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Going to the House of Mouse!

See You Real Soon

We just found out today that we are going to be going to Walt Disney World for our Vacation of a Lifetime instead of going to Arizona. While we certainly do want to go to Arizona at some point things just didn’t work out for that location. I was upset about it for a little while but how much can you really complain when you have won a free trip.

We’ll be there from May 14 – May 18, 2009. So we will be staying at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa. This is gonna be quite the step up from the econo places we’ve stayed in the past. This is also an official Walt Disney World® Hotel in Lake Buena Vista so there is a shuttle to the parks. We are still up int he air about maybe renting a car so we’d have more control of when we get back and forth to the hotel and so we could maybe drop in on our favorite folks in downtown Orlando, the IZEA team.

There are many people down in Orlando that I’d love to catch up with, maybe we can do a dinner one night in Downtown Disney or something like that. It will depend upon whether or not we have a car. Of course we hope very much that Grandpa Dano and Mimi can come up to Orlando to visit and also we hope that Auntie Mo can come down too.

I’m very excited to get back so I can spend some time taking some photos. There is just so much to see at Disney and the photo opportunities are amazing.

Cinderella's Castle

I will have to check out Flickr for some inspiration. Then I can try and plan out my shots. Of course I will be taking my Xshot with me so that we can get some great family pics.

On this trip I will be taking another new device. I’ll be taking with me my new Polaroid PoGo. With the PoGo I can make instant photos that require no ink because of the special ZINK paper. I am happy to say that ZINK has sponsored me with products for my upcoming Blogging Event, “Blogs, Brews and Belly Laughs” at Speed of Thought Playhouse on the 13th of March. But back to the ZINK Paper. For our trip I will buy some ZINK paper to create a scrapbook while on the vacation. During our downtime we can pick photos, instantly print them and stick them right into the scrapbook. I said stick because you can peel off the backing on ZINK paper and it is sticky. There are so many cool applications for this and once you see the “Blogs, Brews and Belly Laughs” (It will be broadcast live on USTREAM.tv) you will see another great application of the paper. I can’t wait!

Because ZINK was so generous to me I want to tell you so much about the paper. Here are some Key Features of ZINK Paperâ„¢:
* Zero ink required.
* Capable of reproducing millions of vivid colors at very high resolution.
* Earth Friendly. Less waste – No cartridges, no extra packaging to throw away.
* Protected by a polymer overcoat, providing water resistance and image durability.
* Affordable for everyday use.
* Not sensitive to light.
* Long lasting and designed to resist fading from exposure to light, heat and humidity.

On the Mend

On the Mend
Photo-A-Day #1412

Both Eva and I are on the mend. Eva is bouncing back much faster than I am. I never knew that these little carrier monkeys (and I mean that term most affectionately) could knock me on my butt as hard and as quick. I had never gone from feeling fine to a complete and utter wreck in such a short time. I must have looked pretty dismal because I got a crazy outpouring of sympathy and well wishing. Granted much was for Eva but I’ll take a bit for me too.

Today at lunch as Eva and I had some chicken soup (I’m pretty much all set with Chicken Soup for a while now) we got a phone call from my Dad. There was a package addressed to Me, Allison and Eva. I hadn’t won anything recently that would be arriving so quickly. Although I did just win a case of BluFrog Energy Drink from Martha Decker’s contest. And I also won a copy of the FuelMyBlog Global Cookbook. But neither of those items should have been here so soon. No, we weren’t expecting anything. The box was from Arizona, which is where Allison and I are going on a vacation I won from a Sony/Ericsson Promotion. But no that wasn’t what was in the box. This was totally unexpected.

The box contained a get well package from Market Leverage. It contained some coco, cookies, chicken soup mix and a very cute teddy bear in scrubs and a mask. They sent the gift basket through Creative Gifts To Go. It was such a sweet gesture and I know I have Dina Riccobono of Market Leverage TV to thank for it.

Now, the amazing thing is that I don’t even work with Market Leverage. I’ve been thinking about joining but just haven’t taken the leap. I’ve seen some awesome things that ML has done with regards to events for bloggers. What really makes me want to be a part of this is what they do with regards to charity events. I received an e-mail from Dina a little while back about a Charity Bowl-A-Thon that ML was sponsoring. I am going to do a much bigger blog post about this but here is the initial info about the event and the reason behind it.

We’re assisting with the promotion of an event to raise money for the Neimann-Pick Children’s Fund. One of our publishers, who runs the fund, has 2 children diagnosed w. Neimann-Pick disease, which is classified as a terminal illness. Their hospital exceed $100,000/ month, and we’re holding the event to help raise money for the cause.

Even if you don’t live locally, participants can still get involved by blogging about it, donating, or sponsoring the event. For more info, I’ve attached flyers with the event info, charity info, and a sponsor sheet in case you know anyone is interested. We’d really appreciate it if you could blog about this, and spread the word as much as possible.

I’ll be blogging more about this and I encourage you to help in whatever way you can.