Springtime With Roo DVD Giveaway

According to my calendar, this Thursday, March 20th is the official first day of Spring.

Hooray!  Spring is my favorite season because I love color.  I look forward to watching the tulips blooming, the green grass sprouting, the butterflies fluttering.  I also enjoy the sun’s presence on a more daily basis.  This winter has seemed exceptionally long and filled with much more snow, cloudy days, ice and colder temps than I prefer.  So I’m happy to say goodbye to Winter and welcome to Spring!

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The gracious people at Disney want to help celebrate by offering one lucky reader a FREE DVD.  It’s called Winnie The Pooh Springtime with Roo.  Pooh has always held a special place in our family’s hearts.  I’m delighted to share this giveaway with you today.

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This is super easy.

– Log in to Rafflecopter.

– You will have 4 opportunities to earn entries for the giveaway:

  1. Tweeting the giveaway (5 entries)
  2. Following Family Brings Joy on Twitter (10 entries)
  3. Commenting here on the blog:  Tell me who your favorite Winnie The Pooh character is OR What is your favorite part of Spring?  Choose one or feel free to comment on both. (5 entries)
  4. Follow Family Brings Joy on Instagram (10 entries)

– Giveaway will end on March 19, 2014 at midnight CST

– Winner will be announced on Family Brings Joy’s Facebook & Twitter on March 20, 2014

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Spring Brings Joy,

Friday’s Five Spring Break Bucket Lists

1. I made this one just for you! Click on photo to download.

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2. Click on photo to be directed to site and download.how to nest for less bucket list3. Click on photo to be directed to site and download.education spring break bucket list 4. Click on photo to be directed to site.  This one has some great ideas!imom bucket list5. Click on photo to be directed to site.

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Finally Spring is HERE,

Katy Perry Inspired Greeting Cards

One of my favorite albums right now is Katy Perry’s Prism (Deluxe Version).  I used the lyrics from some of her songs to make my Valentine cards this year.  I couldn’t show them to you before Valentine’s Day…it would have spoiled it for my family.

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The above is from the song Legendary Lovers

Below is from one of her more played songs on the radio Unconditionally

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The next two are from the song Double Rainbow

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All of these are pretty simple to make.  You could make these for any occasion not just Valentine’s Day.  If you have any questions about how I made them, leave me a comment or shoot me an email.

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Make something today,

Friday’s Five Things I Learned At Disney Land

1. The Disney Character I’m most like is Jessie from Toy Story.

There’s a place in the California Adventure park where a computer asks you a bunch of questions to see what character you are most like.  Turns out I’m most like Jessie.

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I found this info out AFTER we met Jessie.  If I would have known of my special kinship, I would have gotten a photo with her too!  Below Jessie signs my daughter’s autograph book.

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2. There are special cutting artists on Main Street of Disney Land who can cut your silhouette by hand.

You might not think this is cool, but I do!  The lady who cut my kid’s silhouettes has been working this craft at Disney Land for 40 years!  I could not believe my eyes as I watched her.

3. If you feel something in your hair at Toon Town in Disney Land, don’t pull it out of your hair…it might be a bee!

DSC08933Yep, this happened to me.  I felt something in my hair.  I pulled it out of my hair to find a bee.  As soon as I figured out what it was I let go of it…too late…it stung me.  I haven’t had a bee sting since I was 4 or 5 years old.  It’s pretty painful.  We found the first aid station and they had some good numbing gel for it with an ice pack.  Thank goodness!  For future reference, if anything like this or any other unfortunate accident occurs while you are visiting Disney Land, tell the nearest cast member (worker) and the nurse will come to you.  We had to walk a little ways to get to the first aid station.  The nurse told us she could have came to us.

4. Spending money on an experience is completely worth it! (I already knew this)  In this case it was the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Disney Land.

This was my daughter’s chance to be prettied up like a Disney princess.   The sweet beautician treated her like royalty doing her hair, nails and makeup.

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Daughter was able to choose what dress/princess she wanted to be.  At the end of the beautifying process they open the curtains you see behind her.  A special mirror is revealed with animation and music. (I wish now I would have taken video)  Here she is…Snow White.

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Next included a photo shoot in Cinderella’s carriage!

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Isn’t it gorgeous?!

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The photographer let me take a few photos with my camera.

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That’s not all…time to meet other princesses!  First is Cinderella.

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Another favorite…Ariel from The Little Mermaid.

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I am so glad we did this.  I will forever have this time etched in my memory…and more importantly I think it will be something she will never forget.

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5. I don’t like roller coasters, crowds and kids who complain about wait times.

I used to like roller coasters when I was young.  As a matter of fact, I would purposefully ride in the very front and put my hands in the air.  Not anymore…it’s another sign of me getting old.  Boo!  I got motion sick riding Space Mountain.  I hate motion sickness.

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son & I at Disney Land familyI thought going in February was a good time to go to Disney Land…meaning less crowded.  Turns out Valentine’s Day/President’s Day is a popular time to go.  I mean honestly, we could hardly walk through the parks.  Thursday was the least crowded of all the days of the weekend.  I’m so glad we took the kids out of school that day.  Disney Land was more crowded than California Adventure, yet I was very disappointed with the amount of people there.

If I didn’t already know how impatient my kids are already, I do now.  Sigh…it was incessant whining and complaining about waiting in the lines.  Sometimes they wouldn’t want to go on the ride if they saw how long the wait time was.  And let me tell you, most of the wait times were around an hour.  We learned to use fast passes as much as possible.  The last day we were there my daughter and I only rode one ride all day.  Instead, we went to lots of shows, which I love.

This was our first family vacation without our oldest daughter.  If you are a new reader, she’s a college freshman at an out of state university.  It was weird not having her with us.  This is a different stage of life for all of us right now.  K, if you are reading this, know how very much you were missed.  We thought about ya while searching every shop for a plush Flynn Rider.  I’m sure there will be other Disney opportunities for us to vacation together in the future.

As Tigger says, “Ta ta for now!”

Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way by Disney to write this post.

Disney Brings Joy,

Flurry Friend Friday

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This is what our neighborhood has looked like for the past week.  As a matter of fact, we’ve had the most snow here in Oklahoma since we moved here 7 years ago.  We have snow at least once a year here, which is different from living in Texas.  This also means lots of snow days with the kids at home.  I’m pretty sure our kids will be in school until June this year instead of May.

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On Monday for Family Home Evening we built a snowman.  This was the biggest snowman we have ever built because the snow rolled very well.  You aren’t seeing things if you see some blue on the snowman.  We had our lawn fertilized right before it snowed.  The dye from the fertilizer made an impression on the snow.  The box you see my daughter holding is our snowman kit from Land of Nod (not an ad.)

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It’s cool seeing the “same” snowman reemerge every time we build one.

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We made him right next to the mailbox so everyone can enjoy him as they drive by.  He always makes me smile when I drive up to the house.  We had more snow yesterday so he looks just like this still…alive and well.

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Our ski attire and boots have come in real handy for these snowy days.

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Here’s our backyard.

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The pool could probably serve as an ice skating rink without the cover.  Not that we would ever do that. 😉

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Here’s our sweet outdoor cat, Daisy.  She’s a little cold.  I love how her fur puffs up in the winter time.

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One of these days I’m going to learn how to do justice to a sunset in a photo…maybe.  Don’t look at the boob on the house.  That’s what we call those covers you put over our outdoor faucets so your pipes don’t freeze. lol…not sure what their actual name is.

Have you had any snow this winter?  Has your family built a snowman?  I’d love to see yours too!

Hope this finds everyone staying safe and warm this winter.  I’m excited to share my Valentine’s Day fireplace mantel with you very soon.  I’ve been creating away!

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram: @familybringsjoy and all the other social networking sites.  Buttons are on the side.  Oh and I finally figured out the plugin to use when I reply to a comment on my blog, it will automatically send you an email with that reply.  Before, I would answer questions via email and it wouldn’t show up on the blog.  This is great because before I would have to copy my email reply and paste it on the blog.  It was a tedious process and sometimes I would forget to do it.  I don’t want anyone to think they are ignored.  I also don’t want visitors to NOT leave a comment because they don’t think I will respond.  Comments are little gifts to us bloggers.  I APPRECIATE EACH AND EVERY ONE!  Thank you!

Snowmen bring joy,