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A Disney Girls’ Night In

What’s better than a girls’ trip to Disney World– how about a Disney World themed girls’ night in?! Where you and your best gal pals get together and share stories and laugh about each of your most recent trips to the Happiest Place on Earth! Here’s how we did it-

It all started with the invitation.


I purchased these cute little planners on my family’s last trip to Disney World. I thought they’d be the perfect vessel for housing the invitations.


I typed up and printed out– all the specifics for our Disney themed, Girl’s Night In. I found some cute Disney stickers at my local Michael’s and secured them to the pages of the planner. Each planner was placed inside an unassuming box and, mailed via UPS.

Once the invitations were mailed and everyone had accepted- I got to work on the entertainment for the night.

I wanted to have as much time as possible to spend with the girls. You know- those vacation stories can be really funny and, I didn’t want to miss a minute of the hysterics! So, I hired a personal chef to prepare and serve us a three course dinner!


Let me just say, after hearing a few of those recounts of previous trips- the cost of the chef was money well spent! Don’t worry ladies– your secrets are safe with me *wink*

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In true Disney fashion- I love springing little surprises on my guests. So, unbeknownst to the ladies I had also booked a representative from Mary Kay to come out and give us tips on skin care and make-up.


I’m sure the Mary Kay rep is still recovery from all of our antics!


To keep the night moving along, the ladies and I participated in a round of Pictionary, using Disney theme park rides.


The winning team had their choice of the Disney gag gifts, that each lady had been asked to bring.

While the attire for the night was all things Disney- right down to the socks, much of the other Disney decor was very subtle.




The ladies and I had such a nice time and I look forward to our next Girls’ Night In!

I hope that you enjoyed this blog entry and I’d like to thank Diz Thru Brown Eyes for allowing me to share.

If you’d like to see more of our Disney inspired girl’s night in, visit me on my youtube channel, TheUnfrumpyMommyLife . For more pictures from the evening, follow me on Instagram, theunfrumpymommy .


Mean Muggin’ Monday

Today’s mug probably owned by one of the 999 ghosts in The Haunted Mansion.  This mug was found at the Emporium at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.  It retails for $14.95.

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

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Photo Credit: EH

If you would like your coffee mug on Mean Muggin’ Monday, email pictures and description to DizThruBrownEyes@yahoo.com.

I Run Like A Cast Member

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

As most of you know, my bank account seems to be attached to runDisney events.  I just like running/walking with my Disney family and having Mickey Mouse waiting for me at the finish line.  When I was told there was a Cast & Family 5K Fun Run to be held on October 12th, I jumped at the chance to participate.  I mean it is a 5K at Walt Disney World.  Why would I not want to do it? I registered for me and a friend.

The purpose of the 5K was to promote wellness among Cast Members and their families.  The Family Wellness and Benefits Expo was held at ESPN Wide World of Sports October 11th-13th.  I just stopped in to look around, but did not go on the show floor to see what was at each booth.

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

The 5K was held at ESPN Wide World of Sports with a starting time of 7:30am.  Minnie Mouse was at the starting line to wish us good luck for a great race.

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

The race course was around the complex. On the course you had the option to jump through tires and over hay bales.  Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Pluto were on the course to take pictures with us.

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

There was a DJ also encouraging us to “go, go, go”.  Just like any Disney race, there were spectators and Cast Members cheering us on.

I ran and walked the course.  I realized I must be more consistent in my training for the Walt Disney World Half Marathon in January.  I was not concerned about time, but I could feel in my legs that I have to do a better job with training.

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

This was my first Cast & Family 5K Fun Run and I did have a good time. It was a good way to start the morning and interact with other Cast Members. This race was not about time or getting swept, just having fun.  Would I participate again? Yes! I am addicted to Disney races, Disney race medal bling, and love being a Disney Store Cast Member.


Mean Muggin’ Monday

Today’s coffee mug comes from the Disney Cruise Line.  Here is Chip & Dale dressed in sailor outfits.  This mug was seen on the Magic and retails for $12.95.

Photo credit: EH

Photo credit: EH

Photo credit: EH

Photo credit: EH

Photo credit: EH

Photo credit: EH

If you would like your coffee mug on Mean Muggin’ Monday, email pictures and description to DizThruBrownEyes@yahoo.com.

Mean Muggin’ Monday

Today’s Villains coffee mug was seen at WonderGround Gallery at Disneyland.  The mug retails for $12.95.

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

If you would like your coffee mug on Mean Muggin’ Monday, email pictures and description to DizThruBrownEyes@yahoo.com.

Mean Muggin’ Monday

Today’s Villains/Princess coffee mug was seen at WonderGround Gallery at Disneyland.  It retails for $12.95.

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

If you would like your coffee mug on Mean Muggin’ Monday, email pictures and description to DizThruBrownEyes@yahoo.com.


Disney Legend Tony Baxter to be at D23 Destination D


For those that are attending or thinking about attending D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind, more details about the event has been released.  Below is the official press release.

BURBANK, Calif. – September 4, 2014 – D23: The Official Disney Fan Club has unveiled more of the experiences in store for members at what is sure to be the can’t-miss Disney event of the year—D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind presented by H2O Plus. Taking place November 22 and 23 at Walt Disney World Resort, the event will bring Disney Legends, archivists, Imagineers, and luminaries together to celebrate fan-favorite attractions of years past, including Adventure Thru Inner Space, If You Had Wings, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, with rarely seen concept art and images, vintage video clips, and hours of revealing stories. In addition, there will be a full day of presentations showcasing Disney’s contributions to the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair.

Tomorrowland supervising art director Ramsey Avery (Star Trek Into Darkness, Minority Report) will give members a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at the making of the upcoming release from Walt Disney Pictures. Avery will detail how the production team reconstructed elements of the World’s Fair for the upcoming film, which stars George Clooney. “I had a great experience working on Tomorrowland and recreating some of the very iconic environments from the 1964 World’s Fair, especially it’s a small world, and am excited to share some of that behind-the-scenes process with Disney fans,” says Avery.

During the panel “Rediscovering Discovery Bay,” Disney Legend Tony Baxter will take guests on an in-depth tour of the never-built themed expansion for Disneyland through rarely seen concept artwork and models that he worked on during his time at Walt Disney Imagineering. Discovery Bay, as an early press release stated, was intended to “bring to life a time and place that climaxed an age of discovery and expansion.”

Additional panels have just been announced.* More information may be found at D23.com/Events.


·        Disney Goes to the World’s Fair: Historian Bill Cotter looks at Disney’s massive influence on the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair.

·        A World’s Fair of Disney Legends: Marty Sklar, Alice Davis, and Bob Gurr discuss their contributions to the Fair.

·        Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln: Historian Michael Kelley and Disney Legend Bob Matheison take a behind-the-scenes look at the groundbreaking attraction.

·        Ford’s Magic Skyway: Bill Cotter and Disney Legends Bob Gurr and Bill Sullivan reveal some of the secrets behind one of the Fair’s most innovative attractions.

·        Carousel of Progress: Disney Legend Marty Sklar and Imagineer Gary Landrum talk about the creation of this one-of-a-kind show.

·        it’s a small world: Disney Legend Alice Davis discusses working on the beloved attraction with her husband Marc and artist Mary Blair.

·        Lost on the Way to the World’s Fair: Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline reveals some of the proposed creations that didn’t make it to New York.

·        A Sneak Peek at Disney’s Tomorrowland (see above).



·        Widen Your World: Tony Baxter, Imagineer Jason Grandt, and Disney Legend Charlie Ridgway revisit popular attractions from the early years of Walt Disney World.

·        Disneyland: Fond Memories of the Past: Becky Cline and historian Stacia Martin journey through some of Disneyland’s most beloved attractions of yesteryear.

·        Retro Rewind References: Imagineers Wyatt Winter and Jason Grandt reveal some of the hidden references to past attractions in today’s theme park creations.

·        Rediscovering Discovery Bay: (see above).

·        An Evolution of Make Believe Made Real: Imagineers Dave Minichiello and Pam Rawlins detail the creation of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and explore its roots, which began in 1937.

·        That Was Entertainment!: Disney Legend Ron Logan lifts the curtain on some of the most fondly remembered events and entertainment from Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Plus, Mickey’s of Glendale, the famed Walt Disney Imagineering store, is setting up a pop-up shop, which will open Friday, November 21 and run through the weekend, offering a selection of exclusive Imagineering merchandise as well as limited-edition pins, T-shirts, and collectibles themed to the event. Mickey’s of Glendale will also carry an exclusive collection of items themed to Pleasure Island, including pins, pin sets, T-shirts, and glassware.

In addition to more than a dozen panels and presentations, the weekend will include:

·        A special weeklong exhibit designed by the Walt Disney Archives in honor of the event.

·        Pleasure Island: Rewind presented by Twinings of London, a closing-night celebration themed around the former Downtown Disney nightlife district.

The weekend event will take place in the convention center at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Tickets are currently available to all D23 Members, and D23 Gold and Silver Members receive special ticket pricing. All guests will receive a gift created just for the event.

More details about the program and tickets for D23 DESTINATION D: ATTRACTION REWIND presented by H2O Plus, as well as a special offer just for members of D23, can be found at D23.com/Events.

* Events, panel order, and talent are subject to change.

Photo Credit: D23

Photo Credit: D23

These Brown Legs Went Coast to Coast


On August 31, 2014, a goal of mine was reached.  Well two goals I should say.  I participated in my first runDisney Half Marathon at Disneyland and earned my first Coast-to-Coast medal.

How do you earn a Coast-to-Coast medal?  Per runDisney.com, “If you complete a runDisney half marathon or marathon at the Walt Disney World® Resort and a half marathon at the Disneyland® Resort in the same calendar year, then you will receive a Coast to Coast Race Challenge medal commemorating your achievement”.  The eligible races can be found at here. I completed the 2014 Walt Disney World Half Marathon and 2014 Glass Slipper Challenge.

I was very nervous about this race due to it being a new course for me.  I also did not train like I should have which added to the nervousness.  I lacked the motivation to train as well as work getting in the way.  I vowed if I got through the Disneyland Half, I would train to set a PR for the 2015 Walt Disney World Half Marathon in January.

I arrived in Anaheim on August 29th, checked in to the Hilton Anaheim, and went to the expo being held at the Disneyland Hotel.


I overheard several people talk about how much better the expo was as far as crowd control and organization.  After I obtained my bib and wristband, I walked around the expo a little and then strolled around Downtown Disney.



This was my fourth time being at Disneyland. My last visit was in 2013 for the D23 Expo.

On the 30th, Sara and I went to Disneyland and had some pre-race fun.

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I had the pleasure of meeting Michelle and she hung out us for a while.


My pre-race routine is to lay out my race gear to be ready for race morning.


I was in the bed by 8pm.  However, I kept waking up because I feared my phone alarm not going off.  Around 2:30am, the alarm went off and I got dressed.  Sara and I used Anaheim Resort Transit (ART) due to it being free for the race weekend.  We were dropped off near the entrances of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.  I wish the walk to the corals were included in the 13.1 miles I had to complete.  I said good-bye to Sara, who was in Corral H. Shaene and Jim were also in Corral H.  I was in Corral I.  I was trying to come up with something clever for “I” like “Imagination”, “Imagine Yourself Winning”, and “Iago”. At some point it turned to “whose Idea was this”.

Who else besides me hates waiting for the race to start?  About 30 minutes after the first wave had left, it was time for Corral I to be turned loose.  I am not one to stop to post with characters.  However, due to this being my first Disneyland Half Marathon, I did stop to take pictures.

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Because Disneyland is small, the race course did go through the city of Anaheim.  This part of course included hills and a dirt road. At one point I wanted to scream and yell “I am over this” but I kept pushing through.  I was receiving texts, messages on Facebook, and direct messages telling me how well I was doing and to keep up the good work.  I could not respond to everyone while on the course due to my phone going dead.

Running through Angel Stadium was very exciting with a crowd chEARing us on.  I felt a boost and started moving a little faster.


Before I knew it, I could see the Finish Line.  I felt good getting the Disneyland Half Marathon medal around my neck and then walking to get my Coast to Coast medal.

C2C11I flew across country to obtain these two medals and I did not die in the process.  My legs were not killing me and I felt good.

So what do you do after you completed 13.1 miles? You eat all you can and enjoy the parks with your medals around your neck!!!