DIY Disneyland Maternity Photoshoot

Things have been quiet around here as we prepare for our first baby, but I wanted to pop in real quick to share our maternity photos. Once we adjust to life with a little one, I'm hoping to share even more fairytale-inspired posts and products to add magic to your everyday life!

As soon as I got pregnant, everyone predicted that we would have a Disney Baby because of my deep love for all things Disney. So when it came time to think about taking maternity photos, I knew the only place that made sense was Disneyland. We decided to save money by taking most of the photos ourselves, while enlisting the help of the Disney PhotoPass photographers. Thus, the DIY Disneyland photoshoot was born!

We were able to squeeze in a quick morning trip to the park during my 35th week of pregnancy. My husband and I had a blast arriving at rope drop and exploring all our favorite spots. He normally is not the photographer in the family, so it was a real treat to have him take the time to snap these shots of my growing belly. Then we found as many PhotoPass photographers as we could, paying the $39 flat fee for a day pass.

Afterwards I lightly edited all the photos in Lightroom (I'm no expert but know my way around). We are both so happy with how the pictures came out. It's something I know we'll treasure forever.

Thank you so much for checking out our Disneyland Maternity photos! Our Disney Baby will be here any day now, and I can't wait for many more Disney-inspired shoots in the future.

DIY Disneyland Maternity Photoshoot

Disneyland On Any Budget

When you're planning a trip to Disneyland, one of the first considerations is cost. It can affect the time of year, length of stay and the quality of your trip. The most common complaint I hear about the Happiest Place on Earth is how expensive everything is, from hotels, to admission and food.

While it's certainly true that you have to pay to play, a trip to Disneyland doesn't have to break the bank. Take it from Disneyland-expert Jessica Sanders, author of the new guide Disneyland On Any Budget and founder of the The Happiest Blog on Earth. As a California-native who now finds herself planning family vacations from out-of-state, she understands the struggle of finding the funds to visit Disneyland.

She has created the ultimate guide to making your Disneyland vacation a reality. Disneyland On Any Budget covers all topics from:

  • Finding funds for your trip
  • Where to find discounted tickets (without getting scammed)
  • Deciding what airport to fly into
  • Finding the best deal on rental cars or shuttles
  • How to pick the best hotel
  • Managing your food costs
  • Plus more secret tips & tricks about visiting Disneyland

This guide covers all the basics and more to get your family to Disneyland on a budget. Despite being a regular Disneyland attendee, I learned so much about how to save on rental cars, souvenirs and more. Now I have something to recommend to my out-of-town friends who are planning a trip to the park!

Jessica does a great job providing several options that will work for any budget. She provides well-organized information to help you answer the important questions like what airport to fly into, what hotel to stay at and how to buy discounted Disneyland tickets without getting scammed. The amount of money you will save on your Disneyland vacation will pay for the price of this book plus much more.

Right now, Disneyland On Any Budget is available for 50%! The sale ends on April 5, so secure your copy today to have all these valuable tips available for your next vacation. Purchase through the Amazon marketplace, then load the guide to your ebook for easy access during your next Disneyland adventure!

While I received a complimentary copy of this book, the opinions above are 100% my own. I am huge fan of The Happiest Blog on Earth and only share this guide because it's awesome!

Free Valentine's Day Coloring Page

Coloring books for adults are one of my favorite trends right now, so I thought it'd be fun to turn these Valentine's notes into coloring pages! Get creative* decorating your Valentines for your Galentines and other Valentine recipients (*glitter is optional, but always encouraged).

Coloring Page Valentines for Disney Lovers - Enchanted Type

If you're a Disney Parks lover, you may notice that each note represents a different land in the parks.

  • "Our adventure is my favorite" for Adventureland
  • "Arrr Matey you've stolen my heart" for New Orleans Square
  • "You are my dream come true" for Fantastyland
  • "You make my heart go boom boom my supernova" for Tomorrowland

I shared this coloring page with the Enchanted Type email subscribers at the beginning of the month, so make sure to sign up to be the first to receive next month's freebie!

Free Valentine's Day Coloring Page - Enchanted Type

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day with your friends and loved ones!

How to celebrate Mardi Gras at Disneyland

Mardi Gras culture is woven into many areas of the Disneyland Resort, from New Orleans Square to the Princess & the Frog interactions. If you can't make it to the real New Orleans for Mardi Gras this year, here's how to let the good times roll in Disneyland!

How to celebrate Mardi Gras at Disneyland - Enchanted Type

Tiana can be found in a few different locations around the park, occasionally accompanied by her companions Louis (the gator) or Prince Naveen (in human form).

  • Soundsational Parade: Tiana has her own float in the parade with Louis, surrounded by very festive Mardi Gras dancers
  • A Christmas Fantasy Parade: During the winter months, Tiana is a part of the royal ball float with Prince Naveen
  • Mickey and the Magical Map: (Spoiler Alert!) Tiana shuts down the house with a fabulous rendition of Dig a Little Deeper during the show finale
  • Meet and Greet: Tiana floats around New Orleans Square. You can find her by using the Disneyland app or by asking a Castmember in the park. Right now, you can find Tiana aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat alternating with Louis and Dr. Facilier (or as I remember him, the Boogie Man)

After the holiday decorations come down in January, the Mardi Gras decorations start adorning the meandering walkways of New Orleans Square. While I love every land inside of Disneyland, New Orleans Square will always hold a special place in my heart. It's where we always start our days, and it's home to my favorite restaurants (Cafe Orleans, River Belle Terrace). If you're looking for a taste of Mardi Gras, head to New Orleans Square for gumbo or some man-catching beignets.

See the gallery of images below for the Mardi Gras spirit found throughout the Disneyland Resort!

I hope you enjoyed this trip down the Bayou to celebrate Mardi Gras Disney-style. Princess and the Frog is one of my all-time favorite Disney movies, and I'm excited to bring some Tiana-inspired designs to the shop soon!

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Valentine's Day Cards for the Young and the Young at Heart

This year, give your Valentine a card that speaks their love language. I don't know about you, but when my husband uses Disney references, I know he truly understands me. I also know how hard it is to find cards that fit our "unique" personalities. That's why I'm so excited to be offering my first collection of greeting cards, just in time for Valentine's Day.

Shop online now to find the perfect Valentine's Day card for your Disney loving friends and family. The first three cards feature Disney quotes, including "So this is love" from Cinderella, "You are my greatest adventure" from The Incredibles, and "You'll be in my heart always" from Tarzan.

Cards are packaged in a clear plastic sleeve with a pure white envelope, and delivered in a rigid cardboard mailer by USPS First Class mail. Orders will typically arrive within 5-7 business days. Shop now to ensure delivery before Valentine's Day!

Also available in the  Enchanted Type Etsy Shop  are coordinating art prints

Also available in the Enchanted Type Etsy Shop are coordinating art prints

All greeting card orders are packaged and delivered from my home office

All greeting card orders are packaged and delivered from my home office

Two designs available for pug lovers featuring my pug, Chloe

Two designs available for pug lovers featuring my pug, Chloe

Offering physical greeting cards has been a dream of mine for some time. I'm thrilled to finally be able to offer these original designs in time for Valentine's Day. Look for more greeting card designs to be added soon!