5 Reasons to See Disney’s Frozen on Ice


This Thursday my daughter and I are headed to Amalie Arena in Tampa to see Disney's Frozen on Ice.  We're excited that we can bring along a friend and her mom to see the show too; because I'm going to need another adult to survive the night.  If you're local, you can get tickets for the May 14-17th performances online - Frozen on Ice Tickets in Tampa. 5 Reasons to See Disney's Frozen on Ice in Tampa 1.  So your child can wear their Halloween costume one more time before they outgrow it.  Elsa was the #1 costume last year and I'm sure you spent good money on it.  Let them dress up for the show, just be sure to take the right Anna or Elsa home that night. I'm sure there we'll be a lot of costumes!! 2.  Because you love hearing thousands of little girls (and boys and moms) sign "Let It Go!" as loud as they can.  You know it's going to happen so start practicing now! 3.  Because you love Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt, the sponsors of Frozen On Ice!  What's your kids favorite ... [ Read More ]

DIY Izzy Costume – Disney’s Jake & Never Land Pirates

Izzy Costume Disney Jr

  It's super quick and easy, I promise!! All you need is 10 minutes and a few items you may already have in your closet (err....your child may have in their closet).  To learn how to make this No-Sew Izzy costume (<---click for directions) from Jake & the Never Land Pirates, click over to Tampa Bay Moms Blog where I post easy to follow directions. While you're there, don't forget to register for the bump, baby & beyond event going on this Wednesday night in Tampa.  I'll be there hosting the Cloth Diaper Discovery Tampa for Kelly's Closet. You can read more about that here: Tampa's Premiere Baby Event To register: Bump Tickets on Eventbrite ... [ Read More ]

DIY Disney Salt Dough Necklaces #disneyside

Disney Salt Dough Necklaces #disneyside

Earlier in the week I shared a recipe from our Disney Side @Home Celebration, today I'm sharing with you one of the craft projects we did during our party.  Before the party I made up a batch of salt dough necklaces for the guests to paint.  I used the Disney cookie cutters we received in our party package from Disney Parks and MomSelect for the project.  You could do the entire project during the party but the dough needs to back for 2 hours, which is why I prepped them ahead of time. To make salt dough all you need is 1 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of salt and about 1/4-1/2 cup of water.  Sift the salt and flour together in a small bowl and slowly add water to it until you get the consistency of dough, but not sticky. Once you have your dough the right consistency you can flour your surface and roll the dough to about 1/8-1/4" thick.  Then use your cookie cutters to cut the desired shapes.  If you are going to be using these like necklaces (or ornaments or key chains) be sure to ... [ Read More ]

Snow White Sour Apple GoGo-Rita Cocktail #disneyside

Snow White Sour Apple GoGo-Rita

We hosted a Disney themed party this weekend for some friends and since it was National Margarita Day on Saturday we spiced things up a bit with this fun cocktail recipe.  Since we hosted the party for both kids and adults we had an alcoholic version of this recipe and a mocktail version for the kids.  Just be sure to label the glasses so the kids don't sneak a sip of the "poison" apple! Snow White Sour Apple GoGo-Rita Cocktail #disneyside Recipe Type: Drinks Cuisine: American Author: Calley @TheEcoChic Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 5 mins Total time: 10 mins Serves: 4 Show off your #DisneySide with this fun Snow White themed cocktail or mocktail. Ingredients 1 Frozen Margarita Bacardi Mixers 1 Mixer Can full of Bacardi Big Apple Rum 2 pouches of GoGo Squeeze Applesauce Handful of ice Instructions Add all of the ingredients to your blender and mix well. Continue to add ice until you reach the consistency you desire. Serve immediately and garnish ... [ Read More ]

Tips for Managing and Avoiding Lines at Disney World

Tips for Avoiding and Managing Lines at Disney World www.theecochic.com

  We've been enjoying our passes to Disney World and some of you have asked me to share some tips to make visiting Disney with kids more fun - and less stressful.  Admit it, the one thing that you dread is standing in line for hours on end with kids who are bored.  One of the advantages of living in Florida and having passes is that we don't have to do everything in one trip.  Enjoy this short video with some of our tips for avoiding lines, skipping lines, and entertain your little one's while waiting in lines. You can view this video on YouTube here: Tips for Managing and Avoiding Lines at Disney World Avoid lines! Pick the popular rides that you want to see before you get to Disney. Do those popular rides early in the day, late in the day, or during a slow time (like during parades and fireworks). Get a Fast Pass for popular rides to avoid standing in lines. Things to do with no (or little lines): Every park has a few rides that aren't as popular ... [ Read More ]

Cloth Diapering at Disney World

How to Cloth Diaper at Disney

Planning a trip to Disney World with baby's?  Do you travel with cloth diapers or take disposables along?  We've taken cloth diapers with us on all of our trips to Disney when our littlest was still in diapers.  On the Kelly Wels blog today I'm sharing my tips with you on how you can take your cloth diapers with you.  Want a sneak peek? Hybrids or disposable inserts Flats and covers Diaper services Regular cloth diapers For more information on hand washing and flats check out my post How to Hand Wash Cloth Diapers.  You'll have to modify it slightly depending on the supplies you have on hand while traveling. For more tips on traveling to Disney with kids read my post The Pros and Cons of Strollers at Disney. To read more just head on over the Kelly Wels blog and read the full story on How to Cloth Diaper at Disney World.  Come back here if you have any questions - always happy to help!   ... [ Read More ]

The Pros and Cons of Strollers at Disney (or any place really)

Strollers at Disney

  Strollers!  I actually listed strollers as one of the 10 things you can leave off your baby registry and got a bunch of feedback from my readers.  Some of you agreed with me while others disagreed.  I wanted to take a few minutes and talk about strollers and some of the pros and cons of using them at Disney or anyplace you are traveling to during your day. My family has never been a big stroller family.  We don't live in a town where we can walk to the town.  The only place I could walk to would be around the neighborhood - not really all that exciting.  We're not big shoppers or mall rats.  We did have a stroller that we got when my first was born but it sat in the garage for almost 10 years and was only used about 10-20 times over those 10 years.  When my kids were little we tried to travel with the stroller and we did venture to the mall a few times.  We quickly learned that the big stroller was not right - for us!  We did however use our cheap umbrella strollers (we ... [ Read More ]

Can you really travel with cloth diapers?

The answer SHOULD be YES!  As I began planning for my #BlogHer10 experience I had originally planned on bringing the entire family along with me.  I researched NYC diaper services and had set up a batch of diapers to be delivered right to our hotel. Over the past month our plans changed.  We were still planning our family trip to Disney (before our annual passes expired) but then the family was going in many different directions. We packed up last weekend and headed to Orlando - complete with our stash of cloth diapers.  My first trip to Disney with the baby we packed disposables, hybrids, and cloth because I really didn't know HOW to travel with cloth diapers.  I found out quickly that it's NOT much different than at home.  This trip to Disney I only packed the fluff!  The only time it was a little less than pleasant was the 3rd day (when my DD had held her bowl movements for 3 whole days) when she decided to poo while at the water park.  Thankfully cloth holds in the solids BUT ... [ Read More ]

Daddy washed the cloth diapers…and more scary stories

Why is it that you appreciate the comforts of home so much more when you are away?  We've been out of town for 5 days now and I miss my bed, my pillow, my cat!  Luckily the family and I got to visit Disney again on Sat/Sun before I had to attend a training class in Orlando this week.  They came back home Monday and I got home tonight.  This trip was a little different than normal... We traveled with our cloth diapers!!!  That's right, we took our stash with us to a hotel for more than a day!  Here is what I had planned (followed by how it worked out!):  1) Friday night I washed our stash and put Lil' B in her GroBaby diaper with BioSoaker, and 2) packed a combination of BioSoakers and Bum Genius.  I was hoping to make it easier on my husband so he wouldn't have to do a ton of wash as soon as he got home on Monday.  Unfortunately my plan didn't work out as planned BUT it worked...Lil' B pooped in her GroBaby Friday night and got some debris on the cover so I couldn't take the ... [ Read More ]

Back from Vacation

Yes, I've been on vacation!  My Twitter followers have followed my adventures with my family at Disney this past week but I wanted to share a few fun things with everyone.  Cloth Diapers and Traveling:  We didn't have a washer or dryer so we took disposables to Disney.  This made me very sad but it was very stress-free.  One day I'll try to travel with my cloth but I have to be able to wash them.  Breastfeeding:  In honor of World Breastfeeding Week...we have a long way to go to educate people about breastfeeding.  You would think at Disney World, a place for kids, breastfeeding would be easier than it was.  The parks have these great baby care centers where you can nurse but they are not always where you need them.  There is only one center per park and the parks are huge!  I ended up breastfeeding in some odd places and got quite a lot of different reactions...including the one mom who made her family leave the bench I was sitting on while breastfeeding (PS...I was not exposed ... [ Read More ]