Spring in February

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With the lovely weather we have had this weekend, I couldn’t help taking advantage of all the outdoor activities!  It started with going on a walk to the beach at sunset with my sister and her friend and ended with taking my dog on a walk to the same beach but when there was a little more light out.  Yes, the crazy changes in the weather are probably going to make everyone sick…but for now it feels great!!img_9696img_9680img_9682img_9703img_7226img_7225img_7224

Comment your favorite ways to spend those weird and wonderful warm winter days!

xo Carolyn

My Latest Adventure: Disney World

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Over Thanksgiving I had the opportunity to go to Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida with my whole extended family on my dad’s side.  Let me tell you, it was quite the experience.  While Cleveland was in the brisker temperatures, Florida was sunny and 80 degrees most of the time!  As much as I love fall and cooler weather, it was a nice change to be in the heat for a short time.  From the weather, to the rides, to the food the trip was amazing!  It’s a wonder I was able to come up with a list of just some of my favorite parts!

Number 1: Disney Springs at Night

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View from the dock

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On the boat to Disney Springs with my sister:)

On our last night at the resort (we stayed at Saratoga Springs), my family took a boat ride to Disney Springs (previously called “Downtown Disney”).  The ride was much better than taking the bus and looking across the water was absolutely gorgeous.  We ate at Bongos Cuban Cafe and it was delicious!!  As busy as Disney Springs was, the incredible new shops and great food made the trip over the river worth it!

Number 2: World Showcase at Epcot

 

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Buche de Noel (aka log of chocolaty goodness!) from the French bakery

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Pizzeria in Italy with some of the greatest pizza I have ever had!

My brother says you should only go to Epcot when all the other parks are busy or closed but I strongly disagree!  I love Epcot mostly because of the World Showcase.  If you haven’t had the chance to experience it, you should!  Across a small body of water in the park, Disney has created a semi-circle of countries.  They have included Mexico, Norway, England, France, Italy, China, Germany, Japan, Morocco, Canada, and the United States.  Each country has food and shops special to the country they are based off of and I have to say the French pastries and Italian pizzas are two of the greatest things the park has to offer.

Number 3: Hollywood Studios

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Storm Troopers in Hollywood Studios

One of my all time favorite parks, Hollywood Studios, did not disappoint.  The moment I walked in the gate, a swarm of Storm Troopers were patrolling, led by Darth Vader.  The little parade was incredible!  From then on, it was a great day!  We went to the Frozen sing-along and ate at the amazingly tasty Prime Time Cafe!  The best part about  Hollywood Studios is definitely the atmosphere.  The park is decked out old fashioned, making it a fun place to just walk around!

Number 4: Magic Kingdom at Night

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The gorgeous Cinderella castle at night

The epitome of Disney World, the Cinderella Castle is even more beautiful and magnificent  all lit up at night.  The view is absolutely stunning and causes a sense of awe in everyone within eyeshot.  Seeing the castle during the day is one thing, and quite another at night.  I would recommend going to see the castle at night and then leaving before the parade ends so you don’t get caught in the mass of people trying to leave the park (like how I got caught).

Number 5: Diagon Alley

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Dragon clinging to Gringotts Bank (it will occasionally blow fire)

Yes, I am a Potterhead and proud!  I absolutely LOVED going to Diagon Alley in Universal Studios so much that I am putting it on my post about Disney.  A few years ago I had been to the Hogsmeade they have created but was absolutely blown away when I stepped into this other quintessential area of the Harry Potter world.  Of course it was busy, but the business was unimportant compared to the environment.  I felt like a Harry Potter character!  Even if you are not the biggest Harry Potter fan, I would still recommend going!  It was so fun to see the world and to see all the workers playing along.

All in all, I had an AMAZING time in Disney World and Universal Studios!  It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can still feel the magic of the parks!

Comment some of your favorite things to do in Disney World!  I would love to have some more ideas before I go back!

xo Carolyn

Fall Favorites

Image-1.jpgFall is almost over and I am just starting to get used to the cooler weather.  November is the best month because you have the stresses of midterms over and the hype of Thanksgiving and then Christmas to keep you going through the end of the year.  With the ending of November right around the corner, fall is going to be close to follow.  Luckily I was able to compile a list of a few new favorite makeup products, clothing items, and lifestyle finds for my favorite season that are worth passing on!

Number 1: Navy Puffer Vest

img_6602This vest is by far my favorite purchase of the season.  You can easily wear it up or down and it looks fabulous with a flannel or dress.  The style is also perfect because the vest isn’t heavy enough that you would have to take it off inside, yet still warm enough to wear outside in the brisk fall air.  I also love the navy because I find it goes with almost everything I already own!  I’m sure you’ll be seeing this vest in many posts to come!

Number 2: Laced Boots

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I am in love with these boots.  Mine are getting worn out but I keep wearing them because they go with literally everything.  They are timeless and so easy to throw on with any outfit.  I’ve owned mine for three years and they are still holding up.  These boots are so comfortable and can easily be worn with jeans, leggings, skirts, or even dresses!  Once my current pair is ready to retire, I am definitely getting another!

Number 3: LOC Ultra-Gloss Lip Pencil

loc_ultra-gloss-lip-pencil_cupids-bow_p_p_1500x1500.jpgI love a good red lipstick for fall and the LOC Lip Pencil in Cherry Bomb is literally the bomb!  It goes on smooth and stays on all day.  I don’t have to reapply at all!  I’m generally not into bold lip colors but I can make an exception for fall and fall colors.  A nice red lipstick will add a pop to any outfit whether you are dressing in neutrals or fall reds, blues, and plaids.  The lip pencil also adds a touch of shine so you don’t have to worry about bogging your lips down with both a lipstick and a gloss.

Number 4: Pumpkin Spice Latte

img_4424Yes, I had to throw this classic fall beverage onto the list.  As “basic” as people say, it’s always a fall must for me.  I feel like a good Pumpkin Spice Latte is the season in a mug!  Starbucks has made the drink famous but even the hipster or independent coffee shops make good PSLs.  The reputation of the drink has become something of a joke but that does not make the drink any less amazing!

Number 5: Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

It isn’t truly fall until my Mom makes this delicious soup.  I absolutely love a good hot soup during the colder months of the year and this one is phenomenal.  It is both easy to make and delicious both the day you make it and the next day (if you are lucky enough to have leftovers).

Those are just some of my all time favorites for the month of November!  In my opinion, fall is the greatest season!  I love all the amazing products, clothes, and food that come with the season but unfortunately, December is just a few days away.  I hope you take advantage of these fall favorites before winter takes over:)

Leave a comment with some of your favorites for the month of November and even December!  I love trying new things!

xo Carolyn