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Spooky Days are fun days at WDW

Spooky Days are coming to Walt Disney World this September!  Spooky Empire, the same company behind Orlando’s semi-annual horror conventions, has announced Spooky Days in the Parks as a two-day meet up event “for fans that have a ‘villainous’ side.”  This first time event will take place on September 22-23.  Come play in the parks dressed in your most frightful Disney Bound.

Need some inspiration?  You could check out Pinterest for some “spooky” ideas.  Or you can keep reading for visual inspiration from Kawaiian Pizza Apparel.

Kawaiian Pizza Apparel designs casual cosplay apparel for all your Disney Bounding needs.  This Etsy shop offers Disney inspired leggings, shirts, tank tops, dresses, skirts, and so much more for Disney fans of all ages.   All items are hand screened by two curious sisters with a big heart for Disney and style.

Pictured above is the Haunted Mansion Inspired Skater Dress, Kid’s Jack Skellington Nightmare Before Christmas Inspired Disneybound Shirt, and Maleficent Inspired Skater Dress.  Other designs are available and customized apparel is offered upon request.

Will we be at Spooky Days? YES!

What are we wearing?  Great question!  I am still conjuring up the perfect Disney Bound for my son and I.   My daughter selected a dress from Kawaiian Pizza Apparel’s Ready to Ship section.  She will Disney Bound as Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas.

 

Designed to mirror the intricate details of our favorite ragdoll.   This Disney Bound is brightly colored,  lightweight, and breathable; making it a great wear for the Florida heat.  Slip on a pair of running shorts or leggings and transform this Disney Bound into the perfect run costume.

Kawaiian Pizza Apparel  makes it so easy to Disney Bound in the parks.  Thank you to Alec Dale for sending us this beautiful Sally inspired dress.  I’m thinking I need to snag the Jack Skellington inspired shirt for my son.  OHHHH My Disney and a Zero dress for me!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book- A Book Review

33412061Who hasn’t fallen in love with the timeless tale of Belle and her Beast?  An enchanting story of inner beauty and love… But have you ever wanted more?  Beauty and The Beast: Lost in a Book an Enchanting Original Story by New York Times Best-Selling author Jennifer Donnelly tells the tale of Belle and how she lost herself in a book found in the Beast’s library and how she truly came to love the Beast.

Her nose is always stuck in a book and in this story that is no different.  After the Beast surprises sweet, smart, bookish Belle with the key to his library, Belle is left with an unending desire to spend her days reading.  It is when she comes upon Nevermore, an enchanted book unlike anything else she has seen in the castle, Belle finds herself pulled into its pages and transported to a world of glamour and intrigue. The adventures Belle has always imagined, the dreams she was forced to give up when she became a prisoner, seem within reach again.   Nevermore  is a grand escape from reality and full of mysterious and charming characters, but can Belle trust them?  Will Belle forget her friends in the enchanted castle?  Is Nevermore’s world even real?   Belle must uncover the truth about the book, before she loses herself in it forever.

Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book is a great read for kids ages 10- adult!  An easy read that will keep audiences captive til the very last page.  Donnelly takes some familiar scenes from the animated hit Beauty and the Beast and puts a spin on them.  With new characters to connect with; love and death you will find the mystery of Lost in a Book will make it hard to put down.  If your not careful you may just find yourself, lost in a book.

Thank you to Disney Publishing for sending me a complimentary copy of Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book an Enchanting Original Story by New York Times Best-Selling author Jennifer Donnelly.

Splitsville Luxury Lanes

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Looking for good eats and a striking time?  Check out Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Disney Springs and get your family game on!  Not your everyday bowling alley.  With a mix of retro vibes and classy dining; Splitsville is redefining this popular sport.   Grab your ball and let’s get rollin’.

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Too Cute!!! Minnie and Mickey Bowling Balls!!!!

 

It is recommended to reserve your lanes 24 hours in advance, especially if you have a large group.  Spare me…Splitsville does offer walk in pricing, but this is not a guarantee. Lane usage is based on your party size to maximize your game and you will be pleased to know the shoe rental and bumpers are included.

Upon arrival you will check in at the front desk where you will provide names and shoes

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sizes for all bowlers.  Make sure to inform the cast member of any bowlers that would like to use bumpers.  This information will be saved to their bowling profile.  During the game the bumpers will set when the bowler’s profile requires them and drop when not needed.  This is super cool!  Everyone can bowl on the same lane and are accommodated as needed.  Your shoes will then be placed in a basket  and a cast member will guide your party to the assigned lane for your game.  Take caution:  the game time will already be ticking away so you may want to be fast on your feet and get your game shoes on.

Got the munchies?  Splitsville is home to some of the most tantalizing “Alley Food” known to mankind.  The unique menu offered is a blend of traditional and upscale offerings that will send your taste buds spinning.  A few of my menu favorites include:

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Splitsville’s mouth watering Filet Sliders

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 tangy California Crunch

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 and the Meat Lover’s Pizza all served fresh to your family lane.   That’s right ya’ll…this ain’t your momma’s bowling alley!   Don’t forget to get your drink on!  Drink to your heaven’s content…I recommend the slushie in a souvenir cup!

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My family and I had a fabulous time!  There is so much family friendly fun going on it is hard not to.  The staff is incredibly warmhearted and works hard to deliver the Disney Magic.  It is just an awesome place to kick back and relax while getting a friendly game on.  Thank you Splitsville for your hospitality and inviting our family to roll with ya!

 

 

How I Survived My First 5K

IMG_20170224_093428_954.jpgIn February I ran my  first Disney 5K with my children.   After months of training along a quiet, rustic trail, I jumped into a crowd with thousands of runners and quiet was far from heard.  Throughout my training my children earnestly tried to prepare me for the change in terrain and other environmental changes as they were learning to run my “slow speed” and how to manage my weaknesses.  But, what I learned on  race day is:  running in an event with thousands of people  is incredibly different than training as a trio.   There is a plethora of emotions from anxiety to excitement as everyone awaits for their corral to be called to the starting line.  Once the race begins runners turn on their defensive running skills as they make their way along the track.  Some runners head straight to the finish line while others make their way from character to character.  I must say stop for the characters!  You have plenty of  time to enjoy all photo opportunities.  Disney invites many rare characters to cheer you.  They are stationed every half mile or so and are a huge part of the fun.

I am not a professional runner by any means.  I basically went from couch to 5K in less than 3 months of every now and again training.  My children are the runners.  And I will be honest we walked most of the 3.2 miles because I just couldn’t handle it.  At mile marker 1 I was out of breath and my throat was on fire because I have not mastered breathing while running.  My only accomplishment thus far was running for 5 minutes straight.  As we crossed into Mexico I told my dauwdw2017055673013401_7958377109_dsnyRes-base_dsnyLoc-regghter I was done and would wait at the finish line for her and her brother.  She grabbed my hand and dragged me through the rest of the winding track.  I can proudly say that I crossed the finish line and I can’t wait to do it again.

I could not have survived my first 5K without a few runner essentials.

  1. KT TAPE:  KT TAPE is an elastic sports and fitness tape designed for muscle, ligament and tendon pain relief and support.  This is a Godsend for anyone who suffers pain from running.  I tend to get shin splints within the first 5 minutes of running.  IMG_20170223_211054_265I easily taped my shin area and soles of my feet the night before with the help of a KT TAPE YouTube video.  I was amazed at how easy it was to tape myself and even more amazed when I finished running without any shin pain.  KT TAPE will last for days and withstands sweat and water.  So if you are running a series of events over the weekend you will only need to tape yourself once.  I still don’t understand the science behind KT TAPE, but it works like magic and I will never run again without it.
  2. Shoe Charms:  Running on the Wall motivational shoe charms will inspire any runner to climb mountains.  Just as my body was giving up I looked down at my shoes and read the words, “Keep Running- Hebrews 12:1” and “She Believed She Could and So She Did.”  IMG_20170222_202811_396This was at the same moment my daughter grabbed me by the am and said, “Mom, your doing great you are almost there.  You made it to Mexico.”  I knew I couldn’t give up.  Having that little push really helped me gain momentum and motivated me to “Keep Running.”
  3. Fruit DropsFruit Drops:  Skratch Labs Fruit Drops are made with real fruit and will give you a quick boost of energy that will get you flying to the finish line.  Fruit Drops are an easy and convenient source of carbohydrate to help maintain blood sugar and performance during prolonged exercise. A single pouch contains ten ‘drops’ comprising two 80 calorie servings.  I found the Screen_Shot_2017-01-10_at_2.28.16_PM_475x475Raspberry Fruit Drops by Skratch Labs a need to start kick my early morning.  They are sweet and provide lasting energy.  My children and I shared the raspberry fruit drops before the race and we were on a high for hours after the race.  But be prepared to crash hard when the energy runs out.

As a new runner I am learning with every race I run.  My body is still adjusting and I can’t run an entire race, but perhaps one day I can.  I watch other runners and think to myself, “they make it look so easy.”  For me, running is made easier with my top 3 runner essentials.

Do you have a product that you just can’t run without?  Share below in the comments.

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Disney Bounding- Sadness

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Smile Pretties! It is Friday and I am feeling fabulous and wish you love and happiness for your weekend adventures!  If you are in the Orlando area you may want to find Adventure at Disney Springs for the Road to the Races tour where you can see Lightning McQueen and other Cars 3 stars.  This event is scheduled through Sunday.  Don’t worry if you are not able to attend you can still enjoy the event!!! I will go live on my Instagram this weekend while attending the event found on the Marketplace side.  If you are following me on Instagram  you will receive a notification when I go live and if you are not following me @forkandspoonley you really should hit that follow button.  I will try to do more live feeds from the parks and when we are out and about as much as I can.  If you would like more information about the Road to the Races tour you can find it here:  Cars3tour.  The tour is kicking off here in Orlando and making it’s way around the USA!

So, today I wanted to share with you a Disney Bounding look I put together for one of my favorite characters from Pixar’s movie INSIDE OUT.  There is just so much to love about her.   I just want to hug her and turn her blue into a new hue.  SADNESS!

So here I am with @JulietTheFirst as “Joy and Sadness” as we took over headquarters.  This was truly an emotional day.

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Disney Bounding is tons of fun and acquires a lot of attention from cast members, characters, and other guests.  Overall it adds to the magic of the day!  So to complete this look you will need a blue wig, large-black circle glasses, blue dress with Peter Pan collar, nude colored flats, and blue lace peek a boo socks.

You can find the wig and dress on Amazon.  To keep within the Disney Guidlines for dressing up in the park I chose to wear the dress vs the sweater and pants look that Sadness rocks so well.  Simply because the wig and glasses really made the look.

 

Do you Disney Bound?  Share your Dressed in Disney looks below!!!  I would love some new inspiration.  Also, if you would like to see me Disney Bound as a specific character around the parks post your suggestion in the comments.

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Sweet Treats: Sprinkles at Disney Springs

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Disney Springs just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter, and with the opening of Sprinkles Cupcakes last spring this Disney hot spot can’t be beat.  If you haven’t heard of Sprinkles cupcakes you may just be living under a rock.  Sprinkles is home to the world’s first cupcake ATM and has grown to 20 store’s worldwide.  AND is….disney-2x

Sprinkles Cupcakes serves only the finest ingredients; meaning no artificial flavors or preservatives are used.   Your taste buds are guaranteed freshness and extra sweet baked into every cupcake.  Between the ATM and the store they bake and frost nearly 2,000 cupcakes a day!  dscn0076

With this much natural sugar shock going on I had to give in to my craving.  I met up with Jodi, the General Manager at Sprinkles at Disney Springs to get the inside scoop and learn some super cool facts about CUPCAKES!

Jodi has worked at the Sprinkles in LA, Beverly Hills, and Las Vegas  before coming to Florida.  She has been with the Disney Springs bakery since it opened May 2016.  So of course she has seen and experienced a lot in the cupcake world.  When asked what makes Sprinkldscn9934es so different from other bakeries, she replied, “Sprinkles is like a ride. Because you come in and see the cupcakes being made and be a part of the process itself.”  Guests can view cupcakes being frosted through out the day up until closing.  Using a unique frosting technique called the Sprinkles swirl, cupcakes are frosted  all around and finished with a final swirl.   dscn9970

Almost everything is made in-house. For example, the cream cheese whipped cream featured in the Red Velvet Mocha is made in several batches throughout the day.  **Fun Fact** Red velvet is their most popular and signature flavor.  And did you know you can say anything with cupcakes?  Have any message or hashtag spelled out on cupcakes!

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“We’ve had message boxes that ask “Will you marry me?  My favorite messages are those for weddings or ones with bridal shower hashtags.” (Jodi, 2017)  Sharing happy messages with special humans is just too sweet with Sprinkles Cupcakes. This is by far the most joyful cupcake I have ever seen.   They are also the best cupcake I have ever tasted.  Sprinkle’s cupcakes are so moist that they melt in your mouth and they go great with a sweet cup of coffee.  My favorite combination is a Red Velvet Cupcake and the Red Velvet Mocha.  Other specialty drinks are available.

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Red Velvet Root Beer Float

Get your cupcake on at Sprinkles Disney Springs between 10am and midnight Monday-Sunday!  For after hours treats and sweets check out the Cupcake ATM located just outside the bakery.

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While there is only one Cupcake ATM currently at Disney Springs, Jodi hinted towards the franchise’s expansion and their hopes to add a second soon.

My visit to Sprinkles is just a few months shy of their one year anniversary.  I can’t wait to find out how they will celebrate!  Til then join the Sprinkles Perks program to earn free cupcakes!!!  Thank you, Jodi for the opportunity to experience Sprinkles and the world’s greatest cupcake with my family!

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