Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Favorite Videos from 2016

When taking a look at my YouTube analytics the other day, I discovered that my channel just recently reached a cumulative 1 million views - say what! 😄 Looking back over the BookishPrincess videos from 2016, I was reminiscing about some of my favorite uploads...

I finally got around to making an "intro" for my Disney videos this year...and in the process ended up with a whole compilation of clips from trips to Disneyland, Disney World, and aboard the Disney Cruise!

It's so hard to pick a favorite Disney upload because there were so many!  From reliving princess lunch at Akershus, a fabulous cast member tour of the Early Morning Magic breakfast at the Magic Kingdom, sharing Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival from my perspective and Athos's perspective, weathering Hurricane Matthew at the Contemporary.

To celebrate Walt's birthday I had an upload from Marceline, Missouri, Walt's boyhood hometown. Athos and I recreated the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show in his honor. It was pretty hilarious.

In our 2016 bookish travels we journeyed to Orchard House in Massachusetts which was SO magical and inspiring for this Louisa May Alcott fan! We stayed at a charming hotel, the Inn at Hastings, and visited some revolutionary war sites as well.

Possibly my favorite video OF ALL from 2016 was Star Wars IRL - exploring on Skellig Michael the "jedi island" in Ireland.  There were so many other memorable moments from the Europe trip, Wordsworthian wanderings, British bookshops - and I still have many videos to share, stay tuned for those in 2017!

Raise your hand if you jumped on the POKEMON GO bandwagon this year. I know my family did. 😉

This was the first full year when I regularly made videos about books (there's a new one every Thursday!). Of course that meant plenty of Jane Austen, including a bookshelf tour and quote collection. I also made my first original tag, sharing five "Never Before Seen on Booktube" books that deserve some more internet hype!

Whether you're a new follower or an old friend, thank you all so much for reading and watching along this year! Here's sending you best wishes for a wonderful 2017. 💕

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Pixie Dust

People, look east. The time is near
Of the crowning of the year.
Make your house fair as you are able,
Trim the hearth and set the table.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the guest, is on the way.

I absolutely love Christmas and Advent music, so to celebrate the festive season this year I thought I'd talk my little brother Dart into being my guitarist and share some of my favorites!  People Look East by Eleanor Farjeon is just like poetry.  Each verse seems more beautiful than the last:

Stars, keep the watch. When night is dim
One more light the bowl shall brim,
Shining beyond the frosty weather,
Bright as sun and moon together.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the star, is on the way.

The second song Dart and I did is something sweet. ;) How is that Christmas Cookies by George Strait doesn't get played more on the radio?  It's SO PERFECT.  And making the video gave me the perfect excuse for plenty of baking!

One last video in case you missed it...I shared a "haul" of beautiful Christmas Children's picture books: click above to watch!

Wishing everyone a blessed and joyful holiday!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Top 20 Disney World Secrets

I know I've said it before, but when people ask me why I love Disney World so much, the answer is always: it's in the little things.

Disney magic is in the details - I love the fact that everything you walk by in the parks and at the resorts has so much thought put into it.  Nothing is accidental.  Half the time you can't even take it all in.  There are Disney Secrets hidden in plain sight all around you.

My brother Athos and I have been doing a new video series on my YouTube channel, sitting down talk-show style to boil down our top 5 favorite secrets at each park.  From pro tips to hidden details, dinosaurs, throwbacks, pixie dust, princesses, and plenty of hilarity!

I've shared a lot of Disney tips here on the blog and in my videos over the years...if you've ever wondered what my very top tips are, just watch below...

We start things off - where else? - at the Magic Kingdom!

Epcot secrets with a special performance of "Celebrate the Future...hand in hand..."

Pulling out the shades for some Hollywood Studios secrets and Star Wars favorites.

Finally, a mix of secrets and SCIENCE from the Animal Kingdom!

Let use know YOUR favorite Disney secrets down in the comments. :)

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. :)