Friday, November 2, 2018

Five Loves on Friday // Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas ALL in One Week!

Happy first Friday of November!  This has been such a full week filled with festive fun!  We celebrated an early Thanksgiving, a Halloween of firsts, and kicked off the Christmas season!  Needless to say this is a Five Loves post I'm giddy about writing!  Thanks so much for stopping by to read it!  Holiday cheer straight ahead...

One  //  Thanksgiving 2018

We celebrated Thanksgiving a month early with Jason's side of the family as several travel plans made it too tricky to work out gathering together next month.  It was such a lovely day together in my in-laws beautiful home.  We enjoyed a delicious turkey that Jason smoked overnight, along with several sensational sides my mother-in-law prepared, and a delicious pumpkin pie freshly baked by my sister-in-law.  The only thing that rivaled the scrumptiousness was the time together, and the fabulous fall view (more on that soon).

Two  //  Walking in a Fall Wonderland

My in-laws' home in the country is like a fall dream!  I think I went for a walk around their place at least three times while there just to take in the beauty.  I've always been partial to bright red and orange foliage and they had plenty of prettiness in those swoon-worthy shades.

My sweet girls took a stroll with me and posed for a cute picture (or ten) too.  This mom's heart was so full it could burst!

Three  //  Halloween 2018

Little One created her own Halloween costume this year!  We got her a new sewing machine over the summer and she's been putting it to good use and making her mama proud at the same time.  She sewed her dress and neck accessory and added a few extra touches to complete the look she fashioned after one of her favorite characters, seen on the pillow she's posed with in the photo below.

She didn't stop there with the Halloween creations, she also carved these two cat pumpkins too...

Halloween evening was gorgeous here!  It was in the upper 50s and the sky was lit beautifully for the occasion.  We enjoyed sitting outside on our front porch, passing out treats and visiting with neighbors, friends, and family who all stopped by to say, "Hello" and added to their sugar stash at the same time.

This was the first year that we didn't go out trick-or-treating ourselves and it couldn't have been a better evening at home  celebrating and creating spooktacular new memories!  I hope yours was every bit as sweet!

Four  //  New Phone

My awesome hubby hooked me up with a new phone this week!  My old iPhone 6 had two huge cracks, was running extremely slow, and the list could go on and on about how it'd seen better days.  We both got new iPhone XRs and are loving them!  I went with coral which was a special order color (at the location we purchased our phones from).  It was well worth the wait as it's oh so lovely!  I got a Kate Spade case for it that's half glittery, half clear, and entirely perfect for allowing me to admire the prettiness of the color along with a dose of sparkle.  I'm loving the phone's camera!  All the photos in this blog post were taken with it.  Pretty good for a phone, right?  The speakers are excellent too.  Want to know what I've been listening to on it?....

Five  //  Christmastime is Here!

I couldn't be any more excited that it's November, friends!  As Jason said when we were setting our wedding date, "November is a good month."  Indeed it is!  This month Jason and I will be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary!  It's also the month we celebrate the anniversary of becoming parents, aka: our oldest daughter's birthday month.  Add in holiday cheer and it's absolutely the best time of year!  

Don't worry I don't skip Thanksgiving altogether.  Yesterday morning I swapped out all of my jack-o-lanterns and spooky sweet Halloween decor for turkeys and more fall touches throughout our home that speak of the thankfulness that fills our hearts during this month and all throughout the year.  Make no mistake about it though, every waking hour spent in my cozy home this month there will be either a Christmas movie or Christmas record playing despite the terrific turkey decor surrounding it.  Christmastime is definitely here and I embrace it wholeheartedly!  

Yes, Yes, Yes!

Attention fellow Hallmark loving friends!  Have you seen this app?  It not only tells you when each of the new 2018 Christmas movies premiere, it also helps you keep track of which ones you've watched.  It makes my list loving, Hallmark movie adoring heart skip a beat!

They also launched a new Hallmark Channel radio station on SiriusXM yesterday too!  I haven't had the opportunity to tune in yet, but look forward to listening soon.  If you've got a SiriusXM subscription you can find it on channel 70.

So, how about you?  Are you Team Christmastime or do you hold off on holiday cheer until later in the year?  I'd love to hear in the comment section below.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead!

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Five Loves on Friday // Fall Fabulousness

Happy Friday!  I hope you've enjoyed a wonderful week!  Mine was filled with sweetness and simple pleasures.  Would you care to hear about a handful of them?  Fantastic!  Let's get right to the good stuff!

One  //  My Fall Happy Place

You may remember me talking about a big home improvement project going on at our place during the late spring and summer.  We tore down our wooden deck (that was in desperate need of repair) and rebuilt it with composite decking.  I am enjoying it even more this fall than I did in the summertime!  No scorching heat to deal with and just enough chill in the air to make sitting fireside incredibly cozy!  I've enjoyed reading out in the sunshine, evening chats with my family, and some dining and crafting around the table.  I couldn't love this fall extension of my home any more!

Leaf rubbing crowns are the new flower crowns.

Two //  S'mores for the Sweet

You don't have to suggest breaking out the s'mores supplies to my girls more than once.  The time together was the sweetest part!

Three  //  A Simply Sweet Evening

While our girls were at church youth group Wednesday night my hubby and I went out for tasty treats and conversation.  I enjoyed the Blizzard of the Month, Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough.  Yum!  Personally, I haven't met a cookie dough I didn't like!  This blizzard with the seasonally sensational flavor of cinnamon sugar blended with their vanilla soft serve was delicious!  Having an hour alone with my man was like the sprinkles on top of this much enjoyed dessert date!

While it wasn't the prettiest Blizzard, it tasted far better than it looked!

Four  //  Warm Apple Pie in Candle Form

Aren't fall scents are so warm, inviting, and cozy?  Plus, this version of pie doesn't have a single calorie.  Win/wonderful win!


Five  //  Another Disney Trip Completely Documented!

This week I shared my final Trip Report Tuesday blog post from our November/December 2017 Walt Disney World vacation.  This series began during my first year of blogging way back in 2013 both a means of sharing vacation details and bringing a "Disney fix" to our Disney loving friends and family, as well as a way to document all of our magical adventures.  Five years later I'm so thankful to have each day of these vacations preserved right here to look back at fondly for years to come.  Documenting life, whether the ordinary every day joys I share in my Five Loves on Friday posts as well as the memories made on vacation, is one of my favorite parts of blogging!  Another beautiful blessing of blogging is connecting with other bloggers and readers, which leads me to extending a HUGE thank you to those of you who have taken the time to stop by any of my trip reports over the years!  You have made sharing all the more fun!  

If you are interested and missed any of my Trip Report Tuesday posts you can find direct links to each post from the past five years in the Disney World & Disneyland Trip Reports tab located at the top of my blog or simply click here!  You can also find each of those vacations documented in video form at my family's YouTube Channel Eat, Sleep, Dis, Repeat.  I'm so glad my husband pours the time into recording, editing, and sharing our memories there too.  I'm slightly biased, but I think he does an amazing job! ;)

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I appreciate you taking time out of your day to visit my nook of the blogosphere!  Wishing you a delightful weekend ahead!  

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Trip Report Tuesday - WDW Day 17 | Final Morning and a Closer Look at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort

Day 17 - Sunday, December 9, 2017

This was our final morning at WDW.  Pass the tissues, please.  I used a bit of the morning to take as many pictures as I could to capture the details of this place we so enjoyed calling home for the final week of our trip.  

Here's a last look at our one bedroom villa in Disney Vacation Club's newest addition, the Copper Creek Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge, and the rest of this picturesque resort.

I thought it was such a fun touch that they had this coffee table book there for guests' enjoyment.

This couch makes out into a sofa bed.

It was a cold and rainy morning.  If ever you have to leave, this is the type of weather that makes heading home a bit more bearable.

Tucked in the corner of its lobby there's a gem that goes unnoticed by many.  In fact, I didn't even spot this until the last morning of our trip!  While it may not be as grand some of the other Christmas displays I've shared, the intricate detailing of this display is every bit as impressive!

Bear Country Display Ingredients:
60 lbs White Chocolate
15 lbs Molding Chocolate
5 lbs Cocoa Butter
A touch of pixie dust!

I would've rocked a bit of the morning away here but it was too wet out to make that enjoyable.  It's almost as if Disney World was crying at the thought of our trip ending too. ;)

It was time for one final meal in our villa.  Being that it was December, we listed to Christmas music a lot during our time there.  I'll never forget that on this particular morning as Jason prepared our breakfast sandwiches Elvis' "Blue Christmas" came on.  My husband sang with blues in his voice that morning, mourning the end of our vacation.  I'll never hear that song again without remembering that moment.

A final elevator selfie.  You may be able to tell my smile is a little forced on this morning as we rolled our luggage down to the lobby and were officially homeward bound.

Told you that I'd be sure to take advantage of this bear-y cute photo op! ;)

A Mears "Tragical Express" made it's way to us.  It wasn't even a Disney bus, friends.  Sorry to sound sad, but it still hurts a little. ;)

Disney got us to the airport so early that we had to wait a few hours before our flight would even show up on the screen, so we passed the time with grabbing lunch and lounging next to a live band playing near a brightly lit Christmas tree.  I tried to keep the Disney magic alive by using a cute koozie on my McDs cup.  It's the little things!

That's a wrap, friends!  It was an incredibly memorable Disney vacation with the three people I love most in the world!  We enjoyed many firsts - our first Disney Vacation Club special event, our first time visiting DVC member lounge, my first trip to spend time in all four parks solo, and the girls' first trip going off on their own for a bit of sister time here and there!  Our Disney dream of becoming Annual Passholders came true!  We were chosen as the family to represent Disney Vacation Club during the special fireworks at DVC Moonlight Magic!  We stayed at new resorts.  We had 'Ohana delivered to our room and I ate that fantastic feast in my pajamas!  We experienced Pandora for the first time!  We soaked up all the Christmas magic we could, and now the time had come to go home and celebrate the season with our families!  It was a bittersweet day, but looking back at this trip filled with the laughs and the memories I'll forever cherish has brought this mama behind the keyboard to happy tears!

Thank you, sweet readers and cherished friends, for joining me here on this Trip Report Tuesday and each one you may have made it to prior!  I absolutely love capturing these memories for my family in blog form, and sharing them with you is like the sweet cherry on top!  

Coming Soon!
We took a family road trip August 30 - September 16th, 2018 from our home in the Midwest to WDW and hit all sorts of amazing places along the way there and back!  I plan to begin recapping that vacation in a new installment to this Trip Report Tuesday blogging series soon!  

Also, Jason and I will be returning to our happy place for a "just the two of us" trip next month in celebration of our 20th Wedding Anniversary!  I look forward to sharing the magic of our "adults only" trip in the new year to come.  Spoiler alert, it involves some really fantastic dining.  Hope you'll be back to hear all about it!  

M-I-C  c-ya real soon!
K-E-Y  y? because we like you!

Also, don't forget to check out the video footage from this day at my family's YouTube Channel, 
Direct Links to Previous Trip Report Tuesday Blog Posts:
You can check out previous years of my Disney World and Disneyland Trip Report HERE.

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