Off the Dial

The D-Mom Bag

You're familiar with the mom bag? The clown car of accessories, it holds everything you need and more.  Throw diabetes supplies in the mix and…. here's what you get:  

 

(sorry the video's a little hot – I complained to my AV guy, but then he had to go make dinner. We're pros. Really)

What do you schlep around? Love to hear from you – even if it doesn't involve diabetes.

I Love Lines

The eggs made us true believers.

Back recently from 5 fun days at Disney World.  Yes, my kids made me ride the Tea Cups and of course we had a blast at Animal Kingdom, but what I really want to tell you about is a phone app called Lines. There are a billion Disney advice websites, blogs and now apps. This one is a companion to the popular Unofficial Guides to Disney and their website Touring Plans. These people are absolutely crazy – and I love them!

Part of the fun of planning a vacation is reading up about where you're going – especially when it's something huge like Disney. I'll check books, blogs, whatever. I read the Unofficial Guide for a few minutes a day for weeks (really) and checked out the crowd calendar on TouringPlans. But the big breakthrough came about a month before we left, when I discovered Lines on my iPhone.

DisneylinesHere's why it's brilliant: in addition to the plans and information, they have a chat feature. Ask a question, any question, about Disney World and you'll get an answer in minutes.  Staffers pop in and out but for the most part, it's just people who are very passionate and knowledgable about Disney.

You don't have to participate; just reading the chat is helpful.  Never would have known about Jedi Training Academy without Lines. Thanks to the info, and the provided sign-up plan, my 6-year old fought and defeated Darth Vader. (We're so proud).

I also got great advice about food, rides, fast passes and bug spray. We were the heroes of the Chip and Dale Campfire because we brought Off, thanks to Liners' advice. Even the Disney Cast Member (that's what they call staff) was happy to use some of ours! By the way, the campfire is a really fun, nightly event - and it's free.

After a few days, tired of our in-room granola bars, my husband started asking for a "real" breakfast. He had laughed at how often I was checking the phone, but now he wanted me to ask "my friends" where we could get a good omelet. My daughter also asked to see the fancy Grand Floridian and Polynesian hotels, so here's what I wrote:

Want to check out Grand Floridian on our way out tomorrow. Easy place for coffee? How about the Poly? Kids asking for a walk-thru.
9:41pm on 10/29/11 by NCmom
Get on the monorail & go over. You can walk through no problem. You can get coffee at garden view tea room.
9:47pm on 10/29/11 by Magic
Either would be nice. Grand has a lovely lobby. they do have a fast food type place and the cafe. Poly is nice and has a place for coffee upstairs right by Kona Cafe. If you stop at Poly, go out by the Volcano pool and look across the the Castle. wishing I was there.
9:55pm on 10/29/11 by jpaugels
Husband chimes in w/where can we get a good omelet without a reservation in WDW? (I told him Waffle House when we get home!)
9:57pm on 10/29/11 by NCmom
GF cafe has an omelet and other YUMMY breakfast items, like orange cranberry pancakes. It does not require a reservation
11:38pm on 10/29/11 by Kdenson
Thanks again. We are enjoying breakfast at the GF cafe right now!
8:39am on 10/30/11 by NCmom

 

They also provide ride wait times and will tell you how crowded each park is. I'm telling you though, the genius here is that these folks have created a vibrant, active community – and thankfully, they're very happy to help the rest of us.  Much appreciated, Liners!

 

DisneyBennyJTA
This is our most desperate hour. Help us, Benny!

Once Upon A Time…

TidayNovember is Diabetes Month and today Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation kicks off something new – the first annual type 1 day.  Makes sense. After all, it is 11-1-11! You can find out more about JDRF and T1Day here. There's tons of info, videos, etc.

We're marking Diabetes Month with a pretty cool project – a family storybook.  Wish I could say it was my idea, but Becca Bernstein thought of it.  She's the social media marketing manager for Picaboo, a digital photo company. They're getting great buzz for their Love & Life Stories.  These unique books tell the story of something in your life – an amazing trip, a family tradition, even a biography or memorial of someone you love.   Becca's read my blog and she asked if I would be interested in sharing my family's story of diabetes. As you probably know, my son, Benny, was diagnosed 5 years ago, at 23 months.

Ever since he was old enough to ask for bedtime stories, Benny's wanted the last one of the evening to start the same way, "Once upon a time there was a little boy named Benny."  We make up a different story every night, usually about him being a super hero or an amazing skate boarder or a world traveler.  

I decided to write a little boy named Benny story that I could share and I based it on some of our favorite diabetes books for kids.  While it's meant for the elementary school crowd, I hope you enjoy reading it.  It'll be on the Picaboo website later this month.

PicabooI love taking photos.  I'm the mom driving everyone crazy snapping away during school events and at football practice.  I give family albums as my Chanukah gift every year to my extended family and I've used several different companies to make them.  I really enjoyed Picaboo and I plan to use it for all my albums this year. 

They're giving me one copy of Benny's book for free, but they didn't ask me to say anything nice (or not nice!) about the site.

If you want to shop around on Picaboo, they're offering a promo code right now – "Fallback" – click here for more info.

Can't wait to share the book later this month!