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Hey Guys, Jackie here! I don’t know if you know a lot about me or not but one major part of my life, besides Disney, is being a stay at home mom! I love every aspect about it, except maybe all the laundry, but one thing my daughter and I do a lot that we both enjoy a lot is crafting! Because we love Disney SO much we often times incorporate Disney into our crafts, and especially when it gets close to our next trip! We have 70 days until we arrive at Caribbean Beach Resort so its time for me to really start the countdown till we leave!
One thing I always do for my daughter on the way down to Disney is put together a goodie bag for the car ride. In the goodie bag I always put snacks, candy, toys and games, last year we even gave her her very own camera to take pictures at Walt Disney World – basically anything new and fun to pass the time can go in the bag! But this year I though, how much fun would it be to actually let her MAKE her own goodie bag that I will fill with things between now and when we leave! Needless to say she was super excited and it was a great way to start our trip countdown!
Are you looking for a way to make your vacation extra-magical? Disney does great at sprinkling unexpected pixie dust, but what if you want to create your own? One perfect way I have found is by leaving trinkets out for the family to find when returning to the room for a mid-day break.
Not to worry, I have found some very budget friendly ways to accomplish this, even with my family of five.
- Disney themed wrapped candy bars or candy bags.
- Trinkets from Target‘s Dollar Spot or Dollar Store
- Disney themed printable puzzles and
- Glow Sticks
- Bubbles (if you’re brave!)
- Mickey Oreo Pops
All of these things can cost less than a dollar per person. You can pick up a pack of pens or stickers for $1 at most stores and separate them out reducing the cost even more. I like to type up a little note each day using a unique looking font. The kids enjoy this and it nips the “I don’t wanna go back to the room” complaint in the bud. They’re excited to go back to the room for a rest so they can see what surprise they have for that day. Parental meltdown averted, day saved, magic restored, kids rested — what could be better for less than a buck a day?
Do you leave small gifts for your kids? If you do, what is the coolest thing you’ve found to spread a little pixie dust of your own?
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- Disney World Vacation Souvenirs for the Budget Conscious (chipandco.com)
- Disney World Quick Tips: Don’t Miss the Sponteneity (chipandco.com)
DisneyNature, the first new Disney-branded film label from the Walt Disney Studios in more than 60 years, will be adding a new reel to their portfolio this Friday. Their first three releases, earth, oceans and African Cats, are among the top four highest-grossing feature-length nature films of all time, and we should expect no less quality production with Chimpanzee. Filmed in the lush forests of Africa, Chimpanzee follows the touching story of an orphaned three-year-old chimp named Oscar and the surprise ally who changes his life forever.
The film swings into theaters on Earth Day, April 20th. See Chimpanzee, save chimpanzees! In effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats, for every moviegoer who sees Chimpanzee during its opening week (April 20-26, 2012), DisneyNature will make a donatation to the Jane Goodall Institute through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. The film’s official website offers several other ways you can get involved and learn more about chimpanzees in the wild.
Free educational resources are available for download. The Chimpanzee Educator’s Guide includes 100 pages of lessons and activities for grades 2 through 6 and is aligned to National Science Education Standards. Topics include animal adaptations, habitats and ecosystems, animal behavior and tool use, animal communication, and ways to make a difference for wildlife worldwide.
Disney Family Fun also offers several crafts and activities kids can make to coincide with the primate theme. Why not get some monkey bread in the oven and make pipe cleaner monkeys while you wait for it to bake?
You will need:
- bumpy pipe cleaner
- regular pipe cleaner
- hot glue or tacky glue
- googly eyes
What you’ll do:
- To make each one, cut a length of bumpy pipe cleaner (make sure your piece has two bumps) and bend it in half to form the monkey’s legs. Use hot glue or tacky glue to secure two 1-inch pom-poms together, sandwiching the legs and a 9-inch length of regular pipe cleaner (for the arms) between them.
- Glue a third pom-pom in place for a head. Attach googly eyes, small pom-poms for ears, and a tiny pom-pom nose. Add glue to one end of a 6-inch length of regular pipe cleaner and stick it to the back of the monkey for a tail.
- When the glue has dried, bend the arms and the tail into shape.
When you’ve made several, link their arms together to form a chain and dangle them from a shelf or door frame. It’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys!
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom “Party for the Planet” Events Celebrates Release of Disneynature’s “Chimpanzee” (jedimouseketeer.blogspot.com)
- Disneynature – See Chimpanzee, Save Chimpanzees (video) (jedimouseketeer.blogspot.com)
Top ‘o the mornin’ to ya! This coming Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day, a festive time to don your green and wish for the luck of the Irish. If you’re visiting Walt Disney World between March 15 and 17, you’ll find lots of St. Paddy’s festivities going on at Downtown Disney. Get your fill of delicious Irish food and enjoy live Celtic music and dancing at and around Raglan Road in the Pleasure Island district. Face painting and stilt walkers will round out the celebration, and if you don’t want a pinch, you’d better grab some emerald beads, boas or bowler hats available at various kiosks and shops.
Not at a Disney Park this week? You can still find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow…or make an edible one yourself! Check out this great recipe from Disney Family Fun.
You will need:
- White cake mix (we used an 18-1/4-ounce box)
- Food coloring (red, blue, green, and yellow)
- Baking cups
- Whipped cream (optional)
- Gold foil-wrapped chocolate coin candy
What to do:
- Prepare your favorite white cake mix, then divide the batter evenly among six small bowls. Following the chart below, dye each bowl of batter a rainbow color.
|RAINBOW COLOR||DROPS OF FOOD COLORING|
|Purple||9 red and 6 blue drops|
|Orange||12 yellow and 4 red drops|
- Line 16 muffin pan wells with baking cups. Evenly distribute the purple batter among the cups, then the blue, and so on, following the order shown. As you go, gently spread each layer of batter with the back of a spoon to cover the color underneath.
- Bake the cupcakes according to your recipe directions. Before serving, remove the paper wrapping, and if you like, top each cupcake with a whipped-cream cloud.
- Serve with a handful of gold foil-wrapped chocolate coin treasure.
[I have made this recipe into a layer cake before. Use the same method above, but add colors alternately into baking pans instead of muffin cups and follow baking directions.]
Now, to get you properly attired, I think these Mickey and Minnie ears headbands should do the trick.
You will need:
- Template for Mickey and Minnie St. Patrick’s Day Headband
- Stiff black felt for the ears
- Regular felt scraps (yellow and two shades of green – self adhesive works well for this part)
- Low temperature hot glue gun
- Small piece of thin cardboard or cardstock (for the Mickey headband)
- Green pipe cleaner (for the Minnie headband)
- Thin black headband(s)
What to do:
- Print template and cut out felt shapes.
- Working with one ear piece at a time, apply a line of glue across the center of the connecting band (see template). Stick the glued portion to the underside of the headband, positioning it about 1½ inches left of the center point of the band. Now glue the two round ear flaps together as shown. Repeat for second ear, leaving about 2½ inches between the two ears.
- For Mickey’s hat, first sandwich a small rectangle of cardboard between the two pieces, then glue them together. (This will make the hat stand upright once it is attached to the band.) Fold and glue the hatband into place. Adhere buckle to the center of the hatband.
- To attach Mickey’s hat to the headband, glue the left edge of the brim to the left ear. Then glue the center of the brim to the headband. Do not attach the hat to the right ear — otherwise, the hat will buckle each time your child puts on the headband.
- For Minnie’s shamrock bow, glue a 3-inch pipe cleaner stem to one of the felt shamrocks, as shown. Next, glue a 2-inch length across the lower leaves. Glue the matching shamrock piece on top.
- Bend the leaves slightly forward to make the completed shamrock look more dimensional. Then glue it to the base of one ear.
Now go practice your Irish brogue, learn to dance a jig, and ye’ll be right fit fer a St. Paddy’s party!
For more holiday crafts and activities, visit Disney Family Fun.
- St. Patrick’s Day at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Disneyland Resort (disneyfoodblog.com)
- St. Patrick’s Day Festivities Invite ‘Wearin’ of the Green’ at Downtown Disney Pleasure Island March 15-17 (chipandco.com)
Welcome back once again to this week’s edition of the Chip & Company Week in Review. From all of us here at Chip & Company, we hope you have had a wonderfully Merry Christmas! Here are the stories that caught our eye last week:
- Our friends at ABC Family are getting ready to show the Winter Premiers for several of their popular shows. Check out the link to see the video that goes with it!
- Congratulations to Disney Family Fun magazine, they were awarded best of newsstand app category in 2011!
- Did you see Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree Preview at California Adventure? Check it out!
- For all you Toy Story Mania fans, it will be opening up at Tokyo DisneySea on July 9th!
- The Lion King 2 will be out on Blu-Ray and DVD on March 6th!
- The Disney Publishing Holiday Apps are on sale until December 30th. Go check out the post, there are some great prices!
- Are you going to run in the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 Miler? It’s a new race that will start next September! Check it out!
- The 2012 Disney Movie Lineup is out! Check out all of the great movies we’ll be watching!
- Will you be at Disneyland for Three Kings Day? It’s on January 6-8, 2012, so if you’ll be in the area, go check it out!
- Lastly, there are some new restaurants available on the 2012 edition of the Disney Dining Plan! Check it out!
That’s our look at some of the news stories from last week, now let’s take a look at some of the incredible original articles that our writers produce each and every day! Enjoy!
- Jodi has included some great Disney DIY Prep & Landing crafts and recipes! Check it out for some great holiday ideas!
- Jenn brings us her final race preparations for the Marathon Weekend, which starts January 5th, 2012! Good luck, Jenn!
- Lastly, Jackie has made it to the Jane By Design Style Challenge Round 3! Go check out the post! Good luck Jackie!
- Over at My Dreams of Disney, I’ve got a whole series on pictures from the different parks. Why don’t you check out Animal Kingdom Monday’s, Epcot Tuesday’s, Hollywood Studios Thursday’s, or Magic Kingdom Friday’s?
That’s all we have for you this week. I hope you have a terrific week, and remember to check out Chip & Company often for the latest in Disney News, Views, Giveaways, and more! Also, to keep up with the latest Disney news and views on the fly, check out the Chip & Company Facebook Page or follow Chip & Company via Twitter! Also, head on over to the Disney for Seniors page and tell Ken you help he’s feeling better! Ken, get well soon my friend!
- Chip & Company Week in Review, December 19, 2011 (chipandco.com)
- The Week That Was, Christmas Edition (mydreamsofdisney.com)