Disney Kids

Movie Review: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Alexander is one of those movies that I never would have seen if I weren’t writing a blog about all things Disney.  My kid is nowhere near old enough to actually understand movies and this is definitely not a flick my husband would be into for date night.  But I am making a point to see and write about all Disney film releases, and, given that I went to a noon movie on a Monday, I was able to bring Squirt along with me and not bug a full theater of patrons.  And honestly, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the movie.  There were several times I actually laughed out loud, and while I could certainly blame my mommy hormones, I might have even teared up at the end.

Based on the popular children’s book by Judith Viorst, the movie follows a twelve year old boy, Alexander, who happens to be celebrating his birthday.  When no one in his family understands his unfortunate day, he makes a wish that they all would experience a day of calamities of their own.  And his picture perfect family goes from this…

…to this…

Alexander quickly realizes his wish has come true as his family experiences the kind of bad luck he is subjected to on a regular basis.  The trials and tribulations are quirky and humorous and Jennifer Garner is especially funny in her role as a stressed out working mother.  Steve Carell is his normal, awkward funny self and all of the kids (Ed Oxenbould as Alexander, Dylan Minnette as older brother Anthony, and Kerris Dorsey as older sister Emily) are perfectly cast and endearing.  The movie is what I would call cute and charming.  Am I going to go out and buy it on DVD?  Probably not.  But I certainly felt it was worth my outrageously priced matinee movie ticket.  It turned out to be more than a time killer or movie I have to see review and turned into an enjoyable two hours at the theater.  Whether you have kids of movie viewing age or not, I would definitely recommend checking out Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
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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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Best Disney Halloween Costumes for Boys

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I have to admit, I found it much harder to come up with Disney Halloween costumes for boys than I did for the girls.  With girls, it is princess central, but with a boy, your options are much more limited.  However, I managed to find several adorable Disney themed costumes for your little guy.  The best part is that I did the shopping for you!  Just click the link in the costume description and you will be taken directly to the product listing!

Woody from Toy Story

I think the nice thing about shopping for boys is that they aren’t all the same (like princesses); you’ve got cowboys, pirates, snowmen, and superheroes, all for your little dude to choose from.  Happy Haunting!
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DIY: Mickey and Minnie Money Jars for Just $5!

I love the idea of instilling in my little Squirt the importance of saving for things that he wants to buy.  I realize that he will be going to Disneyland much more often than most kids could even dream about, but I imagine we will plan a big Disney World or Disney Cruise Line trip at some point in his childhood and I will definitely be encouraging him to save his spending money for those trips when the time comes.  I figured I would get a little jump on things by crafting one of these super easy and inexpensive Mickey Money jars, and I figured I’d make a cute Minnie one for myself (or maybe a future princess!) while I was at it!  Here is the finished product:

Supplies you will need: a jar (I found these for $4 each at the Container Store), Martha Stewart metal primer, sponge brushes, acrylic paints, stickers,  and Mickey and Minnie figurines (I found these at Dollar Tree, score!).  The only things I had to buy were the jars and figurines, bringing the total cost of this project to $5!

First, remove the lids from the jars and give them a coat of the metal primer.

While the primer is drying, apply the stickers to the front of your jar.  You may have noticed the stickers on my final products are different from the ones in my supplies picture.  The original letters turned out to be chipboard and they did not stick to the jar at all.  Luckily, I have a pretty good supply of stickers left over from my mom’s scrapbooking days so I was able to find some replacements pretty easily.

Once the primer on your lids has dried, give them a couple of coats of paint, allowing the paint to fully dry in between coats.  The pink I had happened to be matte while the yellow was glossy.  I think I like the glossy finish a bit better, but it is a matter of taste.

Once the lids have fully dried, use hot glue to attach the figurine to the center of the lid.  Learn from my mistake: put the lid on the jar first, then place your figurine.  I glued my figurine on the lid without it being on the jar and it is now pretty impossible to line up the front of the figurine with the front of the jar.

Once your figurines are glued on, your jars are complete!

You now have two different possibilities for your little ones to save for their Disney spending.  The only thing needed now is some spare change!

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The Best Disney Halloween Costumes for Girls

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Halloween is just around the corner and I’m sure all of you parents out there are looking for the perfect costumes for your little ones.  I will be featuring some of my favorite costumes for girls, boys, women, and babies over the next couple of days, so if you are stuck, this is the place for you!  Click on the costume description to be taken directly to the product listing!

Merida from Brave

I hope you and your little princess have a frightfully wonderful Halloween!
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DIY: Halloween Themed Minnie Ears

I’m back with another set of DIY Minnie ears, this time all dressed up for Halloween!  Here is the finished product:

I followed the same basic tutorial as seen here with my Birthday ears.  This time I used black glitter foam and a black headband (so no ribbon wrapping required).

I used orange ribbon for the bow and this super cool glittery purple spider decoration (found at Michaels) for the center.

Another super easy pair of ears to make and I am super excited to rock these at Halloween Time in the parks!

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Inside the Park: Pressed Penny Locations Part One

Ever since I saw this amazing pressed penny jewelry over at Epot, I have been on a mission to create some myself.  In order to create pressed penny jewelry, you have to have pressed pennies, which led to my new mission: find and collect as many pennies as possible!  I am breaking this series up by land (and by park), but I hope to eventually cover all the pressed penny machines in both Disneyland and California Adventure.  Part One covers Frontierland, Adventureland, Critter Country, and New Orleans Square.

The shops along Frontierland’s main walk house several pressed penny machines.

You have Donald, Mickey, and Pluto in their Frontier wear…

And the girls in their Frontier wear…

And you have also have some pennies highlighting Rivers of America and the Mark Twain Riverboat…

In Pieces of Eight (the store near the Pirates exit), you of course have Pirate themed pennies…

In front of the Pooh Corner store there are two machines.

Both of these feature characters from Winnie the Pooh.  When I took these pictures, both machines were actually out of order so who knows if they will be there much longer.

And the last machine in our Pressed Penny Part One series is found at the exit of Splash Mountain.  Find this sign and follow the arrow…

…and you will find Splash Mountain themed pennies…

Start collecting those pennies (and quarters, each machine costs fifty cents) and stay tuned for the rest of our Pressed Penny Locations!

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