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The Secret World of Arrietty

I’m enchanted by little things. Tiny boxes, miniature bottles… it’s probably why we created the fairy garden in our front yard – to encourage little fairies to visit, and it’s so fun to build the tiny houses and pathways.

When we took the kids to see Beauty & The Beast in 3D, we saw a trailer for a new Disney movie that I thought at first was a new take on fairies. The Secret World of Arrietty, however, is about tiny people living normal lives – using their own ingenuity and hard work – to survive.

They spend their lives “borrowing” raw materials from humans, and avoiding contact with them. The story unfolds when one brave little “Borrower” girl becomes friends with a human boy.

The kids and I can’t wait to see this movie, which opens mid-February. The animation looks like no other Disney movie I’ve seen – lush, vibrant backgrounds, but spare, simple almost anime-style people. It looks very interesting.

"€œTHE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY"   Human boy Shawn (right, voice of David Henrie) is astonished when he visits the garden and discovers Arrietty (voice of Bridgit Mendler) a tiny person who lives hidden with her family under the floorboards of the house where he's staying, in Disney's release of the Studio Ghibli animated feature, "€œThe Secret World of Arrietty."€ (Opening in theaters Feb. 17, 2012)  © 2010 GNDHDDTW. All Rights Reserved.

© 2010 GNDHDDTW. All Rights Reserved.

I also love the subtle environmental message:

Arrietty and her family represent nature and the small things that one rarely thinks about––blades of grass, bugs––life that is usually tucked away in the environment and that has learned to live underfoot. They’ve learned to borrow from the planet only what is necessary to survive and will allow for comfortable living.

Here’s the trailer from the movie, and Secret World of Arrietty Coloring & Activity_Sheets for the kiddles. You can also find more info and fun stuff on the Facebook page.

Will you see The Secret World of Arrietty when it comes out in theaters later this month?



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Eric’s Glasses

When Eric started asking me for glasses for Christmas, I thought he just wanted them because I was wearing my glasses more than contacts. He’s a stylish kid, often complimenting my outfits, or suggesting alternate accessories. So it was easy to pass off the glasses request as merely for fashion.

But then he asked for them a few more times over the course of the month, and kept bringing it up. Brian and I would try to quiz him to see if he could see things clearly, but we are certainly not trained in that area, and it’s hard to get a 4 year old to give detailed descriptions! I finally made an eye appointment for him and sure enough, he needs glasses!  I’m so glad we listened to him, because they said by catching it early, we may even be able to correct his (slight) farsightedness.

He had a lot of fun trying on all the different styles, but finally settled on these. Disney makes these kids glasses, and I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that they do. They’re lightweight and durable, and super cute handsome to boot. Leave it to Disney to infiltrate our lives yet again! These glasses are green, his favorite color, and the pattern reminds him of a race car. “Cars” and “Cars 2” being his favorite movies, he was sold.

Here’s my little guy with his new glasses:

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Kids music that I can live with… now on sale!

Amazon is having a 1-day sale on the Cars 2 soundtrack, it’s only $3.99. I haven’t even seen that movie yet (my kids have!) But I noticed that all the other Disney soundtracks are only $4.99. I for one am a sucker for those emotional ballads, like “A Whole New World.”  Makes me cry. Yup, I’m silly.

I really can’t stand typical “kids” music, but I do like many of the Disney soundtracks.

We’ve been singing songs from the new Muppet movie ever since we saw it, so that one is going on the list – then we can actually learn the real words, although it’s fun to make up our own when we can’t remember.

Today only, $4.99 Disney Soundtrack downloads

Here are some we’ll be checking out today:

What music do you listen to with your kids?

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Disney Waffles – we can relive the magic at home!

The kids were enamored of the Mickey Mouse waffles we had for breakfast at Walt Disney World.

Magical Breakfast, only $9 at All Star Movies resort at Walt Disney World

On a whim, I just searched Amazon for Disney waffle makers, and look what I found! Why didn’t I think of this before?

Feeling a bit slow now, but I think I’ll order one of these for our Ukrainian Christmas family present. Which one, though?

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The Princess version, in pink. Somehow, I don't think this will be as universally appealing in a few years as it is now.

Winnie the Pooh & Tigger – How cute is that?

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Or the classic Micky Mouse. I think this is our winner!


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My kids are loving the games on DisneyJunior.com. usually, they’re all about Jake & The Neverland Pirates. Today, it’s Winnie the Pooh! Ever since we attended the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration at Disney World in March, these kids have been obsessed with all things Disney! I have to admit, I have too...


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I couldn’t figure out where Anna got the idea to hide treasures around the yard, and make treasure maps for the neighbors to find the treasures. Very imaginative play going on here, and we keep finding these cute little treasure maps.

treasure map, this one was in the mailbox

Pretty soon the neighbor kids were making their own treasures and treasure maps, and they all spent an entire afternoon being creative, hiding, searching, drawing. I was impressed that my daughter had come up with this activity. Now I know she’s smart and clever and brilliant and beautiful (OK, I’m getting carried away), but this is fairly awesome, right?

This is one of Anna's more elaborate "treasures," which she made for our neighbor Sara

Brian and I were tickled when we stumbled across this “hidden” treasure…

Anna tells me this was the very first treasure, she made it for Caleb. It's still there, because after he found it he started making his own treasures and maps.

A few days after the big treasure map day, Anna was playing a Jake & the Neverland Pirates game on the computer. It suddenly hit me that this must be the inspiration for all the treasure maps! Not to downplay her creative skills, but finally it all made sense.

Jake & The Neverland Pirates "hidden treasure" computer game

We met Jake & The Neverland Pirates at Disney World. We were fortunate enough to be included in the Disney Social Media Moms celebration in March, and I gotta tell you, we all became Disney converts. The party hosted by Disney Junior was hands-down my kids’ favorite. Since then, it’s been Jake Jake Jake all the time.

We’ve almost switched 100% from Nick Junior to Disney Junior! The kids were about done with Dora and Diego, so the infusion of Jake has been just what they wanted. Same basic concept, BTW. Mind you, we don’t watch a ton of TV. In fact, I don’t even know exactly when any shows are on. We just set the DVR for their favorites, then whenever Brian or I needs a time out – or a shower and a moment of peace – we plop them in front of the recorded show. The beauty of this system is the shows are only about 30 minutes, then the DVR switches to the boring old menu, and the kids know they’re done with TV. If we let them just watch a channel, we might get carried away with our free time and let them watch TV all day. I’d like to think that wouldn’t happen, but I’m being honest here.

Anyway, Disney Junior has some good* shows, and they focus on making healthy choices – which totally supports what I’m telling the kids when they’re not watching TV.

Any show that prompts the kind of imaginative play I’ve been seeing around here is worth supporting!


*Good = entertaining & educational, with interesting characters

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Treasure Map (Wordless Wednesday)

Anna has been watching a lot of Jake & The Neverland Pirates on Disney Junior, and now she has the whole neighborhood making treasure maps for each other. I found this one in our mailbox.

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