Monday, September 21, 2015

All About Disney's Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

Last fall, our family took the best Walt Disney World vacation ever!  We were able to do so much in just a week.  Even with this being my 20th trip, I was still able to do new things each day.  One of the new things we tried was the Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage.  (Warning! This post has lots of pictures!)

This voyage requires a separate ticket outside of your park admission and it's located at the Convention Center in Disney's Contemporary Resort.  We made our reservations for the voyage 180 days out, just like our dining reservations. While the price is high, if you can swing it, I would!  We had so much fun!  As of 9/20/15, the cost is $41 for children and $69 for adults.  For a family of 4, this will cost over $220.  Steep? Yes, but well worth it! 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

Ahoy! I can't believe it's already time for this day again! What fun t' encourage your sprogs t' talk like a Pirate all day long! In honor o' National Talk Like A Pirate Day, I'm directin' you t' me bucko Donna Kay! I did a post for her a while ago on t' perfect pirate day for your sprogs at Walt Disney World! I included Pirates o' t' Caribbean, T' Pirate's League, t' Pirate and Pals Fireworks Voyage, and A Pirate's Adventure. What fun t' dress like a Pirate, act like a Pirate and Talk Like a Pirate in Adventureland!

What's your favorite Piratey thin' t' do at Walt Disney World?

PS You too can translate your English t' Pirate Talk on this web site: Talk Like A Pirate!

The Healthy Tailgate, #Auburn Style | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

With fall comes many of my favorite things: Halloween, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, Food & Wine Festival at Epcot, cooler temperatures, Thanksgiving, and my favorite~ College Football and Tailgating!  Specifically, tailgating in Auburn, Alabama on the campus of Auburn University, my alma matter. 
I love a good tailgate.  I actually prefer it to the game itself... except I miss the pre game stuff inside the stadium when I'm tailgating- the cheerleaders, Aubie the mascot, the AU Band, and the flight of the Eagle.  I LOVE pregame almost as much as I love tailgating. Tailgating is the perfect time to catch up with family and friends who all share the same love of Auburn plus we get to watch Game Day on TV surrounded by our favorite foods!

Friday, September 11, 2015

#LunchBoxMaster with Ocean Spray {Sponsored} | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

I received free products in order to participate in a program sponsored by Ocean Spray. 

Can you believe everyone is back in school?  "Summer" is officially over and fall is right around the corner.  It's time to put away the sunscreen, swimsuits, and beach bags and swap it out for hand sanitizer, backpacks, and lunchboxes!  
Craisin products- perfect snacks for lunchboxes or after school
When school started last month, that meant packing lunches again. My son might buy lunch from the lunchroom 2 times a month.  All the other days we are packing a lunchbox struggling to keep it creative, healthy, and interesting.  While I'd love to be a "Bento Box" mom making fun, themed, creative lunches each day, I just don't have the time or energy!  However, I do have a few tips of my own for packing lunches.
  • Pack the non refrigerated items the night before and put them in the lunchbox.  Prepare and place refrigerated items in the fridge so they are ready to go in the morning.
  • If your kids are old enough, let them help make and pack the lunch.
  • Keep all of your lunchbox making supplies in one place: zip top bags, cookie cutters, napkins, straws, plastic ware, plastic containers, etc.
  • Purchase freezable ice packs with your favorite characters on them to help keep lunch cool.  Or freeze small water bottles to keep lunch cool.  When the ice melts, it can be their drink.
  • Try to have the following items in each lunch you pack:
    • Carbohydrates such as bread, crackers, or a pita.
    • Dairy food such as yogurt, cheese or milk.
    • Protein such as lean meat, peanut butter or hardboiled eggs.
    • Crunchy vegetables such as carrots, edamame, celery or cucumbers.
    • Fruit such as apples, berries, grapes, citrus, or cranberries!
    • Consider packing Ocean Spray Fruit Clusters, Milk Chocolate Craisins or Greek Yogurt Craisins as a healthy, sweet treat in lunchboxes!
  • You can always visit Ocean Spray to find tips, recipes and nutritious offerings that will help you become a professional when it comes to packing a lunch.
Ladybugs on a Log
Are you looking for that perfect back-to-school snack? Try Ocean Spray® Craisins® Dried Cranberries. As the official fruit snack of Walt Disney World® Parks and Disneyland® Resorts, they’re a tasty, healthy snack that the whole family will love!  "Ladybugs on a Log" is one of our favorite after school snacks.  The crunch of the celery along with the sweetness of the Craisins mixed with peanut butter is perfect!
great snacks to carry into Disney parks
Ocean Spray products are perfect for taking into Disney parks too! Pack a soft sided lunchbox with your favorite snacks and tuck it in your backpack.  Some items we like are Craisins, granola bars, Milk Chocolate Craisins, Craisins Fruit Clusters, turkey sticks, trail mix and fruit snacks.  We also like to save money by packing lunch as well.  We bring our own bread for each person stored in a plastic sandwich container, a cup of Jif to go and packets of squeeze jelly. When we are ready for lunch, we make our sandwich on the spot and don't have to worry about eating a soggy sandwich or one with jelly seeping through the bread!  It works every time. 
Now you are ready to pack your lunch with your favorite Ocean Spray products!  If you're lucky enough to be packing a lunch to take to Walt Disney World in the next few months, make sure you head to Epcot because the bog is back! Be sure to check out Ocean Spray's cranberry bog display at the Epcot® International Food and Wine Festival September 25 - November 16.

Share your best lunchbox tips & tricks using the hashtag, "#LunchboxMaster" on Twitter! You’ll be entered to win an Ocean Spray® Ultimate Master Lunchbox Set. Contest ends September 18th. Visit for inspiration to help you master the lunchbox!

I received free products in order to participate in a program sponsored by Ocean Spray.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

How To Be A Disney Princess from Costume Super Center

Disney Princess

The Blog Manager from Costume Super Center sent me a link to their new infographic on "How To Be A Disney Princess." This graphic is filled with encouraging messages and colorful content for moms to share with their daughters, and little girls to share with their friends and sisters.  It's times like this when I wish I had a daughter!  While the princess stuff at Disney is everywhere you turn, I wouldn't trade my pirate loving, star wars crazy boys for anything!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Disney's Teen Beach 2 Listening Party | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

I received a free Teen Beach 2 Party Pack to host a Listening Party in return for a review on my blog. 
There is no better way to end the "Best Summer Ever" than by having a Teen Beach 2 listening party!  When this movie was released on June 26 on The Disney Chanel, we were so excited! We enjoyed the first movie from 2013 and anxiously awaited Teen Beach 2.
When we were asked to host our own Teen Beach 2 Listening party after the movie released we were thrilled!  My 6 year old immediately started making out the list of who we would invite. Then life happened.  Delivery delays, vacations, surgeries, and more kept us from hosting our party in a timely manner.  But, we were finally able to have the party on August 30. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Car's Birthday Party Invitation | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

We are so excited about our Car's/ Lightning McQueen Birthday party this weekend!  Big E is finally three and can no longer get into Walt Disney World for free. :( That's the sad part of turning three!

We used the My Memories Suite program to create our invitations. Be sure to use the code STMMMS33078 for a discount! The font used on the invitation is "Magneto Bold." The image of Lightning McQueen was part of a scrapbook paper pack from Twenty9Designs.

We can't wait for our party this weekend!  More to come...