Sunday, April 23, 2017

My Vera Bradley Collection

I took a fun stroll down fashion memory lane with last week's new video...


I dug out all my old Vera Bradley handbags to share favorites from my collection! I still use many of them, but it was fun to pull out some styles I had forgotten about.  I associate many of the patterns with the year they came out, what I was doing at the time, what Disney trip I used them during - lots of fun memories!

Do you have a favorite Vera Bradley pattern or bag style?

Monday, April 17, 2017

WE'RE DOING A PODCAST | Disney World A to Z

If you're following me on social media, you'll probably have already heard the news...


...we're doing a PODCAST!  I feel like the question/request for a podcast has popped up intermittently throughout all the time I've been blogging and youtubing, so I'm SO excited to be able to finally tell you YES, a Disney podcast from yours truly is actually happening...but I'm even MORE excited to tell you who I'm doing it with!

My co-host is Josh Taylor - he's a podcaster extraordinnarie, one of the triumvrate who runs my family's absolute favorite YouTube channel (seriously go check out Blimey Cow right now if you don't know it already), AND he's a Disney vacation planner and huge Disney fan!


We've already had so much fun recording the first episodes - we're working our way through the alphabet Walt Disney World style, so we've hit A for Animal Kingdom and B for Budget tips so far. What will "C" be? You'll have to tune in to find out!

Subscribe on iTunes here, Google Play here, or check out the website.

...also follow @DisneyWorldAtoZ on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up-to-date on new uploads and to submit questions to be answered during our Q&A segments!


Monday, April 10, 2017

Where to Go to Catholic Mass When You're at Disney World

If you've been following my blog or YouTube channel for awhile, you may have picked up from occasional references to going to Mass or quotes from my favorite saints that yes, I'm a Catholic. My whole family is Roman Catholic, and one thing we love about traveling is discovering different churches all around the country. One place we obviously love to travel to is Walt Disney World, and many is the time we have paused the magic for a jaunt to Sunday Mass.

(but let's be real, it still follows us to church...nowhere else in the world will you find so many people in the pews wearing MagicBands...)

I've gotten several emails over the years from fellow Disney-going Catholics asking for advice on where to go to Mass while at Walt Disney World, and I'm surprised it's taken me this long to think of writing up a blog post about it!  So without further adieu, here we go...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

DISNEY SPRINGS: Top 5 New Favorites

In the olden days, I have to admit that Downtown Disney was one of those skippable places at Walt Disney World. Not that we didn't enjoy going there - we had awesome lunches at T Rex Cafe and enjoyed the shopping and of course had to get Earl of Sandwich as often as possible - but when you had to choose between DTD and one of the theme parks or even a resort, it wasn't a difficult decision.


Now things are a different. I have to admit that Disney Springs has left me very impressed and eager to explore more.  I love the new stores, the new walkways and town center are beautiful (have you guys been in the new guest relations? it's so nice you want to sit and stay awhile!), and the new food stops are super tasty. So without further adieu, here are my top 5 new favorites at Disney Springs so far...

Friday, March 31, 2017

Quote Collection: March 2017

"Live life today like there is no coffee tomorrow."

quoted in The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking


I hope everyone is having a Happy March!  We're on the eve of April, so I thought I'd share a summary of my favorite quotations from this month's reads, and since we're on the subject of coffee...

"Husserl liked coffee: long before Aron talked abou tthe phenomenology of apricot cocktails, Husserl told students in his seminars, 'Give me my coffee so that I can make phenomenology out of it.' "

At the Existentialist Cafe: Freedom, Being & Apricot Cocktails by Sarah Bakewell

(Sarah Bakewell makes existentialism not only accessible but absolutely charming. So cool to get to know these famous philosophers better.)



Both the Hygge book and the Existentialist Cafe book were new acquisitions this month - watch my book haul/unboxing to see more!

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"He sauntered through life with a cheerful insouciance, and up to the age of twenty-five had only once been moved by anything in the nature of a really strong emotion - on teh occasion when, in the heart of Bond Street and at the heigh of the London season, he discouvere that his man, Meadowes, had carelessly sent him out with odd spats on."

Mulliner Nights by P.G. Wodehouse

(That 'cheerful insouciance' is what you read Wodehouse for - can't be beat.)

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"I am a product of long corridors, empty sunlit rooms, upstairs indoor silences, attics explored in solitude, distant noises of gurgling cisterns and pipes, and the noise of wind under the tiles. Also, of endless books."

"You can do more with a castle in a story than with the best cardboard castle that ever stood on a nursery table."

Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life by C.S. Lewis

(Just started this and already am enjoying it SO much!)

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"Discernment is that light which dissolves all darkness, dissipates ignorance, and seasons every virtue and virtuous deed. It has prudence that cannot be deceived, a strength that is invincible, a constancy right up to the end, reaching as it does from heaven to earth, that is, from the knowledge of Me to the kowledge of oneself, from love of Me to love of one's neighbors."

The Dialogue by St. Catherine of Siena


I mentioned St. Catherine of Siena along with some of my other favorite spiritual writers in my Lenten reading video! This is the perfect time of year for that sort of reading. 😊  We'll close things out with a few more words of wisdom from St. Catherine...

"So your justice is not lessened but proved by the injustices of others. That is, you show you are just through the virtue of patience. Likewise, your kindness and mildness are revealed through gentle patience in the presence of wrath. And in the face of envy, spite, and hatred your loving charity is revealed in hungry desire for the salvation of souls."

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Favorite Floral Dresses for Spring!

Raise your hand if you're excited for the grass to be green again, the trees to be covered in leaves again, and the flowers to all be blooming. 🖐 I know I'm *so* ready for spring!

I'm ready for more colors not just on the ground but in my wardrobe! 🌷


From Lily Pulitzer to Kate Spade to ModCloth to Nordstrom to the Kohls Disney Princess Collections, I've collected some pretty spring dresses from a variety of places over the years, and I love pulling them out every spring. A couple of these may look familiar from past outfits I've worn to Disney World and elsewhere!

Do you have any style favorites for spring? 💐

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The New MagicBand 2!

It seems like yesterday I was posting on here about this crazy new My Magic Plus thing and the brand new "MagicBands" - and now of course we're familiar with all the ins and outs - you walk through the parks and literally everyone is wearing a MagicBand.

But there's a new player on the block this year!


Have you seen the MAGICBAND 2?


Disney just started sending these out to guests with resort reservations in January, and we got a box for our trip earlier this year!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Dreaming of Ireland on St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone!


The holiday and all the green everywhere have me dreaming of Ireland and our amazing week there last summer...so why not take a quick blog trip back?


This island truly is so green and lush - even the rainy days (which were unfortunately pretty frequent during our June trip) felt so colorful...
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