Archives for September 2013

New ‘Frozen’ Trailer

Now that fall has begun and temperatures are getting cooler, it is time to think about the newest Disney movie getting set to release in November. Frozen is set to release in theaters on November 27th and yesterday Disney released a new trailer video for the movie. We are very excited to see this new film, so I wanted to share it with you.

To keep up on all the Frozen news and info:

Like “Frozen” on Facebook
Tweet the official hashtag: #DisneyFrozen
Visit the official website

Fall Cookies for teachers

Every fall, I make a special treat for my kid’s teachers, just to celebrate my favorite season of the year. The last two years, I have made them a Fall Snack Mix, which has been a favorite pin on Pinterest for quite awhile. If you would like to see the post, click on the picture to visit the post.

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This fall, I decided to give something different, mainly because I have a couple repeat teachers for my kids and I didn’t think they wanted another “fall” jar. So this fall, I made homemade pumpkin cookies in simple treat boxes. I have never made pumpkin cookies before but this recipe was a huge hit!

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The boxes were simply from Container Store and they were simple and easy. I added a little wax paper in the bottom to protect the cookies and each box held about eight cookies. For the tags, I used a 2″ punch to cut them. If you would like the tags, her is the link to print them yourself and add your family’s name on the tag as well. When you download it, there are editable fields to add your family’s name. Then just simply print and cut!

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I also want to share the recipe with you. It was actually a light cookie that tasted just like delicious pumpkin pie. I lightly drizzled the top with the icing with a spoon but it could be spread on top as well. Refrigerating the cookie after you drizzle the icing will let the icing set. I doubled the recipe for the cookies, but only made the one recipe of the icing and it drizzled all the cookies just fine.

Pumpkin Cookies with Icing

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

Icing:
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 Tbsp milk
1 Tbsp melted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves and salt). Set aside.

Cream together the 1/2 cup softened butter and sugar. Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla. Beat until creamy. Mix in the dry ingredients. Drop onto a greased cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls, about 1 1/2″ apart.

Bake for 15-20 minutes in oven. While baking, combine confectioners’ sugar, milk, 1 Tbsp melted butter and vanilla. Add extra milk if needed for thinner consistency. Cool cookies and then drizzle with glaze.


Whether you plan to give these as a treat or just enjoy them yourself, they are delicious and my kids have been gobbling them up! Happy Fall!

The Pirate Fairy

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The next installment in the Pixie Hollow fairies movies will be coming to DVD/Blu-ray in the Spring of 2014. Here is the official synopsis from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures:

“The Pirate Fairy” charts a course for the most exciting Disney Fairies adventure ever! When a misunderstood dust-keeper fairy named Zarina steals Pixie Hollow’s all-important Blue Pixie Dust, and flies away to join forces with the pirates of Skull Rock, Tinker Bell and her fairy friends must embark on the adventure of a lifetime to return it to its rightful place. However, in the midst of their pursuit of Zarina, Tink’s world is turned upside down. She and her friends find that their respective talents have been switched and they have to race against time to retrieve the Blue Pixie Dust and return home to save Pixie Hollow. “The Pirate Fairy” is an all-new movie full of comedy, heart and epic thrills for the whole family. Directed by Peggy Holmes, (“Secret of the Wings” http://disney.go.com/fairies/#/movies-tv) “The Pirate Fairy” will set sail in spring of 2014.

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Our family are big fairy fans, so we are very excited for this new movie to come out. My kids loved “Secret of the Wings” and they love pirates, so this should be a huge hit!

Here is the latest trailer for the movie, which looks great! Some videos do not work in email format, so click on the blog post to watch this video from our website.


The Pirate Fairy Trailer on Disney Video

Disney Fairies Literature

While our family enjoys watching the Disney Tinker Bell movies, we actually enjoy reading about fairies much more! Many people aren’t aware that there are many, many books about the Neverland fairies and their adventures. I wanted to share with you the books our family has enjoyed and are still reading, because I love to promote reading for children. The rules in our house is no television during the school week, so we read a lot of books!

A fantastic trilogy to read to your kids are the fairy books by Gail Carson Levine. She has written many fairytale stories including “Ella Enchanted” which was made into a movie in 2004 starring Anne Hathaway. Her fairy trilogy was really the beginning of the Tinker Bell stories that the movies were based upon. So these books are where we begin. They are fabulously written and provide wonderful back story to Neverland and Pixie Hollow, which is called Fairy Haven in her books. The first book in the trilogy is “Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg“. It is followed by “Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand” and “Fairies and the Quest for Neverland“. While these are great books to read to your children, they can also be read by kids in grades 2-5, depending on reading level.

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From the first story, the next Disney Fairies series was began. While I don’t have a total count of how many books are in the series, there are well over twenty books. They are great chapter books for young readers, grades 1-4. Each book is about one fairy in Neverland and an adventure she goes on. They are paperback books with 10 chapters. Some popular characters, like Tinker Bell, have several books and stories. Rani is a favorite in our house and she is a fairy that began in the Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg. My daughter actually dressed up as Rani for Halloween last year! So these stories spun off from the fairy trilogy from above. But the nice thing is you don’t have to read them in any order, and you can pick it up at any point and figure out what is going on without knowing all the characters and their backstories. We are reading some of these to our Kindergartner, and our 2nd and 4th grader enjoy reading them. Here are some of our favorites:

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There is a great box set of the first four books at Amazon if you are interested in getting started with these books:

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The newest literature addition to Disney fairies are the Never Girls series, written by Kiki Thorpe, who is the author of some of the Disney Fairies series, mainly the Tinker Bell stories. There are currently three books in the series with more on the way. These books are best for grades 2nd to 4th. My daughter and her friends have loved them! They are a twist on the Neverland stories as it is about four girls who are magically transported to Pixie Hollow in Neverland and the adventures they have as they try to get back home. “In a Blink” is the first in the series. The fourth book in the series, “From the Mist” is due out on September 24th and the fifth book in the series, “Wedding Wings” is due out in January of 2014. This is great new book series for young girls!

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Here is a fun video about the book series and the author, that came out this year when the books were released.

Our family has enjoyed all the great fairy literature that is available to read! They love the Tinker Bell movies too, but the books provide so much more and help them grow as readers. We are very excited for the next Tinker Bell movie due out in 2014! I guess we just can’t get enough of the Neverland fairies!

DVC at the Polynesian

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Big news announced today for the Disney Vacation Club! While they are putting the finishing touches on the DVC villas at the Grand Floridian at Disney World, they announced today that they will be building DVC villas at the Polynesian Resort that are set to be complete in 2015! If you aren’t a DVC member, you may wonder why this news is important to you or other families. The DVC villas are actually available for all guests who visit Disney World and they are one of the best ways for families to visit the parks, since rooms include kitchens and additional amenities that standard hotel rooms don’t have. At DVC, they consider their villas to be home away from home, and they really feel that way. And if you have a “large” family (like me) it is great to have options of where to stay. That is one of the biggest challenges for families when they travel!

The Polynesian is one of my most favorite resorts at Disney World simply because of the theming, but also because everytime I am there, I am instantly relaxed. That is how beautiful and peaceful the design, landscape and atmosphere is at this resort.

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Currently, the Polynesian is under renovations and refurbishments which is great for this wonderful resort. Due to contruction, parts of the resort will be unavailable. Polynesian Beach and Sunset Point (access to the east portion of the beach) will be unavailable due to the refurbishment. Jennifer Greene at Destinations in Florida has provided this great map showing the closed areas at the Poly.

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We will continue to monitor this refurbishment and the new construction of the DVC Villas and keep you updated! Until then, aloha!

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Disclaimer: We are not selling or promoting Disney Vacation Club membership with this post, and have not been paid for the information in this post. While many of the members of the Preschoolears Parent Panel are DVC members, we do not sell or promote it for personal gain.

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