My new obsession…

I can only logically come up with the answer that I think this new obsession started last year sometime when my daughters and I watched the animated movie The Book of Life with the voices offile-oct-16-5-04-52-pm
Diego Luna, Channing Tatum, Christina Applegate and Zoe Saldana. It came out in October two years ago and there was just something about the movie that made me fall in love. I’ve always loved bright colors and bright colored flowers but add in the skulls…I don’t know. Something about the juxtaposition of the disneysugarskullskulls and the flowers…I’m just really drawn to it. They are called Sugar Skulls and check it out…according to Wikipedia: A calavera (Spanishpronounced: [kalaˈβeɾa] for “skull“) is a representation of a human skull. The term is most often applied to decorative or edible skulls made (usually by hand) from either sugar (called Alfeñiques) or clay which are used in the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) and the Roman Catholic holiday All Souls’ Day. And what is Day of the Dead? (Día de los Muertos) Again, according to Wikipedia: “Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.” 

So last year on one of our Walt Disney World Resort trips, we went to Epcot. In Epcot, we stopped in Mexico in World Showcase and they have this small section of Day of the Dead stuff in the Mexico Pavilion. I wanted to buy it all!!! But that won’t come as a shock to anyone who knows me, that’s me. When I am INTO something, I am all in! Disney, Paris, Nutella, Star Wars, Taco Bell, whatever! But, I’ve been good. I haven’t bought anything Day of thefile-oct-16-4-36-38-pm Dead…until now! I officially bought my first item…a Day of the Dead t-shirt. hee hee I was at The Target and it was staring at me right in the face and I snagged it off the rack. I was with my mom and she just laughed. As we headed to their Halloween section, I also saw a whole endcap dedicated to Day of the Dead stuff. I WANTED IT ALL. I settled on a door wreath for $20. However, I also have this weird habit of loving on something hard and then getting it home and realizing I didn’t need it OR I didn’t NEED to spend it…say like $20 on a Day of the Dead door wreath. lol This time, I made it to check out and then decided to put it back. I did however, settle on a Day of the Dead pumpkin craft kit and used it to paint one of our pumpkins last weekend. I think it came out pretty good. 🙂

2016-10-04-08-59-35-1They have Day of the Dead treats during Halloween time at Walt Disney World and they have Day of the Dead cookies at Starbucks. Day of the Dead is everywhere! Especially this month! I even happened upon during my nerdy Disney research that Disney is doing a Day of the Dead movie called Coco that will be out in November of next year. Woot! Woot! My friends are even catching on. I just received these beautiful skulls below in the mail today from one of my besties Heather…an early Birthday gift. LOVE them!

What is YOUR silly obsession?

XO Surviving Mommy


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  • Heather says:

    LOVE Day of the Dead decor… it just puts a fun/different spin on Halloween!

  • Michelle says:

    I just bought the tee shirt!! We’re twins, Lol! My kiddos love that movie. Although we missed it in theaters, we rented it from the library and kept rechecking it out. We now own a copy and still watch it all of the time. I love the pumpkin kit, we’ll have to give that a try this year. I love your blog, Surviving Mommy, keep writing!!

  • Amy Green says:

    I have got to get that movie! They just had a “Day of The Dead” episode on Disney’s “Elena Of Avalor”. Your shirt is beyond adorable. Thanks for the beautiful photos. They definitely inspire a lot of Halloween and party ideas!

  • Judy Thomas says:

    I love the artwork! I have been thinking of making some cushions like that.

  • Olivine Eyes says:

    I love those Dia de los Muertos skulls. I’ve been seeing them in almost every store this Halloween. My favorite Day of the Dead moments are still the levels in 2008’s Little Big Planet.

  • Starla says:

    I have always loved Day of the Dead decor, and goodies too. I really love your shirt!

  • Ronald Gagnon says:

    Your post is fascinating reading…I knew about skulls used in the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) and the Roman Catholic holiday All Souls’ Day…..but your mention of edible skulls kind of threw me….a very scary obsession….but one you can share with the kids

  • Jessica Deresch says:

    Love this post! And I love what you are obsessed over! I have a silly obsession with pretty fans from all over, I have a wall in my breakfast area with most of them and just purchased two more when I was in Chinatown NY!

  • Maryrose Attard says:

    The pics with no doubt successfully inspire a lot of Halloween spirit. Great work!

  • Stephanie says:

    I had a teacher that showed us some of her family personal items they used for Día de Muertos. They were amazing.

  • Bethany Suire says:

    I absolutely love Day of The Dead too! This past Halloween Target has some Awesome skull stuff! You would have loved them!

  • Terry Poage says:

    I love the T-shirt with the skull on it. That is really cool.

  • Kelly says:

    I think Day of the Dead stuff is really cool too. I love the Sugar Skull tattoos too. Such great colors and vividness. I love the cookies too. What a great idea. It is like gingerbread cookies that can be decorated, but during Halloween instead of Christmas.

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