Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Jane Austen Gift Guide: Books to Buy an Austen Fan

I think there are quite a few Jane Austen fans around here, and in case you're still looking for Christmas gifts, I have a new gift guide up on my channel full of lovely Austen books!


Whether you're looking for something to give a Jane Austen fan or want to give your friends and family some hints, check it out. :)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Walt Disney World Vlogs: May 2017

It's crazy to think how close we are to 2018! I've finally finished putting together my vlogs from our May trip to WDW, and it's been so fun to look back at all the "firsts" of this trip - a first glimpse of Pandora, trying Tiffins, Rivers of Light, and more. We stayed at two of my favorite resorts - the Wilderness Lodge and the Polynesian - and had an amazing time! In case you missed any of them, here are all 10 Disney World vlogs in this trip series...


Pandora was just days away from its official opening during our trip - unfortunately we didn't snag tickets to the preview/soft opening so we had to look on from outside. We did get to try the Nomad Lounge at Tiffins for the first time which was just fabulous!


This was our first time seeing RIVERS OF LIGHT! Animal Kingdom after dark was a new experience - luckily I picked up that gorgeous lotus blossom popcorn bucket to light the way. 👍


During our first full morning we had a lovely time at the Wilderness Lodge...

Thursday, November 30, 2017

November 2017 Quote Collection

"Go in hope, little brother...it is a long road to the feet of the One, but thither do we all travel."


It's time for another round-up of favorite quotations that I've discovered while reading this month! My books took me from India to England to France to dragon country.

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"A boy who can dodge over the roofs of Lahore city on a moonlight night, using every little patch and corner of darkness to discomfit his pursuer, is not likely to be checked by a line of well-trained soldiers."

Kim by Rudyard Kipling

(The opening quote also came from Kim! Such a vivid and immersive setting - I loved following Kim's adventures in India and all the different characters, landscapes, and beliefs he encounters along the way)

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"I am sure Mrs. Radliffe might have kept her heroine wandering about this house for 6 good pages."

Maria Edgeworth in France & Switzerland: Selections from the Edgeworth Family Letters

(Maria Edgeworth was a contemporary of Jane Austen - I loved her novel Belinda and have been enjoying her travel letters!)

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"All the same I have a strong suspicion I'm being managed. I should resent it very much, if I were not full of buttered toast and sentiment - two things which, as you may have noticed tend to go together."

Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy Sayers

(Lord Peter and Harriet on their honeymoon...with a corpse and a murder mystery thrown in of course! I absolutely love these two and loved getting to read more of their story.)

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"A man who has a large and imperial dragon groveling before him may be excused if he feels somewhat uplifted."

Farmer Giles of Ham by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Things might have been different, but they could not have been better."

Leaf by Niggle by J.R.R. Tolkien

(I've been on a Tolkien short story kick this month! I liked Farmer Giles, but Leaf by Niggle was just wonderful.)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Emma in Edinburgh

During my trip abroad last year, I had the chance to visit Edinburgh for two short days. Admittedly that's way too short of a time, considering how very much there is to do in Edinburgh and Scotland at large, but I thought some Edinburgh would be better than none...


In spite of my limited time, I fit in a lot! I saw the one o'clock gun fire at Edinburgh Castle, walked the Royal Mile to see if the Queen was in at Holyroodhouse, ate a picnic lunch in Princes Street Garden, marveled at the brightly-colored buildings in the Grassmarket, lit a candle in St. Giles' Cathedral, got lost in Edinburgh's countless stone corridors and staircases, went shopping, and had the most amazing elevensies at the most amazing tea boutique called Eteaket.

As you'll know from my previous posts about this trip, you can see even more vlogs from Scotland, England, and Ireland on my Patreon page!

At the Edinbugh Airport, I saw a sign that said, "Haste ye back." My taste of Scotland definitely made me want to get back one day and explore more!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Walt Disney World Fashion Diary: Fall 2017

It's time for a new FASHION DIARY post! I started doing these last year as a way to write a mini trip report and share some Disney style at the same time, and it's been so much fun. ✨ Without further adieu, here are the highlights from our fall jaunt to WDW...

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We started the first full day of the trip with breakfast at Coronado Springs! The Pepper Market was delicious, and I love the bright and brightly-colored seating areas.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

My Disney Dooney & Bourke Collection

I ordered something new from the Shop Disney Parks app the other day - I was too excited to wait to do an unboxing video, but I had to share it with you guys...


In fact, while I was at it, I figured I'd share my entire Disney Dooney & Bourke bag collection! I just love the styles of these purses, wristlets, and wallets - I've used them as my bag in the Disney Parks many times, but I think my newest purchase might be my favorite yet. It's definitely the fairest of them all! ;)

Monday, November 6, 2017

Epcot Food & Wine Festival Favorites 2017

There are two reasons why I love going to Walt Disney World in the fall. The first is (as you'll probably already know) Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and all the spooky magic at the parks.

The second also probably isn't hard to guess...


EPCOT FOOD & WINE!


I just posted my vlog from Food & Wine and thought I'd share our favorite dishes on the blog as well...

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

October 2017 Quote Collection

"He had burned everything there was the burn within him: he had scattered so many sparks to start so many things - and he wondered whether someone could give him now the spark he needed."

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand


October has been a really good reading month! I've been meaning to try something by Ayn Rand for awhile, but I actually didn't start with Atlas Shrugged. It was Anthem that first sparked my interest...

"The sky is like a black sieve pierced by silver drops that tremble, ready to burst through."

Anthem by Ayn Rand

(Ayn Rand's descriptions were so vivid and unique and beautiful!)

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"I began to think of all the things that might happen to a man that looks at a map and then plunges right into it, whether it's wet or dry, the way Daddy does."

Girls of Highland Hall by Carroll Watson Rankin

(I love that image of plunging right into a map! Just discovered Rankin's charming childrens books this month - Dandelion Cottage was also a treat.)

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"Everything belonging to Miss Nancy was of delicate purity and nattiness, not a crease was where it had no business to be, not a bit of her linen professed to whiteness without fulfilling its profession."

Silas Marner by George Eliot

(my favorite book by George Eliot, this story is so well put together - and I had to get a Victorian novel in for Victober!)

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"Clearly creativity emanates from something that rises, rolls, surges, and spills into us rather than from something that just stands there hoping that we might, however circuitously, find our way to it. In that sense we can never "lose" our creativity. It is always there, filling us or else colliding with whatever obstacles are placed in its path."

Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

(Just finished this and loved it as much as when I started it last month - a must read for everyone.)

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