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Disney Tsum Tsum Display Case & Organizer

My youngest son is obsessed with collecting Disney Tsum Tsum toys.  He has managed to collect a lot over the years and am thankful for birthday gifts, holiday gifts and etc.  We also took advantage of getting a lot of these on sale online and at the outlet for a huger discount.  Often, some of the characters will go on sale if they have and overstock.  If any of you are collectors, then I would go online as I see them dropping prices often and their inventory is way better than the retail stores.

When he first started his collection, they were in a random box, then a suitcase and then  just all over the place.  I needed to find a way to keep these tidy, cute and off the floor.  I tried to look for display cases and even tried to purchase a retail case from a local store– no luck.

Then after much searching, I found a solution!  I found “Pinnacle Frame 3D Display Case, Black” that stick out so that you can put little knick-knacks on them.  You need to make sure that you find ones that stick out about 4″ from the wall to make it work.  After purchasing one, I realized that I needed another and that it was perfect for our needs!  I placed them side-by-side on his dresser and it worked!!  You can also mount this on the wall as there are brackets in the back that allow you to do so.

I was able to fit 72 (6 x 12) mini Tsum Tsums in each of case.  Since I purchased two, that just doubled my space.  On the far left, I added the small Tsum Tsums which are only sold with the monthly subscriptions.  They are NOT the medium sized Tsum Tsums.Slide6

Easy and accessible enough for him to be able to still play with them and put back himself. With additional room to even stack on top!Slide7Slide8

Posted 2/10/17

Toy Story Birthday Party

It’s Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Mr. Potato Head and the rest of their friends here for another birthday celebration!  My son had watched all three Disney Pixar Toy Story movies as if it were a movie marathon every day.  Needless to say, I got to know all of the characters pretty well and to be able to incorporate this into a fun birthday party for him.

DECOR
I used the colors of cobalt blue and lime green as the main basis of the party.  I used these for the balloons and where I had paper products as well.

Fortunately, my son had a ton of actual toys that I was able to use as decor.  That in itself saved me a lot of money.

For the cake table, I used a cupcake tier stand that I had.  I surrounded the stand with all of his favorite Toy Story characters.  I didn’t have the infamous Toy Story ball, so I found an image online and cut it out to use as part of the display.  I also found a bucket of aliens which they only sell at the Disney themed parks, usually at the Toy Story attractions.  They are called, “Toy Story Big Bucket O Little Green Alien Men” and cost about $19.95.  I used these figures to whimsically surround the tower of cupcake.  That was a bit challenging to do as it felt a bit like dominoes at times.  “Oooooohhh the cakes!!”  🙂

For the backdrop, I used my Cricut “Old West” cartridge to cut out “Happy Birthday Tyler” in black.  I also designed a string of pendants that you see on top.

The kids also had fun with a photo booth that I created.  I didn’t have a photo booth contraption, but encourage everyone to take a selfie.  I hand designed cutouts which can be glued onto sticks.  You can feel free to download my creation here: Toy Story Photo Booth

Here is a sample of one of my fun designs.

We had to add Woody and Buzz to the party and invited them over as well.  We found these cutouts online and my son was able to mount this as decor for his room.  We got some mileage out of this investment for sure!

We also found a Buzz Lightyear pinata as well.  Score!

FOOD
For the main food, we featured our version of “Woody’s BBQ.”  I used my Cricut machine to be able to print these cutouts using their “Old West” cartridge  and add them to the serving area.  They even had “Woody” which was a bonus!

I was able to use his bucket of green army men and sprinkled them around a food station.  I was lucky to be able to find GUMMY green army men online.  Let me just tell you, these were super hard to find, but found them on Amazon.  Albanese is a company that produces a lot of various gummy candies, so you can start your search there.

Vintage type cupcakes were features for this party, topped with Toy story printouts that I found on Etsy.  The hardest part about this was actually having to cut around some of the small details of the toppers.  Once cut, I used non-toxic Elmer’s glue to affix to the back of lollipop sticks.

FAVORS
Ok, I think that I had a little too much fun with this.  I purchased these alien looking bags through Etsy.  I probably could have made these myself, but didn’t have much time and the cost to purchase GREEN sandwich bags was another thing.  I knew that I wanted to have fun with these bags and constructed a faux claw out of a cardboard box, silver paint and a lightweight metal chain from the hardware store.  I mounted the claw from the ceiling using a 3M Command Strip Hook.  Then I attached an EMPTY alien favor bag to complete the look!  I thought that this came out pretty funny and cute.  The kids all thought that this was the best thing ever!

Posted on 2/3/17

New Disney Gourmet Popcorn

Recently, Disney came out with a new line of gourmet popcorn, which extended passed their standard fare of caramel, kettle corn, butter toffee and confetti.  Upon my recent trip to Disneyland, I stumbled across the huge wall of flavors which included these new flavors:

Siracha Kettle Corn
Churro
Truffle
Parmesan Garlic
Maple Bacon

Although I wanted to try them all, I had to restrain myself and purchased CHURRO and MAPLE BACON.  (I was really tempted to get TRUFFLE, but might try that the next time.)

So I purchased the MAPLE BACON popcorn.  I opened the package and had to re-confirm that there were no little flakes of bacon inside.  No bacon bits.  Boo.  It has a smoky, sweet and salty flavor.  I was expecting it to taste like bacon salt, but no.  I am not sure how they created the bacon flavor, but that was a miss.  The maple flavor was there, but was overpowered by the odd smoky bacon flavor.  I’d pass on this one.

I also purchased the CHURRO popcorn was a bit of a surprise to me.  I love churros and was expecting lots of cinnamon.  This didn’t have too much cinnamon, but a nice toasted balance of cinnamon and sugar.  It was pretty good, not great.  I would eat this over the MAPLE BACON for sure.

Then, I had to also get the classic… CARAMEL.  Ok, of the three, this was by far my favorite.  You can’t go wrong with the classics!!

NOTE #1: The churro popcorn was sold out at the retail stores inside of Disneyland.  In addition, they offer a smaller selection and variety inside the park.  Your best bet would be to go to Downtown Disney to the World of Disney Store and visit the food section inside the retail store– NOT the Marcelines Confectionery candy store.

NOTE #2:  Not all the popcorn are priced the same.  The prices vary from $5.99 to $6.99. The TRUFFLE popcorn was priced at $6.99 as with most of the ones with nuts.  Most of the others were priced at $5.99, so be sure to turn the product around to see the price tag.

I love the fact that Disney comes out with these new food creations.  These were perfect items to bring back as gifts for family and friends!

Disney Gourmet Popcorn
New Disney Gourmet Popcorn

Posted 7/25/16

 

 

 

 

 

LEGO Minifigures Collection Features 18 Iconic Disney Characters – Bump Codes & Box Reveal

If you are a Disney or Lego fan, then you might know that they released the LEGO Minifigures Collection Features 18 Iconic Disney Characters on 5/1/16. (Photo above courtesy of Lego.com)  Select stores released them with limited supply and they are sold out almost everywhere, even online with an MSRP of $3.99.  There are also some stores that have a limit of 4 or 5 packs per customer.  These are HOT items.  As with all Lego minifigure packs, these are blind packs, so you won’t really know what you get unless you sit there and feel the pieces, if you open the packs or familiar with bump codes.  I saw many families there crunching the bags to decipher the contents inside.  This seemed to draw a bigger crowd compared to other releases.  I guess when you combine Lego + Disney that says it all.  One mom told me that she went to all the stores in the area in search of Buzz Lightyear and Alice!  Sounds like these might be popular minifigures.  Then again, it could be that those are her favorite characters or perhaps she was trying to fill her collection.  Because these aren’t your typical Lego minifigures they are a bit easier to decipher since each character has a pretty unique face or accessory.

I have to say that Lego and Disney did a pretty good job with capturing the design and story for each character through their accessories.  Although, not all had accessories.  They put together a nice mix of characters and it would be interesting to see if they have another series with an expanded list of characters.  Here’s a cute photo of Stitch below.

Disney Lego Minifigures

I managed to get my hand on an entire box.  Yes an ENTIRE BOX.  Score!!  Although I can’t share the details how I acquired this, I can share a few things with you about what I uncovered.

Disney Lego Minifigure 2

Disney Lego Minifigure 3

THE BOX
The box has a total of 60 mystery packs.  After deciphering each pack, I inventoried the following quantities which could help you out with your search to see what a typical box inventory looks like.  As you can see, Ariel could be the hardest to find as there were only 2 in the box!  The rest had a fair share of quantity of 3 or 4 each.

  • 4 – Mickey Mouse
  • 3 – Minnie Mouse
  • 3 – Donald Duck
  • 3 – Daisy Duck
  • 3 – Alice
  • 3 – Cheshire Cat
  • 3 – Peter Pan
  • 3 – Captain Hook
  • 3 – Maleficent
  • 2 – Ariel
  • 3 – Ursula
  • 4 – Genie
  • 3 – Aladdin
  • 4 – Stitch
  • 4 – Mr. Incredible
  • 4 – Syndrome
  • 4 – Buzz Lightyear
  • 4 – Alien

Disney Lego Minifigures

BUMP CODES

Lego enthusiasts know about a little thing called bump codes.  Having 2 boys, I learned early on about this hack.  They are little raised 3D bumps that are located at the bottom of the back package that indicate what the contents are inside.  These aren’t 100% obvious and sometimes it takes just as long to figure out what the bump codes are vs. feeling the package.  So if you have a legend which has the infamous bump codes in front of you, this might help you if the bumps are obvious enough.  Here are the bump codes that I deciphered which I am sharing with you.  I have marked white dots on the bottom to indicate the infamous bump codes.  Note that this is not a perfect method as some are raised more than others.  Also you may want to take notice that some of the bumps are aligned slightly different than others as some look the same.

Disney Lego Minifigures

INFO
For more information about this special release, you can read about it here: LEGO Minifigures Collection Features 18 Iconic Disney Characters

Happy collecting and trading!

Posted 5/4/16

Disney Pixar Cars & Radiator Springs Themed Birthday Party

Of all my Pinterest pins and boards, this party takes the cake for being the most popular.  My son was turning 3 years old and he wanted a Lightning McQueen birthday party.  Fortunately, we have a finished garage which we opened up and was able to host the party there.  We had Lightning McQueen, Finn McMissle, Luigi, Mater and Flo.  It worked!  I thought that I could share with you a few sample details of what I did an offer a tools so that you can pull this off.

CARS invite

 

Boxed Cars
This is the most popular project on my Pinterest board, the boxed Cars.  I wanted to have some of the main characters from the movie at our party.  There weren’t a lot of inexpensive items out there available so I decided to make my own boxed cars.  The kids were able to get inside of the cars and move around with their friends.  It was really cute.

I purchased a few moving boxes from Lowes and sat down to try to figure out how to strategically cut with a sharp razor and fold each side so that the entire box could be used.  I wished that I would have taken a photo of this diagram, sorry!  🙁

Once I had figured out the body and had it taped up, it was time to prime.  Yes, just like Ramone’s body shop.  For the painting step, I would suggest taking a can of primer and doing a light coat over the entire outside of the box.  Make sure to do this outside in a well ventilated area!  Once it dries, you will need to use one can of semi-pain spray paint to coat the color, let it dry, and then do a second application.  You will need to use the entire can and highly suggest that you use a quality brand.

Once the paint has fully dried, it was time for the finishing touches.  I designed faces and accessories for the cars that you see, and happy to share these with you to download.  I would suggest that you print these out on Avery white shipping labels with TrueBlock so that the paint from the car colors do not bleed through.  If you use an inkjet printer, I would also suggest using a light matte clear coat of spray paint to set the colors and images.  If you use a laser printer, you should be ok.  Once printed, cut the images out and apply to the cars by referencing the photo sample. Here is the pdf download which I created and sharing with you to use for personal use.  Printable faces for the boxed cars: Cars faces

Menu

On the menu, I tried to incorporate themed and pit-stop type foods.  Here is what I had on the menu.
– mini sandwiches
– Lunchables for the smaller kids
– Oreos (since they look like wheels)
– Hostess chocolate donuts (since those look like wheels, too)
– red and yellow candy to match Lightning McQueen
– individually bagged potato chips which were placed inside of oil pans which I purchased at the Dollar Tree and also served as centerpieces
– cupcakes with Cars toppers purchased on eBay
– and of course, plenty of fun pit stop refreshments

Cars collage

cars donuts

cars chips

 

Decor
Since we hosted the party in our garage, we didn’t have to decorate too much since we had existing old gas signs hanging.  We just had to clean!  In addition to the boxed cars I added a few more elements to make it fun.

Inflatable tires – I found these at the Dollar Tree!  These were supposed to be used as pool inflatables, but I purchased about a dozen so that I could stack to make it look like a pit stop.

Checkered flags – You cannot have too many of these.  I purchased some of these banners, flags and pennants at a local party store.  In addition, I also created and printed out my own checked flag table runner on 11″ x 7″ paper and just taped them together.  You can download my creation here: Checkerboard Runner

Decorative signs – As you can see in one of my photos, I customized a copy of “The Daily Exhaust” which is the newspaper that was featured in Cars.  In my version, I took a photo of my son and inserted him into the over sized paper and customized the caption.  I have a generic version of the paper that you can use by printing it out on 8.5″ x 11″ paper.  Such a fun and inexpensive decorative item to add to your party which you can download here: The Daily Exhaust

CARS Daily Exhaust

Entertainment
Along with the fun inflatable tires and boxed cars, we also hired a temporary tattoo artist.  We recycled an old thick posterboard and put out a sign for the kids.  We called it, “Ramone’s House of Body Art.”  Perfect!!

Ramone

I hope that you enjoy the photos and get inspired to create your own FUN party!

Posted 4/21/16

Yes, I was a Disney cast member…

Yes, I was a full-time Disney cast member at one point.  Although I did not work at the theme park, I did work on the back-end of the Disney Corporation on their website.   We had a ton of perks and interesting interactions.  It was sort of cool to say that you worked for the big mouse back then, but it wasn’t as nearly as cool as I think that it is today.  Thanks to having two young boys, my fascination with Disney has increased.  I am amazed with their marketing, operation, production, trivia facts as well as their impact upon pop culture.  It all fascinates me.  I am just a big fan of FUN things.  In this section of my blog, I will share a few small Disney tidbits, tips and tricks that I learned along the way, as well as new ones that I learn on my several trips to the park.

Walt’s Apartment
Upon one of the business trips we took, we flew to Disneyland for a day for a special VIP tour as we were incorporating concepts to the website.  (I think that it was similar to “Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps Tour” with cast member extras.)  One of the coolest things that we got to check-out was Walt’s infamous apartment.  We weren’t allowed to take photos, but the memories and visuals are with me today.  We walked up near the backside of the firehouse area where we walked into a tiny studio apartment, perhaps as small as the ones in NYC.  It was small, ok, tiny.  There was a small living area, kitchenette (if you can call it that) and a bathroom.

The small living area had a dated and original sofa that had a pull-out bed that he used.  There was no bed, just the couch.  There was also a lamp there which was lit when he was inside the apartment which was a signal for others to know that he was there.

The kitchen area I recall was really small.  Just the very, very basics.  One of the things that Walt loved were grilled cheese sandwiches.  Who knew?  In fact, he had his own panini type hot sandwich press machines so that he could indulge and share with his kids.

The bathroom was small as well, but was equipped with a state-of-the-art shower.  What was unique about this shower was that the stall was customized just for Walt.  In an effort to be efficient, he had a total of three shower heads installed in the stall: at the top, the middle and bottom areas which jetted out vertically.  He was certainly ahead of his times!

For those who want to check out the apartment, they do offer tours that sometimes take a peak inside.  I would suggest calling and asking to be sure.  Here is the link: “Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps” Guided Tour.

Posted 4/20/16