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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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Reading List Check In: The Heir, Night Circus, and #GIRLBOSS

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Hello bookworms! Back in January I shared my 2016 Reading List with you, and I have actually made a (small) bit of progress! I thought I would take some time today to highlight some of the books I have completed, and let you know where I will be heading next.

The first book I finished from the list was #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso…




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Get to Know Me

So things have been a little crazy for me in the past few months with this whole blog switcheroo happening. As a blogger, I have constantly heard people preach the wonders of WordPress and the pitfalls of Blogger, and so I made the switch. And honestly, I haven’t been super thrilled with the results yet. I like some of the plugins that are available on WordPress, but saying it isn’t as user friendly as Blogger is the understatement of the century. It took me a long time to get everything transferred over and to a place where I felt good about my new look. And my pageviews and stats are still recovering, and I’m not super happy with the direction things are going. I’m hoping that once summer hits and I am able to devote some more time to really learning the ins and outs of WordPress I will be happier, but for now, I’m having some blog regrets.

ANYWAY. That’s not really the point for today, though it does have something to do with it. I know I am getting some new readers due to the switch, so I thought I would do a a kind of fun Q and A so you newbs can get to know me, and so you loyal readers (hi Mom!) can maybe learn something new about me. So please excuse this super self indulgent post.

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Hey! That’s me!

Are you named after someone? Yes, and this is a somewhat awesome story. My mom first heard the name Falon on the 80’s soap opera Dynasty. She thought it was cool and unique and decided it was the perfect name for me. Of course, giving me a unique name wasn’t enough, she had to then take out an L and give it a unique spelling. So I basically spent my childhood correcting people on the pronunciation and never finding anything personalized ever. But it’s cool now, partially thanks to Jimmy Fallon. And I totally gave my kid a unique name and then spelled it wrong. So go me.

When was the last time you cried? A couple of days ago when my mom and I went to see the musical Once. It was a really beautiful show.

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Do you have kids? Yes, an almost two year old son, referred to on here as Squirt (not his real name).

If you were someone else, would you be friends with you? This is an interesting question (and not one I came up with, clearly). I would like to think I would be, however, I also know that I am not an easy person to get to know as I can be quite shy and guarded. But I do have several friends that I have been friends with for years, so I think that means I am an okay friend.

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Do you have a guilty pleasure? I watch so much reality TV, I probably should be ashamed of it, but I’m not. I love it, it is my escape and I make no apologies for it.

What is your favorite cereal? Lucky Charms, but I never eat it ’cause of that whole responsible adult crap.

What is the first thing you notice about people? Probably their smile as I think that tells a lot about a person.

What is your favorite TV show? Ugh, so so many. Get ready for this intellectual collection here: Vanderpump Rules, The Bachelor/ette and Bachelor in Paradise, Real Housewives, Survivor, Grey’s Anatomy, HTGAWM, Scandal, The People’s Couch…to name a few.

Summer or winter? I really do like both, but since summer means vacation for the hubs (and used to for me), and all of our birthdays and our wedding anniversary are in the summer, I’ll go with summer.

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Where were you born? Like, in the valley, duh. For reals, I am legitimately born and raised in Los Angeles, as was my mother, which makes us super special unicorns in Lala Land.

What are your hobbies? Reading, writing (obvs.), going to Disneyland, going to the theater, drinking and eating, crafting, shopping, hanging with my peeps.

Do you have any pets? I have a little min pin/chihuahua named Winston.

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What color is your car? White.

What did you want to be when you grew up? So many things: author, teacher, director, journalist, stage manager…and looking at that list now, I have done almost all of those at some point in my adult life, so yay me!

What’s the furthest you’ve been from home? Ummmm…I think it would be Boston, Mass or Hawaii. Both are pretty equal from LA and I am too lazy to look up the exact numbers to see which is the furthest. I haven’t been out of the country yet, though it’s on my list!

So that’s a little looksy at me! Thank you for allowing me to spend all this time talking about myself, I promise I don’t do it very often!

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Life Right Now

Hello my lovely readers and welcome to another version of my Life Right Now. “Turmoil” seems like kind of a harsh word, but that’s pretty much the state of things these days. I am coming up on the busiest time at school with all of our drama productions, and engagement season is coming to a close and wedding season is about to kick off. Oh, and I’m preparing to leave teaching and coordinate weddings full time. That’s not terrifying at all. So it’s a hectic time, but an exciting one! Here’s the happs…

Making all kinds of stuff for a bridal show I am attending next weekend. Spray paint and glitter are everywhere!
Drinking alcohol has actually taken a backseat as I try to lose the twenty pounds the stress of this school year has packed on me. Still lots of coffee though. Always coffee.
Reading some fun and brainless books to relax me at night. Just finished Night Circus and Girl Boss, both of which were fab.
Wanting to feel secure in my new career path.
Playing the Hamilton album on repeat.
Wishing the school year was over!

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Falon B Weddings is in full swing! I’ll be at the Knollwood Country Club Bridal Show next weekend!

 

Enjoying the return of my favorite shows. In particular, How to Get Away with Murder, Survivor and The People’s Couch.
Waiting for summer!!!!
Liking this random burst of cold weather/rain we’re getting this weekend.
Wondering how life as an entrepreneur is going to treat me.
Loving hanging with my little dude.
Hoping career stuff works out the way I want it to.
Needing a massage.  For reals.
Wearing some summer stuff and then some winter stuff because that’s how So Cal rolls.

Coffee for days!

Coffee for days!

 

Following lots of pretty wedding people on my new Instagram, @falonbweddings.
Noticing that the terrible two’s may be visiting us early, tantrums for days.
Knowing that everything will work out in the end.
Thinking about finances, and advertising, and taxes…the joys of starting a business.

One day he is going to hate me for putting pictures like this on the internet.

One day he is going to hate me for putting pictures like this on the internet.

 

Anticipating all of my upcoming weddings!
Celebrating any and all of my wedding coordinating successes.
Laughing at The People’s Couch. One of the best and most underrated shows on TV.
Feeling stressed, grateful, tired, anxious, and hopeful.

Always thankful for this guy who supports me no matter what!

Always thankful for this guy who supports me no matter what!

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My 2016 Reading List

Hello readers! As we barrel into the new year, I’m sure we are all busy making resolutions for 2016. My main resolution for 2016 is to only make resolutions I am really passionate about (so no “fluff” or obligatory ones). One of those is to read more real books.  I read every day, without fail. However, a lot of that is reading that is not really doing much to enrich my mind. I like reading silly romance novels (and not the well thought-out, well written ones, the really bad cheesy ones) because they help me unwind at night when I don’t want to think about much. I certainly am not going to stop reading these books because I need that time to enjoy brainless entertainment (it’s why I love Bravo TV!), but I do want to make an effort to also read books that are going to challenge me a little.  I’m sure this list will grow as the year goes on, but this is what I am going to start with!  (Note: all of these links are affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase through the link, I will get a small portion of the sale. So buy some books and read along with me!)

1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling: I’m a very bad Harry Potter fan for never having read this book! Gotta get it in before the movie comes out, and before the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens in April!

2.  BFG by Roald Dahl: This is another one I’ve got to read before the movie comes out in 2016. The tale of a big, friendly giant and a little girl named Sophie.

3. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso: I have no intention of being a CEO with 400 employees working for me, but I’m sure Sophia’s kickass attitude will be inspiring, nonetheless.

4.  Paper Towns by John Green: I am a huge John Green fan and I have had Paper Towns sitting on my shelf for far too long. Time to actually read it!

5.  Games of Thrones by George R. R. Martin: I’ve technically already started this one, just gotta buckle down and finish it!

6. A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin: I have it on my 30 by 40 list to finish the series, so I’m gonna have to knock out more than one per year!

7.  The Siren By Kiera Cass: I am a big fan of Cass’s The Selection series (see below) so I’m interested to read her other work.

8. The Heir by Kiera Cass: The final book in The Selection series comes out in May, but I still have to read number four! The series is like a cross between the Hunger Games and the Bachelor (both of which I love) and is both entertaining and thought-provoking.

9. The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling: Another one I want to read before seeing the movie. I love the idea of reading this to Squirt eventually and considering I have a degree in English (writing, but still English), I have read very few of the classics.

10. The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory: I love all of Gregory’s historically based books, especially those centering on the Tudor family. This is the latest and focuses on Henry VIII’s final wife.

11. Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: This was on a lot of book lists last year, but I am behind the times so I will be checking out this mysterious love story in 2016.

12. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven: This looks like it will be one of the most popular YA novels this year, and since it is part of my job as an educator (that’s really just an excuse because I love YA lit), I should read this one.

13. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn: This is another one that I have started and not finished. A friend of mine is reading this murder mystery by the author of Gone Girl and she advised me to give it another shot, so I added it to the list.

14. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy: Another YA piece, this one focuses on a chubby teenage girl and her beauty pageant mother.

15. Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn: We’ve all read plenty of dystopian teen lit at this point, but this one seems like a new take. The main character gets implanted with a memory of her future (chew on that one) and is automatically arrested as a criminal.

So that’s where I am going to begin with my reading for 2016! Anything you think I should add to the list? Anything in particular you would like me to review when I am done?

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ADMB’s Top Ten Posts of 2015

It has been a successful year for me here over at ADMB.  No, I’m not one of those unicorn six figure bloggers (there’s always next year!), but I saw a lot of growth throughout the year both in my traffic and my social media numbers.  And I’m really glad I decided to write this post because it was good for me to see what you, my fab readers, really enjoyed this year.  Without further ado, here are my top ten most popular posts of the year!  (Note: I did not include giveaways in this countdown.)

10. 30 by 40: This was probably the biggest surprise for me on the list, since this post was really just about me! I’m flattered (really, truly, no sarcasm this time) that you all were interested in my list of things I want to do within the next eight years.  Also, I’ve only done one since writing the post.  I need to get on that!

9.  What Teachers Really Want for the Holidays: I’m impressed with this one since it is the latest (so the shortest amount of time to gather views) on the list. I’m sure all of your kids’ teachers appreciate you taking the time to read this one!

8.  DIY Mickey Mouse Coin Pouch: This easy project was a crowd favorite (and one of my favorites too).

7.  DIY Instagram Display Wall: Our display wall is one of Squirt’s favorite things to look at in our house, and I am still a fan of it as well.

6.  DIY Antique Dresser Makeover: This dresser is one of my favorite pieces in our house, so I’m thrilled that you all love it as much as I do.

5.  Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel Review: I loved my stay here and I hope you all will consider it for your next Disneyland trip (especially for a runDisney race!).

4.  Surviving a Kitchen Reno with a Toddler: It was a rough few weeks there, and I hope any of you that might be considering a home reno with a little one took away some useful tips from my experiences!

3.  DIY Mickey Mouse 1st Birthday Shirt: I love making things for Squirt, and this was one of my favorite projects for him this year.  I’m glad you guys agreed!

2. Best Shoes for a Day at Disneyland: Comfort is key, but you don’t have to totally give up your style when it comes to Disneyland footwear!  These are the shoes I wear to the parks myself!

1. DIY Disneyland’s 60th Minnie Ears: I still love these ears and I still wear them to the parks all the time.  I have gotten tons of compliments on these ones and they remain one of my favorite pairs.  I will be sad when I have to retire them when the 60th celebration ends!

Thank you all for making this such an incredible year for me! I truly appreciate each and every one of you!  Here’s to another great year of Disney, crafts, travel, and family, with a dash of ADMB sass!


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Life Right Now

Well lovely readers, life is a bit of a roller coaster these days.  In many ways I feel like I’m having a mid life crisis (though hopefully I’m still a good twenty years from actual mid life).  There are a lot of questions I need to try to answer in the coming months and really I’m just trying to stay sane at this point!  And that brings us to today, in my life right now I am…

Making a whole lot of nothin! Crafts have taken a backseat lately, but with the holidays approaching, I’m sure I will be covered with glitter soon!
Drinking a lot.  Haha (but seriously).  Lots of red wine now that it is actually chilly outside and HOT coffee!
Reading Harry Potter.  It is my yearly tradition to reread the entire series around the holidays.
Wanting life to be figured out.
Playing Christmas music.  I know, I know, I am totally one of those people.
Wishing it was Winter Break!

At Disneyland, they actually get my name right (since it is on my pass).

Enjoying all of my favorite fall TV shows. In particular, Scandal, Survivor and The People’s Couch.
Waiting for the holidays!
Liking our finished kitchen!
Wondering where I am going to be next year and what surprises 2016 has in store.
Loving watching Squirt as he starts to really develop a personality and express his (many) opinions.
Hoping career stuff works out the way I want it to.
Needing a massage.  For reals.
Wearing sweaters!  Finally!

This kid is turning out to be quite the character.

Following lots of pretty wedding people on my new Instagram, @falonbweddings.
Noticing how much Squirt is changing, even day by day.
Knowing that everything will work out in the end.
Thinking about all the Christmas shopping.

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 Anticipating Season of the Force and Holiday Time at Disneyland.
Celebrating fall weather and the upcoming holidays.
Laughing at The People’s Couch. One of the best and most underrated shows on TV.
Feeling stressed, grateful, tired, pensive, irritable…and after writing all that, bad for my husband!

The holidays officially kick off this week at the Disneyland Resort!

And there’s your glimpse into my life right now!

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