Lunar New Year At Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets

The Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets are celebrating the Lunar New Year (Did you know that this is the year of the Rooster?) and the coming of spring by inviting Orlando-area residents and visitors to an event full of traditional holiday fun for the entire family and special offers on Saturday, January 28 from 12 – 3 p.m. at the Food Court Patio.

Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets Chinese New Year 2017

Shoppers can enjoy a time-honored Chinese New Year celebration with activities for all ages including traditional performances, delectable cuisines and arts and crafts throughout the event.  The first 150 guests to arrive will receive a special Lunar New Year gift tote with a Savings Passport and exclusive retailer offerings*.

Beginning January 28 through February 5, guests who spend $689 or more at any of our retailers if eligible to receive a special gift** from Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets.

*While supplies last

**Terms and conditions apply. Visit Simon Guest Services in the Food Court to redeem offer.

 Lunar New Year Celebration – Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets 

COST: 

Free and open to the public.

WHEN: 

Saturday, January 28 from 12 – 3 p.m.

Gift with Purchase Promo January 28 – February 5

WHERE:

Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets
8200 Vineland Avenue, Orlando, FL 32821

For more information about the Lunar New Year, upcoming events & sales, and to receive special offers visit the outlet’s website at www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/orlando-vineland.

Wearing the Magic: Disney Bambi by LeSportsac #bambixlesportsac

The latest collaboration that I am excited to share with you is Disney Bambi by LeSportac!

Disney Bambi by LeSportsac Spring Collection

Inspired by the original artwork of Bambi that is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the latest collaboration brings the joy of spring and fun of friendship to a group of bags that are perfectly on trend with a charming floral pattern in rich pastel hues.

Let’s take a look at the collaboration’s 20 pieces that are split between a main pattern and five coordinating accent pieces.

Wearing the Magic: Disney Bambi by LeSportsac

Bambi and Friends

Bambi and Friends is the name of the main pattern in the Disney Bambi by LeSportsac line featuring a lovely floral print with Bambi, Thumper, and Flower.

Disney Bambi by LeSportsac Bambi and Friends pattern

There are 15 items from cosmetic cases to weekend bags ranging from $28 to $144 available in this print, and all three of my ‘go to’ LeSportsac bags are here!

Small Cleo Crossbody – $70

Disney Bambi by Lesportsac Bambi and Friends Small Cleo Crossbody

The Small Cleo Crossbody is one of my absolute favorite bags, because it is super lightweight and perfect for a day in the parks!

Deluxe Everyday Bag – $98

Disney Bambi by LeSportsac Deluxe Everyday Bag

The Deluxe Everyday Bag is a bag that has plenty of zippered compartments and is large enough to carry an iPad mini.

Voyager Backpack – $144

Disney Bambi by Lesportsac Voyager Backpack

I have this backpack in another pattern, and it is extremely roomy and a fantastic carry-on or an all day at the parks bag.

Magic Meadow

Disney Bambi by Lesportsac Magic Meadow

The LeSportsac Essential Wristlet ($31) never looked so good! This bag is great for a date night or to keep your chargers and cords together in a larger bag.

Bambi’s Buddies

Disney Bambi by LeSportsac Bambis Buddies Case

Bambi’s Buddies Rectangular Cosmetic Case ($31) is a great case for traveling! I use my LeSportsac Rectangular Cases for traveling with my make-up. But the sweet front and detail of the front and back are lovely.

Thump into Spring

Disney Bambi by LeSportsac Thump into Spring collage

I can’t handle how sweet Thumper’s face is on the Thump into Spring medium cosmetic dome ($31) !

Friendly Frolic

Disney Bambi by LeSportsac Friendly Frolic Collage

This XL Rectangular Cosmetic Case ($40) is the one coordinating accent LeSportsac piece is extremely versatile, and I use the one I have as a packing cube for smaller accessories. It works like a charm!

Bed of Flowers

Disney Bambi by LeSportsac Bed of Flowers collage

The Bed of Flowers Square Cosmetic Case ($28) is the brightest and smallest coordinating accent piece in the line, but don’t let size fool you because you can still pack a lot into this little baby!

I can’t wait to check these bags out in person to choose the perfect one to add to my LeSportsac collection!

You can check out the Disney Bambi by LeSportsac collaboration here to find your favorite pieces!

Last Minute Walt Disney World Shopping From Home

I hope that you are not in the same boat as I am…The holidays are less than a week away and I am TOTALLY unprepared, because I I have a ton of shopping and decorating left to do!

However if you are looking for a last minute gift from Walt Disney World, the Shop Disney Parks App (available for Apple and Android devices) has your back, because today is the last day you can order goodies from the theme parks with 3-Day Express Shipping!

If you aren’t familiar with the Shop Disney Parks App, you should be! The app is completely free, and allows you to shop for authentic Walt Disney World Resort merchandise some of which has never before been sold outside of Disney Parks and Resorts. Using the app you can:

  • Search and browse thousands of gifts, toys, collectibles, costumes, pins, Mickey ears, and more.
  • Use the map to see what souvenirs and keepsakes are in stock near you in Walt Disney World Resort.
  • Scan an item you love in a Walt Disney World Resort store to view it on the app.
  • Ship your purchase to select Walt Disney World Resort hotels or have your order shipped right to your door! Shipping is available to all 50 states in the U.S., but does not include P.O. boxes.
  • Track your package as they make their way from Cinderella’s castle to yours.

One of my favorite gifts to give are ornaments from Walt Disney World, because they are easy to transport and are extremely personal. Every year the line of ornaments expands, and here are some of my new favorites!

All of these ornaments are extremely affordable (under $20) and are perfect for any Disney fan!

You can find your favorite Disney characters…

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Sven

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Mickey Mouse and Duffy

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Marie

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Lumiere

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Chip n' Dale

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Cheshire Cat

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Baloo and Mowgli The Jungle Book

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - 101 Dalmations

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Lady and The Tramp

Long lost friends…

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Mr. Toad

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Oswald the Lucky Rabbit

Nods to the theme parks and resorts…

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - The Partners Statue

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Figment

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Fort Wilderness

Even some of your favorite Disney villains…

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - The Evil Queen

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Maleficent

Wearing the Magic: Disney Parks Collection by ALEX AND ANI

ALEX AND ANI bracelets are some of my absolute favorite Disney Parks exclusive merchandise pieces, and I wanted to share all about these awesome bracelets!

Disney Parks Collection by ALEX AND ANI Wearing the Magic

Wearing the Magic: Disney Parks Collection by ALEX AND ANI

If you aren’t familiar with them ALEX AND ANI bracelets are eco-friendly, created in the United States, full of positive energy, and inspired by meaningful memories.

Disney Parks Collection by ALEX AND ANI Wearing the Magic
Photo: Disney Store

What makes these bracelets truly unique is that these may look like traditional bangle bracelets, but they are an innovative signature expandable bangle concept that is completely adjustable with a built-in expanding slide feature making them a perfect fit any wrist shape or size.

Disney Parks Collection by ALEX AND ANI Wearing the Magic
Photo: Disney Store

The best way to wear ALEX AND ANI bracelets is by ‘stacking’ several bracelets which they call having a ‘Charmed Arm’ representing your favorite Disney or Star Wars movie, theme park, character, or words of wisdom with exclusive designs for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members.

Disney Parks Collection by ALEX AND ANI Wearing the Magic
Photo: Disney Store

Bracelets are also available available in several styles to suit any outfit or occasion. You will find the charmed bangles with metal and enamel charms, traditional bangle perfect for stacking, beaded bangles perfect for adding a pop of color to your stack, and wraps that gently go up your arm from your wrist.

Disney Parks Collection by ALEX AND ANI Wearing the Magic
Photo: Disney Store

ALEX AND ANI bracelets are made of Rafaelian gold and Rafaelian silver making them extremely easy to care for and durable for everyday wear.

Disney Parks Collection by ALEX AND ANI Wearing the Magic
Photo: Disney Store

The Disney line of ALEX AND ANI are exclusive to the Disney Parks, and can only be purchased three ways.

At Walt Disney World:

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Discovery Trading Company
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Bayview Gifts
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Keystone Clothiers
  • Disney Springs Town Center – ALEX AND ANI Store
  • Disney Springs Marketplace– Tren-D and World of Disney Store
  • Epcot – Mouse Gear
  • Magic Kingdom Park – Emporium

The Disney Store online (http://disneystore.com) carries a large selection of ALEX AND ANI bracelets, and if you sign up for email alerts you can even find them on sale!

The Shop Disney Parks App (available for Apple and Android devices) lets you to find the bracelet you are looking for from home! If you are an annual passholder, make sure you connect that to your account to receive your discount.

 

Wearing the Magic: Disney Parks Collection by PANDORA

Disney Collection by Pandora 2016

Wearing the Magic:

Disney Parks Collection by PANDORA

PANDORA Jewelry and Disney Parks have teamed up to create a line of jewelry that any Disney fashionista will want to own! You can choose from exclusive charms, rings, necklaces, and earrings to personalize any look.

When you are designing your look to commemorate your magical memories you will find pieces designed around iconic characters, pretty princesses, Disney Parks, holidays, and even runDisney participation.

Photo: Disney Store
Photo: Disney Store

In addition to the popular bracelets and charms PANDORA has created earrings, necklaces, and stackable rings to add a touch of Disney magic to any outfit.

What makes PANDORA so wonderful is that you can start your collection with one or several pieces, because the price point is affordable for most budgets and each item in the collection is handcrafted with hand-set stones that are never plated to ensure quality and durability.

Photo: Disney Store
Photo: Disney Store

These PANDORA charms and jewelry pieces are extremely popular, so if you see a piece you like buy it when you see it! When visiting Walt Disney World you can find the largest selection of PANDORA at their store in Disney Springs and at the newly redesigned Uptown Jewelers on Main Street U.S.A. at the Magic Kingdom. Or if you want to shop from home The Disney Store carries a selection online or with the Shop Disney Parks App available for Apple and Android devices.

How to start the perfect PANDORA bracelet

1. Choose your bracelet.

Photo: Disney Store
Photo: Disney Store

The first step is to choose your bracelet, and there are a lot of great options available! There are sterling silver, gold, leather, and cord options in different lengths, but they all feature the patented PANDORA clasp that is very secure and easy to put on by yourself. There are even Disney Parks exclusive bracelets available.

2. Choose your clips and spacers.

Photo: Disney Store
Photo: Disney Store

Clips are the beads that don’t move that keep the beads divided into three sections, and spacers are beads that are skinnier that help the beads from rubbing together. 

3. Choose your beads.

Photo: PANDORA
Photo: PANDORA

Now this is where the fun begins!!! You can choose one or several charms to represent your favorite Disney memories, characters, or parks. The possibilities are endless!

 

 

Trophy Room Opening At Town Center May 23rd

Trophy Room Store Disney Springs

Town Center At Disney Springs Welcomes The Trophy Room May 23rd

An exclusive athletic retail boutique to open in Walt Disney World’s Town Center at Disney Springs

Trophy Room Store Disney Springs

Marcus Jordan, son of Michael Jordan, will be opening the first Trophy Room boutique in Town Center at Disney Springs in the Walt Disney World Resort on March 23rd at 5:23 am, which is a fitting nod to Marcus’ father.

Trophy Room Store Disney Springs

The Trophy Room is a unique athletic footwear and apparel boutique featuring premium products, memorabilia and exclusive merchandise – all in a one-of-a-kind setting. The store takes its name from the place in the Jordan family estate where the family’s awards were displayed and that served as a source of inspiration. The retail environment will include a display of rare Jordan family photos, home videos and limited edition memorabilia.

“I’m thrilled to bring Trophy Room to life as part of the world-class shopping and dining expansion at Disney Springs,” said Marcus Jordan, Founder and CEO of Trophy Room. “As a University of Central Florida grad, I spent much time learning about Walt Disney and was inspired by his pioneering spirit. It is a true honor to build my dream business at Walt Disney World.”

Attending the Grand Opening of the store is sure to be a hot ticket, and here is some information you will need to know if you are looking to snag a pair of the exclusive sneakers.

Trophy Room Grand Opening Details

About Trophy Room

Trophy Room was founded by Marcus Jordan, son of NBA legend Michael Jordan. It is an elevated and unique retail boutique experience, inspired by the Trophy Room in the Jordan family estate. Trophy Room offers footwear, apparel and exclusive merchandise that will serve as trophies for its loyal and dedicated consumers. For more information, visit TrophyRoomStore.com and follow @TrophyRoomStore on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat.

Enhancements Coming To The Florida Mall

The Florida Mall Redesign - Seating Area

Dramatic Enhancements Announced At The Florida Mall

Premier Orlando Shopping Destination Enhancing Customer Experience

 

Simon (NYSE: SPG), a global leader in retail real estate, announced today that The Florida Mall will undergo a significant interior and exterior makeover. These improvements will enrich the guest experience, seamlessly blending with the design concepts found within the recently completed Dining Pavilion and exterior Plaza. The announcement comes as The Florida Mall celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

The Florida Mall Redesign - Shops

Scheduled to begin in May, the improvements will create a brighter, more inviting atmosphere inside the center. Overall, The Florida Mall will be modernized with a timeless color palette and clean architectural lines. Additional plans include:

  • More than a dozen new or enhanced seating lounges throughout the property featuring mobile device charging stations and upgraded furniture, giving shoppers the opportunity to relax and recharge in a comfortable space during shopping breaks.
  • Improved lighting throughout the center with illuminated ceiling fixtures featuring state-of-the-art LED lighting, expanded sky lights, and raised ceilings to maximize the property’s existing natural light.
  • New neutral tile flooring in light tones throughout the center, along with upgraded and remodeled mall entrances.
  • Colorful, resort-style landscaping improvements incorporating native Florida plants and additional palm trees at all four property entrances.
  • Updated way-finding signage to further assist shoppers in locating a store, restaurant or entertainment venue.

The Florida Mall Redesign - Oval

The dramatic enhancements will also include a new, experiential play area located in the wing by Crayola Experience and Dick’s Sporting Goods. The immersive playscape will be designed to promote creative play among children ranging in age from toddler to early elementary. A social environment for kids and parents, the play area will include interactive and multi-sensory elements like soft-touch floor matting, sculptural climbing features, adult and kid-friendly seating, and more. Further details about this exciting new addition will be announced in the near future.

“The Florida Mall has proudly served the Orlando community, visitors and international tourists for 30 years. This renovation is a culmination of the substantial investments we have made in the center over the years, most recently with our premier Dining Pavilion,” said Brian Hanson, General Manager at The Florida Mall. “These enhancements are designed with families, retailers and our shoppers in mind, and we look forward to sharing this new and refined shopping experience with the community.”

The Florida Mall Redesign - Mall Corridor

Construction activity is expected to be complete by spring 2017. The property and its retailers will remain open and operating throughout the project. The architects on this project are GH+A Design and Cuhaci & Peterson, and the General Contractor is VCC.

Cooking With Character: Fun Disney Kitchen Products

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Cooking With Character:

Fun Disney Kitchen Products

I am always looking for fun ways to add a touch of Disney flair to my home, and on a recent visit to Mickey’s Pantry at Disney Springs I found some great Disney Kitchen items that were too cute not to share.

If you can’t wait to pick up these goodies on your next visit to Walt Disney World, I’ve included the Disney Store links when I could or you can download the Shop Disney Parks App (iTunes and Google Play) to shop the Disney Parks from home.

Mickey Mouse and Friends Colorful Kitchen Cookie Jar – $44.95

Disney Kitchen

This colorful ceramic cannister-shaped cookie jar brings a world of whimsy to your kitchen with its contemporary design pattern featuring the best of Mickey and the gang along with bakery symbols and Fantasyland Castle icons that measures 8 1/2” H (including lid and handle) x 6 1/2” Diameter.

Mickey Mouse and Friends Apron for Adults – $26.95

Disney Kitchen

This Mickey Mouse and Friends Apron for Adults has all the ingredients to make it a delicious favorite in the kitchen. The bold design with its allover characters and utensils print provides the perfect recipe for fun printed on 100% cotton.

Mickey Mouse and Friends Colorful Kitchen Bamboo Cutting Board with Prep Trays – $39.95

Disney Kitchen

This bamboo cutting board comes with 4 prep trays is really neat way to bring a little fun to your Disney Kitchen.

Mickey Mouse and Friends Colorful Kitchen Collapsible Measuring Cups – $14.95

Disney Kitchen

Your colorful kitchen recipes will inspire only smiles while using this handy silicone measuring cup set featuring Mickey and the gang, that expand for use, and collapse for storage.

Mickey Mouse Bamboo French Rolling Pin – $19.95

Disney Kitchen

I prefer to use a French rolling, and this Mickey Mouse and decorative scroll rolling pin has been on my wish list for quite a long time.

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Dish Towel Sets – $19.95

Disney Kitchen

Mickey’s here to lend a hand with the drying up. The red towel features an embroidered Mickey’s glove appliqué while the coordinating black towel has an allover Best of Mickey design that is sure to add some ”Spicy” fun to washing up.

Minnie’s happy to help out with a spot of drying up using this dish towel set. Both cotton towels feature different designs with ”Sweet” Minnie’s signature polka dots covering one towel while a large bow appliqué decorates the other.

Mickey Mouse Glove Shaped Silicone Spatula – $9.95

Disney Kitchen

I am a sucker for a themed silicone spatula. I have them for all the holidays, seasons, food…and now Mickey Mouse!

Mickey Mouse Sandwich Cutter – $5.95

Disney Kitchen

My daughter loves sandwiches, but hates the crust so I found these super cute Mickey Mouse sandwich cutters to help bring a little Disney magic to her lunch.

Aluminum Mickey Mouse Trivet – $14.95

Disney Kitchen

A friendly face will protect your table and countertops when something hot comes off the stove or out of the oven. Mickey can take the heat with our Aluminum Mickey Mouse Trivet. Plus, he looks mighty cute hanging around the kitchen that measures 8” H x 9 1/2” W.

Mickey Mouse Glove Oven Mitt

Disney Kitchen

I don’t think that there was ever a more perfectly Disney oven mitt than this Mickey Mouse glove oven mitt!

 

IKEA Orlando Debuts Brazilian Inspired Collection

TILLFÄLLE Living Room Set Up

To kick off the launch of the limited edition and Brazilian inspired TILLFÄLLE collection, IKEA Orlando hosted an exclusive launch for their IKEA FAMILY members.

IKEA Orlando TILLFÄLLE Set Up

To created the TILLFÄLLE collection, IKEA designers visited Brazil to create a line inspired by the spirit of Brazil while staying true to their roots in Scandinavian simplicity.

IKEA Orlando TILLFÄLLE

The line features bold patterns and mixed colors that are easy, fun and full of energy.

From larger furniture to smaller accessories, this line has fun accessories you can mix in with your existing decor or pieces you can design a whole room around.

Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the TILLFÄLLE collection:

TILLFÄLLE Occasional Table – $159

IKEA Orlando TILLFÄLLE

TILLFÄLLE Paper Napkins – $1.99

TILLFÄLLE Paper Napkins

TILLFÄLLE Serving Bowl with Stand – $22.99

TILLFÄLLE Serving Bowl with Stand

TILLFÄLLE Dish Towels – $5.99

TILLFÄLLE Dish towels

TILLFÄLLE Coffee Table – $119.00

TILLFÄLLE Coffee Table

TILLFÄLLE Cushion Cover – $5.00 (Insert sold separately)

TILLFÄLLE Cushion Cover

TILLFÄLLE Candlesticks – $19.99 to $59.99

TILLFÄLLE Candlestick Group

The TILLFÄLLE is perfect for adding a touch of fun & whimsy to your decor, and during the IKEA FAMILY event I did purchase a few cushion covers and paper napkins. I can’t wait to go back to pick up a few candlesticks for the top of the buffet in our dining room.

You can’t order the TILLFÄLLE collection online and supplies are extremely limited, so you may want to check online to see if your local IKEA store has the pieces you are looking for before you go.

Don’t forget to sign up for the IKEA FAMILY program to receive special offers and invites like this one!

A Look At the Disney | LeSportsac 2016 Spring Collaboration

Disney LeSportsac 2016 Spring Collaboration

Disney and LeSportsac are at it again with a new Spring line of purses in the Disney | LeSportsac featuring Mickey and Minnie Collection that are perfection.

There are four different designs with several special feature pieces in this 60 bag collection that is, as always, on trend with a bag for everyone.

Disney | LeSportsac – Mickey Loves Minnie

LeSportsac Spring 2016 Disney - Mickey Loves Minnie Patterns

The Mickey Loves Minnie print has a vintage feel starring the classic Disney couple walking hand in hand, dancing, flirting, and falling in love. I ADORE this pattern!!!

EveryGirl Tote Disney LeSportsac - Mickey Loves Minnie

My favorite bag in the Mickey Loves Minnie print is the EveryGirl Tote ($108), that measures 11 x 12 x 7 inches with a Zipped main closure, Pleated front pocket with zipped closure, Lightly padded bottom panel, 9 in (22.86 cm) Handle drop, Interior back wall zipper pocket.

Disney | LeSportsac – Spring Fling

LeSportsac Spring 2016 Disney - Floral Patterns

Spring Fling is a pastel spring floral print featuring everyone’s favorite sweethearts Minnie and Mickey in a garden of love. This saccharine sweet pattern will add just the right amount of pop of love to your outfit.

Voyager Backpack - Spring Fling - Disney LeSportsac 2016

My favorite bag in the Spring Fling print is the Voyager Backpack ($144) that measures 16.5 x 13.5 x 5.5 inches and features a Drawstring main closure, Top flap with quick release clip lock closure, Exterior front pocket with zipped closure, Two exterior side pockets with clip lock closures, Adjustable shoulder straps, Three interior mesh pockets, Interior signature zip/open pocket. I have ALWAYS wanted the Voyager Backpack, and this is my favorite so far.

Garden of Love - Disney LeSportsac 2016

This also captured in large scale on the Garden of Love rectangular cosmetic case and the Love at First Sight mini Tote purse.

Love at First Sight - Disney LeSportsac 2016

The square Spring into Love cosmetic showcases everyone’s favorite ears and bow over the print.

Spring Into Love - Disney LeSportsac 2016

Disney | LeSportsac – Blooming Love

LeSportsac Spring 2016 Disney - Love In Bloom Patterns

Blooming Love features Cherry Blossom Lightning metallic ripstop nylon fabric with embossed Mickey and Minnie head silhouette design that is sure to be an instant classic and must have for your collection.

Small Cleo Crossbody - Blooming Love - Disney LeSportsac 2016

My favorite bag in the Blooming Love pattern is my ‘Go To’ LeSportsac bag! The Small Cleo Crossbody ($86) measures 9 x 9 x 4.5 inches and features a Zipped main closure, Exterior front zipper pocket, Exterior back open pocket, Adjustable shoulder strap (Max. 50in / 127cm), Interior signature zip/open pocket. Don’t be put off by this bag’s smaller size!

Disney | LeSportsac – Checks and Bows

LeSportsac Spring 2016 Disney - Blue Check Patterns

Checks and Bows is a classic picnic blanket print of blue and white that features the classic three circle Mickey and Minnie with her signature bow silhouettes. It is a simple pattern that will make you want to head to the park for a lovely day.

Small Edie Backpack - Check - Disney LeSportsac 2016

My favorite bag in the Checks and Bows pattern is the Small Edie Backpack ($123) that is perfectly on trend for the spring and measures 11 x 10 x 5 inches that features a Drawstring main closure, Top flap with hidden magnetic snap closure, Side zipper for main compartment access, Exterior front pocket with zip closure, Adjustable shoulder straps (Max. 30in/76.20cm), Top loop, Interior back wall signature zip/open pocket, All metal hardware.

Love Check - Disney LeSportsac 2016

Playing off this sweet print is the graphic rectangular cosmetic Love Check that takes Minnie and Mickey’s smooch front and center.

Springtime Outing - Disney LeSportsac 2016

The Springtime Outing mini tote is also check based featuring an oversized Minnie silhouette.

LeSportsac Spring 2016 Disney

I am a HUGE fan of the Disney | LeSportsac bags, because they are the perfect weight to carry in the parks with storage for days and perfectly sized sleeves & pockets.

I can’t wait to bring you even more information about this amazing line of bags.

Merchandise Monday: A Visit to Disney TAG

Disney TAG Disney Springs Walt Disney World

Merchandise Monday:

A Visit to Disney TAG

Disney TAG is the newest store to open at the Marketplace Co Op in Disney Springs, and features key travel essentials called Disney Travel-Accessories-Gear or Disney TAG that let you Travel With Character.

Disney TAG Disney Springs Walt Disney World -

Located where Zoey & Pickles formerly was in the Marketplace Co Op, the store brings a lovely touch of whimsy and fun to organizational items that are almost always utilitarian in design.

Disney TAG Disney Springs Walt Disney World

As soon as I walked in, I found myself drawn into the eclectic mix of items focused on making travel both more comfortable and organized.

There we so many great pieces in Disney TAG, but here are a few of my favorites!

Disney TAG Disney Springs Walt Disney World
Carry-On Duffle Bag – $99
Disney TAG Disney Springs Walt Disney World
Large Rolling Luggage – $199

I absolutely LOVE this pattern featuring a fun mix of silhouettes of characters, distinctly Disney vacation highlights, and transportation icons. The bright colors pop against the black background making it a piece that you will be able to quickly locate on a luggage carousel, too.

Disney TAG Disney Springs Walt Disney World
Luggage Tags – $12.95

You can find a large variety of luggage tags, but these were my favorites! These luggage tags are oversized and are a hard acrylic to help with durability. How fun would it be to keep WDW and DLR tags to use especially when you are heading to those locations? Answer…lots of fun!

Disney TAG Disney Springs Walt Disney World
Travel Bottle Set – $9.95

Not every product that I use comes in a size that is approved for travel, so this Travel Bottle Set is a fun way to take your favorite products along with you. With the bottles featuring character couples (Donald & Daisy FTW!!!), you could split the set between two people to use with items that go together like shampoo & conditioner or face wash & toner. Perfection!

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iPhone 6 Phone Case – $29.95

This iPhone 6 Case features a pattern that you can find throughout Disney TAG, and it is perfect for any Disney vacation. From a trip on the monorail to sailing with Disney Cruise Line, you are set with this phone case.

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Electric Toothbrush – $29.95

I know what you are thinking…an electric toothbrush? Just take a second look at the packaging. There are two heads with this electric toothbrush, so you could pack one per couple on your trip to help save precious toiletry space. Plus, you get to start your day with a magical thought.

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Monorail Throw – $54.95

The Monorail Throw is a bit pricey, but it is a great weight that will fold nicely into a larger carry-on so you can nap in comfort while you are On the Go.

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Sleep Eye Mask – $11.95

Zoe has gotten me into these Sleep Eye Masks, and I really love the fun design of this one. How could you pass up napping under a fun pair of Mickey glasses?

Disney TAG Disney Springs Walt Disney World
Reusable Totes – $7.95

These Reusable Totes come in handy when you are traveling, and are useful for so many things! Some ways I like to use them are a small hamper for hotel rooms for shorter trips, a way to consolidate purchases, and as a pool bag to carry my sunscreen and snacks without packing an additional bag.

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Collapsible Cup – $9.95

When I was a little girl one of the COOLEST things I ever got for traveling was a collapsible cup, so imagine how excited I was to see this hanging up. Cut me some slack…I am easily amused!

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Travel Flats and Tote – $39.95

This Travel Flats and Tote is ideal for longer trips, because the flats are a great way to stay comfortable and the tote lets you keep just a few items near your seat so you can stow your carry-on to clear up valuable leg room.

Disney TAG Disney Springs Walt Disney World - Umbrellas

I love a patterned umbrella, and the umbrella with the TAG pattern was my first purchase from the store! It is so great to see fun umbrellas back at the park again!

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Haunted Mansion Neck Pillow – $21.95

I learned the joys of a Neck Pillow late in life, so learn from my mistake and pick up one before your next trip. You won’t regret it or this Haunted Mansion print.

Disney TAG Disney Springs Walt Disney World

You can find all of these and more at the Disney TAG store open daily from 10 am to 11 pm in the Marketplace Co Op located at Disney Springs in the Marketplace.

 

8 Zootopia Easter Eggs #ZootopiaEvent

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At the #ZootopiaEvent I had the chance to be a part of a roundtable interview with the film’s Co-Director Jared Bush, Producer Clark Spencer, and Screenplay Writer Phil Johnston to get a glimpse into the process of creating the story of Zootopia.

ZOOTOPIA Junket Zootopia Easter Eggs
Co-Writer Phil Johnston, Producer Clark Spencer and Co-Director/Co-Writer Jared Bush speak to press at the ZOOTOPIA Press Junket at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge in Orlando, Fl. Photo by Alex Kang. ©2016. Disney. All Rights Reserved.

 

Inevitably the discussion of Zootopia Easter Eggs came up, and having just seen a preview of the movie I was really excited to get the stories behind some of their favorite details.

An Easter egg is an intentional inside joke, hidden message, or feature in an interactive work such as a computer program, video game or DVD menu screen. The name has been said to evoke the idea of a traditional Easter egg hunt.

None of the Zootopia Easter Eggs I’m sharing are ‘story spoilers’, they are just really fun touches to the world of Zootopia!

8 Zootopia Easter Eggs

1. The Corner of Tujunga & Vine

Zootopia easter egg Tujunga and Vine

“If you look at when they,they arrive at the Rain Forest district, the sign says Vine and Tujunga, and Tujunga is the crappy warehouse that we had working in for the last two years. They moved us – they’re renovating our main Disney animation building, and they put us in a warehouse with a leaky roof…But it was such a, sort of a family building environment because you really kinda, okay, we’re all stuck next to the planes, and the trains, and the weird junkyard, and who knows what else.

So that’s my favorite because it’s one of those very specific things that people that worked in that building, it’s really something for them, that they all – and when we got to the premiere, everyone really liked that, that didn’t see it before.” – Jared Bush, Co-Director – Zootopia

I wanted to mention this Easter Egg first, because it really showed how much heart the cast and crew of Zootopia worked with on this project. How awesome is it that they have this memory to share with the world!

2. Who knew an Arctic Shrew could be a kingpin?

Zootopia Easter Egg Godfather

This one walks the line between obvious and Easter Egg…but I’m counting it! You don’t want to mess with Mr. Big, because this Arctic Shrew might ice YOU!

3. Double the Weaselton  

Zootopia Easter Eggs Frozen Duke Weaselton Alan Tudyk

“And we’re like, and we have a weasel. Oh, well, we should call him, uh, Weasel. His last name is Weaselton, and then Jim Reardon’s like, it should be Duke Weaselton. It’s gonna be Duke Weaselton. And then we’d always been looking for what role could Alan play, and there was like, I think this- these things are all coming together. Let’s make that happen. And so it was kind of perfect.” – Jared Bush, Co-Director, Zootopia

Alan Tudyk is the voice of Duke of Weselton in Frozen, and I adore how he is back to voice Duke Weaselton to really drive the connection between the two characters similarity home!

4. Elephant Princesses

Zootopia Easter Egg Elephants in Frozen Costumes

“In the background, you’ll see little animation in the background characters or signage that is- we still discover that, and it’s entertaining as we’re going through it. So there’s even new stuff for us going through it, having seen it in different forms a thousand times.” – Jared Bush, Co-Director – Zootopia

Now while I cannot take credit for finding this Easter Egg, it is such a wonderful example of how much thought goes into creating the background of Zootopia!

5. Chief Bogo thinks you should Let it Go

Zootopia Easter Eggs Chief Bogo Let it Go Frozen

Do you think that this is some cartoon musical where your insipid dreams come true?

Well, Let it Go.

“Phil was working with us on Wreck-It Ralph and said, hey, Jennifer [Lee], do you wanna come out to LA and work on this project? So he kinda brought her out, so then to have Phil write a line that is back in there, that’s the true kind of inside – the audience is gonna enjoy it for the reference to Frozen, obviously, or hopefully they will.” Clark Spencer, Producer – Zootopia

There are quite a few Frozen zingers in Zootopia…and every single one of them made me laugh!

6. Sloth dreams do come true

Zootopia Easter Egg Kristen Bell Sloth Priscilla

This is also one of my favorite Zootopia Easter Eggs!

Kristen Bell is a sloth fanatic, and her dreams came true as she plays Priscilla the Sloth at the DMV…Department of Mammal Vehicles.

7. Bootleg ‘Disney’ Movie Hustle

Seems like Duke Weaselton has QUITE the Bootleg Movie Hustle going on in Zootopia! He’s got the latest blockbuster movies available! Pig Hero 2, Wrangled, Wreck-It Rhino, Floaten 2, Giraffic, and Mewana…he’s got them all!!!

8. Is it a Jug-Band Christmas in Zootopia?

Zootopia Easter Egg Emmet Otter Jug-Band Christmas

If you haven’t seen Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, well then you are missing one of the saddest and most beautiful Christmas Specials ever created. It is one of my absolute favorites, so you can imagine my excitement when a character named EMMET OTTER was introduced!!!

When Zootopia opens in theaters on March 4th, I can’t wait for you to experience these Easter Eggs and to find some that aren’t included because they were spoiler-ish.

I can’t wait to see Zootopia again to find even more!

Subscribing To Fandom Of The Month

Fandom of the Month

Subscribing To Fandom Of The Month

First off, I just want to say that this is in no way shape or form a sponsored post…it is just something really cool I wanted to share. I subscribed to Fandom of the Mont with my own money and on my own accord. 

I’ve been looking at all the different subscription services that are around, and I finally decided to try one so I subscribed to Fandom of the Month.

Fandom of the Month is monthly (with some surprise boxes offered outside of subscriptions) jewelry subscription that includes 3-4 handpicked fandom inspired jewelry items, with a surprise theme!

Fandom of the Month
Photo: Fandom of the Month

Past items included have been:

Earrings, necklaces, rings (size 7 or adjustable), bracelets, keychains, and pins. Each month the jewelry comes in a hand screen printed muslin drawstring bag with a custom postcard and a custom magnet. Also the mailing boxes are super cute!

Now while the theme is a surprise, but you will want to follow their Instagram because they gives clues to upcoming themes, updates on shipping, and special announcements.

How it all works…

Visit the Fandom of the Month website to choose which subscription you would like. Boxes start at $12.00 (Shipping is an additional charge of $3.75 in the US, $8 for Canada, and $11.50 for International), but the longer you subscribe the price goes down.

Also don’t be shocked if you have to wait a month before you are able to sign-up if you sign up later in the month, because the spots are limited and they do fill up.

And then you impatiently wait for the boxes, which are delivered between the 20th and 25th of every month.

And don’t forget to keep in mind…

  • Once you subscribe to Fandom of the Month Club, your subscription will automatically renew at the end of your cycle.
  • You may cancel ANY TIME, simply log into your account and cancel.
  • There are no penalties or fees for canceling.
  • Due to the extreme savings offered in our boxes, we cannot accept returns or grant refunds for already received boxes.
  • Once a payment has been processed the sale is final. You may however cancel for future months.

Now, let’s look at my first box where the theme was Death Eaters!

Fandom of the Month

Horcrux Charm Bracelet

Fandom of the Month

Dark Mark Earrings

Fandom of the Month

‘Have you Seen this Wizard’ Compact

Fandom of the Month

Death Eater Mask Muslin Bag

Fandom of the Month

Bellatrix Lestrange Magnet

Fandom of the Month

Fandom of the Month Postcard

I have to say that I am really pleased with my first Fandom of the Month, and I can’t wait to see what February’s box has in store when the theme is Classic Alice in Wonderland!

Eight Fun BB-8 Merchandise Picks

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image copyright Star Wars

Some of you may have heard of this cute little astromech droid named BB-8 from this little indie flick called Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. I have fallen in love with BB-8 and thought I’d share some of my favorite merchandise gems I’ve found featuring this adorable new droid.

We’ve all seen the Sphero BB-8, which looks amazing by the way. There are tons of the usual merchandise offerings like pins, shirts, hats, backpacks, phone cases, MagicBands, etc. for sale in the Disney Parks and all over the internet. I’m going to share some of the more unique items I’ve come across online in particular, but not in any specific order.

 

  1. For the golfing enthusiast, these BB-8 golf club head covers would make any golf bag the talk of the course.
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golf club head cover

 

2.  I’ve been looking for some new over the ear headphones, and these BB-8 ones may be taking the lead.

headphones
headphones

 

3.  One of the more intriguing items I discovered on Amazon was this set of The Force Awakens nesting dolls with BB-8.

nesting dolls
nesting dolls

 

4.  This BB-8 mini fridge is perfect for storing cold drinks under or on your desk at work, and it is stylish too!

mini fridge mini fridge open

 

5.  This Rey LEGO mini figure comes with a cute little BB-8 and her Jakku-wear. You can find them both in this Millennium Falcon LEGO Set.

LEGO mini figures
LEGO mini figures

 

6.  I have a tendency to lose flash drives, but I have a feeling I’d be able to keep my eye on this BB-8 storage device.

flash drive
flash drive

 

7. I cannot decide if I have to have this BB-8 suitcase, or if I just need it. 😉

suitcase
suitcase

 

8. This car decal will be mine! I mean it even has my initials on it. Maybe this is part of why I love BB-8 so much. Currently this isn’t available from purchase individually on TeeFury, but only as a part of the Galactic Bundle. I guess I may just have to get more Star Wars stuff. Oh well.

car decal
car decal

 

And as a bonus, I have my own favorite piece of BB-8  merchandise…The BB-8 Interactive Hoodie from the Disney Store that uses the Disney Store Become App.

BB-8 Interactive Hoodie from the Disney Store

#GivingTuesday With Give Kids The World & Alex And Ani

Today is #GivingTuesday, and Give Kids the World has a way that you can give back and add a special Alex and Ani to your stack of bracelets.

What is #GivingTuesday? According to GivingTuesday.org

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.

Give Kids the World #GivingTuesday 2015 Logo

And while Give Kids the World has a special site set up for #GivingTuesday donations, but inside of their Memory Market is a special Alex and Ani bracelet created especially for Give Kids the World.

Give Kids the World Alex and Ani #GivingTuesday

As the heart and soul of Alex and Ani, CEO, Founder and Creative Director, Carolyn Rafaelian, created Charity by Design, which serves as a unique division focused solely on giving and making the dreams of charitable organizations come true.
Carolyn creates customized symbolic charms that capture the essence of a charity making it more accessible to the public while raising awareness and funds. Through December 2015, 20% of the proceeds received by Alex and Ani from selling the “Sweet Treats” Bangle, with a minimum donation of $25,000, will be donated to Give Kids The World.
The Ice Cream Cone not only represents ‘Ice Cream for Breakfast’, but also exudes blissful energy in connection to shared moments with loved ones and is a carefree symbol of the simple enjoyment found in savoring a decadent treat.
The Alex and Ani Sweet Treats Bangle is available in Gold and Silver Tone for $28, and it is a great addition to your Disney stack!