Disney Alaska Cruise Photos Plus Shutterfly Savings

Disney Alaska Cruise

As Christmas draws near, I’ve been busy shopping and making gifts for my family. One of my favorite homemade gifts to give as well as receive is anything to do with photographs. Throughout the year, I take thousands of photos and for Christmas I use some of my best ones to make gifts. Because some of my family members read my website, I can’t tell you exactly what I’ve been creating this week, but in the past I’ve made puzzles, calendars, mouse pads, photo books and more. Shutterfly is my go-to website for creating these masterpieces! What I love about Shutterfly is the flexibility. You can make your project as simple or as complex as you want. They have templates that will do everything for you or you can choose to make all of the design decisions yourself including layout, fonts, and colors. I usually opt for something in the middle – choosing a preset template as a starting point and then editing as I go. Like I do every year, I spend hours searching through my thousands of photographs trying to find the best ones for my projects. I always love this annual trip down memory lane! I like to take a wide variety of pictures using different settings on my camera. Even though a lot of these won’t work for my gifts, I still love how they turned out. Below are some of my favorite black & white images from our Disney Alaska cruise this summer. I hope you enjoy them!

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Interested in booking a Disney Cruise? Just click on the image below and fill out the quote form to get more information from my friend, Jennifer Hardy at Destinations in Florida!

Disney’s Christmas Cookie Cocktail

Tonight I enjoyed an incredible holiday dinner with my dear friend Sara. Every year in December, Sara and I plan a special night out at our favorite fondue restaurant, The Melting Pot. This fondue place has several locations across the country, but we love the spot that we always go to for its extraordinary ambiance. It is housed in a unique historic building in downtown Littleton, Colorado. Before becoming home to The Melting Pot, this building was previously a library and a jail. Because of its long and varied history, The Melting Pot is said to be haunted. Each time we dine there, we love to hear the most recent stories from our servers about ghost sightings and research by paranormal teams. It’s like our own hometown Haunted Mansion. After finishing our delicious courses of cheese fondue, salads, and meats, it was time for the best course of all – chocolate! We chose white chocolate with Baileys Irish Cream and it was delicious. For the first time, Sara tried a dessert cocktail called the Café Rough Diamond. It was a scrumptiously sweet combination of Amaretto Disaronno, Baileys Irish Cream and Kahlúa mixed with hot chocolate and whipped cream. As soon as I tried a sip, I loved it! The wonderful concoction instantly reminded me of Christmas and made me wonder if Disney was serving anything similar to this during the holiday season. With just a bit of research I found that the Disney Cruise Line is currently serving a Christmas Cookie Cocktail during their Very Merrytime Cruises. Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 ounce Baileys
  • 1 ounce Kahlua
  • 1 ounce peppermint schnapps
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Whipped cream
  • Cookie shavings
  1. Blend Baileys, Kahlua, peppermint schnapps and ice cream.
  2. Layer bottom of Catalina glass with chocolate sauce.
  3. Pour drink and top with whipped cream and cookie shavings.

I can’t wait to try this plus I’m thinking about making a different variation with hot chocolate instead of ice cream that will be perfect for our snowy weekend ahead!

Interested in booking a Disney Cruise? Click on the image below and fill out the quote form to get more information from my friend, Jennifer Hardy at Destinations in Florida!

Do you have any other holiday cocktail recipes? Please leave a comment!

Disney Discounts For The Week Of December 1, 2014

Please check out this week’s amazing Disney discounts!

Walt Disney World® Resort

  • Stay Play & Dine: Save up to 30% off your hotel accommodations for a 2015 Disney World vacation.  Select dates from January 5 – March 28, 2015.
  • Save Up to 30% Off Hotels: Book your family vacation from January 5 – March 28 and save up to 30% off Disney Resort Hotels.
  • Free Dining Bounce Back Specials: During your Disney vacation, you can book your next Disney vacation at huge savings! The current bounce back special includes the Disney Dining Plan for free. Book your Disney package before you check out and then contact Jennifer Hardy at Destinations in Florida for details on transferring your reservation.
  • Active/Retired Military Rates: For US active and retired military, save money on tickets and resort accommodations through October 2015.
  • Florida Resident & Annual Passholder Rates: Florida Residents and Annual Passholders can take advantage of great rates on rooms at select Disney Resort Hotels up to 35% off.
  • RunDisney Group Rates: Are you a runner?  Do you want to run a race with Mickey Mouse? Join our VIP runners at Destinations in Florida for some of the favorite races including Disney Marathon and Disney Princess Run. These exclusive rates are only with Destinations in Florida.

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Disneyland® Resort

  • Save up to 25% Off Spring 2015 Vacations: Save up to 25% on Disneyland® Resort Hotel stays January 4 – February 12, 2015 and save up to 20% on stays February 13  – March 26, 2015.
  • Active/Retired Military Rates: For US active and retired military, save money on tickets and resort accommodations through October 2015.
  • 3rd, 4th or 5th Night Free at Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotels:  Visit Anaheim during select nights through December 2014. Stay at a select Disney Good Neighbor Hotels and enjoy a 3rd night, 4th night or 5th night free. Contact Jennifer Hardy at Destinations in Florida for details.

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Disney Cruise Line®

  • Disney Cruises at Big Savings: Take a 3-Night or 4-Night Cruise out of Port Canaveral (just 45 minutes from Orlando) and save big! Prices start from just $188 per person per night plus tax/port fees.  For a family of 2, that is just $1,128 plus $69 per person for taxes/port fees.  These discount cruises include December 7 and select early 2015 sailings.
  • Canadian Residents Save up to 20% Off: From December 2014 – January 2015, Canadian Residents can save up to 20% off Disney Cruise prices on select cruises.
  • Special Rates for Florida Residents and US Military: Take advantage of special deals for Florida Residents and active/retired United States Military.

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