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Obsessed with Disney Ears!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you as obsessed with Disney ear headbands as I am? Some think that Minnie ear headbands are just to wear while visiting a Disney Park, but guess what? They are WRONG!!!  Disney headbands can be worn anywhere and at anytime of year.  For example, what disnerd wouldn’t be thrilled to wear a birthday headband out to dinner?  Ear headbands are perfect for Disney bounding and showing everyone your love of Disney.  I wear mine everywhere and have yet to have someone make a rude remark! In fact, my ear headbands make people smile and often prompts them to share their favorite Disney related memories.  Join me in making the world a happier place by wearing your Minnie ears while out and be sure to tag me (The Disabled Diva) if you post it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

Don’t have ears? Or are you like me and need more?  Click on the ears below to expand your ear wardrobe!  OOOHHH and one last thing, there are few holiday headbands that are on sale! Scroll down to see which ones!

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when you make a purchase through my links. The proceeds earned fund the giveaways I host in my Facebook groups.

Disney Minnie Mouse Ear Headband – Swap Your Bow * Bow is removable  * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Minnie Mouse Snowflake Ears Headband for Adults * On Clearance * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Mickey Mouse Birthday Ear Headband * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Jack Skellington Ear Headband – Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Minnie Mouse Timeless Ear Headband * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Minnie Mouse Bride Ear Headband * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Minnie Mouse Halloween Ears Sequined Headband * On Sale *  Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Minnie Mouse Americana Ears Headband * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Belle Ear Headband * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Minnie Mouse Rose Gold Sequined Ear Headband * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Minnie Mouse Ear Headband – The Haunted Mansion * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Minnie Mouse Fuzzy Holiday Ears Headband for Adults * On Clearance * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Minnie Mouse Ear Headband – Rainbow * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Minnie Mouse Ear Headband – Silver Sequins * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney ”It’s My Birthday” Ear Hat for Adults * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney The Haunted Mansion Tightrope Walker Ears Headband * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Minnie Mouse Holiday Ears Headband for Adults * On Sale * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Minnie Mouse Sequined Ear Headband with Satin Bow * Click here to view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made it thru the holidays without catching this common disease

 

 

 

 

 

 

It isn’t unusual for people (healthy or chronically ill) to push themselves to do more than they normally would throughout the holiday season. For those battling a chronic illness and living with chronic pain, this season is often filled with anxiety and disappointment. Our need to please everyone or to accept and attend every invitation becomes a form of self sabotage. No matter how well we looked after our health the rest of the year, many of us come down with a case of holiday amnesia.

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when you make a purchase through my links. The proceeds earned fund the giveaways I host in my Facebook Groups.

Spending time with my family was more important than decorating my home this year.

What’s holiday amnesia?

It’s a sickness that fools us into thinking we can do everything we did before becoming chronically ill and then some! It deceives us into believing that we are worthless if we’re unable to fulfill our unrealistic expectations.

Holiday amnesia could have stolen moments like this……

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You may remember a few years back when I began protecting myself from this disease by declaring it the year of Christmas. It was great! The plan was to leave all my decorations, including the tree, up through the following Christmas. The point was to not feel rushed or to have to give up outings in order to decorate when the season began. And it worked so well, that I did it for a few years!

All decor had to be put away when we moved in 2017. Not wanting to lose time or energy that Christmas, I only put out our tree and quickly put it away afterwards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year I had planned on doing the same, but……. So this year I caught me a nasty case of bronchitis on Thanksgiving. I didn’t start feeling human or like I should even be around people until the 15th! I still haven’t fully healed, but I’m getting closer. With so much planned around Christmas itself I had a choice to make: decorate and risk canceling plans like I did earlier in the month or don’t.

I chose to NOT decorate this year. To be honest it didn’t really bother me. Why? Well, spending time at not one, but two theme parks that were in full Christmas mode helped. Spending Christmas day at Disneyland was another factor.

I take that back…. I did put this out to serve as our Christmas tree this year.

Which brings me to today……

Today, the day after Christmas will be spent getting ready to continue celebrating with friends and family until the new year. I don’t have to worry about taking down my tree or decorations or if doing so will result in having to cancel plans.  I have not turned into Scrooge nor have I lost my Christmas spirit, all I did was get real about what was important and trust me decorations are NOT the reason for the season…….

Hubby and I relaxing after a fun filled day at Disneyland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will I do this again? I can’t say no, but I will try not to repeat it. My plan for Christmas 2019 is to decorate in September or October.

Did you catch holiday amnesia? If you did, relax and think about what you can do differently next year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disneyland Holiday Dining Tips

 

 

 

 

 

Disneyland Holiday Dining Tips

Have you visited Disneyland on a holiday such as Thanksgiving or Christmas Day?  If you did, did you make reservations at one of their sit down restaurants?  If yes, did they have the entrée you had planned to order when you arrived?  The reason I ask this is because, my family and I made reservations at one particular restaurant for Thanksgiving and we were shocked to find out that our favorite dish was not available on that day!!!  Continue reading to find out what went wrong and how to avoid our holiday mishap!

*Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.  Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when purchases are made via my links.  The proceeds offset the expense of running this blog and fund the prize pools for my Facebook groups.  I am not affiliated with Disneyland or the Disney company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Via the official Disneyland app guests can view menus from every walk-up and sit-down restaurant and food cart.  They can also make reservations up to 60 days in advance.  Reservations can be made through the app, online, or by calling   (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463.  Reservations are recommended, especially during peak and holiday seasons.  As you can see in the picture above, we were able to view what the Thanksgiving special entrée and dessert were going to be as well as view the rest of the menu for Café Orleans.  We knew that not everyone in our party would be interested in the Thanksgiving entrée, but felt safe making reservations as there were other dishes that our guests would have been thrilled with. With that said we placed our order……..

So the person who was not looking forward to trying the Thanksgiving Monte Cristo was me!! Sorry, but it just sounded disgusting (get used to this word)…..  What I wanted to stuff my face with was their original Monte Cristo.  Here is how placing our order went:

My husband: We need two checks.  One with a regular Monte Cristo and basket of Pommes Frites and the other with one Thanksgiving Monte Cristo, one regular Monte Cristo, and a basket of Pommes Frites.

Waitress: We don’t have the regular Monte Cristo today.

Me: Is it possible to get the gravy on the side?

Waitress: No

Me: That’s disgusting!

My husband: Could they get the cheese Monte Cristo?

Waitress: Yes.

We were off to a bumpy start, but I let it go since it appeared that I would get to eat something that I liked.  By the way, any Monte Cristo from Disneyland is huge and easily feeds 2 people, keep that in mind when ordering.  Thankfully this is something that we already knew and didn’t order more than we did for four people.  Thinking that the worst of our dining experience was over, we waited patiently for our food to arrive.

Well hello basket of Pommes Frites (garlic, parmesan fries)!!!

OOPS, where’s our second basket??!!!

We requested that both baskets be served prior to our entrees, but our waitress only noted our request on one of the tickets…. so we waited and waited and waited for the second to arrive.

By the way, the fries are delicious and come with a special sauce that has a little kick to it.  Personally I am not a fan of the sauce, so I request a side of ranch.

Whew, we all have our fries! Now we can relax, dig into our baskets, and enjoy the rest of our meal when it arrives.

 

So, what should arrive? A mess!!!! Not one dish was correct!! Even the Thanksgiving Monte Cristo that was ordered was delivered to our table with gravy on the sandwich and on the side!! Then instead of receiving two cheese Monte Cristos, our table was graced with the presence of two more Thanksgiving Monte Cristos with gravy on the side. DISGUSTING!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At this point there was a shift change and our new waitress was stuck with the mess our original one created.  She apologized for the misunderstanding, but couldn’t fix it because the Thanksgiving Monte Cristo was the only one being served that day.  My heart went out to this girl, first for having to work on Thanksgiving, the second to deal with the mess another cast member created.  We had a good laugh and she charged us the lower price of the entrée we had actually ordered. My daughter and brother in-law ended up liking the Thanksgiving Monte Cristo, but I thought it was…. wait for it…. disgusting… LOL….

I did mention to her and the manager that it would be nice if they app and website could inform guests not just of what the holiday dishes are, but what won’t be available on the holiday.  Had we known this, we would have made our reservations somewhere other than Café Orleans.  Because of this fiasco, we changed our Christmas Day reservations to Carnation Café, where there are plenty of entrees for us to choose from should we not decide to order the Christmas special.

My favorite part of the meal was dessert! Santa’s Lumps of Coal Beignets were amazing!!!  You are lucky I snapped this picture before they were gone! The dish came with four beignets and peppermint ice cream.

Do you have any Disneyland holiday dining disasters to share?  We’d love to hear about them!! In all of our years of dining in the park, this truly was the worst dining experience we have ever experienced.  And this was NOT our first Thanksgiving in the parks, in fact it was our fourth.  I get it, mistakes happen, but all of this could have been avoided had the app and/or website noted that the other Monte Cristo versions would not be available on that day.  Having a waitress who understood this would have helped too, but…………   Anyways, what is your favorite meal from Café Orleans?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six Ways to Dominate Christmas With a Chronic Illness

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For many years I dreaded Christmas.  It wasn’t  that I hated the holiday, but that I loathed how physically draining keeping up with traditions and extra commitments were.  Thankfully I was able to rekindle my love for Christmas a few years ago by making some changes.  Fall back in love with the season and dominate your holiday by following these tips!

Disclosure: I am NOT a medical professional and I am not issuing medical advice. This post contains some affiliate links. Meaning that, at no additional cost to you, I earn a commission from sales. The proceeds offset the expense of operating this site and fund the giveaways for my Facebook groups.

1. Make New Memories

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Are you wearing yourself out trying to recreate past Christmas memories?  Do you exhaust yourself trying to decorate, bake, and entertain like you did in the past?  That’s exactly what I did before accepting that my chronic illnesses had changed my life.  It was unfair to expect myself to be able to keep up with the pace that I had in the past.  To reclaim the holiday I zeroed in on which traditions were the most important for me to keep. Later I incorporated new activities that better fit into my chronic life.  Letting go of Christmas past isn’t a form of giving up.  Instead it is a sign that you have accepted that life has changed and so have you.  Embrace your memories and never give up on creating new ones!

2. Limit Commitments

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Are you feeling overwhelmed by the amount of invitations you are receiving for holiday parties or activities?  The key to dominating the Christmas season is to limit your commitments.  I know you want to do everything and attend every gathering, but you need to be realistic.  If your chronic illness hasn’t allowed you to take part in one or more events per month, you are deluding yourself if you think you will be able to do more than that during the holidays.  The first reason is that if your illness isn’t fond of colder weather you will be feeling worse than you did during the summer months.  Secondly, the Christmas season involves more than gathering with friends and family.  There’s shopping, baking, and decorating that also needs to be done.  Keep your illness and limitations in mind when accepting invitations.  Give yourself time to rest beforehand and afterwards.  Do what you can and enjoy the heck out of every moment!

3. Watch What You Eat and Drink

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Think twice before indulging in holiday foods or beverages.  Your favorite treats could steal your  joy faster than the Grinch stole Christmas from the Whoville! Most holiday menus include sugary and fatty foods.  I won’t tell you to replace your favorite pie with a bowl of salad, but instead I suggest that you limit how much you eat.  Alcohol is often a trigger for many chronic illnesses, so be careful to not to get caught up in the spirit of the season.  If you find yourself giving into temptation, try only allowing yourself a few bites or sips. While not all flares are avoidable, there is no reason to suffer from one triggered by food unless you are willing to pay the price.

4. Shop Online

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Why waste precious energy by standing in long lines or driving all over town when you could order your gifts online?  Give yourself the gift of more stamina by paying a few extra dollars to have your presents wrapped and/or shipped directly to the recipient.  Wouldn’t you rather use the time and energy spent wrapping presents, or going to stores and the post office celebrating with friends and family?

5. Less Is More

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My family used to compare me to Clark Griswold from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.  There wasn’t one inch of my home, inside or out, that wasn’t decorated.  While I am no longer a contender for winning most decorated home anymore, I do have more time and energy to do other things that I want.  If decking the halls like you used to do is inflicting unnecessary pain, it’s time to cut back.  Limit how much you put up by choosing your favorite decorations and don’t forget, what goes up must come down!

6. Take Care Of Yourself

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It is not uncommon to spend an extraordinary amount of time trying to make the holidays special for our friends and family that we forget to care for ourselves.  Listen to your body and take time to rest when your body demands it, pace yourself, eat healthy, exercise, and enjoy the simple things.  You’ll surely spend Christmas day in bed if you forget to take care of yourself.

This year’s Christmas may not be like last years or the year before, but that won’t make it any less festive or special.  Embrace what you can do and let go of what you can’t.

My new eBook Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life will help you dominate your entire life, not just one season! Order your copy today!

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The Secret to a Successful Thanksgiving

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The Secret to a Successful Thanksgiving

What is the secret to a successful Thanksgiving?  The answer to that question depends on what your idea of a successful Thanksgiving is.  But if you ask me, my definition would be that a successful Thanksgiving is one in which doesn’t trigger my chronic illnesses, increase my pain level, nor does it take days or weeks to recover from.  Here are some tips to help you achieve the same!

Stuff the turkey, not your mouth

I get it, you want to whoop it up and indulge in all of the festive foods that you don’t make throughout the rest of the year.  And it is okay to enjoy it, just not all of it.  Savor small portions or bites.  Avoid triggers.  Personally, I have to be mindful of my sugar and bread intake.  I also had to cut out alcohol years ago as it increased my inflammation levels far more than any food did.  Stay away from the food and beverages that are going to cause you to spend the next day or more in agony.

Walk it off

If daily walks have become a part of your life, don’t use the holiday as an excuse to not go for one.  I find that I crave healthier foods when I exercise.  If the weather permits, go for a vigorous walk in the morning or before dinner, then again after dinner. If the weather outside is frightful, try an idea that Donna, Abi, and I came up with earlier this year that can be done by anyone! It can be done while watching the big game, parade, or the family’s favorite movie!  Click here to learn more!

Avoid conflict

Thanksgiving is a time when we gather with family and friends to enjoy a meal and to give thanks.  The purpose is NOT to confront people you have issues with nor is a time to sway your friends and family to your political beliefs.  These are conversations that should be done one on one and not at a family gathering.

Focus on what is important

Remember what the day is really about, giving thanks! Think about all the things you ARE THANKFUL for, not what drives you mad!  If need be, write a list and when you find yourself feeling stressed or agitated, pull it out and remind yourself of what is really important.

With that said, I wish you a Thanksgiving that is filled with laughter, joy, and void of additional pain.

Want to dominate the holiday season?

Download my eBook Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life

More posts to help you get through the holiday season:

Dominate the Holidays with These Energy Saving Gift Ideas

Three Ways to Prevent an Anxiety Attack During the Holidays

Six Ways to Dominate Christmas With a Chronic Illness

‘Tis the Season to Thrive

A Chronically Cheery Christmas

 

Dominate the Holidays with These Energy Saving Gift Ideas

Having one or more chronic illnesses and getting through the holiday season can feel like a recipe for disaster.  However, with a little planning and creativity, we can get through it without pushing ourselves too far.  Here are a few gift ideas that your friends, family, and body will love!

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1. Gift Cards

Gift cards make fantastic gifts when your energy level is non-existent.  Many can be purchased and delivered online, which will save you from having to go out to purchase or send them.  You can also take your gift up a notch by going to stores that you were already going to be going to for your basic needs.  For example, for a Pizza Hut Gift Card, you could purchase napkins and paper plates with holiday prints.  Boost your gift of a Red Box code by placing it along with popcorn, flavored seasonings, and candy into a large plastic bowl.

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This idea won’t only save you energy during the holidays, but it will also save you money! Give coupons to your friends and family that offer a service like house, pet, or baby sitting! Personally I wouldn’t offer baby sitting as that would be more exhausting than purchasing a gift, but if that is something you would like to do go for it!! These gifts are far more valuable than you might realize.  Watching and caring for a friend’s house and/or pet while they are on vacation saves them a large chunk of change and puts their mind to ease knowing someone who cares for them is on the job.

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3. Host a DIY decorating party

Give the gift of a handmade ornament or a gingerbread house.  But instead of you making the gifts, host a party and have your friends create their own masterpieces! There are a slew of gingerbread decorating kits on Amazon to make prepping easy. For ornaments you may want to purchase kits that have everything you need to make a particular ornament or a bunch of different items to give your guests options.

Whatever gifts you choose to give, remember that wearing yourself down to the point of not being able to function is not what the season is about.  Be good to yourself as well as those you love!

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Wishing you and yours and Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season!

The Disabled Diva

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The holidays can be an emotionally trying time for some.  If you are struggling, but don’t have time to see a therapist check out OnlineTherapy.com.  Their qualified therapists are there for you every day, not just once or twice a week!
Give yourself and the one’s that you love the gift of drug free pain relief from Oska Pulse.  Click here to learn more and use promo code DIVA to save $55.
Join Spoon Rest, a Facebook group for the chronically ill dedicated to empowering and supporting each other while sharing a laugh.
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My eBook

Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life

will help you dominate your entire life, not just one season!

Order your copy today!

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Three Ways to Prevent an Anxiety Attack During the Holidays

If you’re like me and suffer from anxiety the holidays can be a pretty stressful time of year. Here’s a few tips to avoid stress this holiday season.

 

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1. Avoid drama

Be choosy about who you spend your time with. Some people are just too fixated on drama and it can increase anxiety, it increases mine to a terrible extent. Spend time with people you know you can have fun with and won’t put too much stress on you. Friends who really want to hang out with you won’t make it stressful, they won’t care if you’ll go out for dinner or eat pizza while watching Christmas Vacation for the 50th time. All they should care about is having fun with you, not the stupid crap Kathy said 2 years ago.

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2. Avoid crowds

Now, personally crowds are a mix for me. Sometimes they don’t get to me, sometimes they stress me out so badly that I feel like vomiting. If you’re at all like that, then I suggest Christmas shopping online. Some stores are just to small and then having tons of people going shopping in these small areas is just too much. Shopping online is an easier,  stress free way to Christmas shop. Especially if you have that one kid who only wants stuff from Hot Topic, those stores are always too small, at least they are in California. Amazon is great for Christmas shopping, just sit in bed and press add to cart. Don’t need to fight anyone over a toy on Amazon.

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3. Don’t procrastinate

Now, I’m terribly at this. I procrastinate a lot, I even procrastinated writing  this post. Which I don’t suggest doing. Procrastinating can lead to a lot of stress and anxiety, so try you’re best to get it done as soon as possible, even if it’s just a few presents a day. It will make it a lot easier and a lot less stressful when you’ve got all the presents ready and don’t have to wait for the Amazon delivery guy to deliver it 2 days before Christmas.

I hope these tips can help you have a less stressful holiday season, it’s not a lot but these can make a big difference.

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The holidays can be an emotionally trying time for some. If you are struggling, but don’t have time to see a therapist check out OnlineTherapy.com. Their qualified therapists are there for you every day, not just once or twice a week!

Give yourself and the one’s that you love the gift of drug free pain relief from Oska Pulse. Click here to learn more and use promo code DIVA to save $55.

Join Spoon Rest, a Facebook group for the chronically ill dedicated to empowering and supporting each other while sharing a laugh.

Join The Disabled Diva’s Alternative Chronic Pain Fighting Forum, a Facebook group for those who are seeking information or already treating their chronic pain with alternative treatments.

The Disabled Diva’s new eBook
Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life
Will help you dominate your entire life, not just one season!
Order your copy today!

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