Don’t Let Motion Sickness Ruin Your Disney Day – Top Tips for Avoiding Nausea

Simulators, long drops, upside-down loops, spinning, bobbing on water, 3-D, bumps and jiggles. Does all that twirl make you…well, hurl? Any one of these motions (or all of the above) might make you dizzy or sick to your stomach. If you’re prone to motion sickness just the smallest movements might result in vertigo, migraine headache or vomiting. Certainly not what you want to experience on your magical day at Disney! As a longtime motion sickness sufferer I’ve come up with my list of top tips for avoiding motion sickness at Disney.

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Roller Coasters Make You Queasy? Check out these Top Tips to Avoid Motion Sickness at Disneyland

Attractions to Be Aware Of

Have issues with the following movements? Consider these rides & attractions:

Spinning you dizzy in a circle – Astro Orbitor, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Flik’s Flyers, Francis’ Ladybug Boogie, Golden Zephyr, King Arthur Carrousel, King Triton’s Carousel, Mad Tea Party, Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, Silly Symphony Swings, Grizzly River Run

Hurky-jerky stops  – Autopia, Indiana Jones Adventure, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Tuck & Roll’s Drive ‘Em Buggies

3-D glasses required – Star Tours, Toy Story Midway Mania, It’s Tough to Be a Bug!

Up and down, up and down – Jumpin’ Jellyfish, Soarin’ Over California

Tummy tickling drops & dips -Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, California Screamin’, Gadget’s Go Coaster, Goofy’s Sky School, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!

Roller Coasters Make You Queasy? Check out these Top Tips to Avoid Motion Sickness at Disneyland

Photo Credit: Jeff Holz


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Compensate with These Tricks

If you really want to ride, try all of these tricks to compensate and help to avoid that nauseated feeling.

  • Do not ride backwards if you can prevent it. Find a seat that faces forward on the Monorail and Mark Twain River Boat. Even the buses and trams coming to and from the parking lot have backwards and sideways facing seats, so always choose the option that faces forward.
  • Keep fresh air on your face. Though the Finding Nemo Subs have tiny fans in front of the windows, the still air, close-quarters and water-motion in this ride might make you lightheaded. Consider bringing in your own battery-operated fan to keep the cool air on your face.
Roller Coasters Make You Queasy? Check out these Top Tips to Avoid Motion Sickness at Disneyland

Inside the tiny confines of the Finding Nemo Submarines

  • Avoid reading. Put down the map or guide book! Reading while riding is a sure bet to bring on nausea. Keep your head up and look outwards.
  • Adjust your gaze and focus on the horizon. I find that if I’m looking at something inside the ride (like focusing on my son’s face on the carrousel, for example) then the blur of anything outside of the ride catches in my peripheral vision, making me dizzy. If I look outward when I’m riding on Dumbo, for instance, and focus on the Matterhorn in the distance then I’m less likely to feel nauseous.

Roller Coasters Make You Queasy? Check out these Top Tips to Avoid Motion Sickness at Disneyland

Medicate

I like scopolamine (Transderm-Scop) which is a patch worn behind the ear. It slowly delivers medication over the course of three days. I’ve found it’s the only motion sickness medication that doesn’t make me drowsy and that fully works for my symptoms. The last time I used the patch was on my trip to Europe. I was able to travel by plane, bus, van and bicycle without any nausea and fully enjoyed my vacation!

Always “test” out medications before your trip to see how the dosage affects you. Keep caution that some medications can cause extreme drowsiness. The last time I took Dramamine was on a fishing trip. I was so sleepy that while my family was fishing, I was asleep on the bottom of the row boat!

Roller Coasters Make You Queasy? Check out these Top Tips to Avoid Motion Sickness at Disneyland

The Transderm-Scop patch lets me ride the coasters without nausea…yes!

Pressure Points

According to a study in Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, those who performed acupressure on their wrists reported reduced motion sickness. Use your thumb to press your inner arm three finger widths (about two inches) down from your wrist crease. Hold for a few minutes, until symptoms subside. Some swear by SeaBands, which are wrist bands with small buttons that rest on pressure points on the wrist. I haven’t tried them to know for sure but it’s worth a try!


Watch What You Eat and Drink

Foods with strong odors, heavy, spicy, or fatty foods may worsen symptoms in some people. Unfortunately that is a large part of Park food so choose lighter fare when you can and considering bringing in your own snacks. If you’re an adult, you should also avoid alcohol.

 

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Talk Yourself Out of It

Positive self-talk has been shown to aid in preventing motion sickness symptoms. Repeat to yourself, “I will not get sick” or “I will feel fine on this ride”. Breathe deeply (without hyperventilating) and aim to relax. Take breaks as needed before or after high-movement rides to self-affirm.

Visit First Aid

Okay, so you tried it all and you still feel sick to your stomach? Visit First Aid inside the Parks and the nurses here can help.


Worried about motion sickness at Disney? Check out these top tips for avoiding nausea on your Disney vacation.

Here’s to a happy and healthy visit! What are your feel-good tips for avoiding nausea? Share below in the comments.

 

 

 

Vivid Editions Disney-inspired Art and Posters – GIVEAWAY!

GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED…SEE BELOW FOR WINNER

Walking through the gates of Disneyland and into the tunnels, goosebumps cover my arms each time. Passing under this plaque, guests walk past posters that promote the Parks most popular attractions.

As shown in the movie Saving Mr. Banks, the posters used to line the fence in front of the floral Mickey (see this post from the Disney Parks Blog). And for as long as I can remember the posters have been there inside the tunnel as you “Leave Today and Enter the World of Yesterday, Tomorrow and Fantasy”.

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I have always admired the posters and wanted some of my own, so I was delighted to find these gorgeous, high-quality prints on Etsy by Vivid Editions. Now I can hang them in my own home and add a bit of Disney charm!

  

Alex at Vivid Editions was kind enough to send me four prints. Two of them I framed for my #DisneySide @HomeCelebration party decor. The other two I gifted to my party guests as prizes. My brother has a slight obsession with the Disneyland Railroad so he might get that poster as a gift very soon!

 

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In addition to the vintage-looking Disneyland posters, Vivid Editions also has these gorgeous digital watercolor images in their Etsy shop. They are so sophisticated yet whimsical. I love the spirited movement implied on each colorful print!

   

Stop over at the Vivid Editions shop and find out how you can buy two & get one free, plus receive free standard USPS shipping! If you’re like me, you’re going to have a challenging time narrowing down the choices!


 

Would you like to win your own poster from Vivid Editions

They are offering my readers the chance to win their choice of one poster, any size, from their Etsy shop!

**ENTER THE GIVEAWAY**  GIVEWAY IS CLOSED – Congratulations to our winner, Leigh Ann B!

Open to USA & Canada only; prize will be shipped directly from Vivid Editions.


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Must-Do Disneyland- Perfect Itinerary for First Timers

As a first time Disneyland visitor, you’ll want to get the best feel of what makes the Park “tick” and where its heartbeat lies. These recommended attractions are classic Disney and will completely immerse you in the magic! For anyone visiting Disneyland for the very first time, this is what I’d call the definitive list of “must-do Disneyland” attractions. After you’ve experienced these things, everything else is just gravy!

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Must-Do Disneyland List of Attractions

You’ve never been to Disneyland before? Here’s my must-do Disneyland attractions for a first time visitor. These items will give you a great feel of the park and allow room for plenty of magic. It’s not everything of course because you’d need a lifetime to experience it all but these are the essentials that are do-able for a visitor’s first Disneyland day!

What are the must-do Disneyland attractions for first time visitors? See my one-day itinerary of must-do Disney in California!

Photo Credit: Jeff Holz

Start Your Day on Main Street U.S.A

When you enter Disneyland Park you’ll pass through the tunnels (there’s one on each side of the entrance) and be deposited into the hub. Follow Main Street U.S.A towards Sleeping Beauty Castle and the various Lands will branch out from here.

If you arrive at “rope drop” before the Park actually opens (which you should!), you’ll be able to enter Main Street U.S.A. and visit some of the shops.

Disneyland Railroad

Hop aboard on Main Street U.S.A. and take the grand circle tour around the Park, a total of 1.2 miles. Not to be missed is Primeval World, a large diorama that takes you back to the prehistoric times and features dinosaurs and volcanoes!

What are the must-do Disneyland attractions for first time visitors? See my one-day itinerary of must-do Disney in California!


Save Money on Your Disney Vacation!

Purchase discount Disneyland and Walt Disney World tickets and vacation packages from my affiliate Get Away Today.

Use the Promo Code REWRITTEN and receive an extra $10 off any 2-night or longer Southern California package. (Hotel and 2 ticket minimum purchase to qualify for the discount).


Main Street Vehicles

No thrill rides here, just a good ol’ fashioned ride down Main Street U.S.A. to get you in the mood of the Park . Hop aboard a horse-drawn car, jitney, fire engine or omnibus. Our travels have always included a chat with the drivers, who are knowledgeable about Disneyland facts.

What are the must-do Disneyland attractions for first time visitors? See my one-day itinerary of must-do Disney in California!

The Mad Hatter

It’s the place to find a hat for every occasion! What better way to show your #DisneySide than with a pair of Mouse Ears that reflects your personality? We bought my son’s Pluto hat here which he’s continued to wear on nearly ever Disneyland trip for the past 6 years.

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Silhouette Studio

Get into the vintage Victorian vibe by having the artists hand cut your silhouette out of paper for the perfect souvenir. I have my silhouette from when I was about four years old, curly ponytail and all!

Carnation Cafe

Serving up classic American comfort food, this is where Walt used to eat. In fact they still serve his favorite chili. We sat outside on the patio and ate dinner here one evening and it was relaxing and sweet under the striped umbrellas.


Plaza Inn

Walk by during lunch or dinner and it will be hard to resist the urge to go in and order yourself a big plate of fried chicken! Perfectly crispy, this is a large dish that we share. The ornate Victorian designs inside, especially the beautiful stained-glass ceiling are best appreciated in the daytime. Breakfast is also served here, as the fun buffet, Minnie & Friends – Breakfast in the Park.

What are the must-do Disneyland attractions for first time visitors? See my one-day itinerary of must-do Disney in California!

Fantasyland

Head straight across the drawbridge and into the most whimsical Land in the entire Park! There’s a lot packed into this small area but these are the 6 essential attractions.

What are the must-do Disneyland attractions for first time visitors? See my one-day itinerary of must-do Disney in California!

This lovely statue is just in front of the entrance to the Sleeping Beauty Castle walk-through at Disneyland

Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough

The story behind the iconic castle comes to life with three-dimensional displays. The attraction is beautiful done but it’s awesome enough on its own just to be inside the actual castle!

Peter Pan’s Flight

Arguably the best Disneyland dark ride, this attraction recently received a facelift for Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration. All the beautiful details remain, like flying over a miniature London and tiny Neverland with twinkling lights above and below.

What are the must-do Disneyland attractions for first time visitors? See my one-day itinerary of must-do Disney in California!

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

If an elephant can fly, then what can YOU do? Music played on an authentic fairground organ built in 1915 accompanies your flight! Little ones direct the flight with a knob that makes Dumbo rise and dip in the air.

Mad Tea Party

Go ahead, spin it if you dare! Though motion sickness prevents me from ever stepping foot in a teacup again, this is still one my favorite areas in the entire Park. From the festive lanterns hanging over head to the bright colors and patterns of the twirling teacups, this is one bright spot in Disneyland that can’t be missed!

What are the must-do Disneyland attractions for first time visitors? See my one-day itinerary of must-do Disney in California!

Photo credit: Jeff Holz

Storybook Land Canal Boats

At times overlooked because of the gentle, slow pace this tour of fairy tale lands has always been one of my favorites. Your guided boat with glide past the Seven Dwarves cottage, the royal city of Agrabah from Aladdin, King Triton’s underwater oasis from The Little Mermaid and newly added, the land of Arendelle from Frozen.

What are the must-do Disneyland attractions for first time visitors? See my one-day itinerary of must-do Disney in California!

The castle from Cinderella (look closely and you’ll see the pumpkin carriage on the path!)

“it’s a small world”

If pressured to choose a favorite attraction, I’d have to say that this one is it. It’s happy and colorful and carries a message that simply uplifts your heart. Curmudgeons give this one a bad rap because, well the song by the Sherman brothers is slightly catchy. I love the addition of classic Disney characters throughout the attraction, they are fun to spot throughout.

What are the must-do Disneyland attractions for first time visitors? See my one-day itinerary of must-do Disney in California!

“it’s a small world” is a must at Disneyland (be sure to watch the clock for the show!)

Tomorrowland

Disneyland Monorail

Get the aerial lay-of-the-Land and take the 2.5 mile Monorail route. Jump on in Tomorrowland, pass through Disney’s California Adventure and hop off and on at Downtown Disney, if you wish (you’ll need a valid ticket to get back inside the Park!)

Space Mountain

The fastest coaster in Disneyland Park and it’s also completely indoors and in almost total darkness! Lots of sharp twists and turns, this one will make you feel like you’re riding a rocket through the stars.

Autopia

Though you’re only driving about 7 miles per hour, you’ll feel the freedom of the open road! This attraction dates back to opening day in 1955, before there was a center guide rail keeping your car on the road. I love the little bridges, lush landscaping and “off road” section. Being tall enough to drive your own Autopia vehicle is a rite of passage!

What are the must-do Disneyland attractions for first time visitors? See my one-day itinerary of must-do Disney in California!

Frontierland

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

When this first opened, my parents literally dragged my brother and I to get on the ride! We were scared of what looked like a runaway train. Of course, we’ve come to love the “Wildest Ride in the Wilderness” and new additions to the attraction make it better than ever. It’s my favorite Disneyland Mountain!

What are the must-do Disneyland attractions for first time visitors? See my one-day itinerary of must-do Disney in California!

Mark Twain Riverboat

The tour will take you around the Rivers of America. Coast past Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer’s Island where you can spot frontier fun along the way. The ride features a narration by an actor reading as the author Mark Twain, whom this paddle wheel steam engine riverboat is named after.

What are the must-do Disneyland attractions for first time visitors? See my one-day itinerary of must-do Disney in California!

Golden Horseshoe

Order up a sundae with the works and enjoy a silly show in what is one of the original buildings from 1955. I still miss Billy Hill & the Hillbillies, who headlined here for years but the Laughing Stock Co. gang will give you a giggle. It’s a nice place to take an ice cream break. Sit back and imagine when Walt Disney himself was sitting in the upper right reserved box.

What are the must-do Disneyland attractions for first time visitors? See my one-day itinerary of must-do Disney in California!

Lunch and a show at Disneyland’s The Golden Horseshoe (they have huge sundaes, too!)

Adventureland

The Enchanted Tiki Room

Let’s all sing like the birdies sing! 200+ Audio-animatronics perform before your eyes in this tropical paradise. The show is lively, the music is charming and you may find yourself singing along (go ahead, everyone else will be singing too!). And you can have Dole Whips inside from the Tiki Juice Bar…enough said! Psst…there’s also a hidden bathroom here if you need to go (and it’s never busy!)

What are the must-do Disneyland attractions for first time visitors? See my one-day itinerary of must-do Disney in California!

Jungle Cruise

Another 1955 original, this one evolved over the years from a serious African jungle tour into a slightly silly romp through the rain forest, complete with jokes from the skippers. Each skipper puts their own spin on the tour along with incorporating classic gags from year’s past.

New Orleans Square

French Market Restaurant

The New Orleans Square feeling is alive here! After choosing your meal in the buffet line, take a seat outside to enjoy the Dixieland Band. The meatloaf and mashed potatoes are divine and my son can’t miss the corn chowder in a bread bowl. It’s my favorite dining spot. Treat yourself to Mickey Mouse shaped beignets and a mint julep from the Mint Julep Bar for dessert!

What are the must-do Disneyland attractions for first time visitors? See my one-day itinerary of must-do Disney in California!

Pirates of the Caribbean

Truly one of the best amusement park rides, the detail and special effects are incredible. New additions based on the movies have been added to enhance the story line. Floating through the foggy battle scene, you will feel completely transported…it gives me goosebumps every time!

Haunted Mansion

I was in my 20s before I actually rode through this attraction with my eyes open!! Appropriately spooky, the Haunted Mansion has just the right amount of fright and fun (but you’ll only catch the humor if you have your eyes open!) From around mid-September to early-January you can see the Haunted Mansion Holiday version (inspired by Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas).

What are the must-do Disneyland attractions for first time visitors? See my one-day itinerary of must-do Disney in California!

The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, done over Nightmare Before Christmas-style.

When Night Falls

Fireworks Spectacular

Okay, so you’ve seen fireworks before. But if you haven’t seen them at Disneyland before! And this show is not to be missed! Over the years we’ve watched the shows in the sky from where ever we were in the Park. I’ve even sat outside the Park on the esplanade to watch. But absolutely nothing beats watching them from the center of Main Street. I cried, seriously. It’s the perfect way to close out a Disney day!

What are the must-do Disneyland attractions for first time visitors? See my one-day itinerary of must-do Disney in California!

Did I miss including your favorites? Tell me in the comments what rides and attractions are “can’t miss” in your book!


What’s in My Baby Travel Diaper Bag? Packing for Day Trips

There is the tendency when traveling with a baby to pack every single thing you could possibly ever need during your trip! Of course then you get home and realize you didn’t even use half of what you packed. Traveling with a baby doesn’t have to be a hassle but it does require a certain amount of planning. I am highlighting what I pack in my diaper bag and all the essentials you’ll need to keep your baby happy! Keep reading for a review of the new Ergobaby Omni 360 baby carrier.

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These are the baby travel essentials you should bring in your travel diaper bag.

 

Packing For Baby When Traveling

This list of items are necessities when you’re out and about for the day. Other things will be as needed, depending upon your baby’s age and needs (like bottles, pacifiers and snacks).

  • Diaper Bag
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Changing Pad
  • Muslin cloths
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Disposable Bibs
  • Wet/Dry Bag
  • Extra Clothing
  • Front Carrier

Keep reading for my recommendations and tips for each item on the packing list!

These are the baby travel essentials you should bring in your travel diaper bag.

Choosing the Right Diaper Bag

Start off with a sturdy diaper bag that will be able to hold plenty but that will still be comfortable to carry.

Before choosing the right diaper bag, ask yourself a few questions:

  • Where will you be keeping the diaper bag when you’re touring?
  • Will you carry the diaper bag yourself or keep in in the stroller?
  • How much will you really need to pack inside the bag?
  • Are the compartments appropriate for your needs?
  • Will you want everything with you at all times or will you stow some of the items in a locker or the hotel room?

I prefer a backpack style that can fit on the back of my stroller. If you’re hanging your diaper bag on the back, the stroller has to be of the heavier variety that won’t tip backwards when you remove the baby!


A flap-style Diaper Bag is simple and design offers decent capacity.  Choose a bag that has a neutral design that’s appropriate for either a boy or girl. That way Daddy won’t mind carrying it!

Consider purchasing a dark color that won’t as easily show spots or stains. Be sure to check inside and see if the compartments and inner zippers are useful.


Or maybe you’d prefer the diaper bag/purse combo. Load up your tote with essentials for the next few hours and keep the rest inside of a locker, in the car or at the hotel room.  This method is particularly helpful with older babies who only need to be changed a few times a day and who don’t need baby food or bottles. A changing pad with a few diapers, sippy cup and a few snacks may be all you need. This Tote Bag makes for a great diaper bag and purse combination.

Diaper Clutch with Changing Pad

There are usually changing tables in bathrooms, but bringing your own padded mat is a must. You definitely don’t want to be laying baby on a surface that isn’t sanitary without protection from a changing pad.

The ideal changing pad has a pocket for a few diapers and a pouch for wipes. It’s convenient to reach into the diaper bag and just pull out the clutch that contains everything you’ll need for a quick change.


Swaddle Cloths

Swaddle cloths are great for a variety of things, including keeping baby warm or for keeping the sun off their face. I like to use the cloths to drape over a sleeping baby while walking outside or over their stroller to block out the sun. Choose a lightweight, breathable variety like the aden + anais Disney Baby swaddles, Winnie the Pooh or aden + anais Disney Baby swaddles, Minnie.

Floppy Hat

During the day, a hat for baby is a must. Floppy sun hats are the best because they cover the sensitive spots like tops of ears as well. Choose fabric that is lightweight and breathable but will nicely protect baby’s sensitive skin from the sun.


Baby Sunscreen

Sunscreen is a must, no matter the season! Babies are never fond of having it applied though and there is always the risk of getting it in their eyes. We use and love the All Good Sunstick. It’s great for everyone in the family and won’t leak or melt in your bag.

 

Disposable Bibs

Bibsters Disposable Bibs come in so handy for toddlers learning to feed themselves. Who wants to tote around nasty food-crusted bibs all day? These even have a little turned-up pocket that catches some of the food that might otherwise land on baby’s lap.

What's in my Disney Parks Diaper Bag? Read on for packing tips for traveling to Disney with a baby!

My boy and the beans at Disneyland’s Big Thunder Ranch BBQ

A Place for Soiled Clothing

So what about when your baby does make a mess? It’s inevitable, you know, so what do you do with those messy and wet clothes? We always have a We/Dry Bag handy in our diaper bag to store soiled items until we can get them home to wash.


And when (not if, when!) that outfit needs replacing make sure you have several changes of clothes for baby. Best to bring layers in case of temperature change. The DisneyBaby clothes are so sweet!


What Else Should Go In Your Bag?

I’m sure there are three dozen other things you’ll find yourself dragging along with you to keep baby content, including of course diapers, wipes and food/formula!

When packing specifically for a Disney trip, make a list of the everyday items you use for baby and pack accordingly before you go. Disney Parks will have some things available for sale inside the Resort should you forget something.

There are also Baby Care Centers inside each of the Parks. These stock diapers, some baby foods, bottles, snacks and pacifiers. I ran out of wipes on my last day and had to buy a package – thank goodness for the Baby Care Center! Of course the prices will be at a premium and selection will be limited. So if your baby has to have a certain brand of something, make sure you bring a spare (or two!)


Here is the map of our Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop – Disney with Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers – What You Shouldn’t Carry in Your Disney Bag

2nd Stop – Superheros and Teacups – Disney Park Essentials That Will Fit In Your Purse

3rd Stop – Ashley Aspires – I’m a Disney Minimalist

4th Stop – Saving Up for Disney – What’s in my Disney Parks Diaper Bag?

Final Stop – Love Our Disney – Random & Off The Wall Items You Will Want In Your Disney Park Bag

#DisneySide @HomeCelebration 2015 – A Multi-Generational Party!

#DisneySide @HomeCelebration 2015 - A Multi-Generational Party!

I received free products in order to host a #DisneySide @HomeCelebration. Thoughts and ideas are my own.

Last month our #DisneySide box arrived, stuffed full of fun games, decorations, favors and extras to create a party at home! A big thank you to Disney, MomSelect and all of the wonderful sponsors, we had a magical time at our @HomeCelebration!

#DisneySide @HomeCelebration 2015 - A Multi-Generational Party!

Mickey was the first to arrive!

In keeping with the multi-generational theme, I invited my mom, mother-in-law, my kids, brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew, aunts and uncles, cousins and friends, in age from 10 months to 67!

#DisneySide @HomeCelebration 2015 - A Multi-Generational Party!

The guests came ready in their finest Disney gear, some in costume or hats, some bedecked with trading pins. There was even a Mickey silhouette umbrella to block the sun!

#DisneySide @HomeCelebration 2015 - A Multi-Generational Party!


My box included some items that I gifted to my party guests in a giveaway, including Twinings tea, a Mickey Mouse cake pan, HP Create Memories You Keep packs of photo paper, Beyond Meat coupons, Disney travel luggage tags and Crayola crayons.

#DisneySide @HomeCelebration 2015 - A Multi-Generational Party!

I supplemented with a few store-bought prizes of my own like Frozen card games, a Lightning McQueen car, baby board books and coloring books. I even had extra Disneyland maps, which came in handy since one of our guests was headed there with their family right after the party!

#DisneySide @HomeCelebration 2015 - A Multi-Generational Party!

Bow from Etsy vendor Emma Saxton Studios

In addition, I collaborated with a few fantastic Etsy vendors to arrange giveaways not only to my #DisneySide party guests but to my blog readers as well. I’ll be posting the giveaways here so be sure you’re following along by signing up for my newsletter!


 

#DisneySide @HomeCelebration 2015 - A Multi-Generational Party!

My happy kids!

The day was bright and sunny and unusually warm for February, even for San Diego! We sat outside on the patio to enjoy our lunch and treats.

#DisneySide @HomeCelebration 2015 - A Multi-Generational Party!

I’d appliqued my little one a Mike tee shirt to wear for the occasion and Daddy had put it on him the week prior so it needed to be washed before the party.

#DisneySide @HomeCelebration 2015 - A Multi-Generational Party!

Fortunately my #DisneySide party box included a box of All detergent Pacs and a sample packet of Wisk so Mike Wazowski was clean and ready to party!

I’d decorated the party table with a Mickey & Friends tablecloth, napkins, cups, plates and cupcake stand from Disney that was sent in my party box.

#DisneySide @HomeCelebration 2015 - A Multi-Generational Party!

Our guests came ready to eat and I’d prepared Crock Pot teriyaki pulled pork with the Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki sauce that was sent in my #DisneySide box. Here’s the recipe on the Soy Vay website! Pork and coleslaw sandwiches…yum!

#DisneySide @HomeCelebration 2015 - A Multi-Generational Party!

Vintage-looking prints from Vivid Editions on Etsy set the Disneyland theme on our table setting. Several other prints from the shop were given to party guests.

#DisneySide @HomeCelebration 2015 - A Multi-Generational Party!


Ahem…Some party guests ate their cookies before they ate their lunch! Glad I took this picture though because I neglected to take a shot of these cute Mickey cookies. I made them using Americolor food dye and sanding sugar from The Baker’s Confections on Etsy!

#DisneySide @HomeCelebration 2015 - A Multi-Generational Party!

After lunch (and a few more cookies), the kids were geared up for games! We played Pin the Smile on Mickey (using the Baymax Big Hero beanie from Whosits & Whatsits as our eye covering!) Next was the Word Search, which proved to be a challenge! These games, along with some others were included in our #DisneySide party box.

#DisneySide @HomeCelebration 2015 - A Multi-Generational Party!

#DisneySide @HomeCelebration 2015 - A Multi-Generational Party!


My niece won the coveted light up Frozen Minnie Ears from Yesely’s Creations on Etsy. She’d been eyeing them since she first arrived at the party and will wear them with her Elsa costume, naturally!

#DisneySide @HomeCelebration 2015 - A Multi-Generational Party!

Other prizes for our guests included this appropriate-for-any-age necklace from Sugar Lane Designs on Etsy, that my nephew won and turned over immediately to his mom! He also loved these adorable Mickey soaps that Snowblade Creations on Etsy sent as party favors, in kid-friendly scents like lemon, cherry and cotton candy!

#DisneySide @HomeCelebration 2015 - A Multi-Generational Party!

The leather and washer handstamped bracelets from To Infinity Ohio on Etsy were a hit with the boys, as I expected! My daughter gravitated immediately to the whimsical Lost Boys ring from Whosits and Whatsits.

#DisneySide @HomeCelebration 2015 - A Multi-Generational Party!

The beautiful bangle bracelet from Vintage Stamp Jewels was highly coveted by my mother-in-law. The Mickey necklace was my favorite, so I glad I was able to win the prize and make it mine forever!

#DisneySide @HomeCelebration 2015 - A Multi-Generational Party!

Disneyland-themed bows for my girly guests to wear during the party were provided by Heidi of Emma Saxton Studios on Etsy. Love her fun and whimsical designs, she is the absolute best!

#DisneySide @HomeCelebration 2015 - A Multi-Generational Party!


Mmmm, time for dessert! I couldn’t wait to taste this gorgeous cake donated by Nothing Bundt Cakes. Seriously, this marble cake was so moist and delicious! And isn’t this princess design perfect for a Disney theme?! Can you see where my preschooler “sampled” the frosting?

#DisneySide @HomeCelebration 2015 - A Multi-Generational Party!

#DisneySide @HomeCelebration 2015 - A Multi-Generational Party!

A cake mix from Duff Goldman was provided in the Disney party box and this tie dye version was so fun and festive! The Bakers Confections sent me these custom mixed sprinkles, polka dotted cupcake papers and red cups with tiny wooden ice cream spoons (that I decorated with a strip of polka dotted washi tape).

#DisneySide @HomeCelebration 2015 - A Multi-Generational Party!

Neapolitan, yum! Topped with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkles!

#DisneySide @HomeCelebration 2015 - A Multi-Generational Party!

Oops, someone left their cupcake unattended and this little guy grabbed it!

#DisneySide @HomeCelebration 2015 - A Multi-Generational Party!

Our #DisneySide party box include a few fun favors, including Mickey and Friends stickers, pencils and princess-themed peel-off nail polish. We also added these adorable soaps from Snowblade Creations.

#DisneySide @HomeCelebration 2015 - A Multi-Generational Party!


In all, every guest had a wonderful time and left with big smiles across their face! Must be the Disney magic at work! Thank you again Disney and MomSelect for the fantastic party box and the inspirations to create a last memory!

#DisneySide @HomeCelebration 2015 - A Multi-Generational Party!


I received free products in order to host a #DisneySide @HomeCelebration. Thoughts and ideas are my own.

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DIY #DisneySide Stamp Craft Projects and Giveaway

Audra of Dragonfly Curls on Etsy so sweetly sent me three hand carved rubber stamps for me to use in my #DisneySide @HomeCelebration party planning.

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I received the classic Mickey Mouse Ears silhouette, Mickey Mouse Balloon and the Fairy Tale Princess Castle stamps. Each stamp is custom cut by hand which makes them unique. Stamps are mounted on foam and wood for easier use. Every stamp is hand made to order, brand new, and is tested before it is sent out. You can tell that Audra puts a lot of love into her craft!

   

Check out some of these other fantastic Disney-inspired designs. I’m kind of thinking that the Jack Skellington is going to be a must for Halloween crafts!

   


This is what I did with the stamps that I received

Handstamped Tee

I prepped a white shirt for my daughter by pre-washing without fabric softener. I lined the inside with cardboard so I’d have a flat surface for stamping (an old cereal box is good for this). You also don’t want the paint bleeding from the front to other parts of the shirt.

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I used red, black and yellow fabric paints. Starting with the first color, brush on a small amount of paint directly onto the Mickey head stamp.

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Set the stamp down on the shirt (I started at the top and worked my way down), press gently but firmly on the stamp, rolling slightly side to side. Lift and voila! An adorable stamped Mickey!

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Continue down the shirt using the same color in a spaced out pattern. Clean the stamp by stamping off the extra paint onto a rag or paper towel. I wiped mine off with a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol before starting with the next color.

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If part of the stamp doesn’t come out clearly simply dab a little paint on the tip of a brush to fill in the missing space.

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When you’re all done, let the shirt dry flat for at least 24 hours. Toss in the dryer to heat set the paint and you’ll be ready to wear your creation!


Stamped Favor Bags

Using plain kraft bags from The Bakers Confections on Etsy, I made a simple stamp in the center of each favor bag. I picked up these stamp pads at the craft store and gently pressed the stamp onto the ink until they were well coated. Firmly press straight down onto the paper, then rock gently up and down and side to side.

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Lift it up and reveal a lovely stamped image!

After filling with favors we sealed the kraft bags with a bit of polka dotted washi tape for that extra special “Minnie” touch!

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CONTEST IS CLOSED – Congratulations to the winner, Heidi E.

Would you like to win your own stamp from Dragonfly Curls?

Audra is offering my readers the chance to win their choice of one stamp from her Etsy shop!

ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE!

Open to USA only; prize will be shipped directly from Dragonfly Curls.


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Fantastic Tips from Disney Mamas about Avoiding Disney Contest Scams

Don’t get snake charmed…read on about avoiding scams!

Once I read this article, I just knew I had to share it with you! Lin of the Disney Mamas wrote a perfect article about recognizing fake contests that promise Disney trip giveaways. We have probably all entered them on Facebook at some point, fingers crossed and hoping to win!

Here’s how to tell the real giveaways from the fake:

How to Spot a Disney Trip Giveaway Scam


Thank you Lin, for allowing me to share with my readers!

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10 Giveaways!! #DisneySide Party Announcement

Tomorrow is my #DisneySide @HomeCelebration and I CAN’T WAIT!! Wish you could all be there, so I’ve been planning some fun for my readers too  – I’ve been a very busy girl, working with some of my favorite vendors and Etsy shops: I have lined up 10 weeks of fantastic giveaways that will help YOU show your Disney Side!

I started the giveaway kickoff earlier this week with this Baymax Big Hero beanie from Whosits & Whatsits. Make sure to visit the GIVEAWAY POST to win!

Sign up to receive my newsletter so you’ll know when each of the giveaways is listed…they’ll be coming once a week for a total of ten weeks!

I’d like to highlight the items and the vendors that have so generously donated these prizes. Take a moment to stop by their Etsy shops or websites, like them on Facebook or follow them on Instagram or Twitter. Each one of them has been a joy to work with and I thank them for offering these amazing items for my readers –


Vintage Stamp Jewels

Aren’t these so elegant? They are absolutely stunning pieces! Monica of Vintage Stamp Jewels will be giving away one Disney-inspired piece to one of my readers. This beautiful bangle is a new design and features a Mickey alongside a dangling bead and a charm handstamped with a date of your choosing. I adore this sterling silver Mickey Mouse necklace, so simple and chic.

Etsy   Facebook    Instagram   Twitter


Yesely’s Creations

The work that has gone into these amazing Frozen-inspired Minnie Mouse ears is incredible! They sparkle and shine like nothing else and get this…the snowflake in the middle has a light that changes color! Yesely of Yesely’s Creations will be offering my readers one pair of Minnie ears from her Etsy shop.

Etsy   Facebook   Instagram


Vivid Editions

One of my favorite ways to start a Disneyland day is to admire the vintage-looking attraction posters at the Park entrance. I was delighted to find replicas of these posters sold by Vivid Editions. These prints are beautifully full colored and lovingly shipped. Vivid Editions is generously offering my readers their choice of any poster in any size to put a little DisneySide on your walls!

Etsy   Website   Instagram   Twitter

    


To Infinity

I fell in love with the design of these adjustable leather bracelets when I was shopping for something that my middle-school aged son would like. And the sayings that Katy of To Infinity has hand stamped on them…inspiring! Katy has sent me this UP inspired bracelet, “Adventure is out there”. Indeed it is…wouldn’t you like to win one?

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Dragonfly Curls

A stamp is an amazingly versatile crafting tool and these stamps from Dragonfly Curls are so unique…like mini-artworks of their own! Audra hand carves each stamp, then quality tests them before shipping. My readers will have the chance to win one stamp of their choice from Dragonfly Curl’s Etsy shop. I’ll also be posting a crafting post about the stamps that Audra sent me to use for my party.

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Whosits & Whatsits

You’ve already seen the GIVEAWAY that is currently running to win a Baymax Big Hero Beanie from Tiffany of Whosits & Whatsits. Upcoming will be your chance to win both of these whimsical rings, Lost Boys and Princess. Aren’t they cute! Check out her shop, she has tons of awesome pieces that are perfect when you want to DisneyBound.

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Sugar Lane Shoppe

Aimee of Sugar Lane Shoppe has the sweetest collection of Disney-inspired necklaces for all-ages. This bottlecap necklace which boldly states that “You’re Never too Old for Disney” is the testament! I love the little details like the beaded dangle and the Mickey key. Thanks for Aimee for offering a this piece to my readers, this giveaway is for young and old alike!

Etsy   Facebook   Pinterest


Emma Saxton Studios

Heidi of Emma Saxton has been a longtime friend, starting back many years ago when we collaborated on boutique designs. I made the outfits, Heidi made the bows and it’s been a lovely partnership. We even share the same birthday! So whenever I need bows, I go to Heidi because she is the best! Heidi has given me an incredibly detailed bow, inspired by Disneyland…just wait until you see it, it’s amazing! The bow below is one that Heidi sent for my party guests and that my daughter latched onto immediately!

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Painted Butterfly Studio

Finally, I’m featuring my own shop and a giveaway of an item crafted from my own hands! I have been selling children’s boutique on Ebay and Etsy for the last 9 years, with these appliqued Disney-themed personalized tees being my best sellers. One of my readers will have their choice: Choose one design from my shop or work with me on a custom design in a theme of your choice!

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Excited yet? I hope so, because I’m about to bust my buttons at giving away all these wonderful #DisneySide goodies!

Don’t miss a bit of the action – Make sure to sign up to receive my newsletter so you’ll know when each of the giveaways is listed.

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5 Cheap Ideas for Valentine’s Day that Still Respect Your Budget in the Morning!

Need a Few Cheap Ideas for Valentine's Day? Here are 5 special ways to tell someone you love them on Valentine's Day without spending a bunch of money!

I’ll pass on the pricey red roses. Please don’t spend a fortune on teddy bears, chocolate and diamonds, either. Not to say I don’t love those things or wouldn’t appreciate them, but in the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day the prices on them just seems to skyrocket. I want to have a sweet Valentine’s Day but I don’t want to spend a bunch of money either! If you’re trying to budget you’ll need cheap ideas for Valentine’s Day so keep reading.

5 Ideas for Valentine’s Day that Still Respect Your Budget in the Morning!  5 Ideas for Valentine’s Day that Still Respect Your Budget in the Morning!

Need a Few Cheap Ideas for Valentine’s Day?

No need to break the budget just to do something special. These try these cheap ideas for Valentine’s Day or save them for any day when you just want to show some love! Some of these are family appropriate and others are just for you and your honey.

Need a Few Cheap Ideas for Valentine's Day? Here are 5 special ways to tell someone you love them on Valentine's Day without spending a bunch of money!

Bacon for Breakfast 

Okay it doesn’t have to be bacon but just adding one special treat to your day will make everyone happy. For us, it’s adding bacon for breakfast. Just the scent of that bacon baking in the oven gets us all giddy! It’s a rare treat.

Perhaps your something-special is dessert? My kids loved when I baked these over-sized sugar cookies and decorated them with their names on the top! What is one special thing that you don’t have or do very often that fills your family with joy? Do that thing on Valentine’s Day!

Need a Few Cheap Ideas for Valentine's Day? Here are 5 special ways to tell someone you love them on Valentine's Day without spending a bunch of money!

Love Notes & Decorations

We all toss around “I Love You” but how often do we write down our thoughts and feelings? Store-bought cards are so expensive! Make a simple card with scrapbook paper and write something sweet inside…it’s the sentiment that counts.

I crafted some out of simple black construction paper and a white Sharpie to give it a “chalkboard” effect. I’m going to gift them to my family at dinner…along with a small box of chocolates to share for dessert.

Need a Few Cheap Ideas for Valentine's Day? Here are 5 special ways to tell someone you love them on Valentine's Day without spending a bunch of money!

Another cheap way of making Valentine’s Day special is with sweet decor. I made this chain of paper hearts and was able to store it away and reuse it for years. I hand painted the wooden picture frames myself with acrylic paint for just a few dollars.

Special Dinner…at Home

We eat dinner at home nearly every night so eating at home on Valentine’s Day certainly wouldn’t be anything special. However for Valentine’s Day I plan to serve something out of the ordinary as a treat.

Buying steaks or seafood at the grocery and preparing them at home is going to cost at least 50% less than if you went out, especially if you want to have a glass of wine with dinner. Add a little romance with a pretty table setting and candles. Leave the dishes for tomorrow!

Need a Few Cheap Ideas for Valentine's Day? Here are 5 special ways to tell someone you love them on Valentine's Day without spending a bunch of money!

Movie Night…on the Sofa

Save yourself a bunch by renting a Redbox or streaming on Netflix for a fraction of the cost of watching in a theater. We buy a big bag of popcorn from Costco, bake some cupcakes for dessert and have a movie marathon after the kids are in bed. Best part? We can watch in our jammies! Even better if you can get the kids to spend the night somewhere else so you’ll have the house to yourself *wink*

Pick a “new-to-you” movie or a classic you’ve seen already 23 times. I’m in love with Jane Austin movies, so I could watch Pride & Prejudice with Keira Knightly over and over but I’m not sure my husband would be able to stay awake past the opening scene! Best to choose something you’ll both enjoy.

Need a Few Cheap Ideas for Valentine's Day? Here are 5 special ways to tell someone you love them on Valentine's Day without spending a bunch of money!

Cuddle Up

Grab a big blanket and curl up together on the sofa. Pull out a photo album or scrapbook to reminisce over. It’s one of our favorite past times. Recall your thoughts about when you first met or your wedding day. Kids love hearing those stories too. Or just sit in the dark and talk after the kids have gone to bed, while you snuggle and smooch!

Hope you have a wonderfully happy Valentine’s Day!

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Disneyland Resort Hotel Swimming Pools – What to Expect of Your Fun in the Sun!

Disneyland Resort Hotel Swimming Pools - What to Expect of Your Fun in the Sun!

The fun-packed resort pools are a great reason to choose to stay at a Disneyland Resort hotel on your vacation. All three of the unique pools at the Disneyland Resort offer a little something different, along with something special for each person in your family.

Our vacation isn’t complete without a day spent at a Disneyland Resort pool! We usually hit the whirlpool spas the night before we visit the Parks, where we sit in the warm bubbles and discuss our upcoming adventures. During our stay we often take a break back at the hotel in the afternoon to cool off with a swim. And we always reserve the last day of our trip to enjoy pool-side.

Disneyland Resort Hotel Swimming Pools – What to Expect of Your Fun in the Sun!

Here is a brief overview of the three Disneyland Resort Hotel swimming pools –


Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

    

We recently stayed at this hotel for the first time and truly enjoyed our visit poolside. It’s beautifully tree-lined and has a very “woodsy” feel. The quiet Fountain Pool features a turtle fountain. The Redwood Pool has a 90-foot-long waterslide that curves around the giant stump of a Redwood tree…how fun is that?!

Disneyland Resort Hotel Swimming Pools - What to Expect of Your Fun in the Sun!

A Mickey Mouse-shaped Children’s Pool and a whirlpool hot tub are also in this area. The Mariposa Pool features decorative butterflies and lights in the pool deck area, with a whirlpool spa nearby. It’s a beautiful and relaxing looking space.

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 Paradise Pier Hotel

    

This third-floor pool area offers pretty views and more! We’ve stayed here many times and have visited the pool area at night as well. You can view the Disneyland fireworks show from the pool area and the music is piped in over the loudspeakers. My big kids enjoy going back and forth between the Paradise Pool and California Streamin’, the classic waterslide!

Disneyland Resort Hotel Swimming Pools – What to Expect of Your Fun in the Sun!

My littest one liked dipping his toes in the shallow Children’s Pool. And of course if you just need to relax, the Paradise Spa whirlpool hot tub is available here. The Sand Bar offers outdoor dining, though they’ve never been open on the times/days we’ve visited. That’s something to keep in mind if you like to nibble poolside, so ask first at Guest Services.

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Spending time at the Disneyland Hotel pool area is one of the highlights of our vacation memories! My husband enjoys relaxing in either the Mickey or Minnie Whirlpool Spas. My big kids like to swim laps in the D-Ticket pool.

Disneyland Resort Hotel Swimming Pools – What to Expect of Your Fun in the Sun!

And well, you’d be hard pressed to pull my preschooler away from the Monorail Pool!  Two large water slides (180-foot-long and 80-foot-long) make a big splash and are replicas of the original Mark 1 Monorail trains. The 2-lane mini slide is where you’ll find my little one. He loves to splash around in the zero entry pool area with pop jets, fountains and a waterfall to walk under.

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We have spent many afternoons here swimming under the sun or relaxing in the warm whirlpool. We’ll often pick up food from Tangaroa Terrace and lounge on a chaise, eating our lunch. They also offer poolside service and drinks from the bar during certain times.

Disneyland Resort Hotel Swimming Pools – What to Expect of Your Fun in the Sun!


Extra Fun in the Sun

  • Luxurious and private Poolside Cabanas are offered to guests staying at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa or the Disneyland Hotel. Rent them for either a half or full day and enjoy a respite in the shade that includes cable television, mini fridge with bottled water, complimentary fruit platter and ample lounging space. A cabana server will be available to take your food and beverage order. To learn about pricing options or to make a reservation, please call (714) 635-2300, option 5, or visit the Guest Services desk inside the hotel.
  • Pool Parties are offered seasonally at different times (depending upon the resort) and include an hour of games, music and dancing. Check with the Resort hotel for more information.

What to expect 

  • There are bathrooms at each resort, with showers outside for rinsing off.
  • Towels are supplied poolside, so no need to bring one from your hotel room.
  • For babies and toddlers, there are swim diapers provided as well as life jackets.

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