Where I’ve Been + My Plan for Coming Back and the Changes That Are Being Made

Hi everyone! Wow.. it’s kind of surreal writing this post honestly. A few months ago, if you asked me if I’d be coming back, I would most likely tell you no. Thankfully, I’m very happy to announce that I am indeed coming back. I think the last thing I did was a book review on Mothers Day? After that, it went downhill pretty fast.

To be technical, I’ve been gone since March 30th. It just happened to work out that I had posts scheduled until Mothers Day. In April I really struggled with everything going around me, and didn’t even post regularly in March/April. I realized a few things with myself and could see a change, so I wanted to be open with you guys about what’s been going on.

First, Corona really got to me. It unfortunately infected my great-grandmother, who after 5 weeks is still battling it, which is insane to me. It thankfully didn’t reach my grandmother who is in a nursing home, but we are still crossing our fingers that it never reaches her. Honestly, not seeing family on a regular basis for me has been difficult. Going to my grandparents house every weekend was a consistent thing for me. To go suddenly to not seeing them? It definitely put me in a negative head space.

Second, the want to read was just not there. Through all of this, being home, you’d think I would want to read! But honestly, it just wasn’t there for me. Between Coronavirus, the riots, working from home, not seeing family… reading was the last idea in my mind to make myself feel better.

Finally, I went through a really nasty break-up during all of this. I won’t go too much into detail out of respect, but it definitely was the final straw in my decision to take a break from the blog. It pushed me to my limit, and deteriorated my mental health. My mentality was at such a low, typing was not an option. Reading wasn’t an option. Talking about Disney wasn’t even close to being an option.

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But…. I AM COMING BACK JULY 1st! I’ll be doing my normal Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday schedule. I am so happy and excited to be coming back to something I love so much! But, there will be a few changes to the blog as well.

The first change I am making is I am adding another segment to the blog, which is my Plan with Me sections. I have loved planning for a long time, and I really love being able to show off my Planner and what I’ve done for the week. Every Thursday I will be writing a short post about my current week planner, what stickers I used, and also showing the final product of the previous week. These will be short posts, but something different and fun that I will love to do.

Finally, I will be leaving links at the bottom of all of my posts to donate to organizations, sign petitions and so forth to spread the awareness for the Black Lives Matter cause. I want to keep up with the momentum and the continuation of spreading awareness of this issue in the United States, and if I can try and help even in the littlest sense by sharing links at the end of every post? I can easily do that.

Well, I appreciate all of you reading through this. I love every single one of you who have supported me through this and welcomed me back with open arms. We are all in this together guys! See you July 1st!

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I Dare You! Book Tag

Hey everyone! Happy Saturday! A little life update, but basically I have been absolutely exhausted this past week or so with constant anxiety, and when I get like this I definitely tend to just want to take more time and watch Youtube, relax, play Animal Crossing and chill myself out. So yeah, that’s basically been my life for the past week. I am starting to try and get on track though which is nice.

I was tagged to do this post by Mary from Sophril Reads! Please anyone who feels up to doing this fun tag, defintely participate! Let’s get onto the book tag shall we?

1) What book has been on your shelves the longest?

While It Lasts – Abbi Glines

2) What is your current read, the last book you read, and your next read?

Currently I’m reading Blitzed by Alexa Martin, I just finished More Myself by Alicia Keys and hmm…. my next read will probably be Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

3) What book did everyone like, but you hated?

I would have to say Milk and Honey… everyone loved this little poetry book and I just did not. Way too over-hyped book.

4) What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but probably won’t?

Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix. Honestly I don’t think I’ll finish the series, even though I really want to.

5) Which book are you saving for retirement?

I think a nice re-read of Fifty Shades of Grey after I retire would be nice lol.

6) Last Page: Do you read it first or wait until the end?

Haha I am so guilty of this sometimes! Never will I do this in a Mystery/Thriller, but in all other books I may or may not do this…….

7) Acknowledgements: Are they a waste of paper and ink, or interesting?

I wouldn’t say it’s interesting so to speak, but an author deserves to write a thank you to the people who helped them publish that book.

8) Which book character would you switch places with?

Honestly, none? I mean all the books I read the characters go through some SHIT let me tell you. I’m good where I’m at haha.

9) Do you have a specific book that reminds you of something in your life?

Daisy Jones & The Six will always be the book that reminds me of my relationship with my dad. Both my dad and I are big music fans and we would always watch those VH1 shows where the explain the whole backstory on different bands. I think that definitely attributed to my love for this book a little bit as well.

10) Name a book that you acquired in a interesting way.

I have a book that my ex-bestfriend let me ‘borrow’… but before I could return it she cyber bullied me online, so she never got it back 😈

11) Have you ever given away a book for a special person?

I give books away to my younger cousin all the time to encourage her to read. She has a difficult time being able to follow along, but I think her sitting and being able to read on her own definitely helps calm herself and settles her anxiety.

12) Which book has been with you the most places?

All of my Abbi Glines books have been with me the most throughout the years. Her Sea Breeze series has definitely been around for some time now.

13) Any ‘required reading’ you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

The Great Gatsby is actually a really good book now that it isn’t require reading since I’m no longer in high school lol.

14) Used or Brand new?

Brand new! I love the smell of new books. Clean pages…. mmm makes me happy thinking about it.

15) Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Haha, is it sad I had to look up who Dan Brown is? And then realize he’s like actually super popular and that I’ve kind of been living under a rock my whole life? Hahahaaha………..

16) Have you ever seen a movie that you liked more than the book?

Hmm… I think the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before movie was 100% better than book one. I think that book was basically just meant to be written as a movie.

17) A book that’s made you hungry?

With The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

18) Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

Definitely Lala from BooksandLala on youtube.

19) Most read authors?

Abbi Glines, Shari Lapena, J.K. Rowling and a three way tie between Christina Lauren, Stephanie Garber and Marissa Meyer.

20) Ship from two different books?

Hmmm…. I would have to say Nova from the Renegades series and Jacks from Caraval. But Nova when we first met her in the series, not towards the end. Two very evil people together. One with magic, one with powers. I mean cmon, Jacks with his kiss of death and Nova with her sleep powers????! Cmon guys. I have something here.

I tag anyone who wants to do this! Please do so!

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Ranking Disney Movies

Hello everyone and Happy Friday! Today I just wanted to do a quick post and rank all of the Disney movies as well as Pixar movies. Just a fun small post for a Friday, and nothing COVID-19 related because I think we all really need a break from it all. I was able to make these charts using tiermaker.com where they have a lot of topics you can basically rank and tier. You can make book tiers, music, movies, video games and a lot more. Definitely check out that website because I’ve seen it circling around booktube and now the bookblogging community, so yeah. Let’s just get right into my rankings! 🙂


Well here it is! All of my Disney movies ranked. Basically, Tier 1 is kind of the lower level movies/movie I just haven’t enjoyed. Tier 2 movies are ehh. Tier 3 is ok movies that could be better. tier 4 is good movies but doesn’t reach Tier 5 status which is like the holy grail. Now not all Disney movies are listed here, but these are the pretty big ones. Of course Lilo & Stitch and Toy Story made it to Tier 5 because they are the best movies Disney has probably ever created.

Now, we are going to go ahead and rank just the Disney Pixar movies since a lot were missing from the original Disney movies list. The tier’s work the same way as above.

This chart was definitely easier to make. There are certain Pixar movies I love and certain ones I just do not care for. As you can tell most of the sequels to movies get lower ratings than their previous movies (other than the incredibles because that second movie was absolutely incredible), but yeah.

How would you guys go about ranking some of your favorite Disney movies? Do you agree with my tiermaker or would you change some things around? Let me know!


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How to Adult at Disney

When most people think Disney World, they think Mickey Mouse, Cinderella’s castle, and families making memories that will last with them forever. But what if you aren’t traveling to Walt Disney World with a family? Maybe you’re visiting WDW on a girls trip, a honeymoon, celebrating a wedding anniversary, or just wanting to go on a vacation with your significant other, you may not want to do what every typical family does when going to Walt Disney World. You of course still want to make those memories, but maybe in a more adult fashion. You may be surprised, but Disney has a variety of options that are not intended for kids and today, I will be sharing my list of things you can do in Disney as an adult. Let’s get into it shall we?


WDW Bars

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Disney has a lot of options on where you can go to get a drink, but it won’t be like your normal bar/pubs back at home. There are so many different and interesting bars around WDW where you most likely won’t find any children. The first one our list is Animal Kingdom’s Nomad Lounge. I have seen Nomad Lounge, but haven’t had any drinks but let me tell you, the experience is one you won’t find much of in WDW. When you enter Nomad Lounge, it’s like you are entering another world that is far more calm and peaceful than the world that is WDW.

Nomad Lounge has tons of beautiful scenery and has a ton of history behind it, so I would definitely recommend you check that out.

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Next we have Oga’s Cantina in Disney’s Hollywood Studios over in Galaxy’s Edge. I have actually been in the Cantina and wow is it incredible. It isn’t as quiet but they have a lot of interesting drinks and cocktails, not your normal beer and wine options. I promise you, everything looks pretty weird on the menu, but once you actually find a flavor you might like ugh… the drink options are so good! I think Galaxy’s Edge (Blackspire Outpost) is a pretty adult-ish scene anyways, as I feel like anyone can enjoy this section of Hollywood Studio’s, but the amount of life that pours into the cantina is just amazing.

There is also a ton of options in Disney Springs, but we will swing back around to that later on in the post.

Rides for Adults

Not that all adults enjoy rides, but not every ride/attraction in Disney World is actually Disney related. There are tons of ride options in WDW that don’t require any Disney knowledge beforehand or even have anything to do with Disney at all. Here are a list of some rides I feel like adults would really enjoy listed below organized by park:

Animal Kingdom

  • Expedition Everest
  • Dinosaur
  • Flight of Passage
  • Na’vi River Journey
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris

Epcot

  • Test Track
  • Mission: Space
  • Soarin’
  • Living With The Land
  • Spaceship Earth

Magic Kingdom

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Space Mountain
  • Carousel of Progress
  • The People Mover
  • Hall of Presidents
  • Pirates of the Carribean
  • Haunted Mansion

Hollywood Studios:

  • Rock N Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • The Twilight Zone’s Tower of Terror
  • Smugglers Run
  • Rise of the Resistance
  • Indiana Jones

Animal Kingdom

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I kind of wanted to single out Animal Kingdom by itself because wow is there just so much opportunity here for you. I feel like Animal Kingdom is the most non-Disney related park and why? Because you’re dealing with real live animals! Yes, you get the Disney gift shops and the occasional Disney shaped treat, but there are so many different experiences and activities you can’t experience any other place in WDW than here at this park. There are tons of opportunities to see animals, whether it be on the 16-ish minute ride on Kilimanjaro safaris, or the few trails you can take to see so many different animals. Each animal is cared for really well by qualified Disney cast members, and you can really see each animal interact with the loads of enrichment they have in their giant living spaces.

Disney Springs

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Disney Springs is great for one thing, if you don’t actually have a park ticket and two because there is literally so much to do there! 20+ dining options including The Boathouse, Jock Lindsay’s Hangor Bar, Chicken Guy, D-LUXE Burger, Disney exclusive food trucks, and so much more. There are tons of stores to shop at, and not all of them are Disney related. Places like UGG, Vera Bradley, Alex and Ani, Coach and the list literally goes on… and on… and on. Entertainment is also available in Disney Springs like Splitsville and the new NBA Experience.

WDW Resorts

If you’re looking to stay on Disney property, there are a few hotels that I feel like most adults would really enjoy. My list below:

  • Gran Floridian
  • Polynesian Resort
  • Carribean Beach
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort
  • Disney’s French Riviera
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort

WDW Tours

There are a lot of touring options in WDW. You can tour the animal facilities at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, take a tour of history at Magic Kingdom, and even have a whole day where all you do is just jump the lines. Crazy, I know. Some of these tours can get up there in cost, but who knows. It may be totally worth while for your Disney vacation.

Epcot Festivals

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There are about 4 festivals each year that Epcot puts on. The Festival of the Arts, Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival, International Food and Wine Festival and the Festival of the Holidays. I’ve been to 2 out of the 4, Food and Wine and Flower and Garden and they are so much fun. If you happen to be in WDW during an Epcot festival, you will have an amazing time. There are lots of different food options at food booths, good entertainment and fun activities anyone can enjoy.


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Book Review | Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland (Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland #1) by Lewis Carroll

I have finally read this classic! Yay! I’ve had this on my tbr for so long, and I’m just glad I got to it now and didn’t put it off for another year. What a classic, and what a great book overrall!


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Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland (Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland #1)

Lewis Carroll

Pages: 96

Format: Audiobook

Audience: Middle Grade/Children’s

Genre(s): Classics, Fantasy

Publication Date: November 26, 1865

After a tumble down the rabbit hole, Alice finds herself far away from home in the absurd world of Wonderland. As mind-bending as it is delightful, Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel is pure magic for young and old alike.

  • It’s a classic – This book is absolutely a classic, and earns it’s title as being with some of the greats. Now that I’ve read it and have an understanding of the original story, it has proven to me why it is a classic and why it deserves to be put on the pedestal that it is.
  • MARYANN! – When I heard this part in the audio book come up, I immediately started writing in my book notes that I could just imagine the white rabbit screaming “MARYANN” from the movie. It made me laugh and this just connects to my next point.
  • A lot of connections from one of my favorite Disney movies – I love Disney and I think people know that by now. I loved that Disney really captured the book, and I definitely have more respect for both the book and the movie now that I have read the original that lead to the imagineering of Disney’s Alice In Wonderland.
  • Alice – I liked Alice. I think she was funny, a bit whiny at times but overall not so bad.
  • The Queen – I thought the Queen was hilarious, and was full of complete nonsense with her way of thinking, which I realized is most likely how Carroll imagined her to be.
  • Multiple narrators for this audiobook – I love when audiobooks have multiple narrators instead of just one. I think we can all agree it is way better.
  • Guinea Pigs! – Of course, when a book includes Guinea Pigs, you know I am going to bring it up of course.
  • The message – I didn’t really think this book had a true message until I read it and even then it took me a day or two for the message to really sink in. Alice says that in her world, everything would be nonsense, but when she’s shown that nonsense filled world, she realizes she doesn’t want it and wants to go back to her world where everything makes a little more sense. Basically, she realized living in a ‘mad’ world is not all that fun after all.
  • The soup song – Okay, the soup song I could not stop laughing at during the audiobook. I was actually laughing my ass off and was getting some serious cowardly lion vibes.
  • Too quick – I feel like this book could have easily added another 20 pages or so. I was just enjoying it so much I really thought I would get a little bit more of Alice wandering around Wonderland.
  • Not enough Mad Hatter – I needed more Mad Hatter. I think everyone always needs a little more Mad Hatter.

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

I would definitely recommend reading this if you haven’t before. It’s a classic and even if you haven’t read it, probably even if you haven’t seen the classic Disney movie, you still get a general idea of what this story is about.


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Disney World Rides I DON’T Recommend

Hi everyone! So if you weren’t aware, I am starting to post more Disney related things on my blog because honestly.. it is good to switch it up every so often, and that is what we are doing! I still talk about books primarily, but Disney is a big part of my life. I’ve been several times now and I have a pretty solid idea of Disney and how it works.

So I’ve been to Disney about 7(?) ish times now, and I have definitely found some amazing rides that I must-do every single time. I’ve already published a post about this which you can check out here. While I have found some of those amazing rides, I have found my fair share of… not so amazing rides. Here is the list of rides that just… really don’t spark joy.


(1) Mad Tea Party (Magic Kingdom)

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Yes, this ride is a classic at Disney, and some may be upset with my opinion… but let’s all be real here. Other than the fact that it’s a classic, it’s cute and looks adorable, it isn’t one of Disney’s best ride options! If you’re someone like me, you love to snack at Disney World and this ride is not the best option if you plan on eating all day. I think the line is way too long for this one all the time, it’s a short ride, and it just really isn’t all that great. I think if it’s in the morning, your walking by and the line is short, then hey, why not do it. But I wouldn’t recommend waiting in line for this one at all.

What I Would Recommend: The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh (Magic Kingdom)

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A classic, but not so spin-y like.


(2) Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (Magic Kingdom)

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I’m sure if your going to Disney World with a little one, especially a little boy… I could see how you would definitely probably want to fit this ride into your Disney schedule. I get it, it’s Buzz Lightyear and who wouldn’t want to go defeat Zurg by shooting lasers at him and earning points in the process. I used to love this ride when I was 5/7 years old, but honestly the ride is in some need of renovations. The last few times I’ve been on it, the lasers don’t detect your points correctly, the shooters don’t move and sometimes it can’t even read your score! It seems like almost everytime I see at least 3 people just have to sit through the ride because their laser doesn’t work. Also, this line can be like an hour long and it is just honestly not worth it. Also, Zurg might scare some kids so be careful with that.

What I Would Recommend: Toy Story Midway Mania (Hollywood Studios)

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This ride is just like space ranger spin except… it’s not. The ride actually works, you get to use these cool 3D glasses, play kid friendly arcade games, and you get to see all of your favorite Toy Story characters, but just Buzz and Zurg.


(3) Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (Magic Kingdom)

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Guys, I am ready for the backlash on this one. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is ridiculously over rated. The line is always incredibly long for a ride that for me was an utter disappointment. I really don’t get this ride. I mean you have to wake up 60 days before you go to Disney and try and get a fastpass, just for this very quick, very lackluster ride. I think there isn’t enough themeing, you see the dwarf’s once and you go fast for a little bit but that’s about it. You see snow white at the end for about a half a second and then bam, your done. You waited 2 and a half hours to be tossed around for about 45 seconds.

What I Would Recommend: Slinky Dog Dash (Hollywood Studios)

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It’s smooth, a lot longer, and has incredible themeing. 10/10 in my books.


(4) Star Tours – The Adventure Continues (Hollywood Studios)

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Not that it’s horrible.. it just isn’t really all that worth it. The animatronics for the few that they have are good, but it just isn’t the ride Star Wars fans should be going on…

What I Would Recommend: Rise of The Resistance (Hollywood Studios)

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I cannot even put into words what this ride is. It’s simply amazing and there is honest to god nothing like it anywhere in the world. I can see why this ride wasn’t ready when Galaxy Edge opened, it’s that amazing, and the detail is just incredible. I walked off this ride with tears in my eyes it was just such an experience. I plan on writing an entire post on what I thought of Galaxy’s Edge, but for now just know this is the ride you need to get yourself on.


(5) Soarin’ (Epcot)

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Here’s the thing about Soarin’… you need to know where to sit. Or at least asked to be placed. If you aren’t sitting in the right spot, the entire ride is messed up. The screen looks distorted, and the whole reason you go on this ride is to feel like you’re flying over some famous worldwide landmarks. Not to see the Eiffel Tower tilted to the side or a distorted jumping whale. Also, what is it with the jump scares now?

What I Would Recommend: Just Walk Around World Showcase (Epcot)

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If you want to see the world close up, just walk around World Showcase. You can get up close and personal with cast members who are from the countries they are in, you can eat amazing food and shop! Oh, and the Eiffel Tower in the France Pavilion isn’t tilted to the side.


Well those are my picks for Disney World Rides I wouldn’t recommend, and I even included a few that you should check out instead. Let me know some ride you don’t enjoy riding when you go to Disney either!


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