Thursday, May 21, 2015

7 Ways to Count Down to Disney | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

For Christmas last year, we decided to give our boys "experiences" rather than more "stuff."  JAG got to go to the SEC Basketball Tournament in Nashville.  C-man is going to be going to Star Wars Weekends this month.  Since we found out we were going to Star Wars Weekend, we have been counting down.  I think we've counted down in more ways than ever for this trip!  Here are just a few ways we've been counting down:

1) Our standard "Countdown Calendar" we created several years ago! We pull this out for each trip now and the boys LOVE it!

2) I found the Walt Disney World Vacation Countdown on the Disney Parks Blog right before Christmas last year.  I couldn't wait until we were 99 days out to start counting down!  They also have a Christmas version!

3) Each month I create a picture calendar for my boys showing what all we have going on for the month.  Once we were 4 months out, I could start using the images I found on the Disney Facebook page a few years ago to help countdown!  They include 4, 3, 2, and 1 month out, 3, 2, 1 week out and 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 sleep left and "I'm going to Walt Disney World Today!" I also use these images as my Facebook profile picture to help countdown! :)

4) One of my favorites is the Vacation Countdown for Disney World app for my phone.  It's always fun to open the app to see how many days, hours, minutes and seconds to our trip!

5) This year when C-man opened his WDW vacation, I had a construction paper chain with 154 links.  Each month from December- May was a different color.  We were able to see the months, based on color and days based on links  The last link of the chain is an old Magic Band!

6) A new countdown for this week has been writing on Disney themed napkins the number of days we have left and leaving it in C-mans lunchbox!  

7) Finally, our newest 10 day countdown is our Chewbacca friend!  At Christmas, we have a "Magic Elf" named Raleigh to help us count down to Christmas.  This year, Raleigh sent us a baby Chewie to help us countdown to Star Wars Weekends!


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Big Block Singsong Season 2 Album & Video Release | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

Big Block Singsong is an animated musical short that shows on Disney Junior between shows.  My boys love seeing the different characters created as Big Blocks.  Their favorite is the monkey! Each time the "Big Blocks" come on, my youngest will shout "Mamma, it's a big blocks!"  Needless to say, we are fans at our house, and we are so excited for season 2!  This second season debuted on Disney Junior on May 4th and the new album releases TODAY and the video will release on May 25th!  Here is more information:

Big Block Singsong Debuts Season 2 on Disney Junior on May 4th; 
Creators Celebrate with New Album and Video Releases on May 19th

Toronto, April 30, 2015 – The second season of 20 animated music video episodes from Big Block Singsong begins airing on Disney Junior US and the Disney Channel US on May 4th. To celebrate, new collections of the 49 episodes from Season 1 will also be available for download via iTunes and Google Play, and 25 more songs from Season 1 will be available as a digital album release on May 19th.

Big Block Singsong is created by Goddard/Brown for the CBC in Canada and also airs daily on Disney Junior and weekdays on Disney Channel in the US (as well as Disney Junior Australia, Japan and Spain, Nick Jr. UK and many other networks around the globe). All rights for the series are distributed internationally by Bejuba! Entertainment. Kaboom! Entertainment/Phase 4 Films (now housed under eOne Entertainment) debuted the “Big Block Singsong Volume 1” DVD and Digital Download last fall, and record label Razor & Tie, also released a digital album of “Greatest Hits.” The DVD just won a Kids First! Endorsement.

Fans around the world are responding in droves to this wryly funny animated musical phenomenon. Parents report that their kids “stop in their tracks” whenever Big Block Singsong episodes air on TV and post their themed birthday party images regularly on Facebook. Big Block Singsong YouTube views recently surpassed 22 million views. The Season 1 hit song “Princess” has remained top of the charts on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s Kids Place Live since March. Critics are raving too; Zooglobble calls these videos and songs “tons of fun” and “highly recommended.”

Big Block Singsong is the brainchild of Warren Brown (director and visual artist) and Adam Goddard (composer and recording artist). The Toronto-based creators collaborate closely as they create these “bright, in-your-face silly and catchy” (CoolMomPicks) songs and videos. Learn more about Big Block Singsong at

Big Block Singsong Video and Music Facts
  • Release Date: May 25, 2015
  • Video (available from eOne/Kaboom!)
  • Big Block Singsong Vol. 2 (25 episodes from Season 1) - released on iTunes US
  • Big Block Singsong Season 1 (49 episodes from Season 1) - released on Google Play US
Album (available from Razor & Tie)
  • Release Date: May 19, 2015
  • Big Block Singsong “Greatest Hits” Vol. 2 (25 songs from Season 1) - released on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Music worldwide
For more information and review links, please contact:
Beth Blenz-Clucas at Sugar Mountain PR (503) 293-9498,

About Goddard/Brown Inc.
Goddard/Brown is composer and recording artist Adam Goddard and director and visual artist Warren Brown. Together they produce music and animation, collaborating from development through to post-production resulting in highly entertaining, innovative and memorable work. The duo is behind the hit preschool series Big Block Singsong. Goddard/Brown is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Bejuba! Entertainment Inc.
Bejuba! Entertainment is a leading boutique executive production and distribution company which brings top quality children's and family entertainment to the global marketplace. The catalogue is filled with over 600 half hours of award-winning content. Bejuba! specializes in distribution, rights management, co-productions, financing (closing-gap financing) third-party acquisitions, licensing & merchandising. The company maintains a growing catalogue of award-winning children’s and family-oriented animated and live-action programs. Titles include Stella and Sam, The Hive, Big Block Singsong, Jar Dwellers, and Fuzzy Tales. Bejuba! Entertainment has offices in Canada and the

Monday, April 6, 2015

Pair of Frozen Glasses {Giveaway} | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

It's time for another giveaway! This time my friend Cindy has offered to host a giveaway of a pair of Frozen themed Mason jar glasses!  I love the colors of these jars which match perfectly with Anna and Elsa.  I also like that while these are themed to match Frozen, it doesn't scream Frozen.  The colors and font of the initial do let you know it's Frozen though!  I'm sure any little girl or Frozen fan would love these glasses.

In the Rafflecopter below, you have the chance to win your own pair of Frozen Mason jar glasses until April 13!  This contest is open to US residents and the glasses can not be shipped to PO Boxes.  The winner has 24 hours to respond after being notified before a new winner is picked. Good Luck!! 

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