May 4, 2015

DIY-Chewbacca's Bandolier Autograph Holder

Welcome to the next stop on the Magical Blogorail Red. Today we are sharing tips and information for Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

May the fourth be with you!

I have to confess something- I have never actually seen a Star Wars movie in it's entirety.

Gaaasssp! I know! I guess I need to get on it and watch one since I have two little Star Wars fans in my house. So, when I was thinking about this post I struggled a little. I wanted to make something fun and unique for autographs. Books are great, but the autographs are inside and not on display when you get home. 

The autograph receptacle had to be:
  • Star Wars themed
  • Light weight
  • Packable
  • Big enough for gloved characters to sign on
  • If wearable- removable {Characters won't sign an article of clothing that is on a person}
  • Not be a pain in the behind for parents
  • Well liked by everyone {no matter if  you are Vader or Skywalker fan}
  • An easy DIY
  • Inexpensive

That is a lot of criteria for one item! I called a Star Wars friend of mine {Thanks Frank!}, and we came up with a great idea- Chewbacca's Bandolier with autograph blocks! The blocks are Velcored on, so when you are ready to have one autographed you can pull it off of the bandolier, then put it back once it's been signed.

April 30, 2015

Thrifty Thursday- Disney Themed Bags At Dollar Tree

Super duper cute! 

So while you're packing Ziploc bags, you can save some money and stick with your theme. Dollar Tree sells Disney themed bags that are super cute and cheap to boot! 


Go check your local store, or order online here.

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April 29, 2015

Whatever Wednesday-Rules For Bringing Food Into The Parks

Take a long a tasty treat! 

In keeping with our Ziploc bag theme for the week, I thought I would cover the "bringing food into the park" rules. 

My first choice would be to buy the dining plan, and at the very most bring in light snacks. I realize that is not always feasible, so packing snacks or even sandwiches in Ziploc bags is the way to go.  It's also a good idea to freeze a bottle of water the night before to keep any food you pack cold. By the time lunch rolls around your water bottle will thawed for you to drink!

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April 28, 2015

Take With You Tuesday- Ziploc Bags Of All Sizes

So many uses! 

So as I said yesterday, Ziploc bags come up on a ton of Disney packing lists and for great reasons! Obviously, my Take With You Tuesday item is Ziploc bags. Every size has it's use. Here are a few ideas:

Snack Size: Little things while packing {quarters, clothespins, laundry detergent or dryer sheets}, Crayons {to keep kids occupied during travel}

Sand-which Size: Snacks or Sandwich's to take to the park, extra socks {in case the ones you're wearing get wet}, Phone {to protect from weather or wet rides}

Quart Size: Take an empty bag into the park, then take left overs from meals with you- or desserts from buffets for later. Sharpies {for character autographs}, Packing liquids {shampoo, sunscreen, ect.}Repack your wet poncho

Gallon Size: Clothes {packing, keeping an extra outfit in the park bag or during travel}, Pictures from character meals

These are just a few ideas! What do you use them for?
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April 27, 2015

Make Something Monday- Packing Labels

It's helpful and cute!

Have you seen Ziploc bags on Disney packing lists, and wondered why? This week I'll be talking about all the different ways you can use them. There are so many ways for all the different sizes, Today I'll be talking specifically about gallon sized bags.

I'm not particularly Type A when it comes to organization, but for some reason when it comes to Disney planning I. Am. The project I'm sharing today will help you pack and get out the door in the morning in a snap!

April 16, 2015

Thrifty Thursday- Convince Your Kids To Sell Their Stuff

Get rid of some junk and earn some money!

'Tis the season for yard sales! I don't have to explain that yard sales are a great way to save for a vacation. Everyone knows that. What I do want to talk about is how to help your kids understand this concept. 

I don't know about you, but my kids have the hardest time getting rid of things they dont play with anymore. I have been kown to go through thier rooms while theyre at school to bag up things for Goodwill. They. Just. Wont let go. 

This time is going to be different. 

Not only are we saving for an upcoming Disney trip, but we are also kicking around the idea of moving. We HAVE to de-clutter before we move. There's no way I'm moving a bunch of junk they don't use anymore! I have convinced my children to get rid of any toys and clothes they no longer want by offering them their own table at our yard sale with the understanding that any money they make they will have available to spend at WDW.

To let people know what the deal is I made this sign to print and attach to the table. 

I'm going to ask them to help set {fair} prices for their items, work the table, and let them be responsible for making change.  I'm even thinking they could wear their Mickey Ears while working! I would guess people may even drop in some extra change in just to help them out.

If you want to try this out with your own kids and would like to download the poster above {without my watermark} feel free to do so here.

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April 15, 2015

Whatever Wednesday- How To Customize Your Magicbands

Pick your color.

When I planned our first family trip Magic Bands were still in the testing phase. I was a little confused about what I needed to do and how to do it. Now I totally understand it and want to share with all of you!

This tutorial is assuming you already have an account with MyDisneyExperience. If not, create one.