Your Universal Studio’s Diagon Alley Checklist

Hogwarts Express

I've read all of the books. I've seen all of the movies. Visiting Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Orlando was at the top of my list when I started planning my fall vacation. If you're even the teeniest, tiniest fan of Harry Potter it should be at the top of your list, too. Just to make sure you don't miss anything-even though I'm fairly confident I did-I made you a handy little checklist for your trip. ✔Visit London One of the cool features of Diagon Alley is that it's an area all to itself. You can't see the rest of Universal Studios from inside of Diagon Alley and you can't see Diagon Alley from the rest of Universal Studios. Consider it a fully immersed experience. That doesn't mean there aren't cool things going on right there in the London entrance to Diagon Alley. Make a phone call in the phone booth. Have a chat with the Knight Bus conductor. Take a peek in the windows. I think you'll be in for a few surprises. No, I'm not giving more details. Surprises. It's all about … [Continue]

{Tutorial} Easy Wine Christmas Tree

Wine Christmas Tree

I have a confession. Thanksgiving is next week and I'm in full on Christmas mode. I can't help it. I love the holidays. All of them. But Christmas is my favorite. It does not mean I'm not a thankful girl. I'm totally thankful, promise. And I'm gonna spend next Thursday with my family appreciating my blessings like no one's business. It's just that I've already started to pull out my Christmas decorations. And I'm thinking about Black Friday. Don't worry, Thanksgiving, I promise I still love you. That said, I'm bringing a Christmas Tree bottle of Kenwood Vineyards wine to the Thanksgiving table. Sorry, not sorry. The hardest part of making this tree? Picking out the wine. I'm a red wine sort of girl, so the Kenwood Pinot was the obvious choice. And by obvious I'm saving my favorite for last. That's not to say the Zinfandel and Chardonnay weren't totally enjoyed. They were just enjoyed in a different way-as in drinking them while decorating for the holidays! I loved the raspberry and … [Continue]

Dealing With The Annoyance Of Removable Braces

Fresh Guard Wipes

I never thought I'd be my age and have braces. I never got them when I was a kid, despite the fact that I desperately wanted them. According to my dentist they would be "cosmetic". That's code for "not covered by insurance." I've never loved my smile, but it wasn't horrible. No one called me a jack-o-lantern. Actually, no one ever mentioned my teeth. No insults. No compliments. Nothing to draw any attention. They were just a bit misaligned-nothing that needed intervention. At least not … [Continue]

Your Unofficial Nick Hotel To-Do List

Your Unofficial Nick Hotel To-Do List

So you're planning a trip to Orlando and you're looking for a place to stay? If you're visiting with kids-or if you just want to be a kid again-check out the Nickelodeon Suites Resort. Or...Nick Hotel for short. They located near all of the parks, but there is tons of stuff to do on site. Need a list?1. Stay in a character themed suite. Choose between Dora the Explorer and Diego, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or SpongeBob SquarePants. Obviously, I strongly recommend the room under the sea...2. … [Continue]

A Mini Bathroom Makeover

Makeup Basket

Ever since my new floors were installed I've had to itch to upgrade everything in my house. It's really too bad, as I thought of the floors as a "I'm done" project. Clearly your home is never done. My desire to change everything is not the most cost effective addiction to have. For now I'm settling on mini-upgrades around the house. This week I'm attempting to tackle a tiny upgrade to the master bath.  Ages ago I made a mercury glass tray for my jewelry. That was supposed to be step one in a … [Continue]

La Nouba by Cirque Du Soleil at Downtown Disney

La Nouba Theater

A visit to La Nouba by Cirque Du Soleil has been on my Orlando vacation bucket list for years. I was pretty darn excited to finish out my vacation last week with a trip to the show. La Nouba has been in residence in Downtown Disney since late 1998. You can immediately see the advantages of a custom theater when watching the show. Multiple stage elevators, built in trampoline floors and other enhancements simply would not be feasible for a touring show. There are so many elements to the … [Continue]

{Recipe} OREO Cookie Balls Five Ways

OREO Cookie Ball Truffles

This #OREOCookieBalls shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. OK, Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. It's officially time to panic. Or not. I'm trying to help you out here with a ton of fun and easy recipes. These OREO Cookie Balls are what I like to think of as a grazing dessert. They're the type of thing you put out early and everyone can start to enjoy them well before the meal is served. It's gonna look a little tacky if you … [Continue]

Simple Travel Makeup Bag with POND’S

POND'S Cold Cream

I might skip a few dozen steps when it comes to my nighttime routine. Especially when it's late and I'm tired. One step I never skip? Taking off my makeup. I figure it's the least I can do for my skin since I'm pretty lax about almost everything else. I also prefer to skip dealing with racoon eyes in the morning if I can. So let's talk travel. Those pesky rules about how you can only carry one quart size bag full of liquids less than 3 ounces in size? It strikes fear in the heart of even a … [Continue]

Into The Woods: New Trailer and Posters

New Into The Woods Cast Posters

Pardon me while I get a little squeeish over here. New posters and an all new trailer are now available for Into The Woods. I'm a little bit excited. See you in theaters on Christmas day! … [Continue]

{Recipe} Pretzel Chips with Reese’s Spreads

Easy to make Pretzel Chips and Reese's Spreads #AnySnackPerfect #shop

Have you seen Reese's Spreads on the shelf in your Walmart yet? I could say that I don't want to eat it by the spoonful...but that would be slightly less than honest. Plus it's a spread, which means it's meant to pair with things. And I do try to follow the rules. That just meant I had to figure out the most effective spread to mouth delivery method. As a fan of all things salty and sweet I knew that a salty snack plus chocolate and peanut butter would be the most appropriate course of action. … [Continue]