Moana Felt Flower Headband

I shared last week that we just go back from another trip from Walt Disney World. I do love being a mom of boys, but one of the things that I miss out on with only boys is the love of Disney Princesses. It’s just hard for boys to get quite as into Aurora, Cinderella, Elsa and Belle the way I see little girls doing.  And there are so many amazing Disney Princesses now– like Moana, which is now out on DVD (affiliate link)!   Sometimes, even if I don’t have little princesses at home, I’ve got to enjoy the prince magic, so I decided to create a Moana Felt Flower Headband using my Cricut Explore Air and Cricut Design Space.  I made it look a bit like a tropical plumeria flower, rather than an orchid.  (Interestingly, while it’s the flower I thought of from the movie, I’m not sure it grows in Hawaii.)

Make a Moana Felt Flower Headband using freezer paper and your Cricut cutting machine. You can create a plumeria headband for your favorite Moana fan with a few pieces of scrap felt and this tutorial.
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Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Preschoolers

We just got back from Walt Disney World, and I thought I would share how ideal Disney’s Hollywood Studios is for preschoolers and toddlers.  I have to be honest– historically, I would have said that of the 4 parks in Walt Disney World, Hollywood Studios is my least favorite.  It’s always felt more like the action and adventure side of Disney, and less about the magic and wonder.  Between the Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and the emphasis on Star Wars, it’s just seemed like Hollywood Studios was a park that is geared towards the tweens and older.  However, after this last trip to Walt Disney World with my 4-year-old Peanut and 2-year-old Monkey, I can honestly say that after the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the best park for preschoolers!  In case you were planning your own trip, here is how to make most of Disney’s Hollywood Studios for preschoolers (or toddlers!)

Are you planning on heading to Walt Disney World? Here are several tips and tricks to make the most of your trip to Hollywood Studios for Preschoolers and Toddlers!
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3 Easy DIY Frozen Ornaments

Okay, we love Disney around here.  And after 4 straight years of going to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, we are heading to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party next week!  I’m so excited!  In honor of our trip down to DisneyWorld, and thanks to some Black Friday shopping, I created 3 easy DIY Frozen Ornaments.  I started with one variation after going to Michael’s, and then as I was browsing, I ended up gathering enough supplies to make three variations along with a few extras for my sweet Mother-in-Law’s little grandnieces who are also Frozen obsessed.  The Monkey, even though it is a “Princess Movie,” loves to sing Let it Go, and is quite fond of Olaf.   If you have a Frozen or Disney lover like my little Monkey, you might like to make any one of these three very easy DIY Frozen ornaments!

Wild about Disney, and the movie Frozen? If you have a little Elsa or Anna or Olaf who loves the movie, Frozen, you can create these 3 easy DIY Frozen Ornaments for your Christmas tree with just a few supplies and all in one evening!
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A Jar of Emotions: Talking About Feelings

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A few days ago, the Mellow Man asked me how our dog Angus seemed at the vet.  I believe I said, “He seemed dejected.  I think he felt abandoned, and he had this lonely, depressed look about him.”  The Mellow Man asked me how many other ways I told tell him that the dog appeared sad.  You see, I’m big on feeling words.  In part, it may be due to an occupational hazard of being a psychologist, but I think I was probably hardwired to talk about my emotions.  My mother has always told me that you always know how I’m feeling– I never hold back.   Emotion words are powerful, and I think they are really important for kids to learn how to use.  In honor of the fabulous, new Disney movie, Inside Out, I’ve created a Emotion Awareness dinner table activity that is perfect way to start talking about emotions with kids in your family.  It’s a “Jar of Emotions.”

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Choose Your Side– Star Wars Bag Tags and Cereal

Are you fan of Star Wars?  Which of the six movies is your favorite?  Would you like to bring The Force back to your breakfast table? I was a little girl when the Star Wars original trilogy had just come out.  In second grade, Ewoks were the stuffed animal to have.  Unfortunately I never got one, but my best friend had two, so I got to snuggle with one when I spent the night at her house.  The best thing about Star Wars now is the ability to share it with my whole family.  It seems to appeal to almost every one, man or woman, young or old!  It is a movie that has continued on to be something that I can share with my Big One (the Littles are a bit too young to fully appreciate the movie).  I remember vividly the excitement in his eyes when he first watched Anakin in the pod races   Thus, when we got some awesome Star Wars cereal designed to bring The Force back to our breakfast table, I couldn’t wait to show it off, and make a few school bag accessories for the Big One.

My Mom Made That: Choose A Side Star Wars Perler Bead Bag Tags and the New General Mills Cereal

I made Perler Bead Bag Tags in both a Darth Vadar and R2-D2 design, so that each morning while eating his Star Wars Breakfast Cereal, the Big One could answer the question of the day: “Which Side of The Force Are You On?”  You can have your kiddos answer the same question by trying this great breakfast cereal, and making these easy bag tags with Perler Beads for both sides of The Force.
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