Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Disney Wordless Wednesday: Disney in the Details


#Snapfish {Review & Giveaway} #spon

I've always wanted to be a scrapbooker.  I tried the "old fashioned" way of cutting boarders and adding embellishments years ago and quickly learned I didn't have time for that.  More recently I downloaded software to create digital scrapbook pages.  I've used it some for photos and collages to use on my blog, but I haven't ever printed any.  Then I realized Snapfish had themed books with backgrounds, embellishments and various layouts!  This was my kind of "scrapbooking!"

Creating a Snapfish photo book to show off my Disney vacation photos was easy and fun! Snapfish photo books start at $29.99 for an 8x11 premium photo hardcover book with up to 20 pages at no cost- plus they offer free shipping!  My first task was to upload all my photos to Snapfish and choose which ones I wanted to use for my album.
Once my photos were selected, I was able to choose the size and color of the book.  
The next part was my favorite! I got to choose the theme of my book. I chose "Mickey Mouse Fun" that has 21 different backgrounds.  There were several other Disney themes, but this one fit my personality best!
The most time consuming part was personalizing the book from the covers to the individual pages.  I could choose the page layout- how many photos were to be displayed on each page, the background to use and embellishments to add.  Once the page was set the way I wanted it, I could drag and drop photos into the photo spots.   


In step 5, "Review", I was able to see just how each page of my book would look once it was printed.  This was fun! I enjoyed seeing all our memories laid out on the pages of this book.  Once I was satisfied with my book, I added it to my cart, paid and waited for it to be delivered to my house! 

When I had ordered my book, the email said it could take up to 5 days to create and an additional 5 days to ship.  I was fully prepared for it to take well over a week.  When my book was completed and sitting on my doorstep in just 6 days, I was thrilled! 
The memories saved in this book were from our Walt Disney World trip 3 years ago when C-man was 2 years and 8 months old.  When he and I looked at our finished book together once it arrived, he said, "When did Big E go to Disney World?"  He thought the photos of him were of his little brother!  Once I reminded him that it was him in those photos, he started bringing back old memories from that trip.  It was fun to reminisce together. 

Now, it's my pleaser to offer TWO of my readers Snapfish credits to create your own photo books!  Before you enter, visit Snapfish and see which Disney theme is your favorite!  While you are there, join the free Snapfish Superfan Consumer Program. Enter between August 27 and September 1 for your chance to win one of two Snapfish Photo books! Two winners will win a code to create your own photo books at Snapfish.

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Disclaimer: I received free coupon code from Snapfish for review purposes for this promotion. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Star Wars Tie Fighter Cookies at Home

We finally took the time to make some Star Wars Tie Fighter cookies!  I saw this idea on Pinterest when we were planning our Star Wars party last January.  At the time, I couldn't find the 100 Calorie Oreo cookies, so we didn't make them.  A few weeks ago, I was able to find these cookies so I got the other supplies as well and we got to work!

First, I have no idea what a Tie Fighter is.  I don't know if they are good or bad.  I don't know which movie they were in and I don't know what they do.  I do know they make fun "cookies" my son could make!
You need 100 Calorie Oreo cookies, mini marshmallows and icing.  I used the icing in the tube to make it easier for my son.  If you have a jar/ tub of icing, that will work too.
Squirt or spread a small dab of icing on center of both of the Oreo cookies.  
Place your marshmallow on one side of the Oreo using the icing dab as "glue."
Put the other Oreo on top of the marshmallow and press.

You're done!  Easy as pie or Tie (Fighter cookies)! ;)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Dumbo Birthday Invitation

My youngest son, Big E, will turn 2 in a few weeks.  Two?  Really?  So to celebrate, we will be having a Dumbo themed party at our house.   I have found lots of ideas on Pinterest for decorations, invitations, cakes, clothes, and food, but can't find a lot of ideas for games and activities for 2 year olds!

So far, we are planning on lots of large bouncy balls from the bins at Wal Mart, our swing set in the back yard, a toddler size bouncy house, tunnels to crawl through, sidewalk chalk and lots of bubbles.  In case of rain, we'll stay inside with Dumbo playing on the TV and let them act like fools! :)

What suggestions do you have for 2 year olds to do at a Dumbo themed birthday party?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Disney LeSportsac Bags #MonstersInc

image from Disney Consumer Products
LeSportsac has some awesome bags that are perfect for day to day activities, travel, school and visiting Disney parks!  I have spent quite some time on their web site and have fallen in love with so many designs!  I love the Minnie Mouse pattern and the it's a small world design.  Maybe if I play my cards right, someone in my house will get me one before our next trip!  With our trip coinciding with Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, the new Disney∙Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. line would be perfect!
image from Disney Consumer Products
You can choose from a fashionable line of totes, satchels, cosmetic bags and backpacks inspired by the movie.  You can find them at Le Sportsac stores and LeSportsac.com.  The artwork on this 14 piece collection is from Harley Jessup, the production designer for Pixar films including Monsters, Inc., Ratatoulle, Presto and Cars 2.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Disney Pixar Vinylmation Villains Available Now {Press Release}

Last month Disney revealed a wickedly awesome set of new Vinylmation developed exclusively by Disney Store – Pixar Villains – and now they are finally available!

Each blind-boxed package contains one of eight different designs in this series. You won't know which one you've got until you open the box!


Figures in this series include: Syndrome - The Incredibles (Artist: Enrique Pita), Mordu - Brave (Enrique Pita), Thumper - A Bug's Life (Marvin Lao), Charles Muntz - Up (Gerald Mendez), Darla - Finding Nemo (Gerald Mendez), Waternoose - Monsters, Inc. (Marvin Lao), Dean Hardscrabble -Monsters University - with neck extension (Enrique Pita), plus a Mystery Figure.
Retailing for $12.95 each, the Pixar Villains Vinylmation will be available in store* and online at DisneyStore.com.
With a mysterious 8th character to complete the series, the Vinylmation Villains 5 is a must-have for Disney·Pixar fans and Vinylmation collectors everywhere!

*Check your local store for availability.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Lots To Do In Line: Walt Disney World {Review}

Recently, I was sent the book Lots to do in Line Walt Disney World by Meredith Lyn Pierce for review.  Being a mom to three boys and planning for our fall trip, this book is going to be a MUST!  This book provides families, with or without kids, entertainment while waiting in line for favorite attractions.  There are chapters for all four Walt Disney World parks that include games, quizzes and questions for most of the rides and attractions in each park.