Make your own Mickey Mouse Ears!

I decided to try my hand at making homemade Mickey Ears. The idea started when I found some adorable Mickey and Minnie Halloween fabric on sale at JoAnn Fabric’s. It was an “I need this fabric, let me find something to do with it” purchase. This would also be a great project for some scraps of fabric you might be hoarding… ahem… saving. Not that I would EVER hoard fabric. haha.

I don’t consider myself very “crafty” and I put myself in a beginner level for most crafts but I love trying new projects. Take a look at my progress and please let me know what you think.

I started out with a half a yard of fabric, a headband, scissors, some cardboard from an up-cycled shipping box and a pencil. Not pictured I also used, one large and one smaller sized round jar lids from my kitchen, some thin foam, poly-fil, a sewing machine (or needle and thread) and a hot glue gun. In addition, I used a smooth working surface for even cutting and measuring.

I traced and cut out two circles using the lid to a jar I had in the kitchen. Then measured where I wanted my ears on the headband, and cut out the bottom parts of the circles that were hanging below the headband. It reminds me of a cookie that someone has taken a bite out… mmmm cookies.

This would be the template for cutting my fabric ears. I also did this a second time with cardboard and foam but used a smaller jar top. I placed the smaller cardboard and foam circles aside for later.

Next thing was cutting out my ears. I folded my fabric so the “not pretty side” was facing up and ironed it to make sure it was nice and smooth.

You can position your cardboard templates anywhere you’d like on the fabric. I wanted to make sure I got both Mickey and Minnie on my ears. I traced the cardboard and then cut out my little ears. Don’t worry about any pen marks, it won’t show on your finished ears.

Next I got my smaller cardboard circle and used hot glue to adhere some foam. This will go inside each ear to provide some support so your ears stand up.

 

I put one pin in the middle of my fabric to keep the fabric in place and sewed all around the edge leaving the “cookie bite” side open. Note: If you don’t have a sewing machine you can hand stitch, which works well too.… Read the rest

My top 5 places to eat at Disney without an ADR.

Eating around Disney World is one of my favorite activities. I love trying new places and of course, frequenting my favorites.

From time to time I find myself on last minute Disney trips or occasionally changing plans and, without an ADR (advance dining reservation). Since I’ve become somewhat of a “by the seat of my pants” planner recently, I found some places that have been hidden gems. I’ve been able to make reservations within a few hours or even walked in on some occasions. That being said, I do recommend grabbing the reservation if you see it on your My Disney Experience App.

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First up is my favorite last minute character breakfast to snag is the Cape May Cafe at Disney’s Beach Club resort. Why I love this: It’s a bit more laid back than the popular Chef Mickey’s or 1900 Park Fare. The buffet has much of the usual offerings, breakfast meats, scrambled eggs, Mickey waffles, fresh fruit etc. Some all time favorites like Minnie, Goofy and Donald are looking extra adorable in their beach wear. After breakfast you can simply walk over to Epcot or Hollywood Studios to start your day.

If you are looking for a breakfast buffet with more unique food options my second recommendation is Boma– Flavors of Africa in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Not only is Animal Kingdom Lodge simple breathtaking in the morning, but breakfast at Boma is always something I can reserve with little advanced notice. Don’t skip out on the French Toast Bread Pudding, Fresh Fruit, Hand carved Ham and the POG juice (passion, orange and guava)! After breakfast you can view the animals before heading to your next plan for the day.

I don’t usually have a sit down lunch because much of the prices and menus are the same for both lunch and dinner. I’d prefer to enjoy a nice long dinner but on occasion when I don’t want to brave the quick service crowds, I head to 50s Prime time cafe. The 1950s theming is amazing and the food is sure to please everyone. Get the “Sampling of Mom’s Favorites”, if you can’t make up your mind. You’ll enjoy the friendly antics of the servers. Whatever you do, keep your elbows off the table!

Dinner is by far the best meal, in my opinion. For a fine dining last minute ADR, Narcoosee’s is top notch. Not only is the food delicious and elegant, the atmosphere and views from the restaurant are incredible.… Read the rest

Disney for a day… with my toddler.

I recently went to visit my family in Louisiana. Hubby couldn’t come because vacay time was low. This meant I was going to fly solo with my “lap infant”. I use the term lap infant loosely because the child is currently wearing size 3T. Anything to save money, am I right?

I mentioned my trip home to my friend, Brittney (she is also from Louisiana) and it just happened that her trip crossed with mine. Brittney lives in Orlando and is always full of great idea. She said “I can drive y’all back to Orlando because I know flights are cheaper….and you can go to Disney for a day”. Disney for a day, in 100 degree scorching heat, with my toddler? Sounds extra magical, sign me up.

The car ride from Louisiana to Orlando is roughly 12 hours and much to my surprise Max was super chill the entire time. He napped, colored and watch all the PBS shows he loves. I sat next to him because he was not happy sitting alone. Other than that, the car ride was uneventful. That evening, we arrived at our Disney hotel around 9 pm and checked in for our 2 night stay.

The next day, the plan was to have breakfast at The Polynesian, go to Magic Kingdom, and dinner somewhere quick.

Getting on a Disney bus along with a toddler is an event. Baby wearing Max allowed me to survive the bus ride. You’d think I can control him and hold his tiny hand but… NOPE. When Max wants to get free, he turns into baby Hercules and wriggles his way out.

In addition to baby wearing Max, I also had the diaper backpack and the stroller. So, there I was wearing Max, carrying a backpack and a stroller and people are staring at me like I’m the stand by queue for Flight of Passage.

After our transportation fiasco, we went over to the Polynesian for tonga toast. Tonga toast is bread stuffed with bananas, fried and then covered in cinnamon sugar. You can find this at Capt. Cooks as well as Kona Cafe.

Inside Capt. Cooks, It was super crowded.This was a little stressful for me. Navigating the stroller by myself was tricky and I felt like I was in everyone’s way.

The only table inside Capt. Cooks is all the way in the back. I bumped into everything trying to push a stroller and hold my food.… Read the rest

Early Morning Toy Story Land Experience

Did you miss getting a FastPass the Disney’s newest rides? Are you a morning person? If so, this new experience might be for you!

On select Monday’s and Wednesday’s at Hollywood Studios you can meet Buzz, Woody and Jessie. You’ll also be able to ride Slinky dog, Alien Swirling Saucers and Toy Story Mania! The cost is $79 for adults and $69 for children ages 3-9.

The early morning event is open from 7:30-8:45 am. A continental style breakfast buffet is also included and available from 8:30-10:00 am. The park will open at 9 am for everyone else, so make sure to ride everything before going for food.

In addition to the price of this experience, please note you must also have theme park admission. If traveling from a Disney Resort, Disney recommends to allow up to 1.5 hours for transportation. I would recommend taking an uber or lyft.

This event appears to be offered through December. You can also find out more info here or call Disney at 407-827-7350.

What are your thoughts? Is the cost worth the benefit? Have you been yet? Leave me a comment below!

 

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I ran a marathon at Disney!

Hello friends! Are you considering signing up for the Walt Disney World Marathon? I’d like to tell you about my experience and why I love RunDisney events.

After I completed the Princess Half Marathon, I definitely wanted to sign up for another RunDisney event. I decided on The Walt Disney World Half Marathon. This is usually held around the second week of January. Only one thing went wrong… it was sold out!!

If you read my previous post about my first RunDisney race, you’ll know my friend Brittney enables my running habit. I called Brittney and she convinced me I could finish a marathon. I bit the bullet, and signed up for the full marathon.

So, I’m signed up. Now what? I followed Jeff Galloway’s half marathon training plan, so I figured he could get me through a full as well. Thus, I began the journey of increasing my miles from 13.1 to 26.2. I trained for about 7 months and it went by very quick. Due to life kinda getting in the way, the longest run I was able to do was 18 miles.

A few things I remember about increasing my miles:

Completing your goal makes you feel really great about what you can accomplish, AKA “runners’ high”.
You get to set a lot of personal records.
Much to my dismay, you don’t get a medal for running more than 13 miles in your neighborhood. haha!
Other runners are kind and encouraging.
Long distance running is very time consuming. My long runs would be on my only day off. I spent half my day running, recovering and soaking my feet.

Before I knew it, Marathon Weekend was here in a flash and it was time to check into my Disney resort.

Pro tip: If you know you are going to sign up for a RunDisney event, book your hotel as soon as you can.

Although January after New Years crowds start thinning out, It tends to be a bit busier at Disney World during the January Marathon Weekend. Because of this, I had a hard time getting a 4 night consecutive stay. I had one night at Pop Century and then 3 nights at Caribbean Beach. At Caribbean Beach I had 1 night in a pirate room and 2 nights in a standard room.

I don’t mind hotel hopping and frequently hotel hop by choice. Disney will even move your bags to your new hotel if you call bell services.… Read the rest