April Showers Bring Writing Powers! 

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What’s this? The quillegible blogger has picked up her quill once again? Why yes, friends, it is so!


Welcome back to another Mickey Mouse Monday, where today, I’m going to add on to my February and March combined post for a few reasons: 1) I felt that that post was rushed and didn’t quite hold up to my standard of the other posts, and 2) I miss writing for you guys! With all the craziness of either working super early or super late (depending on my schedule), I couldn’t find the time to write or craft or read or do anything really. I literally breathe Disney, and while it’s nice to get into the parks for free, it’s not quite as nice to have no free time at all anymore.

So, here’s my follow up: I moved early March to a new apartment because my roommate situation didn’t work out. My new roommates are great, however, and just yesterday my roomie and I tried out a great new sushi place! #sushi4lyfe


In addition, this past weekend, I’ve been spectating ring dunks over at Texas A&M where I saw a bunch of my friends get their gold. I’m only behind on 6 hours, so to say that I’m not in College Station right now and living in pure agony is a bit of an understatement. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still bummed I can’t be there for my friends, though. I won’t be getting my ring until the fall but the wait is going to be torture.


Still working on crossing off my bucket list from January! Haven’t met any new friends yet, but I am working on my Half Marathon for April 23rd (which is less than a month from now…#brbcryinginmysleep) and like any responsible 21 year old I’m enjoying my Schofferhoffer in Epcot (which is honestly the best beer of all time #fightme). Parasailing will hopefully happen in the very near future, maybe as a little treat as I get ready to finish my program with a bang 💥. 

Last but certainly not least, today April 10, is National Siblings’ Day, which means only one thing….MORE COOPER! ENJOY YOUR LIFE YOUR ABSOLUTE PURE CINNAMON ROLL OF HAPPINESS! YOU ARE TOO GOOD FOR THIS WORLD!


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The Disney Monday After 9/11…

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I was 6 when those planes destroyed the Twin Towers. And I’m sorry to say I don’t remember any of it. All I know is that because of that day, because of 9/11, airport security is ridiculous. Innocent Muslims get called terrorists and are attacked simply because of their beliefs and that those nutballs responsible for that tragedy identify themselves with Islam.

I spent the rest of my childhood, and am now an adult, in a post 9/11 world. 15 years after we lost the lives of so many valuable Americans and I’m still scared of turning on the television. What will come on? More accusations on Hillary Clinton? On Donald Trump? More distrust between people of different values and beliefs, because everybody’s still scared?

It makes me want to cry. More importantly, it makes me want to go to Disney.

 

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Yes, Disney has its faults just like every other American industry. Yes, there are questionable motives behind each new Disney Princess they make, and meanwhile most Disney Princes seem cookie cutter at best. There’s a lot of grievances against the Disney corporation and sometimes for good reason.

But “Disney Dissers” are missing the point. It’s not about the blatant and awkward song sequences or the sometimes offensive character designs. What’s more important to us Disney lovers is the feeling of hope that we sometimes can’t find anywhere else – not even with our family and friends. Whenever I go to Disney World or Disney Land I always want to spend more time walking down Main Street and in Fantasyland because the atmosphere is just that strong and resonant with my soul. I’m home.

I’m not trying to come off as some Disney “holier-than-thou” cretin. I guess what I’m trying to say is that, in times like these, let’s not be afraid to go back to what makes us feel safest and loved.


 

On a happier note, I’m back in business! This semester has been crazy the past couple of weeks, so posting won’t be as frequent as it used to be. 🙁

But I will keep posting, and I just want to say ‘thanks’ to everyone who’s been with me so far! Your words of encouragement have been awesome to hear, and I love that everyone I’ve talked to about my blog has been so supportive!

Don’t know what my official posting schedule will be like yet, but you can bet I’m not letting this blog go anytime soon. Thanks again to everyone and I can’t wait to see what this school year will bring!

Why is ‘Bill Nye the Science Guy’ So COOL?!

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Happy Monday, everybody!

Since school has started/will start soon, what better way to talk about Disney this week than with Bill Nye the Science Guy? Because, let’s all admit it:

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This was the best part of elementary/middle school.

Why is he so important, though? What makes him so special that he has shaped an entire generation into budding science nerds?

Let’s look at this like Bill Nye himself would!

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Bill Nye (or William Sanford Nye) is not only a science educator and a television presenter, but also a mechanical engineer. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science at Cornell University, before moving on to making training films for Boeing. He got his start in television thanks to a local sketch comedy in Seattle called Almost Live! and continued to grow as “The Science Guy” until he began working for Disney in 1998. The rest, as they say, is history.

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In every single one of these “Bill Nye the Science Guy” episodes, Nye runs amuck explaining basic scientific processes (earthquakes, the moon, volcanoes, etc.) with simple sentences and parody songs of popular 90’s hits. In addition, Nye’s assistants comprise of kids who are just as curious as the kids watching the show.

But surely he’s not the only guy who’s made science cool. What, then, makes Bill stand out from the rest? Other than the fact that he’s hilarious and easy to understand, what makes him so special?

That, my dear friends, all boils down to one certain tool. The classroom.

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Because home video editions of Bill Nye the Science Guy are regularly available, school districts can easily access them and distribute them at their leisure. Whenever teachers wheel in that giant TV on that little cart, kids grow up knowing the name ‘Bill Nye’ like we know the names Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla, Plato, and so on.

It’s called ‘marketing’, and Disney’s very good at it…at least it’s for the purpose of education.

What’s your favorite school “tradition?”

 

 

 

August – Day 15

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15. Write a Good Bye Letter to Summer.

Dear Summer,

Usually, I would have dreaded saying goodbye to you. All those happy nights of music, dancing, and watching fireworks have been some of the best memories of my life. Dad smoking on his smoker, Mom having a glass of wine with friends, and my brother and I playing games with our friends who would come over pretty much every day.

This summer, that was different, because I lived alone. And it sucked.

Suddenly, I had nothing and had nobody. There was no Dad with his smoker, no Mom with no wine, and all of the friends who I enjoyed summer with (including my brother) are a thousand miles away. Exactly.

This year, Summer, you and I were not friends. But as I’ve spent this last week with my family, I’ve realized that that’s okay. If there’s one lesson that I need to learn it’s that I can’t be a hermit. I’ve tried to be alone, I’ve tried to isolate myself for reasons of my own, and you’ve taught me that I shouldn’t do that for all the right reasons.

At the same time, though, you’ve shown me this blog. You’ve introduced me to the concept of using my writing to reach friends, family, and even people I don’t know. I’ve never felt this good about anything in a long, long time and if I hadn’t been living by myself this summer, I might never have discovered it.

So, it is with great excitement that I bid goodbye to you, Summer. For all the tears and all the joys, you’ve helped me learn more about myself than any of the previous years.

Sincerely,

Olivia

WEIRD Disney?!

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Disney being weird? That’s like saying Hitler led the Nazis!

Oh wait…

Yes, this week is going to be all about the weird and wacky side of Disney. Because as much as I’d love to talk about Disney video games and Disney parks, it would be a disservice not to acknowledge the sides of Disney that are, in short, strange.

If anything, this post will help you appreciate Disney for what it is, because as with everything else in life, there’s no happy singing princesses without a few Creepypastas.

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The Twisted Princess Series

If you’re a frequent visitor to deviantart or a contributor of said site, then you might recognize this series, created by artist jeftoon1. Each picture comes with a story about what could have happened to each princess that prevented her happily ever after from coming true. For Alice in Alice in Wonderland, she was beheaded by the Queen of Hearts and brought back to life by the Cheshire Cat as a crazed killer puppet. For Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty and Snow White, they never had their princes wake them up from their eternal slumber, so what’s happened to cause them to move? Disturbing and grotesque, this is definitely a series worth checking out.

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The Haunted Mansion

Sure, the Haunted Mansion ride at Disney Land/Disney World has spooky scary skeletons and grim grinning ghosts running amuck, but has anyone ever considered the fact that all of these ghosts were, in theory, living people once? Take the Attic Bride for example. Her model and her setup have changed over the years, but the story is essentially the same: she’s married multiple times, and every time she’s married, her new husband dies “under mysterious circumstances”, or more accurately under an ax blade. For anybody as fascinated with psychology as I am, it’s so much more interesting not just to find out how they died, but also what drove them in their lives. What were their hopes, their ambitions, and what ultimately led up to their permanent afterlife residence in the Mansion?

There’s been plenty of theories surrounding these ghosts around the internet, so definitely check them out. If anything, they’ll help enrich the experience the next time you visit the ghostly hosts.

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Disney Movies’ Various Subject Matters

You don’t have to look very far for strange Disney stuff either. Consider this: Alice (Alice in Wonderland) witnesses a caterpillar smoking a hookah, eats and drinks strange things (ever heard of date rape, girl?) and a rabbit and an old man who are on a permanent caffeine high. In Aladdin, Jafar, who seems pretty old, is sexually attracted to Jasmine, who looks no older than 20 (pedophilia, anyone?). And please don’t get me started on the blatant abuse seen in Cinderella, Snow White, Tangled, The Sword in the Stone, etc.

Now does this mean that all of these movies are bad? No, in fact, I really enjoy The Sword in the Stone, and in my honest opinion, it’s not as popular as it should be. But like I said before, you can’t take the good without the bad, and as Disney is prone to do, it illustrates the bad in a way that’s meant to teach children what’s right and what’s wrong.

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For those of you who don’t know what a Creepypasta is, it’s basically (from what I understand) a modern horror story that has evolved from the internet. There’s ghosts in computers, unreasonably tall men in forests who like drawing and killing people, etc. Disney has a couple of creepypastas of its own, including an abandoned section of the theme park, and a Mickey Mouse suit that might or might not like taking its head off way too seriously.

 

These bits and pieces of Disney weirdness are barely scratching the surface when it comes to “how weird can children’s movies get?” What’s your favorite weird Disney bit?

 

 

 

August – Day 8

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Happy August, everybody! I know I’ve said that many times already, but since this is technically still August, the greeting still applies (I love loopholes). What would we do without Pinterest? It’s not only one of the biggest apps of all time, it’s also one of the most useful apps of all time. What’s the difference between big and useful? Let me explain: other big apps would include game apps such as Javelin Masters 3 and Haunt the House, but other than playing them and talking about them, they’re not particularly useful.

Pinterest is different simply because the communication between other users is unlike anything Facebook or Twitter has to offer because of users posting pictures, not statuses. To celebrate what Pinterest does, here are the top 7 Pins that I’ve pinned that I would like to do before the end of the year (whether that’s school year or end of 2016, I’m not quite sure yet). Why top 7? Because there are seven total books in the original Harry Potter series.

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Disney Running Playlist

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I’ve been wanting to do a runDisney for some time now, and while I don’t necessarily have the funds for it, that doesn’t mean I can’t train for it. This looks like a great playlist to try out, and it will definitely get me in the mood for anything Disney has to offer.

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Navigli, Italy

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I’m a sucker for travelling, but if there’s a particular place with hanging lights like this, then I might as well head there now cause it’s SO PRETTY! Too bad I’m a broke college student though. But one day…one day…until then maybe I’ll find another place with hanging lights like that. Like San Antonio for instance. The River Walk is pretty too!

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The Sherlock Game

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Sorry the quality isn’t the best, so for those of you who can’t read that well, basically you play Clue and Jenga simultaneously by putting Professor Plum on top of the Jenga tower and play clue as normal. Anytime an accusation is disproved, the accuser has to remove a block. The point of course is to solve the crime and prevent Sherlock from taking the fall. I have the Clue game (and the Harry Potter version as a matter of fact) so it would be awesome to prevent Harry or Hermione from falling.

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DIY Notebooks

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Since school is starting soon, it would be really fun to take dollar store notebooks and make them special and personal for my upcoming junior year. I don’t know if you guys can tell yet, but I like to think of myself as a creative person.

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Seniors T-Shirt

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Am I a senior? No, as I’ve mentioned my upcoming junior year earlier. Would I like to do this with other future seniors? Absolutely. I feel like it would be awesome to have a bunch of random seniors walking around campus during Gig’Em Week just to get a laugh out of everybody. Who’s in?

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Candy Bar Wrappers

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These candy bar wrappers are not only adorable, but also work as great gifts regardless of the time of year or occasion. Someone’s birthday? Here’s your name on it! Need to feel better? Here’s something to brighten your day! The only thing I worry about is Texas heat and chocolate. They don’t mix well very often.

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The Happiness Jar

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This one will be the most fun to read after a single school year. It’ll be kind of like a diary or a journal, except instead of just writing on paper and let it sit there, it becomes a note and becomes more eye-catching. If I did this for a whole school year, I wonder what kind of memories I’ll have in the jar in May.

 

Do you have pins on your board that you’d like to try?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay Cool, my Disney friends

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Hi everybody, and welcome to the best Monday since last week! You want to know why it’s the best Monday? Because this isn’t going to be just any other Disney post…it’s gonna be a GREAT Disney post! Starring…ice cube trays!

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Now if you’re anything like me, you’ll know that as soon as the temperature gets above 75 degrees (don’t freak out, I’m talking about Fahrenheit), you’ll start melting like the Wicked Witch of the West or at the very least your hair will look as if it hasn’t been washed in about a week when in reality you washed it this morning.

To help combat that issue, I took it upon myself to come up with four different Disney-themed ice cube treats that’ll cool you down whether it’s morning, afternoon, or late at night (and yes, for those of you who don’t experience this problem, it can get VERY hot at night as well).

Now before I start on any recipes, I needed to clean out my two ice cube trays due to the dust it was gathering in the cupboard. Then, it was time to get the party started.

Lilo and Stitch’s Hawaiian Ice/Sulley’s Milk Before Bed

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Both Monsters Inc. and Lilo and Stitch are fun movies to watch, and I would definitely recommend them if you’ve yet to see them. These are the only ingredients I used to make the cubes. Lilo’s ingredients are on the left, Sulley’s is on the right.

cube4 To make the Lilo and Stitch ice cubes, I poured OJ, Guava Juice, and Pomegranate syrup into the molds and just let them set overnight. The cool part about this is you can mix and match any tropical flavors you have, and it’ll still be delicious.

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cube3For Sulley, I took regular milk and giant sprinkles that have the same color as his fur. For this, you can technically take the colors of any character, but these sprinkles were calling to me at the grocery store. I knew I had to go with Sulley on this one!

The first thing I did, though, was NOT put milk in first, but actually put in some sprinkles at the bottom. Then, I poured the milk in and about an hour or so later, I putsome sprinkles on top of the hardened milk.

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I waited to put sprinkles on top for one big reason. I figured the sprinkles would actually be heavier than the actual milk. If I tried to put them on top before the milk hardened, they would just sink to the bottom.

Now what could possibly result from all this hard work?

CUE THE DELICIOUS ICE CUBE POSSIBILITIES!

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cube24 Sulley’s ice cube is awesome – it provided the perfect amount of milk to go into my morning cup of coffee! Or it could go into someone’s cereal if they’re up to waiting for it to melt. Hats off to you guys for all that patience.

 

cube25 And here’s the Lilo and Stitch cube! Once it melts, it adds that perfect amount of tropical flavor! Here it is when I put it in…

cube26 And here it is 5 minutes later! Now I had some Sprite to put together with this delicious gift from the heavens, but honestly, even a spritzer or vodka would work too! (quillegible does not condone underage drinking)

 

 

 

 

 

Now what could be better than something to add to your drinks? How about mini popsicles? Or chocolate? Don’t worry – I’ve got that covered too! Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you…

Cinderella’s Pumpkin Popsicle/Mickey and Minnie’s Chocolate Delight

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These took a little longer to make than the previous ones, simply because there was more preparation necessary for these. But with fall coming up, what better way to get ready for all things pumpkin flavored than a pumpkin popsicle? And not just pumpkin…pumpkin pie.

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For the popsicles, I used plain greek yogurt and pumpkin pie flavoring (both the pumpkin pie and pomegranate are made by the same company Torani). I mixed the yogurt and the flavoring in a mixing bowl and then poured it into the molds. I bought five greek yogurts because I didn’t know how much I needed. Turns out I only needed two. Ah well. If you’re not a big fan of greek yogurt, then any yogurt will work.

 

After an hour in the freezer, I took popsicle sticks, cut them in half, and then stuck them into the hardening yogurt. Now it’s the perfect little snack on a hot August day, AND it’s the perfect way to get your pumpkin fix if you’re enthusiastic about fall coming. (#pumpkinspicelatteiscoming)

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For Mickey and Minnie’s Chocolate Delight, I used white chocolate and strawberries. Technically speaking, dark chocolate would probably have worked better for the color scheme, but I had their outfits in mind when I put these together. Basically, I melted the chocolate, diced strawberries and put them on the bottom of the molds, then poured chocolate into the molds. Lastly, I sprinkled some more diced strawberries on top, and threw them into the freezer. The result is amazing! The tartness of these strawberries worked really well with the overly sweet white chocolate.

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They’re just as delicious as they look. It’s okay, you can be jealous if you want. Or, you can go and make them for yourself! That’s why I did this blog post was to share ways to stay cool with you this summer.

 

 

Are there any other Disney fanatics who have other great recipes? Let me know in the comments or if you have a Disney idea in mind, hit me up in the Contact page!

 

 


5 Ways to Enjoy Disney Again

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Disney: one of the largest media companies in the world, and also one of the many things in life that I get really excited about. Adulthood: one of the largest parts of a person’s life (if not, the largest) and one of the few things in life I don’t get excited about all that often. Sure, I like to be independent just as much as the next college student, however, there have been many times recently where adulthood (and feeling totally alone) is completely overwhelming, stressful, anxious, depressing, etc. But before you turn to things like therapy and medication, I’d like for you to consider one method that might just change your cloud of doom into a sunshine of joy.

The method? Fall in love with Disney. As an adult.

Now, before you scream with outrage at the audacity that you re-watch children’s films, let me point out one simple fact: Disney himself has said that he doesn’t want to make films for children. Instead, and I quote, “…I make them for the child in all of us, whether we be six or sixty.” So, with that food for thought, allow me to explain five ways to incorporate Disney into your life as you get older.

  1. Re-watch Disney films

Let’s talk about the most obvious (and theoretically least expensive) method first. This is a method that, tried and true, has brought a smile to children’s faces. So, why shouldn’t it bring a smile to yours? Case in point: what is your favorite Disney movie? Aladdin? Peter Pan? Cinderella? Sleeping Beauty? Just think of your favorite Disney movie, or if you can’t choose your favorite, pick one.

You thought of it? Okay, great. Next question: when was the last time you watched it? Do you remember what happens? What are the parts that you love the most? Even when you think about your favorite Disney movie, there’s a certain nostalgia that settles into your heart, even if it’s been years. Just imagine how much better you’d feel if you watched it again.

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  1. Follow Disney on social media

Disney has a Facebook, a Twitter, a LinkedIn, and an Instagram, just to name a few. Following them not only gives you an insight as to what the Studios are up to, or what’s going on at the Parks, but also allows you to look at photos and videos of those insights. Watching Mickey on screen is pretty cool, but it’s also much cooler to watch how they pulled it off. My personal favorite Disney social media outlet is The Main Street Mouse on Facebook. They post videos and photos of Disney World shows, parades, rides, and everything else you could possibly want.

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  1. Work for Disney

This one might be a little harder to pull off, depending on where you live. But working at one of the Disney Parks in California, Florida, or even Hawaii can help give you that Disney magic you were looking for. Or, if you’re getting your bachelor’s or even your master’s, working for Disney Studios can also help relieve you of the depressions that come with adult life. That’s not to say the job won’t be challenging, however if you just keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true (I had to throw that in there).

Not sure if you want to work there or not? Just ask yourself those essential life-building questions that come with choosing what you want to do with your life: what would you want if you didn’t become unhappy about not getting it? What’s stopping you? You know, those kinds of questions.

In addition to the above, you also get paid. Kind of like a permanent Disney vacation, but they pay you. And there’s discounts. How can you go wrong with that?

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  1. Host a Disney Game Night

Disney has taken over so many board games, it’s not even funny. Clue, Sorry, Monopoly, there’s even DVD trivia games surrounding Disney facts and lore. Or, if you don’t want to go down that route, you can always have a Disney movie night, but that kind of falls under number five, which is why I went with Disney games instead. Now I understand that some of us with social anxiety, depression, or perpetual loneliness, don’t really have the kind of friends who would enjoy Disney things, or even worse, there really aren’t a lot of friends around. In which case, I totally understand, there are plenty of Disney games you can play online where you can meet new people or play by yourself, including but not limited to:

  • Disney Infinity
  • Club Penguin
  • Disney Universe
  • The Epic Mickey Series

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  1. DisneyBound

This is such a fun way to really get your spirit into Disney. It invokes your creative side, and all the while you’re looking and feeling great while you’re at it. Talk about a confidence booster! For those of you who don’t understand, let me explain what DisneyBound is. It’s really, really complicated: you use your everyday clothes to dress up as Disney characters. That’s it. For example, right now I’m wearing a white tank top and black yoga pants. I could slap on a red jacket and black gloves and I could be Cruella De Vil. Or I could add a paw print accessory and I could be a Dalmation puppy. The possibilities are endless.

Leslie Kay, the creator of DisneyBound, puts together different outfits using everyday clothes with the help of Polyvore, and posts them everyday. Each outfit is inspired by a character, and she’s got every Disney movie under the sun figured out. So, when you want to do a DisneyBound outfit but can’t think of who to dress up as, you go to her site and the inspiration is right there on her tumblr page.

Such cute ideas for boys and girls!
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So, what do you think? Is it worth a shot to try Disney before therapy?

Video Courtesy of: The Main Street Mouse

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