Thinking Back On My Moms Panel Journey


Thinking Back On My
Moms Panel Journey


Well, today is the day that so many of my online and real-life friends will find out some very important, life-changing news on whether or not they will advance to Round 3 of the search for the newest members of the 2014 Disney Parks Moms Panel. In fact, today at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time to be exact, according to Gary Buchanan‘s very clever tweeted pic of his score on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin yesterday! Nicely done!

I sincerely hope that you are all finding ways to keep busy today and that you are able to relax. And BREATHE! The 3 o’clock parade starts in just a couple of short hours and we must all be neat and pretty!

I have met so many of you over the last 5 or so years through our mutual love of Disney Parks. I’ve been through this process together with some of you for so many years now that it’s surreal. Today, I’m so full of many emotions, as I have been for nearly two months when the search first began. I can barely concentrate on a single thing other than holding you all close and sending as much Pixie Dust as I possibly can to you all.

See, each Fall since 2008, I would stalk the Moms Panel site. You know, by clicking the little button on the lower left corner that says “How to be a Panelist” like 5 million times a day. Just kidding.

Not really.

My point is that I have been exactly where you are right this very minute. I was there myself each year in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Each of those years that I wasn’t chosen were hard. Really REALLY hard. I questioned myself constantly and each year after the disappointment faded, I felt that my confidence grew. Looking back, I feel like those years that I wasn’t chosen to advance were somewhat of a training course, if you will. I don’t even need to imagine how excited and anxious you all are because I know. I know how very important this is to you all because it was [and still is] just that important to me. It’s a big deal.

It’s an even bigger deal to keep on chasing your dreams if at first [or second or …] you don’t succeed. I did. And then I was finally able to share My Most Magical Moment with you last year! Having you all by my side year after year made it easier to keep my chin up and to keep on keepin’ on. We’ve formed some pretty awesome friendships too! <3

I watched Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure with my daughter the other day and I keep thinking about that scene in the Pixie Dust Tree. You know the one? Here’s a little peek just in case…


Tink needs to listen to herself and take her own advice, right?

You are all amazing, talented people and you all deserve to be a Part of the Magic but as we know, there isn’t room for everyone.

Be proud of who you are and know that even if you don’t receive the news you want today, there is always next year. There was a “next year” for me and there will be one for you too!

My Disney Dream Come True!






What Does Disney Time Mean To You?

When I think about Disney Time, I think back to my very first visit to the Disneyland Resort and how when we were there for a whole week, nothing else in the whole world mattered to me. I forgot about the mortgage payment and the bills that were due. I forgot about deadlines that would be waiting for me when I returned to work after vacation. I’d completely put all of the regular ups and downs of everyday life completely out of my mind because we were at Disneyland and none of it mattered.

Our family stayed together at the Disneyland Hotel in a huge corner suite. There were eight of us, six adults and our two kids who were 2 and 6 at the time. We had the most amazing family vacation and it started us all on the road to being huge Disney fans…of course, it hit me more than anyone else in the family, but who’s counting, right? We did the Walk in Walt’s Footsteps tour where we learned some super cool things about how Walt Disney thought about things like buildings and decor being built high enough so that no matter where in the Park you were, you could not see any of the outside world. I literally had chills when I learned that because I just love how he thought of those kinds of details. I actually cried as we stood in the gorgeous lobby of the Disneyland Hotel waiting for our shuttle back to the airport because I didn’t want to go back to reality. I knew we’d have to do everything we could to get back there someday, and we did!

Photo Courtesy: Disney Parks

Photo Courtesy: Disney Parks

Disney Time is such an important part of my family’s life now and we all truly enjoy it. It’s a time where we can just be. It doesn’t matter what we’re doing as long as we’re together. Disney Parks is giving away some Disney Time with their Disney Time Sweepstakes and you can enter every day until January 31, 2013! You may even see a video or two of someone you know!

So, I ask all of you, what does Disney Time mean to you?

My MOST Magical Moment!!!


My MOST Magical Moment!!!


It was 3:16 in the afternoon on Friday, November 9, 2012 when my phone rang displaying a 407 area code [the MOST magical area code on earth, by the way]!!! I had been wondering what was happening because my phone had been making all sorts of noises for the past half hour or so prior to it ringing. See, I was teaching an online class at the time so I was really focused on what I was doing. So, here’s the thing, when I answered my phone, it was Leanne Jakobowski from Walt Disney World on the line and hearing her voice made my heart skip a beat!!! She was sort of thinking that I might know calls were going out and it was fun, because while I wasn’t sure exactly what was going on with my phone, I knew there weren’t any emergencies because there are special tones for that!

So, we chatted for a few moments and Leanne let me know that her and her team had made their final decisions for the 2013 Moms Panel and I think my heart skipped another beat!!!!!! The next thing she said was that she’d like to invite me to be a 2013 Walt Disney World Moms Panelist and to come down for training next month!!!!!!! I tried really really hard not to blow her eardrums out with my excitement!!!!!!

You guys, I’m seriously over the moon with excitement!!!!!! I have been chasing this dream for so many years and the thought of running down Main Street with a giant butterfly net above my head was looking sort of comical so I just couldn’t be happier to announce to you all that I am officially a 2013 Walt Disney World Moms Panelist!!!!!!!!!!

All of your tweets and Facebook messages since my official announcement last night at 8:03 PM EST absolutely mean the world to me!!!! You must know that I appreciate each and every one of your messages!!! Thank you so very much and I’m going to do my absolute very best to make you all proud!!!!!

P.S. I took the picture above from an ad in the Sunday newspaper two weeks ago!!! I had just started subscribing to it and I just about fell off my chair when I saw that OPI had an actual Pixie Dusted color named “It’s MY Year”!!!!!!! I’m in search for it now because OPI says it’s been discontinued and it REALLY IS my year, so I MUST have it!!!! #AAACK

Pixie Dust in my Mailbox Today!!

You guys, I’m so excited that I can hardly even contain myself right now!!!!! Woo Hoo!!! Can you hear me screaming?!!?! I may just explode into Pixie Dust right here!!!!!

I Made It To Round 2 of the 2013 Disney Parks Moms Panel Search!!

Here we gooooooooooo!!! Off to Neverland!!!!!! So excited!!!!!!!! Could my third time in Round 2 be a charm? :)


2012 Walt Disney World Moms Panel Search

You will probably all laugh at me, but I’ve become somewhat of an email stalker during the last few weeks. There have been so many really exciting events and such going on that I’ve hardly been able to contain myself!

I knew that emails would be going out any time to those who made it or didn’t make it to Round 2 of the 2012 Walt Disney World Moms Panel selection process. Lots of my friends started tweeting this afternoon about it and I started getting really anxious/excited! At 3:27pm EST I received an email from the Mickey Moms Club and it was a newsletter. I think my heart skipped a beat! So, I went back to my writing when I saw my gmail tab receive another email at 3:46pm EST. It was from the Walt Disney World Moms Panel and in the subject line, it said “Congratulations! You made it to Round 2!”!!! Here’s a small excerpt from my letter…

I am so insanely excited that I can barely describe it to you! I’ve been applying for the Moms Panel every year for four years now. This is the second year that I’ve made it to Round 2 and I’m really excited about it! I want you all to know that I’m so glad you’re taking the time to read this right now and I appreciate the support of each and every one of you! You all mean the world to me! Thanks for sharing my Pixie Dust!

This video pretty much sums up what I love about Disney!

I’m so glad to have watched this video! It’s nice to know that people like Whoopi actually “get” Disney! Love it!

This video pretty much sums up what I love about Disney!