Monthly Archives: February 2016

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Budget-Friendly RunDisney Costume: Three Good Fairies!

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On Saturday we ran the first part of the Glass Slipper Challenge at Walt Disney World. I plan to do a full re-cap of the race with pictures, but I’m still waiting on a few things before that so in the meantime, here are our costumes!

I ran with my two sisters, and we decided to be the fairies from Sleeping Beauty. My younger sister was SO excited about this, because her all-time favorite Princess is Aurora.

We got a lot of compliments on our costumes, and had a lot of fun during the race.

Costume Pieces 

My costume:

I already owned the pink skirt, shorts and shirt so really the only money I spent on this costume was the wings for the three of us. So, if you already have basic colored clothing it is pretty easy to make an adorable costume for just a few dollars and a trip to the Dollar Tree!

The question of the day: Do you run in costume?


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My Daughter’s FIRST Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bar!

If you spend any time around Disney, chances are you’ve eaten something shaped like the beloved Mickey Mouse.  My favorite mouse shaped treat is the Premium ice cream bar! Smooth creamy vanilla ice cream shaped like Mickey Mouse with a thick coating of chocolate surrounding it.

It always tastes best when eaten on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom, but I’m sure that’s just because you are looking at the castle. You can purchase the treat at the resorts and each of the parks, I just prefer to eat it on Main Street before the parade (It’s tradition).

Our “babymoon” 11/2013 
Since having children I haven’t gotten many of them because I just didn’t want to share, but on a warm February day in 2016 I decided it was time to introduce my oldest daughter (2 years old) to the joys of a Premium Ice Cream Bar. 
The verdict: She LOVED it! 

How old were you when you enjoyed your first Mickey Ice Cream Bar? 

First Premium Ice Cream Bar, 2-14-16 
SHARING IS CARING

WDW Wednesday – Top 3 Rides in Epcot for 2 and Under

I love Epcot.

 Spaceship Earth

I love to walk around the World Showcase, I love to eat around the World Showcase, and some people even love to drink around the World Showcase. Typically it is considered to be a park for adults and it is, it really is, but don’t hesitate to bring your little ones to Epcot. There is plenty of fun things for them to do.

For example, in each country there is a Kid-Cot Fun Stop. Basically, there will be a cast member there with a craft for your kids to complete (for  free). We have only done it with our daughter in the Mexico pavilion, but it is something I always keep in mind when we go to Epcot. It can be a great activity for your kids to do if it’s particularly busy that day.

This post is to talk more about the rides my two girls (2 and 9 months) have been loving lately!

Number 3.

Spaceship Earth.
This slow moving ride is perfect for your young family. When you first enter the ride you will answer a few questions on a screen and have your picture taken, then you will ride through the “big ball” and learn about the history of communication.

At the end of the ride your picture is used to show you a cute and sometimes funny video.

Both my girls really enjoy this ride, even though it can be pretty dark during some parts of the ride. Our family of 4 can fit into one cart, but we typically split into two carts.

Number 2.

The Seas with Nemo and Friends

If you love Finding Nemo, you will enjoy this ride. This is another slow moving ride that loosely follows the Finding Nemo story and at the end plays a catchy song.

We squeeze our family of 4 on one cart for this ride and enjoy watching our girls clap and point at all the “fishies”.

Number 1.

Gran Fiesta Tour Featuring the Three Caballeros

Our two year old LOVES Donald Duck (and Daisy). Our number 1 must do ride when she is with us at Epcot is the boat ride in the Mexican Pavilion. It’s kind of a hidden gem, because when you walk into the pavilion it looks like several shops and a restaurant. Keep going! There is an adorable boat ride, fun for the whole family!

Little Lady’s 1st Ride (May 2014)

So there you have it, our little lady’s top ride picks for Epcot!

Question of the day: Have you ever been to Epcot?

May 2014

Top 3 Magic Kingdom Rides – 2 and Under


Training Update – RunDisney Glass Slipper Challenge!

*Calling all Princesses!*

The Princess Half Waivers and Corrals have been posted, so go check it out!

I was literally jumping up and down when these posted, I was just SUPER excited!! To be honest with you, it wasn’t until this week that I really got excited. A few weeks ago, all our plans kind of fell apart when my husband wasn’t able to get Friday off. Thankfully everything is sorted out now, and my dear friend is going to come with me to help with the girls at the kids races and packet pick up until my husband comes on Friday evening.

::Hallelujah::

The corrals are posted and I’m not in the last corral (and neither is my sister) sooo…

::Hallelujah::

Come on Princess Half!!!!!!! (but remember).

Now, lets talk Training.

Ever since my PR at the #miamifamous half Marathon, I have been SO motivated and excited to run. I’ve been hitting the treadmill after the girls are in bed and really enjoying my runs. So, I’m ready!

On Friday I will be running 5 miles and then Saturday I’ll attempt 14 miles. We will see how it goes on the treadmill for 14 miles. It’s supposed to rain on Saturday, so I just going to go straight to the gym, get some movies ready to go on my phone and RUN!

I’m strangely excited about it too. …

Next week is time to taper, HOORAY!!!

Question of the day: What’s your favorite ride at Walt Disney World?

Our Top 3 Rides in Magic Kingdom for Kids 2 and Under

Hello Disney loving friends!

For today’s post I wanted to give our top 3 favorite rides for families with very young children. These are my 2 year old’s MOST requested rides at the Magic Kingdom! I’m pretty excited that she loves these rides so much because I love them and also want to ride them over and over again!

As a point of reference, we have annual passes and very rarely wait in long lines for rides. We use the fast pass+ or often times go to the Magic Kingdom late in the evening after the girls have napped a lot of the guests have departed for the day.

Number 3. 

The Little Mermaid. 

My 2 year old has recently fallen IN.LOVE. with Ariel and the Little Mermaid movie. On our most recent trip to the Magic Kingdom there was no line for the Little Mermaid ride and so we rode it 3 or 4 times without getting off.

The line for this ride is also pretty cute, you get to see scuttle, some of the treasures Ariel finds and outside is Prince Eric’s castle and a boat with Ariel on the front.

Why we like the ride:

  • Slow moving
  • Bright colors
  • Music
  • Our family of 4 can ride together 
Number 2.5 (BONUS).
Winnie the Pooh. 
At 5 months old my oldest daughter identified Winnie the Pooh as her favorite. She loves the color yellow and Winnie the Pooh (still does at 2 years old).  So, I had to include this ride as a top for our family.  
The line for this ride is also very interactive, there are lots of games and activities to keep the little ones entertained. 
Why we like the ride: 
  • slow moving
  • brightly colored
  • fun music
  • our family of 4 can ride together
Number 2. 

DUMBO

When you think Walt Disney World, you think Disney… (am I right?).  It is simply a MUST DO ride. My husband grew up loving the movie Dumbo, and of course the ride as well.  Our 2 year old will now ask us to go to Disney to ride Dumbo. We can’t go to the Magic Kingdom without a fast pass for this ride. 
Recently Disney expanded this ride to have two dumbo rides and a huge play area for young children under the big top. We haven’t used the play area yet, but are looking forward to using it when our youngest gets a little older.  I believe there is a system in place where you can play for a bit inside the play ground and then go ride the ride, I’m not certain how that works but it sounds really great for families! 
Why we like this ride:
  • It’s Dumbo. 
  • Children are able to move the cart up and down
  • outside 
  • Iconic Disney Ride 
Number 1. 

The Carousel

Although Dumbo is her most requested ride while at home planning for a Disney trip, our top ride for 2 and under is the Carousel. I put it as number one because our daughter melts into a thousand pieces if we walk by this ride without riding it – she just LOVES it! 
One lesson I recently learned was that during the fireworks they close the ride down. This was quite unfortunate because that’s when we were about to go ride it. We spent some time with the princesses while we waited for it to open and all was well, but it is something to consider. 
The line isn’t too exciting, it wraps around the carousel and is pretty hot during the day because there is limited shade. We prefer to do this ride in the evening or early morning. 
Why we like this ride: 
  • Indepence
    • My daughter can ride a horse all by herself (with mom right there)
  • Beautiful views of the castle
  • Fun for the whole family
  • Iconic Disney ride
I’m sure as our children age, even this year, they will begin to have new favorite rides – it’s only natural. I am excited that these are their current favorites because they are some of my favorites too! 
Question of the day: What’s your most favorite ride at the Magic Kingdom?