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Spoiling Papi

Father’s Day Gifts & Crafts

Disclosure: This post is purposefully a few days late because my wonderfully supportive hubby follows my blog and IG accounts, so as to not spoil the surprise, I refrained from sharing ahead of time.  That said, I’m excited to finally be able to share with you all how we spoiled Dad this year.  Luckily, these gifts and crafts would work well for birthdays too!


Dad Tees

My husband LOVES tees.  He’s always most comfortable in shorts and a t-shirt.  I suspect that this has something to do that his profession requires him to be in a suit and tie more often than not and therefore, when he arrives at home or isn’t at the office; he goes for laidback comfort.

Every Father’s Day I try to find him unique and fun tees that fit his personality.  This year, I scored two original finds along with two ‘commercial finds.’  My ‘original finds’ were the “I heart Disney” tee from AMK Creates, the Maui Demi-Dad tee from Tee Chip, and my ‘commercial finds,’ were this “All Men Are Created Equal Then A Proud Few Become Dads” tee from Target and a Kylo Ren tee from the Disney Store (not pictured).



Safe to say; he’s set for our Disney outings for a while!

A Special Book for Dad

Most of you who follow me know that reading is a big part of our family life.  The girls own more books than I can count and I too have far too many books…and counting…(and not enough time to read them all!)  Story time at bedtime is a very special bonding time for us and our girls and the girls enjoy having their Papi read to them at bedtime.  So this year I opted for personalizing a book that he could read to the girls anytime or bedtime.  I had several companies that I could’ve used (and I’m STILL on the search for one that allows me to write my own story and just provides a catalog of illustrations- like a “build your book” type of service). However, given that we are a bilingual household, I chose to order ours from Mi Cuento

I’m so happy I did! Our storybook turned out great! The girls helped me pick the details that make Papi special like his glasses and nose and Mi Cuento ensured that our book arrived in time for Father’s Day even though it came all the way from Spain!

Enjoying his personalized book with his two Corazones.

Crafts for Papi

Ok. Full disclosure; I don’t do crafts.  Seriously, ask my close friends; I’m not apt at anything that involves glue guns, scissors, painting, etc.  Pinterest and I have a love-hate relationship.  As in I have over 30 boards and over 400 pins of frustrated dreams that I’ll never realize.  Gourmet, magazine-worthy meals that I’ll never pull off because I burn fish sticks.  Yup. You read that right; fish sticks.  And every Pinterest craft I attempt usually ends up being a “Nailed-it” meme-worthy failure.  Nevertheless, I found a couple cute Father’s Day or really any-time-of-the-year crafts to gift Papi that even I couldn’t mess up.

To make either of these crafts all you need is:


Non-toxic crafting paint




package of wipes (to quickly clean little hands and feet)

Significant Other’s work boot or shoe (that he won’t mind a little paint on!)

Et Voila!
So proud of what they made for Papi

Father’s Day Annual Photo

This idea I wish I had stumbled upon when 4 years ago for Sia’s first Father’s Day with Papi. But, I didn’t know about this awesome idea then.  Nevertheless, we will be making this an annual photo from here on out.

Take an annual photo of your kids dressed in your S.O’s dress shirt and tie every year for Father’s Day.   You may tailor this to whatever your S.O wears to work.  This makes for a fun photoshoot, a lovely gift, and a fun way of documenting how your kids are growing every year!


The Spoils…

All in all, I think my wonderful, hard-working, patient, loving, and ever-so supportive Hubby had a great Father’s Day including two tickets to go see the Marvel Super Heroes Live show in July with Sia and a family beach day.  I’d say it was a success.



Do you have any fun and unique Father’s Day or birthday gifts for him that you want to share? I’d love to hear in the comments!!




Disneyland · family · mommyhood · parenting · toddlerhood

Our Disney Escapade

This past weekend we decided to spend the day between the Disneyland and California adventure parks; it was Dad’s bday weekend and he wanted to go. Since the munchkin and I frequent the park with our friends (we’re AP holders), we decided this day would be all about what Dad wanted to do. We caught all the shows we could squeeze into one day and even visited the Animation Academy in California Adventure since we’d never been in there before; by the way, this is an excellent place to hideout from the heat! 
(Heading out to Disneyland with Elsa and Winnie in tow)
(Let’s not forget the Elsa & Anna tee and Sofia the first sneakers!)

Our first stop was one of my husband’s favorite shows, (and it helps that our munchkin is obsessed with it too); Aladdin the musical. This show never gets old, and we snagged incredible seats this time; fourth row center and isle seats! (See photos below)

Up next was the Mickey & The Magic Map show at the Disneyland park followed by The Beauty & The Beast show at the Royal Theatre, (which my husband can’t get enough of. These guys are the kings of puns and one liners)
As we were leaving the Royal Theatre we noticed the Reception Hall wait was only 10 minutes, since we’ve never gone in, we decided to check it out. I knew this was where you meet the princesses; that particular day they were Snow White, Ariel, and a surprise royal guest (Cinderella). Now, I didn’t think Our munchkin would really care about them because A. She’s only seen The little mermaid and Beauty & The Beast out of the classical princess movies and B. She’s never shown much interest in any aside from Elsa and Sofia the First.
Now, if you don’t know me, you might now know that I’ve spent a significant amount of energy resisting introducing my toddler to the classic Disney princesses world. In fact, she saw The Little Mermaid while I was away.  My reasons are that I want her to see those movies when she has developed a little bit more of a criteria for herself on the princess stereotype. I want her to strive to be more than just a princess. I want her to know that she’s strong enough on her own; she need not wait for Prince Charming or a fairy godmother to rescue her or change her circumstances. And I acknowledge that Disney has taken significant leaps in the direction of changing with the times and writing princesses that are more self-sufficient, multi dimensional characters that little girls can look up to. Still, I resisted the princess thing until I couldn’t; it started with Sofia the First. I figure, at least Sofia teaches young viewers strong morals like how to handle challenges in friendships or staying true to your moral compass in spite of outside pressures, being yourself, and (my favorite); just because you’re a princess or a girl doesn’t mean you can’t compete in derby’s or participate in outdoor activities. 
Where was this going? Oh yeah:
So here we are about to meet three Disney classic princesses.  I couldn’t have imagined my munchkin’s reaction:
She was shy but in complete awe. It was as if her facial expression was saying, “you’re real!”
If there’s an equivalent of starstruck for toddlers, this was it. (See pics below).

Cinderella even told her how she was friends with Sofia (after seeing her Sofia the first sneakers) and our munchkin also showed her her Elsa doll. 

So yes, I’ve fought the good fight where the princess thing is concerned, but I must say, after seeing our munchkin’s face light up and witnessing what a magical moment this was for her; there’s not way I would trade that in. I figure she’s getting plenty of “more than just a princess,” toys, books, and empowering messages from me at home 😉
After our royal Disney encounter, we crossed back to catch the Disney Jr. Show but our peanut passed out so we decided a late lunch break was in order before the Pixar Play Parade. Let me tell you, the water spraying features in that parade were very welcome. In fact, I would say the soldiers guns, the alien’s laser blasters, and the gas nozzles the dancers carry in cars could all be additional soakers. Just sayin’.

(Knocked out for exactly one hour, she awoke when the Pixar parade music started!)

After the Pixar parade we crossed back over to Disneyland to catch the Frozen float and the Mickey’s Soundsational Parade. Our munchkin’s Elsa doll caught sight of Elsa (see photos) and she waved at her and made an “I’m flattered” gesture. Our peanut was elated!
(“Elsa! Elsa!”)
(Elsa spotted her doll!)

(“Bye bye, Elsa!”)

We crossed back over, ventured into the Animation Academy where we learned to draw Minnie Mouse in Steamboat Willie and took a break from the blazing heat 🙂
We ended our night with a prime viewing spot of the World of Color show; courtesy of our fast pass.
It was the perfect family birthday outing that my loving hubby wanted and deserved 🙂 Yay for APs! 
What has been your favorite or most memorable Disney visit?