January 2017 | Ariel and Alder
In an attempt to freshen up the apartment I have decided plants are 100%  necessary and deserve a spot in every inch of our space. I can't get enough greens and after a few trips to home depot I decided that some of the plants might be better suited in a "disney-fied" pot or planter instead of the plastic thing they came in. 

I will be sharing a few DIY planter ideas this spring, but to get the creative juices flowing here are 5 ideas that will step up your Disney plant game and have your coworkers and roommates doing a double take.

1. Lego Minifigure Update

When Lego announced a partnership with Disney there was so much hype that broke out, especially surrounding the minifigures. Like many Disney fans, I aquired a bunch of them but couldn't really find a "spot" for them in my house despite how cute they were. When I watched this recent Ingrid Nielsen video, I noticed she put a lego minifigure in a succulent planter on her coffee table and it looked so cute!!

I stuck my dude Donald Duck in a succulent on my vanity and I love how it turned out!

2. Inside Out "Emotions" Garden

I love a good shelf theme and this DIY "Inside Out" planter set idea is way too good! Grab some emotional mugs and head over to Disney Style to give this one a try. 

3. Cheshire Cat Pot Clip

I particularly like this idea because its such an easy way to add some subtle disney flair. Plants and flowers often remind me of Wonderland and this Cheshire Cat pot topper is just adorable within some greenery. If he looks familiar, it's because he was designed by Jim Shore who makes the best wooden figurines. Check out this Mrs. Potts and Chip set by him!

4. Winnie The Pooh Carnation Planters

These Pooh themed carnation planters by Disney Family would look so cute in any garden or on a porch, the "Hunny" one is particularly darling. Full instructions linked here!

5. Character Terrarium

This Mickey and Minnie terrarium idea is amazing in every way, and the floral hidden Mickey in the middle kills me. Learn how to make this one over here, the original post was inspired by the EPCOT flower and garden festival. 

Hope this sprouts an idea for those of you with green thumbs!


Disney Tsum-Tsums have taken stuffed plush collecting to a whole new level. Type in the term "Tsum-Tsum" onto Instagram or Google and see what comes up, you will immediately get what I'm talking about. A slurry of accounts and pictures of enormous collections will pop up. The truth is Disney fans are whole-heartedly obsessed with the little stuffed characters! 

But like any collectible the real question is, once you have them how do you store and display them? 

I am of the mind set that no matter how "valuable" a certain collectible is, it is worthless unless it is displayed for others to enjoy. Thats the whole point of collecting. For us, we intentionally pick out a space or have a system before we start collecting something. If we didn't at least try to do this we would have Funkos, Vinylmations, Tsum Tsums, Posters, and Pins all over every inch our entire house. 

My point? Storage is everything.

Today we are just focusing on Tsums (the stuffed kind, not vinyl) but if you would like this turned into a series, let me know in the comments of this post. 

Idea #1: A Floor Basket

I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it was such a good one for someone who doesn't have a ton of wall space to dedicate to their Tsum-Tsum collection. I couldn't find the original source of this idea but I am assuming it originated at a Disney Store. You can use some filler in the bottom of the basket and use cardboard dividers to sort them by color, film, or theme. 

Basket (personally I have the one pictured at home, love it!)/ Idea Origin

For an inexpensive way to display a large collection, use a wire shelf! These are more cost effective than investing in a full blown display case and are oh-so cute. It's almost like they were designed for this purpose. 

Idea #3: Wall Cubes

Wall cubes are a great way to display your Tsums and stack without too much commitment. The cubes (or other shapes) are compact and take up very little wall or shelf space. Perfect for the person not looking to collect too many, and someone who doesn't want the whole stack falling down.

I personally think this idea is SO creative and cute! You could even place them back to back to see all the faces if you have a truly large collection.

I hope these sparked a storage idea for your own "Tsum-Stash" at home! If you have a great idea that I didn't mention, make sure to leave it in the comments below so others can try it out. 

Have a Tsum-tastic week (hehe) :)


If there's one thing I can't get enough of its personalized jewelry! Every time I'm in a store and catch something that can be personalized, I'm immediately drawn in. Even better when that item can have some Disney magic thrown in. When introduced to Origami Owl it peaked my interest since they are all about custom pieces. Each necklace, bracelet, or keychain is based around a glass locket that you can put charms into and interchange them when you change your mind.

These unique pieces are called "living lockets"

To start off, you can select a locket that suits you, they come in all shapes and sizes. But what is truly awesome, is you can then set a custom engraved plate in the back to share a favorite quote or initials. I chose a segment from one of my favorite Walt Disney quotes. 

"All our dreams can come true; if we have the courage to pursue them" - Walt Disney

For the charms I picked out a few fun things to represent my interests!

I personally chose a locket that can be placed on a keychain, since that way I can see the charms I chose every day, but I could easily swap this out on a necklace chain and wear it around my neck instead. 

Overall, I love this idea and I love glancing down at my locket and seeing all the charms move around. I would love it if they added some Disney charms to the mix someday soon ;)



Thank you to Origami Owl for sponsoring this post. 
Interrupting my own blog schedule to share something fun that was just shared with me! 

Funko is launching a line of super cute princess plushies and sent me a preview of Belle and Ariel from the collection. These are way too cute and the online pictures don't even do them justice. If you know a little one or a Funko collector that loves Disney princesses these would make an adorable Valentines Day gift. Even cuter (is cuter a word?) would be to wrap them up with their matching film.

Here are the details! They will be available at Walmart later this month. 

Characters Available: Cinderella, Ursula, Belle, Snow White, Ariel and Mulan!

How Big Are They: 7-8 inches tall

Natalie Notes: These are super soft like a stuffed animal but can be propped up like a collectible to display. I have mine on the "movie shelf" in our bedroom, right next to our Disney film collection. 

You can read the official press release here

Hello and Happy New Year!

I took a little time off from blogging to enjoy the holiday season with family, spend time with friends, and get some new projects rolling for the new year. I'm back with a new schedule for the blog and some really exciting content on the horizon for you guys. I hope you will love whats coming, but lets talk about the year that's passed us before we get into whats next. 

2016 was undeniably the year of Disneyland visits for me, not shockingly. It was also the first year I got involved with The Walt Disney Company in a professional way which was a bucket list opportunity. This was the year of new friends in both Oregon and California, the year we got a dog (!!!!), the year I brought a new facet to this blog through embroidery and craft ideas, and our last year in Corvallis. I want to emphasize how grateful I am to you guys who read this blog for bringing all these opportunities my way. I love what I do here and can't wait to see what next year brings for Ariel and Alder.

Here are a few favorite moments from every month of the year!

January: New Friends!

If you are currently in college perhaps you can attest to the feeling that as you age its harder to make new friends with common interests. Perhaps what makes it so easy in high school is you are packed together in sports teams, classes, clubs, and events whereas in college activities are more elective and spread out. I made friends in the dorms, but when I moved into an apartment it felt like I was on campus less and it was a bit more difficult. 

Regardless, I am always happy to meet a new face and I started the year off making a new (now very close) friend! After a few Instagram messages back and forth, Lauren and I decided to meet IRL for a coffee date. We were instant friends in about 5 minutes and blasted off to the craft store right after our latte cups were empty. Funny story, a few weeks after that we got in a car and drove to Disneyland together. Through Lauren, I also met Tracy and a 2 for 1 friendship was made.

February: Introducing Embroidery

I tell people that embroidery changed my life, because it's true! I was in a creative rut after being a "fashion blogger" for 3 years and I went to an embroidery party in February that changed the game for me. It may sound dramatic, but learning this new medium revived my interest in producing new content for this blog and lead to the biggest growth jump in 3 years. I was about an inch away from giving up on blogging and got saved by a stitch. Literally.

March: Spring Break Road Trip

My favorite moment from March this year was taking a 30 hour road trip from Oregon to San Fransisco, then Disneyland with friends for Spring Break. Usually I prefer to fly when given the choice but I would do this trip over again in a heartbeat.

April: My 21st Birthday and an Annual Pass To Disneyland

I turned 21 and became a Disneyland annual passholder in the same day! It was such a fun birthday week and I went down to Disneyland with my brothers family to celebrate. My best friend from high school also came to the park for my actual birthday, and my other friend Hannah came in for the following day which was so fun. Cameron came down later that week and became a passholder as well, which started a sort of domino effect on our regular Disneyland visits.

May: Adopting Baloo

Perhaps the best month of the year, it's the one where we adopted our dog Baloo! We had been looking for a dog all month long and she came into our lives at the most random time. It definitely added a new facet of responsibility, effort, and complication to our lives but we just love her!

June: A Temporary Move

Probably the roughest month out of the year logistically. Cameron got offered a great internship opportunity in Portland, which was awesome but it meant we needed to temporarily move to PDX for 3 months with our 4 month old puppy in tow. A nightmare wave of packing, storage, and re-packing. I also needed to find temporary office space to do my job without a lease involved. 

July: Disney Style

A month split by fifty percent good things and fifty percent bad things. On one hand, we were living out of one bedroom in Portland and dealing with a whole new routine, Portland traffic, and missing some of our friends. On the other, Baloo had finally become a somewhat "trained" dog and I was working on my first DIY article with Disney Style. 

I also opened up an Etsy shop for some embroidery things.

August: Summer In Disneyland

Video Dairy: Weekend At Disneyland

Yet another Disneyland trip, but this one was especially fun because Cameron and I decided to take a weekend to visit the park just us two. The crowds were pretty low, the Diamond Celebration was just wrapping up, and it was seriously the best weekend. Perhaps the best trip of the year! We also visited Anaheim Majestic Garden for the first time, and its now one of our off-property favorites.

September: Walt Disney World!

Visiting Walt Disney World for the first time in ten years! So much fun planning this trip because it had been so long since our last visit. We stayed at the Polynesian, spent a ton of time in EPCOT and Animal Kingdom, and were "first timers" at Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party.

October: Halloween!

October is my favorite month of the year no matter what but this year the Halloween season was extra fun. We spent some time on our DIY cars land costumes, watched spooky movies per usual, and threw a party at my friend Ethans house. Overall, just a super fun time this year.

November: Last Disney Trip Of the Year + Thanksgiving

Going to Disneyland (again!) for the holiday season and hosting our first Thanksgiving are at the top of the list for the month of November. The Disneyland trip was literally for 24 hours with my aunt and uncle but every minute was put to good use in absorbing all the holiday cheer around the park.

December: Christmas Time

Similar to Halloween, we had a really great holiday season at home this year. We had an early snowstorm roll in, which gave me extra time to work on a fun holiday project with Disney Style! We also loved designing and mailing our Christmas cards this year with Minted. On the blog I also had a ton of fun making gift guides for you guys, sharing a Mickey shaped ornament DIY on youtube, and teaming up with +Tiffany Davis for a recipe blog post.

And here we are again in January, which brings me to a resolution I have for the blog. There will be a new post here every Monday morning at 6:00 am PST. I have other projects as a part of my new content calendar that I will share with you soon, but for now just know that Monday is the day to check Ariel and Alder for a new post. I am trying to get back on track for posting regularly and I think this new Monday deadline will help with that.

Mondays, 6am, See you there!

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