November 9, 2015

Make Something Monday- Thor and Loki Helmets and Loki Scepter

Thor and Loki- Sons of Odin

So it's been like 2 weeks since I've posted. This post is pretty much the reason why. It took forever to put these projects together.

But... I love my kids and I do this crazy stuff for them.

October 13, 2015

Take With You Tuesday- Misting Fan

Keep cool!
This take with you Tuesday come straight from a client! Bring these from home and save a bunch! Inside the park they can cost close to $20, but you can get them ahead of time on Amazon for $8.25. Even less in stores on clearance after the summer season!
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October 12, 2015

Make Something Monday- Photo Quilt Series Part 2

I bet you thought I forgot about this, didn't you?

So remember OVER A YEAR AGO when I decided to sew a quilt for my boys? Well, if you don't remember you can read about it here. I have finally picked it back up again and made some progress!
We changed the fabric from the original post, but I'm pretty happy so far.

October 7, 2015

Whatever Wednesday- runDisney Training Update and 2016-2017 Schedule


“That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run."-Forrest Gump

I'm so proud to say that I've been running for over a year now! Last August I started running to get ready for Princess 5k {which I ended up not doing} and have continued getting healthier and stronger ever since. Now I'm training for the 2016 Princess Half Marathon!

September 30, 2015

Whatever Wednesday- Tips for Photographing Fireworks

Welcome to this month's Blogorail Red Loop. Today we are sharing tips to get great photos on your Disney vacation.


Photographing fireworks can be a little bit tricky. I have a degree in photography and even I have taken some not so frame-able shots. I'm going to share some tips with you to help you make the most of shooting the beautiful nighttime spectaculars that Disney puts on.

The main idea is that you want to "drag the shutter" or keep the shutter open as long as you can in order to get the trails of the fireworks or even multiple bursts. The problems you can run into here are over exposure (the fireworks look way too bright or even white), and movement in the camera. Don't fret, there are ways around both of these problems.
If you're using a phone:
First let's talk equipment. A tripod is a must. This Joby Magnetic tripod is on my shopping list for sure and it's on Amazon for $24.99. I like this one because it's magnetic and you can attach it to fences, poles, or other large metal surfaces.

 I'm sure you've heard that Disney no longer allows selfie sticks. This should fall within the guidelines as acceptable to bring in the park, but I personally haven't tried it so I can't say for certain. Per the rules and regulations page prohibited items are "Selfie sticks (hand-held extension poles for cameras and mobile devices) and Large tripods."

Another piece of gear you should look into is a Bluetooth remote shutter release. Even the slightest movement of the camera can cause your pictures to be blurry. I like something like this on Amazon for $6.99. Or if you have an iPhone you can just use the earbuds that came with the phone. The volume button doubles as a shutter release!

Next, apps. I like Slow Shutter Cam {iTunes $.99}. It gives you a ton of control. Play with it before you leave home and familiarize yourself with the controls.

The last piece of the puzzle is fining a great spot. This is totally personal preference. Disney Tourist Blog shared their favorite spots {as well as some FAB pictures!} on this post.

If you're using a DSLR or Point and Shoot camera:

A tripod is a must. Again I like a Joby Magnetic Tripod like this one on Amazon for $36.19.  Again, it's magnetic but this one is strong enough to hold up 6.6 pounds!


A shutter release is another must. Search Amazon for something like this.

Last but not least for all you DSLR users, a neutral density filter. This will allow you to keep the shutter open longer without over exposing your shot. You can imagine it acts as sunglasses. I own this one on Amazon for $14.99 and love it.

Now, all camera brands are different and point-and-shoots have widely different controls from model to model, so I can't tell you exactly how to use your specific camera. What I can tell you is to look for "B" or "bulb" mode. This will keep the shutter open as long as you are holding down the button allowing you to capture several bursts in one shot.

Be aware of smoke. If it is an exceptionally humid day the smoke will hang in the air creating a cloud around the fireworks like this:


Also, you don't want to over do it. It's tempting to keep the shutter open for all of Wishes but you might end up with something looking like this:

While these aren't bad pictures, they could be better with these simple tips.

I hope the tips helped you understand how to better capture those beautiful bursts! Keep in mind this is a vacation and you need to enjoy the shows! Don't let this stress you out. I've found myself too worried about getting the perfect shot in the past. I had to make myself step back and enjoy the moment. There is nothing more precious to me than seeing my children's faces in those moments!

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September 28, 2015

Make Something Monday- runDisney Inspiration Hand Stamped Necklace

A daily reminder of what I'm working towards.
I love hand stamped jewelry. A few Christmases ago I made gifts for everyone. I've finally gotten around to making something for myself and I love it!
Using shrink film I made a replica of Jack Sparrow's tattoo. I printed a copy as a wallet size which shrunk down to the perfect size. I like using colored pencils because it makes the final product opaque. Make sure you punch a hole before you bake it. Once its cooled put a jump ring through the hole.
For the colored beads I used headpins and followed this tutorial.
For the hand stamping I followed this tutorial. I chose this quote because it fits perfectly with the idea. "Keep a weather eye" to me means to keep looking forward {to the end result}. And it also may be a nod to what I plan on dressing as...
I love it so much! After the race I plan on making adding my time and maybe taking off the sparrow. We'll see..

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September 16, 2015

Disney Dining Plan Worksheet *Free Printables*

Welcome to this month's Blogorail Blue Loop. Today we are sharing some Disney trip printables to help you plan your vacation.

Printables can be so helpful when planning a Disney vacation. Keeping track of Dining can especially be tricky. Between what reservations you would like to get to making sure you keep track of how many credits you're spending it's good to keep things organized.
I made two printables to help with exactly that! First getting dining reservations.

If you have the luxury of planning your vacation more than 180 days in advance, this sheet is especially helpful. I organize by priority instead of date that way I get to it first. There's also a spot at the top to write the date you can make your reservations. Once I got the reservation I highlighted it.
The next printable is for  the reservations you've made already.
I included reservation numbers on this one because I like to have it in writing as well as on my phone/computer. I also include how many credits each meal will use. I included the TOTAL number of credits used, that way I know how many we have. I also included a spot at the top to write all the entitlements you'll have.
If you liked to download them click here.

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