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Monday, January 13, 2014

Charmtastic Giveaway!

It's time for a brand new giveaway that I bet you will be just as excited as I am to enter!  Ok…I can't actually enter.  Dagnabbit. But YOU can and it's simple!

First- the Prize!!!

Jewel Kade Jack Tag

This is called a Jack Tag and it's been created just for this giveaway by stylist Allie Duenas!  It's perfect for anyone in your life who needs a little extra magic (who doesn't, right?).

So what do you need to do to get your hands on it?  Click below to Like both the Charmtastic and Disney Goddess Facebook pages, leave a comment here and voila!  You are entered!  Contest runs January 13-21 midnight.

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Good luck and pixie dust!

XO, Ami


Friday, November 22, 2013

15 Years of Gingerbread at the Grand Floridian!




Can you believe it's been 15 years already?  One of my favorite things about visiting Disney World at Christmastime is the abounding festive decorations- including the Gingerbread displays!  Of course, the most popular is the life-size cottage located in the lobby of Disney's Flagship Resort, The Grand Floridian!  I really wish your computer had smellyvision…because there isn't much in this world that can get you in the holiday spirit like the warm scent of ginger and cinnamon!  There have been days when I would sit in that lobby watching my daughters gaze at that gingerbread house, dreaming of the fairytale world that would allow them to live in it!






This display will remain up through the Holiday Season!


XO, Ami

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Faith and the Magic Kingdom; A Note From the Author!

Faith and the Magic Kingdom




Every once in awhile, you come across something that just clicks.  For me, Randy Crane's newest book Faith and the Magic Kingdom, was that something.  I found myself constantly nodding my head in agreement and thinking "Oh Wow!" at many points within the manuscript.  

Here, we gain a rare glimpse into the heart and mind of the Author.  Enjoy Randy Crane's personal take on his own Faith and the Magic Kingdom:


Like a lot of people, I grew up with Disney movies, and I lived just a few miles from Disneyland. (In fact, most of my childhood I could see the Disneyland fireworks each night.) But there was more to it than that.

Various members of my family were ill when I was growing up. My Grandma lived with us for the last several years of her life, and I helped my parents take care of her. My Mom was sick several times as well, and I helped take care of her, too. I even quit my first job to be home so she could have major surgery without worrying about who was going to take care of Grandma. I was always a little adult, and had to grow up very fast and mature a lot faster than one would typically expect of a child. A lot was expected of me. "With great power comes great responsibility." I had the responsibility part, anyway.


At the same time, when I was in third grade my parents were told to be very careful and watch me closely because I was gifted and highly emotionally-sensitive. If they weren't careful, my teacher told them, I was at risk for serious emotional and maybe even psychological issues. So I learned, subconsciously for the most part, to be careful about that part of my emotional nature.


Because I was capable of so much,  for which I'm grateful, was nurtured and encouraged by my family and had the responsibility I did, I was a perfectionist. I expected a lot of myself, never wanted to let anyone down, and knew that in some parts of my life (especially the health of my family) there was no room for error. So my standard became 100% all the time. That ís a very exhausting way to grow up.


As a young adult, Disneyland became the place where I could "recapture my childhood," reconnect with the emotional side of myself I'd buried, and escape in healthy ways. It was also the place I could consistently spend time with my best friend, Andy, and so weekly trips became the norm for me. And the more I went, the more I loved it!


Going as often as I was, eventually there has to be more to a visit to Disneyland than "ride the rides, see the shows, meet the characters, repeat." So I started looking deeper--at the stories, the technology, and the "why's." As I did, I started to see connections all around me. Spiritual truth. Life lessons. Ways to help make people's lives better, and their life in Christ more vibrant, more meaningful, and more practical. But it does no good if I keep it to myself. I want it to be part of your visits, too. What we experience in every trip to Disneyland--whether we realize it or not--can have a significant impact on our lives. 


I truly believe that these lessons and reminders can revolutionize your life in Christ while giving you a greater and deeper appreciation for "The Happiest Place on Earth," Walt Disney's original Magic Kingdom. And that's exactly why I wrote "Faith and the Magic Kingdom".


Disneyland is all about story, and God is a God of story and of visual aids. "Faith and the Magic Kingdom" combines your favorite Disney theme park attractions (and more) with God's story of love, turning the park into a 3-dimensional parable. Learn to see Disneyland in a whole new way while you experience true abundant life in Christ. "Faith and the Magic Kingdom" will refresh you, challenge you, and encourage you to be the person God made you to be.



Faith and the Magic Kingdom!  You can get your hands on it here:

Amazon.com


XO, Ami

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A Mickey Birthday Surprise!






Oh those Imagineers!  What geniuses!  On December 6 last year (2012), Under the Sea with the Little Mermaid opened along with much of New Fantasyland.  This was just a couple weeks after the birthday (or Anniversary) of one Mr. Steamboat Willie…AKA Mickey Mouse.  Little did I know then, that the Imagineers had planted a very special birthday surprise in the form of a very Magical Hidden Mickey!

Come on!  Let's discover what secrets lie under the sea!


Our Journey begins on the morning of November 18.  It is the day Mickey Mouse first made his public appEARance!  It also just happens to be 37 days before Christmas, to those keeping track!








We make our way to New Fantasyland.  Ok, I admit, I scheduled a FastPass+ on my MagicBand for It's a Small World, first.  THEN I beelined it to Under the Sea- I promise!






I wasn't quite sure what to expect, so I got there early and hung outside like I was on some covert mission.  Finally, my Mickey senses tingled and I went in.


Hmmmm….this isn't the spot

Aha!

I had found the right area!  It had nothing at all to do with the ten or so people who had already started lining up for this, most awesomest of Hidden Mickey's…really it didn't!  T minus 10 minutes and we could already see the faint shape of ears beginning to emerge.  

A little background while we wait on these last 10 minutes:  The light shines through a cut out in this area across from the wall where Mickey appears.  An Imagineer very scientifically (almost Mayan-like in my opinion) figured out the precise location of the sun at noon on November 18 and then designed a cut out that would perfectly make a Mickey with the directed sunlight!  Did I mention that this is genius?
The area across from the wall where Mickey appears.  The cut-out is located here.




The time has come!  Voila!  Super Rare, Sunlight, Mayan, Hidden Mickey!  I hope to see you there next year!  I'll bring the snacks.







An afterward:
There were maybe 20 or so people who showed up specifically to see this event take place.  As word gets out, I believe Disney will have to implement some sort of crowd control.  This does happen in an actively working Queue!  For the duration of about 15 to 20 minutes, those of us waiting were blocking and had to constantly wave people through.  It worked out fine this year, but I fear an utter lock down is imminent. Perhaps a section could be roped off to help the flow better?  


So, you want to know where my knowledge of this event came from?  I may be the Disney Goddess, but my knowledge is not omnipresent.  I read a very handy little book by Brent Dodge.  I say "Little" not to undermine it's value, but to let you know that it is, indeed, travel size for your convenience!  This Mayan Mickey (my word, not his) was one of the most exciting bits of information in a book chock full of wondrous Disney details and secrets!  It's a fun read, and I one I promise that you will reference often!  Check it out here:

Kindle Addition:
A Closer Look: At the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland


Nook Addition


 Hard Copy from Brent's Website

Until next year!  

XO, Ami


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Gluten Free Treats at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Expect a post soon highlighting all the wonders of This years Christmas Party in Magic Kingdom!  Right this moment, I thought it was essential to get the word out that the cookies are not only for non allergy sufferers!  Disney has thoughtfully stashed a bunch of Enjoy Life Gluten Free Chocolate Chip cookies behind the counters of all the Treat stops!


Gluten free goodness!






The "regular" Cookie, which I hear is delicious!

So go!  Enjoy yourself and don't worry about a thing!


XO, Ami

Friday, November 15, 2013

Future Disney Parks Moms Panelist?

What can I say?  She gets it honestly.  Still, something warm and fuzzy bubbles up inside when you see your child, not only, "get it" but be able to express it so eloquently.

I am about to post a note written by my 14 year old daughter.  This was completely unsolicited.  One evening, after we'd been to Epcot, she wrote this in secret and handed it to me later. (Translation to follow)

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*People come to Disney for the rides, characters and fireworks. And at first I did too. Really, that's all I knew at the time. But a few years and many trips later, I found the magic of Disney World. To me the magic isn't in the amazement and thrill of the rides, or the beauty and fabulousness of the castle; no, to me the magic is in the details and creativity that has been put into everything. If I had to choose a favorite park I would have to say Animal Kingdom because I love all animals and I have learned every theme and lots of details that the Imagineers have put into the park. Although Animal Kingdom is my favorite park, one of my favorite things is Illuminations. I love Illuminations but not for the most obvious reasons. Yes, I like fireworks but the things that make Illuminations so wonderful are the music and the theme of bringing everyone together to share food, culture and to live and laugh together as one single community.



So, clearly, this warms my heart…I just need to share!

XO, Ami

Friday, November 8, 2013

Beautifully Disney…Gluten Free?


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I was so excited about the launch of Disney's inspired make-up line.  The moment I had the opportunity, I ran right out and purchased some.  With each new release of Princess and Villain themed products I end up with more!  The pigments are rich, the colors are gorgeous.  I even love the packaging.

Ok, so what's the problem?

In the last year, I was diagnosed as a Celiac.  The first few months were spent focused on my diet.  Several months later, I still wasn't feeling a lot better.  I realized that I had to examine other things that could cause a reaction, such as mouthwash, toothpaste and even make-up.  It really does make a difference!  Even if you don't change out everything, you really need to change out your lipstick.  I highly recommend ditching the whole lot and starting from scratch, though.  You never know what gluteny substance may stick to your hands and spread to your mouth.  Plus, mascara was a biggie for me.  All these years I thought I had "allergy eyes" when, in fact, it was the gluten in my mascara!  My eyes feel great now!

So what's the "official" word on Beautifully Disney?  Well, I wrote to them to ask and this was the response:

Hello Ami,

We have been directed to tell our Guests that those products may contain Gluten.  We do not have the list of chemical ingredients from the manufacturer.  Please accept our apology and we hope you continue your fondness for our other Disney products.

Thank you


So, in other words, we have no idea.  I will periodically check back to see if they have any more knowledge in this area.  For the time being, I always suggest erring on the side of safety- when in doubt, go without!  I still use my Beautifully Disney make-up case and mirror.  My daughter is happy to have inherited the rest!


XO, Ami