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Star Wars DARK SIDE Half Marathon Planning

Disney, Nicole RunsNicole WhiteComment

We are 131 days away from the Star Wars DARK SIDE Half Marathon Weekend in Orlando! As of right now, all events from 5k to Half Marathon are still open. Want to join us? Sign up here, and then contact my amazing friend Meghan to help you plan the rest of your vacation. Here information will be listed at the end of this post.

The four nights we will be spending in Walt Disney World is the next big trip we have on our schedule and I couldn't be more excited!

When I ran my first half marathon earlier this year, read that recap here, I was so incredibly nervous to run the actual race but at least by now I had my outfit planned. For this half marathon I feel a little more ready because I know I can do it BUT I haven't worked on my outfit - until this week.

With the first piece of my outfit coming in, and the announcement of the medals, I thought I would share a few of the items I've been putting together and some of my inspiration for this race weekend!

Here are the AMAZING MEDALS. I know people joke about running for the medal but these are seriously amazing. I think RunDisney events would sell out even faster if they showed you what the medals looked like before you send them all of your money to run.

I am a little bit jealous that my Dad has that awesome Storm Trooper medal waiting for him at the finish line of the 10k and that my brother, who is doing the challenge, will have those 3 medals in the middle!

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Next let's get on to the important stuff, what am I going to wear. I am not really one to run in full costume for the race. It's 13.1 miles I want to be comfortable, and using the port-a-potty in a BB-8 costume just didn't seem like fun to me.

For the Princess Half we designed some cute tees/tanks for Cam and I to wear and he came up with some great ideas for the Star Wars races as well.

We are not ready to announce exactly what they are yet, but here are a few hints for you - There will be a tank design, and a tee design. The tee design goes along amazingly with the Dark Side Half Marathon medal. They will be released, in limited quantities, beginning of January.

When my sister in law sent me the link to these running leggings I knew I needed to build my outfit around them.

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The leggings were a little more than I usually like to spend on stuff like this, but Under Armour is my favorite workout brand (especially for bottoms) so I knew the quality would be amazing. I also knew that once I saw these nothing else would compare.

I ordered them early this week and they were shipped quickly. I don't know if they have them at the Disney Springs location, but last time we were there they did have some of the Star Wars collection for sale so it's possible. So I will wear these leggings, the tank design I am working on and hopefully my hair will be long enough to work into some Princess Leia buns.

I also ordered buttons from parkboundbuttons.com for everyone in our crew who is running. I hope they love them!

As far as my shoes go, I haven't really decided. The leggings are awesome because they will match with a lot of different colors. I had been running in some Adidas shoes that they don't make anymore so that's kind of a bummer because I really liked them.

I started running in these Nike Lunarglide 7 this Fall and I really like them so far! If I decide to keep running with those I will probably get a new pair of those. I am also looking at some of the Under Armour ones. I get really frustrated trying on running shoes so I need to start planning now. Plus I will get them in the next month or so and start rotating them into my running schedule. You really don't want to run in new shoes.

If you are running the race and you are looking for outfit ideas I would suggest checking out the Star Wars collection from Under Armour. They have lots of great options for a piece or two of your running look. Including these Millennium Falcon leggings, and this Storm Trooper Compression shirt.

Are you going to be there for Dark Side Half Marathon weekend!? We will see you there!

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Black Friday DEALS

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You guys, this is the biggest shopping weekend of the year. While everyone is out at the Mall at 3am (or earlier) I will be snuggled in my PJ's doing some online shopping.

I also plan on adding to this list as I find out about more amazing deals so keep checking back.

Here's a rundown of all the Black Friday deals I will be checking out, what I've got my eye on, and when they start.

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Let's start with my friends at Harveys! Their bags are handmade in the USA out of seatbelts. I actually got to tour their factory and HQ while we were in Cali last month.

Harveys will be offering up to 50% off select items online only!

The sale goes live at 6am PST (9am EST) on 11/25, check back here on Friday for the sale link. Get a preview of the amazing items at Harveys on their site here.

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Walter and Rosie Candle Co is a shop filled with the happiest scents on earth.

Their stock goes live at 7am CST (8am EST) on 11/25 and will include their super popular scents including, but not limited to, Afternoon Tea, Beach Club, Best Day Ever, Jambo, Pineapple Float, Ready for Take Off and Thank The Phonecians.

In addition to stocking 20x their regular inventory, they are also offering some deals for the day!

Walter and Rosie will be offering

10% off orders of $25 or more with the code JINGLE

and 15% off orders of $100 or more with the code BELLS

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Next up is one of my favorites - Lillian and Co, the amazing bracelets I shared in my post from yesterday.

Lillian & Co. has an amazing deal that starts today and include 20% off your purchase as well as free domestic shipping.

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Pretty Little Monograms

Our friends over at Pretty Little Monograms will be offering a selection of items at a discount, no code required starting at 8am Black Friday, 11/25! Including the amazing Happiest Place on Earth necklace modeled by Emily of Oh Yeah Disney above.

Use the code BLACKFRIDAY to get the discount!

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Parkbound Buttons

All enamel pins will be $5 on their website, here! The sale starts at 9am CST, 11/25.

No code needed to shop!

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Cafe Forty Seven

Our BASIC girl Shelby is having an awesome sale in her shop, starting at 9am EST on 11/25

BOGO half off all tees in the shop, use the code OHSOTHANKFUL

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Happily Ever Tees

My shop is having some deals too! No code will be needed, and everything will go live at 3pm EST on 11/25.

There will be $10 tees, $10 art prints + discounted decals!

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Our paper goods shop will also be having a sale! Shop here starting at 3pm EST on 11/25!

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Galactic Garden Arts

The amazing couple behind Galactic Garden Arts got married on Black Friday 8 years ago to to celebrate they are giving 10% off their first 8 orders. The deal starts 10am EST, on 11/25 at and stock is limited!

Use the code Celebrate8 to make a purchase!

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That cutie penguin pin is from the adorable shop Letter Happy! They will be offering a great deal in both of their Etsy shops on Black Friday, 11/25!

Take 20% off with code BFCM20 

That's all I have for now, but I plan on adding to this post the more deals I find so keep checkign back!

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Lillian & Co Bracelets

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I am sharing about a new favorite company of mine today, Lillian & Co. bracelets. Read on to see why I love this brand and a coupon code you can use to purchase yours!

Lillian & Co is an elegant jewelry brand inspired by the magic of Disney. Each piece in the collection is simple, and classic, while also bringing just the right amount of whimsy to your look.

Please note, I was provided with items in exchange for a post and review, but all opinions are my own.

The first thing that makes Lillian & Co stand out is their packaging. From the moment you open the package you know you are opening something special.

As a graphic designer of course I am a sucker for branding and Lillian & Co has really done an amazing job.

Check out the little video above to get the whole experience of unwrapping a Lillian & Co bracelet. The little pouch is velvet, and it's so nice to store the bracelet in when it's not being worn.

The detail that has gone into the packaging really makes it an awesome gift as well!

The bracelets are offered in one size, but they are adjustable. An issue that I have had in the past with bangles like these is that they are too thin so stay put once you adjust it. (I hope that makes sense) But the quality of these is so top notch, they don't feel the least bit flimsy.

The stamping is nice, even and done in the perfect font for this kind of thing. I am always looking for items I can add to my daily outfits that aren't overly Disney. I find that these bracelets are the perfect balance between whimsy and elegance.

Shown on my wrist below is the Love is an Open Door in gold, and Do As Dreamers Do, in rose gold. You can view the entire collection they have to offer here.

Now for the coupon code! Starting tomorrow (Thursday 11/24) Take 20% off your purchase and get free shipping!

What's your favorite Lillian & Co bracelet?

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Disneyland Hotel

Disney, Travel, ReviewsNicole White2 Comments

Cameron and I celebrated our big time and stayed at the Disneyland Hotel last month for our anniversary. Our full review on this amazing hotel is below. If you have any questions at all about the Disneyland Hotel or our time in California please leave them in the comments below.

This review is from the perspective of a WDW lifetime visitor and annual passholder. It was our first time visiting the Disneyland Resort with the exception of a one day trip my family had taken to California Adventure the year it opened.

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Upon arrival to the Disneyland Hotel we were totally immersed in the vintage feel of this hotel. It's the perfect mix of modern Fantasy and classic Disneyland style. The main lobby is located in the Fantasyland building so everything is themed accordingly.

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The carpet in the lobby has a Small World inspired pattern and the tables and chairs are a much less dizzying version of the Tea Cups.

Even if you aren't staying at the Disneyland Hotel, a trip to the lobby is well worth it. There is also a great gift shop.

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As far as WDW comparisons go, this lobby feels like a Fantasyland inspired version of the Contemporary. It's very modern and classic feeling but the colors and fun touches make it so special.

While visiting the lobby don't forget to check out the most adorable bathrooms in all the land.

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I want to wallpaper my entire house with this wallpaper. If you can make that happen please let me know.

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Next to the rooms. We were staying in the Adventureland Tower. I totally forgot to take any pics of the Lobby in our tower but it was filled with models and photos of classic Adventureland. To say I loved all of the Vintage Disneyland charm in this hotel is an understatement.

Black and white photos of Walt in Disneyland, and of Adventureland filled the room and bathroom.

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The magical headboard was really my favorite part of everything. It sings 'When you wish upon a star' and the fireworks light up. It's amazing.

The room itself was clean, spacious and comfy. We had a view of Downtown Disney which was amazing. The Adventureland building is the closest to Downtown Disney and the parks so that was a nice perk of staying there as well.

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The MouseKeeping staff was super sweet and left us Happy Anniversary notes each day. They did an amazing job, and we were well cared for on the trip.

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The pools feature two amazing Monorail slides that are as adorable as they are fun.

The quick service, and bar area that includes Tongaroa Terrace and Trader Sams Tiki Bar feels a lot like you are at the Polynesian. It was one of our favorite quick restaurants on property and we had the most amazing breakfast there. Mickey waffles are always a favorite and I loved that they were served with fresh fruit.

But our favorite by far was the Loco Moco, rice with a burger and fried egg on top (it usually comes with gravy too, but it was removed to make this breakfast gluten free). SO SO good.

Another huge perk of staying at the Disneyland Hotel is the proximity to the parks. It was less than 10 min to the park gates and the entire walk is through Downtown Disney.

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I would recommend any classic Disney lover spend at least one night of their Disneyland vacation at the Disneyland Hotel! We loved it, and can't wait to go back.

If you don't have the opportunity to stay at the hotel, like I mentioned before it's worth a visit. The dining options are all superb and the you will want to move into the lobby.

Have you ever stayed at the Disneyland Hotel before?

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Disneyland Haul

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We just got back from an amazing trip to California and I thought I would share my Disneyland/California Haul with all of you. Links to purchase almost all of these items can be found in the post below.

This post contains affiliate links

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Alice In Wonderland Bag

Disneyland Puzzle (not available online, purchased at the Emporium, similar)

Disneyland Long Sleeve (not available online, purchased at the Emporium)

Toy Story Vans | Harveys Tote | Mickey Mouse Ear Hat | Vans Stripe Tee

Beauty and the Beast Tsum Tsums (not available online, purchased in Downtown Disney, similar)

Various Postcards (not available online, purchased at Wonderground Gallery)

Happily Ever After buttons were given to us when we checked into the hotel

Disneyland Hotel coasters are from our room, haha.

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The puzzle was something I purchased at the last min, but maybe one of my favorites. It's the classic Disneyland map and it was under $12 so it came home with us.

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These prints match the Space Mountain print I purchased last year in Walt Disney World. I am excited to hang them all together. Cam is most excited about the Pirates print because that was by far our favorite ride in Disneyland.

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I couldn't resist this adorable Belle print which I had never seen before. It has all of my favorite characters and Belle in her blue dress which is my favorite.

And how cute is the Disney Dogs print? We are going to hang it by Geno's crate. No shame in my dog-mom game.

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I had to get a classic Disneyland tee. I went with a long sleeve black tee because it's different than anything I have. They also had this same design in a sweatshirt, tee and tank.

The Jimmy Kimmel shirt I got when we visited Hollywood to go to a taping. They don't sell anything online, you can only purchase Jimmy Kimmel merchandise if you go to a taping. It's super comfy and came in a Jimmy Kimmel reusable bag which pretty much sealed the deal for me.

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I loved getting to visit the Harveys factory/store in Santa Ana. I often get to work with them and share new releases with them and they were kind enough to give me a tour of the Factory and I got to see how some of my favorite bags are made along with a few sneak peeks of things to come.

Of course I treated myself to a few things while we were there. The bag I purchased can be found here in black, and I also found it on sale in stripe here. The Alice bag show in the photo at the beginning of the post can be found here.

The striped tee I am wearing in the photo above is from Vans near the Santa Monica pier. It can be purchased here.

If you have any more questions about anything in this post please comment here or send me an email.

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4 Parks 1 Day - Disney Bucket List

Disney, TravelNicole White2 Comments

While the main focus of our most recent Disney trip was an apparel and screen printing conference that was also being held in Orlando, I was able to cross a major item off of my Disney Bucket List.

ALL FOUR WALT DISNEY WORLD PARKS IN ONE DAY

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Ever since we became Annual Passholders two years ago (and probably even before that) this is something that I have wanted to do. With our passes expiring next month, and we won't be renewing this year, I was so happy to have the chance to make it happen last week.

The rest of my post will document our day, and some tips if you want to do FOUR PARKS, ONE DAY as stress free and chill as possible. This experience took place September 8th, 2016 (a very low crowds week!)

PARK ONE - EPCOT

I would recommend you start your day at the park with the earliest opening. Because we were staying on Disney Property (Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort) We were able to participate in Extra Magic Hours. (in case you don't know Extra Magic Hours, often abbreviated to EMH is a perk that guests receive when staying at a Disney Resort.

The Disney Transportation buses begin running 45 min before the earliest park opening. So my sister in law, Jenn (who joined me on this adventure) and I were waiting at the bus stop at 7:15am. The bus picked us up around 7:20am and we were getting off the bus at Epcot by 7:35am. The great thing about arriving before the park actually opens and being there for "Rope Drop" is that your bags are checked, your Magic Band or Tickets are scanned and you are waiting in the park at 8am.

Pumped for an Epcot morning!

Pumped for an Epcot morning!

Right at 8am the entire crowd began moving towards Norway. Everyone had the same idea as us. Because this was such a last min trip, I wasn't able to make any Fast Passes for Frozen Ever After. So that was our first stop of the day. Then we headed to the Anna and Elsa Meet and Greet.

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Jenn's tee is from Happily Ever Tees and ears are from Be Ear Guest, my tee is from Oh Yeah Apparel and ears are from The Mermaid Harp.

Jenn's tee is from Happily Ever Tees and ears are from Be Ear Guest, my tee is from Oh Yeah Apparel and ears are from The Mermaid Harp.

(TIP: If we were going to do this again, I would have switched the order here. EVERYONE headed straight for Frozen Ever After at Rope Drop, and then went straight to meet Anna and Elsa. It would have been better to do meet them first while there was no wait at all, and then head to Frozen Ever After. This probably only applies when Epcot has EMH because only resort guests are in the park until 9am)

While we were in line for Frozen I made a Fast Pass reservation for Test Track and we headed over to ride Soarin.

Like I mentioned before, this was a very low crowds day. We were able to do a TON of stuff in a very short amount of time at Epcot. By 10:30am we had ridden Frozen Ever After, done the Anna and Elsa meet and greet, and ridden Soarin as well as Test Track.

I changed shirts. We took a few pink wall selfies (located at the Spaceship Earth exit) and boarded the monorail to our next stop.

My tee is from Happily Ever Tees and leggings are from Albion Fit.

My tee is from Happily Ever Tees and leggings are from Albion Fit.

PARK TWO - MAGIC KINGDOM

I have never experienced crowds as low as they were on our Magic Kingdom trip. We arrived in plenty of time for the 11:30am Friendship Faire show, which was our goal. We walked through an empty bag check area, and ticket area. We picked up some much needed Starbucks and sat in an empty hub grass. It was glorious.

Hub Grass hangs with Starbucks and my Harveys Backpack

Hub Grass hangs with Starbucks and my Harveys Backpack

Front row for Friendship Faire!

Front row for Friendship Faire!

Then around 11:15am we headed over to Cinderella Castle and had a front row view of the show. Which is just super adorable. I loved the costumes!

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Can I have your dress please Minnie?

Can I have your dress please Minnie?

After the show was over, we walked the long way around the Kingdom over to the Tea Cups. The Tea Cups are Jenn's favorite ride and they were closed for refurb last time we were there. I also wanted a cute pic of my new Harveys backpack on the teacups.

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Then we headed to my favorite ride, the People Mover.

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From there we left, and headed back to the hotel for some lunch a shower and a nap. Another awesome reason to stay on property is the ease of getting back and forth to the parks.

I am a HUGE supporter of mid day naps and AC breaks.

PARK THREE - ANIMAL KINGDOM

Once we were all freshened up, rested up and fed we picked up Captain America and headed to Animal Kingdom. We decided to drive this time, because the Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios parking lots are fairly small, and since we were arriving later in the day we were able to park towards the front.

We of course had to stop for more Starbucks.

If this doesn't sum us up at Disney I don't know what does.

If this doesn't sum us up at Disney I don't know what does.

Then we had dinner in Harmabe Market, I love the grilled chicken skewers and bean salad. After that we rode Expedition Everest, and headed to our next stop!

PARK FOUR - HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

Typically, I would suggest you choose the park that's open the latest for your last park of the day however, we knew we wanted to see the new Star Wars fireworks. So we concluded the day there.

Earlier in the day, after we rode Test Track I made a Fast Pass for Toy Story mania, a favorite ride at Hollywood Studios that usually has one of the longest lines in WDW. So when we got to the park I changed my shirt again (An alternative title to this post would be 4 PARKS 4 SHIRTS) and we headed to Toy Story Mania.

Then we went to Star Wars Launch Bay to meet some of the characters we missed during our last visit.

Don't meet Kylo unless you are ready to be terrified.

Don't meet Kylo unless you are ready to be terrified.

True Love.

True Love.

By the time we were done with those meeting with Chewie and Kylo it was time to grab a snack and a spot to watch the Fireworks. They debuted a new show right after our May trip so i was super excited to see it!

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Mickey Bars for life.

The projections, lasers, fireworks and music all come together so perfectly for this new show. It blew the other one out of the water.

I can't wait to see it again and I know my Dad and brother will love it. I am hoping it's still around for the Star Wars half marathon weekend in April when we are all down there next.

After the show was over we took our time walking out of Hollywood Studios and headed back to the resort. We grabbed some food from the resort quick service before turning in for the night.

The day was a HUGE success and I was so happy to cross a major item off my Disney bucket list.


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Sunday Lately Week 87

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After an unexpected break from the blog for family and random business distractions. I have been really on top of my blogging this week! So in honor of that, happy Sunday Lately! 

Here's what's been going on this week in the White House.

Doing

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Getting excited about random business things like a tagged, and new tags! I don't know why I didn't do this sooner! The closer I get to the end of the year the more I like to reevaluate our packaging.  

I thought adding these tags would also be perfect for gift-giving.  

PLUS I feel like a boss doing it. 

Appreciating

My amazing husband who does so much for us. I was super sick last week with a cold. I had a fever and was so weak all week. He took the time to do all the grocery shopping, clean the house and cook meals for us. In his words "It's hard to be Nicole." I am so thankful he didn't let us get too behind. I hate when sickness knocks me out for more than a day.  

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Desigining 

TONS of new prints, and a new website for Designs by Nicolina. To be totally honest, when Happily Ever Tees started doing so well it kind of threw me off guard.  I took a break from Designs by Nicolina for a while just to get my feet under me a little. 

I feel like we actually are getting on a work schedule that leaves some time for paper goods, so I relaunched Designs by Nicolina last week. I will be adding more as time goes on.

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Humming

Hamilton. All day every day.  

Expecting

A fun but busy September! A work/play Orlando trip, then we are part of a special project, then I am taking Cam to a golf tournament, then we have a family wedding and maybe even more fun that we haven't scheduled yet!

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Disney Mugs Monthly

Disney, ReviewsNicole White44 Comments

I am so excited to introduce you to one of my new favorite things. It also makes an amazing gift for Disney lovers.

Disney Mugs Monthly is a monthly service offered by long time personal Disney shopper Alexis. She was kind enough to send me this month's mug for my review on her service, and has offered to send one of my readers the September mug pick which will be announced soon!

The August mug pick was actually a collection of mugs with a castle on one side, and characters on the other. Of course I had to pick the Beauty and the Beast design, but you can view the other choices that will be available through August 31st on her website here (you could also have Alexis pick for you!)

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The mug comes perfectly wrapped up in bubble wrap for safe travels!

I had a chance to sneak peek the pick for next month, and if you are a WDW lover it will be a must have for you. I love that Alexis chooses mugs that are park exclusives, so those of us who don't get to the parks as often as we would like have a chance to drink out of some magic that reminds us of home every once and a while.

Another awesome thing is, it's not a subscription service (although no one says you don't have to order it every month!) You only have to buy the mugs of the month that you LOVE. 

Now it's time for the giveaway! Alexis is offering one of my readers a September Disney Mugs Monthly box! Enter below, must be 18+ and live in the USA to win.

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Plunder Jewelry Review and Giveaway

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I am so exited to team up with Anastasia a consultant for Plunder Jewelry today to show off a fun jewelry brand and give a few things away! 

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So first a little bit about Plunder and Anastasia. Plunder is a fairly new direct sales company that's growing at an amazing rate! Anastasia has been a consultant for Plunder for a little over a year. Plunder helped her through some rough times she has experienced in the last year. Both financially and with the support system she has built along the way. There are currently approx. 5,000 stylists across the country and about 500 more are added monthly!

Now let's chat about the fun stuff! The jewelry!

As far as the jewelry goes the vintage charm and the pricing make it the perfect addition to your wardrobe. Prices start at just $8. They even offer custom pieces like photo charms.

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Items range from inspirational to trendy, but all offer that touch of vintage charm.

Even the packaging carries their style through which is so important when gift giving.

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I am in love with this arm party Anastasia put together for me. The initial bangle mixes silver and gold with a pearl dangle and the stretch arrow bracelet is the perfect accent.

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I love that the bangle is adjustable, and the arrow bracelet is stretchy so it will fit a wide range of wrist sizes. These bracelets are both under $20!

I am usually not an earrings girl, but I love how light weight and fun these are! I especially love how the triangle dangles have a little sparkle to them.

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This long necklace is the piece I have found myself wearing the most. I love the uniqueness of it, and the little touch of sparkle. The dainty chain and the chunky pendant make it the perfect layering piece.

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How adorable is this birdhouse pendant, even though this isn't in stock anymore Anastasia was kind enough to send this to me as it was a favorite piece of many! I plan on gifting this to my Mom because she loves little birdies!

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Throughout the week I will be sharing some fun styled looks using my Plunder pieces on my Instagram and adding them to this post as well. Want to have some jewelry fun of your own?

Enter below to have a chance at winning a $25 Plunder Gift Card, or a Pair of Filigree Earrings (two winners will be chosen at random Wednesday August 31st, they will be notified via email and displayed on the widget below)

Thinking of becoming a Plunder Consultant, it's just $99 to join and that includes all marketing materials, catalogues, thank you cards, ect. Contact Anastasia for more info!

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Harveys Alice In Wonderland Collection PART 2

Nicole White2 Comments

The Alice In Wonderland Collection Part 2 launches tomorrow at 8am PST. Keep reading for more details on what's included in the collection and my tips for shopping on launch day!

This part of the collection includes a "Queen of Hearts" inspired print, that comes with a printed belt, scarlet red accents, Alice liner, and a fun card shapes dangle.

Below you can find photos of all the pieces being launched tomorrow, with the exception of one piece that Harveys will announce at the launch! Hint from our friends at Harveys: it's a larger bag

This clutch/wristlet piece is so adorable. It looks like it will fit a lot, and it's a great statement bag. 

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Inspired by the Queen of Hearts herself. Look at how cute that charm dangle is! 

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The foldover bags have been super popular in the past, I believe they were last released with the Minnie/Mickey Colorblock collection. I love the card accents featuring characters, and the red trim ties it all together. There are two sizes which can be seen in the photos above and below. 

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The foldover above is an amazing size. I think it would be great for an all day park bag, or even book bag as it's large and has plenty of room for anything you might need. You can see the smaller foldover in the photo below.  

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This is one of my favorite pieces, the Streamline Wallet. You can read my review of the wallet here. It's so versatile, and this pattern is adorable in the style. 

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Edited to add the SURPRISE BAG: The Marilyn!

As mentioned at the beginning of this post, there is one more style that Harveys will be announcing tomorrow as the collection launches. 

So now that you are excited for the launch tomorrow how about some tips on how to make sure you get everything you want as the collection launches.  

  • Go to ShopHarveys.com and set up an account
  • Make sure you are logged in and ready to go before 8am PST
  • Have the website open and keep clicking that refresh button until 8am PST, when the items go live
  • Be quick! No time to worry about whether or not you need it! Buy first, ask questions later that's my motto. Nothing haunts you like the bags you didn't buy! 
  • If all else fails, check with some Harveys authorized retailers to see if they plan on getting stock. A lot of those shops take preorders and would be happy to help you out! You could also join a Facebook Group, like this one here, usually those ladies are awesome about sharing when they find items in stock again!  

Happy shopping! 

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Sunday Lately Week 81

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Happy Sunday! After this crazy week, I am ready to catch up and have a Sunday Funday. Here's what's been going on this week.

Planning

in my new planner from Pretty Little Monograms arrived while I was out of town, so I got it on Monday. I am in love, it's the perfect size to throw in my bag and the hard cover and spiral makes it feel like it can handle it.

I have the smaller 36 month version, but they are taking pre-orders for the the 24 month agendas here!

Loving

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my Origami Owl locket! Check out Thursday's post to read more about it and enter the amazing giveaway!

Reading

nothing much at the moment. I do have a stack of books on my dresser that I bought from Barnes and Noble LAST SUMMER. I promised myself that I would take some time to read more this summer, we will see how that goes!

Wishing

we lived at the beach. I feel so much better when the salt air is filling my lungs. Coming home did not agree with me.

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Feeling

so extremely tired this week. We came home, with the weekend off before we had to get back into work more. Monday I sat down at my desk raring to go and hit a wall. There was an issue with my Adobe account and I was unable to access my Creative Cloud programs. Three days and multiple called to customer service later - I FIXED THE PROBLEM MYSELF. What a waste of time!

I barely made it through the week without being totally behind. I am excited to hopefully start fresh tomorrow. Monday please be nice to me!

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Origami Owl Review and Giveaway

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I have teamed up with Nidia, an independent consultant for Origami Owl for an adorable review and giveaway.

Keep reading to find out how to win one of two $50 Origami Owl gift certificates or even your dream locket! Please note, this is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own.

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Before Nidia and I teamed up, I had heard of Origami Owl but I hadn't seen or tried any of the items for myself. I love the idea of a keepsake locket, and the more I looked at the options the more excited I got.

First let's chat about the presentation. I think this alone makes Origami Owl the perfect gift, you don't need to worry about wrapping because their packaging is so bright and fun.

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When my package from Nidia arrived, all of my pieces were packed inside this adorable little take-out inspired box.

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You can tell the company puts so much time and care into the packaging. As a graphic designer and shop owner that is something I really appreciate. The packaging is your first look at a company and it helps you form a lasting impression.

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The inside flap of the box details some instructions on how to build your locket. It was super easy to put together and the lobster claw makes it easy to switch from chain to purse charm.

The locket is filled with little charms, endless options of which can be found on the Origami Owl website here. I showed Nidia a few that I liked and she customized this locket just for me.

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If you aren't a necklace wearer, there is also a keychain/purse charm option.

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Nidia also surprised me by engraving the back of the locket. One of my favorite quotes!

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My overall thoughts:

The locket feels sturdy, I wouldn't be afraid to make this an everyday piece.

I love that you can choose how you want to wear it. They offer both long and short chains in a variety of styles, as well as the clips shown above that can be used for a keychain or purse charm.

The little charms that fill the locket are adorable and great quality especially for the price. Most charms are in the $5-$6 range. The charm options are really endless. I had such a hard time narrowing it down. I love that there are charms and styles for every personality, another thing that makes Origami Owl such a great gift.

The engraving looks so good, and adds another level of customization to the piece.

Nidia also wanted me to let you know about some promotions that are going on right now!
Through September 5th customers will receive a free white enamel face (large), a $16 value, with any purchase. (EX. You can buy a single $5 charm and still get the locket face free!)
and you can stack that with this promo which ends tonight! SHOP HERE
Free Charmoji

So now for the SUPER FUN part of this post. The giveaway!

Here is what you are entering to win, three winners will be chosen:

  • 2 winners will receive a $50 Origami Owl Gift Certificate
  • 1 winner will receive their dream Origami Owl locket

The giveaway begins today and will run through Thursday July 21st, a winner will be randomly picked on this post on Friday July 22nd.

Enter via the Rafflecopter Widget below, open to USA residents 18+.

 

 

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Amazon Prime Day

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I scanned through some of the deals for Amazon Prime Day and decided to share some of my favorite deals here.

Please note, I am using my Amazon Affiliate links below.

This Kate Spade crossbody is listed as a deal starting soon, it's already marked down a few dollars. This is the perfect summer crossbody, available in a few different colors.

I have had my eye on this Speck Glitter Case for a while now, and with my Prime membership you get 30% off.

Okay so this Minnie Rhinestone Ear iPhone case isn't a Prime deal, but it's less than $10 and it's adorable, so just go ahead and put that in your cart too.

This North Face waterproof rain jacket is super light weight and perfect for throwing in your backpack while traveling. It's $65 which is a steal for this jacket.

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Sunday Lately Week 76

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Happy Sunday!

I am finally on my blog game again after missing a few weeks of Sunday Lately posting.

Donut Pool Float

Planning

On spending some more time at the pool this summer. I always have the best intentions of going to our neighborhood pool all summer long and it never happens. Last summer I made it there ONCE.

My nieces and nephew came over last Friday and I joined them at the pool, so I have already tied my last year pool visits.

I am currently obsessed with cute floats. I have my eyes on a few on Amazon I think would be super fun to have. Any thoughts on which one to buy? affiliate links below

Loving

Summer colors and fun prints. I have recently acted on my long time Lilly Pulitzer lust. Some pieces I just added to my summer wardrobe are this cute dress and these shorts! Can't wait until they come in.

Reading

Nothing at the moment but I need some suggestions!

Wishing

WISHES is restocking in the Happily Ever Tees shop tomorrow, in some fun Summer colors. Follow on isntagram for more info!

Feeling

Like it is totally time for a beach trip. We need to head to Panama City Beach to visit with Cameron's grandparents and work in a few beach days as well.

Join us by adding your link to the link list below.

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Shipping Tools for E Commerce Shops

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I am always being asked by new small businesses or e-commerce shops about the tools we use for shipping. If you are not a small business or e-commerce shop, skip this post because it won't apply to you at all!

Shipping Tools for E Commerce Shops

After years of printing labels, cutting them out and taping them to a package I finally had enough. I felt like I was wasting so much time.

The alternative, a label printer, seemed like SO MUCH money to spend. At the time, we decided to try sticker paper, that would at least eliminate having to tape the labels to the packages. But that paper is so expensive, and the printer was running our of ink fast. So we took the plunge, and ordered a label printer.

It to this day is the single best purchase we made for the business

*please note this post contains affiliate links, but all opinions are my own*

Dymo LabelWriter 4XL

Not only does it print super fast, it uses heat not ink to print the labels, so the only thing you need to replace are the labels when they run out.

The printer itself comes with software which is helpful when you need to print a basic address label, but it's compatible with all shipping services. When I started using the printer it worked printing labels via Etsy perfectly. Now we use ShipStation and it works seamlessly there as well.

When it comes to buying labels we started out using the name brand ones. EXPENSIVE. So we figured it was worth it to try the off - brand labels and we loved them. Not only are the off brand labels significantly cheaper, they are a little lighter and seem to adhere to the packages better.

These are the labels we use for the Dymo LabelWriter 4XL.

I believe this does void the warranty of the printer, not using Dymo brand labels. However, we purchased the label printer in 2013 and we haven't had a single issue with it (that I couldn't fix).

The only issues I have experienced are most likely my fault. A few times some sticky label has gotten around the roller and caused a jam. A minor surgery later it's working just fine.

The last thing that you should have is a scale. I wouldn't waste your money on this, it doesn't need to be fancy. This is the scale that we have.

The investment may seem like a lot, especially when you are just starting out. I thought the same thing. BUT I promise you, no regrets on this!

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Personalized Castle Yard Sign

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You know when something comes in the mail that you totally weren't expecting? Imagine my excitement when this beauty arrived on our doorstep from our friends at Galactic Garden Arts.

This is their Castle Inspired Personalized Sign, which is available here in their shop. It comes in your choice of metal finish, and is personalized with your family name. It's also available as a basic Welcome sign, or available with your street number.

I love finding little ways to show our Disney love without being tacky. This totally fits the bill. I think it would make the perfect wedding or anniversary gift for any Disney lovers.

Chris and Laura the owners of Galactic Garden Arts are also a husband and wife team. So much care goes into the designing, production and shipping of their items.

The castle signs are durable, easy to stick in the ground (as long as you don't have horrible Georgia clay like we do!), and you can tell they will weather any storm.

Please go check out and favorite their Etsy shop here, and give them a follow on Instagram!

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Disney Cruise Trip Report - Disney Dream

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Trip Report - Sailing on the Disney Dream

We just got back from our very first Dusney Cruise, my first cruise EVER. It was really one of the most amazing vacations we have ever taken. I have a series of posts that I am working on that will focus more on tips for your first cruise and Castaway Cay info but I thought first I would give a full trip report/review. 

We went on the 3 Day Bahamian Cruise sailing from Port Canaveral on the Disney Dream. We spent a few days at Disney Wolrd before the cruise.

SIDE NOTE: If you plan on doing a land/sea vacation I can't recommend more doing the Disney days BEFORE your trip. Getting off the amazing Disney Dream and headed to Disney World will kind of feel like a let down. OH and take a tip from us and don't do a super late After Hours event the night before though. We were totally wiped out for the first night of the cruise. So Disney World days before not after, and make sure to take it easy the day before you get on the boat!

PREP WORK Do your online check in, have that form printed, filled out and with your important documents. Cameron and I don't have passports so we just used copies of our birth certificates and our drivers Licence. Make sure you don't pack these in the suitcase! Have all of you cruise documents easily accessible. Put your luggage tags on your bags!

FRIDAY We left Disney Wolrd around 9am to head to the Port. I am not going to go into super detail about the parking process if you are driving because it had already changed since our friends had gone last so I don't know how often that changes.

If you are driving yourselves from Disney World I will reccomend buying a sunpass. There are SO MANY TOLLS form Disney World to Port Canaveral I think it saved us like 20 min time having the sunpass.

Make sure the driver has their Passport/Birth Certificate and Drivers Licence in hand as you are pulling up. Cameron had to show it a few times before we even got into the port. Once you pull up, they will come to your car to get your bags. It will be a lot easier and smooth if you already have your bags tagged with the luggage tags they give you. Your bags will meet you in your room later that evening. 

Overall the process of checking in was super simple. We arrived about 15 min after our scheduled check in time. Have all of your documents handy, you don't want to be the annoying person who has to dig through all of their bags to get their Passport out. They take your photo, and issue you your Key to the World Card (Keep this safe and handy! It's room key, light switch, how you charge things to your room, and how you get on/off the boat) and they also give you the Naviagator for the day. That basically tells you all that is going on. By the time we got through the line, and used the bathroom it was time to board! 

Making your way to the boat, you walk through an area that looks a lot like an airline terminal and onto the beautiful BOAT. A cast member will ask your name and announce you as you walk into the main lobby. Be ready to be amazed!

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Now you have some options, you will not be able to get into your room until 1:30pm. So depending on your boarding time going straight there probably won't be an option. We went right up to deck 11 and began eating at the buffet, Cabanas. Once we ate our weight in shrimp, we walked around for a bit. Before the boat departs it's considered open house. So adults are able to check out the kids areas which will be off limits for the rest of the cruise. The kids area is AMAZING and it's worth a walk though whether you have kids to register for the kids clubs or not. 

We basically walked around and checked the ship out until it was time to head to our room. The pools are open, so if you wanted to you could wear your swimsuit onto the ship and jump right in.  

Since the rooms opened at 1:30pm, a crowd starts to form by the stairs on your floor. I would reccomend chilling out somewhere else and giving it about 5 min to let the crowd get to their rooms. When you get to your room, enter using your Key to the World card and stick it in the little metal slot right inside the door because that's how you turn your lights on! The lights will not come on unless your key is in the slot. 

We took the next hour or so to NAP. Like I mentioned before super late night at Magic Kingdom made us kind of sleepy for the first day of the cruise. We had an Inside Stateroom, and it was perfect for the two of us. I was nervous about it feeling small or claustrophobic but I didn't feel that way at all. The room and bathroom are very well thought out, and the virtual porthole gives you a window like feel.  

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Our Stateroom Host knocked on our door and introduced himself. Beware of feeling creeped out, everyone on the cruise will remember your name even the first time you meet them. Disney magic for you!  

Around 3 our bags showed up at our door. At 3:45 everyone is asked/required to attend the safety drill at their emergency meeting location. We got ready for the safety drill, dinner and more exploring. It didn't take long at all, but you do have to wait for EVERYONE on the ship to get to their locations so one slow family may slow your drill down. Activities and entertainment start as soon as the safety drill is over.

We decided to really RELAX as much as we could on this cruise since we do the total opposite at Disney World. Because of that we took time to enjoy the sunset, walking around and the spa more than seeing all the shows and movies. So you really have to decide what kind of vacation you want because there is SO MUCH TO DO on the boat! 

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There is a Sailing Away party as the ship is leaving Port. I reccomend at least being on deck 11 or 12 for this because the music is super fun and the ship's horn plays Disney tunes. It's pretty magical. We had second dinner, so we decided to relax some more on the loungers on deck 4 to watch the sunset, then do some shop browsing before dinner at Royal Palace. (You could also use this time to go see the show for the night, or catch a movie)

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After dinner I went back to the room to grab a sweater and we walked around (a very windy) deck 11 for a little bit before heading back to the room and going to sleep! 

SATURDAY We decided to sleep in Saturday morning because we had an 11am brunch at Palo (on of the adult's only restaurants on the ship) We also decided to enjoy the ship that day and not get off the boat at Nassau. I would reccomend this if you are taking a short cruise like we were.

SIDE NOTE You have to make reservations for Palo, and it does cost extra. At the time of our sailing it was +$30 per person. I have to say it was well worth it, and one of the highlights of our trip. 

I decided to go up to deck 11, where Cabannas and the drink stations are located to get up some fruit and coffee to hold us over until our brunch reservations. You can bring anything from the buffet or quick service locations back to your room, just ask for a lid. 

Once I got back to the room we watched Good Morning America (you can watch select stations/shows/sporting events on a few channels on the TV but they also have tons of Disney movies to stream on demand) and got ready for our brunch at Palo. 

Palo is a dining event basically. They want you to stay for hours and enjoy all the food. There is a cold buffet, and then hot entrees (both breakfast and lunch items) for you to order. You also get 1 mimosa or glass of wine included in your brunch. 

It was unbelievably good, and we had a lovely view of the Bahamas while we ate. 

After brunch we rolled ourselves back to our rooms. Meghan and I changed into swimsuits, and headed to use our Rainforest Room passes.  

SIDE NOTE The Rainforest Room is apart of the Spa on board. Meghan purchased day passes for the two of us, less than $20 each. The pass gives you access to the Rainforest Room for an entire day, 8am - 10pm. The Rainforest Room is a series of sensory showers, with varying water pressure, lights and some aromatherapy and saunas. You also have access to some amazing hot bed loungers and jacuzzis overlooking the water. I HIGHLY RECCOMEND THIS.  

Meghan and I stayed in the Rainforest Room for about 3 hours. Then we met Cameron and Corey on deck 11 to grab something to eat.  

Cameron and I ended up heading back to the Rainforest Room together after we ate something, and we watched the ship sailing away from Nassau from the jacuzzis that overlook the water. It was perfect!

Again, we decided to relax in the Rainforest Room for a bit longer instead of going to a show or movie that night. Then to dinner at Animators Pallete and PIRATE NIGHT! Our stateroom host left some Mickey pirate bandanas on our bed, super cute!

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So Pirate Night people go all out. You will see entire families dressed up. You will also see people not dressed up so don't feel bad if Pirate wear isn't your favorite. We had second dinner, so immediately following dinner we headed up to deck 12 to get ready for the fireworks! 

We were in the PERFECT spot to catch some of the Jack Sparrow themed show before the fireworks started. If you are on deck 12, on the right side if you are facing the movie screen is where I would suggest you stand. 

The fireworks were more amazing than I expected! Then the night continues with a Pirate dance party on deck 11 and I think some snacks at Cabannas as well (we were too full from dinner to check it out).  

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We headed back to the room to get some rest before Castaway Cay, Disney's private island.

The next morning we woke up and got ready for our day as Castaway Cay. We decided wear our swimsuits and get our beach bag ready so we could head straight off the ship after breakfast. After another amazing breakfast at Enchanted Garden we headed down just one floor to the gangway. You will need to make sure you have your Key to the World card, as you scan it as you are leaving and reboarding the ship. 

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I will go into more detail about Castaway Cay in a seperate post, but we had the best day. We spent most of the day on the adult beach, Serenity Bay. After lunch, a BBQ served on the island, we stayed on the family beach before heading in for the day. There are characters to meet and the water is just total perfection. 

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Once we got back on the boat, we decided it would be a good time to ride the Aqua Duck, the super fun waterslide. We waited for about 20 min in line, and it was so much fun we rode it twice. By that time it was getting late so we decided to get some coffee and head back to our room to get ready for dinner. 

In our room that night was all the info about disembarking the ship the next morning. We had luggage tags (should you decide to have them take your bags off the boat for you), and since we prepaid for our tips we also had tiny envelopes and slips to give our head server, assistant server, server and stateroom host. We also had the survey to fill out, basically about your experience on the trip, and a place to mention anyone who made the trip even more magical.

Once I took care of all of that and we finished getting our sunburned selves ready for dinner Cameron and I did some shopping. Then we decided to watch the last sunset of our trip on the loungers that are located on deck 4. The water was so perfect, even the crew members were mentioning how it's NEVER like that. 

We had our last dinner at Enchanted Garden. I distributed our tip envelopes, and we were so tired from the long day in the sun that we headed straight back to the room to pack up and get some sleep. We decided to take our own bags off the ship so we didn't have to give them to our stateroom host that night.

A benefit of having second dinner is that the morning you leave, you get to eat breakfast at 8am instead of 6am! It didn't take us long to back up everything and say goodbye to our beautiful room and we headed to breakfast. Once breakfast was over it was time to disembark. 

You will need the same paperwork that you needed to board the ship, so make sure it's all handy! Once you are off the ship, you go straight into customs. One last check, and you are free to go. We were back at the car by 9am I believe. It was a pretty simple process. 

Then just like that it was over! What an amazing trip, as always we can't wait to go back. 

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Sunday Lately Week 73

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Welcome to Sunday Lately. A weekly link up hosted by the Blogger Tribe where we catch up and share about our week. Be sure to check out all of the posts in the link up below. 

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How adorable is my cup that has nothing to do with the rest of the post? My only purchase at Walt Disney World last week. It was available at most shops in the parks and at the resorts.  

Creating

A look for our master bedroom. It's one of the only rooms in the house we have done absolutely nothing with.  I really love the color combo here, and the style of this. I want to keep it simple so I can add pieces over time. 

I love the idea of light neutral walls, that way I can add fun elements like art prints and pillows. I am not a really matchy-matchy person. 

Finding

It more difficult that planned to get over the post-vacation blues that tuned into a post-vacation illness.  

Cameron has been amazing taking care of me, but I am seriously ready to feel better. 

Switching

The laundry from washer to dryer then folding. All of our vacation laundry is clean and put away and it took me less than a week to make it happen.  

New record.  

Forgetting

To work. I literally was so sick Friday I didn't know what day it was, or what I was doing. It's a blessing and a curse to work for yourself. Hopefully I will be back on track tomorrow for work.  

Craving

A good run. Kind of. I am at least craving the positive side effects of a good run. What is it about being sick that makes you crave being active. Why can't I be motivated to run when I actually feel 100%. 

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Harveys Alice In Wonderland Collection PART ONE

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I am so excited to get to share a first look at the new Harveys Alice in Wonderland Collection, part one.

This collection is one of my favorites they have put together. It focuses on the classic Alice silhouette and also features pieces inspired by the Cheshire Cat.

Harveys Alice In Wonderland Collection

I mean come on, there are EARS on that backpack. It's so perfect.

Harveys Alice In Wonderland Collection

Silhouettes available will be:

  • Streamline Wallet in Alice Colors
  • Medium Tote in Alice Colors with patch and embroidery
  • Mini Tote in Alice Colors with patch and embroidery
  • Mini Foldover in Alice Colors
  • Web and Retail Store exclusive Alice Park Hopper with patch and embroidery
  • Event exclusive (won't be sold online) Cheshire Cat Coin Purse
  • Cheshire Cat backpack with embroidered face
  • Cheshire Cat medium tote with embroidered smile and eyes
Harveys Alice In Wonderland Collection
Harveys Alice In Wonderland Collection
Harveys Alice In Wonderland Collection

All items have the new Alice lining and the totes and coin purse have a cute white rabbit zipper charm.

Harveys Alice In Wonderland Collection
Harveys Alice In Wonderland Collection
Harveys Alice In Wonderland Collection
Harveys Alice In Wonderland Collection
Harveys Alice In Wonderland Collection
Harveys Alice In Wonderland Collection

Read more about the release date and time here in Harveys facebook event.  What piece of this amazing collection are you hoping for?

Part two of the collection will be available late summer.

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