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!
The holiday season is approaching faster than the 7:30am double bus crowd dashing towards Magic Kingdom Security during Extra Magic Hours.
If you are hoping that Mickey Claus will put something special in your stocking, or maybe you'd like to share a little Disney magic, there are some AWESOME but CHEAP was to do that this year!
Both Target and Walmart had some awesome $1 and $3 items in their stores, so I snapped a few pictures to share some of my favorites with you. You can still have that Disney Magic this Christmas, without having to dip into your Disney fund to pay for it!
This year both Target and Walmart have cute Disney chapsticks! They are character shaped, and and also regular tube shaped, and all of them are adorable! They are also only $1. Walmart also has Disney Princess PERFUME for $1! The Snow White is a perfume.
These are actually packs of 4 candy filled ornaments at Walmart, for just $1. Give them all to one person, or split them up! As you can see, there are lots of other designs, not just Disney.
Everyone need's Yoda ears! Or Minnie, or Mickey! These are just $3 at Walmart!
Don't forget to stop by the gift wrap. There were sooo many Disney rolls, but these are the ones that came home with me! $3 at both Target and Walmart. These ones are from Target.
Princess bows for just $1! These are at Walmart.
Disney bathtime fun, also at Walmart! Turn the water colored, or play while you wash! Yep, also just a dollar!
The old Christmas standby... socks! $1 at Target!
Cool stationary sets for $3 at Target
Super awesome Star Wars mug for $3 at Target
There was so much more stuff! There's no reason why not to fill your stocking with Disney Cheer, and put a little Disney into your holidays!
Stop by, then tell me what Disney you ended up buying!
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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!
I'm not sure if there's a better way to start the morning than with the news that Dole Whip mix is available to the masses! Yes!! It's true! Gaze upon the beauty of that which is Dole Whip!
Now when you aren't at Disney, you can still enjoy the iconic, icy, yummy and dare I say it, good for you treat! No more DIY trying to find just the right recipe, nope! Get the REAL thing. God bless Amazon. I have said it many times, and I mean it. If you can't find it there, it doesn't exist.
Look at this... !! (Well, you'll have to click the color to look at it) Pineapple! Raspberry! Mango! Orange! Strawberry! It's all here! Okay, so I know Raspberry and Strawberry aren't at the Parks, but those do sound nice!
It looks like all you need is an ice cream maker. The other night I saw this one, on America's Test Kitchen, but since I don't have one, I might have to hint at Christmas time so we can get our Dole Whips outside the parks!
Did you already know about this amazing at home Dole Whip mix? Are you excited to try it too? Have you already tried it? I can't wait to!
Way back in the 90s, my little sister had the BEST collection of these Disney Sing Along VHS tapes. I used to love watching them, over and over and over.... but would my kids like them?
The clothes and hair were outdated, the animation nothing like what they are used to, could the magic and music of Disney stand the test of time? I wondered that many times as my mouse hovered over them on Amazon, and always left them in the Wish List. This past weekend, we were hitting one of the final yard sales of the season, and much to my surprise, I lucked out and found two on DVD for a dollar each! The Disneyland Fun, and Christmas songs!
We had barely gotten home when I put the Disneyland Fun one in the DVD player, and to my absolute delight, within minutes both of my kids were plopped on the floor, laughing at Donald, screaming "Star Tours!" "Look at those Mickey pancakes!" "THE CASTLE!!" and other excited things. I can't wait to play the Christmas one. I was surprised how many of the songs I remembered, even ones that aren't from movies, like Making Memories, or Walking Right Down the Middle of Main Street USA, and I look forward to my kids learning them, so next time we do walk down Main Street, they can understand why I'm humming it!
It seems like even though the people had cringeworthy outfits (remember those awful overalls?! and mullets that were so popular) my kids didn't notice at all. They didn't notice that Minnie and Mickey looked a little different, or that they rides looked different, heck, my 5 year old thought they'd upgraded them since we went, they just loved seeing Disney!!
I saw they've got some Animal Kingdom, and other Disney World ones I never knew existed, and most of them are around the $5 price range, so I think a few more might find their way into our house. I've included Amazon links below if you'd like to order your own copies of some of the DVDs and relive old memories, or make new!
Did you ever watch these? Did you have a favorite? Disneyland Fun was without a doubt my favorite, followed by the Winnie the Pooh one.