Life Lately

Thanksgiving 2018

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

My heart overflows with gratitude daily. I want to say a special thank you for visiting my little space on the Internet.

I posted this on my Instagram and on my Facebook, but the experience was so meaningful to me that I also wanted it published here.

November 20, 2018

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It’s crazy how a little sprinkle of Disney magic happens in the middle of an ordinary day. To be honest, I’ve been feeling a little stressed these past few weeks.

Last night I randomly got to meet Irene Bedard, the voice of Pocahontas, at the premier showing of Ralph Breaks the Internet! I bought our movie tickets 🎫 the first day they were sold. When Sean, Keith, and I walked into the theater we thought we walked into the wrong one because all of the lights were on. We got to our assigned seats and found cards and goody bags and then I started checking our tickets again to make sure we were in the right spot. Irene came to introduce herself and told us she bought the whole theater! She wanted us to feel included in her party! 🎉 Irene has such a kind and beautiful soul. 🥰

This little dose of Disney magic happened right when I needed it most. I’m so grateful! These little autographed Pocahontas cards were like stepping into my childhood – I remember collecting them! Lastly, Ralph Breaks the Internet was AMAZING! As someone that works in the telecommunications industry, it made me geek out hard. 😂 It’s one of my favorite movies of 2018. 🎥🍿Let me know what you think when you go see it! 🤗

With Love

Our Home

2018 Disney Halloween Decor

Hello, blog world!

I know that I’ve been MIA these past few weeks… I’ve been really busy at work. I also went on vacation last month (Disney Cruise and Disneyland) and I’m so excited to blog about that trip at a later time.

For now, I’m excited to share with you how I decorated my home for Halloween this year.

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My fireplace mantel

I’ve seen a lot of people do a Disney pumpkin project on Instagram and I finally gave it a shot! All you need for this project is:

  • One large pumpkin
  • Two small pumpkins
  • Hot glue

All you do is hot glue the small pumpkins to the corners of the large pumpkin. Ta-da! Now you’ve got a Mickey head pumpkin.

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My Haunted Mansion / Evil Queen Mantel

I am so in love with how my fireplace mantel turned out!

  • Madame Leota Tombstone – I got this from ShopDisney.com
  • Monster Wreath – I also go this piece from ShopDisney.com (Yes, I know it’s not centered… I was initially annoyed with myself over it… but who really gives a shit?)
  • Welcome to the Haunted Mansion – I made this sign last year
  • Tomb Sweet Tomb – I made this sign in honor of Haunted Mansion
  • Snow White / Evil Queen – I love Snow White, so I wanted to somehow find a way to incorporate my love for her and the Evil Queen
  • Poison Apple Stein – My girlfriend gave this to me last year from Disneyland
  • Haunted House – I got this several years ago from Hallmark
  • Bats – I cut all of these with my Cricut machine
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Room for one more… I love this Haunted Mansion sign!

This is how I styled my coffee table.

  • Room for One More Haunted Mansion Plate – I got this on clearance at one of the Disney Character Outlets in Orlando
  • Spiderweb Table Cloth – This is from the Target Bullseye’s Playground. I got it this year for $3
  • Pumpkins – These are also from the Target Bullseye’s Playground (2017)
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Monster Weath (Nightmare Before Christmas)

I was originally going to put the Monster Wreath outside on the front porch, but I ultimately decided against it. I was worried that Alaska’s crazy weather might ruin it.

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My Halloween front porch decor for 2018!

I’m very pleased with how my front porch came together. It wasn’t what I originally envisioned, but I think it turned out fine.

  • The Paraoans sign – I made it. I was inspired by my little pumpkin project so made a sign version of it with our last name
  • Tombstones – I got these last year at Fred Meyer. I originally had 3, but 1 was ruined last winter
  • Purple lantern – I got this from Fred Meyer last year
  • Happy Halloween doormat – I got this from Joann’s Fabrics. I really wanted to find a purple doormat because Disney villains always have some sort of purple in their style
  • Caged raven – I think I got this from Target several years ago
  • Trick or Treat sign – I got this from Target this year. I was immediately sold because it’s versatile. The back side says “Give Thanks” so I can’t wait to flip it around after Halloween
  • Mickey & Minnie pumpkin – I got this from Walgreens several years ago

There you have it! Are you done decorating for Halloween and/or Fall? I look forward to decorating for my MOST favorite holiday, Christmas! =)

With Love

Our Home

Christmas at the Paraoan Residence

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Woohoo, we are officially in the Christmas season! I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving surrounded with family and friends. Sean & I spent our Thanksgiving at my aunt & uncle’s house. We enjoyed the typical Thanksgiving meal fare – turkey, ham, green bean casserole, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. We also had pancit and lumpia (I mean really, what’s a Filipino get-together without those dishes?!). Sean and I have been on the keto diet for the past few weeks, but we decided to let loose yesterday and be in carb heaven. I lost count how many pieces of lumpia I ate, haha!

We started our Black Friday shopping adventure this morning at 8:30 am. We didn’t do too much damage. I got makeup from Ulta and Sephora, clothes from Old Navy, Wallflowers from Bath & Body Works, and a new pan from JCPenney. I did order a bunch of stuff online – our Christmas cards from TinyPrints.com, gifts from ShopDisney, and gifts from Kate Spade. I can’t wait to see what kind of deals Cyber Monday will bring. And remember, Small Business Saturday is tomorrow!

Anyways, moving on… I wanted to share how I’ve decorated our home for my favorite holiday!

Let’s start with the front of our house, shall we? I saw a cool “letter to Santa” sign on Pinterest a few weeks ago. I thought it would be fun to make similar to use as a prop for our Christmas card photoshoot. I “Disney-fied” it to make it more “us.” I hot glued a ribbon to the back of it and hung it outside. That’s about as far as I got for our outside. I think next year we’ll go “all out!”

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DIY Christmas Postcard Sign

Is anyone else obsessed with Bullseye’s Playground (formally known as One Spot) at Target like I am?! 80% of my new Christmas decor came from there. I went to Target nearly everyday just to raid through Bullseye’s Playground. I was going nuts looking for the red sleigh! My good friend and fellow blogger, Kathy, gave me the heads up that it was finally in our local store. I don’t know why, but I’ve been really into sleighs lately!

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Target Bullseye Finds

I put our Disney Christmas village on our entryway table. I actually found 2 of the buildings randomly at Value Village a few years ago! I remember feeling like I found gold when they caught my eye there. The other 2 came from Sears and Lowes. We added Tsums Tsums and laid down lights for an added effect. I’d like to add more to our collection, but we’re out of room on the table! Haha.

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Disney Christmas Village
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Disney Christmas Village

And on to the living room! It’s my favorite space. I made the “I use antlers in all of my decorating” (in reference to Gaston from Beauty & the Beast) and the “Merry everything and a happy always” signs. The Mickey & Minnie Alaska Adventures painting is by Noah. All the other signs came from Bullseye’s Playground. I was initially concerned about how small they were, but they fit nicely in this space.

I put our singing Disney train that I got from Hallmark last year on our coffee table.

I absolutely adore our tree! Sean and I are very specific when it comes to lights. We only wanted “cool white” lights and it was a pain in the butt to find a pre-lit tree that fit our wants. So we bought an unlit tree and strung it with tons of lights. Our tree is so bright! I LOVE IT. This year I bought a complete set of new ornaments from Michaels. We were using the same ornaments since 2011 and I felt like it was time for a change. I chose pink, pearl, and gray ornaments since it’s my favorite color combination. I bought all the ornaments and trimmed the tree before I went on a Bullseye’s Playground shopping craze… It didn’t even occur to me that it wasn’t all going to match (since the mantel is reds and greens). Oh well! =)

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Mickey & Minnie on a sleigh ride
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Hallmark Disney Christmas Train Collection from 2016
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Our Disney Christmas Tree and Fireplace Mantel Decor
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Mantel Decor

 

 

With Love

Our Home

Decorating for Fall

Decorating for Fall

Sean and I got to celebrate Halloween in our home for the first time! Last year we were in Las Vegas for our anniversary, so my parents came over to pass out candy while we were gone. We were so excited to pass out candy this year since it was our first time doing it together. The condo we lived in was a secured access apartment style building, so we never had any trick or treaters. There wasn’t snow on the ground and it wasn’t incredibly cold, so it was cool to be able to see their costumes. When you live in Alaska, sometimes you don’t know what kids wear as costumes since they’re bundled up to beat the cold. Haha!

We put away our Halloween decorations a few days ago. I know you may not like what you’re about to read, but I am one of those people that decorates for Christmas before Thanksgiving. *GASPS* I usually start decorating mid-November. What can I say? I LOVE Christmas, I am Catholic, and I am Filipino (About 80% of Filipinos in Philippines are Catholic and actually start celebrating as early as September). Haha. I decided to attempt to decorate for Fall before I start decorating for Christmas. I don’t really have any fall type decorations and I didn’t want to spend money on new decor. Fall comes and goes in the blink of an eye here in Anchorage, Alaska which is also why I never really bothered in the past.

I left some of my Halloween pumpkins on the front porch. All I did was hot glue flowers onto the pumpkins. I got all of my supplies from Michaels.

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The other place I decorated was the mantel. Fun fact – I am obsessed with banners! I made these with my Cricut. I also used it to make the “Grateful hearts gather here” sign. I felt that the gray and brown colors were earthy. I like orange, but there’s nothing orange in the living room. The fireplace is one of my favorite areas in our home. We didn’t have one at our condo and it was one of my wish list items when we were shopping for a house. I always longed to get cozy around the fireplace with hot cocoa or coffee in hand.

  • Cogsworth, $80, ShopDisney.com
  • Beauty & the Beast art, $14.99, Box Lunch
  • Lumiere, $55, ShopDisney.com 
  • Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Alaska Adventure by Noah, $650, ShopDisney.com
  • Vintage Mickey & Minnie Mouse by Jim Shore, $40, available on Amazon
  • “Grateful hearts gather here” sign made by me
  • Banners made by me

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I know it’s not a lot… Basically all I have are the pumpkins, my sign, and the banners. Haha. This is as “Fall-like” as it’s going to get this year. Maybe next year I’ll do more!

With Love

Shopping & Style

Easy ways to add a Disney touch in your everyday style

Disney Touch

I don’t know about you, but I would wear my Minnie Mouse hoody to work everyday if I could! I unfortunately can’t in my profession. Even though I can’t wear my awesome LulaRoe Disney prints during the workweek, I am able to share my “Disney Side” in other ways.

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PANDORA and Alex & Ani make amazing Disney inspired pieces. You’re bound to find something you’ll love from their collections and they’re always coming out with new designs. My favorite Alex & Ani bangle is Snow White inspired and says, “Whistle While You Work.” It’s definitely a nice reminder to look at, especially during a rough work day.

Another way to add a Disney touch to your style is by using a Disney purse, wallet, or wristlet. So many designers have launched Disney collections – Kate Spade, Dooney & Bourke, LeSportsac, Coach, and Loungefly are just a few examples.

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  1. Snow White “Whistle While You Work” bangle by Alex & Ani, $44.95 on ShopDisney.
  2. Red Hair Bow. I love big bows! Find them on Etsy or even on eBay.
  3. Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs 80th Anniversary Charm by PANDORA, $80 on ShopDisney.
  4. Disney Coach Wristlet. They are no longer available at the Coach Outlet, unfortunately. I have seen them on eBay.

DisneyBounding

Another way to add a Disney touch to your style is by “DisneyBounding.” You wear an outfit that is influenced by a Disney character, but it’s not necessarily a “costume.” An easy way to Disneybound is to wear colors and use accessories that your chosen character wears. For example, I absolutely adore Snow White. Snow White’s color palette consists of yellow, blue, and red. This is what I came up with at Disneyland:

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Snow White herself even noticed me during Main Street Electrical Parade! It was such a sweet and magical moment.

Old Navy is a great place to find basic shirts and cardigans in an array of colors. I found both the yellow shirt and cardigan during the same shopping trip.

Here’s another example of DisneyBounding. I wanted to partake in Star Wars Day this year (May the Fourth be With You!), but since it fell on a work day I couldn’t wear any of my Star Wars branded shirts. I wore R2D2 colors that day – white, gray, and blue.

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A great way to find character or color palette ideas is to look up #DisneyBound or #DisneyBounding on Instagram.

What are some ways you add Disney to your style? I’d love to hear your ideas!

With Love