When you Wish Upon a Wire

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When you wish upon a wire
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires will come to you

Have you ever wished upon a star with all your might only for your dreams to come true?  How about wishing upon a wire?  As mystical as it may seem,  magical things are conjured when you Wish Upon a Wire.   Anything your heart desires: Dole Whips, Mickey balloons, or Cinderella’s Castle- that’s right your dreams of the perfect Minnie ears have finally come true!  Jen is the fantastical wizard behind the wire Minnie ears.  She intricately designs and creates customized wire Minnie ears even the Blue Fairy fawns over.

There is nothing this gal cannot do!  Even I tried to challenge Jen, but she is a true master of the art and the end result of my customized ears ruffled some feathers. Before I reveal the whimsical ears that were designed for me; I’d like to share the ordering process.

To start Jen asked me what theme I wanted.  There was no doubt in my mind, I needed Dole Whip ears!  So, I requested something with a Dole Whip on one side and anything magical on the other.  I was very vague,  simply because it was too hard to decide.  I just love everything Jen creates.  I feel like I need one of everything!  It all started with an idea that turned into a sketch and finished with a little touch of pixie dust!   Throughout the design process Jen would send me magic mail to my gmail inbox teasing my ever wishing heart with sneakie peeks.

The whole process was spellbounding.  I felt connected to Jen and the fabrication of my ears.  Ordering from Wish Upon a Wire is truly a unique experience I hope to endure again, and again in the future.  Everything right down to the delivery of the finished product is simply MAHVELOUS!  I was thrilled to receive my ears in tact and in perfect shape after shipping.  Jen packaged the ears in bubble wrap and tissue paper which protected the shape of the ears.  Wire ears are incredibly delicate making it it very easy for the ears to bend;  so packaging is extremely important!

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Jen’s design intermixed my love for Adventure, Dole Whips, and the Enchanted Tiki Room.  I just couldn’t wait to take my ears on their first adventure…and when I did cast members and park guests couldn’t help but ask where I got my ears from.  Wish Upon a Wire’s work is literally breathtaking.  I had one park guest chase me down Main Street USA to inquire the craftsmanship of the ears and she could hardly catch her breath.  The brightly colored flowers caught her eye, but when she saw the delicate wire work of Pierre and Collette she was amazed.

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And you can be too!  I have so many beautiful words for Jen and her wire talent.  She is just the sweetest and her ears will bring so much added magic to your Disney Day.  Check out Wish Upon a Wire on Instagram.  Don’t forget to give this shop a follow to stay updated on new designs and the official store opening!

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Forget the star, make your next Wish Upon a Wire

Art Walk Around the World Showcase- EPCOT

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Celebrate the arts during Epcot’s  Festival of the Arts taking place now through February 20th! Enjoy this cultural celebration with succulent dishes, masters of the arts, and family entertainment.  This is great fun for kids of all ages!  PhotoPass photographers can be found in select areas throughout the park.  Enjoy a palette of photo opportunites in which you can literally step into the canvas and become part of the masterpiece.  This was my favorite!

 

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Get as creative as you want as long as you are being respectful.  If you dare pose inappropriately PhotoPass will kindly refrain from taking your picture.  Unfortunately I witnessed a guest pose as  if she was picking the nose of the woman in the hat in Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s famous, idyllic luncheon.  The PhotoPass Photographer requested the guest to change her pose and when the guest refused PhotoPass put the camera down and the magic of Disney PhotoPass came to an end for that guest.  Common courtesy to the artist and the art goes a long way.

As you make your way through the World Showcase you may see artists painting, sketching, or making sidewalk chalk art.  An array of art sellers are also on display. It is truly an awe inspiring experience.

Of course you will see lots of walking art, in the form of Minnie ears!  My daughter and I expressively showed off our new ears…Snuggly Duffy and Pastel Bambi print ears from two enchanting ear boutiques on ETSY.

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The Duffy inspired ears are from Emily’s Enchanting Art and made with the softest bear fur fabric and stuffed with a polyester filling to give them shape and volume.   The ears are firm and adorned with a sailor striped bow and a hidden Mickey.  Cute ears without the headache…making them great to wear around the parks.  If you have thin hair you may want to bobby pin the ears in to avoid slipping and to secure them on faster moving attractions.  I absolutley love how cute and patriotic these ears are. Just like Mickey’s special teddy bear Duffy, these ears are sure to be a favorite!dscn9583

My daughter, Allison is seen wearing Bambi inspired ears from 3rd Star on the Right.  Shanna Johnston, ear designer for 3rd Star on the Right uses a unique sewing method when attaching all pieces of the ears together.  This leaves a cleaner, more polished look to the Minnie ears.  The bambi ears are made with a pastel colored fabric that highlight’s fan favorite’s: Bambi and Thumper and finished off with a centered turquoise bow.  You can also find Disney inspired journals in Shanna’s Etsy shop online.

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Of course the walking art doesn’t stop there…everyone knows Disney Tee’s are a great way to express yourself….and so we did.  Sporting Race Junkie’s  Castle “Home” hoodies  on a  frigid Florida winter day.  The material is soft to the touch and does not cling.  The fit is similiar to that of a tunic.  It is great to Disney Bound in and even better paired with a pair of joggers or a tutu for the perfect run attire.

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There is still time to experience the Festival of the Arts at Epcot.  This event ends on February 20th.  Family fun, culture, and inspiration for everyone!

Bows with a Flare are a Girl’s Best Friend

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Diamonds, pearls, no  BOWS are a girl’s best friend!  Bows are timeless adding elegance, beauty, and a touch of class to any outfit.  It’s no wonder why all my Disney friends are wearing them….BOWS I mean.  Snow White was the first Disney Princess to wear a bow.  She sweetly tied off her red headband with a simple red bow accenting her red lips.   Since then Wendy, Alice, Minnie, Cinderella, Marie, Belle, and Ariel have been seen wearing bows in their hair and on their fabulous dresses.  Everyone is wearing them!  So if you  haven’t picked up on this classic trend, you really should!   One of my favorite hair bow boutiques is Anna and Red.  This bow shop offers an array of bows inspired by some of my favorite Disney characters.  Ada Marie Foley, the designer and owner of Anna and Red Hair Boutique  adorns the bows with lots of sparkle and shine with a variety of embellishments reflecting the essence of the character.

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Such Poor Unfortunate Souls! Bring out your inner villain with this Sea Witch Ursula inspired bow!

Bow is approximately 3 1/2-4 inches long with varying black and purple ribbons with a gold, glittering sea shell in the center! Bow comes on an alligator clip.

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Embark on an epic adventure across the ocean with a bow inspired by Moana from the movie Moana. Disney’s newest princess!

Bow is approximately 3 1/2-4 inches long with varying tan and coral ribbons with a pretty pink flower in the center!

Bow comes on an alligator clip.

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Fly off on a Magic Carpet with this Arabian Princess Jasmine inspired boutique bow.

Bow is approximately 3 1/2-4 inches long with varying teal and gold ribbons with a beautiful teal gemstone in the center!

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Dance once upon a dream with this beautiful Sleeping Beauty inspired bow!

Bow is approximately 3 1/2-4 inches long with varying pink and gold ribbons with her signature briar rose in the center!

Anna and Red’s fanciful hair bows are stunning and eloquently designed.  A perfectly princess accesorry that will transform your hair into a walking masterpiece. Magical and extremely fun to wear, Anna and Red’s hair bows eaily match up with anything!  Pefectly pair them with jeans and a tee, a fancy dress, or a set of wishy washy tentacles.  No matter what you choose to wear the BOW will  complete the look.

Stop by Anna and Red Hair Boutique to start a fantabulous collection of hair bows inspired by your Disney Favorites.  At just $5 for all this cuteness, you can’t go wrong!  And to help you get started Anna and Red is offering a special discount to my readers.  Use coupon code CUTECOUNTRYCHICKHH at checkout to save $5 off an order of $15 or more.  This coupon code will expire February 28, 2016.

 

Be a Pineapple

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New year, New you…so why not be a Pineapple?!  Pineapple’s are more than just a sweet, healthy treat.  They stand tall and regardless of their flaws they are boisterous and proud.  And heck…they get to wear a crown.  YESSSSS!  Please, I want to be a pineapple.  On a more serious note…Be a Pineapple, Stand Tall, Wear a Crown, and Be Sweet on the Inside is one of the most inspiring quotes for 2017.

STAND TALL my friend.  Be you for that is all you can be.  Be you and be proud of your accomplishments, your faults, your desires, your goals, and your past-present-future.  You were made with love in the image of Christ.  Our maker designed you and stitched every part of you.  He knows everything about you….EVERYTHING!!!  And his love flows for you.  God’s love is unconditional and that will  never change.  So be a pineapple and stand tall; knowing you are special and absolutely beautiful!

Psalm 139:14 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Genesis 1:27 “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

WEAR A CROWN, why not!  You my friend are royalty; the daughter of the KING, our Heavenly Father and Creator of all things.  We live a rags to riches fairy-tale that begins and ends with the Prince of Peace.  We were designed with a Happily Ever After  for ETERNITY  which beats any Disney Princess story-line.  As a royal it is safe to say that you were made to be treated as such; never settle for anything less.   Love, kindness, respect, patience, understanding, and gentleness.  So wear that crown and let your inner Princess shine.

1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.”

BE SWEET ON THE INSIDE and share it with the world.  A pineapple is rough on the outside; but regardless of the exterior faults it is what is on the inside that matters and that makes this fruit so desirable.  Just the same no matter your rough patches on the exterior, it is your inner being that counts.  God made you to love and be loved.  May kindness and love flow through you and shine in all you do and each person you interact with.

1 Corinthians 16:14 “Let all that you do be done in love.

1 Peter 3:3-4 “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.  Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”

pineappleBe a Pineapple, Stand Tall, Wear a Crown, and Be Sweet on the Inside.  This is my motto for 2017.  As a reminder, I have this beautiful print by KNOTnNEST displayed in the coziest and busiest room of my home.  Unlike other prints, the motivational image and quote is printed on a soft beautiful burlap with a glazed backing and come ready for framing.  Shabby chic and sophisticated,  KNOTnNEST artistic prints will add class and a touch of encouragement to any room.  I placed this uplifting pineapple print on my vintage nightstand in the family room for all  to see.  It delivers comfort and warmth to all guests that come to my home.   I just adore the sweet messages from KNOTnNEST!

Give the gift of sunshine to someone you love with inspirational burlap prints from KNOTnNEST.

 

Cold Disney Day in FLORIDA

What do you do when the kid races get cancelled due to a Florida winter storm?  Why, go to Magic Kingdom of course!  Thunder Mountain was still rolling so we did too.  I excitedly proclaim that we survived the cold in the most magical place on earth.  Much like Queen Elsa,  the cold never bothered me anyway!!!  With a few warm hugs and some pixie dust we were melting down Main Street USA.  I in my adorable Dole Whip hat by Talula Crafts and my kiddos bundled up for the bitter cold we were off for a fantastical adventure, but only after capturing some fun memories in front of Cinderella’s Castle.

Needless to say we were whipping it through Magic Kingdom on one of the coldest winter days in Florida for 2017.  As the day went on it got colder and the magic got warmer.   This is the best time to play in the parks.  There is an extreme decline in visitors; no hustle and bustle like the holiday’s, which means you almost walk right on to the attractions of your choice.  This is truly the best time of year to  visit Walt Disney World.  Now lets get back to my adorable knit Dole Whip beanie that kept my pretty little noggin nice and toasty in the freezing 38 degree Florida Sunshine.  You can find the delectable knit hat on Etsy from Talula Crafts.  Topped with a cherry Talula’s handcrafted knit hat is every Dole Whip Lover’s Dream.  You may also enjoy hand knitted blankets, scarves, gloves, and crochet dolls handcrafted by Jennie Kay from the heart of Westminster, Colorado the owner of Talula Crafts.  This has got to be the sweetest hat yet the coolest hat I have ever worn in winter and it sure does get a lot of attention.

The Citizens of Main Street stopped me in the center of a large crowd to ask me about my Dole Whip Hat and the Dapper Dan’s played me a special tune.  These guys are amazing and like my friend the Yellow Dapper Dan exclaimed…”It is never too cold for a Dole Whip!  Just take it in and eat it!”  Cheers to you and all my Dole Whip fans.  Disney Bounding in the cold is my new favorite thing to do.  Stay warm Florida friends.  We have 4 more cold days ahead of us.  Brrrr….these Florida winters are turning me into my favorite snowlove OLAF!  Guess I’ll just have to “LET IT GO!”

A little R&R for your skin

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New Year, New Me!  2017 is the year that I get back in shape and focus on my health.  This is the first year that I am setting this goal for myself.   So far I am off to a great start.  New Year’s Day we discovered that our county has opened Shingle Creek Pioneer Trail about .5 miles away from my neighborhood.  As a family we took our first hike for the year and I am 4 weeks into my 5K training.  This trail is peacful and picturesque with miles of God’s country. Running is not my thing.  I prefer to sit on the couch and eat pie; but my children have become avid runners and have inspired me to get up and go.  These amazing kids have already run 2 5K’s and 2 Mickey mile races.  I enjoy spectating, but after signing them up for their first RunDisney 5K I realized it would be awesome if we did this as a family.   I am calling it a family fun run due to the fact I will slow my kiddos down and their time will not be perfection.  My daughter reminds me all the time, that I am killing her time by making her stay with me for the race.  For me just crossing the finish line alive will be a major accomplishment.  Since, starting my training I have lost 3 inches from my waist line and I am pumped with energy.  Bye bye to feeling listless day in and day out.  But, now I am saying hello to damaged skin.   Rough patches on my heels and dryness are just two ailiments that my skin suffers from as I work hard to transform into a healthier me.

Along my path, I have met Nina, an amazing new friend from the Blue Mountains in Australia; where she manages an apiary.   Nina has  rescued wild swarms of bees and given them new, safe homes in the Blue Mountains. Allowing nature to take it’s place, Nina does not disturb the ordering of the Queens and the honey derived from her apiary reflects the changing of the seasons in the Blue Mountains of Australia.   Nina is very passionate about natural living and crafts all natural beeswax skin care products. ” I believe Mother nature offers us everything we need for our skin needs, so there’s no need for complicated chemicals to make our skin look radiant and healthy.” (Nina Tverskikh, 2017)   Her grandmother (babushka)  grew up in an orthodox family of Old Believers, living in the wilderness of the taiga in Far East Russia. All of her family had to rely on natural medicine in their every day life. All through her life babushka Sasha would collect and use herbs, make tinctures and salves to treat literally every ailment. Nina learnt the basics of living off the land from her babushka. Nina’s Bees skincare line is handcrafted using the honey and beeswax from Nina’s bee farm, essential oils, and a variety of organic oils that will nourish, rejuvenate, and restore your skin.  After a hard workout my skin is crying out for Nina’s Bees skincare products.

My after training beauty regiment consists of:

ninaNina’s Bees Revitalising Balm for Face & Neck with Beeswax and Honey is light and quickly absorbs into the skin, leaving your skin feeling toned and moisturized.

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Carefully chosen luxurious oils are blended with beeswax and honey to tone and moisturize the delicate neck and face skin with no greasy feel. Nina  infuses organic calendula flowers in Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil to add anti inflammatory properties to the balm, so that it can be safely used even on the most sensitive skin. Macadamia Nut Oil contains one of the highest sources of palmitoleic fatty acids, vital for delaying skin and premature ageing. Macadamia Nut Oil is also rich in oleic acid. It is moisturizing and anti-inflammatory, making it perfect for a sensitive skin types. Honey is full of antioxidants, it is believed to create a glow.

nina2Nina’s Bees Heel & Elbow Lotion Bar is rich and will soften the rough skin, encouraging cracks healing.

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Carefully chosen natural oils and beeswax soften the rough skin, leaving it feeling nourished and moisturized. Natural beeswax forms a light breathable protective layer on your skin, while locking in the luscious oils.

nina3Nina’s Bees Lip Balm is a nourishing , glossy lip balm providing long lasting hydration and protection. It leaves your lips feeling soft and nourished.

BENEFITS
Castor oil penetrates deep into skin, softens and hydrates your lips. Honey is full of antioxidants and helps repair skin. Sweet Almond oil is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids aiding skin nourishment .
Natural mineral mica adds a little bit of shimmer.

ninas4Nina’s Bees Hand Balm provides long lasting nourishment and protection, leaving your skin feeling silky and moisturized.

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Carefully chosen natural oils give an instant relieve to dry and tired skin, making it visibly softer to the touch and leaving it feeling nourished and moisturized. Natural beeswax forms a light breathable protective layer on your skin, while locking in the luscious oils.

Visit Nina’s Bees Etsy boutique to learn more about each product and how to use them. Nina makes it easy to search for the right product as items are categorized by type of skin.

Nina’s Bees skincare products are a must for my after training beauty routine.  Try them and they will be a must for you too!

 

Pooh loves his honey and so will you!

 

 

 

Shiny Sky Rainbows

Elevate your Disney style with fanciful hair bows and headbands by Shiny Sky Rainbows that will show off what you love most about DISNEY!  Bows that are so sparkly you are bound to stand out from the crowd.  Shiny Sky Rainbows hair bows will transform a blah day to the most magical day ever!  Check out my favorite bows from this quaint shop I found on Etsy!dole2

This darling Dole Whip inspired bow is incredibly delectable and the perfect bow for any Dole Whip fanatic like me.  With just the perfect touch of shimmer and shine the pineapple shaped barrette is topped off with a sparkly, yellow hibiscus flower.   Pair it with the sweetest soft serve Disney treat and you will feel like a Pineapple Princess!

 

lolli2Satisfy your sweet tooth with a swirl lollipop hair bow.  Inspired by Main Street USA’s Confectionery; one of my favorite shops to roam through!  The sweet smells of candy and all things sugary bring back childhood memories  from some of my first visits to the Magic Kingdom. The multicolored bow is brightly vibrant and a perfect replica to the famous Mickey Swirl Lollipop’s.

 

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Channel your inner mermaid with this Ariel inspired hair bow.  Shaped like a starfish, this Ariel flower bow is made of soft grosgrain ribbon and embellished with a gold starfish center.  Life is the bubbles under the sea!  Perfect for your little Disney Princess!

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Yeehawww!  This rootin tootin Jessie insprired headband will intrigue you to yodel your heart out!  Made with a thin, light headband and topped off with a miniature cowgirl hat just like Jessie’s!  You will be an honorary roundup member as you roll and ride through Frontierland.  Look how darling it is matched up with this Jessie inspired dress by One Two Three Shop!  

 

All bows are customized to your desired clip (alligator clip or french barrette) and can be made into a headband!  Let your imagination be your guide and dress your best Disney Style with Shiny Sky Rainbows.