Monthly Archives: March 2013


Disney Princess Pretend Play: Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

When we were at the Magic Kingdom, Scarlett was enamored with all the little girls who had been beautifully made up at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. She did eventually get her Princess Hair at the Harmony Barber Shop, but at 2 years old, she isn’t yet big enough to have a real princess make-over.

Not to worry! After the success of our Doc McStuffins pretend play, I came up with the idea of making our own Princess Salon. A DIY Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique!

Again, I made a few signs and forms in Photoshop.
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Pincess Hairstyle Inspiration

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I put out a Lightning McQueen pit crew costume so Luke could play, too. But he didn’t want to dress up – Scarlett did! She wouldn’t pose for a picture though. 
Both kids actually enjoyed playing with this set up. Their favorite “service” was the Princess Bath. I put pink lemonade Kool Aid mix into the bath water as well as some pink glitter. They were delighted! 
Aladdin gets a “Prince” bath – with a manly firetruck.

This was definitely a fun activity. We even continued the makeover fun after we cleaned up by finding an easy to use Hair Salon app for the iPad.

I’m glad we thought this up. It was fun being fairy godmothers to our little dolls!

Some of our decorations are available to print:


Family Game Night: Epic Mickey 2

I got a good deal on Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two for Wii, and we broke it out for a fun video game night. Luke is really getting in to video games. We had to help him a bit since it was a two handed game with use of the Wii remote and the nunchuck. It was a pretty fun, cooperative game, anyway. Even Scarlett go a chance to play.





I also made up a few themed snacks for the night.


Mickey-Shaped Cheese & Crackers
Mickey-Shaped Pepperoni
Rice Krispie Paint Brushes (I dipped mine in blue Candy Melts)
Thinner (Lemon-Lime Kool-Aid)




You can print out the sign and the menu cards for your own Epic Mickey night!


Lunch at Epcot: Katsura Grill in the Japanese Pavillion

It was a little difficult to find someplace in the Epcot World Showcase where I thought the kids might actually eat something. With a kid’s meal of Teriyaki Chicken and Rice, Katsura Grill in Japan seemed like a good place.

I got a combo of Teriyaki Beef and Chicken with rice. Tom got Sushi. We both got green tea cheesecake for dessert. Pretty good for a Quick Service Dining Plan!

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Actually, it was too much food. I left about half of my meal uneaten – we probably could have shared one and been fine. It was good though!
The kid’s meal even came with a cookie. Woohoo!

Disney Food: Snacks at Epcot’s Kringla Bakeri og Cafe

I love food. When I travel, one of the first thing I research and plan is where to eat. In reading about all the great Disney food, I discovered great reviews of the snacks at Kringla Bakeri og Cafe in the Norwegian Pavillion.

By the time the World Showcase opened at 11AM, I was hungry! It was a good time for a snack. To Norway!

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I had heard raves about the School Bread, which I ordered and happily devoured. It was like a dinner roll mixed with a donut. And I liked it.

The kids got a big cinnamon roll to split.

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Tom got this awesome Viking Chocolate Mousse. I had a bite – it was super rich. He almost couldn’t finish, so the rest of helped. Mmm, tasty.

The kids didn’t want to sit for too long, and started feeding bits of cinnamon roll to the birds, so we finished up to enjoy more of our trip around Epcot’s world.


Doc McStuffins Pretend Play: The Doc Is In!

Scarlett is obsessed with Doc McStuffins. She is always playing in her “clinic” or bandaging us up or diagnosing her dolls with some kind of “-osis.” So I decided to help her out and make her a full fledged doctor’s office.


Inspired by this post, I whipped up a few forms and signs in PhotoShop.

I found some x-rays here, an eye chart here, and Doc’s sign here.

We brought out Lambie and Stuffy to work the reception desk, and sat our Doctor Mommy doll in the waiting area.



Scarlett had a blast. She LOVED that she had real Band Aids to play with, and she also liked the pill bottle filled with candy.

She played with her patients all day. Dr. Scarlett’s clinic was a success!

Disney Cars Activity: Sensory Bin

I made a Cars-inspired sensory bin to go with our movie watching.


The base was black beans for a road look.

Then I added die cast Cars cars – Lightning McQueen, Mater, Doc, Fillmore, and a Security Guard car.

I also added some little traffic toys I had from Mega Blocks and a vintage Little People set. I had traffic lights, stop signs, a parking meter, traffic cones, a fire hydrant and some wheels.
I also found some Duplo blocks from a Cars set that I put in the bin.
Luke loved this one more than normal. Scarlett took all the extra pieces out and just played with beans and the cars. Both of them enjoy scooping and pouring beans, so any bin that contains those will be fun for them. I was pretty pleased with the way this one came out – I thought it looked fun!

Disney Cars Movie Night

After the car show, it was time for movie night!
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I printed out some “movie tickets” from Momma’s Playground. And to set the mood for Cars, I made a dinner inspired by Route 66 road food.
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Our pretend Flo’s V8 Cafe menu consisted of:
Corn Dogs – Inspired by the Cozy Dog Drive -In
Popcorn in Cozy Cones – Inspired by the Cozy Cone Motel and The Purple Patch
Root Beer 66 – Inspired by Route 66 Sodas
Cherry Pie – Inspired by The Midpoint Cafe

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It was an easy and kid-friendly dinner (except Luke doesn’t like bubbly drinks so he had juice.)

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And of course, we watched Cars. Still love that movie!!

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Disney Cars Activity: Classic Car Show

One of the fun events we try to get to in the city is the annual car show at the DC Armory. Tom loves classic cars, and Luke loves anything with wheels, so it’s fun for all ages.

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I whipped up a little invitation and it made Luke feel quite special. Then we were off to see all the awesome cars on display.
There were a lot of cars decorated with flames.

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And lots of cars that were super fancy.

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My favorite car was the Sharpie Camaro. Pretty amazing art!

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Scarlett was excited to find Pooh and Tigger having a 50’s style picnic.

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Luke enjoyed the pretend gas station set ups.

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Bonus: We got to visit Daddy’s office in the same building!

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By this time, the kids were getting hungry and tired, so we headed home for dinner and a movie: Road Food and Cars!

Movie of the Week: Cars

With a car show coming up, we decided it would be a good time for a Cars movie night. Tom and I are huge Cars fans. It even inspired us to take a cross country road trip along Route 66 in 2006.

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Sonny and Me at Beetle Ranch in Conway, TX (2006)
Luke was also pretty obsessed with Cars as a toddler – he slept with Luigi and Guido every night for a while.

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Basically, we are a bunch of Cars lovers around here. So the plans include a trip to the Car show and a Route 66 inspired dinner to eat while we watch the movie.



Walt Disney World: Baby’s First Haircut at Harmony Barber Shop

The very last thing we did on our Disney World vacation was to get Scarlett’s First Haircut at Harmony Barber Shop. This little barber shop on Main Street at the Magic Kingdom offers a first haircut package for $18. Since Scarlett had never had a haircut, we thought this would be a great place to get one! We were able to get a last minute appointment right before we left home so we didn’t have to wait at all.

Scarlett was a little nervous, but the stylists must be used to this since they immediately gave her a spinning Minnie Mouse and about a thousand stickers.

This stuff kept her quite happy while they snipped off her baby hair and made a nice even style.

They topped off her cute new cut with a pair of Mickey Ears that have “First Haircut” embroidered on the back. So adorable!!
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Of course, this was not the end. After seeing all the girls around the park who had been given Princess Make-overs at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Scarlett was eager to get her own “Princess hair.” Not a problem! The stylist put her hair in an updo decorated with “Pixie Dust.” (She did wonder why she couldn’t fly with pixie dust in her hair – we just told her she only got a little bit.)

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The whole thing was quick and fun, with Scarlett ending up looking pretty cute in the end. They gave us a first haircut certificate and the little bits of hair they cut off were put into a Mickey bag for us to keep. I’m so glad we heard about this special service. It was a great experience!


Princess Scarlett was quite happy with her new look!