31 July 2014

Yummy Summer BBQ Recipe ~ Dry Rubbed Smoked St. Louis Pork Ribs

Hope you enjoy this delicious recipe for your summer BBQ.

St. Louis Ribs 
6 (3 lb.) slabs St. Louis Ribs (pork spare ribs with sternum bone attached)          
Preparation: Trim excess fat, clean and dry. Season with the dry rib rub and let set overnight in the refrigerator uncovered. The minimum amount of time the ribs should sit would be 12 hours. The following day, remove the ribs from the refrigerator. Allow the rubbed ribs to rest at room temperature for 30-45 minutes.

Preheat your smoker to 225°F with your choice of hardwood (preferably apple wood and hickory). Once your smoker has come to temperature, place in the smoker and cook for 4 hours. After the 1st hour, begin mopping the ribs every 30 minutes until the 4 hour mark has been reached. After 4 hours, remove from the smoker. Place on a cookie sheet, wrap with plastic wrap and rest for 30-45 minutes. At this point, the ribs are complete and can be grilled or served as is with your favorite BBQ sauce.  ENJOY !!!


Villains Trailer - Disney Infinity: #Marvel Super Heroes (2.0)




 Disney Interactive officially announced that a trio of popular Super Villains will be entering the world of Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) - Ronan the Accuser from Guardians of the Galaxy, Green Goblin from Spider-Man and the infamous Loki, God of Mischief from The Avengers. Whether it’s flexing their unstoppable powers for all things evil in their respective Play Sets, the updated Toy Box 2.0, or the newly added structured Toy Box Games, these Super Villains are forces to be reckoned with.

Key highlights include: 

Marvel Launches Assortment of Products Inspired by "Marvel's #Guardians of the Galaxy"

 With the opening of the movie comes a lot of GOTG toys, plush, clothing and more. Which one do you want?

Marvel Entertainment in conjunction with Disney Consumer Products (DCP) unveils an action-packed product collection to celebrate Marvel's epic space adventure, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, in theaters August 1, 2014. 
 Action figures, plush, playsets, role-play, costumes, and 80's nostalgia-inspired lifestyle products that leverage the unique storytelling in the new Marvel franchise. From authentic character voices that bring electronic figures to life along with custom spacecraft builds and interactive battle gear, guardians of all ages will be able to immerse themselves in the intergalactic action.
"Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy introduces exciting characters and vehicles unlike anything seen in previous Marvel films. These elements were embraced by partners who immediately saw the potential to create out-of-this-world products that appeal to fans of all ages," said Paul Gitter, senior vice president, Marvel Licensing.
An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a raccoon with a space-blaster, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy's fate in the balance.
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy products are available now at national retailers, specialty stores, Marvel.com, Disney Store locations nationwide and DisneyStore.com.
Highlights from the product line include:

#GravityFalls comes to Disney Infinity 2.0

This is awesome, one of my favorite shows coming to Disney Infinity.
This fall, “Gravity Falls” fans can visit their favorite vacation town as the hit Disney Channel series comes to life in the Disney Infinity 2.0 Toy Box with three special Power Discs. As announced at Comic-Con by series creator Alex Hirsch, the three Gravity Falls Power Discs lets players to transform their Toy Box into the fictional paranormal world of Dipper and Mabel Pines with all-new magical themes and items.

Vin Diesel Dubs His Lines from Marvel's #GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY in 5 Languages

The YouTube links for the Spanish, Portuguese, French and Russian spots are below - check it out so cool.


GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY opens in theaters everywhere on August 1st! #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy 


Brazilian Portuguese: http://youtu.be/CfbcgIfZXqI


Thanks for stopping by and GO see this movie, it's awesome. 


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29 July 2014

Wordless Wednesday ~ #Disney Attractions

Focused on the Magic

Welcome to this Week's Wordless Wednesday ~ This week's theme is ATTRACTIONS 

  What's Your Favorite Attraction?

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Magical Day. 






28 July 2014

Very COOL - "Frozen" Party Ideas and Tips



Welcome to the Frozen Blog Hop - 
Here are some of my ideas for a very special Frozen Party.

When I recently went in search of some Frozen Party Supplies for my Frozen Party, I was not only thinking about how to set my table but what to give away as a gift. So, my first stop was Party City. Not only did Party City have everything Frozen, they had some great party gifts too. They had Frozen plates, napkins, cups, tablecloths, confetti and some really great helium Frozen themed balloons. As for my gifts for coming to the party there were Frozen water bottles, which were a perfect size.

I was also glad to find some Frozen story books at Walmart which are the right size for kids.  And I was also able to get some Frozen Pens at Disney World. Not very expensive either just $5 each.


One more thing I love to do for my parties is give out the Frozen - Pressed Pennies. They too came from WDW, specifically at Hollywood Studios. 



Some More Fun Frozen Ideas ~ 

You can also print your own OLAF Summer Stickers - click on the link below.

Olaf Stickers

The Disney website also has a lot of Frozen Games to play on their site - I have listed a few links here.

Olaf Freeze Fall

Frozen Double Trouble





Thanks for joining me - be sure and check out all the other Frozen posts for more cool ideas. =)




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27 July 2014

"Frozen In Summer" ~ Giveaway ~ Anna and Elsa Costumes from the Disney Store


Welcome to the Coolest Giveaway this side of Arendelle 

 The Prize includes all these items:  A Prize Valued at $140 
Disney Store  - Anna Costume for girls size 5/6
Disney Store  -  Elsa Costume for girls size 5/6
Disney Store  - Elsa Tiara
Disney Store  - Elsa Fashion Accessories


Giveaway Details:

~ Giveaway starts Sunday, July 27, 2014 and ends at 11:59 pm on Saturday, August 9, 2014
~ This “Frozen In Summer” Giveaway is open to all residents of US, 18 years or older
~ After verification of entries, the winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and will be notified by email. 


~ Please provide an email address that you check daily, so you don’t miss the winning email
~ To officially accept the prize the winner must reply by email within 48 hours
~ The "1" lucky winner will be announced right here 



Enter HERE
a Rafflecopter giveaway




A big thanks to all the Disney Bloggers who made this wonderful giveaway possible - Please stop by and visit them!


 Good Luck and Have a Magical Day =)
STARTS Tomorrow 7/28


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24 July 2014

“Christmas in July” with Lindt Chocolate - Win a Trip to The Thanksgiving Day Parade in NY


I wanted to share an exciting contest that I personally would love to win. The details are below and you only have a few days to enter. Good Luck!

Here's a chance for you to win a trip to the 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year. Lindt is kicking off the holidays six months early to give chocolate lovers a chance to win a once in a lifetime trip to watch the spectacle live from New York.The Lindt float will be making an appearance in the parade for the second time. 

Here are some of the details:
pic courtesy of Mediapost.com

To participate in the “Christmas in July” contest,  visit Facebook.com/LindtChocolate now through July 25, 2014 (Friday), to create a digital holiday card to send to friends and family, and share a #LindtJoy story of how Lindt chocolate brings joy during the holidays.

You can find additional details on the “Christmas in July” contest here


Thanks and Enjoy!!






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Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0) ~ Collector's Edition



Set to Hit North American Retail Stores On September 23
Pre-Order Program Officially Launches Today


Disney Interactive confirmed today that the highly anticipated Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes will be available at North American retailers on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. 

The sequel to the #1 best-selling new family IP of 2013 expands the platform with the introduction of all new super-powered Marvel Play Sets and characters that players can experience exclusively inside of the new version of the game. The popular Toy Box mode also returns with enhanced features where users can create their own adventures and share them online with friends.

Additionally, the company announced the official launch of its pre-order program.  Starting today through September 22, as a bonus for pre-ordering the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack, consumers will receive a Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel figure (valued at $13.99) from top retailers nationwide.

The game will be available for pre-order this week at San Diego Comic-Con at the Disney Infinity Pop-up Shop (343 4th Ave. San Diego, CA 92101) and at the Marvel booth (#2329) inside the San Diego Convention Center. The game will also be available for hands-on demos at both locations during the show.

Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes is rated E10+ rating by the ESRB. All characters and power discs from last year’s release of Disney Infinity will be compatible with the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Toy Box.



Enjoy !!



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Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) - Guardians of the Galaxy



Marvel’s next summer blockbuster film is coming to Disney Infinity.  Disney Interactive officially announced the latest Play Set for Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) – Guardians of the Galaxy, inspired by the upcoming film Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, in theaters August 1.

The Guardians of the Galaxy Play Set follows Star-Lord and his fellow Guardians as they arrive at Knowhere, having just stolen a powerful cosmic object from the villainous Ronan the Accuser. Players will guide the team as they race to protect Knowhere from Ronan and his attacking Sakaaran fleet while keeping their newly liberated item safe from the villain’s evil grasp.

23 July 2014

Coming this Fall ~ Celebrate Halloween at LEGOLAND FL 3rd Annual Brick-or-Treat


Guests will invade LEGOLAND during its kid-friendly Halloween celebration of Brick-or-Treat presented by Wells Fargo this Fall.  This spooky event takes place weekends in October, and features trick-or-treating along the brick-or-treat trail, super brick build activities, the largest LEGO Jack-O-Lantern in the world, Halloween entertainment and an all-kids costume contest with brick-tastic prizes!

Activities this year include:

22 July 2014

Wordless Wednesday - #Disney Signs

 
Focused on the Magic

Welcome to this week's Wordless Wednesday - Disney Signs
This week I wanted to share some "Frozen" Fun from Hollywood Studios. It was a a lot of fun at the celebration and at Oaken's Frozen Fun land.




 Thanks for stopping by and have a Magical Day. Please follow along @http://www.focusedonthemagic.com/




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18 July 2014

Planes "Fire and Rescue" ~ Printable Activities

Dusty soars into theaters today so to celebrate his arrival we have some fun activities for you and your family to enjoy this weekend! I loved this movie, it was so cute and funny. The story is great and really gives an insight to the real firefighters and their everyday job to protect the forest. 

Download Race To The Rescue Activities



17 July 2014

Happy 59th Birthday Disneyland

To all who come to this happy place: Welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America, with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.
Walter E. Disney, July 17, 1955, 4:43 pm

I remember my first trip to Disneyland last year. It was so magical to see where it all began. It was a very historical trip for me, I mean to see where Walt had once walked around DL. It was also how he to walked around and meet his guests, can you even imagine? He achieved something that no one else could and shared it with the rest of us.
I loved telling my children the history of this place and why so many people come to this park. It truly is a place to feel like a kid again and remember the old days. I love the way Disneyland seems unchanged from 59 years ago. The rides and attractions are still all  there and fun never seems to end. As I looked around the park at Main Street and ToonTown and at Big Thunder Mountain, I realized this is a place that I can always come back to with my family and enjoy something so grand that is untouched by today's world.


Have a Magical Day ºoº



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16 July 2014

Wordless Wednesday ~ Disney "Water" Pics

 
Focused on the Magic

Welcome to this Week's wordless Wednesday -"Water" in the Disney Parks 





 Thanks for stopping by and visit more WW pics @http://www.focusedonthemagic.com/

ºoº




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15 July 2014

StarWars.com Relaunches with Interactive Experiences, Exclusive News

Very Exciting !!

Lucasfilm and Disney Interactive today launched the all-new StarWars.com experience, the digital destination and first source for all Star Wars film, TV, and video game news. The new site features:
·         Long-form articles and videos that go behind the scenes of past, current and upcoming projects
·         Exclusive online videos, including a behind the scenes video of the making of Chopper from the upcoming series Star Wars: Rebels, and more to come in the following weeks
·         The immersive Databank, an encyclopedia of hundreds of pieces of Star Wars knowledge about characters, creatures, locations, droids and devices.
·         Details about upcoming fan events
·         Users can log in with their Disney ID to access upcoming special features and digital experiences
·         New, simple navigation and design
·         Rich, consistent experience across all platforms and devices using the same technology that powers the entire Disney Interactive Media portfolio

NOW AVAILABLE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC - D23 - FANNIVERSARY TICKETS

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS!

The Official Disney Fan Club Brings Roadshow Event to Burbank, San Diego, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Orlando, and Washington, D.C.

Guests Will Celebrate Favorite Disney Movies, Attractions, Music, Television Shows, Characters, and More.



The show will be commemorating dozens of milestones celebrating landmark anniversaries this year.

Deal Alert: Staples Back-to-School Deals effective till - 7/19

It's hard to think about School shopping right now but, if you want to save some money check these deals out. 

From notebooks for 17 cents to backpacks for $29.99, Staples back-to-school deals, beginning on Sunday, July 13 through Saturday, July 19 offer tremendous savings opportunities for school essentials including:

In addition to the back-to school 110% Price Match Guarantee and the back-to-school Less List, Staples is continuing to offer great value every week through weekly deals. Customers can find information on weekly deals atwww.Staples.com/weeklyad. Staples Rewards® customers can also save by earning Staples Rewards on everything in the store and take advantage of free shipping on Staples.com.


11 July 2014

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy - Special Extended Look 2


This extended clip is great, they seem like they don't belong together but, that will make for some funny moments I bet.

Like GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY on Facebook: www.facebook.com/guardiansofthegalaxy

Follow GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Guardians

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY opens in theaters everywhere on August 1st!



Love these #FROZEN Hair Clips










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08 July 2014

Wordless Wednesday ~ Showing Your #DisneySide



Focused on the Magic


Welcome to this week's Wordless Wednesday - Showing My DisneySide

 



A big thanks to Deb for hosting - - 
Thanks for stopping by.


What's your favorite way to show your Disney Side






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07 July 2014

New #FROZEN Pops ~ Olaf is glowing

It's Funko's 5th #SDCC announcement! We are giving away one of EVERY EXCLUSIVE!
Each giveaway will run for two days (Monday/Tuesday or Wednesday/Thursday) on our social media handles.

  Facebook/Twitter/Instagram

We will select one winner for each set of exclusives announced.
One winner will be announced each Tuesday at 4pm PST for the Monday reveal prize pack.
And one winner will be announced each Thursday at 4pm PST for the Wednesday reveal prize pack. Good Luck!


Anna is Frozen!

Elsa in the middle of a freezing transition!

Olaf is burning with a glow!



Thanks for stopping by - I love these new pops, don't you. 
Which one is your favorite ?







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03 July 2014

A Sweet Treat for the 4th of July - Berry Flag Cake

 For the 4th of July celebration - I think this might be my winner. I need to make something simple, sweet and festive for our celebration. I love using berries in my desserts, they add so much flavor and a Little bit of healthy. LOL.

Coconut milk in both the cake and frosting give this classic berry flag cake a rich and unique flavor. It's important to keep the frosting chilled, particularly on a warm summer day. Keep in refrigerator until ready to use and keep cake chilled until ready to serve.

Photo courtesy of Driscoll's

Happy 4th Of July Everyone. 

 For the complete recipe click ~ HERE






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02 July 2014

Wordless Wednesday ~ Happy July Fireworks


Welcome to this week's celebration of JULY  - I love the Fireworks at the Magic Kingdom and thought I would share some of my favorite pics from the night sky. Happy 4th of July!



 Please follow along @http://www.focusedonthemagic.com/

A big thanks to Deb for hosting and thanks for stopping by and letting me share my memories with you.







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