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A couple of years ago, our family adopted two cats from a local animal shelter. Although the adoption process was lengthy and thorough and required a lot of patience, I can honestly say it was one of the best bonding experiences we’ve been through together as a family.From the moment we brought home our cats, a momma and her kitten, we vowed to shower them with love and cuddles and pamper them as much as possible.After such a rough start to their lives, our cats deserve to be spoiled. “Lucy” and “Lilly Belle” have filled our hearts and taken over our home. The sky’s the limit at our house for these two. They have special food, a hand-decorated water dish, pretty homemade blankets to lay on, a plethora of toys, and of course, only the finest kitty litter for their box: Fresh Step® Clean Paws™ Multi-Cat Scented Litter with the power of Febreze™! It works so well for us and is formulated for homes like ours that have more than 1 cat.Because it’s formulated with a special blend of larger particles, Fresh Step® Clean Paws™ is designed to stick less to your cat’s fur and stay in the box, which is a win-win. (Click on the image below to shop for this amazing product.)
I’d never want my cats to be embarrassed and have others know they were just doing their business in the litter box! Some things are just better when they’re kept private!I purchased my Fresh Step® Clean Paws™ litter at Target in the Pet Food & Supplies area. Can’t you tell by the red shopping cart? Be sure to be on the lookout for a Cartwheel offer running from 4/1-4/7 to find even greater savings on this game changing product.I adore watching my daughter interact with our cats. She has such a special bond with them, especially the younger one. Prior to their adoption, she begged for a pet and now that we have them, I like to involve her in helping out with some of their daily pampering.Teaching her to be a responsible pet owner is something I feel is important. I think it also helps her to see that there’s more to life than just her own needs.I created a “Kitty Accountability Chart” to help track my daughter’s daily cat-related responsibilities. She helps out with feeding them, making sure they have fresh water each day, brushing them, and making sure they get their exercise. (I handle the litter box myself, which is so much easier with Fresh Step® Clean Paws™.)The chart is a great tool to have posted somewhere visible and I also use it as an incentive to earn extra screen time. Download your own printable copy of my “Kitty Accountability Chart” for free here.Are you a cat owner? Do you have anything special you do to pamper your cats or other pets? I’d love to hear about it. Please share with me in the comments.
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Here are a couple of the items you might deem as necessities on your list:
- Mickey Mouse Chef’s Hat and Apron Set for Kids – Your little Mouseketeer will be excited to join you in the kitchen to make fa-mouse treats with this apron and hat set. With dimensional Mickey ears and a fun ”Hi!” apron, this set from Disney Eats makes cooking fun.
- Minnie Mouse Chef’s Hat and Apron Set for Kids – Cook up something wonderful in this polka dot apron and chef’s hat featuring Minnie Mouse EARs. This essential set is the perfect ingredient to make family meal times magical.Mickey Mouse Measuring Cup Set – Mickey cooks up a fun mood for measuring with these expandable silicone cups. Each size shows Mickey with a different expression on his face and it’s a great way to teach kids about fractions.
- Mickey Mouse Food Mold Set – You can now mold fun treats in the shape of Mickey Mouse. Cut out your favorite toppings in the shape of Mickey’s eyes and smile and add extra flavor to your finished product.Mickey Mouse Food Storage Container – Mickey will be the most popular companion at the lunch tables and keeps food fresh with the storage container. This leak-proof design features a flexible silicone tray and snap-tight plastic lid with a winking Mickey and built-in spork.
How cute are all of these pieces? Which one is your favorite? To check out the entire collection, please visit here.
Join in on the conversation on social by using #DisneyEats and share your fun Disney creations from your own kitchen! Be sure to tag @shopDisney in your posts, too! For some Disney-style cooking and baking inspiration, check out our friends over at The Healthy Mouse, a blog that has the most adorable, edible Disney creations!
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In case you haven’t heard yet, the first-ever Pixar Fest is coming to Disneyland Resort starting April 13 and I couldn’t be more excited! It’s the biggest theme park celebration of beloved stories and characters from Pixar Animation Studios. During PIxar Fest, the culinary team at the Disneyland Resort looks like they’ll go to “infinity and beyond” with special thematic eats and treats offered especially for the festival! Park guests will find that many of their favorite Pixar Pals are the inspiration behind some of the limited-time treats offered. Let’s look at some of them and where you’ll be able to find them in the parks.Tuna Poke at Cove Bar (March 16 to end of May) and then when the location transforms to Lamplight Lounge opening June 23. (Disney California Adventure park) Deviled Eggs and Toast at Cove Bar (March 16 to end of May) and then when the location transforms to Lamplight Lounge opening June 23, 2018 (Disney California Adventure park)Fried Bologna Sandwich at Carnation Café (Disneyland park)Pork Chop TV Dinner at Carnation Café (Disneyland park)Shrimp Ratatouille Byaldi at Café Orleans (Disneyland park)Charcuterie Plate Starter at Cafe Orleans (Disneyland park) Green Pesto Pasta in Tomorrowland (Disneyland park)
Pixar Fest Celebration Cake – This scrumptious cake is inspired by the familiar yellow Pixar Ball and can be found at Plaza Inn (Disneyland Park) and at Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta. (Disney California Adventure park)Berry Funnel Cake at Golden Horseshoe (Disneyland park)“Lotso” Funnel Cake at Hungry Bear Restaurant (Disneyland park)Rootbeer Float served in a Souvenir Woody’s Boot at Golden Horseshoe (Disneyland park)“Lotso” Strawberry Churro in Tomorrowland (Disneyland park)
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Cocoa Churro in Frontierland (Disneyland park)
Alien Macaroon in Tomorrowland (Disneyland park)In addition to all of these limited-time food offerings for Pixar Fest, at Disneyland Park, the popular Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port will transform into Alien Pizza Planet: “A Better Place,” inspired by Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story.” Among the menu items will be new pizzas, including a special pepperoni pizza topped with green peppers and mushrooms, and a hearty cheeseburger pizza.Will you be sharing your Pixar Fest eats and treats with a friend, with your family, or just eating them all on your own? What are you most excited to try at Pixar Fest, which will run from April 13 through Sept. 3, 2018 at the Disneyland Resort. For more information about it, please go here.
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Are you ready for the cutest collaboration of the summer? Well it’s about to happen! Sanrio, the global lifestyle brand best known for beloved Hello Kitty pop icon, has partnered with iconic surf and lifestyle brand O’Neill to create a playful offering of girl’s swimwear and related apparel & accessories sizes 2T – 6, beginning with Summer 2018.
The Summer collection will launch April 11th, followed by a Fall capsule that will makes its debut in mid-May. Inspired by vintage aloha, the O’Neill ♥ Hello Kitty collection includes girl’s swimwear, cover-ups, graphic t-shirts and tank tops and beach accessories, all embellished with adorable Hello Kitty details. Highlights from the initial collection include a one-shoulder maillot with ruffles and an all-over Hello Kitty print, a woven cover-up with pom-pom trim and embroidered cutout design and a tote bag that morphs into a beach towel. The suggested retail prices for the collection range from $18 to $54.
O’Neill ♥ Hello Kitty will be available at Oneill.com, Sanrio.com, select Sanrio stores and independent specialty retailers starting on April 11th. The Summer collection will also be available on Nordstrom.com and at select Nordstrom stores starting in early May.
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There are SO many things I love about this time of year at Knott’s but most of all, the start of the Boysenberry Festival! The festival runs from March 16 through April 8 and this year’s festival is better than ever!If you’ve never experienced it before, the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival is a must-do! This annual food-inspired event celebrates the park’s historic roots by highlighting the little berry that started it all…the boysenberry. This year’s festival will feature over 75 new and returning boysenberry-inspired creations crafted by Knott’s amazing culinary team.Park guests will have the opportunity to indulge in a tantalizing lineup of treats ranging from savory foods with a boysenberry twist to refreshingly sweet and tangy. There are many one-of-a-kind specialty desserts that can only be found at Knott’s Berry Farm during this time of the year, which is why I seriously recommend heading to the festival at least once before April 8.Did you know that the boysenberry is a cross between a loganberry, red raspberry and blackberry and is named after its originator Rudolf Boysen. The Knott family was the first to successfully harvest and sell the boysenberry on the land that is now known as Knott’s Berry Farm.Guests at Knott’s Boysenberry Festival will find boysenberry specialty food and drinks throughout the park and can navigate their taste buds using the Event Guide. A great option for guests to indulge in a variety of new and returning food items during the festival is the tasting card.
Priced at just $30, the tasting card is a great value and offers 8 of the new food options per card and! Here’s another cool part about it, if there’s something on the tasting card you might not care to try, you can use the tasting card vouchers for a different item on it. I may have used mine to get not 1 but TWO of the boysenberry coconut macaroons on my visit! Mmm! Please note: Signature boysenberry items not offered on the tasting card are available for purchase a la carte.Let’s take a closer look at each of the 8 offerings on this year’s festival tasting card!
Slow Cooked Boysenberry Short Rib – Slow cooked to perfection, this juicy meat is smothered in boysenberry hoisin sauce served over butter basmati rice and complete with chopped green onions will leave guests asking for more.Boysenberry Pierogies – These are new for this year and are like little pillows filled with cheddar cheese and topped with onions, bacon and boysenberry sour cream. The pierogies are a bursting a combination of sweet and savory flavors.Boysenberry Chicken Wings – The guest favorite and finger-lickin’ boysenberry chicken wings will be available during the festival; the irresistible wings are smothered in the delicious and popular boysenberry BBQ sauce which is made exclusively at the Farm.Boysenberry Coconut Marcaroon – Sweets and desserts are a key part of the festival and this year the culinary team is introducing the scrumptious, perfectly bite-sized boysenberry coconut macaroons, dipped in a decadent chocolate ganache, which are great to enjoy while strolling through the park. Boysenberry Elote – The boysenberry elote is one of the satisfying treats guests will be able to find in the streets of Ghost Town. The lightly grilled corn is smothered in fresh boysenberry butter, mayo and perfectly topped off with cotija cheese.
Boysenberry Hummus with Grilled Pita Bread – a new vegetarian/vegan option like the highly enjoyable boysenberry hummus served with pita bread and prepared with garden-fresh boysenberries.Boysenberry Cheese Quesadilla – Another new item for this year is the first ever boysenberry quesadilla! Made with a boysenberry-infused flour tortilla, prepared with boysenberry salsa, boysenberry sour cream, sprinkled with cotija and mozzarella cheese, it’s so delicious!Boysenberry Sausage on a Bun – This is a popular item for meat lovers! This very filling boysenberry grilled sausage on a bun prepared with a freshly farm-baked roll and topped with boysenberry ketchup, relish and mustard.Tasting cards for the Boysenberry Festival are available for purchase online at Knotts.com or else inside the Park.
In addition to the tasty treats, the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival offers a wide selection of daily entertainment, live music and fun activities for guests of all ages to enjoy. Knott’s Boysenberry Festival is just another great reason to consider grabbing a Knott’s Season Pass for everyone in your family. With no blackout dates, you can go back and visit the Boysenberry Festival several times before it goes away after April 8!For more information about Knott’s Boysenberry Festival, please go here. Connect with Knott’s on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and join in the conversation on social media by using and following #BoysenberryFestival!
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Guests of SEA LIFE® Aquarium at LEGOLAND® California Resort can now take a splash in the ocean without ever getting wet and become a shark explorer! SEA LIFE® Aquarium has 2 new exhibits: Sea at Night and Shark Mission! Open just in time for spring break, both exhibits allow guests to learn about marine life in a fun and interactive way.Sea at Night invites guests to jump, leap and “splash” into simulated bioluminescent waves that react to their footsteps. The reaction created by the guests’ movements demonstrates the effect of a glowing tide similar to ones often seen along the Pacific coastline.
Shark Mission allows kids to come face to fin with six different species of sharks and rays on three giant touch screens. Young explorers can learn about anatomy, conservation and other cool facts through interactive activities and games. Guests can also hold a shark’s tooth, learn about shark skin and eggs, plus step into a shark cage.
Sea at Night and Shark Mission are open now for guests to explore at SEA LIFE aquarium. For more information, visit LEGOLAND.com/California.
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There’s nothing quite so magical as entering into the world of reading. As a mom and a teacher, the love of reading is something I’ve strived to instill in both my daughter and my students. For me, reading is a great escape from reality and a way to “unplug” from the outside world.t’s also a way to open up and expand your imagination.
I find myself always on the lookout for new young adult titles for my tween to get into. She loves books from all genres but most recently she’s chosen to read several fantasy novels. I’m just happy she’s developed such a love for literature and I want to keep fostering it. Her most recent book was “The Crowns of Croswald” by author D.E.Night, which was something we sat down and read together.Here’s a sneak peek you can find on the back cover of the book:
For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken.
Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems.
When Ivy’s magic – and her life – is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.
You can also read an excerpt from the prologue here:
Both my daughter and I loved “Crowns of Croswald” because of the magic and the fantasy of the story. It’s a great read and something we enjoyed taking the time to read and discuss. For me, it’s important to have things like this that we can still do together as she gets older.Here comes some more magic….D.E. Night is having a “Magical Reader Giveaway” on her Instagram for one lucky reader to win a vacation to Walt Disney World in Florida! That’s right!
Here’s what the prize includes:
- Round-trip coach class air transportation for the winner and one guest!
- Two nights’ standard accommodation at one of Disney’s onsite hotels!
- Transportation to and from the airport and hotel in Orlando.
- Two 2-day “Park Hopper” tickets which can be used for Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney Hollywood Studios. and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.
- a $250 credit towards food
Here’s how you can enter:
- Go visit D.E. Night’s Instagram and follow her.
- On your own Instagram, post a photo of yourself and your copy of “Crowns of Croswald”, using the hashtag #jointhecrosworld in your post.
- Tag 3 friends in the comments below your Instagram post or below D.E. Night’s Instagram post.
- Be sure to include these giveaway rules below your photo.
- Have fun with your photo and be creative to stand out! Winner will be selected by D.E. Night based on creativity! Link to official rules: http://blog.denight.com
All entries must be posted by 11:59pm ET April 30, 2018. Open to US residents only. You can click on the image below to go right to the giveaway!
Do you make the time to read on a daily (or weekly) basis? If you’re looking for a great title to pick up, I do recommend getting your own copy of “Crowns of Croswald”. You’re going to love it!
Ask for “Crowns of Croswald” at your local bookstore or order a copy online at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Connect with D.E. Night on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
I was invited to attend a media event in exchange for coverage of this event. All opinions are my own.
I LOVE that Easter seems earlier than usual this year. What it means is the Easter Bunny is arriving very soon over at Irvine Park Railroad for their annual Easter Eggstravaganza and we can’t wait to go and visit him! This year, you can meet the Easter Bunny at Irvine Park Railroad beginning Saturday, March 10. He’ll be around for photo opportunities through Saturday, March 31. For the cost of $12.00, children can meet and have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny. The cost includes a complimentary photo that will be taken by Irvine Park Railroad staff. Each additional print of the same photo is $6.00. Photos will be printed in a few, short minutes at the Easter Bunny booth. It’s a great keepsake to commemorate this fun occasion and save for your child’s babybook or scrapbook.Easter egg hunts – hunts begin daily at 10:00 AM and are grouped by ages. Tickets may be purchased and exchanged for a wristband to participate in an egg hunt at a specific time. Please bring an Easter basket for each child that will be participating in the Easter egg hunt. Irvine Park Railroad will also offer Easter baskets for sale. Easter egg Tickets must be purchased on the day of the event to receive a wristband for the Easter egg hunt.Train rides – The cost for train tickets is $5.00 per person. (Children 12 months and younger ride free.)Other activities to enjoy during the Easter Eggstravaganza include:
- hay rides
- a moon bounce
- Easter cookie decorating
- carnival games
- face painting
- picture stands
While you’re at Irvine Regional Park, why not make an entire day of it and and visit the park’s other activities including Wheel Fun Rentals® at Irvine Park bike and paddle boat rentals, pony rides and the OC Zoo.Irvine Park Railroad opens daily at 10:00 AM. Irvine Park Railroad is located at 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869. Please note: The park entrance fee, charged by the County of Orange, is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays and $5.00 per vehicle on weekends.
For more information about Irvine Park Railroad’s Easter Eggstravaganza, including details on the Easter egg hunts including times and costs, please visit here. You can enter to win some tickets over on my Facebook page here!
Connect with Irvine Park Railroad on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram too!
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Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers return to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos! Beginning March 3, Disney store and shopDisney will help fans prepare for the mission by offering an assortment of Marvel Avengers: Infinity War toys, figures, apparel and accessories, including:
Thanos Infinity Gauntlet Mug
As Thanos tightens his grip on the universe, you’ll get a better grip on your mornings as you sip from this sculpted infinity stone gauntlet mug featuring jeweled details.
Avengers: Infinity War Reflective Bomber Jacket for Kids
Kids will feel unstoppable in this cozy, lightweight bomber jacket featuring their favorite characters from Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War. A reflective exterior shimmers like an Infinity Stone, while the galaxy’s heroes have their back.
Iron Man Repulsor Gloves
Power-up your palms in this pair of Iron Man light and sound repulsor gloves, direct from Stark Labs. With multiple play features like missile-firing action, lighted repulsor, and authentic sound effects, you’ll be amply armored for battle.
Star-Lord Element Blasters
They’ll be in their element like Star-Lord when they’re saving the galaxy while dual-wielding these element blasters from Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War. The blasters feature cool lights, sound effects, and fire darts up to 13 feet.Calling All Heroes! The Universe Unites with #HeroActs
Join in on an epic charity campaign: 10% of the sales of Marvel products purchased at a Disney store in the U.S. and shopDisney.com on March 3 and 4, 2018, will be donated to Make-A-Wish®, up to a maximum of $50,000. Stars from Marvel Avengers: Infinity War are assembling for a series of #HeroActs and social media challenges to provide funds and raise awareness for charities that support children and families impacted by serious illness.Won’t you join in?
For more information or to see this entire collection please visit shopDisney.com.
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