Hello,

Before I go into Part 3 of our Florida trip, I first wanted to say a friendly HELLO to anyone I may meet at BlogHer this weekend. I am here for the week, visiting my sister, Valerie, and friend, Nidhi. It’s my first time attending a BlogHer conference and I’m just a tad nervous and overwhelmed :-) Registration is tonight and I’m so excited! If you are reading this and attending BlogHer, please let me know – I would love to meet you and make new blogging friends.

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After Disney, Todd and I headed back to Placida, Florida to stay at his mom’s house for a couple days. Soon, we would be heading to Siesta Key for some lazy beach time. His mom and step dad have kayaks so we decided to take them out one day. The best part is seeing a ton of wildlife, including dolphins.

See that little guy in this picture? I wish I could have gotten a better shot!

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It was really fun and a nice arm workout :-) Plus, the scenery is GORGEOUS in Florida.

The night before leaving for Siesta Key, we had some wine on the back lanai overlooking the marina. My favorite part about our relationship is the talks we have about whatever. This talk in particular centered on what we want in the next couple years, and when we got back to Ohio… aka, our future, without being too specific. It was an ironic conversation considering what was to come…

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More on Monday. <3

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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.

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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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