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5 YEARS OF LOVE

5 YEARS OF LOVE

My boyfriend, Brandon, and I celebrated our 5-year anniversary this month! It's hard to believe we have been together for so long, but time sure does fly when you're in love!

For the past couple of years, it's been tricky for us to celebrate because we are in college and have jam-packed schedules. Last year, we celebrated by taking exams throughout the day and then relaxing in my apartment while eating pizza and watching Pirates of the Caribbean. Regardless, it was a sweet celebration, but I'm thankful this time there were castles instead of exams. We were lucky that our anniversary fell on spring break so we could celebrate together ALL DAY LONG.

Since I am such a Disney lover, Brandon thought it would be fun idea to celebrate our special day at the most magical place on earth...Disney World!

We kicked off the celebration by having brunch at Kona Cafe at Disney's Polynesian Resort. Tonga Toast is one of our favorite things to eat on Disney property!

Tonga Toast is banana-stuffed sourdough french toast rolled in cinnamon sugar and served with a strawberry compote. It is beyond yummy and perfect for sharing. We also ordered the Egg-White Omelet and the Fruit Plate which was served in a fresh pineapple! Naturally, as coffee-lovers, we also had to order the freshly brewed Hawaiian Kona Press Pot coffee. 

After Kona Cafe, we headed to our favorite park, Animal Kingdom! We enjoyed walking around and seeing the animals and watching the Festival of the Lion King show.

Then, we headed to Epcot to admire the flowers and try the yummy food at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival. One of my favorite things we tried was this refreshing Field Greens Salad with fresh strawberries, blue cheese, strawberry vinaigrette, and spiced pecans!

We ended the day by taking the monorail over to Magic Kingdom to grab some more tasty eats and take some photographs in front of the castle. 

As you can tell, it was one of those magically sweet days. I am beyond thankful to have Brandon in my life. We have created so many precious memories together and it's exciting to know that the best is yet to come.

I hope you have a happy day & make some sweet memories with the ones you love...♡

CELEBRATE #NationalCoffeeDay AT DISNEY

CELEBRATE #NationalCoffeeDay AT DISNEY

Take a moment to close your eyes and imagine this. You're strolling down Main Street USA and the Dapper Dans are serenading you with every step. You smell the sweet aroma of sugar coming from The Confectionary and then you catch a whiff of some freshly brewed...COFFEE! Instantly, you have been taken to a magical coffee lovers heaven and grab your favorite caffeinated drink to fuel your day in the parks. 

Although this may not be your reality on #NationalCoffeeDay, I hope you brew up some of your own magic at home. Here are some of my personal favorite places to grab some coffee in the parks:

1. Snag some Starbucks on Main Street USA then head over to the Train Station to enjoy the most beautiful view of the castle while you sip on your coffee. 

2. Pick up a drink from Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie at the France Pavilion in Epcot and then find a vacant bench or table at the pavilion to admire the Parisian atmosphere. 

3. Take a break from all the shopping at Disney Springs and relax by the outdoor fire place at one of the most beautiful Starbucks I have ever visited.

4. Snag a cup of freshly brewed coffee from Starbucks on Main Street then head to Jolly Holiday to sit at a pretty yellow table to enjoy it.

5. Grab a latte at your favorite resort then find a cozy little spot in the lobby to unwind and enjoy it.

TIP! If you happen to be in the Disney Parks today, make sure you stop by Joffrey's to get a hot (16 oz) or iced (24 oz) cup of coffee for just $1.00 to join in the coffee lovers celebration!

What's your favorite coffee drink? Keep living out your dreams!

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?!

PATCH MAGIC

PATCH MAGIC

This past week, I traveled to Disneyland with my mom and my love, Brandon. My mom travels to the West Coast frequently for work, and, this time Brandon and I decided to tag along. It was a dream to be at one of my favorite places with two of my favorite people, even through my mom had to work for most of the time.

Before the trip, I decided to make some fun DIY’s to wear while frolicking through the park. My first DIY was my character inspired Disney patches. I found this denim jacket here and the patch DIY on DisneyStyle and decided to add more of my favorite character icons. I made a classic Mickey hat, Minnie bow, Rapunzel sun, Monsters University logo, Baymax, and a cactus. There isn’t really a Disney reference for the cactus patch, I just like it. If you think of a reference let me know. Maybe there will be a Disney Pixar cactus movie in our future...Can’t you picture it already?!

Brandon was so sweet and patient with me because, naturally I needed a photograph of every single inch of the park. I hope you enjoy them and there will be more magic to come. Let me know if you make your own Disney patches. I would love to see them!

Keep living out your dreams.