The Mommyhood Life


Disney On Ice 100 Years of Magic

As a child I remember taking the train into Boston with my Mom and Grandmother to see Disney On Ice.  I remember the light up swords and wands, the music, and the amazing skaters jumping in the air.  Disney is magical whether you are standing in front of Cinderella’s castle, shopping at the Disney Store, or in a stadium seat watching Mickey and Minnie tell a story on ice skates.  This is why Disney memories are memories that last a lifetime and why we are huge Disney fans!


Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique ~ Walt Disney World

I love the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disney World!  I think its the perfect opportunity for me and Lilly to sneak away from Daddy and the boys and have some very special girl time making magical princess memories!
I’ve heard many people say they thought the boutique was to pricey, but my feeling is, everything at Disney is expensive that’s the sad reality.  However we will be at Disney less than a handful of times while the kids are still young enough to want to dress up in princess dresses and pirate eye patches.  So for those few times I’ll close my eyes and slam down the credit card to make some amazing memories.
During our Trip in 2012, Lilly wanted to be Cinderella and because she was still so little I was able to to convince he to go with the fairy-tale princess hair style.
This year she wanted to be Aurora but they where out of the costume so she went with Belle.  She also wanted to pick her own hair style and that was the Disney Diva style, um yikes!  Even with the spikes and all the colors she still looked adorable though.(We went to the Down Town Disney Boutique)

It all starts with checking in at the counter, choosing the package you want, and getting a princess pager.

The Current Packages to choose from are:
The Coach Package ($54.95)
Hair styling
Princess Sash
Tote Bag

The Crown Package ($59.95)
Hair styling
Nail Polish
Princess Sash
Tote Bag

The Courtyard Package ($94.95)
Hair styling
Nail Polish
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Shirt
Tutu Skirt
Princess Sash
Tote Bag

The Castle Package ($194.95)
Hair Styling
Nail Polish
Princess Costume and Accessories
Princess Sash
Tote Bag
Photo Package

We then had some time to shop around the huge Disney store while waiting for our turn.
Once our magical pager vibrated and began to tell us to come in, we headed back over to the boutique entrance where Lilly’s fair godmother was waiting to take us into a dressing room where her princess outfit was laid out and waiting to be put on.  Now this is where the fun began.  After she was decked out in a princess gown and shoes and had her wand in hand, she was ready to be pampered.

She got into her station and the fairy godmothers got to work, doing her hair and letting her choose the style and colors of the accessories.  Then painting her nails and doing her make up.

After she got her sash and her fairy godmother waived her wand full of sparkles making her a full fledged princess, we checked out.  Lilly received a pink Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique backpack tote with her princess invitation, nail polishes, makeup, and stickers in it.

Next we walked down a few shops to the photo studio, where they took some professional pictures.

That completed our makeover fun, but in Disney the dress up magic stayed all day.  Every cast member called her princess when taking her order at restaurants, letting her on and off rides, and introducing her to Characters.  Many even bowed and took her hand.  Plus the Disney buses played a soundtrack over the intercom announcing there was a royal princess aboard.  All these little things kept her giggling all day, and my heart melting.

And I must add, Lilly was able to rock that Diva Hairstyle for days!

Pirate League at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom ~ Orlando Floridia

This year was our first time at the Pirate’s League in Adventure Land at Magic Kingdom.  We had done the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique with Lilly on our last visit but hadn’t heard about the Pirate’s League yet.
This is a must do if you have Pirate Lovers in your family!  The boys had so much fun, and their faces through out the entire experience were priceless.

 We checked in outside and chose the pirate package we wanted,  I also decided to add on the pirate clothing to our package choice.

The package choices are:
First Mate/Empress Packages$29.95
Face Painting
Reversible Bandana
Earring and eye patch
Sword and Sheath
Temporary Tattoo
Pirate League Bag
Pirate Coin Necklace
Pirate Oath
Official Pirate Name
Participation in the Daily Pirate Parade

Jake and the Never Land Pirates: $44.95
Jake and the Never Land Pirates bandana with faux hair
Face Painting
Sword and sheath
Pirates League bag
Pirate coin necklace
Jake and the Never Land Pirates T-shirt
Participation in the daily Pirate Parade

The Mermaid Deluxe Package: $74.95
Mermaid makeup and makeup palette
Mermaid hairstyle and color-changing hair clip
Mermaid necklace
Nail polish
Mermaid sash
Mermaid T-shirt and tutu
Participation in the daily Pirate Parade
The full pirate costumes cost extra or you can bring your own.  They cost a bit more but I think they made the whole day that much more special, plus I’m thinking a Pirate and Princess party theme for the twins birthday so the costumes will be used again.
When we first walked in a crew member brought us to a dressing room where the boys got to put on there Jack Sparrow like costumes.  They then went to find out their pirate names and sign the pirate book.

After the little pirates where named we got to move along into where all the fun is.  Our stylists introduced themselves to the boys and got to pick the pirate faces they wanted.  Anthony wanted a complete pirate transformation to look like his favorite Jack Sparrow.

Aidan on the other hand is not a face paint fan, the idea of it usually causes a complete melt down.  However his pirate stylist was awesome with him, she took it very slow with him and he agreed to a little cut on his cheek, which he was very proud of for the rest of the day.

After the boys took their Pirate Oaths we went into a “secret” room to learn about a treasure and get the boys photographs taken.
We then went to check out, the photographs where packaged and ready to purchase, the boys also got their Pirates Pledge with their Pirate names on it.

This was so much fun and like Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, the fun doesn’t end after the makeover!  On all the Disney buses they played a special announcement saying there was a pirate on board.  All the cast members also called them Pirate’s all day.

Dress Up Fun at Disney!

Magic Kingdom ~ Walt Disney World

We Love Visiting Mickey!

Magic Kingdom, the heart of Disney and my kids favorite park.  This is always our first stop at Disney, and it usually takes a couple days to feel like we’ve completed a fair amount of the magic.  The other Disney Parks we usually will go from lunch time till close or from opening till lunch time and then head back to our hotel for the relaxation part of our vacation.  However with Magic Kingdom we like to get there early and stay through the crowded flood of people at closing.
Our Favorite Rides
Buzz Lightyear ‘s Space Ranger Spin
Mickey’s PhilharMagic
Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
Peter Pan’s Flight
Aidan doesn’t do good in lines at all, we can usually do a 5-10 wait with minor problems but anything longer than that usually includes a major meltdown because he cant stand still in a confined area surrounded by strangers.  His body just wants to run and there’s no fast pass for characters and the disability access service cards don’t apply to character meetings.  So we like to plan out the characters we really need to see and spread them out between the parks.  This is why character dining works the best for us, Aidan is able to sit, eat, and use his Ipad in between characters, expensive but for us totally worth it.  After scheduling out our dining reservations we end up only having to wait in those long lines for a few autographs instead of dozens.
We haven’t done any character meals inside Magic Kingdom yet.  Cinderella’s Royal Table is on our list for next year because we wanted to wait till the Lilly was really able to enjoy the experience.  
What we have done on our Magic Kingdom days, which has worked out perfect, is had lunch at Chef Mickey inside the Contemporary Resort or Dinner at 1900 Park Fare inside the Grand Floridian Resort.  Both these restaurants are on the monorail which makes them very easy and quick to get to from Magic Kingdom.  Plus it gives us a mid day break from the hustle and bustle of the park and the kids enjoy riding the monorail, especially my train obsessed Aidan.
We try to only do one sit down meal a day at the parks because of all the other fun eats there are through out the park.  With Ice Cream, Pretzels and more shaped like Mickey, a candy store you could get lost in, the legendary Dole Whip, and the cutest Starbucks in the world there no time to get hungry.

As if there isn’t enough to fill your day with characters, shows, rides, and food.  The shopping is amazing and makes any Disney lover’s heart skip a beat!  Everything and anything you could want, they have with a Disney twist!  I could have spent an entire day just walking around Main Street USA.
Shows and Parades we Love
Dream Along with Mickey
Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party
Wishes nighttime spectacular (obviously a must)
And then the Magic comes to an End!

Walt Disney World Savings Jars for Kids Vacation Money ~ Easy Disney Craft to Help them save for Souvenirs!

We have our next Walt Disney World Vacation Planned for the end of January 2014!  I LOVE Disney, almost more than the kids do!
However Disney is extremely expensive with the plane tickets, hotel, park tickets, the restaurants, and more.  Then to top it off they have gift shops, candy shops, and souvenirs to choose from, every three minutes throughout each park.
A long day in lines, the excitement of hugging mickey, the sugar rush from the ice cream cone after lunch, and the crowds waiting for the fire works can make any child tired and cranky!  However add to that a perfectly positioned cart of $25 flashing light swords that every child “has to have” and that can easily transforms a whine into a full on meltdown!

On our last trip 2 things kept us sane, one being we only did half days in the park.  Even with a full day you cant get everything done at Disney World so why try?  We use the apps and plan out what we really want to see, then go after brunch.  This way the kids can sleep in, eat a good meal, and relax before the excitement.  This helped a lot with the crankiness, at least for my kids!  Plus this isn’t just their vacation, its ours too, so sleeping in is a big plus for me!
Second was our Disney Savings System!  
I have 3 kids, that can easily tally up to over $100 on ears alone.  So we started having the kids save up on their own as soon as we booked our trip.  To make it fun, and remind them why they where saving we made up fun little Disney Themed Jars. 
Joann Fabrics had cute little Mickey head tape and stick on buttons, we got Rhinestone ones for Lilly.  They also had puffy letter stickers and flat mason jars!  This was so easy, the kids had fun knowing it was part of preparing for Disney, and they ended up being very CHEAP!  If you hit Joann’s at the right time you can get it all 50% off in the scrap booking section, Score!
 We removed the inner lid of the jars so that the kids could drop change in easily.
 Put their names on them with the glitter puffy stickers.
 Then scattered all the Mickey sticker buttons around the jar.
 Added the tape for a bit of pzazz!
 And tada! 30 minute craft! Easy for Mommy, and Fun for the Kiddos.
They are slowly getting filled.  Aidan is potty training so when he comes home from school with no accidents he gets a coin (he chose this instead of a piece of candy, our dentist will be happy!)  They also get a dollar or some change for helping around the house beyond whats normally expected.  I also surprise them sometimes when I see them acting really well behaved.  
Now a few days before we leave, we all go to the coin machine at the bank to transform it into cash, then Mommy divides it by the days we’ll be at Disney and buys a TON of Disney gift cards!  This way they have a gift card for each day we are at the park, so they can spend it or save it for the next day, but either way all the money isn’t spent on the first day.
On our last trip Anthony had earned over $200 (he was doing chores for the entire family for months) He had enough to get a Harry potter wand at Universal, a Mickey hat, Pin necklace, shirt, pen, and 2 Lego sets!
No Whining, No tantrums, plus it helped him learn about money and math, and it was a great aid to help him with his self esteem and language because he would do the check out process on his own.
The twins were only 3 last time, we used the same process but with more help.  However I’m hoping this year they’ll grasp it as well as Anthony has!