One fun extra thing you can do while cruising on a Disney ship is decorate your state room door. I might have gone a little overboard this trip but I was excited to try out a few ideas. The first idea was just making little mickey ears with everyone’s name written on the hat. This idea went to the next level when I decided to make a little Donald hat for my mom’s Mickey ears (because this is her favorite character). I had a lot of fun with this one so I decided to try a few more. <!–more–>
I LOVE how they turned out! All of this just out of some card stock and rubber cement.
Make sure to check out the current ship rules about hanging thing up on your door. Currently you must only use magnets, no tape allowed.
Mickey Ear Name Signs
Materials / tools
Use your Silhouette studio software to create the hats and cuts. Make sure to use a stencil cut for the names so it will all be in one piece.
After they are cut, remove them from the cutting mat.
Cut strips of yellow card stock so it can cover the name hole. Use rubber cement to glue it in place.
Once rubber cement is dry, rub off the excess.
Add an adhesive strip magnet to the back and they are ready for your cruise ship door!
What to have more fun? Create little hats for your Mickey Ears! We even had hats made for pirate night theme.
Donald Duck Hat
Mickey Sorcerer Hat
Peter Pan Hat
Mickey Pirate Hat
Mikey Pirate Hat with Bandana
Stop by later this week to check out what we dd with the rest of the door!
Day 7: Day at Sea
I love days at sea. And I love that the last day was at sea. This cruise was exhausting. We saw and did so much that it was great to have one relaxing day before heading home.
We spent the day relaxing by the pool. Continue reading
Going to Pompeii was one of my most anticipated stops on the trip. I had learned so much about this city and was very excited to visit it in person!
We decided to do this trip through Can’t Be Missed Tours. My mom had read about it in Rick Steves’ Mediterranean Cruise Ports. The company does give you a discount if you say that you heard about them through Rick Steves. I highly recommend their tour!
This day started off with the ship docking on land. I love when the ship docks on land, it makes things so much quicker. We made our way through the cruise port terminal and out the main entrance where we meet up with our tour guides. There was a group of about 30 of us from the Disney cruise going with this tour group.
They had two small bus / vans and two tour guides for our trip. It worked out perfect when they gave our family a bus of our own (we had 12 people in our group).
This was a full day tour. They got us back just in time to get back to the ship before it left port. The first part of the day we spent riding up the Amalfi Coast while our tour guide gave us a tons of history about the area and taught us a little bit of Italian. He was a very personable, fun guy. Continue reading
I have to start this post off by saying this was not my first time to Rome. I had spent a summer backpacking in Europe during college and this was one of my stops. Since that trip I have considered Rome to be one of my favorite cities in Europe. I was so excited to be going back, even though it was only for a day!
Our family decided to do this city on our own (no organized tours). If you are wanting to see a ton and / or not comfortable traveling around new cities (especially in another language) I would recommend getting a tour from Disney. Continue reading
The day at La Spezia has to be my favorite of the trip! While many families traveled off to see Pisa or Florence we decided to stick to the coast and visit the towns of Cinque Terre.
The day started by hopping on a tender boat taking us to shore. One fun thing to do when on this boat is sit at the back. You can get some fun shots of the family with the Disney ship in the background. Continue reading
Our first stop on the cruise was near Nice, France. The port was actually in the town of Villefranche, France. This was a tenured stop, a.k.a. we had to ride a small boat to the shore. This is the one stop that we took a Disney organized excursion. It was called: Eze, Nice and French Wines. Continue reading
We spent this day at sea just relaxing. Naps and reading by the pool. Food and more food. Doing everything that you are supposed to do on a cruise.
Because there is not too much to share about this day I am going to give you an overall observation / comparison between the last cruise we took (Disney Alaska Cruise) and this one. I don’t know if this was just because of the cruise leaving out of Europe or what but the lines for meeting the characters were crazy long! This is our third Disney cruise and we have never seen it like this. We actually talked to some of the staff about this and they completely agreed that people were crazy about the character pictures on this cruise. Continue reading
Day 3: First Day on the Disney Cruise!
The day finally arrived! Time to make it over to the cruise port! Continue reading
Our family is hooked on the Disney Cruise line! This was my third cruise with Disney and I still can’t wait to go on another. This is the second Disney Cruise adventure that I am going to blog about, my first being our Alaska Disney Cruise.
First of all, I have to say this was the polar opposite of our last Disney cruise in terms of weather and destination. August in Rome = hot, June in Alaska, not so much. This cruise was an amazing way to get a quick grimace of southern Europe and make you want to come back for more.
I am going to try to give you a quick overview of our trip. I will try to add some more tips and tricks that I don’t have in my old posts. I am more-so just going to share what we did at each port and not so much about the boat. Please leave comments if you would like any more details about anything that happened on this cruise. Continue reading
Over a year ago, I started on a journey to switch my blog over to my own hosting. Before this switch I was using a free website builder called Weebly. They were great. They have easy to use designs, which was my big draw to them in the first place. So why did I want to leave them? There are a couple of big reasons. First off I wanted more flexibly with my design. I wanted to take my blog to the next level and make the website look more professional. The second reason was my ad revenue. Weebly takes 50% of my Google AdSense revenue. I know, I barely make any money from this blog but the little I was making was getting funneled over to this “free” website company.
Once I got to the point that now my website makes enough to cover the costs of hosting, I decided it was time to make the switch. I thought this was going to be a quick process. But to my dismay there is no magic button to switch your website content from Weebly to WordPress. I literally had to copy, paste and reinsert every single picture, word, and comment on my blog! Talk about driving a person nuts. I am just glad I started this now with only 43 posts. Continue reading