Florida in October











For a week in October the family and I headed down to Florida to spend some time at Disney & Universal. We ate way too much junk food (Krispy Kreme, Dole Whip, Chocolate Extinction dessert, Butterbeer) The Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party was lots of fun. The trick or treating during the event was insane! Everyone (no matter your age) gets a bag and you go around to spots in the park marked with big inflatable “treat signs” and cast members proceed to dump handfuls of candy into your bag. Add that to our list of junk food actually ;) The weather was amazing and we even had to wear sweatshirts a few nights, but still were able to swim in the pool during the day. The only thing that really surprised me was I expected things to be a bit more decorated. I thought the whole park would be, but its really more the front “town” area of The Magic Kingdom, and the Disney resorts didn’t have decorations at all. What decorations they did have were beautifully done and I did get some photos on my phone, but I deleted them after transferring them to google drive but they seem to have gone missing. I did hear that Christmas at Disney is a whole different story, so I think we’ll have to take another trip some time in December. I’ve been to Disneyland in December when I went out to LA for a few crafty shows and I remember that being really beautiful.
Universal didn’t have decorations at all, though my husband did win me a big Sam from Trick R’ Treat my favorite Halloween movie. Being in the Harry Potter area felt magical enough without any need for extra Halloween decorations.

The Sunshine State






If you follow me on instagram you know that we recently took a family vacation to Orlando Florida. Thomas’s parents are Disney Vacation Club members and in an effort to have a big family vacation every couple of years they save up points and book a Disney resort for their kids families, and then we just need to get ourselves to Florida. I’m totally grateful for their generosity, and we always have such a great time. This time they booked us villas in the Wilderness Lodge. I was most excited that there was a big tub in the villa. I took full advantage of it, haha! While in Florida we all went to Magic Kingdom together, had two big family dinners and really enjoyed ourselves. I have a few more photos to share, but I’ll try not to overload you with vacation photos. The weather was really great the whole time and the one rainy morning Tom, B, and I went exploring around the area (Wizard head stores?) We found a Krispy Kreme too, and since we don’t have any around the area we live, its always exciting to stop in and watch the donuts get their glaze coating.

Adventures in Pennsylvania & Auctions







A few weeks ago B and I had an adventurous day exploring our way through Pennsylvania. It may be the state we live in, but its a big one and that means there is always a lot to explore!
Our adventure actually started because on instagram someone had tagged Molly & I in an online auction that looked like it had a bunch of cotton spun cupcake picks. I was curious so I looked for the auction online and saw it was just outside of Lancaster. We decided to take a chance and bid on the auction, which was currently at $12. We bid $15 and waited. We were actually out to dinner together when the auction ended and I cannot tell you how excited we were to win it for $15! I actually bid on a few more items from the auction since there was a lot of craft supplies, and I knew I’d be making the trip regardless.
So the day for auction pick-up arrived and you needed to show up between 5 and 7pm. B and I headed out in the morning and slowly made our way toward Lancaster. Some of the places we stopped along the way were…
Holey Joes – for coffee & donuts. You choose your donut flavors and they make them hot and fresh for you.
the Haine shoe house – they even have a little shoe shaped dog house!
The PA Fabric outlet – Where they had a bunch of older Lizzy House fabrics for under $5 a yard!
Weaver Nut Co. – which is a huge candy store, we got lots of fun stuff
and a used book shop, thrift shop, and antique store…
Then at 5pm we arrived at the auction house. This was my very first time doing an auction besides ebay, and was quite exciting. You go inside and pay for your lots, then they had flyers up explaining where each numbered lot was located. So many people were there picking up their stuff, it was crazy. B and I headed to the basement and I was so excited when I saw the lot of cupcake toppers was even better then I thought. The online photo was very hard to see, kind of far away, and there were many more toppers then appeared. Once I got back into town I drove over to Molly’s house so we could sort and split it all. I took some better photos of the toppers by themselves and I’ll post those tomorrow.