Showing our Disney Side

*Disclaimer-I have received free products in order to host the Disney Side @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own.*

I had the pleasure of hosting a Disney Side @Home Celebration. This was a wonderful way to reconnect with memories from our recent DisneyWorld trip in July of 2013. The same gang that all went together on the trip celebrated in style at the celebration! I am going to have this post be a gallery style post, because the pictures are so cute, I want them to be the highlight as I explain everything we did!

This is a picture of all of the supplies packed up and ready to head to my mom’s house where we held the celebration. (Please ignore my table that obviously needs to be refinished!) The supplies came in an American Tourister piece of luggage which was my special gift for hosting a Disney Side celebration. American Tourister is the official luggage of Walt Disney World Resorts. This is a great little piece of luggage, very sturdy with great wheels that spin 360 degrees. This may not seem like a big deal but it is very handy when maneuvering in and out of tight spaces such as airports or hotel lobbies that are packed with tourists.  And fun enough, it is black on the outside and red on the inside, which reminds me of Mickey Mouse himself!

Here is my brother and sister-in-law assisting with the decorating. My brother was doing more sitting and talking than helping but that’s ok, we were all having fun reminiscing about DisneyWorld!  One of my nieces decided to sit at the table while we were decorating, she was so excited to get started!  She waited so patiently!

Here is the table in all of its Disney fundom! Each setting was packed with lots of goodies for each child, as well as Disney napkins, cups, and plates. Some of the other goodies they received were Disney tattoos and stickers, an HP photo card pack, Craisins Dried Cranberries, a Disney Bingo card and a Hanes t-shirt. I bought Mickey and Minnie hats for each child to wear along with some other party store goodies I found like ring pops in Mickey Mouse or TinkerBell.









These are a few of the pictures of the children attending the celebration. In our family, there are 12 nieces and nephews ranging from (then) 11 to 4 mos (now 12 to 1) and we all went to DisneyWorld in July of 2013 courtesy of my parents. It was such a wonderful family vacation, and those memories are priceless. Below is a picture of all of the kiddos together (minus one, who didn’t make it into the picture) standing outside Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios.


It was hard to get everyone to look at one camera, be still, smile and have focus but this picture came out pretty great, all things considered. It was hot, had just rained and it was time to eat for most of them.


Here I am explaining what all of the goodies are at the table. They were ready to dig in to the activities!


Well, maybe except for my son Joseph. He wasn’t happy that I wanted to take pictures of everyone before we got started.


My mom made rice krispie treats that we used the Mickey Mouse cookie cutter on for each child to make their own MM shaped treat. Here’s a picture of the result…


We played a round of Disney Bingo, and I had bought a small prize for that.

Lastly we let them all move into the living room to decorate their Hanes t-shirts with the Crayola Fabric Markers included in the celebration kit. The children had fun designing their own t-shirts, and everyone took turns sharing the markers which was great!




Here’s a picture I posted on Instagram of the fun.  The kids had such a ball.  We celebrated with cupcakes at the end that I brought from a local store for the end of the celebration.


I can’t let you go without posting a picture of the children’s finished products!  They worked so hard on their shirts, and they all came out so great.


We all had such a wonderful time showing our Disney Sides.  Only the youngest one, Eli, my third son, wasn’t able to participate as he fell asleep before the festivities began.


Now I’d love to hear from you! Tell me, what is your Disney Side?

*Disclaimer-I received free products in order to host the Disney Side @Home Celebration.  The opinions expressed here are my own.*


Oh the Christmas spirit!

I saw somewhere that we are officially in the “100 days to Christmas” countdown now.  I believe it started September 16th, but don’t quote me on that.  There is nothing that gets me into that joyous mood more than creating our annual Christmas card from Shutterfly.  Every year there are a few things that I include on the card.  First is a quote on the inside, at first I was doing Bible verses that alluded to (from the Old Testament) or flat out announced (from the New Testament) the coming of the Savior, Jesus Christ.  Last year was the first year I moved to doing a Christmas-y type quote so I wouldn’t be reusing Scripture.  There isn’t anything wrong with reusing Scripture, but I really wanted to make each card unique so that as we look back each year, they are all different.  Second, there are always pictures of the boys.  I typically never include a picture of myself, but this year we had some great family photos taken so I actually put one of me in there, too.  Third, the back is always saved for something whimsical.  Whimsical in the way of (usually) having some reference to Roll Tide for my husband.  This year it was fun because I knew I wanted to announce the new baby some way on the card, so I saved it for the back!  Take a gander at our card for 2012 🙂

I always choose Shutterfly for my Christmas cards.  They have an outstanding collection of cards to choose from (and for more than just Christmas for that matter, for any need you have!) and the process of creating your card is super duper easy!  They look professional, they are printed on a glossy or matte cardstock which gives them a nice local-printer feel to them, and they are just gorgeous!  Their prices are affordable (that’s saying a lot coming from me because we live on one super tight budget) and a lot of times throughout the year they have these awesome promotions where you can get free cards, and sometimes even free photo books, calendars, and mailing labels!  All you have to pay is shipping and handling, which again is quite affordable!  If you are reading this today, September 18, 2012, you can get 10 free holiday cards if you put in the promo code 10FREECARDS after creating a Shutterfly account!  Hurry and get your free cards today before the promotion runs out!

**This is my own opinion, I have not been reimbursed by Shutterfly in any way for stating how awesome they are.  Trust me, go make your own account and try them out, you won’t regret it!**

***Shutterfly – if you are reading this, I would love to be part of your holiday blogger review program if you are doing that this year! :)***