The Magic of Never Land

The closest place to Never Land for us is my Little Peter Pan’s happy place outwith Disney, the Never Land play park in Kirriemuir, Scotland. The play park is a Peter Pan fans dream, with a fantastic huge wooden Pirate ship where you never have to grow up. On board you can run and explore the deck, climb the crows nest, hide in the cabin and blast the cannons, you can even take the wheel and sail to Never Land. Of course Captain Hook and Peter Pan are onboard to join the adventure, but look out for Tick Tock in the sea below! There is a large slide and swing also attached to the ship.

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On our visit to the park last week, Quinn dressed as Peter of course and we spent three and a half hours of fun here. The park is an 80 to 90 minute drive from where we live, so we make the most of our time here when the weather is nice. Luckily on our visit it was a beautiful spring afternoon and we actually saw some sun!

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Theres no better feeling as a parent than to see your child glowing with happiness and thats what happens each time we visit this magical park. Over at Hangmans tree, Peter Pans hideout, there is a slide and inside a little table with cute little stools. On our visit, Quinn found a friend and together they were role playing as Wendy and Peter which was really cute to see! There is also a zip line, a mini roundabout, a rope swing and a large swing and some baby swings for the smaller Never Land park visitors.

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The Never Land play park is situated on Kirriemuir hill and was built in 2010 to mark the 150th anniversary of J.M Barrie’s birth in 1860. James Matthew Barrie was a novelist and playwright, but best remembered as the creator of Peter Pan. His birth and resting place is Kirriemuir where he lived as boy and later gifted the town the Camera Obscura along with the cricket pavilion, which is situated next to the Never Land park.

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The Camera Obscura provides the prettiest views of the surrounding countryside and is such a fantastic, fun experience if you haven’t visited one before. Its one of only four in Scotland and is completely self funded by the Kirriemuir Heritage Trust and ran by volunteers. There is no admission charge, but they do welcome donations towards the upkeep of the building. The staff are so welcoming and love to tell of the history and background of the pavilion. There is a little shop that is currently in expansion to become a cafe. Quinn loves all the little details that have been added such as the J.M Barrie quotes on the benches, the cute little signs and the kites that are free to take out to the grass and learn to fly.

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Hoping for another visit to Kirriemuir soon, where we plan to visit J.M Barrie’s birthplace, the house that he was brought up in and performed his first play at the age of 7. Quinn loves to be immersed in the Peter Pan heritage there and I’m so happy to help him learn about his hero.

Alannah x

All the Bows all the Ears

For as long as i can remember, I have always worn hairbows in my hair. It all started as a way of keeping my hair out my face, so why not do that with something cute? My Mum used to collect hairbows for me and each one I treasured. My collection has grown over the years and now not only do I collect them, i also make ones for myself too. I am so proud of my bow collection and love choosing one out to wear each morning. If I could have a bow for each day of the year it still wouldn’t be enough!

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When I visit Walt Disney World I love to wear Mickey ears and I am so happy that the Disney Parks collection is growing. They have so many pretty designs and I can’t wait to hopefully get my hands on the millennial pink ears next month, they will fit perfectly with so many of my Disney inspired outfits.

Last year the amazingly talented Nikki came into my life and changed things forever! I became brand rep for her gorgeous ears @nickeyearsco. She creates the most beautiful Disney inspired floral ears and they are honestly the most comfortable ears I have ever worn in my life. Each and every pair is unique and made with magic. Nikki also takes custom orders on her Etsy page NickeyEarsCo.

Here are some of the custom made ears Nikki has made for my recent trips.

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Tinker Bell is my favourite character of course and these Tink ears are the perfect colour and even light up, so magical. This pair has received so many compliments when wearing them at Walt Disney World, even from Peter Pan and Tink herself!

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I love the crown on these Ariel inspired ears, just beautiful. The little details she adds are so pretty and they worked in perfectly with my Ariel inspired outfits. The large crown doesn’t cause the ears to be heavy at all, they are still super lightweight.

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My all time favourite ears that Nikki has made for me has to be these Never Land inspired ears. I have never seen ears like them and they are literally perfect for me! The detail in these ears are incredible and I love every little part from Mermaid Lagoon to Skull Rock. So much aspects of Peter Pan incorporated into one pair of ears, I love everything about them.

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These Toy Story inspired ears are so fun and pretty. I love the arrangement of the flowers  on the ears and the little Woody hat. These will be the perfect pair for the upcoming arrival of Toy Story Land over at Hollywood Studios.

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For our Christmas trip, Nikki made these Gingerbread festive ears complete with little coloured lights. They were such a cute addition and I just loved wearing them during the Magic of Christmas at Walt Disney World.

@nickeyearsco also make Junior ears for the littlest Disney fans in your life. My Little Peter Pan was lucky enough to receive his own custom pair. Peter Pan inspired of course and he was beyond excited! He had always said that he wished he had a pair like mine and he wasn’t disappointed. The kids ears are again super lightweight, comfortable and I would thoroughly recommend them for your little ones.

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You can see more of Nickey Ears Co designs here on Facebook, Instagram and on Etsy.

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The lovely Ashley over at @earsfordaysoc sent me these truly beautiful Steamboat Willie Ears for our upcoming trip to Disney World next month. These ears are very well made and I absolutely love the puffball bow, such a cute design. So pretty and sparkly, right up my street with the oversized bow! They are surprisingly super lightweight and I can’t wear to wear them to the parks.

You can see more of Ears for Days OC here on Instagram and Etsy.

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Another pair of ears i recently received for our trip next month, came from the lovely Kayle over at @espositoears. I fell in love with these ears as soon as I received them with their unique Cinderella design. The colour is so accurate and pretty, with a beautiful white bow and a little Cinderella on top to finish. They go perfectly with the Cinderella inspired outfit I have planned for Disney World.

You can see more of Esposito Ears designs here on Instagram and Etsy.

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The inspirational Hollie over at @bowsofmagic knew how much I loved hair bows and sent me the most beautiful Tinker Bell bows I have ever seen! So sparkly, unique and filled with Pixie Dust! Perfectly made and so comfortable to wear. Hollie makes and sells beautiful Disney inspired bows to raise money for her “Bows for Brainbow” campaign. Brainbow is a charity based at Addenbrookes hospital who help rehabilitate children with brain tumours.

You can see more of Bows of Magic designs here on Instagram and Etsy.

I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to wear these beautiful handmade ears and bows at the parks. Next month can’t come soon enough! Follow my adventures and Disney inspired outfits over at  @pixieplanner_.

Alannah x

Little Peter Pan

This kid, my little Lost boy who never wants to grow up has my whole heart! To look at his pictures in his many Disney outfits, you would never believe that he didn’t start dressing up until he was 3 years old.

On Quinn’s first trip to Walt Disney World, he was 21 months old and we thought it would be cute to pick out a little outfit for his very first Mickey’s not so scary Halloween party. At that time his love was for all things Toy Story and with Woody being his favourite character, a Woody outfit seemed perfect!

7ED8E327-9386-4C6A-AB37-0E532FD88232He fell asleep in the car on the way to Magic Kingdom, so we popped on his hat and he continued to sleep in his buggy on the journey across Seven Seas lagoon on the Ferryboat. When he woke up inside Magic Kingdom he wasn’t happy with what he was wearing at all, continuously throwing his Woody hat on the ground! That all changed for a little period when we met Mickey and Minnie at Town Square Theater. Mickey took Quinn’s Woody hat and placed it on his head! Quinn was not amused and wore his hat most of the evening once Mickey gave it back!

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Incredibly Quinn took to meeting characters right away, a meet with Pluto being his very first. We picked up an autograph book on our way into Magic Kingdom on his first day and as soon as he saw Pluto at the flagpole, he started calling his name! Of course we headed over to meet him and I will never forget the look of absolute joy and excitement on his little face as he ran over and gave Pluto a hug! He handed his autograph book and pen over to Pluto like he knew exactly what he was doing and then he didn’t want to leave. Funnily enough, he still doesn’t want to leave when he meets any character now!

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If you are in any doubt of taking your baby or small child to Disney, I would thoroughly recommend it. Walt Disney World has so much to offer for families of every age and there is nothing like seeing the magic of Disney through your kids eyes. Even though they may not remember it, you will have memories that last a lifetime to share with them.

Fast forward a year later to our almost daily visits to watch Dream Along with Mickey. Quinn saw Peter Pan on the Castle stage and that’s when his crazy Little Peter Pan life began! On our next trip he discovered a Peter Pan hat, had it personalised and never took it off the whole time. When we left Disney, he asked for his very first Peter Pan outfit and the rest they say is history!

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He gained his name through Cast members calling him Little Peter on his never ending visits to the Never Land Map and at his spot at the clock on Main Street, watching Festival of Fantasy parade in his Peter outfits.

Now everything in his life is Peter Pan and the colour green. He has more Disney outfits than clothes, most of them Peter Pan of course! He likes to dress up as soon as he gets home from School and every weekend. Most of his outfits are handmade or come from the amazing stores that are Rubies UK and Disney store uk.

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His whole life is a Never Land adventure and I am so grateful for each and every minute he gets to spend with his hero, his best friend, his everything. I truly hope he never grows up in his heart.

Never grow up and always believe in the magic Quinn!

Alannah x

Easter magic with a sprinkling of chocolate!

Easter is upon us once more, a time where you can eat as much chocolate as you like and it’s totally acceptable to do so! What does Easter mean to you and your family? We have a few traditions that have grown with us since Quinn has been a baby.

As if there isn’t already enough chocolate going around at this time, we like to start off the Easter weekend by baking our own Easter cake. I am certainly no baker, but once a year I make an effort and (by effort I mean with a help from Betty Crocker!) to make a yummy chocolate mini egg cake! Looks delicious, tastes delicious and with simple instructions, an absolute perfect hands on activity for your littlest helper.

Each year a highlight for Quinn is to decorate his own hard boiled eggs. The theme for the third year running being Peter Pan of course and his trademark little Peter Pan hat. He chose to draw the hat on with pen, adding a little red feather to finish. He always has great fun rolling them on Easter Sunday!

Quinn is the biggest believer of magic I know and eagerly anticipates the arrival of the Easter bunny! Mr bunny himself leaves a chocolate egg of course (this year a Lindt bunny one), usually a book or small toy and a new outfit as he knows how much Little Peter Pan loves to dress up! This year he brought a Peter Pan costume new to the Disney store uk. It’s a beautiful costume and to say Quinn was a little excited to see it was an understatement! He couldn’t wait to put it on for our Easter hunt.

Next on our list of Easter traditions is of course hunting for eggs. On Easter Sunday we get together with our friends and attend a local Cadbury’s Easter egg hunt at a National trust for Scotland location. We choose a different location each year, this time Crathes Castle near Banchory in Aberdeenshire. Crathes is absolutely beautiful and the egg hunt did not disappoint. All round family fun hunting for clues, with a chocolate reward at the finish.

A place we often also like to visit is Easter Anguston farm. The farm is ran by the VSA, the North East of Scotland’s social care charity. The farm is an amazing place where you can take a nature trail and visit the animals, pick your own fruit and is home to the new Enchanted Fairy wood. We were and still are absolutely blown away by the cuteness of this magical little place. I’m sure we will be paying another visit to the Fairy wood soon!

Maybe next year we will get to visit Walt Disney World for Easter and wouldn’t that be an adventure!

Alannah x

The journey begins

What better way to start off my new blog than an insight into my life, as well as what you can expect to read when visiting this site.

My name is Alannah, i am 31 years old and you may already know me as @pixieplanner_ on Instagram. I live in a small village just outside the city of Aberdeen, Scotland with my husband Kevin, our 7 year old son Quinn @littlepeterpan__ and our 9 year old Chihuahua Diesel (dd).

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As you can tell, we are a Disney family that are always eagerly awaiting and counting down to our next Walt Disney World adventure. Disney World is like a second home to us, we visit 2-3 times per year so expect to see a lot of that focus on here. We are annual passholders and Disney Vacation club members and a lot of our time is spent staying at our favourite resorts, with our hope to stay at each one discovering the wonders they each have to offer.

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I have a major love of hair bows, which I wear everyday and of course Mickey ears. I love to grow my collection, styling them together with cute Disney outfits and snapping photos. This all adds to the excitement and build up of our trips!

Other than Disney, I love spending as much time with Quinn as I can. Together we enjoy playing, exploring and adventuring our local area as a family. We love spending time at home, the outdoors, trips to the theatre and eating out at restaurants.

From my blog I hope to be able to share my love and knowledge of Disney, the theme parks and resorts. Parenting, travel, photography, fashion, food and family life will all be part of my weekly blogs.

I love answering the questions i receive on Instagram, so feel free to contact me with any ideas or suggestions you may have.

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I am so excited for this new adventure and can’t wait to get started!

Alannah x

About

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My name is Alannah, I am a 31 old mother and wife from Scotland with a love for all things Disney.  My main adoration in life is my little boy Quinn, who shares my love of Disney and of course Peter Pan.

In 2014 I began a Disney related account on Instagram @PixiePlanner_  to share our time spent at Walt Disney World.  The creation of @littlepeterpan__ , an account filled with Quinn’s Disney adventures followed two years later.

Here you will find aspects of my life from Disney to family, travel to parenting, photography and food.

Always believe in the magic…..