Disney Baby

DIY: Mickey Mouse Party Invitations

As I mentioned previously in my DIY first birthday Mickey shirt post, Squirt recently turned one and we are celebrating with a Mickey Mouse themed birthday party (obviously).  We are hosting the party a month after his actual birthday so that we can have it in our new house!  That’s right, we are finally moving and I am so excited to be getting out of our little one bedroom hovel and into some actual space (we won’t have to eat dinner in our bed!).  The party is going to be basically the first weekend we are moved into the house, and depending on how construction and painting goes, we might not even be fully moved in yet.  But that will not deter me from throwing the best Mickey party I can!  And the first step to any amazing party is an amazing invitation.  I came up with this DIY after looking at several more complicated ones on Pinterest.  I have zero craft space right now so I needed something easy and fast.  Here is what I came up with!

And here’s how to make these on your own!

1.  Gather supplies: black cards, red strips of cardstock, a glue stick, yellow dot labels, and party info printed on white cardstock (I busted these out in like five minutes using Word).  Learn from my mistake here: I assumed the black cardstock, which I already had on hand, was 5″ x 7″ and cut my red stripes and party info accordingly.  Then I figured out that the black cardstock was in fact 4″ x 6″ so I had to trim everything as I was assembling the invites.  Don’t do that to yourself.  Measure before cutting!

2.  Attach the party info cardstock to the top of the black cards.  I ended up trimming the sides on my other ones so more black was showing (see final product).

3.  Glue a strip of red cardstock to the bottom of the black card.  Make sure there is black showing in between the party info and the top of the red strip.

4.  Attach two yellow circle labels (found these at Staples) to the red cardstock to represent the buttons on Mickey’s pants (which in reality, are white, but the yellow is much cuter!).

And you are all done!  I crafted about 25 of these babies and the worst part was all the trimming, which you will not have to do because you are going to measure beforehand!  Really, these were super simple and I absolutely love how they came out.  Two birthday projects down, and many more to come!


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DIY: Mickey Mouse 1st Birthday Shirt

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I have a very special DIY to share with you today.  Squirt’s first birthday was last week and we of course celebrated with a trip to the Happiest Place on Earth.  I decided to make him a shirt for the occasion and I am so happy with how it turned out.  I also made one for a friend whose birthday is a couple of days before Squirt’s (which is why you will see two different names).  Here are the steps to make this adorable and easy birthday shirt!

1.  Gather your supplies: a red shirt, a Mickey stencil (I made this one using clip art and Microsoft Publisher), black and yellow fabric paint, brushes, iron on letters, and a Sharpie.

2.  Place your stencil and outline it using the Sharpie (fine point works best).

3.  Using a thin brush, outline the Mickey head and the one with the black fabric paint.  Make sure you occasionally wipe off the excess paint from your brush (that’s what those random marks are).

4.  Fill in the rest of the outline using the larger brush.  It is going to take a couple of coats.  With fabric painting, I typically do one coat going horizontally and one going vertically.  That usually gives you full coverage.

5.  I was tempted to leave the shirt as is after that, but I’m glad I went ahead with the yellow as it makes the one pop.  It took multiple coats to fill in the yellow fully, but it really adds a lot to the design.

6.  Once the paint is totally dry (let it sit overnight), lay out your iron on letters and attach according to the package instructions.

Now you have a sweet personalized shirt for your favorite one year old to rock on their birthday!  Stay tuned over the next month for lots of DIYs for Squirt’s Mickey themed first birthday party!

Here is your list of supplies with links…

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The Best Disney Halloween Costumes for Babies and Toddlers

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We’re back with the final (and cutest) installment of the Best Disney Halloween costumes (click for the women, girls, and boys posts).  I am obviously super excited to be dressing up Squirt for the first time, even though we are procrastinating hardcore and haven’t picked out a costume yet.  These were some of the options that stood out to me as being the most adorable!  Click the costume description to be taken directly to the listing for that costume!

Sulley from Monsters, Inc.

It’s hard to decide which one is the cutest!  Have you picked out all of your Halloween costumes yet?  Only a few days left!
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My Favorite Disney Baby Items

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I am so absolutely, 100% in love with some of the new items Disney Baby has been releasing.  I am lucky enough to live literally down the street from the original Disney Baby Store so I obviously have purchased enough of their baby clothes to outfit my child for months straight.  But my little Squirt (see what I did there?) is just now getting old enough to be able to interact with toys so I am doing my research to figure out which ones he “needs”.  And I may be including some options for any future princesses that could come our way as well.  Maybe.  I digress.  I’m loving all of these crib toys and soft books and I can’t wait to go get some for Squirt!  (PS If you click the links in the picture descriptions, you will be taken to the Amazon listing for each item!)

Winnie the Pooh Soft Book

I need them all!  Which one(s) are your favorite?
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How to Have Fun at Disneyland While Pregnant

Welcome to the second edition of my “How to Have Fun at Disneyland” series…(if you’re not knocked up and don’t have kids, check out the first edition, How to Have Fun at Disneyland as an Adult!)

I’ll admit, before discovering I was with child, I would roll my eyes whenever I saw pregnant women at Disneyland.  I mean, what is the point, ladies?  You can’t go on any of the cool rides, all you do is waddle around all day, and more often than not, it’s a day of baking in the Southern California sunshine.

And then I got knocked up.  Is there really any way that I, a self-proclaimed Disney addict, could go nine months without visiting my favorite place in the whole world?  Um, no.  I had to majorly adjust my Disney expectations (bye-bye California Adventure beer cart), but I knew I would find a way to enjoy myself.  And what have I discovered?  You can have fun at Disneyland, even while pregnant!  Just follow these easy steps:
1.        Know going in that the “fun” rides are off limits.  Space Mountain and Tower of Terror are just not going to happen in your pregnant state.  But that’s okay!  There are still lots of other cool rides you can enjoy.  In California Adventure, check out Toy Story Midway Mania and Soarin’ Over California.  If you’re a fan of Ariel, The Little Mermaid ride is also a cute option.  Across the way at Disneyland, you can rock many of the classics like Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion.  Jungle Cruise is always a crowd pleaser, and you can still battle the evil Dr. Zurg on my personal favorite, Buzz Lightyear Astroblasters.

2.       Come prepared.  First and foremost, wear comfortable shoes.  I used to dress for cuteness at the parks, but now I wear good sturdy socks and my running shoes.  You will not make it through the day wearing my former go to’s like flip flops and Chucks.  Second, bring lots of water with you.  You will need it, no matter what the weather is like (and more often than not, it is hot).  With all the walking around, it is super important to stay hydrated and you don’t want to get stuck paying the Disney standard of $3 for a bottle of water.  You also might want to bring snacks to munch on in between meals.
 The New Balance Disney themed running shoe collection; I need them all!
3.       Know where the bathrooms are located.  If you are not a frequent visitor to the parks, make sure you get a park map and note the locations of the bathrooms.  There are ample locations throughout the park, so if you know where to look, you are never more than a few minutes away.  But there is nothing worse than feeling that pressure in your tummy and having no idea where to find relief.
4.       Take lots of breaks.  There are tons of places in both parks where you can sit and relax and enjoy one of my favorite aspects of the Disneyland experience: people watching.  At California Adventure, I like to grab a waterside table at the Cove Bar.  Overlooking the pier, the bar gives you a great view of the Ferris wheel, and depending on your timing, you may even be able to catch one of the many water shows that takes place during the day (and don’t worry, even though it’s technically a bar, there are plenty of non-alcoholic options available).  If you’re at the Happiest Place on Earth, grab a seat at the Tomorrowland Terrace and listen to some live music.  Or kick up your feet and watch some of the awesome live entertainment at the Fantasyland Theater or the new Princess Fantasy Faire.
5.       Enjoy the food.  Churros and pretzels and Dole Whip, oh my!  Disneyland is home to some of the yummiest junk food on the block, why not use your expecting state as an excuse to indulge in some tasty goodies?  If you are sticking with the healthy stuff, there are many places to get fresh fruit (and pickles!), but don’t be afraid to stop by the Ghiradelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop in California Adventure for dessert.  You deserve it!
6.       Do some baby shopping.  There are enough cute kids clothes in the stores at the parks to make even the hardest of hearts squeal with delight.  Feel free to poke around and maybe even purchase a onesie or two…or ten.
Whether this is your first pregnancy or your tenth, there is no need to let your unborn child keep you from the awesomeness that awaits and Disneyland and California Adventure.  Be prepared, set your expectations, and most of all, enjoy your day at the Happiest Place on Earth.
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DIY: My First Visit Onesie

Hey Disney fans!  I have another easy DIY project for you today for those of you with little ones.  We recently took our baby boy to Disneyland for the first time and I wanted to make something cute for him to wear during his visit.  The first thing I did was get a plain white onesie and measure the area where I wanted the design to be.  Then I came up with this outline on the computer (feel free to use it if you want, just please give credit!):

I printed out the outline and slipped it in the onesie.  Make sure you print on cardstock so the paint doesn’t bleed all the way through to the back of the onesie.

First I traced the lettering using fabric markers.  I was unsure how the letters were going to come out so I did them first in case it didn’t work, but it was actually really easy to use the markers and the letters came out well.  The yellow is a little hard to see, but I had to go with the classic Mickey color combo!

Then I used a brush and some black fabric paint to fill in the Mickey.

And here is the little nugget in his onesie and his first ears!

Given the extreme heat on the day we visited the park, we didn’t stay too long, but we did snap a couple of pictures to commemorate the big day!  And now I can save the onesie in case we have another little one who has another first visit!

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DIY: My First Visit Onesie

Hey Disney fans!  I have another easy DIY project for you today for those of you with little ones.  We recently took our baby boy to Disneyland for the first time and I wanted to make something cute for him to wear during his visit.  The first thing I did was get a plain white onesie and measure the area where I wanted the design to be.  Then I came up with this outline on the computer (feel free to use it if you want, just please give credit!):

I printed out the outline and slipped it in the onesie.  Make sure you print on cardstock so the paint doesn’t bleed all the way through to the back of the onesie.

First I traced the lettering using fabric markers.  I was unsure how the letters were going to come out so I did them first in case it didn’t work, but it was actually really easy to use the markers and the letters came out well.  The yellow is a little hard to see, but I had to go with the classic Mickey color combo!

Then I used a brush and some black fabric paint to fill in the Mickey.

And here is the little nugget in his onesie and his first ears!

Given the extreme heat on the day we visited the park, we didn’t stay too long, but we did snap a couple of pictures to commemorate the big day!  And now I can save the onesie in case we have another little one who has another first visit!

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