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Disney's TOMORROWLAND..Tomorrowland pin ..Ph: Kimberley French..©Disney 2015

Imagine a world  of possibilities. A world where nothing is impossible, dreamers and thinkers combine their talents to make an amazing place you and I can not fathom. Wanna go?

Disney's TOMORROWLAND..Young Frank Walker (Thomas Robinson) ..Ph: Film Frame..©Disney 2015

Tomorrowland is that place. Once a beautiful idilic world, it now needs the help of Casey, an optimistic, curious, science loving teen and the somewhat grumpy, former boy-genius Frank. Bound together by a shared destiny they could not foresee, they embark on a daring mission to unearth the secrets of this “Tomorrowland.” And they find that what they must do there will change the world -and- them forever.

Tomorrowland Frank

As a young boy, Frank was determined not to give up on his dreams. When his jet pack invention is deemed too “fun” and not useful in making the world a better place he retorts that seeing someone using a jet pack would make him believe that anything was possible

Athena believes in Frank and offers him a special pin. He could not have imagined what taking that pin would mean for him or the world as we know it. 

Tomorrowland, Athena and Frank

We learn Frank is back in our dimension, disillusioned and very grouchy. But it’s George Clooney so you still like him, a lot… okay moving on

Disney's TOMORROWLAND..Frank Walker (George Clooney)..Ph: Film Frame..©Disney 2015

Casey is a very bright, scientific, adventurous girl who happens to be caught attempting to tamper with government property. Oops. She finds amongst her belongings at the police station a pin. Weird right? It gets better when she touches it and is transported to a whole other place in time. I’m pretty sure the other people in the police station thought she was on something!

Disney's TOMORROWLAND..Casey (Britt Robertson)..Ph: Film Frame..©Disney 2015

Frank and Casey eventually team up to save Tomorrowland and our world, but can they do it in time. As you see in the trailer there is an ominous countdown clock. From experience in movie watching, those are never a good thing. Even if they can save it, will Tomorrowland ever be what it was meant to be again? 

I sat in awe of this film. It has action, heart, humor, not to mention really cool gadgets and gizmos aplenty. Being the big Disney fan that I am, the nods to Walt Disney’s visions, Tomorrowland of the Disney Parks, and It’s a Small World just made my heart happy. I think Walt would love this movie and seeing his grand ideas bursting onto the screen. 

The film is perfect for the science, Tomorrowland loving members of your family. I would caution younger ones since the audio-animatronics look very life-like, they might not understand they are just robots getting beat up in battle!

Walking out of the theater I felt inspired to dream bigger and encouraged to do something to help better the world.

Dreamers need to stick together. Wanna go?

Disney's TOMORROWLAND..Tomorrowland pin ..Ph: Kimberley French..©Disney 2015

Tomorrowland is in Theaters Today! 

Tomorrowland Poster

In Disney’s riveting mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” a jaded scientist and an optimistic teen embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space.

#DisneySMMC, Dumbo Ride, video of Dumbo Ride

One of the great opportunities we were given at Disney Social Media Moms Celebration was recording our families on a ride. We chose Dumbo, because for me it is one of those attractions I cannot miss when I go. I remember riding it as a little girl, waiting patiently in line because *gasp* there were no fast pass options back in the day! Yes my kids were shocked to hear that. You waited in line all the time? 

#DisneySMMC, Dumbo Ride, video of Dumbo Ride

Don’t worry, I didn’t leave my husband out. He is riding in the elephant behind us! 

After we finished our ride, we stayed on for another trip on board the Flying Elephant. This guy was excited to steer again. You’ll notice in the video he was having Dumbo jump up and down. Crazy driver!


#DisneySMMC, Dumbo Ride, video of Dumbo Ride

You can read more about my intial reactions to DisneySMMC here: A Whole New World and check back as I add more videos and posts sharing the magic and the fun of this celebration!

#DisneySMMC, Dumbo Ride, video of Dumbo Ride

I was invited to the 2015 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. I paid a conference fee to attend and received discounted & complimentary items from Walt Disney World and their sponsors. I was not asked to write about my  experiences at the conference. All opinions are my own.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, #DisneySMMC, #DisneySide

It was still dark outside when the alarm went off, but I was already awake. The anticipation of the conference made it hard to sleep. I always get nervous before a trip home to Disney, but this was like that times 1 million. I know Walt Disney World, but this time it was different, a whole new world, a whole new way to experience it. What was it going to be like? Am I really prepared for this moment, the moment I have been wishing for? 

As they say on board Simba 1, Hakuna Matata. I was determined to enjoy this ride, learn as much as I could, and create memories with my family and new friends that would last a lifetime.

Thanks for all the instagram love on this picture, it made me feel good that I did not look like a Happy Haunt but alive and well! 

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, #DisneySMMC, #DisneySide, Castle Home T

Speaking of not tired, these two definitely slept but it took no coercion at all to get them up for the airport. I would rather get up for Disney than school too!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, #DisneySMMC, #DisneySide

From the time we landed in Orlando to seeing this beautiful sight, I felt as if everything was different this time around. It was still magical, awesome, but there was something a little extra in the air. I can only compare it to the feeling you get when you visit the Disney Parks for the first time. Anxiousness, excitement, nervousness, wonder, and awe all rolling around inside of you to the point of bursting.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, #DisneySMMC, #DisneySide

I had never ventured over to the Yacht and Beach Club resorts. Naturally they did not disappoint. I haven’t met a Disney resort property yet I didn’t like!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, #DisneySMMC, #DisneySide, Beach Club Resort

After checking in, we headed over to pick up my conference packet and credentials. This is the point when I wanted to jump up and down and squeal. I had held it in pretty well I think, but the kid in me was raring to go. It took grabbing my kids’ hands to keep me from skipping down the hallway singing Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, #DisneySMMC, #DisneySide

Right from the start, I realized why this is not called Disney Social Media Moms Conference. It is more than just a conference, it really is a celebration. Registration was no exception. We were greeted with snacks, photo ops, and the Mouse himself! I don’t know how we managed to be there when no other kids were, but my kiddos were able to spend 10 mins playing with Mickey! “It’s so magical Mommy!” exclaimed the Princess! They were feeling the magic of DisneySMMC too. 

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, #DisneySMMC, #DisneySide, Mickey Mouse

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, #DisneySMMC, #DisneySide

Once we were able to pry them away from Mickey, promising we would see him later, it was time to head to Magic Kingdom. If you have taken advantage of the Disney Bus transportation to the parks you know what I mean when I talk about the music that sounds as you enter each bus stop.

Trumpets sounded and there we were, walking through the tunnel out onto Main Street U.S.A. Blinking in the sun, I stood there taking it all in. Seeing my favorite place in a new light. I remembered standing there as child on my first visit and being completely awe-struck. Deciding then and there Disney was who/what/where I wanted to work. Being there in that moment, remembering the little girl who loved Pirates and Princesses, I teared up. That little girl was now an adult, standing there because she was invited to a prestigious event by Disney. This was a dream come true, a dream wished on a star a long time ago. 

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, #DisneySMMC, #DisneySide

Okay okay, I don’t want to start getting emotional on my keyboard. After riding several rides, grabbing a Dole Whip, and seeing the Festival of Fantasy parade, it was time to get ready for the welcome reception.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, #DisneySMMC, #DisneySide, Festival of Fantasy

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, #DisneySMMC, #DisneySide, Festival of Fantasy Parade

Disney Citizenship sponsored our reception. We heard from several speakers, enjoyed a dance party, delicious foods, and more one on one time with some very special guests! If you happen to see a video from them where a little boy is trying to eat the microphone like Stitch …he’s mine… ahem moving on.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, #DisneySMMC, #DisneySide

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, #DisneySMMC, #DisneySide

Everytime I see sketches of Mickey, I cannot help but feel inspired!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, #DisneySMMC, #DisneySide

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, #DisneySMMC, #DisneySide

We ended the night watching Illuminations Reflections of Earth using special glasses that added a whole lot of Hidden Mickeys to the show.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, #DisneySMMC, #DisneySide, Illuminations Reflections of Earth, Mickey Mouse Fireworks

Day 1 of DisneySMMC was above and beyond what I had envisioned. I finally went to sleep that night with a smile on my face, dreaming of what Day 2 could hold. If this was a dream I did not want the clock to strike midnight. 

I’ll be sharing more from our adventures at Disney Social Media Moms Celebration this week! And even videos! 

 

I was invited to the 2015 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. I paid a conference fee to attend and received discounted & complimentary items from Walt Disney World and their sponsors. I was not asked to write about my  experiences at the conference. All opinions are my own.

Medikidz Comic Book Launch

When I was in middle school, I was diagnosed with asthma. I am thankfully asthma free now but it was a scary time as a kid. I also know of other friends who had it so bad they couldn’t be very active at all for fear it could every hurt them. 

I remember going through this and not really knowing what was happening to me or why. My parents also did not have many resources and this was before the Google thing became so popular 😉 

When I heard about this new initiative from AANMA I knew I had to share. This would have come in handy for my middle school self! Readers who are local to Washington DC you have to check this out!

Medikidz Comic Book Launch

On Fri., May 8, the Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) – in partnership with Medikidz USA and Meda Pharmaceuticals – will launch the first in a three-part comic book series, furthering their commitment to educational efforts that support the asthma community. Register for this FREE event 

The MediKidz superheroes are experts in health and illness, and their mission is to teach children about their body and how illness affects it. The comic book format allows parent to have a fun, engaging discussion with their children about their disease, the causes and triggers. As part of Meda’s ongoing commitment to the asthma community, “Medikidz Explain Asthma” is the first in a three-part series of educational comic books aimed at educating and engaging parents and their children.

Medikidz Comic Book Launch

 

I have previewed the new comics and they are fun and educational. My kids loved these new superheroes and it opened the door to talk to about asthma with them, and signs to look for if they should ever feel as if an attack was happening. We cannot wait to see what else the Medikidz Heroes will get into in the upcoming issues!

For more info about Medikidz visit their website and connect with them on Facebook and Twitter

DIY Photo Canvas, Easy DIY Photo Canvas, How to put a photo on a canvas, #HPSmartMom

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Deep breaths. If you haven’t gotten anything special yet I have the perfect project for you. It is homemade, full of heart, guaranteed to be loved, and best of all easy to make! But you don’t have to share that last part, I won’t tell if you won’t. This is also a great gift for Teacher Appreciation Week, Grandparents Day, or whatever you need a handmade gift for. 

DIY Photo Canvas, Easy DIY Photo Canvas, How to put a photo on a canvas, #HPSmartMom

Materials

  • Photo Capable Printer
  • Photo Paper in your choice of size. 
  • Your Favorite Photo(s) – I know this is the hard part!
  • Canvas 
  • Mod Podge
  • Sponge Brush 
  • Acrylic Paint (optional) 

As a mom of little ones, I don’t have time for complicated so trust me when I say this is an easy DIY project. No chance of a Pinterest fail! 

DIY Photo Canvas, Easy DIY Photo Canvas, How to put a photo on a canvas, #HPSmartMom

The HP Envy is my new favorite officemate. It can easily switch from printing documents to photos in a few simple steps. I confess in the past, with my last photo printer, I could never get it to work right. I’m sure it was user error but I would like to think it had it out for me. My Envy and I are best friends, working together seamlessly across all devices and operating systems. 

Looking for an even simpler way to show someone you are thinking of them? The new HP Cards App is what you need. It is easy to use and your cards can be completed in minutes. Download it for free, choose one of their customizable designs, personalize, and print! You can even choose to send it via email to your family or friends. The App pulls photos from your camera role or various social media accounts. 

For more project inspiration and to download HP Photo Creations visit MyPrintly.

And right now until Friday, May 15th you can enter to win one of three HP Envy Printers! Just follow @MyPrintly on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram and then complete this brief entry form: http://bit.ly/MyPrintlyGiveaway . Winners will be randomly selected and notified the following week. *open to US residents only* 

 

What MyPrintly inspired craft will you make?

 

This post is part of a sponsored campaign with MyPrintly and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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