Thursday, April 27, 2017

Quote Collection: April 2017

"Funny how things worked out. You never knew what was best for you in the long run and it was the long run that mattered."

It's been quite a reading month! There's a brand new (and somewhat lengthy!) April Reads video up on my channel, so I thought I'd get a new April Quote Collection up here on the blog. That first quote is from one of my favorite reads of the month, and since I can't resist, here are a few more from that same book...

"Mr. Pinnegar said nothing, which, in any argument, is always a trump card."

"There's still room for a bit of kindness in the world, and the next time you feel like taking a short cut across people's feelings when you want to get somewhere in a hurry, you might bear that in mind."

"Among his many great qualities, Mr. Addis had a straight eye and a rare sense of color. His daffodils marched two abreast along a road that was the shortest distance between two fixed points. No stragglers. No little clumps bivouacking in some sunny corner."

Old Herbaceous: A Novel of the Garden by Reginald Arknell

(Just talking about this book makes me want to pick it up again - a quick read, absolutely charming, so British, lots of flowers - all about the life of a head gardener in an English manor house!)


"Why was it that one always regretted change? Things were not made to stay fixed, preserved in amber. Perhaps the only acceptable amber was memory."

Rose Cottage by Mary Stewart

(I'm so glad I finally got around to checking out Mary Stewart's mystery novels - this one was so well told, loved the way the story unfolded and the suspense!)


"I wish I had known that interesting and a really remarkable face, though perhaps not strictly good-looking, and all the more interesting for that, because good-looking people are so often cows. I have been reading one of her books, really quite good and so well-written, and I didn't guess the murderer till page 200, rather clever, because I usually do it about page 15."

Strong Poison by Dorothy Sayers

(Finally got around to the first book in the Lord Peter and Harriet Vane series - I somehow read them in the totally wrong order - Gaudy Night was my favorite, but I loved this one too)


"She had a kind of genius for being amazed by the world and by herself, all her life she remained a virtuoso marveller at things. As she said in her memoirs, this was the origin of fiction-writing: it began at those times when 'reality should no longer be taken for granted.'"

At the Existentialist Cafe by Sarah Bakewell

(That quote refers to Simone de Beauvoir, who I would now like to read, along with at least a dozen other phenomenologists, existentialists, and philosophers mentioned in this book)


"It was the hour of unreality - the hour, that is, when unfamiliar things are real. An older person at such an hour and in such a place might think that sufficient was happening to him, and rest content. Lucy desired more."

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

(Just started this one and already enjoying it hugely!)


"...then the soul is in God and God in the soul, just as the fish is in the sea and the sea is in the fish."

The Dialogue by St. Catherine of Siena

(I know I just had a bunch of quotations from this last month - in case you missed it, I did do a review video!)

What books have you been loving this month?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Top 5 Disney World Breakfasts

Prepare yourselves, friends. This post will probably leave you hungry.

Athos and I recently sat down to go through our top 5 Disney World breakfasts. It kinda turned into our top 5 Mickey waffles, because what's a Disney breakfast without Mickey waffles?

You'll have to watch the video to find out which restaurants we picked - there were a few in the parks, a few at the resorts, a mix of buffets and off-the-menu places. As soon as we were done filming, though, I was thinking of all the amazing places we didn't mention.

Maybe we should have made it a top 10...but then I think breakfast might be my favorite meal at Disney!

What are your favorite Disney breakfasts?

Sunday, April 23, 2017

My Vera Bradley Collection

I took a fun stroll down fashion memory lane with last week's new video...

I dug out all my old Vera Bradley handbags to share favorites from my collection! I still use many of them, but it was fun to pull out some styles I had forgotten about.  I associate many of the patterns with the year they came out, what I was doing at the time, what Disney trip I used them during - lots of fun memories!

Do you have a favorite Vera Bradley pattern or bag style?

Monday, April 17, 2017

WE'RE DOING A PODCAST | Disney World A to Z

If you're following me on social media, you'll probably have already heard the news...

...we're doing a PODCAST!  I feel like the question/request for a podcast has popped up intermittently throughout all the time I've been blogging and youtubing, so I'm SO excited to be able to finally tell you YES, a Disney podcast from yours truly is actually happening...but I'm even MORE excited to tell you who I'm doing it with!

My co-host is Josh Taylor - he's a podcaster extraordinnarie, one of the triumvrate who runs my family's absolute favorite YouTube channel (seriously go check out Blimey Cow right now if you don't know it already), AND he's a Disney vacation planner and huge Disney fan!

We've already had so much fun recording the first episodes - we're working our way through the alphabet Walt Disney World style, so we've hit A for Animal Kingdom and B for Budget tips so far. What will "C" be? You'll have to tune in to find out!

Subscribe on iTunes here, Google Play here, or check out the website.

...also follow @DisneyWorldAtoZ on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up-to-date on new uploads and to submit questions to be answered during our Q&A segments!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Where to Go to Catholic Mass When You're at Disney World

If you've been following my blog or YouTube channel for awhile, you may have picked up from occasional references to going to Mass or quotes from my favorite saints that yes, I'm a Catholic. My whole family is Roman Catholic, and one thing we love about traveling is discovering different churches all around the country. One place we obviously love to travel to is Walt Disney World, and many is the time we have paused the magic for a jaunt to Sunday Mass.

(but let's be real, it still follows us to church...nowhere else in the world will you find so many people in the pews wearing MagicBands...)

I've gotten several emails over the years from fellow Disney-going Catholics asking for advice on where to go to Mass while at Walt Disney World, and I'm surprised it's taken me this long to think of writing up a blog post about it!  So without further adieu, here we go...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

DISNEY SPRINGS: Top 5 New Favorites

In the olden days, I have to admit that Downtown Disney was one of those skippable places at Walt Disney World. Not that we didn't enjoy going there - we had awesome lunches at T Rex Cafe and enjoyed the shopping and of course had to get Earl of Sandwich as often as possible - but when you had to choose between DTD and one of the theme parks or even a resort, it wasn't a difficult decision.

Now things are a different. I have to admit that Disney Springs has left me very impressed and eager to explore more.  I love the new stores, the new walkways and town center are beautiful (have you guys been in the new guest relations? it's so nice you want to sit and stay awhile!), and the new food stops are super tasty. So without further adieu, here are my top 5 new favorites at Disney Springs so far...