Thursday, March 15, 2018

LEGO Disney Princess Castles

Confession: I love Disney Princess LEGO.

The little princess figures are just charming - and make for perfect mini trip mascots!

The castles the princesses come with are also just gorgeous - I recently posted a video with my favorite palaces. 🏰 I don't think anybody could ever be too old for these sets! They're so detailed and cleverly constructed. Not only are they the perfect way to add some castle vibes to my space, but I also want to collect them because I bet my daughter will want to play with them someday. 😊

Are you a LEGO fan? Tell me your favorite set in the comments!

Monday, March 5, 2018

February 2018 Reading Wrap-Up

A new bookish video just went up on my YouTube channel!

I got through quite a few books in February: some hits and some misses. I read Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple which was different from my typical Brit Lit, but I really loved the writing...

"If we could be seen thinking, we would be shown blown bright one moment dark the next, like embers; subject to every passing word and thought of our own or other people's, mostly other people's."

Another quote I loved from that book was referring to one of the characters reading classics and challenging books: "She deliberately put herself in touch with greatness."

Of course there was also plenty of Tolkien this month! I finished up The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, and I'm starting a re-read of The Hobbit next. I had so many favorite scenes and lines, but here's just one about the mysterious forest of the elves, Lothlorien...

"It strikes me that folk takes their peril with them into Lorien, and finds it there because they're brought it. But perhaps you could call her perilous, because she's so strong in herself."

What books did you enjoy this month? 📚

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Magic Kingdom Fireworks Dessert Party Review

"Ready to begin..."

"...let the wonder take hold!" Go ahead and put on the Happily Ever After soundtrack, because in today's blog post we've got fireworks and desserts!

We decided to splurge for our first viewing of Happily Ever After from inside the park and book the Magic Kingdom Fireworks Dessert Party. Be sure to watch the video for the full vlog & review!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

New Year's Disney World Trip Vlogs!

Let's be honest: the week between Christmas and New Year's is not the best time to go to Walt Disney World. It's one of the busiest times of year with the parks sometimes closing if they hit capacity!

But if it's the best time a Disney trip can fit in your schedule, you might not be able to help it - and it is pretty exciting to see all the decorations and holiday hype. My family ended up heading down to Disney World at New Year's last month, and we had a stellar time as you can see in the vlogs!

The first day of a Disney World trip is always the most thrilling. 😄 We got in late in the afternoon and headed to Corpus Christi in Celebration for Mass - I loved seeing all the Christmas decorations in town! Then dinner at Saratoga Springs and dessert at AristoCrepes at Disney Springs...YUM.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Seeing HAMILTON in New York City!

"You could've been anywhere in the world tonight, but you're here with us in NEW YORK CITY."

When I first pulled up the Hamilton soundtrack on YouTube and started listening, I was mesmerized. I had to listen to it all the way through and then listen to it all again and again! Every song is so packed full with story, history, rhythm, and incredible writing - no matter how many times I listen to it I find myself discovering a lyric I never noticed before. My entire family has become enamored with Hamilton, and we'll jump in and start rapping any of the songs to each other on the slightest hint of a reference!


Hamilton is now playing on tour all around the country (and in London!), but there's so much New York in the musical - and the fact that Lin-Manuel Miranda himself tread the boards as Hamilton at the Richard Rogers Theatre...we knew getting tickets to see Hamilton on Broadway would be pretty impossible, but we decided to try anyway! Even now that the original cast has moved on, tickets to the NYC show sell out as soon as they go on sale. They're usually put up in a block of dates - we did some research online and knew the next block would probably go on sale sometime in January...we were ready to pounce. Usually the tickets go on sale at 10 am - somehow we missed the initial announcement, but we were on the website by 10:20 - it kept glitching out as so many people were trying to get seats! In the end we managed to snag the furthest back row. WE HAD THE TICKETS! 🙌 Of course they were for over a year away, but at last, a few weeks ago, the time came...

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

January 2018: Reading Highlights

"Among the Wise I am the only one that goes in for hobbit-lore: an obscure branch of knowledge, but full of surprises. Soft as butter they can be, and yet sometimes tough as old tree-roots."

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

If you haven't caught my January Reading Wrap-up yet you should definitely check it out! My brother Athos joined me to share the books we've been enjoying recently, and there are some really good ones. I've been re-reading Lord of the Rings and falling in love with it all over again! I also finished Peace Like a River by Leif Enger which has become a new favorite. Here's one of the many favorite lines I underlined...

"Be careful whom you choose to hate. The small and the vulnerable own a protection great enough, if you could but see it, to melt you into jelly. Beware those who reside beneath the shadow of the Wings."

Hope you've all been having a great reading month!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Disney's Vero Beach Resort Tour

If you're hoping to combine your Walt Disney World vacation with a beach visit, you have plenty of options all up and down the Florida coast. But if you're looking to stay at Disney on the beach, there's really only one place to go...

Disney's Vero Beach Resort! This is a Disney Vacation Club resort just under a two hour drive from Orlando. It's so fun to see cast members and trading pins and all the usual things you'd see at a hotel at Walt Disney World - but you're a few hours away from Walt Disney World!


My family decided to escape the crazy New Year's crowds for a night and drive out to Vero during our trip - we've stayed here before, but it's been awhile, and I fell in love with it all over again! I was ready to move in and make this my oceanview apartment. Turtles sometimes nest on the beach outside the resort during the season, so there are TONS of turtles in the design...

Monday, January 1, 2018

17 Favorite Books I Read in 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I'm starting off 2018 with a new bookish video on my channel. It's one of my favorite videos to make each year...

...taking a look back at the books I read in 2017 and sharing my 17 favorites! I can't wait to see what new favorite books 2018 brings. 😊
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