Saturday, August 5, 2017

Back from Disneyland and D23

Hi friends!  As you know, we've been crazy busy lately.  Eliot and I have returned from our trip to California for the D23 Expo and Disneyland.  We've actually been home for almost 2 weeks now, but we've been working on getting caught up on orders for Happily Ever Hatter.  We're still incredibly busy with orders, and we got really behind when I got pink eye again.  Thankfully, we're almost caught up.  We've decided to close our shop to general orders for the month of August so we can get fully caught up and focus on pre-prders for some of our new designs.  (Yay for new designs!!!)


However, I did want to swing by quickly to post about our trip!  We had a great time, but it was really, really, really hot.  Eliot and I are used to it being hot and humid in Maine, but this was something else.  It was really hot and we were unmotivated to do much.  In hindsight, we both agree that we should have gone out for the D23 Expo and then returned home.  We then could have spent a week at Disneyland some other time when it was a little cooler.  But, it was fun to be there for Disneyland's 62nd Birthday and to see the first official show of the return of Fantasmic!!!  That was a lot of fun!


I did make two bucket lists for our trip, one for Disneyland and one for the D23 Expo, but I ran out of time to post them before we left.  I had every intention of doing it, but Eliot and I pulled an all nighter the night before we left and we still didn't finish all of the ears we wanted to.  I couldn't take the time to type them up into a blog post.  However, I took the time to make the lists, so instead, I'll post the lists and the results together in one post so you can see what we were up to!


I'm hoping that I'll be able to stop by more often this month since we're toning it down with our shop, but I guess we'll see how it turns out.  I've got a goal list for August that includes preparing to launch two other business endeavors, working on the house and trying to enjoy a little bit of summer and some fun in the sun activities!  I guess we'll see how this pans out!  Just know that I'll be here as often as I can.  If I'm not here, hopefully that means I'm finally out enjoying the summer and nice weather and getting a little bit of relaxation in!!!  °o°

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August 2017 Calendar

Hello August!  I can't believe how fast this summer is going by.  I feel like I just posted my July calendar and now it's already August.  (Christmas is going to be here before I know it... Ahh!!!)  In fact, I totally forgot that today was the first and that I had to post my calendar until it suddenly donned on me at about 10:00 pm tonight.  So without further ado, here it is!!!


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 August 2017 PDF version of the printable.

Here's the link to download the Blank August 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!  :-)
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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°

Friday, May 5, 2017

May 2017 Calendar

It's the Revenge of the 5th, and Happy Cinco de Mayo... and WAY past the beginning of the month when I usually write this post.  I'm not going to lie, April got away from me and it was already the 2nd or 3rd before I even came to the conclusion that I never posted my calendar.  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 May 2017 PDF version of the printable.

Here's the link to download the Blank May 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!  :-)

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Four Year Blogiversary

Hey Everyone!  I'm alive and well!  I'm sorry it's been so long since I checked in.  To say we've been busy is a vast understatement... it's more like I've been burning the candle at every location imaginable.  However, I wanted to take a few quick minutes to acknowledge the 4th anniversary of my little blog.

Happy Four Year Blogiversary My Disney Life Blog!!!


I haven't been able to put as much time into it lately, but I'm working to get that changed.  I promise that I'll post more as soon as I'm able.  At the moment, I'm less than a week away from another trip to Disneyland, and I'm surrounded by mouse ear orders and designs I'm trying to complete for our trip!  Thank you for sticking with me!  

Hopefully I'll see ya real soon!    May the Fourth Be With You!!!  °o°

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April 2017 Calendar

Happy April friends!  How is 2017 already 1/4 over?!?  (It really is!  No April Fools jokes here.)  It's hard to believe how incredibly fast this year is flying by.  To kick off the new month, here's my free April 2017 Mickey and Minnie 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 April 2017 PDF version of the printable.

Here's the link to download the Blank April 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!  :-)

Friday, March 31, 2017

Fun Find: The Dress Shop

Hi friends!  I'm sorry I haven't been around.  Eliot and I been so busy lately!  (I'll fill you in soon!)  I've had at least 5 posts planned since my last one and I never ended up having time to start and/or finish any of them.  I'm trying to get back into the flow... hopefully I'll be able to post more often next month!

I have something I wanted to share with you for Fun Find Friday.  If you follow the Disney Parks Blog, you've probably heard the news, but if not then I've got a treat for you!  As of this morning, the newest store opened at Disney Springs.  Disney parks favorites meet Disney style in the newest merchandise addition: The Dress Shop.

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The Dress Shop is a new collection of apparel and accessories, mainly vintage and retro inspired dresses.  The cool part is that they're all designed around a Disney character, movie or attraction.  It's a great way to add a little bit of Disney style to your everyday life, or to dress up in something a little bit more stylish at the parks.

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Honestly, I'm surprised that it took Disney this long to come out with their own line of dresses.  With events like Dapper Day, and the popularity of Disneybounding, it was only a matter of time.  (I'm really glad that time is now!  Finally!!!)  I'm so excited for this new addition to official Disney parks merchandise. 

From what I've seen of the collection, it's perfection.  The dresses currently range in prices from about $98-$119 and sizes are from XS-3X.  You can see more photos from the collection on DisneyLifeStylers Facebook page here.

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I think my favorite dresses are the Orange Bird, Small World and Tiki Room.  Although, I really love the Minnie Mouse, Tea Cups and Tower of Terror dresses too.  Plus, the matching handbags are super cute!  I hope this collection does well and that they release more designs!  I can't wait to get my hands on one (or more!) of these dresses!

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The collection is currently on sale at the Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs and a few of the items are also available at Vault 28 in Disneyland.

So, which one is your favorite?  Will you be adding any of these to your closet?  °o°

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Happy 50th Pirates of the Caribbean!!!

Today, one of my all time favorite rides, Pirates of the Caribbean, turns 50!!!


Fifty years ago today, Pirates of the Caribbean set sail at Disneyland.  Of course, over the years it's become a fan favorite and a classic.  It's so popular that there are currently pirate attractions in five Disney parks: Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland, and the newest ride at Shanghai Disney Resort.


The iconic attraction inspired the Pirates of the Caribbean movies staring Johnny Depp.  There are four movies with the 5th being released this May.  (I can't wait!)


Then, the movies inspired the ride.  Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbosa were both added to the attraction after the popularity of the movie franchise.  Other changes have included adding images of Davy Jones, Captain Blackbeard and mermaids.


Meeting the pirates characters is a rare experience, but one that I've fortunately been able to do a few times now!  Eliot and I first met Captain Jack Sparrow at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party in 2015.  He commented on our outfits from the "spooky house."  Then, we met him again this past year at the Halloween party.


During the Princess Half marathon a few weeks ago, I also stopped to take a picture with Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbosa!  I figure that you don't see them together often, my foot was killing me and needed a break, so I went for it!  (Then, Captain Barbosa gave me a hard time about not liking his beard.)


Of course, there are many more pirate experiences at Disney: from the Halloween parade floats, to dressing up like one at the Pirates League, to themed resort rooms, and to Disney Cruise Line's Pirate Night adventures on the high seas.


I have many memories of Pirates of the Caribbean: riding the attractions at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, of going to see the movies and now from Pirates in the Caribbean during our first Disney Cruise last fall.  It's safe to say this attraction will always hold a special place in my heart.  It was also the last ride Walt Disney oversaw the construction of- which makes it even more special to me.


Happy 50th Anniversary Pirates of the Caribbean!  May you sail on voyages and delight park guests for many more years.  Drink up me hearties, yo ho! °o°

Friday, March 17, 2017

Today's the Day!!!

It's finally here!!!  Today is the day Beauty and the Beast is released in theaters!!!  Or, more likely for most of you, last night was the night to go see it!  Unfortunately, here in southern Maine, our local theater did not have any midnight showings.  Boo!!!


However, I've decided that's ok with me.  I'm practicing an incredible amount of self-restraint, and going to see it tomorrow with Eliot and my brother Jeremy.  I have today off, so if I really wanted to, I could take myself, but I would rather see it for the first time with both of them.  Thus, the wait continues for me... 

Have you seen it?  What did you think?  (No spoilers!)  My friends who have seen it say that it's amazing, and it's so good it's like seeing the original all over again.  I have to admit, I've been pretty excited for other movies in the past- Cinderella, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, etc.- but I've never been this excited to go see a movie.  In fact, I'm planning how I'm going to get myself there to see it multiple times.  (Sorry Eliot...)

For now, I wait a little bit longer.  I'll figure out what I'm going to wear and then set out my Beauty and the Beast themed outfit for tomorrow.  Today is a also good day to finish a few projects I've been working on.  So, I wait... but I know it'll be worth it!  °o°

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

WDW February 2017 Bucket List Results

I can't believe it's already been two weeks since we returned from our trip to Walt Disney World!  Eliot and I have been super busy, but it means we're that much closer to spring!  (She said as the worst storm of the winter bears down on Maine bringing about two feet of snow...)  As promised, here is a recap of our bucket list from our trip!


Melissa's WDW February 2017 Bucket List:

°o°  1.) Buy a Mickey Mouse Balloon
This is one of those goals that I can't seem to shake.  I was going to do it at the beginning of our trip, but Eliot and I weren't at the Magic Kingdom (during the day) early in our trip.  I wanted to take pictures with it at the castle.  It wasn't worth it to buy a balloon only to pop it mere hours later.  I'll get one... eventually.

°o°  2.) Take a picture at the "purple wall”
We passed the purple wall, but it was night time and it didn't look very purple.  Plus, with our limited schedule, it wasn't that important to us.


°o°  3.) Participate in the Enchanted 10K and Princess Half
I did participate in the Enchanted 10K and the Princess Half!  I also finished my first runDisney race!  I'm very proud of that.  I didn't finish the half, but I finally listened to my body and I don't think my flat feet and bad knees are cut out for longer races.  I'm still doing Tink in May, but after that, I'm sticking to 5K and 10K races!

°o°  4.) Go on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride
Next trip, we are signing up for FastPasses for this!  I think this is the 5th time we've been since it opened and we STILL haven't been on it!


°o°  5.) See Rivers of Light
Eliot and I were able to see this on the night we went to Animal Kingdom.  I really enjoyed the show and the message.  I'm really looking forward to seeing it again!

°o°  6.) Take Photos at the Hubgrass
I should have done this Thursday afternoon while I was at the Magic Kingdom by myself.  However, I didn't bring the ears I wanted photos of with me.  We walked past the hubgrass a second time at dusk on our last night.  But, it wasn't that important and I wanted daytime pictures.  Next time!


°o°  7.) See Wishes One Last Time
Eliot and I actually saw Wishes twice during our trip.  We went Thursday night after he arrived, and we went again on our last night.  Goodbye Wishes!!!  :-(

°o°  8.) Take a picture at the “bubble gum wall"
I got a photo at the bubble gum wall in Epcot!


°o° 10.) Buy Haunted Mansion shoes at Expo
bought my Haunted Mansion wallpaper shoes from the expo.  Eliot and I also both got the wallpaper and hitchhiking ghost shoe charms.

°o° 11.) See Mickey's Friendship Faire Castle Show
I watched this on Thursday while I was at Magic Kingdom by myself.  I really enjoyed the show and it was cute.  It's not Dream Along with Mickey, but it was fun.


°o° 15.) Buy Rivers of Light Merchandise
Eliot and I behaved ourselves with the merchandise this trip, especially since a lot of it is available on the Shop Disney Parks App.  However, I did scope out the Rivers of Light merchandise, and I brought home a magnet!

°o° 16.) See the Tree of Life Light Up
Eliot and I saw a few versions of the Tree of Life coming to life.  We didn't realize that there were different versions!  Animal Kingdom at night is fun!


°o° 17.) Visit Disney Springs
Eliot and I went to Disney Springs after we rested up from the 10K.  We didn't do too much walking because we were a little sore, but I did see the tsum tsum dress, get some treats and do a little bit of shopping!


°o° 18.) Take a Tangled Magic Shot
I'm so happy to got my Tangled Magic shot!  I really wish that I'd smiled for the photo though.  They told me to look at the lantern and I was so serious.  Plus, I wish that Eliot and I had gotten one looking at each other.  Thankfully, it was just announced that they're extending the photo op!  I really hope we get the chance to do it again!


°o° 19.) Go Swimming
I don't know if we offiicially went swimming, but we went to the pool after the 10K.  The water was really cold, so we mostly just soaked our legs in it.  We were planning to go to Blizzard Beach, but after seeing how cold the Hippy Dippy Pool was, we decided we'd skip it this trip!  No biggie, it gave us more time to do other things!

°o° 20.) Meet Moana
When we walked through One Man's Dream, the line to meet Moana was over an hour long.  We had other things we were trying to get done, so we skipped it for now.  Plus, I wanted to wear a Moana inspired outfit.  I'm hoping next time the line won't be as long, or that we'll be able to meet her at Disneyland in May!

In addition to these, we also did a few other things we weren't expecting:

°o° Pop Century Pool Bar
This has been on my bucket list forever.  I didn't even put it on the list this time because I figured there was no way it would happen.  But, the timing and meaning behind it was very significant, and I really wanted to make sure it happened this time.


°o° Meet one of my Happily Ever Hatter Customers
Ok, we had planned to try to meet up, so it wasn't unexpected.  However, I wasn't sure how the timing would work.  I'm really happy it worked out so Eliot and I could spend a little bit of time talking with Corey!


°o° Hand Out a Ton of Business Cards
This was so exciting to me.  I've never handed out many, and this trip, Eliot and I handed out a ton.  We got a ton of compliments on our ears.  It really made me smile!

°o° Take Product Photos
Eliot and I brought over 20 sets of mouse ears with us.  While we didn't take photos of all of them, we took really good photos of a lot of our popular designs!


°o° See the Tsum Tsum Dress
This was originally on my bucket list, but I took it off.  I'm still really happy that I was able to see it live in person though!


°o° See All of the Night Time Shows
This probably puzzles you, but when you're going to Walt Disney World for a 5 day trip, that's also a race trip so you're going to bed early and getting up at 3 am two mornings in a row, this is a huge accomplishment!  But we did it!!!

°o° Take Pictures with the Enchanted Rose
This completely surprised me!  There was an enchanted rose set up at the Expo that you were able to take pictures with!  I did it both times Eliot and I went to the Expo!!!


°o° See the Flower and Garden Festival Topiaries
This was the greatest surprise of this trip... so much so, that I almost cried.  I was crushed when I found out our trip was directly in between the Festival of the Arts and the Flower and Garden Festival.  When I saw the topiaries out in the World Showcase, I literally almost started to cry out of happiness!


Looking back, our 5 day trip was pretty awesome.  All in all, I'd say 15 out of 20 isn't bad at all for a 5 day Walt Disney World trip!  Plus, the things we weren't expecting to do really made this trip special!  And there's so much more that happened too!  I'll make sure to tell you all about them in my trip recaps!  °o°