Thursday, September 18, 2014

I'm Ready For My Disney Close Up...5 Minute Face

Did you know that over 100,000 pictures are taken by PhotoPass photographers every day?  Add to that the number of pictures taken with cell phones, tablets and cameras and I am sure you are getting into 1,000,000 photos a day territory.  My question is are you in those pictures and do you like the way you look?

This first thing I am going to tell you is:
Step away from the back of the camera and get into the photos with your family!
Your kids want pictures with you, and I promise they won't see the crows feet or the extra five pounds or whatever flaw you think you have.  You're in the Happiest Place on Earth - document that happiness so you can relive it after you get home.

The second thing is:
Look camera ready!  
The start to looking camera ready - make up.  There's a reason people who make a living in front of the camera use it. Make up evens out your skintone, brightens your eyes and adds a glow to your cheeks.  It make you look more polished and put together.  It gives you a confidence boost, which will make you look even better.

I can already hear the excuses, "I don't have time", "I never wear make up and want to look like myself", "It's just going to sweat off in the Florida heat."  To these I say - make ups purpose isn't to make you look different, you should look like you - only more polished, take a tissue and blot your face - don't wipe and you won't ruin your make up, and you can do this in 5 minutes.  I know you can do it because I do it EVERY SINGLE DAY!

Yes, it takes me approximately 5 minutes to go from a clean face to ready to face the world.  It's as simple as moisturize, foundation, highlighter, eyeliner, mascara, blush, lipgloss (to be honest most of the time it's chapstick), done.  The queen of the 5 minute face is Carmindy from What Not To Wear (I really miss that show!).  Here is a video of her 5 minute face.


This is basically what I do every day and it quickly becomes habit and you don't even think about it anymore, it just happens. And remember, you don't have to buy expensive make up at department stores, you really can find great products at drug stores or WalMart and Target. The key to making it work is finding a color that matches your skintone with a formula that works with your skin.  For instance, I wear a foundation with anti-aging moisturizers and SPF of  20 at a minimum. 

I hope you will take these 5 minutes to get yourself camera ready  the next time you visit one of the parks.  Post a picture of your 5 minutes face on my Facebook page or Twitter, I would love to see it.

Have a Magical Day!!
Donna Kay

Monday, September 15, 2014

Magical Changes

See that new header up there?? It's a sign of fun and exciting new changes for me! I am thrilled to be joining my favorite group of Travel Professionals - WDW Guru Travel!!



In order for me to step into my new role a few changes have to be made.  The first of which is the name of my blog, Facebook and Twitter.  Unfortunately the "Disney" portion had to be changed.  I have been Disney Donna Kay for almost 4 years now, and the transition to Magically Donna Kay will take some getting used to-for all of us!!

The good news is the blog, Facebook and Twitter won't be changing.  I have created a new Facebook page for my work with WDW Guru Travel - WDW Guru Donna Kay.  I won't be harrassing you with Guru ads, I promise.  I will be letting you know about specials from time to time, and you will be seeing a little about Universal and Cruises. But the vast majority of posts will continue to be Party Boards, Crafts, Disney Quotes and Disney History.

I am also adding a button which will link you directly to me for all of your vacation needs, Disney, Universal, cruises and even Aulani in Hawaii! Even if you just have vacation questions I'll be happy to help you out. :)

One last thing, say HI! to Mo.  He's our mascot and you will be seeing him here from time to time. As a matter of fact, you can take Mo on vacation with you and send us pictures and go on the Mo Wall of Fame at WDW Guru!

Training is going great and I'm learning new things everyday!  Wish me luck!!

Have a Magical Day!!Donna Kay



Monday, July 28, 2014

Do You Wanna Build A Snowman? Polymer Clay Olaf Tutorial


Do you wanna build a snowman? Come on let's go play...  I love this song from Frozen, and I love my Disney BFF Donna from DIStherapy.  So when she asked me to create Olaf to carry along on her European Vacation how could I say no?  While Olaf and Donna are away on their great adventure I will share a tutorial for making your own Olaf to take on your Summer Vacation adventures.


Supplies

  • Olaf Summer Coloring Page from Spoonful (2-3 copies)
  • Sculpy Polymer Clay in White, Orange, Black and Brown
  • Box cutter or Razor Blade
  • Retractable Ink Pen
  • Ceramic Tile or Glass 
  • Sheet of Parchment Paper
  • Baking Pan
  • Clay Tools (optional)

Process


Preheat your oven to 275 degrees.  We will start with Olaf's nose - take a small amount of orange polymer clay and condition it  - this is done by kneading the clay by pressing it flat, folding it over and repeating the process until the clay is warm and pliable.  You will need a small ball of clay approximately the size of a pea.  

Next pinch one side of your clay ball for form a cone shape and flatten it slightly.  Next place your flattened cone over your Olaf's nose on your coloring page to check the size.  If needed you can use your clay shaping tool to get the nose to the correct shape and put the carrot lines on his nose.


Next take about half of one section of the brown polymer clay and condition it.  Make it into a small cylinder shape like the one below.



Using you hands slowly roll the cylinder to elongate it and make it thinner, roll until it is 12" long, in this case the width of the ceramic tile.


Using your coloring page as a guide cut the clay into pieces to make Olaf's hair and arms - including fingers and elbows.  Make the arms and hair slightly longer than the picture so that you can insert them into Olaf's body.


Gently press the clay to attach the fingers and elbows to the arms being careful not to flatten them too much, repeat the process with the hair.  To add the look of wood grain to the pieces gently roll the threads of the retractable pen over the clay.

 

Next roll out a marble sized ball of conditioned black clay to about 1/8" thickness.  Using the end of your retractable pen cut two circles for the pupils of Olaf's eyes.


To create the Olaf's clay buttons condition another marble sized ball of clay and cut it into three sections using your razor blade or box cutter, using your finger shape them into three flat discs with rough tops using the coloring page as your guide.





Recondition the left over black clay from making Olaf's pupils and roll thinner about 1/16 an inch.  Using the top of a marker cut two circles and place them on the coloring page where Olaf's eye sockets are, gently press them together just above where Olaf's nose will be.





If necessary condition more clay and roll out to 1/16" for Olaf's open mouth. Cut out Olaf's open mouth (including his teeth) and place it over your rolled out black clay.  Using your clay tool or box cutter gently cut out a replica of the mouth from the black clay.



Place your formed pieces into a preheated 275 degree oven for 15 minutes on an old baking sheet covered with parchment paper.  Meanwhile remove a 3 section square of the white clay and cut it into 4 equal sections.  Condition each one individually.


Form the first two balls into 1/4" thick discs and size and shape using your coloring sheet. Flatten the third ball to 1/4" thickness and shape with the bottom of Olaf's head - from the cheeks down.  Half the last ball of clay and shape to the top third of Olaf's head - see below. Blend the top and bottom half of using your finger tips with gentle pressure.  The clay blends easily with just the heat of your finger tips by rubbing in a downward motion from the top section to the lower section across the line where they are joined.  Take three additional bits of white clay to make Olaf's eyes and teeth, again use your coloring sheet for measuring.  Don't forget Olaf's feet - use your remaining white conditioned clay and form his feet.


Using the top section of Olaf's head cut out from the coloring page make sure the head is trimmed to he correct size and smoothed.  By this time your baked pieces should be finished and cooled.  


It's now time to build our snowman.  The wonderful thing about polymer clay is it adheres to itself as it bakes, so there's no need for additional adhesives.  Using your coloring sheet and place all of your body parts being sure they are butted up against each other snugly.  The gently place your baked eyes, nose and mouth pieces onto Olaf's head, then gently push your baked hair and arms into the clay in the proper places. Then it's time for his coal buttons.

Now is when Olaf really comes to life, his eyebrows and teeth are added,  and I take a small piece of white clay  and roll it into a snake (like you did for Olaf's arms) to form a lip and cheeks.  The lip should slightly overlap the teeth and black open mouth of Olaf.  This will add dimension to the face and make him appear more lifelike.

Gently lift Olaf in one piece to place onto an old baking sheet covered with parchment.

Place the pan in the preheated 275 degree oven for 20 minutes.  When you remove him let him cool for about a half hour.

Now Olaf is all ready for summer vacation!! I did spray him with a glossy clear sealant - but that is totally optional, but personally I like a glossy finish.


I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial and would love to see your Olaf.  You can post a picture in the comments on on my Disney Donna Kay Facebook Page.  As for the original Olaf, he's away on his European Vacation with DIStherapy.  Be sure to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram to follow their adventures.

Be sure to hop along on the Frozen Blog Hop, the links are listed below and a special Thank You to Deb from Focused On The Magic for hosting!!

Have a Magical Day!!
Donna Kay


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Frozen In Summer Giveaway


What's harder to find than a snowflake in Alabama??  Anything Frozen - especially an Anna or Elsa costume!!  So I have joined with a few of my favorite Disney Bloggers have joined together to sprinkle a little Frozen Pixie Dust... Here's your chance to win them BOTH!!!



The giveaway includes:
  • Authentic Disney Anna Dress size 5/6
  • Authentic Disney Elsa Dress size 5/6
  • Authentic Disney Elsa Crown
  • Authentic Disney Elsa Jewelry
The giveaway starts today, July 27th, and ends on August 10th with the winner being announced on August 11th.  Be watching for more Frozen Fun with a fabulous Frozen Disney Blog Hop with all of my Disney Blogging Friends!!


Lynn - My Pixie Dust Diary - Party Favors
Amy - Mouse Ears Mom - Craft Ideas
Cindy - Super Heroes and Tea Cups - Hands on Activiies
Donna Kay - Disney Donna Kay - Polymer Clay Olaf Tutorial
Julie - Run Walk FASTPass Repeat - Nail Art
Linda - The Disney Tip Curator - Best of Frozen on Pinterest
Didi - DISTherapy - #OlafSummerVacation Travel Tips and Crafts
Jodi - Magical Mouse Schoolhouse - Frozen Summer Fun @ DHS
John - Big Fat Panda - Frozen Video
Kuleen - The Disney Kids Anna Cape Tutorial
Beth - A Disney Mom's Thoughts The Love Experts, Frozen's Trolls
Deb - Focused on the Magic - gifts and garb
Sean - Disney Day by Day - Authentic Norwegian Goodies
Lin - Disney Mamas - T-shirts
Diane - Can Do It Mom - Party Ideas
Lisa and James - Home is Where the Mouse is - DIY Frozen Dessert Party at Home



We will also be having a Twitter Party on Wednesday, July 30th at 9:00 pm Eastern time.  Be sure to join in on the fun - we will be giving away prizes during the party.  Don't miss it.


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This "Frozen" Giveaway is open to all residents of The United States of America, 18 years of age or older.
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To officially accept the prize the winner must reply by email within 48 hours.
Prize will be mailed to winner from My Pixie Dust Daily.

Have a Magical Day!!
Donna Kay

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Magical Blogorail Blue - The Ultimate Disney Meal


Welcome to those of you joining me from Disney Babies Blog  and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail

Imagine sitting at a perfectly set table with crisp white linens being served by your own personal waiter. Now imagine the table is in your resort room.  That's right - a fabulous steak dinner from ROOM SERVICE.  
Photo courtesy of my friend Dave from Your First Visit

It was a last minute decision because we had had such a busy day, it was July and we were exhausted.  We were staying at the Yacht Club and you know how fabulous the food from the Yachtsman Steak House is.  When we ordered room service we were expecting the usual knock at the door and they shove a plastic tray at you and have you sign the ticket.  This experience was totally unexpected.

The waiter rolled his cart in and cleared the table in our room.  Next he pulled out a starched white tablecloth and covered the table.  Next he sat each place with silverware and two glasses - one with water and one with the sodas we had ordered - then he even pulled out the chair for me.  
Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World

The food was beyond delicious, the steaks were perfectly cooked, the salad and potato were fabulous too.  But my favorite part of the entire meal was the dessert - chocolate hazelnut cake.  It was the chef's special dessert and I haven't been able to find it on any menu at Walt Disney World.  It was so good I would go to a restaurant just for the cake!! 

Let me tell you, the experience was so satisfying that we actually ate room service again a couple of nights later - and yes I got the chocolate hazelnut cake for dessert again.

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Love our Disney.


Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:


1st Stop ~ Home is Where the Mouse Is - Perfect Meals to Begin and End Your Day
2nd Stop ~ Rolling with the Magic - The Perfect World Showcase Counter Service Meal
3rd Stop ~ Disney Babies Blog - Dream Disney Meal
4th Stop ~ Disney Donna Kay - The Perfect Room Service Meal
Final Stop ~ Love Our Disney - Pixar Character Meal at DCA

Have a Magical Day!
Donna Kay
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