Poor Dumbo was mocked for being different. He was taken away from his mother and had no one to comfort him. Eventually, he found strength in himself and a friend to help him through everything. There is so much that can be done to make this story relatable to teens today. I cannot wait to see it.

2011-06-13-11-32-13-6-this-cute-baby-elephant-was-born-on-april-15-at-osMaybe this little guy can play Dumbo!