Pirates of the Caribbean Inspired Giveaway!

Pirates of the Caribbean inspired giveaway

Pirates of the Caribbean Inspired Giveaway

Ahoy me hearties! In honor of the latest “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie, we’ve joined forces with PrincessSoapsGifts for a fun Pirates of the Caribbean inspired giveaway! We linked up with April through a Disney cruise page. She was sharing her crafty Disney inspired soaps, and we fell in love with her beautiful creations. She has been so gracious to offer to host a giveaway for us.

Giveaway Prize

One lucky winner will receive a bar of Captain Jack soap handmade by April! Inspired by Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, Captain Jack makes a wonderful gift. This high lather, low detergent soap is perfect for shaving. The colors are red and black and topped with a pirate medallion. Due to the method of pouring, each bar is unique.

This soap has a creamy lather that is ideal for shave and shampoo needs. It is fortified with Pure Argon Oil, Silk Protein and Honey Protein, which are thought to pamper while helping with moisture and shine. Extracts include Calendula Flower, Aloe, Carrageenan and Sunflower. The fragrance is Bay Rum (similar to Old Spice).

Support Small Business

Find the latest Princess Soaps creations on her Facebook page, or by checking in at her Etsy store. A few more of our favorite creations made by Princess Soaps include the Maleficent and Little Mermaid soaps. We are swooning with how amazing they all are! All soaps are hand made, and April can do custom work. Her soap is very affordable. It would make a beautiful gift for a Disney Cruise Fish Extender gift exchange or if you just need a touch of Disney in your house. She also offers discounts when purchasing 8 or more bars of soap.

Maleficent Soap | Sleeping Beauty | Sleep Time | DCL Fish Extender Gifts | FE Gift | Artisan Soap | Detergent Free Glycerine Soap

Giveaway Rules

Enter the to win by using the widget below. This giveaway will run through Monday, June 12, 2107. Princess Soaps will mail the winner directly. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.Win your own Pirates of the Caribbean inspired soap! This handmade soap is perfect for the pirate lover in your life or for yourself. Enter our Pirate of the Caribbean inspired giveaway today!
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4 Ways to Find Cute Disney Shirts

Hey howdy hey everyone! I’m here to share all about those cute Disney shirts you always see people wearing while at Disney. I’m also here to share some exciting news: We’re having another giveaway!



Hold up though, let’s backtrack for a moment. Last week I had the pleasure of heading back down to Walt Disney World and enjoying a couple nights with my best friend. And while we didn’t actually visit the parks (heaven forbid! haha) we had a great time exploring the resort areas and dining experiences. Our main park day was spent at the Universal parks (yeah, I said it) while our resort stay was at WDW. Simplify the combo of our resort stay and our parks experience into terms like “mouse” and “patronus” and combine it with our excitement of planning a super last-minute trip and what do you get? My DIY heat-transfer “My Patronus is a Mouse” design of course! And while there are lots of great places online to choose from, I knew that because we were so last-minute I’d have to make ours instead of ordering online.


To start, be sure you’re following Sarah, Amy, and I over on our instagram account! I posted the below photo last week while we were there and it got some good love both from instagram as well as people actually at the parks and the entire Disney resort. But, that story will have to wait til the podcast, (yeah, I’m gonna plug it too) next week! So if you love Disney AND Harry Potter, that is the episode for you!

The moment we decided we’d be heading down, we hit pinterest to get some ideas for planning our shirts. Since it would be just us two adults, we wanted something fun that combined the two well. We found and pinned lots of things but they were mostly one or the other (the mouse or the wizard) and I only found one that really had both. And while it’s super cute and I’ll always sigh after seeing the word always when referenced with Harry Potter imagery, but for us the phrase needed to match both the mouse and the wizard.


I liked the idea of the deathly hallows symbol with the mouse ears like above, but just couldn’t find anything that worked with it. Or made sense with it. So then I started searching Harry Potter quotes and phrases and it hit me after seeing someone else’s design with “My Patronus is a flamingo.” My Patronus is a Mouse!! It’s perfect and with a little help from Sarah and Amy on design details (mostly what to edit out, I may post my edit on Instagram.) it was done and ready to be cut with my silhouette cameo machine.


The black glitter design looked great on both our grey and coral colored shirts and would look equally great on most any shirt color. If you’re like a few of my friends who just had to have one, well then you’re in luck because here it is: the big giveaway! Since I’ll be cutting the decals myself, I’m going to give the winners (yep, gonna give THREE away!) a choice of car decal, iron-on decal, or nail decals! Yes, you read that right! I also made nail decals and while they don’t feature the patronus phrase, they’re still super cute!


If you’d like a chance to win, then be sure you’re following us on instagram and are a part of our private fb group. If you’d like to be added, just search mouse and monorail on fb and click join. I’ll be posting instructions on both instagram and in our fb group so as long as you’re following and have joined the group, you’re ready to play for your chance to win! The first game will be on instagram tomorrow, Friday 11 March to give you all time to join our fb group. The fb games will begin on Monday of this next week. And if participation goes well, I may even give more away leading up to the Harry Potter podcast episode!

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Okay, so what if you’re not into the whole Harry Potter thing and want to go full-on Disney for those super cute matching Disney shirts? Fear not because there are lots of great places to look!! Here’s 4 ways you can score those super cute Disney shirts:

1.The most obvious here is the Disney store online and the shop Disney parks app both have a good selection of apparel that will keep your Disney look sharp and fresh as they have a good bit of the latest trending looks. With this option you can snag fun shirts that are specific to the parks, however you won’t be able to get them all matching for your family since some styles are only available in certain sizes.


2. There’s other websites to order from too! Don’t forget places like Redbubble and Zazzle!! Redbubble features plenty of fun Disney looks from dinglehoppers to snarfblats, there’s a little bit of everything! Amy got her little mermaid inspired shirts from Redbubble and Sarah found her super cute Starbucks and Disney tee at happily ever tees.



And don’t miss out on our own exclusive merchandise over on Zazzle!! You can find our shop here.

3.Buy from a local Mom who makes custom stuff!! You can get exactly what you want when you order from someone local and it’s a great way to support local businesses. We have several friends that make custom shirts and while I’m definitely going to give them a shoutout, you can always ask around in your own community to see who might make custom Disney shirts as well.

Sarah’s instagram friend @HadleyKateDesigns made these adorable cruise shirts and I’m sure they looked fantastic aboard the Magic.

My friend Jennifer makes some super cute monogrammed stuff over at her shop The Peppermint Pig. (And isn’t her logo just the cutest?! Not like I designed it or anything.. 😉 )


And my friend Kim at Stitches etc by Kim can work with you to create just about any look you’d like!


4. DIY. Seriously! You don’t have to be super crafty to come up with some fun shirts! To start, check out my post with easy instructions on how to create your own tie-dye Mickey ears. This project is great for kids (if you do the setup work) and my kids LOVE that they actually added the color to their own shirts!

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Because I have a silhouette cutting machine, I was able to make our mouse patronus shirts pretty easily, but if you don’t have one there’s a way to create a stencil using freezer paper! No really!! Go search Pinterest for freezer paper stencil. You can do lots with it! I had a blast making these best friends shirts for my kids and their bff’s. You can also join groups on fb like “Disney silhouette crafters” to find project ideas, exchange tips, and even download shared files! Have fun with it and search for easy DIY projects for ideas to jumpstart your project. Most of all, believe in yourself and just go for it!!

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With several options to choose from, whether you make them yourself or purchase them online, you’ll be decked out in no time for your next Disney vacation!

Be sure to share your Disney shirts with us either over on our Facebook page or tag us on Twitter and Instagram! We’d love to see your Disney look! And be looking for my first giveaway game on instagram tomorrow!! ~Meredith °o°

Thanksgiving Giveway!

Did you know that January 1st is only 37 days away? Crazy, huh? This year has absolutely flown by! So today we wanted to have a fun little Thanksgiving giveaway to spread a little pixie dust to our readers. It’s because of YOU that Sarah, Meredith and I are able to write for this blog of ours. We are so very thankful for each and every one of you! It’s nice in this crazy world of ours to be able to celebrate the magic of Disney with people who love it just as much as we do!

To show you how much you mean to us, we are giving away a 2016 Disney calendar to two lucky winners just as a little thank you! picWe are super excited to see what 2016 will bring for The Mouse and the Monorail, and we hope that you will join us as we ring in a new year! We’ve grown from 200 followers on Facebook to close to 800 – maybe we can hit 1,000 in 2016! We’ve grown by leaps and bounds, and we definitely want to do more fun giveaways in the coming year, so stay tuned!

This giveaway will run November 25th through midnight on the 29th. Two winners will be chosen at random through Rafflecopter. Winners will be announced on Monday.   a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving from us! ~Amy ºoº

MouseKATears Giveaway!

I’m in the midst of planning for our anniversary trip to Disney in December, and wanted to get some custom mouse ears made. I’m a huge Ariel fan, and after searching on etsy for custom ears, I was in more than a little bit of sticker shock. So much so, that I even searched on pinterest for how to make mouse ears.

I might have even emailed my mom asking for her to help me, and her response was that I must be kidding.

After my mom gave me a reality check, that I have no idea how to make mouse ears, I resumed my search on etsy and came across an etsy page with the cutest ears, at very reasonable prices.

I would like to introduce you to MouseKATears! Katie is the owner of this etsy business, and she was amazing to work with. Katie has been making her mouse ears since August, and she lives in Indiana with her husband Matt, and 3 1/2 year old son Desmond. When she’s not making ears and being a Mom, she works as an operating room nurse on the weekend. She goes to Disney World at least once a year, and lets her etsy business continue the magic when she can’t be at Disney World!

Here are just a few samples of what she makes:

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il_570xN.852868118_cc0fPeter Pan inspired!

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il_570xN.842016516_8h1wThe Fairest of them All – Snow White inspired

I emailed back and forth with her a few times to show her what I was envisioning for my ears (mermaid fabric, dinglehopper, purple satin bow with red accents), and she went to town! My ears were delivered in about a week, and they are perfect! The headband is just right, and doesn’t feel like it is pinching my head, and the quality of the ears and design was perfect. I’m a super happy MouseKATears customer!

IMG_1754So, to spread the Disney love, the Mouse and the Monorail and MouseKATears are joining forces to  give away a pair of MouseKATears mouse ears of your choice to one lucky winner! The contest will be open through Sunday, November 8th at midnight, and the winner will be chosen at random. a Rafflecopter giveaway
Good luck, and get busy entering! ~Amy ºoº

Special Podcast and Contest Announcement

mobile-logo-podcastThis is a special post to let everyone know that we’ve teamed up with Zeek and Rachel over at Behind the Magic podcast and will be featured tomorrow on their “With Us Wednesday” episode! Additionally, our very own Sarah will be helping Zeek co-host while Rachel is out. You can listen to Sarah today, Thursday, and Friday, and all three of us including Rachel on Wednesday. Please stop by and check out their website for more details on their podcast. And while you’re at it, be sure to enter their contest to win cool Disney-themed prizes!!


To enter, simply visit this link and enter your name, email address, and the contest code ” mobile ” for your chance to win!

Thanks so much to Behind the Magic for featuring us! We all had a blast and would love to have both of you on our podcast too sometime! ~M ºoº

Coloring Book and Crayon Tutorial and Giveaway

A long time ago, in a sewing room far, far away…


Hi everyone! I’ve been working hard on this blog post and am happy to finally be sharing it with you all. Now, I realize we have plenty of readers that can’t sew, and that’s quite alright!! I just happen to really enjoy it and am happy to share with all our crafty readers that can. But have no fear if you don’t happen to sew because I’ll be doing a random giveaway for this actual Star Wars organizer!! Simply like, share our fb link to this post, and comment “shared” on our fb link for a chance to win!! We’ll choose the winner using random.org and announce the winner in Friday’s news post. This fun little organizer would make a fun gift to give a child right before heading out to Walt Disney World and help keep them entertained during the long ride. You can customize the fabrics and coloring books to fit each child’s interests and doesn’t take much fabric or time. Now, let’s get started!

Note: This tutorial is really meant for your personal use. However, if you do decide to sell them, please give credit where credit is due and link back to this post on your seller’s page.


Supplies needed:
•Fun coordinating fabrics. I bought 1/2yd of each and it was more than enough.
•Cardboard box
•Snaps, buttons, or hook and loop closure
•11″ of woven elastic
•Scissors and rotary cutter (not really needed but it is so much easier with it!)
•Mark-B-Gone fabric marker
•coupons for your store!!

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To start, cut your pocket pieces. The large pocket piece (for coloring books) should be 11″x14″ and the smaller pocket piece (for crayons) should be 11″x7.5″. Be mindful of how the fabric is oriented when you cut it because you’ll be folding the fabric in half so that only the bottom half of the pocket piece will actually show. Furthermore, some fabrics only work in one direction, like the text-based, yellow and black Star Wars fabric I’m using here.

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Once you get your pockets cut, you can cut your main body pieces. Again, think about what will be showing. You can move your large folded pocket piece around on top of the coordinating main body fabric to get an idea of what will be showing. Or you could, like me, just cut from the corner of your fabric. The main body pieces (2) should measure 11×13. You’ll also need to cut a strap piece(s). If you want a wide strap, you’ll cut two pieces measuring 3.25″x9.75″. If you prefer a narrow strap, you can just cut one and fold it in half when it comes time to sew it. For this project, I chose the wider because I wanted the strap to have the full Star Wars comic page showing instead of only half the text.

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Begin sewing by creating the pockets first. Fold each pocket piece in half and iron it for a crisp edge. You can top-stitch them along the top edge at this point for a clean, professional look, but you don’t have to. If you plan on using Velcro closure, then you’ll need to attach your Velcro piece in the center of the folded pocket facing outward at this time as well. If you plan to use snaps like I did, simply skip this step.

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Place the crayon pocket on top of the coloring book pocket and pin around. Then sew around the edges with a 3/8″ seam going from just above the small pocket down and across the bottom, then back up the other side to the top of the small pocket.

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Next, create your crayon pockets by marking with your washable fabric marker lines approximately 2″ apart. Honestly, I didn’t measure, I just eye-balled it. You can make your pockets larger or smaller depending on your preference. Mine are around 2″ and will hold about 3 crayons or 2 large markers. Sew along your marked lines and trim your thread ends.

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Once you have your crayon pockets made, place your pockets on top of your main body piece and sew around from the top of the large pocket down, across, and back up to the top of the large pocket.

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Now it’s time to sew on your back piece. Up until this point, you’ve been working with the right sides showing, but this time you’ll place the right sides facing each other and the fabric backs out. Pin around the entire piece and again sew from the top of the right edge down, across, and back up the other side with a 1/2″ seam to ensure that your other seams don’t show when you turn it.

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At this point, I also use a stitch to secure the edges much like a serger would, only I don’t have a serger. Instead, I use stitch #15 on my machine. If you don’t have one exactly like this one, a regular zig-zag stitch will work too.

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Turn your piece right sides out and iron your whole piece so that the outer seams are nice and flat. Now, you’ll fold the top opening down and in and iron that as well.

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Measure your full piece from side to side and top to bottom (be sure to measure once you’ve folded that top edge down!) so that you can cut a piece of cardboard to go inside for support. Leave about a 1/2″ at the top because you still have to sew along that edge and you won’t want to sew into the cardboard. Cut out your cardboard and slide it into your piece. You could also use heavy interfacing by sewing it onto the back piece before turning, but it’s expensive and I didn’t have any on-hand. Cardboard works just as good and it so much cheaper!

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Now it’s time to make the strap. Depending on which width you chose, either fold and pin or just pin the two pieces together (wrong sides out!) and sew around the edges. If you’ll be using hook and loop closures, you’ll want to sew the corresponding piece to what will become the backside of the strap before you sew the two strap pieces together.

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Turn your strap and run a top-stitch around the seam edges after you iron it flat. Lay your strap on your organizer piece and decide how long you want the strap to come down. I chose a little longer because I wanted the Star Wars text in the fabric to show, but you can decide for yourself how long or short. Fold your strap back and down at the top where the edge of the organizer piece is and iron it down, then slide the extra (the folded top portion of the strap) inside and behind the piece of cardboard.

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Center your strap and run a top-stitch across the top closing the organizer up and securing the strap to the organizer.

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You’re almost done!! Now, we’ll attach snaps. I’ve used babyville snaps which can be purchased from Hobby Lobby or Joann Fabrics. The kit itself was $20 but I used a $50% coupon and got it for $10! And it’s so worth it because I’ve used these snaps on so many projects. If you don’t want to do snaps, you can always use buttons or hook and loop closures. Just be sure to sew them on at the appropriate times before assembling the whole piece!

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To begin attaching the snaps, you’ll want to decide where they should go (again, I just eye-balled it) and poke the awl through both the strap and large pocket pieces so that your snaps will line up correctly. Place the snap back facing out on the strap and inside on the pocket so that the snappy parts face each other. Attach using the special pliers.

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Now, fold your elastic ends over and run a few stitches back and forth to give the ends a finished look and prevent fraying. I like to attach the female part of the snap to the elastic.

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Measure about 2″ out from a small strap or 1″ out from a wide strap (depending on which you chose) and poke holes for your top elastic strap pieces.

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Attach the coordinating snap closure ensuring that the back of the snap faces outward and the actual snappy part faces the back.

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I’ve used snaps and elastic because it will make installation on most vehicles quite easy. Just raise your headrest a bit, pull the elastic around the headrest bars, and snap closed. And that’s it, you’re done!! Add a fun coloring book and crayons, and this will be sure to make a kiddo’s car ride much more fun and keep your car much cleaner.

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Well, that’s it! Be sure to like, share, and comment on our fb link for your chance to win this actual Star Wars organizer!! I’ll be including the Avengers coloring book with the giveaway! (I won’t be including the crayons because I’ll be shipping from Alabama, and I wouldn’t want your fun new organizer to arrive with melty crayons).  You’ll have until 9 a.m. on Friday. Like I mentioned earlier, I’ll announce the winner in Friday’s news post. Thanks for reading and please come back tomorrow for an important Walt Disney World Public Service Announcement from your friends at the Mouse and the Monorail! ~M °o°