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. 😊

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....

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"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!)

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"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.)

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"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!)

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"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!

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