I’ll Be Heading to Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2018!

You all know how much I love all things Disney. I’m always over-the-moon excited when I get one of those pixie dusted email invitations to attend an event at Disney. A few months back I received an invitation to attend the 2018 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration being held in February. I’ve been fairly quiet about my plans to attend this year. Not for any particular reason. I sometimes think my friends and readers may get tired of seeing me gush about Disney so every now and then I stay a bit quiet while I make my plans to once again visit the most magical place on earth!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2018
Photo Credit: DisneySMMC

What is Disney Social Media Moms Celebration?

It’s totally and completely unknown how anyone gets invited. It’s pixie dust! The Disney Social Media Moms Celebration is an event held each year by Disney for social media influencers, writers, bloggers, vloggers, etc. It’s an invite-only conference with limited space and an invitation is a super huge honor in the blogging community. At the conference you are given a sneak peek into what’s new coming to Disney Parks. That sneak peek is given to you in the way that only Disney can present things – VIP, Over The Top, Fantastic parties, great speakers and generous and wonderful sponsors.

In 2017, and again this year, the conference will be both a land and sea event with 3 days at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando followed by a cruise on the Disney Cruise Line. Invitees can bring family to experience all the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious-ness of it all! When invitees are in session, family/friends can enjoy all that the Disney Parks (and cruise line) offer. In typical Disney fashion, sessions are arranged so that there is more than enough time for everyone to spend time together as a family either in “free family time” or in planned events that include all members of your group.

It is not free to attend. There is a lump sum cost for the invitee to attend with an add-on cost for each additional family member you bring along. The cost, however, is HIGHLY discounted.

Disney also holds DisneySMMC On-the-Road events at random cities. The On-The-Road events are half or three quarters of a day and free to attend.

Photo Credit: DisneySMMC

You Can Be Invited to DisneySMMC More Than Once

Just as it’s completely unknown how anyone gets invited, it’s also completely unknown why some get invited several times. I have gone twice before (in 2015 and 2016). Those years the conference was held strictly at Walt Disney World Resort. I also attended one DisneySMMC On-The-Road event way back in 2012.

2017 was the first year the conference was a land and sea event. This year, 2018, I will be bringing along my daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. Even though we visit Walt Disney World often, my 9 year old granddaughter is so excited about her first Disney cruise. She is making all sorts of plans for her first time at sea!

So . . . the setting aside of cruise clothes has begun. I’ll admit to being a little overwhelmed planning for the cruise portion since my grandson is only one. Making sure we have everything we need has my head spinning! Regular diapers, swim diapers, diaper cream, baby soap, baby shampoo, bibs, hats . . . it feels like his list is endless!

I’ve got gadgets and gizmos a-plenty – I’ve got whozits and whatzits galore (Ariel/The Little Mermaid). I keep trying to predict and be sure to have everything he will need but “the only thing predictable about life is its unpredictability.” (Remy/Ratatouille)! 

I know once it’s time to hit the road for DisneySMMC, the excitement – the joy – the anticipation – will have been stretched to it’s limits and we will have a Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah trip!

I know when this years conference is over, I will come away with more tips and lessons to help me grow, and will have some really great Disney memories with my grandchildren!

Take Aways from Previous DisneySMMC

Over my many years of blogging, I have grown a great deal. I know I have progressed in a positive way. Today I went back and read some of the posts I wrote after attending previous conferences. Reading those posts I realized that much of my growth as a blogger is due to my attendance at DisneySMMC. Disney has that magical way of teaching us lessons through entertainment.

What I Learned About MYSELF at Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2015 – #DisneySMMC – We are never fully FREE of who we are but it’s o.k. to just be you! I am what I am and that’s all that I am!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration – Be Inspired! #DisneySMMC – Be Inspired! No matter how confident or self-assured we are in what we do, there are always many, many others that know more, are much better at it that we can learn from. At the same time there are those less confident and less self-assured that we can help and support. There is always something to learn, to absorb, to understand better. I came away Inspired!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration – 3 Months Later – I’m Still Inspired! I was determined to focus on what I had learned at the conference from other bloggers and from the many wonderful speakers. I was still absorbing much of what I heard and saw but set some goals and timelines for myself. I decided to give myself 3 months to tackle 2 goals. At the end of the first 3 months I would set 2 new goals and slowly work my way through the list of things I was inspired to take on. 3 months sounds like a long time but believe me when life gets in the way, and you have set a timeline you are determined to stick to – 3 months flies by in a second! Knowing myself I knew that I could only focus on one or two things at a time. I am still – 3 months later – DETERMINED and INSPIRED! 

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” Walt Disney




2018 Disney Lovers Calendar ~ Free Download!

Disney Calendar

Here is a great download for all you Disney lovers to have a 2018 calendar to use that reminds you of Disney all year long. You can also use it for your countdown to your next Disney vacation!

You can download and print out the full calendar:

 

 Start off 2018 wearing your ears!

Maybe plan a couple’s trip for Valentine’s Day!!

Did you know that certain WDW resorts now allow you to bring your furry friend with you?

My favorite view – the castle – right down at the end of Main Street USA!

School is almost over – time to start planning and get ready to head to Disney!

For some reason ice cream always tastes better on Main Street USA

Summer vacations are in full swing! Did you pack your ears?

Aren’t they just adorable!

All the kids are headed back to school – what better time to visit!

Do you want Minnie or Mickey ears?

I love Mickey balloons!

Why not give the gift of Disney for the holidays?

Happy Holidays – Merry Christmas – Happy New Year!




4 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays with Your Family

With everyone planning to travel to visit friends and family for the holidays, it’s easy to think that that’s the only way to enjoy the holidays. This can put undue pressure on you if you don’t have enough money to travel. But the good news is that you don’t need to have money or spend lots of money to enjoy the festivities with friends and family. All you need to do is be creative, and you will have the most memorable festive season that you have ever heard. In case you are out of ideas, here is a compilation of 4 ways to celebrate the holidays with your family members.

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  1. Enjoy an exotic meal together

Trying out a new type of food or drink with your family is a perfect way to enjoy the holidays. The excitement it brings can help you bond even better, and that bond is what makes family stick together. One of the drinks you can try together is Russian caravan tea. To make a good cup of Russian caravan tea that you can enjoy with family during this holiday season, you should check out the recipe and the procedure for making one online. It’s also relatively inexpensive to make. 

  1. Take a long drive

There is no better way to enjoy the festive season with family members than by taking a long drive with them. You can spend hours in the car looking at everyone’s holiday decorations and lights. This not only gives you the chance to enjoy the outdoors, but also catch up on different issues as you drive along. Besides, long country drives give you a chance to interact with some new people and network. Such networks can prove vital long after the festivities are gone, especially if you are a business person. Kids always appreciate new environments.

  1. Watch movies together

This may sound so routine but it’s not, with work and school taking up most of the year, such moments are never really available. Since everyone is free during the holiday season, catching a movie together is a great idea.  To make it even more interesting, you can agree on what movie genres to watch on different times of the day or in the evenings. Watching movies together is the perfect way to bond with family during the holiday season. Besides, it doesn’t cost much, other than maybe a Netflix subscription and some popcorn!

  1. Create handmade gifts together

In this age of factory processed merchandise, it would be fun to try making homemade things together. Doing this will help you bond. Some of the things you can make together include bracelets, table mats and cookies. Another way to have fun making homemade items is to make it a game. The person who loses the game is the one that gets to make a homemade gift for the rest. This not only makes the holidays fun, but also brings out the creative instincts in all the members of your family, as you bond together. It’s a cheap way of enjoying the holidays, since it doesn’t cost much.

Does your family have any special ways or traditions to spend special time together during the holidays?




Is Your Family Connected? Of Course They Are! Then You Need DOJO

Our homes contain our most intimate data. More than 10 billion devices are connected to the Internet, most of them in people’s homes. However, the security of these devices and our privacy within our own homes is an afterthought. To have a truly smart home, we must secure our Wi-Fi network and its connected devices. Dojo by BullGuard is the world’s most comprehensive smart home cyber-security solution and was built from the ground up as an enterprise-grade, network security service for the smart home. There are billions of connected Internet of Things devices on the market today – from smart alarms, thermostats, baby monitors, smart appliances, lighting, locks and more – and Dojo by BullGuard is built to protect them all.

Dojo Security Device

Set-up couldn’t be easier. Simply connect the Dojo unit to your Wi-Fi router and download the Dojo APP. This old lady didn’t need any help from her kids – so you know it’s easy!

Everything you need comes right in the box ~

The directions are simple and easy to follow ~

If you are a “smart” connected family, chances are you won’t need help, but if you do, the Dojo team is available via phone, chat or email. Dojo is easy to use with real-time status information and notifications.

The Dojo APP keeps you informed of all the devices connected to your Wi-Fi  network, let’s you block unauthorized devices, keeps you informed of risk and privacy breach when Dojo detects and blocks. Dojo keeps in touch via its unique chat app and only gets in touch when there’s something wrong. Dojo makes sure you’re aware of any issues before they affect your privacy or security. A couple of taps later, you’ll have everything under control!

The App is easy to use too!

Dojo has a simple visual indicator to go along with the APP notifications, the pebble will light as well. Green means all is good – Yellow indicates that Dojo found something and took care of it – Red tells you there was a breach that was blocked and may require input from you.

Dojo brings Enterprise Grade Security to the home and all the smart devises connected to your home network. It constantly studies your home network to enhance protection at all times.

Dojo by BullGuard retails for $199 which includes the first 12-months of service, and is available for purchase online at bestbuy.com, and on shelves at BestBuy stores nationwide. After your one year service that is included, continued service will be $9.99 per month. No contract or commitment required.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.




Let’s Celebrate the End of 2017 with a Giveaway!

This Giveaway is now closed and a winner has been chosen and notified via e-mail

End 2017 Giveaway2017 was very good to me. I was offered so many travel opportunities, a new grandson was born, my family is ending the year happy and healthy. All of that means it’s time to celebrate! In order to celebrate in the right way – I need to share my happiness with my readers. After all, the readers that come to my site, are what makes it possible for me to continue to receive great opportunities! 

So here we go – a big Thank You! to you all!

What You Can Win

  1. An autographed copy of “Beyond the Castle – A Guide to Discovering Your Happily Ever After.” Jody Jean Dreyer worked for the Walt Disney Company for 30 years and in Beyond the Castle she shares one-of-a-kind stories and insights into what sets the Disney experience apart, as well as secrets to help readers discover their own “happily ever after. The book offers incredible insight for Disney fans who will relish a peek inside the Magic Kingdom.
  2. A $100 Disney Gift Card. Use it any which way you choose! 

What Are the Rules

  1. You must be a citizen of the United States
  2. You must be age 18 or over
  3. There will be one winner who will receive both prizes
  4. Winner will be notified via e-mail and have 48 hours to respond with necessary mailing information. If winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen
  5. Giveaway will run during the entire month of December and will end at midnight on 12/30/17 (or 12:01 a.m. on 12/31/17 🙂 ) – Happy New Year! and Good Luck!
  6. You can come back daily to tweet about the giveaway again and earn another entry.

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About “Beyond the Castle ~ A Guide to Discovering Your Happily Ever After”

This book is a collection of some of the author’s fondest Disney memories during her years working there, and her advice for finding your own happily ever after, and her own journey to discovering how to bring some Disney magic into every day life. The book is available on Amazon as well as in most major book stores.

I was provided a copy of the book for my own enjoyment as well as the autographed book to giveaway free of charge.