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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!


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.


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.

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.



Happy Birthday UP!

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Today is the sixth anniversary of the release of Pixar’s UP. It is no secret that this movie holds a special place in my heart. I relate very much to Carl and Ellie. In honor of one of the most beautiful films, here is today’s Friday Five. I hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with adventure.


1. 3D Wooden Puzzle- This puzzle is handmade and absolutely beautiful! Perfect for an UP themed birthday party or wedding, or for family game night. It comes in several different sizes, so you can definitely find one to suit your needs. This puzzle has so many great details, including the rolled up hose!


Available on Etsy from Birdswoodshack

2. “Carl’s New Adventure” Giclee – This gallery-wrapped Giclee is by the super talented Rob Kaz. This would look great on a gallery wall or a nursery. I love that this piece is long and not your standard size. It makes the house really look like it is flying.


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3. Adventure Is Out There Tank Top – I am usually not a fan of shirts that have writing on them (no logos either), but this tank top is an exception. It is a nice shape and looks like it could be a perfect summer staple.


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4. Grape Soda Cufflinks – Just like Carl always wore his Ellie badge, guys can wear their own grape soda pin  – and without putting a hole in their jacket! These adorable cufflinks are perfect for Father’s Day!


Available on Etsy from JegasCreations

5. Carl Cookie Cutter – This might be one of my favorite Etsy finds ever. I would eat Carl cookies all day if I had this. It is so fun and unexpected. There are also Dug and Russell cutters for sale. I wish I knew about these when I was planning CJ’s first birthday party!


Available on Etsy from TopCookieMore

Adventure Is Out There!

I finally got around to making CJ’s first year scrapbook and birthday photo book. I was very happy to cross another thing off of our Summer bucket list before Summer actually ended! While I was gathering all of the photos from CJ’s first birthday, I found some pics of the decorations, favors and keepsakes that I made for her party. I spent a lot of time crafting and making things that she might appreciate when she is older, such as the miniature suitcases and the map covered letters. My family helped out, too. There were over a dozen gingerbread houses painted and decorated to resemble Carl’s house. I also made Ellie badges (a.k.a. grape soda pins) but it was not a successful project. I used them as decoration because they seemed very dangerous and I did not want any of our guests to get hurt! My cousin created the wonderful Adventure Book invitations and the Pixar Up stamps just completed them perfectly! Here’s a look at some of the decorations.


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Friday Five: Almost Fathers for Almost Father’s Day

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Fathers day is this Sunday. As we get ready to honor all of the great Dads out there for their hard work in raising their little ankle biters, I have a question -what about the men who have stepped in where the real “Dad” has stepped out? I am talking about all the great step dads. Disney does not shy away from the fact that there are absentee fathers and I think the men who take their place deserve some recognition. To honor the men who step up to the plate when they were needed, here are my top 5  Disney Step Dads/Father Figures.

5. Merlin: The Sword in the Stone

Arthur is an orphan. His foster parents treat him like a slave (not to mention they call him Wart). Then along comes Merlin. He teaches Arthur valuable lessons, believes in him and prepares him for his destiny – being King. That’s what any good Father would do for his child.


4. Trusty & Jock: Lady and the Tramp

This one is a little bit of a stretch,but hear me out. From the beginning of the movie, Lady looks to Trusty and Jock for their advice and approval, just as most daughters would. Let’s not forget when she ran to them to show off her new collar. Trusty and Jock love Lady and look out for her – especially when it comes to  Tramp (the boyfriend). When she needs them they come through, just like a great Father would. So,Trusty and Jock, you may share a spot but you made the list.


3. James P. Sullivan (Sulley): Monster’s Inc.

Ok, so we really don’t know much about Boo’s real world life. Maybe her Dad is a fantastic father. Who knows, really? I do know that there is no doubt that Sulley loves this little girl like his own. He protects her throughout the whole movie. Risks his job and friendship to get her back home and then makes the ultimate sacrifice to protect her in the end by letting her door be destroyed. (Mike get’s honorable mention for staying along for the ride and glueing her door back together).



2. Carl Fredricksen: UP

Sure he is a bit of a curmudgeon at first, but the bristly old timer has been through a lot of heartbreak losing his wife and all. Into his life comes Russell. While Russell has a Dad, it is obvious the guy is a total dead beat. So,Carl steps up and turns into one of the best Father figures out there. He saves Russell’s life and I don’t just mean from Charles Muntz. He gives Russell the father/son relationship he craves.


1. Baloo: The Jungle Book

Was there any real question who number one would be? Ole Papa Bear, Baloo! Disney’s greatest step dad. Baloo is not the smartest animal in the jungle or the most responsible, but when everyone else was scared of Shere Khan, Baloo was willing to look after Mowgli so he could stay in the Jungle. He even fights Shere Khan with no regard for his own life. In the end he puts what he wants aside and does what is best for Mowgli, no matter how much it hurts. So to Baloo and all the others on the list I say a much deserved Happy Father’s Day. Enjoy your day of being King of the Jungle.


Thank you to my Hunny for writing this wonderful post. Happy Father’s Day to the best Papa Bear ever – TMT

Adventure Is Out There: Birthday Edition

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Today, our baby girl turns one. CJ is so loving, silly and smart. Everyday, we are in awe of how fearless and inquisitive she has become.

The movie, Up, holds a special place in our hearts, so it was only logical that her first birthday would be Up themed. There is so much to be done before the festivities on Saturday, but the little details are what makes the party!

We had a small photoshoot to celebrate her big day. I made the Adventure Book headband and we used props from hunny’s young Carl costume from Halloween 2012. CJ loves balloons and being the center of attention, so she was more than willing to pose for the camera.

We cannot wait to see where adventure takes her!