Month: March 2015

My Happy Place–Disney’s Beach Club Resort

To all who come to this happy place, welcome–Walt Disney


My favorite resort at Walt Disney World is Beach Club Resort.  When I married my husband at Walt Disney World, we stayed at the Beach Club and it will always be my favorite, but we rarely stay here since Deluxe resorts are typically not in our vacation budget.  However, since it holds a very special place in my heart, I always make a point of coming back to visit during our trips.  The Beach Club is one of the Epcot resorts.  It is connected to Disney’s Yacht Club and they share swimming areas.

Beach Club beach
View from the beach at Disney’s Beach Club resort towards Boardwalk, Swan and Dolphin resorts

You can visit any resort on property, even if you aren’t staying on property.  It is also very easy to visit Beach Club, Yacht Club and Boardwalk since you can exit Epcot at the International Gateway in the back of the park and walk over.  Swan and Dolphin are also accessible from here, but they are not Disney properties, and I have never been over there, so I can’t give my opinion.  There is also a walkway from these resorts over to Hollywood Studios.  It takes about 20 minutes walking from here or taking a boat from the dock to Hollywood Studios.

Cape May Cafe in the Beach Club hosts a character breakfast buffet with Beach Goofy and friends.  For dinner, they offer a seafood-and-more buffet (no characters).  There is also a great little ice cream soda shop, Beaches and Cream.  Their specialty is the Kitchen Sink, which has scoops of every ice cream flavor smothered in every topping they have and a WHOLE CAN of whipped cream.  Bring your appetite or friends to share this decadent delight.

During the holiday season, this Deluxe resort has a beautiful Christmas tree or a gingerbread carousel in the lobby.  It smells heavenly 🙂

Beach Club Gingerbread Carrousel

If you ever get a chance to visit, I highly recommend a slow, relaxing stroll through this happy spot.

Have fun exploring the World!


Hello world! DIY Disney Inspired Sharpie Mug

If you can dream it, you can do it–Walt Disney


I am a self-professed Disney ‘junkie.’ I love all things Disney and I love being creative, so this site is my opportunity to share both my love of Disney and my creative side.  For this first post, I want to show you how to create a personalized coffee mug.

Disney inspired
Disney inspired


Items needed:

  • inexpensive coffee mug (Dollar Tree mugs work best)
  • rubbing alcohol
  • Sharpie paint markers (NOT water based)
  • clear contact paper (with design to trace if needed)


  1. Wipe all surfaces of mug with rubbing alcohol prior to decorating to remove as much of the glaze as possible (I typically use alcohol wipes).  Let dry.
  2. Trace or draw design on back of contact paper.  Cut out and stick to mug.  All areas covered by contact paper will stay white.
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  4. I used a Mickey note pad as my template, but you can download a page of Mickey head templates here.
  5. Some of the paint colors WILL change once baked, so I decided to use a dotted design, which looks better than one solid color.  Using one color at a time, I dotted around the template, letting the paint dry before switching colors.
  6. Once the design was completed, I removed the contact paper and added my name in the center.
  7. Let dry for a few hours (overnight is better).
  8. UPDATE:  Beth at Destination Decoration researched the best time frames for Sharpie mugs.  Her results indicate you should bake at 250 degrees for 2 hours.  You can read about her results here
  9. When I made these previously I baked in an oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, however I recommend following Beth’s recommendation for the best color.
  10. These mugs WILL smell while baking.  I placed the mug in a pan upside down while the oven was cold.
  11. Once it was done cooking, I turned off the oven and left it sitting in there until cool.
  12. Although the paint has been set, I recommend hand-washing instead of using dishwasher.


If you need more clarification, Tasha at Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body has a step-by-step video tutorial.

Easy Dotted Sharpie Mugs {PERFECT Teacher Appreciation Gifts}!

The great thing about this project is your ability to create just about ANY design.  My youngest daughter has been obsessed with Hunger Games recently and made this one by herself 🙂

Hunger Games

Have fun being creative!