A little over two years ago, I had the crazy idea to start a blog about Walt Disney World. A number of things contributed to this, but the main reasons were probably a couple of questions that I get asked a lot:
- “Why do you go to Disney World all the time? Don’t you get tired of it?”
- “How do you afford to go to Disney World so often?”
Having a friend who knew all about blogs and such, I was encouraged to share my love for the Mouse and my desire to answer those questions, by starting a little blog of my own. First hosted over on Blogger.com, I quickly realized all the things that my little site could do and be, so before long I made the decision to become a “grown-up” website and www.theaffordablemouse.com was born.
The rest, as they say, is history. Two years later, I am astounded at how this has changed my life. First, it has brought me some wonderful friends! I have come to know some special folks and my life is richly blessed by the addition of them. I don’t know what it is about Walt’s vision that inspires people, but I truly believe that Disney folk are among some of the most wonderful and inspiring people on the planet. And I am honored to know so many of them.
Among the most special Disney people that have come into my life are the wonderful ladies of The Affordable Mouse. Brenda, Kelly, Debbie, DeAnna, Belinda, Rachel, Shannan, and Lisa unselfishly share their time and Disney love with us every week and I am grateful beyond words for their support and love for TAM and what we do. Ladies: you all mean the “world” to me!
I am also astounded, as I look back, to see how a little idea can grow so large and impact so many people in only a few years! When I see that we have thousands of Facebook Friends and Twitter followers, in addition to the thousands who read our daily blog posts, email updates and newsletters….I can see that what we do truly helps people to live the dream that I had when I started: to help people create Disney magic for their families.
Of course, it was to further help people with their Disney vacation planning…and to realize a long-held Disney dream of mine….that I became a Disney travel agent this past spring. I absolutely know that without The Affordable Mouse….and the support of you, all of our wonderful Disney Friends…I would never, ever, have done this. And I can honestly say that being a Disney vacation planner is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.
All that being said, I….we….have a lot to celebrate!
Now, I don’t know about you, but I think that giveaways are one of the best ways to celebrate, don’t you? So over the next 6 days, we will be doing some giveways…one each day, starting today! Each day’s blog post will feature at the top, the Giveaway of the Day, along with a *simple* question to answer. To enter, simply answer the question in the comments below. I will then choose one winner using Random.org from everyone who enters before 11 p.m. ET. Please note: you must answer on the blog post to be eligible!
Want to know what you can win?
Well, here are the prizes, in reverse order:
Saturday, December 10: Mickey Tote Bag
Friday, December 9: $25 Gift Certificate to Garden Grocer
Thursday, December 8: 18” Golden Anniversary Plush Winnie the Pooh
Wednesday, December 7: Copy of Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World With Preschoolers
Tuesday, December 6: Cars or Princess Wipe-Off Board
And today’s Giveway: Winner’s choice of a custom Tee or Onesie (with Mickey or Minnie ears, or Christmas Mickey or Minnie with Santa) from Stitch-This Custom Embroidery.
Winner’s choice of fabric, thread color, name, tee color, tee or onesie, long sleeve or short sleeve. (Thank you to Stitch-This Custom Embroidery for their donation! Please be sure to visit their website to see all of the beautiful custom things they create!)
And now, for your chance to win today’s great giveaway from Stitch This, please tell us in the comments below: What is it about Disney that makes YOU want to visit?
Good luck……and from the bottom of my heart…….THANK YOU!