Thursday, November 14, 2013

Win a $100 #Disney Gift Card from @TheDragynsLair and friends! #DearSantaLoveDragyn #Giveaway (Giveaway Closed)

I am excited to be participating in a great new giveaway with The Dragyn's Lair and friends!  I love this time of year as I start to search out the perfect gift for each of my friends and family.  What better way to kick off the shopping season than with a chance to win a $100 Disney Gift Card!

DragynAlly has been really good this year and she's sharing her wish list with the world in the "Dear Santa...Love Dragyn" holiday gift guide. Featuring over twenty giveaways from brands that are good for guys, dolls, adults and kids the Dragyn's Lair is coming at you with fun and exciting products for all ages! Products from the likes of Safari Ltd, May Designs, and Playmates Toys.

Starting today you can have the chance to win books toys and personalized gifts. There's even a resort stay at the Valley Forge Hotel and Casino. A fan of more "grown-up" fare? Then you can win a gift certificate to go towards a bottle from Plagido's Winery or a cool product from Curvy Bride NJ. From now until December 11th you can enter to win these great products and even a giftcard for $100!

DragynAlly wants to help you find the hottest, coolest, and sexiest gifts for the holidaze season in time to make your shopping list before Black Friday even rolls around. Now you'll know what to ask Santa for this year or have the perfect idea for a gift to make a special someone's wish come true! So come on over to the Dragyn's Lair to see all the fun!

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

In Flight Fun for the Kids ~ Disney Themed Antibacterial Hand Wipes

In Flight Fun for the Kids is a themed series of posts dedicated to packing a child's carry on to make the flight more fun (for the kids AND adults!).  My children each have their own Disney backpack as their carry on and get to pack it themselves.  We have found some fun things over the years to keep them busy on the flight, but also some practical things we can use to keep us from getting to thirsty, hungry or too messy.

Today I am sharing a fun find from our local Dollar Tree store - Disney themed antibacterials wipes.  These are not so exciting for the kids, but for me, having one pack in each of their carry ons makes sure that we can disinfect things before sitting and also wash our hands in case of any sticky snacks.  These little packs are the perfect size to fit in the mesh side pocket on each of their backpacks.  This means, I can grab them without having to zip and unzip someone's backpack.  Even better, because they were each a dollar, I purchased one for each child.  As a family of five, we do not all get to sit together on the plane. So no matter which child is with which adult, they have a pack of these close by.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop ~ Flying Out After An October Snowstorm Hits the Northeast

Focused on the Magic
Today I am joining in the fun of the Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop hosted by Deb at Focused on the Magic.  This week's theme is November Calendar Shot.  I decided for this month to choose some photos of the day we made it out of the snowstorm.  If you recall, in 2011, the Northeast had a "White Halloween" due to a rare fall snowstorm.  Well, it just so happened this storm hit on October 29th and overnight to the 30th, the day we were flying out.  As we stood at Joey's flag football game and the snow began to fall, we all made the decision that upon leaving the game, my dad would come pick all of us up, and we would head to Manchester to stay in the hotel next to the airport (we were due to fly out in the morning).  The ride down was NOT fun - it was snowing very hard, so we had little visibility, and the roads were quite slick!  All I kept thinking was we'd be lucky to make it to the airport hotel, never mind Walt Disney World.

Upon checking in, we settled in and crossed our fingers our flight would be able to fly out in the morning.  We all tucked ourselves in and at 2am, we heard a loud crashing sound and the power went out.  A tree branch just outside the hotel broke off and knocked out power.  From then on, I couldn't really sleep, afraid we would miss our flight.  But with a little Disney magic on our side, the power turned back on around 6am.  Though there was a lot of snow outside, we were able to make our way to the airport and even better .... our flight was on time.

So here we are one big happy (relieved) family waiting to board our plane to Walt Disney World!

The kids were watching the crews plow the runway!
The elements I used in this collage are from Capturing Magical Memories digital scrapbook kit Trip Report

Have you almost been stranded due to weather?  And to think, this was an October visit and we never thought weather would be a factor!  Disney magic was at work before we even left New Hampshire - there is no better way to start a vacation.

Head over to
and see what everyone shared as their November calendar shots.  Then, join in with your favorite Disney themed photo!

A Review for American Tourister's Colora Line of Luggage ~ We Will Definitely #PackMoreFun for Disney Now! #SP


I am so excited to have found my new favorite piece of luggage!  It is my lime green American Tourister bag from the Colora line.  This line of luggage will make anyone smile while packing, due to its bright cheerful colors.  As soon as my children saw it, they immediately thought it looked like the Toy Story Aliens, which led to a fun conversation about several characters who "match" our new suitcase.  Anytime we can find a little Disney in our day, it is a good day.  So, we could not be more excited that American Tourister is now the official luggage of Walt Disney World and Disneyland!  These are two companies we love and trust!



The actual bag that I own is the American Tourister Colora 20" Spinner in lime green.  The reason it is called a spinner is because of the dual spinner wheels, which means they rotate 360 degrees and make maneuvering through a busy airport (or my children's obstacle course of toys they set up for us to test out how easily it glides around things) a breeze!  With three little ones in tow, this is a wonderful feature to make our travel experience much easier.


Monday, November 4, 2013

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia ~ Toy Story Mania's Broken Plates

Today, I am joining in the fun of the Tiggerific Tuesday Blog Hop hosted by Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, My Dreams of Disney, Heidi's Head and Disney Babies Blog.  To randomly select my trivia fact, I used the Walt Disney World Fun Facts app.  Since my little Joey is home sick with me, I let him choose the category of trivia from the app, which he chose Disney's Hollywood Studios.

1 million virtual plates are broken each day in Toy Story Mania.


Show Me The Plates!  
Hayley absolutely LOVES this attraction!

Now that is a lot of plates!  Toy Story Mania is one of my children's favorite attractions in Disney's Hollywood Studios.  Rarely do we get to experience it more than once per trip, but either way, it is a full out family competition to see who gets the highest score!

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and see if you learn something new today!  
Don't forget you have all week to link up with your favorite Disney trivia!


Memory Keeping Monday with Capturing Magical Memories and Friends ~ Chef Mickey's

I am so excited that my friend, Mary of Capturing Magical Memories, has created an all new link up.  It is all about scrapbooking.  Since I am SO behind in my scrapbooks, I am hoping to start participating with at least one page per week.  This week I decided to share a quick page of our Chef Mickey pictures from our October 2011 vacation.

To create this page, everything I used was free.  I am just starting out with digiscrapping, so I have plenty of money invested in traditional scrapbooking materials and am not sure I won't to spend a whole lot just yet on this new adventure in scrapbooking ... but I am sure I will!  Currently, all the kits I have purchased are from Capturing Magical Memories because they have all the colors and elements that I would use for my layouts.  You can check out all the products in the Capturing Magical Memories Etsy store (worth every penny!).

Freebies (and only freebies) used to create this page:
For the title and the journaling, I simply used fonts within Photoshop Elements.


As you can probably tell, I am very new to this, so my layouts at this point are very simple.  Hopefully, I can start getting a  little more creative each week, as I work on more pages.  

Make sure you head over to 
and be inspired by those who have already shared and inspire everyone else by sharing one of your scrapbook layouts!  The link up is open until November 10th (a new one will begin on the 11th), so you have plenty of time to participate!