Disney Movie Nights: Cars

So…fun fact: We’re Disney fanatics.

Did you know that about us?

For me, it goes waaaay back.

I can actually remember tearing up as I walked into Disneyland for the very first time. I vowed right then and there that I would come back with my children (multiple times), and that Disney would be a huge part of my life.

I was six.

And sure enough, as I  grew, my Disney obsession grew right along with me. Just as it should be.

You know those commercials? Where the family of four is sitting on the couch with a bowl of popcorn…and the lights go down while the Disney movie starts to roll???

My life-long dream was to be THAT FAMILY.

I literally thought my heart might explode the first time I piled on the couch to watch a Disney movie with my boys. And I can’t say for sure, but I might have done an ugly cry.

Fast forward to today. It’s just as thrilling for me, every single time. It will NEVER get old.

And now that they are getting older, it’s the perfect time to add a little more FUN to it.

So we’re starting a new tradition called Disney Movie Nights.

Every Friday night is “family night” around our house. And about one Friday a month we do a movie night (most always Disney).

For our Disney Movie Nights, I pick the movie a few days ahead…then plan a simple dinner menu around it. Nothing fancy, just some fun themed food, and then we roll the movie. With cuddles. And pillows. On the couch.

Cue the sound of my heart beating.

This past week was CARS.


Y’all. You would have thought the boys had died and gone to heaven. We had Flo’s Fruit…


Mack’s Drive-In Popcorn…


 Fillmore’s Organic Fuel…


 Tow Mater’s Taters…


 Lightning’s Diesel Dogs…


And Luigi’s Tires for dessert…


I mean, it was so easy to put together. It maybe took thirty minutes, total? And it was well worth it, for the looks on their faces alone.

The hardest part was stealing the boys’ CARS characters to decorate with.

And as soon as Isaiah saw the set up, he INSISTED on decorating the table with the rest of his CARS.

Melt. My. Heart.


We’re already so excited about the next one!

#Disneyside FROZEN Olaf Mug



To say we are Frozen-obsessed in this household is a bit of an understatement. And confession: it’s more of a “me” than a “we.”

You know you have a problem when you use your precious, child-free car time to belt out Frozen tunes at the top of your lungs. And you don’t care who sees.

It’s bad, folks.

I had the idea for this project when I was making this mug for Modern Parents Messy Kids. Super cute, right? And once I saw how easy it was to make, I knew I wanted a Frozen mug all for myself.

A few notes: while using a regular Sharpie worked just fine for me last time, I had several people say it came right off in their dishwasher. So, I decided to investigate another method recommended by readers.


I used a regular white ceramic mug, and Oil-based Sharpies (in black and orange).

Make sure you wash your mug thoroughly before beginning.

Just use a regular pencil for “mapping” your words and Olaf drawing (if you choose to do one). The pencil will come right off with water, later on.

Once you are satisfied with your word placement, then it’s time to trace with the Sharpie.

Here’s a hint: keep a bottle of nail polish remover handy, along with a few q-tips. And if you mess up along the way, you can erase and keep going. I did that a few times and it worked like a charm.

Then once you are done drawing, it’s time to bake. Simply put in the oven (350 degrees) for 30 minutes, let it cool, and you are done.

New. Favorite. Coffee mug.

Just seeing his little face makes every morning brighter.

I heart you, Olaf.


*Note: If the oil-based Sharpies don’t work on your particular mug…we had a great recommendation by a reader to use glass paint markers, which can be found in your local craft store. Just wipe clean with your nail polish remover, wash your mug, and start over with glass paint. Happy drawing!