Contributed by Elantrice H
Contributed by: Elantrice Hughley (NDI#132) Elantrice is the DDL Shopping Blogger.
The kid in me still enjoys wearing Band-Aids. Nothings makes a boo-boo better than a kiss from mom and a fun Band-Aid. They have come a long way from the beige ones from my childhood. Today, Band-Aids come in a variety of colors and characters. Disney is well represented in the Band-Aid line. There are Mickey Mouse, Muppets, Cars, Princess, Phineas and Ferb, Disney Fairies, and Spider-Man.
Which one is your favorite? Do you hide your Disney Band-Aids from your children in order for them not use all of the Disney Band-Aids (LOL)?
Photo Credit: EH
I have a confession. I look at DisneyStore.com every morning. Well you probably already figured that out. During one early morning “window shopping” cruising of the site, I discovered the Show No Towel. This item can be described as a “standard bath towel with a vertical opening in the middle, hemmed with colorful fabrics and designs. The towel can be used as a cover-up or a changing towel.” Shelly Ehler, presented her creation on Shark Tank Season 3. More of Shelly’s story can be found here. For the Disney Parks, the following Show No Towel was created.
Photo Credit: EH
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As you have read, I am a Disney shopper. It can get expensive at times, especially with no budget set. I have learned to use Disney gift cards to assist me with no getting caught up in the “magic of Disney merchandise.” I set a budget, load the amount on the card, and cross my fingers that I can stick to it. I have been successful at times and others I had to reload the gift card before the end of the trip. The gift card can be reloaded at most registers on property. Besides using the card to stick to a budget, it is easy to use in stores, resorts, restaurants, and most snack carts. I also like the fact that I do not have to count out cash or carry around all the coin change as a result of using cash. However, remember to treat your gift card as cash.
I love discovering new items when going to Walt Disney World. This trip was no different of course. During my March trip, my friend and I walked into Trend-D at Downtown Disney. We discovered new throw pillows had been released. We discovered a larger assortment of pillows at World of Disney. The following pillows retail for $19.95.
Be Our Guest Pillow Side 1 - Photo Courtesy of EH
Due to my organizational nature, I love colorful notebooks and journals for personal use or work. Disney stocks a wide variety of journals with characters, colors, and themes. In my field of counseling, expression of feelings is healthy and encouraged. A journal can be used to record personal thoughts, goals, dreams, etc. What better way of putting those thoughts on paper than in a Disney related journal. The journals also make a good place to write to-do-lists or “whatever your heart desires”.
The following are journals I have collected over the years.
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I have come to learn that Target has a lot of Disney items for the home. I like to take at least a weekly walk-through at my local Target to discover any new items. I have been hearing from other Disney enthusiasts about new Disney items for the bathroom. My Target has the following:
Mickey Mouse shower curtain $19.99
Mickey Mouse shower curtain hooks $9.99
(Also saw Cars shower curtain hooks)
Mickey Mouse hand towel $7.99
Mickey Mouse bath towel $9.99
Mickey Mouse bath rug $19.99
Mickey Mouse soap pump $9.99
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On a weekly shopping trip to Target, I discovered new Disney items in the home section. I was very excited about this find and wanted to share the news with others. The price point was $19.95. The items observed were as follows:
- Wall hangings
- Lamp shades and bases (sold separately)
- Serving tray
- Mickey bank
- Jewelry tree
- Jewelry box
- Earring stand
I purchased the jewelry tree and I am satisfied with it. It holds my necklaces, bracelets and earrings that have a long post or hoops. I did not choose the earring stand because I wanted the flexibility to place more than just earrings on something.
Posted in Gifts, Lifestyle, Shopping, Uncategorized Tagged Disney, frames, home goods, jewelry tree, jewerly box, mirror, Target, tray
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As some of you know I was blessed with a healthy nephew this past November. With Christmas around the corner, I wanted to get him something that would be different. He would be growing out of clothes like crazy and not too much he could do with toys at a month old. His routine is mostly eat, sleep, and poop. I wanted his gift to have a Disney theme of course. You are never too young to be introduced to Disney.
As a Christmas gift to myself last year, I purchased a Special Edition Keurig from Bed, Bath & Beyond. I heard so much about this single service coffee machine from Disney peeps on Twitter. I had to learn what K cups were and there are over 100 varieties of coffee, plus coffee and tea. So with some knowledge of what this machine could do, I set out with a couple of 20% off coupons from Bed, Bath, & Beyond to make this purchase.
I do not regret the choice I made.
I am partial to Café Mocha and dark/medium roast coffee. Starbucks recently started selling K cups for the Keurig. By now you are wondering how this ties into being a Neurotic Disney Individual. Well the coffee has to fall into a Disney mug. I usually start my day at 5 a.m. with coffee in one of my Disney mugs. I usually set the timer on my Keurig to begin heating the water and by the time I make it downstairs, I just have to pop in which flavor of coffee I would like. In a flash I am heading back upstairs to read work emails and cruise Twitter.
It is about that time to start shopping or at least getting ideas on what to get that Disney fanatic in your life. Whether it is your spouse, family member, teacher, or yourself, Hallmark has some nice Disney items.
I discovered Hallmark was selling plaques with quotes from Disney movies and Walt Disney from Twitter. I immediately had to check this out for myself. Four plaques, including a calendar, later, I go to Hallmark at least once a month to see if there are any new items in the collection. Besides plaques, there are mugs and paperweights. These items range from $9.95 to $16.95.
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On October 1, 2011, I was in a line at 5am on the walkway between Magic Kingdom and The Contemporary Resort. Why was I in a line this early you may ask? Well to answer your question…for the Magic Kingdom 40th anniversary merchandise of course!! To be released were pins, Vinylmations, and shirts to mark this special occasion.
At 6am, the line was moved to the far left side of the turnstiles to receive a wristband. We still had to go through security which means we got pushed back some in the line. Three good friends and I received a black wristband that would allow us to buy the exclusive pins and Vinylmations between 9:30am and 10am. There were a limited number of wristbands given out and I am not sure how many were distributed. We spent the time thinking about why Starbucks needed to have a delivery service, tweeting, taking pictures, and talking about this adventure. From what I was told the people who were in the front of the line never left Magic Kingdom after Mickey’s No So Scary Halloween Party. They had been in line since the party ended at midnight. While we were waiting, the crowd was given a button and special guide map for the day. I am not sure at what time the park ran out of guide maps.
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The 16th Annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival started on September 30th and ends November13th. The theme for this year’s event is “Passport to a World of Flavors.” The theme is very catchy and fitting. Three new marketplaces were announced: Caribbean, Craft Beers, and Hawaii. I’m sad to say, Idid not try any of these. I really did not try much. It was just so hot! That is not a reflection on the qualityor presentation of the food. It is just when I get hot, water is what I reach for.
People that know me know I have shopped for Disney items to place in my home. Of course I am a big Disney fan, but my love for Mickey Mouse is even bigger. I wanted to take the time to show how I’ve decorated my home office to reflect my love for “The Mouse.” I spend a great deal of time at my desk typing notes, making phone calls, or just getting ready for the next work day. I love the fact I can just look around and see my “collections” that remind me of Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney World.
I enjoy Disney shopping for things I can specially use in my home office as well as work. I have several Disney sticky pads, notebooks, and Kooky pens.
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On March 29, 2011, I had the opportunity to attend the Media Event at the newly-designed Disney Store before its opening on March 30th. The store is located at Perimeter Mall (4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30346). The new store design “aims to create a retail experience from a child’s perspective to deliver the best 30 minutes of a child’s day.” This is the first store of its kind in Georgia. The store measures 4,145 square feet. I loved the unique “skyline” of the store. The Fox Theater, a historic landmark located in Downtown Atlanta, is one wall with “Plane Crazy” on the marquee. In another area of the “skyline,” Ariel and Prince Eric sit in a boat taking in the Atlanta skyline beyond the trees. At different times, you may catch a glimpse of Dumbo flying by or a hot air balloon. Placed around the store are 12 foot tall animated trees. Projectors reflect certain moods and season on them. I observed the trees “blooming” and Alice & friends sitting in the branches.
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My sister and I made a quick trip to Walt Disney World to meet up with Disney tweeps and to see the beautiful topiaries at the 18th Annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV. This year’s festival, which began on March 2nd and ends on May 15th, offers tips on gardening, conservation, and presentations by HGTV’s designers. I was excited to see several topiaries of characters such as Lotso, Mickey & The Gang, Pooh & Friends, Lightin’ McQueen, and Lady & The Tramp to name a few. I had the opportunity to walk through Bambi’s Butterfly House. I saw Water Wise Herbs & Vegetables, presented by Rain Bird Corporation and The Art of Green Living presented by FNGLA.
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We all know how large the craze of Silly Bandz has become. Disney of course has joined in with their own line that includes the Fab 5, Toy Story, Pirates, Princess, Holiday, and Cars to name a few. I have a couple that I wear and trade with my 4 year old godson. I guard my pink Mickey Mouse one at all times. My godson will take what he can from my nightstand when I am not looking, however, he is very willing to share.
Posted in Children, Collections, Lifestyle, Shopping Tagged abused children, Children, Disney, emotional abuse, fad, fun, physical abuse, sexual abuse, Silly Bandz, therapy
When checking out, I never gave a thought about my purchases being placed in plastic and/or paper bags. For years I used these bags without a care in the world. Even reusing them as trash bags, made plastic bags “multi-purpose.” Today plastic bags are out due to the harm they can cause to animals on land or to marine life in the sea. So what does a Disney driven person use? Disney reusable bags of course. I have purchased several that range from $2.50 at The Disney Store to $9.95 at the parks. The Disney reusable bags are stronger and hold more than the average plastic bag.
I keep several in the trunk of my car. That way, I always have them on hand when I go to the grocery store or mall. If you forget you have them, place the bags near your front door or in a visible place in the car to see them when you get out. Several stores are now encouraging the use of reusable bags by offering a small amount off of your purchase. Target offers five cents off your total, and Whole Foods will give a ten cent discount.
When one thinks of Walt Disney World they may think about Mickey Mouse, riding Dumbo, or playing with the Princesses. For me, I think about the pins, T-shirts, Vinylmations, and Disney “silly bands” that I want to purchase. Yes, shopping is a Disney attraction that I am always up for riding. Think about it – you are in awe of the theme of the stores, the “it” item that has been given that special Disney touch, you are placed in a queue to check out, and your hands go up in the air and squeal with excitement when you get a gift with purchase!