Celebrating 30 WDW Favorites

Well, we all have to turn thirty sometimes. Right? RIGHT? Ahem. I’m well-rested from an extended trip to Orlando (thanks to “blizzard” Juno)… even a week later. So I say that’s a pretty good trip, huh? I plan on talking about my November and January trips super soon (I’m going to stretch out these recaps […]

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Hark! A Happy (& Busy) 2014

Here we are again. Another pesky year comes to an end. It’s difficult to sum up an entire year when you are in denial that it’s just about finished, and a new one will be starting. 2014 has definitely been an interesting one: full of new experiences, lots of change, and, as always, many lessons […]

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Cup of Kindness at Disneyland | Muppet Monday

Three more sleeps until Christmas. Can you believe it? I can’t. Another thing I can’t believe is the new video of Kermit the Frog singing “It Feels Like Christmas” at Disneyland. I mean, I’m me, so I’m totally thrilled but I’m also thinking: well, you just decided to close the MuppetVision attraction at California Adventure […]

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Merry Disney DIY | Handmade Tradition

“Why don’t you make a card?” This is a question that is asked a lot in our household during this time of year. Truthfully, I should be making a card instead of writing this post but publishing THIS particular post always inspires me and gets me crafting faster and better. In 2011, 2012, and 2013, […]

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Backup, Back Up, and Thinking Back (& Ahead)

Imagine this. I am enjoying an Estelle-concocted liquor coffee drink while settling in for an evening of second helpings from our Thanksgiving lunch, football, and trying to keep warm in my parents’ living room. I open up the Dashboard for This Happy Place Blog and realize everything, and I mean everything, is missing. I know how many […]

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Meet My Muppet Family | Muppet Monday

We were out this weekend with some lovely friends who interrupted my story at one point to say: “I’m sorry! I’m sorry! I just can’t picture your dad without thinking of Beaker.” This made us all chuckle a bit; this wasn’t the first time we’ve said this about my dad. And honestly? I have no […]

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Trip Prep: Making a List & Checking It Twice

Hello! So last week, I spilled the beans and told you I was going on v-a-c-a-t-i-o-n! (We’re going to have a ball!) My gal pal Alex from Practically Imperfect joined in the fun as she counts down to her own Wine & Dine vacation. Now that we’re all caught up, I’m limiting myself to 10 […]

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Biographer Brian Jay Jones on Jim Henson | Muppet Monday

Happy Monday! This Wednesday, Jim Henson would have turned 78. In the 3 years I’ve been working on THP, one of the highlights has always been learning and discovering more about Jim and the Muppets that I love. If you’ve been following since last year, you might remember I was SUPER excited for the release […]

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Simple Moments: Disney Don’t Make Junk

THP pal and guest writer, Dan Heaton, is back with a great addition to the Simple Moments series. A 2004 visit to the World, a bus driver to remember, and impressions of a place he’d known since childhood. Thanks for joining in, Dan! – emh Growing up in the ‘80s and early ‘90s, annual trips […]

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Muppet Monday: Hollywood Elite

James and I spent another lovely Saturday afternoon at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. Gosh, I love that place. Currently, the museum is featuring some fantastic World’s Fair footage and a very extensive Chuck Jones exhibit with all kinds of great cartoons I haven’t seen in ages. (I was reminded how […]

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