Sunday, November 1, 2015

Del Monte Fruit & Veggie Fusions {Review} | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

When school started in August, I was asked to review the new Del Monte Fruit & Veggie Fusions.  However, when my sample arrived, the box had apparently been on a rough ride!  My samples were busted and the cardboard box was full of peach juice and squished peaches.  I was sad that I couldn't try this new snack! Del Monte Fruit & Veggie Fusions is a blend of fruit in a lightly sweetened vegetable and fruit juice that equals one combined serving of fruit and vegetables in each cup (contains 1 serving (1/2 cup) that is 75% fruit and 25% vegetables, per USDA Nutrient Data). 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

"Wish Now" Theme from "Star Darlings" | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

I love having boys.  I couldn't imagine anything else.  However, there are times I wish I had a daughter.  It's times like this.  Earlier this month, Walt Disney Records released the single "Wish Now," the theme from original property "Star Darlings." This series delivers a great message for young girls!  The lyrics to the song "Wish Now" were co-written by Shana Muldoon Zappa and Ahmet Zappa.  This is the first digital single form the original property "Star Darlings."  A second track will be released in January and will be followed by a 5-song EP in Spring 2016. 

Friday, October 30, 2015

#WeLoveDisney Album {Review} #O2O | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

I participated in the We Love Disney album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.
I am so excited about the October 30th release of this album! "We Love Disney" is a compilation album from Walt Disney Records and Verve Records where 12 different pop, rock, R&B, and country artists sing popular Disney songs. These are the songs on the album:
  • NE-YO “Friend Like Me” (Aladdin) 
  • Jessie J “Part of Your World “(The Little Mermaid) 
  • Jason Derulo “Can You Feel the Love Tonight / Nants’ Ingonyama” (The Lion King) 
  • Gwen Stefani “The Rainbow Connection” (The Muppet Movie) 
  • Ariana Grande “Zero To Hero” (Hercules) 
  • Jhen√© Aiko “In a World of My Own/Very Good Advice” (Alice in Wonderland) 
  • Fall Out Boy “I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)” (The Jungle Book) 
  • Tori Kelly “Colors of the Wind” (Pocahontas) 
  • Kacey Musgraves “A Spoonful of Sugar” (Mary Poppins) 
  • Charles Perry “Ev’rybody Wants To Be a Cat” (The Aristocats) 
  • Jessie Ware “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” (Cinderella) 
  • Lucy Hale & Rascal Flatts “Let It Go” (Frozen) 
  • Various Artists “It’s a Small World” 
Bonus tracks on Deluxe CD, Vinyl, and Picture Disc:
  • Brenna Whitaker “It’s Not Easy Being Green” (The Muppet Show) 
  • Yuna “A Whole New World” (Aladdin) 
ALL of these songs were amazing. Each artist made the song their own in their own style, but still stayed true to the Disney version. That's what I love. The vocals are amazing and the music is spot on. As I listened to this album, I found myself singing along to almost all of the songs, even the songs that aren't necessarily my favorite or from a favorite movie. They are catchy, fresh and entertaining. I know this will be one CD my family will be listening to on repeat for a while!
My favorite songs were "The Rainbow Connection" by Gwen Stefani and "I Wan'na Be Like You" by Fall Out Boy. I think it's because of the style of music these artists do on their own. I loved the style and sound these artists took when recording. But, my absolute favorite on the album was "It's a Small World." There's just something about this song! Hearing all the voices singing together and the connection to Walt Disney and The Sherman Brothers. It's a classic. It is Disney!

You can buy this album on I-Tunes ( or Amazon ( You can follow on social media as well: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

We Love Disney will be released in several ways: a digital album, a standard CD, a Deluxe CD, on Deluxe Vinyl, and as a picture-disc set. On the Deluxe versions you'll receive two bonus tracks:
  • Brenna Whitaker (“It’s Not Easy Being Green” from The Muppet Show) 
  • Yuna (“A Whole New World” from Aladdin).
We Love Disney will also be available as a Collector’s Edition Box Set, which includes:
  • the digital deluxe album 
  • limited-edition double vinyl, 
  • standard-edition double vinyl 
  • limited-edition CD 
  • standard-edition CD 
  • limited-edition double-picture disc 
  • four numbered lithographs 
  • a DVD of “The Magic Behind We Love Disney” 
  • a limited-edition T-shirt featuring a one-time only design 
  • an exclusive tote bag 
  • and a Certificate of Authenticity
Which song are you most looking forward to hearing?  I'd love to hear in the comments!

I participated in the We Love Disney album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Best Disney Quotes | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

Recently I was asked to share my favorite Disney quotes with Attraction Tickets Direct.  Two of the quotes I shared were:

When I look at you, I can feel it.  I look at you, and I'm home. ~ Dory
Love is putting someone else's needs before yours. ~ Olaf 
 I'm excited to direct you to their web site so you can read why these are two of my favorite quotes!  And check out the other quotes while you're there!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Italian Chocolate and Hazelnut Cake | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

Every fall, my friend Deb from Focused on the Magic hosts a Virtual Food & Wine Festival.  This year, she is unable to host, but I'm still participating!  I love the idea of sharing recipes from around the world.  Several years ago I shared my great grandmother's spaghetti sauce recipe from Italy.  This year, I found a great recipe from the 2004 Epcot Food & Wine Festival on All Ears.  It's a flourless chocolate & hazelnut cake recipe from Piemonte, Italy!

Flourless Chocolate & Hazelnut Cake
Yield: 6 servings

7 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, melted
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter
1/2 cup finely chopped hazelnuts
5 eggs
1/4 cup cocoa

1. Preheat oven to 220F and butter a 9-inch round cake pan.
2. Melt the chocolate and butter together and stir in the hazelnuts.
3. In a large bowl, beat the sugar and eggs together until fluffy. Fold chocolate and butter mixture into the eggs and blend just until all the ingredients are well-blended.
4. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for approximately 40 minutes or until the center is firm to the touch.
5. Allow to cool at room temperature and then refrigerate overnight.
6. To serve, unmold the cake and sprinkle the top with cocoa.
This cake was delicious!  It reminded me of a brownie because of it's density.  It was not a typical cake texture.  It's very filling and rich.  It's a must for any chocoholic, like myself! :)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Style Evolution of Minnie Mouse | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

Recently, I was sent an infographic of the Style Evolution of Minnie Mouse created for  I thought this was very interesting and hope you do too!  Just like our own fashions, many times you see trends and styles come and go!

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