fall favorites at DisneyLand [giveaway!]

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We are so stoked to have another post sponsored by Park Savers (the best and only way to get discount Disneyland tickets.) And top it all off we have Julie and Emily here from Magic Kingdom Mamas which is an awesome Instagram you have to follow if you’re ever visiting the park! Today they’re sharing with us all the ways that Disney changes in the Fall and read to the bottom to find out how to win two free tickets to Disneyland from Park Savers!


Hi! We are Julie and Emily, the sisters (and mamas) behind Magic Kingdom Mamas. Using our Instagram account (@magic_kingdom_mamas), we share helpful daily tips and hidden gems for a fun-filled, stress-free visit with kids to Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. Fall Favorites at Disneyland The changing of the seasons at Disneyland is always a magical time, and “Halloween Time” is no different! This family-friendly, 6-week long celebration of all things “fall” is one of our favorite times of year to spend in the park. In addition to a total resort facelift (complete with more pumpkins that one could count), Disney also introduces new Halloween-themed attractions/shows, seasonal merchandise, and even fall foods! Fall Favorites at DisneylandPumpkin Beignets, Pastry Twists, Chile Lime Corn on the Cob, Boysen-Apple Freeze, Dia de Los Muertos dipped apples…these are just a few of our favorite fall things! For a complete list of “Halloween Time” seasonal treats added throughout the parks, check out this post on the Disney Parks Blog. If you’re like us, you’ll treat it like a checklist of sorts and work your way through as the season rolls along…YUM! http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2015/09/complete-guide-to-eats-during-halloween-time-at-disneyland-resort/Fall Favorites at DisneylandIn addition to seasonal eats, various attractions have been “updated” for Halloween Time. Most notably, the ever-popular “Nightmare Before Christmas” has again invaded the Haunted Mansion! The long lines and enthusiastic park guests are evidence of its popularity. We actually think the “Haunted Mansion Holiday” version of the ride is much less frightening for kiddos – but as with any ride, we always say, “you know your kids” – meaning what they can/cannot handle. That said, we’ve seen all ages enter & exit this attraction with smiles on their faces! Additionally, “Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy” has also hit the parks. Space Mountain itself is a thrilling, fast-paced roller coaster…but the Ghost Galaxy overlay adds an extra layer of terror that is totally scary and totally not for the faint of heart…haha! Again, you know your kids…but we think this ride is pretty terrifying! Use discretion with your young ones. Thrill-seekers must be 40” tall to ride.

Lastly, “Mickey’s Halloween Party” is a separately-ticketed event that occurs on evenings when the park closes early (typically beginning at 6 or 7pm). This is SO much fun! Attendees are invited to show up in full, family-friendly costumes, meet characters that are not usually in the parks, dance along to fun music, enjoy open rides & attractions, trick-or-treat, & experience the special “Halloween Screams” fireworks show. The tickets can be a bit pricey (start at $70 – ticket includes parking), but Disney truly pulls out ALL of the stops for this extra special experience. Added bonus, a ticketed event means that the park is much less crowded than it usually would be – meaning more fun (and CANDY) for all! OH by the way, we’ve heard rumor that Peeps (yes, the neon marshmallow miracles) have been added as official event sponsors this year, so…you’re welcome! More info can be found and tickets purchased here: https://disneyland.disney.go.com/events-tours/mickeys-halloween-party/

There is SO much more that we could share, as the close of each year at the Happiest Place on Earth is just such a blast! Lots of fun events and changes are in store between now and the end of 2015! That said, be sure to follow us on Instagram as we guide you through Disneyland’s exciting updates and continue to offer our most helpful day-to-day tips (like where to nurse your baby, how to beat the heat, save time, save money, save your sanity, etc.)!



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mom + me costumes

Styled by Cassidy June in partnership with Pottery Barn Kids. Photography by Chrissy Powers.

We are so thrilled to share this awesome Mom + Me Halloween costume shoot with you guys today! Nothing is cuter than a coordinating family for Halloween, and even better these ideas are pretty easy to execute at home! Thanks to Cassidy June for sharing!Mom + Me Halloween CostumesCassidy June is a mama of two and currently a PhD student studying Marriage Family Therapy. Her love for family wellbeing spans from family mental health to family fun. She has fond memories of her parents coordinating their costumes with her and her brothers growing up, and wanted to carry on the family costume legacy!

 In collaboration with Pottery Barn Kids, Cassidy dreamed up several easy to pull off Halloween mama/babe looks.

First up: Field of Flowers and Bumble BeeMom + Me CostumesAbby blogs over at Baby Birds Farm. For her look we created a dress that resembles a field of flowers. A couple years ago we did this look with our own little family, and my husband wore a yellow shirt that said “I’m the Honey!” So if dad wants to get involved, and you just really want an excuse to wear a flower crown, here’s your look! untitled-1-24copy Mom + Me CostumesNext, Fairy and Pixie Dust!

My daughter is a fan of all things fairies, and helped us come up with the pixie dust idea. Really, I just wanted an excuse to wear that gold sequin dress I haven’t worn since the stretchy pant days of mamahood. Mom + Me CostumesDid it take days for us to wash all the glitter out of our hair? Yes. Did we have WAY TOO MUCH fun throwing glitter around? Oh yes! Mom + Me Costumes Mom + Me CostumesMother of Dragons and her Dragon Entourage:Mom + Me Costumes
 Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard of Game of Thrones and the power-braid wearing Mother of Dragons (Khaleesi!) With their recent Emmy win, everybody is going to want their own little dragon entourage. Isobel from Bel and Beau (who also makes that black train skirt!) had the cutest little dragons with gold bellies flying all around her. (The text shirt is from A Little Bundle).Mom + Me Costumes Mom + Me Costumes
Raincloud and Rainbow
Here in California we are in desperate need of some rain this year! We are pulling out those rain boots with hopeful anticipation, and looking forward to the after rainbow. Nikki made a raincloud out of a kids umbrella, lots of cotton, and blue glitter raindrops. She threw on her raincoat and boots and was ready to chase after that curly haired rainbow of hers!
Mom + Me Costumes


Mom + Me Costumes Now go grab a pumpkin spice latte, run to your nearest Pottery Barn Kids (or hop online if that’s your thing), and get your costume coordinating on!

Photography: Chrissy Powers
Hair/Makeup: 1011 Makeup
Mother of Dragons and Dragon Entourage: Isobel and Holden www.belandbeau.com
Field of Flowers and Bee: Abby and Lili www.babybirdsfarm.com
Raincloud and Rainbow: Nikki and Imogen www.jeadore.com
Fairy and Pixie Dust: Cassidy and Rylie


We made it! Recovering after a grueling work and play trip has proved to be no easy task so we’re clearing schedules and taking it as easy as possible this weekend! Here’s what we’re thinking about:



Wearing: I always cary a backpack when traveling, and we spent the last week in NY together as a team (more to come on that, next week!) This is the pack I carried. It’s a little smaller than my usual go-to’s (see here and here) which was perfect since I wasn’t traveling with my kids. I bought it from Shopbop but just noticed it’s 25% off right now at Nordstrom! Here is the link, go get it! // And also this mask, Emily and I both realized this weekend we have a new love for it. Its literally a magic worker! And its PITCH black on your face. It’s insane! // Lastly, I bought these at the new Kate Spade store in Chelsea, and I haven’t taken them off. The perfect little gems for my 1/2 black wardrobe.

I love a book that teaches + has pretty design. BINGO.
Anticipating: FALL HAYRIDE! I’ve thrown a hayride for all our friends a few different Autumns, but took a couple years off. BUT I’ve got the motivation back so hey, friends, HAY RIDE IS ON ITS WAY!
Watching: This weekend I’ve got set aside for General Conference. The LDS church holds a twice yearly conference where all our leaders share messages with members of the church through out the world. Best part is, you don’t have to be a member to watch! And it’s so incredible and uplifting for members of all faith! Need some light in your life? I DO! Watch with me!



Wearing: Self-proclaimed trend whore right here! I’ll try anything flattering once, and I have failed a thousand times I’m sure. If these thick socks with my high-top sneakers or my t-strap clogs is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.
Spraying: Every couple years I smell a perfume and become enamored. It all started a decade ago with Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue, and since then includes Miss Dior Cherie, YSL Cinema, Jo Malone Peony and Suede, and now Miu Miu’s brand new perfume release. It’s amazing and just released in the states.
Reading: After visiting my little brother he sent me with instructions to read Junky by William Burroughs. I had to laugh and remind him that I’ve loved Beat generation authors since before he could read.
Listening: Echoing Jenna’s rec from last month about Janet Lansbury. I’ve been listening to her super quick podcasts while on the go and I’m picking up phrases and diffusing melt-downs like a boss. Sometimes you just need new tools, right? Janet for Pres.
Watching: Sounding like a broken record but since we’re each three LDS, that’s to be expected. I find so much comfort in watching General Conference each Spring and Fall. You know when you read a really uplifting meme or Insta caption (winking so hard right now) and you feel like for a moment you can conquer the world. That is conference, but like 10 hours worth.



Wearing: Flying with a baby across the country isn’t easy so I’m not about to get gussied up for a flight. I wore these and this sweat shirt that made me a HIT with my little boys. Also Nikes, always. IT HAS POCKETS.

 Anticipating: Nothing. I have absolutely nothing planned for October and it feels so wonderful.
Decorating: I’ve been having fun sort of sprucing up my living room. I recently found a tiny mid-century coffee table which I’m obsessed with on Craigs List and so of course I needed a new rug. I’ve been on the hunt for SO LONG for the perfect one and I think this is it. It sheds but hopefully that fades….but it is SO COMFY! Also I’ve been speaking Halloween and going STRAIGHT to Thanksgiving decor. This doormat I’m obsessed with and makes me so happy every time I come home, this pumpkin and this one for my mantle and this killer wood vase. All of those are 10% off right now when you use code FALLHOME.
Watching: All.the.shows!!! Fall TV is back and I’m thrilled (and behind!) Scandal and Nashville are the ones I’m most thrilled bout!
Eating: I recently got a Trager Grill and so we’ve been smoking all the things. I hope to share some of our recipes with you guys soon!
Feeling: Tired. Wiped out really. Been running really hard and I’m excited to have this month to relax and recuperate with my family!

dessert tacos!

By Emily.

Taco night is a family favorite of mine since I was a little girl, and my mom would always save a few extra tortillas at the end to fry up and dust with cinnamon and sugar for dessert. It is something that I’ve carried to my own family, so when Old El Paso shared their new Mini Soft Tortilla Taco Boats with us and invited us to try them out for our next taco night, I knew I wanted to create a few for dessert!
Dessert Tacos 4 Ways Here’s how you’ll do it:

Heat up a saucepan with vegetable oil – medium high – until its swirling and steam is coming off. Test a piece by dropping it in, bubbles should immediately appear and encase the tortilla. Once the heat is ready, simply drop the boats in one at a time and turn until its all golden brown!Dessert Tacos 4 WaysRemove from the oil and lay on a paper towel. While its still glistening, dust with cinnamon sugar – 1/2 cup of sugar to 2 tablespoons of cinnamon. Dessert Tacos 4 WaysNow the fun part! It’s time to fill up the boats with your favorite dessert stuffings:Dessert Tacos 4 WaysDessert Tacos 4 WaysHere’s what flavors we came up with – strawberries, mint + cream. Balsamic strawberries (tossed in this glaze) and basil, Bananas Foster + Nutella, Berries + cream, and Peaches + Blueberries + Cream.Dessert Tacos 4 WaysThese boats were so perfect for stuffing. We love that they have sides all around so it makes preparing and eating tacos so easy and less mess! We love that you can carry it around with you even, which makes it great for on the go, a picnic, or BBQ. Old El Paso is giving away a year supply of these babies here! Simply post a picture of what taco night looks like for your family with the #TacoBoatSweepstakes hash to enter!Dessert Tacos 4 WaysNot going to lie to you, they were so good. We were sick afterward because we ate so much!Dessert Tacos 4 WaysHere are two of Hayes’ concoctions, he loves all fruit but especially berries! (Tee from Wee Rascals)Dessert Tacos 4 Ways Dessert Tacos 4 WaysFor the bananas foster + nutella we kept the torilla raw and coated it with hazelnut spread.Dessert Tacos 4 Ways Then sauté bananas with butter and brown sugar until it caramalizes. We left the typical rum out of the recipe but it was delicious regardless!Dessert Tacos 4 WaysThis post is in partnership with Old El Paso! As always opinions and text are 100% our own.

DIY wall hanging

By Emily.

I think texture is my favorite thing to play with when decorating, especially with art and wall decor! I love seeing all the macrame wall hangings around, but knowing how quickly I get sick of home decor, I wanted to give it a whirl myself. So, here she is and here’s how I did it…
DIY wall hanging

[Loom Goods pillow]

First, pick color scheme. I know cream is the norm, but I love a good pop of color! I have lots of oranges and pinks throughout my family room from this art piece from Karen Kimmel and my framed marbled papers from Paper Mojo (see them in this post!)Shape ShifterThe family room was likely where this piece would live, so I grabbed yarn colors that felt like they might fit. Then picked up two of these wood planks and some left over walnut wood stain.DIY wall hangingTo speed up the next step I found that cutting lots of yarn at once was so helpful. For long pieces I wrapped yarn around my banister and then cut them all on one side only. (Also you can see another art piece that influenced this color scheme in this pic.)DIY Wall HangingFor shorter pieces wrapping them around my arm and cutting on side worked super fast as well! The once you have them cut grab several lined up at once to glue down. DIY Wall HangingDo a couple strips of glue on top of the wood and bottom and then place your line-up of yarn down tapping carefully to set them without burning your fingers. Once I knew the design I measured and marked on the wood how big of sections I needed for each color. I am a symmetry freak so this step is vital to me but probably no one else. 😉DIY Wall HangingThen once it dries I nailed two nails on the wall to set the piece on, the yarn hides them perfectly! Once I saw it on the space it was easier to see how to give it a quick trim. I shaped it up and called it a day!DIY wall hanging

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