Monday, February 27, 2017

The Jungle Book Family Movie Night | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

Disney's The Jungle Book was released on October 18, 1967. My boys and I watched this movie last May as part of our 2016 Disney New Year's ResolutionWhile this was the first time my boys had seen the movie, they were already familiar with the story.  They loved the movie even more because we had read the book so much and the songs are on so many of our "Disney mixed CDs". The characters are fun and lovable and the songs are some of our favorites. "I wanna be like you-oo-oo"

This was a great movie for our family.  Since my parents visited Walt Disney World prior to this movie night, we had new friends, King Louie and Baloo, to watch with us! We enjoyed curling up on the couch with our new stuffed animals eating our movie snack which was trail mix.  
Jungle Trail Mix:Animal Crackers (jungle animals)
Green Twizzlers (vines)
Cheetos (tiger tails)
Pretzels (twigs)
Gummy Bears (Baloo)
M&Ms (for color)
Popcorn (for crunch)

There are more great Jungle Book ideas from my friends over at Adventures in Familyhood. You can also find crafts, games, snacks, and ideas at the Disney Movies site.  Have fun!!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Walt Disney World Freebie Friday: WATER | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

Most people are aware that bottled water at Walt Disney World or any theme park can be expensive.  Some people know that you can get FREE ice water at any counter service restaurant at Walt Disney World.  But did you know you can get FREE tap water that doesn't have the "Florida Water" sulfur taste too? 

Try getting water from a soda gun instead of a water fountain or soda fountain! You'll up your chances of finding a soda gun at a bar rather than a restaurant. :)

As Maui would say... "You're Welcome!"

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Sword in the Stone Family Movie Night | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

Disney's The Sword in the Stone was released on Christmas day 1963. Our family watched this movie last May as part of our 2016 Disney New Year's Resolution. While both of my boys have had the chance to try to pull the sword from the stone at Walt Disney World, this was their first time seeing the movie. It had been a long time since I had seen it, so I was seeing it through new eyes with my boys this time.
We had a blast with our snacks for this movie.  We used Reese's cups, marshmallows, mini M&Ms and a graham cracker with a bit of peanut butter as glue, to make our own Archimedes.  We also used plastic swords to stab snacks such as marshmallows and gummies.  A bowl of bugles snacks reminded us of Merlin's hat!
This is such a cute movie that is often forgotten. Wart quickly became a favorite character around our house and this story led into several conversations about the history of England and it's Kings. If you haven't seen this movie, or if it's been a while since you saw it last, I suggest you watch it! It's a great movie for the family!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

#JazzLovesDisney {Review} | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

This is a sponsored post from Disney Music and One2One Network. All opinions are my own.

I love a great Disney album. In fact that's about all we listen to in our car these days. Everyone in the family loves the music, knows the words, and the songs bring back such wonderful memories from past trips to Disney parks or movies we've seen. The album Jazz Loves Disney is no exception. From the moment I listened, I was in love. The songs are beautifully done and have an authentic jazzy feel to them.

Listening to Disney music goes back to my childhood. I remember watching Disney movies and singing along with my brothers as a child. I also remember watching The Wonderful World of Disney with my grandparents and parents and how excited I became when a familiar song was played. Hearing these Disney songs on Jazz Loves Disney brings back memories of my childhood, but in a more "adult" way!

My youngest boys, ages 4 and 7, liked hearing the familiar songs from Jazz Loves Disney, but didn't appreciate these as much because "they weren't right!" They like the original songs sung by the characters in the movies. I have a hard time getting them to truly enjoy anything that is different from the norm. But, they didn't ask me to change it either! 

My favorite songs on the album were definitely Everybody Wants to be a Cat from The Aristocats and He's a Tramp from Lady and the Tramp. I thought these sounded most like the original but with a great jazz sound. While I appreciated all the tracks, these stood out as my favorite. All the songs found on the album are:

1. Jamie Cullum – "Everybody Wants To Be A Cat" – from The Aristocats
2. Melody Gardot – "He’s A Tramp" – from Lady And The Tramp
3. Stacey Kent – "Bibbidi Bobbodo Boo" (French version) – from Cinderella
4. Gregory Porter – "When You Wish Upon A Star" – from Pinocchio
5. China Moses – "Why Don’t You Do Right" – from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
6. Raphaël Gualazzi – "I Wanna Be Like You" – from The Jungle Book
7. The Rob Mounsey Orchestra – "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes" – from Cinderella
8. Hugh Coltman – "You’ve Got A Friend In Me" – from Toy Story
9. Anne Sila – "Let It Go" – from Frozen
10. Melody Gardot & Raphaël Gualazzi – "The Bare Necessities" – from The Jungle Book
11. Laika – "Once Upon A Dream" – from Sleeping Beauty
12. Nikki Yanofsky -"Someday My Prince Will Come" – from Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs
13. The Hot Sardines – I Wanna Be Like You (French & English version) – from The Jungle Book (US release only)

If you love Jazz and Disney Music, this is a MUST buy album! You can find it on iTunes or Amazon starting November 18, 2016.

This is a sponsored post from Disney Music and One2One Network. All opinions are my own.