Wordless Wednesday: Chef Mickey’s

The theme of this week’s Wordless Wednesday is Photo Flashback.

The very first time we went to Chef Mickey’s it was 1991 and Chef Mickey’s was located in Disney Village Marketplace, now known as Downtown Disney. When we visited Walt Disney World Resort in 2005, Chef Mickey’s had moved to Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
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This was J-Man’s very first trip and he wasn’t a big fan of Chip. Sissy sure had a lot of fun though!

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National Puppy Day Meow Monday

National Puppy Day

Since it’s Monday, you can usually find a post devoted to cats. But when it falls on National Puppy Day, all bets are off. Here my 3 pups when they were puppies. Toby is an 8-year-old lab/chow mix,. Perry is a 4-year-old shih tzu/pomeranian mix, and Miss Molly is a yorkie and is almost one. They were all such adorable puppies! 

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If seeing all these cute puppies all over the Internet on National Puppy Day has you thinking of adding a puppy to your family, please adopt from your local humane society. They have wonderful puppies and dogs who would make a great addition to your family. Both Toby and Molly were adopted from Lollypop Farm, our local humane society. We are so lucky to have our 3 wonderful pups! 

Don’t forget the cats! Here is our Lollypop Farm Pet of the Week

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Neko is a handsome 5-year-old male domestic shorthair mix. He’s got some beautiful orange and brown stripes. He was adopted from Lollypop Farm as a kitten and is back again to find a new home. Come meet him and see what a great guy he is!

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Disney Social Media Moms 2011

The 2015 Disney Social Media Moms Conference will be held May 7th – May 10th at Walt Disney World Resort and is by invitation only.

In 2011 all the planets and stars aligned and I was on my way to my very first conference that just happened to be at Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Social Media Moms! Not only the happiest place on earth, but my all time favoritest place on earth! Even more exciting? Disney Social Media Moms was scheduled during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, an event I’d always wanted to experience.

We took the opportunity to leave the kids (and dogs) with my parents, sorry kids, thanks mom and dad, and make it a trip for just my husband and myself. I admit I felt a little guilty, but it was wonderful! We hadn’t taken a real vacation alone since our oldest daughter was 4 months old, some 20-something years ago. I do feel guilty enough to make sure I take the kids (not the dogs, sorry mom and dad) with us if lightning ever strikes twice and I find myself invited to Disney Social Media Moms this year.

Disney Social Media Moms Platinum Wedding Soiree

I’ve been trying to organize my thoughts from the conference since we got home. So much fun and learning was jam-packed in those 2 days and I want to share it in the best possible way. On our first evening we attended the Platinum Wedding Soiree at the beautiful Grand Floridian Wedding Pavilion.

Wedding Pavillion at Grand Floridian

I’ve been married for longer than weddings have been offered at Walt Disney World, but that hasn’t stopped me from dreaming about the opportunity to renew our vows there. I never really imagined that I would actually get close to it, never mind see inside.

Champagne filled Glasses

Upon our arrival, we were greeted by glasses of champagne.

Wedding Soiree Table

 

Wedding Soiree

Candy Table

What a cute idea for a wedding and my children are still eating the candy that I brought back with me.

Blogger Friends at Disney Social Media Moms

Here I am finally meeting some other mom bloggers. From the left is Kate from The Guavalicious Life, me(at that moment I’m thinking that I still can’t believe I am actually here!) Natalie from Twiniversity, and Melissa from Sippy Cup Mom. Sissy loves the bridal veil Minnie ears. She wanted a pair on our last trip, but I was a mean mom and told her no.

Chandelier in Wedding Pavilion

Then we were ushered inside. It was so lovely and just about the most perfect place for a wedding.

There have been 40,000 weddings at Walt Disney World since they started 20 years ago.

Michael Shetter from Alfred Angelo

Then we were introduced to Michael Shettel. He leads the design team at Alfred Angelo. He was there to introduce their new line of Disney Fairy Tale Wedding attire. Besides bridal gowns, they will offer attire for bridesmaids and flower girls also. There is an entire wedding collection.

Cinderella Platinum Anniversary Gown from Alfred Angelo

This is the Cinderella Platinum Anniversary Gown. It was just gorgeous. Who wouldn’t feel like a princess in this beautiful gown?

Back View of the Cinderella Platinum Anniversary Gown from Alfred Angelo

Carley Roney from theknot.com

This is Carley Roney from TheKnot.com. I would have been all over that website if it had been available when I planned my wedding back in the stone age. According to her website, Walt Disney World Resort is the number one honeymoon destination in the continental USA. That I can believe!

David Tutera from My Fair Wedding

Then we were treated to the energetic David Tuterra from WEtv’s My Fair Wedding.

Vow Renewal

A vow renewal of this cute couple, Kristen and Greg, topped off the event. They were married 2 years ago at Walt Disney World. (It will be our 28th wedding anniversary this year, so if Disney Weddings is looking for a couple to renew their vows, we are available. Just sayin’)

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Dinner Party on the Beach

After they left in their coach, we all walked over to the beach between the Wedding Pavilion and the hotel and had an incredible dinner on the shores of Bay Lake.

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Yes, that is Space Mountain in the background!

Dessert Table at the Grand Floridian Beach Party Disney Social Media Moms

Somehow I missed taking pictures of our dinner, but I didn’t miss the dessert table.

Disney Social Media Moms Sand Sculpture

I paid a fee to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Conference, but as an attendee my husband and I received complimentary items, special discounts, and other exciting benefits such as food and entertainment, so we could experience the magic of Walt Disney World. All thoughts and opinions expressed are 100 % my own.
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Disney Social Media Moms 2011 Day 2

I woke up early on day 2 of the conference and sat out on the deck for a few minutes drinking my Diet Coke. It was quiet at that hour and a little chilly, but such a beautiful view. I never imagined I would be lucky enough to stay at the Grand Floridian, never mind have in a room with a view of the Magic Kingdom. Dreams really do come true!

Dawn over Bay Lake from the Grand Floridian

Dawn over Cinderella Castle

Contemporary Resort at dawn

View from our room at the Grand Floridian at dawn

I left my sleeping husband and headed to Citrico’s for an amazing breakfast buffet. Then it was time for my very first conference ever.

Meg Crofton speaking at Disney Social Media Moms

We were welcomed to the Disney Social Media Moms Conference by Meg Crofton, the President of Walt Disney World.

Matt Jacobson from Facebook speaking at Disney Social Media Moms

The first conference speaker was Matt Jacobson. He is the head of Market Development at Facebook and was the eighth employee hired there. He gave a lot of great advice on using Facebook to enhance your blog. One of the tips was to use the insight tools on Facebook to better understand your audience. I admit, I didn’t even realize there were insight tools. Go figure.

Rene Syler speaking at Disney Social Media Moms

The next speaker was the wonderful, amazing Rene Syler from Good Enough Mother. Really, she was amazing. She spoke of losing her job as an anchor of the CBS Early Show 2 weeks after having a double mastectomy. She came up with the idea of Good Enough Mother and told us it was “okay to take yourself off the bottom of the to-do list” and that “real growth hurts” and “follow your passion, you will never go wrong”. She was funny, touching and inspiring. The standing ovation she got at the end of her talk was spontaneous and heartfelt. Go check out her blog.

Fran Capo was next. She’s a fast talker, seriously, she is. My favorite quote from her is “Live every day like it’s your last and one day you will be right. You don’t want to be doing laundry on that day.” No, I really don’t.

Lunch at Citricos at the Grand Floridian during Disney Social Media Moms

Before I knew it, we were headed back to Citrico’s for another fabulous meal.

Dessert at Citricos at the Grand Floridian during Disney Social Media Moms

Dessert at Citricos at the Grand Floridian during Disney Social Media Moms

The food was delicious too, but the desserts? Out of this world!

Duffy the Disney Social Media Moms Bear

When we got back from lunch, Duffy the Disney Bear was waiting for us. Yes, I kept him for myself. He’s sitting on top of the entertainment system in my bedroom.

Chris Brogan was the next speaker. My favorite tip from him was C.R.A.P., I do have a tendency to say that….. a lot.

C – Connecting; work on your network every day

R – Referrals

A – Attention or Awareness; be everywhere

P – Presence; be online, keep content moving all the time, blog often

I need to work on the P in C.R.A.P. more. I’ve fallen into the habit of only blogging a few times a week, sometimes less. More blog posts are my goal for this year.

He told us that “attention is a currency” and another favorite “Raise everybody up”. Oh, and another acronym A.B.C. – Always be connecting.

He had a lot of great points and information. I’ve read and re-read my notes a bunch of times since then to keep them fresh in my mind.

Susan Egan and Georgia Stitt at Disney Social Media Moms

The conference was capped off by glasses of champagne and songs by Georgia Stitt and Susan Egan. Susan was the voice of Meg in Hercules. They both put on a fabulous show.

I headed back to our fabulous room, picked up my husband and we went to Hollywood Studios for the evening’s entertainment. We managed to ride Tower of Terror then strolled over to Lights Motor Action Stunt Show. Once we were let inside, we were treated to fabulous food, drinks and entertainment.

Disney Junior Party at Hollywood Studios during Disney Social Media Moms

The theme that night was the new programming coming to Disney Junior.

Disney Junior Party in Lights, Motors, Action in Hollywood Studios during Disney Social Media Moms

Disney Junior Party

Another fun-filled, informative day at the conference. Day 3 will be up this week. Then a few posts on the Grand Floridian (gorgeous) and the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival (amazing)!

I paid a fee to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Conference, but as an attendee my husband and I received complimentary items, special discounts, and other exciting benefits such as food and entertainment, so we could experience the magic of Walt Disney World. All thoughts and opinions expressed are 100 % my own.

 

Disney Social Media Moms 2011 Day 3

Another beautiful sunny day in Florida for day three. I’m still waiting for any hint of nice weather here at home. I swear this year winter is the new spring!

Before the conference we were sent an email giving us a choice of activities for Saturday morning. Before I even got a chance to read my email the first two choices were full. I opted out of the third choice, a talk with a Disney Chef. It would have been fun and interesting if I could have brought my husband. He’s an incredible cook and would have really enjoyed it. The last option was to spend time in the parks with your family so we used this time to cross something off of my “Fun List”, no bucket lists for me, just a “Fun List”. I have wanted to take the “Around the World at Epcot” Segway tour for the longest time. Ever since I saw the Segway introduced on Good Morning America I have wanted one. Never mind that I have no place to ride it, I want one and if I ever win the lottery I am sooooo going to buy one for myself. Because, as we all know, winning the lottery and buying expensive things you don’t really need is the American way.

First we had to have Segway lessons. How to get on and off without falling, how to go backwards, turn, and go up and down inclines. It’s very intuitive and before you even realize it you aren’t even thinking about how to do it, you just are.

Disney Social Media Moms Day 3 Segway

The instructors were awesome, as if they would be anything else at Disney? After everyone is comfortable and confident they lead you out of Innoventions and head towards the World Showcase. One of the best parts is that World Showcase wasn’t open yet so we were able to zoom around China, Italy and Morocco without worrying about running into anyone. Once it opened up, it did get more challenging to avoid all the people. That is why they only do the Segway tours in the early morning hours.

The tour lasts for approximately 2 hours and we both loved it. At the end they give you a special Segway pin and tell you not to trade it since the only way to get the pin is to take a Segway tour. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that will take another Segway tour on our next visit to Walt Disney World. They also offer off-road Segway tours at Fort Wilderness. I would love to try that one next. If you ever get the opportunity to take a Segway tour, don’t pass it up. They are a blast!

Around the World Segway Tour in EPCOT

Hidden Function Hall behind the countries in EPCOT

After spending the day in Epcot, we headed over to Canada and right between Canada and England is a large gate and behind that gate is this building and it’s where we had the last evening event. The theme for this night was “The Magic of Healthy Living”.

Magic of Healthy Living Event

Magic of Healthy Living Disney Event

The dinner was delicious!

Dinner Menu for the Magic of Healthy Living Event

Dinner at the Magic of Healthy Living Event

Alyson Stoner speaking at the Magic of Healthy Living Event

Alyson Stoner, from the Disney Channel,(you may know her as the voice of Isabella on Phineas & Ferb) was there announcing the names of children who had won an essay contest about the “Magic of Healthy Living” and a trip to Walt Disney World.

Dessert Party in EPCOT

After the dinner we were all ushered out to a dessert party on the edge of World Showcase Lagoon for front row viewing of Illuminations and a dessert party.

Dessert Party in EPCOT

All the little bite-size desserts were just incredible. My favorite was the flourless chocolate cake. Yum! Great ending to another perfect day!

I paid a fee to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Conference, but as an attendee my husband and I received complimentary items, special discounts, and other exciting benefits such as food and entertainment, so we could experience the magic of Walt Disney World. All thoughts and opinions expressed are 100 % my own.
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We’re All Showing Our Disney Side!

I received free products in order host a Disney Side @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own. We were sent everything we would need to hold a Disney Side @Home Celebration.

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If you know me at all, you know I love everything Disney! When I was given the opportunity to host a #DisneySide @Home Celebration, I was so excited! We had the Multi-generational theme. It was so fun planning the party. Even more fun, my daughter was planning Disney themed parties for our grandchildren at the same time as well.

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This is the first time I have ever made a Duff cake and I have to say that despite my worries, the cupcakes came out amazing! Well, amazing and yummy!

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Little Alayna celebrated her 1st birthday showing off her #DisneySide. She’s a big fan of Princess Sofia

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If you want to show your family’s Disney Side, you can find lots of tips and delicious recipes on the DisneySideCelebrations.com

I received free products in order host a Disney Side @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own. We were sent everything we would need to hold a Disney Side @Home Celebration.

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5 Tips for Living With A Deaf Cat

5 Tips For Living With A Deaf Cat

You may have heard that all white cats with blue eyes are deaf. While not true, blue-eyed white cats have a higher chance of being born deaf than kittens who aren’t white. According to research, up to 85 percent of white cats with blue eyes are born deaf, while only up to 22 percent of white cats without blue eyes are born deaf. Interestingly, white cats with one blue eye can be deaf in one ear and is almost always the on the same side as the blue eye.

Which brings me to Rosie. Almost 2 years ago we fostered this sweet little kitten. She was about 5 weeks old and was brought to Lollypop Farm after being found wandering outside all alone. We brought her home to cuddle her, feed her, and love her until she was old enough to go back to Lollypop Farm to be spayed and put up for adoption.

5 Tips For Living With A Deaf Cat

Right away we discovered she was deaf. How did we know? Our other foster kittens always knew when we were coming to the foster/laundry room and would meet us at the door meowing to greet us. Instead, Rosie would be sound asleep and not wake up until we gently moved the blanket she was sleeping on. I could walk in, throw in a load of laundry and leave again, all without her waking up.

5 tips for living with a deaf cat

I wondered what this would mean for her future. I could see she was growing into a sweet loving kitten, but she frightened easily when we would seemingly pop up out of nowhere. Seeing her reflection in a mirror or the window would terrify her.

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Despite these episodes, she was getting used to the flow of our household. Our other cats accepted her and the dogs didn’t bother her.  She learned that bedtime meant canned cat food and if the other cats went running, she should follow them. She learned that when I made a ‘come on’ motion with my hand that meant to see what I had for her.

5 tips for living with a deaf cat

When it was time, we brought her back to Lollypop Farm to get spayed and put up for adoption. We ended up bringing her back home after several days and she has been here ever since. Along the way we’ve learned a few things about living with a deaf cat.

1. Keep Your Deaf Cat in the House

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This really goes for all cats, but especially for deaf cats. There are so many dangers outside for a deaf cat from other cats, dogs, wildlife, and cars. I hate to think about tiny Rosie being outside by herself and what could have happened to her if she hadn’t been found right away.

2. Don’t Declaw Your Deaf Cat

Again, this really goes for all cats, but especially a concern for deaf cats. If they were to get outside, and it can happen to the most careful pet owner, their claws would be their only defense.

3. Respect Your Deaf Cat’s Personal Space

5 Tips for Living with a deaf cat

Rosie is very affectionate and loves to cuddle, but it’s on her terms. I never just pick her up for a cuddle like I do with the other cats. I wait for her to come to me and reward her with pets and treats.

4. Teach Everyone in the Family How to Interact with Your Deaf Cat

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Everyone in the family needs to know how to interact with your deaf cat. This means not plopping down on the chair next to your sleeping cat or reaching down to pet her when she is asleep. This can cause the cat to be afraid and you may end up with some nasty scratches. Knowing what scares your cat and keeping these situations to a minimum whenever possible will help her feel safe, secure, and more confident in her environment. Everyone in our family knows not to quickly scoop up Rosie while she is sleeping. If they want her to move off of their favorite chair or homework they gently nudge whatever she is sleeping on. This is enough to wake her up and see someone is there and then they are able move her.

5. Make Your Home Safe for Your Deaf Cat

Make sure all your screens are secure to prevent your cat from accidentally getting outside. A lot of pets get out when there is a contractor in the house. They often get let out by accident or they run out because they are afraid. If you need some work done in your home, set up your cat in an extra room or bathroom before the contractor arrives and make sure the door stays closed until the contractor is gone.

Living with a deaf cat isn’t really any different than life with a hearing cat. Just simple common sense and a willingness to be a little flexible for your deaf cat will ensure you both enjoy each other’s company for years to come.

Meet Angel, our Lollypop Farm Pet of the Week

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Angel came to Lollypop Farm because her owner could no longer care for her. She’s an 11-year-old female domestic shorthair. She likes to hang out with other cats and play fetch. She’s shy at first but, once she warms up to you, she’ll want to warm up your lap! Angel is available free of charge to approved adopters, age 60 and over, through Lollypop Farm’s Seniors-for-Seniors program.

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