Monday, July 3, 2017

Pink Eye: Part 2

At the moment, I can't seem to catch a break.  Right when Eliot and I had the busiest week for our ear business, I was diagnosed with conjunctivitis right in the middle of it.  For those of you keeping score: Pink Eye: 2, Melissa: 0.

Fortunately, I realized that I had it pretty quickly on.  I woke up Wednesday with pain and a very watery right eye. I tried using a cold compress like I usually do, and that didn't work.  By the time I was driving to work, it suddenly dawned on me that it was probably pink eye.  As the work day wore on, it was becoming more clear-while my vision was becoming less clear.  I dashed out of work as soon as we were done with our last patient, rushed over to the walk in clinic, and was officially diagnosed about 45 minutes later.  Lucky for me, the pharmacy stayed open until 8:00 pm and I made it over there with about 10 minutes to spare!


Thankfully, Eliot was more sympathetic to the "diseased rodent" this time around.  Instead of teasing me, he told me to sit on the couch, rest and not touch anything.  Then, he stayed up all night working on as many ears as he could.  He only got an hour of sleep before getting up to go to work for a few hours.  At least he was flying out to California for the weekend (to visit his family) and he could sleep on the plane.

So... now it's Monday night.  This is the first time I've been on my computer since Wednesday.  It's the first time the light from the computer hasn't completely bothered my eyes.  (It's not feeling too great the longer I sit here though.)  I'm still having trouble driving at night with oncoming lights, but I'm hoping that'll go away soon.

As for the ears, this is going to be a busy few days before our trip to California for Disneyland and the D23 Expo.  We leave on the 13th, so stay tuned.  Hopefully, I'll at least be able to pop back over to do my bucket list between now and then!  °o°

Saturday, July 1, 2017

July 2017 Calendar

Happy July!!!  I can't believe that this year is officially half over!!!  I don't know about you, but it's flown right by for me!  I'm so excited about the warm weather and sunshine though!  (It's nice to have the sunlight around longer too!)  I'm definitely going to enjoy it while it lasts!  Speaking of a new month, here's my free printable calendar!


Like last year, I've also made a blank version of the 2017 calendar without the holidays to make them more versatile.  Over the past 4 years, my calendars have been used for lots of things including: Disney trip countdowns, teachers' Disney themed classrooms, training calendars for runDisney events and to surprise kids with a Disney vacation!

Here's the link to download the July 2017 PDF version of the printable.

Here's the link to download the Blank July 2017 PDF version of the printable.


Feel free to link this post up to Pinterest or Facebook so your friends and family can have a fun Mickey and Minnie calendar too!  Let's spread the Disney Magic!!!  °o°

Note: I've made calendars through 2017.  I don't post the PDF links on my blog until the beginning of each month.  If you're looking for a particular month and would like me to email it to you ahead of my post going live, you can send my blog an email at mydisneylifeblog[at]gmail.com.  I'll send you the PDFs directly as soon as I can!  :-)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

New Priorities and Beginnings

Hi friends!  I'm finally sitting down to write a post that's long overdue.  I'm sure you've noticed my lack of posting as of late.  In fact, I've only posted 31 entries for this entire year, and we're just about at the halfway point.  This is not what I had envisioned for my blog this year, but as they say "life happens."

My reason for writing is to let you all in on what's been happening around here.  Those of you who follow my blog over on Facebook and Instagram probably have noticed that I haven't been on there much either.  The other day, I wrote a post on my personal Facebook page to let all of our friends and family know that Eliot and I are both fine, since I haven't even been on that much either.


So, let's cut to the chase.  There's both good news and bad news.  The bad news: I probably won't get to write much over here.  I might be able to a little more often, but I won't get to be over here nearly as much as I'd like to.  The good news: all of this is because of new priorities and new beginnings.  It's all good things.

I'll go into more detail soon... really, I promise.  But the overall gist is that Eliot and I have been incredibly busy with Happily Ever Hatter.  Our business has grown exponentially over the past few months, and since our return from our trip to Walt Disney World for the Princess Half in February, we've been swamped.  If we haven't been at our jobs, we've most likely been home working on mouse ears.  I've lost count of how many we've mailed out in the past few months... it's been a lot.  But we're really excited about the direction our business is heading in!


Obviously, something had to give- and that something has been my social life and this blog.  Eliot and I have more recently started to try to give ourselves little breaks, but I haven't seen my family and/or friends in a while.  We're working on that.

As for my blog, that was an obvious choice.  I just don't have time to write.  Most of my blog posts can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to write.  And I simply don't have that time right now.  However, I know it's not forever.  I still have a list of posts that I plan to write.  I just don't know when that'll be.  Probably long after it's relevant... but that's ok.  I'm going to do what I can, when I can.

Anyways, I'll give you more details soon.  I just really wanted to let you all know what's been going on.  I'm very excited about this new chapter in our lives!  I think it's going to help get us to where we want to eventually be.  °o°

Friday, June 9, 2017

Happy Birthday Eliot and Donald!

Happy Birthday to my two favorite quacks: my husband Eliot and Donald Duck!!!


Last year, Eliot was actually able to wish Donald a Happy Birthday in person while we were at Disneyland.  We waited with a bunch of other guests until Donald came out for his meet and greet and then we all sang Happy Birthday to him.  It was definitely an experience I'll always remember!

After that, Eliot and I stood in a pretty long line to meet Donald.  When Eliot told Donald it was his birthday too he got really excited.  It was a really sweet moment.  Eliot got an extra "Happy Birthday" celebration button and Donald held it out while they took a photo together.  (Of course, I had to get a picture too!)  Happy Birthday Donald!


Eliot and I don't have any big plans for this weekend, but I'm sure we'll at least go out to dinner to celebrate!  Happy Birthday babe! °o°

Friday, June 2, 2017

June 2017 Calendar

Happy June everyone!  I can't believe it's already June.  In fact, other than knowing that yesterday was my Dad's birthday, it totally escaped me that it was a new month.  I thought about the calendar, and then by the end of the work day it had completely slipped my mind.  Here it is!  I'm so sorry for the delay!


Like last year, I've also made a blank version of the 2017 calendar without the holidays to make them more versatile.  Over the past 4 years, my calendars have been used for lots of things including: Disney trip countdowns, teachers' Disney themed classrooms, training calendars for runDisney events and to surprise kids with a Disney vacation!

Here's the link to download the June 2017 PDF version of the printable.

Here's the link to download the Blank June 2017 PDF version of the printable.


Feel free to link this post up to Pinterest or Facebook so your friends and family can have a fun Mickey and Minnie calendar too!  Let's spread the Disney Magic!!!  °o°

Note: I've made calendars through 2017.  I don't post the PDF links on my blog until the beginning of each month.  If you're looking for a particular month and would like me to email it to you ahead of my post going live, you can send my blog an email at mydisneylifeblog[at]gmail.com.  I'll send you the PDFs directly as soon as I can!  :-)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

There's Magic, Tomorrow...

Tomorrow, tomorrow, there's magic, tomorrow.  You're only a day away!!!  Tomorrow morning, before 6:00 am, Elissa and I will be on our way to California!!!  (Don't worry, Eliot's going too, he just had to work an extra day!)  I'm so excited to return to Disneyland!  I've missed it since last June!  I'm also ready to get this long distance running thing behind me.  Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend here we come!!!


As always, if you see Eliot and me, please don't be afraid to say hello!  We love to meet fellow Disney fans!  I promise we don't bite!  (Unless you happen to be a candy apple.  Then, I make no promises!)  However, if you're running by us in the race, I probably won't be sociable.  I apologize in advance if I seem stand offish.  These races are going to take a lot of mental strength- especially after the injuries I've been trying to overcome since Princess.  (More on that later...)  I'll be keeping my eye on the prize!

Even if you aren't walking in Walt's footsteps this weekend, you can still virtually follow along with the fun from the comfort of your own home.  If you aren't already, you can follow My Disney Life on Facebook for pictures, posts and updates.  I'm also over on Instagram as @MyDisneyLifeBlog if you want to follow the photo fun there!  In the past, I tend to be more active on Instagram during our Disney trips.  I like to post photos "live" from the parks.  Don't have an Instagram account?  If you follow this link, you should be able to see all of my photos online!


Last trip, I didn't post any videos live on Facebook- mostly because our seating for certain shows was terrible (Fantasmic) or there were kids talking through most of the show (Rivers of Light).  However, I'm hoping to post a few videos this trip!  If you are following me on Facebook, you should get an alert when I'm live.  If you can't tune in to the live feed, you should be able to watch the videos at your own convenience if you go to my Facebook page.  Hopefully, this will allow more people to see my videos!

In the meantime, we have a college student to move off campus this evening, more last minute packing to do, and a really early flight to make tomorrow!!!  Stay tuned for Disney photo and video spam... See ya real soon!  °o°

Monday, May 8, 2017

Disneyland May 2017 Bucket List

I can't believe that I leave for Disneyland the day after tomorrow!  The time between our Walt Disney World trip and this trip has seriously flown by.  I haven't had time to do much blogging, and I haven't trained at all since Princess Half weekend.  Needless to say, this trip is going to be interesting!


It's become a tradition for me to post a bucket list for each trip to Disney.  I've found them to be helpful in planning our trip, prioritizing things, and to make sure that we keep experiencing new things at Disney!  So without further ado, here's my list!

Melissa's Disneyland May 2017 Bucket List:
°o°  1.) Finish the Tinker Bell 10K
°o°  2.) Do my best in the Tinker Bell Half Marathon
°o°  3.) Go to the Cove Bar
°o°  4.) Get an Enchanted Rose Sipper Cup
°o°  5.) Try some Electrical Parade Snacks
°o°  6.) Meet Moana
°o°  7.) Try Ramone's Pear of Dice Soda 
°o°  8.) Get pictures of our IllusionEars and debut new designs
°o°  9.) See the original World of Color
°o° 10.) Try Lightsaber Churros

This list is super short, but we are only going to be there for a few days!  Hopefully it will be a fun, not too painful trip... I'm hoping that my legs cooperate with me!  I'll check back in when we get home to let you know how our bucket list made out!  °o°