Friday, June 30, 2017

June 2017 Quotation Collection

"...provided that nothing like useful knowledge could be gained from them, provided they were all story and no reflection, she had never any objection to books at all."

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen



I've got some favorite quotations to share from my favorite summertime reads so far!

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"The determination to preserve such beauty as remains to us is also a form of courage."

"Mentally it satisfied me as all true rhythm soothes."

Country Notes in Wartime by V. Sackville West

(picked this up on a whim at the library and really enjoyed it!)

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"I have some wounds upon me, and they smart to hear themselves remember'd."

"Rome and her rats are at the point of battle."

"You souls of geese, that bear the shapes of men..."

Coriolanus by William Shakespeare

(if you're in need of creative insults, this is the play to turn to. Coriolanus dishes out plenty of them.)

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"In this world we possess nothing but the passing moment. Polish it as you would a jewel. It is the only wealth to which you have any right. All your other moments belong to God alone."

"Had she expected that those lovers in the Valley of Roses would never grow older, never become battered by the storms of the sea to which the silver stream ran down? I am not such a fool, she said to herself, and one must trim one's sails to the storms as they come. But the stream and the crowned swan are as real as the sea and we shall find them again."

The Child from the Sea by Elizabeth Goudge

(for incredible insights, strong characters, and beautiful writing, Elizabeth Goudge never disappoints.)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Peter Pan's Flight Interactive Queue

"But Peter, how do we get to Neverland?"

"Fly, of course!"

On our last trip to Disney World, we actually got in the STANDBY line for Peter Pan's Flight.  Crazy, I know, but there was this brand new interactive room I'd been reading about! The queue now takes you into the Darling house, and there's magic about in the nursery. Tinkerbell is flying around and might even turn you into Captain Hook!


I'm so glad we made the time for this new pixie dust - it was so magical!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Bullet Journal: June Update

We're about halfway through 2017 (when did that happen, right?), so I thought I should fill you guys in on my bullet journal progress!


I have to admit, I kinda fell off the bullet journal bandwagon in April/May. The spring months always seem so busy! But I sat down and did some new spreads for June which I'm really loving. I do feel like my bullet journal helps me to stay organized, and I love getting creative and drawing out new pages - it's just finding the time to do the spreads that I find challenging!


In case you missed it, I also did an update video in March with some springtime designs and some of my favorite quotations. :)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Walt Disney World Fashion Diary: Spring/Summer 2017

I've really enjoyed doing these fashion diary blog posts from our past few Disney trips! I love planning out my Disney wardrobe, so looking back at my outfits is kinda a great way to summarize our adventures in the parks and resorts. 😄 Today I have some brand new style and magic from our Disney World vacation in May...without further adieu...

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Nothing beats that just-arrived-at-Disney feeling! The dress is from ModCloth, the shoes are Sperry's. We arrived in Florida in the afternoon and headed straight to the Animal Kingdom - we were hoping for a soft opening for Pandora that day - alas, no luck. But instead we got to experience...

Monday, June 12, 2017

Bookstore Bliss: Topping & Co. in Ely, England

Bookstores are one of my favorite places to visit when I travel, and when exploring the cathedral city of Ely in England last summer, I discovered what might be my favorite bookshop EVER.


It's called Topping & Company, and they have locations in Bath, St. Andrews in Scotland, and Ely.  There were three floors, windows with cozy seating looking out over the cathedral towers, and a wonderful assortment of books to peruse. They also give you FREE coffee or tea - proper coffee and tea with a polka dotted cup, pot, cream, and sugar - and a little biscuit (aka cookie for Americans) in the cutest little tray. Seriously I kinda want to buy one of those trays to use at home.


We were visiting Ely because Elizabeth Goudge, an author I absolutely love, used to live there, and I've read that the city in her book Dean's Watch is based on Ely. As I mentioned in the Topping & Co. video, I'm sharing the complete vlogs from our England and Ireland trip on my Patreon page, so there are more videos where I talk about Elizabeth Goudge and share our trip to the cathedral (we even got to go up on the roof and see the towers up close!) on Patreon.  There are about a dozen #EmmainEngland vlogs up on Patreon right now, and a new one gets uploaded every Friday. Any patrons giving $5 a month or more get access to all the videos, so if you're interested in watching more or would like to help support my content, I hope you'll check it out! :)

Have you ever been to Topping & Co? What's your favorite bookstore to visit?

Friday, June 9, 2017

All the #DisneyWalls: Top 4 WDW Instagram & Photo Tips!

I don't know about you, but when I'm happy and having a good time, I always end up taking lots of pictures. I just get shutter-happy - I want to remember the moment!


So it's no surprise that I take plenty of photos at Walt Disney World and of course like to share them online. But you probably knew that already. 😉

I just uploaded a new video with my top Instagram and photo tips for Disney on my YouTube channel, so I thought I'd share them with some of my favorite Instagram shots here as well! And I should probably mention that the photos of me were taken by my lovely mom. She's always loved photography and taking pics of my brothers and me, and her shots are gorgeous.
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