Sunday, December 31, 2017

My Favorite Uploads of 2017

Here we are at the end of 2017! I hope you've all had a wonderful holiday season and are having a very Happy New Year's Eve. ✨ I've been thinking about what new videos I'd like to create in the new year and looking back at all the uploads from this year. Here are a few of my favorites...


This year I launched a Patreon page! Thank you so SO much to those of you who have become patrons - your support is absolutely incredible. I've loved connecting with you all, and it's been so much fun to share my full vlogs from England, Scotland, and Ireland on Patreon. I've loved reliving that Europe trip while editing videos - I've also shared some of the snapchat highlights on YouTube.


In 2017 I also launched the Disney World A to Z podcast with my friend Josh! We've put out over 70 episodes so far and have made it through our first WDW alphabet. I've been writing blog posts and creating videos for years now - it's been so cool to branch out into a new medium like podcasts!


There have of course been plenty of Disney vlogs - I think this one of hitting up 4 parks in 4 hours with the Express Transportation service was one of my favorites! Alas, Disney has discontinued the Express Bus, but a different new form of getting to and fro premiered this year...

Friday, December 29, 2017

December 2017 Quote Collection

"What says my bully rook? Speak scholarly and wisely."


I've got one last quote collection post to finish off the year! As you may have seen from my December wrap-up video, it's been a good reading month....

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"Saill like my pinnace to these golden shores. Rogues, hence, avaunt! Vanish like hailstones, go."

Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare

(I found a lovely little paperback of this at a used bookstore and really enjoyed reading it!)

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"I have observed, Mrs. Elton, in the course of my life, that if things are going untowardly one month, they are sure to mend the next."

Emma by Jane Austen

(Every rereading of Jane Austen never fails to reveal new lines to admire! I've especially loved all the notes and illustrations in the annotated edition I'm reading.)

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"Everything she did she was able to do with her whole soul. The world, he thought, would be the gladder for her coming into it."

Sister of the Angels by Elizabeth Goudge

(A sequel to my favorite, A City of Bells,  and a perfect Christmas read!)

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"Real miracles bother people, like strange sudden pains unknown in medical literature. It's true: they rebut every rule all we good citizens take comfort in."

"We and the world, my children, will always be at war. Retreat is impossible. Arm yourselves."

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

(Just started this, but I already have a suspicion I'm going to love it!)

Monday, December 18, 2017

Walt Disney World Haul!

It's taken me awhile to get around to filming a haul of the souvenirs I picked up at Walt Disney World on our fall trip a few months ago...


I was actually quite proud of myself - I didn't come home with TOO many souvenirs, lol. But I wanted to show you guys some of the fun things - from Alex & Ani to some new Minnie Ears 😄 Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Jane Austen Gift Guide: Books to Buy an Austen Fan

I think there are quite a few Jane Austen fans around here, and in case you're still looking for Christmas gifts, I have a new gift guide up on my channel full of lovely Austen books!


Whether you're looking for something to give a Jane Austen fan or want to give your friends and family some hints, check it out. :)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Walt Disney World Vlogs: May 2017

It's crazy to think how close we are to 2018! I've finally finished putting together my vlogs from our May trip to WDW, and it's been so fun to look back at all the "firsts" of this trip - a first glimpse of Pandora, trying Tiffins, Rivers of Light, and more. We stayed at two of my favorite resorts - the Wilderness Lodge and the Polynesian - and had an amazing time! In case you missed any of them, here are all 10 Disney World vlogs in this trip series...


Pandora was just days away from its official opening during our trip - unfortunately we didn't snag tickets to the preview/soft opening so we had to look on from outside. We did get to try the Nomad Lounge at Tiffins for the first time which was just fabulous!


This was our first time seeing RIVERS OF LIGHT! Animal Kingdom after dark was a new experience - luckily I picked up that gorgeous lotus blossom popcorn bucket to light the way. 👍


During our first full morning we had a lovely time at the Wilderness Lodge...