Saturday, September 29, 2012

Silly Saturday: Wreck-It-Ralph

Do these posters make anyone else want to scream like a little girl at a 1direction concert? Cause I might be doing that! I love these. The mix of the classic game characters I grew up with and the made for movie characters of the world of Wreck-It-Ralph. What could be more perfect?!







Thursday, September 27, 2012

Epcot Food and Wine Preview

Hey guys and dolls! I just wanted to share some of my food and wine sampling from today. For those who don't know every fall Epcot has an annual Food and Wine festival. It is fab! You can try foods you've never heard of and drink around the world (world showcase, that is) in a whole new way.

I was able to try China, the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, the Country of Cheese and Terra (Terra is the completely new, mostly vegan-the wine isn't- booth.) When I get the chance I'll list the prices but I can tell you the most expensive thing I had was the Bacardi cherry limeade from the Caribbean and it was $7.25. On average it was about $5.

My favorite so far was Hawaii although I almost wish it was spicier. Terra was really good and I'm a meat eater. The Caribbean was also a favorite. The cherry limeade was the best drink of my day and Ropa Vieja seemed like it would taste weird but it was an amazing dish. Just spicy enough to have flavor.

I don't know if I mentioned it before but I love the country of Cheese! I am a big fan and hope to be their ambassador. I unfortunately didn't get a real sense of flavors from my cheesy favorite with this tasting. I will go back and report with more.

If you want to see more pics of food and wine (and see the names of the food pictured here) go to my  (dragynally there too) or facebook page.




Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: #DisneyontheRoad











I Love Learning! #Giveaway


I'm not a parent (yet) but I am a big believer in early education. I think anything we can do to make learning fun for kids is great and it helps create better adults. With that in mind when I went to NY Fashion Week a few weeks ago I was geeked to have ABCmouse.com subscriptions in my gift bag. I thought how cool it would be to give these to my guys and dolls so they can share them with their kids. And with that exciting notion comes the disclaimer...

Disclaimer: ABCmouse.com is not sponsoring this giveaway. In fact they don't know who I am or care what I do. The gift subscriptions come with their own rules and regulations and there is nothing I can do to change that. It is not my responsibility to make this giveaway easy for you. If you do not have a compatible browser or the widget I use for comments doesn't work for you it is a shame but there is nothing I can do. Entering this giveaway is completely optional. Those who choose to will have the opportunity to win.

This giveaway will be for 18 and over US residents only. Many may enter 2 will win a a year subscription to ABCmouse.com. Giveaway starts midnight September 26 and ends midnight October 10 EST. Winners will be announced in a post entitled  "I Love Learning Winners". It is the responsibility of the winners to check dragynally.com and contact DragynAlly at thedragynslair@gmail.com within a week of the winners announcement. If the winner does not send an email with in a week a new winner will be chosen.

Good luck!


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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Instagram Challenge!

I love Instagram... Not like. LOVE! I am currently at 951 pics... Not bad. And I am hoping to make it to 1000 over the next weekend.

What's so great about this weekend? Well It's Epcot's 30th birthday, my first 5K, a Villain's part, my first Mickey's Not SO Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP), and so much more! I think that is more than enough to take pictures of, don't you?

With that in mind I am hoping you will help me out. If you could leave comments of picture challenges that I can try to accomplish and share with you. They can be anything (within PG rated reason). Just keep in mind that I'm at Walt Disney World so challenges like "snow" probably won't work. But challenges like "a park icon" or "Beast's Castle" will be fun.

Let's have fun and see what happens!







Cleaning Out My Closet #Giveaway

As you know I went to NY Fashion Week about 2 weeks ago. While I was there I got some really amazing swag! Some of which is of no use to me. So I decided to share it with all of you. I have 4 $50 Rent the Runway gift cards that I think could use a good home. Now disclaimer time...


Disclaimer: Rent the Runway is not sponsoring this giveaway. In fact they don't know who I am or care what I do. The gift cards come with their own rules and regulations and there is nothing I can do to change that. It is not my responsibility to make this giveaway easy for you. If you do not have a compatible browser or the widget I use for comments doesn't work for you it is a shame but there is nothing I can do. Entering this giveaway is completely optional. Those who choose to will have the opportunity to win.

This giveaway will be for 18 and over US residents only. Many may enter 4 will win a $50 Rent the Runway gift card. Giveaway starts midnight September 25 and ends midnight October 9 EST. Winners will be announced in a post entitled  "Cleaning Out My Closet Winners". It is the responsibility of the winners to check dragynally.com and contact DragynAlly at thedragynslair@gmail.com within a week of the winners announcement. If the winner does not send an email with in a week a new winner will be chosen.

Good luck!

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Blogging Leftovers

This is the second week in a row I posted the leftovers on a Monday... Yay to being sick. ::Sniffle:: We had a lot of fun this week going to the Disney on the Road event hosted by the Social Media Moms and an advanced screening of Frankenweenie. So all in all a good week.

This up coming week will be interesting. Starting Wednesday I will be on my Disney trip for about 7 days. I'm going to attempt to live blog a few things while I am away. But as you know you can follow @DragynAlly on twitter to see my latest goings on. I will be trying out the Food and Wine Festival, walking my first 5k, going to a special villains party AND going to my first Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. It'll be a lot of fun.

And now with that out of the way...

On Monday was all about the D23 Fanniversary.
Tuesday we obsessed about Frankenweenie and played with science.
Wednesday was wordless.
Thursday I joined with other bloggers for a baby shower giveaway.
Friday PrintRunner sponsored a giveaway AND I reviewed Frankenweenie.
And Saturday was silly.





Around the InterWebs

Hey guys and dolls! Every now and then I read great posts by other bloggers and think about how much you would love them. So I have decided that once a week I should share new sites and posts with you.
  1. My friend at Walt Disney World: It's Not Just for Kids talks about Sephora's new Cinderella collection. It sounds fab!
  2. Magical Mouse Schoolhouse is helping Give Kids the World with a fundraiser.  I'm going to help any way I can.
  3. Erica Says tells us about how to add a copyright watermark to our pics. Which is something I have often wondered how to do.
  4. And Mommy Moment shares an adorable Monkey Cake with us.
That's all for this week. If you have a post that you want share or read something AWESOME over the week and think it deserves a shout out let me know! 




$75 Gift Card Winner

Congratulations Christina Y. (@christinaSY123)!!! Please email thedragynslair@gmail.com ASAP to claim your prize. If you do not claim your prize in a week a new winner will be drawn.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Silly Saturday: Frankenweenie

Good morning and happy Saturday! As you know I am a little Frankenweenie happy lately. So for your silliness this Saturday enjoy this family friendly matching game AND a fun video.



Link to download this game is HERE.



Friday, September 21, 2012

It's Alive! Frankenweenie Review

Sorry I'm a bit late on this review (I could've posted it at 8pm yesterday.) But it all good. This review will still be up way before the movie comes out, so score one for the Dragyn!


And with that in mind... Spoiler Alert: I will do my best to keep this review as spoiler free as possible. However I have learned the hard way that one man's common knowledge is another man's spoiler. "What do you mean Frankenweenie is entirely in black and white?!"

I thought Frankenweenie was so cute! I loved it. It was pretty much what I expected; The touching story of a boy and his dog with some creepy elements thrown in.   You guys and dolls know how I like my lists. So I think I will once again do this review in list form.

  1. Victor and his family might be the only normal people in this town. Which isn't saying much considering Victor brought his dog Spark back from the dead.The relationship between Victor and Sparky makes this film. It is the emotional anchor we all rely on. Cause trust me, besides the two of them everyone else is very weird... One character is called Weird Girl and that is her only name. I think their relationship is what made the plot. Because a lot of weird things happen during the film but I only cared about Victor and Sparky.
  2. This movie is really funny. I especially laughed anytime Edward E. Gore was on the screen. He was cute for a manipulative hunchback. The other kids in Victor's world are based on horror movie icons. His next door neighbor's name is Else Van Helsing. Tell me that's not awesome! Also Time Burton's opinion of politicians isn't well hidden. Elsa's uncle Mr. Burgemeister is the mayor and is so focused on the town festival he could care less about anything or anyone else. I guess what I am saying is the characters are a lot of fun.
  3. The entire movie is in black and white. I found this very mesmerizing at points. Like I was in a trance. I will say for being black and white the tones of grey were very rich. Frankenweenie still had depth and texture even though it was grey. They explained in a recent featurette that some of the production had to be made in color just so it would show up properly in black and white.
  4. I love stop motion animation! This film was made with figurines that were about a foot tall. This style creates a creep look that Tim Burton is known for. It also creates more depth than regular animation or even computer animation. The camera can travel through the world of the figures the way it travels through our world. This means the 3D is actually very good. 
  5. I'm not a huge 3D fan. I LOVED this 3D. As I said in number 5 it's thanks to the way the camera moves that you feel like you are in the world of Frankenweenie with the characters.
  6. Unlike a lot of more recent Tim Burton plots, Frankenweenie wasn't convoluted. It was very straight forward and dare I say simple. Victor brings his dog back to life. Other kids want to bring their pets back to life. Chaos ensues. Simple. Which was refreshing and easy to enjoy.
  7. Frankenweenie very dark and scary. Well darker and scarier than your average children's film. On a scale of 1 to slasher horror pic it's about a solid 4. Even I jumped at a few points and I'm an adult. If your kid can handle Nightmare Before Christmas they'll be fine. But if there parts of Brave that scare them you might want to rethink this. Also the movie deals very heavily with death and loss. So it might be a good opportunity to talk to your kids about these things. One person asked if this was really a film for kids or a film for adults disguised as a film for kids. It is a film for kids that adults can enjoy. It is just very dark. If we could rate films PG-10 I would give this film that rating.
  8. Victor is very obviously based on Tim Burton himself. He is a young boy who like to make films by himself and hang out with his dog instead of people. Yep sounds familiar. This is probably why this project was so near and dear to Tim Burton's heart. You can feel the love of this project throughout watching it. It was about love. You'll see that a loft of the best moments of the film are about love.
  9.  I have no clue why the film is called Frankenweenie except that it was inspired by Tim Burton's short of the same name and he liked the title. Honestly I don't think the term Frankenweenie was ever used in the film. But it's still really cute.
If you have questions about Frankenweenie and would like to know more leave me a comment or question. I'll answer them.It's worth it to go see this film. You will have a great time and if you're like me it'll touch your heart even through the darkness.









PrintRunner #Giveaway


Hey guys and dolls! I often talk about blog conferences and networking. One of the keys to that are business cards! I now what you're thinking "I'm a small blog. No one wants a card from me." That is SO not true! I want your card. Other bloggers want your card. Friends, family and people who might want to check out your site want your card. 

So with that in mind I wanted to give you a chance to win some before you invested the money into getting a set. And that means Disclaimer time!

Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by PrintRunner. I haven't had the privilege of trying out their business cards yet but I have heard good things. And because I am the giveaway hostess with the mostest I get a set of business cards too. (YAY!)

What is this fabulous prize? As I said it's business cards. A set of 250 standard size (2x3.5in), double sided and in color square business cards. The paper is 14pt. UV coating on front OR both sides. If you like me are wondering what that means it means high quality glossy looking card stock. They are ready to ship in 3 business days which is a good turn around. Sounds good to me! 

If you need business card online printing and cannot wait for this giveaway give printrunner.com a try.

Also check out PrintRunner's facebook and twitter and thank them for the great giveaway. 

Many may enter only one will win. Giveaway starts NOW and ends at midnight EST October 6. Good luck!

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

It's A Girl Baby Shower #Giveaway

It's A Girl Baby Shower Giveaway Event is now LIVE!!! September 19th - October 3rd 2012

Hello guys and dolls! If you can't tell this is another giveaway. I teamed up with the lovely Heather of This Mom's No Expert and other great blogs! Heather's giveaway is really cool because the winner gets a prize and her sister gets a dream baby shower. All the info is below. Good luck!!!

Heather with This Girl's No Expert and This Mom's No Expert's sister Jennifer Savino is giving birth to her baby girl (name is a secret) any day now so we are throwing her a Baby Shower Giveaway!


SWEET BABY GIRL GIVEAWAY WORTH OVER $300!!

Here is what we have to giveaway to ONE SUPER LUCKY WINNER

  • Custom Made Tutu w/ matching flower clip and crochet band in shades of purple
  • Juppy Baby Walker
  • Photo Cube
  • Custom Made Monogrammed Dress
  • Copy-Kids Eat Fruits and Vegetables DVD
  • Handmade Custom Burp Cloth
  • Cute Little Onesie with Pink Butterfly and Beautiful Gift Box
  • 4x6 Photo Album
  • Personalized Children's Book
  • Bows, Crochet Headbands and Flowers
  • Princess Custom Made Baby Wipe Case
  • Jumbo Pack of Huggies Newborn Diapers
  • Sleep Deprived Parent T-Shirt
These are our amazing Sponsors that donated to This Baby Shower Event! We Can't Thank You Enough!
They also donated the same items to Jennifer for her baby! Please check them out and show some love!
This event will be worldwide.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Frankenweenie


In honor of the advanced screening of Frankenweenie I'm going to today. Also my D23 guys and dolls can get tickets to their own advanced screenings today at 10am.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

It's A Girl Baby Shower Giveaway:Blogger FB Group 1













Frankenweenie Science Fun



Got a little mad scientist at home? Or a bit of a mad scientist yourself? Try these fun, easy and safe science experiments at home! If you click the links it'll take you to the downloadable PDF. ;-)

Experiment 1
Experiment 2

Obsession: Frankenweenie


I may have an unhealthy obsession with the new Frankweenie movie hitting theaters October 5th. I already love Tim Burton. I totally understand the attachment of a kid and his dog (I've had a few best fuzzy friends). And I have always had a love of the macabre. This movie combines the simple truth of a kids love of his pet with the Frankenstein story. It is light hearted and dark and creepy all at the same time. And listen to me reviewing it before I've seen it! Ignore me. Just watch the featurette below and tell me what you think.



Highlights Winner

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Monday, September 17, 2012

D23 Fanniversary


Honesty time. I have a D23 membership. It was bought as a gift. I renewed it not because I love D23 but because I am going to the 2013 Expo no matter what! But since I had the membership I decided to go to the Fanniversary last Friday (September 14). It was the first event I've seen a D23 event in Philly. If any of you know of a Philly event before this let me know! So I bought a ticket for me and my mom and we went.

It was cute. I think what I enjoyed most was being with my "tribe". It's just so cool to have that many Disney fans in one room. Everyone was wearing their Disney gear (I rocked my Disney Dooney.) and most of us were staring at our cellphones until we were ordered to turn them off.

The Fanniversary highlighted everything from Snow White to Lilo and Stitch and everything in between. Ready to feel old? DuckTales is 25!!! But then their were events that made me feel young. Like Epcot is turning 30 this year. And Goofy is 80!  (I always had a thing for older dudes ;-) They talked about Silly Symphonies like the Skeleton Dance and Mickey Shorts like Clock Cleaners. It was amazing how many Disney things were celebrating many years of entertaining us.

All in all it was worth the money and to have my mom understand what I love. I just hope D23 does more events in this area. There are obviously fans here!



Blogging Leftover Monday?! 9/16

Yes... Our week in review is a day late. But in my defense my computer was raging against the human and I finally got it to work. It was a crazy week! Monday I went to a special Fashion Week event. And Friday I went to the Disney D23 Fanniversary.


This week is going to be crazy too. So far the plan is to write that Corvette review I've been procrastinating on. I want to talk more about Fashion Week and write about the D23 Fanniversary.

I'm going to the Disney on the Road event in Long Island Wednesday followed by a book release party the same day! You can follow all of my many misadventures @DragynAlly. Feel free to tweet me. :-)

Now the week in review!

Monday was the Highlight of the week.
Tuesday we talked about a Frankenweenie game night and Halloween plans.
Wednesday was Fashionably wordless.
Thursday... There was nothing.
Friday was a three for all with Nemo, Wreck-It-Ralph, and Lincoln.
Saturday we announced a Winner and got Silly.

That's about it. Make sure you keep checking out the Giveaway label. You never know what's going on there. ;-)

Nemo Winner

Congratulations Kimberly S. (@mangeKim)!!! You are the winner of Finding Nemo 3D glasses. Please email thedragynslair@gmail.com ASAP to claim your prize. If you do not claim your prize within a week a new winner will be drawn.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Silly Saturday: Disney Marvel

What are "things that make my life" for $1000? Answer: This picture! It might be mildly epic. Ok it's blatantly EPIC!  I think my favorite is Scar as Loki.... Thoughts?

All credit to http://zeixx.deviantart.com/



Ella's Kitchen Winner

Congratulations Mellissa C. (@DisneyonWheels)! You are the winner of 10 Ella's Kitchen pouches. Please email thedragynslair@gmail.com within the next week to claim your prize.




Friday, September 14, 2012

Lincoln Looks Awesome!

Yep. It truly looks awesome. I'm not really into historical bio-pics as a general rule. But rules are meant to be broken!

This film is about the last days of Lincoln's life and how he handles the challenges of a divided nation and the cruelties of slavery...

But don't listen to me! Check out the preview and let me know what you think.