Winter Wonderland…Brrrrr!!!!

How has the weather been where you are at?  It’s definitely been very wintry here in Western Pennsylvania.  Over the Martin Luther King weekend, we got a foot of snow!!  Then we had rain on top of that and bitter cold temperatures.  Too cold to really go out and do anything in it.  And some of it melted with the rain.  Luckily, the one day it was not too bad out there was still some snow, so Lanie and I decided to go play in it!

I wanted to try out my donut snow tube!

Lanie was getting really upset, her one glove wouldn’t stay on, somehow it got all stretched out of shape.  We decided maybe it was best if we went indoors, we didn’t want her to get frostbite.

But not before we made snow angels!!!

Once we were indoors, mom made us some hot chocolate to take to my room while we warmed up.  We enjoyed that along with some goodies I brought back from Disneyworld!

Ginger seemed to think that we should be sharing with her.  I had to remind her that chocolate isn’t good for dogs!  She doesn’t look convinced, does she???

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I’m going to do a quick review of this set.  It’s called the Snow Tubing Play Set by My Life As.  Retail on it when I bought it was $7.92, but I’ve noticed it selling on the Walmart website recently at a reduced price of $6.99.

Of course you get a blow up innertube.  I thought this was super cute.  However, I didn’t care much for how it was “attached” to the cardboard when I went to get it out with some sort of glue type adhesive.  I spent 5-10 minutes just working on getting that off of it, ugh.  Totally unnecessary if you ask me, where in the world did they think it was going to go?

Then there’s a cute little thermos and two mugs of hot chocolate.  The thermos doesn’t open though.  😦

Then a few other accessories–a map, goggles and sunscreen.  Don’t forget that!

Overall I think this is a very cute set and a good value for the price.  I know Mimi and Lanie had fun with it!

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One More Day!

After two days at Universal Studios, we had to make a big decision.  Did we want to go back there one more day, or spend a day at a Disneyworld Park.  After talking it over, we decided it would be fun to go to a Disney Park for something different, and since I was away from school, mom thought it would be best to do something somewhat educational, so we decided to go to Epcot.  There aren’t a ton of rides there, but that’s okay, it’s still very cool, and it really doesn’t feel like you are learning because it’s fun!

Mom said we had to ride “Living With The Land”.  It was very interesting, I learned all sorts of things about new ways being developed to grow things.

I also learned about “Hidden Mickey’s”.  That’s when ordinary items are shaped or arranged to resemble a Mickey Mouse head.

A garden hose…

A topiary:

Even test tubes at the lab!

Mom said that you have to keep your eyes open constantly because Hidden Mickey’s can be anywhere!

The best part of Epcot is the World Showcase.  There are replicas of buildings from all over the world, and they have shops and restaurants that sell merchandise and foods from each country.  (We ended up eating at the Mexican pavilion, we all love Mexican food!)

I did a bunch of selfies at some of the pavilions.  I didn’t get them all, but pretty close!!!

I went to Canada:

Great Britain:

France:

Morocco:

Japan:

China:

And the trainset near the Germany pavilion!

(I missed a couple, oh well.  You’ll just have to go to Epcot if you want to see them!!)

All of that walking around–it was time for some ice cream!!  YUM!!!!

I picked up two souvenirs from Epcot, both from the Japanese pavilion.  Mom told me they would have cool stuff there and boy did they ever!!  I had a hard time deciding what I wanted, luckily I had enough money to get two.

I got this doll, she resembles a Geisha type doll.

And I got a Lucky Cat figurine.  The color they are determine what kind of luck they bring.  Mine is gold, so it says it “will make your dreams come true and bring you good luck in wealth.”  I hope it’s true!

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing our photos from Florida!  We will be doing another post or two in relation to some of the things we bought at American Girl while we were there, so be sure to check back.  I wish we were still there with all of the snow and cold weather we’ve been having!!

(Mimi’s Disney outfit came from If Dolls Could Dream on Etsy.  Her ice cream was from Stacey Morgan Studios on Etsy too.)

Where Did We Go???

Hello again!  I’m sure you are all anxious to hear about what we did while we were in Florida.  Our first full day was going to be super exciting, I could hardly sleep.  We got up really early so we could take advantage of early admission…to Universal Studios!  We were finally going to go see all of the cool Harry Potter stuff they have there!!!  Mom even bought me a special outfit just for the day.  Are you ready????

This place was SO cool!  The whole time we were there, we felt like we were really in a Harry Potter movie.  The attention to detail was incredible.

This inside of Olivander’s wand shop–look at all of those wands!  We didn’t buy one, mom and I agreed it was a lot of money to spend, we had other things we wanted to buy instead.

I got to sit on Hagrid’s motorcycle too!  It was a little bit big for me though.

 

We did a bit more looking around before hopping on the train!

The station was huge!  We even got to see Hedwig waiting to be loaded up to head to Hogwarts.

Mom even talked to Hedwig a little bit:

 

The train ride was pretty cool, but sometimes it could be a little bit scary.  There were some dementors trying to bother us… eeeek!

It didn’t take too long though and we were in Hogsmeade!

Dad needed to use the restroom once we got there.  He came out laughing–he said that Moaning Myrtle was talking to everyone in the bathrooms.  Mom and I went and checked it out–and sure enough, she was!

 

I was SOOOO excited to get to see Hogwarts!

We ate brunch at the Three Broomsticks, it was VERY good.  Both mom and dad agreed that it was one of the best meals we had when we were in Florida.  Mom and I also tried butterbeer, we both really liked it.  The next day we were going to get some more, but then mom noticed they also sold butterbeer ice cream, so we decided to try it.  We were both hooked!!  I wish we could get it here.

Before we left, we stopped by Honeydukes candy store and picked up some fudge, a chocolate frog and some Bertie Botts beans.  It wouldn’t be a trip to the village without it!  Check out some of these cool cakes.

We had a lot of fun checking everything out, so much so that we went back the next day.  We didn’t take any pics though because we were traveling much lighter so we could ride the rides.

I did get something at Universal Studios–but it wasn’t Harry Potter themed.

I got a Minion!!!  Mom and I loved the Minion ride and they had a very cool store when you exited.  This is Carl.  I think I’ll set him right over by the TV so that when Cassandra comes to visit, she will see it right away.

Stop back in a few more days, we have one more place we went that I can show you. Hope you had fun checking out our visit to Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade!

(In case you are wondering, Mimi’s Hogwarts outfit came from Amazon–and was only $19.99!  I plan on doing a review on it at some point, stay tuned.)