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Restaurant Review: Hearthstone Lounge at Disney’s Grand Californian

Hey y’all! I hope if you have only learned one thing about me it is that I love Disney and drinking. I guess that’s sort of two things, but you know what I mean. So I obviously seriously love drinking at Disneyland. It’s interesting as someone who grew up going to Disneyland because before California Adventure opened, there was no opportunity to drink in the park. And since Downtown Disney is also relatively new (not really, but in terms of my youth), there was no booze in your Disneyland trip unless you were going to one of the hotel restaurants or bars. So to now have plenty of opportunities to imbibe while at Disney is awesome, to say the least.

I digress. One of my favorite places to drink at Disney is Hearthstone Lounge at the Grand Californian. I love this place because they have great drinks, some yummy appetizers, and lovely air-conditioned seating. During the summer in particular, Hearthstone is a great place to relax in the middle of the day when the heat is at its peak. There is lots of seating, I have never had a problem getting a table, and it is nice and cool. It is also one of the few places you can find a TV at the resort, so if there is a big game on, you can head to Hearthstone to check the score. And now for the goods! Here are just some of the delicious offerings from Hearthstone…




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A New Outlook on Blogging

Well folks, my days as a teacher are numbered (literally,I’m counting down the days–it’s six if you were wondering) and as I embark on this next chapter of life, filled with following my dreams and living my truth and all kinds of cheesy cliches, I have made some decisions. And some of these decisions are going to affect how I blog, but hopefully in a good way. I don’t want to say I am done with the ambition of becoming a full time blogger because let’s be real, if I all the sudden become a super special unicorn blogger who’s raking in six figures, then um…yeah, I’m going to do that. Not like I’m going to be turning away those checks.

But I’m also going to change the focus on my blog a bit. I’m going to write for me, and for you. I’m not going to write for brands and, specifically not for Disney. The chance of me becoming one of the few bloggers on the inside at Disney events is slim to none. The chance of me becoming one of the bloggers invited to Disney red carpet events, and even the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration is pretty slim. So eff it. Let me be clear, not eff them (I will always heart you, Disney), but eff this idea of writing a blog to appeal to someone else. I’m tired of censoring my potty mouth to protect this idea of being brand friendly, when in reality it’s gotten me like definitely not enough money to be worth it. That doesn’t mean I won’t be working with brands, I’m happy to work with those who get me and are cool with my style of writing, but I’m not going to pitch products I don’t believe in. And I’m done holding back me, and my voice.

Because sometimes, you just need to say “fuck”.

FUUUUUUCCCCKKKKK!!!!!

That felt good.

I realize that most of you are not regular readers of this blog, and you just pop by to check out a tutorial, probably via Pinterest, and that’s awesome; hopefully whatever brought you here turns out to be useful to you. But if you do plan on becoming a regular (hi!) know that you are going to see a lot more swearing like the sailor I am deep down inside, and a hell of a lot more honest opinions. Which means the content here is going to become a lot more varied. Whatevs. I do what I want.

There will still be crafts, and travel, and family stuff, and books, and all the things I love, including Disney, always Disney. There will just be a lot more me in them. So I’m still going to teach you how to make fabric covered Minnie ears, but I am also going to not hold back when it comes to how freakin’ frustrating those bitches can be to put together.

I seriously have had more fun these past ten minutes writing this post than I have had in a while on this blog (at least the writing/posting portion, I legit enjoy the majority of the experiences/crafts/books I write about). So go me. Hopefully you enjoy this new turn, but if not that’s cool too.

And with that, we out.

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Book Review: The Crown and Flawed

Okay lovies, I don’t know what has gotten into me, but I have been reading like crazy lately (real books, not just free e-book romances!), and it is awesome. I feel like I haven’t been an actual reader since before Squirt was born, since brain power and sleep time haven’t exactly been in abundance for the past two years, but I am finally getting back on the horse and I have read so many good books lately (and some not so good, but still fun ones). I thought I would share two of my more interesting reads with you today and see if you have read them and what you thought of them.

Flawed and The Crown




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What’s in My Disneyland Bag?

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Hello Disney friends! Tomorrow I am going to be embarking on my annual Disneyland field trip, just me, a couple of teachers and 150 of the best students at our junior high. Since the majority of my trips to Disneyland are with Squirt for just a few hours, prepping my bag for this all day excursion is a little bit different than my norm. But I am certainly no stranger to all day trips to the Happiest Place on Earth so I figured I would take this opportunity to show you what goes inside my bag for an all day trip with no kiddlet in tow.





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Sponsored Post: A Game of Thrones Premiere Party

This is a sponsored post. I was compensated in the form of a free product, discount, or monetary payment to write this post. All opinions are my own.

I’m going to assume since you are reading this blog post that you frequent the interwebs, which means I am sure you know that the much-anticipated Game of Thrones season six premiered last weekend. I am a huge GoT fan, and for a while it was the only reason we had HBO. However, now thanks to Google Chromecast and HBONow, everyone can get access to the magic of GoT soooo easily. Chromecast plugs into your TV and allows you to broadcast movies and programming from your laptop or iPad right on your TV screen. HBONow is kind of like Netflix for HBO. So you sign up for HBONow (there’s even a free trial) and snag a Google Chromecast and you can binge on GoT to your heart’s content…not that I would ever do that. I was asked to host a GoT premiere party, and I maybe got a wee bit excited about it. I put together some themed drinks and snacks, busted out some DIY decor, and arranged GoT Bingo. A few of our friends came over last Sunday, and we first watched the season five finale and then watched the premiere. I’ll keep this spoiler free, but I really enjoyed the premiere, and I hope that we get to see some of these storylines really develop. I’m excited for this season in particular since the sixth book hasn’t come out yet, which means no one knows what is going to happen. AKA no spoilers and no smug friends being all like I already know who’s going to die because I read the book. You know who I’m talking about. Anyway, without further ado, here are the highlights from our Game of Thrones premiere party!

First, the food and drink…

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For cocktails, we served two different themed drinks. One was the Blood of the Dragon, which was vodka, cranberry juice, pomegranate juice and a splash of grenadine. The second was the Lannister Lion, which featured bourbon, ginger beer, and a splash of lemon. We served the drinks in these awesome gold goblets I found at Party City. I printed some house sigils onto cardstock and used them for drink markers.

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Here is the view of our bar area. In addition to the cocktails we also had red wine, for the Cersei fans out there.

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Our food selection was all about the puns. I found some of these on Pinterest, and came up with a couple of my own. I’m all about a good pun, so puns, Game of Thrones, and snacks were maybe my favorite ever.

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We had some Imp Shrimp Cocktail…

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Molten Gold Crown cheese dip…

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The King’s Landing Cheese Board…

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And Sansa’s Lemon Cakes…

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In terms of party hosting, this one was pretty easy because all of the food was store bought and most of the decor was stuff I already had, namely lots and lots of candles. I did pick up some extra candles at the dollar store, along with some extra metal trays. For added entertainment during the premiere, I came up with Game of Thrones Bingo. I made a list of common occurrences on the show, like swordfight, someone dies, etc. Each person filled in their bingo card with their chosen phrases and then marked them off as they happened during the show. Surprisingly, no one actually got bingo!

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I was able to print all of the signage pretty easily at home by downloading the Game of Thrones font. This was probably my favorite sign…

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I had never hosted or been to a show premiere party before and I was a little apprehensive about how it would work out, but everyone had fun and it was cool to watch the show with other like-minded Game of Thrones fans. Plus, I had a ton of fun putting everything together, and as a bonus, got to learn all about how awesome Google Chromecast and HBONow are! Are you a Game of Thrones fan? What did you think about the premiere?

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Owl Crate Young Adult Lit Book Subscription Box: April

This is NOT a sponsored post, I just love this product and want to share it with you. However there are affiliate links in this post.

I am a serious fan of young adult lit. Obviously you all now know of my intense Harry Potter devotion, but truly I love all (most) YA literature, and given the choice, I would much rather read YA lit than most “grown-up” books. So when I heard about Owl Crate‘s Young Adult Lit subscription box, I was like hells to the yes, sign me up. Actually I just clicked on their link and put in my credit card info. I received my first subscription box last week and I am so freakin’ excited I signed up for this and I CANNOT wait for next month’s box. Here’s what I received in my April box:

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April’s box theme is Dystopia, which is a pretty popular genre in YA lit, and one of my faves. Each box comes with a young adult novel, April’s is Flawed by Cecilia Ahren. Flawed has been on my unofficial reading list for a while so I was stoked to see it in the box. It also came with a note from the author, which is super cool. It wouldn’t be Dystopia box without Hunger Games; two items were in the box, a magnet and a bracelet. The Maze Runner is another fave of mine, so the Property of WCKD decal was a cool addition. I’m not a huge 1984 fan, but I love the look of the mini notebook, and I am a notebook hoarder so that will definitely get put to use. Probably my favorite item in the box is the pretty floral “I spent my life folded between the pages of books” coffee coaster. Love.

Owl Crate subscriptions are $29.99 a month, plus shipping, though you can save money if you pay for multiple months in advance. I love that you can cancel at any time so there is no obligation to continue if you don’t like the contents of your subscription boxes (but you totally will). And if you refer friends, you can earn free boxes, which is super awesome!

Speaking of, if you are interested in subscribing to Owl Crate, please use this link right here so I can get myself some free boxes! It would be super cool of you, and I would totally appreciate it, plus you are going to get some super cool stuff! Do you belong to any subscription programs? Let me know so I can check them out!

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Exploring Travel Town in Burbank California

Today I want to share with you one of our favorite places to go in So Cal: Travel Town in Burbank, on the north end of Griffith Park. Not only is Travel Town free (holla), it is one of Squirt’s preferred hangouts as he is OBSESSED with all things moving vehicles. He is one of those examples of true nature vs. nurture as my husband and I are so not into cars at all and Squirt can’t get enough. So obviously a whole outdoor museum dedicated to trains is his jam.

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