Frozen Gift Ideas for Boys

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Frozen gift ideas for boysFrozen Gift Ideas for Boys

Someone asked me recently if Disney’s Frozen was still ‘relevant’ among kids.  As a preschool teacher and mother of a 4 and 7 year old, I confidently confirmed indeed, Frozen remains quite relevant and popular among kiddos.  In fact, I can further share it’s not just for girls: little boys have also -ahem- caught Frozen fever.  So if you have a little boy in your life, consider these adorable Frozen gift ideas for boys.

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--Barbara

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Hey! Your Disney Side Is Showing!

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Recently, I was blessed with a great opportunity to host my very first Disney Side Party, courtesy of Mom Select.  For a variety of reasons, we kept it small.  Actually, with the threat of “winter weather” heading towards Atlanta, the party almost didn’t happen – but thankfully, the “winter weather” held out until we were done showing our Disney Side.  😉  The party girls consisted of girls ages 4-6, as well as my 3-year-old son.

We started off by decorating our princess party bags as our guests arrived.  The bags would later be filled with party goodies.  The girls (and my son) enjoyed using our Disney stamps, stickers, crayons and markers to make their bags uniquely their own.

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Then, we headed in to the den and played a few Disney-themed games.  Although there were “winners” with some games, no one seemed to be keeping track, and they all just had fun.  Here’s what we did: [Read more…]

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--Barbara

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Dollar Tree Disney Finds!

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Dollar Tree DisneyDisney.  For some parents, it seems to be a single word synonymous with “breaking-the-bank”.  But that is far from the truth.  You can indulge your Disney Side by various frugal means, including trying out the Dollar Store Disney.

Planning a Disney party for your little Princess or Superhero does not have to break your Mickey ears bank.  Check out these fun products you can find at the Dollar Tree.  That’s right they are all just $1 each!  Please note, items can vary at each Dollar Tree location.  But there are always Disney products in those aisles to choose from.  Here are some of the things you may find: [Read more…]

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--Barbara

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Frugal Disney Tips

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Frugal Disney Tips

There really is nothing better than indulging in a trip with your family to the happiest place on earth. According to my Timehop app, it was three years ago, my husband and I first took our then 2-year-old daughter to Disney, or “Mickey’s House” as she called it then.  We’ve been blessed to be able to make the trip each year since, and make it a frugal yet memorable experience each time.  But a trip to Disney doesn’t have to break the bank*, not by a long shot! Here are some of my favorite frugal Disney Tips:

1)  Bring your own food and drinks.  Disney World does it right – while you are welcome to treat yourself to a Mickey-shaped ice cream, or any other foods in their many dining areas, you are also welcome to bring your own food inside.  We usually bring a small to medium fabric cooler, place 2-4 frozen water bottles in it, along with sandwiches, frozen yogurt tubes, apple slices, grapes, and fruit veggie pouches for the kids.  We drink the water bottles as they thaw throughout the day, and it helps lighten our load as we go as well.  Also we bring along some non-cooler goods, like Goldfish, crackers, bananas, and granola bars – and we’re good to go!

Along those lines…..

2) Free water available!  Did you know, you can get free water at Disney parks?  Yep.  At any dining area where they sell fountain drinks, you can ask for a cup of water, and it won’t cost you a dime.  We found this to be great for re-filling the kids’ sippy cups throughout the day.
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3) If you wish to indulge in any purchases while on site, purchase Disney store gift cards at discounts ahead of time.  If you have a Target Redcard, you can get 5% off the purchase of a Disney gift card.  So, a $100 gift card will only cost you $95.  (Or less, think of all the gift card deals Target offers with select purchases, along with the extra 5¢ off with your shopping bag.  That all adds up, y’all!)  Other stores offer discounted gift cards as well – check Sams and Costco, as well as your drug stores for gift card deals.  The Disney gift cards are good at any park, as well as any Disney resort, and obviously the Disney stores – so you’d be surprised how quickly you spend “Disney money” – save where ever you can, y’all!

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4) Order a custom Disney map for FREE!  Yep, you can order a map of the Disney parks of your choice, absolutely free.  You can choose to have it sent to you via mail, or print it out for faster use.  With the custom maps, you can highlight the attractions of your choosing, which can expedite your traveling to and fro at the parks. This creates special keepsake maps of all 4 parks that highlight your favorite attractions and entertainment.  Also, you can get a FREE Disney Parks planning DVD. It’s a cute and easy (and FREE – did I mention it’s FREE) way to introduce your trip to your kids, and start planning what you want to do.Click the banner below to get your FREE custom Disney map and your FREE Disney Park planning DVD:

 



 

4) Get souvenirs ahead of time.  Dollar Tree almost always has little Disney trinkets that will make for great souvenirs for your Disney trip – and depending on what you find, your child can have them to use during the trip.  I also have found good luck in perusing the clearance racks at Walmart or Target for Disney shirts or tanks to wear for wearing to the parks.  (One year, my daughter was gifted a $3 Tinkerbell tank, and for all she knew, Tinkerbell herself delivered it to our hotel room that evening.)Dollar Tree Disney

5) Check for bundled deals for park tickets and room/board.  Two years ago, we found a Groupon for a resort (non-Disney) that hit the spot: two bedrooms, full kitchen, and a “living room”, all of which came in handy since my in-laws graciously joined us to take care of my then infant son while we took our daughter to Disney for the (long) day.  Last year, my in-laws (God bless them!) scored a deal through their local Mustang club, where we got to stay at a Disney resort for 2 nights, and got park admission after 5 pm for one day, as well as admission to some Mustang show dealy-thingy.  (Ok, not my cup of tea, but …)

Also, if you’re flying, make sure to find out how to save money on your flight.

Finally, a word of warning: when it comes to park tickets to Disney, be carefulIf it seems too good to be true, it probably is.  Be wary of individuals selling tickets via Craigslist or other “non-secure” outlets.  That guy holding park tickets on the side of the road may have legit tickets, or he may be selling one-day tickets that have already been used – you just don’t know.  And what a pity to spend money on tickets, only to have your dreams crushed once you reach the park, right?Frugal Disney Tips

Finally, a few general (bonus) tips for doing Disney:

* Bring comfortable walking shoes.  If my Jawbone Up 24 was any indication from our last trip, you will walk MILES and MILES in a single day.  Period.Frugal Disney Tips - Steps Taken
* Rider Switch Pass: if you’re with your kids, and some of the little ones are too little for a particular ride, have one adult go through the line and ride with the bigger kid – ask for a rider switch pass when you get in line, and another adult in your party may go through the fast pass line with the bigger child.  Pretty sweet, huh?  We did this with Space Mountain, and my daughter LOVED getting to do it twice – she “coached” me as we stood in the (quick) line, since she’d just ridden it with her daddy.Frugal-Disney-Tips_Rider-Switch-Pass

In full disclosure, my husband has family who work for the Disney parks, so we get to get in for free once a year.  See, y’all – it pays to stay in good graces with your kin folk!  😉

 

What are your favorite ways to save at Disney parks?  Answer below in the comments.  🙂

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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FREE Disney Custom Printed Map

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We *just* got back from our latest trip to Disney, and we are still holding on to a bit of magic and pixie dust.  We took advantage of a fantastic deal through my in-laws Mustang club, and enjoyed three nights at a Disney resort.  This means, we rode the Disney bus every day.  (Even though my 20 mo old son kept calling them “Mickey fire trucks” — but that’s a story for another day…)

What I wish we’d had on hand during our two days at Disney was this super-cool FREE Disney Custom Printed Map! How cool is this!? There were enough new attractions at the Magic Kingdom, and enough rides our four-year-old daughter was finally big enough to ride. However, even with the best of intentions, we still found ourselves fumbling around, trying to figure out our next move!  Click the banner below to get your FREE Disney Custom Printed Map:




Also, it’s not too late to grab the FREE Disney Parks DVD, to help plan your next vacation or to just dream! My daughter has enjoyed watching hers over and over again, reminiscing about her latest trip – and, um, offering up suggested new rides in the future. (Jasmine really needs her own ride, ya know? And Ariel should have three or four.)


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--Barbara

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Plan Your Next Adventure! **FREE Disney Parks Vacation Planning DVD**

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It’s back!  The Disney Parks Sign up to get your FREE Disney Parks Vacation Planning DVD.  It’s a super-cute way to show your kids (or you!) the many, many awesome ways to enjoy Disney.  And if not for planning purposes, it’s a great “dream” tool, too.  Just click on Mickey below to sign up now!

We are planning (another) trip in a few weeks, so we’re a little too late for this one (won’t stop me from ordering it!), but go ahead and sign up for yours, before it’s gone!

Y’all let me know when you get yours, or if you’ve enjoyed this one before.  :o)




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--Barbara

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{Disney Book Club} Wreck It Ralph Book for 99¢

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Get Disney’s Wreck It Ralph book
for just 99¢ when you join the Disney book club!

Are your kids big Disney fans? Are you looking for a way to satisfy their hunger for reading? Or are you simply looking for a way to get them interested in reading? Look no further: 

You’ll get 4 Disney books for just 99¢ each, plus a FREE Disney activity book. Titles include The Lion King, Toy Story, Wreck It Ralph, Brave, Cars, and Cinderella.  Build a library of Disney classics & Pixar hits, featuring high-quality, hard cover editions; and you’ll receive 3 new books each month. There is no purchase commitment; this is a risk free offer – you can cancel anytime. 100% satisfaction guarantee. A+ BBB Rating.

Note: This offer is a monthly book club. Disney book club customers will automatically be charged and sent additional books each month. To manage your account, call 1-800-353-3140 or login to your account online: https://www.earlymoments.com/Login/

Finally, also check out this fantastic offer for Dr. Seuss fans!

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--Barbara

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Start Planning Your Next Adventures by Disney Now!

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With spring break just around the corner, and summer just a few weeks thereafter, now is the perfect time to start planning your next adventure with Disney. We want to make another trip to the Magic Kingdom, and think our son will finally be old enough to enjoy it now, the way our daughter has for the last two years.

But perhaps we’ll venture outside the Magic Kindgom — Epcot? (Or “the big golf ball”, as my daughter calls it) Hollywood Studios? Animal Kingdom? Maybe you’ll venture even further — with Disney making its mark all over the world, countless possibilities await — and YOU can get started now. Click on the banner below to order your 2013 Disney itineraries today.


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–Barbara

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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Homemade "Pixie Dust"

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Rumor has it, when mixed with happy thoughts, this edible, homemade pixie dust will lift your right off the ground.  ;o)


Riding the coattails of our trip to Disney World last month, I decided to create homemade (and edible) “pixie dust” for my daughter. It’s an easy thing to add to applesauce, PBJs, sprinkle a little over a plate of fruit — you name it! The best part? Thanks to my friends at NurturMe, it’s got peas and sweet potatoes in it!!

Here’s what I did. I used 1 package of NurturMe peas and 1 package of NurturMe sweet potatoes, combined with about 2 tablespoons of cinnamon, and 1 small tablespoon of sugar.  Voila!  Edible Pixie Dust.  


(Note: you’ll need to stir it a little bit before sprinkling on, as it tends to settle after a while.)

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–Barbara
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We are headed to Orlando next week, for my daughter’s second trip to Disney. We had this last year, and it was a tremendous help! Get your FREE Disney Parks vacation planning DVD — even if you don’t have a trip planned soon, it’s a great little DVD to entertain your kids, introduce them to Disney, or help them plan a “wish list.” Click on the banner below to sign up for your free planning DVD now!



 

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–Barbara
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