Best Disney Halloween Costumes for Women

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Hello Disney fans!  Today I have another set of amazing Disney themed Halloween costumes for you to look at, this time for all you moms out there.  My favorite thing about Disney Halloween costumes for women is the choice between good and evil.  Do you want to be a princess, or would you rather be the Evil Queen?  It’s a tough choice, but no matter which side you choose, you can rock one of these looks!  Click on the costume description to be taken to the listing for that costume!










Tinker Bell

Please note, while some of these costumes are certainly sexy (I’m looking at you, Ariel), they are not the “sexy” version.  Don’t be that person who turns classic children’s characters into scantily clad hos.  Please, just don’t.  But please do dress as your favorite Disney character and have a rocking Halloween!
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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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New Mommy Post: Four Months

I know this post is not Disney related–I promise we will be back to the Disney goodness tomorrow–but I really wanted to sit and take a minute and reflect on some of the challenges and changes that have occurred in the four months since Squirt was born.

Squirt in the hospital, one day old.

I guess it would probably be easier to count the ways my life hasn’t changed in the past four months because pretty much nothing is the same.  I still live in the same house, but it is now overrun with baby toys and swings and mats and books.  I am still married to the same amazing man, but our conversations now revolve around our kid, even on our precious few date nights.  I still work the same job, but I am now working part time and staying home part time.  I still love Disney, but my park experiences are totally different traveling with an infant.

Basically, my entire life has been turned upside down since the arrival of our little one.  In the beginning it was all I could do to make sure we were all fed, clothed, and rested.  Now things are a little bit easier (it’s amazing what a difference a seven hour stretch of sleep can make!) and we are starting to have more fun.  Squirt’s developing his personality–he loves laughing and grabbing his feet and bright colors and dancing–and it is seriously a miracle to watch this little guy grow into his own person.

I’m not going to lie, there have been times over the past four months that I didn’t think I was going to make it.  I wondered what I had done to my life and how I was ever going to feel normal again.  But those moments were few and fleeting.  The moments that stick are the ones of overwhelming love and joy.  And understanding why women are crazy enough to go through pregnancy and childbirth multiple times.

Squirt last week before our Disneyland day trip.

 Given that this blog is about being a Disney Mom, Squirt is going to be a big part of my writing life here.  And while I will mainly stick to the Disney theme, I think it is important for me to write about these moments–it’s how I reflect and process my emotions.  I also want my readers to know who I am, as a person and as a mom.  So when you see these Mommy Update posts, feel free to skip over them if they’re not your thing, I promise I won’t be offended (and I won’t really know, so there’s that).  But if you are a new mom, or seasoned mom, or soon to be mom, and you want to share your own thoughts and experiences, please feel free to comment and share.  I look forward to sharing my thoughts on momhood with you all.

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