Sunday, October 19, 2014

Virtual Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend Blog Hop - Race Costumes

I am so honored to be a part of the Virtual Wine & Dine Marathon Weekend Blog Hop!  One of the things that set a runDisney event apart is the wonderful costumes you see from the runners.  Some simple, some extravagant, some bought, some made by the runner themselves, all FUN!

As fun as the costumes can be, you need to remember you will be running so be sure to remember to wear clothes that are comfortable and practical.  It's no fun running a race  in a scratchy, itchy or uncomfortable costume.  

 Here are my top five ideas for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend.

5. Chef   It is the Wine and Dine Half after all.  If you're inventive you could also go as food (grapes, cheese, ext) or as a bottle or glass of wine.

4. Princess - A runDisney Princess is expected at each and every runDisney event and this one is no exception. Dress as your favorite princess and you can't go wrong.

3. Anything Glow-in-the-Dark This us an evening event so glowing is a fun option!

2. Secondary Characters I think the half tutu would be an awesome beginning to a Kevin from UP! costume.  There are lots of other secondary characters to choose from(Flounder, one of the mice from Cinderella, a Good Fairy from Sleeping Beauty),  use your imagination.

1. Fab Five Choose your favorite; Mickey, Minnie, Donald (the pictured costume is adorable), Goofy or Pluto. If you want to stand out in the crowd I wouldn't choose Mickey or Minnie - although finding what you need to dress as them would be the easiest. 

Tutus are prominent attire at any runDisney event so I wanted to include a tutorial for all of the DIYers out there.  

My last advice is HAVE FUN!! That's one of the things that makes runDisney events so popular. From the photo ops to the awesome costumes to the camaraderie. Be sure to share your pics with us on Facebook, Twitter and feel free to share them here too

Again, I want to thank Didi and Meranda for hosting this blog hop.  Be sure to stop by the other blogs for more Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend fun!!

Have a Magical Day!
Donna Kay

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.


  • 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)


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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Giveaway Open for Entries Sunday, July 27, 2014 through Saturday, August 9, 2014 11:59pm EST.
This "Frozen" Giveaway is open to all residents of The United States of America, 18 years of age or older.
Winner chosen by Rafflecopter and after verification of entry will be notified via email.
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
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