We had a girls' day the day after our Disney World day (notice: we're already pre-sunburned). We toured a couple of the Disney resorts, starting with the Polynesian. We had breakfast at 'Ohana, where we were able to meet several characters. I Disneybounded as Lilo (Lilo & Stitch is one of my favorite Disney movies!). She was the first to come to our table, & was very energetic, dancing & moving around. Mickey was next, dressed in his island attire. Next was Pluto, with his lei. This was my first time to meet Pluto - Donald is the only one of the classic 5 characters I haven't met now! Finally, Stitch came through. I loved getting to meet him!
Breakfast was served family style & was all-you-can-eat. We had eggs, bacon, potatoes, biscuits, Mickey & Stitch waffles, & sausages. There was also a tropical bread with pineapple & raisins.
You can see Cinderella's Castle from the beach outside. We took the monorail to the Grand Floridian, & on the way back, Mackenzie & I grabbed Dole Whips for the ride home.
The Grand Floridian is the prettiest hotel I have ever seen. We stopped to get bath products at Basin White, one of my favorite bath stores, then explored the hotel.
I was so excited to see that they already had their Easter eggs on display! Disney makes incredible Easter eggs, & I have wanted to see them for some time now. There is so much detail put into each egg, & they're made with edible products. I was so impressed!
This post is very outdated, so sorry. Life has been busy as usual.
Since Mackenzie is away for the Disney College Program, Taryn & I decided to send her & her 5 roommates a big Valentine's Day surprise package. Valentine's would mark about one month since they'd been away from home, & that was Mackenzie's first Valentine's Day away from Ben since they'd been dating.
We decided to make everything Disney-themed, & we had so much fun coming up with everything! We asked for each roommate's top 3 favorite Disney movies, & tried to make gifts based on those.
For her roommates' gifts...
One roommate got Alice in Wonderland roses - White roses painted red.
Another got a Beauty in the Beast "enchanted rose" in a glass jar.
A third roommate got paper lanterns, based on the ones in Tangled.
& two roommates got pretty arrows - One set themed around Peter Pan, & the other around Pocahontas. They were loosely based on this tutorial.
Mackenzie got a Mickey Mouse box (based on this tutorial), an Up card (based on this bookmark), & a Mickey heart banner (based on this tutorial).
Each girl also got a homemade hair bow. Top is Peter Pan, middle row is Esmerelda & Flynn Rider, & botton is Maleficent & Tarzan. Mackenzie got one too! Inspiration is linked.
The girls also got some candy & paper Valentines, some of which were found on Pinterest. If you search "Disney Valentines," tons of them will come up! Here's a link to the inspiration for a Baymax one we used.
All of the valentines were put in little Disney cups (those ones you can get at Walmart for $1 or whatever!), except Mackenzie's because she had more stuff (& her's went in the Mickey box!) All of this was loaded into a big box to ship to Florida, which we decorated with Hercules lyrics & Disney coloring pages. We were also super annoying & stuffed the whole thing with rose petals.
Hopefully they enjoyed opening their package as much as we enjoyed making it!
Since we were visiting Mackenzie in Orlando over Spring Break, Taryn & I decided we should make her a gift. Taryn came up with the idea to do crayon art. We kind of improvised it, & it was a lot more of a hassle than we had anticipated! But the end result was cute, & Mackenzie seemed to like it, so that's what matters, I guess!
Our canvas was small, so first we cut all of our crayons in half. Then we lined them all up by color, so they'd have a nice ombre effect. We took out all of the neutrals & dark colors so the finished product would be bright & fun. We arranged them in a Mickey outline on the canvas, then hot glued them on (This part was the biggest hassle - The crayons kept moving before we glued them, & the hot glue melted parts of the crayons if we left it on too long).
After gluing the crayons down, we used a hair dryer to melt the ends & make the splatter effect. I don't know how anyone possibly does those fancy pictures you see on Pinterest, or how their middles are so perfectly clean. No matter what we tried, we got color in the middle section. I ended up painting it white later.
Here are some photos & a little video of the process! Just a heads up: the sound on the video is super annoying. I mean, it's a hair dryer, so you shouldn't expect anything different, but still.
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