Sunday, March 16, 2014

Dining with the Characters

When we decided to go to Disney, we had a lot of catching up to do with Joelle in terms of exposing her to Disney movies.  For the past couple of weeks we've been pretty much doing a Disney marathon.  We agreed that everything would make a little more sense if she knew who all the characters were when we saw them.  I mean, if you are going to go to Disney- you might as well understand what's going on!  So, we scoured online shops for every movie we could get our hands on (don't even get me started on how hard it is to purchase movies because of the dadgum Disney vault). 

The hours of movie watching SO paid off... she was in awe every time we came across someone new.  She was pretty much starstruck :)  We especially had fun dining with several of our favorites!  

Lunch in Cinderella's castle was so special.  Everywhere we looked we saw a new princess.  The food was pretty yummy, too!
Breakfast with the Disney Junior characters was a blast also!  We just adore Doc McStuffins, so we all had a great time there :)
 We saved meeting Mickey for our very last night.  Joelle was starting to wonder where he was and why she hadn't taken a picture with him yet!!  It was so fun to surprise her... and the kiss on his nose says it all!
If you go to Disney you just have to do at least one special meal!  Totally worth the money seeing the look on Joelle's face!!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

What Joelle Wore :)

Let's talk about what's important... Joelle's Disney wardrobe.

Did I go overboard.

Probably so.

Some (particularly a man named Jared Lemons) may say I have a shopping problem.  

I like to think of it more as a hobby than as a problem. 

And, I love a theme.  I love a holiday shirt, a party theme, any reason to buy a new outfit pretty much.  So, why should going to Disney be any different??  Let's break it down.

First up... the outfits from Bella Grace Creations.  I bought the Tinkerbell outfit and Cinderella shirt.  They also have tons of other cute stuff!!
 
I also had new jammies every night for Joelle... she's going up in a size so she needed new pajamas anyways.  I bought all of them on clearance through the Disney Store.

  

Joelle has tons of princess dress-up clothes.  We could have easily slipped those on to take pictures, but I didn't want to carry them around with us (Joelle walked though the parks, we didn't use a stroller).  AND, it was hot during the day... who wants a whiny kid that is itchy and hot... not me!!  So, I found these PERFECT princess shirts that had just the right embellishments and the comfort for a hot day.  They are basically jazzed up t-shirts.  I *kinda* wish I had bought all of the ones she has in her shop!  They are from an Etsy shop called The Female Touch.
  I can't even tell you how many compliments we got on these shirts.  Jo got stopped by random strangers who played along like she was an actual princess.  It was such a hoot!
 To make things a little more special and magical, I kept all of these outfits a surprise.   She woke up to her outfit and sometimes a little present.  I bought a few goodies beforehand because I knew the toys at Disney would be pricey.  In effort to save a little money, I planned ahead as much as possible!
 Do you Zulilly??  I have a thing for daily deals... like I can't get enough.  I feel the NEED to buy them immediately because they are for a limited time only (ha!!).  I think they market people like me.  I bought Joelle several little Disney t-shirts on the cheap plus this super cute shirt from Bourbon Street Boutique.
 For our final night Joelle wore this very fun dress from Chloe Belle's Closet.  She's my go-to Etsy designer.  I just love her style and all of the personal touches.
And all of her bows came from One Stop Bow Shop.  I will more than likely never make a bow again because I am in LOVE with her bows.  They are such great quality and she has so many options!

I think that about covers it!  She'll let me dress her when she's a teenager, right?!!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Highlights from Disney!

It's Spring Break here at the Lemons' household and we are all kinds of exhausted!  We just spent the last few days at Disney so today we are resting, relaxing, and doing laundry.  I sat down to go through the hundreds of pictures that we have from our trip, and I wanted to share a few of the highlights :)  I still have lots of pictures to go through and more to share, but these were some of our favorite ones!



Hopefully I'll be back to give you the down-low on our favorite moments, must-see spots, and Joelle's outfits!  But for now a nap is a must :))