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My boys could not be more excited about the new Disney movie Planes: Fire and Rescue that’s set to come out in theaters on July 18th. And I could not possible be more excited about the new Kohl’s Jumping Beans: “Planes: Fire and Rescue” line that is available in stores and on Kohls.com now. Here are pictures of a few of my favorite pieces from the line:

Aren’t they great? This new line is going to make birthday gifts SO easy for my 3 and 5 year olds this year!

Check out the whole line here or head to your local Kohl’s store and start shopping now! Your kids will be the best dressed kids in the theater!

Our Favorite Cookbook – Cooking with Mickey & Friends by Pat Baird

My favorite room in our new house is the kitchen. We have a great big island in the center of the kitchen which gives me plenty of room to prepare dinner – and there’s even room for all the kids to help me.

Since we finally have cupboard space again, the first thing I did was reserve one gigantic cupboard for my cookbooks. {I’m not the world’s best cook, but I sure pretend to be!}

Cooking with Mickey & FriendsWhile organizing the cookbooks, I happened across our favorite book: Cooking with Mickey & Friends by Pat Baird. It’s no secret that we love Mickey Mouse. We are all dreaming of the day when we can take the kids to Disney World so they can meet Mickey & all their favorite Disney characters. For now, though, we have to bring Mickey into our home, and this cookbook is the perfect way to do just that. I am SOOOO excited to have this book in easy reach again!

Inside the book you’ll find over 30 recipes – breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks & sides, desserts, and even beverages. The recipes are easy to follow, easy to read, and list absolutely everything you will need including utensils and ingredients. You get step-by-step instructions, and if there’s a step that requires an adult’s help, it’s clearly marked. My 7 year old loves reading the recipes out loud and everyone gets to help.

The recipes are actually really good. Our favorites include The Sultan’s Hummis Dip with Fresh Vegetables, Abu’s Baked Apples {heaven!}, Alice’s Cheesy Rice, Mufasa’s Mouthwatering Chops {made with Wendy’s Honey of a Peach topping!}, and Peter Pan’s Sparkling Pink Punch.

I’ve scoured the internet trying to find the best price for you all because I *highly* recommend this cookbook to anyone with kids. Unfortunately, the only copies I can find are used copies, but at least the price is right! Amazon has several used copies available, and so does AbeBooks.com.

Disclaimer: I have not been compensated for this post in any way, nor have I been contacted by anyone and asked to post a review. The thoughts expressed in this post are 100% my own and have only been influenced by how much we use this cookbook.

Disney on Ice Dare to Dream in #Atlanta {Review} #doiatl

Last night, I had the honor of attending Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream with my two girls and my 3 year old son. Because it was a Princess-themed show, as well as a school night, I opted to leave the other 3 boys {including my 7 month old} home with Daddy. disney on ice dare to dream

I picked up Ashley early from school. After all, we have quite a long drive down to Atlanta. We still ended up leaving a little later than I originally had planned, and I was so afraid we were going to get down there too late to enjoy any of the fun. {Side note: If you’re in a hurry, do not decide to drive through Taco Bell and give your 3 year old a soft taco to eat in the car. In two minutes time, he had taco meat all over his pants. Sigh. Lesson learned.}

We somehow made it to Atlanta on time – early enough to make the press conference even, and I was thrilled! I got the kids settled in, and headed over to the press conference area. We met two of the skaters. The man {Michael Donovan} played Aladdin in the end of the show and the woman {Jade Gosling} played Mama Odie from the Princess and the Frog.

We learned so much about the lives of the skaters. They are 100% committed to the show and their “unit.” {The unit is the core group that travels around the country together.} I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the skaters talk about their lives, their dedication, their passion, and how they reach out to help others during the holidays. These are pretty amazing people, and definitely the type of people I would want my children looking up to.

After the press conference, we had snacks and made crowns for my little princess and prince. Then, we got the chance to meet Rapunzel and Flynn. Lucy was so nervous. I honestly didn’t know if I would even get her on the stage. She loves Rapunzel. When she finally did get up there and talk to Rapunzel, Rapunzel happened to mention that she’s good friends with Ariel, and she would be sure to tell Ariel that Lucy said hello. That made Lucy’s whole night. Rapunzel and Ariel are Lucy’s favorite princesses, so after getting to talk to one and relay a message to the other? Well, that was pure heaven to Lucy!

A short while later, it was time to head to our seats.

I was thrilled to find out that we were right next to Karen from In the Kitchen with KP. {You can read her review of the show here: Disney on Ice Dare to Dream Captivates Atlanta} We had a ball watching the show and tweeting back and forth. She is such a hoot!

I know you’re dying to hear about the show, right? Ok, ok. I won’t keep you in suspense any longer.

The show was amazing. Absolutely breathtaking.

Cinderella, Rapunzel and Tiana

It starts with the story of Tiana from The Princess and the Frog. Now, plug your ears while I say this, but I have never actually seen The Princess and the Frog. I know, I know. Shame on me. Here I am, the ultimate Disney-loving mom, and I’ve never seen this Princess movie? Well, after last night’s performance, that is definitely going to change. They did such a great job telling her story and making it exciting and captivating. I loved listening to the little girls behind me singing every song word for word just as loud as they could. Absolutely loved it.

After the story of Tiana came the story of Cinderella. Cinderella is one of my favorite classic Disney stories. Cinderella had a dream, and she made it happen. Such a beautiful, touching story, and the carriage and horses they used in the story were phenomenal. I also remember tweeting during the show that I wanted Cinderella’s shoes. They sparkled like diamonds and were just so beautiful! I also found out that in real life, Cinderella is married to Prince Charming. Talk about a dream job!

Then it was time for Rapunzel from Tangled. Wow. Wow. Wow. I would go see this show again just for this part of it. It was amazing. I wish that I could describe to you the beauty of Flynn and Rapunzel together, but the words escape me. It is truly unlike anything I have ever seen. Tears streamed down my face, it was just that beautiful. And then it got funny! They did the scene in the Snuggly Duckling Inn and sang “I’ve got a dream.” Then it was back to magical with the lanterns. Absolutely amazing.

At the end, they had a scene with all of the Disney Princesses, as well as a few more surprises. I can’t give the whole show away, but more tears flowed during that part too. And you can only imagine how thrilled Lucy was when Ariel & Prince Eric ended up right in front of us. She was giddy with excitement.

If you can’t already tell, we thoroughly enjoyed the show. The costumes were incredible. Full of glitter and sparkles, and so incredibly realistic. Maximus from Tangled was absolutely amazing. The ugly step-sisters were dead-on and looked hysterical. Every detail was just perfect.

If you have a little Princess in your life, and you live in the Atlanta area, I would highly, highly recommend you see this show. But you have to hurry, they’re only in town through the weekend.

Here are ticket details:

Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream
Philips Arena, Atlanta
October 12 – 16

Show Times:
Thursday, October 13th – 7:30pm
Friday, October 14th – 10:30am and 7:30pm
Saturday, October 15th – 11am, 2:30pm, and 6:30pm
Sunday, October 16th – 12pm, 4pm

Ticket prices start at $14. {Prices range from $14 to $75 for Rinkside tickets.}
Order tickets online at www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone by calling 800-745-3000.

To learn more about Disney On Ice, visit www.disneyonice.com. You can also find them on Facebook and YouTube.

I am calling this my can’t-miss show of the season. If you love Disney, you’ll love Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream.

Disclaimer: I received free tickets for myself and my family to the show in order to facilitate my full review. Opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.