Dear Disney Vault: I Hate You.

First of all, thanks so much to everyone who’s following me over here from the Trendy Tike blog! Again, I just want to express that I really feel like I have more to say than just tips and tricks about kid’s fashion. Of course I will continue that stuff on here too…how could I resist? BUT I want to be able to be myself and not feel like it’s inappropriate for a kid-centric blog, ya know? Because for anyone who knows me personally, you know I’m a bit of a straight-forward, potty-mouthed, open-about-everything type person. Oh yeah. So if you’re looking for a “picture perfect” lady, alas, that is not me.

So moving on to this post: Am I the only one who friggin’ hates the Disney Vault? It’s particularly annoying because my favorites are still locked away…every 10 years or so they re-release the classics? Laaaame. But I’m super excited because they’re releasing Cinderella on October 2nd! It’s my favorite next to The Little Mermaid…we’re saving a gift certificate that McKenzie got for her birthday to buy it. I vividly remember making a fort out of table/chairs/blankets and watching it in my living room as a child. Maybe I’ll re-create that for Kenzers. We shall see. It’s just such a happy story. Those bitchy step-sisters definitely get what’s coming to them.

And truthfully, I know if I really wanted to I could stream them, buy some on eBay, or get a VHS and play them…but it’s not the same. I suppose it’s a good marketing plan and what-not, but it sucks! Urgh. Dear Disney Vault, I hate you. A lot.

Oh, and what’s up with the re-releasing in 3D in theaters? Don’t get me wrong, I love to see them again on the big screen, but am I seriously the only one who hates 3D movies? McKenzie won’t even keep the glasses on if we go, and then I worry about it hurting her eyes. And it kinda gives me a headache. Fortunately, the theater near us also always offers the movies in 2D as well (which is cheaper too, so that’s a plus), so we just see that. Do they offer 2D everywhere when 3D re-releases? I have no clue. Damn you Disney.

But yeah, thanks for sticking around folks. And “follow” along if you haven’t already, either by email or by “liking” Life So Lovely on Facebook! ;)

Liz @ TheLambentLife - September 14, 2012 - 12:13 pm

Yes! My daughter is 3 and is currently obsessed with The Little Mermaid. She saw it when we were visiting her grandparents (who owned it on VHS – can you even buy a VCR anymore?!) and is practically salivating to see it again. I tried getting it from the library but I guess every other 3-year-old in the county loved it too since it was too scratched to play. Will it ever be released again?

Nicole - September 14, 2012 - 1:25 pm

Apparently it was released in 2006…dang! So it probably won’t be out for awhile. Boo. But after trolling some forums, I happened upon (an eBay company) which sells them new and factory sealed for very cheap. Legal? I don’t know…but it works! Here’s the site:

Elizabeth Ihde - September 14, 2012 - 3:30 pm

Hey Nikki,
Just wanted to say no, you are not the only person that hates 3D. I can’t watch 3D, it makes me nauseous, really sick, and definitely ruins a movie for me. I really don’t understand why anyone would want to watch a movie with stuff jumping off the screen at them. Also, even though I don’t have kiddo’s of my own, I’m enjoying both your blogs. Good job!

Nicole - September 14, 2012 - 4:12 pm

Thanks so much Beth! And yeah, 3D movies…urgh, they make me sick too. It just throws me off.

Luis Puyol - July 9, 2015 - 12:01 am

I hate the Voult. i been trying to find the movies i loved when i was a kid to my little daugther but its been in vane. Disney has to be Joy, have to be magic for the kids,no cold numbers. But the dont want our kids to have the pleasure to enjoy these great films.

They no better than the big cold companies. Im starting to hate them.

McKenzie’s First Day of School!

As a parent, the first day of school was definitely a bittersweet day! Jon came home early from campus just so we could both walk McKenzie to school, since she’s the afternoon class of 4K. I just can’t believe our baby is getting so big! Granted, she is probably the youngest in her class…but still.

So funny story: I have a chalkboard and I was trying to make it look super-cute (like this girl’s blog…she’s a freakin rockstar at the chalkboard), but I was failing miserably and running out of time. Long story short, I ran to Michael’s and bought a frame ($4.99), scrapbook paper (65¢), and scrapbook lettering ($3.99). So for under $10 I was able to make her a Pinterest-style frame in 10 minutes, with less than an hour to spare before her school started. I was very relieved, and I think it turned out pretty cute! At least it looks polished! Apparently, I am no chalkboard artist. Haha.

A few hours later, I walked back to the school and picked her up. She saw me, ran to me, and gave me a huge hug. Her sweet hugs are enough to make my heart melt.

Her teacher told me that at the end of the day, McKenzie announced, “That was easy!” Super cute. The whole way home, she was talking about how much fun she had, and how she can’t wait to go back tomorrow! I certainly hope she always keeps up this positive attitude about school! Oh, and I didn’t cry once. ;)

I love all the pics I snapped today. I especially love that there are some of me with her. All too often as the momma/photographer, I am not in any pictures ever. Oh. And I think the one of McKenzie hugging Jon (daddy) goodbye are especially precious. Here are some photos from our sweet baby girl’s first day of school:

UPDATE: I thought it would be cute to take the “First Day of 4K” sign and turn it into a real photo frame, with some of the fun/memorable photos we took today. I think it turned out adorable! Please excuse the crappy camera phone pic. I chose the one of her with her backpack and one of her waiting in line to go into her classroom. I’m so happy she had a great first day. =) - September 14, 2012 - 3:14 pm

Well done McKenzie! What a brave and beautiful little girl :-)

Nicole - September 14, 2012 - 4:30 pm

Aww, thank you! She’s done so well. =)


I started my photography business early this year, and it has been so much fun. Photography is never something I would’ve seen myself doing professionally, after all, I majored in English Linguistics at UW-Madison. But I truly enjoy what I’m doing right now. It’s so flexible and I love being able to schedule my own hours, and it’s especially great when I get to bring McKenzie with me! She tagged along to baby Brixton’s newborn photo session today, and she was a good little helper. Here are some of my favorite photos:

I am so privileged to be the one to capture these moments in people’s lives!

The Laurie Berkner Band!

McKenzie is one of the most musical little children I’ve ever met. If it involves singing or dancing, she’ll love it…guaranteed. So one day, my good friend Stephanie came to visit (who happens to be an elementary school music teacher) and she’d burned two great kid’s CDs for us! One of them was The Laurie Berkner Band (this song is McKenzie’s favorite).

The best part is that they’re on Netflix and there are two different shows, so definitely check it out if you have it. There are fun moves and everything…it keeps her entertained for awhile. Haha. It’s great for both boys and girls, and even babies would love it, I’m sure!

The best part is that the music isn’t annoying like some other kid’s music I’ve heard (think the SpongeBob theme song), it’s actually very good. Anyhow, I’m super excited because they’re coming to Milwaukee on October 28th! It’s going to be a Halloween special, and I can’t wait to go with McKenzie. She’ll even get to dress up! She’s gonna have so much fun.

When we told her about it, she was ecstatic. She said, “Oh my gosh! I love her voice. Will I get to meet her? I’ll have to tell her that she has an awesome voice. Will she sound the same as on TV?” So full of questions and excitement. It was pretty much the epitome of adorable. =)

So yeah, check it out. I really recommend them if you have a musically inclined kid!

Free 8×8 Shutterfly Photo Book Code…who doesn’t love FREE?

Okay, so I LOVE those few times a year when Shutterfly gives away the free 8×8 hardcover Photo Books…and now is one of those times! I just got the e-mail yesterday and I am soooo excited, you guys! The promo code is: SUMMERBOOK and it’s good until Wednesday, September 12th. You only pay shipping…so basically, it’s time to get creative! Here are some things that I currently want to do with Photo Books for McKenzie:

-Memories: I have recently resolved to make a photobook for each year of her life. I never really kept up with the baby book for her, so I think this is a great way to chronicle her infancy/toddlerhood/preschool years before I start forgetting the silly/adorable little milestones she’s had! I’ll need to catch up on Birth/1-Year,  Age 1/2, Age 2/3, and Age 3/4…oh my! I have a lot of pictures to sift through. =)

-Create a Story: I always thought it would be fun to create a little story with McKenzie, take pictures for it, and turn it into a Photo Book…wouldn’t that be such a fun little memory? You could either make it a project, write your own little story, and take pictures for it OR you could have your little kiddo(s) act out parts of a popular kid’s story and/or take pictures with friends to re-create  it for a Photo Book (think: ToyStory, Cars, Nemo, Snow White, Cinderella, etc). It’s kinda like publishing your own book!

-“A Day in the Life:” What about a Photo Book chronicling “A Day in the Life of (your kid’s name here)“?  Wouldn’t it be fun to read them their own story at bedtime?! How cool would that be? This could totally work for any age too, boy or girl. I really want to do this before it gets too cold outside to take pics!

-Give a Gift: These Photo Books are great gifts, and I want to start prepping for Christmas. And thoughtful gifts mean so much more than expensive ones…no question! I mean, no one needs to know it was free! ;)

I hope this gave you some good ideas for Photo Books so you can make fun, free one too! And please, you guys, let me know if any of you do idea #2! I really want to see one made this way, I think it’d be so fun! Remember, the coupon code expires Wednesday, September 12th…so you only have 5 days! Do any of you have other fun ideas for fun Photo Books?

As a side note: I’m working on creating another blog as a more permanent one that I plan to use: “Life So Lovely.” I’m going to re-copy all these posts to that one…I don’t really want to be restricted to blogging about kid’s fashion, because I think I have a lot more to say. Just interesting things. Parent things. Wife things. Life things. School things. You know, just general stuff. Never fear, I will always post about McKenzie and her little fashionable-self…I don’t think I can help it! Haha. I just think I’ll be able to build a longer-lasting audience if I have a less-narrow specification…ya dig? So that’s in the process. I’ll continue blogging on here until I feel ready for the big reveal of “Life So Lovely.” Stay tuned, and as always, thanks for stopping by!