Epcot the Ghost Town

I’m about to let you all in on a little WDW secret!  Shhhhhhhhh!

Tadd and I recently spent an early morning in Epcot’s World Showcase.  Normally, the World Showcase section of the park opens at 11AM, while the rest of the park opens at 9.  However, the bakery in the France pavilion was recently remodeled and reopened with new hours!   They now open right at 9 with the front of the park.  BUT!  The France pavilion is literally as far back into the park as you can get.  Nothing else is open back there before 11…It’s literally JUST the bakery (which, as I’m sure you can imagine, serves some pretty fantasic pastries for breakfast!).  And word hasn’t really gotten out yet about this hidden gem.

What this means is, if you can get to Epcot at park opening, and immediately walk straight back into World Showcase, you basically have that whole area  to yourself.  While everyone else is racing to The Land pavilion on the other side of the park to get Soarin’ fastpasses, you will get to stroll past the completely empty Canada and UK pavilions on your way to your delicious breakfast in France!

There is something SO cool about feeling as if you have a whole theme park to yourself.  We are so used to seeing these places full of crowds, noise, and hustle-bustle.  Being able to take our time and really enjoy all the sights and details in peace and quiet was well worth the hassle of getting up extra early.  Of course, we had to take our sweet time and take a ton of pics!


I realize that my blog has been lacking in the creativity department lately.  I have been so busy with travel and wedding and life in general, that most of my posts have been filled with that stuff lately.  I hope to get back to crafts, sewing, and maybe even share a recipe or two really soon.  I hope you will bear with me in the meantime, and enjoy me sharing a bit about the other things going on in my world!

I thought I would share the Instagram pics I took during our 4 days/3 nights at Walt Disney World last week!  I can’t stress enough how much Tadd and I enjoyed ourselves during that little getaway.  As a matter of fact, I told Tadd that if I thought we could swing it, I would definitely book another very similar staycation in December to enjoy all of the holiday happenings at WDW.  October, November, and December are definitely my FAVORITE months to enjoy the theme parks!

Some highlights…

  • The first two pics are from Disney’s brand new Art of Animation Resort, in the Cars-themed section.  This was a short walk away from where we were staying at the Pop Century Resort, so we took advantage on our first day and took a look around.  All I have to say is WOW!  Art of Animation is incredible!   Each wing of the resort makes you feel like you are walking into a Disney film (Cars, Finding Nemo, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid).  So many cute touches!
  • We ate at Boma in the Animal Kingdom Lodge for breakfast our second morning (left most pic, third row down).  Food was delicious!  We would definitely go back.
  • I made that little Mickey pumpkin canvas backpack (third row right) years ago, using a $2 basic blank canvas drawstring backpack that I got at JoAnn’s (in the section with the blank t-shirts and tote bags) and a computer graphic printed on iron-on paper.  I was used to using the iron-on paper on t-shirts and wasn’t sure how it would transfer on canvas, but it turned out great and has now lasted me 5 or so years!  The canvas is starting to look a bit dingy, but the graphic still looks great.
  • I love when they project things on Cinderella Castle during the fireworks shows!  You can see the orange jack-o’-lanterns in my pic from the “Happy Hallowishes” fireworks display at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
  • The pic with the cup of coffee is from Kona Cafe in the Polynesian Resort.  This is where we had breakfast on our last morning before heading over to Magic Kingdom to check out the New Fantasyland.  If you are a coffee lover, you MUST try 100% pure Kona coffee in a press pot.  It’s sooo much better than regular coffee!

A day at Animal Kingdom

One of the things I love about this park is that it can be a totally different experience each time. The animals are never in the same spots doing the same thing twice, so you’ll never know what you might see!

It’s also seemingly the hottest of all the parks. Maybe it’s all the extra foliage trapping in the heat & humidity? All I know is that I won’t likely be returning until it is much cooler. The bonus of attending Animal Kingdom on a cooler day is that the animals always seem more active when it’s cooler.

Fun with Sonia Kashuk Nail Polish!

If you have been following me on Instagram or Twitter, you likely have seen me gush about my quickly-growing collection of Sonia Kashuk nail polish.

This pic has an Instagram filter on it unfortunately, but you get the ideas of the colors. Left to right: Mauving On Up, Blank Slate, and Fairy Princess.

Taunting Teal

Two Cents & Emerald City from the new fall line!

I had heard of Sonia Kashuk’s line at Target before, but never really thought about buying this particular brand of nail polish until I read this post on 320 Sycamore.  I loved the colors and loved that she claimed that they were so durable and low-maintenance that she didn’t have one single chip after 2 weeks of wear!  I had to try it for myself.

Well, I purchased Blank Slate (pictured above) and took the “320 Sycamore challenge” on my own toes.  It’s true!  Two coats, no base coat, no top coat, and it lasted for two weeks.  I confess that first attempt I did have one tiny chip after accidentally banging my foot on something around day 10, but I’m talking TINY.  I have since tried other colors in the Sonia Kashuk and have been successful in getting through two weeks (and beyond) with zero chips multiple times. A noticeable difference from most other nail polish brands I have tried.

I wouldn’t consider myself a true nail polish connoisseur, since I know some people devote whole blogs to just that topic.  I am really just looking for something that is low maintenance, fun, and budget friendly.  At under $5 each, and with all of the lovely and interesting colors in their lineup, this product exceeds my expectations.  I am wearing Two Cents from their brand new fall line now and I just love it.  The finish really reminds me of shiny pennies!  Next on my wishlist are Golden Ticket and Dime A Dozen.

Sorry there are no photos of the product in action.  I will admit that photos of feet kind of weird me out, especially when it comes to my own.  Yet another one of my weird idiosyncrasies!

NOTE: I was not compensated in any way for expressing my opinions above.  I just love the product and wanted to share!

Anniversary weekend.

Celebrated 8 years of marriage this past weekend with a mini-getaway.  We stayed at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort for 1 night, spent the afternoon at the resort’s pool, and then had dinner at the California Grill atop the Contemporary Resort with a panoramic view of Magic Kingdom (and a great view of the Wishes fireworks show!).  Wanted to share a few Instagram pics I took.  Enjoy!


A zippy wallet for the birthday girl.

One of my best friends had a birthday over the weekend.  I decided to take another crack at Noodlehead’s zippy wallet for part of her gift.  Love this tutorial!  It’s easy, cute, and takes a teeny bit of fabric.

I made one for myself awhile back and used it for the first time in my wristlet as a mini-wallet during our ghost-hunting bachelorette party night out on the town.  It easily and securely held my ID and credit card in the front pocket, with paper money and coins in the zip pouch.  It took up almost zero room in my wristlet, but was big enough to very easy to fish out whenever I needed it throughout the evening.

The photo below is before the snap was added to the tab, but you get the idea.

And here’s the one I made for the birthday girl this past weekend:

Cute, huh?  If you are looking for something cute and small to make for a little gift, this tutorial is a great option!  Thanks to Noodlehead for always offering some of the best tutorials for us beginner sewers!

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