Saturday, May 27, 2017

Flower & Garden Food Favorites | Is the Violet Lemonade Worth the Hype??

The 2017 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival ends this weekend, and I'm so glad we got to experience it on our trip last week! The topiaries, the floating flowers, and of course...the food!


My brother Athos and I had to continue our tradition of Disney Top 5 videos and share our top picks from the snack booths...


...sooo delicious!

 

The drinks are just way too cute - on the left is the maple popcorn shake from Northern Bloom, on the right the violet lemonade from Pineapple Promenade. I feel like you see the violet lemonade EVERYWHERE on instagram and social media, and obviously it's adorable, but here's the million dollar question: does it taste as good as it looks?

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Top Disney World Packing Tips | Video Series

All Disney fans know that while being at Walt Disney World on vacation is the absolute best, there's one other thing that comes pretty close in awesomeness - and that's preparing for your Disney vacation. The anticipation is half the fun. 😄

I posted three new videos on my YouTube channel recently to walk you through all my packing tips!



We started out with travel makeup recommendations - be sure to check out the comments on this video as well, because I got so many amazing tips from you guys of new products to check out!



Then we moved on to the all-important Disney Style. I just love planning out my wardrobe - look for a new fashion diary post here on the blog soon!



Last but not least, the do's and don'ts list of packing - all the essentials I like to make sure I remember and a couple of things I leave behind.

Share your Disney packing tips, tricks, and rituals down in the comments!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

My Top 4 Mystery Authors & an Epic Library

When my friend Kate from BookTube asked me if I was interested in meeting up with her to check out a mystery exhibit at a gorgeous library, I knew it was time for a weekend bookish adventure.


We had such at amazing time at the Parkway Central Library at both the exhibit and the Gumshoe Experience going on - we got to become sleuths like Sherlock Holmes and run all around the library looking for clues and trying to solve a mystery!

I packed some other adventures into the vlog as well - bookshop browsing, lunch at Le Pain Quotidien (AHHHmazing), exploring the Barnes Foundation, and finally wrapping things up by sharing four of my favorite mystery authors. :)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Walt Disney World Vlogs: January 2017

I've been trying out a new style of videos on my channel lately - generally I like to make one video on a certain topic: a room tour at a resort, a review/vlog of a certain restaurant or ride. But I thought I'd do a series of longer overview vlogs...


There are a total of four in the series! They take you from our flight to our first evening at Disney Springs and our first full park day at the Magic Kingdom...

Thursday, May 4, 2017

May the Fourth Be with You!

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...


It's STAR WARS day, guys! So of course I couldn't resist making today's new video on my YouTube channel a Force-filled one. It was so much fun to answer all the Star Wars questions...check it out!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Quote Collection: April 2017

"Funny how things worked out. You never knew what was best for you in the long run and it was the long run that mattered."


It's been quite a reading month! There's a brand new (and somewhat lengthy!) April Reads video up on my channel, so I thought I'd get a new April Quote Collection up here on the blog. That first quote is from one of my favorite reads of the month, and since I can't resist, here are a few more from that same book...

"Mr. Pinnegar said nothing, which, in any argument, is always a trump card."

"There's still room for a bit of kindness in the world, and the next time you feel like taking a short cut across people's feelings when you want to get somewhere in a hurry, you might bear that in mind."

"Among his many great qualities, Mr. Addis had a straight eye and a rare sense of color. His daffodils marched two abreast along a road that was the shortest distance between two fixed points. No stragglers. No little clumps bivouacking in some sunny corner."

Old Herbaceous: A Novel of the Garden by Reginald Arknell

(Just talking about this book makes me want to pick it up again - a quick read, absolutely charming, so British, lots of flowers - all about the life of a head gardener in an English manor house!)

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"Why was it that one always regretted change? Things were not made to stay fixed, preserved in amber. Perhaps the only acceptable amber was memory."

Rose Cottage by Mary Stewart

(I'm so glad I finally got around to checking out Mary Stewart's mystery novels - this one was so well told, loved the way the story unfolded and the suspense!)

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"I wish I had known that girl...so interesting and a really remarkable face, though perhaps not strictly good-looking, and all the more interesting for that, because good-looking people are so often cows. I have been reading one of her books, really quite good and so well-written, and I didn't guess the murderer till page 200, rather clever, because I usually do it about page 15."

Strong Poison by Dorothy Sayers

(Finally got around to the first book in the Lord Peter and Harriet Vane series - I somehow read them in the totally wrong order - Gaudy Night was my favorite, but I loved this one too)

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"She had a kind of genius for being amazed by the world and by herself, all her life she remained a virtuoso marveller at things. As she said in her memoirs, this was the origin of fiction-writing: it began at those times when 'reality should no longer be taken for granted.'"

At the Existentialist Cafe by Sarah Bakewell

(That quote refers to Simone de Beauvoir, who I would now like to read, along with at least a dozen other phenomenologists, existentialists, and philosophers mentioned in this book)

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"It was the hour of unreality - the hour, that is, when unfamiliar things are real. An older person at such an hour and in such a place might think that sufficient was happening to him, and rest content. Lucy desired more."

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

(Just started this one and already enjoying it hugely!)

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"...then the soul is in God and God in the soul, just as the fish is in the sea and the sea is in the fish."

The Dialogue by St. Catherine of Siena

(I know I just had a bunch of quotations from this last month - in case you missed it, I did do a review video!)


What books have you been loving this month?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Top 5 Disney World Breakfasts

Prepare yourselves, friends. This post will probably leave you hungry.


Athos and I recently sat down to go through our top 5 Disney World breakfasts. It kinda turned into our top 5 Mickey waffles, because what's a Disney breakfast without Mickey waffles?


You'll have to watch the video to find out which restaurants we picked - there were a few in the parks, a few at the resorts, a mix of buffets and off-the-menu places. As soon as we were done filming, though, I was thinking of all the amazing places we didn't mention.


Maybe we should have made it a top 10...but then I think breakfast might be my favorite meal at Disney!

What are your favorite Disney breakfasts?

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?
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