July TBR

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Hello hello hellooo!

God, things have been crazy lately. It's already a few weeks into July and I'm just posting my TBR for the month. How typical. What have you all been up to lately?! I spent the first bit of this month with my boyfriend here in Florida which was so much fun. I can't wait for our vacay together in August!! 

You may remember that this year, I set a goal for myself to read 50 books which I've been keeping track of on Goodreads. Well, now I'm about halfway through the year and my Reading Challenge tracker has recently informed me that I'm three books behind schedule... I've gotta quickly get back on track with my reading!

So, without further ado, here are the books that I'll be reading in July...

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan - Rachel is an average American-born Chinese woman, working as a professor at NYU when she meets Nick Young. But when he invites her to his best friend's wedding back home in Singapore, where she's introduced to his uber rich and very judgmental family, Rachel's life gets flipped upside down. I'm sure a lot of you have heard the buzz surrounding this book, especially now that it's coming out as a film next month! This book has been on my TBR since last year and now I've got all the more reason to bump it up on my list!

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn - This is another book that's been getting a lot of attention as of late. You may recognize Gillian Flynn as the author of the highly successful novel, 'Gone Girl' which was made into a movie awhile back. 'Sharp Objects' was actually her debut novel, which is about a woman who has to return to her small hometown to cover the deaths of two young girls, all the while fighting the demons that she's been trying to escape ever since she left home the first time. I'm not usually big on thrillers, but for this, I thought 'why not'!  

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - I'm so eager to get started on reading this book. Young adults novels often get a lot of criticism for not being 'heavy enough'. But this is a definite exception to that judgment. It's all about a sixteen year old girl who witnesses the murder of her childhood best friend by the hands of a police officer. The novel tackles crucial topics such as racism and police brutality, which are so important to talk about - especially among teens. It's a great conversation starter and I'm eager to read it! (It also has a whopping 4.56 star rating on Goodreads).

The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory - I've been binge-watching Reign for the past month and I've also recently enrolled in a Tudor/Stuart era course at uni, so it's safe to say that I'm currently in the midst of a major Tudor obsession. So when I saw this bad boy at Indigo, it was an easy impulse buy. 'The Last Tudor' is a historical fiction all about Lady Jane Grey, the 'Nine Days' Queen' of England, and her sister, Katherine. I know that Philippa Gregory's books have faced a lot of criticism in the past, so I'm very interested to see what I think of this! 

Talk to you all very, very soon!

Felicia x

5 Favourite Retired Disney Attractions

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Walt Disney himself once said, "Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world." He knew that in order to keep visitors enjoying the parks for generations to come, they'd have to constantly update what was inside them. And although he wasn't present for much of it's lifetime, the very same idea has been carried over to Walt Disney World also. But there isn't an unlimited amount of space in the world and unfortunately that means that by updating the parks, some attractions have to be retired or removed to make way for new ones. 

Of course, Disney is constantly coming up with exciting new rides - but there will still always be a bit of me that misses some of the older attractions that have been removed. So today, let's take a trip down memory lane and chat about some of the attractions that are now gone that I once loved!

1. Snow White's Scary Adventures

I always loved this ride so so much when I was a little girl, even though it slightly terrified me a bit. Snow White's Scary Adventures was a dark ride in Fantasyland at Disney World's Magic Kingdom. It travelled through the story of Snow White, with her meeting the seven dwarfs and the Evil Queen. This was one of the remaining opening day rides at the Magic Kingdom, meaning that it was a ride that had been in open since the first day of park operation in 1971 - although, in 1994, the ride was modified to be less frightening for children as the original ride was pretty terrifying (allegedly!).

I used to go on this ride all the time, every time I visited the park. One of my favourite park memories was boarding this ride with my mum while the fireworks were going on, as there was virtually zero line at all and we got on right away. It was so much fun and we could see the fireworks from where we boarded the ride. Sadly, the ride closed down in 2012 to prepare for the New Fantasyland. It was soon after replaced by the Princess Fairytale Hall.

2. The Great Movie Ride

Oh, my beloved Great Movie Ride. I've loved this ride for many, many years. I loved how this ride really tied in with that old Hollywood feel of the park, especially with it being in the Chinese Theatre replica. I'm a huge film nerd so being able to ride through the movies, even if they were a little bit tacky-looking, was so cool to me. Every time I saw that Casablanca scene with Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart, I was in heaven. And at the very end of the ride, seeing that incredible movie clip montage sealed the deal for me because I have a weird obsession with movie quotes?? It's strange, but I know thousands of famous movie quotes so that sorta thing is so up my alley. 

Riding it for the last time last August was actually the most devastating thing ever. I'm interested to see the ride they replace this with but, let's be honest - I'm going to be bitter over this for awhile. 

3. The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

Sigh. The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights (phew what a mouthful) was a wonderful experience and one of my family's favourite Christmas traditions. I could go on and on about why they shouldn't have gotten rid of this, but instead I'll hark back to the good ol' days without the resentment. The Spectacle started back in Little Rock, Arkansas with the Osborne family themselves - the father, Jennings, owned a large estate and created a huge Christmas light display which eventually spread to the two properties on either side of their original home.

Eventually, Disney approached the Osborne family, asking to set up their display on Residential Street in the then Disney-MGM Studios. By 1995, it was a part of what's now Hollywood Studios and the rest is history. The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights was honestly so much fun, and I could spend hours and hours walking around there. 

4. Main Street Electrical Parade

This parade music would be stuck in your head for days but God, was it worth it!! 

There's nothing that upsets me more than the fact that Disney took away the MSEP but never replaced it. I miss having that nighttime parade experience so so so much. Here's hoping that someday very soon they're going to put in a new parade! (*fingers crossed*). This parade had magic to it, that's for sure. I always loved seeing The Jolly Roger come down Main Street, with Peter Pan and Captain Hook fighting it out on board. It was such a fun time and I'm so sad that it's gone away. 

5. Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams

Of course, I had to end this list off with quite possibly the most painful departure of any Disney attraction: Wishes. Wishes was the very first Disney fireworks show that I ever saw when I was 6 years old. And it was my favourite until it went away in spring 2017. On every trip to Disney, I saw Wishes at least once. I saw it from all over the park too: from Tomorrowland, from on Big Thunder Mountain, from the queue of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. It was such a magical, meaningful show and watching it brought back so much nostalgia from my childhood for me.

In 2017, Wishes sadly went away. It was a big moment for my family honestly!! Unfortunately, because they hadn't given a lot of forewarning that it was being replaced, we weren't able to go to the parks to see the last showing of Wishes, but we did watch the Facebook livestream. It had been a part of the Magic Kingdom for a whopping thirteen and a half years. And all of a sudden, it was gone! Fortunately, the replacement, Happily Ever After, is incredible and so, so good. But a part of my heart is always going to miss Wishes and all it stood for. 

What is your favourite 'lost' Disney attraction?

Felicia x

5 Tips for Disney Pin Collecting

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Over the years, I've garnered myself quite the Disney pin collection. Ever since I was a little girl visiting the parks for the first time, I've periodically found myself at the pin section of any Disney World shop, scouring the racks for new pins which ultimately led to a major collection. If you aren't a Disney parkgoer, this might seem like the definition of insanity to you - but if you've ever been to the parks, I'm sure you know firsthand the Disney pin craze. 

Today, I thought that I'd share a few tips for Disney pin collecting with you guys in case you're thinking of starting your very own collection! 

1. Pin trading

Pin trading has become a pretty common thing in the last few years. It's more popular among kids, but teens and adults can totally jump into the fun, too! Cast members typically walk around the parks wearing lanyards with a number of pins on them. They can trade any of their pins (aside from a couple they have, like their personalized tag) with guests and that gives you an opportunity to get ahold of some really cool, rare pins!

2. Visit the pin stores

As much as pin trading can be fun, there may be specific pins you're looking for that may not show up in the pin rotation that you're dying to get your hands on. Most stores will have a pin section in them, like the Main Street Emporium at Magic Kingdom - however, there are also stores in the parks where pins are the main focus. Once upon a time, there was a big giant Sorcerer's Hat in Hollywood Studios that held the best collection of pins!  Nowadays, some of my favourite pin stores are the Disney's Pin Traders at Disney Springs Marketplace and the Frontierland Trading Post at Magic Kingdom's Frontierland. 

3. Buy pins of your favourite rides/attractions

In the past few years, Walt Disney World has been making major adjustments, renovations, and improvements to the parks which has resulted in a number of rides and attractions being demolished or replaced. Although I'm lucky enough to have purchased pins of some of those rides before they were removed, I don't have all of them - especially Great Movie Ride, which was my favourite but I never found a pin for. So, now that I've learned from my mistakes, I've started looking out for pins of my fav rides to buy as keepsakes, should they ever remove them, and I'm here to advise you to do the same! You can never know for sure with a park like Disney, that's always improving, if your favourites will still be intact come time for your next trip. It's always safe to be prepared. Plus, now you'll have a sick collection of pins from your fav rides!!

4. Try out the mystery packs

Disney currently sells quite a few options when it comes to mystery pin packs. These little bad boys are baggies full of pins, and you won't know what's inside until you purchase and open the pack. This makes it a big, fun surprise when you finally do get to open up the bag and see what you've got out of it - you might just have a very rare or special pin on your hands! It's also great for pin trading, as you're likely to end up with a couple pins that you're not particularly fond of but that someone else might be looking for. The same goes for the 'starter packs' that are available which come themed as Princesses or Star Wars, where you get a number of pins from that genre or film which gives you a wider selection to choose from. 

5. Display your pins

This might just be the best part of the post. Obviously, once you've returned from your Disney vacation with all your marvellous new pins, you're gonna want to show them off! The best way to do this is by finding a way to display them in your home. If you only want to show off a few of your favourite pins, you can always use a Disney lanyard - which you can buy from the parks - to display them and hang your lanyard somewhere in your room. Or, you can go with a cork-board, which is what I chose to do. A few years back, for my high school graduation, my boyfriend's parents bought me a heart-shaped cork-board (pictured above). I ended up bringing it to Florida to hang up in my bedroom here and decorate it with all my favourite pins. A cork-board is perfect because it easily keeps pins in place - all you have to do is take the backing off your pin and shove it right in - and it also gives you lots of space for displaying pins! Although I can't fit all my pins on my board (to be fair, I have several dozen pins), it does give me ample room for the pins that I consider my favourites that I want others to see. 

My favourite pins: 'Find Your Happily Ever After' (Happily Ever After fireworks), Pascal (Rapunzel), Rapunzel and Eugene (Rapunzel), Lizzie McGuire (Lizzie McGuire), and Mickey and Minnie Spinning Around the Parks


It doesn't take long at all to get hooked on pin collecting, and I can say firsthand that it doesn't matter if you've been to the parks once or a hundred times, it's still fun to buy pins!! My collection is ever-growing and constantly changing, and I love having a bit of Disney with me right by my bed at all times. It gives me a little bit of home, away from home :) 

Do you collect pins? Which are your favourites?

Felicia x

You've Got A Friend In Me | Toy Story Land

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The wait is over! Toy Story Land has officially opened at Disney's Hollywood Studios. After what seemed like ages of waiting, I finally got my first peek inside this magical new area recently and today, I thought I'd share my thoughts and my experience with you guys! 

As a late 90s kid, the Toy Story films were huge when I was a kid. Growing up, they were a constant part of my movie line-up and the same goes for my boyfriend, who loves the movies even more than I do. So the fact that we can now walk into this world of toys is so incredibly cool!

My family, my boyfriend, and I decided to make our first trip out to Toy Story Land in the late afternoon, so that we would get to see the land in the daytime as well as the nighttime, to get the whole experience. We had a FastPass for Toy Story Mania at 9:15pm, which was literally the only ride that we were able to get FastPass for. Being able to see the park in the daytime was incredible because the details that the Imagineers included in this area are so well thought out and not to be missed. 

The whole concept of the land is that you're supposed to be shrunk down to toy-size, running around Andy's backyard with his other toys. And the Imagineers did an incredible job with keeping to the theme. Every small feature works together to add to the experience. Jumbo-sized toys and other nostalgic 90s memorabilia are scattered around the park, even sometimes used as benches or other structures which is so cool. Everywhere you turn, there's something new to look at - and it's all amazing. 

The area has two new rides - Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers - in addition to the already popular Toy Story Mania. Personally, the Slinky Dog Dash looks a little bit more up my alley, as it's a proper family roller coaster with not-too-big drops but high-speed turns and other thrills - whereas the Alien Swirling Saucers is more of a Mad Tea Party spinning ride which I'm not a huge fan of.

Unfortunately though, neither of the new rides had any FastPasses available and the standby queues were quite lengthy, so we didn't get to try them out this time, but I'll definitely report back when I do! We did however get to ride Toy Story Mania which, although not completely new, has been altered to work better with the new land. The entrance has been moved from Pixar Place to Toy Story Land and the ride now has a new outdoor-indoor queue that fits perfectly with it's surroundings. 

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What might just be the best part of Toy Story Land though is the photo opportunities around the area. I've gotta say, it's one of the most photogenic areas in Hollywood Studios - which is saying a lot, because Hollywood Studios is a great park for taking photos! As I said before, there is no area brushed over in this park. Everything is meticulously crafted and created to match the movies and theming of the area. Even better, actual Toy Story characters like Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie all walk around the park so you can take photos with them! 

The area is so spacious and well laid out in that the rides are kind of situated further back in the area so the queues don't make the main portion of the land congested. Also, I've heard that the queues are full of fun surprises and nods to the movies. There's also a ton of viewing areas of the rides so that you can still see them in motion as you cry over not getting a FastPass, haha!

All in all, Toy Story Land is so much fun and it's a great new addition to Hollywood Studios! And if this is any indication of what Galaxy's Edge will be, then we have a lot to look forward to! 

Have you guys been to Toy Story Land yet? Do you plan on going?

Felicia x

June Book Reviews

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Hello everybody! 

So, as you may have noticed, I've been a tad bit absent from the blog as of late. Things have been pretty crazy lately. I spent a few days back home, got to spend some time with my bf, and I've just come back from a road trip! But now that I'm back in Florida, I've got a chance to get back to my blog schedule. And to kick things off, I thought I'd start with my monthly book reviews post, for June. 

To read last month's reviews, click here

This month I read: CONFESSIONS OF A PRAIRIE BITCH (ALISON ARNGRIM), FANGIRL (RAINBOW ROWELL), and HOW TO STOP TIME (MATT HAIG).

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CONFESSIONS OF A PRAIRIE BITCH by ALISON ARNGRIM [4 stars]

"By making me a bitch, you have freed me from the trite, bourgeois prison of 'likeability'. Any idiot can be liked. It takes talent to scare the crap out of people." 

Confessions of a Prairie Bitch is actress Alison Arngrim's recount of her formative years which were spent on the classic family television drama, Little House on the Prairie. Not only that, but she goes on further to include details about her pre- and post-Little House lives, and how her experiences with abuse affected her life as a child, adolescent, and adult. 

The minute that I heard Alison Arngrim had wrote a book about her time filming Little House, I got in my car and went to buy it. Nellie Oleson is the epitome of a mean girl - in fact, at times, she can be downright evil (you ever seen the episode, "Bunny"?). I spent my childhood tucked in front of the television, watching Nellie find numerous amusing ways to make the Ingalls girls' lives difficult over the years. And now I was able to hear the story of the real actress responsible for those spectacular on-screen temper tantrums? Sign me up. 

As it turns out, a fair chunk of Alison Arngrim's story is quite grim. Despite living in Hollywood as a child and brushing elbows with great stars like Liberace, she did not have a good early life. Behind those bouncy blonde curls on our screens, Alison was struggling. Her childhood was plagued with sexual abuse from her older brother. The stories she told about this abuse were extremely difficult to read. Watching a show as happy-go-lucky as Little House on the Prairie, you never imagine this sort of thing is happening behind the scenes. It goes to show how someone can be hiding anything behind a smile. Her story of overcoming the abuse was so powerful and made me respect her so much. 

I know what you're all thinking. Can a child star from the 1970s really write a good book? The answer is: yes. Very much so. Alison Arngrim's writing was so clever and witty, it actually had me laughing out loud at times. I read the majority of this book on a plane with my mum and I was constantly leaning over the seat to read her my favourite excerpts. My personal favourite part of the book was her descriptive Little House character guide in the first half of the book, which was so honest and completely hilarious. 

Of course, a large chunk of this book was about her time on Little House - it isn't called Confessions of a Prairie Bitch for nothing! Her stories about Little House are, fortunately, far more light-hearted than the others. She speaks about her memories of the show and the people involved very honestly. While she had a good relationship with most of her cast, particularly with Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls) and Steve Tracy (Percival Dalton), she did not with others. The stories she told about her experience with Melissa Sue Anderson (Mary) were very blatant and very amusing. That whole portion of the book would really appeal to Little House fans looking for a bit of secret-sharing from their favourite family show. 

All in all, this was a short but great autobiography about a childhood fav of mine - and very likely, of many others. I really enjoyed reading it and would totally recommend it to anyone who's watched and loved Little House on the Prairie as it really gives off a nostalgic feel for those good ol' pioneer days (or at least, the pioneer days that Michael Landon envisioned lol). 

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FANGIRL by RAINBOW ROWELL [4.5 stars]

"The whole point of fanfiction is that you get to play inside somebody else's universe. Rewrite the rules. Or bend them." 

Fangirl is a coming-of-age story about a young woman named Cath, who is a big-time fan of the popular book series, Simon Snow. Her and her twin sister, Wren, have spent years nestled within the Simon Snow fandom but all of that changes when they go off to university and their worlds are flipped upside down. As Cath deals with her new environment and the changes that come with the transition to university, she must also face changes in her creative life, too. 

I don't know why I didn't read this book sooner. Before this, I had read - and loved - two books by Rainbow Rowell, Attachments and Eleanor and Park, but Fangirl just never really stood out to me. The only reason I ended up picking it up was because I had heard so many good things about it as I became more involved with the book blogger community and I finally gave into the hype. Needless to say, I was not disappointed.

I really resonated with Cath, and I think that's what got me hooked so early on. Like me, she's in university and she's also an English major, which isn't something you see often in books or in life. She also suffers from anxiety which makes her pretty reclusive, something I completely understand from my own experiences with anxiety. A lot of people criticized Rainbow Rowell's decision to make Cath have anxiety in reviews on Goodreads, because her awkwardness around people reinforces the "socially inept fangirl" stereotype, but I actually found it to make Cath more relatable. I really hate when people use words like "socially inept" to describe people with anxiety. It's so ignorant to think that way. BUT ANYWAY. I loved Cath, even when she made mistakes (we all do sometimes), and I thought that her story was really interesting. She's someone who's come from a difficult past that she has to conquer every single day. That's pretty bad-ass. And, of course, the romantic storyline in this book was lovely and adorable and hit me right square in the feels. 

I also have to give Rainbow Rowell major kudos for being able to include excerpts of Simon Snow in this book. I mean, really, she had to write two stories for the price of one, didn't she? That's insane and she deserves a lot of recognition for that. I definitely wouldn't be able to have the focus, or the drive, to do that. I thought that the little excerpts were really interesting and added depth to the storyline. 

Overall, this was a warm and fuzzy book, the kind I'd want to read when I'm having a bad day and for me, those are the best kinds of books. It's the perfect young adults novel. 

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HOW TO STOP TIME by MATT HAIG [3.5 stars]

"The longer you live, the harder it becomes. To grab them. Each little moment as it arrives. To be living in something other than the past or the future. To be actually here." 

How to Stop Time is the bizarre story about a man named Tom Hazard, who might look like a 41-year-old man but is really several hundred years old. He's walked through history alongside great men like William Shakespeare, and experienced the world as it's advanced to become what it is today. But nobody knows. Except the Albatross Society who recruited Tom to work alongside others like himself to keep their condition a secret. Then, one day, Tom begins to fall in love - which is strictly prohibited. 

I was a bit iffy on this book. I didn't hate it - but I just didn't love it either. Overall, it was quite well-written and obviously very well-researched, too. But it just lacked a certain je ne sais quoi, if you know what I mean? I felt like, while reading it, I wasn't sure what was supposed to be the big climactic event. Even at the end of the book, I was still waiting for the shoe to drop, so-to-speak. The big moments that did come were simply brushed over very quickly and didn't really have any repercussions at all. It was very simple and to the point which isn't exactly what I wanted to see. 

The concept, however, was pretty interesting. A man who has lived through history, who was witnessed major historic events first-hand, and is now living in the 21st century - sounds like a cool concept. And it was fun to see him placed in history. Especially when the author included major historic figures in Tom's story. But constantly flipping between present day and some-hundred years ago got a bit confusing and muddled. After awhile, I started to wonder why there were so many flashbacks, especially considering each "chapter" was only a few pages. It was sort of confusing to go back-and-forth so much, especially since it wasn't always between just two time periods but sometimes several. I was never sure if we were in present day, or the 1500's, or the 1800s, or the 1920s. 

How to Stop Time was a fun read, but not really a meaty read. It didn't take me very long to get through this one and because of that, it made for a pretty good beach read. 

Aside from these three books, I also started Carry On by Rainbow Rowell - but have yet to finish that - and I also started and gave up on Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland. 

I hope you guys enjoyed reading my reviews this month! What have you been reading lately?

Felicia x

Get To Know Me in 30 Questions

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Hello everyone! 

It's been some time since I've done a sit-down, chat about me sort of post. And I realized that a lot has changed in the last while - since my last "get to know me" post, I've switched platforms and gained 500+ followers on Instagram (!!!). Which means there's a ton of you that are new(ish) to the blog and might not know me as well as some older readers. So, today I thought I'd do a little 30-questions questionnaire to give you guys a bit of a look at the gal behind the blog! 

Without further ado...

1. What is your middle name? I haven't actually got a middle name! My first name is Felicia-Rene, which is plenty. 

2. What is your favourite colour? It changes pretty frequently.. Lately, I've been loving millennial pink (who hasn't?). But I also love maroon which is luckily one of my school colours. 

3. Who was your first best friend? I had a best friend in junior kindergarten named Brianne. We used to hang out in my basement and put on play make-up all the time, haha

4. How tall are you? 5'4", which is on the shorter side. It's pretty odd, as my parents are both fairly tall so I don't know where my height comes from! 

5. Cats or dogs? Dogs, dogs, dogs. I'm allergic to cats, so there's that, but I also prefer pups because of how playful they are. 

6. Funniest moment throughout school? Oh god, honestly, I couldn't remember just one. A lot of my best high school memories include my boyfriend, even before we were dating. He always used to give our mean math teacher a hard time which was pretty hilarious. He sat in the back corner, in between a desk and a cabinet, and constantly made smart comments at the teacher. 

7. How many countries have you visited? I've visited U.S.A., England, France, and a number of Caribbean islands! But there are so many more countries I'd love to visit someday.

8. Are you in/gone to college? Yep, I'm currently attending McMaster University, where I'm studying English and Cultural Studies. I started back in 2016 and as I mentioned in a blog post, I recently took a year off so it won't be awhile until I graduate! 

9. What was your favourite/worst subject in high school? My favourite subject in school was, obviously, English, and my worst subject was math. I was pretty decent in math up until high school, but I had a bad teacher two years in a row and it was game over after that. I can hardly do simple math anymore, haha.

10. What is your favourite drink? I'd have to say strawberry or raspberry lemonade! So delish :) 

11. What is your favourite animal? I have two! Dogs and giraffes.

12. What is your favourite perfume? Recently, my favourite perfume has been the Marc Jacobs Honey scent. It's so lovely and not too over-powering, which I definitely prefer. 

13. Tea or coffee? Coffee, always! I've tried on several occasions to drink tea and have failed. I just can't bring myself to like it! 

14. What would you (or have you) name your children? I have a couple names stashed away in my mind but I'm super paranoid about talking about them, because I'm worried that it'll give people ideas! If you've ever seen Friends, you get where I'm coming from!

15. What sports do you play/have you played? Zero, zilch, nada. Sports and I do not make a good team (haha sports pun). I did, however, do a week-long soccer camp with my friends in elementary school and I spent the week crushing on a guy in the camp. When it came to playing actual games, I sat down in the middle of the field and picked dandelions lol

16. What is your favourite book? Ohh please don't make me choose! I have a ton. "The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath, "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen, "Under Rose-Tainted Skies" by Louise Gornall, "Fangirl" by Rainbow Rowell... The list goes on and on.

17. Who are some of your favourite bloggers/YouTubers? For bloggers, I love Amber Fillerup, Kait Killebrew, and Poppy Deyes. But for YouTubers (which, by the way, I love YouTube), I always enjoy watching Cole & Sav, Jess Conte, TheTimTracker, and Madelaine Pestch!

18. What is your favourite movie? If you've been following my blog for awhile, then you probably already know this: it's Moulin Rouge. I loved it as a kid and was re-introduced to it when I started high school. It was even the first movie that my boyfriend and I watched together when we hung out together for the first time as a couple. 

19. Are you single or taken? I can happily say that I am taken! I've been in a relationship with the loveliest man on earth since 2013. 

20. What's your current hair colour? Currently, it's dark brown with blonde highlights.

21. What is your favourite season? As much as I love summer, with the hot weather and the beach and the sun, I am partial to autumn. It's such a beautiful season with all the lovely foliage and everything is so crisp and heavenly!!!

22. Favourite memory from childhood? Basically, all my memories from Disney World but also from this resort called Sherkston Shores in Ontario. My family used to visit often and I loved it so much. We used to make s'mores and sit by the fire and go mini-golfing. I'd love to go back!

23. Do you speak any different languages and how well? I speak some French. Very little or, as the French say, un petit peu. I took French in school for 8 years but it obviously didn't stick. I can say basic things and know enough to get by, but that's all. 

24. Do you have any siblings? Nope, I'm an only child. 

25. How would you describe your fashion sense? Honestly, it's a bit of everything, but mostly very "feminine" and somewhat retro-inspired. Big mid-length skirts are my fav! 

26. What is your favourite restaurant? Okay, everyone always judges me so hard for this, but my favourite restaurant in Canada is called "Jack Astor's". They sell the best nachos ever and I always get the asiago chicken bowties because they are the closest thing to heaven. They also have the best alcoholic drinks ever! As for American restaurants, my fav is Shake Shack bc I'm a burger fanatic. 

27. What are some of your favourite tv shows? I have a billion, honestly. My favourites right now are Gilmore Girls, Downton Abbey, Brooklyn 99, and New Girl. But I also always love me a good throwback sitcom - Friends, Frasier, Will & Grace, Golden Girls to name a few. 

28. PC or Mac? Mac, for sure. My entire life exists on Apple and iCloud. 

29. What phone do you have? I have an iPhone 8+ in gold! 

30. Tell us one of your bad habits. Ugh one of my worst habits is playing with my hair. I can't stop touching my hair! A lot of the time, I'll be wrapping a piece of my hair or bangs around my finger and I don't even notice it. It's a major nervous habit for me. 

That's all for now! Thanks for following me and my life on my blog and social media. It's nice to get to know you guys! If you want to keep up with my day-to-day life, you can follow my Instagram or Twitter

Love you all lots. 

Felicia x

5 Must-Watch TV Shows on Netflix US

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Recently, I've gotten into a bunch of new (and old) tv shows, ever since I first arrived in the U.S. on vacation. It's always so cool to see what titles Netflix offers here that they don't offer back home, and this time I hit the jackpot with a bunch of great tv shows! So I got to thinking that maybe I should post a little recommendation post of my fav Netflix tv finds on the U.S. version for all my American followers to get some ideas for the next binge. Here are some of the tv shows I've been loving recently. 

Reign

Number of Seasons: 4

I have to admit, the main reason I decided to watch this show when it first came out in 2013 was because the tv promo was really cool and was set to "Royals" by Lorde. But after watching the first episode, I was hooked anyway. This is far more of a historical-fiction than anything else, and some even say it's like a fanfiction which I could agree to. It's totally addicting and there's twists and turns that completely take you by surprise. The o.g. Anne of Green Gables, Megan Follows, is the shining star of this show and is absolutely brilliant in her role as French Queen consort, Catherine de Medici. The costumes on Reign are also to die for. 

Parenthood

Number of seasons: 6

I've only recently started to watch this one, but already, I'm emotionally attached to each and every character. I love me a good family drama and this one hits me directly in the feels. Tbh I started watching this show because of Lauren Graham and her character is definitely one of my top favs, but Dax Shepard's character is pretty high up there, too. I love how they use interweave stories between the three generations, and how the characters are always there for each other no matter what challenges they face. It's extremely heartwarming. 

Gilmore Girls

Number of seasons: 7

I mean, of course I was going to include Gilmore Girls on the list. It's me, after all. I've loved this show for a billion years, ever since I was old enough to watch re-runs on tv after school, but I didn't seriously sit down to watch this until I was sixteen which is about how old Rory is at the start of the show. I loved that I was able to grow with the show and that she went through things I was going through like uni and whatnot. The script is extremely witty and fun, and you really start to find yourself caring for the characters so much - even when they make super questionable life decisions haha. 

New Girl

Number of seasons: 6

I just LOVE this show. It's so sweet and quirky and fun. Jess Day is forever going to be one of my favourite tv characters of all-time. I kind of see this show as a modern-day Friends, except it's a bit more realistic in that they're thirty-somethings who aren't living in a fab apartment in the city like Monica and Rachel. I think it's just a really authentic show and I find myself laughing out loud at least once per episode. Also, you can't help but love Schmidt, despite how crazy he can be haha.

Twin Peaks

Number of seasons: 2

I know, this is one of the weirdest shows ever created but trust me!! It's so good!! Either you love this show, or you hate it. But I think it's definitely worth giving a chance. It's a very bizarre show, with off-beat humour and cheesy acting. But honestly, I think that's what makes it so good. Underneath it all, this show is a murder-mystery at it's core. But what makes it's so unique is it's oddness and, of course, Dale Cooper himself who is just a weird but fab guy. I love how the show progresses and how you learn what's really going down in the town. What's better than a seemingly wholesome small town being revealed to have dirty secrets behind it? 

That's all for now! If you guys have any tv recommendations, please let me know in the comments - I'm always up for trying something new! 

Felicia x

5 Websites for Book Lovers

If you're a total bookish freak, like myself, then you probably use all of your free-time doing book-related things. Whether it's reading a new book, re-reading an old fave, or re-watching Pride and Prejudice for the umpteenth time (we've all been there). But one of the other common things to do if you're a literary enthusiast is scroll through literary articles online. These websites make it easier to find like-minded people, people who want to spend as much time chatting about books as you do. Here are my favourite bookish websites to scroll through, when I'm not reading!

Books on Bustle - Bustle is one of my favourite websites for book-related content. It's an online magazine that mostly surrounds things that affect women including beauty & fashion, lifestyle, wellness, and of course, books. They post a bunch of fun articles that range from "must read" lists, advice for readers, and author interviews. Most of the articles are short and sweet, perfect for reading a few during your morning cup of coffee! You can also follow their Facebook page, Book-Lovers on Bustle, to get updates straight to your feed which is very cool. 

BookstrBookstr is an online community for literature lovers to come together and enjoy the joy that comes along with books and reading. I think of all these sites, this might be the most abundant and diverse as it has hundreds of posts, with something for everyone. In addition to just articles, they also have a specific category just for lists and another for quizzes. 

Buzzfeed BooksAlthough I don't typically like to read Buzzfeed posts that often, I do find myself clicking on their Buzzfeed Books posts. They have a slightly slim selection in comparison but they still have some good, informative posts and they have great lists of recommendations. They also have posts that are more opinion-based, which can either be good or bad, depending on how you see it!  

Refinery29 Books - Refinery29 is very similar to Bustle, in that it's an online magazine that is targeted for women. I love scrolling through their posts, especially ones like "The Best Books of 2018" - I'm always in search of a new book, and posts like these are perf for that!! Although Refinery29's website isn't really targeted towards book-related posts, they still have a good selection to read anyway.  

The StrandYou've probably heard of The Strand before, even if you think you haven't. The Strand is a massive indie bookshop in New York City, along with several mobile kiosks placed around the city that sell new and used books. It's a major staple that has been featured in shows like Sex & the City and Gossip Girl. Aside from their official website (which sells books online) they also have a book blog which features many recommendations and other book-related posts.

What are your favourite bookish websites?

Felicia x

Disney Must-Do's: Epcot

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When I was younger, I was never really big on Epcot. It didn't really have a lot to offer for a six-year-old, so my family kind of just looked past it on the first few visits. But, as I got older, I started to realize the charm - and beauty - of Epcot and now it's become my favourite park in all of Walt Disney World. No visit to the parks is complete without a trip to Epcot. In fact, most trips, I visit Epcot more than once! I love all this park stands for and there is so much that it offers for guests. Here are my Epcot must-do's for a Disney vacation! 

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Ride Spaceship Earth. This is unequivocally the number one must-do at Epcot for me. Spaceship Earth is easily my fav Disney World attraction (ever since they retired my beloved Great Movie Ride #rip). There's nothing I love more than plopping down in my backwards-and-forwards moving Time Machine and going for a spin through history with my bff Dame Judi Dench. This gem is quite literally located inside that beautiful geodesic sphere at centre stage in the park - it's what you probably know as the giant golf ball. My dad fondly refers to this as a 'good nap ride' but don't let that fool you! It's great. Trust me.

Have a bite to eat at Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in France pavilion. The France pavilion has many incredible places to eat. But my personal favourite quick-service meal in Epcot actually resides in the back of the France pavilion, at Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie. This little bistro-style quick service is constantly packed with hungry parkgoers but never fear, the line is quick moving and WORTH. IT. I actually dream about the Croissant Jambon Fromage, which is ham, cheese, and bechamel inside a croissant. Yummmm!! 

Pop into Mouse GearsOh, look, a Disney shop. Are you surprised? Probably not. This is one of the bigger shops in the parks and it's got a ton of stuff to browse through. Along with the typical sections - adult apparel, children's apparel, toys, stationary, books, movies, candy, homeware, etc. - it also has a great Epcot-themed area where they've been selling Epcot 35th Anniversary merch for the past year. 90% of my Disney merch collection has been purchased at Mouse Gears. It's not a trip to Epcot unless I've spent 15 minutes standing in the homeware section of this shop, trying to convince my boyfriend that we need another Disney mug. 

Visit my home countryOf course, I have to visit the Canada pavilion whenever I take a trip out to Epcot. It's my duty as a Canadian! But no, in all seriousness, I always try to make a quick stop at the Canadian pavilion, as it's lovely to see what sort of merch they've got in there and it's always nice to have a chat with the cast members (all the cast members in each pavilion are native to that country). Once, we went in and spoke a CM who was from our old neighbourhood! They also have a book where you can sign your name and what province you come from. We've been doing it for years and it's always fun to see where the other visitors are traveling from!

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Take a trip around the worldI think I'd be remiss if I didn't list taking a stroll around World Showcase as one of my must-do's. It's so cool to see all the different countries represented and to be able to experience some of what each of the countries has to offer. I love poking around in each of the pavilions just to see what's been recently added and also to admire the beautiful areas. There are some serious photo ops for any photography lovers, or just anyone looking for a good selfie spot! Some of my favourite places to take photos are Canada (that's where the picture above is from!), France, Morocco, and United Kingdom. I always like to look for the less-travelled path and see where it takes me - and what photos ops it offers! 

What are your Epcot must-do's?

Felicia x

Waves: Summer Playlist

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Windows down, volume up. It's nearly summertime y'all! 

I love summer. The days are longer, the sun is warmer, and everyone just seems to be in a better mood to be honest. Most of my summer is spent by the beach, as I'm constantly in Orlando. And one of the best beach pastimes is listening to music! So, as you probably expected, I have curated a special summer-themed playlist for just the occasion. :)

Listen to my summer playlist below! 

Felicia x

Why I Took A Break From University

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I had always heard about gap years, through old high school Facebook friends, YouTubers, and bloggers who spoke about their fabulous years off, travelling or finding themselves. It had never been something that had really crossed my mind, up until I found myself at a point where there was really no option for me other than to take a gap year myself. 

I started university in 2016, just a couple weeks after turning eighteen years old. At the time, everything seemed to be coming up roses for me. My boyfriend and I would be attending the same university, my dream school, where I would be studying Social Work, which seemed like a good idea at the time at least. My boyfriend and I would be bussing in together, which wasn't so bad because I could read (or nap) on the drive. I was learning to drive, I'd made a bunch of amazing friends, and I was loving the university. 

Everything seemed to be picture perfect. At least, it did from the outside. 

Somewhere around Christmas time during my first year, I woke up one morning and realized I hated my program. I wasn't enjoying any of the Social Sciences geared courses and I absolutely knew that I was not the kind of person who could handle the stress that came along with a job in Social Work. I suddenly realized that all this time, I'd been lying to myself. I had wanted to be an English major forever but after years of people telling me it was a bad idea, I just gave up on it and decided that I loved Social Work instead because it was what was considered a "practical" job. Good idea, right? This is what happens when you force seventeen-year-olds into choosing their futures. 

After days of talking it over with my parents and my boyfriend, and countless e-mails to academic advisors and English department heads, I was transferring into the English & Cultural Studies program. Well, technically transferring. I wouldn't be officially in the program until the spring when every first year applied for their majors. In spring, I was accepted into the English & Cultural Studies program and everything seemed to be finally settling into place. 

But it wasn't. My first year was, let's say, turbulent. Around the beginning of the second term, I realized that my anxiety was starting to get bad again. Being me, I did what seemed like the best option: hide my anxiety from my friends, family, and loved ones, and continue on with life like nothing was happening. In reality, people were starting to suspect that something was wrong - but it seemed like it was mostly a fear of moving, as we were moving house around the time that second term was finishing up. But it wasn't. Halfway through second term, I started skipping classes, for no other reason than I was petrified to walk inside. I would sit in my favourite study spot on campus and stare at my phone, counting down the minutes until a specific class or, worse, my English tutorial. Sometimes, I'd get up and walk to class, only to make it halfway and give up. But eventually, I stopped trying at all. I'd tell my boyfriend that I was busy in class, meanwhile I was really working on essays on my laptop on the opposite side of campus. 

By the very end of term, it was increasingly obvious that something was wrong. My parents went away on holiday in April, near the end of the school year, and my boyfriend came to stay with me. I would drive us to the bus stop so we could bus to school every day. But the very first day, I drove to the station and told my boyfriend I couldn't go with him. I dropped him off, went home, and got back into bed. The next day, it was the same thing. I went to exactly one class all week, for five minutes, just to pick up a graded essay. The majority of the week, I just laid in bed and watched Thirteen Reasons Why. Miraculously, my grades didn't founder. I actually finished the term with an overall cumulative average of 8.2 which was insane for someone who not only didn't go to most classes but also thought she was going to fail her Linguistics course. Honestly, things would have probably gone on just fine if that were all. Except it wasn't. I took one English course, in second term, to allow me entrance into the program. And I finished with a C+. For me, that was a death sentence. I cried for hours, despite the fact that most people I know in uni have had more than one C marks before. But it hit me hard. I sat on that all summer long and, probably, that's part of the reason why second year went so badly.

That summer, as a whole, was horrible. My anxiety had reached an all-time high and I was miserable. I never left the house, I had countless panic attacks, and most of all, I was terrified about going back to school in the fall. As September came closer, my anxiety got worse. But nevertheless, I started classes up in September, hoping for the best. Luckily, this year, I had moved closer to school and had my license, so get there was easier as I could now drive. Unluckily, I was unable to even get in the car to drive. My mum (God bless her soul) drove my boyfriend - who was now living with us - and I to school every day. I went to classes (mostly) and acted like things were better. We started looking into my school's mental health services and quickly realized that it was not going to be an easy process. But I started seeing a professional for my mental health for the first time in six years (let that sink in). And I was doing fairly well in my classes. 

Until, one day, I sat in my kitchen with my mom and boyfriend, sobbing because I just couldn't understand what my History professor wanted from an essay. There was entire booklet of instructions and none of it made sense. Every time I tried to start writing, I wrote something awful, nothing near my usual quality of writing. After spending about four hours working together with my mom, I sent in my essay. And that was the first time we seriously talked about me leaving school. But it wasn't until my mom dropped me off for an English lecture and I called her ten minutes later, sobbing, asking for her to come pick me up, that we decided it was probably necessary. I dropped out of all my classes for both terms in the middle of October, after coming home from Reading Week break in Florida. 

Taking a year off was the hardest but best thing I've ever done for myself. At first, I really hated it. I felt like I was missing out on everything, like I was being left behind while all my friends went on with their lives. I hated that I was going to still be a second year when my friends were third years. But eventually, I realized that it was necessary. And most importantly, I realized that I was putting so much unnecessary pressure on going to university, that it was becoming a chore to me. It wasn't something I enjoyed anymore. I had spent my whole life building everything up to four years and a degree on a piece of paper, that I had never really stopped to think about what I really wanted. I do want to be a student, I do want a degree - but frankly, it isn't the be all and end all of my life. I want to be a writer. I want to write books. Do I need a degree for that? No. Anyone can become a writer, if they have the passion for it. But I want a degree, for myself. I enjoy being a student; I enjoy learning and reading and hearing what other people think. Realizing that made university so much less daunting and actually exciting. 

I'm not saying that taking a year-off is a necessity for everyone or that it will magically cure your problems if you do it. But for me, it was the best decision I've ever made. And it just goes to show that frankly, you don't need to decide what to do with your life when you're seventeen, or eighteen, or even nineteen. Hell, I'm almost twenty and I'm still figuring things out. You have your whole life in front of you, and it's not worth it to spend your life stressing about doing everything the "right" way. 

Until next time!

Felicia x

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How to Plan a Walt Disney World Vacation

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Hello everybody!

So as you probably already know by following my blog and Insta, I'm majorly into Disney. Shocker, right? I've been visiting the park for awhile now and I feel like I've gotten pretty comfortable with the whole planning process. In fact, a lot of people I know message me to ask for tips on booking their own trips to the parks. So, I thought it might be fun and helpful to post a how-to on the planning process. Fair warning: there's a lot to cover, so this post is going to be pretty meaty and lengthy. 

So, first things first...

Get familiar with the parks

The first thing you'll want to do before taking any steps in the planning process is become acquainted with all the Walt Disney World has to offer. I'll try my best to keep this short and sweet!

Walt Disney World is comprised of 4 major theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. With a base ticket (more on that later), you can enter any one of these four parks. This is where all the rides, characters, and general excitement is, so you'll definitely want to take time to explore each park!

They also have two on-site water parks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. These are not accessible with a base ticket, so be wary of that. Both are equipped with water slides (tame and thrilling), pools, and lazy rivers. 

Another key feature of WDW is their massive dining and entertainment complex, Disney Springs. Originally Downtown Disney, in the past few years, it's undergone a huge reimagining and has become one of my favourite places in the Walt Disney World resort. It's jam-packed with amazing restaurants, bars, stores, live entertainment, bowling, movie theatres, and so much more. You could never get bored there!

Disney also has a number of other entertainment features, such as mini-golf, golf, boating, horseback riding, water sports, and the ESPN Wide World of Sports. 

When to go

As you can probably imagine, Disney World can get hella busy. You've essentially got two options, as there are two "seasons": busy season and off-season. 

Busy Season

Busy season has the heavier crowds and primarily consists of the days or weeks that sit around major holidays. Columbus Day, U.S. Thanksgiving, Spring Break, Easter, Christmas, New Years' and July 4th are all extremely busy times to visit the parks. At these times, you can expect wait times from 50 to 100+ minutes, depending on the popularity of a ride. Also, the parks are generally more crowded. 

Off-season

Don't fret! There is also an off-season. Basically, in the off-season, you can expect less of a wait on rides (usually 20 to 50 minutes, sometimes higher) and it's far less crowded around the parks. The best times to go if you're looking for lighter crowds are the end of August to mid-September (as the kids will have gone back to school in Florida and most of the U.S.) and May.

You can easily find crowd charts for the parks in a quick Google search, but I'll link one down below as well!

It's also worth factoring in the weather when making a decision. Summer is the craziest time for weather; it is extremely hot (I'm talking 90-110 degrees F) and also the end of the summer is hurricane season, which makes for lots of rainy days. 

Special events

A bonus of attending the parks during busy season is that you have the chance to experience some really awesome special events that Disney hosts. There are two types of these events: free festivals and ticketed events. 

Free Festivals

The three major free festivals for parkgoers are held at Epcot annually. The first is the International Festival of the Arts (January - February), which is a newer festival that showcases the work of Disney artists around the park and also celebrates many famous paintings from different countries. The second is the International Flower and Garden Festival (February - May) which boasts a number of topiaries featuring classic Disney characters and it is utterly beautiful. They also feature many outdoor kitchens which offer delicious food and beverages! And last but not least is the International Food and Wine Festival (August - November) which is a celebration of different cultural dishes from around the world. The food is phenomenal and not to be missed. 

Ticketed Events

There are two major ticketed events held in Walt Disney World. Ticketed events require visitors to purchase an additional ticket outside of the park entrance ticket. These extra tickets allow you into the parks for these events which take place after regular park hours - they close the park early on select nights for the people partaking in the event. 

These two major ticketed events are Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Both are held at the Magic Kingdom on select nights throughout the holiday seasons. They're both really awesome, as they have their own special fireworks, parades, and nighttime shows. And the Not So Scary Halloween Party even has trick-or-treating! How cool is that??

Where to stay

This is a pretty big decision for anyone visiting the parks. I'll just run through some basic things to note when you're deciding on whether to stay on- or off-property. 

On-property

Staying on-property means staying in any one of the Walt Disney World resort hotels. These hotels are organized into three tiers: value, moderate, and deluxe (with value being the cheapest, and deluxe being the priciest). Staying on-property is inarguably the most convenient option, as the hotels are literally minutes away from the theme parks and they offer free transportation to all the on-property venues. Also, they offer free transportation to and from the Orlando International Airport, which is a huge bonus. You also get some extra magic by staying on-property, like having the option to add a Disney Dining Plan, attend park Extra Magic Hours, and book FastPasses 60 days in advance. Of course, all of that will cost you - it gets pretty pricey, especially adding on top of that the cost of flights and park tickets. 

Off-property

With off-property, you obviously lose the accessibility, but with that you shave off some of the cost as well. There are literally hundreds of hotel options in Central Florida with many different ranges in pricing, especially in the touristy International Drive area. If you're planning on doing a few days at Disney but also spending some time at the other attractions in Orlando, then staying on International Drive would be beneficial as it's right in the middle of it all. You can also stay in a vacation home rental which is great for big families and groups that want to stay together without paying the cost of a Disney suite or villa. However, you do still have to factor in travel time (it's a bit of a jaunt from Disney), car rental prices, and parking fees (at Disney alone, you'll be paying $22 to park per day). 

Purchasing tickets

The lowest level of park ticket you can purchase is the Magic Your Way Base ticket. It is literally a basic entrance ticket, meaning that you can enter one of the four theme parks at a time for the set number of days on the ticket. For example, if you visit Magic Kingdom on the first day of your trip, you can come and go as you please, but you cannot travel to another theme park on that same day. Just Magic Kingdom. This is the most inexpensive option, for that reason.

In order to visit another park on the same day, you'll need to purchase a Magic Your Way Park Hopper option. This is an add-on to the base ticket which allows you to go from one park to another in the same day. For instance, if you start your day off at Magic Kingdom and then decide midday to go to Epcot, you can do that. You can even visit all four parks in one day, if you're up for the challenge! But of course, it will cost you more. 

Additionally, you can add on the Water Parks Fun and More option, which also allows you to visit Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. This also use to include Disney Quest, but that no longer exists!

Lastly, you can purchase a Walt Disney World annual pass. There are two options, Disney Platinum Plus Pass and Disney Platinum Pass. The main difference is that the Plus allows you entrance to the golf course, the water parks, and the ESPN Wide World of Sports in addition to the four theme parks, whereas the regular pass only allows you to go to the theme parks. Both give you discounts on select dining and merch. 

How long to visit

If this is your first visit to WDW and you plan on only visit the Disney parks, I'd suggest staying for anywhere between five to seven days. It sounds like a very long time, but there is so much to see and do at Disney that you'll be grateful for it. Plus, it allows you to see everything at your own speed and eliminate that rushed feeling. It's also good for if you want to see things outside of the WDW resort, like Universal Studios Orlando or Cocoa Beach (which is about an hour out from Disney). 

Planning FastPasses

What is a FastPass, you might ask? Well, lemme tell you. (That was so cheesy haha). FastPasses are free tickets that you can get that essentially allow you to virtually reserve a place in line for rides. You just pick a ride and a time (they work in hour-long increments), then schedule it. When your time comes, you just pop over to the ride and jump into the FastPass line. For example, if you've booked a 5 o'clock FastPass for Jungle Cruise, you can get in the FastPass line for Jungle Cruise at any point between 5 and 6 o'clock. The FastPass lines are generally shorter and quicker than the standby lines. You're given three FastPass selections for the day BUT once you've used them up, or your last FastPass for the day has expired, you can book one at a time in that same day. Pretty cool, right? It makes getting on more popular rides like Flight of Passage so much easier. You can book these online or on the My Disney Experience app 30 or 60 days in advance (depending on whether you're staying on-property) or at the in-park kiosks. But FastPasses go quick, so make sure to do this asap!

My Disney Experience app + MagicBands

These are two fairly new additions to the parks in the last few years and they've become pretty much integral to the WDW experience, so I'll quickly explain them both.

MagicBands

MagicBands have become the new way of entering and getting around the Disney parks. Your pass is linked to this rubber wristband, which means you can enter the park by tapping your band to a reader and placing your finger on a fingerprint scanner. It's so much easier than fumbling with your wallet to get a card out. They also can be used to present your FastPass by tapping a reader at the rides, as it's linked to your My Disney Experience app. For on-property guests, you can also link your credit card to the MagicBand to make paying for dining and merch a breeze. 

My Disney Experience app

This is an app that you can download onto your phone and use in the parks with the free Disney World wifi connection. It has everything you could ever imagine on it - park maps, ride wait times, FastPasses, dining reservations, room check-ins, park passes, and more. It's like a tool kit for your stay in the parks. Personally, I'd highly recommend getting it before you travel to the parks as it'll make your life so much simpler. 

Helpful websites

Well, that's all for now! If you're still a bit lost or looking for more info, you can follow these useful links for more explanations. 

"So, you're overwhelmed, huh? See if this helps." (WDW Prep School) 

"The ideal Disney World planning timeline (and what to do if you're short on time)" (WDW Prep School)

"Orlando Crowd Calendar" (Undercover Tourist)

The Disney Parks Mom Panel

Walt Disney World Official Site

My Disney Experience

I hope you guys found this post helpful. Thanks for reading!

Felicia x

Items in Photo:
Millennial Pink MagicBand [x]
LIFE Inside the Disney Parks: The Happiest Places on Earth [x]
Millennial Pink Mouse Ears [available in-store only]

 

Beauty + Skincare Haul

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Seeing as I forgot to post on Wednesday (I'm on vacay time *shrugs*), I thought I'd sneak in a lil special post today to make up for it! 

Ever since I've arrived in Florida, which was only just under a week ago, I have visited Target twice. Twice. Let me repeat that for those who didn't hear. T W I C E. I'll also disclose that there is no Target under 30 mins away. So it's a trek. But it's worth it. 

I love shopping in the U.S. as there are so many things here that we can't get in Canada (or things that are cheaper there than back home...) so it's like a totally different experience. I love poking around the beauty departments of different stores, checking out what sorts of things they've got in stock that we don't have back home or stuff that we just don't see a lot of. With that comes a lot of splurging, I'll be honest. So, from my over-excessive purchasing, I thought I'd do a bit of a haul post of the beauty and skincare items that I've picked up over the last few days! 

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The first few things I purchased came from, you guessed it, Target. My beloved. 

E.l.f. Cosmetics Contour Brush [x] - Having a little look around the e.l.f. display at Target, I found that they have a lot more brushes available in store than we typically get at my small town drugstore back home. So, I treated myself to this snazzy contour brush which was only $6 usd. I love me a good, inexpensive e.l.f. brush and this was just the sort of thing I needed. 

E.l.f. Cosmetics Eyelash Curler [x] - This eyelash curler was only $2 usd!!!! Can you believe that? I knew that I needed a new eyelash curler and was dreading buying one because I didn't want to spend the $10 on one (I know, I can be weirdly frugal sometimes). But at just $2, there was no buyer's remorse here! 

E.l.f. Cosmetics Eyebrow Kit in Medium [x] - Of course, I had to repurchase this fab eyebrow kit. I've talked about this over, and over again. I'd started to run out of this just before I arrived in Florida, so I definitely had to go pick this up. The kit costs $3 usd.

E.l.f. Cosmetics Kabuki Face Brush [x] - I've always wanted a kabuki brush, but had never come across one I liked and couldn't be bothered to order one online from e.l.f., so seeing this at Target made my day! I love how multi-purposeful this brush is, and also how compact it is as well. This brush cost $5.49 usd.

NYX Matte Bronzer in Medium [x] - I was in the market for a new bronzer, one of a darker shade, now that I'll be getting a tan (hopefully soon). This one is just lovely. It's a matte bronzer, which is perfect as shimmer would not look great mixed with sweat which is pretty inevitable in Florida. This bronzer set me back $6.29 usd. 

Maybelline Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter in Molten Gold [x] - I picked this highlighter up sort of on a whim, after briefly hearing someone rave about it on Twitter. I've already used it and I actually LOVE it!! It's so vibrant and gorgeous. I feel like a sun goddess whenever I wear it hahaha. This bad boy cost $7.49 usd.

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The second, and last stop, I made for purchases was at Ulta Beauty, the American cosmetics shop. 

Not Your Mother's She's A Tease Volumizing Hairspray [x] - I've already purchased this a few times before - as I'm sure you remember, I've raved about Not Your Mother's products time and time again. I was in desperate need of a hairspray after facing the horror of humidity once again, so I picked up this lovely hairspray which cost $7 usd. 

Formula 10.0.6 Keep Your Cool Skin-Calming Gel Mask [x] - A few weeks ago, I saw a girl post her skincare routine on Twitter and she included a handful of Formula 10.0.6 products. Seeing how lovely her skin was, I definitely had to try this brand out! This was the first thing I picked up - a lovely coconut and cucumber gel mask. I looked at some of the peel-off masks, but frankly, they sort of scare me, lol. This mask cost $7 usd.

Formula 10.0.6 P.M. Perfector [x]The other Formula 10.0.6 item I picked up was the P.M. Perfector. I really wanted to find a new nighttime face cream, so I thought I'd try this one. It's got blackcurrant and licorice in it (??) which is kind of odd but I'm hoping it's not too bizarre of a scent! This nighttime cream set me back $9 usd. 

And that's all for now! I'm very excited to try out all these lovely bits of skincare and beauty products, and I'm hoping they live up to my expectations! 

What new products have you guys tried recently?

Felicia x

 

June TBR

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Y'all, I can't stop reading.

I don't know what it is, but there's something about being in Florida that makes me read more. Is it the feeling of being relaxed? Maybe there's something in the water here. I don't know. But what I do know is that before even writing up this TBR post, I've already flown through the first two books on this list... in just four days. Yikes. 

Seeing as I've gone ahead and read two of these books, I figured I'd better get on with posting this TBR post. Though, I should probably say, this is likely not going to be all the books I'm reading this month. If I'm already 2 books in within the first week of June, I'm thinking that it'll only get worse from here!

Here are (some of) the books I'll be reading in June...

Confessions of a Prairie Bitch by Alison Arngrim - Following my trend of Little House on the Prairie obsessions (which you can read about in last month's favourites post), I just had to get my hands on this memoir by the actress who brought the show's most delightful villain, Nellie Oleson, to life - Alison Arngrim. Just by reading the title and seeing the cover of this book, I knew I'd be in for a treat. Like, come on. "Confessions of a Prairie Bitch". Who wouldn't be interested?! 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - I've been a big fan of Rainbow Rowell for a while now after reading "Eleanor and Park" and "Attachments" earlier this year. I think Rainbow is a fantastic author for both YA and adult fic but I especially loved how she brought her characters to life in "Eleanor and Park", making them believable as real-life teenagers. I never was interested in "Fangirl" for some reason (never quite put my finger on it), but decided to pick this up on a whim after hearing for the 1,000th time how good it supposedly is. 

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell - So, admittedly, this was a last min addition. After I finished "Fangirl" the other day (yes, I read that long ass book in a couple days), I decided I needed to get my hands on "Carry On". If you're not familiar, "Fangirl" is essentially about a girl who writes fanfiction about a fictional novel series, "Simon Snow". "Carry On" is a spinoff, about the characters of "Simon Snow". Confused yet? Anyway, I'm very excited to read this as I've learned to never doubt the awesomeness of Rainbow Rowell. 

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig - I'm very, very interested in this book. Think the movie "About Time", except this time around it's a 40-something-year-old man who, thanks to a rare condition, has been alive for centuries. As in, he's walked alongside some of the great historical figures. So, of course, he teaches history. But he meets a woman who seems very interested in him - which is a problem, as falling in love is strictly prohibited in his world. What's a guy to do? I can't wait to find out. 

What are you guys reading in June?

Felicia x

Summer Haircare Routine

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Summer is a lovely season. It's the time for sun, and warmth, and having a good time. But because of all these things, it's also the time to be super careful about your hair. Although summer is great, it's no friend to your hair. There's humidity, sun, heat, and not to mention harsh pool chemicals. So in the past few summers, I've created a summer haircare routine that really works for my hair to make sure that there's no damage done to my hair! 

Vibrant Sexy Hair Colour Lock Shampoo + Conditioner [x]I've been using this shampoo/conditioner set for a few months now and I absolutely love them both. The shampoo leaves my hair and scalp super clean, but doesn't strip the colour from my hair at all and even keeps my hair very moisturized. The shampoo and conditioner both have a very light rose-scent that's quite lovely and not too overpowering! I love how it makes my hair feel and how it protects my colour from the sun as well as other damage.

Not Your Mother's Smooth Moves Frizz Control Hair Cream [x]I have a huge problem with humidity during the summer - my hair goes crazy after about 5 seconds of being out in the humidity. And with spending so much time in Florida, it's even worse. But this coconut-scented cream is soo helpful. I just run a bit of this into my wet hair after showering, just before I blow-dry my hair, and it makes a world of difference. It keeps the frizz at bay, even on the most humid of days. 

TIGI Bed Head Dumb Blonde Leave-In Conditioner [x]I've been using this bad boy for a very, very, very long time. Every couple washes I'll use this and it honestly is one of the best products for blonde-dyed hair. Like the Smooth Moves hair cream, I just put this into my hair when it's wet and let it do it's magic. I've had blonde highlights a few times over the years and using this product has really made the blonde less brassy and more vibrant, even. And I know I keep commenting on the smells of these products - but this one has the most incredible scent EVER. 

TRESemmé Climate Control Hair Mousse [x]. I love this mousse so much. It's honestly my go-to hair product for summer humidity. It keeps your hairdo locked into shape and controls frizz without making your hair feel hard and helmet-like - I'm sure we've all been there before. Actually, this product protects your hair against more than just humidity - it also protects against UV rays (a MUST in summer), wind, and static, which is pretty cool honestly. For anyone with unruly, frizz-prone hair, this is an awesome product and I seriously recommend it. 

So, those are my go-to haircare products! I pretty much use only these products throughout the summer, sometimes throwing in a couple others here and there, but this is basically it. 

What products are in your summer haircare routine?

Felicia x

May Book Reviews

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Hello everyone! It's June!! I'm so excited y'all. But also um wow?! It's already like halfway through the year. Can you even believe it? I can't, obviously. 

These past few days have been nuts but I'm happy to say.. I'm officially in Florida!!! And I'm happy to be here. Honestly, travelling was so easy this time around and we had no delays or issues with our flight, so it was all in all a great trip south and now I get to spend time in my fav place on earth! Bring on all the Disney! 

But first things first. May is over, and you know what that means. Monthly book reviews! This month I read one of my favourite books of the year yet and so I'm very excited to share my thoughts with you guys today. 

To read last month's reviews, click here

This month I read: THE ALICE NETWORK (KATE QUINN), THE IMMORTALISTS (CHLOE BENJAMIN), and LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT (BECKY ALBERTALLI). 

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THE ALICE NETWORK by KATE QUINN [4 stars]

"What did it matter if something scared you, when it simply had to be done?"

The Alice Network is all about a young - and pregnant - American socialite who enlists the help of an ex-spy and a Scotsman with violent tendencies to assist her in finding her cousin, Rose, who disappeared during World War II. 

I'm a sucker for books set during the two World Wars. The first half of the 20th century is one of my favourite periods of history and historical-fiction set in that era always has me hooked. But at first, I wasn't sure I would like this one. I was finding it sort of difficult to get myself totally immersed in the story. Although I love a good dual narrative, I was finding each chapter pretty short, so it felt a bit like whiplash going from one story to the next. But I got into the flow of it just after the first thirty or so pages, and considering this book is a whopping 494-pages, it's no big thing.

I have to say, out of the two stories, I preferred the 1915 one over the 1947. I think that Eve was a total bad-ass and she went through some crazy stuff in her lifetime. From the moment that her character was introduced, I was wrapped up in her story. I wanted to know all about what had made her the way she was. But Charlie kind of came into the story "fresh" so-to-speak. Aside from her being pregnant out of marriage, she didn't have a huge backstory that made me all that invested in her story. The way I saw it, this was Eve's story, and Charlie was more there to help the plot move along. 

Oh, and Kate Quinn knows her shit, you guys. She's a graduate of Boston University, with a Bachelor's and a Master's in Classical Voice, so you can bet that this book is chockfull of details. 

The one thing that really irked me about this book - and I do mean really irked me - was that there was a handful of cringe-y words or terms that kept being repeated throughout the novel. Like over, and over, and over. For example, Eve calling Charlie a "Yank" or Charlie referring to her unborn child as "Little Problem" or worse, "L.P." I don't know why but it was really driving me up the wall, haha. Don't get me wrong! It wasn't enough to make me dislike the book at all. But I thought it was worth mentioning. 

All in all, this was a really good book! I loved it. If you're looking for an incredible, fast-paced novel about bad-ass ladies during the two World Wars, this is perfect for you. The women in this novel are seriously inspiring and the female friendships are so important. It's also worth noting that the 1915 story is actually based on real-life! The Alice Network was real and it was led by Louise de Bettignies, aka Lili. Kate Quinn actually explains the inspiration for the novel at the end of the book so if you pick this up to read, definitely look out for that! It's such a remarkable story, an unsung heroes sort of tale, and I just adored it. 

Also, Reese Witherspoon included this in her book club a while back! How cool is that? If you want to read what Reese had to say about this book, you can go to her online book club site here

Trigger warnings: Death/dying, abortion, violence

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THE IMMORTALISTS by CHLOE BENJAMIN [3.5 stars]

"But I think magic holds the world together. It's dark matter; it's the glue of reality; the putty that fills the holes between everything we know to be true. And it takes magic to reveal how inadequate reality is." 

The Immortalists is a fictional drama that picks up in 1969 in New York City, as the four Gold children visit a fortune teller who claims to be able to tell you the day of your death. The rest of the novel shows how each child copes with their supposed fates.

Let me start off by saying it was a total pain trying to find this book. It was completely sold out at my local Indigo, thirty minutes away (which I didn't even find out until my second trip out) and then I finally found it at another store about an hour away from home. Can't beat country living, folks. Needless to say, I was very anxious to read this. 

First and foremost, I thought that the concept of this story was extremely interesting. I loved that the author toyed with the idea of fate and free will by showing these young adults growing up with these looming prophecies and then deciding individually how it would affect their lives. This novel absolutely asks a lot of questions about life, destiny, and the power of the mind. I thought that the exploration of these topics was really well done. 

As for the stories, if I'm honest, I much preferred the first two - Simon and Klara - over the latter two - Daniel and Varya. I thought that Simon's story was particularly interesting because a) it showed the gay scene of San Francisco in the 70s and 80s and how Simon fit into it, and b) it was kind of the kicking off point for the rest of the story, as the three other characters were largely affected by his story. 

The reason I didn't rate this higher was simply that despite having a very intriguing concept, the actual story itself was sort of lacklustre in my opinion. I found that certain parts just didn't grip my attention like others, and I was a bit bored at times. Overall, it was quite good. I just don't know if this was really the book for me. 

Trigger warnings: suicide, death/dying

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LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT by BECKY ALBERTALLI [3 stars]

"I swear, people can't wrap their minds around the concept of a fat girl who doesn't diet. Is it hard to believe I might actually like my body?"

Leah on the Offbeat is a young adults novel set in the same universe as Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. It picks up about a year after the end of the first book and follows the characters through their final year of high school, told in the perspective of Leah Burke. The majority of the novel deals with her sexuality and how it affects both her school and personal lives. 

As you probably remember, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was a huge hit with me. I absolutely adored the novel, and the characters, and frankly everything else about it. And I wanted to like this book, too. I really did. But I just couldn't bring myself to. 

In Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, we didn't really get too close of a look at the personalities of the secondary characters because obvs it was all about Simon, his struggles with his sexuality, and his super adorable quest for finding his true love. Despite that, I liked Leah enough. I thought she was a complex character, and a take-no-shit kinda gal, which I respected. Unfortunately, when it came to Leah on the Offbeat, I just didn't like Leah Burke at all. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm an extremely empathetic reader. I find the best in even the worst of characters. But I don't know. Leah was just mean. She treated most of the characters really badly. Especially her mom - and for what reason? For being happy? For finding love? Her mom was so supportive and caring, despite the fact that they were struggling financially and that she had to work all the time. But Leah treated her badly and I couldn't stand for that. 

I can't say much about the romantic storyline without giving too much away. All I will say is that I wasn't so much of a fan. One of the things that made me really like Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was how authentic it was - I really believed that these characters could be real-life teenagers walking around in Georgia, living their lives. I didn't feel that with Leah on the Offbeat. It seemed like too much of it was staged, so-to-speak. A lot of this seemed to picture-perfect like it followed too many cliches too closely, y'know? It read like a fanfiction, which wasn't what I'd been expecting at all.

Honestly, this would have probably been a better book if I hadn't read it after Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. I found myself comparing this to that a lot whilst reading and that made it less enjoyable for me. HOWEVER, it is a great book for teens who are dealing with their own sexuality, as this book features a female bi-sexual main character!! Which is super important. I wanna stress that the actual storyline was really quite cute, I'm just super bitter about this book not living up to Simon for me. 


Well, that's all for this month! I'll be posting my June TBR later this week. Hope you had a great weekend!

Felicia x

What's In My Carry-On Bag?

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Raise your hand if you're a chronic over-packer (*raises hand*). It has taken me nearly twenty years to actually be able to figure out what should and shouldn't go into my carry-on. Over the years I've constantly found myself packing way too much or, on the flip side, not packing everything I need and forgetting important things. So I always make myself a check-list to follow beforehand of what I need to remember to pack. And I thought that this time, as I'm packing my carry-on for my airplane journey this week, I'd share it all with you to help you with your own future packing! 

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Essentials. This basically consists of all the things I absolutely need in order to travel. My passport, boarding pass, Nexus card, and any documents relating to where I'm staying, like booking confirmation. I keep all of it tucked away in my Spartina snap wallet [similar - x] so that nothing gets misplaced and I don't have to go rummaging through my bag looking for things. This is the first thing that goes into my bag and I can't stop myself from checking that I have it like a billion times.

Makeup. I keep the majority of my makeup tucked away in my checked luggage, but I do keep a few things in my carry-on luggage just in case. The very most essential beauty-related item I keep in my carry-on is a lip balm because, as I'm sure you know, it gets super dry on planes. My personal fav lip balm for flights is the e.l.f. Cosmetics Lip Kiss Balm, as it is super moisturizing and also adds a bit of colour! I also bring on a small bottle of hand lotion as well as a lipstick for after the flight.

Hand sanitizer. As in any other public place, airports are full of germs and people who have colds. In the past, I've found that I catch most of my colds from airplanes as they are pretty confined spaces. So I tend to be more cautious now than before. I usually bring on a small 1oz bottle of Purell sanitizer with me in my carry-on to pop on before I eat or after I get on the plane so that I don't have to worry about what I've touched or anything. Although it won't help with the germs travelling in the air, it does ease my worries a bit!

Electronics. Of course, I never go on an airplane without some sort of electronic. Typically I bring my cell phone (obvs), my laptop, chargers for both, and a pair of headphones. I especially make sure to have headphones with me, because the constant sound of the engines gets pretty annoying after awhile and sometimes I need to just tune everything out. I usually will download a few episodes of my fav tv show onto iTunes or Netflix, and then watch them once I get onto the plane!

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Book. It would be very unlike me to not bring a book with me when I travel, especially considering I bring a book with me literally everywhere I go! Even on shorter flights, like the two and a half flight to Florida, I find that reading is the perfect distraction from everything going on. On my last flight in February, I read three-quarters of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. So it's safe to say that I can't be without one of my beloved novels on these types of journeys!

Journal. I've been journaling for a very long time since I was about 7 or 8 years old. Not only do I think that it's good for self-reflecting, but I think it's a great way to document some of your favourite memories to look back on later! Of course, some of the memories I most want to remember are from when I travel so I always make sure to tuck my journal into my carry-on before I head out the door. Currently, I'm using this brown leather journal from Pier 1 Imports to jot down my memories in. 

Medications. When I travel, my anxiety tends to go through the roof and that typically translates into a number of different symptoms - stomach aches, headaches, etc. So when I travel, I take this little blue plastic container with a couple pills inside just in case I have any issues whilst travelling. I also take a travel sickness pill for if I get uneasy on the flight. 

Sweater. Airplanes can either be extremely warm or extremely cold. But when it's cold, I always seem to forget a sweater. So here's my little reminder for you guys to always bring a sweater with you on plane journeys! Even if it's warm outside, it could be cold on the plane. I typically bring a cardigan as it's not too bulky and it's easy to put on/remove. 

Gum. It's extremely unlikely that you'd ever catch me on a flight without gum. If I do forget to pack it in my carry-on, you best believe that the first thing I do when I'm past the security checkpoint is head to the duty free shop for a pack of mint gum. The last time I forgot about gum, I found out they don't carry gum at the Orlando airport (or at least they didn't a few years ago). My favourite gum is the 5 Cobalt one. Not only does it help with your ears popping, but it also freshens your breath and is good for managing anxiety - at least for me. 

What are your must-haves for your carry-on bag?

Felicia x

May Favourites

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Hello everyone!

It's the end of May, which means that it's time for a monthly favourites wrap-up. I do love me a good favourites post, as it's so much fun to chat about what I've been loving this month and sharing it all with you guys! There's been a few things that I've really enjoyed lately, mostly music as this month was great for new music releases, but I've also got a couple beauty-related items in there for good measure! 

Without further ado, let's get right to business. 

TRESemmé Repair + Protect 7 Pre-Styling Spray [x] - I purchased this bad boy at my local drugstore at the beginning of the month on sale for like 2 bucks. What a deal, considering this product is actually pretty awesome! I love it because a) it's a heat protectant for when I use heat tools on my hair which is a must, and b) it makes my hair feel great afterwards! I'm seriously loving it. 

Choetech Qi Certified T511 Wireless Charger Pad [x] - I've always wanted one of these wireless chargers, ever since I bought the iPhone 8+ last year, but I always assumed they were all super expensive. That is, until my bf bought an 8+ earlier this month and found this charger on Amazon. It's so cool!! All you've got to do is plug the usb into the pad and into a charger brick, then place your iPhone on it. It works with any iPhone 8/8+/X with a small case. And it was only $20!! 

E.l.f. Cosmetics "Everyday Smoky" Palette [x] - Last month, I mentioned that I'd been loving the e.l.f. Cosmetics "Mad for Matte" palette, but this month I've found myself reaching more for the Everyday Smoky version. Although I haven't had a reason to go full-on smoky this month, I've been using the darker brown shades from this palette as well as the lighter shimmer shades to create everyday brown smoky looks, and I just love how it's been turning out! This palette is so easy to use and the shadows are very blendable. 

Little House on the Prairie [x] - If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, I’m sure you’ve probably noticed that I’m pretty obsessed with the tv show Little House on the Prairie. I was a huge fan when I was a kid and my mum recently gifted me the entire series on iTunes, so I’ve been watching it religiously over the past month. Watching it back is giving me major nostalgic feelings about my childhood and making me remember how I used to sit in my basement with my grandma watching it for hours on end. Obviously a lot of it is historically inaccurate and the show itself is pretty outdated, but it’s definitely a fun show to watch nonetheless!

John Mayer, “New Light” - New John mayer music... YESSSS. I so wasn’t expecting him to release new music this month and it was a very happy surprise to have this pop up onto Spotify. This song is very different from his usual stuff, more disco-y honestly, but I’m definitely into it. Also, do yourself a favour and check out his music video for this song. You won’t be disappointed. 

Florence + the Machine, “Hunger” - I’ve been into Florence + the Machine since I was in high school and every time she releases a new song, I’m never disappointed. Hunger is such a powerful and amazing song, especially with Florence Welsh’s voice. I love turning this up whilst I’m driving around town!!  

Shawn Mendes’s new album - In case you hadn’t heard, Shawn Mendes recently dropped his third studio album this month on the 25th. And - as expected - it’s pure gold. I love his new mature sound and think that he really outdid himself on this album. It’s incredible to think that a boy from Pickering who just played guitar on Vine could come so far! Some of my fav songs off this album are “Nervous”, “Lost in Japan”, “Where Were You in the Morning?” and “Fallin’ All In You”. 

Well, that’s all for May! What have you guys been loving this past month? 

Felicia x

Bookish Problems: Hardcover vs. Paperback

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Ahh the age old question. Which is better: hardcover or paperback books? Every time I browse my local bookshop, I come to this question. Which edition should I go for? Honestly, it's one of the toughest book-related decisions a gal has to make! When it really boils down to it, there's a bunch of things I consider when I'm choosing between the two. So today, I thought I'd talk about a few of the advantages of either type of book!

Paperback

Compact & easily portable - Of course, the first thing I'd have to say in favour of paperbacks is that they are far easier to travel around with. Being the sort of person who constantly has a book in their purse whilst on-the-go, I can tell you from first-hand experience that it is much easier to tote around a paperback than a hardcover. Not only is it far thinner but it's also a lot lighter because of the thin binding. 

Cheaper - Paperbacks are typically a lot cheaper than hardcovers. When I go into a bookstore, chances are I'm going to pick out a paperback book that costs $15-$18, rather than a hardcover that costs $23-$26. Buying paperbacks makes it cheaper to buy more books at once, instead of having a heart attack over buying just one book - and being someone who reads very quickly, that's hugely important to me. 

Easier to hold - I can never find a comfortable way to hold a hardcover book!! No matter how I position my hand, I either get tired or am in pain after five minutes. Paperbacks are definitely far easier to bend back and forth, as well as get a good grip on. I can easily hold it with one hand and then I have a free hand to hold my coffee which I very much enjoy. 

No dust jackets - Don't get me wrong. Dust jackets do make for a lovely addition to hardcovers. But my god, are they a pain in the ass. Most of the time, I end up just taking the thing off and then it's a matter of keeping track of the jacket whilst also making sure that it doesn't get damaged. With paperbacks, you have nothing to be worried about as it's all attached. 

Hardcover

Released first - Often, paperback editions aren't released until a year after the initial book release, as it brings in more profit for people to purchase hardcover books. This means that if you're really dying to read a book, you're probably gonna cough up the 25 or so bucks to read it as soon as possible. I don't do this so often, but the majority of the hardcovers I own are because I couldn't force myself to wait a year for the paperback. 

Sturdier -  If you've ever tried to carry around a paperback book in your purse or backpack before, then I'm sure you know how easily paperbacks can be damaged. The binding cracks, the pages get crinkled, and worst of all, the cover bends *shudder*. Hardcovers are really durable, as the cover is extremely sturdy and acts as a protective layering around the pages of the book.

Looks good on shelves - I think we can all agree that hardcover books look so good on bookshelves. I think it's something about how thick they are and also that they sort of remind us of the old-fashioned impressive look of bookcases. Although I don't have a ton of hardcovers (I'm cheap y'all), I do love looking at the ones I do have sitting up on my shelf. They're gorg!! 

Personally, all considered, I much prefer paperbacks over hardcovers. Not only just for the price - although that is a pretty big part of it, if I'm honest. For me, the lighter the book the better, as I really don't have the energy to be lugging around a massive, heavy book all day long, wherever I go! 

Which do you guys prefer: hardcover or paperback?

Felicia x


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My Top 10 Favourite Animated Disney Films

Disney, as you already may have noticed, is hugely important to me. Growing up, not only did I frequently visit Disney World, but I was also a massive fan of the Disney animated films, as most of us were. I spent my childhood days hunkered down in front of my tube tv (remember those?) with one of my many Disney vhs tapes in the vcr. There was nothing I enjoyed more than hearing that static-y noise of the tv powering on and then having the Walt Disney Entertainment opening pop up on the screen. 

Even as an adult, Disney films are my favourite. I think there's nothing cosier than sitting down on the sofa with some treats and a big blanket, watching a good ol' Disney film.

Today, I thought I'd share with you guys my top 10 favourite new and old animated Disney films!

1. Beauty and the Beast
2. Tangled
3. Hunchback of Notre Dame
4. Frozen
5. Moana
6. Lilo and Stitch
7. Sleeping Beauty
8. Aladdin
9. Peter Pan
10. Lady and the Tramp 

What are your favourite Disney animated films?

Felicia x