Lessons Learned from Disney's Into the Woods

Once upon a time, a gentleman named Felix looked over at his beautiful wife in a darkened theater with great suspicion in his eyes. Just as the opening credits began and the first notes were sung, he leaned over and accusedly whispered, "Is this a musical?"The beautiful maiden answered, "Yes", sure that she had told him before they arrived that it was, albeit quietly and .... perhaps under her breath.  The gentleman dramatically sighed, lowered his head and shook it in disbelief and denial at what would be his reality for the next ... 124 minutes....more

I Like My Christmas at Home

All of you people who are spending Christmas at Disney, or on a cruise ship, or at a resort, or at a ski lodge, or on a beach, or anywhere far away from your home:  Have fun.  I do not envy you in the least.  I have never wanted to spend Christmas at Disney. Or on a cruise ship. Or at a resort. Or at a ski lodge. Or on a beach.  Ever.  Not as a child, not when my own children were little, and not now....more
Hah. In the hectic madness of our big family Christmas, I've often wondered if we should just ...more

10 Life Lessons from Disney Movies

10 Things to Say to Trick-or-Treaters Dressed as Elsa

Warning! They're coming. Not the walking dead. Or the Boy Scouts with their popcorn. No, the Elsas are coming. All 5,082,367 of them. How do I know there will be so many of them? A couple of weeks ago I took my daughter, 7, to a Halloween event. And then I almost lost her. That’s because she, as well as every other girl under age 10, dressed as Elsa from Frozen. So to prepare for the onslaught of Queen Elsas showing up at your door this Halloween, here are 10 Things to Say to Trick-or-Treaters Dressed as Elsa: ...more
My 4-year-old will also be making an appearance as Elsa, lol. I TRIED, SO HARD, to steer her ...more

Disney button shadowboxes

When our family has something to celebrate, we head over to Walt Disney World. Birthdays, anniversaries, new jobs, new homes--we'll find a reason to celebrate with a visit to Magic Kingdom.And somehow we always leave with a button....more

Why Doc McStuffins Is Not Enough

Doc McStuffins, Disney's black doctor character, is a"crossover hit." Sales of Doc McStuffins character products are evenly distributed by race and even gender, prompting a popular refrain about the virtues of colorblindness, as reported by the ...more
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Frozen here, Frozen there, Frozen everywhere!

Hello again,   I just want to say that the Disney movie Frozen has taken over my life!  Now I know what you are thinking, it has taken over every mom's life.  Maybe, but the funniest thing happened a couple of days ago that gave me a tiny insy winsy panic attack... My sister had asked my daughter Isabella to borrow her Frozen dvd to lend out to her friend.  Of course Bella being the doll she is says, "OKAY!!!"  Slowly but surely I think of my daughters Frozen DVD locked up in a dungeon surround by marshmallow monsters....more

Why We Travel With Our Kids: A Heartwarming Hong Kong Story

On our recent trip to Hong Kong, one poignant experience really stood out to me that crystallizes why my husband and I have decided to travel so much with our kids....more

Magic Kingdom Day Two

I woke up Friday morning with a little bit of sadness....it was our last day in Disney!  Instead of taking the girls to Epcot {which I love but don't think it's as kid friendly} we went back for another day at Magic Kingdom.  The morning started off with one last call from Olaf, and sadly my dead cell phone.  No matter what I did it wouldn't turn on,  Instead of letting it consume me, I just left it behind and headed out for a great day!! ...more