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Lion Guard Adventure in Animal Kingdom!

Join the Jones Family for the all new Lion Guard Adventure in Animal Kingdom! Search the park and meet a special friend at the end!

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What fun!! This Lion Guard Adventure is educational as well as fun for the children. The parks change so rapidly and the new adventures get better and better. This is definitely a must see if you are in Orlando.

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Princess Dreams

Frozen Elsa's Tiara

Every girl dreams of becoming a Disney princess once in their lives. This is because girls tend to look for amazing characters that they would look up to. Even if these characters are not real, many young girls continue to consider these princesses as their ‘idols’ when they grow up. So which one are you going to be for Halloween. I am always surprised when the adults accompanying their treaters are in costume. Many older girls, young mothers and even grandmothers dress in princess costumes. Grandmother’s are most often the good fairy from Cinderella.

Whether you still believe in fairy tales or not, it is still a good thing to dream of living a princess’ life once in a while. This will stimulate imagination and will also help you to escape from stressful life in the real world. Is there a better way to escape than to participate in the neighborhood treats. I spend Halloween sitting on my front porch with bags and bags of goodies to distribute to the neighborhood children. I really enjoy the costumes and those treaters who remember to say Thanks.

I may have to dress up this year as more and more I am taking on the look of the evil witch with the apple in Snow White. Of course, I would rather be Snow White. Snow White is for beautiful girls who somehow suffer for their physical assets, Snow White is the Disney Princess that you would choose if those were your characteristics. She is another Disney princess favorite because Snow White is the most beautiful princesses ever created. In fact, it is because of her beauty that her evil step mother wanted to kill her. But then, Snow White was able to be triumphant in the end when she got the help of the Seven Dwarves. For her beauty alone, many children still consider Snow White as their favorite princess. There is always at least one Snow White who visits my front porch on Halloween.

And then there is Cinderella. Cinderella was a mistreated girl who never ceased to dream of happy endings. If you dream of a prince and happy endings, this may the costume you would want to choose. Cinderella is considered as the most favorite Disney princesses of all time because she epitomizes a strong yet kind-hearted woman. Her story appeals so much to many girls because the story Cinderella tells that despite the hardships in life, one can still find true love and happiness. In fact, Cinderella became a standard to those who are dreaming of “happily ever after”. Who can ever forget the glass shoes, the fairy god mother and the evil step sisters? Indeed, this princess will continue to win the hearts of many girls in the next generations to come. Hopefully there will be a few Cinderella’s this year, but I hope they don’t arrive in a large pumpkin coach.

Belle also shows up on Halloween and brings such joy even though she is considered the “nerdy” princess. She loves to read a lot of books and and appends a lot of time day dreaming. Belle is also very pretty but is often commended for her courage to see beyond what they eyes let her see. She also proved that physical beauty is not everything when she fell in love with cursed Beast. I don’t see as many Belle’s at Halloween but even a few add such fun, especially when they are accompanied by the Beast.

The last princess I always look for is Aurora. Aurora is the princess who is concerned with her looks and very focused on the things she likes to do. In reality, princess Aurora has one of the most interesting lives there is. When a witch cast a spell on her, princess Aurora was forced to leave the castle and her parents and changed her name to Briar Rose to be able to live. But then again, the curse still got the best of her and was lulled into a deep sleep until the love of her life came to rescue her with a kiss. There is never anyone sleeping on my porch or kissing for that matter so perhaps Aurora is not the best choice for Halloween.

So many other princess costumes, the Frog and the Princess, Frozen, and Little Mermaid. I am looking forward to another fun year of costumes and candy. If you have pictures of your neighborhood princesses, I would love to see them posted here.

I think I will quit for now and go shop for some Princess costumes.

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Only Tuesday…

Gee, the week is moving rather slowly.  I think it is because Thanksgiving is just about upon us.  Whatever happened to that season between Halloween and Thanksgiving.  I remember we didn’t see a Christmas item until the day after Thanksgiving and that is also when we brought home or cut down the tree.  Now we hardly see Halloween off the shelf before Santa and Mrs. Santa are pushing the ghosts and witches out the door.  Too much pressure..time to relax…

Let’s take some time this year and enjoy the season.  Remember your manners when shopping.  That isn’t always easy and the hip checks are frequent. 

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Back to the Grind

Here it is Monday morning already and I am back to the north country.  Florida was cool this weke-end which makes visits to the park much more relaxing.  A ride on the mono-rail is just what will bring me into the right mood and get me kicked into gear for a Disney week-end.  It you live in Florida,…a quick one day visit to the parks is really rejuvenating.  If you are interested in more information on packages and fun events the best site I have found is destinationsinflorida.com.  Now if it is just tickets you want…of course I would recommend http://www.Orlandotickets.securedstore.com

I also opened a new eBay store and quickly flipped through and named it before I had an opportunity to realize it was not the name I wanted.  Oh well, who knows that may be Karma.  The name of the store is damom_FL and it is filled with eclectic “stuff”.  Right now it is limited to a few shells but it will expand very quickly into a mecca of online uniques.  Must head off to lunch….soup sounds good..it is cold outside.

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And Now it’s SNOW

Ok, it is definately time to leave the north country.  Large flakes of snow are falling from a rather grey sky.  It is cold but like always not too cold when it snows.  I have been in the Detroit area since July during the week, but am just not quite ready for snow.  I have my jacket that was a gift when I was in Salinas working with A. Duda & Sons.  What a wonderful gift that has kept me warm for the past few days.  It has the logo on the front and I always get questions when I wear it.  Sometimes people in Florida ask me about it as they are familiar with the family and the history of a great company.  I’ll have to get a thank you off to the Salinas group for keeping me warm this winter.

Our project is moving along and processes are coming together.  It is the day to fly back home and I am anxious to get there to see Kelly and Hunter.  We will be working with their mom and dad to plan our adventure to Mousefest at Disney.  If you have never been there, now is the time to go.  It is the time when the Disney fans unite and have a great time at the parks.

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Pastie

Have you ever had a beef pastie?  These are a favorite fare of those who live in Northern Michigan.  When I was a child I had them when I went to visit my Grandfather in Ironwood, Michigan. He had a cabin on Manitowish Waters and I sure wish I owned it today.  I could drive from Detroit and enjoy the north country on the way.  But alas, I live in Florida and work in Detroit and there is no family cottage in Michigan anymore.  But the pastie’s still exist and I had one last night at Dobskis in a Detroit suburb..could have been Waterford.  Anyway it was great food and great memories.  I wonder if Universal would include this on one of their menu’s or perhaps Disney would at one of the parks.  Is there a Poland in Epcot?  Want to go see then go to http://www.orlandotickets.securedstore.com and pick a ticket package. 

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Geese Crossing

Ok, I lived in Montana for awhile and found that if you were in Eastern Montana, many times you had to stop for sheep.  However, I never expected to have to stop for Canadian Geese crossing the road in Detroit. What can I say, it would have made for good ditch hunting.  Speaking of which.  I found a great store on eBay to purchase outdoor items.  Go to: http://stores.ebay.com/Gator-Outdoor-and-Travel and you will find great things for hunting, camping and just general outdoor sports.  OK so it isn’t Florida and definately not Disney or Univesal but fun can be had in the north if you have the right gear. 

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Where are you for Halloween?

If you have never been to Universal Studios for Halloween you have missed an incredible event.   If you are interested in one more suited to little ones, Disney’s Very Scarey Halloween offers fun activities and lots of characters dressed in Halloween attire.  If you live close…just a quick run to the park for an evening of fun sure beats running around the neighborhood with pillowcases:-)