Monday, March 30, 2015

House of Cupcakes | Princeton, NJ

Mondays are better with a little something sweet, don't you think?

I've got some cupcakes to share - a whole house of them in fact...

We were passing through Princeton, NJ on a day trip recently, and I did a little research on TripAdvisor beforehand and noticed a place called House of Cupcakes.  They were on the show "Cupcake Wars" and won!

I knew we'd have to stop by their Witherspoon Street shop.  There's a whole wall of cupcakes to choose from...  

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Where in WDW: Mickey Pillow

Happy Windsday!  Today's Disney trivia involves the MAIN MOUSE...

I'm talking about Mickey, of course!  You've probably seen a towel Mickey in your resort room, but have you ever seen this Mickey pillow?  I love the cheerful yellow and sketch style.  Post your guess in the comments!

Props to everyone who identified the last trivia photo - those lily pads are in a little garden in the China pavilion at Epcot, near the Temple of Heaven.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Elsa's Sparkling Ice Castle LEGO Review

When LEGO started to come out with its charming Disney Princess sets, you knew it was only a matter of time before they added a Frozen castle to the list...

I am happy to report that Elsa's Sparkling Ice Castle (set 41062 to be precise) is just as adorable as the rest of the line!

It comes with Elsa, Olaf, and Anna...

Monday, March 23, 2015

Kitchen Sink Sundae | Beaches & Cream

You know what Monday means around here...time to look at an amazing sweet treat.

I hope you're hungry, because this dessert has everything...including the kitchen sink!

This week we're traveling to the Beaches and Cream Soda Shop located between Disney's Beach and Yacht Club Resorts to review a Walt Disney World classic.

When you see these tables and chairs, you know there's ICE CREAM on the way!

I love all the ice cream dishes lined up at the ready behind the counter!  Beaches & Cream does have normal food and sandwiches which tend to get mixed reviews - tasty but nothing special.  And if you're here for dessert, you want to save your stomach space; there's an amazing line-up of sundaes and shakes (I love the Frozen Sunshine!).

Beaches & Cream has such a funky, retro menu design...but I didn't even need to look at the options.  We were there for the KITCHEN SINK!  This is a behemoth sundae dessert - it costs $28.99 and is designed for (at least!) four people to share.

A little spoon and little bowl for each person were brought to the table...along with a BIG spoon for serving!


Our server, Maria, is a Beaches & Cream icon, and she brought out our Kitchen Sink with flashing lights and much fanfare.  Just look at the size of that thing!

A view from above.  The Kitchen Sink sundae includes...brownie pieces, angel food cake, cherries, chocolate chips, a candy bar, oreos...

...fudge, peanut butter, and butterscotch toppings as well as one scoop a piece of coffee and mint chocolate chip ice cream and two scoops each of strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate.  You can find the complete recipe here.


Unfortunately Beaches & Cream no longer seems to do this, but back in the day they would let you come behind the counter to help prepare the kitchen sink!  There is nothing more satisfying that swirling a whole can ("A WHOLE CAN!?") of whipped cream onto your sundae.

And of course the big "kitchen sink" dish is half the fun!

What are we waiting for?  Let's eat!

There were four in our party, and we managed to do a pretty good job...although there was a fair amount of soupy mess left in the sink and in our bowls.  Once you divide up the good stuff on top (the brownies were so fudgy and good!), there's a lot of fruit - not just cherries (and there were cherries for days)  - but also pineapple bits, strawberries, and candy orange slices.  There also seemed to be a ton of strawberry ice cream, which sadly no one in my family is a big fan of.

We won't be rushing back for another kitchen sink anytime soon (I'm feeling full just thinking about it!), but if you're a big ice cream or dessert person, it's an exciting Disney experience to try at least once. :)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Currently... 03.21.2015

Happy Weekend!  Just a few pixie-dusted links for you all...

currently listening to...Fly by Maddie & Tae.  Love these new country girls!

currently reading...The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.  A re-read just for fun.  You can't beat Mark Twain.

...also...Listening Valley by D.E. Stevenson - such a sweet WWII story!

currently missing...EPCOT and the Flower & Garden Festival which just started recently.  We had such a fun time admiring the topiary last year.

currently wondering...what the newly revamped Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party will be like and how different it will be from the Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party!

currently inspired by...thoughts on creativity and believing in yourself from Edinburgh Housewife.  I never hear better sense from anyone than Auntie Seraphic. :)

currently watching... theaters... the new CINDERELLA movie, of course!  I saw it last weekend - utterly gorgeous, Loved the actors and the visuals, although I was disappointed in some story things and some of the writing.  More thoughts in my recap vlog:

...on tv...Darby O'Gill and the Little People was on TCM for St. Patrick's Day - it's incredible to think of how they used forced perspective and paintings to create all the special digital!

...on youtube...Zoella's spring Primark haul!  AAaaannd now I miss England and want to go back to a Primark!  Also, how cute are those Little Mermaid pajamas?

Don't foget to catch up on the latest pixie dust posts...

Books and Beauty
Renting Bikes on Castaway Cay
The Best Hot Chocolate in the World??
Disney Tsum Tsum Fun
Top Seven Sweet Treats at the Magic Kingdom
Disney Cruise Island Merchandise
Where in WDW: JJ Tapps and Lily Pads
Emma in Europe: Victoria & Albert and Liberty of London

...and videos!

Sephora Haul and February Favorites
Frontierland Fun at DISNEYLAND
Monorail Appreciation
Fifteen Seconds of Matterhorn
Frozen Tsum Tsum
Cinderella Movie Review
Painting Your MagicBand

What have been your favorite finds on the internet recently?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Liberty London & Oxford St. Shops

When going on a London shopping spree, there are a few stores you simply have to visit...

One of them is the glorious Liberty of London on Great Marlborough Street!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

She Sells Seashells & Castaway Cay Merch!

Let's set sail for some DISNEY CRUISE shopping, everybody...

We sailed on the Disney Dream last year, and one of my favorite parts was the day on Disney's island, Castaway Cay, in the Bahamas!

There are so many things to do...lounging in a hammock, dancing with the characters, going for a bike ride...and you also don't want to forget to check out the merch!

There are several shops on the island, but the main one is "She Sells Seashells...and Everything Else."

Monday, March 16, 2015

Top 7 Disney Desserts at the Magic Kingdom

It's no secret that, in my book, the desserts are always among the highlights of a Disney World trip!  The Magic Kingdom in particular has an impressive selection of treats, and strolling by Cinderella Castle is always nicer when I have something to snack on...

Today we're looking beyond the cupcakes (well...mostly!) to take in the top seven must-eat sweets at the Magic Kingdom.  Are you ready?

Thursday, March 12, 2015


Get ready, my friends, for a TSUM TSUM TAKEOVER.

Today's post is going to be all about the adorable new Disney beanie trend - especially the brand new FROZEN collection!

'Tsum Tsum' means 'stack stack' in Japanese, and these little critters are the latest craze from the Disney Store.  They originally came out in Japan and were released in the US just last summer.  We looked for them at Walt Disney World in the fall and could only find a few of the larger sizes at Once Upon a Toy at Downtown Disney.  They're so cute - I hope they bring them to more of the shops at the Disney parks and resorts!

There are many varieties of tsum tsum depicting classic Disney characters, and the latest set to come out is inspired by the Frozen crew!  Let's take a look...

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Where in WDW: Lily Pads

For this week's Where in WDW trivia, I'm taking you to a secluded garden...

I just love this spot with its bridges and flowers and enormous lily pads.  We've had some water lily trivia on the blog in the you know where to find the above greenery?

JJ Tapps Dance Studio (from last week!) can be found at Hollywood Studios, just above the Hollywood and Vine Restaurant.

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Top 5 Hot Chocolates in the World

I was in New York City last fall on a weekend trip with my cousin, and a sign outside a shop in SoHo caught my eye: "The Best Hot Chocolate in the World" it boasted.  Naturally, that was a claim we had to stop and investigate!

Travel and chocolate are two of my very favorite things in life, and I began to ponder: where in my own peregrinations have I sampled the best hot chocolates in the world?

This list is the result of that reminiscing - five outrageously decadent and delicious hot chocolates from five amazing cities - Paris, London, Dublin, Madrid and New York City.

Ready to take a trip?

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Castaway Cay Blissful Bike Ride

I'd say we need some sunshine in today's post.  Some Castaway Cay sunshine...

The stop at Castaway Cay, Disney's own private island in the Bahamas, was definitely a highlight of our cruise aboard the Disney Dream last year.

I loved relaxing on the beach under the colorful umbrellas - or in a hammock under the palm trees! - but today's post is going to be dedicated to a bit more active sort-of Castaway Cay adventure...

We're going for a tropical bike ride!

There's a fair amount of island to explore, and biking is such a fun way to experience it!

Let's go - we've got palm trees to see!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Victoria & Albert Museum

Let's say you've just finished a late afternoon of shopping at Harrods in London, and - while the fashions and food halls and teddy bears in green were wonderful - you're in the mood for some British culture.

Just down the Brompton Road towards Kensington is the next stop on our Emma in Europe trip report.  I headed there after Harrods - it's the Victoria and Albert Museum!

The V&A is a museum dedicated to art and design.  I was just looking at their website, and currently they have an exhibit on about the history of wedding dresses.  Can I go back??

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Where in WDW: JJ Tapps Dance Studio

I absolutely love stopping to admire the architecture at the Disney parks; when you pause and peruse you always discover such interesting designs and vibrant colors.  Take this dashing facade for example...

Look at all those snazzy shades of blue - and the cheerful awning below.  The sign in the upper window advertises JJ Tapps Dance Studio.  I'd sign up for a class!

Do you know where in WDW to find this scene?

Rachel guessed the last trivia challenge - the "luminescent generator" can be found on DINOSAUR! at the Animal Kingdom.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

February Favorites | Books, Beauty, & Cinderella

Happy March, everybody!

I recently uploaded a video on my YouTube channel with some bookish and beauty favorites from last month, and I wanted to share the pixie dust here too!

There's a mini Sephora haul...

...some lovely scents from L'Occitane en Provence...

...some pretty nail polish colors from Estee Lauder...

...and a few books:

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery (love the beautiful Puffin in Bloom edition with cover art by Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co!)
When Wanderers Cease to Roam by Vivian Swift (a gift from my cousin Becky, full of pretty paintings, sketches, and travel reminiscing)
The Four Seasons: Poems by Everyman's Library Pocket Poets (makes it easy to find a poem to match your mood and the weather!)

Currently I have Emily Dickinson stuck in my head...

A Light exists in Spring
Not present on the Year
At any other period -
When March is scarcely here

A Color stands abroad
On Solitary Fields
That Science cannot overtake
But Human Nature feels.

It waits upon the Lawn,
It shows the furthest Tree
Upon the furthest Slope you know
It almost speaks to you...

I've caught the light whispering to me from the furthest tree a few times, now that March is scarcely here, but I think everybody's impatient for the other signs of spring to arrive too - the flowers and the grass and the green!

We can combine beauty and books and poetry in the same blog post/video, right?  I think Belle would approve! :)

Another favorite from February has been the Cinderella collection at Kohl's -- so many lacy spring dresses.  Just a few more weeks until the movie comes out!


I didn't include these in the favorites video, because they have a video all of their own:

Hope it's a Happy Tuesday!