Disney’s newest release Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is hands-down one of the funniest movies of the year! It’s a great family movie filled with several laugh-out-loud scenes.

Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.

Karen recently traveled to LA for the #VeryBadDayEvent where she met Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner. She was able to learn a little more about the fun behind-the-scenes antics that went on throughout the filming. You can read about her chat with them here.

In the beginning of the movie Steve Carell surprises his family with an amazing Crustless Quiche! You can surprise your family with one this weekend, too–it’s a great way to get them excited about the movie. Click here for the full-size printable version of the recipe.

Crustless Quiche Recipe

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Disney provided me with an expense paid trip to Los Angeles for the #VeryBadDayEvent and #DisneyInHomeEvent in exchange for my review of the events of the trip.  No other compensation is given. The opinions and experiences in my posts are 100% mine.

Last week I was invited on an amazing Disney press trip that covered several upcoming Disney releases including Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Most of the content will be over at Desert Chica in the upcoming weeks but today I was given a fun bonus clip that I could share here on Disney In The Desert!

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 @DisneyAnimation: ARTISTS IN MOTION (Extended Edition) - Join Walt Disney Animation Visual Development artist Brittney Lee as she goes through the process of creating a three-dimensional sculpture of Maleficent, completely out of paper. In this extended edition, go deeper into Britney’s process.

Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition will be available on Blu-ray and Digital HD Oct 7. It features 3 deleted scenes and a special look at creating Maleficent, one of Disney’s most spectacular villains.

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Be sure to follow Desert Chica on facebook to see all the fun Disney content from my trip!

 

We are more excited about this movie than any other of 2014. We loved the book. We love the stars.

And we love funny.

Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old
Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins
with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about
the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to
him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom, dad , brother and sister all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.

Take a look:

We have a great giveaway for you to celebrate the release of this movie!

Alexander Giveaway

One winner will receive a prize pack that includes the above items (coffee mug, green highlighter, reusable bag, and crocodile stress toy).

To enter:

Leave a comment below and let us know where you want to go on your very worst of days. Australia?

This giveaway closes on October 4 at midnight PST. We will choose a winner on October 5.

This is a sponsored giveaway. We received a prize pack in exchange for hosting this giveaway, and one will be provided to one winner. All opinions are my own. This giveaway is open only to U.S. residents, ages 18+.

Disney on Ice presents Let’s Celebrate is coming to Tucson!

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Make an ordinary day extraordinary when Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! – Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt brings more than 50 Disney characters from 16 beloved Disney stories together in Tucson for one colossal party on ice! This fun-filled show features a magical montage of celebrations, holidays and festivals from around the globe set to a blend of contemporary music and favorite Disney songs, playing at the Tucson Arena from October 9 –12, 2014. Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse on a delightful tour as they celebrate a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains; a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen; a Valentine’s Day Royal Ball with the Disney Princesses; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; traveling to far-off exotic places including China for the Chinese New Year, Brazil for Carnival and Japan for the beautiful Cherry Blossom festival Sakura. Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! – Presented by YoKids is the ultimate jam-packed celebration of the century featuring fun and surprises for the whole family!

WHEN:  October 9 – 12, 2014

Thursday, October 9th 7:00 PM

Friday, October 10th 7:00 PM

Saturday, October 11th 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, October 12th 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

WHERE: Tucson Arena 

260 S. Church Street, Tucson, AZ  85701

 

TICKETS: Ticket price levels are $20, $35 (VIP) and $55 (Front Row)

                    Opening Night tickets discounted priced at only $15 (not valid on VIP/Front Row)

Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000 or at the venue Box Office.

TICKET DISCOUNT CODE – MOM4

Save $4 off tickets. The promo code is valid on all shows but not valid on Front Row or VIP seats. No double discounts.

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Congrats to our winner: Amanda Ward!

Enter to win tickets for opening night, October 9!

To enter:  

Mandatory entry: “Like” Disney In The Desert on facebook and leave a comment on this blog post telling us you did so (or already do!)

Optional entry: Share this giveaway on any of your social networks (facebook, twitter, instagram) and leave a separate comment telling us you did.

If you would like two entries, you must comment twice. We can not count one comment as two entries, sorry! 

This giveaway will close September 22nd at midnight. The winner will be contacted the next day. Winner will receive 4 tickets to the October 9th show in Tucson.

 

Princesses need to eat, right?

These princess snacks are the perfect sweet treat for your little Belle, or Tiana, or Snow White…

Pretzel Princess Snacks

You’ll need:

1 bag of pretzel rods

1 bag of white candy melts

Parchment paper

Sprinkles (I used the CakeMate Princess sprinkles as well as some that I had in my baking cabinet)

 

Princess Sprinkles

 

1. Melt the candy melts in your microwave, making sure to stir every 30 seconds.

2. Dip your pretzel rod into the melted candy and use a spoon to help coat the pretzel.

3. Let the candy set for about 15 seconds and then sprinkle with your favorite princess colors

4. Set the princess pretzel on a piece of parchment paper to harden. You can also place them in the refrigerator to harden and for storage.

Pretzel Princess Snacks for your princess!Happy snacking!

 

We all hopefully remember to pack the important things for a Disney trip — good walking shoes, a camera, sunscreen, enough underwear. They are in big, bold print at the top of our packing lists.

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But what about the minor items? There are a few little doodads I won’t leave home without. Collectively, they take up about as much room as a deck of cards. But their value is huge compared to their size, and each of them have saved me and my family many times as we travel.

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1. The average Ziploc — I love these in all sizes for sorting and organizing, but the gallon size has earned a special place on my most-loved list. Use it to pack a whole outfit for a child and simply toss him the bag in the morning — great for coordinating outfits or saving that special T-shirt for meeting a favorite character. Take one in your park bag to keep cameras and cell phones dry on Splash Mountain or in other wet zones. And if you have a child prone to carsickness or motion sickness, you will be very, very glad when she throws up in a plastic bag instead of the upholstery!

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2. The insignificant clothespin. If your hotel curtains don’t close right and you have a child who needs pitch-darkness to nap, using clothespins will save your vacation. Two clothespins help you dry swimsuits or clothes on any hanger or clothesline. Use one as a bag clip for unfinished snacks. Clip a stack of travel documents together so they don’t get separated in your backpack.

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3. The trivial Sharpie. One of these comes in handy when traveling to label almost anything. Your two sons maddeningly insist on getting the exact same souvenir? Sharpie initials tell them apart. Stumble upon a rare character? Sharpie is ready to sign an autograph. Use only part of a Disney gift card? Sharpie writes the new balance. Need to leave a note for Mousekeeping? You’ve already got a Sharpie.  Buy a mini-Sharpie (like the one in the picture above) and it takes up even less space and clips onto a backpack, keyring, or lanyard.

Bonus tip: Bring a spare of any little item that is important to you, and would be difficult or expensive to replace at Disney World or Disneyland. For me that would be my cheap sunglasses and my favorite lip balm. The peace of mind having them far outweighs the packing space they use.

What are YOUR vacation savers?

Sheriff Callie’s Wild West is one of the most popular shows on the Disney Channel right now! Aimed at kids ages 2-7, it’s about a lovable Calico cat Sheriff who keeps the peace in her frontier town of Nice and Friendly Corners using her noodle lasso and cowgirl know-how. You can watch a fun clip of the show here.

Kids all over are loving Callie and her horse Sparky, and we wanted to help you celebrate Callie everyday, even when the show isn’t on!

In addition to our Sparky the stick horse tutorial and Sheriff Callie party ideas, here are some free printable Sheriff Callie cupcake toppers for you to print and use!

 

Free Printable: Sheriff Callie Cupcake Toppers

While these are great for cupcakes, they’re also fun for everyday foods like cheese and fruit, and sandwiches! Enjoy!