Monthly Archives: March 2014

Get a free Mickey Mouse postcard!



A few months ago, we sent a letter to Goofy.  Last week we got a postcard back!  Isabella thought it was the coolest thing to receive her very own mail, signed by Mickey and his friends, no less!

You can get your very own postcard from Disney characters by writing to:

Walt Disney World Communications
P.O. Box 10040
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-0040

(for Walt Disney World)


Walt Disney Company
Attn: Fan Mail Department
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521

(for Disneyland)


Disney Look for Less – Princess Jasmine Dress Up


Princess Jasmine dress up DIY

Isabella is just starting to take an interest in the Disney Princesses and playing “dress up” so I made her a Princess Jasmine outfit.  The Disney store has a cute one for $45, but we knew we could make one for whole lot less.

The pattern is vintage McCalls 2893 with elastic added in the pants hem, a non fraying sparkly organza “cape” attached to the back of the top and overlaying the pants legs, and some gold metal trim added at the waist.  You can make something similar by starting with one of the free peasant top tutorials online, such as this one at Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.

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Back view:

Princess Jasmine dress up DIY

Fabrics were from Hancock fabrics and pattern was a thrift store find.  Total cost was about $10.  The gold trim was the most costly part of the outfit, but Isabella loves the sound it makes when she is dancing around the house.

Disney Princess Half Marathon


A little over two years ago, we did something we never knew we were capable of.  We ran a half marathon!

#DisneySide Princess Half Marathon

Mind you, we weren’t runners – yet, and Isabella was due a mere two months before the race.  These things didn’t faze us because it sounded like fun, so we sent in our registration and booked a resort.

We started running and walking more and more, including about 6 miles of hospital halls the day Isabella was born.   Obviously, there was no half marathon training plan that takes into account having a baby 8 weeks before the half marathon, so we just did the best we could and had a longest run of only 6.5 miles before we left, figuring that we’d do the rest of the mileage by walking if necessary.

There are a lot of recaps of this race already online and things might have changed since 2012, so we’ll just give a brief synopsis of our experience, along with a few tips we learned.

First, be prepared for it to be VERY CROWDED – at the expo, on the buses, in the corrals, and along the whole race course.

Second, read as many trip reports as you can so your expectations are in line with your experience.  And try to read the reports from people who pay their own way and aren’t given extra perks (eg race retreat tent) by Disney (unless you are lucky enough to be receiving them or are paying the extra fees for them).

Third, buy some throw away sweats and gloves to put on over your running clothes.  It can be really cold standing in a corral for an hour or two waiting to start.  As the race starts, shed the thrift store priced sweats and they will be donated.  Along with the sweats, bring one of those silver emergency blankets.  It was the key to keeping the night chill off of us while we waited to start.

Fourth, have someone at the finish line with warm clothes and food.  You will receive a banana and a little snack box, but the food inside was kind of odd.  Dried edamame, hummus, dry tasteless crackers.  We had quite a wait to get on a bus to leave and got chilled and hungry standing there waiting.

Fifth, just because everybody else is standing outside in a line with hundreds of people in it at 3 AM doesn’t mean you need to.

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We stayed at the Port Orleans Riverside.  The buses pulled up right outside the main lobby.  We stood inside the lobby and watched person after person go out into the cold and stand in that line for over an hour waiting for a bus only to then stand in the cold in a corral after getting to the start.  We waited inside watching until the line got down to a few people and then headed out and got on a bus.  As long as there was still a line that hadn’t been transported, it seems inconceivable that Disney would stop the buses even if it got later than the 4 AM cut off time.

Sixth, bring your own coffee/food/etc. for the pre-race morning because Port Orleans did not have anything that early if you needed to purchase a beverage or food.

Seventh, be prepared to surprise yourself!  Although neither of us had ever run that far before and Elizabeth was a brand new Mama, we ran all but about 1 mile and finished much faster than we expected.  While you are not running through the parks for much of the race, there is still a lot to see and an energy  boost from running with 15-20,000 other Disney fans that is hard to match.

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Would we do it again?  Absolutely, but maybe next time, we will try for 26.2 instead of 13.1!

Disney DIY Recipes – Dole Whip!


We are starting to feel like summer here!  At least compared to the brutal winter.  So, I thought it was time to try a hot-weather recipe, even if it ended up being overcast today.  Oh well.

I have never actually tried a Dole Whip at Disney World.  I keep seeing online how it is the greatest thing since sliced bread, so I figured if I can’t try one at Disney World, I might as well make one at home!

Dole Whip (recipe from here)

  • 2 cans (20 oz. each)  crushed pineapple
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups whipped cream


  1. Drain pineapple: reserve 2 tbsp. juice.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Place pineapple, lemon juice, lime juice, sugar and reserved pineapple juice in blender.
  4. Cover and blend until smooth.
  5. Pour into two 1-quart freezer zipped bags.
  6. Store bags flat in freezer.
  7. Freeze 1 1/2 hours or until slushy.
  8. Stir pineapple slush gently into whipped cream until slightly blended in large bowl.
  9. Again pour into two 1-quart freezer zipped bags
  10. Return to freezer until completely frozen, about 1 hour and serve.


I used my Magic Bullet and made this in 2 batches.  It makes quite a bit, so you could probably halve the recipe if you are only making it for yourself.


It was good, but very, very pineapple-y.  Does that make sense?  I don’t think I could eat more than a little bit.  Also, using the crushed pineapple I ended up with a bit of pineapple pulp.

I’m putting this on my list of must-try snack next trip to Disney World to see how our homemade version compares!

Project Life album freebie!


I am creating a Project Life album for our Christmas Disney World trip.  Project Life is a new way to scrapbook – and I am loving it so far!  It makes it so easy to make a good looking album with minimal work.  (We are not affiliated with Project Life in any way – I just love the product!)

I will share my trip album when it is completed, but for now I’m going to share a free printable of Florida.  A bright colored outline is perfect for sticking in any trip photo album or scrapbook!


A Disney Ride at Home – DIY!

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Disney inspired yard toys to DIY

What Disney ride is free, has no waiting line, and is available all the time?    It’s Isabella’s new Mickey Mouse seesaw!

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The plans for this seesaw are from the fabulous Ana-White website.   My husband built it and when he was getting ready to put the seat on, we asked him to cut it into a Mickey head shape.  It ends up being extra comfortable, especially when there are two people sitting on one end!

Isabella and her friends are having a great time on her personal Disney ride.  She likes it so much that we even resorted to bringing it inside when the temperatures dropped too low to play outside!

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