Friday, May 30, 2014

Five on Friday: Summer Pin-spiration Board, Really Yummy Food, and Sippy Hatred

THE GOOD LIFE BLOG
Linking up with the good life blog, Carolina Charm, A. Liz Adventures, and Hello! Happiness today to share this week's five!
 
Summer Dessert and Drinks Party!
I am wanting to throw a little 'Summer Dessert and Drinks' party next month. Nothing like some sweet treats, cold drinks, a few games, and friends to kick off the summer! But, I'm definitely capable of going way overboard so I'm limiting myself to just a few easy simple things. Pinterest is so handy when you need some fun party ideas! Click the image to go to the Pinterest board where all these goodies and more can be found.
 
I was wanting to pull out the crayons again with Aria this week, when low and behold one of my good blog friend's Brenda (from Chatting Over Chocolate) posted a ton of FREE Disney printables! It was fate, so I grabbed this print of Belle and we got our coloring on again. I drew the story of Beauty and the Beast around the white edges, but the artistry was just too much to photograph...I didn't want to overwhelm anybody with it's magnificence. It is right next to the Mickey and Minnie we did a couple weeks ago on the refrigerator now too.
 
The food being eaten around here lately has been top notch. My cooking desire comes and goes, but it has been at a high this past week or so. I wanted to share the recipes so you could go make them in your kitchen ASAP!
 
[ Cheddar Ranch Chicken Burgers / Slow Cooker Herbed Balsamic Pork Roast with Roast Veggies / Garlicky Crust Pizza / Chicken Taco Chili / Summer Vegetable, Sausage and Potato Skillet / the Brownie Sundae is self explanatory and delicious ]
 
And, because I could not find whatever website I first found baked corn on the cob on and several people asked how I did it....Remove husks, slather with butter and any seasonings, roll up in tin foil, place on a cookie sheet, and bake 35 minutes in the oven at 425 F. Keep the edge of the foil up so the butter doesn't ooze out during the baking. Easy peazy, and the best corn ever.
 
Sippy cups were invented to make mothers go insane. For the love of God why don't any of the ones I own work. The Momma is the best of the losers, but since Aria bit the tip off the straw it leaks. The rest make me want to shoot them. The blue Munchkin dog sippy comes back up the straw. The pink Target cat sippy leaks out of the ears, and the straw, and the lid (but they like to alternate so you never know which way it will attack). The zo-li bot bursts out liquid every time you flip the lid, which Aria finds hilarious, and she bit the tip off this straw too so it leaks, and 50% of the time it just pours out from the lid no matter how tightly I twist it on. The Nuby clik it oozes up the straw (even when friggin 'locked') and Aria can push in the stupid lid so it flows out.
 
And, it is funny because right when we got each of these I was like oh my gosh these rock and are perfect. Then a few weeks later they stop working. It is like they expired. I usually end up trailing behind Aria with a paper towel while she drips milk all over the floor, or when they are sitting on the table they leave a pool of water behind.
 
We can build rockets and mechanical limbs, but we can't design a sippy that actually works?!
 
I've been teaching Aria to 'cheese' for me when I take pictures, so now when I just get out my camera I get this! I couldn't love it anymore. That face, she kills me.
 
Have a spectacular weekend! Don't let the sippies piss you off too much (oh, wait...is that just me?).
 
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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Disney Trip #2 - [Day 4] Mother's Day with Mickey and Friends

Chef Mickey's, Magic Kingdom, Mother's Day at Disney World
 
Walt Disney World Resort
  Happy Mother's Day!!
 
I really wanted to do a character dining on our trip, and I finally settled on Chef Mickey's because it is classic. I was a little apprehensive about how Aria would react to the characters coming and saying hello. It was either going to be really awkward or awesome.
 
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It was awesome!
 
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  First, the buffet is incredible. I barely made a dent in it and couldn't even get past one plate because the potatoes were so good I couldn't stop eating them! My foraging strategy was terrible. But, I am determined to do better next time. When can we go back, Chris!?
 
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Second, Aria loved seeing the characters. She would get excited when she would spot one on the level below us and get a little annoyed when they were too slow coming over to our table.
 
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But, they eventually made their way over and she was super curious about them. She'd touch them with her syrupy hands and let them pat her shoulder or hand.
 
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Plus, she stuffed her face and ate way more than mom could manage.

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When we got back home and watched Mickey Mouse Clubhouse again she fan girl-ed over Donald. I wonder if he was her favourite. It was pretty cute seeing her recognize the cartoons after she saw the characters in person, she never much cared for the show prior to our trip.
 
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Pluto is my favourite!
 
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She started breaking out the kisses by the end of our breakfast too. It just didn't get any cuter.
 
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We were just finishing up when Goofy made his way over. So we got to see all of Mickey and friends.
 
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Can't leave without a kiss for Goofy!
 
I went through her entire pack of hand wipes because I was trying to keep her from dirtying up character faces, and she was trying to stuff more strawberries in her mouth.
 
Walt Disney World Resort, Contemporary, Chef Mickey's
I love this picture. We are downstairs in the bathroom at Chef Mickey's so I could clean Aria up of pancake syrup and annoy her by putting sunscreen all over her. She is holding my flower and asking me to pick her up, it just makes me smile every time I see it.
 
I've only had two Mother's Days so far, but this one was definitely my favourite. I got a pink carnation at Chef Mickey's and got to meet Pluto and got to watch my little girl enjoy her first character experience. And, I didn't even realize it was Mother's Day when I booked this dining reservation months ago. It was just good luck!
 
Walt Disney World Resort, Contemporary, Chef Mickey's
Chef Mickey's is one floor down and like 20 feet away from the monorail...we got lost coming and going. It was just a super quick lost though, nothing serious.
 
After stuffing ourselves at Chef Mickey's we monorail-ed it over to Magic Kingdom where we spent the last day of our trip.
 
Walt Disney World Resort, Magic Kingdom, Main Street USA
I got another carnation when we got to Magic Kingdom too. Disney always knows how to do the little special touches.

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While Chris was doing something with his Sorcerer's of the Magic Kingdom, Aria and I watched the Dapper Dans.
 
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  Main Street USA us-ie.
 
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  Cinderella's Castle us-ie.
 
I thought Aria was about to pass out when we got into the park, so I tried to let her fall asleep in the stroller. We started to walk to do Chris' card game but when she just kept hanging on we double backed and hit up our fastpass+.  On day 1 we went straight, and day 2 we went left, so day 4 we went right.
 
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Our first fastpass+ was Buzz Lightyear. Aria was in control of the spinning and she helped me shoot things too. We got a whole 6000 or something, don't be jealous. 
 
I just noticed that the picture says galactic hero under me and star cadet under Chris, is it suppose to give you your rank or is it just willy nilly? Because, 6000 does not make one a galactic hero. Just saying.
 
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Next up we hopped on the TTA People Mover. It was definitely a busy day because even that had a line. Aria refused to sit on the seat, but she did enjoy being tossed about when we went around a corner. I told her she wasn't in the best spot for people watching, but she didn't care.
 
At this point Aria was definitely showing signs of being overtired, but she wouldn't sit in the stroller so we let her run around in a less populated corner of Fantasyland for a bit before we decided to try one more ride.
Walt Disney World Resort, Magic Kingdom, Rides of Disney World
Since the Carousel's line is a pretty quick one and the ride is one of Aria's favourites I figured we could squeeze it in before completely melting down from lack of a nap.
 
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It worked for at least half the ride.
 
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But, by the end she just wanted mommy to hold her.
 
So, I tried the stroller one more time and told her it was time for a nap and that she needed to stay horizontal (because she always listens to mama so well).
 
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And, it worked this time!
 
Definitely the worst nap day of the trip. She was fighting it and getting pretty grumpy about everything in general, but exhaustion seems to always win in the end. Chris and I breathed a collective sigh of relief. That and we slowly meandered around the Hundred Acre Goods shop (cute name, huh?) where there was air conditioning. We also snagged Aria a new book too. I've discovered books are one of my favourite souvenirs because the price is the same out of Disney as it is in Disney, and Aria loves books!
 
Walt Disney World Resort, Magic Kingdom, Disney World Parades
After we cooled down for a few minutes I realized the Festival of Fantasy Parade would be starting any minute and we hot tailed it over to Frontierland to snag a spot to watch it from. When parents stand their kids in front of me it makes me want to stab people. Luckily a cast member yelled at them shortly thereafter. It is so very rude. This is probably why I don't normally watch parades, I get hostile.
 
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  It was totally worth it though because I loved all the floats.
 
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They were colourful.
 
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  And, creative. 
 
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  And, perfectly magical.
 
The dragon was the coolest. I didn't snap a picture because I was videoing that bit in hopes of catching the fire breathing, which I did...so if you want to see that check out today's video below! The Tangled float was also super awesome, and in the video fyi.
 
 Aria missed the whole parade, but woke up not too long after it was over while we were checking out Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe where there was more air conditioning, and this time air conditioning that smelled like a Christmas tree - total bonus.

Walt Disney World Resort, Magic Kingdom, Rides of Disney World
I'm really enjoying the new fastpass+ system, but I also suck at guesstimating when to set times to accommodate Aria's nap. I felt like I was glued to my Disney app changing fastpass+ times at every bathroom stop.
 
But, I scheduled this one correctly and we used a fastpass+ to go on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ride. Aria absolutely loved bouncing with Tigger. I'd say this was another of her favourites.
 
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  Next up was Dumbo! We used a fastpass+ again but I think there was a kid area in the regular line that we missed. I'm not sure I haven't been since it was relocated and updated, but Chris was all bummed. Anybody know what's under the tent?
 
Walt Disney World Resort, Magic Kingdom, Be Our Guest, Disney Dining
So, I was in bed the day before (during Aria's nap) fiddling around with our fastpass+ selections and thought I'd see if there were any reservations for an early dinner at Magic Kingdom for the next day. And, what popped up but a reservation at the perfect time for Be Our Guest. You should know that these things fill up almost the minute they are available, so I snagged that thing quick.
 
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I was so excited to get a chance to see inside, because the lunch line just seemed so long every time we walked by...and I hate lines. It is even more gorgeous in person, and The Beast walks through the rooms periodically to thunderous applause, which was super fun too.
 
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Of course, about 3 minutes at the table and Aria melts down. The biggest one of the whole trip. Chris and I wanted to fade from sight, thankfully it was so loud in there I doubt the people two tables away even heard. We were trying to distract her and calm her down so Chris grabbed out the raisins and she went to town gobbling those up. Isn't it funny how cute and happy they can be one second and then how loud and unreasonable they can be the next? (and by funny I mean nutso) Luckily the raisins worked and she snacked on our dinners when they came too.
 
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I got the potoato and leek soup to start, and then the pork rack chop for dinner. All of it was perfect. Chris got the mussels to start, and then the lamb rack for dinner. He said the lamb was second only to his favourite lamb which he use to get in DC (but isn't even available anymore). So, I suppose it is pretty good!
 
BTW, Aria and I have the same excited but also really tired smile.
 
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The bread was also really good, Aria had like three rolls.
 
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My favourite part. We ordered so many the waiter had to go back for more plates. We tried the chocolate cream puff, the lemon meringue cupcake, and the strawberry cream cheese cupcake. I think my favourite was the strawberry, but it was a hard choice they were all tasty.
 
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After our huge meal we wandered around to the other rooms to take a peak, and contemplated saying hi the The Beast but didn't really want to wait in that long line. I was going for 'let's not piss the toddler off anymore'.
 
Walt Disney World Resort, Magic Kingdom, Be Our Guest, Disney Dining
We did stop and visit with sad gargoyle though. Anybody else notice the crazy eyes?
 
Walt Disney World Resort, Magic Kingdom, Be Our Guest, Disney Dining
  Aria and I tried to break open the lock to see where the stairs would lead but no such luck.
 
Walt Disney World Resort, Magic Kingdom, Cinderella's Castle
A quick castle us-ie before heading off to the circus.

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Aria was ridiculously clingy to me by day 4 so I handed her off to dad and then hid. She's totally fine if she can't see me. Chris took her over to play in the water, which I thought would be a big hit but she was just too tired by that point.

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  This cute little girl almost talked her into playing, but Aria just wasn't having it. I think next time we will hit this up earlier in the day and hopefully wear her out for that nap better.
 
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We hopped on the train in Fantasyland and did the whole loop before hopping back off at Main Street USA. Aria made friend's with a young girl in front of us who gave her her flower lei.

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Saying good bye to Main Street USA, and one last us-ie.

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The ferry is my favourite so I picked that as our transportation back to the parking lot.
 
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I think she ended up having one magical vacation, even if there were some super overtired bits. Disney wears everybody out.
 
We made it back to the car and assumed she would pass out in about 4 seconds, but no. She decided to scream for around an hour. At least she was easy to transfer from the car to her crib once we got home. Silver linings.
 
And, the last video from Disney Trip #2!

Thanks for reliving the magic with me for all 4 days!

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