Favorites Vlog with Daliza

Good morning!

My cousins left early this morning, so now it’s just Daliza, my parents, and me in Florida for now. I’m gonna miss those cuties! We had a laid-back day yesterday— the dads hit the golf course while the rest of us hit the outlet mall.

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 Breakfast was a peach, peanut butter, banana, yogurt smoothie + toast with sunflower seed butter

Perfect fuel for walking all over the mall ;)

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However, I think filming and editing the video you are about to watch was the best part of yesterday. Daliza and I found so many little things in it that made us laugh hysterically. I thought I was gonna pee my pants, I was laughing so hard.

We’re definitely the only ones that think it’s so funny.

I had seen several bloggers (like Julianna and Amanda and Brittany) do this favorites tag in a blog post, but I decided to do it in a video with Daliza, whom you’ve seen a lot of on the blog recently!

So here goes nothing:

The link in case you can’t see the video here: http://youtu.be/w7KPf7OMnTs

Notes:

*Edited by the amazing Daliza.

*Daliza’s not blind.

*Note the costume change.

*4:07 I am a donkey.

*Sweaters and BOOTS at 6:05

*#IGuessSo

*Daliza should make a blog called “50 Shades of Laughs”

We hope you enjoyed learning a little more about us! And perhaps laughing at us.

I leave you with a photo my uncle took last night:

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“From the rising of the sun to its setting The name of the LORD is to be praised.” — Psalm 113:3

So tell me:

Some of your favorites!

Do you like Daliza’s sunglasses?

Should she start a blog?!

 

 

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Hello!

So you know how we had a “10 out of 10″ day on Sunday? Well….we finally got a “bad” day yesterday, which I have decided to rank a 4 out of 10. Meep.

It was still a fun day spent with family and friends, but the moody Florida weather killed some of our evening plans. We did get to experience a close (almost too close) thunderstorm though! So close that I thought the thunder actually cut through my soul.

The day started with a good ol’ oatmeal cookie dough smoothie that I hadn’t had in a while since I never wanted to wake up any of the guests with the obnoxious blender.

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Daliza and I stayed home with my little cousins while the other adults picked up my dad from the airport (I’m so happy he’s here now!). I made them waffles and scrambled eggs, and I got a taste (literally) of what it’s like the be the human garbage disposal. They didn’t finish some of their waffles and eggs so I ate them to prevent wasting the food. Domesticity at best.

Mom took me to get the iPhone 5S since my contract was ready for an upgrade! The guy at the store was super nice, but he was pushing really hard for us to buy a case and screen protector from them. He was young and trying to be all smooth and funny, but my mom sweet-talked her way out of his sweet-talking salesmanship. $40 case? Nah. I got this nice purple one from Ross for $6.

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Once that business was finished, I made a quick lunch to-go as we headed to a town called Celebration. It’s a little town owned by Disney (they’re ruling the world) with boutique shops and restaurants. It’s scary clean. Scary cute. Scary perfect.

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Salad with chicken and avocado toast

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We were there for a grand total of 30 minutes (which involved eating ice cream for some of us) before becoming bored. Our plans were to go to Downtown Disney for the rest of the evening, but it started pouring she we were almost there. So we detoured to Universal CityWalk, but then it started storming there too.

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We huddled under a hut for a little while before the lightning started getting closer and the thunder started cracking through the air more loudly. Once it felt like a lightning bolt nearly hit the hut, we ran inside the hotel. What to do? Eat dinner at Emeril’s Tchoup Chop.

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Appetizers

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Hawaiian style snapper

Everything was quite tasty! No dessert for me yesterday though. I’ve had ice cream every day of this trip so far, so I decided to take a brief break. Brief is the key word ;)

And that was basically it for the day. The ladies did shop at Ross for a bit on the way home. I decided to spend more money there than at the outlet mall today. I’m not into the designer stuff because I lose things, and losing a $12 pair of sunglasses is a lot better than losing a $200 pair of sunglasses. Word? Word.

I just want to say that I’m thankful for absolutely everything and everyone throughout this vacation. It has been filled with more blessings than I can ever deserve. I’m so spoiled, I have no idea what I’m going to do with myself in college. The friends and the family are really what have make this trip so special. I can’t believe I’m still here for another 2 weeks! I promise I won’t be just posting recaps every single day. I’ll get to more meaningful, conversational things soon!

Hope you all have a great day!

So tell me:

What did you eat for breakfast yesterday?

Are you suspicious of Disney like I am?

Do you like to spend a lot of money on clothes? 

10 Out of 10

…I’m not talking about Paul Walker (RIP).

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Even though it IS #mancrushmonday.

I’m giving a 10/10 to these past three days! My uncle has been asking us how we rate every day on this vacation on a scale from 1-10 (10 being the best), and I’ve given everything 7 or higher. Mall day was an 8 and Disney World was a 7.5, but this weekend has shown even higher ratings on my radar!

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Joining the marvelous Monday party on Katie‘s blog!

Friday: Madeira Beach and Bubba Gump

Ranking: 8

This was my first time going to Madeira beach, which is on the Gulf of Mexico side of Florida. The waters are considerably warmer (like, almost HOT) than the Atlantic waters, and the waves are pretty calm. It’s two hours away, so we stopped at a Vietnamese restaurant called Ben Thanh for lunch.

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Grilled pork vermicelli bowl

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Power napping!

It was a perfect day to be at the beach! We swam a bit, collected shells, kicked around a soccer ball, and built a sand castle that someone ended up stealing. Hmph. We didn’t even get to take a picture of it, but it was a fabulous castle. I also attempted handstands. I flipped over three times.

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Once we worked up an appetite at the beach, we cleaned up and walked over to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. for dinner. “Run Forrest, Run!”

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There are little notches under the cups so that they can hook onto each other. Magic = ruined.

I ordered the gumbo and house salad, and they were very meh. I had about three bites of the gumbo because it was WAY too salty, and the house salad was average. I ended up sharing my aunt’s seafood pasta and Daliza’s mac and cheese (so good!).

Even though we were stuffed, as we were driving home, my aunt spotted a shake shop with a really long line, so she exclaimed: “That’s gotta be a GOOD shake shop!” Sooooooo we went and got shakes there.

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Mint shake for me!

I drank as much as I could, but this thing was huge, so I finished about ¾ of it. Sugar coma.

Saturday: “Staycation” with Daliza

Ranking: 8.5

While my mom took my aunt, uncle, and cousins to St. Augustine, Daliza and I slept in and stayed home for the day. We started with a leisurely breakfast and a flashback movie— Mulan (aka my hero).

After spending way to much time trying to pump up the bike wheels, we finally got to biking around my neighborhood in the hot sun.

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Daliza said it felt like we were out there for 10 minutes, but we biked for about an hour before coming into the air-conditioned house for a refreshing lunch at 4 PM…Ha. Then we tried to hunt down alligators (by hunt down, I mean take a good picture of them) in the lake behind my house. We found one peeking out of the water!

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Yep, that little thing in the water would be it.

I couldn’t zoom in quite far enough to get the details, but Daliza’s video camera showed that it was an alligator for sure. After a few hours of doing that plus a whole bunch of nothing, we did an hour of Pilates before hunkering down for dinner and more Disney movies. We mini-marathoned it with Hercules and Mulan II.

Sometimes it’s nice to take a vacation from hard core vacationing…if that makes sense.

Sunday: Orlando Farmers’ Market and Cocoa Beach

Ranking: 10

I finally found my 10/10 day! Yesterday started with an early morning wake-up call (read: I overslept and my mom had to barge into my room) for 8 AM Mass and a little grocery shopping. After breakfast, we all headed downtown to the Orlando Farmers’ Market!

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I was overwhelmed by all the amazing food and merchandise stands there. They even had outdoor yoga classes for $5! Daliza and I might try that next Sunday. Yesterday we were just sampling all the food. ALL THE FOOD.

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We also encountered some fun/ferocious/freaky animals. The swans were trying to eat my little cousin. We even saw black swans!

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After eating, sweating, and repeating, we drove to Cocoa Beach. It was sunny and gorgeous when we got there, and the waves looked a whole lot more exciting than the ones at Madeira Beach. Daliza and I weren’t planning on swimming, so we didn’t bring our bathing suits. However, the water looked too enticing to pass up, so we bit the bullet and just bought new bathing suits there. Worth it! Even though the clouds started coming in and looking nasty. They just made the waves bigger for us!

Apparently there was a riptide, so we all had to be careful and not go out too far. Daliza and I just sang this song as we jumped over the waves.

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All the beach fun wore us out and made us READY for dinner. It was a quick drive to “Thai Thai” restaurant for some Thai and Japanese cuisine. Sushi for me, kids meal katsu chicken for Daliza. She loved it.

Then it was time to head home, finally. But first, we made a pit stop to Abracadabra Ice Cream Factory for some liquid nitrogen ice cream!

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They start with the cream/sugar base, you choose three toss-ins, and then they add the liquid nitrogen

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I chose mint, oreo, and graham crackers for my ice cream concoction. We all thought the ice cream itself was just sickeningly sweet, so most of us didn’t finish. A travesty, I know. That’s enough sugar for the rest of the week.

I’m done. Peace out.

Have a wonderful day, friends!

So tell me:

About your weekend!

Do you like the beach? Waves or no waves?

What do you love the most about farmers’ markets?

Have you ever tried liquid nitrogen ice cream? 

 

Mall + Disney World

Hi there!

I didn’t post anything yesterday, but it feels as if I haven’t blogged in a week or something. Is that some magic Disney World time warp conundrum? Or is that just vacation? I actually told my friends that Disney is oddly scary because it’s this utopian world that is obnoxiously clean, constantly happy, frighteningly systematic, and meticulously attentive to detail. Sounds like an evil empire to me.  The happiest place on Earth!

I’ll shut up now and go right ahead into filling you all in on these past couple of days which included a trip to the Mall at Millennia, Gaylord Palms Resort (#why choose that name for a resort?), and the elusive Disney World!

Mall at Millennia

This is a beautiful mall in Orlando that my family loves to visit whenever we’re down here. For me, it’s not even the shopping; I just like to look at the place. There are palm trees inside the mall. INSIDE.

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After shopping and walking around for a bit, we walked across the street to the Elephant Bar restaurant for a super late lunch (3:30 PM— we were late risers and had breakfast at 11 AM). I ate the Grilled Salmon with Cilantro Cucumber Yogurt Sauce and some other Asian-y spiced sauce. Delicious!

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Gaylord Palms

Next we headed to the Gaylord Palms Resort (none of us could say that with a straight face…we’re mature), which is another beautiful place with some restaurants, shops, and gator/fish ponds.

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As we were walking, we came across a man casually reclining in his chair carving amazing fruit sculptures. He allowed me to take a picture of his works and told us that he carved fruits for Ivanka Trump’s and Kim Kardashian’s wedding! Hit him up if you want some profesh fruit faces at your Florida party!

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Frozen yogurt also happened. Peanut butter + cookies and cream to be exact.

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After we got back home in the evening, my aunt, Daliza and I walked over to these food trucks parked in our neighborhood. Apparently they come once a month, but I’d never seen them in past summers. We didn’t buy anything, but it was cool to visit!

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Disney World

I wouldn’t be surprised if you skipped to this portion of my blog post. Disney does that to people.

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Hitchin’ to the castle. Stay classy.

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As you can tell (if you’re familiar with Disney World), we visited the Magic Kingdom park with the iconic Cinderella Castle as the centerpiece. Daliza and I ventured to each of the “lands” in the park and managed to hop on quite a few rides throughout the day (we were there from 10 AM until 11:30 PM). Splash mountain was probably my favorite because it was the only one that was remotely thrilling with the big drop and splash (obviously) at the end. I got soaked.

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In my most romantic princess attire.

Daliza and I also tried the famous Disney Dole Whip! I had the pineapple-vanilla twist, which was good, but I liked Daliza’s orange-vanilla one better. The pineapple-vanilla was more icy, while the orange-vanilla one was creamier.

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Brought our own lunches to save SOME money from Disney’s black hole of revenue.

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“It’s a small world” ride! It had been 14 years since I went on this. It used to be my FAVORITE ride when I was a nugget.

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Daliza met her Peter Pan/her hero/her future husband.

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Dinner at “Columbia Harbour House” in Frontierland. This grilled salmon with couscous and steamed broccoli was surprisingly very delicious and satisfying!

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Evening festivities

After this electric parade, we watched the big shows at the Castle, which were easily my favorite parts of the whole day at Disney.

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And Tinker Bell :)

My feet were crying since we probably only sat down for a total of one hour in the whole day, but it was a blast. Amusement parks are 100 times less stressful when you’re not 5 years old.

Today? We already had a nice, big breakfast, and now we’re headed to the BEACH…”each, let’s go get away..”

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Have a fabulous weekend, friends!

So tell me:

Have you ever been to Disney World?

Who is your favorite Disney character?

Do you like amusement parks?

WIAW: Downtown Disney

Hello!

I’m popping in quickly today to show you all what we did and ate yesterday! We visited Downtown Disney as our first attraction of the trip and did some shopping later in the day. The weather was typical Florida— smoking hot and sunny at one moment, pouring rain the next. It was a fun time though!

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Hosted by the fabulous Jenn!

The day started with strawberry banana overnight oats:

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Daliza tried overnight oats and she’s a fan! I always believed in that nasty-looking, yet delicious breakfast.

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Moves: 8 minutes of abs and house cleaning. Whatever works!

After Daliza arose from her slumber at noon, we headed to Downtown Disney (the free part of Disney) for lunch at Earl of Sandwich. 

I ate some perfect strawberries before we left the house.

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Mom and I shared the Asian salad and Full Montagu Sandwich (roast beef, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, mustard sauce [we opted for no turkey and swiss]).

The perfectly toasted bread was fantastic.

When we finished eating, a huge bolt of lightning flashed outside and a loud boom of thunder immediately followed. Cue Daliza and I rushing outside to film it. We ♥ thunderstorms.

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We waited out the rain for a little bit and did some shopping at Marshall’s, Super Target, an Asian store, and Publix again ( :D ). I bought more underwear during that time. I’m all set now.

By the time we finished shopping, it was 7 PM and I was hungry. Simple, quick dinner to the rescue!

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Avocado toast, scrambled eggs with ketchup, carrots and hummus

Then we broke into our new Publix ice cream— “Once Upon a Cookie.” It’s quite sweet, but also quite amazing. It’s cinnamon ice cream with cinnamon cookie chunks and cinnamon caramel swirl. Mmmmmm.

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One of the biggest reasons I wanted to go to Publix— the awesome ice cream flavors.

We stayed up late to pick up my cousins from California at the airport, so a midnight snack was necessary. I ate some cucumbers and hummus, followed by a classic:

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Half banana with peanut butter

And now I need to shower and sleep to prepare myself for more shopping tomorrow. What an athlete.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

So tell me:

Do you like sandwiches?

Have you ever been to Downtown Disney?

What was your pre-bed snack last night if you had one?