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The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton

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Dear blog,  The last couple of months have been a doozy. So many things are happening and there is so much uncertainty; I was happy to escape into Chanel's new book "The Last Train to Key West". I've been looking forward to reading this book ever since I read " When We Left Cuba " last year.  This was such a good book, it has the right amount of romance, drama, suspense, and powerful moments that can bring you to tears. I couldn't put it down! I stayed up reading in bed after my family was asleep, I managed to finish reading it in 24 hours. Not easy to do with two little ones, but I did it :)! At first, I was confused as I tried to keep up with the three different story lines of the three women, but by the end it all made sense. I couldn't understand why the story was jumping around between three different characters. But it was exciting learning how their lives are so similar and how they were connected. I was happy how their lives turned out and ho

Disney’s The Grand Floridian

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Dear blog, In my last blog I talked about my stay at the Walt Disney Polynesian Resort, during that visit we had the opportunity to ride the monorail to the one resort I want to stay at more than any other. The Grand Floridian. We were actually really hungry so we ended up eating there. We ate at the Grand Floridian Cafe, I found it to be affordable. For a party of 4 we spent $40 which is not bad for a Disney resort. We also had the option to eat at the 1900 Park Fare which is a character dining for $40 per person, so you can see why $10 per person is really affordable for Disney. We didn’t get to do it, but it’s on my list for next time. For the Grand Floridian Cafe, we didn’t have reservations but we were able to walk up and put our name on the list. We waited for about 10 minutes, but this was for a brunch time meal on a weekday, so I doubt this would be the case for a busy holiday evening. This Cafe is Victorian themed and very elegant. We were seated by the windows which offered

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

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Dear blog, It’s July and that means it’s my birthday and anniversary month! If you have been reading my blogs for a while you will know I’m a huge Disney fan and I’m always looking for a reason to visit. We recently embarked on an adventure. We recently moved to Florida and it has been a crazy month from trying to get adjusted to a new place to finding a job. So this mini surprised vacation couldn’t have comes at a better time. It marked our one month from the move so it was special. I’ve mentioned in the past that we are Disney Vacation Club members, so this trip was made possible because we had some points saved which really makes a difference because an average night stay at this resort is $534 for just a studio room. This was such a treat, I absolutely loved the Polynesian Resort. We have actually visited the resort before to have breakfast at the Ohana restaurant (which was delicious) but we didn't stay at the resort. When I say mini I mean it, we left Sunday night after

Disney Aladdin Movie 2019

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 Dear blog, This weekend we went to see Disney’s Aladdin live action movie. I was really skeptical about going to watch this movie. I kept asking myself, "Will it be good? Will it be as good as the animated version? How is Will Smith going to top the original genie?" Robin Williams was legendary; he brought the Genie to life! Even with all my doubts and the mixed reviews online, I still went and let me tell you, I don’t regret it! The movie was 2 hours long and yes I took my children to watch the movie. For the most part they did really well. As long as they had popcorn and skittles they are content. My youngest got a little antsy, but that was because it was nap time. Certain parts of the movie scared my youngest. She was very worried about Aladdin in the Cave of Wonders. Another scene I found a bit scary is the ending when Jafar becomes powerful then turns his bird turned into a giant killer bird. I’ve read reviews discussing Aladdin stealing and the kind of mess

Aladdin Musical!

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Dear blog, I've heard about the Aladdin Musical through friends who have visited New York City and they came back talking about how awesome it was. I was intrigued, so I started to look into the show in New York City. To my surprise, they had announced a national tour. I immediately looked for the tour dates and cities: I found the closest to us in St. Louis, MO (about three hours away). We had to wait a couple of months for the tickets to go on sale, but when the date came, I texted my husband and he was able to get them. We couldn't afford seats near the stage which is fine. We still got to enjoy the show (for the most part lol). We (my husband) spent a lot of time taking our son to the restroom. He lets me stay to enjoy the show, he is very sweet. He did the same for me when we saw The Little Mermaid musical when our daughter wouldn't stop crying. He took her to the lobby for nearly the entire show. Luckily this time the kids were far more interested in the show. The sh

Disney's Riviera Resort

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Dear blog, I'm so excited that this Fall Disney will be opening a new deluxe villa resort called Disney's Riviera Resort  in the Epcot area. The design of this resort was influenced by Europe and the Mediterranean. It is said that the lobby is a mix of modern and classic 20th-Century furnishings with an art collection of Disney Characters and icons. The room selections  are so important for us; when we travel to Disney, we are usually traveling with at least 12 family members and we like to stay close together! I'm going to start with the new style, Tower Studios: this is designed for 1-2 guests. It includes a microwave, small refrigerator, drawers, and a hidden, pull-down, queen size, bed which can be tucked away and it leaves you with a lounge area. Another option is the Deluxe Studios it sleeps up to 5 people. The studio includes a queen size bed, a pull-down queen size, and pull-down bunk size bed. It also, includes a kitchen and a private patio or balcony. This so

Wreck it Ralph 2 Merchandise

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Dear blog, When Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck it Ralph 2 released in theaters November 21, 2018. I was actually looking forward to the movie because of the princesses scene. It was my favorite scene, I just wish it was longer and the princesses had more of a role in the movie. I'm looking forward to it coming out on Blu Ray. We buy our Disney movies through the Disney Movie Club and I like to purchase a pin with my order. The pins are usually free with the purchase of the movie. If you are not a Disney Movie Club member you are missing out! Ok! back to Wreck it Ralph 2! I absolutely love the movie's merchandise at the Disney Store . I'm going to show you my top picks, but I would love all of it :). My daughter and I are huge Moana fans! This will be a must for us. Her birthday theme for this year, is Moana. I think this would be a nice addition to the decorations. This is the Moana Rock Candy Vinyl Figure . As I'm writing this blog, my daughter keeps saying "