A Disney Vacation Round-Up

Even bloggers need a vacation and by the time you read this, I’ll be most of the way through my weeklong Disney vacation. We usually go for a week every February for several reasons:

  • The weather isn’t blazing hot.
  • The crowds are low (relatively speaking).
  • It’s low season (in terms of accommodations).
  • We really, really need a break right smack in the middle of winter.

But to make it a real vacation, I shouldn’t have to write while I’m gone, right? So instead, I thought I’d share some of my favorite Disney posts from over the years for your reading pleasure.

1. Disney: The Cure for the Winter Blues

Last year at this time, we seemed to be experiencing snow that would NEVER melt. It was like the eternal winter that Elsa had wished upon us all. Turns out a trip to Florida right smack in the middle of February was just what we needed.

Winter in Disney

2. 10 Things to Know About Cruising With Kids on the Disney Magic

If I had to pick one thing I’d rather be doing than spending a week at Disney, it would be sailing around on Disney Cruise Lines enjoying the warm Caribbean waters and sun.

Captain America

3. Disney Done Right: A Pictorial Lesson

On my third visit to Disney, I was practically an expert ready, willing, and able to share my experience with fellow Disney vacation planners. This was the result.

hats

4. Where Dreams Come True (if you have the right dreams)

This is when I’m glad I’m a blogger and I document everything. It’s kind of nice to see my family over the years with Disney as our baseline. And we know there are many more years to come.

Evan meets Peter Pan

5. A photo with a caption (is like coffee without cream)

There’s no doubt that a visit to Disney is a thinly veiled sociological experiment. I’ve made observations on parenting but what really caught my eye (or my camera) was this sad sight in the Epcot parking lot one night.

Wheelchair at Epcot

And if you’re a blogger and your interest is more focused on the Disney Social Media Moms Conference, I’ve got you covered there too.

DSMM

2013 Video Recap of Disney Social Media Moms: Day 1

2013 Video Recap of Disney Social Media Moms: Day 2

2013 Video Recap of Disney Social Media Moms: Day 3

2013 Video Recap of Disney Social Media Moms: Day 4

2014 Disney Social Media Moms: Day 1

2014 Disney Social Media Moms: Day 2

2014 Disney Social Media Moms: Day 3

2014 Disney Social Media Moms: Day 4

And if you can’t get enough Disney, I’m predicting that my Instagram stream will be full of all things Disney so be sure to check out my snapshots.

Zoom Zoom Zooming in the Mazda3

Mazda3 6 speed

The joy of loving cars is that I get asked to drive a lot of cars and I'm more than happy to oblige. But this latest request had me a little tickled. "Can you or your husband drive manual vehicles?  We’ve got a few in your area that are wide open … [Continue reading]

Stream of Consciousness Sunday: Having a Cold, Cold Heart

SOC Sunday 2015

While my thoughts today were inspired by the unseasonably frigid temperatures, I'm actually in a much warmer climate on vacation. It's made me realize how easy it is to forget your every day reality when you escape from it. And for me, especially … [Continue reading]

The Academy Award Winners (based on trailers)

Hollywood Star - Fadra Nally

Thanks to my role in the Fandango Family, I've seen more movies this year than I have in eight years! (Related: my son just turned eight years old.) But I'm still pretty far behind. As a theater student who always had dreams of becoming a movie … [Continue reading]

Are you psychically skeptical? This might change your mind.

Spirituality quote

  What happens when you take a little girl and send her to a Lutheran Sunday School, put her in a Methodist children's choir, and then take her to churches full of autoharps and holy rollers? Well, just read my blog and you'll find … [Continue reading]

The Fastest Italian-Polish Meal I’ve Ever Made

Johnsonville® Italian Sausage #MeatballMasters

I made a delicious and easy dinner using Johnsonville® as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. On a typical night in my household, my husband might ask me: "What's for dinner?" Seem fairly innocuous, right? Then why do I react like … [Continue reading]

Stream of Consciousness Sunday: Losing My Blogging Mojo

SOC Sunday 2015

This week felt like my first real brain dump. It's been hard to let go of my writing. A lot harder than when I used to do this. So I'm thinking maybe this exercise is a good one for me. When I wrote this entry, I started in one direction and felt … [Continue reading]

It’s Getting Hot in Here: Unexpectedly Romantic Movies on Netflix

Romantic Movies on Netflix

The great thing about your kid getting older is the ability to finally watch something in the evening that isn't animated and is rated higher than G. With Evan having just turned 8, we usually stick to PG or sometime PG-13 movies but it depends on … [Continue reading]

4 Valentine’s Day Activities for Non-Crafty Parents

Happy Valentine's Surprise

By the time you read this, I'll be getting ready for a live television appearance the morning show on Fox45, a local station in the Baltimore area. Or I will have already made the appearance and hopefully conveyed successfully that I am NOT a crafty … [Continue reading]

How Obstetricians Can Be Jerks

In the hospital

When I first moved to Raleigh, I needed to find a good doctor. Not a specialist or anything but just someone that would take the time to listen to me. I can't remember how I found him but I made my first appointment with Dr. Karam and was a little … [Continue reading]

Stream of Consciousness Sunday: Don’t Let Me Be Those Women

SOC Sunday 2015

Every time I sit down to do a writing exercise like this, I find myself always reflecting on myself. Usually it's the physical self but sometimes it's the emotional and/or mental self. It's not that I'm self-centered. I think that it's simply taking … [Continue reading]