TMG – Making our voices heard

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Twitter addiction isn’t necessarily a bad thing. If it weren’t for my newfound obsession with this form of social media, I may not have discovered The Magnifying Glass (TMG) as early as I did.

TMG is a brilliant new website, designed to give South African bloggers much needed exposure. Bloggers, even newbies like myself, are given the opportunity to contribute to the website, thereby getting their blogs out there.

Regular contributors also go into a rotation pool, and when TMG receives sample products to review, these are passed onto the contributing bloggers. TMG is truly giving South African bloggers a voice.

I was incredibly happy – and equally nervous – when asked to contribute to the website. I decided to go with a travel post, and it was published on the website yesterday! 🙂

Find TMG here – http://www.themagnifyingglass.co.za/

And you can read my post here – http://www.themagnifyingglass.co.za/travel/petit-paris/

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Euro Holiday – With A Tiny Tot {part 3}

As promised in part 2 of this Euro Holiday – With A Tiny Tot post, today I’m sharing a few parade pics from our first time at Disneyland Paris.

What an incredibly special holiday this was – our first big overseas trip, with our very own baby girl. WIth the majority of our trip being spent in a city all three of us came to love immediately. Paris, you’re everything… and then, even more.! The memories will live forever, close to our hearts always. And I’m happy I can share just a tiny bit here, of time spent making some of those memories at the happiest place in the world. ❤

Our holiday was actually at the perfect time, as it was Disneyland Paris’ 20 year anniversary. As if there isn’t enough cheer all throughout the place, all of the time, now they had a huge reason to celebrate too! 😀

A central part of the celebration was the 20 year anniversary train. Our little person absolutely lit up at the sight of the super colourful, super cute train! And she nearly lost her voice screaming to, and waving at all her favourite characters! Then again, many of the adults reacted exactly the same way. I know, taking it all in, actually realizing I was really there… I could hardly contain myself too! 😋

The fireworks, lights, and water spectacular, “Disney Dreams!” was another breathtaking part of the 20 year celebration. What a magnificent production! And they put it on every single night! The show takes place at Sleeping Beauty’s castle, and with the use of projection mapping, we’re taken on a magical journey. We stayed to watch it twice, it was that good!

Donald & Daisy
Donald & Daisy
Snow White
Snow White
Ariel
Ariel
Woody & Jessie
Woody & Jessie
Sully
Sully
The main man, Mickey, and his lady :)
The main man, Mickey, and his lady 🙂
Happy 20th anniversary!
Happy 20th anniversary!
The "20 years of Magic" parade :)
The “20 years of Magic” parade 🙂

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Sleeping Beauty's castle, sparkly & pretty, before the Disney Dreams! show
Sleeping Beauty’s castle, sparkly & pretty, before the Disney Dreams! show

 

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Euro (Paris) Holiday – With A Tiny Tot {part 2/parte deux}

From the tiny bit of the planet that I’ve visited, Paris is undoubtedly my favourite city. It’s cosmopolitan, beautiful, and rich in history. There’s the Arc de Triomph, the Louvre, and the Champs-Elysee. Best of all though, is the fact that it’s an awesome holiday destination for a family with little ones. There’s a lot to keep them busy and happy – boat trips, parks, and the many carousels all over the city. Zee loved the carousels, and could sniff them out anywhere.. Lol.

If you missed part 1 about our first overseas family holiday, you can catch up here.

Carousel crazy :)
Carousel crazy 🙂

Nothing, of course, comes close to Disneyland!! The moment we decided on Paris for our holiday, I began checking for Disneyland ticket prices, park times, even accommodation at the park (that bit was way out of our budget). I was super excited that we were taking our little rascal to the happiest place in the world!

The first day we got there, it was already after 1pm, so we decided to buy our 3 day park tickets, and spend the rest of the day checking out Disney Village. Disney Village is where you shop ‘til you drop, for everything Disney. There are also restaurants, and even some live entertainment.

Mini Shopaholic at the huge World Of Disney store
Mini Shopaholic at the huge World Of Disney store
How cool is this shop??
How cool is this shop??

The other 3 days, we got there earlier, so we could have enough time in both parks. It was awesome!!! There’s something magical about the place, you can’t help but smile. A lot. 😀

There are quite a few rides for toddlers, which was perfect for Zee (and mommy 😛 … I’m not brave enough for the adrenaline-rush scary rides).

We love Mike! :)
We love Mike! 🙂
Aladdin's Flying Carpet - Zee's first ride at Disneyland
Aladdin’s Flying Carpet – Zee’s first ride at Disneyland
Cars
Cars
DumboThe Flying Elephant
DumboThe Flying Elephant
Another carousel! :)
Another carousel! 🙂
Mad Hatter's Tea Party - definitely 1 of her faves, we had to do that twice :)
Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – definitely 1 of her faves, we had to do that twice 🙂

Two things Zee enjoyed the most, and couldn’t stop talking about, were the parades and meeting the Disney princesses. The parades were fantastic, and you could see that all the parents were just as (if not more) delighted as their kids, to see all the Disney characters go by, waving and blowing kisses.

We stood in line for about 40 minutes so Zee could meet Belle (Beauty and the Beast), and on the last day there, we stood in line well over an hour inside the Princess Pavilion, where she got to meet Aurora (Sleeping Beauty).

The nice thing is that the princesses take a good few minutes to chat to each child, take photos, and of course give them super special princess hugs and kisses. The smile on Zee’s face when Belle said “goodbye Zee, see you again” was priceless.

Telling her new bff Belle that she's 3 :)
Telling her new bff, Belle, that she’s 3 🙂
Some love from Aurora :)
Some love from Aurora 🙂

I’ll add pics of the parades in my next post, as I think they deserve their own post (also, there are loads of them). Hope you’ve enjoyed sharing in our holiday thus far. 🙂

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