Disney Villains by e.l.f.

Guest Author: Mary King of acuppafashion.com

I am so excited about how much Disney is putting out in the beauty market, catering to everyone who not only wants to dress the part, but look the part also. To further their expansion into the beauty world, they recently teamed up with e.l.f. Cosmetics to bring out a Villains collection. Tagged “for the villainous beauty in you…”, four make up sets represent four different villains: Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, Ursula, and the Evil Queen.elfvillain1 elfvillain2 elfvillain3 elfvillain4

Each set features a fun look book, a common way in fashion and beauty to showcase how everything works together. My favorite part is the example of a day look and a night look, to transition you from a seemingly misunderstood soul to a tempting villain. All the tools you need to give you the magnificent eyes and lips each villain displays are provided for you.

Not into make up  or looking for more to complete your look? No problem. A nail polish set is also available.elfvillain5

The 12 piece nail polish set is broken down into three polishes per villain. Go with a solid, or perhaps a sparkling touch. Or really go all out in your villainous ways by mixing and matching.

The great thing about these sets is that they are available at select Walgreens stores, and are only $9.99 each. The shades vary so that you can find the one that fits you perfectly, and the colors are all perfect for fall and winter styles. Or really, just about any night out on the town when you are determined to cast an evil spell.

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Where has the Disney Pet Merchandise Gone?

Guest Author: Heather Araskiewicz

My family loves Disney and we look forward to each and every trip. The only part we don’t look forward to is leaving our pets behind. The dogs usually have to be kenneled. Last year it broke my heart when I had to kennel my senior pug Tyson. He was blind so the kennel was very stressful for him because he didn’t know where he was or what was happening.

That said I wanted to bring him back something special from our trip. I always bring back a little something for him from every trip I go on regardless of where I go. But the Disney gifts seemed to always be his favorites. For the past several years we got bought the same gift for both dogs….a stuffed Mickey shaped plush toy.

The good thing about getting them a new one from every trip was that the old dingy one could be casually replaced with the new one. Tyson would carry the toy around with him everywhere and would hold it between the ears so that the ears completely covered his eyes.  It had gotten to the point where both dogs had several of these silly things laying around the house.mickey plush

Last year we took our family trip and I searched store after store for the pet items. Then I remembered seeing a small variety of toys, bandanas and bowls at the Firehouse Gift Shop on Main Street. I stopped by the Firehouse and found out it was no longer a gift shop. So I searched Downtown Disney high and low for the pet items. Finally I asked a cast member at World of Disney if they could help me. This very nice cast member informed me that the shops would no longer be carrying pet merchandise and he suggested checking at the Best Friends Kennel over near Port Orleans Riverside.  Hearing that bummed me out because this was a staple souvenir I got without hesitation on every trip.  Although we were staying at Riverside I wasn’t about to run across the street to kennel to see if they had anything. To his credit the cast member walked the store with me and suggested alternative items and we finally settled on a flat Eeyore toy.eyoreplush

Although Tyson was excited when I gave him his new “baby” he never took to this toy in the same way he took to his Mickey Mouse. I would often have to coax him into playing with Eeyore when his Mickey needed to be cleaned.

Since Disney never carried a huge selection of pet products (usually just an end cap on an aisle) I really wish they would reconsider restocking them.  I can only speak for myself but my pets are part of my family and I think nothing of spending the money to get them that special Disney souvenir too!

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Interview with a Relocator…. Meet Carrie Catalano

1. What is your name and where did you move from?

Carrie Catalano. My family moved from Las Vegas, NV where we lived for the past 5 1/2 years, and prior to that, Sacramento, CA. I moved with my husband, our 9 1/2 year old son, 2 cats and 1 dog.\

2. Why did you want to move to Florida?

We really wanted to live somewhere with kid-friendly activities and things to do. Las Vegas is great for those vacationing there, but outside of the strip, there is little to do. There are no pro sports teams, there are no theme parks, and up until a month ago, there wasn’t even a waterpark. We were spending so much time and money driving 5 hours to get out of Las Vegas as often as we could, just so we had something to do as a family. We have traveled to Florida for vacation and loved it and after a ton of research, knew we wanted to move here for sports, beaches, theme parks, and the different vacations and weekend trips we could take to places we had never traveled before.

3. When did you start planning?

We daydreamed about the idea for quite awhile. When we vacationed here in January/February of 2012, we started to finally look at houses and neighborhoods and really research what it would be like to live in Florida. When we got home, I was missing the Disney magic, and started thinking about planning another trip. But after a lot of discussion and soul searching, we decided to put off another trip and instead just take a leap and move. We knew there was no way we were going to be able to save and coordinate the move by that summer, and we didn’t want to pull our son out of school mid school year, so we planned on moving as soon as school got out in 2013. We had everything all tenatively planned out by March 2012 and started a savings plan of action to save the money we would need to move.

4. How did you decide on where to move to?

I relied a lot on the areas we saw while we driving around and a lot on home prices. We knew we wanted to rent for at least a year, as we didn’t want to buy and commit to a house without truly knowing the various areas. But we also wanted to rent in an area we could afford to buy in when we are ready to buy a home. We didn’t want to rent in an area we couldn’t afford to live in if we truly fell in love with it. Ideally, we would like to buy close to the area we are in now, but that may change as we learn more about various areas and such. We also wanted to be close to Disney, but far away enough to not drive our pets crazy hearing fireworks nightly and close to restaurants and shops.

5. What resources did you use to help your move?

The Relocated Tourist, of course.  I learned so much by reading posts on the blog and asking questions on the Facebook page. I also knew someone already living in Kissimmee, so I picked her brain as much as I could. I researched home prices and rental prices on Craigslist, just for a rough idea, and then I used Google and Google Earth to find out whatever else I needed to know.

6. When and where did you move to in FL?

My husband moved on May 28th, while our Son and I moved on June 12th.

7. How do you feel about your neighborhood and city?

So far I really like it. We are in the Four Corners area, and live in a quiet development. From our house, we can literally walk to a gas station, sandwich shop (Subway I think…) Italian restaurant, hair cutting place and liquor store. We are about a mile to Cagan Crossing, so we have a Walmart, Lowes, Taco Bell, bank, library and Farmers Market right down the road. We’re also about 8 miles from Disney, but we have to go through the tourist area to get there, so it takes about 15 or so minutes to get there. All in all though, it isn’t so bad and I don’t mind living by the tourist area, as there are so many restaurants and stores close by. When we were in Vegas, we lived in an area where construction stopped due to the economy, so we had about a 15 minute drive just to get to a grocery store and a couple restaurants, so it’s nice to know that we have so much within the same length of drive we had before just to go grocery shopping or run to the bank.

8. Can you tell us the pros and cons of YOUR personal relocation?

Pros-

Arriving in Florida. Seriously, there is nothing like knowing you have survived the move and made it home.

Our Vehicle Shipping and the Movers we Had-I was stressed about hiring a vehicle transport company and using movers for the first time. The vehicle shipping company was great and our vehicle arrived safe and sound. The movers we had were great, arrived on time and were so helpful. We haven’t rec’d our items yet (our pod is due to arrive next Friday) but I’m not worried about it a bit.

Supportive People-

My mother was so supportive of our move and I had a couple of close friends who were supportive. They let me vent, they listened to me cry, and they reassured me that this is what I wanted and that it would be hard to get there, but in the end, it would be well worth it. They never questioned our decision, they never made a snide comment and they were always loving and supportive.

Cons-

Traveling With Pets-This was the most stressful part of our move. I’m writing a blog post on this later so I’ll give more details, but I will never be flying with one of my cats again.

Having My Husband Move Before Us- My husband moved a couple of weeks before my son and I. Having to work, finish up packing, have my son finish up school and care for him all by myself was hard. We had no family in Vegas, which may have made things more bearable, but this is not something we will ever entertain doing again if we ever decide to move far away again.

People- Obviously, this does not mean all people. I’m talking about all the people who said, why are you moving to Florida. Oh, you won’t like it there or oh, you’ll be back to Vegas soon. And even now, I have people who say, you’re already at Disney, aren’t you sick of Disney, don’t you slow down, don’t you have to work, etc. I took days off after the move to get settled in and enjoy Disney a few times. Yes, I work, yes, I take care of my family, and yes, we are going to Disney again and again and again. I understand not everyone likes Disney or lives their lives the way we do, but I’m unhappy with some people’s negativity. I’m an emotional person and my husband says I should just let things roll of my back, but we heard a lot of negativity from so called “friends” and even some family members in the months leading up into our move, and even now, so it is hard to hear and take in, especially when you’re sensitive like me.

Stress- The stress of moving was very intense and hard. Like I said, I’m an emotional person to begin with and get frustrated easily. There were times where I really wanted to back out of the move and not deal with the stress anymore, there were times where I really wanted to pull a Tangled move and beat my husband upside the head with a frying pan, and there were times when I literally cried myself to sleep. There were many things that were stressful and many times I wondered if moving to FL was right for us. I knew it was a great decision for us and felt confident in our decision to move, it just took a lot to get there, and that took a lot out of me. I wanted to be in FL, but didn’t want to deal with the saving, planning, packing. 🙂

9. What would you do differently, now living here and knowing what you know?

In hindsight, I would never have let my husband move before us. It was a lot to handle on my own. I would also have saved a bit more money. I thought we saved enough, but there were many things I forgot about or things that ended up costing us more than I originally planned. $50 here and $100 there adds up quickly.

10. Give us one tip that you learned that you want to share to help future relocators.

Declutter and plan as early as possible. We knew for well over a year that we were going to be moving and decluttered rooms over and over again. When it came time to start packing, we still had more stuff to get rid of and declutter. I just can’t imagine how much work it would have been to do it all at once.

And my second tip is to save more money than you think you will need. Like I said, I thought I had a pretty good grasp on what things would cost. I budgeted for a moving pod, auto shipping,  pet travel, Disney annual passes (of course!), auto registration and our plane tickets, etc. However, I forgot to account for a lot of the smaller things that go into a move. I never accounted for the mover’s tips, or the sedatives for the pets for when the pets were flying, or the cost of the carriers we had to buy for the pets when we flew, or even the cost of eating out because you are simply too tired to cook after packing, decluttering or moving. And then there were things that I underestimated, such as the cost of packing supplies (we needed way more bubble wrap than I thought) and the cost of plane tickets was a bit higher than we had ever paid in the past. All in all, we went over our moving budget by probably close to $1500. It thankfully isn’t anything that has left us broke or stressed out over, but I do wish that I would have saved a bit more to cover these extras along the way and had a bit more in my moving budget, instead of having to “borrow it” from our regular savings account. And the worst case scenario is that you end up with more money than you need, and then you can have fun blowing it on fun stuff for your new home, and/or treating yourself to a nice massage or dinner out after the move.

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The New “Princess Fairytale Hall” at Magic Kingdom

I was blessed with an opportunity to see the new “Princess Fairytale Hall” located in Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom this past Friday evening- I was excited beyond words!MNSSHP17

THE HALL IS GORGEOUS!!  I am talking it has that regal, and very important feeling to it- like the first time I walked into “Be Our Guest.”  I felt like I was somewhere very special, and it still had the “new” smell.   From the light fixtures to the stain glass window images, everything was perfect.MNSSHP31 MNSSHP35

Everyone lines up outside first, and then comes again together again in the main hall with the Princess pictures on the walls.MNSSHP18 MNSSHP21

You break off right or left at this BEAUTIFUL glass slipper in the middle, and then you are in the room where the two Princesses you chose are waiting.  I am not sure of how they will choose who is where each day, but I couldn’t be happier at that moment to see Rapunzel.MNSSHP29 MNSSHP28 MNSSHP27 MNSSHP26

Wendy and I chatted with her, and we talked about the move to FL and what she means to me and of course I got teary eyed, and Wendy got teary eyed, and Rapunzel hugged me.

Snow White was great too, and they are spaced out like they have been in the past. You exit down another hallway and you are back outside.  I did have a moment of silence for the “Snow White ride” that used to live there…. “She’s getting away” was always my favorite line to hear.MNSSHP36MNSSHP30

Check it out, you won’t be disappointed!

 

Forever in Disney Sweats

Guest Author: Mary King of acuppafashion.com

While a staple in nearly everyone’s closet, it seems as though sweatshirts are hitting the fashion trend scene in a major way this upcoming fall season. Retailers everywhere are putting out their racks of sweatshirts for their autumn collections. This means going out in laid back and cozy apparel is going to make you one trendy person!

Forever 21 has a long history of selling Disney licensed clothes. And this season, they have not disappointed when it comes to their Disney collection of sweatshirts. The iconic Mickey and Minnie grace a few styles, while they also include the additions of The Lion King, Finding Nemo, and Cars.disneysweats

These sweatshirts are every bit as cute as you’d find at the Disney parks, but without the hefty price tag. And chances are you have a Forever 21 in your local mall, giving you the opportunity to grab one, two, or all of them for your upcoming trip! So go ahead and  be trendy in your coziest and Disneyest way!

 

Disney’s Ariel Collection by Sephora

Guest Author: Mary King of acuppafashion.com

Back in the spring I shared with you the exotic Jasmine collection by Sephora, an inspired collection that was second in line after Sephora debuted their Disney beauty line in fall 2012 with Cinderella. Now, just in time for fall 2013, Sephora has released their Ariel collection!

Considered the “third chapter of Disney’s Reigning Beauties by Sephora,” the line promises a stunning collection of treasures as you find yourself on a daring journey of curiosity and discovery.arielsephora

  • Part of Your World Eyeshadow Palette ($30) – This eyeshadow sampler provides four shimmering shades: Who’s-it (glittering white), What’s-it (matte clay grey), Dinglehopper (iridescent light teal), and Snarfblat (violet with iridescent glitter).
  • Kiss the Girl Perfume ($58) and Rollerball ($19) – This alluring scent is romantic and confident, just like the mermaid turned human herself. Imagine yourself in the lagoon surrounded by flowers, fireflies, weeping willows, and marine life as you spray on the beautiful combination of bergamot, wet cucumber, ozonic accord, water notes, wild lilac, starfruit, white musk, sandalwood, and ambergris.
  • Mermaid’s Song 4 Piece Lip Gloss Set ($38) – This set is unique in that it isn’t just Ariel who inspires it! Boldly wear these beautiful colors which takes its inspiration from Ursula’s earrings, Ariel’s pink dress and iconic red hair, and her sisters’ shells. Colors included are Mermaid (courageous coral), Red Head (rich red), Dream Girl (perky pink), and Sea Witch (bold berry).
  • Whatcha-Nail-Callit 6 Piece Nail Set ($24.50) – Dive in nail first with these underwater inspired shades such as “Life Is In the Bubbles” and “Devotin’ to Floatin’,” and make a splash!

Being a natural redhead myself, I remember watching The Little Mermaid for the first time and wanting to be mermaid. If you ever had that childlike fantasy, or simply wish to be a part of another world, this is your chance! Make Ariel a part of your world, or dive into hers with this swimmingly beautiful new Sephora collection!

 

Our Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Experience

 Guest Author: Heather Araskiewicz

 Last October my family and some very close friends traveled down to Walt Disney World. Having been to Disney as many times as I have it still amazes me that there are things I still haven’t done. No one in our group had ever attended Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and this year we decided to do it as a group.rsz_mnsshp1

Hands down it was the best special ticket event we have attended at the parks. I know there are tons of blog posts about this event so I thought I would share our personal highlights from the event instead of doing a review of the event itself. The decorations and lighting throughout the park for the event were amazing. We couldn’t stop looking around or taking pictures. Disney is always amazing with their theming and this event is no exception.

This was the first time we had seen the Headless Horseman ride down Main Street and it was amazing. Earlier that evening it had poured and we were worried they would cancel his ride due to the weather but they didn’t. We did hear that the next night the horse fell on the slippery pavement. The Boo-to-You parade is now my favorite. We have seen a lot of the Disney parades and try to stop and watch them during each of our trips. This parade was completely different from any other that we have seen and I can’t wait to go back and see it again.rsz_mnsshp3

While we were waiting for the parade we had a blast meeting the Disney Villains. The fun part was that a member of our group had gotten a Villains shirt and wore it to the event that night. It was a crowd pleaser to say the least.  After a few hours later the younger members of our group headed back to the hotel leaving us adults behind to finish enjoying the event.  We love the Haunted Mansion and we made it a point to stop by there and check it out during the party. We are so glad we did because not only did we get to see the story telling ghost but we got to have our picture taken near the hearse by the photopass photographer. We were thrilled to see a hitchhiking ghost appear in our photos when we got them printedrsz_mnsshp2

Words really can’t express the amount of fun we had trick-or-treating. For a few hours that night the inner child in all of us emerged and boy did they have fun going from candy stop to candy stop that night. I don’t remember trick-or-treating being this fun or provoking as much laughter as this even did. It must have been the magic of Disney. rsz_mnsshp4

Looking back this was an event that our entire group was able to enjoy together. Maybe it was because none of us had been to this event before or it was the fun we had when helping each other pick out Mickey Ears and shirts to wear as our costumes. Regardless of what it was we had a blast and a year later we are still talking about it. Sure we missed some of the events going on during the park that night but we have already said we want to do the event again the next time we go in the fall.

If you are visiting the parks during the fall months I highly recommend this event. It’s absolutely worth the cost of the ticket. Make sure you get some photopass pictures at the event!

 

New Policies on Disney Cruise Line

Guest Author: Amanda Rose

This past week the Disney Cruise Line sent out reports on changes to two of their guest policies, the first regarding smoking and the second is regards to the dress code in the main dining rooms on its ships.

New Smoking Policy on Disney Cruise Line

Starting on November 15, 2013, smoking on the verandas of Disney Cruise Line’s staterooms will be banned and passengers who violate this new policy will be charged a $250 fee for stateroom cleaning and the replacement of linens. Smoking has been banned from the interior spaces for a few years and smokers will only be permitted to smoking in common outdoor spaces on each of the four Disney Cruise Line ships, which are designated for smokers. These areas include:

Disney Wonder and Magic designated smoking areas:

  • Deck      4 starboard side, outdoors from 6p.m. – 6a.m.
  • Starboard      side in open-air decks 9 and 10 (not including the Mickey Pool area)

Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy designated smoking areas:

  • Deck      4 port side, aft, outside Promenade Deck from 6p.m. – 6a.m.
  • Deck      12 port side, aft, outdoor area Meridian Lounge
  • Deck      13 port side, forward, Currents BarThe "Currents" bar aboard the new Disney cruise ship "Disney Dream" sailing between Florida and the Bahamas.

The Disney Cruise Line made this new smoking policy change after a good amount of feedback from cruisers. While I understand that not everyone (mainly smokers) will like this change, we have been on longer cruise’s with Disney Cruise Line that do allow ample time for us to enjoy the veranda. Unfortunately, there were days that our neighbors sat outside on their verandah chain-smoking and did not allow us to enjoy our veranda, nor did it allow us to leave our veranda door open to allow the fresh sea air into our room. It can be very frustrating for those that pay extra for the veranda and not be able to use it.

On many of the Disney Cruise Line group pages, smokers have been arguing that they still will be smoking on their veranda and incurring the $250 fee, because they feel they paid for it for the smoke-friendly spot for them to relax. I have to say, I would be very upset if I paid for the extra and my neighbor decided to go against the policy and smoke on their veranda and not allow me to enjoy mine.

New Dress Code Policy

The second change onboard the Disney Cruise Line Ships in the new dress code for the three main dining rooms on each of the vessels. Disney Cruise Line officials announced (though it has not been posted on line as of 8/26), that the company will relax the requirements of “cruise casual” attire (pants, capris, skirts and dresses) and all guests to wear shorts to dinner at Animator’s Palate, Parrot Cay, Lumiere’s, Triton’s, Enchanted Garden, Royal Palace and Royal Court.

This new policy is really no surprise, as the dress code has not been enforced on any of the cruises that we have been on. While I do enjoy that I won’t need to pack quite as much due to having so many different outfits for the day (we cruised Disney’s Inaugural Hawaiian Cruise, which was 15-nights and my son and I had 4 bags packed…all of which I, alone needed to drag through the airport and to the port!), I do fear that those that already went against the Disney Cruise Line dress code and dressed casual may dress down even more – while I am fine with seeing shorts in the dining rooms, I cringe at the thought of a bathing suit being worn!

Guests that may not have cruised with Disney Cruise Line may not understand the fuss of the dress-code. On our first cruise, I couldn’t really wrap my mind around trying to put my 4 year-old into a pressed shirt and khakis each day at dinner, but once onboard, I was so happy that we took the advice, not only are the dining areas very cool, but the pictures we have of us dressed in our “cruise-casual” attire are just so cute! The decor inside the dining rooms, really do give the feel of a slightly more sophisticated dining experience, the placement of beach attire just doesn’t mesh.

What are your thoughts on the new dress code and smoking policy on the Disney Cruise Line?]