Vacation clothes

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Even if we’ve just returned from a 10-day trip, I’ve always got Disney on the brain.   It comes up in conversation all the time in our house, whether we’re looking at photos or remembering a funny thing that happened on our last trip.  My son learned to walk on his first Disney trip.  My daughter got to sing with Ariel, her favorite mermaid of all time.  Those special memories are tucked away in my heart, waiting for new ones to be made.  Today let’s talk about the kind of clothes you’re going to pack for your trip. [Read more…]

Disney planning – time savers and dream builders

I never thought we would be “that family.” We are practical, frugal, and homebodies. Our children think taking a picnic to the park is a big deal. So why are we going to Disney yet again? Here’s why. To us, Disney celebrates childhood. The fantasy of a fairyland is real in that magical place. The cast members go out of their way to make our children feel special every time they walk in the room. Everything is beautiful and we never see the little elves at work making it so. Our kids love every minute of the vacation and we love every smile they flash for us. [Read more…]

Disney on my mind

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I’ve got Disney on my mind — again.  Even though it’s been just a few short months since our last trip, my kids have been asking when we’ll go again.  There are so many things I love about Disney World. It’s one of the easiest vacation spots I’ve been, especially when it comes to finding things to do.  We stay on property so that we can take advantage of Extra Magic Hours. My kids are up at the crack of dawn anyway; might as well ride some attractions!   The downside is that Disney isn’t really the place for a spontaneous vacation.  For the first couple of trips we took, we spent months of planning, reserving, and researching to get to do everything we wanted to do.  It was totally worth every moment though!

If you’re a first timer, here are a few things to consider. [Read more…]

My #DisneySide party to go — thanks to the snow

#DisneySide must have: Mickey Waffles

Disclosure: I hosted a Disney Side @Home Celebration via MomSelect.  I received products to use for my party; the opinions shared here are 100% mine.  You can host a #DisneySide party, too, even if you didn’t receive a hostess kit!

One thing I love about Disney — it’s designed for families of all shapes, sizes, and locations.  If you’ve ever visited a Disney park, you know that hospitality and flexibility is part of the overall magic.  You need to change your dates?  No problem.  Need to cancel a reservation?  Simple as a phone call.  In planning my own Disney @Home Celebration, I’m glad that I was able to mirror those Disney ideals.  Unfortunately due to the unpredictable weather here in East Tennessee, my guests enjoyed a Disney party to go in February.  You see, my circle of friends are all busy moms.  Working outside the home is hard enough, but then throw in your kids’ activities and family obligations and it’s next to impossible to find a date that works for everyone.  We thought we had it made when February 15 could be written in stone on every calendar.  Then the snow hit.  Then the ice hit.  Then everyone got sick.  How in the world could we manage the party?  Easy!  I made it a #DisneySide party to go since we had to stay in due to the snow.  [Read more…]

On My Bookshelf: The Busy Family’s Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2013 by Jeffrey Merola

Once upon a time, there was a giveaway.   It was the Fairy Tale Giveaway Hop.  The giveaway was such a success that it became an annual event.  The 2013 giveaway hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer,The Book Rat & A Backwards Story will begin on March 26th and is thus to end on April 2nd, whence the entrants and bloggers will live happily ever after.

At the Savings in Seconds house, we love Disney World.  Personally, I love everything about it.  Waking up and having so many beautiful moments with my family, spending time laughing and playing with my kids, and the joy in their faces when they see something new.  Sharing those moments with  my husband is so special.  Disney really is magical.  Isn’t that the way a fairy tale should be?   Unfortunately our first trip to Disney wasn’t so magical.  It’s not a typical vacation; at least, not in the relaxing sense.  There is definitely a learning curve, and if you are planning a trip you should absolutely consult with someone who has Disney experience!  Author Jeffrey Merola shares his Disney expertise in the The Busy Family’s Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2013.   How much is an hour of your time worth?  With the Kindle price at $2.99 and the paperback just $6.95, think of amount of time you’re sure to save because of reading this book.  It’s a steal, right?!  Merola is a husband, father, NY State teacher, football coach, author, and a huge Walt Disney World fan!  He has been on Disney property for about 165 days so he definitely knows his way around the parks.


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New Instant Win game from Disney! EXPIRED

Are you excited for the Great and Powerful Oz?  Here’s something to make even the Wicked Witch smile.  Disney just announced an instant win game and sweepstakes.  Click here to visit the Road to the Emerald City experience, play the Instant Win game, and view Official Rules.   Instant win prize include  $100 gift cards for HSN (Home Shopping Network), $50 Visa cards, $10 Starbucks gift cards, copies of the L. Frank Baum Book, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” signed movie posters, and other “Oz The Great and Powerful” products.   Fun!!!!

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Save the Date: New Disney movies in 2013! EXPIRED

Be still my heart, check out this lineup!  Okay, the world CAN’T end on the 21st, because there are some movies on this list I really want to see.


May 3: IRON MAN 3 (Marvel Studios)

June 21: MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (Disney/Pixar)








September 13: THE LITTLE MERMAID 3D (Walt Disney Animation Studios)

October 4: DELIVERY MAN (DreamWorks Pictures)

November 8: THOR: THE DARK WORLD (Marvel Studios)

November 27: FROZEN (Walt Disney Animation Studios)

December 20: SAVING MR. BANKS


I am SOOOO excited, especially to take my daughter to see The Little Mermaid in 3D!!   Normally I am not really interested in 3D movies.  However, Ariel has been my daughter’s favorite princess forever.  It would be so wonderful to get to watch it with her on the big screen.

Which movie are you most excited to see?

Quick! Get your $9.99 Disney Just Dance for Wii! EXPIRED

Awesome deal on Disney Just Dance for Wii — enter code DANCEMOM at checkout and get $10 off! It works on Just Dance 4, too (although you probably grabbed it when it was even lower-priced a few weeks ago.)

Here is my checkout page:


Go, go, go!!

Disney Toy Story Multi-Blaster play set $36.50!

Disney Store is having a sale right now that coincides with several codes.  The Toy Story Multi-Blaster play set is $36.50 (regular price is $69.50).  These are going for $89.99 on Amazon.  This seems like a fun toy if you have two kids at home and you want a combined Santa gift.  Plus, you can use code SHIPTODAY for free shipping on orders $75+.  Using your Disney Visa card?  Here are some codes that are currently valid:  DRVCMEMBER to save 10% on orders $50+, code DVCMERRY10 to save $10 off your $50+ purchase, or code DVCBELL to get a free holiday ornament with a $50+ purchase. The Disney Store does let you stack certain codes, so definitely try more than one if you have it!

If you are trying to get your order to $50 or $75 and can’t find something you want to add, consider getting a movie.  Many of the titles are Buy 2, get 1 Free. Then you could redeem the points on your Disney Movie Rewards account, too!

Plus you can get 3% cashback by going through Shop At Home.

Happy shopping!

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Disney movie rewards code for 25 points

If you are a Disney fan, chances are you have loads of movie codes sitting in your dvd cabinet waiting to earn you some rewards!  Be sure to sign up and redeem those points.    I’ve redeemed mine for free movies, coupons for free products, and free gift cards.  These make great stocking stuffers!


To get you started, here’s a code that is still working for 25 points, I just used it today: U13PEKSZZD


And if you have been buying Disney movies at consignment sales or thrift shops, check for the codes!  We bought a Bolt DVD at a used bookstore yesterday and the code was still in it.