Hello friends and welcome to another edition of Life Right Now. I cannot believe it is already December, and I cannot believe how often I talk about how fast time is going these days. I guess that means I’m officially old. Bleh. Well, despite it being quiet season on the wedding front, I have been slacking like nobody’s business on the blog front. I’m just not feeling super inspired these days, but hopefully I will find my mojo again soon! In the meantime, here’s what’s happening right now…
Making a couple of cute little crafts to give as Christmas gifts. Drinking red wine! I love my summer whites, but I also enjoy the few months out of the year when the weather is cool and red wine actually sounds appealing to me. Reading I am almost finished with the Lunar Chronicles series and it is so good! Wanting motivation to blog again! Playing Christmas music and all my sassy podcasts.
The Lunar Chronicles series is sooooo good!
Wishing time would slow down! Enjoying the new seasons of Vanderpump Rules and Ladies of London. I heart you Bravo. Waiting for the last book in the Lunar Chronicles to arrive! Liking my work space after a huge decluttering! Wondering if my business is going to continue to grow next year (let’s hope!). Loving the freedom of working for myself. Hoping I start to see some success from my blog and social media accounts. Needing some sleep. I have turned into quite the night owl, which is great except for the rare occasions when Squirt decides to wake up early. Wearing sweaters!!!!
The grizzly at California Adventure is also enjoying sweater weather!
Following lots of pretty bookstagram accounts, I even started one of my own! Find me @coffeebookswinerepeat! Noticing how loquacious Squirt is turning out to be. Knowing that it will be 2017 in the blink of an eye! Thinking about Christmas presents I need to buy. Anticipating the onslaught of business brought on by engagement season. Celebrating the holidays! Laughing at Squirt (as usual). His latest gem: Every time anyone says “Oh Squirt” (using his real name, obvs.), he responds with, “Oh [insert person’s name]”. He’s a character! Feeling happy, content, excited, and pensive.
I just wanna pet the elephant!!!
What’s going on it your life right now? Anything exciting planned for the holidays?
It is the season of giving, so today I have for you ten things that I am currently obsessed with. In case you want to buy me stuff, or need gift suggestions, or want to do some holiday shopping for yourself! These are some of my tried and true favorite things!
1. Defy Nail Polish.I discovered this brand at Target when I couldn’t stomach forking over $10 for Essie (my former go to brand). I am now obsessed with Defy. It goes on so easily and lasts a long time. I am tough on my nails, but my manicures have been holding on for at least a week, even with chasing a toddler and setting up a wedding. New favorite brand!
2.The Lunar Chronicles Series. I don’t know how it took me so long to read these books, but I freaking love them. They are sci-fi adaptations of fairy tales, and they are so well written. I have read all of them but the final book, which I am anxiously awaiting as we speak!
3. Romeo and Juliet. Okay, so this one isn’t totally new, but I’m experiencing a resurgence of my love for R and J. I love Shakespeare and R and J was the first Shakespeare play I ever read. I have been rereading the play and watching as many versions as I can. I was not super impressed with the latest Broadway production, Orlando Bloom was one of the few bright spots (and not just because he’s super delicious) but I’m going to cleanse my palette with the Leo version soon.
5. Vanderpump Rules. This again, is nothing new. I have loved VPR from the beginning (as a former waitress, I can attest to it being one of the realest reality shows there is). Now that I am an avid listener of Stassi’s podcast I feel like I have a whole new insight into the cast and their relationships and I love it!
6. Owl Crate. If you are a frequenter of my blog then you have probably happened upon one or more of my Owl Crate reveals. Owl Crate is a subscription box for young adult lit fans like myself and it just keeps on getting better and better. The theme for the December box is Epic and I am so excited to see what it includes!
7. Chapstick, the original. Now that it is winter, my lips have been dry AF and I freaking hate that feeling. I used to use a lot of the trendier “all natural” lip balms, but they seemed to make my lips drier, not more moisturized. So I went back to the original brand and I have been loving how my lips feel!
8. The Crown. I have always been a fan of British history, so I was super psyched to see the trailers for The Crown on Netflix. Well, I of course flew through the first season in a matter of days and now I am waiting on pins and needles for season two–which doesn’t come out for a whole year!
9. Michael Kors Crossbody. This is the perfect bag for a day at Disneyland with Squirt. I can put all my big items (emergency kit, glasses case, etc.) in the diaper bag, but I don’t like leaving my wallet in the stroller when we go on rides. This bag is perfect because it holds my wallet and my phone and it stays out of the way and keeps my hands free to deal with the little dude.
10. Home Goods. From what I can tell, Home Goods stores are not in all areas of the country, and I feel so bad for those of you who may not have access. Home Goods is a discount store selling–wait for it–goods for the home. They have the best selection of cute mugs, plus so many other awesome and unexpected goodies like stationery and kids’ books. It’s basically my favorite store.
Well, that about covers my current obsessions. What are you currently obsessed with? Let me know so I can find some new obsessions for next time!
Now that Thanksgiving is over, it is officially time for the holidays. Of course, it has been holiday time at Disneyland for almost a month now, but the Christmas season is really going to kick into full gear now that it is (almost) December. This year at California Adventure, there is a new celebration, the Festival of Holidays. In a nutshell, the festival is about celebrating all of the winter holidays from around the world and showcasing their different traditions. There is music, crafts, photo opps, and most importantly, food. So much food. Festival of Holidays is making good use of the Food and Wine Festival booths and serving up traditional holiday food and cocktails from all over the world. I have been able to explore the festival a couple of times in the past month, and I have really enjoyed all aspects of it so far. I hope this continues to be a holiday tradition because there is so much to do and see (and eat) that I don’t think I am going to be able to get it all in in one year. But here are some of the highlights so far!
The Festival can be found pretty easily once you walk into California Adventure. The main pathway through the park (that leads down to the pier) is lined with multiple stands like this one that have maps and info on them. You can also grab a Festival guide at the park entrances.
These booths are set up in multiple locations throughout the park, though the majority of them are stationed along the main thoroughfare. Each booth has its own theme (this is where the guide comes in handy). Most of them feature two or three food items and a specialty drink or two.
There are so many different food offerings throughout the festival that I haven’t been able to try yet, but the ones I have sampled have been pretty good. I will say that the portions seem to be smaller and the prices slightly higher than they were at the Food and Wine Festival last year (and no AP discounts available), but so far everything has been tasty. This is the Brisket Potato Crouquette from the Nosh and Nibbles booth.
My favorite savory item so far was the Southern Mac N Cheese (it’s supposed to have a jalepeno cornbread topping but they were out…sadface). This was super tasty, but this small portion was $7. To put it in perspective, I ate this, then went to the Corndog Castle and got a full size meal for the same price. Also, this is a cranberry cider that I was excited to try, until I watched them pour a Mike’s Hard Lemonade cranberry spritzer straight from the bottle into the cup. Wah wah. But despite all that, I would eat the mac n cheese again.
Probably the best item I have eaten so far was this Praline Bourbon whoopie pie from the Winter Sliderland booth. So effing good. Definitely going to be getting another one of these before the season is over!
This Kalua Pork Slider was also from the Winter Sliderland booth (duh) and was again very tasty, if not a super satisfying portion size. The pork and slaw were a good combo of flavor and texture.
This is truly a super small sampling of the offerings available at the Festival of Holidays (you can visit the Disney Parks Blog for the full list if you’re interested). I am going to be making a few more trip to the parks before the holidays are over so stayed tuned to my Instagram account to see more yummy offerings!
In addition to the yummy food, Festival of Holidays also includes several live music performances throughout the day, which you should definitely look into (the schedule varies day to day). Viva Navidad is also a part of the festival, and it’s your first chance to meet Princess Elena of Avalor! There is so much to see, I really encourage you to experience it for yourself!
Have you been able to check out the Festival of Holidays? Are there any food items I must try before the end of the season? Let me know!
Hello fellow bookworms and welcome to another Owl Crate reveal! In last month’s box we got a teaser for the next box letting us know the theme for November would be Wonderland. Not going to lie, I was kind of eh about the theme because Alice in Wonderland is not my favorite. But I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised with the contents of this month’s box! It might actually be my favorite one so far! There were some really cool individual items, and all together the themeing of the box was really well done. Here’s what we got this month!
The book for this month is Heartless by Marissa Meyer (author of the Lunar Chronicles series). This might be the first time I had actually heard of the book before getting it in the box, so that was exciting! I am just about to start the third book in the Lunar Chronicles series and I am loving them so far so I am really excited to read Heartless.
Riddle’s Tea Shoppe created this blend just for the Owl Crate box. I don’t drink tea (give me all the coffee) but the tin it came in is so cute I was excited for it anyway! I handed off the tea to my friend and kept the tin for myself!
I am a big fan of Authored Adornments so I was super psyched to see this gorgeous bookmark in the box this month. I also really love this magnet from Evie Bookish. I really love the quote used on the magnet!
In addition to our copy of Heartless, we also got this adorable version of Alice in Wonderland, designed by Rock Paper Books (who has a collection of Shakespeare covers that I am seriously coveting). The book and the matching bookmark are just too cute for words. I actually haven’t ever read Alice in Wonderland, but I am thinking I have to now!
I am so excited about the contents of the November box from Owl Crate. Everything is so beautiful and I think the themeing of this box was completely spot on. Next month the Owl Crate theme is Epic, and we have been promised goodies inspired by Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and Lord of the Rings (hello all my favorites!). What are the chances Richard Madden and Orlando Bloom will be wrapped in my box? No? Well, if you would like to check out Owl Crate for yourself, please use this referral link right here and help a sista out! Happy reading!
Well, my ear-making friends, it has been almost one whole year since I made my first fabric covered pair of Minnie ears. Despite the fact that fabric ears are a complete pain in the ass to put together, I cannot seem to stop making them, for the very simple reason that I have a problem. My name is Falon, and I am addicted to crafting Minnie ears. And with all the millions of fabrics out there in the world, there are just too. many. options. And I can’t stop! The good news is that through my addiction, I have been able to nail down my fabric covered ears making process, and while it is still a pain in the ass, it is much more manageable now that I know what I’m doing. So I figured it was time to share an in depth tutorial with you. This is going to be a long one, but I wanted to really lay out my process step by step. Buckle in folks and get ready for some serious crafting.
First, let’s gather our supplies: fabric of your choice, a headband, foam cut out in the ear shape (I use this template found here), a hot glue gun, E6000 glue, cardboard circles, good scissors, fabric glue, and yarn (yarn is specific to these particular ears, but whatever fabric you use, you will want some kind of trim).
Lay out your fabric wrong side up. Place a thin line of fabric glue along the middle of the ear shape.
Glue the ear to your fabric and let it dry. Then it is helpful to trim down your fabric around the ear. I have found that cutting the corners at a diagonal makes the rest of the gluing process easier.
Now we are going to begin covering the ear template with the fabric. Start with the middle section. Cut in toward the center of the ear template and glue the strip of fabric to the foam using the fabric glue.
Repeat on the other side.
Then comes the tedious part. In order to glue the fabric around the round part of the ears, you need to cut the fabric into thin strips.
Then use the fabric glue to attach each individual strip to the foam. This takes a while when you are first working with fabric ears, but now I get through this stage pretty quickly. A little practice, and you will become a pro.
This is what the back of the ear should look like when you are finished gluing.
Repeat this process until you have two foam ear templates completely covered with your fabric.
Then use the E6000 glue to attach one cardboard circle to each ear part. This does a couple of things. One, it gives the ears more weight so they are sturdier. Two, it helps really seal in all the fabric strips and make sure they stay put. Then (this is important) LET THE EARS DRY OVERNIGHT. Trust me, the remaining steps will be much simpler if your ears are completely dry.
Now comes my least favorite part of the process, attaching the ears to the headband. If you are not good with a hot glue gun, you might want to wear some gloves because I am a glue gun pro and I still manage to burn myself pretty much every time I make a pair of ears. I also recommend completing these next steps while you have some trashy TV on in the background because there is quite a bit of gluing, and then holding until the glue hardens. It’s good to have a distraction during the drying time! Okay, so first you are going to glue the middle section of the ear to the underside of the headband. It’s helpful to mark the ear placement on your headband first (I use a pair of park ears to measure).
Once the ear is secured to the under part of the headband, lay one side of the ear template on a flat surface. Cover that side of the ear with hot glue, then bring the other side down to the glue and attach.
This is what the ears will look like after being attached to the bottom of the headband, and then glued together.
Now comes the God awful part. In order to complete the ears, you need to close up the gaps around the edges. The easiest way to do this is in small sections. I squirt a short line of hot glue into the edge of the ear and then pinch the ear together until the glue dries. Then I move to the next section of the ear and repeat the process. I probably do this four or five times with each ear. The main goal is to not see any of the cardboard by the time you are done.
Once the ears have been pinched together and the glue has dried, it is time to attach the trim. Trim is necessary mainly to hide the yuckiness of all the glue, but it also adds a little something extra. For these ears, I braided some yarn to make my own trim, but I typically use rhinestones on a roll that can be found at Michaels or JoAnn. I used fabric glue to attach the trim to the ears.
Now it is time to make the bow! I have done several different version of bows for ears, but I really like how this one came out, and it was easy. First, cut out a small rectangle of your fabric. Glue the edges (as if you were sewing a seam) so there is no fraying.
Take a garbage bag twist tie or piece of string and cinch in the center of the rectangle to create the bow shape.
Use a smaller strip of the same fabric to cover the tie. I hot glued this piece on and it dried super fast.
The final step is to attach your bow to your ears. Hot glue works best for this step too
I am so in love with how these ears came out! These were such a labor of love, but these are probably the best a pair of fabric ears have come out for me. As much as I loved making ears before, I think I am going to have even more of a problem now!
Please let me know if you have any questions about the tutorial, I am happy to (attempt to) help you with your own ears any way I can!
This past weekend my Disney bestie Brianna and I headed down for a day at the parks to experience all the holiday time offerings. We spent most of the day eating and drinking (all the makings of a great day at Disneyland!) but we had to pace ourselves throughout the day to save room for the main event, the World of Color Dessert Party. The WOC party debuted about six months ago, likely to replace the Fantasmic Dessert Party (which will hopefully be back when the show returns since I never got to do it!). It was by far the best view I have ever had for WOC and the food was pretty good too! I would definitely consider doing it again when the original WOC returns (right now is the holiday special, Season of Light) and I really wish I would have done it during the 60th version because the view can’t be beat! Here are some of the highlights of the World of Color Dessert Party:
This is the menu that is on the table when you arrive at your seats. When you are checked in you are given the choice of a low table in the front row or a high top, cocktail table in the back row. I recommend choosing the high top table because there is a section of people in front of the dessert party area so you could have your view blocked if you are sitting at a low table (especially if you have kids). The high tops also come with super comfy director’s chairs.
As soon as you are seated, a server brings over a bread basket and your dessert plate. It took a few minutes to get our drinks, but it was pretty good champagne, so I was happy! There is also a WOC specialty cocktail and plenty of non-alcoholic drink options.
By the time the show started I was super full! My advice if you have plans for the dessert party is to eat a really light dinner because there is a lot of yummy treats! Brianna and I actually ended up getting a to go box for about half of what we were given on our plates because we just couldn’t finish.
Right now, World of Color is running a new holiday themed show called Season of Light. It was cute and had lots of fun moments, but it definitely isn’t as good as the regular version.
One of the coolest holiday parts of the show was this Christmas tree, made totally of water and colored lights.
But as cool as the tree was, the princess section of the show was my favorite (duh).
Overall, the World of Color Dessert Party was a really cool experience, and definitely one that I would do again. It’s pricey (shocker) at $75 per person, but considering the amount of food you get, and the free booze, plus the amazing view, I actually think it’s worth it. This would be a great thing to do for a date night or special occasion.
Have you done a Disneyland or Disney World dessert party before? What did you think?
Hello friends! The holidays are clearly upon us and I don’t know about you, but my social media feed is full of all kinds of crafts, recipes and projects all themed around Christmas and Thanksgiving. I figured today I would share some of my favorite holiday themed posts from past years with you so you have them all in one convenient spot. I will have some new holiday posts coming your way soon, including a look at the new holiday offerings at Disneyland, but these will hopefully tide you over until they are ready!
I can never pass up the opportunity for themed Minnie ears. Last year I made these Christmas ears and I still love them. I’m sure I will make a new pair this year, but I am still in love with this pair too.
I am no longer a teacher, as you know, but my hubs still is, as are many of my close friends. For their sake, and for the sake of all of the teachers out there, please read this post and take heed! This is what teachers really want for the holidays.
One of my favorite parts of the holidays at California Adventure is the decorations in Cars Land. Cars Land has such amazing theme-ing as it is, and it is pretty spectacular what they come up with for holiday decorations.