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Magic at Play, indeed!

We leave for Disneyland for the Disney Social Media Moms conference tomorrow.

Or if you’re Katie or Matthew, we leave in 20 hours and 23 minutes.

We’ve officially entered the oh-my-gosh-we-have-so-much-to-do-before-we-leave stage of travel prep.

But Disney and Kohl’s made packing for the kids easier by sending over a gift card to stock up on their new Jumping Beans Magic at Play line. The smiles below show you just how happy the kids were about choosing some new things.

And the bonus? Kohl’s gave us a second gift card to give to a family in need, which made Katie so happy that she was beaming. Happy mom, happy kids.

Mickey Mouse t-shirtMinnie Mouse dress


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Although I was provided compensation and/or products for review, all opinions are my own.


Surprise! We’re going to Disneyland!

We’re still trying to catch our breath after a blissful three days at Disneyland.

I’ll have photos galore to share soon, but wanted to share the videos we took when we told the kids what we had in store for them.

Here’s Katie’s reaction (and Matthew’s complete lack thereof) about getting on an airplane:

Once we got to LAX, we sat them down and finally told them where we were going. As you’ll see, they were more than a little bit excited:

Once I sift through the hundreds of photos we took and find the energy to summarize our much-needed weekend of family time, I’ll be back with a recap.

The happiest of happily ever afters

It’s an unmistakable smell.

Reese’s Pieces meets buttery popcorn.

I can count on two hands the times I smelled that combination as a child.

The movie theater.

When money is scarce, going to movies is a rare luxury.

When money is scarce, those luxuries are savored…from waiting in the ticket line to choosing the best seat to watching the final credits.

If you asked me which of the movies I saw as a child stood out most in my mind, I wouldn’t have to hesitate for a second to answer. In an instant, I would be back in that well-worn maroon seat, waiting for the curtains to open as my ten-year-old self soaked it all in.

What I didn’t know in those moments I spent waiting is that I would see so much of my life in the story I was about to watch unfold.

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There in the theater, I watched the story of a girl who, like me, knew the pain of losing a parent far too soon.

I watched her overcome her sadness and go on to find happiness.

And while even at ten years old I knew that life just isn’t as simple as happily ever after, there in the dark, I started to wonder if perhaps life could hold a bit of that magic.

Cinderella represented hope, optimism and a belief that dreams really do come true.

This week, I will be a guest at Disneyland and on Friday, I will be immersed in all things Cinderella.

And I would be lying if I said the thought of it wasn’t keeping me up at night.

Then, on October 2nd, the very day it is released, I will take Katie to buy Cinderella: Diamond Edition.

I truly cannot wait to see the magic of the story through her young eyes.

And just as my mother whispered in my ear that afternoon in the theater, I will lean in close to Katie and repeat those same words…”I wish you the happiest of happily ever afters, sweet girl.”

*I am so incredibly grateful to Walt Disney Studios for inviting me on this trip. They have three amazing days planned, including a screening of Finding Nemo 3D and getting lost in the world of Tinker Bell in the new movie, Secret of the Wings. To read more about what Walt Disney Studios has in store for me, read Laura Willard’s overview on allParenting. Not only do I get to go on this amazing trip, but I get to go with my editor, a woman I’ve come to call my dear friend. Somebody, please pinch me.


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