Saturday, September 29, 2018

Announcing the BOO TO YOU READATHON

The month of October is almost upon us, and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to combine three of my favorite things...Disney, books, and Halloween!


Introducing the Boo to You READATHON! I've never hosted a readathon before, but I've participated in a few and seen so many on booktube and bookstagram, and they always seem so creative and fun. For Boo to You, there are four spooky challenges to choose from...


πŸ‘» Madame Leota's Library: read a book that you think belongs in the library at the Haunted Mansion.

My suggestions...

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: http://bit.ly/2GmxUfx
Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers: https://amzn.to/2Mxt0vp
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins: http://bit.ly/2uiHL14
The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Marie Pope: https://amzn.to/2NgwU0U

Athos's suggestions... 

The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers: https://amzn.to/2xd2DWB

🏰 Your Park-Inspired Costume: read a book that inspired something in the Disney parks OR that is inspired by the Disney parks. 

My suggestions... 

Tales from the Haunted Mansion: https://amzn.to/2Qyd7In
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie: https://www.bookdepository.com/Peter-...
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers: https://amzn.to/2QwvmOc
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll: https://amzn.to/2NeYgUX
Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss: https://amzn.to/2pdLacl
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne: https://amzn.to/2QtsJwN
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde: https://amzn.to/2DQYgRC
I Married Adventure by Osa Johnson: https://amzn.to/2xbTNIK

Athos's Suggestions: 

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells: https://amzn.to/2Qr0m2d

🍭 Candy Cauldron / Pumpkin Spice: read a book that's sweet and cozy and perfect for fall. 

My suggestions... 

The Witch Family by Eleanor Estes: https://amzn.to/2QwdqTO
The Ghost's Dinner: https://amzn.to/2Opm6tO
Thornyhold by Mary Stewart: https://www.bookdepository.com/Thorny...
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen: http://amzn.to/2AyP4mW

πŸ“– Impressions de France Group Read: my brother Athos & I will be reading and discussing the French mystery classic Monsieur Le Coq by Γ‰mile Gaboriau. 

If you're participating, don't forget to use the hashtag #BootoYouReadathon on Twitter and Instagram! It's been SO amazing to see everyone's picks so far. Happy reading! πŸŽƒ


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Monday, September 24, 2018

Tonga Suite Tour: Disney's Polynesian Village

The smallest and most unassuming of the longhouses at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort is Tonga - it's right off the Great Ceremonial House by the marina, easy to miss...


...but it's also home to the most luxurious rooms at the Polynesian! I posted my Tonga Suite Tour on YouTube awhile ago, but I thought I'd share it here as well with a few more photos...


That's our balcony!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Be Our Guest New Dinner Menu Review

Be Our Guest recently debuted a brand new dinner menu - it's been on our list to check out dinner in the Beast's Castle for awhile, and it was so exciting to try on our last trip...


It was just as delicious as the dishes said it would be! πŸ˜‰ Dinner is a prix fixe menu - you choose one appetizer, one entree, and then everyone gets an individual, elegant little platter of desserts. Our seater gave us a great quick tour of the castle before we arrived at our table underneath the tall windows with the snow gently falling...I love the ballroom. 😊


Be Our Guest dinner isn't cheap ($55 for adults, $35 for children) so I felt like I should go for the options that seemed the most expensive and exotic. Athos tried the octopus appetizer and actually really liked it - I wasn't quite that brave, but I did enjoy my lobster bisque. That filet mignon was absolutely the best filet mignon I've ever tasted! It just melted in your mouth, and the sauce was the perfect accompaniment. Our only complaint was that they were a little skimpy on the mashed potatoes, but then again I didn't leave hungry!


The white chocolate Chip filled with Grey Stuff mousse is definitely the star of this dessert tray - it was lovely! The raspberry macaron and chocolate cake pop/truffle were also nice - and the edible rose glass liner beneath was a fun touch.


Had to bring my rose window phone case to grab a pic on the way out! 🌹 You stop off in the library to meet the Beast at the end of your meal, although he does stroll through the ballroom a few times as you'll see in the vlog. Overall, we hugely enjoyed Be Our Guest! Because of the cost it's not something we'd do every trip, but it's worth a splurge just to try.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Pandora Private Tour | Flights of Passage Lab & Bioluminescent Forest

Ever since its debut, Flights of Passage in Pandora at Disney's Animal Kingdom has had some of the longest lines at Walt Disney World. The ride itself is jaw-dropping, and I've been lucky enough to ride it many times. But one part of Flights of Passage that my family hadn't experienced until recently was...the line!


Disney planned ahead with Flights of Passage: they packed the standby queue with amazing details and different areas - a bioluminescent forest, a Pandora Conservation Initiative laboratory - for guests to enjoy while they wait. If you have a Fastpass, you skip all the cool stuff since you're skipping the line.


On our most recent trip, my family was determined to check out the standby line. We rope dropped the park and headed for Flights of Passage, hoping we'd be able to walk through the forest and lab without having to wait hours in it. But it turned out the wait was too short! The wait time said 60 minutes, but it was really about 15-20 (Disney always seems to ridiculously inflate the FoP wait estimate first thing in the morning).


Guests in the standby queue were going straight up the Fastpass hallway so they didn't have to spend a long time winding through empty queues...but of course winding through the queue was exactly what we wanted to do! We asked a cast member if there was anyway we could pull off to the side and wait until the full queue opened so we could walk through. But it turned out to be WAY more amazing than that!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

What I Read in August

August was a very varied reading month, but there was plenty of Disney it!


I started reading  20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in the Yacht Club lobby - the perfect setting! ⚓️ And then another bookish highlight of our trip was visiting Belle's castle and saying hello to the Beast. 😊

Once we got home, I finally got around to ordering I Married Adventure by Osa Johnson - the book that's in the case in the Sunset Lounge! It was like going on safari, I loved discover Osa and Martin Johnson's story. 🐘 Now I just have to bring it with me on a future Disney trip to read while I'm actually at the Animal Kingdom Lodge!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Best Ice Cream at Disney World: Ample Hills vs L'Artisan des Glaces

It's always hard to choose favorites at Disney World, but when it comes to ice cream, my top picks aren't too far from each other...


L'Artisan des Glaces is in the France Pavilion in Epcot is so good, and the menu has such unique treats like an ice cream martini, an ice cream macaron, and a BRIOCHE ICE CREAM SANDWICH. We had to go with the brioche - it was so fun to watch them make it!


If you hop across the bridge and head out through International Gateway and down to the Boardwalk, you'll find my other ice cream favorite - Ample Hills. These flavors are SO incredibly unique, and every one that I've tried has been delicious. In fact, for pure ice cream, I might even put it above L'Artisan des Glaces. 🍦 Now I'm wishing I could have a cone of Sally Sells Sea Shells right now!


Monday, August 27, 2018

Packing Tips: 20 Things to Bring the Next Time You Travel!

Half the fun of travel is preparing for a trip - I love planning out what I'm going to wear, what I'm going to bring, and what little things I might need along the way...


I recently shared my top 20 list of packing hacks! Lots of small necessities that are easy to forget, but can be a lifesaver when you're away from home. ✈️

What's on your checklist when you're getting ready to travel?

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Toy Story Land Review!

I have seen TOY STORY LAND, my friends, and it's pretty great...


If you haven't caught the vlog yet, be sure to check it out! I recently got a new camera (the Olympus PEN E-PL*), and I was so excited to try it out - I think the footage came out really well. 😊


What I love most about Toy Story Land is how bright & colorful everything is - the lights overhead, the giant toy boxes, the rides themselves. It is cool how Slinky Dog Dash is right there - it's a fabulous ride when you're on it and a fabulous ride when you're just walking around and get to see the dogs dashing by...

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Top 5 Walt Disney World Hotels

My brother Athos and I love filming our "Top 5 Disney" series - this past week we finally talked Walt Disney World HOTELS.



We love the resort hotels at WDW so SO much...sometimes I even think I might love them more than the parks. 😱 But it was reeeally difficult to narrow down our favorites to just 5! We included one value, one moderate, and the other three were deluxe resorts...because you can't really compete with a deluxe. πŸ˜‰ What are your top Disney hotels?

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

July 2018 Reading Vlog

I tried something new with my reading wrap-up video for July and made it into a reading vlog...


...in addition to books, you'll find cups of tea and snacks and even a mini stationery haul!

I was pretty proud of myself for getting through Dostoevsky's Demons this month, and I also loved discovering Elizabeth and Her German Garden as well as Dorothy Day's biography The Long Loneliness. The vlog format was fun because I included a lot of my favorite quotations, but here are just a few more...

 "I love tulips better than any other spring flower; they are the embodiment of alert cheerfulness and tidy grace."

Elizabeth and Her German Garden by Elizabeth von Arnim

"It seemed to me that the thought of traveling by post in a carriage (even with bells) must have appeared too simple and prosaic to him; pilgrimage, on the other hand, even with an umbrella, was much more beautiful and vengefully amorous."

Demons by Fyodor Dostoevsky

"But what is life if I cannot have my tea? It was always tea with them, every hour of the afternoon and evening."

The Long Loneliness by Dorothy Day

Saturday, July 21, 2018

New Disney Dooney & Bourke Bags

I think that my favorite of all Disney bags are the Disney Dooney & Bourke bags...


...the prints are just so charming and adorable, and the quality is excellent! Of course the price tag matches the quality πŸ˜† so I definitely have to save up for D&B, but then I use the bags every single day and get so much pleasure out of them.
In my video I was speculating about what this year's Christmas print might look like, and a sneak peek was released just yesterday! It's got all sorts of ride characters decked out for the holidays. I still hope that one of these years we'll get a Halloween print though. πŸ˜‰

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

New at Disney Springs: The Edison & Disney Style

Disney Springs has become more and more of a must-stop destination on our Disney World trips - I love all the additions they've made in recent years!


For example, The Dress Shop at Cherry Tree Lane in the Marketplace Co-op has become one of my favorite stores at WDW - I love stopping in to see what new dresses and skirts and accessories are in stock! πŸ‘— On our recent trip I loved checking out the new Disney Style store which features more casual attire than the Dress Shop and so many cool photo ops like the tea cup.


Another first on our last trip was lunch at The Edison! The food was not-so-great, but I think where The Edison shines is in its eclectic drink menu and immersive surroundings - I'd love to come back sometime to see the bands and evening performances. 🎺

Saturday, July 14, 2018

June 2018 Reading Wrap-Up

"He had often maintained that the main object of a man's life was to see a thing as if he had never seen it before."

The Poet and The Lunatics by G.K. Chesterton



I've had such great reading summer so far - so many of the books I've picked up have become new favorites! The Poet and the Lunatics has definitely been one of them - the characters were great, the mysteries were intriguing, and the writing was amazing...

Monday, June 25, 2018

Disney's Beach Club Resort Stone Harbor Club Tour

Hop in the car, guys! Today we're checking into Disney's Beach Club Resort. 🐚


I love how elegant and yet relaxed this deluxe resort is! I've got both a room tour AND a club level tour in this post...

Monday, June 18, 2018

Dessert Drinks of Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland's Purple Wall of Instagram fame is no longer just a wall...it's now a drink!


...and it's not even Tomorrowland's only photo-worthy dessert! On our recent trip I had to sample both new beverages - the Millenial Pink Milkshake πŸ’• and the Purple Wall Slushy. πŸ’œ

No, I didn't try them both on the same day. πŸ˜†

Monday, June 11, 2018

May 2018 Reading Highlights

""Books are people," smiled Miss Marks. "In every book worth reading, the author is there to meet you, to establish contact with you. He takes you into his confidence and reveals his thoughts to you.""

The Four Graces by D.E. Stevenson


Did you catch my May reading wrap-up? I really enjoyed exploring Lady Winifred Fortescue's books more this month - Perfume from Provence got me hooked, and I loved There's Rosemary, There's Rue.  I also enjoyed re-discovering The Four Graces by D.E. Stevenson. It's made me want to go back and re-read the entire Miss Buncle series!

Monday, June 4, 2018

New Spyglass Grill at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

Although much of Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort is under construction at the moment, there is one new thing that's opened recently - the Spyglass Grill!


I had heard so much about the new Spyglass Grill at the Trinidad South pool with its passion fruit tres leches dessert that we HAD to swing by to check it out for lunch. It was really good for a pool bar, but not quite as good as we'd hoped - although it was fun to get a glimpse of the Skyliner construction and the new Disney Vacation Club Riviera Resort!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Hollywood Studios May 2018 Construction Update

There are SO many changes in progress at Disney's Hollywood Studios right now. It was crazy to see all the construction during our recent trip and try to imagine what everything will be like when it's finished...gondolas zipping through the air, new lands to explore with Galaxy's Edge and Toy Story Land.


We passed the Skyliner station and saw all the new pylons out in front of the park.  The new mountains of Batuu were rising in the distance...still surrounded by construction cranes of course. πŸ˜‰ Also got a glimpse of Woody over the wall - Toy Story Land will be open in less than a month now!

What updates at Hollywood Studios are you most excited for?

Monday, May 21, 2018

Disneyland Trip Report & Vlogs

Last summer my family was planning a big trip out West, and while the main attractions were going to be the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone and different national parks (I've been sharing those vlogs over on my Patreon page!), we realized that we could squeeze in a quick Disneyland jaunt at the beginning!


I've just finished posting all the vlogs over on my YouTube channel. πŸ˜„ Our arrival day was July Fourth, and we got to see the Independence Day fireworks from the E Ticket Club on the top floor of the Disneyland Hotel. The desserts were amazing too. 🍰


The next day we were up early to take advantage of the Extra Magic Hour for resort guests - we had Disney's California Adventure all to ourselves! It's so crazy to look back at these and realized that Paradise Pier is now going to be PIXAR Pier...just another reason to plan another trip. πŸ˜‰ We really enjoyed the brand new Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: BREAKOUT!


I was SO excited to be reunited with the Motorama Girls at Flo's! Carsland blew me away just like it did on our last trip - Radiator Springs Racers is so great, and the shops and restaurants are so well themed and immersive. 😍



One amazing thing about Disneyland is how close the parks and hotels are to each other - we were able to pop back over to the Grand Californian for brunch at Storyteller's Cafe. the characters were fantastic!



The afternoon was dedicated to the park that started it all...DISNEYLAND! Although the crowds were insane and we had some snafus (like the monorail going down and almost missing our Space Mountain Fastpass!), we still had such a fun time. The highlight was getting stuck on Mr. Toad's Wild Ride and having to walk out through...nowhere in particular... πŸ˜‚



I really wanted to see World of Color - it's one of my favorite Disney nighttime shows - and it was SO much fun to watch it from the viewing deck for resort guests at the Grand Californian rather than having to fight through the crowds to see it from inside the park. I really liked the slightly elevated view too - you really got a panoramic view of California Adventure!



Our last morning was spent soaking in the Disneyland hotels. It was a very quick trip, but SUCH a fun one! ✨

Monday, May 7, 2018

April 2018 Reading Highlights

"Thou art thy mother's glass, and she in thee
Calls back the lovely April of her prime."

Shakespeare's Sonnets


I had a lovely reading month in April dipping into Shakespeare's Sonnets - I think they're perfect for the spring. 😊 Another old favorite I revisited were Emily Dickinson's Letters! If you're intimidated by her poems, these are the perfect introduction - sometimes beautifully peculiar, always interesting reflections...

"There is a tall - pale snow storm stalking through the filed, and bowing here, at my window - shan't let the fellow in!"

"The world is just a little place, just the red in the sky, before the sun rises, so let us keep fast hold of hands, that when the birds begin, none of us be missing."

I also finally finished rereading Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe which has been on my TBR for ages. Full of adventure on the high seas, and I love his descriptions of how he sustains himself on the island, both in practical ways and in more spiritual ways...

“I ought never more to repine at my condition, but to rejoice and to give daily thanks for that daily bread which nothing but a crowd of wonders could have brought.”

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Complete Guide to Walt Disney World Hotels

The Walt Disney World resort hotels are one of the highlights of our Disney vacations. Whether you're staying at them or not - the detailed theming, incredible restaurants, relaxing ambiance - they're SO much fun to explore and enjoy. 😊

I've posted about the individual resorts - the dining, the pools, the rooms - in many blog posts and videos before, but never had I attempted a complete overview...until now!


My mom and my brother Dart recently helped me tackle the letter R for Resorts over on my podcast, Disney World A to Z. We went through ALL the hotels and our highlights of each - from food to photo spots. πŸ“Έ



We split it into two episodes - one for the deluxe resorts and one for values & moderates - and while we managed to keep each episode under an hour, it was SO hard to fit everything in!

What are YOUR favorites at Disney World's resorts?

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Breakfast at Epcot's Garden Grill

I hope you guys are hungry, because I'm taking you out to breakfast!



Today's post is all about breakfast at the Garden Grill at Epcot.


I see a mouse in the house!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

My Snow White Hair!

Of all the comments I've gotten on my YouTube video over the years, there's one that's come up *way* more often than any of the others: "Oh my gosh, you look like Snow White!"

(Annette Funicello is a close second. πŸ˜‰)

I definitely have Snow White hair, but I didn't actually set out to get a Snow White hairstyle when I first got my hair cut! I have naturally curly (aka frizzy!) hair and had worn it long for a long time. But I have an old photo of my grandmother (I inherited my hair from her!) from the 1920s/30s, and she has the cutest curly bob, so I was inspired to give the style a try...


I liked it so much I've never grown my hair out again! I think it's a lot happier in the shorter style. 😊 Curly hair can be very temperamental, and I know a lot of hair tutorials I've watched on YouTube reference things that I would never want to use on my hair (like a hair dryer without a diffuser...or a brush...lol) - so I thought it'd be fun to share some tricks I've found that help keep my hair happy. If you're in the curly-haired club hopefully you'll find some useful tips!

Monday, April 16, 2018

March 2018 Reading Highlights

I'm a little late with my March Reads blog post (we're halfway through April already - when did that happen!), but I had a few favorite quotes I wanted to share - better late than never, right?


In case you missed it, you can catch my reading wrap-up video above! I read some lovely books last month, but I think my favorite discovery was Perfume from Provence by Lady Winifred Fortescue...

"Bells were clanging, chiming and tolling from every tower and steeple as we approached the old town. There was no rhythm in their ringing but just a joyous din, as though each sweating Provencal ringer in every stuffy belfry were vying with his comrades to see who could make the loudest noise for the greater glory of God."

"That is the joy of Provencal servants; they are so joyous...they never sulk. They may have volcanic outbursts of temper, but, as they always express what they feel at the moment, they get rid of the thing fermenting within their minds and hearts in one explosion, instead of letting it turn sour within them."

This book was like a trip to Provence with an old friend. I've already started on some of Lady Winifred Fortescue's other books which have been equally charming - a new favorite!

I also really enjoyed The Lost Princess by George MacDonald - it reminded me a little bit of a fairytale out of Women Who Run with the Wolves. And I continued my Tolkien kick by finishing a re-read of The Hobbit. It was quite a different flavor from Lord of the Rings but still SO good...

"It was at this point that Bilbo stopped. Going on from there was the bravest thing he ever did. The tremendous things that happened afterward were as nothing compared to it. He fought the real battle in the tunnel alone, before he ever saw the vast danger that lay in wait."

Last month I also read a book by Tolkien's friend and fellow Oxford professor C.S. Lewis. I've read The Screwtape Letters several times before, but each time I revisit it I find something new...

"Prayers today are one of the innumerable co-ordinates with which the Enemy [i.e. God - a devil is writing the letters!] harmonises the weather of tomorrow."


I've been wanting to make a video of all my Penguin English Library books for awhile, and I finally got around to it last month! The PEL I'm reading at the moment is Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe - lots of adventure on the high seas.

What have you been reading lately?

Sunday, April 8, 2018

DIY Minnie Ears: Floral & Rose Gold Wire

There's one DIY craft that has become very popular in the Disney community...but I had never tried my hand at it...until now!


I'm talking about homemade Mickey/Minnie Ears! There's *such* an astounding variety on Instagram and Etsy, but I wanted to try to create my own...


I figured while I was at the craft store gathering supplies, I might as well get enough for two pairs of ears! Here's what you'll need...


FLORAL EARS

-- green headband (if you'd rather it blend in with your hair, be sure to get a headband that's close to your hair color!)
-- variety of fake flowers and vines (get different sizes, shapes, and colors to make it a whole garden!)
-- long bendable fake reeds to use as the base for the ears
-- tiny forest friend (like my two little blue birds!)
-- hot glue gun


ROSE GOLD EARS

-- coppery/rose gold headband
-- 16-guage coppery/rose gold wire
-- hot glue gun
Be sure to check out the video for the complete step-by-step process! I think they turned out really well, and I can't wait to wear them the next time I'm in the parks. :)

Friday, March 30, 2018

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel: Resort Tour & Craftsman Club!

You all know how much I love the Grand Floridian at Walt Disney World and its amazing Royal Palm Club Level. Well today I'm taking you across the country to the Grand Californian Hotel at Disneyland and its amazing club level!


They even said "Have a Grand Day" when we checked in. 😊

Thursday, March 22, 2018

New Anthropologie Style & Homeware Haul!

It's been awhile since I uploaded a style video to my channel, and since I had some excellent luck in the Anthropologie sale section recently both in dresses and homeware, I thought a haul was in order!


Am I the only one who finds it impossible to leave Anthropologie without buying one of those cute colored bowls? 😍 I also threw in a Nordstrom find - a lovely pink and blue dress for Easter!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

LEGO Disney Princess Castles

Confession: I love Disney Princess LEGO.


The little princess figures are just charming - and make for perfect mini trip mascots!


The castles the princesses come with are also just gorgeous - I recently posted a video with my favorite palaces. 🏰 I don't think anybody could ever be too old for these sets! They're so detailed and cleverly constructed. Not only are they the perfect way to add some castle vibes to my space, but I also want to collect them because I bet my daughter will want to play with them someday. 😊

Are you a LEGO fan? Tell me your favorite set in the comments!

Monday, March 5, 2018

February 2018 Reading Wrap-Up

A new bookish video just went up on my YouTube channel!


I got through quite a few books in February: some hits and some misses. I read Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple which was different from my typical Brit Lit, but I really loved the writing...

"If we could be seen thinking, we would be shown blown bright one moment dark the next, like embers; subject to every passing word and thought of our own or other people's, mostly other people's."

Another quote I loved from that book was referring to one of the characters reading classics and challenging books: "She deliberately put herself in touch with greatness."


Of course there was also plenty of Tolkien this month! I finished up The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, and I'm starting a re-read of The Hobbit next. I had so many favorite scenes and lines, but here's just one about the mysterious forest of the elves, Lothlorien...

"It strikes me that folk takes their peril with them into Lorien, and finds it there because they're brought it. But perhaps you could call her perilous, because she's so strong in herself."

What books did you enjoy this month? πŸ“š

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Magic Kingdom Fireworks Dessert Party Review

"Ready to begin..."


"...let the wonder take hold!" Go ahead and put on the Happily Ever After soundtrack, because in today's blog post we've got fireworks and desserts!


We decided to splurge for our first viewing of Happily Ever After from inside the park and book the Magic Kingdom Fireworks Dessert Party. Be sure to watch the video for the full vlog & review!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

New Year's Disney World Trip Vlogs!

Let's be honest: the week between Christmas and New Year's is not the best time to go to Walt Disney World. It's one of the busiest times of year with the parks sometimes closing if they hit capacity!

But if it's the best time a Disney trip can fit in your schedule, you might not be able to help it - and it is pretty exciting to see all the decorations and holiday hype. My family ended up heading down to Disney World at New Year's last month, and we had a stellar time as you can see in the vlogs!


The first day of a Disney World trip is always the most thrilling. πŸ˜„ We got in late in the afternoon and headed to Corpus Christi in Celebration for Mass - I loved seeing all the Christmas decorations in town! Then dinner at Saratoga Springs and dessert at AristoCrepes at Disney Springs...YUM.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Seeing HAMILTON in New York City!

"You could've been anywhere in the world tonight, but you're here with us in NEW YORK CITY."


When I first pulled up the Hamilton soundtrack on YouTube and started listening, I was mesmerized. I had to listen to it all the way through and then listen to it all again and again! Every song is so packed full with story, history, rhythm, and incredible writing - no matter how many times I listen to it I find myself discovering a lyric I never noticed before. My entire family has become enamored with Hamilton, and we'll jump in and start rapping any of the songs to each other on the slightest hint of a reference!

 

Hamilton is now playing on tour all around the country (and in London!), but there's so much New York in the musical - and the fact that Lin-Manuel Miranda himself tread the boards as Hamilton at the Richard Rogers Theatre...we knew getting tickets to see Hamilton on Broadway would be pretty impossible, but we decided to try anyway! Even now that the original cast has moved on, tickets to the NYC show sell out as soon as they go on sale. They're usually put up in a block of dates - we did some research online and knew the next block would probably go on sale sometime in January...we were ready to pounce. Usually the tickets go on sale at 10 am - somehow we missed the initial announcement, but we were on the website by 10:20 - it kept glitching out as so many people were trying to get seats! In the end we managed to snag the furthest back row. WE HAD THE TICKETS! πŸ™Œ Of course they were for over a year away, but at last, a few weeks ago, the time came...

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

January 2018: Reading Highlights

"Among the Wise I am the only one that goes in for hobbit-lore: an obscure branch of knowledge, but full of surprises. Soft as butter they can be, and yet sometimes tough as old tree-roots."

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien


If you haven't caught my January Reading Wrap-up yet you should definitely check it out! My brother Athos joined me to share the books we've been enjoying recently, and there are some really good ones. I've been re-reading Lord of the Rings and falling in love with it all over again! I also finished Peace Like a River by Leif Enger which has become a new favorite. Here's one of the many favorite lines I underlined...

"Be careful whom you choose to hate. The small and the vulnerable own a protection great enough, if you could but see it, to melt you into jelly. Beware those who reside beneath the shadow of the Wings."

Hope you've all been having a great reading month!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Disney's Vero Beach Resort Tour

If you're hoping to combine your Walt Disney World vacation with a beach visit, you have plenty of options all up and down the Florida coast. But if you're looking to stay at Disney on the beach, there's really only one place to go...


Disney's Vero Beach Resort! This is a Disney Vacation Club resort just under a two hour drive from Orlando. It's so fun to see cast members and trading pins and all the usual things you'd see at a hotel at Walt Disney World - but you're a few hours away from Walt Disney World!

 

My family decided to escape the crazy New Year's crowds for a night and drive out to Vero during our trip - we've stayed here before, but it's been awhile, and I fell in love with it all over again! I was ready to move in and make this my oceanview apartment. Turtles sometimes nest on the beach outside the resort during the season, so there are TONS of turtles in the design...

Monday, January 1, 2018

17 Favorite Books I Read in 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I'm starting off 2018 with a new bookish video on my channel. It's one of my favorite videos to make each year...


...taking a look back at the books I read in 2017 and sharing my 17 favorites! I can't wait to see what new favorite books 2018 brings. 😊