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

Ranger School Craft Challenge

When Zac left for Ranger School, I had no idea how I was going to occupy my time. I had a part time job, two fur babies and a whole lot of free time. We talked about all of the things I COULD do to fill my time, like working out, trying to make friends, or trying new recipes. And although I ended up doing all of those things, at the time the only idea we came up with that I thought I would stick to was a craft challenge.

The challenge was simple. For every week Zac was away, I had to complete at least one project and blog about it. In the end, he was gone for 13 weeks and I completed over 13 projects. There were a couple weeks I didn’t blog about my project because I didn’t want Zac to see it online before he saw it in person.

This challenge started as a way for me to fill time, but by the end of the 13 weeks, I had to find time to complete each project. I stepped out of my comfort zones and made friends, started going to the gym, and trying new things. When it was all said and done, this challenge jumpstarted my own “Ranger School” journey. I have changed and grown so much since the day I dropped Zac off. I did so much more than just wait for him to come home.

Well here it is! All the projects I completed in 13 weeks!

Ranger School Craft Challenge

Week One: Patriotic 4th of July Wreath

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Week Two: Travel Globe

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Week Three: Open When Letters & Batman Care Package

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Week Four: Office Chair Makeover

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Week Five: Rolodex Makeover

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Week Six: Keepsake Treasure Box Makeover

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Week Seven: Anniversary Care Package

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Week Eight: Paper Anniversary Gift 

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Week Nine: Olaf Painting

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Week Ten: Hawaii Care Package

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Week Eleven: Ribbon and Lace American Flag

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Week Twelve: Anniversary Date Wall Hanging

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Week Thirteen: Belle Dress & Beast Sign

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I am so glad I decided to do this. Not only did it give me something to do, it gave me something to talk to people about on the Ranger School Support groups. It made reaching out to make friends a little bit easier. And once I made those friends I found myself stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new foods, going to the gym, and eventually jump starting a new lifestyle. This challenge helped get me out of a funk that came from being in a new place by myself and now I feel completely at home. And completing a weekly craft or project has almost become a habit of mine now. I have several other projects in the works and I can’t wait to share them with you!

lyssa

Paper Anniversary Gift

IMG (432)One month ago, my husband and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary. As most of you probably know, the first anniversary is the “paper anniversary”. Because Zac was in Ranger School, we spent our special day apart. We had to wait until his first graduation pass to exchange gifts. Zac had limited resources to gifts while in Ranger School, yet he still managed to knock it out of the park. He wrote an amazingly heartfelt poem and read it to me when he got home.

I however, had ALL the time in the world to work on my gift since I didn’t have to worry about him coming home and seeing me working on it, so I knew mine would have to be good. I completed his gift as one of my weekly projects but didn’t post it because I wanted him to see it in person before he saw it on social media.

Here’s what I came up with:

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Supplies:

  • Large Piece of Sturdy Paper (I used poster board)
  • Large Piece of Sturdy Paper in Contrasting Color
  • Frame
  • Spray Paint (optional)
  • Staple Gun and Staples
  • X-acto Knife
  • Mod Podge

Directions:

  1. Choose a picture to work from.
  2. Draw (or trace if you don’t think you can draw) the picture to the size you want on your darker colored paper (I used black paper). If you want a large picture and you feel the need to trace it, you will need to blow the picture up in order to do so.wpid-wp-1442941649974.jpeg
  3. Cut the lighter piece of paper to fit in or behind your frame.
  4. Using an X-acto knife, cut around the outside edges of the subjects of your picture. Since my picture was a wedding picture, I also decided to cut out all of the white accents, such as: my dress, my veil, my tiara, Zac’s bow tie and parts of his tux.wpid-wp-1442941635639.jpeg
  5. Once you have all the pieces cut away, glue the darker piece of paper to the lighter piece using the Mod Podge. (Be careful about dragging the glue across the darker paper, it may smear.)
  6. Let dry.
  7. Once dry, insert into frame. I didn’t use a traditional frame with glass, so I stapled the paper to the frame with a staple gun.

I worked long and hard on that gift. I cut until my fingers hurt. So i was extremely happy when Zac loved it enough to want to hang it in our bedroom where we would see it every night. I thought I chose a gift that fit the “paper” theme that hadn’t be over used or too terribly common. I guess I better start figuring out how I’m gonna top that for next year!

lyssa

Anniversary Care Package

wpid-wp-1440963923295.jpegI some how forgot to post my last care package! I decided to make an Anniversary themed care package since he was supposed to receive the package only a few days before our first anniversary. I thought it would be fitting since I would have to use paper to decorate it. It turns out they held the package and he still hasn’t gotten to open it yet. But I know he is going to love it when he finally gets to open it! I used a lot of personal touches, like clips from our “thank you” cards, and pictures from the photo booth. Hobby Lobby has a large selection of wedding stickers. If you don’t want to spend the money on the stickers, you can always draw on the paper. I just like the extra touch the stickers give, and scrap booking supplies go on sale at Hobby Lobby all the time. Don’t forget to take your 40% coupon!

wpid-wp-1440963912696.jpegSupplies:

  • Priority Mail Box
  • Card Stock
  • Letter Stickers
  • Decorative Stickers
  • Glue or Mod Podge
  • Scissors
  • Photographs
  • Packing Tape


Directions:

  1. Use the packing tape to construct your box. Make sure its taped up extremely well if you are shipping to Swamps Phase of Ranger school. They have a serious ant problem.
  2. I chose card stock in the colors of our wedding, pink and navy blue. But you can choose any colors your solider will love. Glue or Mod Podge the card stock on the inside surfaces of your box.
  3. Use the stickers and photographs to decorate the box in a personal way your Solider will love!



Remember, no one knows your Solider like you do! Don’t be afraid to be cheesy, mushy, or just plain funny. You are supplying smiles and happy thoughts where they don’t come often! I can’t wait to see what you come up with! Happy Crafting!

lyssa

Up Themed Anniversary Gift

IMG_0718I hold a special place in my heart for Disney movies, but the love story in the movie Up is especially beautiful to me. I am a sucker for a childhood sweetheart story. My husband and I met when we were kids. We went to the same day camp, almost every summer, for our whole childhood.

So on our first anniversary of dating, I decided to make his gift completely Up themed. I didn’t have this blog back then, so I don’t have pictures of the whole basket, or how I made things step-by-step. But I will do my best to explain what I did.

The first thing I made for his basket was Our Adventure Book:

In the movie, the character Ellie, writes the “Stuff she’s going to do” in her adventure book. She tapes in pictures and draws things in her book. So I tried to do something similar.

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Supplies:

     For the Outside:

  • a small, brown scrapbook
  • red paint
  • a picture of “Our Adventure Book”
  • Mod Podge
  • Xacto Knife
  • painters tape

      For the Inside:

  • notebook paper
  • masking tape
  • a pen
  • printed pictures of places you want to travel to

Directions:

    For the Outside:

  1. Tape a straight line down the left side of your scrapbook, front and back. Use a picture of Our Adventure Book as a reference. (I also painted the inside flaps of the books)
  2. Paint the left side red. It may take a couple of layers.
  3. Once the paint is dry, remove painters tape.
  4. Cut out the letters, globe, and rope accent from the picture of Our Adventure Book that you printed off.
  5. Place the rope accessory in the center of the red area you painted on the front of your book. Mod Podge it in place.
  6. Arrange letters and globe and Mod Podge them in place.
  7. Once dry, Mod Podge then entire book, front and back.

   For the Inside:

  1. I started by writing the story of how he asked me to be his girlfriend on the notebook paper. I ended the story by saying: “I have loved every second of this beautiful year and I can not even wait for all of the future adventures we will have together.” I wrote in a “childlike” style, to keep with the theme.
  2. I ripped the notebook paper edges roughly and used masking tape to hold it in place.
  3. Next I took the pictures of places Zac and I wanted to go together all over the world. I ripped the edges of them to make it look like I ” ripped them right out of the book!” just like Ellie did in the movie. Then I taped them in with masking tape and wrote the name of the place.
  4. I filled the book with all the places we want to go together.
  5. Then I went back and filled the extra space with doodles.

Back then, these adventures were very out of reach for us. But today, they are actually possible. So I have decided I am going to add more pages so I can tape in pictures of us visiting these places as well! We have visited Disney World and we are moving to Hawaii. So we are checking them off, one page at a time!


The second thing I added to his basket was Our Adventure Fund:

In the movie, they have a jar labeled “Paradise Falls” that they keep their change in. Something I have always done, is save my change. So this seemed like a logical thing to do with Zac.

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Supplies:

  • Change Jar
  • Notebook Paper
  • Masking Tape
  • Change

**I bought my change jar from Bed Bath and Beyond. It counts the change as you drop it in. You don’t have to buy this change jar.

Directions:

  1. Write “Adventure Fund” on the notebook paper, or anything else personal to you.
  2. Rip it out so it matches the Adventure Book.
  3. Tape it to the jar.

Through out the years, Zac and I have collected over $500 in change. This gift ended up being very practical for us. Since we haven’t sat down to roll the change, we are still collecting it. By the time one of us works up the patience to sit down and roll it all, we will have enough money for a really nice vacation.


Lastly, I put together his Up Themed Basket:

Supplies:

  • Basket
  • Adventure Book
  • Adventure Fund
  • Up on Dvd or BluRay
  • Candy
  • Photo in Frame
  • Balloons

Arrange all of the above together in a cute way. Give as a gift! Knock his socks off!

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Zac loved the adventure book, and we ate a lot of chocolate while we watched Up together.

I keep Our Adventure book in front of our DIY Travel Globe, on our dresser and they look GREAT together! Have fun with your Up themed gift, or use these Up themed Ideas for your wedding, party, or anything you could possibly think of!

**Note that all of these pictures were taken over two years and two moves after I made them. They are a little beat up, but they are still hanging in there!

lyssa