Favorite Disney Park- Animal Kingdom.

August 29, 2014


I have an obsession with Animal Kingdom.
In fact, it's my favorite Disney park.

A couple reasons why...
Home to my favorite Rollercoaster at Disneyworld- 

EVEREST.


We got there first thing in the morning (with Early Magic Hours) and rode it 6 times in a row.
Awesome.


Yes, we were totally that gushy newly wed couple that ruined the picture.
Hopefully the ladies in front don't have this hanging in their house. HA

Home to my favorite show at Disney-


(you HAVE to see it- oh my gosh I made Aaron see it with me twice this Disney trip! 
I have seen Lion King on broadway in New York City but I have to say, this 30 minute Disney version owns my heart!)


And you get to go on a Safari.
A really good Safari.


The animals just walk right up to your jeep!
Aaron and I are dying to go to Africa to do a real one!
I wanted to jump out and kiss the giraffe!

It's better than any zoo, ever.

 

I spy with my little eye...
A giraffe familia.


Why did the Longhorn looking thing cross the road??

HA just kidding. I don't know jokes.
But it did cross the road so we had to wait in the jeep.


Secretly wishing they would hatch when we stopped.


And YOU mr. elephant, are just the cutest thing!


Anyone else think Hippos are so weird?
They just lurk in the water like big rocks.


Um. These are hilarious and the cutest family of meerkats I ever did see.
Cheetahs, zebras, lions, we saw it all!


After Safari time there is a little nature hike.
So beautiful and you see so many animals!


I have a slight ((WEIRD)) fascination with gorillas.
The are so beefy and they look so soft.
Like a big huge teddy bear.
HA my husband thinks I'm insane. He said I would be crushed in a second if I got near one.


I told him I want to be Jane and Tarzan for a day.
(I spy a gorilla)


Monkey, my sweet child would have been in heaven seeing you swing from branch to branch!



After watching animals for a while....
Go ride Everest again.


Best. day. ever.

As far as my favorite rides in Animal Kingdom go...

EVEREST- obviously. I'm a little obsessed. (ask for the back row)

And DINOSAUR-
The ONLY ride missing from Disneyland in Disneyworld is Indiana Jones.
One of my all time favorites and sadly Disneyworld doesn't have it....
but they DO have Dinosaur.
Which is kinda like it and way fun.

**Fast pass those two and the Safari, they are musts!*

SHOWS- See "Festival of the Lion King" and "It's Tough to be a Bug" - Favorites!!

Dining- Rainforest Cafe. Just for the atmosphere, plus you are IN Animal Kingdom- it's a must!

Favorite park. Favorite person.

P.S. Ignore the bun on top oh my head 24/7.
It was 98 degrees and 100 percent humidity.
We melted.

Plus we had a hopper pass/ Disney water park pass so we were in and out of swimsuits,
hoppin disney parks like no ones business!

Epcot for a day.

August 28, 2014

Aaron and I are OBSESSED with learning about other cultures and traveling.
We love trying new foods, meeting new people, gosh, we soak it all up.
We dream of traveling the world...

That being said, Disney is genius and made it so you can go to Epcot and hit about 10 countries in a day:)


One of the coolest parts of it all is that the workers in the "country" you are in, are actually people from that country!

Gelato in "Italy"
You have to try THIS Gelato stand if you ever go to Epcot!
One of the best sundaes I have ever had and tasted just like gelato in Italy.


And THIS Pizzeria had hands down one of the best pizzas we have ever eaten.
((We are passionate about our pizza))


OH MY GOSH.
Closest thing to being in Napoli, Italy.
We left other parks just to go back another time for dinner!


Yes we ordered a large. NBD


Throwing a coin into the "mini Trevi fountain" was almost as good as the real thing ;)


Aaron lived in Canada for 2 years serving an LDS church mission,
so he LOVED being able to show me the Canada video they have and pointing out the areas he lived in.
(he is obsessed with Canada and can't wait to take me to see it!)
((I have been to the "American side" of Niagara Falls and that's the closest I've gotten HA))


Saw some belly dancers in Morocco.


 Experienced a little Japan.



Germany was sweet.
 I was a little girl when my family lived in Holland for a couple years.
I have pictures of me as a little 6 year old in Germany and this totally looked like the pictures!


The cutest miniature train village.



 Got a little in touch with my roots and took a Mexican boat ride.
Saw Donald duck hitting a Mexican pinata. That was cool.


You have to also hit the boat ride in Norway- I didn't get a picture but it's darling and one of the highlights!


As far as rides go in Epcot.
My favorites....

TEST TRACK is my Husband's favorite ride in all of Disneyworld.
(and that's saying a lot!)
You can now "create your own vehicle" to race before you get on the ride.
Super sweet!
Heaven for Aaron was an understatement.


Our car ranked #1 in our running and he was pretty dang proud of himself.

And Soarin. One of my all time favorite rides.

**Make sure to fast pass both of those. The lines can be terrible!**

Side note: There is also a brand new Aquarium and Finding Nemo Ride that ends in the aquarium!- 
So cool!
Aaron and I were dying wishing Ryan was with us. He would have been in heaven.
The aquarium has dolphins, sharks, whales and every kind of Finding Nemo fish brought to life! AMAZING!


If you are looking for good food, (like really good food)
and a cultural experience with a few rides, go to Epcot.
It never gets old!
I'm a believer.

P.S. It rained for like 2 hours that day. My hair was pretty wet. and our clothes were soaked.
So if you see a dot or two on the picture, you know why:)

Make your own car cupcake

August 26, 2014

Ryan is beyond OBSESSED with cars so Aaron and I decided to give him "cars heaven" for a day to celebrate his birthday.

Just to give you an indication on my "not so talented" baking skills- 
I sent my husband this picture of the finished product of my car cupcake while he was at work.
After telling me they were pretty sweet and that he wanted one, he then asked where I bought them..?
I was like "ummm honey, I made them"
Awesome.
What little faith he has in my baking skills:)
I think I have burned one too many cakes in the oven HA. I don't blame him.

Moral of the story---You can totally do this at home.
If I can make them, you can make them.

I saw the original idea HERE and just baked my little heart out to make it come to life.

All you need:
 A cake mix- Any kind

Red Frosting

M&M's

Mini Chocolate Chips

and a White Chocolate baking Bar


Step #1. Bake your cupcakes.
**I substitute applesauce for oil and egg whites for eggs.

Step #2. Make your Frosting.
I made THIS easy 4 ingredient frosting and added LOTS of red food coloring to make it really red.

Step #3. Make your "windshield"
Break off little rectangles of your white chocolate bar and frost the edges with red frosting.
Then take 2 mini chocolate chips for the "eyes"
((I stuck the little windshied in the freezer for about 10 minutes so it hardens up:) )
Step #4. Put on your windshields. Push them into the cupcake.

Step #5. Use 2 yellow M&M's for your headlights
and 4 brown M&M's for your wheels.


And that my friends, is how you make a car cupcake.
My two year old absolutely LOVED them.
I think I'm getting this whole "boy thing" down.
Trust me if you have boys, they are a hit! XO