Mulan premiered in 1998 as Disney’s eighth princess and third multi-cultural princess, and once again: addresses the issues of gender in a way that kids can comprehend! Based on the ballad of Hua Mulan, it is said to be set sometime in the late BCE/early CE (is that still a thing? or have we gone back to calling it BC/AD?). Anyhoo, we sort of ignored … Continue reading Sometimes I Quarantine: with Mulan
Disney’s The Little Mermaid premiered in 1989 after a 30-year break from princess movies, a tail (teehee) about a head-strong mermaid who chooses legs and love over the freedom of the ocean and family (I know, didn’t I make that sounds like a happy ending?)- kicked off the Renaissance of Disney Animation! Ariel has her own grotto (where you can meet her in her mermaid tail) and dining experience in DisneyLand, a ride at both parks, several meet-and-greet locations throughout both, a live action show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and even a resort at The Art of Animation. On top of those attractions, there were two sequels and tv series with 3 seasons- all of that to say that there are so many DisneyBounds that can be inspired by all things The Little Mermaid.
Sometimes I Quarantine: With Princesses! This series within a series really started as a way for me to keep my spirits lifted while completely socially distancing. Watching the movies gave us something to do during that afternoon slump, trying to think of an activity to match gave us another (we don’t always have a matching activity, but we’re trying!), taking the movie in to account while deciding what to eat that day helps us think of fun and new ideas for food options, and doing a daily DisneyBound encouraged me to wear more than just PJs while working from home! I highly encourage the last one, it’s been super fun- if you want to see any other DisneyBound outfits that I’ve done, you can find them here!
Day 4: The Little Mermaid (1989)
The Little Mermaid Food & Bev – Fishes!
Of course, for The Little Mermaid we opted for seafood! I made this quick rustic white bread in my Mickey Mouse Le Creuset, and Kyle made homemade Gravlax– perfect for a midweek brunch on the balcony of avocado toast and gravlax! Then for dinner, we tried making a new fish, red snapper (I think we had a bad cut or something because neither of us were big fans), with mango salsa and coconut rice (recipes coming soon!).
The Little Mermaid Quarantivity – Missing Humanity & Giving Back
After filming this little video, I got myself up, got dressed (in a simple Flounder Bound) and went to the Red Cross to donate platelets. They were running about an hour behind which, while obnoxious for me, was good because it meant that hey had implemented new safety features (e..g fewer beds so they can be farther apart) and also meant that a lot of people were still donating! Once I was all set up, I called my mermaid bestie and we both pulled up the movie on our iPads and sat on the phone the entire time I was donating and watched The Little Mermaid together, it was awesome! (*she’s the one featured in the in-parks look below)
The Little Mermaid Outfits
The Little Mermaid In-Park Look
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Ariel Workout Outfit
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Aqua Sunglasses with Mickey Mouse Detail from Shop Disney Parks (similar) • Cobalt Blue T-Shirt from StitchFix (similar) • Yellow Nautical 3″ Chino Shorts from J.Crew (similar) • “Follow Your Dreams” Ariel Bangle from Disney x Alex and Ani in Disney Springs (similar) • Navy Skechers Ballet Flats from Amazon
Day 13: The Little Mermaid: Return to the Sea (2000)
Without a single question, this is the best princess sequel (until Frozen 2), and there are a LOT, in case you’ve missed my posts about them, lol.
The Little Mermaid: Return to the Sea Quarantivity – Turn off the TV
During this time it’s super easy to turn the tv on 24-7 and we are usually the people who watch 1-2+ hrs of tv/night, but it’s been nice to take a few nights/week to turn it off and read, play a game, or just puzzle! We played Scrabble, did a crossword puzzle from a “variety” word puzzle book, and worked on another puzzle!
The Little Mermaid: Return to the Sea Outfits
“Mom Ariel” Disney Bound
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Shimmery green scrunchie from the Slytherin Set from Happily Ever Hairties • Under eye face mask from Ulta (similar) • Shell Tank Top from Amazon • Mermaid Leggings from Ambrie Clothing • Hot Pink Fuzzy Robe from Ulta (similar) • Minnie Mouse Mug from Shop Disney Parks (similar)
MELODY BOUND BREAKDOWN
Day 18: The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning (2008)
The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning – Tasty Treats
Simply Royal Snack
It’s seriously the easiest snack that seems so fancy, but all of the ingredients can be found at the regular grocery store*!
Layer the following on a plate in this order (or seriously whatever order you’d like, I do it this way because then I can roll it up into a tasty finger-food.
*we get our Prosciutto, Parmesan, and Pecorino Romano, & Olive Oil at Costco because they’re all DOP there.
Such a tasty dinner- we always have seafood when we watch The Little Mermaid, haha! Homemade rice pilaf on bottom, American-style sous vide cooked and cast iron finished salmon, sprouts, and avocado, simple & delicious!
The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning – Outfits
BoundToWatch Mermaid LoungeLook
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Shimmery green scrunchie from the Slytherin Set from Happily Ever Hairties • Sports Bra from Nike (similar) • Sweatshirt from Fabletics • Mermaid Leggings from Ambrie Clothing • Bright Blue Converse from ThredUp (similar)
I’ve gotten pretty into ThredUp during this whole quarantine, it’s a great way to clean out your old closet and earn a few extra bucks and also an awesome way to scratch that shopping itch and find cheap, nice clothes! I really loved finding these Converse sneakers, I’ve been wanting them for years, and I was able to snag these for $26.99!! ThredUp has really high standards, so I know that when I buy something, it won’t be ripped and will be really clean (something I’m too scared of to use PoshMark). I’ve made over $500 sending clothes (and shoes, and purses and…) in for resale to ThredUp, and if my clothes haven’t met their standards, ThredUp donates them for me, saving me a trip to GoodWill. My best find is a Lily Pulitzer Dress that STILL HAD ORIGINAL TAGS ON IT for $44.80!!!
*note: this is not at all a sponsored post, ThredUp doesn’t even know I’m posting it, I just genuinely really like the site and their customer service!
FLOUNDER BOUND BREAKDOWN
Mickey Mouse Sunglasses from Shop DisneyParks (similar) • Men’s Columbia PFG in Light Yellow from Amazon • 5″ Buttercup Stretch Short from Lily Pulitzer (exact short, similar color) • Bright Blue Converse from ThredUp (similar)
Bonus! Did you know there’s a Little Mermaid TV Show from the early ’90s?
In all of it’s 90s glory and old school animation style, The Little Mermaid TV show has 3 seasons and is on DisneyPlus now, I swear the episodes feel so long– in a good way!! It’s a great background show, could be fun for kids to see whileContinue reading “Sometimes I Quarantine: with Ariel”
Stay home, stay safe, and use this list of quarantivities to help entertain yourself while staying healthy! Continue reading Sometimes I Quarantine: Quarantivities