Why Our Kids Do Housework – Tips for Getting Kids to Pitch In

Confessions of a slob, right here! Growing up I had very little responsibility. There were things that were expected of me, of course, like being polite, brushing my teeth and not talking back. But when it came to actual cleaning up, I was a literal mess. My room was a huge disaster! I had a hard time throwing things away. My laundry and trash cans overflowed. My parents did most of the chores around the house and I pitched in very minimally.

Happy childhood? For sure! But as an adult, I didn’t have the skills in place to keep up with housework. I sort of fell into the same routine with my oldest son. I’d clean up around him while he played. When I remarried (to a neat-nik, no less!), my husband insisted that we teach the kids housework and chores. I will admit that it was really hard for me at first. I am in the camp of “If you want something done right, do it yourself” so it definitely took a lot of work on my part to let the kids do housework. But I promise you it has paid off over the years.

Why Our Kids Do Housework - Tips for Getting Kids to Pitch In

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Can Kids Do Housework?

Your kids aren’t going to wake up one day and have the desire to clean house! And they aren’t automatically going to know how to properly do the tasks either. These are life skills that must be taught (and the younger the age of the child, the better to start). If you think they can’t do something, you’re wrong – they just haven’t learned yet!

I can tell either of the older kids to “clean the bathroom” and they know exactly what that entails. They empty trash, put out recycling, clean mirrors, unload and load the dishwasher, sort laundry and vacuum. They can sweep, mop and wash a car. Even my preschooler helps with laundry, like transferring clothes into the washer and then into the dryer, folding cloth napkins or putting things away into drawers. It hasn’t been easy teaching the kids to do housework, but it’s a life skill that I’m passing down. And they do have the ability to do it (the desire, on the other hand, isn’t always there – more on that later!) So how do you get kids to help around the house? Keep reading for what has worked in my family.Why Our Kids Do Housework - Tips for Getting Kids to Pitch In

1. Find Age-Appropriate Tasks

Every child can learn how to make a bed. But only older children can be trusted to make scrambled eggs for breakfast. Make sure that the chores you assign are appropriate to the age and not too difficult or dangerous. Leave the use of chemicals for cleaning to big kids and make sure they have been taught safe use.

Trying to get the kids to do housework? Here are the tips I use with my four kids.

Our laminated laundry instructions above the washer and dryer.

2. Make the Task Clear

If I were to tell my kids to clean the bathroom, they would know what to do. This is only because we’ve explained what the task includes. They know that cleaning the bathroom means wiping out the sink & faucet, wiping down the toilet, scrubbing the bowl, replacing the towels and cleaning the mirrors. Make sure kids know each task detail so that when you tell them, “Clean your bedroom” or “Do your laundry” they know exactly what you expect.

Why Our Kids Do Housework - Tips for Getting Kids to Pitch In3. Teach Awareness

Kids should start to notice their world around them. Point out to them that you want them to pay attention to when household chores need to be done and that they can complete the task unprompted. Rather than waiting for you to tell them to clean the toothpaste off the mirrors or to put their cup into the dishwasher, kids who are paying attention to their surroundings should be able take care of the task without reminder.

4. Don’t Enable

Okay, so your kid made their bed and it looks like it’s already been rolled around in. Resist the urge to “fix” it. And don’t give up and start doing the chore yourself because your child isn’t doing it “right”. Better that they try than to have you finish their work. That will definitely give them the wrong message. Older kids can take correction more than little ones.

5. Make Cleaning “Fun”

Yep, just like Mary Poppins said, “The job’s a game”. If you have reluctant housekeepers, like I sometimes too, give them an “element of fun” in their chores. We toss matched socks into a laundry basket across the room. I always drop wet t-shirts onto my preschooler’s head when he’s pushing clothes into the dryer. Let the kids get involved with meal planning and prep. My parents used to put on a CD of John Philip Sousa marches when they did housework and it kept things peppy. Make it fun and your chores will be less like a…chore.

Trying to get the kids to do housework? Here are the tips I use with my four kids.

6. Housework is a Regular Thing

Instead of just requesting that kids chip in occasionally, make sure that chores are done on a daily basis. Kids can be expected to keep their rooms tidy, with toys put away and beds made each day. The table can be set at dinner and cleared after eating. Lunches can be packed for the following school day. Find little things that kids can help with each day to make housework a habit. Older kids can understand the concept that things have to be maintained on a daily basis. It’s easier to keep up on housework if you do a little each day rather than let it build up.

7. Create a Chore Chart (For Little Kids)

Keep the chores simple for little ones and they’ll be more likely to complete the jobs with minimal assistance. A visual chore chart with incentive marks or stickers will help with goals.

8. Create a Chore List (for Older Kids)

Now that my teens can tackle just about every housekeeping item in the house, my husband and I came up with what we refer to as the “ultimate house cleaning list”. My kids have certain things on the list that they do every day (like cleaning the bathroom sink, making beds and wiping the kitchen counters after dinner). Other things are only occasional (like vacuuming out the windowsills, wiping down the ceiling fan blades or scrubbing the bath mat in the shower). Having an ultimate list reminds us of what tasks we need to complete. I laminated the list and keep it in the same place so everyone knows where to find it.

Trying to get the kids to do housework? Here are the tips I use with my four kids.

The laminated “Ultimate house work list”

9. Recognize and Reward Work That Goes Above & Beyond

How much should you pay your child for chores? That’s something each family should decide on. We don’t pay our kids for household chores. We believe that we’re teaching our kids lifelong skills and responsibility. However when our kids do something that is out of the ordinary or particularly challenging, we will reward. Sometimes it’s a special treat, a few dollars or dinner out. It’s also important to thank them and let them know you appreciate their efforts.

Why Our Kids Do Housework - Tips for Getting Kids to Pitch In

10. Dealing with Grumblings in the Ranks

Of course teaching and enforcing housework in our house doesn’t go without some grumblings from within the ranks. We frequently hear, “Why do I have to do this every day?!” Or “I just cleaned this, who got it dirty again!” A little complaining is allowed, after all if it wasn’t a job, it would be called something else.

The whining doesn’t deter from the fact that things still need to get done. I just remind my kids that chores still have to be completed properly, whether you like to do them or not. My goal is to raise kids who know how to do things independently and who can take these valuable skills with them into the world. After all, soon enough they’ll be adults and will need to know how to clean their own homes! I’m certainly not going to be doing it for them.

Trying to get the kids to do housework? Here are the tips I use with my four kids.


What is Disney Bound? And a Mickey Necklace Giveaway!

Have you ever heard of Disney Bound? Maybe not, but I bet you’ve seen people doing it and just didn’t know it was a “thing”. According to the Disney Bound website, it means “using items you can find in your own closet or local mall, create looks outside of costumes or cosplay looks, which represent your favorite Disney character, while having fun with fashion!”

A quick search on Pinterest gives you tons of ideas. Some looks jump out at you and are recognizable right away. Others are more subtle. All of them are totally fun and creative! This is definitely a direction to go in if you find that your closet has become stagnant…add a few fun pieces and suddenly, you’re in character! (images from Pinterest)

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While I don’t often dress head-to-toe like certain characters, I do love to incorporate a bit of Disney into my everyday look. I have several Disney shirts and this sterling silver Mickey necklace made by Vintage Stamp Jewels is my favorite. And yes, I do have an affection for polka-dots!


GIVEAWAY! -Win a Mickey necklace at Saving Up for Disney!

Image from Vintage Stamp Jewels on Etsy

Would you like to win your own Mickey Sterling Silver necklace from Vintage Stamp Jewels? Monica has generously offered one to my readers!

You have to take a look at the rest of her shop. The hardest part will be deciding because you’ll want to put everything in your cart!

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Hippity-Hoppity Disney Easter Basket Ideas


I’ll be honest, Easter tends to sneak up on me. Just a few days before, I’m scrambling (hee-hee!) for Easter basket goodies for the kids. Not this year! I’ve been hopping all over the web, collecting just the right Disney Easter basket ideas for my kids. Here are a few fun goodies to add to your Disney Easter basket this year.

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Let’s get hopping! Mickey & Minnie Easter Plush from the Disney Store

Baskets and Backpacks

As cute as a wicker basket is with a giant handle, you have to remember that you’ll need a place to store that basket the other 11 months of the year! I like choosing items that are on the smaller side or that can break down easily into a storage bin. My kids own fabric Easter baskets like these, sold on Etsy and Amazon. They are lightweight and easy to carry on an egg hunt and can hold a nice amount of goodies!

Frozen basket from LizzySueandher2, Mickey basket from HappyCatBoutique and Tinker Bell Basket from Amazon


For older kids, think outside of the basket and find clever and useful items that can be filled with Easter goodies like this Tsum Tsum cross body bag or Star Wars light up backpack.

Something Practical

Now, for the goodies to stuff inside! I like to start with something sweet and practical that my sweeties can wear after church on Easter Sunday. Thumper Tee from Disney Store or Peep tee from Amazon

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Keeping With a Theme

Honestly, how precious is the Thumper & Miss Bunny Baby Collection from The Disney Store? Your own baby bunny would look so adorable in these this Easter!

Hippity-Hoppity Disney Easter Basket Ideas

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Something to Read

I always include new books in the Easter basket. Check out these toddler favorites from Amazon.


And selections for the big kids, too!


Something Fun

Preschoolers (and big kids alike!) are sure to love these adorable Tsum Tsums! They stack, they’re soft and one more thing to love…they’ll fit inside a plastic Easter egg, making them a perfect prize for the egg hunt!

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Hallmark has a line of Itty Bittys that are equally adorable and the perfect size for tiny hands!

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Gifts for Young Ladies

Trading Pins from Disney Store, Alice in Wonderland hair brush from Hot Topic, Frozen Lip Gloss Set from Disney Store and Elsa necklace from HapaGirlBoutique on Etsy

Gifts for Young Gentlemen

Star Wars Water Bottle from Disney Store, Mad Hatter Snapback from Whosits & Whatsits, Buzz Lightyear wallet from Hot Topic and Lightning McQueen watch from Amazon


What do you have planned for the Easter baskets this year? Share with me in the comments!



#DisneySide GIVEAWAY – A Ring that’s Fit for a Princess!

I fell in love with this ring at first sight! So dainty and sweet, it’s a lovely ring that’s fit for a princess. And you can win our little #DisneySide giveaway to take home the crown!

#DisneySide GIVEAWAY - A Ring that's Fit for a Princess!

Image from Whosits & Whatsits

This rose-gold toned tiara Princess ring from Whosits & Whatsits sparkles with tiny white rhinestones. It’s perfect for showing your princess #DisneySide when you’re not wearing your ball gown!

#DisneySide GIVEAWAY - A Ring that's Fit for a Princess!

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Would you like to win a Princess ring of your own? Tiffany from Whosits and Whatsits has so generously offered one to my readers.

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Springtime Roundup at Disneyland’s Big Thunder Ranch

Springtime Roundup at Disneyland's Big Thunder Ranch

Image from Disney Parks Blog

Welcome aboard the Magical Blogorail Green. Today we are talking about the best Character interaction in the Disney Parks and on the Disney Cruise Line.

It’s the Springtime Roundup at Disneyland’s Big Thunder Ranch! Starting March 20th, 2015, the Springtime Roundup returns to the Big Thunder Jamboree area in Frontierland. According to the Disney Parks Blog“Several times each day, a group of dancing cowboys and cowgirls comes together for a lively hoedown and “bunny hop” that will get you off your feet and joining right in. Springtime Roundup brings all that excitement, plus fresh spring talent from Disney Performing Arts, egg decorating demonstrations, fun crafts, yummy treats and more.”

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My family visited Disneyland last year during the very first Springtime Roundup in 2014 and enjoyed the beautiful spring decor and Character meet n’ greets. In the Big Thunder Ranch area, my daughter met up with Jessie. Once inside the Jamboree area we met with Roger Rabbit, Rabbit from “Winnie the Pooh” and Br’er Bear. Pluto, wearing bunny ears, and Baloo from Jungle Book came out to dance while there was singing and piano music.

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And of course, Minnie Mouse. This was one of the very best character engagements we’ve ever had at the Parks. The PhotoPass photographer must have snapped about 50 shots!

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Minnie was completely smitten with my son and she swept him off his feet! Within minutes they took off together, hand in hand to explore the Jamboree area. It was decorated so beautifully for springtime. You can see in these photos the expansive space and the pretty flowers decorated throughout the area.

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Minnie and Dillon wandered the Jamboree, “smelling” the flowers and tossing apples to each other. They ended on a bench, playing peek-a-boo under the picnic table! It was a moment that we cherish.

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Because this area is rather tucked away, it just doesn’t seem to get as crowded as the Character meet n’ greets in other areas of the Park. The Big Thunder Jamboree area is behind the petting zoo, so to find it walk past the goats and keep going into the back section. There is a stage area, picnic benches in the shade and snacks for sale.

Springtime Roundup at Disneyland's Big Thunder Ranch

Minnie, looking adoringly at my son!

This year, expected to make appearances are Thumper, Br’er Rabbit, Roger Rabbit, the White Rabbit from “Alice in Wonderland,” and Rabbit from “Winnie the Pooh.” And most certainly the Easter Bunny (but only through Easter Sunday, April 5).

The Springtime Roundup happens every day until April 12th and then on weekends only until June 7th. Hop on over before it’s gone!

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10 Tips for Surviving a Disneyland Rainy Day

Sometimes it rains in Southern California. Yes, really! It doesn’t happen all that often so I can catch us off-guard and total unprepared for even the slightest shower. Don’t let the rain put a damper on your day! I’ve been to Disneyland during many heavy downpours. These are my insider tips for surviving a Disneyland rainy day.

Check out my Top 10 Tips for Surviving a Disneyland Rainy Day!

If you’ve never been to Disneyland when it’s raining, you might have a few questions. Here are the answers to the top questions about Disneyland rainy days:

  • Do the rides at Disneyland close when it rains? – Yes, some of the outdoor rides and roller coasters close when it’s rainy.
  • Is there a Disneyland rain refund? – No, there is no Disneyland rain policy and no refunds for rainy days.
  • What gets cancelled at Disneyland if it rains? – Parades, fireworks, and some outdoor shows are cancelled when it’s raining. Occasionally there is an abbreviated version of the parade when it’s rainy, that features some characters riding inside the Main Street U.S.A. vehicles.

Keep reading for more tips on how to do Disneyland when it’s raining!

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Check out my Top 10 Tips for Surviving a Disneyland Rainy Day!

1. Check the Forecast

Should you bring extra sunscreen or a poncho? Always best to know ahead of time by checking the weather forecast for Anaheim before your trip. Keep in mind that when it rains in Southern California, it’s usually accompanied by cooler weather which might be the opposite of what you’re used to if you frequent Walt Disney World (where it might be warm and humid).

2. Be Prepared

Wear sensible shoes like rain boots or sneakers that have been treated with Scotchguard. Bring what you need for a rainy day in the Park and don’t rely on purchasing there. Rain parkas are available but the price will be at a premium and you can buy them ahead of time for quite a bit cheaper. The Dollar Store has them. Or you can buy cute Disney themed ones online.

Umbrellas are iffy. They are hard to wield in a crowd and might poke someone. I brought an umbrella to Disneyland once and it turned inside out during a gust of wind! That being said Southern Californians tend to be more of the umbrella-carrying type than the poncho-wearing type.

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3. Lock Up ‘Yer Valuables

If you don’t want it wet, put it in a locker for the day. Or use gallon-sized plastic zip bags for precious cargo like your wallet and cell phone.

Check out my Top 10 Tips for Surviving a Disneyland Rainy Day!

4. An Extra Set of Clothes

At the end of the day, you’ll be glad you brought extra clothes. I always seem to get the hem of my pants soaking wet on a rainy day and a dry pair is so nice put on! A pair of leggings are small and lightweight to pack in with you. Bring a few extra pairs of socks too.

5. Seek Shelter and People-Watch

When all else fails and the rain is relentless, find a covered area. There are some outside areas with overhanging porches. I particularly like sitting in front of The Golden Horseshoe on a bench to watch the rain fall on the Rivers of America. And of course, to watch the tourists in flip-flops scurrying through the rain!

Golden Horseshoe at Disneyland

6. Eat Indoors & Dine Leisurely

Many of the restaurants around Disneyland offer both outdoor or indoor dining. On a rainy day skip the patio and go inside for your meals. I recall a particularly soggy day when my son and I sought respite inside Cafe Orleans and it was great to sit inside where it was warm and dry. By the time we got to the dessert beignets my coat that had been sopping wet was dry.

With rain in your forecast, this is a perfect time to get an Advanced Dining Reservation for a Character Meal and take your time eating and getting autographs and photos. Book that ADR before your trip!

Check out my Top 10 Tips for Surviving a Disneyland Rainy Day!

7. Souvenir Shopping

Slowly walking through the shops while you wait for the clouds to clear is a fun pastime. Emporium, Elias & Co. and World of Disney are loaded with goodies. Or stop in at the Mad Hatter to see which chapeau works for you!

Check out my Top 10 Tips for Surviving a Disneyland Rainy Day!

8. Indoor Entertainment

Rain or shine, taking in the entertainment at Disneyland is always a great choice. Little ones will love the Disney Jr – Live on Stage! show. The show Frozen: Live on Stage at the Hyperion takes place at Disney California Adventure Park and that soaks up about an hour of time.

You can also spend hours inside the Disney Animation Building. Take an art class at the Animation Academy, chat in Turtle Talk with Crush, see the Beast’s library or create animation in the Sorcerer’s Workshop.

9. Disneyland Rides Inside

Some of the outside rides close down during a downpour but there is still plenty that remains open. If the Park isn’t particularly busy, ask if you can ride multiple times without getting out of your seat. Rides like Pirates of the Caribbean, Little Mermaid and Haunted Mansion. are ideal indoor rides. “it’s a small world” has a lengthy indoor section of the ride, but your boat will also take you outside, so have your umbrella ready! We’ve taken on Zurg over and over inside Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters on a rainy day!

Check out my Top 10 Tips for Surviving a Disneyland Rainy Day!

10. Fireside at the Grand Californian

A quick walk through Downtown Disney and you can enjoy the lobby at Disney’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa. Get a drink at the lobby Hearthstone Lounge and warm up by the fireplace. At certain times, live piano music is played.

If All Else Fails….Retreat to your Hotel

So despite the good efforts, you’re soaked through? Time to retreat and head back to the hotel and wait out the storm. Take a hot shower, change your clothes and consider returning to the Parks later in the day.

10 Tips for Surviving a Disneyland Rainy Day

Ahhh, take off your wet clothes and slip on a nice warm robe.


  • Outdoor shows may be cancelled.
  • Some outdoor rides are closed during rain.
  • Harder to take photographs.
  • Parade is abbreviated or cancelled outright.
  • No fireworks spectacular.

The biggest benefit to a rainy day at Disneyland is that crowds are considerably thinned out. With certain attractions rained-out you’ll also have the ability to think outside the box and experience things you might not have otherwise!


Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Magical Mickey Tips.


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 – My Dreams of Disney – Magic Kingdom Attractions for Rainy Days

2nd Stop – Ashley Aspires – Rainy Day Resort Hopping

3rd Stop – Mom Rewritten – YOU ARE HERE!

Final Stop – Magical Mickey Tips- Top Tips For Rainy Options at Walt Disney World

These ten tips will help you to survive a rainy day at Disneyland in California.

GIVEAWAY! – Gorgeous #DisneySide Hair Bows

I’ve been loving these giveaways! Anything to spread the Disney love and these Disney giveaways have made me so happy. Thank you to all who have been joining in. I have a few more fun weeks ahead so make sure to follow my blog and receive newsletters when the giveaways are listed.

Heidi of Emma Saxton Studios 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 to give away to my readers.

Win one of these #Disney bows from Emma Saxton Studios at Saving Up for Disney

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Check out all these beautiful details, like the bottlecap center, tiny bows on each side, fun mix of colors, a splash of tulle and feather boa and of course, Tinkerbell sprinkling on a pretty dose of Pixie Dust…err, sparkles! It’s a fun accessory and appropriate for a Disneyland day, or any day you just need a little extra magic!

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Heidi sweetly gave me a bundle of bows to gift to my #DisneySide @HomeCelebration guests. My guests wore their adorable bows at the party. In addition to checking out Heidi’s Facebook page (where she often lists her designs) you can find more fun in her Etsy shop.

Emma Saxton Studio bow at my @Home Celebration

Heidi is giving my readers three prizes this week. The first winner chosen will win this over-the-top Fantasyland bow.


Second prize will be this spirited Pirate-themed bow in red, black and white.


Third prize is this charming Snow White floral clip with feather boa and tulle accents.



Win one of these #Disney bows from Emma Saxton Studios at Saving Up for Disney

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Disney Cinderella – Wish no Longer, the Dream is Here!

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The live-action Disney Cinderella movie opens on March 13th, 2015 and our household is abuzz with excitement. It was my daughter’s request to see this movie for her up-coming birthday so we’ll be watching it in the theater next week. I’ve been eyeing all the beautiful products inspired by the movie across the web and in the stores.

In fact, I couldn’t resist picking up this lovely tee at Kohls!

In the shopping spirit, I put together a fun listing of Disney Cinderella goodies for you and your little princess!

Home Decor – from left to right, ElainaLynn and PersnicketyWallVinyl, both on Etsy

Cinderella art print on Etsy  Cinderella vinyl on Etsy

Disney Cinderella dress up – from left to right, Chasing Fireflies, Disney Store and Mom Approved Costumes

Cinderella dress on Chasing Fireflies Cinderella dress at Disney Store  Cinderella dress at Mom Approved Costumes

Disney Cinderella movie and music soundtrack – both from the Disney Store

Cinderella animated movie  Disney Cinderella soundtrack

Tees for girls – from left to right, Kohls, AmyLou Baby and DisneyStore

Cinderella tee at KohlsCinderella tee on Etsy  Cinderella tee at Disney Store

Tees for Women – from left to right, Disney Store, Kohls, Hot Topic

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Disney Cinderella parties – from left to right, Chasing Fireflies, Kara’s Party Ideas

Cinderella party at Chasing Fireflies     Cinderella cake at Kara's Party Ideas

Jewelry – from left to right, WithLovefromOC on Etsy, Disney Store, SugarLaneShoppe on Etsy

Cinderella necklace from Etsy Cinderella necklace from Disney StoreCinderella necklace from Etsy

 Do you plan on seeing Disney Cinderella in the theater? Share below in the comments!

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Dapper Day Outfit Ideas to Step Out in Style!

Dapper Day Outfit Ideas to Step Out in Style!

Dapper Day takes place at both Disneyland and at the Walt Disney World. I’ve never attended the Dapper Day festivities but as a girl with a retro-beat in her heart, this event sounds like it’s the bees-knees! Get dolled up in your Sunday best and enjoy the Parks a la 1955. I’ve compiled some festive Dapper Day outfit ideas for everyone.

Dapper Days encourages guests to get dressed up for a day at the Park. According to their website,  “Dapper” doesn’t mean just vintage! We encourage all sophisticated fashions, from vintage-inspired to contemporary chic!

Compiling your Dapper Day outfit just takes a little creativity. Mix and match within different eras to create a charming look that’s all your own! The Disney Blog Disney Style offers tips on “How To Dapper”.

Start by visiting the Dapper Day shop, where you can choose official merchandise, like this orange grove scarf.

Head-to-toe Dapper Day Styles

Pinterest has great ideas, including these coordinated DisneyBound outfits that don’t miss a detail.

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Twirly Dresses

Love these full and twirly dresses and skirts (makes getting in and out of rides so much easier than in a pencil skirt!) From left to right, SarahsCurtseySkirtsPinUpGirl clothing, LindyBop

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From Left to Right, JJofSweden, AnabellaWoman


Dapper Kiddies

Get the kids in on the fun with sweet clothes in a vintage vibe. From left to right, Tinkerella Creations, GunsAndAprons, Chasing Fireflies

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Here are some DIY options. From left to right, Make It Love It, Peekaboo Pattern Shop


Dapper Dans

For the dapper gentlemen. From left to right, WickhamHouse and Village Hat Shop

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Stylish Accessories

The accessories make the lady, so do it up in style. Left to Right, PinUpGirl clothingUnique Vintage and Miz-Mooz

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Dapper Hairstyles

One of the best things you can do to set your style apart is to have a dapper hair style, but some of these looks will take lots of advance practice! Left to right, Pretty Designs, It’s Hair Styles.


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Why I think the Disneyland Resort is the Best Disney Resort for Larger Families

Welcome to the next stop on Magical Blogorail Green. Today we are discussing which Disney resorts are the best for larger families. I love the Disneyland Resort for so many reasons, one of which is that it’s very accommodating to my family of five. I’ve also traveled to Disneyland with a family of eight and found it to be a fun and relaxing vacation!

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We know that when we stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel, we’ll be within walking distance and that the hotel room will have enough space for us all to spread out. You have the choice of calling ahead for dining reservations, but generally at Disneyland a walk-up with a short wait at a restaurant is typical.

Unlike at Walt Disney World, where finite details are planned out 3 months in advance, a Disneyland vacation is a bit more casual. Dining and rides are planned mostly on a moment to moment basis. This definitely allows for some flexibility in scheduling, which is much appreciated when traveling in a large family or group.


Image of Standard Room at Disney’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa from Disneyland.com

Several years ago my extended family took a weekend vacation to the Disneyland Resort. We were able to book two rooms with connecting doors and the third room across the hall.

Image of two Queen Beds and a sleeper sofa at the Paradise Pier Hotel from Disneyland.com

Most of the Disneyland Resort hotel rooms fit 5 adults. Rooms may include a combination of the following:

  • 1 King Bed and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa
  • 1 Queen Bed and 1 Bunk Bed and 1 Trundle Bed
  • 2 Queen Beds
  • 2 Queen Beds and 1 Day Bed

Rooms also have a fold-out pack n’ play for babies.

Image of Disneyland Hotel Suite from Disneyland.com

Maximum occupancy for most Disneyland Resort rooms is 5 (the baby doesn’t usually count into the total). Suites can sleep from 6-12 guests, making it ideal for extended families traveling together who can divide the cost of the room between them. Dial (714) 956-MICKEY to speak with a Cast Member about booking just the right space for you and your large family.


When traveling with a large group, it’s important that everyone’s needs are met. If little ones need to nap in their crib, grandparents need to rest their feet or if everyone is hot and needs a swim mid-day, it’s nice to have the hotel within a quick distance. This is completely different than a vacation at Walt Disney World, which might mean a turnaround time of an hour to get back to your room.

The hotels of the Disneyland Resort are just a quick walk from the Park entrances. No buses or trams to wait for. You can hop aboard the Monorail in Tomorrowland from inside Disneyland Park, which will deposit you into the Downtown Disney District. From there it’s about a 5 minute walk to the Disneyland Hotel (#3 on the map) and about 10 minutes to the Paradise Pier (#2 on the map), so you’re quite close to the action. #1 on the map, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is even closer, sporting it’s own entrance to Disney’s California Adventure Park.

As you can see on the map the two Parks entrances face each other and are extremely close. This makes Park Hopping a breeze and very easy to do within minutes, even with a large family in tow. The Downtown Disney District is also only a few minutes walking distance away with a wide variety of shopping and dining that will please everyone.

Dinner at Goofy’s Kitchen, 2008


When dining with 5+ in your group, consider that your party may need to be split up. Choose restaurants that can accommodate a large group and offer a variety of dining options.

  • The Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue is a good choice, with outdoor seating at picnic tables and all-you-care-to-eat ribs, chicken, cole slaw, beans and cornbread.
  • We fit a party of 8 at Goofy’s Kitchen. This buffet is great, with food to please nearly everyone in your group.
  • We also like the Plaza Inn for the large platters of fried chicken and mashed potatoes that can be shared and the spacious seating to seat a large group.

Reservations are offered up to 60 days in advance at select restaurants throughout the Disneyland Resort. You can make dining reservations online or call (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463.

Planning on a very large group like a family reunion? Read which restaurants can accommodate 50+ in this question and answer on the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is The Disney Chef.

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 – Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

3rd Stop – For the Love of Disney – The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

4th Stop – Saving Up for Disney- Disneyland Resort -YOU ARE HERE

2nd Stop – The Disney Chef – Disney’s Art Of Animation Resort

Final Stop – Disney Mamas – Disney’s Contemporary Resort & Bay Lake Tower