Disneyland Holiday Decor 2017

I’m always impressed with Disney. They are so creative!! 
Don’t skip going to Disneyland during the Holidays. The holiday decor and details are amazing!

It’s a Small World is transformed into a light show every 15 minutes.

 “Snow’ blowing down on the crowds. Just to adding a magical holiday surprise for guests to enjoy. 


The castle has been transformed into an icy wonderland. My photos don’t do it justice. It’s jaw-dropping to see the castle at night when it’s all lit up.


The Haunted Mansion ride has changed for the holiday. I thought this would just mean a few garlands here and there, but no, it’s not. It’s been completely redone with Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas. 


Cars Land in California Adventure is decorated for the season. 



Several cleverly decorated Cars themed Christmas trees. 




You can feel the Christmas cheer in Radiator Springs.






runDisney New Balance Shoes

Rumor had it that some New Balance Outlets had an inventory of runDisney shoes. I called my local store and sure enough, they had Dumbo’s from 2016 and Tea Cups and Haunted Mansion from 2017. I was actually wanting the Dumbo sneakers. I know it’s a men’s shoe, but I think it looks great as a women’s shoe. I thought the same thing about the Toy Story runDisney shoes. I didn’t see them as a men’s only shoe, I thought it was gender neutral. At least that’s my opinion. I saw plenty of people last week at Disneyland wearing all the 2017 runDisney shoes. 

 


I got to the store and they didn’t have my size in the Dumbo. I did score a pair for Jim at $99. That’s what they were selling for at the Avengers Half Marathon Expo. The smallest size they had was a 9 men’s. While at the store I decided to search on eBay and see if by chance anyone was selling the Dumbos in my size and eureka! There was one seller that had them, so I quickly hit the buy now button. Now Jim and I have matching runDisney Dumbo sneakers.

I didn’t see the clip-on that matches the Dumbo sneakers at the store, so, for now, I’ll have to go without those until I can spot them at a decent price. 

So, the morale of the story, if you’re wanting runDisney shoes, check with your local New Balance Outlet Store. I was told that some of the stores will tell you over the phone if they have runDisney shoes and others won’t so be aware of that.  //s7.addthis.com/js/300/addthis_widget.js#pubid=ra-5980c223ff8218bd

It’s Official, No Disneyland runDisney Races for 2018

I was a little shocked and quite sad to hear that runDisney will not be hosting any races in Disneyland for 2018. Here’s the blog article link.


 RunDisney races are what motivated me to start running is the first place. They will continue with the races scheduled at Disney World, Virtual Races, and Disneyland Paris. 


RunDisney said that the cancellation is due to major construction taking place at Disneyland Anaheim. The safety and happiness of the guests always come first. I understand the decision, but it’s a difficult pill to swallow. 


Avengers Half Marathon weekend is coming up in less than 30 days. I guess that will be the last Disneyland race in a while. Looks like they still have openings for the half and full marathon. This race might have not been your first choice, but given the cancellations, it might be worth it for some to reconsider it. 

Were you already planning on doing a runDisney race at Disneyland in 2018? Which one and what will you do now?

The Art of Quilting: PIQF Santa Clara Quilting Show 2017

Every year I visit Pacific International Quilt Festival (PIQF) that’s held in October at the Santa Clara Convention Center. There are always classes, lots of vendors, and competition quilts, both local and international ones. 

I do sew, so I take advantage of the multi-day pass, especially since I live so close to the Convention Center. Some people fly in for this show and others are bused in from other parts of California. It’s that good of a show!

I have my own strategy for visiting the event. I first walk it all and look for new things that I haven’t seen before. My second sweep involves going back to the particular booths that caught my interest early on. My third sweep involves trying to find the various fabrics or zippers needed to complete certain projects. 

 

 


During my last sweep, I also dedicate time to look at all the competition quilts. I stand at a distance and try to understand the concept and then I look at the work up close and read the description to get a better understanding of what the artist was trying to convey. 

Each year there’s a theme to which people can make quilts in order to compete for a money prize and or a ribbon of recognition. If you think quilting is just your grandma’s traditional quilts, you’re so wrong! 



















If you enjoy art whether traditional, modern, impressionistic, etc, you will find a quilt at this show that speaks to you. Okay, not literally, but you know what I’m saying. If not, you will at least appreciate the thousands of hours that people dedicate to their quilts. I don’t have that kind of time or commitment to my craft or the ability these quilters have. 

Also, don’t think that quilting is limited to women. While the majority of quilters are still women, many men are quilters. I have seen many engineers enjoy the Math and visual/spatial challenge of quilting. 

The Cherrywood Challenge had a Disney’s Lion King theme. I’m a Disney fan, so I got very excited to see this particular group of quilts hanging together. 

 

 




Learning to Code with Star Wars



October 3, 2017, is the release date of the Star Wars Coding Projects book in both Kindle and print. Available for pre-order now.

 Click link here to purchase.

This book uses Scratch to teach kids ages 8-12, grade level 3-7 how to code by creating their own characters, driving a spaceship through an asteroid belt or an adventure. Teaches essential coding skills. 

Projects are shareable and competitive as you can challenge kids to beat your top score. Steps for coding are easy to follow, numbered, and well illustrated. 

This book is bound to encourage kids to learn how to code by using the characters they know and love. 

Disney Pixar Coco Film Focuses on Hispanic Traditions

Disney has an amazing ability to take traditional folkloric stories of various places around the world and transforming them into a family fun movie. 

When I was in Italy, I learned that Pinnochio was based on an Italian folkloric character. Visit Rome and you will not only find Holy Water and Rosaries as souvenirs, but also small wooden Pinnochio’s. 


When I went to Ireland, I visited the Leprechaun Museum in Dublin, Ireland, yes, there’s such a thing, and they told us that the story of leprechauns was told to children there for ages. I also remember the narrator saying that the leprechauns in their folkloric stories wore brown, not green clothes. 

This time Disney does it again with the upcoming film Coco. As a Spanish Teacher and fellow Hispanic, I can see so much culture integrated into the film that it’s amazing. Finally, a film that explains Day of the Dead is not a scary day, but as something culturally beautiful and almost magic. 

Here’s the trailer for the Disney/Pixar film Coco. 

In theaters, November 22, 2017. 

Avengers Half Spider-Girl Running Costume

runDisney Avengers Half Marathon Weekend is coming up and I’m dressing up as, yep, you guessed it, Spider-Girl. 

I love how the new Marvel super heroes include a female version of all the traditional super heroes. With the exception of Wonder Woman, girls didn’t have many options when it came to female super heroes, but now they do, which is awesome. 

Here’s the link to my runDisney story, in case you missed it. 

Visor– Made by me. Here’s the link to the blog post of how I made it. 

Tank top– Bought on Etsy from iGlowRunning.

Skirt– Bought on Etsy from PrettyPumpkin