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

 

 

 

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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

Weekly Happy

One: The weather the last few days has been a dream. H and I have spent most of our hours outside in our yard, throwing rocks, chasing neighborhood dogs, watching cars drive by, climbing up and down the porch stairs (big hit), taking pictures and examining every leaf and speck of dirt on our property. Its been the greatest and it has refreshed me. I feel more sane, more happy and just so much better than I’ve felt recently.

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Two: I’m getting back into the swing of things since falling away from any plan or organization. I know sometimes you just can’t help that you lose control of everything, but its a pain when that does happen. Finally, I am getting back on track, getting back on my house cleaning schedule, my diligent planner-writing, etc. It feels good and I feel like its making my heart a little lighter.

Three: People are SO good. Its easy (for me at least) to dwell on the mean people and the people who aren’t making life easier for anyone. But the last few weeks have reminded me about how the majority of the world is amazing. There are good people in my life who will drop everything to serve. Its incredible.

Four: Homemade Sweet Potato fries have come into my life this week and my world is forever changed.

Five: I realized this morning how happy Instagram makes me (usually). I love seeing peoples lives through little square pictures and I love that I follow people who post the real stuff along with the fancy stuff. I especially love baby posts.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Realistic Fashion Blogger: The Outfit I Wear 2+ Times a Week

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That title is not a lie. This is my go-to outfit. I also have the exact same top in turquoise which I’ll add to the mix but its still pretty much the exact same outfit. I am coming at you as a hard core realistic ‘fashion blogger’ today with all of this. My camera is blurry because H got sticky fingerprints on my lens I can’t seem to remove a giant smudge he left behind. Also, I hope you notice in the third picture that I have like 40 chins because this is real life people. Oh and do you see that weird ring of hair on top of my head that I didn’t notice all day? Real life.

So anyway. This is truly the outfit I turn to when I don’t want to put any thought into what I’m wearing. I feel like its pretty cute, its flattering (AKA not form fitting on my tummy) and its so so comfortable. The top is a baggy sweater I picked up at Costco a while ago, of all places! And I think it (along with the turquoise one) has changed my life. I believe there are two more colors and I’m 100% sure I also need those in my life asap. My leggings are good ol’ black Gap leggings I’ve had for years and they are the best quality, most amazing things – and absolutely my most warn item in my entire wardrobe. Can you be for real in love with leggings? If so, these ones are my soul mate.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

February Beauty Talk

I don’t like the name Beauty Talk anymore. I should have just been boring and named it Favorites or something. Because its not all beauty related I have realized. But oh well. Here are my February Favorites/Beauty Talk. Thank goodness I found a lot of great things this month because this has not been my month so I’m happy I was at least able to discover some new goodies and rediscover some old gems.

Evian Natural Mineral Water. This stuff is awesome. Its not a setting spray, its just… water with minerals. I am a very, very dry person so I love using this to give my skin a little moisture. Its light and dries quickly. I usually use it after I wash and exfoliate my face, before I put my moisturizer on. And I go crazy with it at night before I go to bed. I’ve totally noticed my skin is less dry too and I give this so much of the credit.

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Aveeno Absolutely Ageless cleanser. I am not opposed to spending a pretty penny on skin care. I take my skin care seriously and I usually steer away from drug store brands. However I kept reading amazing reviews about this stuff so I decided to give it a shot and I am shocked to say I’m obsessed. This is so gentle and smells incredible. It gets sudsy and just makes your face feel clean and fresh. I never thought I’d recommend something like this, but I do now!

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Morphe Concealer. Ok. I’m torn on this. The first time I used this I used it under my eye and that got a big NOPE from me. It creased so bad, even when I set my under eyes. It was just bad, looked cakey and horrible, but I was determined to love it somehow. So I started using it over blemishes and as a sort of a highlight and like it much better. I definitely think its a thick, thick product so it needs to be applied very light handed and blended out really well. I don’t love it but I don’t hate it anymore. But would I recommend you buy this? No, probably not.

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Thickity Thick Mascara by Bliss. I got this off of Amazon after hearing it helps your lashes lengthen and look fuller. Isn’t that the goal? The first several uses were underwhelming (but I tend to like mascara after its a little older/more used anyway) but now I really like it! Its super easy to build too. If you want a more natural look, one coat will do but if you want a more dramatic look, you put a few more coats on and BAM.

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Morphe 12NB Palette. Loooooooooooooove. I am a die hard fan of Morphe’s eye shadows. They are powdery, sort and have some fall out, but once you figure out how to manipulate them just so, they are awesome. These blend so well and they’re the prettiest colors. I am thinking this will be a great palette to take next time we travel. It has all the colors I’d need to do a different eye look every day and still feel like I’m mixing things up.

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ColourPop Super Shock shadow in Summer Lovin. Oh I love this stuff. I use this product as a pop of high intensity shimmer on my eyelids when I’m going for that dramatic, glam look. I’m never disappointed. It blends well, applies well and doesn’t move all day.

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Maybelline Fit Me! Foundation Stick. I have been actually hating foundations, lately. Every single one I try just doesn’t go on well and its really annoying. So I decided I had nothing to lose and started dabbling in drugstore stick foundations. I have some more in the mail right now but I have been working with this one lately. Its definitely not full coverage, but its nice and blends with a foundation brush really nicely (I had bad luck using a beauty blender) I am excited to try the other stick foundations though. Someday I’ll find a foundation that loves me.

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Elf Highlighters. The pinker one is called Pink Diamonds and the golden one is called Moonlight Pearls. I am so impressed with these! If you’re going to use them I suggest dusting off the top layer first because for some reason the top layer just doesn’t work the same? But these are really nice, natural highlights that can be built up if needed.

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Cool Makeup Setting Spray. This stuff is so refreshing and smells yummy. Does it actually make my make up stay on longer? I’m not sure. But it helps add moisture to my face, helps my make up look a little more natural and feels so good! I don’t love the way it sprays though..

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Light Board. I love my light board and I’m particularly proud of the way its looked for the last week. I think I’m funny sometimes.

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Spireside candle in Main Street Bakery. I’m 99% sure I’ve talked about this candle before, but thats how good it is. This company used to be called Anthology Candles and has since changed their name. This is the yummiest smelling candle I’ve ever owned. And its inspired by Disney!

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Heart Dish. I got this small heart dish from Target for like $3 and I’m obsessed. It was a Valentine’s Day decoration originally but I think its going to stay on the decorative tray I keep on my dining room table far after February is over. I love it too much to part ways with it just yet.

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xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Magical Monday: 7 Days of Disney

At least half of my wardrobe is Disney apparel. And you may think I am joking, but I am not. There isn’t anything better than wearing something Disney. The other day when I was putting away laundry I was laughing at how many Disney shirts I have, then I started thinking of all the other Disney apparel I own and came up with this brilliant idea. 7 Days of Disney. For seven days I will be documenting the Disney I wear every day. I actually try to incorporate Disney into my wardrobe every day. Sometimes its statement pieces that are blatantly Disney and sometimes its more subtle. Sadly some days just don’t get any Disney but believe me when I say I’d be happiest if I always was donning something Disney. So for this whole week I will be sharing pictures of how I incorporate Disney into my every day dressing. I also recruited some other family members to do this with me! Hope you enjoy!

MONDAY 

Alice in Wonderland is one of my all time favorite movies so any time I see a shirt with an Alice quote I’ve got to have it! This shirt says “Do you suppose she’s a wildflower?” and its everything to me. I also have small white Mickey Mouse earrings today.

H went with a very relaxed Disney look today. A Monsters Inc shirt (from Disney Store) and a Mickey Mouse zip-up hoodie from Disneyland (not pictured) and his beloved Mickey Mouse slippers that he has on 98% of his life.

My cute little sister decided to take part as well. Today she wore a shirt that sums her up perfectly. It says “I just want to bake stuff and watch Disney movies.” Isn’t it the best??
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TUESDAY

Today was a sick day so it was comfy clothes, no make up and messy hair. Poor H has had a terrible cough and a fever and I think I’m starting to get it now too. But that didn’t stop the Disney magic!

I wore a Little Mermaid shirt from Target and some Disneyland sweatpants with Mickey Mouse on the hip. Fun fact, these pants are a childrens XL so they are short, but for some reason I just can’t get rid of them!

H wore pants that matched mine, but they’re much cuter on him! He also wore a winter R2D2 shirt from Target and some Mickey Mouse socks (from Disneyland I think?)

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My sister nailed her look this day. Her shirt is the best and I need one. It is from Disney World and its retro and amazing! She also had some Belle socks on.

My mom didn’t want a picture taken but she had an awesome Disney shirt on so I’m sticking that on here too. How great is it??

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WEDNESDAY

Another sick day. How come any time I try to be cute and fashionable for a week someone in my family ends up getting sick so I pretty much wear comfy clothes the whole week? Is the universe trying to tell me something?

Since we were home all day I decided to wear a comfy t-shirt and in attempt to feel a little more human since I started feeling really sick too, I wore jeans – the comfiest pair I own. I love this t-shirt so much. I found it on Instagram and HAD to have it! It says Magic Kingdom Mountain-Ears Co. and names Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain. So clever. So perfect. Also please notice my cute Mickey face socks. I also wore small black Mickey earrings. (at the end of this post I’ll show all the earrings I wore throughout the week)

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My sweet, sick baby just wore a comfy Mickey Mouse onesie from H&M. He looked comfy, cozy and oh so cute.

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My sister went simple today with a Mickey ring from Pandora – one of the greatest rings I’ve ever seen.

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THURSDAY

I planned on todays ‘outfit’ being Disney pajamas – and that is what happened. Except I didn’t really get good outfit pictures. We are still sick sick sick and before I got a good picture of H he had a blowout (thanks stomach aches) and my pajama shirt got a whole bunch of snot on it from H (thanks awful cold) so we were a mess and didn’t really et a picture, so this is what I have to work with.

My pajamas are a set from Disney Store a few years ago and they’re my favorite pajamas I own. I think they’re mens but they’re great because they are so big and comfy. I was able to wear these most of my pregnancy too so I feel like that speaks very strongly for how cozy they are. H also is wearing Disney Store jammies that make him look like Woody from Toy Story. Nothing better.

My sister wore one of my all time favorite Disney shirts. We (i have one too) got it on a recent trip to Disneyland at Tower of Terror before it closed. Its an Annual Pass exclusive shirt and its magical. I love it and she looks great in it!

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FRIDAY 

I didn’t go as blatantly Disney today. I actually wore no Disney clothes, but I did wear my Disney castle earrings and a few Disney bracelets. I wore a Pandora bracelet with only Disney charms, a couple Alex and Ani Disney bracelets and a Cinderella bracelet that looks like an Alex and Ani. Its a simple, less obvious way to add Disney into your daily outfits.

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I decided to have H’s outfit not so blatantly Disney, as well. His shirt says “Never Grow Up” and is from Gap, from a Peter Pan line they had. And of course, he had Mickey Mouse socks on and wore his Mickey slippers most the day. He also decided to wear a cute Mickey Mouse baseball hat around the house for a good portion of the day.

My sister wore a shirt I wore earlier in the week! Great minds think alike:) Its the ‘Do You Suppose She’s a Wildflower’ raglan. And she’s adorable.

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SATURDAY

I felt so miserable all day Saturday. So please don’t be too harsh about my appearance. Yikes. I wore a Haunted Mansion t-shirt and I literally laid on the couch ALL day. Thank goodness for a sweet husband who was awesome about taking over all the house and parenting duties. Also, H somehow didn’t get a picture. He just had some Disney socks on though so I guess you aren’t missing too much.

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My sister looked so good. Lets just think about her outfit and not mine, k? She wore a Tiki Room shirt and she wore Epcot Nike’s! I am so jealous of them. She looks awesome.

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SUNDAY

My sister wore a favorite Disneyland shirt form D23. Wild Man also has this shirt and its one that every time they wear it I am so glad people in my family own it. Its a really cool shirt!

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I got Wild Man in on the Disney action today! He actually is really awesome about always wearing Disney on Sunday. Today he wore a Disneyland Raglan, H wore some awesome Mickey Mouse hammer pants (heck yes!) and I had my classic Mickey Mouse Disneyland sweatshirt that I wear like six days out of the week because I love it so much. Also, H wasn’t really feeling pictures and we both felt gross (still) and my hair is weird. But hey, its a picture of our Disney! (except that Wild Man’s is totally hiding)..

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Some of the earrings I wore throughout the week.

 

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

January Beauty Talk

What do you think about doing my Beauty Talk but in video form? I’ve dabbled with the idea of doing a YouTube video for my monthly Beauty Talk just because when it comes to skin care and make up and such I have a lot to say and its obviously easier to say live as opposed to typing out a review. Its just a thought. Will February’s Beauty Talk be a video or a blog post? Only time will tell.

I’m starting this post off with these Minnie Bow earrings that are my new favorites. I always have Disney earrings in and more often than not they are Mickey shaped, so when I saw these I knew I had to have them because they were a little different but still obviously Disney. They are dainty and adorable and make me so excited.

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I got this shadow blending brush in my most recent Ipsy bag and I’m a huge fan. This does so good at blending shadows so there aren’t any harsh lines. I’ve been using this a lot for my crease color and its so easy to use and gets the job done.

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This is Super-Hydrating Eye Cream from Air Repair. I’m an eye cream junkie and have a lot, but I have been returning back to this one over and over again. Its light but super hydrating and I swear when I put a bunch on at night I wake up and my under eyes look better than they did the night before.

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I ordered tons of sheet masks off of Amazon a few months ago. These two brands (Dermal and The Saem) have been my favorites. Their masks target a ton of different skin concerns and they really do work! They smell really great and they are cooling and comfortable — and make for awesome selfies.

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I was ordering some products off of Ulta the other day and came across this Firming Night Cream from Burt’s Bees and figured why not give it a try? Its not the best night cream I have ever used, but I really like it. I love that its not greasy or heavy but I can tell I have something on my face. And the smell is phenomenal.

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I have been using the Cantu Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream for a little over a year now. I use it after I wash my hair and work it into the length of my hair and it leaves my hair noticeably smoother, less tangly and shinier and just prettier.

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This blush is from Model Co. and is in the shade Peach Bellini. Its a nice peach color thats simple and easy to apply and blend. I will especially love using this in the summer.

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I am in a pickle when it comes to foundation. I can’t find any foundation I love right now so I’ve been trying a lot. A beauty YouTuber I follow really likes the Maybelline Fit Me foundation so I gave it a go. I don’t hate it you guys. It matches my skin really well and it goes on really, really nice. I hate the packaging though. You have to dump it into your hands. Ew. I much more prefer a pump. So the search for the perfect foundation continues.

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I love this Lipsense color in Beige Champagne. This is my most recent go-to. Its a neutral with a  hint of pinky/brown in it. I love it a lot.

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xoxo

ceeceesparkles