Sunday, November 26, 2017

Beignet Dash at Port Orleans


Most people don’t want to think about running while on vacation, unless they are signed up for a RunDisney event. But, the Beignet Dash is such a fun, unique event that happens every Sunday at Walt Disney World’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort. I saw it on Facebook several months ago and started searching on the Walt Disney World web site for specific details. I continued to fail at finding anything straight from The Mouse. That was, until just a few weeks ago. I searched one more time on disney.go.com and finally found some details from a question asked to the Mom’s Panel.

So, you’re asking “What is the Beignet Dash?” Well, it’s a 1.5 mile run through Port Orleans Resort every Sunday morning. It begins and ends between building 5 and Doubloon Lagoon Pool. Check in is at 7:30am and the run begins at 8:00. The entry fee is $15 for each participant. When you register you will receive an official race bib. When you complete the run, you will get a plastic medal, a goody bag with Mardi Gras themed trinkets, and a voucher for beignets at Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory!

From what I’ve read, you can walk or run in this “race.” It’s very low key and enjoyable. Everyone is welcome, even if you aren’t a guest at Port Orleans. The one thing I could not find was if strollers were allowed.

Would this be something you would be interested or willing to do on your next Walt Disney World Vacation? I personally would love to try this adventure. I’m always up for trying something new at Disney and the beignets are just the motivator I need!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Top 10 Tips To Help You Not Lose Your Mind With Your Christmas Elves | A Disney Mom’s Thoughts

  1. Keep it as simple or elaborate as you want.
  2. Have a plan for your elf. Make a list of all the “things” you may have your elf do during the season.
  3. Buy any supplies needed for your elfcapades at one time and have them ready to go.
  4. Make a calendar of what your elf will do each night.
  5. Note when a child is sleeping at a friends house so the morning they are away the elf isn’t doing anything too grand that he’ll miss out on.
  6. Be flexible and willing to change plans last minute.
  7. If the elf has the kids do something- like a scavenger hunt- don’t do this on a school morning.
  8. Set up a reminder on your phone if you need help remembering to move or stage your elves.
  9. Don’t stress about outdoing your friends elves. Pinterest has some amazing ideas you can copy!
  10. If you have an Elf Magic Elf, make sure YOUR KIDS remember to give it water and a cracker each night! Put that off on your kids… if they forget, don’t move the elves. The kids will quickly remember to do their job!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Golden Malted Waffle Mix {Review & Giveaway} | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

I recently learned that Golden Malted Waffle Mix is the brand used in Disney Parks to make Mickey Waffles. When I travel to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or Disney Cruise Lines, Mickey waffles for breakfast is a must! I don't always get to eat them everyday, but if I have the chance, I don't pass it up. When I found out I could actually make the same waffles or pancakes at home I was thrilled. Of course I jumped at the chance to review this product and offer a giveaway on my blog!
We came home from vacation to find the package of Original Golden Malted Mix and Golden Malted Classic Syrup at our house. This was perfect timing as I didn't want to go to the grocery store to buy dinner items. I decided to make pancakes instead of Belgian waffles because I could make them in a Mickey Mouse shape. I though this would help me get a better feel of eating the same brand mix used in the parks. 
The instructions were very easy to follow: measure the mix, add egg, water, and melted butter. Mix together and pour into the waffle iron or skillet. The batter was thick and creamy. It was easy to pour or spoon into the skillet. I used a Mickey shaped sandwich cutter as a mold for my pancakes.  It didn't work as I had planned, so I ended up making circle pancakes and cutting out the Mickey shape. 
The pancakes were thick, fluffy, and delicious. I even ate a pancake without syrup and I NEVER do that. These had just the right amount of sweet flavor that they could be eaten without syrup or toppings added. Everyone in my family ate them up. The syrup added the right amount of flavor to go along with the sweetness of the pancakes without making it too sweet. But, keep in mind I have a heavy sweet tooth and have never met a dessert or sweet treat I thought was "too sweet" and I very rarely turn down sweets. 
I look forward to using our Belgian waffle maker for our next batch. The "syrup pockets" in the waffles will be perfect with the Golden Malted syrup. Too bad I don't have a Mickey shaped waffle maker...  but Christmas is only 5 months away... ;)
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Summer Travel 2017 | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

This summer has been a whirlwind for me. I feel like I've spent more time on the road than I have at home. We started with a trip to Florida for a week on the Disney Dream. Then I took our Jr High youth to Chattanooga, TN for a week. We spent several days at the lake in Alabama. Finally, Jonathan and I spent time in New York City and Washington DC with the high school students from church. Now, it's time to slow down and prepare for school to start. 

During the vacations and trips, I've tried my best to keep up with all the amazing Disney news that has been released on the Disney Parks Blog and at the D23 Expo. It's been a busy summer to say the least. 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Z Blok Sunscreen {Review} | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

I received free products from Z Blok in order to review for my blog. 
The opinions expressed here are my own.

This summer I was given several samples of Z Blok sunscreen for my family to try. Before receiving my samples, I had never heard of Z Blok. I immediately went to their web site to see what they were all about. After reading, I was certain this would be a product I would like... it was my boys I was worried about.

Everything I read about Z Blok sounded great.
"Z Blok's sunscreen's unique formula does not contain any fragrances or inexpensive petroleum based ingredients, which may cause your eyes to sting. Z Blok does contain zinc oxide, which helps protect against skin cancer and premature skin aging without eye irritation. Z Blok sunscreen also provides broad-spectrum sun protection from both UVA and UVB rays. It is highly water-resistant so it stays on your skin instead of coming off in the water."
Now, it was time to see if what I read was actually true in the real world. My first thoughts were, "Zinc Oxide... Zinka.... wasn't that the neon blue, red, and yellow stuff we slathered all over our bodies in the 80s?" I sure hoped the Z Blok wasn't going to look like some crazy war paint from the 80s. Luckily, it didn't. I was actually very surprised when we first used the product. Yes, it was thick like Zinka, but it was white and was able to rub into the skin easily.
When I first put it on my 8 year old, he was thrilled. His comment was, "I like this stuff.  It doesn't make me smell like a coconut." He does not like the fragrances in a lot of sunscreen, so this was immediately a plus for him. It went on smoothly and easily and was not greasy. It was also very easy to reapply while we were at the pool and the lake. 

My 4 year old liked the face stick the best. He said it wasn't slippery like the others. This product was also thick, like the sunscreen. It went on easily, but was not as easy to rub in. In fact, in the right light, at the right angle, I could see the thin layer of zinc on the boys faces. When we would get in the water, I could see the water bead up. This stuff was great! I could tell it was doing it's job. 

The final product we received was the lip balm. This product was my least favorite because it went on thick and remained white. It was also very dry on my lips. I don't like dry lips. We could not rub it in enough to make our lips look natural. All of our lips were pasty white at the pool. I know I need to get over "how I look" and concentrate more on how well this product was doing it's job. I know my lips were not getting sunburned using this product. I just wish it were a bit more absorbing and creamy. I will continue to use it though and get over how I look wearing it.

Overall, I give this product 2 big thumbs up. I just wish it had come a week earlier so we could have used it on our Disney Cruise. These products would have been wonderful to have in the Caribbean sun out on the open water. I would also suggest using this on your trips to Walt Disney World.  The sun can be brutal in central Florida and this product will help protect your family from the rays. It won't make you smell like a coconut, it won't burn your eyes, and it won't feel greasy or slippery. Win, win!

You can find out more about Z Blok on their social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can purchase your own products on their web site.

I received free products from Z Blok in order to review for my blog. 
The opinions expressed here are my own.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Walt Disney World Freebie Friday: Boma Cookie Decorating | A Disney Mom's Thoughts


Did you know Boma~ Flavors of Africa at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge offers free cookie decorating to kids of all ages every afternoon! Head to the restaurant at 1:30 for a 30 minute decorating session. Guests are provided with an animal shaped sugar cookie and decorating supplies such as icing and sprinkles.

This is a unique way to get a FREE cookie and hands on activity for your family at Walt Disney World.