ten on tuesday.

1. Are any of you Becky Higgins Project Lifers? Becky and her gang emailed last week to see if I would submit some personal images for their project and I was excited to see a funny little image of sneaky Mr. Ephraim on their Facebook page this week. Check it out and see if you can spot him!

2. I’m about to go on a major Etsy spending spree for newborn/baby duds. I love what I have but it’s time to mix in some new. I have a ton of newborns on the books in the coming months and I want to get energized about them with a new stash of goodies. I’d love to hear about your favorite Etsy vendors for baby knitwear, hats, blankets, etc.

3. I was catching up on backlogged articles from The Creative Mama when I happened to notice one of the writers link to this video version of an NPR Story Corps piece. Promise me you’ll have a tissue handy. And if you’re at work, better close the office door.

4. Warning: I’m not proud of the little bit of bragging I’m about to do. However, I’m extremely proud of this:

It also helps that I was playing against Samantha who is practically impossible to beat.

5. Today Sarah used air quotes appropriately in conversation. I was appalled/proud/amused. It went something like this:

Me: Sarah, it doesn’t matter if it’s raining a little…there’s no thunder or lightning, you should stay out there and play.

Sarah: (with teenagerish disdain in her voice): Uh, Mooom…that’s easy for you to say! You’re sitting up there cozy under your shelter in your very own (air quotes) “chair”.

Okay, so the air quotes were pointless and she clearly doesn’t know what she’s talking about. But hilarious nonetheless.

6. I’m seriously trying to plow through this post since Amy J. called to remind me that the Parenthood finale starts in 9 minutes.

7. Bachelor fans? My heart says Lindzi but my brain says it’s gonna be Courtney. Also, so does the lower half of Ben’s body. And that’s all those Bachelors think with.

8. This weekend Daphne was in town with her little man. One night she was telling us all about their trip to Disney and their upcoming Disney cruise. By the end of the conversation Brent had booked us five nights at the military resort on Disneyworld property for the week before Thanksgiving. Which means we’ll be at Disney for E’s 5th birthday! We’re hoping to surprise the kiddos the day we leave so mums the word. Anything I absolutely HAVE to know and plan for right now?

9. This Saturday I’ll be hosting a day of pet mini sessions (for families with their pets) benefitting Canine Companions for Independence. I have four sessions left and would consider opening them even for clients who don’t plan to bring their pets (or don’t have pets). Spring mini sessions are pretty unheard of for me so this is a pretty great opportunity! Email me if you want one. =)

10. Speaking of pretty great opportunities…I have some super exciting business news to share. Head to the business blog to find out more! And be sure to “like” Twist on Facebook for three chances to win three fab gift certificates!

CandyWFebruary 28, 2012 - 8:12 pm

Congratulations on your 161 point word!!! And as far as Disney WOrld – I’ve never been at Thanksgiving, but have found Tour Guide Mike to be spot on with all of his advice about days and times to see things. Well worth the money spent!!! https://www.tourguidemike.com/

carolFebruary 28, 2012 - 8:20 pm

Chef Mickey is a must, and do go ahead and make reservations NOW!!! we tried to book 4 months ahead of time and they had reservations at 10p.m. for dinner

MeganFebruary 28, 2012 - 8:22 pm

Call the disney dining and set up a reservation for a birthday party at one of their Main Street spots. The number should be on the website. We are doing that for Jacob at Disneyland since we are not having an official party. It’s basically a party where they can decorate their own cake and sing along with the host. Mickey and Minnie come in at the end to take pictures. Just an idea. Have fun!

Beatrice KillamFebruary 28, 2012 - 8:37 pm

I’ve been a long time blog stalker and found out about Amy Shertzer living in my new hometown a few years ago (thanks for that!). I hunted her down and loved getting to know here until she took off to California and left me behind…sniff!
Anyway, since you asked about vendors who sell baby stuff…I own Sweet Pea Hats and I’d be glad to give you a nice friend-of-a-friend discount if you would like to order something at any time. Here’s my FB page: http://www.facebook.com/sweetpeahats
Excuse the self-promotion!!

AmyFebruary 28, 2012 - 8:42 pm

161 points — holy schmoley! Awesome! And Disney next — how fun! I still have fond memories of our trip there when E was just a tiny babe.

MindyFebruary 28, 2012 - 9:34 pm

yes i am doing project life! and i just went over to see if i could find the photo..which i did! too cute! funny though as i always thought those photos were submitted by peopel that actually do project life. well now i know 🙂

KristiFebruary 28, 2012 - 9:37 pm

The DW/DW combo is the best spot on the WWF board! yessss!

Chef Mickeys. Do it early in the trip. Maybe even first.

On our cruise we left a pillowcase that we brought from home at the front desk for all the characters to sign and they returned it to us at the end of our trip. I bet your hotel would do the same thing. Best souvenir ever.

Linsey H.February 28, 2012 - 9:51 pm

We went the week before Thanksgiving two years ago and let me tell you, you picked a GREAT time to go…..longest we waited in line, about 20 minutes. We even went to see princesses and there wasn’t anyone behind us, so my almost 3 year old at the time got to hang out and dance with the princesses (I have an absolutely adorable video of her asking Cinderella to see her glass slippers…which she did not have on! LOL)You’ll have a blast!

christiFebruary 28, 2012 - 10:12 pm

Princess breakfast in Cinderella’s castle for Sarah, brunch at the The Polynesian with Lilo, Stitch, Mickey and Minnie very fun also.

AmyFebruary 28, 2012 - 10:15 pm

I love the cute hats, diaper covers and cocoons that my sweet friend makes. Here is her store: http://www.etsy.com/shop/simplybasicdesigns?ref=seller_info

She also does custom orders. She made the cutest hat with a lace ruffled diaper cover for my niece.

CrystalFebruary 29, 2012 - 12:38 am

I’m from Fayetteville, TN, but read your blog (which I found through Creative Mama)in Botswana Africa. Since I’ve been reading your blog, it’s made me take more photos of my family, write notes on bananas, and work more at creating special moments for my daughter while also enjoying the everyday speical moments. And today it made me cry. You told us to have a tissue handy – I didn’t listen. Thanks for sharing bits and pieces of your life and encouraging others along the way!

SarahFFebruary 29, 2012 - 4:55 am

The Tiny Plum has tons of adorable things for photo props for little ones. And big ones too!!


NikiFebruary 29, 2012 - 5:47 am

Chef Mickey’s and Crystal Palace were both great when we went! I really don’t think you can go wrong with anyplace at Disney, though – they know how to make the trip memorable!

And if you’re looking for newborn/baby duds, check out J & E Doodles on Etsy – jandedoodles.etsy.com. Hand-crocheted items and lots of cute photography props, and I’m not just saying that because I make them. 🙂 I think I would about burst from excitement if the great Erin Cobb actually used one of my items in a photoshoot!!!

Jessica WFebruary 29, 2012 - 6:59 am

I am a HUGE Disney fan! You guys will have so much fun!

KellyFebruary 29, 2012 - 7:15 am

Can’t believe we didn’t talk about some of these things! we just did Disney in October. Character meal reservations need/start to happen 180 days in advance I believe. So for us the main thing was the Norway princess breakfast for Amelia – if there is anything like that you want to do then that books up early.

Stacey BFebruary 29, 2012 - 8:09 am

You can start to book dining 180 days out from the first date of your reservation for your whole stay. Some places require credit cards now to hold space.
Favorite Character breakfast – I like Tusker House in Animal Kingdom over Chef Mickey’s. I think its easier to get better pictures, that the food is better (more flavor) than Chef Mickey’s. I also love the Castle even though the food isn’t too great. The Castle is an experience. Even if you just take Sarah. (hard to book so book that the first thing you do!!)

Other places to eat that we love…Canada has great steak. Love the habachi side of Japan (and totally safe place to bring the kids they are very careful. In downtown disney we like Earl of Sandwich for a lower cost alternative. Whispering Canyon Cafe is great family style BBQ place.

By the time you go the revamping to WDW Fantasyland will be partially open so that should be fun.

Buy a book on hidden mickeys for sarah to work with when she’s there!!

Tickets – you can probably get cheap ones through the military but I always buy mine through Undercovertourist.com 100% reliable company.

I go ever year so I will take some time soon to give you a big brain dump! Enjoy!!

adminFebruary 29, 2012 - 8:43 am

And THIS is why I love you guys!!! Thank you so much for the kind words of encouragement and awesome advice. =)

kaylaFebruary 29, 2012 - 8:49 am

In reference to #2, check out Oops I Knit it Again on Etsy! She’s a dear family friend based here in MN. She was even asked to make hats for the Oscar swag bags– pretty awesome! And let’s be honest, with a shop name like that, it’s gotta be good.

DianeFebruary 29, 2012 - 10:32 am

I’m a project lifer (new for this year) and am loving its ease and super cute factor… So sweet seeing Ephraim on Becky Higgins’s blog jumpin’ on the bed and then screaming out, “Hey, I know who took that picture!”

On another note… VERY glad you weren’t playing me when you got that killer WWF word! Amazing!!!

kristinFebruary 29, 2012 - 12:34 pm

Regarding #2, check out Molly Dockery on etsy… cutest, unique headbands!!

Lindsey WalkerFebruary 29, 2012 - 6:55 pm

A couple of great vendors–Ashley’s Posh Tots, Sweet Pea Hats, Ellie Bellie Design, The Sleeping Willow (I think most of them do their sales through their FB/sites instead of Etsy). They all have great, great stuff!

Tara S.March 1, 2012 - 8:16 am

Oh, we just went to Disneyworld in January for my daughter’s 5th birthday, and we had so much fun! I have a daughter who is 5, and a son who is almost 3 so we did a great mix of girl/boy things at Disney. For Ephraim you have to do the Pirate’s League. It’s a “boy boutique” where they turn you into a fantastic pirate, and it’s pretty inexpensive. We made it a family event, and all 4 of us got made up as pirates (girls can be made into “princess pirates” :). I think it made the experience even that much more fun. I think Ephraim would also love the T-Rex restaurant in downtown Disney. There are huge dinosaurs everywhere and amazing visual effects throughout the entire restaurant. My kids thought it was the best restaurant we’d ever been to 🙂 Since we were there for my daughter’s birthday, we did the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and lunch with Cinderella in the caste, but both are very expensive, and I would only do for a special occasion. Breakfast in Cinderella’s castle might be a good way to go. I’ve heard great things about it, it’s a bit cheaper than lunch or dinner, and we loved eating in the castle. I did sign my daughter up for tea with Alice in Wonderland (at the Disney Floridian Resort), and I would highly recommend this event if they are doing it while you are there. It only cost $40.00, and Sarah would get very special 1:1 time with Alice and the Mad Hatter during an hour-long tea party with a small group of other kids (usually 5-20 kids). Like some of the other comments here, everyone told us that we had to do Chef Mickeys so we did, and we thought it was terrible. It’s a buffet (blek!), and the overall experience was really nothing special. From a park standpoint, we really enjoyed Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios. We skipped out on Animal Kingdom. Best of luck planning your trip!

AnonymousMarch 1, 2012 - 10:19 am

Character meals are fun. Book whichever ones you are interested in NOW if you want a choice. The best ones sell out fast. Cinderella’s castle books up like 6 months in advance. We waited until the last minute and had to settle for a meal with Goofy and Pluto, I think. It was buffet food, not really that great – everything was fried!! – and it was expensive.

Also, I’m sure you would have thought of this, but just in case: With kids, somebody always wants a snack or a drink. Food and drinks at Disney are pricy. And you have to wait in line to get them. So you get to the park, ready to ride rides, and as soon as you’re off the first, someone wants to wait in line for food or a drink. Pack a lot of single serving type snacks and drink boxes. We took so many snacks, things like peanut butter and crackers and granola bars, that weren’t just sugary foods. Then we did one really good meal at a Disney restaurant per day and just grazed from our backpack the rest of the time. No lines or expense, and we could snack while we waited in a line for a ride.

Kristi SmithMarch 1, 2012 - 10:34 pm

Yay, you’re coming to my neck of the woods! Would be lovely to meet up, with or without kids! I deactivated my Facebook for the time being, but you have my email and Twitter… 🙂

Kathryn ReynoldsMarch 2, 2012 - 9:34 pm

I did not have a tissue handy. Next time I will do as you say.

SusieMarch 2, 2012 - 11:46 pm

Okay- so it was the finale of Parenthood- we watched it last night and were thinking it could be since so many happy endings occurred- but wait! It’s only March?! What the heck?!

KellyMarch 7, 2012 - 1:51 pm

We are also planning a trip to Disney but ours is in May. Best tip ever is to get the Unoffical Guide to Disney with Kids book. I got mine at the local Books-A-Million. It tells in the book about getting the Birthday boy a sticker at guest services at the park. We have done this before and our Birthday boy got to open Animal Kingdom that day! He is 13 and still talks about that! Cast members to out of their way to wish your big guy a happy birthday and sometimes he gets to participate in special events!

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