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Envision this:  A “magical” trip to Disney with your toddler.  Nothing but smiles and tears of joy.  The outbursts are non-existent, your child’s patience are at an all time high, and waiting doesn’t evoke a concern in the world.  These are the trips that I envisioned, strives for, and dreamed of.  Now don’t get me wrong; our trips have been incredibly magical and filled with amazing memories that are sure to last more than a lifetime.  However reality reared it’s ugly head early on in our trips.  I am hoping that you are able to use my experiences to help you plan and understand what traveling to the most magical place on earth could entail!

I will start by saying not every child is the same.  You may have a prince or princess that is happy to sit in their carriage and relax while they are pushed around by you.  Then there is my child.  Jr doesn’t sit…ever!  He loves to run and jump and skip along.  We must have been delusional thinking that his behavior was going to be any different in Disney.  John found joy dodging and weaving in and out of groups of people and running from mommy and daddy.  He refused to sit in the stroller and refused to hold anyone’s hand.  The minute I grabbed for his hand he went into fish mode…you all know that mode when they literally go limp and start flopping around on the ground like a fish out of water…but now add in the screams, yes friends we were “those people.”  I was so desperate to try to find solutions I walked into a store and asked if they had a Mickey backpack with a leash attached to it.  Yes I contemplated putting him on a leash.  I started to brainstorm and one solution that I have come up with since it to put a little ribbon or handle on the side of the stroller for him to hold on to.  This way he is close to us without us making him feel like he is out of control.  I also give him ample warnings and reminders that he MUST sit in the stroller from the bus to the entrance of the park and vice versa.

This brings me to my next plan of attack…burning off energy!  The first time we went with the 2 year old we were not thinking about all of the waiting and standing around.  The more we stood around the more agitated he got.  In between rides now we make it a point to visit somewhere the kids can burn energy such as The Casey Jr. splash station and play area next to splash mountain in Disney’s Magic Kingdom are two of my favorites.  The kids also enjoy jumping through the water that splashes out of the ground all around EPCOT, and the fountain in Downtown Disney Marketplace.

Has anyone else noticed how hard it is to reason with a 2 year old?  Jr flipped out…and by flipped out I mean he went absolutely crazy when he had to wait to see Mickey at Camp Minnie Mickey in Animal Kingdom.  He was kicking and screaming and crying.  He couldn’t understand why he couldn’t just run up to Mickey and give him a hug.   A cast member came over because she thought he was afraid.  We also had to take him out of the Garden Grill restaurant in EPCOT because he was so upset that Pluto left our table.  We now try to prepare him that he may have to wait and that the characters have to leave to see other “friends.”  We also always try to have a back up distraction method such as a snack or a favorite stuffed Mickey to help diffuse a difficult situation.

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The whole point to this post is to help us all remember that our kids are just that…kids.  However they act at home is how they will act at Disney.  You may even find that your child has more meltdowns, or is more easily scared than normal because there is so much going on at any given day at Disney, it is easy for them to become overstimulated.  Always have a distraction method or scope out a spot to take your little one to cool off or calm down.  Just remember you are at Disney and even in those tough moments, these are the memories that will last a lifetime!

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Heather is a Disney Gal, who loves the chocolate smell of Pop Century in the morning, dreams of being Snow White in a parade, and happily skips down the middle of Main Street USA while wearing Mickey Ears!

 

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New Fantasyland and your Toddler Part 1 http://www.chipandco.com/fantasyland-toddler-part-1-94821/ http://www.chipandco.com/fantasyland-toddler-part-1-94821/#comments Sun, 09 Dec 2012 20:00:20 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=94821 On my son’s first trip to Disney I was incredibly disappointed that there were not many options to let infants/toddlers crawl around.  Now before I get virtually stoned for my previous statement, this was around the time that Pooh’s play area was closed in Magic Kingdom to make way for New Fantasyland.  At that time […]

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On my son’s first trip to Disney I was incredibly disappointed that there were not many options to let infants/toddlers crawl around.  Now before I get virtually stoned for my previous statement, this was around the time that Pooh’s play area was closed in Magic Kingdom to make way for New Fantasyland.  At that time I had no idea what to expect and I was concerned that there wasn’t going to be much for the younger crowd.  I am happy to say that I couldn’t have been more wrong!

My first stop in this short series is the story book circus that is part of the new (might I add stunning) Dumbo the flying elephant!  While waiting to ride Dumbo you now can “play while you wait.”  When you arrive at Dumbo you can opt to receive a pager that will virtually hold your place in line!  The pager will buzz you when it is your turn to ride.  How amazing is that?!

This play area features:

  • A circus like atmosphere, with circus decor
  • Slides
  • Climbing nets
  • A toddler play area in the center ring
  • Seating so that you too can sit back and relax

The Human Cannonball slide

This tent is sure to bring out the child in you also!  It is themed to the “big top” experience from the movie Dumbo itself.  Upon entering you begin to feel refreshed because it is so nice and cool under this tent!  Yes friends it is air conditioned!  There is a podium where cast members will assign you a pager.  Even if you are not planning on riding Dumbo you still are welcome to relax and let the kids imaginations run wild.  Right in front of you is the center ring…this is the toddler play area.  They have a miniature slide in here and a mini fire truck to climb in and out of among a couple other activities.  The babies in here were so happy to finally be freed from their strollers!  Along the outside of the ring is climbing nets which are great for more active toddlers and older kids also!  All of the children and parents that were in here were having a grand time!  There is so much to do and see and of course in true Disney style the attention to detail is out of this world!

The infant/toddler play area…the “center ring”

If you are looking for a great way to let the kids expend some energy all while taking a break from the heat and hustle and bustle, this is a must do to add to your list!

Heather is a Disney Gal, who loves the chocolate smell of pop century in the morning, dreams of being Snow White in a parade, and happily skips down the middle of Main Street USA while wearing Mickey ears!

 

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My Top 5 must have, most forgotten items for the kids! http://www.chipandco.com/top-5-forgotten-items-kids-87913/ http://www.chipandco.com/top-5-forgotten-items-kids-87913/#comments Mon, 29 Oct 2012 19:00:42 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=87913 35 Days!  Yes that is the countdown until our “Holiday” trip begins!  I usually am pretty stress free (except for the night before/morning of the trip).  This trip however is a bit different for me.  This upcoming trip I will be traveling with BOTH kids!  Yes I know some of you are old pro’s at […]

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Our prince tuckered out after running in Disney for literally 13 hours!!!

35 Days!  Yes that is the countdown until our “Holiday” trip begins!  I usually am pretty stress free (except for the night before/morning of the trip).  This trip however is a bit different for me.  This upcoming trip I will be traveling with BOTH kids!  Yes I know some of you are old pro’s at this but for us this is the first time traveling with not just one child but 2!  I am not embarrassed to admit I am a little stressed! I have the traveling with one kid down pat…Jr has been to Disney 3 times since he was born and on a Disney cruise (he is only 2).  It was relatively easy to pack for one, get to the airport with one, fly with one, and tour the parks with one.  This time is going to be so different!  2 car seats for the plane, most likely an extra bag of luggage due to unpredictable Florida weather in December, 2 single strollers or one double?!  Oh the choices and preparation!

Even though I have only traveled with one I have learned so much!  Things like head back for a nap (or you will be that family in the park…you know the family with the screaming tantrum throwing child, and the parents that are stressed out yelling at each other because of the screaming kid…side note…that has been us!)  So as I prepare for the next phase in our Disney life, I am going to welcome you all along to take a ride with us!  I am going to include you all on some tips and tricks, some packing thoughts and suggestions, decisions that are to be made, tools that we will use in the parks to help us get the most out of our vacation, and when we come back I will share with you new things that I have learned and some great memories that I just know we will make!  So buckle your seat belts and join us for the next chapter in our crazy, busy, Disney loving family’s life!  I am SO glad you are joining us!

First up on my to do list:  PACK MY TOP 5 MUST HAVE/MOST FORGOTTEN ITEMS FOR THE KIDS!

Thermometer:  Flash back to October 2011:  My son’s second trip to Disney at just 16 months old.  He wasn’t acting himself, eventually started not eating and throwing horrid tantrums no matter how much sleep he got!  He had diarrhea so bad one day, felt like he was burning up, and wouldn’t eat and drink.  The next day we booked a flight to come home because I had a feeling it would get worse and as we were waiting for the Magical Express he started vomiting horribly.  Needless to say by the time we got home we rushed him to our Children’s ER because he was so dehydrated and lethargic with a 102 fever.  Needless to say maybe had I brought a thermometer and took his fever as soon as he started acting himself maybe I could have intercepted all of this craziness had I been more prepared!  I have learned that when my kids stop acting like themselves they are most likely getting sick.  From that trip on I always come prepared!

Tylenol & Dosing Syringes:  This goes right along with the thermometer!  If the kids spike a fever it’s easy to make them feel a bit better with a dose of Tylenol/Motrin!  Tylenol can also come in handy if your little angels decided like mine did to cut a tooth in Disney!

Dish Soap:  O.K. people I know that you can buy dish soap at Disney gift shops in the hotels, but I was charged over $3.00 for a travel size Dawn dish soap!  I almost hit the deck but I was desperate since I had bottles, sippy cups, and nipples to clean!

Bottle Brush:  This is so helpful if you have little ones like we do!  I was again charged over $3.00 for a bottle brush!  I learned to bring one from home and then leave it in the garbage on the way home!  I think it is so much easier to use a bottle brush (especially for bottle nipples) than it is to use a washcloth from the room to get the bottles clean!

Please note:  If you don’t mind spending extra money at Disney or are trying to pack/travel light, the Disney gift shops usually have everything that you need and forget!  For our family we try to travel on a budget and get the most of our money so even though it may not be as convenient, it is much more cost-effective to remember as much as possible!

What are some of your top useful items that you tend to forget?!?!  Please Please share with me and all of the readers!  Who knows I just may use YOUR TIP in an upcoming article entitled “Heather’s Readers Tips for traveling with Kids!”

Heather is a Disney Gal, who loves the chocolate smell of Pop Century in the morning, dreams of being Snow White in a parade, and happily skips down the middle of Main Street USA while wearing Mickey Ears!

 

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Green alien cupcakes a perfect Halloween dessert! http://www.chipandco.com/green-alien-cupcakes-perfect-halloween-dessert-86604/ http://www.chipandco.com/green-alien-cupcakes-perfect-halloween-dessert-86604/#comments Fri, 26 Oct 2012 01:00:29 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=86604 This week I decided to tackle some adorable cupcakes with the help of my 2 year old.  We are always looking for fun activities that also aid in learning!  Jr loved baking with mommy! The recipe can be found here!  I think this recipe is a great on that can be used for a Halloween […]

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This week I decided to tackle some adorable cupcakes with the help of my 2 year old.  We are always looking for fun activities that also aid in learning!  Jr loved baking with mommy! The recipe can be found here!  I think this recipe is a great on that can be used for a Halloween party!

First you will want to grab all of your supplies.  I had everything pre-measured and pre-cut so my 2 year old didn’t get bored!

You will need:

  • Cake Mix
  • Vanilla Frosting
  • Green food coloring
  • Mentos
  • Black decorators icing (we bought the one that is already in the tube)
  • We used green melting chocolate for the ears (cut them into tear drops or leaf shapes)
  • Green Laffy Taffy (I melted the taffy in the microwave for 8 seconds and stretched the taffy out, rolled it, and cut into small pieces for the antenna on top of the cupcakes.)

Second prepare cake mix according to directions on box, measure into cupcake tins, and bake for recommended time.

Jr helping to measure all of the ingredients!

He snuck in a taste of the cake batter!

Once the cupcakes are done baking, let cool completely.  After we baked the cupcakes Jr went in for a nap!  While he was sleeping I mixed the vanilla frosting and green food coloring and frosted the cupcakes.

Now comes the fun part decorating! This process is so simple!  You need 2 ears, one antenna, 3 mentos (for the eyes) and the black decorators icing.  My son thought this was the best part (besides eating the cake batter)!  He was able to get messy and creative!

Decorating his masterpiece

I finished decorating the rest of the cupcakes and they actually turned out pretty good!  I am not a crafty person so I was actually impressed at how easy it was to decorate the cupcakes!  They were a hit!  If you do notice though I did make a few substitutions (the laffy taffy for the antenna and the melting chocolate for the ears) I couldn’t find in our local store exactly what was suggested in the recipe but the substitutes that I picked up worked just fine!  I also wanted to caution you that the gel decorating icing that I bought tends to run so sometimes the mouth on your cupcakes will look like the mouth on the character from scream lol!  Next time I wouldn’t buy the gel icing.

All in all I would say this craft is a good activity for you and your kids to do together, it is extremely easy, and the cupcakes will be really tasty!  Give it a try!  I can’t wait to bake and cook more Disney recipes from Disneyfamily.com.  I had the best time with John!  It was a great way to spend an afternoon!

Leave your comments and ideas for some other recipes for us to try!

Heather is a Disney Gal, who loves the chocolate smell of pop century in the morning, dreams of being Snow White in a parade, and happily skips down the middle of Main Street USA while wearing Mickey ears!

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What you can do to get your kids ready for Character Meet & Greets! http://www.chipandco.com/kids-ready-character-meet-greets-84157/ http://www.chipandco.com/kids-ready-character-meet-greets-84157/#comments Tue, 25 Sep 2012 19:00:43 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=84157 When we started taking John to Disney World people told us we were crazy, he is too young, he won’t remember, blah blah blah.  His first trip was when he was 8 months old.  We took a Disney cruise on the Disney Dream (this was AMAZING), and then we headed off to Disney World for […]

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When we started taking John to Disney World people told us we were crazy, he is too young, he won’t remember, blah blah blah.  His first trip was when he was 8 months old.  We took a Disney cruise on the Disney Dream (this was AMAZING), and then we headed off to Disney World for 4 more nights.  This vacation was the best vacation ever!  We made memories that he may not remember, but we sure will!  While at Castaway Cay he met Donald, his first character.

This meeting was love at first sight!  He was so happy and excited!  At one point he even tried to kiss his beak.  He loved Donald so much that he actually cried when we had to leave!  We have since been back to Disney 2 more times with John (he is only 2), and his love for Disney characters keeps on growing.  He not only calls all of the characters by name, but he also is always on the look out while there and can spot a character from a mile away.

During all of our visits, I have had quite a few parents approach us and ask “What did you do to prepare your son for characters?”  and “How is this kid not afraid?!”  I tell them we are a Disney household.  We literally eat, sleep, and breathe Disney.  When we are not there we are planning to be there.  We fill up our time by reading Disney stories, watching Disney movies, and playing with our Disney stuffed animals.  I think however that our secret weapon is the Disney Sing A-long Series.  This series is not the animated sing alongs, this is the actual real life, big, characters.  My son loves music and when I found the “Disneyland Fun” DVD it was a match made in heaven.  The DVD’s feature a lot of the main characters that you will see in the park, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Donald, Winnie the Pooh, and Tigger, to name a few.

I think it is easy for a kid to see a small animated character in a book and think of how cute and fun they look, but when they see a gigantic Goofy they become so scared if for nothing else the large size!  These DVD’s help kids to see what a life-size Mickey or Tigger will look like.

Pirate John hugging Lotso at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

We own 4 of the DVD’s but our favorites are Disneyland Fun, Beach Party at Disneyworld, and Campout at Walt Disney World.  My personal opinion is that seeing the life size characters takes the edge off.  It makes it so fun when your toddler literally runs up to Lotso or Mickey and jumps into their arms.  These are some of my best memories at Disney! I am not saying that you must put your child in front of a TV for hours to get them used to seeing life size characters, I am saying watching these DVD’s a few times may help your child become acclimated with the characters.  Plus it is so fun to have a Disney dance party in your living room!

Share with us, what have you done to get your kids ready for meeting the characters?  Please let us know your tips, advice, and experiences!

Heather is a Disney Gal, who loves the chocolate smell of Pop Century in the morning, dreams of being Snow White in a parade, and happily skips down the middle of Main Street USA while wearing Mickey ears!

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DVD Review: Private Practice The Complete Fifth Season http://www.chipandco.com/dvd-review-private-practice-complete-season-83698/ Sat, 22 Sep 2012 01:00:43 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=83698 If you love the always sexy, steamy, and suspenseful medical drama “Private Practice” as much as I do then you are in luck!  The complete fifth season of Private Practice is now available!  Kate Walsh, Taye Diggs, Tim Daly, Benjamin Bratt, Paul Adelstein, Brian Benben, Amy Brenneman, and my favorite KaDee Strickland are back in […]

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If you love the always sexy, steamy, and suspenseful medical drama “Private Practice” as much as I do then you are in luck!  The complete fifth season of Private Practice is now available!  Kate Walsh, Taye Diggs, Tim Daly, Benjamin Bratt, Paul Adelstein, Brian Benben, Amy Brenneman, and my favorite KaDee Strickland are back in action for this intense and suspenseful fifth season!

The practice is faced with many new changes and challenges as new and unexpected people enter and complicate the lives of these doctors.  We start our journey when Cooper finds Pete after suffering a massive heart attack and brain bleed.  It is a rush to save his life.  Pete has a hard time dealing with his near death experience and it really causes a rift in his relationship with Violet.  This health crisis could seal the deal on their crumbling marriage.  They together face many hard decisions that will put their faith in their relationship, family, and love to the test.

After Violet’s horrific attack, she seems to have not been able to really pull herself together emotionally.  She is in the middle of leaving Pete when she learns of his heart attack.  She seems to emotionally be out of sorts and after she decides she really does need to end her marriage she finds herself really struggling to split time with Pete for her son Lucas.  She finds herself involved in a steamy relationship this season with a hot paramedic; and she feels confused and overwhelmed with her feelings not only for him but also for Pete and what she left behind.  Will she be able to put aside her profession and over-analyzing ways for the sake of her marriage?

Amelia has lost her surgical rights at St. Ambrose because of her addiction and finds herself in a situation with Sheldon that could potentially change their relationship forever.  When Amelia finally decides to deal with her addiction after losing her love, she finds herself in one of the most happy and scary situations one could face.  Amelia finds herself pregnant and is having a very difficult time accepting this baby because she has a feeling that the baby will have health issues due to her use of drugs during the early stages of her unknown pregnancy.  After Amelia comes to grips and actually becomes excited about the pregnancy, she discovers gut wrenching news that is sure to shape the rest of her life.  Will she ever be able to forgive herself for the decisions she has made? How will she cope with the unthinkable?  The writers have created such an amazing character in Amelia.  Caterina Scorsone (Amelia) is genius.  She really pours her heart and soul into this character and she has a way of making you actually feel the pain that Amelia is dealing with this season.

Sheldon seems to be falling in love with Amelia and wants nothing more than to stand by her side. Amelia however seems to have other ideas and says and does some cruel things to Sheldon before and during her recovery.  When she finally realizes how badly she hurt Sheldon she apologizes and seems to realize what she lost.  Sheldon is so hurt he just can’t seem to accept her apology.  What will become of their fragile relationship?  Will Sheldon ever be able to let Amelia back in and if so at what level?

Addison and Sam are back together…or are they?  Addison is still struggling with her infertility and her desire to have a baby of her own.  Will Sam support her in her decision or will they part ways?  Addison hires a gorgeous new doctor Dr. Jake Reilly who coincidentally is also her fertility doctor.  What impact will Jake have with not only Addison’s fertility but also her relationship with Sam?  Will Addison get the baby that she so deeply desires?

Just when Cooper and Charlotte seem to have it all figured out…an 8 year old child shows up on Cooper’s doorstep from a one night stand.  The couple is completely shocked when Erica (the mother of Cooper’s alleged child) shows up with this child, however this is just the beginning of what will prove to be the biggest test that any couple could be faced with.  Griffin Gluck plays Cooper’s son Mason and he is phenomenal.  The raw emotion that Gluck emanates is the work of true brilliance.  Mason’s biological mother introduces Mason to Cooper because she is dying of cancer.  Initially no one knows but Amelia accidentally unveils the secret leaving Charlotte facing an ethical decision.  Eventually a bond is formed and Charlotte plays a key role in helping this family deal with the pain and grief that is coming when they deal with the tragedy of  Erica’s impending death.  KaDee Strickland’s (Charlotte) ability to make you love and hate Charlotte at the same time is quite impressive.  Her feisty personality, matter of fact/tell it like it is attitude seems to mask what is really underneath it all.  She to me is one of the most caring and genuine characters on the show.  The way that she steps up for Cooper, Mason, and Erica, really will win you over.

The season finale is a cliffhanger.  The doctors rush to Amelia’s side as she begins labor with her “unicorn baby.”  Pete is jailed for a “mercy killing” and Violet doesn’t understand why he can not just cooperate so he can be released from lockup.  Mason and Charlotte form a bond that will actually make you cry.  Addison arrives home to find Sam saying he wants to be a family.

This season of Private Practice is my favorite yet!  I found myself re-living these episodes for the second time and they had the same effect on me…I couldn’t stop watching and I was always left in suspense and wanting more.  This season is sure to not disappoint.  Not only will you find yourself laughing, crying, and feeling like you want this group to be your doctor; but you will also find an AMAZING blooper real and never before seen bonus features with the cast that will make you feel like you are a part of their families!

Disney’s release of “The Complete Fifth Season” of Private Practice will leave you wanting more!

Heather is a Disney Gal, who loves the chocolate smell of pop century in the morning, dreams of being Snow White in a parade, and happily skips down the middle of Main Street USA while wearing Mickey ears!

 

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Secret to enjoy a rainy day in Disney with your Toddler http://www.chipandco.com/secret-enjoy-rainy-day-disney-toddler-83706/ http://www.chipandco.com/secret-enjoy-rainy-day-disney-toddler-83706/#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2012 19:00:25 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=83706 I am often asked “What happens if it rains?”  “What is there to do in Disney?”  The great thing about Disney is that there are many options for rainy days.  Your family could shop till you drop at Downtown Disney, visit Disney Quest, open up your umbrella and only visit the shows and rides that […]

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Soaked after a day in the rain!

I am often asked “What happens if it rains?”  “What is there to do in Disney?”  The great thing about Disney is that there are many options for rainy days.  Your family could shop till you drop at Downtown Disney, visit Disney Quest, open up your umbrella and only visit the shows and rides that are indoors such as Mickey’s Philharmagicin the Magic Kingdom, take a break and a much-needed nap in your hotel room, or even visit a few of the Disney resorts (they are especially beautiful during the Christmas season!)

However my favorite answer to give is: “Go out and play in the rain!”  Yes I said it and I mean it…find your inner child, take off your socks, put on a pair of flip-flops, sandals, or Mickey crocs (yes I said that too…CROCS), and go stomp around in puddles!  You will have the time of your lives and your kids will think you are the coolest people on the planet!

This past June my family took a trip down for Star Wars Weekends and to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary!  We have come to expect that when traveling during the summer sometime mid-day we will encounter a rain storm that will last usually about a half hour and then end.  What we were not expecting was days of rain!  It rained for 2 whole days, almost the entire day!  While most people would have been bummed we were excited!  We knew that the parks would empty out, that we would have a chance to cool off, and as long as there wasn’t lightning in the area a lot of the attractions would remain open.  What we didn’t know was how much fun our 2-year-old would have!  My 2-year-old has an affinity for water.  When he sees a puddle it is like there is a magnet that just pulls him to the water!  Every single puddle that he found he would run to and jump right in!  After just a few minutes outside the kid was soaked…along with soggy clothes and wet feet, the most amazing giggles could be heard coming from Jr!  Listening to his giggles and seeing his beautiful smile was contagious.  I thought if something so simple as jumping in a puddle can make him so happy…”why not?!”  So I too decided to jump through puddles with him.  What a day we had!  There is just something so special about jumping through puddles in front of my castle (er I mean Cinderella castle).  Other people saw us jumping in puddles and they decided to join in!

Rain can sour any day unless you do something about it.  Make your own magic, follow your child’s lead, revert back to when you were 2 or 4 or 6…jump in those puddles!  Get wet, giggle with your kids and everyone around you…forget the poncho (use that to cover your stroller!)  These are the memories that you can write about in your scrap-book!  These are the memories that will last a lifetime…your kids will remember that fun day when mommy and daddy were playing in the rain with me!  Do something different!

Have you ever jumped in puddles and played in the rain while you were at Disney?!  Please share your favorite memories of playing in the rain with us!

Heather is a Disney Gal, who loves the chocolate smell of pop century in the morning, dreams of being Snow White in a parade, and happily skips down the middle of Main Street USA while wearing Mickey ears!

  • 5 Things to Do When Not in WDW to get your Disney Fix! (chipandco.com)
  • Escaping the Rain at Walt Disney World (chipandco.com)

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Private Practice “The complete Fifth Season” on DVD September 11, 2012! http://www.chipandco.com/private-practice-complete-season-dvd-september-11-2012-2-81435/ http://www.chipandco.com/private-practice-complete-season-dvd-september-11-2012-2-81435/#comments Fri, 31 Aug 2012 23:00:10 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=81435   If you love the always sexy, steamy, and suspenseful medical drama “Private Practice” as much as I do then it’s your lucky day!  The complete fifth season of Private Pratice is available on DVD September 11, 2012!  Kate Walsh, Taye Diggs, Tim Daly, Benjamin Bratt, Paul Adelstein, Brian Benben, Amy Brenneman, and the ever […]

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If you love the always sexy, steamy, and suspenseful medical drama “Private Practice” as much as I do then it’s your lucky day!  The complete fifth season of Private Pratice is available on DVD September 11, 2012!  Kate Walsh, Taye Diggs, Tim Daly, Benjamin Bratt, Paul Adelstein, Brian Benben, Amy Brenneman, and the ever feisty KaDee Strickland are back in action in this fifth season!  The practice is faced with many new changes and challenges as new and unexpected people enter and complicate the lives of these doctors.

If you want to watch a show that will leave you in suspense every episode; if you want to hang on the edge of your seat learning of an illegitimate son, a sexy new doctor, and complicated personal relationships, then this is the show for you!  Not only will you find yourself laughing, crying, and feeling like you want this group to be your doctors, but you will also find a blooper real and never seen bonus features.  Mark your calendars for the release of one of the best shows on television!  Disney’s release of “The Complete Fifth Season” of Private Practice is sure to keep you wanting more!

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A few tips for enjoying a nice sit down meal with your kids http://www.chipandco.com/tips-enjoying-nice-sit-meal-kids-81164/ http://www.chipandco.com/tips-enjoying-nice-sit-meal-kids-81164/#comments Sun, 26 Aug 2012 19:00:24 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=81164 I love the Disney Dining Plan. I know that some people love it and others not so much, but for my family we really enjoy it.  I am able to book meals in advance, there usually isn’t too much of a wait when checking in, and the food is DELICIOUS!  The problem is (he really […]

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John loved meeting Pluto

I love the Disney Dining Plan. I know that some people love it and others not so much, but for my family we really enjoy it.  I am able to book meals in advance, there usually isn’t too much of a wait when checking in, and the food is DELICIOUS!  The problem is (he really isn’t a problem) my 2-year-old!  He is an incredibly active child, he is always on the go, he runs and doesn’t walk, sitting for 5 minutes is like sitting for 5 hours to him.  We ran into our fair share of problems while waiting for our first sit down meal of our trip.

John was very impatient…he started banging on the table, trying to get out of his highchair, he wanted to run around the restaurant…all behaviors that are totally not acceptable.  I am not one of those parents that let my kid run wild because I want everyone else to be able to enjoy their dining experience too!  Here are a few things that my husband and I have figured out  to make our sit down dining experiences a success!

  • Once you are seated, look at the menu, choose who is going to order for everyone (in our case one meal I order, the next my husband orders), and take the kids and your cell phone and exit the restaurant.  Allow your kids to be kids outside of the restaurant (we let our son explore, and he isn’t becoming agitated from sitting too long).  Once the meal arrives, the person that is at the table calls the one that has the child, we take our son back into the restaurant and we all are able to enjoy our meal because he isn’t antsy!  After we are finished it John is looking for activity, one of us again takes him outside to wait for the bill to be paid and then we are on our way to our next attraction!
  • Character meals!  We LOVE booking character meals.  Our child is one of those kids that cry because Mickey leaves him not because Mickey approaches him!  A character meal is a great way to keep your kid entertained!  They love watching the other children interact with the characters, and the excitement really builds for them while they are waiting for the Characters to visit.  One of our favorite character meals is at Tusker House in Animal Kingdom.  It is a breakfast, the food is delicious, the theming is great, and the Characters are always fun and exciting.  I know that the morning is a great time for my son because he is well rested and not overwhelmed yet!  Choose the time of day that works best for your child’s schedule to enjoy your sit down meals!
  • Come prepared!  We always have some activities with us to keep the kids entertained.  We always bring his blankie, his Disney stuffed animal of choice, he loves trucks so we always have some kind of car or truck, and we have books and coloring materials on hand!  If you are able to keep your kids occupied the waiting doesn’t seem too bad for them!

What are some things that you do to keep your kids occupied while waiting to eat?  How do you make sure that they are a joy not only to you but to the guests around you?  Share your tips, tricks, and ideas with us!

Heather is a Disney Gal, who loves the chocolate smell of pop century in the morning, dreams of being Snow White in a parade, and happily skips down the middle of Main Street USA while wearing Mickey ears!

  • Menu Offerings at Be Our Guest Restaurant (chipandco.com)
  • Enjoying Chef Mickey’s As An Adult Diner (chipandco.com)

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“The Hand That Rocks The Cradle” Coming to Blu-Ray September 4, 2012! http://www.chipandco.com/hand-rocks-cradle-coming-bluray-september-4-2012-80876/ http://www.chipandco.com/hand-rocks-cradle-coming-bluray-september-4-2012-80876/#comments Thu, 23 Aug 2012 03:00:29 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=80876 To celebrate the 20th anniversary of “The Hand That Rocks The Cradle” it is being released for the first time on Blu-ray! Claire Bartel has the perfect life and family which is exactly what her new live-in housekeeper, Peyton Flanders, desires. How far will Peyton go when the life she wants belongs to someone else? […]

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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of “The Hand That Rocks The Cradle” it is being released for the first time on Blu-ray! Claire Bartel has the perfect life and family which is exactly what her new live-in housekeeper, Peyton Flanders, desires. How far will Peyton go when the life she wants belongs to someone else? Will it be too late for Claire to stop her?

This movie features some amazing talent including Annabella Sciorra, Rebecca De Mornay who is said to be at her brilliant best in this movie, Matt McCoy, Julianne Moore, Ernie Hudson, and Madeline Zima. With an amazing cast this riveting drama is sure to please! I know that I for one can not wait to own this movie. The all new Blu-ray release features new digital restoration with enhanced picture!

Stay tuned to Chip and Co for our official movie review!

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Menu Offerings at Be Our Guest Restaurant http://www.chipandco.com/menu-offerings-guest-restaurant-80777/ http://www.chipandco.com/menu-offerings-guest-restaurant-80777/#comments Mon, 20 Aug 2012 13:30:49 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=80777 Did you know that you can start making your dining reservations for the new Be Our Guest Restaurant Today at 7am eastern standard time?!  I don’t know about all of you but I can hardly wait!  The restaurant officially opens November 19, 2012.  I plan on dining there when my family vacations in December!  Since […]

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Artist rendering of the new Be Our Guest Restaurant coming to new Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park
Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Did you know that you can start making your dining reservations for the new Be Our Guest Restaurant Today at 7am eastern standard time?!  I don’t know about all of you but I can hardly wait!  The restaurant officially opens November 19, 2012.  I plan on dining there when my family vacations in December!  Since we have to wait lets take a sneak peek at some of the menu offerings!

It is important to note that no character dining will be offered at this location, however I think it is safe to say that there will be many beautiful aspects of the three dining rooms that is sure to keep us entertained!

Lunch:

If you are dining here for lunch and are on the Disney dining plan, this location will only require one quick service entitlement!  I think that is a great deal!  Here is a sneak peak at the pre-opening menu thanks to our friends over at allears.  There are a few options on this lunch menu that my husband and I are really looking forward to trying.

Soup:

  • French Onion Soup:  If anyone can make french onion soup even more delicious than it sounds it has to be Disney!

Main Course:

  • Carved Turkey Sandwich – served on a warm baguette with Dijon mayonnaise and Pomme Frites (essentially french fries)
  • Braised Pork (Coq Au Vin style) eight hour slow-cooked pork – with mushrooms, onions carrots and bacon served with mashed potatoes and green beans jardiniere
  • My husband is looking forward to the Grilled Steak Sandwich – with garlic butter spread and Pommes Frites

Desserts:

The desserts are all appearing to be too delicious for words so here are a few of my favorites

  • Triple Chocolate Cupcake – chocolate sponge cake, chocolate mousse filling, and chocolate ganache (yes please)
  • Chocolate Cream Puff – filled with chocolate mousse topped with whipped cream
  • Lemon-rasberry cream puff – filled with lemon custard ***This is GLUTEN FREE & NO SUGAR ADDED*** (Disney sure does know how to please everyone!

Here is a link to the Lunch menu for the kiddos.  I am loving the fact that this restaurant is offering so many more options than the typical chicken fingers, hot dogs, and pizza.  Your kids can choose from a carved turkey sandwich, pulled pork, whole grain macaroni with marinara sauce, and even Mahi Mahi.

I know that for my son though we will be testing out the:

  • Mickey meatloaf – with broccoli florets and zucchini served with carrot catsup. (Does anyone else hope this will be Mickey shaped?!)

Now for the dinner options!  Dinner is considered a table service meal.  This means if you are on the dining plan it will use one table service dining requirement.  Dinner is what you will need to make dining reservations for!

There are so many delicious offerings on this menu that it is hard for me to just pick a couple to showcase for you! There are many starter offerings and your entrée comes with a choice of dessert.  The dessert offerings appear to be the same as the dessert offerings from the lunch menu.  I am not complaining though because they all look delicious! I am looking forward to trying:

  • Mussels Provencal– with white wine, tomato, garlic, onion, basil, and butter
  • Thyme-scented Pork Rack Chop – with au gratin pasta, seasonal vegetables and red wine au jus
  • Grilled Strip Steak – with garlic butter spread and pommes frites
  • Ratatouille Confit Byaldi – oven baked zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, and caramelized onions sliced and layered with Quinoa served with bell pepper salsa (this is my first choice!)

For those sea food lovers out there; who could go wrong with:

  • Sauteed Shrimp and Scallops – with sauteed mushrooms, carrots, and baby spinach served in a puff pastry with creamy lobster sauce
  • Pan-seared Salmon on Leek Fondu – served with creamy saffron-crushed potatoes

The dining options for the kids are again outstanding as far as I am concerned!  For an appetizer they can choose from a fruit cup or garden salad.  My two favorite entrees (I know my son will love these options!):

  • Grilled fish of the day – with whole grain rice pilaf and seasonal vegetables
  • Grilled Chicken Breast – macaroni topped with marinara sauce and mozzarella served with seasonal vegetables

Now that I made all of you hungry and more excited…what are you looking most forward to tasting while you are dining here?

Heather is a Disney Gal, who loves the chocolate smell of pop century in the morning, dreams of being Snow White in a parade, and happily skips down the middle of Main Street USA while wearing Mickey ears!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Be Our Guest Restaurant Menu and Reservations Info (chipandco.com)
  • Be Our Guest Restaurant to Open for Reservations! (chipandco.com)

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