My Disney World FAVES – 2017

We went to Disney World in December for our 7th trip and I already want to plan our next trip back! We only spent 3 days in the park this trip so I didn’t get to do everything I wanted to but it was an amazing time nonetheless!

My favorite things at Disney World! 2017 Edition!

I had to add a date to the post because I feel like my favorite things change from year to year especially as they add new attractions and areas in the parks! This was our first time visiting Pandora at Animal Kingdom and it did not disappoint! I can’t wait to see what’s to come with the Toy Story and Star Wars areas coming this year and next.

The main thing we didn’t get to do was experience Pandora and Animal Kingdom at night {sad emoji here}. Last year I LOVED the Tree of Life Awakenings but Rivers of Light wasn’t open yet so I really wanted to see that. I’ve also heard Pandora is amazing at night so I’ll just have to wait for both those during our next trip!

Here are my top 5 things at Disney World as of right now!

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So You’re Going to Disney World – Tips from a Pro

We are officially on a two month countdown to our trip to Disney World and I am so excited! I booked our fast passes this morning, have some new Disney shirts on their way from Amazon and now it’s just waiting for the fun to begin!

Disney World Planning Tips from a Pro!

This will be our 7th trip to Disney World and I’ve learned a lot during booking the last three trips. Some history, we used to always go to Orlando with my husband’s family in October and we’d usually spend one night and two day at Disney World. They are all Universal fans but Disney World was always my favorite for MANY reasons.

In 2015, we took a trip to Orlando with our friends and opted to go in December to experience Christmas. We always decided to go for six days and spend four days in the parks – double the amount of time we usually get! We had so much fun that we went again in 2016. This year my husband’s family postponed their trip to December and we are bringing the two newest members of our family who have never been!

Planning a Disney World trip can be overwhelming but here are my tips to help make it as smooth as possible! My tips are based on staying on Disney property which I would highly recommend!

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7 Things You Can’t Miss at Disney Land

7 Things You Can't Miss at Disney LandWe just got back from our anniversary trip to California and we spent a day at Disney Land. As a kid I visited Disney Land and always had fun but I never proclaimed to be a huge Disney lover or freak. Then as an adult I visited Disney World and that’s where it all changed. #DisneyFreakStatus

There’s so many “best of” lists out there for Disney but I’m going to share my personal faves! I always think it’s fun to hear what others favorite things are as there are typically differences. Quite honestly, my favorite things probably change from trip to trip but here’s what I’m digging based on our most recent visit.

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3 Things I Don’t Love About Disney Land

This might not be a popular post so I’ll start by saying I do love Disney Land but there are some thing that really make me sad there! I’ve been fortunate to have visited Disney World several times and having been there, it kinda ruins some parts of Disney Land.

I'm a huge Disney fan but there's a few things I don't love about Disney Land...especially after visiting Disney World!

Last week my hubby and I took off to California for our anniversary trip and we kicked it off at Disney Land. We were there last in December 2013 and spent 2 days at both parks. This year we decided to just go for 1 day and only go to Disney Land – I couldn’t justify the extra $120 to park hop just for one day.

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Master Bathroom Inspiration

We’ve been in our current home for almost 5 years and when we bought it, it fit the bill to be at least a 10 year home. So far, we focused on the not so fun efficiency improvements first like replacing all the single pane windows, replacing the old sliding doors with french doors, and adding insulation in the attic. While those things have helped a ton on the electric bill (which can get hefty in these Phoenix summers) they aren’t the most exciting improvements to make.

A few weeks ago, our friends were raving about some model homes that they went to and couldn’t stop talking about how much they wanted to get one of the homes built. We didn’t understand all the hoopla until they took us there….then all of a sudden my husband and I were trying to figure out a way to get one ourselves.

We took my mom to see the models again today because there is one in particular that we absolutely love. The design and staging is farmhouse but in a more modern way than I usually see. I didn’t take pictures the first time we were there so I wanted to take pictures for my own reference for future updates to our home, furniture and decor.

Now we are back in our home and dreaming of all the features we loved in the model home. Our next planned project is the master bath so now I’m getting serious on moving that forward. Here are some ideas that I’m loving.

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PSA – Be Kind to Others

This will be a bit of a random post but I feel the need to put out some reminders and positive energy into the universe given some current happenings.

Let me start by saying that I do not watch the news…I find it far too depressing to hear all the awful things going on in the world and I can’t handle it. I’ll look at some websites for big news but it’s a controlled setting where I can just see headline. I don’t have to see all the awful details of particular stories.

However, I do love reading celebrity news. I check TMZ and People daily and enjoy keeping up on my favorite (and not so favorite) celebrities. My mom has gotten People magazine as long as I can remember so I’ve always looked forward to reading them. I fully know that those stories aren’t always the full/true story but I still enjoy them.

I feel like when it comes to the Kardashians, people have strong feelings one way or the other. You either watch the show and are a fan or you can’t stand them. I consider myself a fan – I started watching the show a couple years ago and got sucked into the Kardashian world (I especially love Khloe and Scott – they are both HILARIOUS). I follow most of them on Instagram and Snapchat but I haven’t gone to the craze of buying their apps, makeup, clothes, etc.

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Magnolia Market Review from Someone Who Doesn’t Watch Fixer Upper

I’ve found that I get a bit of shock when I say I don’t watch Fixer Upper. Years ago, I watched HGTV for hours upon hours and loved shows like House Hunters. I had a few things spoil most of the shows for me (I won’t share so that I don’t spoil it for you too) so now the only thing I watch regularly is Flip or Flop. I had seen Fixer Upper one time before visiting Magnolia Market but that wasn’t enough for me to consider myself a true fan of Chip and Joanna’s.

Magnolia Market Review

My mom and I had planned a trip to visit my sister and her family in Dallas and when we planned it, we thought we’d spend most of the time spoiling my niece that we don’t get to see near enough. We booked the trip on a whim when we found flights for under $80 roundtrip (thank you Southwest) but we failed to realize that it was my niece’s first week of Kindergarten so she would be in school during the day.

My sister made the trip to Waco in March but didn’t end up going into the market because the line to get in went around the block so she asked if we’d be interested in going. My mom is a huge Fixer Upper fan so we thought it’d be a fun day trip for the 3 of us to take together. Although I had only watched the show once, I remembered really liking their style so I figured I would enjoy myself there.

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So I Started a Blog

I finally took the plunge and started a blog! I’ve toyed around with the idea for quite some time and finally decided to get it going. I think most people can relate to getting caught up in the more boring standard parts of life – going to work, maintaining a house, grocery shopping, etc. and forget to make time to do things they enjoy. Here’s where the blog comes in…

When I first moved out of my parents house with my husband, we found the perfect starter home that allowed me to have a scrapbooking room/office. I was SO excited for all the possibilities of my very own room for all my crafting stuff. I painted it a perfect green (Dunn Edwards Lazy Caterpillar) because I read that green could help spark creativity. I went to Ikea and bought the perfect desk and lots of storage. I spent lots of time in my scrapbooking room and even hosted scrapbooking days where I’d set up huge tables for family and friends to come over and scrapbook for the day. Even though I was in school full time and working full time, I still managed to make time for scrapbooking and crafting because I loved it.

Fast forward a few years and we’ve moved into a new house. My “scrapbooking” room is now an office/workout room. We moved into this house over 4 years ago and slowly but surely, I’ve gotten rid of a huge amount of my scrapbooking supplies. I’ve kept things like my Cricut that could be used for other crafts so I’ve still got a full closet of supplies. But I rarely take them out to use.

My sister-in-law is getting married next month and I started planning her bridal shower a couple months ago. I could not contain my excitement for getting the opportunity to plan the most amazing shower. My best friend, my siblings, and I all got married before Pinterest and I totally think we should get a redo.

My sister-in-law is a huge Harry Potter fan so it only made sense to throw her the most epic Harry Potter bridal shower. I had so much fun searching for ideas and then making tons of HP stuff that I knew she would love. (More to come soon on all those details) The shower was yesterday and it was a HUGE success. My sister-in-law was so surprised with all the details and all the guests raved that it was the best bridal shower they’d ever been to. A few people said I missed my calling as a party planner and that was the best compliment I could have gotten.

So what the heck does this have to do with a blog? I don’t think I’ll be planning any more bridal showers in the near future so here’s my reason to create and share all the things I love. I hope this inspires me to spend more time focused on the things I love and make some new friends along the way!