We were out Black Friday-ing and happened across Lowes. I'm not sure what Mr. Disney Magic was looking for, it's all a blur when I get Disney on the brain but my head turned and out of the corner of my eye in the garden section I spotted these... And the rest is awesome. Yup. If I weren't on the committee giving away the prize for best decorated house (and thus, excluded) in our neighborhood, chances are good I'd be bringing home the prize!
You guys know how much I love to put a little Disney into every day, especially on a budget, so I am so excited to share with you this absolute GENIUS I found on Etsy a little while back.
It was late at night, and I was getting frustrated with the lack of finding a Dory shirt for myself online with the saying I wanted. I was browsing Etsy, searching, "Dory" when up popped this!
(click on any picture to take you right to the link)
How could any Dory lover not like these? But then I made the mistake of clicking to see what else MadeByMelephant had for sale, and let me tell you....it took almost a week for me to decide on which two headbands I wanted. Yes, I'm not joking! A week! She's got so many amazing prints, and they come in different styles and it's not just headbands for sale there either! There are loads of adorable ears:
(And since the ones at the park squeeze my head too much, I'll have to buy some here before our next trip if I don't just go with my headbands and coordinating outfits!)
But she's also got skirts, and scarves too! There's even a clearance section! How awesome is that?
Her prices are so reasonable, it was actually a little bit of a surprise that all of the headbands are just $8.95 each. Shipping is good too! Here a tip! It's $2.95 to ship one, but only $3.95 to ship 2!
You can get Disney prints, Marvel prints, Star Wars, Holiday (even sports teams and Pokemon!)....it goes on and on! I have never, never seen half of these prints before!
I haven't even gotten to the best part through. MadeMyMelephant has the BEST customer service of ANY Etsy shop I've ever bought from. Usually, I like to browse Etsy, and I want to support the creativity of individual artists, and "buy local" if you will, but I've not had good luck with the actual buying. There have been the sellers who took weeks to mail out something, the sellers who never replied to questions, or, the sellers who never sent items. Even though I love Etsy, it's been a little while since I've bought there. I admit, I was holding my breath a bit, but even though the headbands were coming all the way across the US, they got to me, custom made, in just a week's time! My headbands were carefully packaged in tissue paper, then inside of plastic to protect them.
Mel was also very understanding and quick reply and to help when I asked her about custom sizes and wondered if I could get the headbands made a little larger. She helped explain the differences between the two different styles of headbands she sells. (The ribbon looking elastic is much stretchier!) I placed another order, and quick as anything, I had custom sized headbands! They are perfection and really help bring the Disney into my day! Do you see how well they fit? The perfect shape, too! (And isn't my just turned 10 year old great with a camera!?)
What's really exciting to me, is that there is a headband for everything! There's a seasonal print for almost every holiday, like the recent Halloween print, but also more Christmas prints that you could possibly choose from. I'm desperately wanting to get some new ones, but again, I'm looking and can't figure out which ones I want the most! Do you see what I mean? How can you favor one over another? What a terrible choice to have to make, when you just can't buy them all!
I have been rotating my headbands nonstop over the last few weeks, and they have held up incredibly well! The elastic is still stretchy, the seams on the fabric are still tight, and the shape is still there, despite my usual habit of tossing them into a drawer. Not a bit wrinkly. I feel confident that if I needed to, I could even wash them and all would be well!
The quality of these headbands are outstanding, and I am so, so happy I found this awesome little shop! Go there, browse around, and try one for yourself! The products and care put into each order, are absolutely second to none! I promise you, you will not be disappointed in the product, or the quality. I also can't think of a single person who'd be unhappy to get one of these wrapped up for Christmas!
Click the picture below to browse her entire shop!
It doesn't have to be a holiday to make a copcat Disney treat, but I really couldn't think of anything better than Halloween, and carmel apples. I FINALLY got one on our last trip, and for weeks after I dreamed of them! I tried to make my own, and I'm only slightly embaressed to say the 8 I made were gone in 2 days. I'd like to say I had help eating them, but to be honest, only one of them went to my oldest. Yikes! This time, I made a dozen, with the intention of sharing!
A quick note on the apples-- green apples last longer. They also balance the sweet of the caramel, so if you make these using red apples, they might not taste as good, and they won't last as long. These can last several days (just not in my house) without any taste loss.
These are super simple to make. The hardest part is unwrapping all those caramels. I used the recpie on the back of the bag:
However, I did use milk, instead of water, and I felt like that worked better than before, when I used water.
Also, make sure to wash and DRY your apples. If you don't dry them, the caramel won't stick! Put the sticks in. I ran out of sticks, so I cut bamboo skewers (like for the grill) in half. Those worked great!
So get your pan ready. I've done it both ways, bowl over simmering water, and straight in the pot. I really prefer in my pot. It goes faster, and I don't have a bowl trying to fall onto the stove.
Once you've decided how you want to melt your caramels, unwrap, put them in the pot and add your liquid. Stir, stir stir... it transitions... keep going until it's all melty. Don't leave it though! It could burn and ruin your caramels.
Dip your apples into the caramel, no photo here, it goes quick and starts to harden fast! Roll into nuts if you like, and place on a sheet of waxed paper. They set pretty fast!!
Aren't they sooo pretty? Takes less than an hour to do these. If you have people helping unwrap the caramels, it will go much faster!
So delish, and easy, and pretty close to the Disney ones. It's not spot on, but in a pinch, or dire Disney emergency, these will do the job!
Happy Halloween everyone!!
Ahh!! Disney for the holidays! There's nothing quite so cozy to remind you of your home away from home.
Sometimes I find the PERFECT thing at the store, and then nearly pass out cold at the price. Sticker shock, for sure! Doing Disney, or any theme, doesn't have to be expensive to look good, or have results!
Last year we were at a little place that's a big deal in our area for good bargains on books and home decor and toys. It's only open a few times a year, that's part of what makes it such a big deal. They were doing a Halloween event for the kids, so we thought, why not? We get there, and they had massive piles of plastic pumpkin pails. I already love those, I do this thing every Halloween where I cover the lawn with them, and inside place one or two battery tealights. As it gets darker and darker, our yard is lit with pumpkins of all sizes, each glowing. We get about 200 trick or treaters so it's always fun to make it look special. Anyway...I'm there, saying ohh look at those, when I see it. Someone walking away with MICKEY shaped pumpkin pails. I ran all over looking for some. No luck. I was standing near the checkout, when I saw them. A box full. I must have knocked over eleven people getting to that box. I asked the cashier if they were someone's, she said yes. Sad, I moved on. An hour later, I poke my head back around. "Anyone claimed these yet?" A shrug, and am I'm sorry, I just can't sell them because they are someone elses. So I check out, get to the parking lot and think, you know...no one's coming back for those or else they already would have. So I run back, leave my name and number, and start looking online for some. Can't find them. That evening, the phone rings, and lo and behold!! THEY WERE MINE!! Mr. Disney Magic earned himself some major brownie points heading over there and managing to get there two minutes before they closed. So now, I've Disney pumpkins for the lawn too, and I'll have to share a photo with you later of them glowing! The photo at the top is the backside of the pumpkin, the front is Mickey's face.
But my point is...doing Disney, doesn't have to be expensive. Let's look at a few of these awesome decorations that didn't cost much to do time OR money wise! It's amazing how a few of these clever people have Disney-ied up their homes, and on the cheap!
Click on the photo to take you right to their page.
Have any of these inspired you to add a little Disney to your decorations?
My boys LOVE dress up. At around age 3, they both have gone through the phase of costumes taking place of regular clothes. My youngest just turned 5, and he's still in that phase, but he amazes me every day with the costume creations he comes up with to represent characters. Disney bounding (and other characters) seems to come so easy to him! If I just had his awesomeness...seriously! My oldest is excellent at it too, when none of the Iron Man costumes fit him while they were playing Civil War, he made his own layering various clothes and using art supplies.
Kids love dress up, but do you cringe at the prices of costumes? I do too! We still have a ton of them, but I try to get them after halloween, or at yard sales, so we can have several costumes for the price of one.
But what about when the costume you want, isn't in the store? Or it's WAY too expensive? You make your own! I've found some super cute, super easy costumes you can make throwing together things from your kids closets, or just a quick trip to the store! Best of all, in the throng of trick or treaters, you won't be stuck trying to figure out which Spiderman or Sofia is yours..
Just click on a photo to take you to the original link where I found it!
First up..Indiana Jones. This little guy is mine, and he made the whole outfit up himself. Totally impressed me. When he wears khaki pants, everyone in the store starts calling him Indy, which he loves.
Mickey! Or Minnnie!! So cute! And so easy looking!! Add a red dress and put removable white dot stickers on it for Minnie, or maybe a fluffy tutu! You could also do Minnie in pink, like in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
Monster's Inc! This is a great idea, and soo easy to make! You could do short or long sleeved!
A simple blue dress and a white apron could be Alice in Wonderland, or Belle from Beauty and the Beast.
This little Goofy is absolutely adorable!
Smee!!! how absolutely great this one is!
Before she went to the ball, there were floors to sweep... I actually like this costume better than the Princess version!
If your stash of Pixie Dust is all out, and there's no Fairy Godmother in sight, no need to worry! You can DIY your own costume, with things you already have!
Have you ever made your own costume? Or are you a Disney bounder? What awesome creations have you come up with?