Valentines Inspired Mickey Mouse Sun Catcher

I’m always looking for new things or crafts for us to do at home. Adding in Disney just peaks my girls interest so much more, and keeps her engaged. What can I say we are definitely a Disney family. 

These sun catchers are something fun for the kids to do. They can hang on the window to catch the beautiful rays of sun in a fun way. If you have older kids they can do most the work, with younger ones like my toddler you will need to do most the work. 

Here is what you need: 

A fun paper plate- these were themed to Valentines Day but you could use anything

Big Pieces of Glitter or Confetti 

Clear Contact Paper 

Scissors 

Mickey Cookie Cutter (you can also just use a cut out) 

Pen or Marker 

Ribbon (optional) 

To start flip your plate over to trace your Mickey head onto the paper plate. 

Poke your scissors through to cut out the Mickey shape. The plates I used were super thick and harder to cut. I might recommend using something a little less thick. 

Cut 2 pieces of contact paper to fit the middle of plate. 

Add contact paper to back side of the plate then flip over and add the glitter or confetti. Once that’s added top with the other piece of contact paper, and make sure to smooth it down really well. 

I decided to add some ribbon but you don’t have too. To add it I just poked a hole with my scissors and strung it through. 

Now you have a fun sun catcher you can make with supplies you probably already have at home. If we could get some Sunshine here so we can use ours that would be great! Make sure to show me all your creations. 

14 Days of Love Through Bible Verses

One of my goals for this year is to spread love, kindness and magic. There is no better time to start than in a month filled with love. Most importantly to show my child God’s love, and how we can be God’s Love to others.  While at 2 she may not understand all the verses and stories just yet I know the little things we teach them now stick with them. 

When I think of TRUE LOVE, or LOVE in general God and Jesus are truly the ultimate definition. Which sparked the 14 Days of Love through Bible Verses. 

I grabbed some little foam hearts in the dollar spot at Target, $1 for 8. I could have easily cut out hearts and you can definitely do that. With a toddler I figured the foam ones were a little more durable. 

I debated how we would use these for a while, and I decided to display them in the form of garland. Each day we can read the verse for the day, but will be able to look at them all each day. 

I had some verses in mind when I thought of this project, and I did some digging for a few others. I used a permanent marker and wrote the verses out on each heart, punches holes in the top and strung them. Because of the space where I wanted to hang them I did it on two strands. 

If you have an older child I think it would be super cute to do a a jar with paper hearts with verses. They could pull one out each day to read and hang them some way. 

The one verse I didn’t use that I wanted too was John 3:16. If you align it right it actually spells out Valentine. I couldn’t get it to fit on a heart, so I plan on adding this free printable in a little frame you can get it here.

Let use the month to share God’s love and be the example of God’s love. Through social media, in our communities, in our homes and schools.  Shine for all to see and spread Love and Kindness. 

I’ll be sharing each days verse on my instagram, and a few acts of love or kindness as well. Follow my page over at @magicallymegan and use hashtag #14daysodlove and #magicallymegan so I can see what your doing in your home! 

Setting Goals, Dreams and Ambitions for 2018

So it’s taking me a few days, ok weeks  into the New Year to really compile this post, but I think it’s important to do for myself even if no one reads it. I thinking writing down your goals and looking at them through the year helps you work harder to obtain those goals. I’m more about setting goals for the year than resolutions really. Here are some goals and plans I have for 2018! 

Create more Simplified living, and Life

I’ve really fallen in love with Author Emily Ley, so when her new book A Simplified Life came out in November I knew it was the perfect thing for the new year. 

I love her thoughts on intentional living, creating a Simplified Life that works for you and your life and family. One that doesn’t mean perfectly labeled and organized pantry’s, or toy rooms but ones that make your life easier. She is currently doing a 31 day Simplified Challenge you can do in around 15 minutes each day to start simplifying things in your life. 

I also have her Simplified Planner which I’ve been super excited to use. As a blogger, small shop owner, Mom, Wife, Friend I need something to really plan things. You can even meal plan here. I’m a write it down kind of person.

Read More 

To be honest I spend too much time on electronics so my goal is to read a lot more in 2018.  I want to read books for pleasure, to better my self, Faith Based, self help. Here are a few I’m adding to my list this year. 

  1. The Simplified Life (of Course) 
  2. Grace Not Perfection (re read) 
  3. Big Little Lies 
  4. 12 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit
  5. The Best Yes 
  6. The Happiness Project (I’ve had this for far too long) 

I plan on adding at least 4 more to this which doesn’t include my devotionals. I love to read and is something I haven’t spent enough time doing. and this is all part of me doing something for me, and taking care of myself. 

 

Grace Not Perfection 

“I will live by a standard of Grace Not Perfection” – Emily Ley 

I read the book Grace Not Perfection last year as I was going through a really rough time in my life. It really spoke to me in ways I needed then and I was dealing with some pretty serious anxiety which I haven’t opened up much about. A lot of the anxiety really dealt with motherhood and the unknowns, but also the feeling of constantly drowning in all that needed to be done. 

I decided that I want to re read this book this year as I think it may speak to me in a different way.

Grace Not Perfection is my word for the year. Well I guess really my motto, but I’m going to strive for this daily, in all walks of life. 

Self Care 

One thing I plan do more of this year is self care. Self Care doesn’t always mean a day at the spa though those are wonderful, or fancy bath bombs, or expensive things. For me sometimes is just a hot quiet bath, some yoga, or getting up 45 minutes before my daughter to make sure I get my quiet time in, or a grocery trip by myself. Though I know this seems like what everyone does, I’m also going to start up a work out routine. 

When I got in my deepest point of my anxiety being bad last fall I wasn’t taking care of myself. I was overwhelmed, not sleeping enough and just physically and mentally exhausted. I refuse to let myself get to that point again. To be able to take care of those I love I have to take care of myself too. That’s hard to do sometimes as a mom but I’m learning. 

In order to be the best version of myself I also need to take care of myself. 

Grow my Blog and Small Shop 

I took the leap of owning and starting  my own business in May of last year. My blog launched in May and my small shop back in August. I’m so glad I did, it’s grown and continues to grow so I’m so excited to see where it will be after a full year, and also by the end of 2018. 

I’m setting goals and chasing dreams and I can’t wait to see where this year takes me! 

Grow in My Faith 

I haven’t been that great at having a daily quiet time with God but when I do it makes my entire day different. Prayer, faith, and my trust in him helped get me through some of the darkest times of 2017. I’m learning to let go and let God. I’m excited to dig deeper in my faith this year in so many ways and make that top priority in my life. 

 

Spread Love and Kindness, Make Magic 

Our world needs so much love and kindness, and I want to spread as much as I can this year. I also want to teach my daughter to be kind and loving and I know that starts with me. 

I’ve got a little Valentines project up my sleeve about Love I’ll be sharing soon, and I’m brainstorming for more ideas through the year. 

When I worked for Disney making Magic was the most rewarding part of my job. Sure we were supposed to but I always loved going above and beyond that in any way I could. I’ve missed that, and I’ve realized I don’t have to be at Disney for that to be a thing. 

I’m looking forward to 2018, making it a better year. Being healthy, happy, loving, kind and creating everyday Magic. Oh and of course lots of Disney Magic and time with precious family! 

 

Dairy Free Sausage Gravy

With a daughter who has a dairy allergy turning more into a sensitivity I’m always trying to find ones to make things that require a lot of dairy tasty. I don’t do real milk myself with the exception of yogurt and cheese and well ice cream. Mostly I mean I don’t use regular milk or drink it, and I’m really trying to cut the other dairy items from my life as well. I definitely buy dairy alternatives where I can find them. 

My daughter started with Almond milk but I really wanted to find something with a little more. Then I kept hearing about Ripple Milk. We bought some and she loved it. I loved the protein, the less sugar and so many other things. People were telling me it tasted like real milk but I’ve never been a milk drinker but loved an occasional dark chocolate almond milk so I tried their chocolate milk and loved it. I decided I would start trying  replacing the almond milk I was using in recipes that called for milk with Ripple milk. It was so good! 

The cooler weather rolled in and I wanted homemade sausage gravy. I decided I would give Ripple a try for it. It was a hit, especially for my toddler who was getting something new and different. I honestly couldn’t tell much difference at all, and it was still that perfect comfort food. 

Here is what you need 

1 lb Sausage 

1/4 cup Flour 

Salt 

Pepper 

3-4 cups of Ripple milk 

Biscuits 

Cool sausage, you can tear into pieces or break apart with your spatula which is what I do. Once sausage is browned turn to medium heat and take 1/4 cup of flour and add half the cup to the pan until the sausage has absorbed it, then add the remaining  half. 

Once the flour has mixed in well add in milk 1 cup at a time. Start with just 3 Cups, turn to medium high heat. Let it come to a boil and turn to medium low. Stirring every few minutes. 

Once it starts to thicken you will be able to tell if you need more milk. Sometimes I may need a little more but not the cup. I’ve noticed it differs with different brands of sausage sometimes and I’m sure with dog cook tops as well. 

Add in  1/3 tsp salt and 2 tsp pepper. You may need more pepper later to taste depending on how peppery you like your gravy. 

Once it’s simmered for about 25 min and thickened to your liking it is ready to serve. 

I don’t make homemade biscuits. We really like to use the Grands ones from the freezer section. I throw them in to cook when the gravy is thickening. This typically serves us 2 different meals so those biscuits we can make fresh, and not waste any. 

Top your biscuits with the gravy and enjoy!

Reheat Tip: If you save some for leftovers add a little of the Ripple Milk before you heat it up as it thickens a lot in the fridge but it’s great left over. 

Have you tried Ripple Milk? What are some great dairy replacements you love?

*this recipe has been adapted from the Pioneer Woman Sausage Gravy Recipe

Easy Crockpot Potato Soup

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It’s been much cooler here finally, which has had me wanting all the fall comfort foods. Not only are so many fall and winter comfort foods easy, so many are crockpot friendly which makes life much easier for this Mama.  

One my favorite go to comfort foods is potato soup. There is just something about it that’s so good. This recipe is far from healthy, but it’s one I keep going back too. One day I’ll figure out how to replace the cream of soups in here. 

You need:

A bag of frozen hash browns (I prefer the square cut ones but the shredded ones work fine too) 

32oz of chicken broth

1 can of cream of chicken or mushroom soup 

1 can of cheddar cheese soup (you can use 2 cans of the chicken/mushroom if you prefer) 

1 block of cream cheese 

Salt, Pepper, Garlic 

Crockpot liner 

Optional: 

Shredded Cheese 

Bacon

Corn bread 

Place you crock pot liner into your crock pot. You can get them here they are lifesavers and make for easy clean up! Dump in potatoes, chicken broth, cream of soup and cheddar cheese soup and stir. Add 1tsp each  of salt, pepper and garlic. You might need to add more to taste later. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. 

One hour before serving add the block of cream cheese. It will start to melt in and I usually stir it a few times in that hour. Add any extra seasoning you may need during this time. Once the cream cheese is melted you are ready to serve. 

We love cheesy potato soup, so I top with shredded cheese, crumbled bacon and corn bread. And then I mix it all together, and enjoy. 

Like most soups in my opinion it usually taste even better the next day! What’s one of your favorite comfort food go to’s? 

If you try out the recipe let me know what you think! 

Have a Cars 3 Family Movie Night!

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Now that my daughter is almost 2 and will sit for a bit and watch a movie, I was super excited to plan a themed family movie night for the whole family. Y’all the Pinterest Mom in me (I’m half Amazon Prime too)  has been waiting for this for so long. 

With the release of Cars 3 I knew it was the perfect first one. I didn’t go crazy over the top but definitely enough to make it fun for all of us. 

My daughter hasn’t seen all of either of the first two Cars movies (because she doesn’t sit all the way through movies) but she loves her Lighting McQueen car, and  her Cars 3 bath toys I snagged this summer in the Target Dollar Spot. She was excited to watch Cars since we left Target with the movie.

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I love Free Printables, so I headed over to one of my favorite blogs Hostess With the Mostess to see what they had, and of course they delivered. I’ve used their printables for my Kentucky Derby Party for years and they have the best party ideas! 

I also found these printable coloring sheets for my daughter to color while I was getting dinner ready from Mom Junction. We only use color wonder markers so the great part about finding the printable sheets is you can print them right onto blank color wonder paper. I can not recommend Color Wonder enough for you s kids. You can find it here, and the printable color sheets are from which can be found here

For dinner we had sliders, and Kraft Cars 3 Mac and Cheese. Super simple but themed great for the night. 

For dessert we had a cozy cone filled with tires (mini chocolate donuts). I made the Cozy Cone myself with just a 12×12 sheet of orange card stock. And then glued taped the side. You can see the steps below. 

I had found some cute Cars suckers at Target right after Halloween and thought those would be a fun addition to the night as well. My daughter also wore some of her favorite pajamas from the Baby Gap for Disney line which are sadly sold out but you can grab some similar ones here

My husband and I have even Cars fans since the first movie came out. We have been itching to get out to Disneyland to Cars Land since it opened. Cars 3 was better than Cars 2 in my opinion, and I absolutely fell in love with Cruz Ramirez. I’m not going to spoil anything for anyone who hasn’t seen it but Disney and Pixar did a great job with this movie, and I have to say it’s a must see! Grab your copy here while they are on sale. 


Did you like Cars 3 as much as the other two in the franchise? Which one is your favorite? 

5 Ways to Earn Cash Back and Save Money this Holiday Season

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There are several ways to earn extra money, gift cards or save money just by doing very little this holiday season. If you’re shopping online, buying groceries, things for a holiday party or Christmas gifts why not use some of these things to save or get money back. 

Ebates

If you do online shopping and you aren’t using Ebates you should be! This is a great way to earn money back on online purchases from 1000’s of merchants, even small businesses on Etsy. Cash back could be anywhere from 1% and I’ve seen it up to 15%. During the holidays they are great at offering bigger cashback promos, and  even have merchant discounts listed on their site. You receive a check or can get a direct pay pal deposit quarterly so it’s nice to get that extra cash back after the holidays.  If you don’t have an account sign up here and receive a $10 Credit on your first qualifying purchase. Ebates now has an app if you tend to find yourself shopping on your phone often like I do. Why not earn a little cash back while doing your online shopping this season.

Ibotta

I’m hit or miss with Ibotta. Sometimes I can do really well and they have tons of things I purchase and other times I forget to look all together. When I’m consistent I do really well earning $20-$25 a month back. They also now have online shopping for cash back on their mobile app so it’s not all scanning your groceries. Join here and when you sign up you get a $10 signup bonus, plus you will be on my team which is also important for bonuses! 

Drop 

 I discovered Drop not long ago. This is basically an app where you link one of your cards and pick 5 merchants you shop from. They know when you purchase and you start to earn points from those merchants. I use Amazon, Starbucks, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Target. I’ve never earned from Target because I have a Target Red Debit Card and I didn’t think of that when I signed up but I have already cashed in for my first $10 Amazon gift card (there are many others to choose from), and I’m halfway to another. They often send me bonus offers for the merchants I chose and other random merchants on occasion. They use a completely safe server. Join here and get 1000 drop points to start, and download the app! 

Swagbucks 

I’ve done really well with Swagbucks and I’ve had months I kinda forget it exists. I’m a busy Mom so this one takes a little more work. Swagbucks has surveys, videos you can watch, offers you can do, and also cash back options. If you like to try different subscription services its great to get cash back. I tried an Honest Beauty Box, got it when it was 50% off so $25 , and earned 2500 Swagbucks which is $25. If you really want to learn the ins and outs of Swagbucks their are Facebook groups and lots of articles online. I typically cash out for Target gifts cards and I find myself using Swagbucks a little more when we are saving extra for our Disney Trips. Signup here and get a sign on bonus. 

Target Red Card and Cartwheel

While this isn’t a cashback deal it is a great way to save a little extra money. We have a Target debit card and it’s the best thing we ever did. Who doesn’t love 5% off every single purchase as well Free Shipping on all online orders. Plus if you are ordering online you can also use Ebates for cashback.  When the holiday rush of shoppers sets in this is really great to have. Target also runs some amazing sales in November and December, on toys, and various other items so I always make sure to check the weekly ad, and cartwheel. When you combine the two things you really can get some great savings.

The Holiday season can get expensive and stressful, so why not earn some cash back or money you were already spending. What are some ways you love to save during the holiday season?

Gap X Disney Favorites- It’s Friends and Family Weekend!

Gap X Disney Favorites- It’s Friends and Family Weekend!

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I have fallen in love with the Disney x Gap collaboration and since its release over a year ago it honestly just keeps getting better. Gone are the days of basic cartoon characters just being thrown on clothes, they now have really become stylish. Gap’s friends and family sale is this weekend and I wanted to share some of my favorites from the current collection. Get 40% off your purchase instore and online, and 50% off if you use your Gap card. Plus shipping is free on all online orders so it’s a great time to grab a few cute things!

We love Minnie Mouse in this house, and I just love how cute these pieces are. We have an older style of the leggings with Minnie and Daisy on them and they are soft, wash so well and just make my daughter happy when she has them on. I am obsessed with the overalls, I just think overalls are so cute on kids but on the brink of potty training I don’t think they will be completely practical for us.

 

Gap has so much cure buffalo plaid right now and I couldn’t be more in love, but the fact that they added into their Disney Collection is just the icing on the plate! There is some cute stuff for the little boys too!

These were some of our favorite tops from the Beauty and the Beast collection they had this Spring.

 

While we aren’t in that next stage yet I often find myself admiring the selection in the older girls section at many stores. Gap Kids in one of them. They really have done a fantastic job at creating fun Disney pieces for little girls moving to that next stage of life. They have a fit line for older girls!

I’m a girl mama, but the clothes for little boys at gap are so cute! I have friends expecting twin boys and recently purchased them the cutest 7 Dwarfs sleepers and hats. When I was shopping for them I wanted to buy all the things. I just love how cute and classic some of these pieces look without feeling super cheesy. 

Probably one of my favorite parts about the Boys collection is all the Star Wars things. They have really done a great job with these pieces. I also know several smaller adults who buy some pieces in the boys section to add to their Disney Style. Sadly I’m just too tall or I would do the same on a few pieces. 

 

 

 

We have many sleepwear pieces, and I really love them. They wash well. don’t shrink much and are so soft. That is one thing I love about Gap’s sleepwear.

These Snow White pajamas were our first pair, and my daughter literally wore them out.

Before I became a Mom I kinda vowed my kid wouldn’t have the character sneakers, and shoes. However with brands like Mini Melissa (we love ours get them here), Vans and Baby Gap making them so cute now I guess that’s changed. But honestly all the new cute ones look nothing like character shoes used to. My favorites are the girls Mary Janes and high top sneakers. Both at such a good price during the sale!

 

 

Disney accessories are some of my favorite things. Gap has created such a great line of hats, bags and other items for this collection. I love the Minnie Mouse Ears because they fit my daughters head so much better than most others. 

 

There is not a ton of things for adults but there has been a few here and there. However I have been eyeing the joggers below since I saw them in the store. They are so soft and I could see myself wearing them around the house all the time.


It is the season, so why not stock up on some super cute Christmas goodies during the sale. I love all the pajamas, but there are some cute tops for kids too!

So what are you thinking of grabbing this weekend? Do you love this line for your kids as much as I do?

Last Minute DIY Father’s Day Gift

Last Minute DIY Father’s Day Gift

Father’s Day is this weekend and if you are like I am sometimes you are scrambling for a last minute gift. Year after year for holidays I say I will do better and well let me tell ya, it hasn’t changed.  Adding a child to that mix has not helped things at all. I continue to say I’ll do better, sometimes I do but you know what as Mom’s we just do the best we can.

The first idea I have for you is a Star Wars inspired craft with Yoda. For this you will need craft paint in green, brown, black, and white. You will also need paint brush or brushes and a canvas or sturdy paper. I went with a smaller canvas, If you have a young child you will need an incredible amount of patience. Super easy, place green paint on the bottom of the child’s foot and place upside down on your canvas. If the child is old enough let them do the remainder if not the rest is up to you. Paint arms and ears in the green and let dry. Add in some white in the ears, for eyes. Place black dots in the eyes. Use the brown paint to paint the stick Yoda holds. You can use the brown or black to write the words ” Yoda the Best Daddy.” You could also do Yoda the Best Dad in the Galaxy, Yoda the best Dad Ever there are many variations. Once its dry your all done, and have completed a fun father day craft. I put our daughters name and year on the back of the canvas.

 

The second craft is a grill tray. We did this gift last year. I had planned to do a white ceramic tray but I wanted something practical that could be used and also wasn’t going to break. After lots of searching I found a clear tray at Target for about $10. The tricky part is you have to basically do this backwards or mirrored so it shoes through correctly. I so wish I had my silhouette cameo when I did this. If you have one you could so use this and mirror your words. We used a foot print and a hand print for this one. Once I got everything on the tray and dried, I sprayed a clear sealer over the back so  the paint wouldn’t chip. You could also use clear modge podge. If your giving Dad a new grill for Fathers Day this is the perfect addition. My husband got one last year for his April Birthday so we gifted the tray with some new grill utensils.

 

So if your running around looking for a last minute DIY for Dad these are 2 great projects that will be super easy for you to throw together quickly. These gifts are sure to make the Dads in your life smile!

 

THREE Ingredient Dairy Free Yogurt Popsicles

THREE Ingredient Dairy Free Yogurt Popsicles

We are all about some popsicles around here lately  so I have been trying new recipes  once or twice weekly! My Daughter has a milk allergy, and I am mostly dairy free except for cheese and the occasional ice cream because well… With that said  I am always looking for new favorites when it comes to dairy free options.

We have really grown to love the So Delicious Coconut Milk yogurt. They have a good variety of flavors out there, though sometimes they seem hard to find in my market and it still taste good. Actually I think the flavored and sweetened ones are almost to sweet so I opt for the Plain Unsweetened and add to it myself. This also of course eliminates some of the extra added sugars. Its hot out so I thought why not freeze some yogurt into popsicles to make it seem like she is getting an treat at snack time. Let me tell you my daughter was a big fan! These are super easy and took me less than 10 min to make!

1 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk Yogurt

1 Cup Fruit of choice

1 Tablespoon of honey

4 part Popsicle Mold ( you may need more or less depending on your molds )


Add all the ingredients to the blender and blend together, this way the fruit can mix in well also. Pour into popsicle molds and pop in the freezer. I decided to do 2 different flavors so I spilt the recipe into 2 blenders. I made one blueberry and one strawberry. This made 1 individual blueberry and one individual strawberry popsicle and I layered the other 2. The layered ones are fun so next time I may just layer them all. You could also mix more than one fruit into the blender. The recipe is so easy to just swap around and try different combinations.

You can pull the popsicles out and wrap in parchment, that way you can use your molds again to make some more with just regular wooden popsicles sticks. I love these Reynolds individual sheets you can find here. One sheet was enough for all 4 popsicles and then I just tossed them in a freezer bag. These sheets are also great to line all your pans when cooking, they fit so perfectly.

After my daughter had her first one she asked for one daily when she got up from her nap. I love that they are just plain yogurt and fruit that she would usually make a disaster with so I didn’t mind letting her have them. They went super fast and I need to make another batch, and she thinks she is getting a special treat!

So what other flavors should we try next? Do you have some favorite dairy free recipes we should try this summer?

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