Not So Wordless Wednesday – Egg

So technically it’s not a picture and some might call it a “sponsored” post, but I am not receiving anything for it and it is something I love.  I enjoy pausing and rewinding Disney movies to see if I can find all the “easter eggs” that are there.  Like Rapunzel in Frozen and the Hidden Mickey also in Frozen…did you see them both?

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Not so Wordless Wednesday – Pink

Yesterday was April 1st.  April Fools Day.  I hate April Fools Day.  I am a scrooge, in that I don’t think it is funny to play practical jokes on anyone, tell them you are pregnant or quitting your job or moving to another state.  Ijust don’t get it.

But what really isn’t funny is the email I received from my insurance broker. (of course it is a reply and I am too lazy to edit so you have to read from the bottom up.  Although I guess in the time it took me to type this explanation I could have just edited the damn thing.)

Yes…you are just waiting now for your health cards to arrive. I will call to see where they are at.

My first order of business is to get to an allergist.  I have a great recommendation from a friend that I trust.  Next up a physical and all the lady stuff and then moving on from there.  It has been 6 years since I have had any kind of medical insurance.  Finally I don’t have to put up with this color PINK anymore.

Allergy arm

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One of My Favorite Things From D23

I got to sing along with Richard Sherman as he played iconic songs from Mary Poppins.


Mary Poppins is celebrating 50 years and will be coming out on Blu-Ray combo pack on December 10th.

I don’t have time this week to write all about the fun I had.  But trust me I did.

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Peter Pan

PeterPanDE_BoxArtOn February 5, 2013, The Walt Disney Studios celebrates the 60th Anniversary release of Walt Disney’s classic, “Peter Pan,” as it soars to all-new heights – with a new digital restoration and high definition picture and sound – for the first time on Blu-ray™. The classic tale that taught us all “to believe” and first introduced us to the Darling children – Wendy, John and Michael – as they flew with Peter Pan and Tinker Bell past the second star to the right and straight on ‘till morning to the enchanted world of Never Land. Rediscover the magical adventure and relive childhood memories of this great bedtime story.


The “Peter Pan” Diamond Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy & Storybook App) is a “must-own” addition to everyone’s home entertainment collection, filled with high-flying bonus features for all ages that includes – the groundbreaking feature Disney Intermission, Growing up with Nine Old Men short film, never-before-seen Deleted Scenes and a never-before-heard Deleted Song.


“Peter Pan” is a timeless classic from Disney’s Golden Age of animation.  The film is one of three to boast all nine of Walt’s famous “Nine Old Men” as Directing Animators, and is a revered audience favorite.  “Peter Pan” Diamond Edition 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack will be available for a limited time only for the suggested retail price of $44.99 (US) and $51.99 (Canada) from Walt Disney Studios.

About “Peter Pan” Filmmakers & Cast:

Peter Pan” was executive produced by Walt Disney (Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Alice in Wonderland) and directed by Clyde Geronimi (101 Dalmatians, Sleeping Beauty, Lady and the Tramp), Wilfred Jackson (Lady and the Tramp, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella) and Hamilton Luske (101 Dalmatians, Lady and the Tramp). The character were voiced by Bobby Driscoll (Treasure Island, Song of the South) as Peter Pan, Kathryn Beaumont (Alice in Wonderland, TV’s “The Walt Disney Christmas Show”) as Wendy Darling, Paul Collins (Evan Almighty, Mother) as John Darling, Tommy Luske (TV’s “The Walt Disney Christmas Show”) as Michael Darling, Hans Conried (TV’s The Hobbit,” TV’s “Horton Hears A Who!”) as Captain Hook/Mr. Darling, Bill Thompson (Lady and the Tramp, Alice in Wonderland) Mr. Smee/Other Pirates, Heather Angel (Alice in Wonderland, Suspicion), Tom Conway (101 Dalmatians, Cat People) as the narrator.


To learn more and keep informed on this release:


Disc Specifications:

Release Date:                 February 5, 2013 (Direct Pre-book: 12/11; Distributor Pre-book:  12/25)

Suggested Retail         3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (BD, DVD, Digital Copy & Storybook App) = $44.99 U.S. / $51.99 Canada; 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (BD & DVD) = $39.99 U.S. / $46.99 Canada; Digital & On-Demand = please check with your television provider or favorite digital retailer for pricing

Bonus Features:           Disney Intermission (new), Growing up with Nine Old Men (new), Disney View (new), Introduction by Diane Disney Miller (new), Deleted Songs & Scenes , You Can Fly: The Making of Peter Pan, Tinker Bell: A Fairy’s Tale, Disney Song Selections, Audio Commentary Hosted by Roy Disney, Music Videos & More!

Rating:                               G (bonus material not rated)

Feature Run Time:     77 minutes

Aspect Ratio:                 1.33:1

Audio:                                 Blu-ray: 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (English); 5.1 Dolby Digital (French and Spanish)

Languages:                      English, French and Spanish

Subtitles:                          English SDH, French and Spanish

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Manny Makes His Move

If you understand the title then you will agree with me that it is about dang time.

Disney Junior will be celebrating Valentine’s Day this year with themed episodes of cable TV’s #1 series for kids 2-5 “Doc McStuffins” and perennial favorite “Handy Manny.”

In the new “Doc McStuffins” episode titled “My Huggy Valentine,” Doc receives a stuffed Valentine’s Day heart named Val as a gift and Lambie gets jealous because she thinks Doc likes her new toy better.  After diagnosing Lambie with “splitheartitis,” Doc reassures her that no one could ever take her place.  This episode of “Doc McStuffins” premieresFriday, February 1 at 10:00 a.m., ET/PT on Disney Channel and 4:00 p.m., ET/PT on Disney Junior.

Then, in the “Handy Manny” episode, Manny wants to ask longtime friend Kelly to a Valentine’s Day party.  With a little help from the tools, he finally works up the courage and asks her to attend Mrs. Portillo’s party with him.  The episode titled “Valentine’s Day Party” premieres Thursday, February 14 at 10:30 a.m., ET/PT on Disney Channel and 6:00 p.m., ET/PT on Disney Junior.

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A Walk in Walt’s Footsteps

One of the most spectacular things I have done in my lifetime.

For my first visit to Disneyland in 17 years, it was truly a magical one.

It started with a car service arriving in the morning to pick me up.  No one likes making the drive down the 5 freeway at any time of day and a car service picking you up means one is driving you home as well when your tired and your feet hurt and you just want to relax.  Yes the day is starting out very well.

I arrived at the Grand Californian Hotel and entered a ballroom filled with TV’s showing the Epic Mickey 2:The Power of Two video game that we were there to learn more about.  I can’t go in to detail about that yet, but I will at a later date.  Let’s just say there was some major game playing happening.

Shelby and Desiree checking out the new Epic Mickey 2: The Power of 2

A wonderful lunch was provided complete with a mashed potato bar.  I was in heaven.

The lovely Shelby Barone with her first (of many) plates of food.

and desserts I can’t forget about the desserts!

The rainbow cupcakes were delish!

After lunch we were escorted in to Disneyland where we met up with our private tour guide Kortney

Isn’t she adorable!? Fun fact: Did you know the names on the doors and windows of Main Street are like “end credits”? They are an homage to those important in Walt Disney’s life.

Our first stop was the ever popular and always fun Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room (go ahead start sing “In the tiki tiki tiki tiki tiki room…..”)

I think these are the same birds that were here 15 years ago

Next up was the biggest attraction on opening day, the Jungle Cruise.  Yes, they are still using the same jokes from back then as well.

Three of my favorite ladies, Caryn Bailey, Shelby Barone and Kirsten Erickson

The next stop is one that will stay with me for the rest of my life….Walt’s apartment.  There was a feeling as you walked in the door, an essence if you will, something made you feel happier while you were there.  Nopictures were allowed, but I do have some of the professional video that was taken and as soon as I figure out how to edit it down from the 30+ minutes I will share it with you.

Because I am old or more realistically because I am fat I was already tired from all of the walking, but my tiredness was soon to be rewarded with an exclusive opportunty…we were going to walk all the way to the back of the park at a quick pace without stopping to go somewhere that very few people ever get to go.  Club 33.    We all know I am not a Disneyphile so I only recently heard of Club 33, I knew it was exclusive but then I looked it up on WIkipedia and found out just how exclusive it is – “Corporate members pay an initiation fee of $27,500, and individual members pay $10,000 in addition to annual dues, which are about $6,100 or $3,500, respectively.”  YIKES!

This is just the menu, trust me when I say I took a picture of every morsel of food that crossed my lips.

In order to help work off this amazing meal we were escorted to a private VIP section in front of the castle to watch the fireworks.

A special Halloween version of fireworks with all the Villians taking part

By now I received a text from my driver saying he was here and waiting for me (I know right?!) but there was an open option to those who wanted to trek all the way back to New Orleans Square to go to the Haunted Mansion.  Yes I had blisters, yes my knee was swollen like crazy and yes, I chose to make the trek.

There is a loooong story behind this photo. Let’s just say although this post is not sponsored by Poise, it should be.

It was a long day, a wonderful day, an Epic day for sure.  Thanks Disney.

I was not compensated for this post, I received everything I mentioned above and some more stuff in a goody bag.  All opinions and jokes are my own.

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Caity’s favorite movie EVER IS BACK!

A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” and at the stroke of midnight lats night, dreams around the globe really did come true when The Walt Disney Studios opened its prestigious vault to release one of Walt Disney’s most timeless and beloved masterpieces of all time, “Cinderella,” in the highly anticipated Blu-ray™ Diamond Edition Collection.

This enchanting classic comes alive in stunning fashion for in-home viewing for the very first time on Blu-ray high definition with enhanced picture and sound, once again being embraced by new and old generation alike and only available … as long as the spell lasts.

The “Cinderella: Diamond Edition,” with its spellbinding storyline, memorable music, unforgettable characters and spectacular animation, sparkles like never before with a wide-array of bonus features that extend the viewing experience for the whole family to enjoy including never-before-seen material, family-friendly interactive activities, games and more.

“Cinderella: Diamond Edition” will be offered for purchase in several distinct packages – a collector’s 6-Disc Jewelry Box Set (Cinderella Blu-ray + Cinderella 2: Dreams Come True Blu-ray/Cinderella 3: A Twist in Time on a single Blu-ray + Cinderella DVD + Cinderella 2 DVD + Cinderella 3 DVD + Cinderella Digital Copy Disc), a 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy), a 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD), and High-Definition Disney Digital.

You can download fun games, activities, coloring pages and recipes below!

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Sofia the First

I never cut and paste press releases here, but I am tired and to be honest a little cranky right now (Friday evening), but this is a new Disney show that Caity and I are really looking forward to, so I wanted to tell you all about it.


Disney will introduce its first little girl princess with the debut of “Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess,” an enchanting, music-filled animated Disney Junior television movie for the whole family, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18(7:00-8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel and THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (9:00-10:00 a.m., ET/PT) on Disney Junior, the 24-hour channel. A “Sofia the First” television series will premiere in early 2013. The movie and series will roll out internationally through mid-2013 on both Disney Channels and Disney Junior channels.


Set in the storybook world of Enchancia, the movie introduces Sofia, an average girl whose life suddenly transforms when her mother marries the king and she becomes a princess, Sofia the First. Sofia must learn to navigate the extraordinary life of royalty while holding on to her own hopes and dreams. Her journey to being the best she can be also paves the way for those around her to realize how special they each are.  Disney’s Cinderella makes an appearance in the movie to offer Sofia some words of wisdom – princess to princess.


Sofia’s royal adventure begins as she prepares to move into the castle with her mom, starting a new family with her step-father, King Roland II, and step-siblings, Amber and James. Helping Sofia in her journey are the three headmistresses of Royal Prep Academy – Fauna, Flora and Merryweather (the beloved fairies seen in Disney’s classic “Sleeping Beauty”) and royal steward, Baileywick, as well as a group of cute woodland creatures led by a wise-talking rabbit, Clover. Sofia soon discovers that looking like a princess isn’t all that difficult, but displaying honesty, loyalty, courage, independence, compassion and grace is what makes one truly royal.


Created for kids age 2-7 and their families, the stories of “Sofia the First” communicate positive messages and life lessons that are applicable to young children.  While she lives in a captivating world of castles, wizards and flying horses, Sofia remains a relatable peer-to-peer princess who is experiencing many of the same social situations as young viewers at home including learning how to fit in, making new friends and mastering new skills.


Events across multiple platforms will mark the debut of “Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess” beginning Wednesday September 19 with the launch of the website featuring an introductory character gallery. On Friday, November 2, the site will expand to include a fully immersive experience where kids can create and personalize their own prince or princess avatars. A digital EP featuring five songs from the movie will be available on iTunes and other online retailers beginning Tuesday, November 13. A live simulcast on WATCH Disney Channel and mobile VOD for AT&T and Sprint customers will be presented in conjunction with the movie premiere on Sunday, November 18. The movie will also be available the following day on WATCH Disney Junior, Disney Junior On Demand and


“Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess” stars the voices of Ariel Winter (“Modern Family”) as Sofia; Sara Ramirez (“Grey’s Anatomy”) as Queen Miranda; Wayne Brady (“Let’s Make A Deal”) as Clover; Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”) as Baileywick; Darcy Rose Byrnes (“Desperate Housewives”) as Amber; Zach Callison (“Land of the Lost”) as James; Travis Willingham (“Ultimate Spider-Man”) as King Roland II; Jess Harnell (“Doc McStuffins”) as Cedric; Ashley Eckstein (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”) as Mia the Bluebird and Meghan Strange (“Special Agent Oso”) as Robin. Disney Legend Russi Taylor (Minnie Mouse), Barbara Dirickson and Tress MacNeille (Daisy Duck), bring Fauna, Flora and Merryweather, respectively, to life.  Jennifer Hale provides the voice of Cinderella.


Craig Gerber (“Pixie Hollow Games”) developed the movie and serves as co-executive producer and story editor. Jamie Mitchell (“Special Agent Oso”) is executive producer and director. John Kavanaugh (“Winnie The Pooh: Springtime with Roo”) serves as songwriter/music director and Kevin Kliesch (“Tangled Ever After”) is the composer. “Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess” is a production of Disney Television Animation.


Disney Junior reflects the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney storytelling and Disney characters, both classic and contemporary. It invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for kids age 2-7. Disney Junior’s series blend Disney’s unparalleled storytelling and characters kids love deeply with learning, including early math, language skills, healthy eating and lifestyles, and social skills. Disney Junior launched in February 2011 with a daily programming block on Disney Channel. In its first year, Disney Junior posted the network’s biggest yearly audience in the daypart in Total Viewers, Kids 2-5, Boys 2-5 and Women 18-49, increasing by double-digit margins among preschooler demographics over year-ago levels. On March 23, 2012 Disney Junior added a cable and satellite channel in the U.S. bringing the total number of channels to 30 worldwide.

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Happy National Dog Day

Adventures in Clean

I recently had the pleasure of attending a screening of the movie The Odd Life of Timothy Green, thanks to Disney and Frigidaire.

We started our day in Griffith Park with children all around having great summer fun and getting really dirty.  Unfortunately my grands weren’t available to come with me, so I was more of an observer.

After an introduction by Jennifer Garner (Star of the movie), everyone split up and the kids participated in fun activities.

There was a laundry folding relay.

Photo courtesy of Jordyn Giannamore

A water balloon toss.

Photo courtesy of Jordyn Giannamore

And even a tug of war.

Photo courtesy of Jordyn Giannamore

Some kids got Ms. Garner to help them dirty up their shirts so we could see how clean they got in the Frigidaire washer and dryers.

Photo courtesy of Frigidaire

Afterwards we were treated to a green carpet screening event of The Odd Life of Timothy Green at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

Photo courtesy of Frigidaire

More on the movie in another post.

Frigidaire is holding a sweepstakes right now, you can visit and show them your favorite memory in the dirt for a chance to win tickets to the Hollywood premiere of the movie with Jennifer Garner and a new Frigidaire Affinity® Front Load Washer and Dryer NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER TO WIN. Sweepstakes ends 9/23/12. Click  here for full rules. featuring Ready Steam™, ensuring whiter whites and improved stain removal. For every entry, Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children’s US programs. Frigidaire will donate $1 for each day you share your adventures in clean, between 7/8/12 and 9/23/12 with a minimum of $35,000 and a maximum of $40,000.

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