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!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Walt Disney World Fashion Diary: Fall 2017

It's time for a new FASHION DIARY post! I started doing these last year as a way to write a mini trip report and share some Disney style at the same time, and it's been so much fun. ✨ Without further adieu, here are the highlights from our fall jaunt to WDW...

------DAY ONE------

We started the first full day of the trip with breakfast at Coronado Springs! The Pepper Market was delicious, and I love the bright and brightly-colored seating areas.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

My Disney Dooney & Bourke Collection

I ordered something new from the Shop Disney Parks app the other day - I was too excited to wait to do an unboxing video, but I had to share it with you guys...

In fact, while I was at it, I figured I'd share my entire Disney Dooney & Bourke bag collection! I just love the styles of these purses, wristlets, and wallets - I've used them as my bag in the Disney Parks many times, but I think my newest purchase might be my favorite yet. It's definitely the fairest of them all! ;)

Monday, November 6, 2017

Epcot Food & Wine Festival Favorites 2017

There are two reasons why I love going to Walt Disney World in the fall. The first is (as you'll probably already know) Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and all the spooky magic at the parks.

The second also probably isn't hard to guess...


I just posted my vlog from Food & Wine and thought I'd share our favorite dishes on the blog as well...

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

October 2017 Quote Collection

"He had burned everything there was the burn within him: he had scattered so many sparks to start so many things - and he wondered whether someone could give him now the spark he needed."

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

October has been a really good reading month! I've been meaning to try something by Ayn Rand for awhile, but I actually didn't start with Atlas Shrugged. It was Anthem that first sparked my interest...

"The sky is like a black sieve pierced by silver drops that tremble, ready to burst through."

Anthem by Ayn Rand

(Ayn Rand's descriptions were so vivid and unique and beautiful!)


"I began to think of all the things that might happen to a man that looks at a map and then plunges right into it, whether it's wet or dry, the way Daddy does."

Girls of Highland Hall by Carroll Watson Rankin

(I love that image of plunging right into a map! Just discovered Rankin's charming childrens books this month - Dandelion Cottage was also a treat.)


"Everything belonging to Miss Nancy was of delicate purity and nattiness, not a crease was where it had no business to be, not a bit of her linen professed to whiteness without fulfilling its profession."

Silas Marner by George Eliot

(my favorite book by George Eliot, this story is so well put together - and I had to get a Victorian novel in for Victober!)


"Clearly creativity emanates from something that rises, rolls, surges, and spills into us rather than from something that just stands there hoping that we might, however circuitously, find our way to it. In that sense we can never "lose" our creativity. It is always there, filling us or else colliding with whatever obstacles are placed in its path."

Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

(Just finished this and loved it as much as when I started it last month - a must read for everyone.)

Monday, October 30, 2017

Annette Funicello at the Magic Kingdom!

Who's the leader of the club that's made for you and me?



One of the most common comments I've gotten online over the years - second only to "You look just like Snow White!" - is: "You look just like Annette Funicello!"

I always take it as a huge compliment because you don't get much more classy and fabulous than a Disney legend and original Mouseketeer like Annette!

We had an amazing time at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party this year as Scary Poppins and Bert, but I decided to bring a second costume on this trip to pay homage to Annette...

Monday, October 23, 2017


When the moon climbs high o'er the dead oak tree, spooks arrive for a midnight spree...

If you follow me on social media, you'll know we just got back from a SPOOK-tacular Walt Disney World trip! I'd been looking forward to our return to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for months...

...this year my brother Athos had a dark side Bert costume to match my Scary Poppins ensemble!

Mary Poppins is nothing without her parrot umbrella, of course... 😉

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Pros & Cons of Disney World Resort Hopping

If you're in the process of planning a Walt Disney World vacation then you probably know that you have lots of options. Not just in terms of what parks to visit, what rides to ride, and what restaurants to eat at but also in terms of resorts. There are so many amazing different Disney World hotels, you might want to pack more than one into your trip!

I recently posted a new video where we weighed the pros and cons of resort hopping or planning a split stay at Disney World...

PRO: You get to experience more than one Disney resort during your trip - that means multiple pools, multiple locations, multiple themes to enjoy.
CON: If the parks are your priority and you're only going to be in your room to sleep at night, you might not have time for the different resort amenities.

PRO: When you move to a new resort, it feels like your vacation is starting over again!
CON: Transferring between resorts can be time-consuming, getting everything packed up and moved, and you never know when your new room will be ready.

PRO: You can stretch your budget further by staying just a few nights at a deluxe resort and then staying the rest of the trip at a moderate/value.
CON: If you want to save your budget to spend in the parks, you probably just want to find the cheapest hotel possible.

For my family, the hassle is definitely worth it, and we've hopped between 3 or even 4 different hotels on trips in the past. But for some Disney fans, the parks are where it's at! Is resort hopping worth it for you?

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