Thanksgiving Box

Thanksgiving is an amazing holiday. For starters, I love to eat. The thought of an entire holiday devoted to eating as much turkey and mashed potatoes you can, is amazing. But of course thats not all it’s about. When I think back on all of most memorable Thanksgivings, I don’t remember all the food. I know I ate it obviously, but it’s not what I remember. I remember being surrounded by my family. I remember laughing at the kids table with my cousins. I remember listening to Grandma and Dad playing the piano. And now that my lifestyle keeps me from being able to go home for Thanksgiving, I truly understand how thankful I am for those memories. I wish I completely grasped that when I was growing up, but I never thought those times would end. As a kid, it isn’t always as easy to see.

So this year, I decided to do an activity with the children I watch. The idea of this activity is to get the kids to think about what they are thankful for each day in November.

We started by making a Thanksgiving Box. 

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To make your own Thanksgiving Box you will need:

  • A Small Card Board Box
  • Card Stock or Construction Paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Letter Stickers (optional)

Start by covering the outside of your box with card stock or construction paper. I let Anna Kate pick out the paper (color or pattern) and I cut it to size and glued it to the box. Next, she took markers and colored in all the placed we couldn’t glue paper. Then we put together a little turkey. She helped draw the eyes and picked out the “perfect feathers” for our little thanksgiving friend. Once that was all secure, we used foam-letter stickers and spelled out “I Am Thankful For…” It was a great chance for her to practice her letter recognition and spelling. Once the outside was finished, she set out to decorate the inside. She spelled out “Happy Thanksgiving” with more stickers and drew things that reminded her of Thanksgiving. For her, that was a cooked turkey, a bowl of peas, a scarecrow, a pumpkins, and a batch of straw.

Next we started on what would go inside the box. We have been calling them the “Thankful Turkeys”. 

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To make these “Thankful Turkeys” you will need:

  • A Variety of Card Stock or Construction Paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors

As you can see, you don’t need much because you will be making these everyday. The actual turkeys are not what makes this project special, but instead what they write on them. Everyday, have the children trace one of their hands and decorate it to make a hand turkey. I gave the children as little direction on that as possible. I don’t like to give them examples so they don’t just copy my ideas. I like to leave the creative liberties in their hands.

Once they have completed their hand turkey for the day, have them write one thing they are thankful for and the date in the center of the turkey. Each day, have them complete one turkey and place it into the box. Since I don’t watch the kids over the weekend, and there are some days when they have extracurriculars, some days they have to make more than one. Brooks doesn’t enjoy making them as much, but the things he chooses to write are very entertaining. What he writes usually makes up for the rushed, “chubby fingered” turkeys he makes.

Not only do the children have to think about things they are thankful for each day, but by Thanksgiving Day they will have a box full of things they are thankful for. Anna Kate is so excited to be able to share these things with her parents, that she actually hides the box each day when I leave.

I have been amazed at some of the things the kids have told me they are thankful for. The first few were fairly obvious. They both chose family, friend, and God in no order for the first three days.  After that it got pretty unpredictable. They have said everything from “cheese” to “Auburn”. They have also taught me a lot about thankfulness. Again, I tried not to offer up too many examples so they would tell me what THEY were thankful for. After they finished naming off family and friends, they started to name off things that I take for granted in day to day life, like water and shelter. I found it amazing that at their age, they thought about being thankful for things like that. Things that I don’t even think to be thankful for now that I am paying for them.

Since we still have a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving, we still have quite a few more turkeys to make. But I have enjoyed this project so far. There are a lot of ways to personalize this project to fit you and the little ones in your life. You could also do this project as a family or as an adult. Instead of drawing on turkeys, you could simply write what you are thankful for on a sheet of paper, everyday for the month. It would be a great thing to look back at on Thanksgiving day with the ones you love. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! Happy Thanksgiving, All!

alyssa

My Favorite Halloween Costumes of 2015

If you are anything like me, you’re still not over the Halloween season quite yet. I know people have already moved onto Thanksgiving, and even more have broken out the Christmas decorations, but I’m not ready to let go. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. For a couple of weekends, my social media stops being filled with the negativity, politics, and drama and is instead filled with people of all ages, being creative. I’m a sucker for a good DIY costume. And there’s just something about a well executed group costume that just makes me want to high-five complete strangers. Dressing up as your childhood favorites or pulling off a great recognizable costume fills a person with a sense of accomplishment. And don’t get me wrong, I love Thanksgiving. I have big plans for this year. I know I’m not the only one. But for those of you who aren’t ready to start singing Christmas carols quite yet, here are some of my favorite DIY Halloween costumes from this year.


Since they are always the cutest, let’s start with babies.

I am at the glorious age where everyone I know has or is going to have a baby. So I got to see countless baby costumes this year. But two baby costumes stole the show, in my opinion.

The first was one I got to see in person:

Jordyn as a Cabbage Patch Kid.

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You can not tell me that this isn’t the cutest thing you have ever seen. Jordyn’s mom, Skyler, made the box herself. She used a piece of card board and decorated it with green and pink wrapping paper and printed the Cabbage Patch Kids’ logo. She attached it to her umbrella stroller by cutting two holes in the box and sliding it onto the strollers handles. To keep it in the correct place she rigged up a prop using the wrapping paper tube. She cut holes in it the same way she did to the cardboard box but slid that on first. She also placed a pillow near the bottom to keep it off Jordyn’s feet. She also used iron-on paper to make her shirt. Her shirt says: ” #cabbagepatchkid #firsthalloween #trickortreat #Jordyn” And lastly, the precious finishing touch: the wig. Skyler bought the wig on Etsy. It totally brought the whole look together. I had the privilege of walking around with Jordyn while she trick-or-treated for the first time. She got compliments every where she went. And she even had a lot of strangers asking to take her picture.


The next baby to steal my heart:

Olivia as Hermione Granger

wpid-wp-1446492982721.jpegHer mom, Molly, started by designing a t-shirt tuxedo style Hogwart’s onesie in Illustrator. She had access to free onesie printing, so she used that, but she said it would have been easy to paint what she designed onto a onesie as well. She styled the onsie with black leggings and little black boots from Meijer’s. She made a black tu-tu by sewing a piece of elastic into a circle and attaching black tulle to it. She said her aunt made her the scarf and she sewed on the Gryffindor patch that she bought from Etsy. She also bought the Prefect pint from pin from Etsy. She wpid-wp-1446492995966.jpegmade the hat out of felt and used brown and white paint to age it. She made the wand out of a stick that she decorated with hot glue and then painted brown. After she completed this amazing costume, she went on to get some amazing props for some adorable pictures. She used a snitch from a necklace she owned, that she purchased on Etsy. Then bought an owl from Hobby Lobby, a broom from the Dollar Tree, and painted a pumpkin. She used her church’s fall decorations to finish off the look. I’m still not over how cute it all turned out. That is the cutest little mudblood I’ve ever seen!


Everyone who even kind of knows me, knows that I adore all things Disney. So show me a good Disney costume and you’ve got my attention. But show me a good Disney GROUP costume and you have my heart. The next costume was done by a group of college students:

The Seven Dwarves

Hannah Marovich as Doc, Hana Barker as Happy, Rachel Spade as Dopey, Morgan Sideris as Sleepy, Kasey Dunn as Bashful, Mikayla Giordano as Grumpy, and Stephanie Kyle as Sneezy.

wpid-wp-1446492737784.jpegThey pulled together this adorable Disney look for around $30 a person. They found all of the necessary pieces at the stores Hobby Lobby, Target and Cosmic.

The looks consists of shirts with each dwarf’s name, hats, jeans, and boots. And of course, Doc wore glasses. I love that they each posed as their character for their picture which helped pull everything together. I adore this group costume so much I wished I had thought of it. Simple and Classic. Not to mention, my favorite part about this costume is that it could be worn again on any given day, and still look totally adorable. Well done, ladies. Well done.


As much as I like group costumes, if someone can pull of a creative costume on their own, they will get my attention. The next costume was a creative twist to a very common costume:

Kristen as Kevin, The Evil Minion 

wpid-wp-1446492365749.jpegKristen loves minions so she found a way to be a minion for a second year. I loved it because you don’t see many Evil Minions running around, even though it is Halloween. She kept her costs under $10 by using a lot of things she already owned. She drew eyes on the bottoms of dixie cups, glued them into mason jar rings and attached them to one of her head bands. She cut a purple shirt, wore black shorts, black suspenders, and black boots. She duct taped a Gru symbol she printed out herself, to her shorts. She finished off her look by buying purple tights and purple hair spray. Although she was by herself, she found someone dressed as Gru and a regular minion! It doesn’t get any better than that!


This next costume is one that I have never seen before this year. Although I saw a couple people attempt this costume, this is the only one who got my approval. That being said, keep in mind that not all Disney costumes are created equal. And this one put the others to shame:

Heather as Darla 

wpid-wp-1446525383461.jpegHeather had a unique advantage in creating this costume; She works for an orthodontist! She was able to use a lingual arch wire, which she describe to me as the longest wire they had, to make her mouth piece. She bent it so it went around her ears, kind of like glasses, and rested it about her braces. To complete Darla’s outfit, she found a purple sweater and plaid purple “school-girl” skirt. She wore a white button up she already had under the sweater. She also bought a pair of ruffled white children’s socks from Wal-mart. She pulled the whole costume together by borrowing a fake gold fish from a co-worker, putting it in a plastic bag, tying it with a hair tie and attaching it to her wrist so she didn’t have to carry it around all night. She said she spent around $10 on the whole look and it turned out “way more awesome than she thought” when she put it on. I absolutely loved it. She blew that costume out of the water…. or the fish bowl if you will. Five stars.


There aren’t many guys who put time and effort into creating awesome costumes. So when I find one who does, it makes it that much more impressive. This next costume was not only impressive, but down right perfect.

Ryan as Edward Scissorhands 

wpid-wp-1446563964511.jpegRyan started with an outfit that he already owned and borrowed some black suspenders. He made the iconic hands out of old snow gloves, foam board, and metallic paint. He spent about $5 on the foam board and $2 on the paint. Because he was extremely dedicated to the look, he used white face paint and purple and black eye shadow. He bought some face skin from the Halloween store to make the scars.  And the finishing touch, lots and lots of hairspray. I have come to expect great costumes from Ryan. Last year he pulled off a flawless Billy the Puppet, aka the creepy guy on the bike from the Saw movies. With amazing back to back costumes, I am already looking forward to what he comes up with for next year. No pressure, Ryan! Good luck! I know you’ll deliver!


Coming up with a good couple’s costume can be hard at times. I’ve lived through the struggle of trying to both please your significant other while picking something you’ll want to wear. These next few couples picked the perfect duos and had some of the best couples costumes I have seen in a while.

Let’s start with the pair that got me to audibly laugh at my phone:

Rachel and Alex as Janet Snakehole and Burt Macklin

wpid-wp-1446499076392.jpegLet’s just say if I had been drinking anything, I would have spit it everywhere when I saw this costume. Janet Snakehole and Burtmaklin are the “alter egos” of April Ludgate and Andy Dwyer on the show Parks and Recreation. Being a huge fan of the show, this costume spoke to the happiest places of my soul. If you haven’t see the show, take this as my recommendation to do so. Rachel found her hat and cigarette holder on Amazon for about $25. She bought herself a cute dress on ModCloth for $60. She assured me it was super cute, so I am sure she plans to wear it again. She finished her look with pearls that she found at Meijer’s. Alex wore a pair of khakis, and paired it with a pale yellow shirt and blue jacket he found on Amazon. He used yellow duct tape to put the FBI logo on the jacket. He finished his look with a pair of sunglasses, that he also found on Amazon. He spent around $40 on the whole look. I’m not sure I will ever get over this costume. I may keep this one in my back pocket for a future Halloween.


Another great TV couple made the cut:

Chad and Jina as Sheldon and Amy

wpid-wp-1446499066362.jpegIf you don’t know who Sheldon and Amy are, you may live under a rock. But these two do not and they pulled off the couple from the Big Bang Theory like a couple of geniuses. Chad already had everything he needed except for the shirt. He bought that for $7 at WalMart. Jina found her purse and shoes at Goodwill for $2.50 and a skirt at Sears for $2. She informed me that she found options for both the flannel and the sweater at Goodwill, but opted to spent a little more a Kohl’s so she could wear them again. She said she spent about $60 at Kohl’s. I love how even though both outfits were extremely simple, they were instantly recognizable. Even though I have never seen anyone attempt to be Sheldon and Amy, I don’t think this can be topped! Bazinga!


This last couples costume is one I see on Pinterest all the time, but I have never seen this one pulled off by someone I know. I was honestly surprised to find out this was a last minute DIY.

Ashley and Matt as Mary Poppins and Bert

wpid-wp-1446527163145.jpegWhen I asked Ashley to explain how she went about styling these costumes, she laughed and said they didn’t decide to do this until about two days before the party they were attending. The only thing she really spent money on was their hats. She said they spent somewhere around $30 for them both. They used clothes that they already owned. She borrowed one of his tuxedo ties and used a $3 red ribbon to add the iconic touches to her costume. She also made Matt’s chimney sweep broom for about $3. I think they pulled it together extremely well for not planning it out. At first glance, I thought they both bought their costumes. That’s a sign of a great DIY! Knowing that they did such a great job in such a short amount of time, reminds me that we all have great DIY costume possibilities in our own closets if we just take the time to think about it!


I saw so many other awesome costumes, but I will always be a sucker for the ones people make as opposed to the ones people buy. I love knowing that other people enjoy putting thought, time, and energy into things. This is why Halloween will forever be one of my favorites. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with next year. But until then, I’ll just be creeping on everyone’s social media, hunting down costume ideas until Thanksgiving! Happy November everyone!

alyssa

And if you still can’t get enough, here are a few more pictures of these awesome costumes!

And if you still can’t get enough, here are a few more pictures of these awesome costumes!

Thank you to everyone who allowed me to write about their amazing costumes! And congratulations on having the best costumes of 2015!

DIY Belle and Gaston Costumes

wpid-wp-1446312895124.jpegHappy Halloween Everyone! I hope everyone is having a SPOOK-tacular day!

This morning, my four-legged side kick and I decided to go to the Broadway Paw-rade in Uptown Columbus. There were over a hundred dogs, and most of them were dressed up! It was a lot of fun. If you know me, even a little, you know I wouldn’t miss a chance to dress up with my fur baby. Koda Bear and I went as Belle and Gaston!

I put together both costumes for under $15. I’m actually quite impressed with how easily it all came together. Since we just got back from Disney World, I wasn’t wanting to spend too much. But I was also very inspired to keep my Disney outfits going strong.

But here’s what you need to pull it off!

Belle:

  1. Blue Dress – Plato’s Closet – $1 (on sale)
  2. Blue Ribbon – Michael’s – $3
  3. White Button-Up – Goodwill – $3
  4. 2 Yards White Fabric (for apron) – Previously Owned
  5. Black Flats – Previously Owned
  6. White Cami – Previously Owned – Optional
  7. Basket – Goodwill – $1
  8. Book – Previously Owned

**The Blue dress was the hardest thing to find. You want to find a dress that has a very basic shape. Its best to look for one with a tank top style top and a flare style bottom. My dress had lace already sewed in the bottom. You can add that if you like it.

Style It:

Start by putting on the white top. Button it up, but leave the top open. If your button-up shirt has pockets, you may want to put a white cami over it to smooth it out. Other wise you’ll be able to see the pocket lines through the dress. Put the dress on over the white shirt. Finish your outfit with your apron and black flats. Put your hair up. I twisted my bangs back and tied them up. Then I put the rest of my hair in a ponytail and added the ribbon.

If you need to make your apron, lay your dress down and decided how big you need it to be. Remember you will want it to be shorter then your dress. Cut out the size square you need and sew that square to a long strip of fabric you will use to tie it onto your waist. I used two layers of fabric because it was a little see-through. You may not need to.

Gaston:

**Disclaimer** This costume was intended for a dog, but you are essentially making a shirt. Although I would style a person different than a dog, but this costume would work for a person as well. 

  1. Red Polo – Goodwill – $3
  2. 2 Sheets of Yellow Felt – Michael’s -$1
  3. Brown Fabric – Previously Owned
  4. Hot Glue Gun and Glue

Make It:

Cut out sheets of yellow felt and glue them to the collar of the polo. Cut two strips of brown fabric for his belt. Glue them on the shirt. Cut out a buckle out of the left over yellow felt and glue it on. You could sew all of this on if you wanted, but I didn’t want to spend much time making something I wasn’t sure Koda would actually wear. I was afraid he would rip it up, but he wore it all morning and didn’t try to get it off once. I did have to safety pin it up some so he wouldn’t step on it. I only pinned up a couple of inches.

If you wanted to be Gaston, you could make this shirt for yourself. If it were me, personally, I would attach the yellow felt on the collar. Then I would wear an actual belt over it. I would pair it with brown or black pants or leggings and black boots. You could also accessorize with a bow and arrow.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Good luck and Happy Halloween!

alyssa

Beauty and the Beast Eatery Reviews

If you’re a huge Beauty and the Beast fan like I am, you’ll love getting a bite to eat at Disney World’s two restaurants that our themed after the film: Be Our Guest and Gaston’s Tavern.


Both serve delicious food and make you feel as if you stepped right into the movie. If you haven’t had a chance to visit them, check out my reviews of both restaurants!

Be Our Guest Review and Gaston’s Tavern Review

I hope you enjoy reading about our adventures! We loved both restaurants and I’m sure we will find our way back in the future! It’s a must for anyone who loves the movie the way I do. Be sure to add it to your Bucket List! Happy Tuesday!!

alyssa

Once Upon My Fairy Tale is now on Facebook!

NicetomeetchaHappy Thursday everyone! I decided to make a Facebook Page for everything Once Upon My Fairy Tale!!! Feel free to give it a like if you’re on Facebook and want up to the minute updates on my ever-changing adventures!

Once Upon My Fairy Tale’s Facebook Page

And don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest!

Once Upon My Fairy Tale’s Pinterest Page

Thanks a million! Check back for lots of new Disney, DIY, and Halloween post coming soon!

alyssa

Disney Parks Bag

My husband and I love Disney World. My husband surprised me with Disney tickets for our honeymoon on our wedding day. So I didn’t get to help him with the planning for that trip, but I must say, he did pretty well. We just got back from our second trip their together, and my fifth trip to the Happiest Place on Earth. This time I was able to put my Disney knowledge to the test. We put together a “Disney Parks Bag” to take with us everyday.

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What You Need For the Perfect Disney Parks Bag

1. The Bag

This is important. You want a bag that’s big enough to carry all of your things, but small enough to keep from being annoying. Really the size comes down to personal preference, but I love my bag. Its long and skinny. It has several pockets and compartments. The bag was made to be a workout bag and is made out of a waterproof material that is perfect for Florida’s random showers. I love all the pockets, some people may have an issue with them since you have to open your bags at the gate when you walk in. But that minor inconvenience at the start of the day doesn’t outweigh the connivence of finding what I need from the bag quickly. There is also water bottle pockets on both sides. (Depending on the size of your group, you may want more than one bag. Keep that in mind when planning your bag.)

2. Water Bottles 

One of the best tips for the Florida heat is carrying your own water bottles. Disney World will allow you to bring in your own bottle, and they have several water fountains all over the parks. Keep in mind they DO give out full size ice waters for free at any quick service counter. But also keep in mind that most quick service counters will have lines. So if you don’t mind standing in line for free ice water, you may be able to skip carrying around a water bottle. But the ease of taking a drink from my own bottle is worth it to me. And knowing I can refill it at any time with free ice water isn’t too bad either. Other’s have suggested bringing a water bottle that has a filter because the water tastes “weird” but I don’t tend to mind. But if you are picky about your water, you may want to get a filtered water bottle. We took our Hydro Flask, which was an amazing thing to have. Hydro Flask water bottles will keep your water cold all day. That is not an exaggeration. We put ice in it in the morning and the ice hadn’t even started to melt by lunch! It stayed ice cold until we had drank every drop!

3. Water Flavoring

Another tip for saving money (and possibly fighting the so-called “weird” tasting water) at Disney, is to pack water flavoring in your bag. We packed a little bottle of Mio. But we never had to use it. We didn’t mind packing it because it took up next to no space. So throw it in if you are worried about the taste, but know it won’t get in your way if you don’t want it.

4. Snacks and a Snack Bag

One of the best money saving tips for visiting Disney, is packing your own food. Most people don’t know you can bring in your own food to the parks. Bringing in your own snacks is a great way to save money on food while you are there. But don’t skip eating at Disney all together. Disney has amazing food options that you don’t want to miss out on. So save money on the snacks, so you can experience the amazing food and character dining only DIsney has to offer! We bought a little lunch sack that folds up very small. Every day I threw a few packs of Disney Fruit Snacks, Cliff Bars, Trail Mix and Pop Tarts into the little snack bag. If we started to get hungry before dinner, we’d dig into our snack bag. It didn’t just save us money, but also saved us time!

5. First Aid Kit

Disney has a First Aid Station, and it is a very good station. Take it from someone who had a brief stay in one as a child. But it is always smart to keep a small First Aid Kit on you for minor things. Throw together the following in a small bag to keep on hand while you are visiting the parks:

  • Band Aids (with Disney Characters on them of course)
  • Pain Meds (Tylenol, Advil, etc.)
  • Tums
  • Cough Drops
  • Chapstick
  • Gold Bond Friction Defense Stick
  • Feminine Products
  • Any Additional Personal Meds

6. Gum

Gum isn’t sold in any of the Disney Parks, so if you’re a big gum chewer (like my recent Ranger School Grad), it’s a good idea to throw a pack or two into your bag.

7. Sunscreen

This may seem obvious to some of you. But others who are stubborn about putting it on, now isn’t the time to skip the sunscreen. Getting burnt on your first day in the parks can lead to the rest of your stay being miserable. I suggest buying the small tubes or bottles and putting a fresh one in your bag everyday. I also think its wise to keep one of the small sticks of sunscreen (that look like glue sticks) in your bag for quick touch ups on your face and shoulders throughout the day. There’s nothing worse that getting “sunglass tan” or getting a weird tan from your shirt the first day that messes up the rest of your vacation pictures!

8. Camera

Whether it’s on your phone, a GoPro, or a DSLR, Disney is FULL of magical moments you’ll want to remember for the rest of your life. If you want to skip carrying a camera, you can always use the Memory Maker Package, which I totally recommend. It’s a great way to get EVERYONE into the picture. But the Disney Photographers won’t always be there, so even if you just use your phone. I suggest having some sort of camera with you in your bag. Just remember to leave the selfie sticks at home. They are banned from all the Disney Parks! Disney Photographers will take pictures for you on your camera if you ask, so there’s no need to break that rule!

9. Phone 

With the ability to use the My Disney Experience App, there is really no reason to leave your phone at home! You can use the app for maps, setting your FastPasses, viewing your PhotoPass pictures and so much more. Really only one person needs their phone to use the Apps, so you can skip having the kids bring one (if they have one) so they can focus on having the time of their lives!

10. Portable Charger

With spotty service and using the My Disney Experience App and your camera frequently, you are going to drain your phone battery pretty quickly. It’s a good idea to have a portable charger on you so you can charge your phone on the go. You don’t want to miss out on last minute dinner reservations or a quick FastPass switch because your battery died! Some smaller digital cameras can be charged by portable chargers as well, so keep that in mind.

11. MagicBands

Your MagicBands are ESSENTIAL to your vacation. If they aren’t on your wrist, attach them to your bag so you don’t forget them. There isn’t really a reason to take them off since they are waterproof, but if you must, put them in your bag. For more information on the MagicBands and why I think EVERYONE should have one, click here.

12. Hand Sanitizer

Disney World is a busy place full of children who touch just about everything. It’s not a bad idea to have some hand sanitizer on you for a quick clean up before you eat. You can get little Disney Themed Hand Sanitizer keychains from Walgreens for 25 cents. Just clip it onto your bag and your ready to go.

13. Ponchos

You never know when it’s gonna rain in Florida. There’s a very good chance it will rain at least once while you are in the parks. So its a good idea to come prepared with ponchos. You can get cheap ponchos at the Dollar Store. Some people like to buy enough for everyone to have a fresh poncho everyday so they can throw away their used, wet poncho once they are done with it. We were not prepared on our first trip so we bought $10 Disney World Ponchos. But we saved them so now we have our Mickey Mouse Ponchos to use forever and ever. So the choice is yours. Just don’t forget to pack an extra poncho (or tarp) to cover your stroller if you have one!

14. Plastic Baggies

Another awesome tip for the rain, or any water rides like Splash Mountain, is to have plastic baggies. You can place anything you don’t want to get wet, like your phone, in a baggy so it will stay safe and dry.

15. Extra Socks in a Plastic Bag

Yet another amazing “rain tip” is to have extra socks in a baggy. If it rains and your socks get wet, you can take out your fresh socks, place your wet ones in the bag, and continue on with your day. There is so much walking to do at the parks, you won’t want to have wet socks!

16. A Small Sweater or Jacket

I only used mine on two of the four days we were there, but I am so glad I packed it on those days. After riding Splash Mountain in the morning, or sitting in an air conditioned restaurant for dinner, you may find yourself wanting one too!

I am so glad we took the time to put together such a detailed Parks Bag because we always had exactly what we needed. Our bag was a little big at times, but we were able to ride every ride with it without much hassle. The only real annoying part was waiting in the bag check line at the start of the day. They keep the lines moving pretty quickly, but just about everyone going in has a bag or purse of some kind, so the lines can be long. They also check EVERY BAG. So if you have bags inside your big bag, like we did, be prepared to open those as well. We took the little bags out before we got to the front of the line and I had them check two, and Zac had them check two. It got us through faster.

lyssa

Disney Bounding – What is it?

wpid-wp-1444956702450.jpegI find myself trying to explain Disney Bounding to people all the time. In simple terms, Disney Bounding is the line where passion for Disney and Fashion collide. It’s a way for Disney Nerds, like myself, to express their love for their favorite characters without wearing a costume. Adults are not allowed to wear costumes to Disney World, because they could be mistaken for actual characters. This mishap could ruin the magic for children. So a lot of Disney fanatics have started to Disney Bound in the parks.

The official title “Disney Bound” came from Leslie Kay, who started a Tumblr page to show her excitement for an upcoming trip to the parks. She called it “Disney Bound”. She posted one outfit on her Tumblr page and gained a couple hundred followers so she continued and now her blog is famous and Disney Bounding is a staple in any Disney Freaks plans to visit the parks.

Leslie defines Disney Bounding as:

DisneyBounding is a way for teenagers and adults to show their love and appreciation for Disney and play dress up without actually wearing a costume so it takes trendy clothes and bases the outfits after Disney characters.

For example, my husband and I wore the above outfits to Bound as MIckey and Minnie. You don’t have to match the outfit exactly, but instead use staple pieces for each character. For Minnie, I was sure to find something with polka dots, and the colors red, black, and yellow. For Mickey, we used the colors red and black. I wanted to wear ears, but my husband didn’t. That’s the great things about Disney Bounding. It’s all about taking the character’s personality and making it YOUR OWN. So he didn’t wear ears, but people still called us Mickey and Minnie all day!

I love Disney Bounding so much. I was under the impression that Disney didn’t recognize this as “Disney Bounding” but they may acknowledge your outfit. But I had several Cast members throughout the parks tell me they “loved my bound”. And everyone recognized who we were EVERYWHERE we went. It was so much fun. I recommend DIsney Bounding to any adult who wants to visit the parks!

I wouldn’t be surprised if I slowly begin to turn my entire wardrobe into one large Disney Bound! ❤

lyssa