World’s Largest Live Nativity and an opportunity to #SharetheGift

World's Largest Live Nativity

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It’s not every day you get to cross multiple items off your bucket list with your seven-year-old daughter. Lily and I joined over 1,000 volunteers and talented Youtubers and musicians to help create an amazing music video and beat the Guinness Book record for Largest Live Nativity.

It was the perfect way to usher in the Christmas season and the experience was not at all what I expected. Upon signing up for the opportunity, I was excited to help beat the record and perhaps have the opportunity to meet the likes of David Archuleta, Mindy from Cute Girls Hairstyles, Alex Boye, Studio C cast members, and others. What came about was an entirely different experience which I am excited to share below. But first, please watch the extraordinary video!

Can you feel it? This beautiful collaboration brought together The Piano Guys, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Stuart Edge, the Shaytards, and many others in a massive effort to #SharetheGift and the true meaning of Christmas.

Singing with the Tabernacle Choir on the Rock Canyon Park hillside as we looked down on the nativity scene brought me to tears. What it would have been like to witness the Savior’s birth! I held my seven year old up for several hours as we completed camera take after camera take in the cold. Several times I asked Lily if she was too cold and wanted to leave. Her response, “Mom! This is important. We need to sing for the baby Jesus so that people will know how special this is.” Yes, she realized that it wasn’t the real baby Jesus, but she also recognized the truly precious and vital message that was being shared. Jesus Christ is the gift.

Here’s a little behind the scenes of our memorable experience.

World's Largest Live Nativity

When I first heard of the collaboration for the Largest Live Nativity, I knew it was something I wanted to be part of. My daughter and I had done extra work for Just Let Go (coming out in 2015) so I knew that Lily would be up for the challenge. We bundled up in our white clothes and were thrilled for slightly warmer temperatures that day. Lily was able to wear my baptism dress one more time. Loved this since she is already outgrowing it and won’t be able to wear it for her baptism day next June.

Largest Live Nativity in Provo, Utah

Joining the long line of angels at Rock Canyon Park in Provo, my little angel spent the time waiting and twirling to her heart’s content. Patience is definitely needed as an extra and Lily is getting pretty good at entertaining herself! My favorite part of the waiting was getting to know the people around us. We practiced words to the beautiful song you heard in the video, exchanged stories, and bonded together in the cold. Looking back, I wish I had gotten their names. The name of the kind women who loaned Lily her jacket on the hillside. The name of the mother/daughter duo who we laughed with in between camera takes (how we were wishing that we had Snuggies in white!). The name of the teenagers who were kind and laughed at all of Lily’s jokes while we waited in our formation with the LED lights. All good people!

Largest Live Nativity

The first part of the evening was the actual breaking of the Guinness Book World Record for Largest Live Nativity. Lily adores animals and was in heaven petting the lambs, camel, and donkey.

Larget Live Nativity

Next came practicing with our LED angel costumes. Since Lily was under the age of 12, we had originally only signed up to be part of the World Record. I was a little disappointed to not be part of the video, but didn’t know how much Lily would be up to doing at the park. She did amazingly and begged to stay when they asked for more volunteers. So we were in! This little gal did so well following the directions and waiting patiently even when the temperatures dropped after the sun set.

Largest Live Nativity

Lily and I loved checking out the technology used for the video shoot. She was fascinated by the giant balloons that held the cameras during our light scene. The drone on the hillside was pretty cool, too! The sheer organization and man power it took to organize this successful attempt a the World Record was incredible. Each of our spots was marked out on a grid on the ground for the aerial light scene at the end of the video.

Shine Your Light - World's Largest Nativity Scene

When I signed up for this experience, I went into it as a blogger and as a fun experience to share with my daughter. What fun to sing with the Tabernacle Choir and be in a music video!  I came away with so much more. Even if you look very close, you probably won’t catch sight of Lily and I in the video (you can catch a quick glimpse of us 3:08 and in the picture below), but I know we were there and I know what we felt. What a privilege be a part of such an undertaking to share the true meaning of Christmas.

Largest Live Nativity

As we sang on the hillside, I couldn’t help but be overcome by emotion. What joy the heavens must have felt when the Savior of the World was born! Lily asked me if we might have been angels at the Savior’s birth long, long ago. I told her that I didn’t know for sure, but that I sure hoped so! Lily sang her little heart out and quickly memorized the words to the song. Watching her sing Gloria time after time after time, filled my heart! That night we went home full of excitement at what we had just had witnessed and experienced.

This one experience captured an important lesson in life for me. We each have an essential part to play. Some are angels. Some are shepherds. Some are directors. Some are cameraman. Without each person in the cast of over a thousand, the world record and music video would not have been possible. As it is with life, we show up – ready to do whatever is asked of us. Sometimes we need to experience the same things repeatedly in order to learn the full lesson being taught. Sometimes the weather or other variables don’t cooperate with what we are trying to accomplish, but we unite in prayer and keep moving forward to the end goal. In the end, something beautiful and inspiring is created. Every cold moment,  every dark moment, every moment waited is worth it. And the reason it is worth it is because of what our Savior Jesus Christ has promised us.

May we all keep moving forward in our life’s goals and stories together and remember to #sharethegift this holiday season. If you would like to see more inspiring videos about the true meaning of Christmas please visit this web-site. You can download a free track of the beautiful song from the music video at this link. Please share!

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My favorite health app and a $250 Target giveaway

 10 ways the Intermountain Health Hub app will make your life easier

How many times has this scene happened at your house? It’s 9 pm. Your child has a high fever or other worrisome symptoms and you are wondering how late the Instacare is open and if you should take them in. Or how about this one – it’s Christmas eve and your child just bonked his head on the edge of the fireplace. Does he need stitches?

Can’t even count the number of holidays where someone has gotten sick and we’ve checked out of the festivities to research symptoms and instacare options. This year that changed. On the 4th of July a family member wasn’t feeling well. From our lawn chairs where we were watching the children play in the sprinklers, I was able to check her symptoms, find the nearest Instacare that was open, check their wait times, and make her an appointment. All without missing a second of this 4th of July fun.

4th of July

What was once a complicated process was made easy peasy with the new Intermountain Healthcare Health Hub App. No need to interrupt the family festivities, make calls, and borrow a computer or phone book. It could all done from my smart phone in a matter of minutes.

I drove my family member to the Instacare where we were able to get right in since we had prescheduled our appointment and they already had our information. The doctor was able to help us with the problem and send us on our way with a prescription. We were back to the family before the 4th of July bbq and fireworks!

You can see why I recommend the Health Hub App to all of my family now. As a mom of three kids, I am busy and looking for anything that will make my life easier! You can download the app for free here.

Features of the Health Hub App that will simplify your life!

Want to know more? Here are 10 features and benefits the new app provides:

·        GermWatch: Find out how prevalent various germs are in Utah, and see how their activity level is trending. Learn about symptoms, how germs are spread, treatments, vaccinations, and when you should contact your doctor.

·         InstaCare and KidsCare urgent care centers:  Hold your place in line before you arrive and compare wait times by Utah location.  Also find KidsCare after-hours clinics in Utah and information for making appointments.

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·       My Health: Users can access the password-protected My Health patient portal, where they can securely message their Intermountain doctor, check lab results and other parts of their medical records with Intermountain Healthcare, and review benefits and claims.

·        First aid: Get first aid tips for common injuries such as sprains, burns, cuts, etc.

·        Prescription refills: Request refills at Intermountain pharmacies and check the status of prescription requests.

·        Symptoms: Search for adult or child/baby symptoms by key word, body area, or alphabetically by topic.  Find out when you should see a doctor or call 911. Learn about self-care options.

·        Doctors: Find doctors by name, specialty, hospital, clinic, location, and save your doctors to your“favorites” for quick reference later.

·        Locations: Find Intermountain hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies near you and save your favorites for quick reference later.

·        Pay bills: Pay Intermountain Healthcare bills by credit card or eCheck.

·        Send wishes: Send cards with personalized messages directly to patients in Intermountain hospitals.

 For information on other Intermountain Healthcare mobile apps,  visit http://www.Intermountain.com/mobile.

Download Health Hub now and give it a try. Now for the fun part. In addition to having a little more peace of mind over the holidays, when you download the Health Hub app, you can enter to win a $250 Target Gift Card! Check out the details below.

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Nerd Adventures in Utah County + $500 value Giveaway!

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Did you know that according to one survey, Utah is definitely the nerdiest state out there? Our new Salt Lake Comic Con (first started in 2013) has already reached six digit figures in attendance. At BYU, I was part of YJuggle, their juggling club (fun fact: I know how to juggle fire devil sticks). In every city, you can find at least some evidence of how nerdtastic we can be. Here are some of my favorite spots to visit in Lehi and Pleasant Grove!

Thanksgiving Point

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Image by Flickr user anglerp1 via a Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives License

You could easily spend the whole day exploring all of the different attractions at Thanksgiving Point. Two areas you should especially leave some time to visit:

-Museum of Ancient Life

Utah is home to many different dinosaur species. In fact, the only place where you could see more fossils is China. I’ve enjoyed an advantage in learning about these ancient creatures over the years since one of my close friends is a paleontologist. One year he even assisted another friend (a professional balloon twister) in creating a life sized T. Rex for the museum. Even if you don’t have your own personal scientist, you can still explore all of the exhibits and greatly expand your knowledge. Check out one of the movies on the Mammoth 3D screen.

-Museum of Natural Curiosity

This is the newest addition to Thanksgiving Point. It’s a children’s museum that is packed with more than 400 activities that are fun and educational for kids of any age. Check out the Trading Post where you can go on a nature hunt in your own area and bring them in to trade for points towards treasures.

Other Fun Attractions There:

-Farm Country

Here you can see all kinds of animals that would call a farm home. You can also observe traditional farming activities.

-Gardens

I personally adore the gardens; it’s only natural since my Bachelor’s degree is in horticulture. There are many different themed gardens found throughout. In one area you will also find the largest manmade waterfall in the Western Hemisphere. Festivals and other events are held throughout the year.

-Harvest and the Tower Deli

Harvest is our favorite restaurant to visit on special occasions. They strive to use locally produced ingredients in their delectable dishes. I love their elegant version of buttermilk fried chicken and you MUST try the rock shrimp nachos. Afterwards, go get some sweet dessert at the Tower Deli.

Lehi Roller Mills

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I was a child in the 1980s and still love to geek out over everything from that era. You can recreate a corner of this iconic decade by visiting the Lehi Roller Mills. Bring your dancing shoes…. this was featured throughout the movie ‘Footloose’. Once you’re done getting your groove on, you can go to the Mill Store and buy some of their yummy baking mixes.

Dragons Keep

Last year I found out about the fun event known as Free Comic Book Day. I had fun visiting Dragons Keep and enjoying a store that was chock full of everything geeky. If you time it right, you can participate in a gaming tournament or simply borrow one of their board games to try it out before buying. They also have locations in Orem and Provo.

Truffle Cottage

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Handmade potion caramels and the golden egg from Harry Potter

This is THE place to come enjoy some tasty treats with a geeky bent. In addition to the standard array of decadent chocolates that will make you drool, owner Jennie loves to try her hand at crafting sweets that honor your favorite fandom. Try the Ghostbusters peanut butter truffles, the Millenium Falcon S’Mores truffle, and the Batman bordeaux truffles. MMMMM. You can also sign up for one of the Truffle of the Month clubs.

About the Author: Miss Nessa is the head dork over at 2dorksinlove.com. She loves having wacky adventures with her husband, Mister Eric, and her adorable toddler, Miss ZZ. As her blog tagline says, they “love everything dorky, nerdy and geeky…and each other” She grew up in Southern California but moved to Utah for college and ended up staying after graduation.

“14 Utah bloggers, 14 Utah Adventures! Click this link to go to the next great Utah adventure! I am blogging about inexpensive things to do in Midway, Utah. Geothermal spring craters, fairy forests, pygmy goats, ice castles – you want to check it out!”

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Holiday Giveaway & Gift Guide

 

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The holidays are about giving and this holiday season Bargains with Brittanie, Addicted 2 Savings 4 U, and The Budget Bandit have teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to put you into the holiday spirit by offering a fantastic Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway! With over $1,800 in prizes and 21 winners this is a giveaway event you do not want to miss!

These giveaway items would be perfect under your tree. I am a personal fan of Erin Condren products and have one of her stylish, yet functional Life Planners on my Christmas list this year. Check out this video to see why you need one in your Christmas stocking!

With the holidays in full swing chances are you are already on the lookout for this year’s most wanted gifts. But what are you going to get the person who seems to have everything? No matter who you are shopping for this holiday season, this Holiday Gift Guide has great gift ideas for you! Naughty or nice, you will find the perfect gift at the right price! Many of the products featured are actually being given away below but first let’s give a huge thanks to our sponsors who helped make this giveaway happen:

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Four Ways to Use Up Your Halloween Candy – Math Games & Candy Experiments!

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This year I was finally prepared for the Halloween candy aftermath! I was up before dawn with my trusty Scotch Thermal Laminator and Scotch Thermal Laminating Pouches (these have been worth their weight in gold this year!) making Halloween candy math games and studying candy experiments. If we’re all going to be on a sugar high the day after Halloween – we may as well learning something while we are at it!

My quick work did not disappoint. All three children (ages 3-7) had a blast doing Halloween math games and Halloween candy experiments. It easily held their attention this morning and was completely adaptable to each of their grade levels.

First up was candy graphing with M&Ms and Skittles as pictured above. I used this 2 inch printable graphing paper from Classroom Jr – perfect size for candy counting! And then I laminated those babies so that we can use them again next year! Before we started graphing with the M&Ms, we each guessed which color we would have the most of. The winner – orange! Interesting, huh?

After the graphing, we took a math break and did some candy science. We attended the BYU Chemistry Magic Show a few weeks ago and the kids loved it! (PS if you are in the Utah County area in October – you’ve got to attend!) I knew that doing our own candy experiment would be a hit.

Candy Science Experiments

I gave each child a small glass of water and instructed them to a put a skittle or M&M in the water. We then guessed what we thought would happen and eagerly watched to see if our guess was correct.

They correctly guessed that the color would come off of the candy, but they were so surprised when the letters, S & M, floated to the top. Definitely candy magic!

Skittle Experiment

We also discovered that the skittle reacted much more quickly with the water than the M&M did.

M&M Candy Experiment

And here’s another shot of the S floating to the top. Very cool when you are a five year old!

Halloween Candy Experiment with Skittles

Next up was more laminated fun with M&Ms. I laminated these quick and easy math pages from the Mama Miss. Both my kindergartner and second grader had fun figuring out different ways to add to a certain number with their candy pieces.

M&M Math

Surprisingly, my kids didn’t gobble up all the candy. They were having too much fun doing the Halloween math games! I think having access to their candy in the morning and having fun with it helped to dull their immediate need to devour the entire bag like some years.

One aspect of this post-Halloween learning time that I loved was that my kindergartner began making up his own games. If you remember from my Halloween Pumpkin Learning Activities post, this boy loves to make patterns! Perfect way to use those M&Ms and Skittles again!

M&Ms for Patterning

We had so much fun together this morning and I am thrilled to have them laminated for next year. I’m sure we will use them throughout the next week or so and then save them for next year (or the next time we have an influx of candy!)

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Evermore Pumpkin Fest – Choose your haunt!

Evermore Park Pumpkin Fest - Pleasant Grove, UT

Date night just got spookier Utah! The husband and I attended a VIP event at Evermore Park Pumpkin Fest on Saturday and were blown away by the haunting details and stunning technology. This is not your average haunted forest and pumpkin festival peeps! Here’s a little sneak peek to what awaits:

Think choose your own adventure meets Halloween haunt meets Victorian time period. Did I scream like a little girl and push  my husband ahead of me in the twists and turns in the mausoleum – oh yes! Did I stop to oogle all the ah-mazing costumes when I was done screaming – that’s another yes!

Evermore Pumpkin Festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Evermore Pumpkin Fest includes an exhilarating jaunt through a haunted cemetery where you can complete one of four different quests (or keep going back to complete all four!) This was my husband’s favorite part. An interactive haunted quest – sign him up! I liked that it was subtly scary at times rather than in your face scary all the time. This totally makes it more spooky to me. All inhabitants of the tavern and cemetery are in character and interact with you. I believe it is the first time I have talked with someone on a haunted excursion before!

Choose your own quest at the Evermore Pumpkin Fest!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Word has it that the always in character residents of the tavern and haunted cemetery are very accommodating to all ages. But if a haunted cemetery isn’t your thing, there is plenty for the little ones to do as well! There are hundreds of jack o lanterns all designed and displayed in a unique fashion from the entrance archway to the giant pumpkin character at the end of a hay bale maze.

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Don’t miss the street entertainers while you are checking out the pumpkins! You may even come across a 20 pound blood python or the birds of Evermore which were definitely crowd favorites amongst the kids and adults.

The birds of Evermore Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll let you in on a little secret. TONIGHT (Wednesday, October 29th, 2014) is the PERFECT night to go to Evermore Park because not only will you be treated to all of the above, but there will also be a music festival starring Mindy Gledhill, Fictionist, and more! Get tickets online in advance for $5 off. Steal of a deal for a haunted excursion and a concert!

Mindy Gledhill at Evermore Park

My husband and I had a blast at  Evermore Pumpkin Fest and definitely think it is the new haunted place to be in Utah. If you are looking for a fun activity to do with family or friends this week for Halloween, look no further. From college students to the littles, it’s fun for all ages.

One of my favorite parts of our VIP experience at the Pumpkin Fest was hearing from owner and visionary of Evermore,  Ken Bretschneider. While the grounds of Evermore hold the Pumpkin Fest this year, tentative plans are underway to begin construction on a multi million dollar adventure theme park that is both interactive and immersive. John and I marveled at the miniature set of the park that included a  graveyard and hedgemaze, a high-tech hotel, a water park nestled into a cliffside castle, a Victorian village straight from Dickens, a church complete with catacombs to explore underneath, a derelict pirate ship and hideaway cove and much, much more. Be sure to follow Evermore Park on facebook to keep up to date!

To say we are excited for it is an understatement! But for now, my husband is ready to go back and choose his next quest at the Evermore Nightshade Cemetery! Head on over tonight and catch Mindy Gledhill! Remember, tickets are $5 off if you preorder online. The Pumpkin Fest runs through November 1st and is located off exit 275 in Pleasant Grove.

Bloggers Brags Weekly Pinterest Party 10/27

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We need  one more co-host for the month of November and December.  The week of Christmas we will take off, and I will give you the week of the 29th a week early.   Your responsibilities would be to post the post we give you and add a feature every week at 7 am CST and to pin and comment on 35 links every week.  You would be added to our Facebook groups to get the script and so we could answer any questions you might have.   Please email Tammy at creativekkids@creativekkids.com if you are interested.

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Featured Posts from the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party

These yummy looking Apple Pie Cookies from Old House to New Home received the most clicks last week!

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I am Brave and Beautiful Update!

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A few weeks ago, I shared a little bit of my heart for the I am Brave and Beautiful Movement. Taking my makeup off and joining in with 100s of women to share our definition of beauty felt amazing. Have you read the stories of these amazing women? If you haven’t yet, grab a tissue and read them all here.

I am a Dancing With the Stars fan so I was thrilled when Bethany Mota and Derek Hough danced to Colbie Caillat’s Try on a recent episode. Colbie sang and played live – it was amazing! Beautiful and powerful – happily admitting that I cried. The visual of pushing away all of the labels and expressing love for ourselves touched my heart. You’ve got to watch it!

I am so happy that Bethany addressed bullying. It’s an issue that truly breaks my heart. At the beginning of the school year, I found out that my second grader was being pushed by older boys at school. I should have guessed something was wrong when my normally can’t-wait-to-get-to-school little girl was begging to stay home. We had a long talk about bullies and we talked with her teacher. There haven’t been any problems since then and my mother heart is praying that we don’t see any more for a long, long time.

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That is why the #IamBraveandBeautiful movement is so important and so close to my heart.  I want my daughter to always feel brave and beautiful. I want her to be the kind of person who lifts and inspire others rather than tearing them down. I am trying to be that kind of person myself.

Joining in on this project has been a great way to see the good in many of the bloggers I work with. They are not just pretty faces. They are women with hopes and dreams, families and friends. Just like all of us! I am so grateful to them and each of you for sharing the good in the world!

Have you seen the Colbie Caillat music video Try? What did you think?

Are you a Dancing with the Stars fan? Who do you predict to win?

How do you teach your children about their individual worth?

Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party 10/20

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These three posts all received the same amount of clicks last week!

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The Legacy Collection – a Review of Disney’s Latest CD Releases

“I received a set of the Legacy Collection CD’s as a member of the Entertainment New Media Network. No further compensation was received and all opinions are my own. This post may also contain affiliate links.”

Lion King - The Legacy Collection

 

It is no secret that we are Disney fans. From the theme parks, to the movies, to the merchandise – this family loves it all! Ever since our Walt Disney World vacation in May, my three year old has been asking, “When we going back to Disney Junior Land?”

Our next Disney vacation is still in the works and TBA so we’ve had to content ourselves with listening to our favorite Disney CDs. We were so excited to review Walt Disney Records’ newly created line of collectible CDs, the Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection.

The Legacy Collection features the beloved original soundtracks from each of the movies, plus valuable documentary content that tells the story behind the music. Each album features newly created artwork from Lorelay Bove, a visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios (“Tangled,” “Winnie the Pooh,” “Wreck-It Ralph”). The artwork is beautiful and my daughter loved that each CD has a book-like appearance.

Mary Poppins - The Legacy Collection

As we listened to the CDs on a recent road trip, the music took me back to my childhood and the many subsequent cherished Disney memories. Each member of my family has a clear favorite song from the three CDs we reviewed. Here are some of them:

My three year old’s favorite is Just Can’t Wait to be King from The Lion King: The Legacy Collection. I must admit that it gets me singing along, too.

My five year old has a surprise favorite – Scar’s Be Prepared! We’ve listened to that song on repeat the past few days. It’s almost a given that my son is going to shout out, “#8 please mom!” the second we get in the car. Sung by Jeremy Irons, Cheech Marin, Jim Cummings (who took over after Irons’s voice gave out), and Whoopi Goldberg, this song’s lyrics are even wittier than I remember as a child. Disney’s song writers are incredible at writing extra meaning into the songs – I loved the double meaning for pride in this song. So smart!

Listening to the The Lion King also gets me excited for seeing the Festival of the Lion King in the brand new Harambe Theater. It was being remodeled during our visit to the Wild Animal Kingdom so my kids haven’t had a chance to see it yet. Definitely on our Disney bucket list!

Bippity Boppity Boutique

It was definitely not a surprise that my daughter loved the Sleeping Beauty sound track best. She said it reminded her of her time at the Bippity Boppity Boutique. Sleeping Beauty holds a special place in my heart, too, and reminded me of all the classic Disney movies and rides in Fantasy Land. The orchestral scores are beautiful and  I dare you not to slip into a waltz during Once Upon a Dream.

For myself, I have a hard time choosing between Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins with Dick van Dyke and Circle of Life. So many good iconic songs. If you want to get a sneak peek into the making of the Circle of Life scene and music – you have got to check out this video from Disney Insider!

So far only The Lion King, Sleeping Beauty, and Mary Poppins have been released in The Legacy Collection. The Little Mermaid will be released on 11/17/14 with the rest of The Legacy Collection 2015 as follows:

Fantasia 75th 1/3/15

Pinocchio 75th 2/3/15

Toy Story 20th 3/17/15

Disneyland 60th 4/7/15

Lady and the Tramp 60th 5/12/15

Pocahontas 20th 6/23/15

Aristocats 45th 8/14/15

Cinderella 65th 8/14/15

So many fun CDs to look forward to! These will make great stocking stuffers for our favorite Disney fan! I always love having Disney CDs for our road trips and our kids beg to listen to them. The Legacy Collection is available on Amazon.com and the Disney Store, of course.

Now for the exciting part, Walt Disney Records is generously giving away all three CDs to one of my lucky fans! Enter in the rafflecopter below:

If it comes to this blogger’s attention that the winner of this giveaway has won on an additional blog for this same prize, this blog reserves the right to chose another winner.

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What is your favorite Disney song?

What CD are you most excited to listen to?