Monday, June 18, 2018

Pixar Tea at the Disneyland Hotel

I have been to Disneyland lots of times and quite a few times over the last few years but I still find things I have never done.  Disney is always coming up with new things to do.  Tea at Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel has been around for a few years but I have never made the time to do it.

During Christmas and Halloween they have special themed teas so I wasn't surprised that the tea while I was there was a Pixar theme to go with Pixar Fest going on throughout the resort. All the table has fun Pixar flower arrangement centerpieces and mine was Up themed. I also saw a cute Finding Nemo one on some tables and I think there was some sort of Toy Story one too.

Once you are seated you are given a menu with all your tea choices and you also get to choose if you want the Classic Tea or the Premium Tea.  The difference with the Premium Tea is that with it you get a glass of champaign, a salad and a truffle to go at the end.  I was worried that I wouldn't have enough room for all the other food and a salad so I decided to stick to the regular tea.

I don't drink caffeine so a bunch of the teas were off limits to me.  I actually don't like black teas or really any tea-ish flavored teas so I was perfectly happy sticking to the herbal teas anyway. I was torn between the mint tea and a berry tea but decided on the berry one since it sounded more unique. Each person gets their own gets their own little pot of tea so you and your friends can all have different teas. Before they brought out the rest of the food they brought out a tray "accessories" for the scones and it was a major accomplishment that I didn't just start eating the devonshire cream with a spoon!

After a drinking tea for a few minutes a beautiful tower of delicious goodies appeared on the table.  It was all fun and colorful and right on the Pixar theme.

The top layer had two types of scones on it.  One was currant and the other one was chocolate chip with rainbow sprinkles baked it.  Both of them were good on their own but really scones are the best vehicle for Devonshire creme. If I had to choose a favorite I would have to say the sprinkle one was the best.

The bottom tier was the desserts. There was Woody themed chocolate covered strawberry, a Monsters Inc cupcake, an Up grape soda themed eclair (that thankfully was cream filled with a little grape jam so not fake grape flavored) and Ratatouille cheese shaped cheesecake. I think the little cupcake was my favorite though the strawberry was really nice and perfectly ripe.

The middle tray was the savory "tea sandwich" level and Devonshire cream aside it was my favorite. The blue deviled egg was Finding Nemo themed, the little veggies on toast was from Ratatouille, the one with the crazy organge things on it is Merida's hair from Brave and the avocado one was the three eyed aliens from Toy Story.  To the surprise of no one my favorite one was the avocado one.

All in all it was a very delicious way to spend an afternoon. I scheduled the tea for around 1 PM so it made a perfect late lunch and gave me a nice middle of the day rest in the air conditioning. If you are looking for a way to have a nice way meal and to avoid the heat or midday crowds this is a great option.  I can't wait to try the regular tea or the Christmas one or the Halloween one too!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Life Lately

This time of year is quite busy at work (budget and the end of our fiscal year) but I took Thursday off to watch my niece graduate from the 8th grade. 

It was in a local high school in their outdoor football stadium at noon so before I went to the graduation I pretty much dipped myself in sunscreen and wore a big floppy hat.  I was successful in not getting sunburned so I will call that a success.
For a graduation this was actually a relatively short one at a little less than an hour and a half. The speeches weren't great (8th graders don't always have the best writing skills) but there were only a couple and then they were on to reading all six billion names of the graduates.

After the ceremony we took some photos with the new graduate in her robes before we all got hungry and it was time for lunch.

We went to lunch at a vegan place called Veggie Grill that I have always enjoyed. My husband was skeptical of this restaurant but even he had to admit it was pretty delicious. The two best things we had a lunch were the buffalo wings and the chocolate chip cookie.
Since my husband's whole family was in town for the graduation we decided to do an Escape Room Thursday night. We didn't quite make it out of the room in the 60 minute time limit but we were close so they let us finish the room even after the time ran out. Even though we didn't quite escape it was still a blast and we plan to do another one next time my sister-in-law is in town. Next time we will escape.

Friday I went to work, went to OrangeTheory, came home, made dinner and called it an early night.  I can tell you are super jealous of my exciting Friday.

Saturday my husband, my brother in law and I went to a local Portuguese festival. We have been to the festival before and know it gets busy later on and they sell out of things so we went about an hour after the festival started to make sure we had all the options.

The real reason we went early in the day was because the last time we went they were sold out of this sardine plate that my husband really wanted to try.  As evident by the picture we made it before they sold out.  I am not a big sardine fan but my husband thought it was delicious.

I ate lots of other delicious food at the festival that I can't remember the names of but I know I went home full of good food. In addition the lots of good food there were games and such for the kids, booths selling things and a stage with different performers.

Sunday I drove down to Monterey County to meet my parents and one of my sisters for lunch and then I headed to the hair salon.  My hair was super overdue for some care and is much happier now.  There was a ton of traffic on my way home so it took way to long to get home but I did finally make it home. Not quite the way I wanted to end my weekend but overall a pretty good weekend.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Patriotic Summer Decorations

Now that we are officially in June I took down my spring decorations and put up my patriotic decorations. 

A few weeks ago I had lunch with a friend and after lunch we were walking around Michaels and I found this cute patriotic jug.  I was hoping it was water tight so I could put some sunflowers in it.  It would have been so cute but alas it was not water tight so I ended up putting a little pom pom thing in it instead. I might try and find some artificial sunflowers at some point but for now I am happy with how my side table turned out.

My ocean breeze candle has blue stripes on it so it fit in perfectly with all of my patriotic decorations. Since I used my blue and white table runner on the other side of the room I decided to just put some star lights on the bar along with the glittery hats and call it a day.

I have finally bought a frame to put on this wall (only too 7 months!) but I haven't put it up yet so in the meantime I put up a 4th of July sign.

I threw a couple of patriotic decorations on my TV stand to brighten up that side of the room. Gotta love fun little signs from the Dollar Spot at Target.

I used some star garland draped in a little wooden box on top of my china cabinet in our dining room and used the sunflowers I was hoping to use in my living room just in a regular mason jar on our dinning table.

I will probably leave all these decorations up (except the flowers that will need to be replaced) at least a few weeks past the 4th of July since there really aren't any other summer holidays to decorate for. Can't really get away with decorating for fall in July can I?

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Stitch Fix #33

Another month another Stitch Fix box came in the mail. I am not sure if I am just getting pickier about the clothes I like or if I am just not having good luck with the things that are coming in my box.

This first shirt was actually navy blue though it looks black in this picture. The shirt was very cute but the top was a sheer fabric and you could see my bra though it.  It would have been fine with a sweater but all the cute details would have hidden so I decided to send it back.

This next shirt also had a bra showing problem due to the neckline.  The pattern was also not my style so I knew pretty quickly that this one had to go back too.

I would love a pair of white shorts so I was excited to see these in my box. The long pockets on the side of these short were their downfall.  I am not lacking in hips so the pockets bulged even though the waist was the correct size.  Obviously these too had to go back. While I still don't have a pair of white shorts I did pick up a fabulous pair of white jeans last week.

I have been really into midi skirts recently but this midi dress was just kind of boring. It was also too big in my upper body.

There was nothing per say wrong with this one but there was also nothing particularly special about it either so I decided to send it back.  I am generally not a big fan of light denim on me so maybe why this one didn't work for me.

My next box is supposed to arrive this week so hopefully it contains something fabulous that I just can't live without!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Life Lately

Nothing super big has been going on around here so figured I would put all the little things into one post.

I have this "vicious" guard dragon guarding my desk at work.  He has a a couple of signs that he sits in front of but this one about being awesome is his favorite.

There is a new fish and chips place down the street from my office so last week my husband and I had a lunch date to try it out. I had the cod sandwich which was pretty good but I think next time I am going to just have regular fish and chips because the fish was easily the best part of meal.

My sister in law was in town for our niece's confirmation so we decided to have a girl's afternoon so we went and got pedicures. Not that I don't get my toes done regularly the rest of the year but when it is sandal season I make sure to pick fun colors since my toes get seen a lot more this time of year.

I didn't actually get to go to my niece's conformation because it happened to fall on the same day as my mom's birthday. My husband went to the confirmation and I drove down to my parent's house to celebrate my mom's birthday. I wore my yellow flowered dress again.  I have been getting lots of use out of my very fun spring dress.

My parents went to an auction a few months ago and bought a thing where a chef comes to your house and cooks for a dinner party for you. My mom decided to use it for her birthday dinner so a bunch of people came over to my parent's for dinner. The table looked all pretty and fancy and the food was delicious. I only managed to take a picture of my fabulous salad because I was too busy eating all the yummy food (hello white chocolate bread pudding) and talking.

My sister in law was here until Tuesday so after work on Monday she, our niece and I took a trip to Ulta to do a little makeup shopping.

I have been thinking about getting this blush palette for a while so I took this opportunity to actually buy it. I have been having fun all week trying all the different colors.

Even though the weather is warming up and summer is fast approaching I couldn't resist this candle I found at Target last week.  I went in to buy a card for my mom and of course came out with lots of other things in addition to the card I am came in for.  Target is a dangerous place.
The next few weekends are also fairly quiet as of now but you never knows what might end up on my calendar.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

What's Up Wednesday

It is time for another What's Up Wednesday.

What we're eating this week: 
 I only get them a couple of times a month but this week was one of the weeks I got a meal prep delivery box.  We have been working on eating more fruits and vegetables so I decided to order the Hello Fresh vegetarian box this week.  Our first meal was called a Sunshine Bowl and was a chickpea, sweet potato and ferro bowl.  It was delicious.

What I'm reminiscing about:
I have been fairly busy lately so I have really been wishing for a beach vacation to just sit and soak up the sun while reading a good book.

What I'm loving:
 I am loving that the weather is warming up around here but it hasn't gotten super hot yet.  I am sure it is coming soon but for now I am enjoying the warm not hot weather.

What we've been up to:
This past weekend I went to a tea party with my mom. The theme was "Bee Happy" hence the fabulous head pieces and the fun picture frame.  We didn't do it on purpose but we both ended up wearing polka dot dresses to the tea.

What I'm dreading: I have had a bunch of doctor's appointments recently and been on some medication recently so I am hoping all of this comes to an end soon. Sorry to be vague but more on this topic at a later time. Nothing life threatening but still no fun.

What I'm working on: I am working on eating healthy and continuing to go to the gym consistently.  I usually have one pair of tennis shoes at work for walks and one pair at home to wear to the gym but I have been going to the gym so consistantly that I decided I needed a second pair for the gym.  I got a great pair of grey gym shoes that are super lightweight.

What I'm excited about: I leave tomorrow for a little trip to Disneyland.  What is different about this trip is that my dad is going with me.  Just he and I are going for what we called a "Dad Day" as kids. We are staying at the Disneyland Hotel and have grand plans to make use of all the fun stuff the hotel has the day we get there before spending Friday and Saturday in the parks.

What I'm watching/reading: Earlier this year all 15 seasons of ER showed up on Hulu so I am slowly working my way thorough that. I have seen some whole seasons and others episodes as reruns but have never watched the whole thing in chronological order. I am all the way through season 9 and just started season 10 so probably another month or so before I finish the whole thing.

What I'm listening to: Mostly whatever comes on my Pandora which is usually a mix of country and a random mix of 90s-00s pop music.  Everyone needs some Britney in their life every once in a while.

What I'm wearing: Other than my new polka dot dress that I wore to tea with my mom I haven't done much regular shopping but my typical weekend wear recently has consisted of my favorite yoga pants and the teal spirit jersey I got on my last trip to Disneyland.

What I'm doing this weekend: My grand plans are to hop on a plane tomorrow and fly down to Orange County to visit the Happiest Place on Earth. Disneyland! I come back Saturday night so Sunday will probably consist of normal weekend things like laundry and grocery shopping.

Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Stitch Fix #32

After finding a cute little romper in my Stitch Fix last month this month was kind of a fail and now that I look at it almost everything was grey or black.

The first shirt was a soft material but I just can't get on board with this big X on the neckline trend.  I feel like it just looks tacky and especially bad on me.

There was nothing wrong with the shirt except the fact that I have a couple of pretty similar ones already.  One of them even is even from a previous Stitch Fix box.

This dress was just nothing special and kind of frumpy.  It was comfortable and felt like a pajama but that was the problem.  It kind of makes me look like I am wearing a nightgown and that really isn't the look I was going for.

This sweater had multiple problems with it.  I don't mind a cowl neck on other people but I have never been a fan of it on myself.  The bigger problem with it was the slanted sort of wrap style bottom.  It did lay right and looked like I had just ripped my sweater instead of it being there purposely. 

This skirt was probably what I had the most hope for when I first opened the box but it too didn't work out.  The waistband folded over and managed to hit at the largest part of my waist so it made me look pudgy. Not the look I am going for.

Not the most successful box this month but my next box arrives tomorrow so I have high hopes for it.