Why We Traded our Disney Princess Dresses for Dress Up Aprons

We traded our Disney Princess Dresses for Disney Princess ApronsOur household is finished with Disney costume dress up dresses! I don’t know about you, but I am relieved! No more glitter on every surface, no more scratchy tulle when I pick up the kids, and no more quick fixes when yet another seam is ripped out. Unfortunately, it took our family several (expensive) Disney costume dresses to realize that they aren’t made to withstand everyday use! Recently, I replaced the our dress up costumes with dress up aprons from My Sweet Georgia on Etsy and runningoutamoonlight on Etsy.

After several weeks of having the aprons, I think they are wonderful! I love that the kids put them over their clothes, no need to constantly change outfits. I also appreciate the simplicity of the designs I chose (read: durable cotton material that is easy to machine wash and dry!) We recently visited Disney’s Epcot, and we allowed one of the girls to wear an apron throughout the day. I feel that the apron was great for the heat in the parks, because it didn’t add more bulky clothing on a 95 degree day. The Princess aprons were $17 each and slightly cheaper as a bundled pack. The Princess aprons took about a week for My Sweet Georgia to create, and they were shipped quickly upon completion. Several other sellers offer other Disney Princess aprons on Etsy that range in price from $10 to $100.

Here is the bundle pack of aprons I purchased, which included Snow White, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Aurora, Ariel, and Belle.

My Sweet Georgia on EtsyPhoto Credit: My Sweet Georgia on Etsy

Here is my three year old modeling the Cinderella apron. She loves them and hasn’t even asked for her other dresses!

Disney Princess Aprons have replaced our Disney Princess Dresses!

Moms of boys: I also picked up a few boy Disney themed aprons, Woody and Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story, from runningoutamoonlight on Etsy that are great! The boys Toy Story aprons were priced at $20 per apron. They were completed quickly and shipped immediately upon completion. There are not many sellers on Etsy with boys dress up aprons.

Disney dress up aprons for BOYS!Photo Credit: runningouttamoonlight on Etsy

Our two year old loves to dress up with his sisters:

Disney Dress Up Aprons for Boys

Go ahead, make the switch to aprons, you won’t regret it!

Note: Neither Etsy seller knew I would be posting a review of their products. I received no compensation for this post, and will not receive any compensation if you order any items. If you do order, leave a note to let them know Disney Under 3 sent you over.

DIY Disney Statues

I have a confession to make: I’m a Disney Nerd! Why? My house is decorated with Disney decor, most of it I created myself! Today, I’m sharing my DIY Disney statues, because guests at my home often ask about them. The statues were inspired by the golden statues found in the rotunda of The Walt Disney Company World Casting building in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. I made eight total, and they sit on top of my kitchen cabinets. Trust me, they are easy to do!

HOW TO:

1) Buy unpainted, or “ready to paint”, Disney ceramic bisque. I found my eight 9″ figures on eBay for about $8 each. (Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Dumbo, Jiminy Cricket, Donald, and Pinocchio.) Here is an eBay link to an assortment of ready to paint Disney bisque.

2) Spray paint them your favorite color, I chose metallic gold. After they are dry, seal them with a clear sealant to protect the finish.

3) Display in your home! As I said, mine are displayed on top of my kitchen cabinets. Due to the trim on the edges of my cabinets, I also purchased 5″ ceramic bisque pedestals for the statues to sit on, which I left unfinished. I receive lots of compliments on the decor, and several people have asked me where I found them or how expensive they were!

That’s it, I told you it was simple! And, for the die hard Disney fans: The Casting Building at Disney World is one of the most beautiful buildings on property. (It is the argyle print building you can see from Interstate 4. Did you know that the building is painted as a tribute to the socks Walt liked to wear?) Take a quick look at the inside (and the history) at this link.

DIY Disney Statues
DIY Disney Statues

DIY Fast and Cheap Villains Unleashed Disney Tee Shirts

If you have young kids, you know that sometimes you just need a break! My husband and I are taking a chance to unwind and have date night this weekend at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for their Villains Unleashed Party! Last night, I whipped up coordinating shirts using my Silhouette Cameo and freezer paper.

Supplies Needed:

Tee Shirt

Paint

Foam brush

Stencil

Cutting Machine or Exacto Knife

Freezer Paper

Iron

The internet is loaded with tutorials on freezer paper stenciling. I headed over to I am Momma Hear Me Roar for her tutorial. First she gives a tutorial on freezer paper stenciling, then she shows how to cut the freezer paper with the Silhouette Cameo. (If you don’t have a Silhouette or other similar machine, you can trace the design onto freezer paper and use an exacto knife to cut it out.)

What I learned: It is really important to dab the paint in an up and down manner and not brush it on. This prevents the paint from bleeding under the edge of the stencil. 

Here are my finished shirts:

Disney Villains Tee Shirts

If you have a Silhouette, here are the cutting files in .studio3 format: Villians RUN from me! or Villains don’t scare ME!

If you are attending the event: Say hi if you see me, you know what I will be wearing! Did you like this post? Don’t forget to pin it on Pinterest or tack it on Disnify!

 

Add a Little Disney Magic to Your Meal with a Mickey Waffle Maker

Mickey Mouse Waffles at HomeWhether you are heading to Disney soon, just returned from a recent trip, or you just need a little magic in your day, your toddlers (and grown ups, too) will love eating Mickey Mouse shaped waffles! I diverge a bit from my normal posts to admit that my family had an impulse buy and we purchased a Mickey Mouse waffle maker! With four kids, now ages 1, 2, 3, and 8, we thought it would be fun for breakfast. I took pictures to share with you of our first time using it!

The waffle maker was easy to use.

Step 1) Preheat waffle iron for at least 3 minutes.

Step 1a) While the waffle maker is heating up, mix the ingredients together with a whisk. Here’s the recipe we used, straight from the Walt Disney World kitchen and posted by The Disney Chef.

Step 2) Use the included measuring cup to fill each Mickey head with batter.

Step 3) Close the lid and allow the waffles to cook. We found that they were the most golden and crispy after about 5 minutes. The waffle maker came with sticks to insert into the waffles, but we chose not to use them.

Step 4) Enjoy!

Here’s a link to the waffle maker we bought: Disney Mickey Waffle Maker.

In case you noticed in the photo: We don’t always dress up for breakfast, but when we do, we dress up like Anna from Frozen.

 

Disney Tips from Fellow Bloggers

Disney Tips from Fellow BloggersIf you are planning your Disney World trip and you’ve scoured the internet for tips, you’ll find that there is a lot of information around. If you are a pinner and love Pinterest, I maintain a board of my favorite tips from other bloggers that I’ve collected from all over. If you aren’t on Pinterest, what are your waiting for? Pinterest is an online bulletin board where you can “pin” your favorite content, whether it be recipes, fashion, or vacation planning.

Here’s a peek into my top 5 favorite tips from fellow bloggers:

1) There’s a secret character meet and greet at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Don’t ask about it, as no one will tell you! Learn more.

2) A family vacation can be expensive, but did you realize how many free activities are available at Disney? See them.

3) There’s pros and cons to staying at every Disney Resort. This blogger lists them all! Read more here.

4) Park hopping (visiting more than one Disney Park per day) can take up a lot of time. Should you try it? Read all about it.

5) Don’t leave the parks when it rains! Many people leave and the crowds get lighter. If you are lucky enough, there’s a special parade called the Rainy Day Cavalcade at Disney’s Magic Kingdom! Find more rainy day activities.

See the whole board of my favorite tips here.

If you enjoyed these tips, make sure to read my favorite tips for visiting the parks with your children under age 3.

My Favorite Disney Tips for Infants and Toddlers

Recipe for an Unhappy Disney VacationA trip to Disney World can lead to lifelong memories for everyone involved, but it can also leave a sour taste in your mouth if you don’t do your homework. When planning your next Disney vacation with your infant or toddler, consider my favorite tips:

  • Use crowd calendar websites and planning tools such as touringplans.com to plan your visit in an off peak time.
  • Slow down the pace. Even if you tried, you can’t experience every Disney attraction on your vacation. If your toddler wants to stop and stare at ducks for 15 minutes, let them. Take the opportunity to people watch from a bench, catch up on your emails, or post your favorite trip pictures on Facebook.
  • Utilize Disney’s Fastpass or Rider Switch Services to experience attractions that infants and toddlers can’t enjoy. While it may be your infant or toddler’s first trip, don’t lose sight that it is your vacation, too.
  • Leave time for naps. If your child naps at home, consider returning to your hotel room in the middle of the day for a break, or allowing your child uninterrupted nap time in the stroller. A sleeping child in a stroller makes a great shopping partner!
  • Come prepared. Bring extra clothes. Pack rain gear. Bring small toys. Have enough diapers, wipes, and baby necessities on hand.
  • Stay on schedule. If your child eats lunch everyday at 11:00am, making a lunch reservation at 1:00pm probably isn’t wise. Try to stick to your child’s schedule for meal times. Remember that Disney may be in a different time zone than your home.
  • Be flexible. If your heart is set on taking photos of your child with every Disney character, be ready to change plans if your child screams at the sight of Mickey. (Think about this: the average character is about 3 times taller than the average toddler!)
  • Bring your child’s favorite snacks in a small cooler. This will save your money and keep your child full.
  • Know when to leave. Don’t try to plan a commando trip and stay at the parks from open to close every day of your vacation. Disney can be overstimulating!
  • Plan a relaxed day or two. Sightseeing at the resorts, shopping, or a movie can be just as exciting as visiting the parks. Remember, your family vacation is about spending time together, not merely riding rides or seeing shows.

What are your favorite tips for visiting with an infant or toddler? Share them by leaving a comment!

 

10 Minute DIY Disney Shirt Tutorial

10 Minute DIY Disney ShirtsFor the not-so-crafty or time strapped mama wanting custom Disney themed shirts for your vacation, try this quick and easy iron on method.

Supplies needed:

Blank t-shirt or onesie
Iron
Scissors
Tape measure or ruler
Piece of cardboard to put between shirt layers
Iron on transfer sheets
Computer and printer
A design

Step 1) After gathering all of your supplies, print your desired image onto the transfer paper. If you don’t want to design your own, several etsy sellers offer high quality images for sale. For this tutorial, I purchased the Minnie image from swirlycolorpixels on etsy. You can find other images on etsy by clicking here.

Step 2) Cut out the design to be ironed onto the shirt. Be sure to cut as close to the image as you can.

Step 3) Iron the shirt you will be transferring the image onto.

Step 4) Place your cardboard piece between the shirt layers to prevent bleeding through. Using your ruler or tape measure, lay the image face down onto the shirt.

Step 5) Following the manufacturer instructions, iron the image onto the shirt. Be careful not to move the image once you begin ironing.

Step 6) Allow the image to cool completely and gently peel back the image sheet to admire your new creation!

To prolong the life of your shirt, turn it inside out before washing and hang to dry.

Cost of this project:

Onesie: $2.00 at Michaels Craft Store from clearance area
Iron on transfer sheets: $4.49  for 10 at Michaels Craft Store (I used a 50% off coupon, regularly $8.99)
Minnie image from etsy.com: $2.00.

If you aren’t the DIY type, be sure to view my post Custom Disney Shirts for Your Vacation.

Custom Disney Shirts for Your Vacation

If you have ever visited Disney World, you might remember that many families choose to dress alike, or at least coordinate outfits, each day. You will see everything from matching t-shirts commemorating a special event, such as a family reunion or birthday, to families decked out in coordinating custom clothes depending on which park they are visiting. In my opinion, coordinating outfits make great photos for your Disney vacation, and they make spotting your group members easier in the crowds! If you are interested in custom clothing you have three options:

1) Order custom screenprinted t-shirts. My favorite screenprinting company is Celebration Shirts, who specialize in Disney themed t-shirts. They have an 8 shirt minimum for custom printed shirts, and prices range from $24 to $30 per shirt. Celebration Shirts can be found at celebrationshirts.com or on etsy. A few of my favorite designs from their website:

2) Order custom apparel from your favorite etsy seller. There’s thousands of items available that range from embroidery to painted. Prices vary per seller, but I was able to find many adorable designs for under $20.

3) Create your own. You don’t have to be able to sew or paint to create your own Disney themed shirts. Read on for my 10 Minute DIY Disney Shirt Tutorial.