March GBOMB

March has been a breath of fresh air. Oh, glorious March. Yes, there has still been a lot of weird, hard stuff but somehow this month I’ve been much better at clearing my head, calming myself down, embracing the moment (not trying to change it) and trusting that everything happens for a reason that will benefit me. Is it sad that sometimes I forget that I get to choose my attitude and my attitude decides how my day will go 99% of the time? Anyway, lets get on with this. (once again, thanks Danica for encouraging people to do GBOMB – its been the best thing for me)

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GOOD

  • We have spent so much time outside this month because this weather is incredible. Its funny because I’ve always loved the cold months and bundling up and staying inside where its warm and cozy, but since having a child who adores going outside, I have realized that I got a little bit of the winter blues this year. I was so, so ready for warm weather so H and I could play outside and get a change of scenery. Our favorite thing has been to go to nearby parks and spend a few hours. H just explores, touches everything, gets real dirty and lets his curiosity run wild and I happily follow along and really wish I was able to know what he was thinking. IMG_4885.jpg
  • H isn’t teething nearly as badly anymore so we have a much more happy, much more ‘himself’ baby back and we are very glad about this!
  • Picnics! I forgot how fun it is to pack a lunch and eat outside. Why is that so magical?
  • We went to the zoo a few weeks ago and we’re still on a high from it (or at least I am). I knew H would love seeing all the animals (or, dogs, as he called most of them) but I didn’t know just how much he would. I can’t say enough what a perfect day it turned out to be and I’m so glad Wild Man had the idea to get out of the house and go do something different than we normally do. A6AD5DB6-B346-4EA7-B779-CD6BA24B5C05.jpg
  • Our cousin had a sweet baby girl in March and we got to meet her before she was even 2 weeks old. There is something so special about a newborn. They are literally fresh from heaven and have the sweetest, most peaceful spirit about them. I held her for quite a while and every second was bliss. If anyone has a newborn they would like me to hold, I will gladly oblige.

BAD

  • Pirates of the Caribbean celebrated 50 years on March 18th and I was literally heartbroken that I wasn’t in Disneyland to take part in the special events, special food and to go on the ride. I know the line was like 70 years long, but it would have been worth it to me to have been able to ride such a great, iconic Disney ride on its anniversary.
  • My motivation to keep my house clean is gone. Where’d it go? Who knows? I clean my house but do so with the worst attitude and battle my thoughts the whole time about things that I’d rather be doing. It also is hard to clean the house though when you practically live outside with your adventure-son. So I don’t feel too guilty because we’re making memories instead.
  • Freaking bugs. The weather is getting warmer and bugs have the NERVE to come into my house! Ugh. I hate bugs with all of my heart. There have been so many spiders in my house lately and this is NOT OK!
  • Isn’t in so annoying how people want to get all up in your business and find out all your secrets then go spread them? This is very vague I know. Sorry. But lets just say we had something happen and some people have shown their true colors in that there was a long period of time where they wouldn’t leave me alone, asking over and over about the ‘thing’. A few did find out (not through me!) and I’m like 99% sure they went and spread the news. If it doesn’t directly affect you, ITS NOT YOUR BUSINESS TO KNOW OR GOSSIP TO SPREAD.IMG_5011.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ON MY BRAIN

  • General Conference is SO SOON and I’m freaking out – in a good way. I love General Conference! I feel really ready for it. There aren’t any real specific questions I have going into it yet (i’m hoping to pick 2-3 soon) but I’m so excited to just sit, listen and take notes and hear things that are being said for my benefit. I’m excited to set new goals because of the talks I heard during these sessions. I’m so pumped for that spiritual, exciting, junk food filled weekend.
  • Family is so important. And I am so grateful for mine. IMG_5019
  • On most Mondays on my blog I post a Magical Monday. Its just a blog post about Disney. Sometimes about the park, sometimes about movies – just something Disney. But I am wanting to up my game in this department. I’m not 100% sure what I’ll be doing to change it up but I have a few ideas up my sleeve and I’m getting excited about it.
  • Speaking of change.. I may start a YouTube channel. Or is that a horrible idea? I just think it’ll be a million times easier to talk about my favorite products and such through a video instead of through pictures and typing. I get a lot of questions about favorite face products and skin care I use and make up I like and how to use it so I’m thinking YouTube just may be the answer. Lets just hope I can make videos that aren’t dreadful!
  • People are good and are trying to do good for the most part. I hate how its so easy to focus on negative things, negative people, negative actions, etc. But the other day I read a blog post and the girl was talking about how if you mindfully look for good – you will find it and if you mindfully look for bad – there bad will be. This isn’t a mind blowing or earth shattering concept, but it hit me in a different way than it had in the past. So I have been mindfully looking for the good in the world and I love that there is actually a lot more good in the world and surrounding us than there is bad. You just have to look for it. Its refreshing.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

 

Magical Monday: Top 10 Disney Quotes

Like as soon as I started this post I immediately started feeling anxiety because HOW am I supposed to pick just 10 of my favorite Disney quotes? Its impossible. So you’ll notice that I didn’t include the word ‘favorite’ in the post title. Instead these are ten Disney quotes that I love a whole lot.

1. “Adventure is Out There” (from Up)

  • Ok. I know for a fact that this is my #1 favorite Disney quote of all time. This quote was something Wild Man and I said to each other a lot while we were dating, this was the theme of our engagement and its our family motto. I love this quote.

2. “Around here we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” (Walt Disney)

  • This is my favorite quote by Walt. Its so inspiring and motivates me to keep on moving in a forward direction. Its one of those you read and immediately feel good. I have this quote hanging in H’s room – I want him to commit this to memory because its that good.

3. “A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.” (Hercules)

  • I have never been a big, tough, brave, strong person. But I have always wanted to be some kind of hero but (especially when i was little) I always felt defeated that I wasn’t the strong, outspoken ‘hero’ type. This quote helped me realize I can be a hero through kindness, my acts and through my heart.

4. “No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing the dream that you wish will come true.” (Cinderella)

  • This is just inspiring. Keep on believing and have faith your dream will come true. Thanks, Cinderella.

5. “If your heart is in your dream, no request is too extreme.” (Pinnochio)

  • Much like the quote above, this is one of those that just makes me feel good in always dreaming and believing. Nothing is too crazy to reach for.

6. “I want adventure in the great wide somewhere.” (Beauty and the Beast)

  • I had to include a quote from Belle in this post because she’s my favorite princess and one of my favorite characters in the whole Disney universe. I love this one. Its been something I’ve said to myself a lot too, when I’m just wanting more – to be a little more adventurous and spontaneous. Also, everything Belle says is gold.

7. “I keep wishing it could be that way because my world would be a wonderland.” (Alice in Wonderland)

  • Alice is my favorite character and I love this movie so much. I love her imagination because I was always the girl (still am) who gets lost in my own thoughts and have created a little world of my own just like Alice.

8. “Ladies don’t start fights but they can finish them.” (The Aristocats)

  • Marie (the kitten who says this) was one of my childhood favorite characters and I still have a real soft spot for her. I love this quote. Its fiesty and tough. Don’t underestimate a girl.

9. “How do you spell love?” “You don’t spell it, you feel it.” (Winnie the Pooh)

  • Because love is so much more than a word and I am always and forever a hopeless romantic.

10. “To all who come to this happy place, welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts that have created America with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.” (Walt Disney – Disneyland dedication speech)

  • I get goosebumps when I read or hear this. This is the speech Walt Disney gave when he dedicated Disneyland. These are special words here, people!

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Weekly Happy: I Love My Family

This post will be a little different than my Weekly Happy posts usually are. Today I just wanted to gush about my little family for a minute.

I am so so grateful for my husband and my son. I know this behavior isn’t uncommon, but I get overwhelmed really easily when I think about how blessed I am to be the wife and mother in this little family.

I knew back when Wild Man and I were newlyweds that I was lucky. I knew he was always going to be a great husband and that he would make a terrific father someday, but he has never ceased to exceed my (high) expectations of the kind of husband and father he’d be. I have never met someone so selfless, who is such a hard worker, so dedicated to his role as a father/husband and who is such a genuine sweetheart. I’m inspired every day by his optimism and his natural happy demeanor and friendly personality. Everyone who meets him loves him (especially the older ladies haha!) because he’s such a charmer and so charismatic. He is loyal and I know that he loves me. He will set aside his wants and the important things he needs to do if he can tell I need to talk or if I’m struggling or needing help with something. He is a very busy guy but he never lets a day go by where he doesn’t spend quality time with H and remind him of how loved and special he is.

My little one year old son is the greatest. He has placed a joy in our home that I don’t think we realized we were missing so badly. He keeps us happy and always is giving us a reason to smile and plan 1,000 more kisses on his squishy little cheeks. He gives these heart-melting hugs and gives you kisses exactly when you need them most. He possesses a natural light that can lift spirits around him. Wild Man and I have said many times we feel like H is a healer because so often he can figure out which person in the room is hurting and he gives them extra attention, snuggles and love and how can a happy, sweet baby not heal you, you know? He is friendly, flirty and kind and even though he is still young I can tell that he wants to do good – he is happy when he does things he knows are good (i know this because he typically applauds himself) and I really hope this is a trait he keeps with him as he grows up.

My family makes me so happy. They fill my heart full with love and joy. I am so blessed to be a part of this.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Its Good to be ME

One of my New Years Resolutions for 2017 was to really focus on embracing who I am and not being embarrassed about certain pieces of myself. I have been lucky enough to have a pretty good track record in my life of being confident in myself – I mean of course there have been some things – but I have always been ok with being a little ‘different’ or ‘weird’ to people if it meant that I was happy with myself and was doing what felt was right to me. As we all know very, very well now, social media can be great and social media can be awful. For the most part I love it, but something I have noticed since really getting into the blogging world and opening myself up to more people is that I have lost some of that confidence in being exactly who I am and being proud of everything I am and everything I do. People share their opinions and their own thoughts on their blog, their Twitter, their Instagram, etc, and I read these things and so often I have noticed that according to them, I am doing something wrong or annoying or shameful or just embarrassing and for some dumb reason I start taking their words to heart and start telling myself I need to stop doing {insert thing here} because its wrong, annoying, shameful, embarrassing… But then in doing so I realize I really didn’t want to change that part of myself and then I go to this weird place of wanting to be like someone else and be genuinely liked by them, but also not wanting to lose my authentic self. In the end I usually am able to remind myself its ok to be me and I remind myself that other peoples opinions really shouldn’t define me or change me or even matter to me all that much. But still its hard sometimes to not feel that constant nagging in the back of my mind that what I’m doing is unacceptable and stupid to someone else and to continue on doing so anyway.

The last few days I have been thinking about this a lot. And I have come to the (obvious) realization that you can’t please everyone. No one is going to love, support and agree with every single thing you do and thats just fine because life would actually probably be really boring if everyone agreed with everything you did (although maybe we’d all get along better and the world would be a happier place?) So I now have this new boost of confidence and motivation to be me. The real me that is going to live life to the beat of my own drum and (try really hard to) not let other peoples opinions get to me so much that they begin to change me.

I am obsessed with Disney and I talk a lot about it. Maybe that makes me childish and immature to some and maybe you’re really sick of my Disney posts, but to me, it makes me happy and it makes me feel youthful and it makes me think of magical memories with my family.

I don’t use our real names on my public social media because my anxiety is that bad and I have heard so many nightmare stories about families in the media that to me, this is a way to keep us a little more safe. Maybe thats annoying and makes me seem paranoid to people – and if its annoying, sorry! And if it makes me seem paranoid, its because I AM.

I sell Lipsense. Even I will loudly admit, MLM’s are the worst! But I pride myself in the way I run my little side business – I’m not naggy, I don’t automatically add people to groups without their consent and I don’t fill up peoples social media timelines. If my posts I share bother people so much, they can scroll right past them or if its that bad, unfollow me. I like being able to (pretty stinkin’ easily) make some extra money just by playing with lipstick – and seeing as I am a licensed make up artist, I can’t really think of a better situation.

I am still nursing. Obviously it’s waaaaay less frequently now.. For quite a while it was the only thing my son would reliably eat. I am not sure why but my milk supply has really not even started to dwindle. I produce SO much – like I’ve been nursing over a year and I still leak and spray! TMI? It’s insane. But that’s not the point. It still feels like nursing is still right for us. It’s really just before naps or bed now and I’m sure it’ll happen even less soon, but it’s what we still do and I know that’s weird to a lot of people, but I do what I feel is best for my baby and I stand by it.

I choose not to swear. Its a personal decision I made when I was young and its something that makes me, me. People call me Molly Mormon because of this, they assume I am a prude and am judgmental and all ‘holier than thou’ and that is SO not the case. I just do it because it makes me happy.

I am terrified of offending people. It makes me act awkward and say weird stuff and I have got some interesting comments from others because of this. I have attempted to be a little more confrontational and straight forward but it is NOT me. The only time I really get confrontational is when I feel the need to protect or defend my son. It doesn’t make me weak, it doesn’t make me easy and it doesn’t mean I’m shy.

Really I could go on with these things. Some are things I have heard since I was little and some are things I have heard more recently. I’m not saying at all that I’m picked on, bullied and people are always talking bad about me. As far as I know this actually very seldom happens (thank heavens/i hope) but I still find that I easily get embarrassed about these traits I have that make me who I am because someone else has a different opinion or a negative thought about it. Ugh.

Does any of this even make sense? Do I just sound like a whiny baby right now? I promise that wasn’t the point of this post. It was just more to say I am proud of who I am! I like who I am and what I do and how I go about my life and how I am raising my child. I like being me and I do all things in my life in the way that feels best for me and my family. I know not everyone agrees with everything I am doing but thats just fine! Thats the beauty of agency – we all get to decide things for ourselves and form our own, unique opinions.

I’m excited to keep this momentum going. I feel like this will open up a lot of new doors for me. I’ll have more blog content thats personal and exciting to me. I won’t feel so embarrassed and like I’m surely going to lose followers/friends/respect when I post something or talk about something that I know some people roll their eyes at. I’m just going to be me and roll with it! I’m going to be proud of myself and all the weirdness that comes with me because I really do like myself and I really do love my life!

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Park Day and Good Vibes

Sunshine is absolutely therapeutic, people. This great weather and H is obsessed with being outdoors (when he wants to go outside he goes to the door and starts knocking on it furiously) so for the past week we have pretty much lived outside. We pretty much only go inside for naps and dinner (lunch is outside a lot). It is the best. The. Best. I don’t understand why, but there is something so nice, relaxing and refreshing about being outside. It has given me the opportunity to get away from my phone and given me a clear mind. Its given me wonderful bonding time with my son and has just done something for my spirit. I feel better, I feel more confident and in control, I feel happier and more calm. Who knew something as simple as the weather could do this for me.

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Magical Monday: 50 Years of Pirates of the Caribbean

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On March 18th Pirates of the Caribbean in Disneyland turned 50 years old! Pirates is easily one of my favorite attractions in any Disney park (i even like the Disneyland one more than Disney Worlds – do you agree?) I am kind of devastated we weren’t in the park for this momentous occasion but I had a few friends there and I lived vicariously through their instagram posts, tweets and snapchat stories that day. The weekend of the fiftieth anniversary was a big deal in Disneyland with special events, food, etc. So fun. Disney knows how to celebrate, am I right?

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Like I said, Pirates is one of my very favorites. Its in my top three and occasionally is my #1 over all. It inspired the Pirates of the Caribbean movie series which are the greatest (yes even the sequels!) and I don’t care how cheesy it sounds, those movies changed my life and were a massive obsession of mine for years – ok, they still are. In turn, the movies then inspired some changes in the ride. I love that Jack Sparrow can now be spotted throughout the ride. Its a really magical touch.

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Fun Fact: Did you know originally Pirates of the Caribbean was going to be a walk-through attraction? I’m so glad they changed their minds and now you board your boat and float through the incredible ride.

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I love that Pirates is on the longer side as far as rides go. Its one of me and my families go to rides when we need to get off of our feet for a minute. Also, if you’re a nursing mom, this ride is an awesome place to nurse! I love the song. I love the music. I love the animatronics. I love the donkey, the pigs and the cat. I love the realistic sound of the fire. I love the hidden Mickey’s. I love the beginning when you’re floating through the bayou and its quiet, you can see Blue Bayou and it feels like you’ve really been transported somewhere else. I love the drops. I love the skeleton driving the crashed ship while lighting strikes and thunder booms. I love the skeleton pirate on top of the piles of gold and treasure. I love the treasure chest (replicated from POTC the movie). I love Jack Sparrow singing Yo-Ho at the end of the ride. I love the parrot you see as you wait in line and that you pass as you’re finishing your voyage. I love the atmosphere and that its kind of muggy and humid. I love the smell. I love the art. I love the Cast Members costumes. I love the scene with the three jailed men whistling for the dog with the key. I love everything about this ride.

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Happy 50th Anniversary (a couple days ago) Pirates!

“Psst! Avast there! It be too late to alter course, mateys – and there be plunderin’ pirates lurkin’ in every cove, waitin’ to board. Sit closer together and keep your ruddy hands inboard – that be the best way to repel boarders. And mark well me words mateys: Dead men tell no tales! 

Ye come seekin’ adventure and salty old paired, eh? Sure you come to the proper place. But keep a weather eye open, mates, and hold on tight – with both hands, if you please. There be squalls ahead! And Davy Jones waiting for them what don’t obey.”

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

 

 

 

Weekly Happy

This week? This week was so good.

One: On Saturday we went to the zoo and it was so much fun. H was a dream baby and loved looking at all the exhibits with different animals. The weather was so perfect and the animals were active. It was just the three of us and it couldn’t have been more wonderful. It was bonding, exciting and so much fun. I’m so glad Wild Man had the idea to get out of the house and do something fun!

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Two: We saw Beauty and the Beast on Thursday. It was as beautiful and magical as I hoped it would be. Emma Watson was an awesome Belle.

Three: I found out my favorite cracker (Cheez It Grooves in Sharp White Cheddar) come in a family size box. Laugh at me all you want on this one, I have no shame. These crackers are the best and have probably changed my life in some way.

Four: I ordered several new face masks from Ulta and got them in the mail a few days ago. I have only tried a few but so far LOVE them and am anxious to try the rest. Skin care is way too fun and way too addicting for me.

Five: My hair is growing! A year and four days ago I chopped my hair pretty short. It was a lob and the longest part barely hit my collarbone. I loved the cut, but once I decided I was going to grow it out, I felt like my hair was barely moving. The other day I found the picture of the day I cut it and compared it to now – its actually grown quite a bit in one year! Hooray for progress!

xoxo

ceeceesparkles