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DIY: Birthday Girl Minnie Ears

Hello Mouseketeers!  I am so excited about this project that I am going to be sharing with you today!  I have been wanting to make some ears of my very own for some time now and just never found the right opportunity or motivation.  When I saw the template posted here at Inspired by Dis, I knew it was time to get my butt in gear and craft some ears!  I made these super cute ears for my birthday and it was so easy to make them, I have plans for a whole bunch more.  First, let’s start with the Birthday Girl Minnie ears!

1.  Gather your supplies: a glue gun, the template located in the link above, adhesive backed glitter foam, glitter sticker letters, a headband, ribbon to match your foam, ribbon to match your letters, and some good scissors.

2.  Using the ear template, trace two sets of ears onto the back of your foam.  Make sure you leave the backing on!

3.  Cut out the ear shapes, again making sure to leave the backing in place.

4.  Use your sticker letters to write “Birthday Girl” (or whatever message you want!).

5.  Use the ribbon that matches your foam to cover your headband.  Place a dab of hot glue at one end and wrap the ribbon around until you get to the other end.  Glue the end in place and trim off any excess.

6.  Place your ears.  I would place before removing the backing and actually attaching.  I even made tiny little pen marks on the headband where I wanted to place the ears.  Since the foam is adhesive, just peel off the backing and carefully stick the ears together.  If you are a little off, it’s okay.  I trimmed off some of the edges where the ears didn’t quite meet up.  Just make sure you only trim the back side, not the front.

7.  Make a bow with the ribbon that matches your letters and attach to the headband with the hot glue.

8.  Now you have your very own personalized ears!

I wore these last week to the park for my birthday and got a ton of compliments.  I am super excited to make some more sets!

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Toon Town Engagement Pictures

Given that the hubs and I are going to be celebrating our third wedding anniversary this week, I thought it fitting to share our Toon Town engagement pictures.  We went through a huge debacle trying to get this shoot set up.  We ended up borrowing a camera from the yearbook department at the school I was working at and having my best friend shoot the pictures for us.  Not professional by any means, but I still love how they turned out.  I hope you like them as much as I do!

If you are looking for a fun and light-hearted place for your engagement pictures, you can’t beat Toon Town!  Happy anniversary to my darling husband, thank you for always putting up with my Disney obsession!

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Walt Disney Family Museum Tour Part Two

Welcome back to Part Two of the Walt Disney Family Museum tour!  If you missed Part One, click here first!  Part Two of the tour focuses on the Disneyland years–aka my absolute favorite part of the museum.  Here is the second round of museum highlights!

This is the view of the Golden Gate Bridge from the museum…

And we travel into the planning and building of the Happiest Place on Earth.  This is a model of the park on the day it opened (plenty of close ups are a bit further down).  It is so detailed and so cool to check out.  I spent probably a good hour studying the model and taking pictures.  Definitely my favorite part of the museum.


Loved all of these vintage ride posters…

Sadly, since I got my driver’s license the Autopia has lost some of its appeal, but it was one of my favorites as a kid so this car brought back some memories…

Part Two also includes some Micky Mouse Club memorabilia…

And some media from some of my favorite movies…

The final room goes through the highlights of everything in Walt’s life…

I feel like there is so much more to this museum than you can see in just one day (we didn’t even go into the special exhibit room) so we will definitely go back at some point.  I cannot express enough how awesome the experience was and how much of a must see it is for any Disney fan.  The next time you are in San Francisco, you must stop by!

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Walt Disney Family Museum Tour Part One

Several months ago, the husband and I traveled to one of our favorite cities, San Francisco.  We drive up north two or three times a year, but we had never taken the time to go to the Walt Disney Family Museum.  I decided it was time for that to change.  Neither of us really knew what to expect, but I am so glad we went.  If you are in the San Francisco area and a Disney fan, this museum is a must see.  There was so much cool stuff in there, it’s going to take two blog posts to show you all the highlights.  Here’s part one:

In the first room, all of Disney’s awards are displayed…

This is a model of the apartment that is in Disneyland, above the fire station on Main Street…

The first few rooms of the museum take you through the early years of Walt’s life and career…

This activity station let you put the sound to a short cartoon clip.  Mr. B had fun with this one!

I loved this map of Walt’s Los Angeles because it shows some cool spots that are close to our house.

Shirley Temple was one of my faves as a kid, so this pic is two of my all time favorite people!

I love that Disney created some pretty risque images during the war for the service men.  Not what you would expect!

The electronic interactive displays are pretty incredible…

And that takes us through Part One!  Check back soon for Part Two, which contains my absolute favorite part of the museum!

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Happy Birthday Disneyland!

Fifty-nine years ago today, my favorite place in the whole world opened for the first time!  Next year promises to be a big one as Disneyland celebrates its diamond anniversary, more details to come!  For now, Happy 59th Birthday Disneyland!


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How to Have Fun at Disneyland as an Adult (Without the Kids)

Okay, this post might seem like an odd way to kick off a blog titled “A Disney Mom”, but as a long time lover of Disneyland, and so far only a short term mom (it’s been about six weeks at this point), I have spent the majority of my Disney days as an adult without children.  This is a series  of posts that I will be blogging, the next one up is How to Have Fun at Disneyland While Pregnant and I’m currently working on How to Have Fun at Disneyland with an Infant.  But for now, here are some tips on the ways to enjoy your trip without the kids.

It is no secret that I love me some Disney.  I have been a passholder for the past twelve years (I just did a little bit of mental math on the cost of that and had a mini stroke), and have been going to Disneyland since I was one year old.  Obviously for the die hards like myself, part of the appeal is the nostalgia of Disney.  But there is also a ton of fun stuff you can do in the park even if you don’t have a history with Disney or a little one to entertain.  Today, we are focusing on California Adventure.  If you are an adult going to Disneyland, visiting California Adventure (or DCA as the regs call it) is a must.  It’s where the adult stuff (aka the booze) is.  And DCA is like Vegas–it’s perfectly legal to walk around with your drinks!  So here is my tour of the best spots in DCA to have an adult level good time.

The Karl Strauss Beer Cart (number three on the map) is located at the Pacific Wharf (where there are also tons of food options, including a Ghiradelli Soda Fountain).  There are multiple draft beer options available here.  They come in plastic cups (second pic) perfect for carrying around the park.  It is much less painful waiting in a long ride line when you have a cold beer to drink while you wait!

Mr. B and I typically buy our beers and then head over to Paradise Pier and Toy Story Midway Mania.  There is usually a longish line for this ride, so we enjoy our beers while we wait.  Toy Story is an awesome ride, mainly because it’s a competition.  You travel through a bunch of 3D style carnival games and rack up points.  We plays for beers, so whoever loses has to buy the next round.

Also along the Paradise Pier is the Cove Bar (number five on the map).  This bar is a little swankier, but you cannot beat the view of the ferris wheel and California Screamin (the roller coaster).  This is a great place to go when the weather is nice as all the seats are outside.

The Sonoma Terrace (number four on the map) is a new discovery for us, but this is a convenient spot to grab a beer or a glass of wine.  They have a great selection of craft brews, and a lot of yummy California wines.  Plus, there is a nice patio where you can sit and relax.  Bonus, last time we were there, they had to get rid of their pretzels and gave us one for free!  Free stuff doesn’t happen very often at Disney, so you have to take advantage when you can!

Another tip if you are in an adults only party, check out the single rider lines for the popular rides.  The Radiator Springs Racers (located in Cars Land) tends to have a minimum of an hour and a half wait every time we are there, but the single rider line is usually about thirty minutes.  You and your party will most likely be in separate rows, but I have always ended up in the same car as my group and the wait is way shorter.  Totally worth it.

By far, my favorite spot in DCA is Carthay Circle Restaurant (number one on the map for a reason!).  This newly opened restaurant is decked out in a 1930’s California theme, which means the bar is all dark wood and jazz (all they play are jazz versions of classic Disney songs, and yes, I own the soundtrack) and the martinis are divine.  We have only eaten there once as the food is super pricy (but amazingly delicious) but we stop at the bar every time we visit the park.  The best thing to do is get a Fast Pass for a ride like Tower of Terror (number two on the map), then go enjoy a martini at Carthay Circle.  By the time you are done with your drink, it is usually time for your Fast Pass!

If you want to take a little walk and explore, you can head out to Downtown Disney (exit is marked on the map) where there are tons of great restaurants and shops.  At the end of Downtown Disney is the Disneyland Hotel, one of my most favorite places in the whole world.  Trader Sam’s is a tiki bar located near the hotel pool that has tons of fun tropical drinks.  At night they have live music on the patio (this is where we came after our wedding!).  If you sit inside, you get to see lots of cool effects as people order their different tropical themed drinks.  Today’s Disney trivia question, where is Trader Sam located inside the Disneyland Resort?  (Give your answer in the comments!  You won’t win anything, but I will think you are super cool if you know the answer!)

Alright, and here is the little map I came up with to show you where all the cool stuff is located in DCA.  Please note, this map is not anywhere near to scale.  Please also note, I am sucky with technology and graphic design.  Don’t judge my skills.

I hope I have convinced you that you can have an awesome time at Disneyland as an adult.  If you have Disneyland related questions, post them in the comments and I will do my best to answer!

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Welcome to A Disney Mom Blog!

Hello Disney fans and welcome to A Disney Mom!  I’m Falon and I will be your tour guide on this Disney adventure.  I am a thirty-ish year old teacher.  I live in Los Angeles with my fabulous husband and our little dog Winston, and the most recent addition to our family, our six week old son Canon (who will be making his first foray to Disney in just a week now!).  I love reading, crafting, blogging, and of course, going to Disneyland.  I have been Disney obsessed since I was a wee little one…

…Yup, that’s me!  Even as a little munchkin, I knew I was born to be a Disney baby!  My family and I took several trips to Disneyland as a kid and for most of my life, I have celebrated my birthday at the park.

Many of my most important life events have been celebrated at Disneyland (I forced my poor husband to go with me the day after our wedding!).  We even did our engagement pictures in Toon Town…

I love spending special occasion days in the park, but I have spent even more “normal” days at Disneyland throughout the years.  I have been a passholder for the past 12 years (don’t tally up the total cost of that…please) so I have plenty of knowledge on how to have an awesome Disney experience, and I’m excited to share that knowledge with you!  I hope you will stick around for all of the Disney love that will be coming your way!  Please feel free to leave questions/comments at anytime, I promise to always respond! 

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