The 80’s are Back

Feeling nostalgic for the 80’s?

Are you missing Big Hair, VCR’s and scrunchy socks?

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If you grew up in the 80’s The Goldbergs on ABC Wednesday at 8:30 is a Must Watch!images-22

At this point I had just assumed that anyone who had ever uttered, “Mikey likes it,” watched images-23Saved By The Bell first run episodes or has a Cabbage Patch Doll packed away in their attic was as completely addicted to this like totally radical 80’s show.

On Halloween I even dressed as Beverly Goldberg, the queen smother  superbly played by Wendi McLendon-Covey. However I  was completely shocked when very few people knew about the show. images-28

If you grew up in the 80’s you need to program your DVR immediately to record The Goldbergs, because unlike the 80’s you can watch any show you want to basically anytime you want to. Sadly, our children will never know the joy of getting up early to watch Saturday morning cartoons since they pretty much watch on demand tv on their Ipads- spoiled brats.

Adam Goldberg, writer and creator, recounts his childhood the way only a child of the
80’s could.  Last week’s episode was one of the funniest by far.

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The episode paid homage to iconic 80’s teen movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Anyone whoimages-25 ever wished they could have an epic day off like Ferris will love this episode. Barry tries desperately to recreate Ferris Bueller’s day but of course only Ferris can be Ferris. The result is hysterically funny as Barry fails at every turn. Charlie Sheen even shows up to reprise his role as dirtbag guy in a police station.

Go wait are you waiting for, go program your VCR- oops I mean DVR.

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party

image198Looking for a good neighborhood to trick-or-treat next year?

How about the most magical place on Earth.DSCN4212

If you are traveling to Disney next fall you should definitely check out Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party.

Disney recently released the dates for this special event.

September 15, 18, 20, 22, 25 and 27
October 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29 and 31
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Tickets will go on sale in April. Adult tickets last year started at $62 and increased to $77 dollars as it got closer to Halloween. Children’s tickets ranged from $57-$72. It is recommended to purchase tickets in advance and the prices are cheaper with advance purchase.DSCN4174

Your ticket to this special Halloween Bash gives you entrance to the park starting at 4:00. However the festivities run from 7-12. You do not need to buy an additional park entrance ticket to attend.

If you arrive before 7 you will see the park transform into a Not-So-Spooky Halloween Town. As the name suggests it is not very scary and is appropriate for little ones.

Dressed in their Halloween costumes your kids can trick-or-treat throughout the park.  DSCN4200As you walk into the park be sure to grab the Times Guide for the Halloween Party to be sure you don’t miss any of the Halloween fun. The Mickey’s Boo to You Parade features all your favorite Disney characters in their Halloween costumes partying along with our favorite villains. The Villains take center stage with their own show in front of Cinderella’s Castle. DSCN4233

Another great perk is that in addition to getting in early at 4:00 the park is less crowded which makes wait times less. Most attractions are open but not all are and the same goes for restaurants.  All that information will all be available on the Times Guide. DSCN0223

 

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#MagicalMonday #Disney #Linkup

Welocme to the Magical Monday Link Up 
A place to show your Disneyside!

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Want to share the Magic and spread some pixie dust?
1.) Kindly follow your hosts and co-host
2.) Link up a Disney post or giveaway
3.) Share 3 other posts using the #MagicalMonday

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Friday Homemade Pizza Hack

images-19Fridays during Lent for many of us means pizza. At the end of a long week of work and school a pizza is the quickest and easiest meat-free meal.

Of course you could go the homemade route. But honestly whose got the time or energy on a Friday night.

My favorite sort of homemade pizza trick is to go to my favorite pizza place and buy images-17dough. Why recreate the wheel? For under three dollars you are half way to homemade pizza with dough made by professionals.

My kids love it because we wash our hands roll up our sleeves and everyone gets a lump of dough and they are free to create. They make heart shaped pizzas, initial pizzas or shape pizzas whatever their little hearts desire. Add a little sauce and cheese and your done! Once quick word of advice have them make the pizza on the stone or pan you are going to cook it on- we have had trouble in the past transferring pizza works of art to the stone while keeping their shape.

The kids don’t follow any rules as far as  tips for good pizza making go. However here are a few tips for making a good pizza at home.

1.) Turn up the heat. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. This may seem high but pizza cooks best at high temperatures. Also move the oven rack to the lowest position.images-18

2.) A pizza stone is a must for making pizza. A pizza stone concentrates heat and wicks moisture away from the crust.

3.) Better cheese makes a better pizza. Whole milk mozzarella is the best choice.

4.) Don’t use rolling pins. Although my kids love the rolling pins and have a great time with them you really shouldn’t use a rolling pin. Lightly flour the surface and your hands- the kids totally love this part. Then stretch the dough out with your hands. Try to avoid over handling the dough because it make the dough tough.

5.)Leave an 1-2 inch edge. Put the sauce on the pizza but leave an edge for the crust. When you put the cheese on the pizza follow the sauce line to keep your pizza neat and make a nice crust.

6.) Use a pizza cutter and slice and enjoy!

 

 

 

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Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales Giveaway

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Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. This enchanting journey features more than 25 Disney characters in an unforgettable theatrical experience for all families.

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This giveaway is open to US residents 18 year and older. The giveaway ends on 3/11/15 at 1o:00 pm. A winner will be randomly chosen, once the winning entry has been verified, an email notification will be sent to the winner from My Best of Both Worlds. The winner will have 24 hours in which to respond to the email to claim their prize. If there is no response within the 24 hours another winner will be randomly selected then verified. Feld Entertainment is responsible for awarding the prize a family four pack of tickets to Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales for at Nassau Coliseum on April 16th at 7 pm.

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So you want to be an official #Oscars #seatfiller?

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Have you ever dreamed of sitting next to Bradley Cooper or maybe Emma Stone?

For most of us the thought of mingling with our favorite celebs will always be a pipe dream a faraway thought left only to our active imaginations.images-16

This year’s Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris reminded me that celebrities sometimes need to pee, grab a smoke or have a drink even at the Oscars. When they get up someone has to fill their seat. What? I could actually warm the seats of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest.

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Neil Patrick Harris had some fun calling out the seat fillers and putting them on the spot at this year’s Oscars. It was all for a laugh but it made me think that this is something I could seriously do. I can’t say I was alone in this thought since #seatfiller was trending like crazy on Twitter. I guess as Oscar viewers we never gave it much thought before. I wonder a lot of things while I watch the Oscars like, “Who the hell saw half these movies?” but I am certainly not pondering the possibility of empty seats in the theatre. Heaven forbid there be an empty seat while the camera pans the audience.

Prior to Sunday night’s Oscars the only recollection I had of seat fillers was on Seinfeld when Kramer manages to get a gig as a seat filler at the Tony’s and ends up excepting the Tony Award for best musical.

So now my brain is burning. How does one become a seat filler at the Oscars? After a little research I learned that you can sign up at Seatfiller.com. I was pretty pumped that this might actually be a possibility. Forget the fact that I live in New York and would have to fly myself out there, make arrangements for my kids, and take time off work. Minor details! Sadly upon further research it seems that it is not meant to be. The Oscars is not one of the events that is handled by Seatfillers.com however they do provide seat fillers for over 40 award shows and events every year.

According to the A.V. Club the Oscar seat fillers are provided by Academy relatives and people who work for PriceWaterHouseCoopers, the accounting firm that counts all the votes. Therefore it is highly unlikely I will ever be a seat filler. Ahh dreams dashed again.

I guess it is really no big deal because I probably wouldn’t be able to find a thing to wear  and I might have trouble staying awake during some of the night’s more boring moments.images-12

images-13Also it looks like I if I tried to tell JK Simmons how much I love his work as the yellow M&M or declare my undying love to Scott Foley I would be removed and banned immediately for fraternizing with the talent. The rules are pretty strict. Check out the AV club to read an interview from an actual Oscar seat filler.


I am thinking I am going to fill out the application on Seatfillers.com anyway and see what happens… I will keep you posted.

 

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First Timer #Disney Planning Tips


IMG_0011After spending last week scrolling through everyone’s Disney pics you have decided to  show your DisneySide and finally book your own Disney World Vacation.

The most important thing to remember is when it comes to a Disney World Vacation planning is key. My Weight Watchers coach used to say,

“IF YOU FAIL TO PLAN YOU PLAN TO FAIL.”

This definitely holds true for Disney Vacations as well.

Disney is not a place for winging it. You can’t just show up and make it work. It requires a little planning.

Magic Bands 31.) Purchase your park tickets. You have two basic options for park passes a base ticket or a park hopper. The park hopper adds an extra $64 per ticket and enables you to visit multiple parks each day. The base tickets gives you entrance to one Park each day. There is also a Water Park Option which is also $64 per ticket and gives you entrance to the two Disney Water Parks. Once you purchase you tickets you can customize your Magic Bands. Magic Bands will be sent to you a few weeks prior to your vacation.

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2.) Plan out what park you will visit on each day of your vacation. This is especially important if you purchase a base ticket with no park hopper since you will only be able to visit one park per day. While you are planning out your days also check to see when Extra Magic Hours are being offered at each park. Extra Magic Hours are when the parks open an hour early or extend their closing times 1-2 hours after scheduled closing time. These extra hours are for Disney Resort guests only and lines are typically shorter during these times. Plan to visit each park on a day they have scheduled Extra Magic Hours.  The evening extra hours are my favorite because they are longer than the morning.

images-93.) Create an account on My Disney Experience. Once you create an account you can plan your vacation extras here. You can  create an account for all the people in you party and link your hotel and dining reservations as well as your Fastpass+ choices. You can also plan our other activities like shows and parades you would like to see.  My Disney Experience also has a mobile app for your phone. For the really anal retentive my husband likes to make an excel document color coding each day and each park with our dining reservations.

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A Family Favorite for Character Dining

4.)Book your dining reservations 180 days in advance. Once you have a rough plan of what park you will visit on each day of your vacation you can start booking your WDW dining reservations. Each park has quick service, table service and character dining options. You only need to make reservations for character dining and table service restaurants. It might seem crazy to book your dining reservations so early but that will give you the best chance to eat where you want when you want.

5.) Make your Fast Pass+ reservations 60 days in advance. (30 days in advance if you are not staying on property) Booking this far in advance definitely seems weird. I remember my husband asking me whether we should go on Space Mountain or Runaway Train at 11:00 on a day three months from now. I love Disney and I was even like, “Really I have no idea just trying to get through the day today!” Once you get over that feeling of absurdity you can easily make your selections. It’s good to have a plan but they are not set in stone and you can change your FastPass+ selections at any time. However, the earlier you choose the better chance you have of getting the FastPass+ for the rides you want. Although I haven’t done it yet you can even use your FastPass+  for preferential seating at parades or fireworks or or character greetings.

Following these tips should take some of the worry and anxiety our of your Walt Disney World Vacation.

 

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