Small World Celebration

Disclaimer: I am a Disney fan just spreading the news because I love it that much.

It was a ride my son had ridden on several times  before he was even born, and one he rode on during his first trip to meet Mickey Mouse.

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It was the first app I downloaded on my phone for him to play, and he still chills tapping all of the different characters, singing the song quietly as he plays.

Our last trip to Disneyland he sang it over and over and over even though the ride was closed.

For Wonder Boy, “it’s a small world” is one of the highlights of a trip to Disneyland. Shelter from the sun, a calm longer ride with plenty to see, a respite out of the stroller in a safe place.

And now it’s time for someone else’s first ride.

This Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic ride, which was first at the 1964 World’s Fair. Thursday there will be a celebration at Disneyland park and voices from Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Tokyo Disney Resort will sing that song that is a global earworm, whether or not you’ve ever ridden the ride.

You can even join in at home, by joining a Google + hangout  (which I can watch from my phone while we’re there) and submit a question for Disney Legend Richard Sherman,

Earlier today I finally got a chance to make a doll, which I will have my son also do as we gear up for our trip to Disneyland for the 50th anniversary.  For every doll made on the site, Disney will donate $1 to UNICEF on top of the $150,000 it already donated. It’s still less than halfway to their max of $100,000 so go make one!

You can also film a sing-along on the SmallWorld50.com site – and the singing, I’m sure, will keep going the rest of the day!

I also encourage anyone with a free afternoon to check out a participating Disney store (call ahead and ask)  from this Thursday to Sunday, where children are invited to take a journey on an imaginary boat ride around the globe, learning how to say “hello” in various languages and singing “it’s a small world” along the way.

Will you be celebrating this week too? What’s your favorite section of the ride?

Weekly Sunshine – Disney edition

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Two friends and I assigned ourselves Disney princesses at the onset of the big Disney princess thing. I wanted Belle because of her love of books and her yellow dress, but got told I could have the Cinderella stuff because I had already found my Prince Charming (MR. Wonder, who they have never known me without.)

Queue the ‘awwwwwwww’ right…. now.

Anyway, other than that bookworm Belle, turns out that a few of my favorite Disney characters also had yellow clothes on.

Here is a roundup of some of my favorite Disney fashion!

Tiana from The Princess and The Frog

Not only can girl cook, she has great taste in clothes too.

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 Snow White from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

A classic ensemble for the classic princess. Primaries never looked as sweet.

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Pinnochio from Pinocchio

Another risk taker- lederhosen and yellow? Definitely a way to stand out on stage!
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Jane from Tarzan

I adore Jane’s sweet ensemble, but how poor of a color choice is yellow in a jungle full of mosquitos or something?
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Dumbo from Dumbo

This is the only scene I can stand to look at. Dumbo’s clownish attire is just sweet in yellow.
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Belle from Beauty and the Beast

A grand yellow gown was on my wish list after this movie. If I was in the running for an Oscar? I just may go there.

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Christopher Robin from The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh

I used to have a yellow polo I wore everywhere. I’d so get one for Wonder Boy just so he could wear it with blue shorts too!

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Honorable Mention-
Flounder from The Little Mermaid

Because he IS yellow. Rock on, Flounder!

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Did I miss anyone? Which characters wear YOUR favorite color?

Tee ball

I was so excited for Wonder Boy to start tee ball.

I had some comments about how not to expect him to be great, how this won’t mean he will have a career, blah blah blah.

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I didn’t do it for the sport, though if he loves it I want him to play as much as he wants.

It’s not for the love of baseball, though I like it a heck of a lot better than football.

It’s for the love of the game- every game he plays on a Saturday wearing this uniform.

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It’s for the love of watching him pay more attention to the game, though these joyous moments still happen for him because he also loves the game.

 

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But one of the biggest reasons, besides I knew he would love it, is to get him involved in a group activity outside preschool and playdates – somewhere he would learn skills like teamwork and doing his job.

 

But the added bonus is that I get to watch this every game – he supports the other team even as he is elated every week they ‘win’ the game (there is no score kept in his division and everyone gets to go around the bases each inning) with high fives, thumbs up and ‘good job!’.

 

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Knotts Berry Bloom

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When I was little, I thought Knott’s Berry Farm had a big patch somewhere were they grew the berries.

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I mean, it was called a berry farm, right?

Well, this spring they are holding the inaugural Ghost Town Boysenberry Festival, where park guests can try boysenberry treats and even buy plants and fresh berries from a stand that replicates the original berry stand that was once where the theme park is today.

Ah, I have finally found the berries!

The spring Knott’s Berry Bloom event also includes an egg hunt for kids 3-11 where a scavenger hunt will lead them to the one and only Easter Beagle himself.

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More games and musical performances are throughout the park, including boardwalk games with Peppermint Patty and Sally, new show in Camp Snoopy and at night the new show Bloomination fills the night air with dance music while glowing flowers and vines light up the night.

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Cooking at Williams Sonoma

Disclaimer: I was invited to walk the Wednesday morning farmers market and attend a cooking demonstration at the Temecula Promenade Williams Sonoma using ingredients from the market. All opinions are my own. No other compensation was given.

I have always tried to make Wonder Boy a part of food preparation and cooking.

Since he was a baby we have gone to our local farmers market, farm stands and browsed the produce section of the grocery store for what would make a good salad or dinner.

And always, he has been a sucker for tomatoes. Sometimes sliced or dices, but always little tomatoes he devours in a couple of bites, sucking the juices.

As part of my ongoing Grace series, I want to have a spring and summer kitchen where I have on hand the staples I need to make a great dinner from the fruits and vegetables that entice us most. Still working on that.

Earlier this month I was invited to a farmer’s market walk through and a private cooking demonstration at Williams Sonoma at the Temecula Promenade. I took along Wonder Boy in the Ergo 360 for the morning’s adventure. Because I’m still breastfeeding and  wanted him to go on a foodie adventure with me.

The Temecula Williams Sonoma is one of their locations that offers cooking classes. I loved that you could see what was going on in the pan from a mirror above. The culinary manager and residential chef Monica Rigali answered questions as she sped through a recipe using mostly ingredients from the market.

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I jotted down a few tips to remember from her demonstration…

- stainless steel pans are non-reactive and distribute heat evenly in the pan (I use all non-stick, makes me think about when I replace them…)

- She likes to use slices of garlic rather than crushed in a pasta dish because it gives a nice bite

- finishing a dish with olive oil adds a little creaminess

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There’s even kids cooking classes! When Wonder Boy is older I could see driving to a Williams Sonoma for a fun trip. I have a hard time shopping there without getting a gadget – this trip I came home with a Zoku popsicle maker to gift and a salad dressing emulsifier that Wonder Boy adored.

And what we got to taste that morning? Divine.

 

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 As given by chef Monica Rigali

Pasta with Basil, Tomatoes, Olives and Shrimp

2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

2 cloves fresh garlic, thinly sliced

1 cup fresh basil, loosely packed

3-4 plump fresh tomatoes, seeded and diced

1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives, quartered lengthwise

1/4 cup dry white wine

1/2 lb. fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

coarse ground pepper

sea salt

Saute onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat. Add shrimp and saute until shrimp starts to turn pink. De-glaze the pan with white wine. Add olives, tomatoes, pepper flakes and basil and stir gently for about five minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.

 Note- our samples were topped with thin asparagus that had been roasted in a pan with olive oil and salt. Yum! Too bad Lil’ Wonder fell asleep during the demonstration or else I would have to share.