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Today…Has Been a Good Day.

CB71F96A-2EE9-4BF8-8B58-EE68B40E62AF.jpegToday has been a really good day actually.

I took my toddler daughter on a walk around the neighborhood early this morning. We saw lots of cool things like a big dark frog, and a boat out on a pond. We both ate a very healthy lunch of avacado, tomato, and oranges. So I’ve started a diet again to lose the pregnancy weight. I’m eating high protein, few calorie, low carb diet. It’s actually very easy. I just eat my favorite vegitables and lots of eggs. Sweet potatoes are also really yummy!

That’s what we are having tonight: sweet potatoes, poached eggs, and green beans.

We also read a bunch of books, and went to the splash pad. We didn’t stay long though, an older boy accidentally knocked my daughter into a pole and tripped over her. Total accident but she didn’t want to play anymore and wanted to go home. So then we washed up and took a 2 hour nap!!

And somewhere in there the song Baby Shark Doo Doo Doo makes its rounds in our daily life.

I’ve been pretty productive today. Cleaning, cooking and staying pretty positive for a Monday.

How’s your day going? I hope you are all doing well ❤️

 

Love Mrs. M

 

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A Not So Magical Disney Moment

Ack! Disney wasn’t magical? How can that be?!

The first trip that we took our 8 month old daughter to Disney World was amazing. She had such a great time and was really into meeting Mickey, Minnie, & Goofy.

The only problem was, I was holding in my hand the diaper that should have been on her bottom.

That’s right, she was diaper less (had a diaper cover on) and we were at the mercy of her bladder. Thankfully she didn’t have any accidents for the whole 20 minutes we waited in line and the 5-7 min of picture taking and greeting her favorite characters. But why wasn’t she wearing a diaper?

We had taken my husband’s parents with us and when we went to get in line we forgot the diaper bag back at the stroller. The baby of course had pee peed and was crying incessantly. The only way to save the situation was to take off her diaper and make her happy again. There was really no way around it. So we prayed she didn’t have to go anymore.

The picture we have clearly shows me holding a neatly folded used diaper in my hand. So much for the magic! Thankfully she was happy and giggly for Mickey and ever since then she’s loved her “Mocky Mouw.”

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickeys not so scary Halloween party started last night!! And we are so excited to be bringing some Disney Magic to you! So let’s dive in and showcase the 2018 party fun!


Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a special ticketed Party. We strongly advise buying tickets in advance as you get discounts and a lot of the party days sell out. The party usually starts at 4pm. Non-ticket holders are ushered out before the party starts.

Yes! You can wear costumes! Visit Disney.com for rules!


With the Sanderson sisters (Hocus Pocus) teaming up with other villains to cast a spell over Magic Kingdom, there will be plenty of opportunities to see some evil characters.


Main events:

Trick or Treating equals unlimited candy! Explore the park and grab candy at designated spots along the way. Bring your candy buckets or buy your favorite from one of the Disney stores! If you or your child has food allergies, Disney offers Teal bags and coins to trade in for special candy, stickers, and trinkets.


Another main event is the Boo To You Parade!

Catch the opportunity to see some really neat grave diggers create sparks on the walkway with their shovel shuffle! Also a great chance to see the Headless Horseman lead the entire parade!


Several rides are decked out with special features just for the party!

Space Mountain roller coaster goes completely dark! Even the stars are hidden! There is also a new soundtrack.

Pirates of the Caribbean has live action pirates as you wait in line!

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party boasts of a magical light show-it’s dazzling!


The fog all over the park also adds a really nice but spooky ambiance.

Be sure to check out these treats as well!

Pic Source: Popsugar.com

First off is the Haunted Mansions Hitchhiking Doom Buggy- the reviews though aren’t that great. Not a lot of flavor.

This Candy Corn Milkshake looks amazing! It includes vanilla cotton candy and a vanilla Mickey Mouse marshmallow.

What’s not to love about Jack Skellington from the Night Before Christmas?! These cake pops are super cute and we are so glad they brought back the design from last year.

Dirt and worms- this looks delicious! And even comes with a tombstone!

These are just several of the available desserts all throughout the parks!


According to WDW PrepSchool here is the best and worst places to see the fireworks throughout the park.


We are still awaiting the Tim Trackers video from last night! We know they were at Walt Disney World for the opening of Mickey’s Not Scary Halloween Party because pictures are starting to come in from the fans! Disney fans got a real treat seeing them last night!

Also they did post that they are working on one copyright issue that popped up right before posting so it is a matter of time before that video shows up! 🙂 we will post that video when it comes available.

But for right now here are two videos by Undercover Tourist for you to check out!

Not So Scary Halloween Party– Parade

Halloween Sights And Sounds– Party

Thank you for reading! Be sure to comment about your favorite Disney memories!

❤️ Love Mr. & Mrs. M

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It’s Blog Party Time! Good Morning! ❤️ (Post #1)

Good Morning Everyone! And welcome to our all day Blog Tea Party!

Feel free to share your blog link on the comments and repost our posts! Let us know who you are, what you write about and Where Are You From? 💜

Let’s get started!


My husband and I are John & Ashley M. We run Blooms & Beautifuls. Which is a Disney Blog! We have a beautiful little girl who overcame a monumental unexpected health crisis after she was born. She’s our miracle baby! I will be sharing her story soon! Anyway we usually save our money, but since our daughter almost died we realized life isn’t about money or things. It’s about the time that we spend with our precious family and friends. So we’ve become Disney obsessed!


Here are some lovely recipes to get your day going! Whether you like tea, coffee, or juice, there’s a recipe for you to start your day perfectly.

Recipe by Monterey Bay Spice Company

Brought to you by Valya’s Taste of Home
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Now I’d like to share with you an American Tradition. It’s a verse that is written on a brand of our egg cartons for breakfast everymorning.

It says

“This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Psalm 118:24

So let’s get this beautiful day started! I can’t wait to get to know you!


Love. Mrs. Ashley M. 💋xoxo

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Connecting Your Blog To More Readers

One great way to get to know other blogs is through a Multi-Blog Event. I’m inviting you to my online Tea Party Blog Day on August 3rd. This is a great way to get your blog link out there and get to know a bunch of new readers. For this event we will be discussing lots of things: travel, saving deals, family and of course Disney.

Theme: Mad Hatter: Alice In Wonderland

so be sure to follow our blog and get the updates! 

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Blog Party on August 3!

Announcing Tic Tock Tea Blog Party on August 3!

This will be an ONLINE tea party and you can join in the fun from the comforts of your home! Follow our posts while making yourself some tea! We will be chatting about everything including Disney, vacations, family & more! We will be giving out Tea recipes and savings tips!

Leave your blog link on the posts that day so others can get to know you as well!

Make sure to subscribe to our blog so you can get the updates in real time! Check back with us all day on August 3!

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Ear Inspirations

Rafiki- The Lion King, my absolute favorite of her ears

So I do make my own ears, but I want to showcase another designer in this blog post

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Some of these are just absolutely amazing! Especially,  Rafiki from The Lion King.


I personally do not sell my ears due to Disney Copyright 😦 but others are willing to do so and have great product!

I plan to make Winnie the Pooh, Mulan inspired, and Minnie Mouse ears for my next pieces in my collection.


After that, I will be looking at these to see some character inspiration. One thing I will have to say about this websites ears, I prefer a simpler profile. And some of these ears are kind of complicated.

But anyway check her ears out!

Flounder- The Little Mermaid
Heart of Tafiti- Moana
Small World Ride
Merida-Brave
Hollywood Studios – Tower of Terror

Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather

Thanks for reading the blog! Make sure to click follow and sign up with your email for our blog updates! Upcoming this week we will be talking about Tea Recipes, Ways to earn free money doing simple savings deals on Disney, obtaining flyer points, and possibly releasing another Disney Pair of Ears!

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Our Favorite Disney Vloggers: The Tim Tracker

Tim Tracker is must know name in the Disney World. You Tube sensations Tim & Jen make a video every day and they’ve been vlogging for the past 9 1/2 years!

With millions of hits for every single video they produce, they are quickly becoming a Disney Icon while not actually belonging to Disney whatsoever.

While my husband and I have yet to meet them in person, that is one of our ultimate Disney goals someday. They no longer do meet ups due to their ever growing fame. So to catch an opportunity to say hi and meet them is holy grail happened upon by chance.

Jen and Tim live near Orlando and have annual passes to all the theme parks. While they do tour and blog on all theme parks, they are widely known for the tours of Disney.

Hugely inspirational, Disney has even extended VIP passes to Tim Tracker for pre-opening events. Their latest was just last month when Toy Story Land opened at Walt Disney World in Hollywood Studios.

Fans cannot get enough of their videos and recently, they announced that they would be shutting down their P.O. Box. Which is so unfortunate! I was planning on sending them a pair of my handcrafted Mickey Ears! But obviously they have received so much fan memorabilia that they have no more room to store it all.

The most important, I believe, is that this adorable couple embody the American small family spirit. Their dog Bandit also stars in most of the videos. This is their life and they embrace it to the fullest!

They are right in the action of the latest and greatest cameras for vlogging and capture the Today’s culture of taking hold of every moment on camera.

So thanks Tim and Jen for spreading the Disney Magic and making it easier for everyone to navigate the realm of Disney Theme Parks all the while being so much fun and entertaining!

Just type in The Tim Tracker on YouTube. The videos are addicting and we usually watch them instead of regular TV to get our Disney Fix in between trips 🙂

Let us know if you have had the special opportunity to meet these guys!  What’s your favorite Tim Tracker Video?

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New Headband Release by Blooms & Beautifuls

Loosely inspired by The Little Mermaid these handmade Boutique ears sport a metallic green scales band, and a red bow that pops against the sparkly bright blue ears. A tiara of pearls adorn the border of the band. Then a silver twisted rope outlines the ears themselves.

Atop the middle of the bold red bow is large pearl.

I am planning on wearing these at one of the days at Epcot for The Little Mermaid and Oceans Exhibit!

Let me know what characters are your favorite!

-Ashley M

Xoxoxo

As always we do not sell our ears due to copyright. But let us know what inspires you! You may win a free pair of our custom Ears!

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Don’t Forget Your Magical Disney Crew Members

Everywhere you go there are people working at the most magical place on earth. Every single one gets into character and lives and breathes Disney. How Disney makes sure that every single Crew member is magical and never makes a fuss, it’s a mystery to us. Everyone loves their job and has a smile on their face!

One of my favorite parts of being a Disney guest is seeing where are the workers are from.

On their name tag which looks identical every where in the park, is listed their name and the city and country they are from. The diversity is spectacular!

Especially when you get to Epcot and visit the Showcase of the World. Each country’s restaurant and gift shop employs people from that country.

Another of my favorite things to do when visiting Disney is to meet these people and here about who they are. So we do this when it’s a long bus ride back home and we are the only ones on the bus. Or if we just happen to naturally bring up conversation we will ask how did they decide to work at Disney? Do you have any kids, grandkids? We find out about who they are but everywhere we go, they never bash their job. Most say it’s not even a job to them.

Sometimes, my husband and I will try to ask them the real scoop. And usually we get a genuine answer. But everyone we talk to loves what they do and have usually come out of retirement to work for the Mouse.

That’s just so neat! So next time you are at Disney, get to know your bus driver! Get to know the crew worker. Get to know the business man sitting on you bus who is touring Disney for his job.

You will find more magic hidden in these peoples stories and experiences!

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Tacos.. it’s what’s for lunch and dinner!

When I was pregnant, I craved tacos all the time. I never got tired of them. In fact, I became more obsessed with the taste of cold cool sour cream, and ripe tomatoes on to top of hot cheesy ground beef. I make them at least once a week. And I’m sure to make a bunch so that way it lasts several days.

The key to a great taco flavor is one packet while cooking, and one packet mixed with a little water after having drained the fat from the beef. Delicious!

What are toppings you enjoy on your tacos?

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New Round of Future Mickey Ears

I went fabric shopping today! I hand-make each pair of Mickey ears from scratch 🙂

These new patterns will be my take on Winnie the Pooh Bear, Minnie Mouse, and Mulan. Eeek! So excited!

As always I do NOT sell my handmade ears! They go into my collection due to Disney Copyright.

Who’s your favorite Disney Character? Who would inspire your ears?

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Disney Store: The Perfect Ensemble I Cant Afford

We all go online and pick out “The Outfit.” The one we can’t afford but wish we could. I’m at that point right now! The Disney App has some great looks that you can buy and of course as always it’s going to cost a pretty penny. But that can’t stop us from dreaming and maybe making it ourselves right? So here’s my perfect outfit.

What a cute way to show off your American Pride!

This dress will cost you around $174! Disney Dresses are steep.
So there’s my perfect outfit complete with accessories:)

What would you order?

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Disney Releases New Shimmering -Irridecent Cupcakes and Treats!

And Disney Fans couldn’t be more happier! Part of the Disney Magic is going into their bakeries and seeing all the gigantic cupcakes lined up in the display trays!

And they just got more magical!

Just see for yourself!

A great value for these treats, because they are so expensive, is to get them on the Disney Dining Plan as Snack Credits! Which is what I’m doing THIS FALL!

So grab a sweet treat and tell us what you think of Disney’s New Line Up!

All photos courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

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An Honest Disney Room Review

My family has stayed at several Disney Hotels over the last couple years. You might be surprised at some of the rankings.

1. Animal Kingdom Lodge-The Beds were amazingly comfy. We had a great nights sleep!

Highly Recommend Safari View if you are planning to spend a good number of hours at the hotel.

2.Pop century is actually my next favorite!! Surprising because it’s a Value Level resort! They just updated a bunch of their rooms and we had the opportunity to try one out! The concept is fabulous. One of the main beds goes up into the wall and creates a table and more space to walk around during the day. Once it’s time for bedtime, pull the bed down and it’s just as sturdy as the other permanent bed! We got a great nights sleep and the comfort level was as good as a moderate level!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ElA1KTVYxWg

3. Coronado -one of my favorites. Large, spacious and clean. Well designed. Relaxing theme. Although it’s not very Disney like because this resort is more used for businesses.

4. Art of Animation Little Mermaid Rooms-Small but well themed. Defiantly a lot of Disney Magic. Beds not as comfy as Pop Century or moderate resorts. Amazing Lobby!

5. All-Star Music – small. Ok for a couple. Not my favorite but definitely a budget friendly option.

Now I will tell you what we thought of the hotels that we visited but didn’t stay at.

Don’t bash me on this but we hated the contemporary. The whole lobby in the middle made it look like the rooms would be not so sound proof. If you have stayed here please let us know what you thought!

The Polynesian is beautiful but the lobby is sooooo busy, I’m not sure if we would choose to stay here on a relaxing trip. But awesome place to explore and eat!

But our ultimate place we love is Boulder Ridge. We hope to visit there soon! It is so quiet hardly anyone goes through there. So serene and beautiful! Plus the aroma that Disney pumps into the air reminds us of Christmas 💜 if I could own DVC there, that would be the ultimate dream.

So let us know where you like to stay! Let us know if you liked a resort that we didn’t care for! There is so much variety with Disney that there’s something for everyone!

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A Not So Magical Disney Moment

Ack! Disney wasn’t magical? How can that be?!

The first trip that we took our 8 month old daughter to Disney World was amazing. She had such a great time and was really into meeting Mickey, Minnie, & Goofy.

The only problem was, I was holding in my hand the diaper that should have been on her bottom.

That’s right, she was diaper less (had a diaper cover on) and we were at the mercy of her bladder. Thankfully she didn’t have any accidents for the whole 20 minutes we waited in line and the 5-7 min of picture taking and greeting her favorite characters. But why wasn’t she wearing a diaper?

We had taken my husband’s parents with us and when we went to get in line we forgot the diaper bag back at the stroller. The baby of course had pee peed and was crying incessantly. The only way to save the situation was to take off her diaper and make her happy again. There was really no way around it. So we prayed she didn’t have to go anymore.

The picture we have clearly shows me holding a neatly folded used diaper in my hand. So much for the magic! Thankfully she was happy and giggly for Mickey and ever since then she’s loved her “Mocky Mouw.”

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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4 Reasons Why You Should Book Any Vacation

Looking for a reason any reason to justify going on a vacation? Here re 4 perfect suggestions as to how vacations makes us better people.

Life is short and we only get one here on earth. What you do with your time is of extreme importance.

1. We never know how long our loved ones or even we will be on this earth. Family is where you should invest in.

2. Taking a break from daily grind can reset your body and mind.

3. Exploring the world can enhance your mind. Active participation in a world unfamiliar to us heightens the senses and promotes interactive learning.

4. Planning a trip over a several month period can break up the norm and provide large amounts of hope. Fueling your day, and giving you energy and happiness.

5. There are ways to save money! You don’t have to break the bank! Save extra in another area of your finances to compensate the extra spending towards a trip.

The world is a huge place ready to be explored. You only have to decide to go and enjoy.

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Always Make the Most of Your Vacation

Always go with a plan. If you’re spending lots of money on a dream destination vacation, plan everything to get your moneys worth.

1. Book fast passes way in advance through Disney World app.

2. Book dinner reservations in advance using Disney World app.

3. Leave enough time in between reservations and fast passes to comfortably get to each ride, meal, ect.

4. Throughout the day check available fast passes. They will throw in extra ones while your there! But you still have to book them and it’s first come first serve. This is a great way to not have to wait in line!

5. Why wait 45 min in line when you could wait only 20!!!!

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A Colorful Guide to Disney Springs

Disney Springs is just as magical as Disney World. There are so many exciting stores with so many fun experiences. Also all of these pictures I took myself! The warm bright Florida Sun paired with the beautiful colors at Disney Springs makes for an amazing day for shopping, relaxing, and exploring the world around you!

Best part about it is it’s FREE to get in and there are plenty of samples to try out!

So here are my favorite experiences.

1. Basin- a free spa experience try as many sugar scrubs as you desire the ambiance is truly relaxing

Free Sugar Scrubs for everyone! My favorite is orange dreamsicle. It’s so soft and luxurious.
Bath Bomb Towers

2. Rain forest cafe (fish tanks)- step on in to see several huge fish tanks and a jungle like atmosphere. Better yet come on it an eat some grub!

3. Ghirardelli- free chocolate samples and my favorite drink of all. Which is not even on the menu! They customized it for me and we told them they should nickname it The Gwen if they ever put it on their menu.

It’s basically a glorified Chocolate Milk. But it’s a cold hot-chocolate. It’s really a meal in itself if you get the large 🙂

I am fully enjoying my Cold Not Hot Chocolate

4. Uniqlo- this clothing store is not set up like American clothing chains. Step into another country and shop shop shop!

5. Blaze pizza- customer designed pizzas fired up in the stone ovens. Best tasting pizza pies!

6. Morimoto Asia- all your sushi cravings and it’s from a famous chef

Street Food Morimoto ASIA. Sushi Roll. Delish!

7. Sprinkles- a cupcake shop and cupcake atm! What? Yes that’s right! A cupcake atm. And the set up is perfect for an Instagram photo op!

Welcome to Sprinkles!
Fantastic Sprinkled Cupcakes!
Cupcake ATM Yes Please!

You can’t go wrong with checking out Disney Springs. It’s free. It’s Disney. It’s so much fun! So if you are in Orlando, this is the place to be!

Let us know which stores/restaurant are your favorites! I will admit we have yet to visit some of the more iconic restaurants and we would love your feedback!

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Mickey Headband Prototype Complete!

Pictured is TDL/CH Size

Millennial Pink -2018’s Trend

It’s basically ice pink and we are seeing it everywhere!

Our first Mommy & Me Magic Headband set will feature a millennial pink bow in between 1 white satin ear and 1 gun metal ear (also satin) atop a white satin twist headband.

We are so excited to bring this to you as it is our first design!

Sewing credit for the ears: my mom💜

Pink bow is a bit lighter pink than picture shows.

Since this is a prototype we will be revamping the process for a better design! Can’t wait to launch each one!

Let us know in the comments what your favorite Disney Character or Movie is! New Designs Coming Soon!

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Tokyo Bound!

Our Big Dream: Tokyo Disneyland

Our most recent goal, and this would be our biggest Disney dream yet, is to go to Tokyo Disneyland!

We have been watching a lot of videos mainly made by The Tim Tracker. (If you don’t know Tim & Jen you are missing out! Check out their blog videos online!

They recently went to Japan and were so inspiring that we have decided to make the trip overseas! Now when this will happen, we don’t know. We kind of want to wait a few years so that way our daughter can remember the trip.

Most people would say that Disneyland Tokyo is actually way better and more magical than Disney World which is ironic because Disneyland Tokyo isn’t even owned by Disney!

They do such a great job though and they go over the top for everything but in a good way! Between all the costumes the rides the atmosphere and ambience it’s an amazing two parks! I’m especially excited about the little mermaid theater as it’s very techy compared to Disney World little mermaid show. Also the parade has dazzling colors and exciting choreographed dancers. Plus the Fantasmic show blows the US version out of the water. It’s so good!

So I’m sure we will be posting more about our progress on planning the trip! So stay tuned for some exciting adventures!

So let us know in the comments how far you have traveled to go to Disney! Where did you go? What did you like about where you went?

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