Ever get that feeling where you know there is so much you want to do and now you just need to figure out how to do it all? But you still have to be a mom and wife and take care of humans and other tasks, etc? Yeah, of course you have.. and thats me right now. Its exciting and exhausting.
But I have a question. Our recent trip to Disneyland has sparked a lot of this. I get asked a lot about Disney tricks and tips. So I like to blog my answers so when people ask, I can just send them a link instead of a 500 page text.
Is it ok that this blog is both a lifestyle blog and a Disney blog? Sometimes I love it. Sometimes I worry its not what people want. Sometimes I feel like this page is so messy and disorganized.
Also, you know the tabs at the top that I organize some of my posts into? I only have one that says Disney, and its getting a little full! So do I just make more tabs that are Disney-specific? Do I create a new blog all together just for Disney?
We just got back from our traditional October Disneyland trip that we unfortunately weren’t able to attend last year because Covid is the worst. Being back gave me a high like no others. Gosh, it was good to be back, you guys. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it, perhaps, billions more times, Disneyland is the best – especially in October.
This trip was also Flora’s first time to Disneyland because, again, thanks for nothing, Covid. I mean, she doesn’t really speak much English yet, but I am pretty confident in saying she loved it. She loved the food, the sights, the rides (especially Little Mermaid and Web Sligers) and all the music she could dance to.
My boys were in absolute Disney heaven. I’ve raised them well (if I do say so myself) and they love Disney hardcore. They’ve missed it, too. They were so eager to get back in there and they were especially excited for Oogie Boogie’s Bash (Disney’s Halloween party). They were so excited and full of big, big emotions. They were pure joy to watch. We had some really cool experiences – like a particular encounter with an extra magical Cast Member that I’ll post about soon, and the memories we made in those few short days will last us a long time.
Can we also take a second to appreciate Craig? I’m so glad I found myself a guy who took on my Disney obsession head-on and has also made it his own. You can just tell he loves this place, too. Its one of my favorite parts about him.
Now enjoy a small photo dump from our magical days in the happiest place on earth!
Oh.. and stay tuned for our Oogie Boogie pictures which will be their own post 😉
This weekend we went to Park City, Utah with my family to spend time together, but also to watch General Conference. In my church (hi, I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints), twice a year, our church leaders speak to us and truly, its one of my very favorite times of the year. Their words are so inspired and beautiful, and this year I felt a lot of hope and peace from the messages I listened to.
The message I seemed to walk away with was that I need to be looking outward a lot more. Yes, I am important and such, but I need to be looking at my fellowmen and see how I can help them. I can serve better, love more, accept more and help people feel loved and feel the light of Christ. I’ve always tried to be a good, kind person, this was just further motivation to do so more and with more intent.
I also cannot get over Camille N. Johnson’s talk where she invited us to let God be the author of our life story. She also talked quite a bit on letting worry and fear go and moving forward in faith. I felt like she might as well have stood at the pulpit and said, “Hey, Chelsea, this one is for you,” because it was quite truthfully something I desperately needed to hear and her lovely words hit me like a ton of bricks and I can’t stop thinking about them.
I also feel a real pull to strengthen my relationship with my Savior. I want to teach my kids more about Him, as well. I want to help build their little testimonies and make sure they know how much Christ loves them and wants them to be happy.
It was a beautiful weekend. I feel rejuvenated and excited to move forward on some new goals I’ve set for myself.
I feel like once January comes around I find myself subconsciously awaiting October. Because if you ask me, October, November and December are our rewards for surviving the rest of the year. It’s just such a great time.
So, hello October! I’ve been anxiously awaiting you.
This year I haven’t really been setting goals for each month or making a bucket list or anything. After 2020 I’ve decided to take a little break from expectations and to just go where the wind blows me. But I have a pretty good feeling that it’ll blow me somewhere beautiful this month.
I finally decorated for Fall! The fact I didn’t do it on the very first day of September is just atrocious to me. But fear not, the decor is up now and all is well in the world. This is wonderful.
I can specifically recall every winter, putting my fall things away and aching for the day that I can cover my home in pumpkins again. So now that it’s back…oh the joy.
Over time I think my style is slowly changing. Our new home has really opened up a new part of me. Now that we are in (what we both hope and pray is) our forever home, I feel like I can really start figuring out what I love and what I want in the home I’ll raise my children in.
Not that anyone is coming to me with decor words of advice, but I just want to say this: When decorating your home, DO WHAT YOU LIKE. Don’t worry about if it’s “in” or not. If it’s colorful when the rest of the world seems to only decorate with muted colors, rock it. If you want everything white and people think that’s weird, ignore them. Make YOUR space YOURS!!
Our laundry room/mud room is a room we literally use and walk through so many times a day. Until I really started paying attention to that, I didn’t realize just how much we frequented this room. Once I really started being mindful of it, I also started seeing just how badly I wanted to update our laundry room. It was very dated. It was completely functional, but just not cute.
When we moved in last October we gave the room a fresh coat of white paint, but even that wasn’t enough for me to be satisfied, I guess. So I got Craig in on the plan and we re-did the room!
We painted the cupboards Behr’s Truly Olive, re-did the countertops with Rust Oleum Epoxy Paint and added some adorable knobs and wall decals from Amazon – and it was that easy!!
Its brightened the room and made it such a fun, inviting space! Hey, you never know, maybe I’ll start actually enjoying the chore of laundry now!
We have a cute little bathroom on our main floor, and for a while now I knew it needed a change. It needed some new life and to be a more fun space. So I thought up some plans and headed to trusty ol’ Target which ended up having everything I needed and voila! My half-bath dreams came true! I’m so happy with how it turned out – and I’m really proud of myself for doing it all by myself! Usually when I do projects I tend to see how many people I can rope into doing it with me, but this time, it was all me. I had some time alone and decided to crank it out! I even used a drill to put in the shelves – I forgot hot cool that makes me feel!
And now, for a few ‘before’ pictures so you can really see the transformation!
I made this coffee filter wreath a while ago (and its truly one of my favorite DIY things I own), but I’ve just recently decided to start making my own ribbon sets to go with it. Making a ribbon set is not hard. Its also therapeutic and, if you’re a crafter/DIY-er, pretty dang exciting. So I’m all about this lifestyle change.
I started my ribbon-ing with a nice, general Fall set. My intention is to have this up September through November.. But lets be real. I may have to make a more Halloween-centered and Thanksgiving-centered one.
This set turned out great if you ask me. I’m pretty obsessed with it. I also have tons of ribbon left over, so if you’d like a set yourself, let me know!!
I’m selling the ribbon sets for $15
and if you want your own coffee filter wreath, I can make you one of those too, for $50!