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Today My Toddler Taught Me… Once in a while it’s good to see things through other people’s point of view.

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Share Your Disney Moment To Win Tickets To Disney Live At The Xcel Energy Center

I’ve been a Disney fan forever. So much so, that I took my Fan-dom to the next level and worked at Disneyland when I was in college. It was a magical summer working in the Disneyland Wardrobe Department, getting characters ready to go out and meet thousands of other fans as they visited the theme park. As I worked there, I really got to know a lot about Disney and the more I learned, and it all made me a love Disney even more.

Well, now I live in Minnesota, so I’m glad that Mickey has loaded up his tour bus and is bringing his Disney Magic to me here in the Midwest.

“Disney Live! Mickey’s Magic Show” is coming to the Xcel Energy Center on Sunday, October 24th. I’m so excited to take my Toddler Tornado to see Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, Donald and Goofy on-stage in what is sure to be an adorable magic show.

If you want to buy tickets to the show you can grab them from Ticketmaster (Mickey’s Magic Show)

But they’ve given me the chance to bring you to the show, too. I’m giving away Family Four packs of tickets to Mickey’s Magic show. I’ll pick 2 (two) winners next Wednesday, October 20th at 12 pm cst.

Mickey’s Magic Show – Mad Hatter
To enter, leave a comment below sharing your Disney Magic Moment. It can be anything- like the first time you watched a Disney Film with you family, or the time your dog chewed up you Mickey Mouse ears. It’s up to you, and you can leave one comment each day between now and 10/20/10.

For extra entries, you can also Tweet or Facebook about this contest.

For instance…  My friend @MissShannan is giving away tickets to Mickey’s Magic Show at the Xcel Energy Center. Enter at http:\\

Cut and paste that if you like. Just come back here and leave a comment with the link so that you get your extra entry. Then check back here Next Wednesday October 19th, to see if you’re a contest winner.

Easy enough? I hope so. Get to sharing those Magic Moments and I hope to see you at Mickey’s Magic Show.
(This contest is open to Minnesota and Wisconsin residents only.)

Mickey’s Magic Show – Broom Scene

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My sister is pissed off at me. She thinks I’m mean and irrational. Maybe I am, because I snapped on her. Oh yes I did. A full on “Sista Girl” episode at 9:30 am on a Tuesday morning. Why? Because she was feeding my 2 year old, her precious nephew, Chili Cheese Corn Chips.

You might have Corn Chips for breakfast, but we don’t. And there she was giving him one after another like and old lady feeding popcorn to pigeons. When I made her stop, he freaked out. Of course, he wanted more. They are DELICIOUS. Explaining moderation to a 2 year old is impossible, so now he was mad, I was mad, my sister was mad. I snapped on her and now she thinks I suck.
She’s one of those “Skinny/Fat” people. You know the ones that can cram all sorts unhealthy fattening food into their faces and never seem to have any consequence. She can eat anything she wants, but I’ve never been that person. My husband isn’t that person, and so far we have no indication that our son will be that person. And why risk it? He doesn’t need to eat that stuff anyhow. I’m sure the junk food industry has plenty of other fans to profit from.

At our pediatrician’s recommendation we recently switched him to skim milk. We work hard to get his dietary recommendations in throughout the week and to make sure that he is learning to love healthy snacks not just junk. We’re enjoying that sweet spot right now, where junk food ignorance is bliss. Our kid doesn’t know that candy and cookies are delicious. He likes healthy food right now because he doesn’t know anything else is out there. So seeing my sister sabotaging our efforts was just too much.

The other night when Dom decided to wake mama up at 2 am. I couldn’t get back to sleep, so I started reading the book sent to me from the Mamavation Sistahood, “Growing Up Healthy The Next Generation Way” by Dr. Mary Ellen Renna. Along with some outstanding diet and exercise information that I found really helpful, she says during the introduction, “There is now an overall decline in the health of the present generation of children in the U.S.” and that “People around the world are exposed to more and more nutritionally deficient foods, creating an increasingly unhealthy population.” Do you think Chili Cheese Corn Chips would make that “nutritionally deficient food” list? I sure do.

Maintaining a healthy diet is going to stay a key focus in our house. It’s working for us so far, so we have no reason to jump off the healthy eating train. This week is going to be really busy because I have comedy shows, plus a major event going on at work, so I’m just going to try to stay hydrated, eat as clean as I can and just focus on running this week. To stay on track with my Half Marathon training I need to log 17.5 miles this week, so that’s the workout goal I’m shooting for.
Dom has forgotten about the Corn Chips for now. My sister, well, her memory is a little longer, but since she’s 19, I think taking her shopping might help her get over our little spat. I’m not above a little sisterly bribery.

See ya in the produce isle.