Monday, July 28, 2014

In Flight Fun for the Kids ~ Disney Themed Word Search Books

In Flight Fun for the Kids is a series of posts focused on sharing great items to pack in your child's carry on bag when flying to Disney or any other vacation destination.  Today, I am sharing yet another great find from The Dollar Tree, as well as an update to a previous post in this series.

The Dollar Tree tends to be my number one source for some of our carry on items.  On our last trip to The Dollar Tree, we found a wide selection of Disney themed word search books.  Not only did they feature some of our favorite characters, but they were smaller than regular sized coloring books or notebooks.  They would easily fit into the kids' backpacks in the front pockets without weighing them down.

Unlike the Disney-themed Play Packs, featured earlier in this series, which include their own set of crayons, you would need to also pack your own crayons or writing utensils.  The good thing is, there is no shortage of Disney themed crayons at The Dollar Tree either!  From Disney Princesses to Cars to Disney Junior characters to Monsters University, you can find crayons to suit the likes of your child.  Though, after testing out all the ones you see in the photo, I do not recommend the confetti crayons.  They crumble as you use them because the colors were not melded well together (or at least that's my non-expert opinion on why they crumble).

Back to School with Olaf, Anna, Elsa and Friends for the Frozen Blog Hop

I am very excited to be participating in the Frozen Blog Hop! You will find many posts by many bloggers talking about Frozen crafts, parties, clothes and much, much more!  Make sure you check out all the great articles in the links below!

Growing up, I always loved going back to school shopping.  I wasn't necessarily excited about all the clothes buying, but I looked forward to picking out that perfect Trapper Keeper (does this give my age away?  Do they even still sell these?), cute and colorful folders, new pencils, fun lunchbox and of course, a new backpack! Now as a mom, I still LOVE shopping for these things for my own children.  And today, compared to when I was younger, there are so many options to choose from!

My children all love Disney's Frozen (I have yet to meet someone who doesn't!) and we have been in search of bringing as many "warm hugs" and Frozen fun to our back to school shopping excursions as we can.  Unfortunately, where we live EVERYTHING is sold out.  That's right, every store in my area is clean out of anything remotely related to Anna, Elsa, Olaf and friends.  Even travelling almost an hour away to go to the larger stores, we came home with just three things ... a Frozen backpack and two lunchboxes.  Add to it, it was the LAST of the backpacks and we purchased the last two Frozen lunchboxes.  Luckily, Hayley was fine with Emily having the backpack and they each have a lunchbox.  So needless to say most of what I am sharing today, I have found online and check back weekly at our local stores in hope that something, anything Frozen shows up!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Bats of Maharajah Jungle Trek for the Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia Blog Hop

The Maharajah Jungle Trek is one of my favorite parts of Disney's Animal Kingdom.  There is so much to see and learn. As a mom of a child who absolutely loves learning about animals, we particularly like that we can just stroll through this attraction and enjoy the sites at our own pace.  I was excited to find this fun bit of trivia for this week's Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia Blog Hop hosted by Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, My Dreams of Disney and Heidi's Head.

The bats in the Maharajah Jungle Trek are all trained to respond on cue.  A dog whistle signals to them that the doors are opening and they can go in. Critics said it couldn't be done, but Disney proved them wrong.

Who knew you could train bats?  It is no surprise to me that Disney succeeds at something they were told was impossible!

I found this little tidbit of trivia in the Walt Disney World Fun Facts app, which I downloaded from the Google Play Store. Unfortunately, it seems to no longer be available, but if I find the link, I will update this post to include it!

What is your favorite part of the Maharajah Jungle Trek?

Make sure you head over to
to all the trivia everyone shared.  Who knows, maybe you will learn something new today!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Christmas in July with Hallmark's Ornament Premiere

Our Disney Tree ... I can't wait to put it up
this year!  
Hallmark is host to their own ornament premiere every year in July.  This begins the availablility of certain Christmas ornaments.  July is the first premiere followed by another in October and then another in November.  We visit the Hallmark premiere every year to see which Disney and Star Wars ornaments are available.  Usually every year if you visit during the premiere, there are limited edition Star Wars and Disney ornaments, but this year, there actual are not.  We are looking forward to the release of Olaf (at the October premiere) and Elsa (at the November premiere).

If you have a Hallmark Store in your area, be sure to check out the new ornaments available today.  Here is the link to the Disney ornaments available at each of the premieres:

The Edna and Sleeping Beauty ornaments top my list of ones I would love to see make a "debut" on my Disney tree this year!  Of course, we will countdown to the release of the Olaf and Elsa ones too.  

If you love Star Wars as much as we do, you will not be disappointed with this year's selection.  Not only does the Cantina Band make a debut, so does a Yoda Peek Buster.  And as always, they have a Lego Boba Fett ornament, that I know Joey will be looking forward to getting.  The Yoda Peek Buster will not be available until October, but the rest are available begining at the ornament premiere in July.  You can see all those here: Star Wars Hallmark Ornaments for 2014

There are lots of great choices this year for all Disney fans.  I can't believe we are already talking about Christmas, but I will admit I love it!  I am almost tempted to break out our Magical Fireplace DVD ... ok, maybe not, but we are pretty excited!  

Which of these ornaments are you looking forward hanging on your Christmas tree this year?