10.21.2014

Boo-zing

I just love this new little tradition of boo-zing that’s happening in my neck of the woods.  And when Tricia at HKL Designs started selling her monogrammed spider web wine glasses this year I knew I had to pick one up to do a little boo-zing of my own!!

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The package includes a monogrammed wine glass or beer stein AND the darling tag for $7.

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I added a bottle of my favorite red and tucked it behind a pot on bestie P’s front porch.  And then, much to my delight, WE were boo-zed that very same night :-)

Why should kids have all the fun?!?!?
xoxo


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10.20.2014

Georgia Grown Georgia Crafted

I know I don’t have to tell y’all this, but there is just something exhilarating about opening the mailbox to find a fun package tucked amidst the bills and junk.  And this is exactly why I adore the whole concept behind Georgia Crafted.


Georgia Crafted is a monthly subscription service featuring 4-5 carefully curated products made by Georgia artisans.  Each box includes full-sized products that range from food, body & bath products, music, stationery, art and more.  I’ve loved every single item in every single box I’ve had!


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The October box was done in collaboration with Georgia Grown.  The Opalescence body butter and Burt’s Farm body wash are both luxurious and fantastic.  I have big plans for the Wisham Jellies cranberry pepper jelly (doesn’t that just scream holidays) and can’t wait to try the Georgia Olive Farms olive oil.  But it’s the Atwell glazed pecans that I blew through in no time flat.  Yes, please!!


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Georgia Crafted has partnered with Yelp OTP (outside the perimeter!) on the November subscription box (on sale until 10/31). It will feature 6 artisans from the North OTP area - food, beverage, bath/body products and more - in this carefully-curated subscription box. In addition, a portion of the proceeds will go to CURE Childhood Cancer in honor of Cure for Austin



Now, I’d best go find the last crumbs of those pecans…
xoxo
Georgia Crafted

10.19.2014

Disney Necklace {Giveaway}

Y’all know I have a deep love for all things Disney.  Well, imagine my delight when Shelly from The Little Black Bow reached out to share one of her fabulous Disney inspired chunky bead necklaces with me!

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I asked her to do mine in the classic red, white and black Minnie & Mickey colors and I just couldn’t love it more.  It will go with so many of my Disney tees and I loved wearing it on my girls trip!!  She does them in adult and child lengths and I think they would just be too cute on little ones as well.



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I loved so many of her designs that it made it really hard to choose.


Elsa FROZEN Inspired Chunky Necklace Aqua Mint White Hidden Mickey Beads Child, Toddler or Baby Size Bubblegum Gumball Girls Beaded Necklace

DISNEY CRUISE ANCHOR Nautical Chunky Necklace Red, White, Royal Blue Mickey Beads Child, Toddler, Baby Size Bubblegum Gumball Girls Jewelry

JACK SKELLINGTON Halloween Necklace, Nightmare Before Christmas Black, Silver Beads, Adult, Child, Toddler, Baby Size Beaded Necklace

MINNIE MOUSE Inspired "Hidden Mickey" Chunky Necklace Pink & White Beads Child, Toddler or Baby Size Bubblegum Gumball Girls Beaded Necklace

And for little girls, the princess necklaces are fabulous!

ARIEL Chunky Necklace, Little Mermaid Necklace, Rhinestone, Disney Princess Necklace, Child, Toddler, Size Bubblegum Gumball Beaded Necklace

If Disney isn’t your forte, she does other fun color combinations.  I loved this one in Tech-ish colors.

SAIL AWAY Chunky Necklace Navy Blue, Mustard Yellow & Mint Beads M2M Persnickety Child, Toddler or Baby Size Bubblegum Girls Beaded Necklace

The super fun news is that she has offered to give away any one necklace in her shop to a lucky Dixie Delights reader!!  The giveaway is open to US mailing addresses.  Leave a separate comment for each of the following and include your email address if you aren’t linked to a blog where I can find you.  There are THREE ways to enter per person!!

1. Follow Dixie Delights blog.
2. Like The Little Black Bow on Facebook.
3. Pin your favorite item (or items!) from The Little Black Bow shop.

Easy as pie.  I’ll pick a winner a week from today!!
xoxo

The Little Black Bow
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10.18.2014

Chalk Project {September}

I’m obviously in catch-up mode seeing as this was so last month.  I had so much fun snapping pictures for the September installment of the year long chalk project.

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Pumpkins, fall leaves and the cutest five year olds you ever did see put a BIG smile on my face!!  Whit’s shirt is on backwards.  He put it on this way when he got dressed and we fixed it before he got on the bus.  When I showed up at school an hour later it was backwards again.  *Pick your battles, Amanda.  Pick your battles.* :-)

I’ll be back before you know it with something spooky for October!!
xoxo

10.17.2014

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Bestie M and I laid our heads at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.  We got a great rate on expedia and were very happy with the Southwestern-themed haven of brightly colored Casitas, rustic Ranchos and beachfront Cabanas encircling a lovely lake.

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The rooms were nicely appointed.  In my opinion, the overall look and feel was better than other moderates and values that we’ve stayed in (ie. no cartoon wallpaper borders or bedspreads).  Quite honestly, I’ve not found any of the rooms at deluxe resorts to be much better than this.  You are definitely paying for the amenities when staying at a deluxe, not a better room interior.  And Coronado Springs has two queens, rather than two doubles, which I love and my family needs.

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The property is pretty large, but it was an easy 5-10 minute walk to get anywhere we needed to go.  We stayed in Ranchos 9B and it was close to the bus stop and the feature pool, but a longer walk to the restaurants and lobby.  If you don’t enjoy a walk, you would want to pay for a preferred location at this resort.

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We enjoyed sitting by the lake with our dinner on our first evening. The twinkling lights and water view just couldn’t be beat.

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We took a break from Food and Wine to relax at the feature pool for a few hours one day.  It was large and the water slide looked like something my littles would have enjoyed!  They had tons of activities going on while we were there.

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We dined in the Pepper Market quick serve and it was good.  Not amazing, but a variety of American and Mexican foods.  The lounge looked really nice, but we only just poked our heads in.  There were also a few sandy beach areas with hammocks for relaxing.  We meant to make time for that :-)

Overall, I would definitely stay here again.  However, I don’t think it would be one my littles would LOVE compared to the similarly priced Caribbean Beach Resort with its over the top pirate themed pool. 

Happy Friday, y’all!
xoxo


10.16.2014

Disney Girls Trip: 3 Parks, 1 Day

We were up bright eyed and bushy tailed for a whirlwind tour of three parks before flying home!!  We started our morning in our favorite place on earth – the Magic Kingdom.

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We hit Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, Thunder Mountain and Space Mountain.

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And then we caught a bus to Hollywood Studios.

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From there we got on a boat to Epcot for our third tour of the Food & Wine Festival.  There was a bald eagle on top of the Swan (right on the top of it’s head).

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We revisited a few favorites, including the griddled Greek cheese, mongolian beef and drinking chocolate and sparkling wine.

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The Ghiradelli experience had some amazing displays created out of chocolate…

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And then we caught the Magical Express back to the airport and ended up on an early flight home to tuck our littles in to bed.  It was one of the best girls trips I’ve done!!
xoxo

10.15.2014

Disney Girls Trip: Food & Wine Festival

We opened and closed Epcot on Saturday for the International Food & Wine Festival.

 

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At rope drop we headed to Test Track.  It was my first time riding since it reopened.  I think the littles would LOVE it and can’t wait to bring them back.

 

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We also hit Spaceship Earth and Soarin’…

 

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…before heading over to the Ghiradelli Chocolate experience.  Oh my stars, there are no words for the divine drinking chocolate.

 

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And look who we bumped in to!!!  Jamie Deen before he gave his presentation. :-)

 

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By this time the world showcase was opened and we hit the ground running on our eating and drinking tour of the world.

 

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One of our front runners was the mongolian beef on steamed bun in China.

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We had every single cheese plate and cheese dish offered in every country… Ireland, Greece, Brazil and the craft beers  and hops & barley destinations.  So, we obviously like cheese.

 

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I already mentioned all the cheese (do not miss the griddled cheese with pistachios and honey in Greece) and China.  Other favorites were the beef empanadas in Patagonia, chicken potstickers in China, lemongrass chicken curry in Singapore, boeuf bourguignon and crème brulee caramel fleur de sel in France, cheddar cheese soup in Canada, cronut at the Refreshment Port,

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The kalua pork slider and Aulani sunset in Hawaii were two more favorites.

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After eating our way around the world, we were stuffed and sweating like pigs.  We popped into the Chase character spot for a quick pic before heading back to spend the afternoon at the Coronado Springs pool.

 

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We headed back to the festival around six for our supper tour around the world.

 

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Another stop in the character spot yielded two more of the fab five.  It wouldn’t be Disney without a visit with Mickey!!

 

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The sun was setting over France and we stopped for dessert first.

 

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Hello, chocolate macaroon ice cream sandwich.  You changed my life…

 

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We had reserved seats to Sister Hazel Eat to the Beat concert, which was really a lot of fun.  The highlight for me was when the band performed Let It Go.  So funny!

 

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After a few more stops for favorite dishes, we headed to the Illuminations Sparkling Dessert party.  It was a reserved viewing area, a variety of desserts and champagne.  I will say that this is the only special event I’ve done at Disney that I wouldn’t truly recommend.  There were no seats and the deserts were just ok compared to all of the delish things available in the world showcase. Next time I would pick up a yummy cocktail and dish of my choosing and scout out my own place to watch the fireworks.

 

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Regardless, it was an amazing day!!  We had hoped to hop over to Magic Kingdom for a few hours after Epcot closed but the monorail was down and after waiting for a while we decided to just catch the bus back to Coronado Springs. 

xoxo


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