Wednesday

The #Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop: New Year's Retrospective

Happy New Year and welcome to The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop where each week we gather together and share our Disney vacation photos. Would you like to link up your #DisneySide pictures or hop around to all the blogs linked up? Look no further than the bottom of this post.
This week's theme is Retrospective
First we're having a look back at 2014 and then we'll enter the Way Back Machine and reflect on attractions like the Carousel of Progress which was my very first Disney attraction experienced at the 1964-65 World's Fair in New York then onto Epcot and the Odyssey Building. 




While relaxing in the air conditioning The Odyssey building in Epcot and enjoying a beverage I took the opportunity to browse and snap a few pictures of a display of memorabilia that was set up in the lobby. Fascinating stuff that took me right back to our first trips to Disney World.
Any of these props bring back memories?

Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop ~  Retro

Time to link up your Wordless Wednesday....

Sunday

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMix Available for PlayStation®3

Experience Three Legendary Stories With Latest with KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.5 ReMIX 





KINGDOM HEARTS fans can now revisit the adventures of Sora, Riku and Kairi as SQUARE ENIX® announced KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.5 ReMIX is now available for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.
The game is a fully remastered HD compilation of the PlayStation ®2 computer entertainment system title KINGDOM HEARTS II FINAL MIX and the PlayStation®Portable system title KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep FINAL MIX. The game also features theatrical cut-scenes from the Nintendo DS™ title KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded

Tuesday

#Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop: Merry Christmas!

Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop Focused on the MagicMerry Christmas Eve! Thanks for stopping by The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic.com where each week we gather with other Disney Bloggers to link up and share our Wordless Wednesday Disney related travel picture posts.

Our theme this week is, 
Joy!

Since this is Christmas Eve I thought I'd share some of our favorite Christmas 
Walt Disney World pictures and is a tradition here on the blog, music from our Silhan Family Musical Christmas album which was recorded in our home studio by members of our family over the years.

The young children have all grown, my dear sweet MIL and FIL have since passed away. So, this is packed with truly magical and joy filled memories for us.

I'd like to thank all of you for stopping by each week to share the magic with us. It's truly my favorite day of the week. I love seeing all the wonderful memories you have captured.
Have a Healthy, Happy & Magical Holiday!



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Time to link up your Wordless Wednesday...

Monday

Gift Guide: RFID Blocking Folders for Wallet + 2 Reader Giveaway!

This post contains affiliate links. I received one or more of the products for free in the hope that I would review it on my blog. I have included Amazon Affiliate links below. Clicking and buying on those links helps keep this blog going but does not affect the price you would pay. All opinions are my own. Your experience may differ.


RFID technology is supposed to make transactions easier by making purchasing and identifying yourself as easy as waving a card in front of a reader or scanner. The problem is that clever high tech thieves can get that information just as easily. Most people don’t even know how exposed they are. 

Recently I received a set of Credit Card Holder RFID Sleeves for Wallet or Cases by D-Armor for review and submission in our Holiday Guide.  D-Armor also very generously offered two sets for a giveaway! There will be two winners. Each winner will receive a 4 pack of RFID Blocking folders.
So, who wants to win a Credit Card Holder Rfid Sleeves for Wallet or Case (4/pack)? Scroll on down to the Rafflecopter form below.

When I saw the RFID Blocking folders in a news story on TV I couldn't wait to have them in my wallet for protection. I worry about my credit card information and ID theft. It must be a nightmare canceling cards, the stress, worry and damaged credit.

Saturday

Monika’s Marketplace Gifts + Giveaway!

This post contains affiliate links. I received one or more of the products for free in the hope that I would review it on my blog. All opinions are my own. Your experience may differ.

Monika’s Marketplace features a variety of fabulous gifts that will help you around the house as well as items for the babies and toddlers in your life. I enjoyed checking out a few of their products recently and featuring them in our Unique Holiday Gifts Guide.
We have teamed up with Monika's Marketplace to offer our readers a great giveaway!
Scroll on down to the bottom of this post and enter for your chance to win.

Kermit the Frog sings “It Feels Like Christmas” at Disneyland

Happy holidays from The Muppets!
Kermit the Frog is feeling the spirit of the season and teamed up with Disney.com’s Oh My Disney blog to create a special holiday greeting at Disneyland. 
Walking down Main Street, Kermit gave a live performance “It Feels Like Christmas,” a tune that originally appeared in The Muppet Christmas Carol. 

For more Disney holiday content, visit Disney.com/Holiday which features online and offline fun for the whole family, including festive games, videos, crafts and more.


Friday

Foodie Friday: Downtown Disney Food Trucks


[Disney News] The four Disney food trucks, along with the ESPN food truck, have a new permanent home at Exposition Park in Downtown Disney.

The park will host one or more of the four Disney food trucks:

  • Namaste CafeŽ with flavors from Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • Superstar Catering with favorites from Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Fantasy Fare with Magic Kingdom Park treats
  • World Showcase of Flavors with Epcot offerings 

Look for them daily on the West Side between Bongo’s Cuban CafŽe and Starbucks. Exposition Park is open evenings, with hours varying during peak times and special events.

Fur Friend Friday: Woofurr Pet Grooming Tool

This post contains affiliate links. I received one or more of the products for free in the hope that I would review it on my blog. All opinions are my own. Your experience may differ.


Recently we received the Woofurr Pet Grooming Tool for submission in our Holiday Gift Guide and to test on our dog. I was thrilled to try it on our beautiful Border Collie/Australian Shepard mix, Einstein. He is a perfect blend of shedding breeds. Some dogs shed their fur seasonally but not our fur friend. He seems to leave fur wherever he goes. It's on furniture, clothes and carpets if he's not groomed regularly. He sheds ALL over!

Fur Friend Friday: Great iGroom Gifts for Pets

This post contains affiliate links. I received one or more of the products for free in the hope that I would review it on my blog. All opinions are my own. Your experience may differ.

Holiday gift giving for my furry friend is always so much fun! I make sure that Einstein has a selection of gifts in his stocking and under the tree.

He's already found one of his presents, a squeaky duck that I hadn't wrapped. He plucked it right out of the shopping bag and took off with it to play. It's ok, there are plenty more gifts for Christmas squirreled away where he can't find them.

Einstein not only likes his presents he is a dog who enjoys playing outside. His beautiful white coat gets dirty quickly. To keep his coat snowy white between regular groomings I give him baths at home.

Thursday

STRANGE MAGIC Poster, Pictures + Trailer Now Available #StrangeMagic

STRANGE MAGIC, a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., will be released by Touchstone Pictures on January 23, 2015!

“Everyone deserves to be loved” I just love everything about that quote! I was intrigued by the synopsis but now after seeing the trailer and images I am really looking forward it.

Wednesday

This is Really Good! #Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by the The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop where each week we gather together and share our Disney vacation photos. Would you like to link up your #DisneySide pictures or hop around to all the blogs linked up? Look no further than the bottom of this post.

I couldn't help it. You may have seen these pictures before. I just think it's worth repeating.

Food favorites Walt Disney World

What makes you say "This is really good"?
Time to link up your Wordless Wednesday ...

Monday

Holiday Gift Alert: Mottos Kids Flip Flops Box Set Review + Giveaway




Recently I received Mottos Kids Flip Flops Box Set  and Charms for review and submission in our Holiday Guide. I was also give the opportunity to offer one lucky Focused on the Magic reader a Mottos Kids Flip Flop Box Set. To enter just scroll on down to the bottom of this page.

I have provided Amazon Affiliate links in this post where appropriate. Clicking and buying on those links helps keep this blog going but does not affect the price you would pay.

I know what you are thinking, flip flops for a holiday gift? Well, you are right but these aren't ordinary flip flops. Your kids are going to want to wear these on vacation, hanging around the pool in summer and indoors in the winter because they are fun to wear and play with. Each set comes with cool charms that are interchangeable.

Grill Lovers Gift: Stainless Steel BBQ Grill Brush Set Review + Giveaway

 
I received a Grill Brush Set of 2 Stainless Steel Wire BBQ Brushes, 12" and 21" by zbi Products for review and submission in our Holiday Guide. I have included Amazon Affiliate links below. Clicking and buying on those links helps keep this blog going but does not affect the price you would pay. They also generously provided a Grill Brush Set for a giveaway. How cool is that?
You can see the grill brushes and all the other great gifts for men in our Holiday Gift Guide, HERE.

We like to grill a lot. My husband is pretty good at grilling but my son is the best in our family. He's done his grill cooking research and has it down to a science. He can tell when steaks are done just by touch and smell. We love it when he fires up the grill.

I was anxious to give the brushes a try as our grill is still pretty gross even after cleaning it at the end of the season. I can never seem to get it really clean. 

Disney Cheer this Holiday Season! Mickey Snowmen Recipe

Disney Cheer this Holiday Season! Mickey Snowmen Recipe
Get in the spirit this season by visiting Disney’s digital holiday headquarters on Disney.com at Disney.com/Holiday. That's where I found this fun recipe for Mickey Snowmen. They have festive games, videos, crafts, and movies, the site features online and offline fun for the whole family.

Now onto the melt-in-your-mouth Mickey Snowmen recipe...

Friday

Holiday Gift Guide - Kids [of all ages]

Here’s our list of great gifts for kids of all ages. You'll find cool gifts for babies, toddlers, kids, teens, tweens, big kids and old kids. You are never too old or too young for toys!
Make sure to come back on a regular basis as we will be adding more items along with reviews and giveaways, HO HO HO!

We make every effort to get it right - prices are correct at time of publishing this post. Some products have Amazon Affiliate links and others may be our Sponsors. Clicking and buying on those links helps keep this blog going but does not affect the price you would pay.

Thursday

Defined Strength Crossfit Jump Rope Review + Giveaway



Recently I received the Defined Strength Crossfit Jump Rope for review and submission in our Holiday Guide. I have included Amazon Affiliate links below. Clicking and buying on those links helps keep this blog going but does not affect the price you would pay.

You can see the jump rope in the Unique Gift Guide, HERE and the Holiday Gift Guide for Men, HERE. I couldn't wait to give it a try myself and also have my sons try it out.

I love a varied workout and kind of have to push myself to do it more often. One thing I really enjoy adding to my workout is jumping rope. It burns calories and builds endurance which at my age is greatly appreciated. Besides it's fun.
Thankfully my sons take their workouts a lot more seriously than I do. My oldest jumps rope in his cross training and boxing routine. So we were anxious to try out the Defined Strength Crossfit Jump Rope.

Wednesday

Holiday Gift Guide: For Pets

Hi guys and gals, Einstein here! I decided to take over Deb’s holiday guide today to share with you 10 pawsitively purrrfect gifts that your pets will want to get their paws (and fins) on this holiday.

Einstein's 10 Pawsitively Purrfect Howliday Gift Guide

I love spending time with my family, and I always get super excited about my presents, especially the wrapping paper. Ripping it apart.. I mean unwrapping is so much fun for me. Almost as much fun as finding squeakers.
No wrapping today though. Just click on a picture or link and it will take you right to the review post and giveaway or a link where you can buy the gift for your furry or finned friend.

Prices are correct at time of publishing this post. Some products have Amazon Affiliate links included. Clicking and buying on those links helps keep this blog going (and me in bones) but does not affect the price you would pay.

Lots more gifts, reviews, coupons and giveaways are coming daily, so check back often!

#Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop: Make Mine Music!

Hi there! It's time for The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic. Are you ready to share your #DisneySide vacation photos.

Would you like to link them up and blog hop with us? Look no further than the bottom of this post.

This week's theme is Make Mine Music! Concerts are always at the top of my must-do list when I'm at Walt Disney World and the perfect time to hear beautiful music is Christmas time.



Which concert in the parks is your favorite? 

Time to link up your Wordless Wednesday photo...

Tuesday

Superstar Juanes Thrills Fans with Disney’s “McFarland, USA” Song, Images + Movie Trailer + Poster


ORIGINAL NEW SONG BY LATIN ROCK SUPERSTAR JUANES
Music Video Shot on Location in McFarland, California, Draws Huge Crowd
Juanes Thrills Fans at McFarland’s Holiday Parade
ORIGINAL NEW SONG BY LATIN ROCK SUPERSTAR JUANES Music Video Shot on Location in McFarland, California, Draws Huge Crowd Juanes Thrills Fans at McFarland’s Holiday Parade

Disney Release – Latin music superstar Juanes has written an original song titled “Juntos (Together)” specifically for Disney’s “McFarland, USA,” which he recorded for the end title track of the movie. The day after learning he is once again a current GRAMMY® nominee, Juanes traveled to McFarland, California, this past weekend to film a music video of “Juntos (Together)” on location—drawing a huge crowd of fans excited to get a glimpse of the chart-topping music star.

Saturday

Holiday Gift Guide for Men

Am I the only one who has a tough time shopping for men? My husband is the hardest for me. Quite often I draw a blank if I try shopping without a wish list. If you're like me, this holiday gift guide may be helpful.
Simply click on a picture or link and it will take you right to the review post and giveaway or a link where you can purchase the product.


Holiday Gift Guide: For Donald Duck Fans

Donald Duck themed toys and gift are always a big hit in our family. Here are 8 great gift ideas for all ages.

Simply click on a picture or link and it will take you right to the review post and giveaway or a link where you can purchase the product.

Please note that prices are correct at time of publishing this post. Some products have Amazon Affiliate links included. Clicking and buying on those links helps keep this blog going but does not affect the price you would pay.

Many more gifts, reviews, coupons and giveaways are coming daily, so check back often!

Holiday Gift Guide: For Donald Duck Fans | Focused on the Magic


Happy Birthday Walt Disney!

"Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.



Tuesday

#Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop: December

Hi there! It's time for The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic. Are you ready to share your #DisneySide vacation photos.

Would you like to link them up and blog hop with us? Look no further than the bottom of this post.

This week's theme is your December Calendar Shot. I couldn't decide on just one so I chose two that hold the most magical memories for me. Main Street USA in Magic Kingdom all decked out and another one of my favorites, The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights in Walt Disney World.



Which one is your favorite? 

Time to link up your Wordless Wednesday photo...

Monday

Holiday Gift Guide: Unique Gifts - Tech, Fitness, Cooking to Disney Garden Gals

With the holidays fast approaching, many of us are thinking about gifts for our loved ones. I have decided to share my gift guides in posts this year.
Today I am sharing unique gifts that include some of my top picks for both guys and gals as well as gender neutral gifts. The price range is $10 - $40!

Holiday Gift Guide: Unique Gifts - Tech, Fitness, Cooking to Disney Garden Gals


Each item is Focused on the Magic approved and filled with the magic of the season. You'll find practical, nerdy, quirky and out of the ordinary gifts that I think you'll enjoy giving and receiving.

Simply click on a picture or link and it will take you right to the review post and giveaway or a link where you can purchase the product.

Please note that prices are correct at time of publishing this post. Some products were received for review. Affiliate links are included. Clicking and buying on those links helps keep this blog going.

Many more gifts, reviews, coupons and giveaways are coming daily, so check back often!

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