Pixie Dust

When you’re vacationing in the “Disney bubble”, magic is all around…But even more magical is “Pixie Dust” – Lucky guests may receive pixie dust in the form of an upgraded room, an extra fast pass, or can even pop into various locations in Magic Kingdom to be sprinkled with real Disney “pixie dust”. This mama was sprinkled with some during my daughters’ appointment when Abby’s “fairy godmother in training” asked if I wanted pixie dust sprinkled in my hair – out came the wand and I got to make a magical wish. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique – Disney Springs

But on our last night, we experienced a rare magic that was utterly unexpected.

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Disney Dads

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Real Dads Rock Pink Backpacks

Guest Writer: Prince Charming (Kevin Daniel)

Disclaimer: My wife made me sound like an actual writer in this article. I want to thank her for her talent, patience, and laughter while we wrote this together. And a very special thank you to my brother-in-law, Chad, for the inspiration behind this post.

I’m not like a regular dad…I’m a Disney Dad.

Before my wife and I started writing this blog post, we did a quick search to see how many articles have been published from a Disney Dad’s perspective. Instead of finding articles about Walt Disney World, we found the real definition of a Disney Dad.

Disney Dad (paraphrased in our words): A subpar dad that showers his kids with gifts and toys to compensate for poor parenting and guilt over divorce – Also, dad who attempts to look like the better parent by purchasing excessive and expensive gifts.

Uhhh yeah — Not exactly the direction we were going…and a little sad too!

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Know Before You Go: Tips and Tricks from a Disney Mom! Part II

Disney Tips and Tricks from a Disney Mom.

Disney Mom Know Before You Go: Tips and Tricks from a Disney Mom Part II

Read Part I here: Know Before You Go! Part I

Still thinking about that fabulous vacay to Florida?  To ensure an enchanting vacation is to seek a travel agent who specializes in Disney Vacations, and I’m not just saying this because I am one. I wish I had used someone on my early trips. We are trained and experienced in how best to schedule your precious holiday family time. We consider your interests and ages of family members and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo… we are wizards and fairy godmothers who can get those impossible reservations that fulfill all your wishes! Here are some more tips I wish I knew on my early trips!

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Peyton and Belle in Epcot on our first Disney trip.

#5: Don’t let your kids fly off to Neverland:  Be sure to have the “what to do if you can’t find mommy and daddy” chat. Nobody wants to think about this, butbe sure to have a plan if your child is distracted and loses you for a bit. It happens to the best parents. Disney has amazing protocols in place for this, but YOU should also make sure your kids know what to do and say. TIP:  Write your name and cell phone number in Sharpie and cover with clear nail polish on the inside of their magic band. There are also Etsy shops that sell safety ID stickers.  Getting lost can be a bit terrifying and your child may not remember the carefully practiced and memorized phone number.

#4: Better than a magic wand to make the perfect attire appear:  Don’t forget to coordinate and pack those cute matching Disney shirts — and pack smart! A packing tip I swear by, is inserting one outfit a day for each kid in a large zip-lock bag — Underwear, shirt, shorts —label and squeeze out the air. I also have extra zip locks with spare outfits in case of accidents, ice cream spills, and more.  This trick also helps you keep clean and used clothing separate.

#3: Just whistle while you work and use My Disney Experience: Get familiar with My Disney Experience before you leave for your vacay. Download the app and learn how to navigate the various tools and resources. My Disney Experience enables you to manage your dining reservations, change around FastPasses, check wait times for attractions and shows, and gives you the ability to download your Memory Maker pictures right to your phone. Ask your travel agent to help you with this before you go!

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#2: Don’t get lost heading to the ball: Have a dining reservation in a park, or at another resort? This is where you need to do planning. Dining reservations are made 180 days out — especially to secure those coveted ones such as, Be Our Guest or Cinderella’s Round Table.  You should also know how to get to your dining reservations. You cannot take transportation from resort to resort —  Know what to do to get there, so you don’t miss that sought-after reservation. Rule of thumb is to schedule in at least two hours travel time — especially during peak weeks like Spring Break or Christmas.

#1:  The sky’s awake, so I’m awake: Hit the parks early and enjoy the pool in the afternoon or better yet, plan a pool day. Parks are most crowded during the hottest part of the day — and that’s when toddlers are exhausted and parents go into full melt down mode. If you’re staying on site at a Disney Resort, be sure to check for Extra Magic Hours for each respective park — Remember it’s your R&R too and so it’s important to have fun, relax, and take a break. Disney really is brilliant at accommodating the needs of  adults, such as a Baby Care centers, spas, and drinks at the pool — Adult time is non-negotiable. Take advantage of Disney babysitting services… cause you know they have the perfect nannies! Work this into your trip — and follow through. You can always head back to the parks for fireworks.

BONUS TIP: Even Jack Sparrow needed a map: As a Disney planner, I tend to plan my client’s vacation better than my own.  Because we have been to Disney multiple times, we have learned to acclimate to high crowd times. Every time I’m there, I look around and see anxious parents diligently reading itineraries and micro-managing their day. “We have to get to the next FastPass NOW!” Those are not the Disney vacation memories you want to bring home. Cast members are everywhere and are more than willing to help.  The most important message is Hakuna Matata…You MUST enjoy the time as much as your children!

Check out my website:My3peasinapod.com for more Disney tips and articles, as well as other articles and content on parenting and life.

Here are links to some of my favorite shops to order those adorable matching Disney shirts!

Kingstone Printing

Little Miss Petals

Welcome to Wonderland

My Sports Decals

 Check out Kingdom Strollers- they are my GO TO stroller rental place for MY trips and my Client: Kingdom Strollers

Some shirts for our next trip! Click on link to check them out! You can find them on Amazon and they don’t break the bank!

Making Magic Happen

Mickey Sleeveless shirt

Disclaimer: These are all my personal pictures and my personal experiences. You are entitled to disagree and quite frankly, it doesn’t bother me one Disney bit!

Know Before You Go! Part I

This is Part I of the article that I wrote for The Toms River Macaroni Kid!

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We are a Mickey and Mermaid Kinda Family!

Disney Tips!

Know Before You Go – Tips and Tricks from a Disney Mom

Flying off to Disney for Spring Break 2018? Thinking about a fabulous vacay in Florida during the November break? As a Disney fanatic and vacation planner, I have been traveling to Disney World — nearly every time of the year. And as a mom to three princesses, I have polished my own Disney experiences into some magic tips to make ours the best trips EVER!

Here, in no particular order, are a few ideas to get you started!

#10: Ditch the glass slippers: I am the queen of cute shoes. I own more shoes than I am willing to reveal, but in Disney, it’s all about comfort. You will walk…A LOT…Wear shoes that you know you will be comfortable in for a long day — Nothing ruins the magic like aching feet and blisters.
#9: To infinity and beyond: Disney provides complimentary FastPasses and allows three FastPasses per day. You can secure them 60 days before your trip. After you scan your magic band for the third FastPass of the day, you can log into My Disney Experience and snag a fourth. Then there’s rider switch.  This is the best! Missing the height 

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Fairy Godmother!

requirement? Use rider switch.  With rider switch, one adult can wait with the non-rider, while the rest of the party enjoys the attraction. When the other adult returns, switch! This is better than pixie dust!

#8: You want thingamabobs, I got 20: Purchase a portable phone charger —when I am in Disney, I am constantly logging into My Disney Experience. The battery gets drained — and fast. Between checking FastPasses, checking memory maker, and snapping my own pictures and videos, having a portable phone charger is essential for those long park days. Disney also has stores where you can purchase “fuel rods”, that are good for one full phone charge. Once that pack is drained, you can switch out for a new one, free of charge. There are also charging stations, but who wants to be tethered to a charger and miss out on all the fun???
#7: There’s a whole new world of Disney merchandise: If you’re like me, you might say yes to every adorable Disney item. Then of course, you probably won’t want to carry your items around the parks, even more so, you don’t want to lose it or forget it somewhere.  Trust me when I tell you that Disney thinks of everything, and so there is the fabulous feature that they will deliver your purchase to your hotel.
#6: Every princess needs a coach & every pirate needs a ship: Even if your kids are older, if you have to ask, “Should I bring a stroller?” The answer is YES! (unless, they are like 10 – no stroller…)  Bring a stroller or rent a stroller. I’ve used Kingdom Stroller my last few trips and they are fabulous. Take advantage of the convenience. Most days you can walk up to 10-12 miles (in those comfortable shoes, see tip #1), so let your kids sit in a stroller, even if they are a bit older. It will make the experience much easier.

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Best Day EVER!

 

 Here are links to some of my favorite shops to order those adorable matching Disney shirts!

Kingstone Printing

Little Miss Petals

Welcome to Wonderland

My Sports Decals

Check out Kingdom Strollers: Kingdom Strollers

Disclaimer: These are all my personal pictures and my personal experiences. You are entitled to disagree and quite frankly, it doesn’t bother me one Disney bit!

About Me

  1. I’ve been married to my Prince Charming for almost 11 years — (He made me write that). I didn’t think I would survive my first year of marriage, but I am so happy we fought for our happily ever after.

  2.  I have three daughters and their names all start with the letter P. We didn’t do it on purpose. We named our first born, Peyton, and really liked the name, Parker, for our second born, so when we found out a third girl was on the way, we didn’t want her to feel slighted, therefore, we have Piper. I’m barely surviving motherhood with their eye rolls and sass (I have no idea where they learned this). My three peas in a pod certainly keep us on our toes, but we love it and wouldn’t change it for the world.
  3.  My sister lives in Napa, California. She is the head chef of an awesome restaurant, living the wine life out in Napa. I am the only member of my immediate family currently residing in the “beautiful” Garden state.

  4. My parents live in Europe. My mom is the director of a school and is the epitome of a bad ass girl boss. She is my role model and I hope to follow in her footsteps.
  5. I double majored in English and Journalism at Rutgers University and graduated with high honors having made Dean’s list every semester. If you saw my antics in college, you would really wonder how I pulled this off.

  6. I teach high school English & Journalism. I love teaching and I love my students. I’m invested in our country’s future – and those students sitting in those desks are our future.
  7. I was a bartender for over 10 years during the summer months at the Jersey Shore!

  8. I love to run and didn’t start running until I was 25-years old. I also said I would never run a half marathon and yet, I’m currently training for my 4th. I run mostly to keep the crazy away – but also – I really like food and wine – running helps me maintain a healthy balance in life.
  9. I have two dogs — Reese and Ruby — we rescued both dogs and we clearly have a thing for alliteration — Kevin & Casey, Peyton, Parker & Piper, Reese & Ruby.

  10. I have an obsession with Hallmark movies. I actually upgrade my television package during the holiday season to get all the special Hallmark and Lifetime channels. I go into a week-long mourning after the holidays, until I can find a new series to binge watch.
  11. I really want to be a morning person, but I am SO not — I hit snooze at least three times every single morning. I am that person that has to set at least three to four alarms to wake up. It’s a horrible habit, and one I am not proud of, but I love sleep. I would also take a nap every day if I could. I wish my daughters would appreciate sleep and naps as much as their mother…because I’m tired as a mother.

  12. My sister and I have matching dragonfly tattoos. Dragonflies are symbolic to our family. She designed them and I love this tattoo – unlike the not so thought out one I got when I was 19 and was rebelling against my parents (middle-child syndrome).
  13. I’m Disney obsessed — I wish I could go to Disney once a month. I’m in Disney withdrawal —and I am counting the days. See previous Disney posts – I’m also a travel agent specializing in Disney vacations.

  14. I was a cheerleader my entire life, like from the time I was 5-years old until I was a senior in high school. I won National Championships and was an All-American, but had no desire to continue with cheerleading after high school. I also have no desire for my daughters to get involved in cheerleading. As much as I enjoyed it and accomplished much during my years as a rah rah, I want my daughters to try various sports and not commit to just one activity at such a young age. But if you asked me to whip out a heel stretch or spirit fingers, you better watch out!
  15. I enjoy stand up paddle boarding— It gives me a sense of peace to do sunrise paddles and sunset paddles. Irony – I can’t swim. Luckily, I paddle with my friends who are like actual mermaids and will save me when I fall in and I am attacked by baby sharks.

  16. My favorite movies are Legally Blonde and Sweet Home Alabama— I adore Reese Witherspoon – I have been told I resemble her, and I take it as a huge compliment. The bend and snap is a staple in our house and I’ve been known to say the line, “You have a baby…in a bar” from time to time.
  17. I secretly wish I was Joanna Gaines. I love home decor and decorating. I have an eye for remodeling — We just finished our own “Fixer Upper” and I am secretly sad that it’s done. My husband is my Chip and can build, fix, and design pretty much anything. (There’s before and after pictures of our house in the slide show below).

  18. I was in a sorority in college — Alpha Chi Omega— but I also played rugby for a semester. The semester I was being initiated into my sorority and also the rugby program was probably one of the most enjoyable few months of my college experience. I met so many different people and traveled to other colleges and campuses for Rugby games, while Greek life was where I met many of my life-long friends.
  19. I love coffee — if I don’t start my day with at least two cups, you may want to avoid me until the caffeine has been consumed and I’ve had a chance to be a functioning human being. Another reason that I love coffee is that I have three princesses that climb into our bed each evening claiming monsters and aliens are living in their rooms. Coffee equals a happy mommy. No coffee equals scary mommy.

  20. My favorite quote is — “She believed she could, so she did” — I truly believe that if you have the mental strength, passion, and determination to get something done, you can and you will – (this blog is a result of me believing in myself).

About me

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