Stationary Haul

I love office supplies. No idea why, but I always have. My favorite part of going back to school growing up was getting to go supply shopping with my mom. I have always been super picky about the types of things that I like to use to be organized. As I have gotten older, I have enjoyed getting new stationary type items as well as organizational things. This is especially the case since I have graduated college and have friends that live in different states. I love getting cute little cards and note paper to send out to them. The only bad thing about loving office supplies, they are never cheap.

 

Luckily, Nationwide offered us a lovely bonus this year, so I was able to order some new stationary! I follow a lot of UK bloggers and vloggers and I hear amazing things about paperchase. I placed a very large order a couple weeks ago and it is FINALLY here!

 

I ordered a bunch of birthday cards because there are a few birthdays coming us and you can never have too many birthday cards.

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I order a few packs of general note cards that I like to use to send little notes to friends and family out of state.

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I got a few different notebooks. I am looking to start a bullet style journal and I though these would be nice.

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I also grabbed one large notebook and a set of pens. Let’s be honest, you can never have too many!!

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How to have a Relaxing Evening

We all have those days where we just need to have a super chill evening and forget about the world. This is what I do when I need one of those nights.

Step one:

Glass of wine. Red or white, it doesn’t matter. As long as it tastes good, it works wonders.

Step two:

Get comfortable. I know I am lucky that I get to work from home but not everyone has that luck. So at the end of a long day, there is nothing better than getting into some comfy clothes

Step three:

Grab a blanket and a good book and take a seat on the couch. If you have a pet, cuddle with said pet. Trust me, it works wonders on making you feel better.

Step four:

Run a nice hot bath with your favorite bath stuff. Personally, I love bath bombs. I was lucky enough to receive a few for Christmas. They are a little smaller than the Lush ones that I normally get, but I combine them and use two. For nights when I want to get to sleep quickly, I add some lavender bath oil and bath salts. I also have this really great lavender soap that is lovely. I love to light lots of candles in the bathroom so that I can truly relax without having the bright lights or the noisy fan going. I like to read a book or catch up on some YouTube videos (Zoella’s vlogmas is always a great option, whether it is Christmas or not).

 

Step five:

Get in some comfy pjs and put on the movie that calms you down and relaxes you. For me, it is ALWAYS Pride and Prejudice. I tend to watch the BBC version. Yes it is 5 hours….no there is nothing wrong with that. I love this movie. It is absolutely fantastic

So that is how I like to relax. What are your favorite ways to relax? Let me know in the comments!

When Jake Cooks

So I have been absolutely terrible about taking pictures when Jake has cooked dinner lately. Mainly because our kitchen is tiny and I tend to get in his way… Oh well. I do have some great photos of Jake cooking at my mom’s with my cousins. My cousin is super interesting in cooking and it was a great opportunity  for him to cook with Jake. It was really great to watch them interact with each other and my family, as usual, loved the meal!

 

I also have a couple pictures of Jake making biscuits for our New Year’s Day Brunch. They were delicious and paired so well with his gravy.

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We have had some great meals lately though, even if I don’t have any pictures of it. I got Jake an immersion circulator, or Sous Vide, for Christmas and he loves it. For those of you that don’t know what that is, don’t worry, a year ago I had no clue! Basically it is used for cooking food at a precise temperature in a water bath. So you put the protein in a sealed bag and then put it in the water and it cooks at the temperature set on the Sous Vide. Lately we have had ribeyes and pork chops cooked in it so far. Both were fantastic.

 

Hopefully I will be able to get some more pictures of Jake cooking soon!!!

Christmas 2017

This year was pretty great for Jake and I. We had a great time hanging out with both of our families and had some great food. We also got some pretty fantastic gifts.

 

The biggest and most generous gift we received was from my parents. They bought us a lovely kitchen aid stand mixer. I have wanted one of these for years and since moving in with Jake, that want has just grown.  Especially because my guilty pleasure is watching the British Bake Off. Here is the beauty!

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Jake got a really cool marble salt crock from my parents. It is absolutely gorgeous and Jake loved it.

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Jake also had the bright idea to ask for chocolate milk for Christmas. So my brother being the lovely person that he is bought him a TON of different chocolate milk.

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The best gift of the day though was from my dad to my mom. He got her a beautiful diamond ring. They have been together for 30 years this year and the engagement ring that he got her had to get cut off of her hand when she broke her hand a long time ago. It was so great to see her reaction over this ring.

 

Overall, Christmas was pretty fantastic! Hope yours was lovely too!!!!!

Goals for 2018

So last week I talked about my overarching resolutions for the new year. This week I wanted to share some of my general goals for the year. Now, this list will be ever changing and growing through out the year, but here it is as of now 🙂

  • Get more sleep
  • Be more organized
    • Plan out week on Sunday
    • Monthly plans/goals at beginning of month
  • Budget better
  • Workout 3 times a week
  • Less time spent on devices
  • More time spent outside
  • Be more active
  • Take risks
  • Be adventurous
  • Read every day (2 books a month)
  • Keep up a skin care routine
  • Keep house clean
  • Spend more time with friends
  • Save money for Disney
  • Drink more water
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Be open to new changes
  • Take more pictures
  • Learn new things
    • Viticulture (wine making)
    • Photo editing
  • Get outside more
  • Pay off some debt

 

 

Come back on Thursday to see some of the great things that Jake and I got for Christmas!!! Happy Monday everyone 🙂

2018 Resolutions

Now here is something that I rarely do, make New Year’s resolutions. But, I want to make this a great year and Jake and I have a lot of great things coming up that it is the perfect year to start something new. So I am going to make a few overarching resolutions, and then I am going to set a ton of smaller goals to achieve throughout the year. The reason that I have decided to do it this way is because I see resolutions as something much more than a goal. To me a resolution is something that needs a lot of time and attention. For me, a goal is something I can tick off of a to do list. Anyway, that is my reasoning. And here we go!

 

  • The biggest thing that I want to work on throughout 2018 is to genuinely be more happier in life. I tend to be an incredibly negative person and I let things eat at me far too much, so my goal is to slowly work on having a more positive outlook on life in general. I want to actually leave my house and do more things outside. I tend to get in moods where I get off of work (I work from home) and move to the couch and then move from the couch to bed at 7:00 pm. That is no life. So, even if I am doing things on my own or with just Atticus, I am going to be better at getting outside and living life.
  • In 2018 Jake and I are going to get healthy. Yes, I know this is the stereotypical resolution, but I really mean GET HEALTHY. Yeah, I want to lose weight; that is a given. But, I want to do it in the right way. I want to be active and eat better. Most importantly, I want to focus more time on my mental health. In order to be a truly healthy individual, in my mind anyway, you have to focus on both.
  • The last of my big resolutions for the year is to actually figure out what I want to do with my life. Since I graduated in 2015, I have only been occupied with finding a job to pay my bills. I have had many ideas of what I want to do with life but have let the opinions of others sway me to take different paths. No more will I allow other people to direct my life.

 

So there we go. Those are my big three resolutions for 2018. What are your resolutions for the new year? Come back on Monday to see my long list of goals for the year!!!

New Year’s Traditions

This is one holiday that is always super chill in my family. Even when I was growing up. When we spent the holidays in Michigan, we would all just hang around the house all day or go out and play in the snow. We would always have one of those 1,000 piece puzzles going and the goal was to get it completed before midnight. Sometimes it happened, most of the time it didn’t. If it wasn’t a puzzle, we were playing card or board games or watching movies on the sofa. Things haven’t changed much since then. Most years, my mom and I don’t even make it to midnight.

On New Year’s Day, we always have pork and sauerkraut. I hate sauerkraut. HATE it. When I was growing up, I would make my mom take my pork out of the crocpot before she added the sauerkraut because I didn’t even want it to be tainted by the kraut. Now, she makes me eat it with the kraut and everything. Yuck! I guess that is part of growing up.

A new tradition was started with Jake and I last year. We started going over to one of his high school friend’s apartments for brunch. It has been a lot of fun to get to know his friends and to start new traditions of our own.

New Year’s is always super chill in my family so that is all there is to it!

Hope everyone has a wonderful 2018. Jake and I have lots of big plans and changes coming and I cannot wait to finally share them with everyone!

Happy 2018!!!

Gingerbread House Competition

This has become one of my favorite traditions that my family started a few years ago. All of us girls, friends and family, get together and decorate gingerbread houses. We try to have an impartial judge to name the winner in the end. This year it was my brother. So while we were all decorating, Pat was upstairs.

 

This year we had six different houses and nine people decorating. Plus we had three kiddos running around, well one is too little to run but he sure looked cute all day!

Here are some pics of the decorating fun!

Here are the final results. Pat picked Alysha’s wonky lighthouse to win… We thought he was joking but that’s Pat!

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After decorating, we all exchanged the delicious cookies that we had prepared.

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Some of my Favorite Books

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I absolutely adore reading and finding new books. I am definitely one of those people who walks into a book store and feels bad leaving without buying anything. The most recent time this happened was a couple weeks ago when Jake and I were out Christmas shopping and we went into Barnes & Noble and Jake had walked through the whole store and I had barely looked at the first floor. He looks at me and asks me if I want anything. My response was that there were a lot of things I wanted but I had no money so it was better that we leave. It majorly sucked.

But anyway, I wanted to share with you my favorite books of all time. So picture me sitting by a fire sharing some good books, because I totally am!

 

1) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

So anytime someone asks me what my favorite book is, this is always my response. I absolutely adore this novel and I read it at least once a year. Most of the time I read it 2 or 3 times. I seriously cannot get enough of this book.

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2) The entire Harry Potter Series By J.K. Rowling

This whole series is absolutely fantastic. I cannot even count the number of times that I have read these books. (I am actually reading them again right now!) Like most people, this series has stuck with me since I was a kid. I think I was in third or fourth grade when I first started reading them and I fell in love with the characters and the plot. If you haven’t read it, you seriously should.

3) Cassandra Clare

Okay, I know this is an author, but she has three different series that I LOVE. My most favorite out of the three is The Infernal Devices Series. Next is The Mortal Instruments and last, but surely not least, is The Dark Artifices. And I cannot wait until The Last Hours series is published. Yes, this is another young adult fantasy series. I cannot help myself. It is just so good. The plot keeps you engaged and I have loved living in this world while I read these novels. They transport me so completely into another world and allows me to escape my reality. This is another series that I have read multiple times.

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4) The Giver by Lois Lowry

I first read this book when I was in sixth (I think) grade. It was part of our assigned reading in middle school and given how short it is, I think I read it in 2 or 3 days tops. And that was slow for me. I think this book might have stirred my later love of dystopian novels… This book has stuck with me since the first time I read it and I think that is because of how well it shows that even when everything is thought to be perfect, there is still something to be said for being different and unique. I think it also shows that there is no such thing as a perfect society.

 

5) To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Another assigned reading book that has always stuck with me. This one I read freshman year of highschool. This book has such a powerful message that will NEVER get old. Especially in today’s society. I wish that was not as true as it is, but such is life.

 

6) The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

This series. I cannot say enough good things about it. I absolutely loved it. This, much like the other series listed above, allowed me to leave reality and live in another world. This series also resonates with society today. The characters in this series are incredibly lovable and relatable. This is another series that I can read any time.

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Some Books That I Have Read This Year:

1) Born A Crime by Trevor Noah

This. I cannot say enough good things about this book. It gives such an eye-opening view into how life was while Trevor Noah grew up and all of the terrible things that he had to go through growing up. Naturally, it has many points that will keep you laughing, even though in reality it truly is not funny. I had that realization many times while reading this. I would find myself laughing out loud at the way that Trevor Noah described something and then actually think about the context and realize how terrible it really was. If you love Trevor Noah like I do, this is a great book to read.

 

2) Persuasion by Jane Austen

I have been meaning to read this book for years. Actual years. I finally picked it up and read it this year after watching one of my sorority sister’s YouTube videos, (mrsmargaretrose is her YouTube) Best Books of 2017. It was really good. Not quite as good as Pride and Prejudice for me, but it will definitely remain on my bookshelf.

 

3) Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day

This series was recommended to me by one of my friends that I worked with at the library. I am unashamed to admit that I totally devoured this series. I think I read them all in two weeks, maybe less. They were really good, if you like romance novels that is.

Christmas Decorations

I absolutely love the holiday season. I always have and I always will. My favorite part has always been decorating our house and baking cookies!

 

This year I put my tree up wellll before Thanksgiving, but I just didn’t care about waiting any longer. Jake and I borrowed one of my mom’s trees to use in our house so that we didn’t have to go out and buy one and I put it up once we got home. We didn’t actually decorate it until a few days ago though…

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I wish we had more decorations to put throughout the house, but we are on a tight budget for the next few months, so no money to buy loads of Christmas lights. Sad face.

 

So since I couldn’t go over the top at my own house, I decorated mom’s. And believe me, we went over the top. And the sad part is, we didn’t even use all of her decorations. And we didn’t even get some of them out of the garage…

So we started by putting the tree up and fluffing it out. We waiting a bit to put the ornaments, but the tree was up and ready to go.

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From the tree, we started decorating the mantle and the curio cabinet next to the fireplace. We used a bunch of mom’s little things and cookie jars to decorate the mantle. And in the cabinet, we put some of the more fragile elements. Next, I took a strand of lights and wound it around the things on the mantle to give it some color.

Next we started on the stockings. And yes, I say started. My lovely mother has 39 stockings. THIRTY – NINE. THIRTY – NINE! Why she has that many, I will never know. But we started working with the Disney ones first. The classic Mickey and Minnie stockings went up on one wall and we put the other character stockings along the banister by the stairs. The villains stockings went up by the door where no one can see them. Rude. They are my favorite. We then found our old stockings from when I was growing up. The ones that are so old and have been used for so many years that they are actually falling apart slightly. We hung those on the tv stand. Then we hung our two stockings for my first family dog by the fireplace with the Pluto holders and the other dogs went on the closet door.

After this, we took some Mickey lights and hung over the window by the television. And another strand along the bottom of the tree. We then moved on to decorating the tree. The tree is decorated with entirely Disney ornaments. The only other thing on the tree are some red bulbs to fill in the tree a bit. The Disney tree is absolutely lovely. I think it looks better this year than it ever has, but that is my own opinion!

After the tree, we hung lights around the big window in the kitchen and put up mom’s Thomas Kinkade Disney Christmas tree up on the counter. After this, I looked down the hallways and it just needed something since we had done every inch of the main living area. So, I got out the ladder and hung lights along the ceiling. They looked so much better than I expected. We also decorated every door in the hallway and the bathroom.

I’m telling you, by the time we were finished, it looked like Christmas threw up in my mom’s. But it looked AMAZING!!!

Sugar Cookie Sweat Shop

This past Saturday, we got to really utilize my mom’s new kitchen for the first time. When my parents were designing the remodel of their new house, having plenty of room to make cookies was a must. Baking cookies is a holiday tradition in my family that I absolutely love. We started a bit early this year, but these sugar cookies are incredibly time consuming, but they are SO good.

 

So, my aunt Shelly came in from Newark and my sister-in-law came over and we all worked together to make 3 double batches of sugar cookies. Now we did not bake all of them yet, but we did roll them all out and cut them so that we could freeze them and bake them closer to Christmas. It took all day but it was a blast.

 

 

Vermont Day 3

Day Three: Tuesday October 3, 2017

 

We went to breakfast at a little diner near Montpelier called Wayside. It was super good and super cheap. Jake and I both got french toast and sausage. Both were amazing. After breakfast, we went back into Montpelier to stop in at the newly re-opened NECI bakery. We each got some snacks for the road.

 

We headed out on our way to Quechee Gorge. We stopped at a really cute antique shop in Barre on the way and found some really cool stuff. Jake got a gorgeous cast iron tea pot and I picked up a set of maps from the 90’s. We saw some great scenery on the way down to the gorge. The gorge was absolutely gorgeous and the pictures simply don’t do it justice.

It was senior tour bus city but that didn’t stop us from taking a walk down to the dam. I am really happy that we did. It was so cool. The dam was so old that it was made out of wood. I have never seen anything like it before.

On the way back to Stowe, we took the long way to see some more amazing scenery. We went along RT 4 to Rt 100 and up into Stowe. We passed through Woodstock and stopped at a cute farmers market and bought some more apple cider. We stopped at a little antique shop along the way but it wasn’t nearly as cool as the first. Along RT 100, we passed by Moss Glenn Falls and I saw them just in time to stop in the little parking lot on the side of the road. It was so gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous.

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After Moss Glenn, we went on to Warren Falls. We had a lot more fun here. We got to play on the rocks and naturally, Jake got soaked. But we had a great time. The falls here weren’t as dramatic as the first, but they were still really cool. And the water was really cold!!

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Because Jake likes to play in water, we had to stop back in at the hotel for him to change before dinner. We went to Doc Ponds for dinner. Because I can’t pass up a good burger, I got the burger. And it was delicious. Not quite as good as Three Penny, but it was good. Jake got the Cubano. He thought it was really good. We both shared the VT Cheddar Fritters. They were absolutely amazing. There really isn’t much that is better than fried cheese… I also tried an amazing cider from Citizen Cider. It was really freaking good. The only thing that sucked was that we couldn’t find it in stores.

 

After dinner, we went to the Waterbury Reservoir to see if we could see the sunset. Unfortunately, the mountains blocked it but it was an awesome view. We also got to see the moon rise. You can’t really see it in the pictures, but it was one of the prettiest things we saw all week.

On the way back to the hotel, we stopped in the store to get some Vermont made ice cream. When we got back to the hotel, we got in bed, ate our ice cream, and went to bed. It was a great day!

Lo Mein Stir Fry

Today (well it was actually like a week ago but…) is the day I decided to take the plunge and purchase a real life camera. We are heading to Vermont in a few weeks and I wanted something a lot more reliable than my iPhone 6S…

 

So, as Jake was cooking up some dinner, I got out the new camera and snapped a few shots of his handiwork! Oh and I made him write out a recipe, you know in case you want to try it!

 

We started out with LOTS of veg. And I mean a lot. I’m not typically a vegetable eater, but Jake makes me eat all the things, so I’m learning.

 

After the veg was the meat. We used flank steak. It was quite delicious!

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To get it started, Jake fried some peanuts. Because, why not? They were quite great. We had to try not to eat them while he was cooking the rest of the meal 🙂 It’s amazing how satisfying it is to watch peanuts in a pan of oil….

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After the peanuts were fried, they were removed from the pan and Jake really started bringing everything together. See the recipe below

 

Lo Mein Stir Fry

 

4 oz Whole Unsalted Peanuts

1 Carrot

¼ head Napa Cabbage

6-8 oz Mushrooms (we used crimini)

6 oz Snow Peas

1 Jalapeno Pepper

2 Bell Peppers

1 Bunch Cilantro

1 Bunch Scallions

2 inch piece of Ginger

16 oz Flank Steak

1-2 cups Stir Fry Sauce (we used teriyaki)

½ bag of Lo Mein noodles

 

Directions:

  1. Thinly slice (julienne) all carrot, cabbage, mushrooms, scallions, and peppers. Mince Ginger. Slice the steak thin and against the grain.
  2. Fry peanuts in a tbsp of vegetable oil until golden brown. Set aside.
  3. Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil, season with 1 tablespoon salt
  4. In a preheated wok, briefly sear the steak.
  5. Add your veg once steak is seared.
  6. Turn heat to maximum, keep all ingredients moving for the next 3-5  minutes.
  7. When veg is starting to become soft, add seasoning.  
  8. When water, is boiling add lo mein. Cook until almost al dente
  9. Finish lo mein in stir fry. Toss to incorporate

Sit back and enjoy!!!

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My First Post!

Hello World! So Jake and I have been talking a lot about me starting a blog lately. It started when I purchased a new camera for our trip to Vermont (SO EXCITED) and began experimenting by taking pictures of him, of course. Naturally, he was making me dinner. I mean what else can we do on his day off? So, the idea was hatched and it kinda just stuck. My goal is to have a new post each week about different things. Jake’s food or whatever project he is working on. Books I’m reading or planning to read. Our life and how things are going. Trips we take. Basically anything that comes to my mind! So here we go. I hope you enjoy this journey with me 🙂

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Sunday Thoughts 3

Fall is progressing here in Vermont. The trees have been amazingly beautiful this year. So much better than when we were here on vacation last year! Two weeks ago, my mom and Great Aunt Carol came out to visit. It was so nice to take a couple of days and spend with them. We had a blast and the weather was absolutely amazing. It had been getting so cold but the few days they were here, it was int the mid 70s and super sunny.

We finally made it to the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, VT. It was sooo cool and there was so much to see that we went back again the next day. Honestly, I could go back again and again. I love museums and history so much. And there was something there for everyone. Jake loved the Blacksmith shop. I loved all of the history we were able to see.

After mom and Carol left, life went back to normal. We have settled back into our routine again. Just in time for it to get changed up…

 

Tuesday I am starting my Masters degree. You read that right, I am headed back to school! I am starting with Ashford University to get my Masters in Business Administration with a specialization in Entrepreneurship. I am super stoked to get back into school and to work towards something that will benefit my future.

 

Disney Vacation Pt 3

Thursday September 20

Today we started the day with breakfast at Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort. It was delicious. And the atmosphere was great. It was nice to get to meat one of the princes as well. That is relatively new for Disney, so I am happy that we were able to experience that.

We then took the boat to Hollywood Studios and spent the day there. We rode all of our favorite rides again but sadly, we came out of Rockin’ Roller Coaster to a typical Florida afternoon downpour. Naturally, I had no umbrella or poncho and I had my camera in my bag. Thankfully, BFF Alysha came to the rescue and had an extra poncho. We walked to a covered food stand and waited out the worst of it. Naturally, we had to get a Mickey pretzel and Churro for the break. We debated powering through the rain to make our fast pass at Tower of Terror or just sit and wait it out. Tower of Terror won, duh.

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We had dinner at Hollywood Brown Derby and I wish I could say it was the best thing ever. But it really was nothing special. We had eaten there before and it was really good. Now the menu is just sad and the food is nothing special.

 

After dinner, we went to make our fast pass at Slinky Dog and my dad got to ride it for the first time. This ride is so much fun! No, it is not a thrill coaster, but it is still so much fun. I love it so much already.

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After dinner, Jake and I were exhausted so we headed back for an early night.

 

Friday September 21

 

Today was the last day for my lovely cousins from Cali. We met at their resort to say goodbye and hang out one last time before they had to leave for the airport. It was so nice to be able to spend this week with them and catch up.

 

The rest of the was super chill for us. We went to Disney Springs and walked around a bit. Holy shit that area has changed SO much since I was there last. I had no clue where I was.  The changes are insane and we didn’t even see it all.

 

Dinner was a double date night for Me, Jake, Alysha, and Zach. We went to the California Grill at the top of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. It was amazingly good. And the atmosphere was incredible.

 

Saturday September 22

This was our last day. Sad Face. We all met for breakfast at Cape May Cafe. Breakfast buffets at Disney are the best. After breakfast, we went back to Studios because I love the shops there and we had some money left to spend.

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So we went and hung out for a bit. Got to meet some pretty classic characters and explore a galaxy far, far away.

After our shopping and fun, we headed back to our hotel to catch the magical express and head to the airport. Sadly our Disney vacation had come to an end…but here’s to 2022!

Disney Vacation Pt 2

Tuesday September 18, 2018

Finally to my home, Magic Kingdom.

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We started the day at The Crystal Palace for breakfast. We had the privilege of visiting with Winne the Pooh, Tigger, and Piglet. We had a lot of fun and breakfast was great!

After breakfast, we went to Splash Mountain and I love it so much. But, there is another ride in Frontierland that holds my heart. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. This was my home for 8 months in 2015 when I was in my college program. This ride will always hold a special place in my heart.

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We met up with my mom, dad, and cousins Patty and Eddy to watch the parade. Which, also has a special place in my heart because I was able to work the parade route and watch the parades daily. Though I will say, the parade is not the same without Maleficent…

After the parade, wee went over to Tomorrowland to ride Space Mountain, the People Mover, and Carousel of Progress before heading to dinner at Artist Point.

 

Dinner was delicious, but we were even more excited for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. This event is, in my opinion, the single best thing that Disney ever does. Seriously, I love every single thing about it.

Wednesday September 19, 2018

 

We started our day at Epcot with breakfast at Akershus. After breakfast, we rode the new-ish Frozen ride. I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

We then headed to Test Track and Mission Space. I think Jake enjoyed Test Track the most. Mainly because he was able to design his own vehicle to ‘test’ on the ride. It was really cool.

 

After Test Track we went over to Soarin and Living with the Land. I LOVED the new video for Soarin. It was amazing and just made me want to travel the world. And Living with the Land was cool as usual. I think Jake like it a lot. Being able to see the work that Disney is doing with sustainability and agriculture.

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After that we intended to walk around the World Showcase and experience Food and Wine. But it was just too damn hot. So we went back to the resort and chilled in the air conditioning. Dinner was at Yachtsman at the Yacht Club. It was amazing!!!!

 

This night we  went to Hollywood Studios for a Vacation Club Member only event and got to experience the park with a super low amount of guests. The wait times were super short and we got to ride Slinky Dog Dash for the first time! It was AWESOME!!!

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Disney Vacation

Sunday September 16, 2018

 

The day was finally here. We have been planning this trip for 2 years. 2 YEARS! To say that I was excited it the largest understatement. I was giddy with excitement. Our flight left at 6:30 am from Burlington and we were in Florida by noon. Cannot. Handle. The. Excitement.

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We landed at the airport and headed down to wait for our magical express. This was Jake’s first time to Disney and staying at a Disney hotel so he was amazed at the ease of not having to deal with our luggage or transportation to our resort. It really is the best thing.

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We got to our hotel around 1 and change and headed to meet up with my parents at their hotel. We stayed with them for a while and then my mom offered for me to join her for a massage since my dad is sunburnt and can’t partake. Obviously I was not about to turn down a free massage. So, mom and I got a mother-daughter massage and Jake and my dad went to the bar and had drinks. It was fantastic.

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Dad is Disney ready!

My cousins from California arrived around 7 and we hung out at the Polynesian Resort before dinner at O’hana.

 

OMG. Dinner at O’hana was so effing good. Jake describes it as:

 

“It’s like having a dump truck of food brought to your table that is relentless…but tastes amazing. They just don’t stop. If there is only one person that is still hungry, they bring an entire platter of food. It’s insane.”

 

Oh, and he LOVED the chicken wings. Like LOVED THEM. 

 

Monday September 17, 2018

 

This was our first day at the parks. Jake and I got up super early to get to Animal Kingdom for rope drop…and it was extra magic hours so reallyy super early. We got to the park around 7:30 and headed straight for Pandora.

 

Oh. My. God. Disney did it again. Pandora is amazing. This was the first time I had ever seen it. Pandora opened a few months after my college program and I had intentionally ignored everything that I could so that I could experience it properly. Trust me when I say this, it did not disappoint. Flight of Passage is the best attraction I have ever been on in my life. EVER. It was so cool and realistic. If you get the chance, please do not skip out on this one. It is worth the wait.

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Trying to catch a cute pic while the line for Flight of Passage is moving…I think we succeeded

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We then went to meet up with my brother, sister-in-law, and cousin Alicia at Mount Everest before breakfast. We rode that a couple times and then, since it was so dang hot, we decided to ride Kali River Rapids. Bad life choice for me. I got soaked. And then I had to sit through breakfast in wet clothes. Thankfully, I packed a change of clothes in my bag for the day, otherwise, we would have been leaving realllly early.

We walked around for a bit and I got to see a few old friends from my college program days which was so nice. We took a break around 1 and headed back to the resort for a much needed break.

 

We came back around 5:30 to ride the safari before dinner. Jake was like a kid in a candy shop.

“I liked how close we were to the animals and how cool it was to see them that close to the truck.” – Jake

Dinner was at Tiffin’s and most of us were not too impressed. It was good but not my favorite. I think that dessert was my favorite part of the meal.

 

Part two coming soon………..

Sunday Thoughts 2

I know it has been FOREVER since I gave you all an update. We have been so busy and working so much that this blog has really been on the back burner and honestly, I really just haven’t had the motivation to do much other than eat, sleep, and work.

 

But the time for that has come to an end. Jake and I are working to make our passions more of a priority. So I am back. Promise.

 

Jake and I have been loving our apartment in Barre and I will post an apartment tour soon. It won’t take long because it is super small but incredibly cozy. I’m loving it. And it is incredibly convenient.

 

What’s coming:

 

Disney Vacation Recap

Weekly/Monthly Bakes

Fall in Vermont

Family Fun

Holiday Preparations

 

  • Many more!

 

I solemnly swear that I will not leave the blog behind again! See you soon 🙂