Monday, December 5, 2016

Favorite Books and Series for Young Readers

A really good children's book is something you can always come back to, no matter what age you are.

I was an avid reader growing up, and when I got a request awhile ago for reading recommendations for young readers and young girls, I realized I had so many favorite series and books to share!


From Anne of Green Gables to All of a Kind Family - some of my best friends growing up were Laura Ingalls and Besty, Tacy, and Tib!  Watch here to see more and be sure to let me know your childhood favorites in the comments. :)

Monday, November 21, 2016

Walt Disney World Fashion Diary: Fall 2016

I'm going to fill you guys in on our fall trip to WDW last month with a new Disney Fashion Diary!  It was super fun to put together a spring fashion diary from our March trip earlier this year, so here's a rundown of what I wore in October...

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Many of our Disney trips seem start out at the Magic Kingdom...because when you've just arrived, you can't wait to see that castle!!

 

Since the spooky season was in full swing, I wore an autumnal colored skirt I found at the Polo Ralph Lauren outlet along with a black boatneck shirt.  The bright orangey-pink shoes are Crocs!

 

From visiting princesses to heading into uncharted territories!  Aurora and Cinderella both admired my skirt and agreed to set me up with their fairy and mouse seamstresses. ;)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Quote Collection: November 2016

"It seems to me there is something beyond words - any words - all words - something that always escapes you when you try to grasp it - and yet leaves you with something in your hand which you wouldn't have had if you hadn't reached for it."

Emily Climbs by L.M. Montgomery


As you'll know if you watched my new bookish video, November has been such a good reading month so far!  I thought I would collect a few favorite quotations that I've discovered in a blog post!. :)
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"You cannot judge the importance of things by the noise they make. Oh dear me, no....And these things that have mattered for thousands of years are not going to be snuffed out because some stink merchant in his laboratory invents a new kind of mischief."

Goodbye, Mr. Chips by James Hilton

(this is such a short read by so SO good!)

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"[She had] the skill of remembering at all times who one was and where one came from rather than bothering, as modern people did, with trying to guess where one was headed."

"It isn't always easy to know what one feels, Horacio. There are submerged currents colliding, then combining and merging."

The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera

(go watch the video to hear more about this book - I loved it so much!)

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"You remember 'rent'? It was one of father's words - rent to the ideal, to his own faith in human nature. You remember how he would trust strangers, and if they fooled him he would say, 'It's better to be fooled than to be suspicious' - that the confidence trick is the work of man, but the want-of-confidence trick is the work of the devil."

"It is the starved imagination, not the well-nourished, that is afraid."

"Her mind trembled towards a conclusion which only the unwise would have put into words."

"Never heard of an aura? Oh, happy, happy man! I scrub at mind for hours. Nor of an astral plane?"

Howards End by E.M. Forster

(that last one just makes me laugh!)



Friday, November 11, 2016

Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2016

I hope you aren't hungry, because we're about to go on a culinary world-wide adventure...


I'm talking about Epcot's FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL of course!


This year they had the coolest poster art showcasing the different eats lining the entrance to the park - I would totally have bought these on a shirt, a postcard - but they didn't use the designs in any of the merch. Such a bummer!

 

The real food, luckily, was not a bummer! Yes, those are potato chips on that lamb chop from Australia.  And yes, it was delicious!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Currently Reading: Fall Favorites

"Books were Emily's friends wherever she found them." -Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery

As the weather gets colder and the leaves fall from the trees, all I want to do is stay inside with a hot beverage and a good book!


Luckily I've been reading quite a few of them this autumn - from discovering more Dorothy Sayers (I think Have His Carcase is the fifth or sixth Lord Peter book I've read this year) to Halloween reads (if you haven't heard of The Witch Family by Eleanor Estes you need to go look it up right now) to a new Elizabeth Goudge favorite in The Scent of Water (although let's be real: every Elizabeth Goudge book I read seems to be my favorite!).

Get some new reading recommendations over on my YouTube channel and make sure you're subscribed for more bookish videos to come!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Mary Poppins & Scary Poppins at MNSSHP!

Who's ready for a HALLOWEEN PARTY??


You know we are!


Happy Halloween, everybody!  If you've been following me on social media, you'll know Athos and I were Mary Poppins and Bert again at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party this year.


So supercalifragilisticexpialadocious that once wasn't enough!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Hurricane Matthew at Walt Disney World

If you've been following me on social media or on YouTube you'll know that my family was staying at Walt Disney World during Hurricane Matthew earlier this month.


We arrived to dramatic but ominous Florida skies!  There had been lots of chatter about the hurricane that was coming and what was going to happen...


We were staying at the Contemporary, which, as I heard one lady describe it to her worried family on the phone, is "a concrete block with generators."  Not a bad place to ride out a hurricane!

Friday, September 30, 2016

New Classics Book Haul!

Being a part of the "booktube" community on YouTube has definitely affected my book buying habits.  There are so many pretty editions of my favorite books that I had no idea existed!


I just posted a new book haul featuring one of my favorite editions: the Penguin English Library classics.  I love the paperbacks and unfortunately you don't see them very much in bookstores in the states...luckily Book Depository has free shipping from the UK. #majorwin

I'm also in love with the Vintage Classics editions of Jane Austen with the colorful covers!  A girl can never have too many copies of Pride & Prejudice on her shelf, right?  Just the other day I discovered that Vintage Classics does gorgeous editions of Virgina Woolf as well.  I think I'm in trouble... ;)
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