Magical Monday: Another Disneyland Getaway

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Do you know how hard it is to take hundreds of magical, really cute pictures from Disneyland and narrow it down to a handful for your blog? Very hard. I wanted to post these in the first few days of getting home from our trip, but I just barely announced that I am pregnant (yesterday) and I didn’t want to announce sooner, but I couldn’t post some pictures before you knew our big news because in some of these pictures its quite obvious that theres a baby in my belly. So now that you know Baby #2 is a cookin’ I can finally share some Disneyland pictures from our latest vacation to the happiest place on earth!

We were there just three days, but they were a very magical three days. As per usual, H was awesome. He was so good and well-behaved and obsessed with meeting characters and loved going on rides. He loved rides so much that when we’d get off rides he’d completely lose it. Cast Members would often approach him and be like, “Its ok! You’re off the ride now!” But little did they know he wasn’t sad because he hated the ride, he was sad because he hated getting off the ride! I think this time his favorite rides were Casey Jr, Small World, Nemo’s Undersea Voyage and the carousels.

Day One:

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Eating at Cafe Orleans is a must for our family. Mainly because they serve pommes frites Β and they are to die for. They’re seriously the most delicious thing you’ll ever eat.

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My husband is the cutest. On our first day, he agreed to match with my two little sisters. Isn’t that sweet? I love the relationship that my sisters have with my husband. They’re all buddies and so cute and fun with each other.

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Day Two:

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We ate at Goofy’s Kitchen (in the Disneyland Hotel) on our second day and it was a blast. Goofy and his friends come around and visit you and there is a buffet with a lot of different foods to choose from. Its one I highly suggest.

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Day Three:

I always insist on a 3D glasses picture when we’re in line at Toy Story Mania. H is still not so sure about the glasses so this picture was as good as we got.

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See what I mean about the baby in my belly flaunting its stuff?

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I love the Toy Story Mania line. We always seem to take a lot of pictures while waiting in it. Oh, and enjoy another peek at Baby #2. (I’m showing so fast)

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We ate at Hungry Bear for lunch as per my sisters request. This is another one of our go-to’s that we’re always very pleased with. How cute are my sisters??

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And we’ll end with our last family picture we took in the park at the Rivers of America.

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Disneyland never disappoints. It never will. I’m so grateful to be able to go there so often and to be in a family that crazily obsesses over it with no shame. I’m currently in a state of deep depression because I miss it so badly, but I guess that just means we’ll have to go back that much sooner!

Until next time, Disneyland…

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Magical Monday: Some of My Favorite Easter Eggs

Disney movies are very well known for their cleverness. If you haven’t heard of Disney movie easter eggs, allow me to explain what these are – no they’re not literal easter eggs hidden throughout movies, instead they are little hidden secrets (such as characters, disney history, etc) hidden throughout Disney films. I wanted this to be a list of my favorite Easter Eggs, but after really thinking about that – I’m not sure if I could ever choose however many favorites because I love them all. So instead I chose some of the ones I love the most. And I’d love to hear which ones of yours you love that I didn’t include!

This one is from Up. You can see the Pixar ball (yellow ball with red star) that is actually in a lot of Pixar films, and if you look in the bottom left corner by the bed, you see Lotso from Toy Story 3!

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This is from Hercules. At one point Hercules is posing for a man who is painting him on a vase and he’s wearing Scar as a headdress. Scar is from Lion King. I remember seeing this when I was younger and thinking it was so sneaky and clever. I still think that, actually.

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This next one is from Tangled. When Flynn takes Rapunzel to the Snuggly Duckling, there is a wide shot where, if you look quick, you can see Pinnochio hiding up near the ceiling!

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This is from Aladdin and another one that really impressed me as a youngin’. When the Sultan is building his little animal pyramid, you quickly see the Beast from Beauty and the Beast!

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This one is for sure in my top 5. This is from Ratatouille. When Remi is running around the city you see the shadow of who? Dug!! My favorite Disney dog! Dug is from Up. And now I want to watch Up. (but skip the first half because I’m not in the mood to cry my eyes out currently)

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In Tarazan when Terk and her friends sing Trashin the Camp – while totally trashing the camp, you get a glimpse of Mrs. Pots and Chip from Beauty and the Beast!

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This one is from Finding Nemo and I love it. At a scene at the Dentist Office when things appear to be getting crazy in the office, you see the waiting clients in the waiting room. The boy who nervously looks up is reading a Mr. Incredible comic!

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And ending this post with one of my all time favorites – another from Hercules. The Muse’s are lined up just like the signing busts in Haunted Mansion – my very favorite Disney attraction. How can this not just make you smile?

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So theres a few I love. Maybe I’ll have to do another post like this in the future so I can include even more I love. Which are your favorites?

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Magical Monday: My Fear of Captain Hook

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Disney is known for their amazing story telling and producing incredible characters. Some characters are scarier than others. Growing up I had reassuring nightmares about Horace and Jasper (Cruella Deville’s henchmen on 101 Dalmatians) kidnapping me so I obviously had a fear of them – which now is pretty funny to me because they really aren’t very scary. Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog is pretty creepy. And you’re lying if you don’t think Oogie Boogie from Nightmare Before Christmas is terrifying. I grew up watching Peter Pan quite frequently and Captain Hook is the villain – but he’s not a very intimidating villain in my opinion. I actually have always enjoyed him. He’s funny, he tries hard, he has some kind of charisma about him. So as far as villains go, he’s not a very scary one to me.

Until I go to Disneyland. I don’t know why but every time I see Captain Hook in Disneyland I feel like a little kid who’s terrified of that big character looming around them. My family really likes going to Plaza Inn for breakfast and having breakfast with Minnie Mouse and some of her friends. One of her friends thats always at breakfast is (as I’m sure you’ve guessed) Captain Hook. From a distance he is fine, but when he comes and visits our table its like he can smell my fear. Here are two examples of why I have a fear of this hook-handed man. One time he stood by me while I finished my breakfast and he didn’t care that I told him I was full. He would point at what to take a bite of next then clap and laugh. Its funny right? Right! So why was it scary to me? Last time we were there, he had me stand up to take a picture with him and he was kissing my hand and not letting me get too far away from him. Then he noticed I had a wedding ring and he wasn’t too happy with that – if you look closely at the picture above, you can tell he is actually trying to take my ring off! (sorry Captain Hook, we aren’t going to play with my wedding ring – thats valuable) Not to brag, but Captain Hook has a thing for me — and I guess it scares the heck out of me!

So there you have it. That is the reason Captain Hook (just at Disneyland) is the Disney character I fear. Is it weird and irrational? Yep. But it is what it is.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Magical Monday: Top 10 Disney Quotes

Like as soon as I started this post I immediately started feeling anxiety because HOW am I supposed to pick just 10 of my favorite Disney quotes? Its impossible. So you’ll notice that I didn’t include the word ‘favorite’ in the post title. Instead these are ten Disney quotes that I love a whole lot.

1. “Adventure is Out There” (from Up)

  • Ok. I know for a fact that this is my #1 favorite Disney quote of all time. This quote was something Wild Man and I said to each other a lot while we were dating, this was the theme of our engagement and its our family motto. I love this quote.

2. “Around here we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” (Walt Disney)

  • This is my favorite quote by Walt. Its so inspiring and motivates me to keep on moving in a forward direction. Its one of those you read and immediately feel good. I have this quote hanging in H’s room – I want him to commit this to memory because its that good.

3. “A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.” (Hercules)

  • I have never been a big, tough, brave, strong person. But I have always wanted to be some kind of hero but (especially when i was little) I always felt defeated that I wasn’t the strong, outspoken ‘hero’ type. This quote helped me realize I can be a hero through kindness, my acts and through my heart.

4. “No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing the dream that you wish will come true.” (Cinderella)

  • This is just inspiring. Keep on believing and have faith your dream will come true. Thanks, Cinderella.

5. “If your heart is in your dream, no request is too extreme.” (Pinnochio)

  • Much like the quote above, this is one of those that just makes me feel good in always dreaming and believing. Nothing is too crazy to reach for.

6. “I want adventure in the great wide somewhere.” (Beauty and the Beast)

  • I had to include a quote from Belle in this post because she’s my favorite princess and one of my favorite characters in the whole Disney universe. I love this one. Its been something I’ve said to myself a lot too, when I’m just wanting more – to be a little more adventurous and spontaneous. Also, everything Belle says is gold.

7. “I keep wishing it could be that way because my world would be a wonderland.” (Alice in Wonderland)

  • Alice is my favorite character and I love this movie so much. I love her imagination because I was always the girl (still am) who gets lost in my own thoughts and have created a little world of my own just like Alice.

8. “Ladies don’t start fights but they can finish them.” (The Aristocats)

  • Marie (the kitten who says this) was one of my childhood favorite characters and I still have a real soft spot for her. I love this quote. Its fiesty and tough. Don’t underestimate a girl.

9. “How do you spell love?” “You don’t spell it, you feel it.” (Winnie the Pooh)

  • Because love is so much more than a word and I am always and forever a hopeless romantic.

10. “To all who come to this happy place, welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts that have created America with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.” (Walt Disney – Disneyland dedication speech)

  • I get goosebumps when I read or hear this. This is the speech Walt Disney gave when he dedicated Disneyland. These are special words here, people!

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Magical Monday: 50 Years of Pirates of the Caribbean

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On March 18th Pirates of the Caribbean in Disneyland turned 50 years old! Pirates is easily one of my favorite attractions in any Disney park (i even like the Disneyland one more than Disney Worlds – do you agree?) I am kind of devastated we weren’t in the park for this momentous occasion but I had a few friends there and I lived vicariously through their instagram posts, tweets and snapchat stories that day. The weekend of the fiftieth anniversary was a big deal in Disneyland with special events, food, etc. So fun. Disney knows how to celebrate, am I right?

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Like I said, Pirates is one of my very favorites. Its in my top three and occasionally is my #1 over all. It inspired the Pirates of the Caribbean movie series which are the greatest (yes even the sequels!) and I don’t care how cheesy it sounds, those movies changed my life and were a massive obsession of mine for years – ok, they still are. In turn, the movies then inspired some changes in the ride. I love that Jack Sparrow can now be spotted throughout the ride. Its a really magical touch.

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Fun Fact: Did you know originally Pirates of the Caribbean was going to be a walk-through attraction? I’m so glad they changed their minds and now you board your boat and float through the incredible ride.

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I love that Pirates is on the longer side as far as rides go. Its one of me and my families go to rides when we need to get off of our feet for a minute. Also, if you’re a nursing mom, this ride is an awesome place to nurse! I love the song. I love the music. I love the animatronics. I love the donkey, the pigs and the cat. I love the realistic sound of the fire. I love the hidden Mickey’s. I love the beginning when you’re floating through the bayou and its quiet, you can see Blue Bayou and it feels like you’ve really been transported somewhere else. I love the drops. I love the skeleton driving the crashed ship while lighting strikes and thunder booms. I love the skeleton pirate on top of the piles of gold and treasure. I love the treasure chest (replicated from POTC the movie). I love Jack Sparrow singing Yo-Ho at the end of the ride. I love the parrot you see as you wait in line and that you pass as you’re finishing your voyage. I love the atmosphere and that its kind of muggy and humid. I love the smell. I love the art. I love the Cast Members costumes. I love the scene with the three jailed men whistling for the dog with the key. I love everything about this ride.

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Happy 50th Anniversary (a couple days ago) Pirates!

“Psst! Avast there! It be too late to alter course, mateys – and there be plunderin’ pirates lurkin’ in every cove, waitin’ to board. Sit closer together and keep your ruddy hands inboard – that be the best way to repel boarders. And mark well me words mateys: Dead men tell no tales!Β 

Ye come seekin’ adventure and salty old paired, eh? Sure you come to the proper place. But keep a weather eye open, mates, and hold on tight – with both hands, if you please. There be squalls ahead! And Davy Jones waiting for them what don’t obey.”

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

 

 

 

So You Want to Have a Dance Party?

Since I am a SAHM and I have a very busy husband, I have a lot of one-on-one time with my little man. I super love planting our bums on the couch and watching a movie or two, but I try to make sure that we have a lot more time playing and being active than we do being potatoes. One of our most recent favorite pastimes lately are having full-blown dance parties. We hook the music on my phone up to our AppleTV and turn our music up loud and dance dance dance! H has some killer moves consisting of small squats, thigh slaps, hand claps and gentle head banging that blow my moves out of the water, but we dance hard nonetheless. Bonus: If you actually dance (or attempt to) it also counts as cardio!

Seeing as these dance parties happen at least once a day and H and I are kinda feeling like pros at this, we consulted and decided to share with you our favorite dance party playlist! Spoiler Alert: Its all Disney music. Are you surprised? You shouldn’t be..

OUR DANCE PARTY PLAYLIST

  • Try Everything (from Zootopia): A classic dance song. I don’t think anyone can listen to this song without at least tapping their toes to the beat.
  • I Just Can’t Wait to be King (from Lion King): Why is this such a little boy song to me? It makes me so proud that H loves this one so much.
  • Be Our Guest (from Beauty and the Beast): I really didn’t think this would be such a dance song but H lights up when he hears it so I can’t ever skip past this one when it comes on (not that i’d want to – its a great song!)
  • Sugar Rush (from Wreck It Ralph): Oh we have fun with this one and according to H, this is a great one to thigh-slap to.
  • The Bare Necessities (from Jungle Book): Wild Man sings this song all. the. time. so it seemed like a necessity (see what i did there?) to add this to our playlist.
  • You’re Welcome (from Moana): We are big fans of this song here. And we are sooooo excited for this movie to come out super soon!
  • Winnie the Pooh (from Winnie the Pooh, duh): I can’t hear this song now without picturing H doing this cute little squat while clapping his hands and smiling. He is a big fan of Pooh Bear.

And by that point I am exhausted and H is ready for a snack.

Think there are any songs we’re missing on our go-to Disney Dance Party Playlist?

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Magical Monday: 16 Years of California Adventure

On February 8th Disney’s California Adventure turned 16 years old! Can you even imagine going to Disneyland Resort and California Adventure not being there? I can hardly remember the time when DCA didn’t exist. I do, however, remember when they started construction on California Adventure and I was SO excited! The Disney Park is getting bigger? Heck yes I’m in support of that!

California Adventure is amazing. I feel like it went through a few years of *finding itself* but now that its all figured out, its a great, magical park. It houses some of my favorite attractions, Little Mermaid Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, Radiator Springs Racers and Toy Story Mania. And once, Tower of Terror…

I remember the first time I ever saw World of Color and I lost my mind and all my chill. I totally bawled and had goosebumps throughout the whole show. There is no show comparable to World of Color and every variation they have done of it has been spectacular. I remember when Cars Land opened and it was so exciting. We were in DLR right before it opened and I remember standing on benches trying to peer over the construction blockers to get a peek of the new land, or going on Screamin’ California and studying unopened Cars Land as best as I could before the ride was over. I remember the first time eating at Ariel’s Grotto being in love with the desserts and the great view we had from our seats. I remember going on Goofy’s Flight School (originally Mulholland Madness) and laughing so hard as my guts were rearranged by how rough that ride is. I remember the first time going on Grizzly River Rapids and getting soaked. There are so many fun memories from California Adventure. Its taken on a whole new level of magic as we have taken H there and been able to watch him take it all in. I love this park and I am so glad that 16 years ago (+ a few days) such a magical place was opened to the world.

(this was the first trip Wild Man came on to DLR with me and my family)

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xoxo

ceeceesparkles