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Batuu

We did a thing on May 31st, we left this planet and travelled to a far off outpost called Batuu. Woah. Disney went above and beyond! Some highlights from our night:

My outfit (this was taken in Downtown LA)

And for anyone traveling during the reservation system in place at Disneyland, these are my thoughts…copied from a Disney group I shared it in:

Some highlights:

1. Being “smuggled” into the Falcon attraction via the Fastpass queue. I won’t share all the details, it’s a bit scoundrel-ish.

2. The creature stall!! Porgs, Lothcats, and a bunch of weird stuff I don’t know what it all is, but they made noises and looked creep and/or cool.

3. Droid building! My youngest did this. He was so excited. Said unit is now downstairs harassing my Lothcat.

4. The food we tried was OK, but bear in mind I have allergies and a sensitive stomach and so we didn’t delve too deep into food last night. I wanted to enjoy the land and not end up in the infirmary.

5. TALK TO THE CITIZENS. I cannot stress this enough. I always tell people to talk to other people as you never know who or what you will meet and get into. Well, this is absolutely the case on Batuu. Woah.

6. Download the Play Disney app. That was MY highlight, interacting and exploring that way. I suppose I’m just a dirty rotten scoundrel at heart. Hondo, I feel ya man.

7. If you experience motion sickness on Flight of Passage, might want something for the attraction. We rode twice and I was DONE, even medicated. The boys rode EIGHT TIMES. The single rider queue was open and they took full advantage. I think they also smuggled themselves in a couple of times.

All in all, WOW. But bring your earthly credits, for these traders want ALL OF THEM. No need for paid previews…Disney is making up for any lost revenue with the fabulous and incredible merchandise. And everyone was handing over credits for the items of their dreams, because Batuu is every Star Wars lovers DREAM.

10/10 recommended. And I’m a recent Star Wars convert. However I did have a backstory and spent a lot of time cultivating it with the citizens. Because that’s just me.

Overall, Disney did an incredible job with this expansion and beautiful land. If you’re a Star Wars fan? Go. You will be able to live out your dreams in reality!!

Rising suns,

Jules

*this is not a paid review and we were NOT hosted by Disney. Just Disney fans who hopped online to make a reservation and took the day to go play on Batuu!


First Day of Spring

So, if you’ve read my blog or followed me on Instagram, it’s obvious I am one of those “adult Disney fans”. I own it. In fact, I own it so much, I know WHEN to pose for ride photos….

Because the BEST time to have a wild phone conversation is on a ride, right? (Okay, Photo was totally staged, they ALWAYS are) LOL!!

I also photobomb characters.

And wear sparkly shoes with “critter” handbags.

Now this was all yesterday, so this was how we spent the first day of spring. The forecast was calling for heavy rain, but it’s been pushed to tomorrow, which meant we had a glorious afternoon adventure in the parks!

And I snagged these wicked awesome buttons. I LOVE official Disney buttons!

So there you have it! How did you spend your first day of Spring 2018?

Jules


March

I know, we are nearly halfway through the month of March. It seems like 2018 is going to fly by faster than any previous year! I haven’t been posting as much, as I am at a bit of a crossroads. I’m not buying new Kate Spade (or rather direct from Kate Spade the company), due to the incident last year, but I don’t really want to change my blog name, or anything else online. I have stayed true to myself all the years I have been blogging, staying away from sponsorships that make ZERO sense, and hosting bizarre ads. I’ve never blogged to the stuff or money, but for the joy of sharing my style and mundane life with others! So, think may change a bit as time goes by, but I don’t see many of them. Just fewer new purchases and more Disney trips!

Some recent outfits:

Arlowe is still ruling the house (but is not allowed in the kitchen, which he lets us know is NOT OKAY)

I went to an Oscars party, and dragged a friend this year….

And we met Black Panther at Disney’s California Adventure Park!

Yeah, that’s the photo right there….utterly absurd and ridiculous looking! #nailedit

Until next time,

Jules


2018

Wait, it’s 2018?! WHAT?! December was so bananas for me, if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you’ve seen some of my recent adventures. I started December at Disneyland, then hopped over to Disneyworld just before Christmas, Disneyland on Christmas Eve, and really haven’t sat still since! I’ll be back in Florida in less than a month, we decided to skip presents this year and take the kids on a trip instead. Planning for Disneyworld is interesting, but I am holding for a successful second trip.

Some photo recaps, although I’ve been very good so far in 2018, and haven’t purchased anything new. (I think I bought it all in 2017!)

Arlowe is still ruling the house:

I finished 2017 with one of the largest cakes I’ve ever made, complete with a gorgeous sugar cameo!

And then this last week I got to attend the opening night of Aladdin at the Pantages! Still swooning over the spectacular production!! Rajah of course had to attend!

I love random LA wanderers in photos! Adds to the essence of the city. My girlfriend took this, which was so fun:

If you can go see Aladdin? Go! The genie is amazing and the glitz and glitter is over the top fabulous! Visit the merchandise table, they have many things that you will NEED. I love the tote, a HUGE thanks to iHeart Radio for that bit of magic! Perfect for my travels this year!

Happy 2018!!!

Jules


December

How is it December? How did this happen? I’m not ready for it y’all! Although, I AM ready for 2017 to be over, as I hope 2018 brings better tidings for all!

December this year brought a special trip for me, at stay with girlfriends at the Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim, along with celebrating special events AND sharing the chefs table experience with friends at the Napa Rose restaurant. Some photos….much amazing food, laughter and fun was had by all:


I recommend the Grand Californian sooo so so so so so much. Can I please move in?! Here’s my meal at Napa Rose (I have no idea what it all was, other than DELICIOUS. Huge shout out to Eric, for the most perfect wine pairings….not only perfect with my food, exactly my tastebuds. He is to wine what I am to deciphering brides! It’s magic!


If anyone ever invites you to dine at the Chef’s Counter at Napa Rose, go! I’m the worlds pickiest eater with some frustrating food allergies and I enjoyed every bite! It was absolute perfection. Already plotting my next seating there.

While at the Grand, the trolls got into some scrapes with some new friends as well:

When at Disneyland! 

Some other outfits I’ve worn since my last blog post:

I’ve posted a bit on Instagram, yes my family was affected by one of the fires in LA County this past week. Luckily our LA apartment came through unscathed and we are no longer under evacuation orders. We are blessed to have a second home, and I know so many others have lost everything. The winds out here have been utterly terrible! Praying they can contain everything and the weather will allow containment tomorrow. 

Until next time,

Jules


Thankful

This yeah our Thanksgiving looked a bit different that normal. My husband is on a brutal schedule for the foreseeable future, and we are just be-bopping around it as best as we can. Instead of a day, it became a “week” of various events.

Monday we started with our annual Thanksgiving week Disneyland trip….which I wore a ridiculous Disney Christmas dress:

The purse lights up:​

Yup, I have officially gone over the edge! Enough to receive a “citation”!! We should back up to the Saturday before, when I popped into Disneyland for Mickey’s birthday, and to meet a friend of mine (Kristin over at Pink Lemons) from Instagram in person…..and picked up the Disney Christmas dress then:

Isn’t she the cutest? Blogging has provided a creative outlet for me, as well as meeting some really awesome people who understand that I need “all the dresses”!!

Tuesday I braved the 90+ degree weather in Los Angeles and cooked a scaled down version of my Thanksgiving spread….hey, tiny apartment, tiny meal right?! We also decorated the apartment for Christmas this year!

Wednesday was spent baking at our main house and preparing to head out to Palm Springs to see my parents….I made pies and iced cookies this year, while my mom pulled out all the stops for a big spread. We had a slight Christmas theme going on…because why not?! My favorite is the sweater cookies, customized with everyone’s name!

Mind you, my sweater was merely for show, as it was in the 90’s and we were running the a/c! My mom and I became “those people” and joined the masses Thursday evening for the shopping extravaganza. We were more like observers, as the deals were not worth the “frenzy”. For us, it was just enjoyable to be at the outdoor mall in November walking around and enjoying ourselves! We did buy some makeup:

Yesterday we popped over to El Paseo in Palm Desert, the weather was gorgeous! We hit Kate Spade, but I didn’t take any photos (oops!). I did try on this gorgeous Oscar de la Renta at the Off Fifth….sadly it was too big and I think altering it down would have ruined the beauty of the beading on the bodice:

I hope it finds a good home! My best “deal” was Kate Spade sheet sets at Nordstrom Rack for less than $40, and the lucky find of a .01 item! For us, “Black Friday” is never about waiting in a line or hunting for some insane deal. It was my mom and I hanging out and thankful that my dad is still here to drive us nuts and take the kids swimming in November! It’s been one helluva year, I am sad it’s almost over, but am very much looking forward to 2018 and whatever it throws at us!

Cherish your loved ones, one never knows when they may be gone. 2017 has been filled with an incredible amount of loss, and we nearly lost my dad, so it truly hits home. I am thankful for our wacky life, two households, endless freeway traffic, and a hoard of kids on a very alternative schedule! 

Until next time,

Jules


Twist of Fate

As I sit in my bedroom and gaze out my sliding glass door at this GORGEOUS sunset, it reminds me how fragile life really is, and how a moment in time can change the course of your life. Be it floods from weather (Here’s looking at you Texas, my adopted second home that I miss daily), a medical emergency at your daughter’s school, or death in the family, life is precious, fleeting, and you have to cherish every day, really every moment.

Earlier this year my daughter had a medical emergency at her school, which resulted in the administration choosing to NOT call 911 for nearly 2 hours. Through a lucky twist of fate, she is okay. Forever scarred by the experience, but also changed in ways I couldn’t have dreamed of as a mother. She’s become more focused, thoughtful and is growing into a young lady I am proud to call my mini-me (although she’s officially as tall as me!). But that tragic decision on the part of a single person changed the entire course of our lives! Of course other unspeakable things happened at this same school in the following months to my two younger sons that were awful in their own ways, but my daughters accident started it, and we are now a homeschooling/unschooling/independent study family. While I was initially terrified, technology and an INCREDIBLE support system has made the transition relatively painless. It also opens up the delights of Southern California for many hands on experiences that would not be available otherwise. 

That said, my focus may change a bit. I still shop, wear cute dresses (hey, now I can dress like a teacher!), and go to Disneyland far too much. But it’s become teachable moments in all these activities I enjoy. Disneyland turned into a keynote presentation on the origin of a ride, the difference between cars, and the mechanics of said ride. A shopping trip turns into a budgeting lesson (one I probably need to take myself!). And most of all, the kids picked up flying model airplanes this summer, which has opened up a world of avionics and the ultimate adventure of learning how to fly gliders and read wind patterns. Oh and today? They learned to drive a John Deere ride on mower, they leveled part of the field and thought it was just a big game! 

All this due to a twist of fate in February. Changed the course of their lives and has put them on a path to careers they dreamed about but didn’t quite know how to reach. 

I know I don’t often post about family and personal stuff, but the last year has brought many changes into our lives and I haven’t been blogging as much because of it. I still post regularly on Instagram, but I also forget about Facebook. Being a work-widow adds to my schedule, but it’s a job I am happy to fill, as I see the long term path we are on. 

And now for some fun:

No matter how hard things seem, hold fast and stay on that path. Those twists of fate, if you follow them and stick to it, even when it’s difficult, the changes will turn into blessings beyond your dreams.

Until next time,

Jules