Friday, October 17, 2014

Quick food and wine kiosk review: China

Last week while at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival we got to try a few of the goodies before the super heavy rain we had that day. My favorite out of what we had was China. We purchased 2 different food items and a drink there.



First was Mongolian beef in a steamed bun with chili mayo. This was really good and hubby loved it. It tasted really fresh, though the bun it came on was a little strange, but this was hot and fresh. It was a nice portion for the $5.00 it costs.
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 Next we had the Chicken pot stickers.These are my favorite by far. Everything you would expect from a pot sticker. These cost $4.00.


This is mango green tea with popping bubbles.This was my favorite drink the whole day. Not only did it have the regular "bubbles", but also there were mango flavored bubbles too! This was a nice size cup, super yummy! It costs $6.50.


 We loved what we got here in China,and can not wait to go back and get some more in a few weeks.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Arendelle Punch

If you are visiting Disney's Hollywood Studios and love Frozen you will love Arendelle Punch. We went last week, and had fast passes to see the Frozensing a long. We arrived about 15 minutes early and it was kind of warm out. We saw this cute little booth called Frozen Fun snack kiosk on the way by. I saw they,already had the food items like the cookies and rice crispy treats, but I'd never had this punch. It comes in a regular plastic cup of about 12oz, or in a Olaf plastic cup which is about the same in ounces. I opted for the regular cup because I had already bought an Olaf cup. It was so refreshing and good, and on that day, my husband and I shared, and it was gone before we got in line for the sing along.

 After having some fun with the cast members, I told them I would make them famous and we joked around. I asked about the ingredients and tried to get them at home to exactly what was used.

Now, you don't have to worry about the kids taking a sip because this is a non-alcoholic drink. For a neat tip: wait until later on in the evening, this becomes "Let it Glow",with a glowing ice cube.

 After the sing along was over we had to go over and get another cup, and my daughter got hers in an Olaf cup.

The regular plastic cup here was $3.75 The Olaf cup was $8.50.Later on the Let it glow cup with ice cube is more.

 Now, to make this drink at home is super easy, I was surprised by how easy it was!

 You will need:

 a cup

Ginger Ale (They use Shweppes)

Pineapple juice (I used Dole)

Grenadine

You take the cup and add some ice. For a 12 oz cup, I added 1 cup of ginger ale, about half cup of pineapple juice, and about 1/4 of a cup of the grenadine. Now you can always add more or less to adjust the taste, and for me the taste was dead on! My kids now are hooked. It's super easy, and would make a great punch to go along with any Frozen party.










Monday, October 6, 2014

Habst and the Disney Sabatours- A Book Review

   I want to give an honest review of the book without giving away anything about the storyline. I loved it! The book kept me hanging on the edge of my pool lounge chair all day. So much happened that I wasn't expecting. The smells, the hidden rooms and what happens underground! The story line is not for the faint of heart or die hard "everything's rosy at Disney" fan. You'll get a glimpse of the dark side, the cons, the secrets and what goes on behind closed doors.
 
    Habst reminds me of a Christian Grey type character, smooth talking and kinda sexy in a dark sort of way. He uses who he needs to in order to get what he wants to get him his next fix but all in the name of Disney. Habst remembers walking Main Street as a kid and doesn't want anything or anyone to ruin Walt's dream. He soon finds out that someone is trying to and he will do whatever it takes to make sure that doesn't happen, even risk his own life.
Link to the blog and some behind the scenes photos:
Backstage of the Carousel of Progress


*I was given this book free to review and publish on the blog. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

A Halloween Surprise!

It's Halloween time! We love our fans and we've brought together some wonderful businesses to give you an opportunity to get some awesome, wonderful, Halloween themed products! NO tricks, ALL Treats!There will be four winners. Good luck everyone, and please share with your friends!






One sheet of holiday Jamberry Nail Wraps from Jamberry Nails with Caroline.
 (Designed by Designer Misty Adams)



Peasant dress made with Mickey Halloween fabric pictured from Prickly Pear!



Haunted Mansion Key Fob from Lizzie's Right Brain



Your CHOICE of ONE set of a Fantasy Band Design for your Magic Band!
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

WDW Magazine Review

   **I received free products to review. The opinions expressed here are my own.**

Photo courtesy of WDW Magazine


Have you seen WDW Magazine yet? This month marks this fabulous digital magazine's one year anniversary! If you're a big Disney fan and you haven't checked it out yet, you owe it to yourself to do so. It is the brain child of Carl Trent who is also the creator of "Dad's Guide to WDW".

What makes it special? Well many things. First of all the beautiful photography is NOT to be missed. There are few photographs I've seen that are more stunning. There are topics for both the "newbie" and "veteran" of Walt Disney World that are well written and informative. There are several contributors which bring to the digital magazine different perspectives and areas of expertise. Because the magazine is digital you will find beautiful pictures and videos!

The magazine covers all the seasonal celebrations as well as current "happenings" and is a great way to feel like you get a little bit of Disney delivered to your computer or mobile device each month!
WDW Magazine is currently available for iPhone and iPad and it can be downloaded in the Apple store. I chose to get mine via my Android device through Google Play. I get a notification each month when the new issue is available. Several different subscription plans are available including single issues or yearly subscriptions. For more information, check them out on the web here  or on Facebook here. You can "check out" last December's issue for free on the website! You owe it to yourself to take a look! Oh, and if you're looking for a Christmas present for your favorite Disney fan... they have a beautiful calendar available for 2015. Right now it's on sale for $19.95!

 Photo courtesy of WDW Magazine


   **I received free products to review. The opinions expressed here are my own.**

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Basin in Downtown Disney



Basin in Downtown Disney is a must do if you love to pamper yourself.

 For those of you that have never been, or have no clue what Basin is, it is a bath and body store. This is my go to store every time we go to Disney! The first thing everyone should do is try out the salt and sugar scrubs. Basin has a new refreshed look with more sinks, so now 8 people can enjoy the scrubs at a time. This is free to try and your hands will love you for it.


 This store has everything to pamper yourself from soaps, to bath bombs, to hair bars, lip balm, bath salts, milk bath, body butter, even fresh facials. You name it they have it.





 I have tried many of the products out myself, and I have to say they totally rock! My favorite thing is the hair bars. They cost about 8 dollars, but no shampoo I have ever used can even compare to what these things do to my hair; they are amazing!

 The great thing is these soaps and products contain no chemicals which means no parabens or alcohol, which is good to know.

 These make awesome souvenirs too! You can make your own mix of bath salts, bath bombs. A great tip I have learned is if you're not sure about the whole soap thing, in the back corner area is cut soap in a bag at a huge discount, and you get 2-4 pieces of different kinds of soap!


Sample soap cuts.



 Also, don't forget if you're an Annual Passholder or DVC owner you get a discount here.

 Basin is located near The World of Disney, next to Ghirardellis. Don't forget to stop in there to get your free piece of chocolate!






Sunday, September 28, 2014

Surf and Turf - aka- Disney Cruise and Disney World

Surf and Turf you ask?  No, not shrimp and steak.  Well, yes.  You can have shrimp and steak too, but what I am referring to is quite the double header.  I'm talking about hitting up Disney World and taking a Disney Cruise all in the same vacation.

A couple of years ago my family of 3 was a Disney virgin.  We decided to hit up Disney World and take a Disney Cruise.  Talk about jumping in full force.  I read lots of articles on how you need more than one day to do the Magic Kingdom and all the wonderful tidbits and advice.  I listened, but didn't exactly follow all of the advice.

There was one thing that I never read in all of my article reading.  The tip that one should not go on the cruise first, but rather go after hitting Disney World.  This would have been wonderful to have known ahead of time and we have never made that mistake since.

So we head off to Orlando all packed (over packed as usual) and ready to be introduced to the wonderfulness of Disney.  Once we got into Orlando we hit Downtown Disney since it was free and we only had a few hours until bedtime.  The next morning we got up and caught the Mickey Express to Cape Canaveral.

We took a short 4 night cruise on the Dream.  Mistake number 1.  Well, not so much as a mistake, but more like a lesson.  Four glorious days on the Disney Dream is just not enough.  It was so magical and fabulous and over the top that it just seemed like we got on the boat and before we knew it we were packing to get off.







We headed to our offsite hotel.  Mistake number 2 and I really mean mistake!  Lesson learned.  Pay the price to be on Disney property folks!  After being spoiled on the Disney Dream for 4 nights non-Disney accommodations are not pleasing.  Service is terrible and rooms are about as bad.  It's your vacation.  Do it right!

The next day we got up bright and early and headed to Disney World. Mistake number 3 and as we all know, 3 strikes you're out.  I must say, I was already exhausted.  I took advantage of those 4 nights on the Disney Dream.  I wanted to get my monies worth.  So I tried my darnedest to do absolutely everything on the Navigator (the list of activities available each day on the ship).  I also tried my darnedest to eat absolutely everything (this is where you can eat steak and shrimp until you can't take one more bite) that looked good.....which was everything.



So instead of relaxing and sitting by the pool or hanging out on deck 4 and watching the ocean go by I was on port adventures and doing arts and crafts and going to shows and playing basketball and playing mini golf, and ....... well, you get the idea.  I was BEAT!

Nonetheless we hit Disney World the next day and it was definitely magical.  We had a fabulous time and since it was our first time we really didn't know what we were doing or what we were missing.  We aimlessly walked the park and would get a fast pass or ride a ride as we came upon it.  Yeah, no plan whatsoever! We spent the entire day there and even made it to the fireworks.  We rode It's a Small World on our way out that evening and sang the song in our heads for the next week.  We didn't realize how much we missed until we got home.



The next day we were planning on hitting Epcot.  I was so tired I honestly could have cared less if we went anywhere.  Did I seriously just type that?  Yes, I did.  I could have just laid in bed all day and been happy, but the husband said we must go.  He is the kind of guy that is GO, GO, GO, gotta see it all.  I am very glad we did go, but honestly I can't remember much of it.  I was a walking zombie for the entire time.  We didn't even make it to fireworks.  I think we left around 4 or 5pm.


The next day the rest of the family agreed with me and we went nowhere.  We just stayed at the crappy non-Disney hotel and wasted a day in Orlando.  We learned our lesson.  Never do the cruise first.  Do it after going to Disney World.  Since then we have always done the parks first.  It works out magically this way.  We are full of energy when we get to Orlando and going to the parks and deciding where to eat is not exhausting.  By the time we get on the ship we don't have to go anywhere or decide anything.  We know what restaurant we are eating at that night and everyone can find something wonderful on the menu.  We have entertainment options all the time.  If we are tired we can just sit and relax.  It is the perfect ending to a fabulous vacation!

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