Friday, April 18, 2014

Flower and Garden Festival: Fleur de Lys-Confit de Canard

This year my duck loving husband was super excited to see duck on the menu during the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot. We stopped at the Fleur de Lys in the "France" pavilion to get him his dish.

Confit canard, pommes de Terre sarladaise. In other words it's pulled duck confit with garlic and parsley potatoes. He said it was really good. The duck looked like pulled pork, with a nice glazed sauce on it. Underneath was a dollop of the garlic and parsely potatoes. He says it was some really good duck. The small dish was 5.50

Monday, April 14, 2014

Dixie Landings/Port Orleans Riverside Review

I’ve been visiting Walt Disney World since 1996.  My family and I went down for a week in late April/early May for a week and stayed at Dixie Landings.  Being a family of five, it was always hard trying to find places to travel to without having to rent two hotel rooms.  We chose Dixie Landings because the Alligator Bayou section of Dixie Landings had a trundle bed that allowed five guests in a room.  I had grown up on all things Disney, but had never visited a park before.  My mom bought the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World along with the Birnbaum guide.  I read both books from front to back to memorize everything about the resort, the parks and everything else.

Once we arrived on property, I remember looking around and taking it all in.  We were in antebellum south with names of major cities and ports above us.  There was a TV playing cartoons in the lobby, so my brothers and I went there while my parents checked in.  Once we had our arrival packet with the resort map, park maps, times guides and our Key to the World cards, it was off to our room with luggage in tow.

The resort, a moderate, has all the looks and feels of a deluxe resort without the price.  Whenever we have stayed there in the years since, we always choose rooms in the Alligator Bayou section because of how comfortable they are.  There are three small pools in the Alligator Bayou section which are almost always empty.  The main pool on Ol’ Man Island is the busiest pool.  Guests wanting to stay in plantation style rooms can choose the Magnolia Bend section of the resort.  There are also two pools in this section.  The resort has a marina with rental boats that you can take all the way to Downtown Disney.  There's also a fishing hole and bar on Ol' Man Island. We always enjoyed a paddle boat trip around the area, usually going to Port Orleans French Quarter and turning back.  The food court, located in the main building, is complete with a working water wheel.  What a beauty it is too!  I feel the food court is one of, if not the best, on property.  Inside the main building is a full service restaurant that we’ve never eaten at, but have heard wonderful reviews of.  You can’t forget “Ye Ha Bob" at the River Roost Lounge Bar - he’s not to be missed!  Also in the main building is a large gift shop (one of the largest resort gift shops).

For anyone wanting a great family or romantic atmosphere, this resort should be at the top of your list.  I cannot recommend it enough!  I’ve always wanted to become a Disney Vacation Club owner, and have said that if Port Orleans Riverside ever becomes a DVC resort, I want to be the first to buy into it!

(Here’s a tip, when booking, ask for a room in a preferred location – buildings 14, 15, 18, and 27.  I also recommend buildings 17 and 26.  These are all close to a small pool, the main building, and the bus stop.)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Mom Approved Costumes $30 E-Gift Card Giveaway

A2M has partnered with another fabulous company to bring you amazing merchandise.  All Mom Approved Costumes are comfortable with no itchy underskirts or fabrics, completely finished seams and hems, and no buttons or ties to frustrate little fingers! Machine washable. Stretchy, soft and very comfortable-perfect for everyday play! The stretch bodices accommodate a variety of sizes making each size more versatile. Beautiful and won't shed glitter everywhere. Comes in S-XL. Sells for $29.99. Check her out here: Mom Approved Costumes

Friday, April 11, 2014

Flower and Garden; Lotus House Popping Bubble tea

I look forward to any time I find a place that has bubble tea. It has become something I get when I go to the mall, and now at the Flower and Garden Festival! I was so happy they brought it back. This wonderful treat is located at the Lotus House in China.

Bubble tea, for those who do not know, is a really sweet tea blend. It almost tastes like tea with sugar and a little coffee added. At the bottom are jelly tapioca (balls or bubbles). You drink the tea and the tapioca balls. They are sucked up through a fat straw and you chew on them. They are totally edible and kinda neat to chew. If you have ever had orbitz as a kid this is kinda what the orbitz balls tasted like.

You receive a nice size glass for only $5.25.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

AOS Design Necklace Review

As a mommy to a fashionista three year old, it is often hard to find jewelry that not only looks beautiful but is durable enough to be handled by a toddler. Well, when my Cinderella Pearl Cage Carriage necklace by AOS Design arrived in its delicate pink sachet, I was excited and surprised. Finally, a piece of jewelry which I felt confident in sharing with my little princess. The carriage itself was big enough and durable enough that I didn't give a single thought to accidental choking, or swallowing, of the well encased black pearl. The chain on which it came, was a sturdy silver chain, which I was confident could outlast any day at the playground, and it did.

Opening jewelry in front of my little princess is basically an invitation for her to wear it, so she did, all day. It was magical. She wanted everyone to share in her joy of her Mommy's necklace which she got to wear. She made everyone at the playground look at it, and respond to the question, "Don't you think it's beautiful", to which everyone of course confirmed. She kept referring to it as her "special mommy princess" necklace, which made not only the necklace, but the day, that much more special.

So, if you are looking for a gift for a fellow mommy, a child with impeccable fashions sense, or anyone in between, a necklace from AOS Design is sure to do the trick. Beautiful, durable, and Disney themed, you really cannot go wrong!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mickey's Teen Town ~ What Disney Means to Me

Editor's Note: We're very excited to introduce a new monthly series here at A2M called Mickey's Teen Town! Please welcome our newest writer Sydney. We're looking forward to getting her special teen perspective on all things "Disney"! P.S. She's also a very talented artist. Check out her art at the end of the article!
         Some people like to call Disney childish and loving it kind of silly. Well, Disney has been a big part of who I am. Not many people understand just how much Disney means to me personally. For one thing, I grew up watching Disney movies and going to Disney World. I had princess costumes I would play dress up in with my cousin when we were little (and later on passed them onto my little sister). I had a Cinderella themed room growing up.

            Disney also inspired me to get creative with drawing and the art of story telling. I remember at one point I wanted to become an animator for Disney. It helped me grow more creative with both art and writing and now I can’t go two seconds without thinking up a story in my head or thinking of something to draw. That’s how much of an impact it had on me growing up.

            About seven years ago now, my family and I lost everything in a house fire. Shortly before that happened I got sick and had to be pulled out of school due to my grades gradually slipping because I didn’t feel well at all. Shortly after our house burned, we took a trip to Disney World with my cousins and for a short time, I forget about everything that was bothering me. I was smiling and laughing genuinely because there, I was happy. I wasn’t in the real world and reality couldn’t hurt me. After we got back, it would be about three years before we got to return. In that time period, we learned I had a quiet form of epilepsy. I spent a lot of time crying and wishing and praying to get to go back to my happy place, which was Disney World.

            Through that hard time I watched a lot of Disney movies, and whenever a Disney special would come on TV I’d record it and watch it over and over again. Some could say it was obsessive, but to me it was something familiar in a very confusing time.

            No one really, truly understands why I love Disney so much. But Disney taught me some pretty important things in some very trying times. Never stop dreaming, always wish on stars, never grow up, keep moving forward, and never lose hope.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring Fun Friends Giveaway

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