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.

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A Dapper Little Beast

Beauty in the Beast is Disney’s most timeless love story.  After all, who could ever love a Beast?!  Belle did, she couldn’t resist his charm.  Under all that scuff was an endearing prince and Beast, he was overturned by Belle’s beauty and gentleness.  Their love story is truly a Tale as Old as Time and is what makes this Disney animation a family favorite.  If your family is anything like mine, dressing up as characters from your favorite Disney movie is the thing to do, especially when hitting the parks for a day of fun or a night of not so scary spooktaculars!

dscn7719Dress  your little prince in this dapper Beast suit from Girly Princess Shop.  The Beast suit features a button down the back ruffled shirt blouse with ruffled sleeves that play peek a boo under the jacket sleeves,  yellow vest, blue suit jacket, and pants.  The vest and suit jacket are complete with embossed gold buttons for that pristine finished dapper look that Disney style is all about. Made from a polyester material that provides a cool and comfortable wear around the parks.  A perfect replica of Beast’s suit that was worn on the night he and Belle  fell in love.

Is Beast in need of a Princess Belle?  Girly Princess Shop offers a beautiful gold Belle dress that is perfect for a sibling pair.  Also available: Cinderella dress, Prince Charming Suit, Snow White, and more!   All costumes are ready to ship within 3-5 days, just in time for Halloween!  You will be impressed by the quality of this suit costume.  **DISNEY PARK TIP** If you are looking for an extra magical experience, dress your son in this Beast suit on the day you go to Magic Kingdom.  Stop in for Enchanted Story Time with Belle.  Cast members may just pick your child to be the Beast in the live telling of the story.  At the end of the story, Beast dances with Belle and will have an opportunity for some awesome photo captures!

 

Take me to the day when Belle and Beast fell in love~

 

 

 

Storybook Aprons

Bonjour, good day!  With fall in the air mornings are definitely not the same here in the Spoonley household.  I am finding myself baking away in the kitchen making yummy tummy treats for my lil humans.  Have you tried the grey stuff?  Oh my Disney, it is delicious!  If you haven’t, then keeping reading I will share the recipe.

My kids call me the clean baker, I tend to wipe up my lil messes and spills as I mix.  My motto is, “clean as you live.”  What can I say, my OCD gets the best of me.  I also like to wear an apron as I sway back and forth in song watching as my sweets rise in the oven.  But who says an apron should only be worn in the kitchen?!

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Amanda of Crafting Envy designs beautiful storybook aprons inspired by your favorite Disney princesses that are just perfect for adult dressup this Halloween!  I absolutely adore this Belle inspired apron.  It is made of a soft cotton with a lined bodice and extra long straps for easy tying.

 

There is nothing peculiar about this apron, it is made to match Belle’s Provincial dress worn in the beginning of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.  Pair this apron with a white polka dot petticoat for a vintage chic look, or slip it over a tee and tights for a simple and unique costume perfect for any party.  Amanda is the queen of customization, so if you have something else in mind make sure to send her a private message and she will whip up something extra special for you.

***New*** from Crafting Envy!  Amanda has been busy in her workshop crafting  princess dress ornaments adorned with lace and beautiful beading that are perfect for displaying on your Christmas tree this holiday season.  Here is your chance to win a Cinderella Dress Ornament inspired by Disney’s  live action Cinderella film.  The bodice is made from quality felt and the skirt is made from fashion fabrics. It is hand embroidered and beaded.  To enter this giveaway please click on the image below to be redirected to Instagram.

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The Grey Stuff Recipe

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Ingredients
  • 1 small pkg (3.4 oz) Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 15 Oreos
  • 1 small tub Cool Whip (8 oz)
  • 2 TB Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
  • Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, combine pudding mix and milk. Whisk well and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  2. Place Oreos in a food processor and blend until they become crumbs.
  3. Mix the crushed Oreos in with the pudding mixture and mix well.
  4. Fold in Cool Whip and chocolate pudding mix until well combined and refrigerate for one hour before serving.
  5. When ready to serve, place “grey stuff” in a piping bag and add a dollop to the middle and then pipe a spiral around it. Top with sprinkles.
  6. ENJOY!

Recipe from the Disney Diner

Be the Belle of the Race with iGlowRunning

iGlow Running  is not just another shop found on Etsy!  Its more like a runner’s dream come true!  When you virtually step foot into this whimsical online shop, you will discover an array of Run Costumes from your favorite Disney and Marvel movies.  Each costume is eloquently designed and hand sewn to expressively draw life from every superbious detail.  Just take a look at this Belle Costume!  il_570xN.897734745_ayzjThe intricate detail is absolutely stunning; from the shimmer and sparkle right down to the beauteous roses.  Runner/Seamstress Wanda Gonzalez does not miss a beat and this is why she stands out from the rest!  The quality of her work is flawless.  This beautiful Belle running outfit is made out of super light wicking material, breathable, and guaranteed to not irritate your skin. It is very comfortable and light to run in and is a definite eye catcher!  Outfit comes complete with running top, running skirt, and arm sleeves and customized to your individual size.

This is the perfect running outfit for the upcoming Wine and Dine Kid Races, 5K at Epcot this November, Mickey Marathon Weekend in January or The Princess 5K/Marathon taking place at Walt Disney World February 2017!

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Pictured above is my daughter, Allison who will be wearing this royal outfit in the Mickey Marathon Weekend Kid Races in January.  She felt like a princess and was magically transformed into the Belle of the Ball as she slipped on the final arm sleeve.   As Allie started to twirl in excitement she  began to sparkle and glow.

Wanda is such a joy to communicate with and strives to meet perfection when designing your Run Costume; whether it be a design she has already listed in her shop or a custom.  Gonzalez uses polyester, spandex, and Lycra, making all running outfits soft, breathable and airy.  Run with Attitude, Run with Power, Run in Disney Style!

Other top picks:

Frozen Sisters!!! Elsa and Anna

Merida, Mulan, Rapunzel, and Tiana

 Be seen while running and Glow with iGlow Running!

Thank you to Wanda Gonzalez, from iGlow Running for this beautiful Belle running outfit, which was offered complimentary in exchange for an honest review/feature on my blog.