Tag: Parental advice

Hercules’ 20th Birthday

Hercules’ 20th Birthday

We just celebrated Hercules’ twentieth birthday on June 15, 2017.  Wow, how time flies. I can remember taking my children to see this in theatres and falling in love with the Muses.  Those girls can sing!

My favorite line from that movie is when we meet Megara.  She is being beaten by the Centaur, as he scoops her up, throws her down and finally holds her in his strong grasp.  Hercules rushes in to be the hero.  Megara retorts, “I’m a damsel, I’m in distress, I can handle this.”

I love that line.  I have used it multiple times in my life, when my job gets overwhelming, my boss is asking for more than I can give, my kids are complaining or I’ve lost that loving feeling.   This line, more than any other, gets me going and convinced that I don’t need Hercules to rescue me, I am strong enough myself.

What is your favorite line from this movie?Megara


Don’t Forget to Have Fun

Don’t Forget to Have Fun

I love to plan my Disney Vacation.  I like to learn about the new rides and which ones are undergoing refurbishment.   I like to read the Blogs about 101 Things To Do, Top 10 Things to Eat and 20 Things Not To Do.  Disney is my hobby, and I like to know all that I can.

Before a Disney trip, I study the park maps.  Look over the restaurant menus and make reservations.  Talk to friends.  Schedule my Fastpasses.  Then I create a general plan for the days.  But don’t plan every minute.  Disney is magical and you will want to have time to wander.  Take those unexpected pictures.  Share those laughs and discover the magic.

At the entrance to the park, they have a free park map.  You can pick one up for your scrapbook, but I don’t think you need the paper map anymore.  We love the Disneyland App, that lets you know what rides have long lines and we zip around looking for shorter lines.  We also watch our favorites and ride them whenever their lines are less.

The best part of Disney is that everyone can be a kid again.  Believe in Fairies.  Be a Princess.  Talk like a Pirate.  Have Fun and forget being a grown up until tomorrow.075

Moana Writes Code!!

Let’s try something new today!  Learn to code with Moana!  That is right, Disney has joined forces with Code.org to offer a new Moana: Wayfinding with Code.moana

This program designed to take just an hour, teaches you the basics of coding by using the Scratch program, which is very visual and easy.  You will learn the basics of coding, the logic, the language in its simplest form.  You will be coding in minutes and having fun at the same time.

I volunteer with this group and provide the Hour of Code to the local elementary schools.  We loved the Star Wars program in the past.  Can’t wait to start Wayfinding with Moana and Maui.

Follow this link for more information: Wayfinding with Moana


Disney at Any Age

Disney at Any Age

I often get the question, what age should you take your child to Disneyland.  I am not sure that my children remember their early trips, but I do.  The first time I took my children to Disney World, my mother and I took a 2-year-old and a 6 month old.

We spent the entire trip in Fantasyland alternating between the Carousel and Dumbo.  These were the first two rides we rode and the girls were content to call these their favorite rides.  We went from one to the other and back, over and over and over.  I was starting to get upset that they wouldn’t adventure and try other rides, but my mother calmed me and said, “Who is going to know if we never leave Fantasyland?”  That was brilliant, because we had a delightful, relaxing day alternating between Dumbo and the Carousel.  I got to slow down and enjoy my children for the whole day.  It was just one of the millions of pieces of parenting advice that my mother provided me over the childhood of my children.  We had a great memory, even if the kids don’t remember it.

four girls on DumboAs my kids have grown, our regular trips have given us time away to catch up, unplug and be young together.  We have inside jokes from different trips and traditions that we continue with every visit.  Disney is a part of our family and we never get tired of it.


Anytime that a family can spend time together, reconnecting in a wholesome environment, is worth the trip.  At any age.

What age were you when you first visited Disneyland?