Hello everyone!

It’s time to recap our Disney World trip. Man oh man, I have so many things to say about Disney! This was my first time there and Todd went when he was a kid. As adults, the trip was wonderful.

Todd and I rode a lot of rides, saw some really fun performances, and just enjoyed walking around. However, the real highlight for me was finding the best food and drink at Disney World, mostly in Epcot. Therefore, I am going to highlight my top 8 eating and drinking moments in Disney.

We used this article for inspiration of what and where to eat, Yelp, and our friends for ideas.

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1. Mexico Pavilion: La Cava del Tequila

Thanks to a few friends and some quick Google searching, we went to La Cava del Tequila one our first day in Disney. La Cava del Tequila is located in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion. My friend Ali highly recommended this place for their margaritas and ambiance. After a quick look at the menu, I went with the Avocado margarita {see the picture below} and it was AMAZING. It was smooth and not too sweet. The perfect way to start off our Disney vacation.

La Cava del Tequila

La Cava del Tequila

They even had a Twitter special. Follow them and you get a special price on a tequila shot {I believe it was $5}.

La Cava del Tequila

2. The Lapu Lapu

The Lapu Lapu can be found at the Tambu Lounge at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Served in a pineapple, the rum drink is delicious and fun to drink. Access to the Polynesian Resort is so easy. Parking is free and you just walk in to the Tambu Lounge. I highly recommend this drink if you find yourself looking for a fun and exotic drink.

Lapu Lapu

3. Club Cool

Club Cool is an Epcot spot that I came across while doing some online Disney research. I doubt I would have spotted the awesomeness of this place had I not came across it ahead of time. Club Cool is sponsored by Coca Cola and features FREE soft drinks from around the world. Did you hear me? F.R.E.E. You walk in, grab some little cups, and try out different drinks. They also had Coca Cola merchandise for sale. This was the perfect stop in the middle of a hot day.

Club Cool

Club Cool

4. A Slushie for Grown-Ups

The Grey Goose Slushie can be found in Epcot’s France Pavilion. It was perfect for the middle of the day heat and I wish I would have had more than one!

Grey Goose Slushie

Grey Goose Slushie

5. Germany Bratwurst 

In the Germany Pavilion, we had some bratwurst. Normally, I’m not a huge fan of bratwurst, but this was an exception. The sausage was flavorful and the bread tasted homemade. We would have gotten a beer as well, but we were trying to stay in our budget.

Germany Bratwurst

6. Norwegian School Bread

If you are looking for a unique sugary pastry, look no further than School Bread in Norway. It’s big enough to share, and delicious enough to tame any sweet tooth.

Norwegian School Bread

7. French Desserts

The same friend who recommended the Mexico margaritas was the same friend who advised us to save France for last in order to indulge in the yummy desserts. There were a ton of desserts to choose from! Along with our creme brulee and mouse, we ordered a cappuccino and ate outside on a really cute table. I’m so happy that we saved France for last.

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8. 50′s Prime Time Cafe

One night, we decided to eat at a Disney restaurant. After some quick Googling, we came across 50′s Prime Time Cafe which is located in Hollywood Studios. This place has nostalgia written all over it. It takes you back in time to a 1950′s kitchen complete with a pesky mother {the waitress} and comfort food. {We looked at restaurants the day of, and luckily, 50′s Prime Time had an available reservation at 8:45 pm. I highly recommend booking ahead of time!}

50's Prime Time Cafe

The entire restaurant decor follows the theme of the restaurant – it was very cool and homey.

50's Prime Time Cafe

The waiting room area, aka a family room. The TVs throughout the restaurant played old time sitcoms like Mary Tyler Moore.

50's Prime Time Cafe

50's Prime Time Cafe

The menu had items like Grandpa’s Crab Cake and Cousin Andy’s Iceberg Lettuce. We shared the Fried Herb and Garlic Cheese appetizer and it was incredible.

50's Prime Time Cafe menu

50's Prime Time Cafe

I stuck with Chicken Noodle soup {very yummy} and Cousin Andy’s Iceberg Lettuce Salad {pretty basic}.

50's Prime Time Cafe

They had old time toys lying around. The wait staff was very much in character the whole time. Our waitress kept nagging me to keep my elbows off the table. Plus, she got on some other patrons about finishing their vegetables :-) It was all in good fun and quite the experience.

I don’t think Todd knew I was taking his picture – haha.

50's Prime Time Cafe

To top it off, the food was pretty awesome. We ended with a brownie sundae, which was as incredible as is looks in this picture.

50's Prime Time Cafe

I cannot wait to go back and try more unique food experiences at Disney!

xo

P.S. Be sure to check out my Florida, Part 1 post!

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Hello everyone!

I hope you all are doing well. Since I returned from my Florida trip, a lot has happened and therefore, I’ve been really busy and a little overwhelmed with life {in a good way!}. I have so much to blog about and therefore, my Florida trip is going to be posted in a series. This was quite the memorable trip for me and I want a good online scrapbook of the whole thing.

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Todd left for Florida a few days earlier than I did. He was a groomsmen in his friend Shane’s wedding that following weekend and got there earlier to participate in groomsmen activities… bachelor party, golfing, etc. It worked out for me since I worked until June 18th. On June 19th, I was on the plane headed to Florida.

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Todd picked me up at the airport and we were off to Placida, Florida. His mom and step dad {Karen and Tom} have a place in Placida so we met them there for a few days before the wedding in Naples.

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As soon as we arrived, we went on their boat for a fun ride and the following day, we went fishing.

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Todd and Tom both caught two fishes, and I caught three {yesssss}. It was catch and release and we had such a fun morning.

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Me and my snook. That thing was really hard to catch – I felt like I almost fell in trying to get it.

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Karen & Tom:

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Towards the end of our trip, it started getting dark and cloudy so we headed back.

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It was such a fun morning! This was the first time I went deep sea fishing and really enjoyed myself.

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Later that day, Todd’s brother and his brother’s girlfriend {Steve and Vanessa} arrived. While Todd and Steve were at the bachelor party, we had the best Thai food at the most random place. The Sand Trap Sports Bar & Grill is a sports bar that happens to have both an American and Thai menu. This is seriously a hidden gem. If you walked by the place, it’s hard to imagine they would have amazing Thai food!

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I ordered the Panang Curry and it was incredible. Let’s just say, if it was socially acceptable to lick my plate, I would have.

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The next day, we drove to Naples for Shane and Darlene’s wedding festivities. The dress rehearsal was really fun! The food was great and there was a casual atmosphere of friends and families meeting and reuniting.

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Steve & Todd:

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The wedding was absolutely beautiful. Darlene and Shane were both glowing the entire time. I am so happy for them and wish them life long happiness. <3

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The reception was such a blast! There was a ton of dancing, lots of socializing, and just all around fun. Little did I know, that this was all a gigantic foreshadow for what was to happen a week or two later… :-)

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Later that day, we arrived back in Placida to have one last boat ride before Steve and Vanessa headed back home and Tom and Karen headed back to Ohio.

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Tom trusted me to drive the boat {muhahahahaha} and it was so much fun!

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It was seriously a BLAST and there was a lot more to come! Hint, hint: DISNEY!

xo,

Julie

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Growing Up Too Fast

by Julie on July 3, 2013

in Family

I sound SO CLICHE by saying this, but my niece and nephew are growing up WAY too fast.

They both celebrated birthdays in the past couple weeks. Liam just turned five and Violet turned two. They are quickly turning into children instead of babies. I love seeing their little personalities develop on a regular basis.

I tried to get a photo of them. We just finished decorating a cake for Nate for Father’s Day. They loved having full creative control over the cake {with a little help from Aunt Julie and Todd, of course}. It was one of the most memorable nights ever.

Take #1:

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Take #2:

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Take #3:

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Take #4 {best I could get!}

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The masterpiece:

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<3

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BIG NEWS!

by Julie on July 1, 2013

in Deep Thoughts,Relationship

While walking on Siesta Key Beach at sunset last night, Todd got down on one knee and asked me a very important question…

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…and I said “Yes!!!!”

I cannot stop smiling! :-)

Love to you all,

Julie

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Luau on the Lake 2013 GIVEAWAY!

by Julie on July 1, 2013

in Cleveland,Life

What are your basic needs?

Like most people, my basic needs are clothes, food, water, and shelter. Sometimes, when I think about my mediocre problems and obstacles that I face in my life, I remind myself how lucky I am.

As a child, I never had to worry about finding the proper shoes to wear on one of those winter days when we trotted through the snow to get to school. Since I had snow boots, I was able to play, socialize, and have fun on those winter days. I didn’t have to worry about my feet becoming frost bitten. Instead, I could learn socialization, how to have fun, and focus on my academics once I did arrive to school. What if I didn’t have those snow boots? What if I had torn up shoes, with holes, no shoe laces, and the incorrect size? Would I be able to focus on the joy of walking to school? I doubt it.

Unfortunately, this is the type of situation that many of our children in Cuyahoga County in Ohio face. Did you know that 44% of children in Cuyahoga County live at 100% poverty level {source}?

As a school psychologist, I see first hand the trauma that these students face if they do not have their basic needs met. Their academic abilities decrease, as well as their self-confidence, social interactions, and love for school. This makes perfect sense because why would a child want to finish a math assignment when they are more worried about meeting their basic needs of having adequate clothing and shoes?

Luckily, we have an organization called Shoes and Clothes for Kids {SC4K} which provides new shoes and clothes to income eligible children throughout Cuyahoga County. They are the only non-profit in this area that provides this type of service. A service that I am thankful for.

Last year, I attended Luau on the Lake and had a BLAST. It was quite honestly one of my favorite days and I’m thrilled to be going back this year.

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Luau on the Lake 2013 Details!

Who: Anyone who wants to have a BLAST on the beach while supporting our Cuyahoga County families

What: It will be a fun afternoon/evening filled with drinks, snacks, food, and friends

When: Saturday, July 20, 2013 {rain or shine}

Where: Wendy Park at Whiskey Island in Cleveland, Ohio

Why: Um, why not? ;-)

How: Interested in attending this years event? Buy your ticket by July 14 for $40 or for $50 after or at the door. General admission includes food, beer & wine, soft drinks, music, sand volleyball, limbo contest and a souvenir cup!

Prior to July 14, you are eligible to purchase the Big Kahuna VIP ticket for $50 which is the best value. The Big Kahuna VIP package includes all of the general admission perks plus 3 Specialty Island Cocktail tickets {I know from personal experience how delicious these cocktails were last year!}, a Hawaiian lei, a tote, and a souvenir cup. PLUS, you get early admittance starting at 3:30 pm!

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Luau on the Lake 2013 GIVEAWAY!

Interested in winning 2 Big Kahuna VIP tickets? It’s super easy and there are three ways to win:

1. Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite summer beverage

2. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment letting me know you tweeted:

I want to win VIP tickets to Luau on the Lake with @SC4K and @WearingMascara for #SC4KLuau13. http://wp.me/p1zV1e-1Nl

3. Follow both @WearingMascara and @SC4K on Twitter. Leave a comment and let me know you are following us both!

You have until July 5 at 11:59 pm to enter. At the time of this post being published, I will be on vacation and will notify the winner via email. If that person does not respond within 24 hours, I will select another winner.

Full Disclosure: SC4K asked me to do a giveaway in exchange for 2 VIP tickets for this giveaway and 2 VIP tickets for me to attend. As always, all of my opinions are my own. I had such a lovely time last year and really believe in this organization. I hope you will attend, even if you are not a winner of my giveaway.

HUGS!

Julie

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