Recently I was given the opportunity to download and review “My Memories Suite” digital scrapbooking software. I’m still very new to the whole digital scrapbooking thing. Once I downloaded the software, I had to play around with it before I figured out the basics. While I was using the scrapbook software, I was able to see all the different options there are! If I had the time, I could spend hours creating all sorts of Christmas gifts for friends and family: calendars, gift tags, photo albums, photo collages, recipe cards and more! I look forward to creating more with this new software.
The first “creation” I made was a photo page of my recent trip to Epcot at Walt Disney World. I know this is very basic and not real fancy, but I was able to add all the elements I wanted at this point: the location, date, a journal entry and photos. It was very easy for me to change the font, size and color. I was also able to add and crop the photos I wanted without any problems. What excited me the most was finding a few kits on the My Memories web site that reminded me of Disney! I was able to download Main Street Magic to remind me of Magic Kingdom and Howdy Partner for my son’s 4 year old “Woody” Birthday Party.
If you are interested entering to win your own scrapbooking software from My Memories Suite, please follow the rafflecopter form below. Good Luck!
Several weeks ago I was contacted about reviewing the “SafetyTat” product. I was able to choose which product I would review between the following: Original SafetyTat, Quick Stick Write-On!, Custom Quick Stick, or QR SafetyTat.
I chose the “Quick Stick Write-On!” product. According to the web site, you can find “adorable Mouse, Frog, and Surf Board designs that both boys and girls love.” All you have to do is peel and stick the tattoo on your child’s body and hold for 20 seconds. Once it’s on, you write your emergency contact information using the SafetyTat pen that is provided. “‘Quick Stick!’ Made with proprietary Tateck®, it is an ultra-durable, medical-grade, skin applique ‘tattoo’ with vibrant colors perfect for any skin tone.”
My son (3) and I decided to test the SafetyTats together. On Wednesday morning we chose our tattoos. I got the mouse and he got the frog. After we got them on our arms (we put them on the inside of our forearm) he told me to write “Mommy” on his and I wrote his name on mine. Since we weren’t really going anywhere, I didn’t feel the need to write our phone number on the tattoos for our review.
I kept my tattoo on my arms for five days and C-man still has his on! He was much more rough with his than I was! His managed to stay on through multiple plays on the playground where his arm was covered in sweat and grime. It stayed on through multiple baths and lotion applications. Mine stayed on for 5 showers using bath gel, a bath “poof” and lotion. While we didn’t go swimming in the SafetyTats, I feel certain they would have survived a day in the sun and water. I decided to take mine off on Sunday morning since I was speaking from the pulpit at church and didn’t want to be sporting a tattoo on the inside of my arm! As I said earlier, C-man is still wearing his.
I only found two downsides to this product. After I took mine off I read on the web site that pregnant or nursing moms should not wear the SafetyTats. Ooops. But, this product is designed for children, so I doubt that will be a concern for 99% of the people using it! The only real downside to this product is trying to get it off! It felt like peeling off a crazy, sticky bandaid! I did try to take off my sons, but he started crying when I started peeling it off and wanted me to stick it back on. I guess we’ll have to wait for it to come off on its own! I think next time, I may try the Original SafetyTats instead of the Quick Stick Write-On for my toddler. While I may have to reapply more often, I don’t think it will hurt as much coming off. For older kids, I don’t think there will be an issue with the “taking off” process of the Quick Stick product!
I will definitely be using this product on our next vacation to Walt Disney World and I will encourage my readers and friends to do the same. Thank you for this opportunity and good luck to those of you entering to win the giveaway!
If you are interested in ordering some for your next vacation, you can receive 10% off an order of $15 or more through the next week (March 14, 2012-March 21, 2012). When you check out, you need to enter the following discount code: ADisneyMomsThoughts (case sensitive).
My friend, Lisa M. Battista, is the author of the web site Beyond the Attractions and the fantastic book Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers. Lisa is a contributor to The Disney Moms and Chip & Company along with me. She has graciously given me a copy of her book and asked me to write a review for my readers! In return, we will have a giveaway where one of my readers will also receive a copy of her book!
Beyond the Attractions, is the perfect book if you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World with a preschooler. While there are many awesome planning books for a WDW trip, this is the only one I’ve seen that deals specifically with preschool age children. As a mom of a 3 year old and another on the way, this is the perfect book for our family!
I took 2 trips to Walt Disney World when my son was almost 23 months and again at 2 3/4 years. The one thing I learned on both of these trips is to PLAN! Both of these trips would have been so much easier had I had Lisa’s book to help. While I wouldn’t trade these memories for anything, knowing what I know now after reading her book these trips could have been a lot easier.
The introduction provides some very helpful tips for traveling with preschoolers. In Chapter 1, she helps you answer the most important question, “Is your child ready for a Disney World vacation?” Too many parents don’t think this through before starting the planning part of a Disney vacation!
Throughout the book she covers the details of a Disney vacation: preparing for a trip, planning the trip, where to stay, how to get there, touring the parks, attractions, activities, dining, recreation, parades, characters, safety and paying for the fun! The chapter on attractions is my favorite. It gives height restrictions for attractions along with descriptions of the rides, specifically those that may be too intense or scary for little ones, for all 4 theme parks.
Another plus for me is the resources in the back! I love lists and this book gives great lists of things you may need while planning your vacation: WDW phone numbers, web site resources, other planning books, and Orlando area medical care and shopping places. You will also find a list of “Must Do” things for toddlers and preschoolers at WDW, a list of character greeting areas and dining rates. There is a planning checklist starting 6 months before your vacation and a suggested packing list for your preschooler.
If you are interested in wining this book, you can follow the Rafflecopter instructions below! Thanks to Lisa for allowing me to review the book and providing the giveaway. Good Luck!
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I hope you all have had a great week! While we spent lots of time outside in this beautiful spring weather, I still managed to find some time to sneak away and write a few articles for my blog and others! Here is a quick recap of what I covered and a few other exciting things around the Disney community!
Monday, March 26, 2012
I joined Amy at Disney Living for her PINspiration Blog Hop for the first time! If you look at my Pinterest Boards, you can see I have lots of things “pinned” but so little time to do any of it! Hopefully that will change and I’ll be able to link up with Amy more often!
I also was featured over at :DisTherapy for her 20 Days to 20 Years celebration of Disneyland Paris’ Anniversary! I wrote about the year 2007 when DRP celebrated 15 years.
Over at Chip and Co, you can read a post I wrote about Easter Sunday Worship at WDW.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
This Tuesday’s Tip actually comes from my baby brother and an experience he had a few weeks ago on Tower of Terror!! Don’t forget to keep your shirt down!
I also had a post at Chip and Co highlighting 10 free or cheap things to do outside WDW parks!
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Wordless Wednesday features our April Calendar Photo with Focused on the Magic. I chose 2 April Showers Photos for my calendar!
Thursday, March 29, 2012
For the Destination Disney Meme with Heidi’s Head, I wrote about my top 9 characters to meet in the parks. Did your favorite make my list?
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Here is the info about the $100 Disney Giftcard Giveaway from The Disney Moms!
Other Disney News around the web…
- Magical Blogorail Orange shares the one thing they can’t believe they’ve never done at Walt Disney World! What would you add?
- Read a bit of Easter/ Disney History over at Disney Donna Kay!!
- If you’re heading to Disneyland this month, check out PT’s Disneyland Scavenger Hunt!
- Disney Parks Blog shares 5 Adult Things to Do at Disney Parks and Resorts.
Around the Web~
Here are a few of the Disney related articles I enjoyed reading this week:
Heidi from Heidi’s Head posted about her interesting week. After taking her first Disney Travel Agent’s test, she had a medical scare with her memory. Continue to pray for Heidi as she recovers.
Melissa from Disney on Wheels shares a delicious review of Via Napoli at the Italy Pavilion at Epcot. I’m really excited to visit this restaurant… I wonder if they’ll make my pizza without cheese!?!
Beth from Pursuing the Magic shares a guest post from Deb at Focused on the Magic as part of her “In Pursuit of Pirates” series. Deb shares tips on taking photographs on dark rides, such as Pirates of the Caribbean.
Chip over at Chip and Co shared a list of snacks at Magic Kingdom and Epcot that are a part of the Disney Dining Plan. I’ve already copied this list and highlighted all the snacks I’m interested in trying… don’t judge! 🙂
This has been a busy week trying to get back into the swing of things! School has started back and I’ve been back at work for the first time in almost 2 weeks. It’s nice to get back into a routine, even though I LOVED the time I spent with my family over Christmas.
This past week was pretty busy around A Disney Mom’s Thoughts! Here is a quick recap, in case you missed something.
Sunday, January 1~
Happy New Year! This year, I’m going to spend time trying to revamp my blog. I have started a bit, but still need your help. What suggestions do you have?
The Disney Mom’s Dooney & Bourke giveaway! Have you entered the giveaway? Several of us from “The Disney Moms” have come together to have this awesome giveaway! Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win.
Monday, January 2~
I shared the story of when I met Gaston from Beauty and the Beast for the first time! Have you met this rare villain before?
I also shared a guest post on Cooking with Mickey as I reviewed the Trail’s End Restaurant at Fort Wilderness. Have you had the chance to eat here?
Tuesday, January 3~
On Tuesday, I posted the picture and autograph from when I met Prince Phillip at MNSSHP. He wasn’t my favorite prince, just sayin’.
Wednesday, January 4~
Like every Wednesday, I participated in Deb’s Wordless Wednesday Hop over at Focused on the Magic. The theme for this week was “First Footing” from the Scottish tradition. I added two of my favorite photos of me and Cman at WDW in September taking steps! 🙂
Another Wednesday post was the comparison of the Incredible’s autographs. I have two now- a stamped and signed one. Which do you prefer?
Thursday, January 5~
Since I posted the autographs on Wednesday, I decided to post a funny conversation between Mr. Incredible and me at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! How many kids do you think Mr. Incredible has?
Friday, January 6~
Happy Topsy Turvy Day! Did you know Jan. 6 was Topsy Turvy Day? Check out a video of the song from The Hunchback of Notre Dame!
Carey Sutton is giving away a $25 gift card to one lucky follower of “A Disney Mom’s Thoughts”!!!
Who is Carey Sutton? Carey is a friend of mine from Decatur who specializes in Disney Travel. She works with Sterling Travel and will be able to help you and your family plan the perfect Disney Vacation. She is helping me plan a trip for 2012 with my youth right now! Any time I have had a question about Disney resorts, dining or reservations, she has been able to give me an answer. She’s awesome! When you call for her services, don’t forget to tell her Beth from “A Disney Mom’s Thoughts” sent you!
One “A Disney Mom’s Thoughts” reader will win this $25 Disney gift card courtesy of Carey Sutton with Sterling Travel!
There are several ways you can enter to win this gift card! Please leave a comment to let us know the different ways you have entered with your name and email address.
Ways to enter:
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Please leave a separate comment for each entry with your name and email address. The deadline to enter is 11:59pm on Sunday, August 7, 2011. Ramdom.org will choose the winner.
Good Luck from Carey at Sterling Travel!