After featuring them a couple months ago, they sent me over a box of goodies and let me tell you, their stuff is fantastic.
I was gifted a bunch of fun stuff (and I am so appreciative of it!), and I haven’t had the time to try it all yet, but I would like to gush over two products I’m really loving.
The Grapefruit Cake Exfoliating Shower Gel is named after the famous Grand Floridian dessert and my goodness, it smells fantastic. I used it like a mad person, I loved it so much. It made me feel as luxurious as a guest at the hotel. The exfoliating beads were not harsh enough to hurt my skin (which I’ve felt with previous scrubs), but enough to feel like it was working.
I also am loving the Main Street Barber Shop After Shave. I have never been an aftershave person, mostly out of fear it would hurt my skin. My face is sensitivity city, so I’ve come in contact with many a product that makes me red, breakout, dry, flaky, etc. I’ve had to do a lot of trial and error. However, a thin layer of this after I shave not only smells refreshing, but it’s helped keep my bumps and redness down on my face. It is fantastic!
I also received a face mask, sugar scrub, and eye mask from them and look forward to trying them out in the future.
Make sure to head on over to Dreamport Cosmetics to look into their fantastic line of products!
Tina and Nick over at Dreamport Cosmetics have created a brand of bath and body products all featuring scents inspired by the Disney parks. They’ve taken the morals of the Dreamfinder and Figment and put them into a successful family-run business.
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With Tina being a scientist, the chemistry of cosmetics has always been interesting to her. (*cue me singing “My Secret Weapon” from War Paint*) That interest led to a decade of creating products for themselves and close family and friends. Only on their most recent trip to Disney World did the lightbulb go off to push their two loves together and make a business out of the endeavor.
Ideas can come from anywhere, whether it be a specific scent or just a fond memory at the parks. From there, they try to turn this faint idea into an actual product, whether it be a lip scrub or a bath bomb.
They love to hear feedback from their customers. They said their proudest moment is always hearing someone enjoying their products. This is seen through their sampling program. With every order, you can receive up to 3 fragrance samples to plan for future purchases for FREE. I love that!
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Their plan for the future is quite simple: to continue sharing their passion for high-quality Disney inspired bath and body products.
Now, the two questions I ask every shop owner:
1. What are your go-to items you have to wear at the parks?
T&N: From pins to patches to mouse ears, t-shirts, and hats we are never without gear from small shops.
2.If you had comps and a time machine, what moment in Disney history would you experience?
T&N:We would go back to July 17, 1955, and spend the opening day of Disneyland with Walt Disney. To be able to share the moment that he realized his dream and opened the gates to a future that would change so many lives would be incredible.
We here at disneyBOP want to try to add a little bit of Disney into every ounce of your life. On top of that, I want to be Martha Stewart. I was once grounded from watching Martha Stewart’s talk show when I was in elementary school, because I have been working on my brand since birth. I tell you this as our goal is to bring you one craft a month so I can live out my Martha fantasies and you can create something simple and magically influenced! For this crafting sesh, we decided to tie it together with our Book Club (First 2 chapters of A Wrinkle In Time should be read by next Wednesday, August 23rd. Are you prepared?!), so here’s how to make Pocahontas’ Colors of the Wind Bookmarks!
What You’ll Need:
Cardboard box from your pantry (something you already have, like a box of popcorn, granola bars, etc.)
Leaves (Just from the ground, DON’T BUY THEM)
Clear Contact Paper/Clear Packing Tape
Using your permanent marker, draw the shape of your bookmark on the cardboard and cut out using the scissors. I made mine a normal rectangle, but feel free to think outside the box and cut out any shape you want! Make sure to recycle the rest of the box after you’re done.
Take a piece of copy paper and place on top of leaves placed in various places. Make sure the leaves are spread out.
Take your crayons/colored pencils and rub on top of the copy paper. This should leave a print of the leaves. You can use any colors you want. Try to cover as much of the paper as possible.
Trace the shape of you bookmark on the paper so you will have two sides, then cut out the bookmark-sized shapes.
Use the rubber cement to glue the paper onto both sides of the cardboard. You may need to double-up layers on the side of the cardboard that features the colors and designs, so make sure to test you can’t see through your one layer of paper before gluing down. If you can see through, add a blank sheet of white underneath your leaf print page to block out any of the unwanted designs peaking through.
Cut a piece of contact paper double the size of your bookmark and fold it over to create a seal, like that of lamination. Now, the ends won’t seal perfectly using the contact paper, but it’s enough to protect your bookmark. If you want a perfect seal, cut a piece of packing tape that is the double the length of your bookmark. Stick your bookmark on the sticky side of the tape at an edge. Then, fold over carefully, making sure to get rid of any bubbles. You should have a better seal.
You have a Pocahontas inspired bookmark! A great book is just around the riverbend for you!
I am thrilled to announce that we are starting a book club here at disneyBOP! The goal of this book club is to prepare us and excite us for the future. Why does that mission statement sound incredibly cheesy and, like, the worst? Well, because it’s based in truth!
Since the beginning of time, movies and TV shows have been based on books. Also since the beginning of time, people have not shut up saying “Well, the book was better,” which leads you to punch them in the face, but then go “Wait…is it?” and then have a major case of FOMO and run away crying. Or, like, something similar.
With this never-ending cycle in mind, why not combat it and actually read the books first?! Brilliant.
Disney has a lot of book-based movies and TV shows coming up in the docket, but we’re going to start with a novel from 1963.
Our first book will be…A Wrinkle in Time!
This sci-fi fantasy YA classic was written by Madeleine L’Engle and won the prestigious Newberry Medal. It follows Meg, who travels across the universe and through time itself to rescue her trapped scientist father on another planet. Yeah, crazy stuff. It’s going to be great!
We’re reading this first as the film adaptation will be released by Walt Disney Pictures on March 9th, 2018. It’s directed by Ava Duvernay, marking the first time a woman of color is directing a film with a budget over $100 million. On top of that, the cast includes Rowan Blanchard, Chris Evans, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, and OPRAH FREAKING WINFREY. Yeah, we’re reading the dang book.
Now, we are reading it this far from the actual release date for a reason. I’ve heard this theory from many people (including the now shuttered Patty and Emily podcast, RIP) that it’s best to give yourself six months from experiencing the original to viewing a new interpretation. For example, you could watch Legally Blonde, wait six months, then you are free to view the musical. That way, it’s fresh enough in your mind to understand the concept, but far enough away to not be so nitpicky. This allows you to have a sense of love for the property, while still going in with open mind.
Here’s how it will work: Every week, I’ll assign a group of pages. We’ll have a week to read (It won’t be too long, since the book is just over 200 pages long) and once that week is up, you return here so we can discuss. I’ll have a short podcast where I break down what we read and my thoughts on the section, then the comment section will be ready for chatting. On top of that, while you’re reading, feel free to tag @disneyBOP and use this book’s hashtag, #WrinkleBOP.
At the end of our read, we’ll celebrate with coverage of the upcoming film, some trivia games, and maybe even a giveaway or two!
Your first reading assignment is Chapters 1 and 2. Now, going off of the 2007 Square Fish edition of the book, that is pages 1-44. The time will be a tad longer this time around so you can acquire the book. Feel free to use #WrinkleBOP when reading to share your thoughts and I’ll meet you back here on August 23rd to chat about the chapters with our podcast and such!
Come little children, I’ll take thee away into a land…of new Hocus Pocus merchandise from Spirit Costumes!
They have released an extensive line of licensed merch sporting the Sanderson sisters, Binx, Billy, and more. The line includes costume, decorations, WIGS, and more. I was surprised to see all the merchandise love for a cult Disney film over 20 years old, but I’m thrilled nonetheless.
This candle is my absolute favorite and will be absolutely adorned my room for All Hallows Eve. THACKERY BINX!
Prices range from $7.99 drink bottles to $49.99 character costumes. Be sure to put in your orders soon before all these witch-tastic items fly away on a vacuum.
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Karamell-Küche is the newest addition to their scent library, allowing you to bring home the smell of your favorite caramel shop at the Germany Pavilion at EPCOT. The candle combines kettle corn and creamy caramel smells to create the perfectly sweet addition to your home/dorm room/garage.
Be sure to head here to purchase their newest scent, or to check out their oodles of other great candles.
Yeah, a weird combo, but hear me out: air dry clay is fantastic and underutilized. I came across some at work recently and played around with it. I found that these could turn into some adorable statement jewelry pieces. Albeit they won’t last for very long, you can make them into whatever you want for whatever outfit you need them for at a low cost, but high aesthetic returns.
What You Need:
Air Dry Clay (I used Crayola’s Model Magic)
Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks
From here, in the words of our friend Figment, with just a spark of inspiration, you can create a multitude of items. First, grab a small ball of clay and roll it into a log shape. From there, connect the ends to create a donut shape that will fit your preferred finger. You can adjust the width of the ring during this point as well.
From there, make whatever sort of “piece” you want, but separately from the ring. I started playing around with dough in my hands until inspiration hit. (For the skull, I started talking about Coco and thought the ring could be cute on a trip to the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot.)
Once you make the ring and “piece” (SEPARATELY!), set them to the side and let them air dry. I’d suggest at least a day to be sure, but feel free to shorten or lengthen that time depending on your confidence in not breaking them.
Next, take your acrylic paints and paint away, honeybun! I suggest a few coats on everything to make sure the paint will dry the shade you want.
After letting the paint dry, hot glue away! In the case of the items with multiple pieces, I took them apart for painting and gluing, for extra detail and protection.
I was surprised at how great mine turned out and I’m excited to rock them at the parks soon! Send us pictures of your rings @disneyBOP and we’ll share our favorites!
It’s time for MUG SHOTS, our monthly round-up of the best Disney mugs for sale across the interwebs so you can magically sip that tea. The tea always needs to be stirred, so why not in a Disney mug? We see you. We understand you. We are ready to give you what you want. Now, backs against the wall!
This month, all of our entries are available from BoxLunch.com.
These adorable Mickey and Goofy Mason Jar mugs go for $19.90. While they are hand wash only, few things excite me more than a mason jar. Free food, Princess Diaries, Mason Jars. Yep, that’s me in a nutshell. Cute for serving up some refreshing ice tea or for sitting a-top your desk and holding pens and pencils.
This Star Wars mug goes for $12.90 and is best for coffee and tea drinkers (sorry, cold liquid fans). The mug is heat sensitive, so once your hot coffee is added to the mug, the full logo for The Force Awakens appears (and maybe Maz Kanata? Don’t quote me on that.), which is the coolest. Yes, the pun was intended.
This Cinderella mug goes for $12.90 and is super cute. Adorned with the phrase “Dreams do not end after Midnight,” it’s the perfect piece of inspiration and motivation to keep you heading towards your goals…but like, after your morning joe. ‘Cause some stuff has to wait.
Of all the mugs to use for desk decoration, this jumbo Captain America shield is the perfect fit. It holds 24 fl. oz. and is microwave/dishwasher safe, so if you do choose to use it in its intended way, it is a great choice. However, plant some small succulents in there and you have an adorable bedside table display. Avengers Assemble!