Sunday, August 17, 2014

Disney Movie of the Week: The Puppet and the Mouse

So a few days ago my mom decided to take a girls vacation to California for her birthday weekend. I was so excited! If anyone deserves to sit on a beach and relax it would be my mom. The woman works 6 days a week. We would go lay on the beach, check out Hollywood oh and...GO TO DISNEYLAND!!! It doesn't even seem real that I'm going back. We leave in 18 days. Which gives me this chilling challenge (10 points for catching the "Haunted Mansion" reference..): to watch all the Disney movies!

Well almost all...I have 36 movies on my list. 18 days, 36 movies, means I have to watch 2 movies a day. Today my body decided to wake up at 6 am (well my dog decided it was time to wake up at 6 am, my body decided to stay up) so I think we'll get a good start today.
Today we are starting with:

This classic Disney movie has brought joy to people for 74 years! It holds the dreamers ultimate anthem, "When You Wish Upon a Star" which is one of the most well known songs (and has the ability to make me bawl my eyes out...ahem...). I love this movie dearly. 

Favorite characters:

Jiminy Cricket

Jiminy is always there for words of wisdom and a great song. He shows us that even sometimes the wisest people still need to learn lessons. I think the world would be a better place if we all listened to the Jiminy Crickets in our life. 

Figaro and Cleo

Figaro is spunky and feisty while Cleo is sweet. This unlikely duo compliment each other. Figaro is truly the original Grumpy Cat and reminds me of my own Grumpy Cat, Taffy. 

Favorite Songs:

Ok so confession time: this is not my favorite movie. I actually only watch this when I'm having a hard time falling asleep. I'm watching it as I write and the writing is the only thing keeping me awake. When I was younger the Dinosaur scene and Chernabog scared the crap out of me. However I do enjoy the scenes with the centaurs, the scene with the dancing ostriches and hippos and of course the classic Sorcerer's Apprentice. And at 125 minutes it is a long movie. If you want to show Fantasia to your kids, I suggest breaking it up in 2 or even 3 showings. It is a good movie to show if you want them to learn about music but if they watch it in one shot it might be hard to keep their attention. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Disney Movie of the Week: Movies That Inspire Me

When I write I have to have something going on in the background. Music helps sometimes but I prefer a movie or TV show. And when it comes to Disney movies, these are the top 5 that inspire me and help keep the creative juices flowing!

Mary Poppins
One of my nuggets of wisdom is: Julie Andrews is appropriate for every and all occasions. When I'm sad, nothing helps more than Sound of Music with a stack of chocolate chip pancakes. When I need inspiration, Mary Poppins helps me find it. One of my favorite songs of all time is Feed The Birds. The movie is filled with great lessons and wonderful characters.

Saving Mr. Banks
Along with Mary Poppins, I love the story of it's author and how it came to be a beloved movie. Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson are everything in this movie. Although I do have to stop and watch every scene Walt is in, I really love watching this movie while I write. 

Beauty And The Beast
I'm actually watching this right now as I write! This movie also belongs on the list of movies I love to watch when I'm sick. And it's actually one of the few movies Buttons will watch as well (it's totally hilarious to watch her, every time she sees Beast her ears perk up and she freaks out when she watched the scene with the wolves..). This movie inspires me to write stories about far off places, daring sword fights and a prince in disguise...or just a blog post...ahem...And the music is really great background noise to have while working.

The Little Mermaid
This movie is another one of those movies that are just great to watch in any setting. I love the animation so much in this movie so sometimes it can be distracting (but then again I get distracted by everything) And I also have to stop and watch Kiss The Girl. This movie has been on replay many a night while rewriting chapters. 

Peter Pan
I was having trouble writing fiction and just didn't feel very imaginative. One night while writing I put on Peter Pan and found myself writing better than I have written in awhile! It is the ultimate movie about imagination. This movie has been a big part of my creativity since I was little. The reason that I love this movie is that it keeps little Arielle alive in adult Arielle. Every time I watch it I feel inspired.

What Disney movie inspires you? Or what's your favorite Disney quote? Don't forget as soon as I have 100 Facebook and Twitter followers, I'll be giving away one of the movies featured on Disney Movie of the Week. It could be any of these 5!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Who Wants Ramen Smores with Speghetto Sauce?

My sweet friend did a little activity on her blog called, "What's In My Pantry?" It had things like:

  • Gluten free crackers made by Monks in Italy
  • Pasta noodles made by my own two hands (because what person with 3 kids under the age of 4 DOESN'T"T have the time to make their own pasta?) 
  • The entire produce department of Trader Joe's that I artfully canned, the labels of course made by myself (because again, what person with 3 toddlers doesn't have the time to paint 200 mason jars?)
  • Homemade Almond Flour
  • Homemade tomato sauce
  • Homemade chocolate covered acia berries made with 85% organic dark chocolate that I harvested myself from the Amazon.
Normally I would be in awe of this pantry. But now I'm just like, "Pfffttt! That's waaayy too much work for my lazy (and poor) ass." But I decided to play along. 

What is in my Pantry?
  • A bag of marshmallows
  • 3 bags of Ramen
  • Spaghetti sauce (the cheapo canned should be called Spaghetto sauce..heh..heheh..)
  • A buttload of sleeping pills
If this doesn't explain my life right now, I don't know what does.