Disney Love: An Introduction

It's no secret that I love Disney.  But what might be a secret is that my love of Disney is directly tied to my love for my hubby!  :)  Before I met Carlos, Disney was not on my radar.  I had gone as a child, and I liked Disney movies (Beauty and the Beast in particular), but that was about it.

Enter Carlos.

He is a true Disney fanatic, he's a former "cast-member" of Walt Disney World and knows ALL the ins and outs of Disneyworld.  He totally geeks out on the stuff, the trivia, the history, and the culture.
We went a handful of times during the 2 years we lived in Central Florida, but it wasn't until we moved to Georgia and started going back as "tourists" that I really fell in love with Disneyworld!  It was my connection to Florida as well as our fun getaway place.

Fast forward 10 years and now I too, am a full-fledged Disney fanatic --> I'm a part of Disney community facebook groups, follow a lot of Disney-related instagram accounts, and I a…

Holiday Gift Ideas: Skincare Edition

The holiday season is upon us, and it's the season to buy gifts!!  Have you thought about buying skincare as a gift for someone on your list?  It may seem like an odd gift suggestion, but did you know that skincare is one of the LEAST returned/exchanged gifts for women AND men?  So I thought I would create a Skincare Gift Guide just for you!  
For your mom:  She gave you life, you gave her wrinkles.  Haha!  Just kidding, but for all of those late nights taking care of you and worrying if you were safe, give her Multifunction Eye Cream, which minimizes the appearance of crow's feet, helps reduce the appearance of both puffiness and dark under eye circles!  
For your best friend and/or sister:  Lash Boost broke sales records and took the beauty world by storm when it launched earlier this year!  Used nightly, this eyelash serum conditions lashes and improves the appearance of lash volume and length.  Lashes are 100% real, 100% yours, but 100% WOW!  We all know that women want lon…

Book Review: Same Kind of Different as Me

I have to admit - I kind of missed the hype about this book and the movie until a coworker told me how good it was.  So I got the book to read it myself.  I'm trying to read a bit more nonfiction, and I love memoirs, so I was excited to read this book.

I will say, it did not disappoint!  I talked about it a bit while I was reading it here, and there are just so many things I liked about the book.  First of all, I love hearing people's stories - and hearing Denver's story as a sharecropper opened my eyes to a side of history I hadn't seen before.  I also liked the format of the book, alternating between Denver and Ron's perspective of their story.  Hearing the story in their own "voice" added to the ability to really get to know each of them.  I loved that the book included pictures of them, both from scenes told in the book, and updated photos past where the story ends in the book.  

I would recommend this book to anyone - particularly to someone who l…

International Girls Day - 10 books I want my daughter to read

I have a 3 year old daughter.  She is adorable, funny, stubborn, smart, and silly.  I don't want her to ever think that she CAN'T do something simply because she is a girl.  And as a Library Lady, I'm going to make sure that she (and her big brother) have great books with great heroines to read.  
For International Girls Day, here are 10 books I want to make sure she gets to read:  
Malal Yousafzai is a role model I definitely want my kids to learn about,  While her memoir is a little advanced for them, this picture book is a great introduction to who she is, what she stands for, and why it matters.  

This book gives lots of examples of women role models.  I love the idea that she can be exposed to lots of different women in one page summaries!

"She Persisted" has become a phrase synonymous with strong women, and I want both my daughter and my son to know that it is okay to persist when you believe in something!

I actually have this book in my library, and I lov…

Here's how not to be a hot mess

Well, maybe not a definitive guide, but these 10 tips have helped me feel more organized and "together" in my life!

Make bed - This one is easy.  It makes you feel like you have started your day off with an accomplishment, and every time you go into your room, it will make you feel good to see the bed made.  Don't believe me?  Try it!Pick out clothes the night before - I do this for myself and my children.  It makes the morning so much easier - everything is ironed (haha - just kidding, who irons?!?), laid out, and ready to put on.  Nothing is missing in the morning and there are no emergencies.Prepare coffee the night before - Want to feel like a hero in the morning?  Prepare your coffee in the coffeemaker the night before and just push the button in the morning.  Or get a fancy-pants coffee maker that you can schedule to start 5 minutes before you get up! Get up before your kids - This one is not easy - and while I am able to accomplish it during the week, I have not …

Thankfulness from A-Z

Over on our facebook page, we have started a 21 day Gratitude Challenge, and today's challenge was a fun one - list what you are thankful for from A-Z.  I enjoyed this task - it reminded me of playing Scattergories, which was one of my favorite games growing up.  (My aunt and I played it before it was a real game - I'm pretty sure she came up with the concept before the Parker Brothers!)

So I posted my actual list on instagram, but I thought I would elaborate a bit on it here.

A - I am thankful for adventures.  While I don't consider myself to be an adventurous person, I enjoy going new places and doing new things.

B - As a Library Lady, I am thankful for books!  That is a given.  Especially young adult books!  I am also thankful for blue skies and bacon (but it must be crispy!)

C - I am thankful for my children - CastiƩl and Camila, for my husband, Carlos, and also chocolate and coffee!!

D - This one was easy.  I'm thankful for Disney - for the fun times we have there…

Organizing your life with Google

Confession: I am a digital hoarder. I have files saved EVERYWHERE with no rhyme or reason! This is definitely something I am working on. I know what I SHOULD do, but this is a time consuming task if your digital life is a hot mess like mine is!!!  

I am SLOWLY but surely organizing my life with Google apps.  For those with Android devices, this is done for you automatically; however, as an iPhone user, I like Google for several reasons:  
1) It's free, 2) It's accessible on all my computers (PC and Mac) as well as my phone (even though it's an iPhone), and 3) It's user friendly. 

So, what Google apps do I use to organize my life?  

Google Calendar

While I also use a paper planner (I have to have the pen/paper), our family depends on the Google calendar to keep us all in sync.  If I tell my husband (an staunch Android user) about an appointment his first question is always "Is it on Google calendar?"  This keeps us both on track and keeps us from overbooking our fa…