Travel

UNEXPECTED DISNEY TRIP: Days Leading Up & Travel Day {Day 0}

Hello Worlders~

Let’s talk about the boring (and slightly disappointing) aspects of this trip. If you missed the first post you can check it out here.

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Starting about 4 or 5 days out before going on this trip I started watching the weather because there was a snow storm coming up to New England.

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Everything I read said that the snow wasn’t going to hit until after my flight left so I felt confident that I would get out. But as my trip go closer I lost my confidence that I would get out in time.

I was going to be leaving on Tuesday morning and on Saturday night Mama Judy suggested that I book a hotel up at the airport and I started pricing out options on Travelocity. I didn’t love any of the prices but it seemed like the best option.

On Sunday I finally booked the hotel. And about fifteen minutes later I received a text message from Southwest that my flight has been cancelled.

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Luckily Southwest offers free flight changes when they cancel your trip. So, I did my best to find the best flight down. Unfornately the flight I ended up that I was taking off 48 hours after my original flight was supposed to land in Orlando. I informed my family and tried to not be too disappointed.

The snow storm ended being pretty bad and there was no way my flight would have gotten out in time or safely. So, I guess everything does happen for a reason. Plus, having the day off gave me time to do a few other errands that I needed to get done.

On the morning of the trip, I got up and showered. Then packed the rest of the stuff that still needed to be pack. And then it was time to head out to the airport.

I left really early because I thought I would be effected by rush hour traffic. But fortunately or unfortunately depending on how you look at it there was next to no traffic. I headed to the normal place where my family parks only to find out they had no parking. The garages at the airport were filled and I ended up having to park at a different location. And I wasn’t the only one on the shuttle who was in the same predicament.

Once I got to the airport I checked my bag, went through security and found my gate. Once at my gate I people watched for awhile before deciding to pull out my computer and watch some Netflix. I ended up watching an episode of the show I was watching (Dance Academy) where my favorite character died. Not the best episode to watch in an airport.

Finally it was time to board the flight. The first flight wasn’t too bad. I mainly listen to music and read the book I was currently read (Just One Day).

I had a somewhat long layover at the Baltimore Airport. I got off the plane and went on a search for three things. 1. a bathroom 2. Starbucks – if you guys don’t already know, I love Starbucks. I actually spent probably close to twenty minutes looking for one. And had almost given up when I finally found one. 3. Lunch. I can’t for the life of me remember the name of the place I went but it was a burger place. I wasn’t very impressed with it.

Once I found those three things I headed for a gate. Which brings me to a funny story. I looked up at the screen in the airport that tells you what gate your flight is boarding at. And I saw a number and headed that way. And then they started making announcements about how this flight was making another layover in Atlanta which I knew my flight was doing. Turns out that I had gone to the wrong gate. Luckily the very rude desk women was able to tell me where I was supposed to be.

The second flight was about as uneventful as the first flight. I read and listened to music until we touched down in Orlando.

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After landing I got off the plane, made a quick stop at a bathroom and then headed down to the Magical Express. If you are staying on a Disney Property I highly recommend the Magical Express because they make getting to Disney so much easier. Plus you don’t have worry about picking up your luggage (as long as you arrive before 10PM) because they take care of it for you. The ride to Disney was a smooth, 30-minute ride but it went by quickly. My only complaint was that the bus driver didn’t do the “3-2-1 welcome to Walt Disney World” thing.

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The first stop on the bus ride was to Disney’s Old Key West Resort, which happens to be one of my home resorts through Disney Vacation Club. It was nice to see the resort but only for a couple minutes before the bus continued on to the resort I would be staying at which was Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa.  Which is themed after the Horse Races up in Saratoga, New York.

On my way off the bus I actually slipped on the stairs! I was more embarrassed then hurt and grateful that only one other person saw me since I was the last to get off. I didn’t want anyone to make a big deal because I was scared I would cry more out of embarrassment then anything else. A few days later I was happy too because it didn’t bruise at all!

After my fall on the stairs I headed into the lobby. I think I mentioned in the first post that Father lives in Florida and would make a few appearances on this trip. Well this was his first appearance. That night we were meeting for dinner at The Turf Club, which is the sit down restaurant at Saratoga Springs. I got the Crispy-fried Chicken and if I remember correctly it was only okay.

After dinner we headed to the room where I would be staying with my family. We got lost on the way but eventually found it. That night Marianne, Chad and their son, Josh (the family members I would be staying with) had dinner somewhere else. So, we just kind of hung out while we waited for them to get there.

Once they got there we talked and caught up a little but everyone was pretty much ready for an early night. So, we went to bed not long after.

I went to bed excited though, because even though it was a hassle to get there I was finally back at my favorite place in the world. Be sure to come back over the next few weeks for more Disney Travel Reports.

*This post was not sponsored by any of the linked sites. All thoughts and opinions are strictly my own and I was in no way compensated for mentioning them ***

 

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Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Forever and Always, Lara Jean

Hello Worlders!

Welcome to the first official book review here on the new grown up version of The World According to Emma. So, logically the first book I’m going to review is a young adult book. For those of you who don’t know for the year of 2017 I have created a goal to read 15 books before December 31, 2017. Reading this book marks the 8th book I’ve read this year and I am currently 2 books ahead of schedule! ~ Check out what I’m reading currently on Good Reads, we can be friends there.

Anyways the book that I will be writing about is the book Forever and Always, Lara Jean by Jenny Han, which is the 3rd book in the “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” Trilogy. I have read and reviewed the first two books on my old blog {To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before & PS I Still Love You}. The first two novels in the trilogy are two of my favorite books I’ve read in the past few years. So, did this novel live up?

This book follow the main character Lara Jean in a her last few weeks of her senior year of high school. At the time she is still dating the character, Peter, who Lara Jean fell in love with in the past books. At first her life seems to be going perfectly as planned but when she doesn’t get into her dream school everything seems to go spiralling and she realizes that her life might not go as planned. It also brings up questions about her relationship with Peter and if they can be one of few couples to make it through college.

Part of the reasons that I loved these books is because I LOVE the character of Lara Jean. I connected with her so much in the first two novels. But in this novel that connection seem to go away. She seemed much more whiney and played the victim a lot which is a quality that drives me crazy. Looking back I’ve been trying to remember if Lara Jean was always like that and I just grown up or if she’s become more whiney over time.

I also loved the relationship between Peter and Lara Jean. I shipped it, I pulled for them to succeed and every time they encountered their bumps in the original two novels I felt a twinge of sadness, worried that they wouldn’t make it.  They just seemed perfect for each other. But in this novel it felt like Peter had grown up and was almost too good for Lara Jean. There were times where if Peter was my friend I would have encouraged him to walk away and find someone who put in as much effort as he did.  That was one of the big negatives for me.

Although the past two novels did explore deep into the Song-Covey family I felt like this one went even farther as Lara Jean helped her dad and his fiance plan their wedding. Peter’s family was also going through something and Lara Jean wanted nothing more then to help him through this time of her life. This made their relationship feel even more realistic because the two felt like they were in a real relationship.

Overall I truly enjoyed this novel. It felt like the perfect ending to this trilogy. As much as it felt like a perfect ending my heart broke knowing that I will never be able to dive back into Lara Jean’s world. The closer I got to the end of the novel the sadder I got because I knew it was going to be time to say good-bye to set of characters who I had grown so attached to. It’s amazing when a book or series can do that. For me personally it doesn’t happen often. Not many characters do I carry with me months after reading the book but Lara Jean, Peter, and the rest of the characters are some.

If you’ve read the original two novels then you have to read this one to see how the story ends. If you haven’t read them, read the first two and then read this, especially if you like Young Adult Lit. On my rating scales of 1 to 5 I rated this a 4.75, with my main complaint being that some of the character development didn’t make sense to how I wanted them to develop.

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Have you read Forever and Always, Lara Jean? What did you think of the final installment? Let me know in the comments below.

Reviews

NETFLIX REVIEW: Kiss & Cry

Hello Worlders ~

On my old blog I used to have a series called Netflix Reviews, which was a series where I reviewed movies that I saw for the first time on Netflix. I really enjoyed this series but didn’t get to do them a lot because I mainly was binge watching series on Netflix. But recently I was watching a movie and decided that I would review it.

The movie I watched was Kiss & Cry, a movie made in Canada. This movie follows the true story of Carley Allison (Sarah Fisher) who was a figure skater with a lot of promise. When she was 17 years old she was diagnosed with a rare cancer. Right before her diagnosis she met John (Luke Bilyk) who falls in love/like (whichever word you prefer) with her. He decided to stick by her side through all the chemo and roller coaster emotions of being with some who is so sick.

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LtoR: May (Chantal Kreviazuk), Mark (Sergio Di Zio), Carley (Sarah Fisher), John (Luke Bilyk), Riley (Brittany Bristow), Samantha (Julia Tomastone)

I hadn’t heard a lot about this movie except for the fact that I knew the leads Sarah Fisher and Luke Bilyk from their time on Degrassi. I followed them on twitter and saw they were filming a movie together and knew I wanted to see it when the time came. And then I completely forgot about it until I was scrolling through Netflix and saw the movie. And I decided to take a risk and watch it.

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Carley (Fisher), in the back corner Mark (Di Zio)

The thing I noticed right off the back was the dialogue was weak. There were things I heard the say that felt like it was unnatural. Now I don’t have a problem with movies using swear words but there were times that it felt like the writers were trying to make this movie seem more “mature” by adding swears in where they weren’t needed.

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The next part of this review does have a Degrassi spoiler alert to it – if you haven’t watched through Drew and Becky’s graduation and plan to watch these episodes then stop reading here.

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LtoR: Carley (Fisher) and John (Bilyk)

Anways during the actors time on Degrassi their characters dated and I felt like they had semi-good chemstry. They both had been in relationships with people that fans of the shows preferred and they were just a quick romance to pass the time. Yet the chemstiry was still there. Unfornately with the movie Fisher and Bilyk didn’t seem to have any chemstry. They came across more as friends then a couple.

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Separately I did enjoy both Fisher and Bilyk’s characters. They both felt different then the characters they have played in the past. Bilyk is also an actor that I really like and I’m hoping to see his career grow.

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LtoR: Carley (Fisher) & John (Bilyk)

The thing I found most interesting about this movie was it was based on a true story and at the end they showed videos and photos of the real Carley Allison and her family. During those pictures I learned that Sarah Fisher, who played Carley, had been real life best friends with Carley. It made the movie feel even more special.

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Carley (Fisher) singing the Canadian National Anthem at a Leafs Game

At the end of the day I don’t think I’m going to watch this movie again. And I’m not really sure if I would recommend it to anyone. But I’m glad I got to see it. It did have it’s romantic moments. Although it also had some plot holes that felt like the editors forgot to edit out. On a scale of 1 to 5 I would probably rate it a 2.95.

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Have you see Kiss & Cry? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below.

Travel

Unexpected Disney Trip 2017 || Trip in review

Hello Worlders ~

Welcome to my first Travel Report on my new blog which is one of my favorite type of posts to do. But let’s get started with this trip!

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Some of you may be wondering why I’m calling this travel report “Unexpected Disney Trip 2017”. Well it’s because I didn’t know that I was going to be going on this trip until about 14 days before I went. You see on March 1st my Grandma called me and asked if I was interested in going to Disney from March 14th to 20th. And of course I said yes! But things didn’t go completely as planned? Why you’ll see – just stay tuned.

Before I start the review I wanted to give you some details for the 5ws so to speak.

Who:

Me:

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I was 22 to at the time of the trip but everything else you know about me remains true.

Marianne:

I don’t have any pictures of her from this trip but that’s my aunt. We have always been super close, a lot of people say we are super similar and think a like. But I’ll take it because she’s awesome!

Chad:

Again I don’t have any pictures of him from this trip but that’s my uncle and Marianne’s husband. I’m pretty close with him as well.

Josh:

Josh is my 4 year old little cousin and Marianne and Chad’s son. He is super cool and defintely into Disney (although he’s an even bigger super hero fan). Going to Walt Disney World with him was so fun because he was the perfect age.

Dad & Sharron:

There were also special guest appearance by my dad and his wife Sharron who live in Orlando. Although they didn’t spend too much time with us they did make some appearances.

What:

A quick trip to Walt Disney World with family.

When:

March 2017 – smack dab in the middle of spring break season.

Where:

Walt Disney World Resort with stops in Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and EPCOT. We also stayed at Disney’s Saratoga Springs.

Why:

Because I can never say no to a trip to Walt Disney World.

And now for the trip in review. If you guys have never read one of my Travel Reports this post becomes like a master post where I add the links from the day by day reports. So, come back to this post to see updates.

Days Leading Up to the Trip:

This isn’t always a post I make but for this particular trip  I need to. Why? Because my trip got delayed thanks to stupid New England snow. More on that in it’s actual post.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

I finally left for my trip and got to Orlando. After a long day of travel I got some dinner and nice long night of sleep.

Friday, March 17, 2017

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On my first day at Disney World, everyone else in my travel party’s 2nd park day and 3rd day there we hit up the Magic Kingdom. I experienced some new rides and had fun with my family.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

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Saturday I had a solo park day. Because my family had gone into the park the day I was stuck up North I had an extra park day. On this day I went to Hollywood Studios and went on an iconic ride that I had never been on. What is it? You’ll have to wait to find out.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

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Was EPCOT day! Another days spent with my family. We did spend a little bit of time at Hollywood Studios to start the day and then headed over to EPCOT to end the day.

Monday, March 20, 2017

The final day of my trip. I had a semi late flight out so I did spend sometime at Downtown Disney before heading back to the airport.

And that’s the trip in review I can’t wait to share more about my time as the week’s go on. Keep an eye out on Thursdays for more posts!

*This post was not sponsored by any of the linked sites. All thoughts and opinions are strictly my own
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Welcome to the new blog

Hello Worlders ~

As I begin the next chapter of my life I found that my old blog didn’t feel like it was growing with me. So I decided to come over here to start something new.

Somethings won’t change. You’ll still get a butt ton of travel posts because you know your girl loves to travel. I also will be bring my book reviews and try to keep up with my book reviews and movie reviews.

I also hope to bring other types post to my blog. I’m not sure what they are going to be. We’ll figure it out as we go along.

For those of you who are OG followers 1. let me know, I’m not sure there are any of you. But also I’m hoping that this blog will be the last the test of time instead of jumping to another blog in a few years. But hey not promises.

I also plan to continue my YouTube channel to go hand and hand with this blog.

I’ll see you guys in the near future with another post. Bye!