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20Sep2014

Terri’s Halloween Resources

By |September 20th, 2014|Holidays|2 Comments

 

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With many of the stores starting to decorate and sell for Halloween, I thought I would share my list of resources that I have used over the years for costumes and items. When my children were young, I would make their costumes by hand, but as they got older and I started working outside the home, costumes have been store bought but always enhanced with added embellishments. So whether you prefer to purchase a costume or to make something yourself, I thought that I would share with you some of the companies that I have been very fond of and have used over the years for both children and adult costumes. These are some of my favorites.

The Disney Store 

Chasing Fireflies

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Martha Stewart (Great costume/recipe/decor ideas )

Pottery Barn (Was always a favorite for kid’s costumes and decor)

The Pyramid Collection (Great for faerie, witches & wenches/adults)

 

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Grandin Road (All time favorite for decor! Fun costumes)  Be sure to order early!!!!

Victorian Trading Co.  (Period costumes/adults)

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 Cassie’s Closet 

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20Sep2014

Party Ideas for a Toddler’s Birthday

By |September 20th, 2014|Birthday Party Ideas and Tips|0 Comments

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I often receive phone calls from parents of young toddlers wanting to book a character for their child’s 2nd or 3rd birthday. When hiring a character, that can be a bit tricky due to the young age group involved. This is why Jennifer and I introduced our Magical Music Tour a couple of years ago. Children love music, so we designed our program with our performer singing and leading the children in music and movement. Even if children are too young to follow the simple directions on their own, parents are always on hand to help and encourage them. We have chosen to sing popular favorites and old nursery rhymes such as Old MacDonald, I’m a Little Tea pot, The Itsy Bitsy Spider to name just a few.

As parents, you have many different options though for this age.  Below is a list of frequently asked questions.

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Where’s the best place to have a toddler’s birthday?

This really comes down to preference.  If you have the space, your house or a park is generally an easy place to have your child’s party for this age group. You can either hire a character company to come in and help or hire a local petting zoo to come over as children love animals. Parks are so convenient because of the play structures; cleanup is minimal and permits are quite inexpensive.

If your home or local park is not an option, there are many alternatives for you such as children’s museums, zoos, recreation centers, gymnastics schools, etc.  When my kids were little, one of the places I enjoyed most in having a party was a children’s museum. A discovery museum or indoor playground is the ideal spot that offers young crawlers, early walkers and toddlers a multi sensory experience as they explore different things. They are packed with tactile activities to engage their minds.

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Children’s Museums:

Below is a list of some of the children’s museums in the Northern California

Bay Area Discovery Museum
557 McReynolds Rd, Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 339-3900

Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
180 Woz Way
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 298-5437

Exploratorium
180 Woz Way
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 298-5437

Sacramento Children’s Museum
2701 Prospect Park
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
916-638-7225

 

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Zoos:

Babies and toddlers are drawn to animals!  Researcher say that as young babies begin looking around their world, they are automatically attracted to things that move, are brightly colored, and are easy to see. They are fascinated by things that make interesting noises, are capable of interacting with them and are unpredictable in what they do and how they behave.

 

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What’s the best time to have a toddler’s birthday?

Most children at this age still take an afternoon nap, so take that into consideration when scheduling your party.  Children this age can go from excitement to anger in a matter of seconds. Therefore, you want children celebrating while they’re at their best, so you probably want to pick a morning or late afternoon, and keep it short and sweet — an hour or two is the most time that I would recommend.

Do I serve food at a toddler’s party?

For such a young age group, I don’t personally believe in serving food because children at that age are all eating differently. I personally believe in keeping it simple. You can serve healthy snacks though such as bite-sized fruit or muffins.

Do I hire a Mascot character?:

We don’t deal with mascot characters, but I do get a ton of requests for Elmo.  You know your child best.  In my opinion, toddlers tend to be easily spooked by costumed characters.

 

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Alternate entertainment?  

Unless there are older children at the party that you want to entertain, do not bother to higher a face painter or balloon twister.  Balloons present a choking hazard to small children and the popping noise startles them.  Children do love bubbles though!

18Sep2014

Hosting a Faerie Party (ages 6-8)

By |September 18th, 2014|Birthday Party Ideas and Tips|0 Comments

 

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Do you believe in faeries?  My children and I certainly do!  With Halloween quickly approaching, my youngest daughter and best friend have already decided they plan on being faeries this year.   When both of my girls were younger, they opted for a faerie theme birthday when they were about 6 years old. There is nothing more magical than hosting a faerie party.  This theme is so easy that one can go crazy decorating and planning.

Getting Started:

Since faeries are found in nature, the best place to host this theme is outdoors if possible.  You want to try to find the prettiest spot in the garden or park area.  Faeries also love all things beautiful, so think pretty, dainty and magical.

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Decor:

You can use almost anything for this theme, but you have to decide if you want to go in a more childlike or adult direction.  When decorating for this theme, I prefer to use plenty of fresh flowers to decorate with, but you’ll probably also add in faux and paper.   Tulle and ribbon is also a must.

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Tables:

Use whatever you have for this theme. Tables can be round or rectangular.  I prefer decorating tables in soft colors of purples and greens that drape all the way down to the floor.  Fabrics that have a matte sheen to them are really pretty.  You can also use lace trimmed linen if that is the look you prefer.  Always use fresh flowers on the table and you can decorate chairs using tulle, ribbon and flowers.  You can use either your own tea cups on the table or purchase pretty decorative paper ware.

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Storytime Corner:

Since there is so much history to share about faeries, I always recommend bringing in a faerie character to story tell.  If you decide not to do that, make a story time corner where the children can look and read some faerie books. It’s also fun to include some faerie props if you like.  Ex.  A mason jar with glowing faeries, a faerie door or wand. You can hang a tulle canopy from a tree with some blankets books and pillows on the floor.

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Craft Ideas:

You can do anything from potting fresh flowers in a small pail (Target, Michaels), to making faerie wands, or head garlands to decorating faerie houses.

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Activities/Games:  

If you decide to forgo hiring a themed character, you can provide some simple activities such as whimsical face painting, a faerie hunt, and faerie games for the children to do.

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Lunch/Snacks:

It’s always nice serving lunch with this theme and fun snacks.  Simple tea sandwiches work best with fresh fruit,  vegetables and dips. You can also be more creative by serving something like breadstick snails as an appetizer.

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Favor Bags:

Favor bags always look fabulous when decorated with butterflies, flowers or ribbon

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Music:  

Faeries love to dance to soft music.  Give each child  rainbow scarves or streamers to dance around with.

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Faerie Character:

A Faerie character will lead your party for you and add to the magic of the day.

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Cupcakes/Cake:

Whether you decide on serving cupcakes or cake, simple embellishments are easy to add.

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Sugary Treats:

For the parent who wants a little something extra for the children to take home.

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These are just some of the simple things you can do to make your event more magical!

17Sep2014

Apple Picking in the North Bay Area

By |September 17th, 2014|life|0 Comments



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 If the weather here in the North Bay decides to start cooling ever so slightly, I will be ready to go apple picking with my kids!  Apple-picking season in the Bay Area starts in late July or August and runs throughout the fall. Local favorite Gravensteins kick off the season, and you can work your way through Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Rome, Braeburn, Fuji, and other varieties through the course of the fall.  I’m not one to have many sweets in the house, but that idea goes out the window during the fall and the winter holiday season when I start baking. We always end up with plenty of apples for making things like apple pie, apple crisp, home made apple sauce, and of course including them in school lunches, too.

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 Here are some tips and places for apple picking with kids.
Apples are one of the easiest fruits to gather – even for little hands. Here are a few tips to get the most out of your apple picking experience:

When going to pick your own apple, choose firm, bruise-free fruit and place it gently in your basket (just throwing them in will make them bruise and go bad more quickly).
Apples on the outside of the tree tend to ripen first. Because there are so many varieties, color isn’t necessarily an indication of ripeness.
To make your apple stay longer, keep your apple in a cool, dry place, like a basement. Or put them in closed plastic bags and store them in a refrigerator. Don’t wash them until you use them.

After you go apple picking, amaze the kids with this trick: when you slice an apple in half, the core resembles a star.
It’s good to know that Johnny Appleseed was a real person, he did plant a lot of apple trees, and his birthday was on September 26.

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There are many apple farms around the Bay Area. However, only a few let you pick your own apple. Here are some of them:

Gizdich Ranch
55 Peckham Road,
Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone: (831)722-1056
Open: 9-5 daily
Description: U-pick apple starts September 8th and lasts 4 weeks. APPLES AVAILABLE FOR PIK-YOR-SEF INCLUDE: Red Delicious, Newton Pippins, and Golden Delicious. Other varieties available for sale only at the Barn. After picking, take a self guided tour of our apple orchard and berry farms. If you’re here on Saturdays (September-May only), you can watch the apples get pressed for juice! The Apple Butter Festival has been cancelled this year.

Gabriel Farm
3175 Sullivan Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sonoma County
Phone: (707) 829-0617
Open: Sat/Sun: 10am -3pm, Weekdays By Appointment Only
Description: Eight varieties each of Certified Organic Apples and Asian Pears. Also harvesting sweet Organic Fuyu Persimmons, Organic Fresh Frozen Apple and Pear Juice, Asian Pear and Ginger Marmalade, Organic Dried Lavender and more! Enjoy the gorgeous orchard as you pick your own apples. Apples available at Berkeley Farmer’s Market every Saturday. Apple picking season starts on August 25th. Gabriel Farm is part of the Sonoma County “Weekend Along Farm Trail” on weekend from Sept 29th to Oct 28th

Chileno Valley Ranch
5105 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma
Phone: (707) 765-6664
Open: Sundays: 10:30-4, else by Appointment.
Description: Organic apple orchard, with Orin, Pinova, Molly’s Delicious and Jonathan’s Pride. All the apples varieties are blind taste test winners. Chileno Valey is open for U Pick apple during the months of September and October, Sundays only, from 10 a.m to 4 p.m.

Apple-A-Day Ratzlaff Ranch
13128 Occidental Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sonoma County
Phone: (707) 823-0538
Open: All year 8-5 Daily. Closed Sat.
Description: Apples: Gravenstein, Golden Delicious, Rome (Aug-Feb.) Bartlett pears:( Aug. 15-Nov.1). Fresh frozen apple juice all year. U-Pick. Call first. Apple-A-Day Ranch is part of the Sonoma County “Weekend Along Farm Trail” on weekend from Sept 29th to Oct 28th. Read reviews for this farm on yelp.

Pleasant Hill Farm:

Certified organic Pleasant Hill Farm in Sebastopol offers a u-pick experience for groups by appointment. This beautiful farm has five acres of semi-dwarf organic apple trees, including Fujis, Royal Galas, Red Delicious, Arkansas Black, Golden Delicious, and Granny Smith, too.

U-pick season here starts in late August or early September, and it’s an ideal place for school groups or groups of family and friends (8 minimum) who want to try their hands at apple picking. Two large picnic tables (which seat about 40 people), made from cypress and redwood trees, make this an appealing place for groups to relax and have a picnic after apple picking. There’s even a tree swing to play on! Make sure you wear closed-toe shoes for the orchard.

Call Victoria at (415) 306-1413 for information on prices and seasonality, or to make an appointment. She also runs a vacation rental on the property in a restored turn-of-the century barn and tank house. Pleasant Hill Farm is located on Pleasant Hill Road in Sebastopol.

16Sep2014

Quick & Easy Meal #2

By |September 16th, 2014|life|0 Comments

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Another all-time quick and easy meal in our house is marinated flank steak.

Purchase a nice cut of meat, marinate with Soy Vey for 30 minutes; Grill.  Serve with boiled potatoes and vegetable.  You can’t get any easier than this and it is really good!

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Flank steak is a lean, somewhat tough but flavorful cut of beef that benefits from the tenderizing effects of a marinade. It is best cooked medium rare and thinly sliced at an angle.

15Sep2014

Tea for Kids

By |September 15th, 2014|Birthday Party Ideas and Tips, life|0 Comments

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My youngest daughter was at a birthday party this past weekend and one of the birthday gifts was a very cute Manatea tea infuser.  I immediately started thinking of stocking stuffers and gifts for the holidays!  What can I say, I am in the party planning business!  We also happen to big-time tea drinkers in my family.  It doesn’t matter if it is morning, day or night, both of my girls love making and sharing a cup or pot of herbal tea for themselves and their friends.  Below are some cute kid friendly infusers as well as an article that I enjoyed reading.

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Article by Dr. Lisa Watson a Naturopathic Dr.

Sharing the Joy of Tea with Kids

There are few topics that I like to talk about more than tea. I love tea. I love the flavour of tea, the diverse kinds of tea, the ritual of making tea and the warm, calm feeling that I get when I settle in with a cup of tea. Tea is also one of my favourite ways of prescribing botanicals (plant based medicines) for adults and children alike.

While I would not recommend giving a child a cup of orange pekoe, chai or English breakfast tea (all of which contain caffeine!) there are an abundance of other kinds of tea that are perfect for children.

 

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Preparing Tea for Kids

Making a cup of tea for a child is very similar to preparing it for an adult, with a couple of simple adjustments.

Children often prefer a weaker tea. Adults should steep tea for between 4 and 6 minutes (depending on the type of tea and personal preference). For children steep the tea for only 2 to 4 minutes. If the tea is too strong, add extra water to dilute the strength (this is also a good way to quickly cool the tea!).
The temperature of tea to be served to a child should be considerably cooler. I suggest serving children’s tea chilled, at room temperature or lukewarm (the same temperature used for baby bottles or formula – around 26-36oC).

 

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Selecting Teas for Your Child

Selecting tea is part of the pleasure of drinking tea. You can have tea that calms you, tea that wakes you up, tea that soothes a sore throat or an upset tummy, or tea that just tastes good. You can select tea for your children in much the same way.

Teas for Health

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Anxiety – studies show that more and more children are experiencing anxiety, and at younger and younger ages. If your child has anxiety associated with school, friends, separation or for any other reason try giving them a tea to help calm their nervous system. Teas for anxiety include chamomile, oat straw, passionflower (for children over four), and skullcap (for children over six). Prepare a cup of tea and enjoy it together in the evening or before stressful events.

Colic – even young babies can benefit from tea! A tea made from fennel, chamomile or peppermint can be very helpful in relieving colic in infants. A breastfeeding mother can drink the tea (1 cup three times per day) or the tea can be diluted and given to the infant with a medicine dropper (1 diluted tsp three times per day).

Constipation – use a flaxseed tea (1 teaspoon flaxseed in 1 litre of water, simmered for 15 minutes) to cook oatmeal. Prepare the tea and then use the tea instead of water to prepare oatmeal for your child to eat. Or add ¼ cup of flaxseed tea to 4 ounces of juice and give it to your child once daily. Constipation should resolve within 24-48 hours.

Coughs – depending on the type of cough there are several options for teas to soothe a coughing child. For a cough with sore throat, marshmallow root or slippery elm tea can be very soothing. For cough with congestion, licorice or coltsfoot tea are both effective.
(Note: Do not use for more than 3 days in a row. Licorice should not be used in children with high blood pressure).
Peppermint tea is a mild cough suppressant and can be used in the evenings to help children with a persistent cough to get some sleep.

Fever – To decrease chills and increase perspiration (which will shorten the duration and intensity of the fever) try a tea with any of the following ingredients (in equal parts): lemon balm, chamomile, peppermint, licorice and elder flower. For a child over 2 years of age ½ cup of tea can be given up to four times daily for one day. Serve this tea as hot as your child can tolerate.
Note: Do not use licorice in a child with high blood pressure. Fevers are commonly a sign that the body is fighting a viral or bacterial infection. If your child’s temperature exceeds 102F (38.9oC) consider contacting a qualified healthcare provider for further guidance.

Nausea – ginger tea is very effective in decreasing nausea, vomiting, upset stomach and for soothing the digestive tract. Giving your child tea when they are nauseous or vomiting also provides much needed hydration. Use ½ cup of ginger tea, three times per day for the first 24 hours of nausea. Ginger tea is also very effective for motion sickness. Try giving your child ginger tea as needed during car trips to treat motion sickness.

 

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Teas for Taste

There are a great variety of herbal teas available that children love. Try fruit based herbal teas as a delicious and low calorie alternative to fruit juice. Many of the fruit based teas are delicious served cold as an iced tea. Some of my family’s favourites are:

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Chocolate mint rooibos – a loose tea, naturally caffeine free and deliciously sweet. Available at www.steepedandinfused.com.
Passion by Tazo tea – hibiscus flower, lemongrass, mango and passion fruit combine to make a sweet, pink-hued tea. Fantastic as an iced tea. Available at Starbucks stores or many grocery stores.
Raspberry Zinger, True Blueberry and Country Peach Passion – all by Celestial Seasonings are favourites of my 2 year old son. Simple, sweet, fruity flavours are popular with young children and adults alike.
So go ahead and try serving tea to your child. There is no reason why a tea party need only be pretend! You may be surprised at how much your child enjoys the flavours and rituals of tea drinking.

Disclaimer:

The advice provided in this article is for informational purposes only. It is meant to augment and not replace consultation with a licensed health care provider. Consultation with a Naturopathic Doctor or other primary care provider is recommended for anyone suffering from a health problem.

– See more at: http://www.drlisawatson.com/tea-for-tots#sthash.PEYOpEF3.dpuf

13Sep2014

Disneyland Hotels

By |September 13th, 2014|Disney News and Events|0 Comments

 

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With Jennifer and I wanting to take our cast members to Disneyland for a company retreat, I thought I would share my knowledge and experience with the Disney hotels. I have to admit that I’ve only stayed at 2 of the 3 properties: The Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and the Disneyland Hotel. I love both places and really enjoyed my time at each.

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The Grand Californian Hotel & Spa:

This hotel is the flagship of Disney Resort and is absolutely wonderful.  When my children were small, the Grand Californian was a no brainer for us. Back then, it was really important to be able to quickly whisk our kids up to the hotel room for some much needed downtime during the day.  One of the main pluses for this hotel is it’s location because it’s right at the entrance of Disney Californian Adventure Park. For us, that quick access to our room meant everything because our kids needed to either nap, play quietly, or swim at the pool for a little while. I now have to laugh because as I get older, I want to go back to the room for the same reasons! The hotel is designed in Craftsman style and has the largest rooms of the three properties. The lobby is wonderfully designed with high beamed ceilings and fire places. There is also lounge areas and shops. As for dining, there’s the family style Storyteller’s Cafe, where you can  either order off the menu or enjoy the buffet.  You can also breakfast with classic Disney characters. Napa Rose is also another option and is really more for the adult experience and older children. Andy Sutton is the chef who has been there for years and prior to that he use to be the chef at Auberge du Soleil in the Napa Valley where I am located. You can order  either a la carte or off the tasting menu which is phenomenal .  The restaurant has a high price point.

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 The Disneyland Hotel:

This is my new favorite and has a slightly lower price point. After staying at the Grand Californian for several years, our family decided to try the Disneyland Hotel to change things up a bit. All I can say is that I am so glad that I did. The entire hotel has been completely refurbished. The rooms are a little smaller than the GC but who cares, as they are tastefully decorated; I love how the head boards on the bed light up and play music. I also love the layout of this hotel. The hotel itself is a little further away from the park, but as my children are older the walk is okay. There is also the nearby monorail you can jump on which drops you off in Tomorrow Land. Disney thinks of everything!!! The hotel has three different towers: Fantasy, Adventure and Frontier. If booking in the Adventure tower, they have a concierge level which you can add to your stay. The concierge level will get you a Continental breakfast, snacks, appetizer at dinner and beer and wine. They also have bottled water, soda, juice boxes that you can take into the parks as well. My favorite part of this hotel though is the outdoor lounge area and fire place where you can sit have a drink and conversation if you’re on park overload. They also have Trader Sams which is my all-time favorite place to visit!!!! Mom and dad’s trip would not be complete without having a mai tai there!. The pools are also great.

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 Paradise Pier:

This is the one hotel that I have not stayed at.   However, I have a feeling this is where Jennifer and I will end up booking for our company retreat.  The hotel is furthest from the park but is the most affordable.  The hotel offers a 1920’s sand and surf theme which is very cute.  I wish I could offer more on this, but won’t be able to do that until we stay there.  As with everything Disney, I know it will be fabulous for its price point.

12Sep2014

Disneyland’s Dapper Day

By |September 12th, 2014|Disney News and Events|0 Comments

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Definition: Dapper
Adjective: Neat and trim in appearance; very spruce and stylish.

If there is one place I wish could be right now in the state of California, it would be the Happiest Place on Earth. Today is Dapper Day at Disneyland.  All of our fellow hardcore Disney followers know this I am sure.  For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, this is when people get dressed in their most stylish vintage attire to visit the park. Our entire cast loves to participate in this event, but since we are still open for business, only a select few will be attending. Jennifer and I do long for the day when we can close for a weekend to take our fellow cast members for a company retreat.

The below blog entry is from the Disney Blog and explains Dapper Day perfectly!

Our love of fashion, Disney, and Parks nostalgia all come together in perfect harmony with a relatively new but very welcome tradition called Dapper Day.The brain child of Justin Jorgensen, Dapper Day is a twice-yearly event at Disney Parks wherein guests are encouraged to look their best, in whatever vintage tradition happens to be their cup of tea. Attendees aren’t limited to a single period to draw inspiration from, but rather are encouraged to let the various retro designs of the Parks inspire their attire. After all, what could be more fun than roaming Tomorrowland in a mod 1960s cocktail dress, or waltzing down Main Street USA in a 1950s prom-style outfit. The only rule is to be chic, stylish, well-coiffed, intentional–dapper.

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The beauty of the Park’s design is what first made Jorgensen arrive at his idea for the event. “In the late 90′s when I was consulting for Imagineering I was seeing all that great old concept art and I thought it was funny how everything in the illustrations became real–except for the way the guests appeared. I remember telling a friend it’d be great if for just one day everyone really dressed up when they went to the park so the whole vision would be made real.”

Knowing that there were plenty of folks out there like his friends and himself who would enjoy getting all decked out for a day in the Park, Jorgensen finally went for it in true Disney fashion. “There needs to be a day for people who enjoy fashion and dressing to be able to visit Disneyland and not feel out of place. So I put Dapper Day in high gear and with only a couple weeks notice I organized the first event in Feb 2011.

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The first Dapper Day in 2011 got impressive results, with over 100 attendees at the Disneyland event. However, as Jorgensen’s pictures from the event spread across the Internet, he began hearing from more and more potential Dapper Day enthusiasts who wanted in on the fun. “They wanted to do it again the next week! So I thought okay, I’ll do a fall event, and because it could be hot in September I’ll position it as an evening event. And that worked well so then we’d have a “spring” all-day event, and a “fall” evening event. Which nicely mirrored the fashion concepts of day and night looks and fall and spring collections.”

Jorgensen’s careful planning, coupled with his correct hunch that Disney Parks fans with a penchant for fashion would appreciate such a day, has resulted in growing attendance with each passing year: “The Fall 2011 Disneyland event had about 500 people, then for Spring 2012 about 1,200, then 4,500 for Fall 2012, and then Spring 2013 was just crazy huge with probably over 10,000.”

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If you haven’t attended Dapper Day, Jorgensen describes it as the absolute best day to visit the Parks. Like going through one of Bert’s chalk drawings in Mary Poppins, adding style to the Park experience is like making the make-believe vision for each land real. “The guests become the show. Strangers will talk to each other and the park becomes one big cocktail party–but with Dole Whip and churros instead of martinis.” Jorgensen describes.

There are no hard and fast rules for Dapper Day. The official site best sums up the guidelines: “Dapper Day Events at Disney Parks are your chance to enjoy your favorite rides and attractions while looking your best. All sophisticated fashions, from vintage-inspired to contemporary chic, are encouraged.” Bow ties, suspenders, and grandmother’s pearls abound. It’s your chance to try out that retro, floral print dress you’ve had in your closet forever but never had occasion to wear–while in a setting that can match it for charm.

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Dapper Day Weekend, Spring 2014 (February 22-23) should prove to be Jorgensen’s biggest outing yet. Be sure to check the official Dapper Day site for all the details on this season’s gatherings and events at both parks, and check back here for more Dapper Day news and outfit inspiration.

11Sep2014

Remembering 9/11

By |September 11th, 2014|life|0 Comments

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 I can hardly believe that it has been 13 years since tragedy struck our nation.  I vividly remember being home at the time, when my husband called to tell me to put on the television.  I then watched in disbelief and  horror as the events unfolded over the tv screen.  Being a New Yorker, I worked at 1 WTC many years ago, and sadly lost friends who were in the building that day.

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While visiting NY this summer, our family went down to Ground Zero to visit the memorial.  What stands there today in the place of 1 & 2 WTC are two beautiful water features surrounded by the names of all who perished that day.  Our family searched through the plaques to find the names of friends lost and to see those we didn’t know to offer our respect.

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13 years later, our lost Twin Towers have been replaced by America’s Tower: One World Trade Center, formerly known as The Freedon Tower: a new symbol of strength and spirit.  Today The Cinderella Company honors the heroes and heroines of 9/11 and remember all who were affected by this event.

9Sep2014

Taking Time Out For Yourself

By |September 9th, 2014|General, life|0 Comments

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I couldn’t help but check the astrological calendar this morning to see if Mercury is in retrograde, because my life just seems to be a bit too hectic lately. According to the calendar, the dates are Oct 4-25, so I cringe to think of what can happen.   As a working mother, my life is nonstop! As a business owner, life can be somewhat stressful. As a person, I am a bit tightly wound, very OCD and extremely passionate about my business–stir that all together and I pretty much have the force of a tornado. With that said, I have to make sure that I take time out of all the businesses to find time to decompress, otherwise KABOOM. I have to admit, this is a bit easier said than done because I am a work junkie. It’s really hard when you love what you do, because you don’t always want to get off the ride.   However as my kids start to get older, I have realized the importance of quality family time and just taking time out of my day for me.

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This past summer, I decided to disconnect from business for 3 whole weeks. This was huge for me. For the first time in my work history, I didn’t read or respond to work emails and I just spent my days relaxing and traveling with my family. With having that down time, I feel like I’ve years added back to my life. I was able to go back to work fully recharged and ready to climb Mount Everest. Since not everybody is going to be able to take large chunks out of their schedules, it’s really important to make the most of your time during the week. Some of the things I do are:

  1. Keeping organized (there’s nothing but structure in our house from weekly planned out meals to recorded schedules). For me, the routine lends itself to calm the crazed energy down in our house.
  2. Turn off and be willing to step away from the technology–especially at night and when driving!!!! In the past I would wake up in the middle of the night to read a text or an email; don’t do it!!!
  3. Exercise: Do yoga, meditate, go for a walk, swim–get your blood flowing.   Find the time to make this happen.
  4. Have a spa day once in a while. Massages do wonders; if not go for a mani or pedi, get your hair cut.
  5. Read a book: The only time I ever seem to read a book is when I’m on vacation.
  6. Go out with friends: Have lunch or dinner dates.
  7. Take a long hot relaxing bath; soak in a hot tub.
  8. Have a date night with your spouse or significant other.
  9. Eat well and healthy. Have a glass of wine, but be sure not to over indulge. Drink plenty of water.
  10. Take vitamins and minerals to boost your immune system.
  11. Hire someone to clean your house–even if it’s every other week this is so worth it.
  12. Take weekend trips if you can; if not, take a day trip to the beach or lake will do wonders
  13. Listen to music: For me, I’m all about the 70’s.   Playing calm music has a positive effect on the brain and body, can lower blood pressure, and reduce cortisol, a hormone linked to stress.
  14. Laugh!!!!
  15. Do Breathing exercises.

These are some of the things I’ve been practicing lately and I have to say they have helped me tremendously!

Written by Terri / Published by Jennifer