My DIY Minnie Mouse Ears!

Ever since Prentyce and I decided that we were going to go to Walt Disney World for honeymoon, I became obsessed with creating Minnie Mouse ears. They are just so cute and you can get so creative with them, plus I love DIY projects! I decided to do a post about them since I get asked about them a lot (mostly by my Disney lovin’ coworkers).

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We were originally going to go to Orlando in early September. Our plans changed due to a very unfortunate family situation. So, our trip was canceled the minute we landed on Orlando. We flew right back. I had made ears for my trip at that time, but since we then decided to reschedule our trip to early December, I had to go and make some new Minnie ears and actually fix some of the ones that had already broken while I was traveling.

Tip: Put them in your carry-on in a plastic bin (if you can). I used a large Iris latching bin and bubble wrap. This may not happen to you, but they were damaged in my check-in luggage.

One of the two ears I added due to our December trip were my wreath ears with small little Christmas lights. My husband actually offered to make these light up for me with his electrical engineering skills, but it was too late at that time. I regret not letting him do it now; they would’ve looked so cool at the Very Merry Christmas Party. For this, I actually used the wired green thing they give you to wrap around your artificial Christmas tree to keep it from opening. I’m sure this is something you will be able to find at a craft store during the holidays. The small Christmas lights were from Michaels. The silver bow I ordered online here!

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The second set of ears I added were my Frozen themed ears. This was one of my faves because turquoise is my favorite color! I use wired white tinsel (with snowflakes!) that I got from Hobby Lobby to create the circular ear pattern. I think I got it for less than $2 around Christmas time. Since they were wired, they stayed in the circular shape! The sequin bow I made from sequin fabric at Joann’s. I only purchased 1/8 of a yard (less than $3) to make the sequin bow!

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Now, on to the other ears I made for the trip! I made so many because I knew I wanted a different pair to wear every single day. I tried to match them with my outfits too. That didn’t always pan out, but I tried. I also picked ears for the day depending on what park we were going to or character meet we had planned.

Note that I created my Minnie ears on my own. I adore DIY and I love personalized things, but, if I was a baller, trust and believe I would’ve bought some ears from Etsy. There are amazing ears out there! But, for now, just look at mine and be amazed. Start your expectations low, okay? Just kidding. Maybe.

Up ears – My absolute favorite Disney movie is now Up. Who doesn’t love a love story? Everything about this movie makes me feel so good. I wish I could’ve met Carl at Disney World, but he is not a regular character meet there. I did, however, meet Dug and Russell in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I told my husband that if I had to choose one character meet, it would have been this one. I used felt (cut in shapes), fuzzy balls, and yarn to make these ears. The bow was purchased online here. The bow on these years are smaller than most of my other ears because I wanted the balloons and clouds to not be covered up.

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Baymax ears – I wore these on the day that we were exploring Tomorrowland. Unfortunately,  Baymax does not have a meet and greet at Disney World. The bow was ordered from here and the Baymax pieces are from here. They were keychains that I cut up and glued on my ear parts.

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Floral ears – These are very popular online; they are one of the easiest ears I made. There are a few YouTube tutorial videos on how to make these! They were not very expensive either. I put a crown on this one instead of a bow, cause I didn’t want it to block the flowers. You can buy this little crown (it’s a tiara clip) here or at an accessories store like Claire’s.

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Pearl bow ears – I used a $1 flower girl/toddler dress I found at Goodwill for the fabric of the stress. I purchased the pearl bow online here. I don’t have a photo of me wearing these ears because I forgot to wear them on the trip! Grrr.

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Fuzzy animal print ears – These were some of the hardest ears to make for two reasons. It was really hard to cut the fuzzy material (fur got everywhere!) and they were the first ears I made so, I wasn’t really sure what I was doing. I got the fuzzy material in the felt section at Michaels. The bow was purchased online here.

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Polka dot ears – I got the polka dot fabric from a craft store or Walmart; I can’t remember exactly. I just know that it was in their $1 scrap fabric section. I purchased the red sequin bow online here. (Sorry for the low quality photo!)

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Fluffy lace ears
– I made these using sleeves from a lace shirt I found at Goodwill for $1. The sequin bow was purchased online here.

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Floral print with lace bow ears – I used fabric found in the fabric section at either Walmart or Michaels. I think it was only $1, because it was a small piece of fabric, maybe 12 x 18″ in size. I made the lace bow using a lace headband for infants (from here). I just cut it up and put it in a bow shape. I wouldn’t do this again, because I think the bow is way too small. Plus, it kept drooping forward because the lace was soft and that looked tacky.

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Ariel clam shell ears – These are one of the last ears I made. I think I hesitated and waited so long because I didn’t know how I was going to achieve the clamshell look. I used foam and outlined a clam shell image on it with a purple marker and then cut it out. I found the miniature forks at Dollar Tree; they are supposed to be for appetizers. The bow was purchased online here.

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And, that’s it folks! I hope you enjoyed all the pictures and info. I’ll be creating more posts on this topic, including tips on DIY. Have fun creating your ears! If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

 

5ive List: Universal Studios Orlando Planning

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There are not very many websites dedicated to planning your Universal Studios Orlando trip. The ratio of Disney World to Universal Orlando planning websites is at least 100 to 1, if not more.

I know that I’m only a first timer for both WDW and Universal, but I felt like I need to write this article because Universal Orlando doesn’t get the love that it so very much deserves! My husband and I had an amazing time there!

1. Find Pinterest boards

There are a ton of pins on Pinterest about Universal planning! Search ‘Universal Orlando’ or ‘Harry Potter Wizarding World’.

2. Podcasts

There aren’t very many good podcasts dedicated to Universal Studios Orlando planning, but you will find some episodes dedicated to Universal on Disney World podcasts! When you find a Disney World podcast, look at their episode list to see if they mention Harry Potter World or Universal Studios Orlando. They can can give you some decent tips in regards to getting there and back if you’re also going to Disney World and comparisons between the two parks.

3. Use Undercover Tourist.

The best things from Undercover Tourist that I used for Universal Orlando were the following:

a) Map – it is easy to read and understand; I wish I could make graphics this nice!
b) Touring plan – the 2-day plan was the one we used as a template
c) Crowd calendar – this helped me decide which park to go to on which days; very useful

P.S. I have heard that Undercover Tourist is a reliable seller for tickets, but I purchased my tickets from TicketsAtWork.com through my job’s affiliation.

4. Download apps before you go! 

Use an app to track wait times! The app made by Universal Orlando is not the best, I would recommend Magic Guide for Universal Orlando. I only used the free version. I used the app to track wait times mostly in the afternoon and early evening, the wait times were very minimal for us early birds!

I also used an app for weather called AccuWeather. They have a MinuteCast feature that will let you know rain is coming, e.g. “Rain in 60 minutes.” This will help you plan accordingly! Luckily for us, we went in the beginning of December and didn’t encounter much rain.

Undercover Tourist also has a nice app! The layout is decent and very modern.

P.S. Don’t forget to have adequate memory on your phone for pics! I backed up to Google Photos while on the trip nightly.

5. Create your own touring plan and use it as your screensaver!

We had a four-day park hopper at Universal Studios Orlando. Since our flight got in late on arrival day, we were not able to go to the park, so we only did a total of 2 1/2 days. This was enough time for us to get to see and do most of everything we wanted. We could’ve stayed more, but I only would have used that extra time to guzzle down some more butterbeer.

Here are photos of my touring plan. (These are sized for an iPhone 6 wallpaper. To size it to your phone’s dimensions, you will need to adjust the size of your Microsoft Word document.)

Some things to note about our touring plan:

  • We are two adults that can move fairly quickly, so we were able to get a ton done in a short period of time (e.g. less potty breaks too)
  • We woke up early for the first two days for Universal Orlando and were there for rope drop (which was about 20-30 minutes before the scheduled opening time); the last day we took our time
  • We didn’t stay at a Universal Orlando resort, it was too pricey! We stayed at a La Quinta that was literally 5 minutes away! We were able to get up later and go home sooner because it was so close!
  • I knew I wanted to meet characters
  • We paid extra for the Photo Connect plan, which is why it is referenced on our touring cards
  • We did all the water rides at once (with ponchos that didn’t really help)
  • We were flexible, so if we rode or did something the day before or needed to ride it the next day, I just edited my touring plan on the Microsoft Word app on my phone and saved a new screenshot of the plan
  • We did a ton the first day, we had so much energy since it was day 1 of our 10-day honeymoon. Instead of doing more, I wish we would have slowed down because I ended up getting horrible and painful blisters!
  • We didn’t wait for any ride for longer than 20 minutes
    • A few of our longer waits were: Grinchmas (45-60 minutes wait – it was opening day), meeting the Grinch, Raptor Encounter, and Poseidon’s Fury show
  • The numbers in the parentheses after each attraction (on my touring cards) is how long the attraction is, i.e. (7m).  I got these values from TouringPlans.com
  • The colors mean something: black for rides/shows; orange for Harry Potter stuff; and purple for meet & greets. Lastly, pink is for snacks, which is the most important part! 😉
  • Remember, not everything will go according to plan! But, you’re an adult and you already knew that!

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I hope you guys find this useful. Good luck with your planning! I’ll be posting more planning posts soon!

 

Our perfect little flower girls #TYGHT2015

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Not to take anything away from the rest of our wedding party, but the flower girls were the cutest flower girls of all time. (I said of all time!) I might be a little biased, but I don’t care.

Hana – 8 years old, Filipino with a hint of Chinese

Isabella – 6 years old, African American and Mexican

Nia – 3 years old, African American and Filipino

The dress I chose for the girls was ombre and floral and they were purchased from PinkPrincess.com. This website has lots of reviews, is well-organized, and has nice photos. Click here to see the exact dress we bought. My flower girls’ parents ordered the dress on their own and didn’t report any problems to me. That doesn’t necessarily mean they didn’t have any, it means they are awesome.

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Depotting LA Colors Eyeshadows

If you don’t depot, are you human? Just kidding, but seriously. Depotting is for makeup freaks/hoarders/organizers. There’s a plethora of information about it (how to do it, when to do it, how often to do it) on YouTube and other blogs, I’m just here to show off my work.

These LA Colors eyeshadows are cheap, but are still very pigmented. I especially love the glitter versions of these eyeshadows. LA Colors has been stepping up their game lately too, especially with their lipsticks. I can’t remember where I purchased these eyeshadows since it’s been so long, but they don’t retail in any stores in Las Vegas that I’ve seen/remember. I’m pretty sure I got them at the swap meet or in the L.A. Fashion District.

Supplies:

Empty 15 mm x 26 mm palette

Nevertheless, I got my empty 15 mm x 26 mm palette from here on eBay. (I also use Z Palette’s magnetic palettes, but they are pricier.)

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I use magnet sheets made by Darice. You can find them at Michaels and sometimes Walmart.

This are the aftermath leftovers of my depotting in all its glory.

If you don’t depot, you should start!!! Have fun.

10 Wedding Dresses I Said No To

Wedding dresses are so fun to try on, especially when the dresses you’re trying on are ones you can actually afford. When I used to watch ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ on TLC, I was mortified about going dress shopping because some of those girls would pay $10,000 for a dress. Yikes! Luckily, dresses are actually much more affordable than that show makes it seem.

Here are 10 dresses I tried on at David’s Bridal and Celebrations Bridal. In order to find my wedding dress, I tried on less than 15 total dresses. Kind of crazy, right? I thought it would be a lot more. But, trust me, you will tire of trying on dresses and you will tire of dragging your family out to watch you try on dresses. Or, is that just me?

Anyway, on to the rejects!

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For awhile, I thought I wanted a long-sleeved dress to hide my ginormous upper arms. I thought I would look sleek and classy. The long-sleeve dress I tried on didn’t fit (too small, as you can see), but it just made me feel old. So it was a no-go. The dress on right has some nice layering, but it felt as if it was made for a beach wedding. Plus, it didn’t feel like it had much support.

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Oh ballgowns… How I love thee. These two could have been poofier. (Is that a real word?) If you’re going to wear a ballgown, why not a huge one, right? The neckline on the dress on the left was unique and I liked that it hid my cleavage. The neckline on the dress on the right seemed tacky to me for some reason. Maybe it was those straps?

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This dress on the left does nothing for anyone’s shape. Unless you are ridiculously curvy – this dress won’t help at all. I felt like it held me in, but I felt like it didn’t add anything. The dress on the right was on top of my list before I went to Celebrations Bridal. Looking back now, I don’t know that I would’ve like how loud the ruffles are, but after trying this dress on, I knew I wanted the fitted waist all the way to my hips.

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You all have to excuse the faces I make when I tried on these dresses. I love lace, but these dresses just looked horrible on me! Plus, I hated the neckline on the dress on the right.

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This simple ballgown dress (on the left) felt like it had a nice fit. I would’ve added sleeves, but looking at it now, it looks boring. The dress on the right is like someone’s 90’s prom dress. The fabric felt cheap and I’m pretty sure it was cheap.

If you’re planning to go dress shopping soon, these are a few helpful hints:

  1. Try on dresses you can’t afford
  2. Try on dresses you don’t think you will like
  3. Take a picture of yourself in every dress, front and back
  4. Bring shapewear and a strapless bra
  5. Remember that alterations can do magic – like add sleeves!