Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Shutterfly Autograph Book

Yesterday, I shared one of my favorite Shutterfly photobooks. Today, I'd like to share one that I made to use as an autograph book. My niece took this one a few years ago during Star Wars Weekends at Hollywood Studios and got great interactions with all of the characters because of it. They all wanted to find a photo of themselves before they signed. It was wonderful! She had a great time telling them about her favorite trips and when she'd met each of the characters before. I will definitely be making another for our next trip!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Shutterfly Photobooks

Have you ever used Shutterfly to create a photo book of a Disney vacation? I have made several, and really enjoy it. I have been a traditional scrapbooker for years, but Shutterfly is a great way to try out digital scrapbooking. I have used Shutterfly's photobook creator in the past, but this book was created using layouts I made on my computer and uploaded as full pages. And it's always a good idea to keep one made up in your online account. I've actually received all of my books for free and have only ever had to pay for shipping. They also offer a variety of print sizes and finishes as well as mugs, pillows, magnets, and more.

In addition to being a great way to revisit a favorite trip, I like to use these books as autograph books. I'll share my favorite one tomorrow.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Quote of the Week

"The queen may be evil... but I'm wicked.
And wicked always wins."
- Zelena, Once Upon a Time

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Itty Bittys at Hallmark

Have you seen the latest Itty Bittys at Hallmark? They are so cute! I love the Disney ones, and the latest limited edition Itty Bittys are a great addition. Itty Bittys retail for $6.95 and are available exclusively at Hallmark. stores and online at This month, they are buy 3 get one free, so if you looking to add to your collection, be sure to check them out. And if you are collecting these little guys, don't forget to download the checklist to help keep track of your ever growing collection. Here's a peak at the latest Itty Bittys.
 Mickey and Minnie are all dressed up for Easter in these limited edition springtime Itty Bittys.
Donald and Daisy Duck, Goofy, and Pluto join the classic Disney characters collection, but are limited edition, so they may not be available for long.
And as if those weren't enough, coming in September, there will also be new Marvel characters such as Captain America, Iron Man, Spider Man and the Hulk. They are also adding several new Princesses, including Belle, who will only be available as part of the Princess bundle, Merida, and Rapunzel. Although the set  I can't wait to see are the new Star Wars collection: Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, Obi Wan Kenobi, and a Jawa are only available in the Episode IV bundle, while Darth Vader and R2-D2 can be purchased separately.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

The Pirate Fairy

We picked up the Pirate Fairy this week and I'm surprised to say: I loved it! My niece was very excited to watch this latest Pixie Hollow adventure as she's a huge Fairies fan.

The story of this latest Fairy adventure was quite good. Zarina is a pixie dust fairy, and I love that she is the dust keeper version of Tinker Bell. When our fairy friends discover that Zarina has taken the entire supply of blue pixie dust, they chase after her, with rather disastrous results. Lets just say that they learned to walk a mile in each others shoes. As with all Fairies films, it all works out in the end and everyone learns a valuable lesson. (Except perhaps for a young James Hook, voiced by Tom Hiddleston.)

There are several different options to purchase the Pirate Fairy. Target has a blu-ray special edition with a read along book and cd. Walmart is offering a blu-ray with a bonus DVD of the Pixie Hollow Bake Off and 10 mini shorts. Best Buy has a blu-ray with bonus wall decals.

And don't forget, if you do buy this film, be sure to enter your Magic Code at Disney Movie Rewards. Not only will you receive 150 points for the blu-ray, but you'll also unlock two fantastic offers. One is specific to the Pirate Fairy: a Blue Pixie Dust Brush. The other requires the purchase of both the Pirate Fairy and Frozen: a set of four lithographs, two from each movie. Yes, you do have to pay shipping and handling, but it's only about $3 for each offer, so not a bad deal.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge

Did you catch the premiere of Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge last night on Syfy? I was actually rather interesting. I've been a fan of Face Off for several years, and I was hoping that this new show would be as good. I wasn't disappointed. Although it still has the infighting and ridiculous moments of a reality show, the creatures they created were incredible. It was fun to see the entire process, from design, to fabrication, to performance on a scene appropriate set. And I have loved Gigi Edgley since the first time I saw her as Chiana on Farscape. I think she'll make a great host. I'm looking forward to watching this new series every week.

Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge airs at 10:00 PM Eastern every Tuesday on Syfy Channel. If you missed the premiere, don't worry, Syfy is re-airing the premiere every day this week at different times, so you should be able to catch at least one of them.

On a side note, isn't amazing how much Brian Henson looks and sounds like his dad. I love it!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

ABC Commissary Dining Review

If you're looking for a wide variety of great dining options in one Quick Service location, look no further than the ABC Commissary. Located on Commissary Lane at Disney's Hollywood Studios, the ABC Commissary features dishes inspired by the ABC lineup of tv shows. The Art Deco interior is filled with half booth tables and some tables with chairs. Most of the tables will only seat 4 but are close enough together to be used for larger groups. There is also limited outdoor seating at umbrella covered tables.

One of my favorites is the Chicken Curry with Rice. It's a wonderful curry, the perfect blend of spices, chicken, and rice. They also have a great Asian Salad, which is a vegetarian option. The servings are typically large. We often order the curry and salad and split it amongst three adults. ABC Commissary is part of the Disney Dining plan with Quick Service meals and Snacks.

Menu items range from $7.00 to $10.00 and include Chicken Curry, Asian Salad, Chicken Blue sandwich, Couscous Salad, Seafood Platter and an Angus Cheeseburger. Kids entrees are fairly basic and include a Cheeseburger, Chicken Nuggets, a Turkey Sandwich, or a Power Pack which includes carrots, a cookie, goldfish, cheese stick, yogurt, and milk. Drinks include the usual Coke products, but Beer and Wine are also available. Desserts include Strawberry Parfait or Chocolate Mousse.

The ABC Commissary has a lot of seating, but can get very crowded. The lines can be quite long and orders can be filled slowly when it's busy. Fortunately, if you avoid the normal meal times of 12-1 pm and 5-7 pm, the crowds aren't too bad.

The dining room stays very cool in the summer, and can be a wonderful break from the heat. In the dining room, there are usually a few costume displays from ABC shows such as Once Upon a Time and Modern Family. TVs play segments from the shows and fun behind-the-scenes looks. The last time I was there, they were playings interviews from Once Upon a Time and Dancing with the Stars. They're actually kind of fun to watch. The displays change with the current ABC lineup. In the past, they had behind the scenes looks at LOST and Desperate Housewives.

Due to its location, the ABC Commissary shares its bathrooms with the Sci-Fi Dine In Theater. Since they share, it can be a rather long wait for the restroom. The extreme air conditioning makes this room ridiculously cold, which can be an issue when looking for a place to change a baby.

Whether you're looking for something unexpected at a reasonable price or just a nice place to cool off, be sure to stop in at the ABC Commissary. You'll be glad you did.