Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Monday, July 31, 2017

July 2017 Quote Collection

"What could I do! Facts are such horrid things!"

Lady Susan by Jane Austen


July was a pretty good reading month, and I found lots of new (and old!) favorite quotations...

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"Alice had no idea what Latitude was, or Longitude either, but thought they were nice grand words to say."

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

(Grand words are the best.)

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"With stealthy steps he crept to the head of the stairs and descended. One uses the verb 'descend' advisedly, for what is required is some word suggesting instantaneous activity. About Baxter's progress from the second floor to the first there was nothing halting or hesitating. He, so to speak, did it now. Planting his foot firmly on a golf-ball which the Hon. Freddie Threepwood, who had been practicing putting in the corridor before retiring to bed, had left in his casual fashion just where the steps began, he took the entire staircase in one majestic, volplaning sweep."

Leave It to Psmith by P.G. Wodehouse

(I know I've written about my love of Psmith before, but he's even better rereading!)

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"But for us this work is always merely a means and must never be an end in itself. To stand before the face of God continues to be the real content of our lives."

The Hidden Life: Essays, Meditations, Spiritual Texts by Edith Stein

(I spend a lot of time creating "content" for my blog and youtube channel - but I liked St. Teresia Benedicta of the Cross's reminder of what real content is.)

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"Considerable study will be necessary to tell about the decorations in the Tower, but you'll get lots of practice and it won't be long before you began to rattle it off ' parrot fashion' - and when it comes to that point, I won't love you any more."

Mary Colter: Builder Upon the Red Earth by Virginia L. Grattan

(I loved learning about Mary Colter who designed many of the gorgeous buildings we saw at the Grand Canyon - such a cool lady!)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Let's Go to London: Travel Vlogs!

I'm whisking you away to London with today's blog post, guys. 😄

When I'm traveling, I often like to use snapchat to quickly share short videos and photos, fun things I see, cool geofilters I find. But the adventures I document are so fun, I don't want to lose them after 24 hours!

This was *especially* the case for my trip to England and Ireland last summer - so I made absolutely sure to save my story at the end of each day, and now I'm finally getting around to editing the stories together into England snapchat travel vlogs!


The first one covers our time in London and Ely: just a quick taste of so many awesome adventures, delicious eats, lovely shops, and beautiful sights.

If you're interested in seeing more, I am sharing the longer travel vlogs over on my Patreon page!  There's a new one posted every week, and I go a lot more in depth into what we saw and did in England.  Thank you so much to those of you who have become patrons already! 💕

Monday, July 24, 2017

Top 5 Underhyped Disney World Restaurants

There are a lot of Walt Disney World restaurants that are pretty hyped up, often deservedly so.

But then again there are some hidden gems out there that often get passed over - the underhyped Disney restaurants that no one talks about...


Athos and I recently did a new top 5 Disney World video with our picks for best table service restaurants that you don't hear about. It was so cool to read the comments and hear your picks for best underhyped eateries at Disney too!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

For the Love of Classics Book tag

There's a new booktube tag video up on my channel this week! I've been wanting to do this one for awhile...



It's the "For the Love of Classics" tag, and it's got all sorts of fun questions about my favorite kind of books: classics! Had to restrain myself not to answer every single one with a Jane Austen novel, but I love the questions: what's the first classic you ever read, what classic literary places would you like to visit, what's a mistitled classic.

Click here to watch and find out what I answered!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

New Disney Fireworks: Happily Ever After from Outside the Park

On our recent trip we got to experience Happily Ever After, the brand new Walt Disney World fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom - but it wasn't from the perspective you might expect.


We were staying at two fabulous resorts - the Wilderness Lodge and the Polynesian Village - so we watched the fireworks from OUTSIDE the park, across the Seven Seas Lagoon! I would really like to see these from inside the park sometime soon, but I loved experiencing Happily Ever After from the comfort of our resort, watching the sparkles reflected in the water. 

Friday, June 30, 2017

June 2017 Quotation Collection

"...provided that nothing like useful knowledge could be gained from them, provided they were all story and no reflection, she had never any objection to books at all."

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen



I've got some favorite quotations to share from my favorite summertime reads so far!

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"The determination to preserve such beauty as remains to us is also a form of courage."

"Mentally it satisfied me as all true rhythm soothes."

Country Notes in Wartime by V. Sackville West

(picked this up on a whim at the library and really enjoyed it!)

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"I have some wounds upon me, and they smart to hear themselves remember'd."

"Rome and her rats are at the point of battle."

"You souls of geese, that bear the shapes of men..."

Coriolanus by William Shakespeare

(if you're in need of creative insults, this is the play to turn to. Coriolanus dishes out plenty of them.)

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"In this world we possess nothing but the passing moment. Polish it as you would a jewel. It is the only wealth to which you have any right. All your other moments belong to God alone."

"Had she expected that those lovers in the Valley of Roses would never grow older, never become battered by the storms of the sea to which the silver stream ran down? I am not such a fool, she said to herself, and one must trim one's sails to the storms as they come. But the stream and the crowned swan are as real as the sea and we shall find them again."

The Child from the Sea by Elizabeth Goudge

(for incredible insights, strong characters, and beautiful writing, Elizabeth Goudge never disappoints.)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Peter Pan's Flight Interactive Queue

"But Peter, how do we get to Neverland?"

"Fly, of course!"

On our last trip to Disney World, we actually got in the STANDBY line for Peter Pan's Flight.  Crazy, I know, but there was this brand new interactive room I'd been reading about! The queue now takes you into the Darling house, and there's magic about in the nursery. Tinkerbell is flying around and might even turn you into Captain Hook!


I'm so glad we made the time for this new pixie dust - it was so magical!
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