New Writers Wanted!

Hey Howdy Hey!!! Have a passion for writing and looking for a blog to join? Mouze Kateerz is looking for new writers as we gear up withg new articles for the new year! Our writers have a love for Disney and traveling. Looking for energetic new writing with possible perks that are still in the works for those who write on a regular basis for Mouze… If you are interested please contact us at Dreammaker1974@gmail.com with your name and  a sampling of your writing on Disney, Universal or family vacationing and one of our Administrator’s will review it and be back in touch with you.

Happy writing!!

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Mousekeeping Envelopes: Waste of Time or Your New Favorite Craft Project?

First, let me address the Dumbo in the middle of the blog…..  I hardly ever see a more controversial topic on Disney chat boards.  For whatever reason, whether or not to tip a housekeeper seems to get folks handily riled.  Personally, I’m almost always going down on the side of pro.  Housekeeping is a hard job and some of these men and women go above and beyond to make a vacation special all the while doing a job that I shan’t be bothered to do while I’m on vacation.

At Disney World, these folks are affectionately referred to as Mousekeepers.  Most of the time, they get the job done and often with a little Disney flair (towel animal, anyone?).  Are there poison apples in the bunch?  Of course there are.  But, I want to devote this post to the ones we love and a fun craft to work on prior to your trip with which to reward them.

A few notes on tipping:  My personal philosophy and what I recommend to my clients is to tip $1 per person for each night of your stay and maybe a few dollars above that on the day you check out.  So, my little family of 3 tips $3 per night and usually $5 on check out day for the more extensive overhaul they’ll be doing to prepare the room for the next guest.  It’s important to leave a tip each morning before you leave as your Mousekeeping staff may fluctuate so you don’t want to miss someone by leaving one big tip at the end of your trip.  If you forgo the envelope, leave the money in a prominent place (like by the Mousekeepers little calling card) as they will not take money that is not clearly intended for them (yes, I know poison apples will take it, but again, we’re not talking about them today, ok?).

Typically in the month before we leave, I start planning my Mousekeeping Envelopes.  There are many ways to do this; here are two of the easiest:

  1. Buy some envelopes, and amass your stash of stickers, glitter, markers, glue, etc. and sic your kids on those babies while you sit back and watch the next episode of The Voice.  It’s a fun craft for the kiddos and a great trip countdown activity.
  2. Print them from a template and assemble them.  The only supplies required are a color printer, paper (I prefer card stock to give it more of a heft), scissors, and glue or tape.

There are some super cute Disney themed templates available online.  Here are a few links to some great Disney blogs with available templates:

WDW Prep School Mousekeeping Envelopes

The Main Street Mouse Mousekeeping Envelopes

The Mouse for Less Mousekeeping Envelopes

If you don’t have a good color printer, you can also download the templates to a thumb drive and have them printed at an office supply store.  Most of the templates include the assembly instructions (basically fold here, glue here) so this really doesn’t take that long to do.  Once assembled, I pre-load them with cash and pack them in my purse so they are ready to go once we’ve arrived.  There was at least one trip in which I came home with a few unused envelopes because we chose the “Do Not Disturb” option for a few days.  It’s nice to have one less thing to worry about once we’re there and I’m less likely to forget to do it because it’s already done and ready to go each morning.

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Making Mousekeeping envelopes is one of my favorite pre-trip rituals.  It’s my way to share a little magic with a cast member at a place where I’ve been shown so much magic over the years.  It’s a small gesture, but aren’t those the ones we need day-to-day?


Feel free to contact me at any time for more information or to assist you in booking your next vacation!  You can find me on Facebook at Magical Vacations by Tracy or email at tracy@magicalvacationsbyme.com.  You can also follow me on Instagram HERE.  See you soon!

Tracy PhotoTracy Hurdle is a work-at-home mother of one and a former social worker turned travel agent.  She’s always had a love of travel planning and couldn’t be happier at being given the opportunity to do so on a broader scale with families just like yours.

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Hey Howdy Hey!!! Have a passion for writing and looking for a blog to join? Mouze Kateerz is looking for new writers as we gear up to start posting new articles on September 1st! Our writers have a love for Disney and traveling. Looking for energetic new writing with possible perks that are still in the works for those who write on a regular basis for Mouze… If you are interested please contact us at Dreammaker1974@gmail.com with your name and email with a sampling of your writing on Disney, Universal or family vacationing and one of our Administrator’s will review it and be back in touch with you.

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Disney Inspired Bangle Bracelets on Etsy

Just wanted to share the newly updated etsy shop over at Picturing Disney!

Enjoy these adorable Disney inspired bangles and more.

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Check the announcements section of the shop for deals like the current promotions: Free Bangle with the purchase of a Tiki Handbag OR Buy 3 Bangles and Get 1 Free!   Plus all Mouze readers get 10% off of orders of $15 or more  with promo code: MOUZE

Happy Shopping! 🙂

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Adventure Awaits with Tiki Handbags and 3wick Disney Inspired Candles!

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Back in January I shared my etsy shop with all you wonderful Mouzies and have since then revamped the candle section of my shop and added a really fun new product!

Enter: the Tiki Buttercup Bag!

I found this fabric not long after my Grandpa gave me my Grandma’s sewing machine and I decided to teach myself how to sew on it.  It is adorable and retro and the tikis bring back so many awesome Disney vacation memories I knew you would love it! Whether you just love the tikis found at the entrances to Adventureland in Magic Kingdom, are a huge fan of the Enchanted Tiki Room itself, or maybe just love the Polynesian Resort or Trader Sam’s at Disneyland Hotel.  I made multiple versions of this awesome bag with different linings: Orange lining with white pockets, Red floral lining with white pockets, Pink & Cream patchwork floral, and even a Pink & Cream patchwork floral with hidden straps!

And, of course, with summer at hand I couldn’t resist pouring some candles and restocking the shop- this time I’ve added 3-wick Candles to the mix in: Polynesian Resort, Yacht & Beach Club Resort, Mickey Waffles, plus a small jar of Yacht & Beach, Walt Disney quote illuminated candle holder with Poly votives, ceramic turtle holder with Poly candle, and a retro Poly Candle Mug!

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Come on by and check out all the Disney inspired crafts in my etsy shop and grab a little bit of Disney vacation at home! 😉

Smell your way to an instant vacation with Disney World inspired candles!

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Hey all! It’s Melissa here! Anyone have a case of the Disney blues? Looking for a way to escape back to the parks at home? Look no further than the newest crafty creation you can find in my Etsy shop! I wanted to give upcycling candles a try and when I started to make a floral batch I closed my eyes and thought “Wow! This reminds me of the Grand Floridian lobby.” Low and behold, an idea came together– followed by the creation of a Caribbean Beach Resort scent and another 5 different scents.  I had been trying to find a way to use or sell some ceramic M.Mouse Collection mugs and so I created my own line of Walt Disney World inspired candles!

You will find votives, tealights, and larger candle mugs over at my Etsy shop all scented to smell like your favorite resorts! I have gotten really great feedback from people who have purchased in the past (currently I am sold out of Sunshine Tree Terrace, Yacht & Beach Club, Boardwalk, and Polynesian but I am hoping to recreate all these scents in the future).  If you are interested in purchasing more than one product contact me over on Etsy and let me know and I will work out the shipping costs! And be sure to remind me that you read about my shop here on Mouze Kateerz!!

Interested more in the upcycling candle process than purchasing your little scent of Disney World? Well, had on over to Picturing Disney and check out the post I created as I created my first batches of candles!

3 Easy Ways to – Woohoo!! – Build Excitement for a Disney Vacation

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By Mel.

Maybe you are one of the few people don’t actually need a way to build excitement about an upcoming trip to Disney. But if your house is anything like mine, I bet you would like to reign in the daily question, “How many more days until we go to Disney?” How do you keep everyone excited without losing your sanity from hearing the same question over and over? Here are three awesome and FREE ways to stir up some excitement while keeping the dreaded question at bay. [Read more…]

Disney’s Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bar T-Shirt: Make-It-Yourself For Less $$

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This may be one of my all time favorite Disney t-shirt designs – the Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bar t-shirt. It’s simple but just outright adorable.  When I posted this photo on our Mouze Kateerz facebook page several weeks ago, a Mouze Kateerz fan named Suzanne Manning from Buffalo, NY, told us she had made her own similar version for her family to wear on a Disney vacation. Of course I had to ask for the instructions, and she graciously obliged. [Read more…]

Seven Inexpensive “Do It Yourself” Disney World Souvenirs to Save You $$$

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By Frances.

My daughter loves to collect character autographs, and we have autograph books just filled with them. The autograph is on one side of the book, and the matching picture of her with them is on the other side. While she had fun collecting the autograph, they just sat on the shelf most of the time. I wanted her to have something that she could see on a daily basis and have a daily moment of her Disney Magic with autographs.

Here are seven Disney Do-It-Yourself (DIY) character autograph ideas for less expensive but memorable Disney souvenirs. [Read more…]