Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Planting Project With The Kiddos

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Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Planting Project With The Kiddos

I’m excited to be heading down to the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL to check out Epcot’s 20th annual International Flower and Garden Festival this week! I’m especially excited about seeing the new topiary additions like the Disney•Pixar’s “Monsters University” addition! The brand new illuminated gardens have me intrigued too, I saw that it’s an extra sprinkling of Pixie Dust to end the evening and you all know how I love Pixie Dust! I really enjoy seeing the entire Park in bloom with all the gorgeous colors everywhere you look. There are so many new things to enjoy this year…I can’t wait!

The [extra silly] kids and I worked on a little planting project in our new Mickey Gnome flower pot too…because we’re festive like that! Take a peek on the video below!

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Magic and Inspiration ~ 2012 DisneySMMoms Day 2

Magic and Inspiration ~ 2012 DisneySMMoms Day 2

I saw that the dates were announced last week for the 2013 DisneySMMoms Celebration and I’ve been thinking about the magical time I had at last year’s Celebration. Disney has continued to inspire me year after year with the fantastic speakers they always have lined up for this event. So, I’m stepping out of my comfort zone to tell you all that I came to the realization TODAY that I never did post my recap of the conference day! So, without further ado, here we go…

We heard from Amy Jo Martin of Digital Royalty. She told her story of how she colors outside the lines to achieve results and how she’s helped celebrities do the same. One of the most important messages I got from Amy was that humans connect with humans, not logos. I love connecting with all of you on every social media outlet I can think of and I agree with Amy Jo that it’s really important for businesses to do the same. She’s written a great book, Renegades Write the Rules, that you’ll definitely want to check out to find out more! Give her a follow on twitter @AmyJoMartin.

Next up was Ramon DeLeon with Domino’s Pizza. He calls himself a “pizza guy who gets it” and I call him an amazing social media and customer service GURU! This guy knows how it’s done. It’s very simple, take care of your customers and if you make a mistake, own it! Apologize to the customer when necessary…in public even. Ramon is the marketing mind behind six Chicago-area Domino’s locations and I’m wishing he was in charge of marketing for ALL of them around the nation. Like Amy Jo, Ramon talked to us about the importance of connecting with our audience/customers. Follow him on twitter at @Ramon_DeLeon.

Peter Shankman was up next and he talked to us about how we need to be a weed because weeds know how to survive no matter what is done to try to kill them…they survive anything and everything! He also reminded us that nothing great ever happens when we remain in our comfort zone. Hmmm…seems like I’ve heard that a time or two! Follow Peter on twitter at @petershankman.

Next up was Lisa Druxman, President of Stroller Strides. Lisa started her company to help moms get back in shape after having a baby. Stroller Strides is a great fitness program that moms can do with their babies. Check out her site and follow her on twitter @LisaDruxman.

Our last speaker was Chris Brogan. Chris has spoken at all three of the DisneySMMoms Celebrations and I always look forward to hearing what new information he’s got to share with us. This time, he gave us some great pointers on how to freshen up our blogs and make them mobile device friendly. You can find out more about Chris’s work on his website Human Business Works. You can also follow him on twitter @ChrisBrogan.

I was able to attend the first DisneySMMoms On The Road in the fall of last year as sort of a mid-year refresher course, and again, Disney did not disappoint! It was really awesome to re-connect mid-year with some of the ‘Moms’ from the past year’s events. Sending a GIANT thank you to Mom Select, Resourceful Mommy Media, Mom Bloggers Club, and 5 Minutes for Mom for all of their hard work every year!

I thought I’d leave you with some of the ambiance of last year’s conference room including some magical touches that you’ll only find at a Disney conference…like a GIANT Castle on the stage!

Disclosure: I paid to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. In exchange for my registration fee, I received deeply discounted rates on hotel, park tickets, events, meals, and swag. I am not required nor was I asked to write about the events by Disney or any other party affiliated with the event. Thoughts are 100% my own.