Book your next trip on the Disney Wonder

Last week I had the opportunity to visit the Disney Cruise Line, Disney Wonder. Living very close to the San Diego harbor, we’ve watched the Disney Wonder sail in and out several times a year. So I was thrilled to attend their media day and get an exclusive tour of the Disney Wonder. You guys, I’m not going to lie… as the day went on, I kept texting my husband to tell him what an amazing experience I was having. And I never left the dock!

Mickey on the Disney Wonder

For those of you who don’t know, my family has had a history of motion sickness. Our daughter Addie couldn’t take more than a ten-minute car ride without getting sick, and Doug? Well, you don’t ever want to sit next to him on a bus. Even though we are huge Disney fans, we have never been on a Disney cruise. Thankfully Addie has outgrown her motion sickness or can take Dramamine and uses wristbands when needed. Doug, on the other hand, has yet to be convinced that he’ll be ok on a ship. We’ve got our work cut out for us around here.

The Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

Disney has four cruise ships that operate year-round; the Disney Wonder has recently come off dry doc and has new features to share. The Disney cruise has so much to offer. You can now enjoy Frozen, A Musical Spectacular, an all-new Marvel experience in the Super Hero Acadamy, fine dining at Tiana’s Place and these are just a few of the elements we experienced on media day. Frozen the Musical on the Disney Wonder

You can see Broadway-style musicals, experience fine dining, kids are entertained for hours, and all the while, you’re getting the legendary Disney experience. I know I sound like a Disney commercial, and I was hosted for the day, but let me tell you… I was floored.

Anna having a Frozen Adventure.

The Disney Oceaneer Club might be for kids three to twelve, but I could have spent hours in there as well. In true Disney fashion, it’s so well done. From Andy’s Room to defending the world from evil villains in the Super Hero Academy, I can tell you your child will not want to leave. Ever. As an adult, I didn’t either.

Andy's room from Toy Story

After a full tour of the ship, including the three pools, nightclubs, kids clubs, several dining options, and several staterooms, it was time for us to have lunch at Tiana’s Place. I might haven’t been able to hide my excitement.

Tiana's Place

The lunch was fantastic, the Crawfish Crooner’s jazz band performed while we dined on a first class meal, and Tiana actually made sure our buttermilk beignets were perfect. Which they were.

Beignets from Tiana's Place

Just when we thought things couldn’t be any more impressive, we were treated to a chocolate and wine tasting event. They do these tastings a few times each week. It’s classy, informative, and rather impressive. I completely forgot I was on a cruise ship. It was such a treat, and the Cadillac Lounge was the perfect venue for it.

The Cadillac Lounge on the Disney Wonder

When I came back home, I shared all the videos and photos with my kids. As you can imagine my children couldn’t get enough coverage of the Oceaneer Club or the…waterslide!

Waterslide on the Disney Wonder

This is just one more reason my husband needs to try a cruise with us. Adults are also allowed to make a splash when they hit this slide. Not for the faint of heart, I might add. I can’t even begin to tell you about everything the Disney Wonder has to offer. I spent half a day on the ship and we didn’t even see half of it.

Mickey on the Disney Wonder

San Diego offers several different types of cruies options throughout the year. For our family, they have the perfect two-night options. If you haven’t been on a cruise yet, come join us as we start planning our next Disney vacation… with or without Doug!

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Summer is gone, how did we get here?

You know when you wake up and try to remember the day and think, how did we get here? The summer months just flew by and now we are scrambling around in disbelief. School begins in just a couple days and like every year, it snuck up on us.

We had a fantastic summer break. Summer brought us a lot of traveling, gave me much-needed time to reflect on what is important to my well being and how I can be better. We also have a direction for where we were going and how we get there. And most importantly, we had a lot of family time.

Looking back at the past three months, we’ve done a lot. We traveled to five countries, started a family business, I began writing for an amazing group of women at She’s On The Go, spent a lot of time working on Girl Scouts planning and still managed many trips to Disneyland.

We can also check Disneyland Paris off our bucket list. Not to mention three birthdays and an anniversary! And we finished Labor Day weekend with another runDisney race behind us.

While Doug and I ran the 5k with Emma,  Addie ran another Kids Race and did an amazing job. She’s starting to get into it too. The kids’ races are so fun to watch. For some reason, I have a hard time keeping it together. At one point Emma asked me why I was crying. I can’t even tell you. Other than seeing these tiny little humans running their hearts out in 90-degree heat with all their might is nothing short of amazing.

Doug ran his first runDisney 10k and I am really proud of him. He didn’t dress up like the crazy people we are, but I’m working on him for Super Heroes weekend in November. I think he might be a little nervous after seeing how Emelia from Half Crazy Mama and I dressed for the Pixar 10k. (more on that one later)

I’m not going to lie. It was nice to be busy and distracted. We (like a lot of people) really needed this break from reality. But, here we are again wondering, “how did we get here?” It seems like we blink and the days are gone anymore.

I’m excited for the girls to be going back to school. We’re really excited to focus time on growing our business Greater Ink, and I can’t wait to tell you the latest Disney news. Starting with an exciting visit to the Disney Wonder next week. We also have plans to find ways we can continue to help those in Texas by donating and community outreach projects with Girls Scouts.

I haven’t had a lot of time to fill you in on our travels from this summer, but I’d love it if you’d take a look at my first post at She’s On the Go about Amsterdam.

For those of you going back to school this week, I hope you have an amazing school year. We’re excited for what’s ahead.

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Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

Every year, we get so excited for Halloween time at the Disneyland resort. This year things are going to be even spookier, and we can’t wait. Tickets go on sale today for Mickey’s Halloween Party. Pass holders, DVC members, and Disney Visa Card holders can get their tickets starting today. Then they go on sale next week for the general public. You’ll want to act fast with all the new features Disneyland has added to make Halloween spectacular in true Disney form. Halloween time at Disney will sell out. So don’t wait to get your tickets. We’ve been going for years, it’s a really great event.

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Greater Ink: Creating the change we want to see

I’ve written so many post-election pieces that haven’t been published here. We felt this past election year was hard on a lot of people, our family included. As parents of two young girls, we were constantly faced with questions about the integrity of each candidate. It was during that time we felt a shift in society and a need to do something. This is how we came up with Greater Ink. We are working to create the change we want to see.

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Self care: Taking care of me first

I tend to be on the uptight side. I like things a certain way and I am rarely patient. If I ask for something, I like it immediately. Apparently not the entire universe works this way. Moving to Southern California has given me a pass to let things go and not worry so much. After almost two year, it’s finally working. I’m finally understanding self care and taking care of me first. continued

Traveling to Europe: How to pack for a long vacation

We are just under thirty days away from our big trip to Europe. I’ve talked about how 2017 was going to be an adventure, and we’re actually following through with it. Europe, here we come. My mom will be taking care of our dog, house guest coming to visit (even though we won’t be here) and a new alarm that I’m sure will go off several times because my mother can’t remember the code. All that being said, people keep asking me how we are going to pack for a long vacation when traveling to Europe this summer.

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Wednesday Wants: Things I found on eBay

It’s been a while since I’ve taken a stroll down the eBay path. But recently I fell down the rabbit hole when I went searching for those really cute Victoria Beckham kid dresses. You know, the ones Target put out and they were sold out in 2.2 seconds. Of course I found all the dresses… Channel handbags… Kendra Scott jewelry… books for my kids… you name it, it’s on eBay!

I’ve shared my Wednesday Wants here before but here are a few things I found on eBay this week… continued

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Walt and Mickey at Disneyland

I’ve been writing about Disneyland for a long time. I think Emma was just 15 months old when we when to Disneyland for the first time. Over the years we’ve managed to spend a lot of time at Disneyland, a couple trips to Walt Disney World, and Aulani seems to be our home away from home. This summer, we’ll add Disneyland Paris to our Disney dream list. Writing about Disney has been a passion of mine; something that I’ve loved doing over the years and will keep doing as long as we keep going. continued

Family meals with Sun Basket

I’m sure we are all running on the same fumes these days. By the time we pick up the kids, go to after school activities, and do homework… well we sometimes forget how to include dinner in that mess. We really don’t like eating out that much, so I’ve been trying different meal subscription options to save our dinnertime routine. It’s taken a while, but we have finally found Sun Basket to be one of the best out there.  continued

Wednesday Wants: Things around the internets

There might be a few moment of the day where I waste spend time looking around the internets at a few of my favorite things. Before we moved from San Francisco to Southern California, I had to get rid of a lot of things that we just couldn’t move. We then spent a year in a temporary home until we finally moved into our forever home. Since the big purge, I have a really hard time actually buying anything. But that doesn’t stop me from dreaming and seeing what’s new and exciting.

Here’s a my list of this weeks Wednesday wants… continued

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