Monday, February 27, 2017

Quote Collection: February 2017

"I like the feeling of doing just a bit more than I can manage; it keeps me moving, and I like moving."

The Yellow Brick Road by Elizabeth Caddell


I'm closing February out with a new quote collection post! Don't forget you can watch the February Reads video on my YouTube channel to hear more about my reading month. 👍

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"No use trying to please everybody. No use trying to please critics. Live under your own hat. Don't be led away by those howls about realism. Remember - pine woods are just as real as pigsties - and a darn site pleasanter to be in."

Emily's Quest by L.M. Montgomery

(Finally finished the Emily of New Moon trilogy - the last book wasn't my favorite but had many charming scenes nonetheless)

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"As soon as they had gone, Elizabeth walked out to recover her spirits, or, in other words, to dwell without interruption on those subjects that must deaden them more. Mr. Darcy's behaviour astonished and vexed her."

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

(Love the way Jane Austen can spin her sentences around on a dime with a spark of sarcasm! And the last volume of the book when Lizzie and Darcy get together - I love it more every time 😁)

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"The bedrabbled snows of March shrank away before the keen, quickening sunbeams; the hills emerged, brown and sodden, like the chrysalis of the new year."

In Exile and Other Stories by Mary Hallock Foote

(I know we haven't quite arrived in March yet, but I couldn't resist sharing this one - Mary Hallock Foote is an amazing writer, been enjoying her short stories so much!)

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"The correct costume for a young lady going to fix a gentleman's sink on a Sunday afternoon has never been authoritatively dealt with."

"Then Mr. Ames made his mistake. He should have told her the truth, that she did indeed smell pretty foul. But he wasn't used to people who took their truth neat."

"Cluny had already reverted to her own personality; she could never be any one else for long."

Cluny Brown by Margery Sharp

(I want to be best friends with Cluny - she's one of my new favorite characters. Just hilarious)



I feel like there was quite a bit of Brit Lit reading this month! I shared some of my favorites for reading while on vacation from the Grand Floridian. 😊




If you're looking for yet more books, I did the Sisterhood of the World book tag this month - there were such fabulous bookish questions to think about!

I've also been trying something new on my Instagram (@bookishprincess) recently. Every Friday evening I've been doing a livestream bookish #FridayReads chat - would love to see you there!

Monday, February 20, 2017

NEW Disney Express Transportation: 4 Parks in 4 Hours!

Now my family loves resort hopping at Disney World - there are so many gorgeous Disney hotels, how can you pick just one to stay at?  Even if it means packing up and moving the luggage twice (or thrice), it's worth it to experience life on the savanna, on the islands, and in the future all in one trip.

But when it comes to park hopping, it's a different story.  Visiting one Disney theme park can be exhausting enough - after circumnavigating the globe at Epcot's World Showcase, the thought of walking to my car is bad enough, walking around another park? Forget it. Park hopping would involve parking twice (or waiting around for busses), trekking from the parking lot to the entrance twice, going through the security/bag line and turnstiles twice...you get the picture.  Typically we would only visit more than one park in a day if there was a long resort rest in between.


But we experienced something on our recent trip that changes the game.  Not only were we crazy enough to visit 4 parks in 1 day, we actually made it to 4 parks in 4 HOURS.


It's the new Disney Express Transportation, and it's a Disney bus unlike any Disney bus you've seen before.  It picks you up in the middle of one park and drops you off in the middle of another park.  You're whisked backstage behind Buzz Lightyear Spaceranger Spin, Spaceship Earth, Rock n' Roller Coaster, or Expedition Everest and after about a 20-minute journey (or less depending on which two parks you're journeying between), deposited magically at the next park.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

My Bullet Journal Set-Up 2017

I'm doing it, guys. I'm jumping onto the BULLET JOURNAL bandwagon!


Have you heard of bullet journaling?  It's a planner system for staying organized and keeping all your lists in one place, but you can customize it in about a thousand and one ways. Seeing all the creative ways different people online have been using their bullet journals (some of them are works or art or scrapbooks!) got me inspired to give it a try.


Here's a look at some of my first spreads...

Monday, February 6, 2017

Epcot's NEW Festival of the Arts 2017

At this rate, Epcot is going to become the land of the never-ending Festival - but really, I'm not complaining.


Because the brand new Festival of the Arts running extended weekends (Friday-Monday) January 13 - February 20 is full of fabulous things - entertainment, exhibits, fun photopass ops, and food - of course!


Let's be honest: whether they've got art or flowers or gardens, really they're all food and wine festivals. 😉


Today we're going to be chatting about all the fun at Epcot's Inaugural (that makes it sound like it's coming back next year right?) FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Winter Fashion Haul: Anthropologie Favorites

I recently got the chance to scope out the 40% sale selection at an Anthropologie store, and it inspired me to pull out my collection of Anthro winter wool to share in a new "haul" video!


Over the past four or five years I've found a number of favorites that I love getting out and wearing every winter.  I didn't realize until I was making the video that a bunch of them are by the same label, Rosie Neira.  The quality is so good, the cut is so perfect, the style so unique - just a 10 out of 10!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Visiting Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House: Home of Little Women

"I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship."


Today we're sailing to Concord, Massachusetts to visit the home of Louisa May Alcott and her classic, Little Women!


Learning about the real-life Alcott family who lived in Orchard House brought the March family of Little Women completely to life, because of course all the characters in the book were based on Louisa (or "Louy's") real family.  From her impractical and idealistic transcendentalist-philosopher father to her genius mother to her brilliant sisters, Louisa's family was just incredible, and touring the house made me feel like I knew them all.  We got to see May (or Amy!) the artist's sketches, which were everywhere from the cutting board to the walls - and Louisa's "mood pillow" which would be propped up or lying down to warn anybody coming in about whether or not it was safe to go up and chat with her. 😉

I believe the house passed essentially straight from the family and became a museum, so a lot of their original possessions are still in the house.  It made it feel like they had all just gotten up to go for a walk and might be back any second!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Quote Collection: January 2017

One of my resolutions for 2017 is to attempt to do more of the "Quote Collection" blog posts that I've done sporadically on here in the past.  So let's start things off right!  Here are some favorite lines I've picked up from the pages of January...


"I cannot be prevented from pirouetting behind Miss Matthews into prayers."

"She spreads her arms as she comes to [the trees] and takes to the shade like a swimmer."

"Out of me now my mind can pour. I can think of my Armadas sailing on the high waves. I am relieved of hard contacts and collisions. I sail on alone under white cliffs."

The Waves by Virginia Woolf

(been working my way slowly through this for awhile - so many beautiful lines and images!)

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About authors like Wodehouse, Mitford, and Durrell... "One could learn to write from any of them, and I wish more people would. No matter what the genre, good writing alway tells."

Howards End Is on the Landing by Susan Hill

(a non-fiction book about an author revisiting all the books she has collected throughout her life - sounds really enjoyable but somehow wasn't. I did add a few titles to my list of books to check out, and there were some good passages, like the above the quote, but there were also a ton of opinionated presumptions and pretentious name dropping) 

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"Life would be split asunder without letters."

Gift of a Letter by Alexandra Stoddard

(a book about letter writing - somewhat pretentious but somehow in a pleasant way! This author drops quotes instead of names, and there are lots of inspiring lines from the letters of famous writers.)

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"'I get a moral satisfaction out of putting things together,' he said. 'I like to see a thing finished.'"

The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty

(my first taste of Eudora Welty - more about characters than plot, but definitely ideas that have stuck with me)

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"The misfortune of Goldsmith in conversation is this: he goes on without knowing how he is to get off."

Brothers of the Quill: Oliver Goldsmith in Grub Street by Norma Clarke

(excited to read more about Oliver Goldsmith, a contemporary of Samuel Johnson and an author mentioned in Jane Austen!)


You can hear a few more lovely lines in my January Reads video!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The New FROZEN EVER AFTER at Epcot

Before we get any further in this blog post, let us all pause and shed a single tear for the wonderful ride that was MAELSTROM. 😢


Yes, forever shall it be missed.  I still, when riding Gran Fiesta - even while I enjoy the antics of the Three Caballeros - hear whispered echos of the old El Rio del Tiempo script.

Let's be real. I'm probably the one whispering them.

So I have no doubt that "Back, back, over the falls!" will always be playing in my mind when I ride Frozen Ever After.

"All things must change, to something new, to something strange."  I am not going to let the fact that I miss Maelstrom keep me from enjoying Frozen Ever After, which I do think is a beautiful and fun and well-done ride.

It's when they someday replace Impressions de France with some soulless merchandising promotion, that's when I'm going to really get upset. 😉


ANYway, anyone who landed on this page solely to read about the new FROZEN ride in Epcot's Norway Pavilion is by now thoroughly confused and on the verge of giving up, so let's LET IT GO and get on to the new ride!


75 minutes standby. No joke.

Now is the ride worth waiting 75+ minutes in line? Probably not. Is it worth planning ahead and booking a Fastpass+ as early as you can? Definitely.
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