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GALENTINE'S DAY 2017

GALENTINE'S DAY 2017

If you know me, you know I am a hopeless romantic and a lover of everything cute. Naturally, Valentine's Day is one of my FAVORITE holidays. Thankfully, I have a sweet boy who I have been celebrating Valentine's Day with for a few years now, however, I can't forget about MY GIRLS!

For the past few years now I have been hosting a little Valentine's Day get-together. There's nothing sweeter than enjoying some yummy treats and spending quality time with the ladies who provide constant love in my life. 

I made this cooper wire word art to add as a statement piece for the party! You can find the tutorial   here

I made this cooper wire word art to add as a statement piece for the party! You can find the tutorial here

These tasty cinnamon rolls were as yummy as they look! I simply used a ready-to-bake cinnamon roll package and decked it out with some Lucky Charm marsh-mellows and sprinkles.

These tasty cinnamon rolls were as yummy as they look! I simply used a ready-to-bake cinnamon roll package and decked it out with some Lucky Charm marsh-mellows and sprinkles.

My #ootd featured this DIY heart patch collar that I made with a thrifted blouse and sew-on heart patches!

My #ootd featured this DIY heart patch collar that I made with a thrifted blouse and sew-on heart patches!

I'm so thankful my Valentine's Day 2017 Brunch was a success and I can't wait for next year! I hope you got a little lover's day inspiration and have a happy day...♡

CHICAGO FEELS

CHICAGO FEELS

I took a short trip to Chicago this weekend, and it was nothing short of a dream. I have been lucky enough to visit the Windy City a few times, so I have grown quite fond of it. You can see my post about my last trip here

Also, my Great Aunt Monna lives there, so I love to visit her every chance I get. 

This is Aunt Monna getting photobombed on The Nichols Bridgeway. Isn’t she the cutest? 

Since I have visited Chicago a few times, it has been a fun challenge to find new things to see and do. Although, I did have to visit some of my favorite iconic spots, such as The Bean, The Art Institute of Chicago, and Millennium Park.

A couple of highlights from this trip included seeing In The Heights at Stage 733. If you are not familiar, In The Heights is a Tony-Award Winning musical that appeared on Broadway and was conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda (the creator of Hamilton). The cast, score, and energy were impeccable, and I left feeling emotional and inspired. I love how a night at the theatre can fill you with so many happy feels.

Another unconventional trip highlight was Uber. I had so much fun making friends with my drivers and sharing rides via uberpool. Last night, I shared a car with a man going to the Cubs game (World Series 2016, kind of a big deal I guess) and a girl headed to a Halloween costume party. The girl was dressed as Spogebob’s house with barnacles and all. There are interesting people all around us and it turns out that I enjoy sharing a car with them. 

I also really enjoyed visiting The Art Institute and eating lunch in the courtyard with my Aunt Monna. While browsing through the Moholy-Nagy Gallery, I read a few words that really resonated with me and are worth sharing.

“Every citizen should be a student and every student should make art”

 

“Production not reproduction” 

I hope we can do this. Let's be students and create something incredible and fresh. Sometimes, all it takes is a little getaway and a few pistachio donuts to feel inspired, but I also believe you can find inspiration right where you are. So... let's find it.

EPCOT FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

EPCOT FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

I look forward to the Epcot Food & Wine festival every year and this year's lineup of yummy eats did not disappoint! 

From Ireland's Chocolate Pudding to Morocco's Spicy Hummus Fries, my taste buds were soaring to happy places all over the world.

Since I am not of age to enjoy an acoholic beverage yet, The Food & Wine Festival is mostly just the Food Festival for me. But there is no need to complain because there is plenty of delicious food options to indulge in.

Here are some photographs of my favorite festival dishes:

GREENHOUSE GURU || Heirloom Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, Aged Balsamic, Vinegar and Micro-Basil

GREENHOUSE GURU || Heirloom Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, Aged Balsamic, Vinegar and Micro-Basil

MOROCCO || Spicy Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomato, Onions, and Tzatziki Sauce

MOROCCO || Spicy Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomato, Onions, and Tzatziki Sauce

CANADA || Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup served with a Pretzel Roll

CANADA || Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup served with a Pretzel Roll

CHOCOLATE STUDIO || Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel

CHOCOLATE STUDIO || Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel

What is YOUR favorite Food & Wine Festival dish or drink?! Keep living out your dreams!

LAYERED LATTE

LAYERED LATTE

It's #nationalcoffeeday so you better believe that I will be paying homage to my favorite cozy beverage!

One of my favorite ways to enjoy coffee is to make it. I love learning new ways to prepare some homemade brew. Recently, I learned how to brew up a layered latte and I still cannot believe how simple it is! With that being said, I thought I would share this easy little tutorial. Enjoy and cheers to #nationalcoffeeday!

STEPS:

1. Add a layer of chocolate syrup to the bottom of your glass (optional).

2. Steam & froth about half a cup of milk.

3. Scoop some of your frothed milk into your glass.

4. Pour the rest of your milk in but leave a couple of spoonfuls of foam.

5. Gently pour in your espresso.

6. Top of with the rest of your foamy milk.

7. Enjoy! 

SUPPLIES:

• Unicorn glass cup: http://bit.ly/2bL1s92

• Frother: http://bit.ly/2bRYyfC

• Moka Pot: http://bit.ly/2bRquPz

• Espresso: http://bit.ly/2bzJfJo

• Steel Pitcher: http://bit.ly/2c5iMkY

MICKEY'S NOT SO SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY

MICKEY'S NOT SO SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY

The pumpkins are glowing and the autumn leaves are showing that Halloween time has come to stay. What better way to celebrate than with Mickey and The Sanderson Sisters? I attended Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at the beginning of September and I have been smiling about it ever since.

I attended the party with a few friends who, like me, were very excited to dress up for the event. My friend Robbie dressed up as Duffy, Katie dressed up as ShellieMay, and I dressed up as Gelatoni. If you aren't familiar with Gelatoni, he is BFF's with Duffy and is popular over in Japan/DisneySea. Gelatoni entered Duffy's life when Duff & Mickey were strolling through Italy while on a spring voyage with Minnie and ShellieMay. Duffy was snacking on some gelato when he suddenly dropped it on the ground. In the midst of his disappointment, Gelatoni walked up and introduced himself and then proceeded to grab his tail and start painting with the fallen gelato and they were best friends ever since. How cute is that?!  

Since the character I decided to dress up as is not an obvious choice, many people didn't know who I was. With that being said, it was a million times more exiting when someone did recognize me. We even ran into two ladies who were visiting from Japan and one of them was even carrying a little stuffed Gelatoni with her. Needless to say, we were extremely excited when we ran into each other. It's little magical moments like that that made my night at MNSSHP so special!

Since my friends and I are lucky enough to be able to visit the parks quite frequently, we decided that we did not want to make riding rides our biggest priority. Instead, our main focus was to indulge in the entertainment and special characters. We watched the Hocus Pocus stage show and the Boo to You parade twice. We also danced the night away at the Monsters Inc Dance Party and of course we watched Hallo-Wishes. The entertainment blew me away and was definitely the highlight of the party for me. 

Here are some of my best tips for having a successful party night:

1. Take a nap before and fuel up on coffee so you'll be energized enough to spend the whole night parting like theres no tomorrow! The party starts at 7:00 PM, however, you can enter as early as 4:00 PM and then lasts until midnight.

2. If trick or treating isn't necessarily your biggest priority, I would save it until the last 15 minutes of the party. That way, there will be shorter lines (if any at all), and you won't have to carry a 5 lb bag of candy all night.

3. Dress up! Crafting up a fun little outfit to wear to the party will definitely enhance your experience. Characters will notice you and it will get you into the Halloween spirit even more.

4. Although I suggest to watch both viewings of the Boo to You parade since it is that good, if you only have time for one, the second showing tends to have less of a crowd so your chances of snagging a better spot will increase.

5. Perk up your ears right at 7:00 PM when the party starts. You will hear a spooky voice projected all throughout the kingdom that will certainly get you excited for the thrilling adventure ahead. 

Will you be attending MNSSHP this year? If so, what are you looking forward to the most?!

FALL FEELINGS/LIFE UPDATE

FALL FEELINGS/LIFE UPDATE

Fall is among us and most of my friends are back in school and as busy as a bee. However, this semester I am not in the glorious “swamp.” Instead, I am spending the semester at home in Orlando! Naturally, I have some serious FOMO moments but I am thankful to have this time to take it easy and I am also thankful that the University of Florida is only two hours away because boy oh boy…I love that place.

Thankfully, this semester I was blessed with the amazing opportunity to intern at Gravitational Marketing which is an advertising agency here in Orlando. After months of applying to countless internships and not hearing back, finally, I got a call from Gravitational Marketing and the rest was history. This place has provided me such a source of inspiration and friendship. Everyone has been so encouraging and the company culture is incredible. I am thankful and I surely believe that the best is yet to come.  

I hope you are having a lovely start to this new season. Keep living out your dreams.