Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Frozen: The Songs {Review} {Giveaway} | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

I was sent a complimentary copy of Frozen: The Songs for review as part of Entertainment New Media Network. This giveaway is sponsored through the network by A Disney Mom's Thoughts with prizes provided by Walt Disney Records. The opinions here are my own. This post contains an affiliate link.

Even though we are a family with all boys, we love Frozen!  We can't get enough of it.  I recently downloaded the entire Frozen album to my iPhone when it was on sale at iTunes.  My youngest boys have burned it up on my phone!  When I was offered the opportunity to receive a copy of the CD to review, I jumped at the chance!  This way, we could listen to the CD in the car and my iPhone battery could be preserved.  

Monday, September 29, 2014

Couscous Salad from Morocco~ Virtual Food & Wine Festival

I am so excited to participate in this year's Virtual Food & Wine Festival hosted by Focused on the Magic.  I always look forward to times when I can work with some of my favorite Disney Bloggers! 
This year I made an unusual choice.  I went with the Couscous Salad from Morocco's Restaurant Marrakesh in Epcot.  Last time, I played it safe and chose to make my great grandmother's spaghetti sauce.  While it wasn't an official Epcot or Food & Wine recipe, it was an authentic Italian dish.  The reason this year's Couscous choice is unusual is because my visit to Morocco's Tangierine Cafe a few years ago was one of my least favorite meals in Walt Disney World!  

Friday, September 26, 2014

Walt Disney World Freebie Friday: Candy at Main Street Confectionery | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

While I have not experienced this personally, I have had several friends confirm this freebie truly is FREE!  While walking down Main Street USA in Magic Kingdom, stop by the Main Street Confectionery.  If the park is not too busy, you will possibly see a Cast Member with samples of cookies, candy, fudge, or cotton candy.  Sometimes after the fudge demonstration, they will give away samples as well.  Most likely after tasting these samples, guests can't resist buying! :)
image from Disney Mamas
Main Street Confectionery is located on the right corner past the statue of Minnie and Roy as you walk towards Cinderella Castle.  It's a DON'T miss on Main Street!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Disney Pixar Spot It! Words {Sponsored}

"Spot it! Words" is a new award winning game from Blue Orange Games.  This is an educational card game where 55 circular cards are covered with images from Pixar films along with corresponding words for beginning readers.  The object is to match picture to picture, picture to word or word to word.  Between any 2 cards, there is always one, and only one, match.  This fast paced game is great for developing word recognition, vocabulary and reading comprehension.  

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Magic Kingdom Attractions: Tom Sawyer Island

Tom Sawyer Island is located in Frontierland in the middle of the Rivers of America. It opened in Magic Kingdom in 1973.  You travel to the island on a log raft.  Once on the island, you'll find lots of trails and paths to follow leading you to Harper's Mill, Potter's Mill, Tom Sawyer Scavage Fort, Injun Joe's Cave, Fort Langhorn and more.  

Disney Wordless Wednesday: Seasons

My two favorite seasons at Walt Disney World: Halloween & Christmas!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Star Wars Rebels Products from Disney

Most of my friends and family know we are a tad Star Wars obsessed at the moment.  My five year old thinks Star Wars is the best thing EVER!  This year for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, we are all dressing up as 101 Dalmatians: Cruella Deville, Jasper Badun and a puppy... C-man refuses.  He's going to be Darth Maul.  Oh well!  At least he's going and dressing up!

These new Star Wars Rebels Products look amazing!  Even from a mom who knows very little about Star Wars!  Am I bad if I don't share this information with my son???

OVER THERE Words and Pictures by Steve Pilcher {Review}

Recently, I was asked to review the book Over There by Steve Pilcher which comes out today, September 23, 2014!  This book is a children's book written for ages 3-5 but great for all young readers of all ages to read.  It's a sweet story, complete with beautiful illustrations, about a small shrew named Shredder who loves his life and home, but feels there is something missing.  He heads out to search for something sparkly he sees in the distance.  While searching for the sparkling object he not only finds a friend, but courage.  

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Disney Wordless Wednesday: This is Really Good!

I miss seeing the Earful Tower from the Studio Backlot Tour.  I miss when the Studio Backlot Tour was worth doing...
This was really good!
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Interview with Josh Book: Supervisor of Sheriff Callie's Wild West Pilot Show

Last week, I shared with you information about the new App "Mr. Cupcake Has The Sprinkles."  This is an interactive storybook app for kids ages 2-8.  What drew me to this app was it's creators, Josh and Jennie Book.  Josh oversaw Computer Generated animation on the hit animated TV shows “Bubble Guppies” and “The Penguins of Madagascar”, and the pilot for Disney Junior’s “Sheriff Callie’s Wild West”.

Having ties to Disney peaked my interest, obviously!  Josh agreed to an interview about his work with Disney, Sheriff Callie and animation in general.  Welcome Josh, to A Disney Mom's Thoughts, and thank you for your time!
Josh Book from MightyYeti.com
How long have you been in animation? How did you get into this field?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Awesome #DisneyBabyGifts from Walmart {#spon}

Babies are the best!  Now that my youngest son is 2, I can honestly say I miss babies.   That doesn't mean I want more, but I do miss babies! :)  When I was pregnant with my boys, I was always looking at baby gear, clothes, toys and items.  My list of "must haves" was a mile long.  Each time I went to Walmart for groceries, I spent too much time ogling over the baby items- especially the Disney Baby items.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Mr. Cupcake Has the Sprinkles {Giveaway}

Mr. Cupcake Has the Sprinkles is an interactive storybook for kids ages 2-8 available through the Apple Store, Google Play and Kindle Fire.  It was released TODAY!  

This story is about Mr. Cupcake getting ready for Mr. Cookies birthday party.  He gets all his belongings and is ready to go... but hears a mysterious crunching noise.  Mr. Cupcake can't figure out what it is!  Can you help?  

This story was created by Jennie and Josh Book.  They own the animation studio, Mighty Yeti Studios.  Josh has worked on the Disney Jr. show Sheriff Callie's Wild West!  Check out their work and give them a like on Facebook or a follow on Twitter!  

If you'd like your own copy of Mr. Cupcake Has the Sprinkles, please fill out the rafflecopter form below.  One winner will be selected!  Good Luck!

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I was given a free copy of Mr. Cupcake Has the Sprinkles for helping promote the release.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Go Picnic Planes: Fire and Rescue Meals {Review & Giveaway} #spon

Our family was sent two GoPicnic ready-to-eat-meals a few weeks ago to review.  This was the first time I had heard of GoPicnic.  When I was originally contacted I had to look at their web site to see what it was all about.  What I came away with from looking at the web site was this was a healthy alternative to the pre packaged lunches found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store.  I was impressed when I saw they had meals for special diets: gluten free, vegan, kosher, all natural and non-GMO.  

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Best Way to End a Disney Vacation: Magical Blogorail Red

Welcome to those of you joining me from Frontierland Station and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail.

The best way to end a Disney vacation is to book the next one before you leave... but that's not realistic for my family!  Instead, we like to visit our favorite park, Magic Kingdom.  I always like to end in this park because 1) it's my favorite and 2) I want the last "memory" to be with Cinderella Castle.  There are several things we do on our last day in this park but I make sure we get lots of photographs (with my camera and PhotoPass photographers) and we make those last minute purchases on Main Street.  

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Minnie's Food Truck App {Review}

Recently, we were given the app "Minnie's Food Truck" to review. Even though I'm a mom to boys, we love Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and all the characters- even the girls! My 2 year old loves "Mimmie!"  He likes her more than Mickey, who he refers to as "Mimmik".  Below you will find our review followed by the information provided to us about the app.  Enjoy!