Countdown to Disney: Week 30

Hello interwebs! I’ve been into starting new things as of late so I decided I’d start a new Disney-centered series, Countdown to Disney! My family and I have planned a Disney World Vacation for the end of my school year in May. As a lead up to that, I am going to be blogging every week as a countdown to my trip while providing some information about planning a Disney Vacation, my favorite rides, favorite parks and hotels and much more.

For this first post, I wanted to the Disney tag! This is basically a series of questions so that you guys that are also huge Disney nerds can get an idea of what I like etc.

Without further ado… let’s begin!

    • 1. Favorite Disney movie? Favorite Classic Movie: Peter Pan. I’ve always loved Tinkerbell and Peter Pan so I have to include it. Favorite New(ish) Movie: Wreck it Ralph/ Tangled. I can never choose between the two!

 

    • 2. Walt Disney World or Disneyland? I have to go with Disney World. As much as I have a soft spot for my own backyard of Disneyland, I also have a soft spot for WDW as my family used to go every year for Thanksgiving.

 

    • 3. Favorite Disney character?  Donald Duck or Tinkerbell. Each person in my family has ” their character” that is closest to their personality and is the character they always have on our Cruise Ship door. So that one for me is Tink, but I love seeing Donald in the parks and I always get more Donald merch than Tink.
    • 4. The first Disney movie you remember seeing in the theatres? I wanna say like… Finding Nemo or Cars for some reason… I honestly don’t remember since I’ve seen them all!

 

    • 5. What type of Disney item do you collect the most? (Pins, Vinylmation, dolls, etc.) I am a HUGE pin nerd. If you have been reading my blog for some time you remember seeing the pictures of all of my pins. I have an obsession…

 

    • 6. Your favorite Disney song? ” At last I see the Light” from Tangled. I love it so much because that’s “our song” for my boyfriend and I. Super cute I just love it.
    • 7. Favorite attraction/ride at the parks? Indiana Jones. Ever since I rode that for the first time I cant go to Disneyland without it. A close second is the Haunted Mansion Halloween layover.
    • 8. What is your dream job at Disney? Being a Plaid. For those of you that don’t know a “Plaid” is basically a cast member that gives the guided tours and what not. I know so much random Disney History and what not that being a Plaid would be the coolest thing ever.

 

    • 9. Who’s the park character you never want to miss meeting at the parks? Either Donald or Merida. Merida is really hard to find sometimes so I miss her a lot but she is my favorite so if I see her it just makes my day.
    • 10. What’s your most treasured Disney item? I just recently got this Merida themed Archery Team letterman jacket from Etsy and I am obsessed with it. I did competitive archery for 4 years so having the Disney+Merida+Archery is the coolest thing ever ( plus it’s really soft)

 

    • 11. Which Disney voice actor would you most like to meet? Idina Menzel hands down. My favorite musical of all time is Wicked and I love Frozen as well so getting to meet her would be such a dream.

 

    • 12. Favorite Disney movie that’s not a classic/famous? (ex. Black Cauldron) I think I’m going to go with Black Cauldron. I love how much it reminds me of a game of Dungeons and Dragons.

 

    • 13. If you could say anything to Walt Disney right now, what would it be? I think just how insanely much I admire him. For anyone who has read his biography, he worked so hard and got pushed down so many times but he just kept on going. Also, it was never about the money; he just wanted to do what he loved and I really respect that.

 

    • 14. Your favorite snack to get at the parks? (Churros, Mickey’s Ice Cream Bars, etc.) I recently went to Tokyo Disneyland and they have a Tiramisu Ice Cream Bar which was honestly the best thing ever. But as for a regular thing, I can’t leave the parks without getting my Mickey beignets and a Mint Julep.

 

    • 15. Your favorite parade/show at the parks? Probably the new Mickey’s not so Scary “Boo to you” parade. It’s very entertaining. I normally don’t stay for parade and fireworks so I’d have to get back to you on that.
    • 16. Flounder, Sebastian, or Scuttle? Sebastian! He is so sassy haha

 

    • 17. Your favorite Disney memory? My first time at Walt Disney World walking into the Boardwalk hotel for the first time. I just remember the sheer wonder of the whole place that blew me away.
    • 18. Do you have a favorite pair of Mickey ears? I got a giant Minnie bow from Tokyo Disneyland and I LOVE them.

 

    • 19. If you could, what “forgotten princess” would you add to the official lineup? Kira from Journey to Atlantis. She is SO badass

 

    • 20. Your favorite princes’s dress/outfit? Merida. She is and will always be my favorite princess.

 

    • 21. Your favorite Disney soundtrack? Tangled. I know all of the songs for that ( well I know every Disney song haha) but that is one I always catch myself singing.

 

    • 22. Genie, Abu, Carpet, Iago, or Rajah? Rajah. Who doesn’t love a tiger that acts like a dog?

 

    • 23. Favorite restaurant at the parks? Cape May Cafe at the Boardwalk Resort in Walt Disney World. It is a New England style seafood buffet and it is so amazing it’s making my mouth water just thinking about it.

 

    • 24. How did you first discover the “magic” of Disney? My first time on a Disney Cruise. I just remember walking onto the ship and when they announce your party they say, ” ___ Family Welcome Home” and at that moment my tiny little mind was like ” oh yeah this is home”.

 

    • 25. What attraction are you most likely to go to first when you’re at the parks? Cars. We always love to ride that first thing in the morning its always so crisp and lovely outside it’s just great.
    • 26. Your favorite “iconic” moment? (ex. Ariel on the rock, Aladdin finding the lamp, Rafiki lifting Simba, etc.) ” Pull the lever Kronk” *pulls lever* “WRONG LEVEEERRRR!!!”

 

    • 27. What’s the saddest moment for you in any Disney film? UP. Enough said.
    • 28. Best Disney kiss? Tangled when Eugene is about to die. SO cute~

 

    • 29. If you could live in any world from a Disney movie, which would you choose? Neverland. Come on people: Never grow up, fairies, magic, and FLYING! Sign me up!

 

    • 30. Favorite Disney musical sequence based on spectacle/animation? Never actually seen a Live Disney musical!

 

    • 31. Which Disney princess has the best sidekicks? Mulan for freaking MUSHU. Who wouldn’t want Will Smith as a sassy dragon sidekick?

 

    • 32. If you could have a party themed around any Disney movie, which one would you pick? hmmm. Probably Tangled because that’s the theme I want for my future Disney Wedding…
    • 33. Are you the only one obsessed with Disney in your family? Or does it run in the family? No all of my immediate family is obsessed with Disney. It started with my Dad and eventually went to me.
    • 34. Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, Cogsworth, or Chip? Chip! Such a cute little English gent.

 

    • 35. What are your top five favorite Disney blogs on Tumblr? None

 

    • 36. If you could choose the plot/adaptation for the next Disney movie, what would it be? I’d like to see the universe that all of the movies live in. I know they interact in the parks universe so maybe something about how the Princesses and such get along at the parks when people aren’t there and or when they travel away from the parks what they do.

 

    • 37. Favorite hotel at the parks? The Boardwalk Hotel. I have so many good memories there it is an obvious choice.

 

    • 38. Which Disney movie do you turn to when you’re sad/upset? Brave. It always makes me laugh and I love the whole story and what not.

 

    • 39. The Aladdin show or The Little Mermaid show? Aladdin. I really don’t like The Little Mermaid.

 

    • 40. Do you plan to have/have you had your honeymoon at a Disney park? I will have my Disney wedding so for sure Disney Honeymoon too.

 

    • 41. Favorite piece of Disney clothing/accessory to wear? Again my Merida Jacket I love it so much.

 

    • 42. Post a picture of yourself that’s Disney-related.
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This is a picture from when I went to the parks with my boyfriend for my 18th birthday. I love this picture because it was such an amazing day and this embodies everything I love about going to the parks; being at the happiest place on earth with the people that make me the happiest.

    • 43. Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck? Donald. My phone case right now is a little Donald butt

 

    • 44. What Disney movies/worlds would you like to see in the next Kingdom Hearts game? I never was a big Kingdom Hearts fan

 

  • 45. Which Disney movie, even if it’s not your favorite, will always have a special place in your heart and for what reason? Dumbo. I love the movie but the song always makes me cry uncontrollably so I don’t like it for that reason.

 

Sorry about the long post but I hope everyone liked all of the questions! I tag anyone who wants to do this! Please tag me if you do this because I would LOVE to see your responses!

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The Art of Writing Letters: Keeping Letter Writing Alive

Hello, interwebs! Today I am going to be talking a little bit about letter writing and why I am going to be sending lots of letters to my friends and family while I am away in college.

Letters have been a means of communication for a really long time. People evolved and created their own style with handwriting, stationery, wax seals and even stamps. However, over time our culture has moved away from sending hand written notes and toward the technological means of communication entirely. I’ve always loved writing and receiving mail since I was really young. I grew up in the age of computers so there was always this sort of magic and mystery regarding letters and mail in general. When I was growing up, pen-pals and sending post cards to friends during the summer were quite a common thing and I remember always being so excited when I got one.

However, now people have no interest in sending hand written notes and letters. I remember how when I was taking the ACT for the first time that most of the kids in the room didn’t know how to write in cursive, in order to write the statement saying they won’t cheat. This was incredibly surprising to me. As someone who grew up being forced to learn and write in cursive constantly it was unimaginable that people didn’t know it at all.  I digress, as you may know ( if you’ve been following my blog) that I am leaving for college soon. There are a few things that I’m doing while I’m there that I am going to add to my daily routine. Most of those are obvious things, such as skyping my boyfriend and my parents, using my planner, meditation; but there is one thing that most wouldn’t think of, writing letters to my boyfriend as well as my friends.

The reason I wanted to write letters specifically is that a) I love letters and stationery b) think there is something more thoughtful about writing letters and c) as a way to keep in touch with my friends far away that I won’t be able to talk to often. Like I mentioned, I think there is something very thoughtful about writing letters. It tells the person, ” hey I took the time to sit down and put my thoughts on paper” which I think is rather special. I also wanted this as a way for me to show a sort of commitment to my significant other. I wanted the letters to symbolize me thinking about him constantly and making the effort to keep up a normal routine as well as making some things fun and exciting.

To get to my actual point, go out and write someone a letter. It doesn’t take that much time and I’m sure someone around you has an envelope and a stamp. I think people really appreciate it and I am someone who doesn’t want this form of communication as well as handwriting, in general, to go away.

Stay old fashioned,

Lia

 

1 Week Away: Thoughts and Tips about going away to College

Hello interwebs! Today I am going to be continuing with my little series about heading off to college. Since I am leaving in about a week, I thought I would make a post updating you on my thoughts and feelings as I get so close to my final days at home.

 

Like I’ve said from the beginning, college has always been somewhat of an anxiety inducing topic. As an only child who’s never been away from home for long, this is an entirely new experience. However, as I get closer to actually leaving, there is this odd sense of calm. I think it has to do with how insanely prepared I am and my level of anxiety induced OCD. I’ve gotten all of my stuff, I am almost already packed, bought all of my school supplies and not to mention I’m going to the school of my dreams. ( it’s also a nice bonus that I got a super sweet room and an awesome roommate). With the calm and the happiness also comes with an overwhelming sense of melancholy. I am also leaving my family, my hometown, my best friend and my boyfriend as I leave off toward the unknown.

Leaving also feels like some wonderful, great adventure. I’m leaving to become more of my own person and experience people and things that will ultimately impact my life greater than anything in High School. It will make me a stronger person and hopefully, more self-assured. I think college is the ultimate time to figure out who you are and what you believe in. You aren’t surrounded by parental pressures to be one way or the other, which allows you to really delve into who you are on a very intimate level. You also have your future to dream about. What makes you happy? What could you see yourself working on/for, for quite some time? All of these things, with some good introspection and hard work, will come to you eventually.

This is also the time in which we can learn to be individual adults. The first thing I would like to mention is that you really need to take care of yourself. I know you will hear something similar from your parents, but it is important to take care of your health and well-being; both mental and physical. Mental health is really important to your overall health and happiness and like I’ve said a thousand times before, if you need help please do not feel ashamed to get it. You also have to take care of your physical health as well. Staying up all night on Redbull and Doritos won’t help your skin or your brain ( among many other things). This also doesn’t mean starving yourself because you don’t want to gain the freshman 15. Everything of course in moderation and with some light exercise you should be totally happy and healthy.

That leads me to my last point if you aren’t happy, leave. No one wants you to be unhappy and if a college or room mate or whatever is making you unhappy, miserable or depressed; maybe it just isn’t for you. I also want to stress that this is OKAY. Going to a 4 year, big wig, university isn’t for everyone. Of course, I am a large advocate of higher education but if a big private university isn’t for you there are many other options available.

Overall, I am excited for what’s to come and I wish everyone great sucess in college!

Love and hugs,

Lia

My Summer of Traveling: My best travel advice

Hello, Interwebs! I know its been quite a long time since I’ve posted anything but, I just recently got back from all of my summer travels!

As you know, I recently graduated high school (yay!) and as my graduation present my parents took me to Japan. To preface this, I have been interested in Japan and Japanese culture since I was a little girl, therefore, my parents promised me that if I did well in high school that they would take me to Japan. Japan was absolutely amazing. The people there are the kindest, most loving people I have ever met in my entire life. There were so many instances where we would have gotten horribly lost without the help of random kind people. We were in Japan for almost three weeks so packing was certainly an issue for us. We knew that we were going to be buying a bunch of souvenirs so we had to decide carefully what we were going to do.

1. Carry-on suitcases are the way to go

Honestly, I can’t stress this enough. A good carry-on suitcase along with learning how to pack better is the best way to travel. For our trip to Japan, we decided to all take carry on luggage ( because no way are we paying $30 a bag) and then buy a suitcase there. We actually needed a new suitcase anyway so this worked out. The biggest part about this is learning how to pack. Learning to pack more efficiently helps keep you organized and allows you to only take the smaller suitcase ( and not pay the money! YAY!)

2. BACKPACKS

I absolutely love backpacks. I never carry a purse and use backpacks for almost everything. Especially when you are traveling long distance backpacks help keep everything organized and usually they are more comfortable and safe than purses.

3. Camera

Decide what camera you want to take based off of a) what you have and b) what you are willing to carry around. I brought my big DSLR thinking that I was going to take a bunch of photos and videos ( don’t get me wrong I used it a ton) but toward the end of the trip I just wanted to enjoy the time there instead of being stuck behind a camera. It just depends on what you’re comfortable with.

4. Planning vs Spontaneity

I am always for planning vacations. I think a lot of times there are things that are necessary to plan in advance.However that being said, make sure everyone is on the same page with what they want to do, or else one person ends up planning the whole thing which leads to no one getting to do what they want. Being spontaneous is also something that I recommend. Not having a plan for EVERYTHING makes for a better trip and interesting experiences. Don’t be afraid to just go out there!

 

Well, that’s all I got for you today~ I’ll be posting all of my photos of my trips soon. If you want a more in-depth travel guide from my trip to Japan let me know!

Stay cool,

Lia

Bullet Journaling: My first time and first impressions

Hello interwebs! Today I will be talking about my new introduction into bullet journaling and my first impressions of this widely popular way of planning. Now I’ve only been doing this for a few weeks now, so I’m going to do an updated impressions post as I continue to use this method.

For those of you that don’t know, bullet journaling is a type of planning in which you use a notebook with an index and page numbers in order to make a planner that is specifically catered to your style and needs. Usually, a bullet journal consists of a mix of planning and serious topics as well as journaling type pages. There is a whole website made by the creator of the Bullet Journal and I suggest taking a look at that website if you are seriously interested.

For me personally, I wanted to have a system where I could easily plan all of my school events but not have to keep spending money on stickers in order to make spreads look visually appealing. I also wanted something in which I could track more personal things and keep a look at my own mental health as the months go by. I was drawn to the bullet journal because of its customizability. Fully endless layouts and possibilities to fit my needs and wants, which is pretty darn cool.

That brings us to my bullet journal. While up in Seattle, I stopped at my favorite stationery store Kinokuya and got all of the needed supplies. I decided on a bright blue Leuchtturm 1917, with dotted paper, a Pilot Opt. 0.5 pencil, and some of the Mildliner highlighters ( which seemed like a must according to the bullet journal community). I first started in it at the airport on the way home and I’ve kept up with it since.

As for my first impressions, I am really loving it. It allows me to be really creative with spreads and have everything that I need there and accounted for. Now that I have my spread almost down pat It’s been really fun to sit down there and think of themes and what not to put in there. As for the notebook itself, I love the dotted paper and the notebook is so cute I can’t help but love to write in it. I would also totally recommend the Mildliners because they totally help add color to spreads without seeping through the paper.

Well, that just about does it. Please let me know if you want to see pictures of my spreads and if you want to see more things about bullet journaling in the future.

Happy spring everyone!

Lia