Sunday, July 31, 2011

Snikiddy snacks review and a special coupon for my readers!!!

Long road trips are brutal on everyone, one thing you can NOT forget is snacks. We do our best to provide healthy snacks for Claire. We brought fruit, cheese,
water and thanks to the wonderful people at Snikiddy Snacks we brought baked Cheddar Snikiddy Cheese fries and Original flavor Snikiddy Snacks.
They come in a variety of types including grilled cheese and mac and cheese
flavors, YUM! They are made from simple, wholesome, natural ingredients.

They are better for you, DELICIOUS, and you can get them at your local grocery store.

We got ours at our local Jewel-Osco.

Snikiddy Snacks are made from wholesome, natural ingredients.
It's SO hard to find yellow snack foods my daughter can eat because she's allergic to Yellow #5. She LOVED being able to eat the cheese fries!

And, Snikiddy Snacks is just a fun thing to say!

I bet all this talk about the WONDERFUL taste of Snikiddy Snacks has you jealous! Don't worry, they gave me a printable coupon for you, my awesome fans
for $1 off a bag! (Feel free to share as long as you give One Year to Disney and
Snikiddy credit.)

You can also like them on facebook
and let them know you appreciate the
coupon they gave us here at One Year to Disney. So go enjoy your own bag at a
Thank you Snikiddy Snacks! :)
Disney Dreaming,

Friday, July 29, 2011


Congratulations Liannas55!! You won the Melissa and Doug Toys! Contact me ASAP!

Disney Dreaming,


Monday, July 25, 2011

Banging my head against a wall...

Okay so I purchased a gift card from a company as a gift for my dad. As usual, he took a long time to use it. When we went to use it Saturday it wouldn't work, and the phone number on the back was disconnected. That was when we were informed that corporate was out of business and only the franchises were still in existence. So I emailed the company, in hopes that someone was still around to at least find a way to give us our money back somehow...

Now what I've been told in the past is that you tell the company what the problem is, what you'd like to see change, and what you will do if they won't assist you.

Here's what happened. What do YOU make of this? Company names have been changed to protect...well I don't think they're innocent but the franchise owners ARE.

My email to them:

"Several years ago I purchased a gift card on the *company* website for my father. I went to use it with him this weekend and it was not usable. The *company* staff said it shows up unusuable. When I called the number on the back there is a busy signal. I would like either a $35 credit for my local store - I go to *local town's company*, a usable gift card, or I would like my money back. I am a pretty frequent *company* user and I would hate for something like this to affect our business relationship.

Thank you very much

Their email back:

The gift "card" that you are referring to, which was purchased several years ago is no longer valid, usable nor refundable.

The *company* corporate office closed almost 3 years ago and with it went all corporate supported programs. The number on the back of the card does not work because the company that was managing that gift card program stopped when the corporate office closed. There is no way to verify the amount of the card or process it in any way.

The *local town*, nor any other location, for that matter, is obligated to honor the gift certificate as they cannot be reimbursed for it since the owners who closed the corporation did not leave a fund for that purpose. Most kitchens lost thousands of gift card dollar potential and therefore have to make a choice as to whether they want to honor them.

If the card was purchased from a now closed kitchen or through the corporate office, it is not likely to be honored by the kitchen you want to use it in. *company* was never subject to laws regarding expiration dates. If *local store* did not want to honor it, they are within their rights.
As for a $35.00 gift card that is several years old affecting your business relationship with the *local store* kitchen, that is entirely your choice. If they have not served you well over all these years then maybe it is a relationship not worth maintaining. Your business is certainly appreciated. The decisions of a now non-existent corporate office and original owner have affected many owners in devastating ways and have been forced to really tighten their belts and refuse to put money out that they cannot recoup.

Perhaps if you were to use the $35.00 towards a full package order, they would reconsider. Just a suggestion.

*company* Support

While I do feel sympathy, I would think there would be something they can do. I'm not saying the business owners it's not their fault, but the corporation can just walk away from their gift cards?

What do you think?

Disney Dreaming,


Thursday, July 21, 2011

A just beachy GIVEAWAY!

I was so excited, Melissa and Doug was kind enough to send us some fun toys for our Disney trip. They came right in time for the trip, and they were IDEAL for our Florida getaway. Here's what they sent:

During most of our trip, we had a lovely private pool at Summer Bay Resort. My daughter LOVED using these toys in the pool. She used the buckets to "cook" and measure. She even told us to "keep down the racket" because she was too busy cooking. There were so many cute toys to choose from! As with all Melissa and Doug toys, they are of the highest quality, and so durable you know they're going to be around for years to come.

I can't wait to put these in the sandbox. My daughter has asked every day when she can play with them in a pool again! :) They make VERY good water toys also. Also, I think these make really wonderful gifts for kids with summer birthdays. Combining sandplay with pretend cooking? SO smart Melissa and Doug!

*Imagine a picture here. Our desktop is down. There will be a picture here before the giveaway is over, and it will be of Claire playing with her toys in the pool*
Caption for invisible picture: Quiet down our racket, Claire's cooking! :)

Melissa and Doug want to give one winner the opportunity to win ALL four of the amazing toys they sent me!!!!

Here’s how to enter: Go to Melissa and Doug's website and tell me what product you like the best!! (Hard to pick, I know!)

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    This Giveaway will end Friday, July 29th at 11:59PM CST. Winner will be announced on this post, via a reply to the winning comment. Winner will then need to email me their mailing address to All items will be mailed from the Sponsor. US mailing addresses only.

    Disney Dreaming and wishing you lots of luck!!!!!!,



I don't know what it says about the economy, that the early birds at our garage sale asked to go through our trash.



Sunday, July 17, 2011

Le Cellier Pretzel Breadsticks are's why.

I am home, and I am back with many stories. This is the one I wanted to remember to blog about because it's such an immediate change for the diehard Le Cellier lovers.

This is what our waiter told us, as we were enjoying what he said would be the last set of pretzel breadsticks to be enjoyed by our family, as they would be finding a new supplier that week.

Basically, our waiter told us they had been summoned to a meeting that morning, and they were told that the pretzel breadstick supplier had demanded a ton more money. I guess that at one time, the Canadian company who made these breadsticks, had supplied a ton of other places. For one reason or another, all of the other companies discontinued their breadstick contracts. So in order to make these breadsticks lucrative, they asked Le Cellier to provide them with an ADDITIONAL $150,000 to make these breadsticks worth their efforts. I can imagine they laughed. I would have. Their bread is great, but that is highway robbery, IMHO.

So, at this morning staff meeting, our server was told that they will have some kind of replacement, but it might be loaves of bread or bread in another form. Will it be pretzel bread? He wasn't sure. He was just told they would be sampling something new soon to see what would take its place.

Will the lull in pretzel bread goodness change your ADR's at all? Do you have fond pretzel bread memories?


Disney Dreaming,