2017 Recap!

This year was full of adventure!

From Finding Neverland- Aladdin at the SHN Theater both amazing and magical shows. My little one breaking her paw because she loves food way too much and my little man going under to get some teeth pulled.

My grandma moved out on her own, and for the first Christmas we made cookies together and had fun decorating her house for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s hard not having her there when I get home BUT I’m glad I’m still able to see her.

From an almost undefeated season in volleyball, to meeting someone at a hockey game and learning that Canadians say pencil crayons and not colored pencils.

Taking my dad to the Winchester Mystery House and re watching all the episodes for the billionth time.

My mom got her gallbladder removed, my dad getting his hand stuck in the AC and having to have surgery to me getting my wisdom teeth out right before the CRAZIEST trip in my Disney history.

Starting 2018 off right by running (once again) The Dopey Challenge but this time with my mom and taking on Jeff Galloway’s 2018 challenge! This year is starting off with 48.6 miles and ending in 2018 miles.

Happy New Year, the pups and I hope this new year starts off amazing and just keeps getting magical as the year goes on!


25 Days of Christmas 2017: Day 24

Tomorrow is Christmas! So I thought it would be fun to share a short story/poem.

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even a mouse.

While the cookies were placed right next to the tree. These two littles had heard and scurried right out of their bed. 

They walked down their ramp and out to the hall where their eyes met old St. Nick’s cookies and nog.

As they ate and they drank to their tummies delight, we wish you a Merry Christmas and to all a good night.

We hope you enjoyed this fun little treat you can watch the video we made HERE! Merry Christmas Eve!


25 Days of Christmas 2017: Day 21

THERE IS ONLY 4 MORE DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! I cant believe we are almost done with 25 Days of Christmas, this is insane! So today I thought it would be fun to do a DIY! Tea Light Snowmen are the cutest and super easy to make…so lets get started!


  • Battery operated tea light
  • Black sharpie
  • Red polka dot ribbon
  • Thin silk red ribbon
  • Red pipe cleaners
  • Red pom poms
  • Orange sharpie
  • Glue gun


  1. With your black sharpie draw on your snowman’s face.
  2. Next cut your pipe cleaner about 2.5″ long and glue it on the top of your tea light.
  3. Add the pom pom’s at the end of the pipe cleaners so it will look like ear muffs.
  4. For the scarf, cut out about 4.5″ of your ribbon gluing the back of your ribbon to the back of the tea light. I also crossed the front of the ribbon and added a little glue to help it looks like more like a scarf.
  5. Slip the thin red ribbon under the pipe cleaner and tying the ends together.
  6. Color the light orange….and BAM! Your little snowman tea light is complete!


If you want to make them a little different you can use black felt to make a little top hat, you can also use different color pipe cleaners and pom pom’s to make You can hang these up and decorate your house, your tree or your pups kennel with them. I think these are the cutest little snowman’s ever and they are so easy and inexpensive to make.


25 Days of Christmas 2017: Day 20

The WORLDS BEST HOT CHOCOLATE from Napa Rose in the Grand Californian at the Disneyland Resort. This has to be one of the richest and magical Hot Chocolates I have ever tasted in my life! This chocolatey goodness was even featured on Food Network and I have the recipe to share with you!



  • 1 C milk
  • 1/2 C heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 C cocoa powder
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon dark chocolate (grated)
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon milk chocolate (grated)
  • 1 (14 oz) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream
  • Ground cinnamon


  1. In a sauce pan add in the milk and heavy whipping cream over medium heat (not allowing to boil or scald)
  2. In a bowl mix together: cocoa, sugar and both chocolates and whisk it into the sauce pan. Reduce the heat to medium heat.
  3. Add in the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla and mix together. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Pour into your your mug, top it off with whipped cream and sprinkle some cinnamon on top and ENJOY!


The only thing this drink is missing is of course the Disney magic. Other than that I feel like the drink is pretty spot on.


25 Days of Christmas 2017: Day 19

Dognog! Yes, you read correctly Dognog, its dog eggnog and it is so easy to make and it’s definitely a treat for the pups, so let’s get started!


  • 7 oz plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 oz sweet potato baby food
  • 1/4 c water
  • 1 egg


In a blender add all the ingredients and blend together until the top gets frothy. Then serve! This makes one serving, but for my pups, it makes about 6 servings because it is a treat.

I hope your pups love it as much as mine did, let me know in the comments below if you made it!


25 Days of Christmas 2017: Day 18

Decorating Disney Holiday Magic! Tonight premiered the show that took us backstage, behind the Disney magic to see how the Holiday magic comes to life!So, you know I am a HUGE Disney fan so watching this episode I was in awe. Everything that it takes to make the holidays in the park come to life is AMAZING, and it makes me love and appreciates those decorations that much more seeing how it was brought to life.


The number of lights that and decorations are escorted by police to get to the parks is mind-blowing. WDW has a 54 thousand square foot warehouse that is filled with decor, that is an insane amount of decorations. The tree alone is 70 feet and 35-40 thousand pounds of trees! These workers get all that up in just one night if that’s not hard work and Disney magic than I don’t know what is.


The Main Street Tree in Walt Disney World like the other 9  iconic trees in the park have custom ornaments, but the popcorn on Main Street is crafted to match the original decor in 1971. There are over 10 thousand ornaments and over a quarter of a million lights just to decorate the iconic and lobby trees. The tree in the Contemporary Hotel are all painted street lamp bulbs, which you can see from 25 miles away.


Heading back into Disneyland, one of the most iconic rides Its A Small World gets a makeover and turns into Its A Small World Holiday bringing every doll a bit of holiday magic. Some get a full holiday outfit while other get a few holiday accessories. There are 50 thousand lights on the exterior facade of Its A Small World, while 350 thousand mini lights in the trees, bushes, topiaries, and hedges. One of my favorite building to look at during Holiday at the parks, it blows my mind every year.


Going back over to Walt Disney World in the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, its time to talk about the ever so famous Gingerbread House. It stands 17 feet tall, 12 feet long, and 10 feet wide not only is this thing massive and can walk through it, but you can also eat it. The house takes 1,050 pounds of honey, 700 pounds of chocolate, 800 pounds of flour, 35 pounds of spices. So you can imagine how amazing it smells when you walk in. I was lucky enough to see it in all its glory and highly suggest seeing it because you won’t regret it.


Back at Disneyland is my ALL TIME FAVORITE holiday attraction Haunted Mansion Holiday. Haunted Mansion comes to life with a little help from Jack Skellington and his mischievous friends from Tim Burtons Nightmare Before Christmas. Now, as amazing and magical as this ride is when it gets its holiday overlay for me it’s all about the little details that make me appreciate the attraction that much more. For instance, the gingerbread house in the ballroom scene changes every year and is actually made up of real gingerbread. Imagineers also modified the table in the ballroom so when they put the house up, they can roll it right into place.


In the seance room, you can find Madame Leota reading your tarot cards. In the classic mansion, the wonderful Imagineer Leota Toombs voices Madame Leota. Not only did she voice Leota, but she also worked on all the pirate heads in Pirates of the Caribbean along with their costumes. She also relocated to WDW in 1971 to start up the onsite team that would maintain the shows and attractions. In 1979 she transferred back to Disneyland where she trained many Disneyland figure finishers and artisans while working in several different capacities. Unfortunately, Leota passed away December 1991.


Kim Irvine, the daughter of Leota Toombs, was offered and accepted to be the voice the holiday Madame Leota in honor of her mom. So her legacy will continue to carry on in the park, but she is not the only one. There are tributes all throughout the Haunted Mansion with names of Imagineers on the naughty and nice list along with the tags of gifts are of the original creators, designers, and producers along with two cast members who have passed away: Bill King scenic touch up artist and Kristin Plummer who was the head decorator. One of my favorite scenes will have to be Pumpkin Mountain, surrounded by  7,500 square feet of snow at the base. There are also 69 pumpkins that tower to the ceiling as a tribute to when the Mansion first opened in 1969.

I honestly love spending the holidays in the parks, everything is just extra magical.


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