Category Archives: Disney

The Law of Attracting Memorable Moments

Do you live in the here and now and create memories from doing? Or do you spend energy collecting so many ‘things’ that you don’t live in the moment? Which one are you? I’m the former, I’m all about collecting memories. Call it Law of Attraction, living amongst the locals, sowing what you reap or whatever you like, but I have learnt through my travels that the more you live in the moment and the more you take the time to enjoy what is going on around you, the more lasting memories you create.

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We visited Disney in Florida last year, it was my first time as well as the kids’, Mr BAM had been to Disneyland in LA but agreed this was an altogether different situation being able to experience Disney through the eyes of our kids.

I remember seeing families in the various gift shops arguing over which pins to buy to build their collection. In a nutshell, Disney pin trading involves talking to other Disney guests as well as Disney crew to look at trading one of your pins for one of theres. Sounds like a great way to meet other people and “bring home the magic”, but alas I saw many more people just buying up pins and alot less interaction. Other parents were buying heavily overpriced Disney autograph books and pens so they could collect signatures from their favorite Disney characters. I cannot tell anyone one way or another how they should enjoy their family memories and places they visit, people they meet and things they see. But, what I noticed was that the THINGS (autographs and pins) were making moms and dads rush around disney and dragging screaming kids behind them to collect more and more things. Instead of enjoying the most magical place on earth, talking to others and even just engaging with the characters, the collection of THINGS had become a struggle.

Find Out About Kissimmee’s Summer Sequel Sweepstakes

At the end of this month, my family is traveling to Florida and staying in Kissimee and meeting up with Mr BAM’s parents from New Zealand! I am so excited as our entire family has never been to Disney World and we plan on going for at least 2 days out of the week long stay! It will be great to experience the magic of Disney through their eyes as well as to enjoy all that our nearby base in Kissimmee has to offer. I’m also excited to announce that I will be guest blogging our family’s adventures over at I See Kissimmee, an online diary of bloggers’ stories from the heart of Florida. So make sure to look out for my tips for eating healthy while at Disney as well as the sights and sounds of Kissimmee’s great outdoors.

Delivery Man Movie Puts a Twist on Family

Delivery Man stars Vince Vaughn, Cobie Smulders and Chris Pratt and will be in theaters November 22. Vince Vaughn plays an affable underachiever looking for his purpose in life, when he finds out he’s fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago. Now he must decide whether or not to come forward when 142 of them want to meet their biological father.

Wowsers! Can you imagine? When I think that 2 little people look up to me and look to me for guidance…the power and importance of being a mother is at once energizing, and a heavy (but happy to have) burden. Will I scar them with my own “baggage” and issues? Will I always be able to provide for them and nurture their natural talents and abilities? Will they want and need my love, affection and opinion?

I’m sure we will have our ups and downs as a family, but between 3 countries, 4 cities and 2 continents since I first met Mr BAM in Auckland, New Zealand and since we had our son Mr P in Christchurch, then moved to Auckland and then New York while I was 6 months pregnant with our now American Little Miss – phew! I couldn’t imagine living this adventure without one of these kiddies. My kids are super special, Mr P particularly to move from New Zealand to New York and to have enjoyed every minute of it and to continue to thrive.

Disney Planes Coloring and Connect the Dots

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that Disney’s PLANES will be flying into cinemas on August 9. If your little ones are like mine, then they are highly anticipating the release date (as am I!). Well, Disney have released a set of activity sheets perfect for any upcoming rainy days or maybe for travel over Memorial Day weekend. Simply click on the image below to go straight to the PDF to download and print. Then mouseover the image on the top right hand side to pin it to Pinterest and share with your friends. Enjoy!

Download Coloring & Connect the Dots

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disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but was provided this information from Disney and am sharing it with my readers because I think it will be of interest to you.


Disney’s PLANES Set to Soar into Theaters This Summer

I remember how excited my Mr P was when he saw the vignette to Disney’s PLANES awhile ago, I can’t even remember where we first saw it, if I had to guess it was at the end of one of his beloved Cars DVDs. The film takes off in theaters in 3D on Aug. 9, 2013! Like the movie it has been spun-off from (Cars), the list of planes looks to have an equally spunky crew of sassy women (rochelle voiced by Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and international speedsters (El Chupacabra voiced by Carlos Alazraqui). That’s just some of the cast of voices, other notable names include Val Kilmer, John Cleese, Sinbad and Cedric the Entertainer.

Inspired by the world of “Cars” and directed by Disneytoon Studios veteran and aviation enthusiast Klay Hall (“King of the Hill,” “The Simpsons”), “Disney’s Planes” is an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure about Dusty’s dream of competing as a high-flying air racer—and his decidedly unfortunate fear of heights.

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LYSOL No-Touch Hand Soap Makes Cleanup Easier

My 5 year old Mr P has blossomed into a bit of an artist. Mr BAM was an painter in a former life, so I think he is secretly very happy about this development. I am too, it has been amazing to see his stick figures evolve into much more recognizable drawings over the last couple of months. He uses markers and crayons to bring his imagination to life on paper. The only downside to this creative pursuit his the marks all over his hands. Covered in all the colors of the rainbow, he marches off to the sink and scrubs ink all over the bar of soap or hand pump of soap. Neither creates an ideal situation, as black grime is left either all over the soap or the pump.

Having been introduced to the LYSOL No-Touch hand soap, means my little dude only has to place his hand under the nozzle to activate the soap. Easy peasy and no grimy germ filled residue left on the pump for everyone else. Besides less cleanup for me, it has also meant that we are reducing the spread of germs from grubby hands to pump – it’s a win win situation for the entire house. Since we have a teeny tiny New York City bathroom, I worried that it might be too big for our counter top, but I was presently surprised to see that it isn’t all – pretty relative to the size  of a pump and the sleek white design fits my bathroom.