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How it all started.
We had been going to Walt Disney World once a year for the last few years right around Halloween, which was cheaper thanks to the free Disney dining plan that usually pops up around that time, and thought- geez wouldn’t it be great if we could be here more. See, nothing feels like Disney. The energy of the place is literally joyful.
So, in 2014 we decided to just start travelling more. Easy Decision. Not necessarily easy to implement. We had to get really crafty and resourceful to make this work financially. We both have jobs and Melanie has a daughter, little G, who comes everywhere with us. We’re also part of a ginormous family so have loads of birthdays, and family obligations that also take up time. Melanie and I have six brothers and sisters ( 8 kids in all) and were raised by a single mom. Being Italian, we still do family dinners on Sundays, make a huge deal out of big and small holidays and play board games, test recipes, talk loud and actually like being with family. So our lives are really really full.
But we knew that travel was something we needed to start making time for, because life shouldn’t just be lots of working and some weekends, so we made the decision to travel more, rearranged some priorities and what ended up happening was we somehow made it work! We’d take a little vacation here, a weekend there and Disney when we could.
Because we’re thrifty, resourceful and want to pack as much awesome as possible into these mini-vacations, we’d research A LOT! We’d know where the best coffee was, how to get to the prettiest waterfalls, and the hours of the best shops in town.
But reading a happy post about Yosemite and actually doing Yosemite are two different things. In Blog Land people rarely talk about the horrible parts of the vacation or that you should definitely just spring for the more expensive room without bugs. This isn’t specific to just travel. Seeing the cute DIY post on Mickey Ears written by someone who has sewn all their life is terribly unhelpful when you’re still trying to figure out the glue gun.
This is why we started this blog and our travel blog- daytrips and daydreams , because integrity is important and since some of you out there actually plan on trying that DIY project, recipe or vacation we’re talking about we want you to know the good and the bad so you’re ready to tackle it on your own.
While there will definitely be some bumps and bruises along the way we will do our best to show you what worked and what didn’t. Let us know if you want to work with us! Check out our values and priorities here.
Planning a Disney Vacation? Start Here
Whether you’re getting ready for your First Disney Vacation or just one of the many Disney Vacations you and your family take. Here’s our Quick List of the things you should check out during your planning or daydreaming process.
1. Join our Disney Vacation Blog and Shop newsletter.
We’ll share quotes, our latest posts, our latest designs and any fun news we see about Disney on the horizon. We’ll only send a newsletter once a week so if you’re hungry for more, just follow us on our socials- all lined up in the sidebar and at the top of this page.
2. Follow us on our Disney Travel Instagram
Need a little happiness in your feed? We’ll share Disney pics from our vacations and beautiful photography, so you can pick your favorites to visit next time you vacation.
3. Follow us on our Disney Shop Instagram
Need Disney gear for your next Disney vacation? We release new designs all the time, so keep an eye on new stuff on our Shop Instagram. Follow for giveaways, insider info and more.
4. Follow us on our Pinterest
Find us on Pinterest @polkadotpixies
Start pinning all your favorite restaurants, resorts, attractions, events and Disney outfits. We pin it all on our Pinterest page.
5. Check out our Disney Apparel and Accessories
Find us on Polka Dot Pixie Shop or visit us on Etsy. We love designing stuff. Designs are switched out regularly and sometimes limited. We can also do light customization if you’re searching for family shirts with a year and family name just let us know.
6. Planning a Trip to Walt Disney World?
Check out our 12 step guide to Planning a Disney Vacation. You can also check all our sections on the blog for resorts, festivals and restaurants.
If you have questions, just send us an email.
7. Planning a Trip to Disneyland?
Peruse our Disneyland Vacation Page. Being Ohioans we don’t get out to Cali near as much as we would like. But we’re working on it! So stay tuned for more posts on this page.
8. Going on a Disney Cruise
Check out our posts on Disney Cruising so far.