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. 😊

Sunday, December 31, 2017

My Favorite Uploads of 2017

Here we are at the end of 2017! I hope you've all had a wonderful holiday season and are having a very Happy New Year's Eve. ✨ I've been thinking about what new videos I'd like to create in the new year and looking back at all the uploads from this year. Here are a few of my favorites...

This year I launched a Patreon page! Thank you so SO much to those of you who have become patrons - your support is absolutely incredible. I've loved connecting with you all, and it's been so much fun to share my full vlogs from England, Scotland, and Ireland on Patreon. I've loved reliving that Europe trip while editing videos - I've also shared some of the snapchat highlights on YouTube.

In 2017 I also launched the Disney World A to Z podcast with my friend Josh! We've put out over 70 episodes so far and have made it through our first WDW alphabet. I've been writing blog posts and creating videos for years now - it's been so cool to branch out into a new medium like podcasts!

There have of course been plenty of Disney vlogs - I think this one of hitting up 4 parks in 4 hours with the Express Transportation service was one of my favorites! Alas, Disney has discontinued the Express Bus, but a different new form of getting to and fro premiered this year...

Friday, December 29, 2017

December 2017 Quote Collection

"What says my bully rook? Speak scholarly and wisely."

I've got one last quote collection post to finish off the year! As you may have seen from my December wrap-up video, it's been a good reading month....


"Saill like my pinnace to these golden shores. Rogues, hence, avaunt! Vanish like hailstones, go."

Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare

(I found a lovely little paperback of this at a used bookstore and really enjoyed reading it!)


"I have observed, Mrs. Elton, in the course of my life, that if things are going untowardly one month, they are sure to mend the next."

Emma by Jane Austen

(Every rereading of Jane Austen never fails to reveal new lines to admire! I've especially loved all the notes and illustrations in the annotated edition I'm reading.)


"Everything she did she was able to do with her whole soul. The world, he thought, would be the gladder for her coming into it."

Sister of the Angels by Elizabeth Goudge

(A sequel to my favorite, A City of Bells,  and a perfect Christmas read!)


"Real miracles bother people, like strange sudden pains unknown in medical literature. It's true: they rebut every rule all we good citizens take comfort in."

"We and the world, my children, will always be at war. Retreat is impossible. Arm yourselves."

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

(Just started this, but I already have a suspicion I'm going to love it!)

Monday, December 18, 2017

Walt Disney World Haul!

It's taken me awhile to get around to filming a haul of the souvenirs I picked up at Walt Disney World on our fall trip a few months ago...

I was actually quite proud of myself - I didn't come home with TOO many souvenirs, lol. But I wanted to show you guys some of the fun things - from Alex & Ani to some new Minnie Ears 😄 Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Jane Austen Gift Guide: Books to Buy an Austen Fan

I think there are quite a few Jane Austen fans around here, and in case you're still looking for Christmas gifts, I have a new gift guide up on my channel full of lovely Austen books!

Whether you're looking for something to give a Jane Austen fan or want to give your friends and family some hints, check it out. :)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Walt Disney World Vlogs: May 2017

It's crazy to think how close we are to 2018! I've finally finished putting together my vlogs from our May trip to WDW, and it's been so fun to look back at all the "firsts" of this trip - a first glimpse of Pandora, trying Tiffins, Rivers of Light, and more. We stayed at two of my favorite resorts - the Wilderness Lodge and the Polynesian - and had an amazing time! In case you missed any of them, here are all 10 Disney World vlogs in this trip series...

Pandora was just days away from its official opening during our trip - unfortunately we didn't snag tickets to the preview/soft opening so we had to look on from outside. We did get to try the Nomad Lounge at Tiffins for the first time which was just fabulous!

This was our first time seeing RIVERS OF LIGHT! Animal Kingdom after dark was a new experience - luckily I picked up that gorgeous lotus blossom popcorn bucket to light the way. 👍

During our first full morning we had a lovely time at the Wilderness Lodge...

Thursday, November 30, 2017

November 2017 Quote Collection

"Go in hope, little is a long road to the feet of the One, but thither do we all travel."

It's time for another round-up of favorite quotations that I've discovered while reading this month! My books took me from India to England to France to dragon country.


"A boy who can dodge over the roofs of Lahore city on a moonlight night, using every little patch and corner of darkness to discomfit his pursuer, is not likely to be checked by a line of well-trained soldiers."

Kim by Rudyard Kipling

(The opening quote also came from Kim! Such a vivid and immersive setting - I loved following Kim's adventures in India and all the different characters, landscapes, and beliefs he encounters along the way)


"I am sure Mrs. Radliffe might have kept her heroine wandering about this house for 6 good pages."

Maria Edgeworth in France & Switzerland: Selections from the Edgeworth Family Letters

(Maria Edgeworth was a contemporary of Jane Austen - I loved her novel Belinda and have been enjoying her travel letters!)


"All the same I have a strong suspicion I'm being managed. I should resent it very much, if I were not full of buttered toast and sentiment - two things which, as you may have noticed tend to go together."

Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy Sayers

(Lord Peter and Harriet on their honeymoon...with a corpse and a murder mystery thrown in of course! I absolutely love these two and loved getting to read more of their story.)


"A man who has a large and imperial dragon groveling before him may be excused if he feels somewhat uplifted."

Farmer Giles of Ham by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Things might have been different, but they could not have been better."

Leaf by Niggle by J.R.R. Tolkien

(I've been on a Tolkien short story kick this month! I liked Farmer Giles, but Leaf by Niggle was just wonderful.)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Emma in Edinburgh

During my trip abroad last year, I had the chance to visit Edinburgh for two short days. Admittedly that's way too short of a time, considering how very much there is to do in Edinburgh and Scotland at large, but I thought some Edinburgh would be better than none...

In spite of my limited time, I fit in a lot! I saw the one o'clock gun fire at Edinburgh Castle, walked the Royal Mile to see if the Queen was in at Holyroodhouse, ate a picnic lunch in Princes Street Garden, marveled at the brightly-colored buildings in the Grassmarket, lit a candle in St. Giles' Cathedral, got lost in Edinburgh's countless stone corridors and staircases, went shopping, and had the most amazing elevensies at the most amazing tea boutique called Eteaket.

As you'll know from my previous posts about this trip, you can see even more vlogs from Scotland, England, and Ireland on my Patreon page!

At the Edinbugh Airport, I saw a sign that said, "Haste ye back." My taste of Scotland definitely made me want to get back one day and explore more!
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