My Boy Turned 5 & We Showed Our #DisneySide!


My baby turned 5 last week.

Despite all of the anxiety that is wrapped up in this milestone number I managed to get through his actual birthday without crying profusely or falling to my knees in a panic wondering WHERE did my baby go?!

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I decided to be an adult for once. I hugged him (tightly) and told him how much I loved him and how proud I was of him. 5 is a big age, it’s a turning point. I am not sure I was ready for it but it is here anyway. He is getting smarter by the day and I feel my responsibility to him as a mother growing with every single minute. The best part though? He is my best buddy. I am not a parent that blurs the lines of parenting and friendship (my mother never did that with me) but we have such an amazing relationship where we can simply chat, and hug and kiss with reckless abandon and I simply love every minute.
We celebrated his 5th birthday by showing his #disneyside. The theme was Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

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The wonderful people at Disney were gracious enough to provide me a full kit to throw a Disney Side themed party for 10 guests. It was perfect timing!

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My box came weeks ago with all sorts of party goodies! When I initially opened the box I was super surprised to find an amazingly BEAUTIFUL piece of high quality luggage which is absolutely perfect for conferences, and get away trips (which I have a ton planned for this summer). Considering I only have ONE piece of luggage that we got from our wedding registry (exactly!) …this surprise was very welcome, and so needed!

Back to the fun stuff. Inside of my luggage was everything I needed to show my disney side. There was cookie cutters, party cups, napkins, photo card packs, fun games like Disney Trivia and Bingo, measuring cups, balloons, tablecloth, a banner and so much more.

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There was also a ton of stickers, temporary tattoos and other fun as guest takeaways.

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Amazingly we were blessed enough with a 50 degree day! We actually had the doors open for the party :) This was an amazing turnaround from the snowstorm birthday party we had in December. We ended up with 10 kid attendees (and a lot more adults!). I ended up buying some things to supplement the party including “Pin The Nose On Mickey” and some additional wall decor.

After all of our guests arrived, we started the party off by playing Bingo. Can you believe that we had four winners?!! ALL at the same time. It’s a great thing that I had all of those amazing toys from toy fair!

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Next we played a rather intense game of musical chairs. I don’t remember it being this brutal when I was a kid!

We all ate pizza, subway sandwiches and all kinds of other treats and finally it was time for what we were all waiting for CAKE! We sang happy birthday to him as he smiled and basked in all of the attention. *swoon*


Afterwards when everyone got a giftbag, and we were cuddling on the couch, he turned to me and whispered that he LOVED his party and that I was the greatest mommy in the whole wide world.

These are the moments that I live for. I am so happy I was able to make this birthday so magical.

Thank you to Disney & Mom Select for such an awesome opportunity to show our family’s #disneyside!

How was your weekend? If you are a mom, how do you deal with the getting older anxiety? Celebrate anything major recently?



Mommy. Fitness Addict. Socialite.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.


  1. I’m tearing up reading that last part because I’m so unprepared for my boys to turn 5 next month! I can so relate to what you wrote about being best buddies but (of course) parenting and not being ready for such a milestone but here it is anyway!!
    What a great party and yay to Disney for all the great stuff!!
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  2. Happy Birthday to you guy and I know I am definitely feeling all sorts of emotions with Emma turning 5 in July. I think you and I have a lot in common on this one. Plus, Lily would have been in 7th heaver, Mickey is totally her favorite and she seriously is obsessed with him :)
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  3. *cries* My baby turns 5 next month also and I am so nervous she is growing up and I don’t want her too. This is the part that has me scared especially since she is my last baby

  4. Awww, so sweet! Love the Disney theme. My oldest daughter just turned 5 too on March 3rd. She’s such a big girl now; where did the time go? (cry)

  5. Awww how sweet his special thank you to you! Glad he had a wonderful birthday party especially on such a sunny day =)
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  6. That looks like so much fun Nellie! I loved that age! I’m not dealing with the aging thing all that great…I am finding it hard to believe that I will have three teenagers at the end of this month!
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  7. Oh – happy birthday to your little cutie!! 5 is such a fun age – they are so much more independent yet they still love their Mommy!!!
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  8. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun! My baby turned 8 last week – and I still can’t look at her pics without getting misty eyed. You have such a beautiful family – congrats on a great party… :)
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  9. who took those amazing photos?!?!?

  10. Happy Birthday to your son!! What a great party and so nice to show your Disney side! It looks like you guys had a lot of fun and really got to celebrate what is important in life!
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  11. This looks like such a fun party!! How did you manage to not cry?! I have a few more years before my son gets to 5 but I’m sure I’ll be a blubbering mess when he does!
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  12. Oh yes. The anxiety. I GET IT! Well, you’ll see my post today if you haven’t yet. (take your time too, I’m slooow today)
    I love Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. I love/hate Bingo because it seems easy to win, but I never do!
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  13. Awww! It looks like it was so much fun!! I am NOT ready for 5!!
    I love that last picture. Print it out!

  14. Happy fifth birthday to your big boy! He’s no longer a baby, Nellie! Looks like a great deal of fun was had by all. Is that your mom in the last picture?
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  15. Every once in a while I just get completely blindsided with how big our girls have gotten. And you’re right, 5 feels like such a HUGE birthday. Looks like you did a great job with the Disney party. I’d almost forgotten about musical chairs…what a perfect party game for that age!
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  16. That was very sweet! He is too cute and I loved it he told you that you are the best mommy! I don’t if I will ever get past that aging anxiety. My oldest will be 20 in December so I am way past feeling old! LOL!
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  17. Awwwww, I can totally relate to your emotions. My first boy is going to be 4 in July and I just cannot believe it.

    Great theme by the way. I love me some Disney. Looks like it was such a great celebration. Happy 5th birthday to your little one.
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  18. What a magical birthday! I wish I were invited! LOL! We would have played the Buzz Light Year GAME! 😉
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  19. This weekend was so relaxing as it’s been the past few ones. :) I can’t believe Emma, Scarlet and your oldest boy are around the same age. That means you will be talking about Kindergarten soon too! Ahhh! JR will be 2 next month and I am feeling older because of that. I will miss my baby phase but I’m also excited to be getting a new baby at the same time. :)
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    • Yes I love our little mommy group online, it makes things so much easier!! I have a post somewhere in drafts about this, thanks for the reminder :)

  20. 5 is such a huge turning point! My baby girl turned 5 and I just can’t believe where the time has gone! Happy birthday to your little guy! I think growing up is harder on the parents than the kids!
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  21. Awww….. Happy Belated 5th Birthday to your little man! I’m glad he enjoyed his party. It is so bittersweet watching our children grow up. We want them to grow up and experience life and chase after their dreams, but at the same time they grow up too fast and we find ourselves wishing we could freeze time.

    I definitely cried on Moo’s 5th birthday. I felt like she was growing up too fast. She’s so independent now and part of that scares me because I see that she needs me less and lass and as a mom, I find joy in being needed.
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  22. Totally ADORABLE!! Looks like so much fun…happy birthday to your sweet boy! :)-Ashley
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  23. looks like he had such a great time!
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