Wedding Planning Update: I’m Having My Bachelorette Weekend in Disney World!

Next summer I’m getting married! About this time last year, I got engaged in Cancun (few pictures below). It’s crazy to think it has been a year since one of the best days of my life happened and to think another best day is soon to come in 2018.

When I’m not losing my mind over planning a wedding in an entirely different state, I’m usually daydreaming about my next trip to Disney. But this trip is special. After texting back and forth with my sister, who is the maid of honor, she has convinced me to do my Bachelorette Weekend in Disney World! Actually, it really didn’t take much to convince me. When you’ve been deprived off a trip since 2014, you find excuses to go back.

I’m super excited to celebrate my last hoorah as a “single woman” in the Happiest Place on Earth! We don’t have all the details worked out yet, but for the most part, it will be a long weekend in July 2018 that will include a trip to Disney Springs, a day trip to EPCOT for a drink (or several!) around World Showcase, and a day at the Magic Kingdom. I’m honestly leaving it up to my sister and bridesmaids to plan this while throwing my two cents in here and there. I know we are looking into definitely doing two park days, the different hotel bars, a possible monorail bar crawl, dining options throughout the Disney World Resort, etc. I’m doing as much research as I can, but I would like a second opinion.

For you Disney brides, bachelorettes, experienced drinkers, or bar crawlers, share with me some must dos! Here’s what I’m wanting to know:

  • Tips for World Showcase drinking
  • Tips for Monorail Bar Crawl
  • Disney Springs Restaurants (I’ve never been to the new Disney Springs! Only when it was Downtown Disney and the West Side so this will be new territory for me.)
  • Hotels (We are looking at the hotels near Disney Springs.)
  • Cute Disney apparel appropriate for the occasion (Calling all Etsy or IG shops! Leave your links in the comments.)
  • Tips for Cutting Cost (Cheap eats, drinks, etc.)
  • Transportation (Have you ever used Uber in Disney? I know the buses are options, but just my curiosity.)
  • And anything else you can think of! Let me know in the comments. Thanks!

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Ten Fun Facts About My Disney Side

We all have a Disney side, so I thought I share mine with you as I continue to grow this blog series. I thought this would be a nice, small introduction of 10 fun Disney facts about yours truly.

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#1: My first trip to Disney World was in 1995 with my family.

#2: On that trip, my sister and I were able to play duck, duck, goose with Disney characters at MGM Studios which is now Disney’s Hollywood Studios right outside where Toy Story Mania is today. We have the entire thing on film!

#3: My last trip to Disney World was in 2014. Wah! (Due to work, moving across the country, and now wedding planning it has been difficult for my entire family to plan a trip together. Maybe soon!)

#4: I have been to Disney World a total of 20 times. Our first trip was only four days and as the years have progressed we now average about 10 days in Disney World for our trips. Even 10 days doesn’t seem like enough.

#5: The first and only time I have been to Disneyland was in 2012 with my fiance.

#6: Up until 2001, my family and I had never stayed at any of the Disney World resorts. In 2002, we stayed at the Coronado Springs for the first time and we never went back to staying off-site again. Port Orleans Riverside & French Quarter, Caribbean Beach, Pop Century

#7: Besides Coronado Springs, I have stayed at Port Orleans Riverside & French Quarter, Caribbean Beach, and the Pop Century resort multiple times.

#8: I have never had a turkey leg. Don’t really ever plan to either. This is the one Disney snack that truly grosses me out.

#9: In 2009, my family was asked as we ate at the Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland to be the Grand Marshals for the 3 o’clock parade at the Magic Kingdom. We all got customized Mickey ears, got to ride in the parade, and all received a FREE sunburn that day.

#10: Disney is great for people watching, but my all time favorite spot is on the second floor a the Electric Umbrella looking down. It’s a prime spot and if I’m ever at EPCOT, you’ll find me there.

And now you know more about my Disney Side.

Tell me in the comments when your first trip to Disney World or Disneyland was that made you fall in love with Disney.

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My Disney Experience – New Blog Series

Disney has always been a big part of life. From an early age of being exposed to Mickey Mouse cartoons to classic Disney films to visiting Disney World for the very first time when I was five years old, it has always been a part of my life in some way.

SAM_6063Over the years, my obsession has grown thanks to my parents. I have visited Walt Disney World almost every year since my first trip in 1995, although my last trip was in 2014. Not traveling back to what I consider my second home has been hard. I’m dying to go back and there’s good chance I might be, but more on that in a bit.

I want to start blogging with you guys about my experiences, opinions, share my tips, etc. For the most part, I feel like I know Disney World inside out. I’m the type of person the moment I hear Disney being mentioned I get excited. I’m the friend that people come to when they want to plan a trip or vacation to the parks and want to know more. However, I don’t know everything. There is a lot that I haven’t experienced yet. That’s where you fellow Disney obsessed fans will hopefully step in to help in the comments.

This has been something I have been mulling over for some time since I started this blog. I don’t know how often I’ll share a Disney inspired post. There is really not a method to my madness yet if I will post weekly about something Disney. I haven’t figured out all of that yet, but I did want to give a little heads up that I’m doing this. I’m excited to write about something that I’m so passionate about and hopefully, you guys will enjoy it, too.

If there are any topics you want me to discuss, rides, restaurants, food, resorts, you name it that you want me to review, just let me know! I do have a few questions and opinions that I would like to get from you guys regarding particular Disney related things, but I’ll save that for another blog. Until then…tell me in the comments when your first trip to Disney World was.

See ya real soon!

 

 

 

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Life Update

Hello!

Busy bee over here. It feels like someone hit the gas pedal and suddenly my life is going at a million miles per hour. Ah! Brake, brake!

Since I haven’t posted a blog in far too long, I thought I share a brief update on what is going on in my life. Among working, adulting (ugh!), and turning 27 years old (three years from the dirty 30!), I have been preoccupied with a few other things, good things, in fact. Recently, I decided to dip my toes back into getting involved with my community and networking more. I did this a lot in college being part of Greek life, but since I graduated I have lacked the motivation to do really push myself back into that lifestyle. When this opportunity to get involved and volunteer presented itself to be I decided that instead of finding all my fictitious reasons to say no to another opportunity, I finally said yes, and I’m so happy that I did. The organization that I’m involved with is truly inspiring and a lot of fun thanks to the ladies I get to work with, too. I’m assisting them with their social media and so far the content has been really fun to create pertaining our upcoming events, etc. I’m can only assume with our big event in September that things will pick up with meetings, content creation, and small events leading up to it, but I’m really looking forward to it all as I’ll get more opportunities to meet more people in the community and show off what I do best all for a good cause.

Recently, I decided to dip my toes back into getting involved with my community and networking more. I did this a lot in college being part of Greek life, but since I graduated I have lacked the motivation to do really push myself back into that lifestyle. When this opportunity to get involved and volunteer presented itself to be I decided that instead of finding all my fictitious reasons to say no to another opportunity, I finally said yes, and I’m so happy that I did.

The organization that I’m involved with is truly inspiring and a lot of fun thanks to the ladies I get to work with, too. I’m assisting them with their social media and so far the content has been really fun to create pertaining our upcoming events, etc. I’m can only assume with our big event in September that things will pick up with meetings, content creation, and small events leading up to it, but I’m really looking forward to it all as I’ll get more opportunities to meet more people in the community and show off what I do best all for a good cause.

Aside from that, wedding planning has truly taken up most of my time lately. In one week, I will be celebrating my one-year engagement anniversary. How crazy is that?! Don’t get me wrong, planning a wedding can be fun, but it comes with its stress factors, too. When there are hundreds of vendors out there that all seem wonderful and you are thousands of miles away from it because you are planning a wedding out of state (hello destination wedding!), it can be a little overwhelming. So far, I have our date set (7/21/2018), our venue booked, and I said YES TO THE DRESS! However, I have still a lot to do before I can sit back, relax, and wait until the bid day #BestDayEver!

And when I’m not focusing on my wedding, I’m focused on other people’s weddings. I have the honor to stand up in two of my best friend’s weddings this summer. Both are two weeks apart and their bachelorette parties are on the same weekend, so lots of traveling. Did I mention that I’ve busy?

I would rather be busy than bored, though.

That’s enough for now. I hope I didn’t bore you all with this post and if you didn’t mind this little personal piece, I’ll do my best to keep you guys updated a little better with what’s going on in my life in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

The Best Damn Concert: Garth Brooks Tour 

I have not had a post-concert high in a long time and I am loving it! 

Last night, in the spur of the moment, my fiancé and I bought tickets to see Garth Brooks. We were both talking about how we haven’t been to a concert in a while and randomly I went on StubHub to see if there were any reasonable resale tickets. Sure enough, there were two seats that were selling for a more than reasonable price. I felt like it couldn’t be true, but I jumped on it and snatched them up before anyone else could. I won’t disclose how much we spent, but it was a steal. I would have been willing to pay more, but this was a deal I was not about to pass up. And no, these weren’t the best seats in the house, but they were decent seats in my opinion for what we paid.

We got to the venue around 5:45 pm. This was about the same time the previous show (five sold out shows in total for the weekend) had just got out. Thankfully, the sun was beginning to go down so it standing in line for about an hour wasn’t horribly unpleasant. Once inside, we took our seats and realized the section we were in was going to be impossible to get out of once the show started, which was fine because once it did I had no desire to go to concessions or need the bathroom.

Mitchel Rossellini, the opening act, did a four song set. He was actually really good for just him and his guitar belting out song after song. Definitely check him out! (And ladies, he’s got the looks, too.) Then Garth Brooks took the stage at 8 pm and the everyone went nuts. 


From the moment he took the stage, Garth was full of energy, singing his heart out and jamming out, and oozing with appreciation for how much the crowd loved him. It’s hard not to love him. He truly made it known that this show was for the fans. He played all the old songs that gave him the amazing career he has today. He told funny stories and really relished in how much the crowd loved every single thing he did. Some artists that I have seen in the past take the stage, go through the motions of their set list, and when the last song has ended they are done. I’m not saying other artists aren’t good live or aren’t appreciative of their fans, but Garth seemed genuine his entire show. Sure, some of it’s a gimmick, but he made it feel like he honestly, whole heartedly loved what he was doing and let the fans know it.


There was not a dull moment in his show. Sometimes there can be at concerts aka the bathroom breaks, but there really wasn’t. I lost count how many songs he played (and there were a lot). He played for two and a half hours with a minor break in his set so his wife, Trisha Yearwood could come out and sing a few of her songs. Girl has still got it, too! Even when we thought the show was over, he came our easily for another twenty minute set of just him and his guitar and played fan favorites that he hadn’t played yet and threw in a few covers. I’m not going to lie. I lost it when he played, Piano Man by Billy Joel. 


For anyone who is debating whether to go see him, or hasn’t seen him since he went on tour last, or are seeing him for the first time like I did, just go! He’s worth every penny. You won’t find a better artist (unless you’re really not a country fan) out there. 

Share your Garth Brooks concert experience with me in the comments below. I loved to hear about it. Or give this blog a like if you’re a Garth fan! 

Play Ball – MLB Opening Day


Just want to say Happy Opening Day to all my fellow baseball followers and readers. 

There are only two sports that I follow and enjoy: hockey and baseball, but baseball is definitely more of my thing. To me, baseball means summer time which is my favorite season. Every year I try to make it to a game, especially at Wrigley Field, but now that I’m no longer living near Chicago it looks like that may be a little harder to do. I made it happen last year last April so maybe I can make it happen again. For now, I’ll have to reside with enjoying games from my couch.


Anyone looking forward to the Cubs vs. Cardinals game for Opening Night? Should be a good match up. Also, let me know if you’re a fellow Cubs fan or what team you cheer for in the comments. 

April Showers Bring Wedding Flowers

How in the world is it April already? 

2017 feels like it has already begun to slip through my fingers. There are so many things that I have yet to do, but still have to look forward to, too. 

This year I’m trying to be more proactive with life and less inactive aka lazy. It’s hard to do when sitting down and losing yourself in apps on your phone so easy to do, but I’m trying to turn that mindless task into something productive. Such as, I’m about 400-something days out from my wedding day so I’m trying to use this extra time to check things off my list. Even if it’s just researching ideas, vendors, etc. If I have learn anything from attending friend’s weddings in the past few years, I want the weeks, hell even months leading up to, but especially the day of to be stressful free as possible. Who wants to be stressing about the little things so close to their wedding? Not this girl!

That being said, I still cannot believe how fast this year is speeding by me. I remember thinking at the end of 2016 about all the time I’ll have to wedding plan and now with spring here and summer approaching, the year mark countdown to my wedding is approaching sooner than expected. Ah!

Does any other soon to be brides feel like this? That you’re being proactive about planning, yet somehow it seems to be going by so fast in the blink of an eye! Or when you were planning your wedding, did everything go by faster than expected? I’d love to hear from brides about their planning experience, especially any who are planning or planned their wedding out of state like me. Let me know in the comments!