Hey all! I visited SeaWorld and Universal Studios Islands of Adventure last weekend and I had soooo much fun! I had a really great experience at both parks, and I'm really excited to share my tips and tricks on enjoying both parks, as well as the many photos I took!
One of the best parts of our trip was going in the fall, it was beautiful weather- with temperatures in the mid-70s with light breezes. It wasn't hot, but it wasn't too hot that the water rides didn't cool you off. Above is a photo of my brother and sister and I in front of the Shamu Stadium sign.
They have Shamu pretzels! Like, they are whale shaped pretzels! Isn't that amazing!
We went to the "One Ocean" show. It was very cool- although there was like five Shamus there.
The trainers were very great with the animals. I would really reccomend you get to the stadiums at least 30-45 minutes before the show starts to get the best seats. If you are bored waiting, do like we did and raid the snack bar. We ate while we waited so we weren't distracted during the show.
Another thing that we did (which I would definitely recommend) is visit the Dolphin Nursery. This is a quieter, cheaper, and less crowded alternative to the dolphin feeding station. When we visited the SeaWorld in San Antonio last spring break, we went to the dolphin feeding station and it was very crowded, not to mention it costs an obscene amount of money to purchase food for the dolphins. Since we had already visited the feeding station before, we decided to try the Dolphin Nursery in Orlando. It was great! While you don't get to interact with the dolphins, you do get to see them- including the tiny ones!
We also visited one of the Clyde and Seamore shows they have there. These are the "funny" shows that included audience interaction as well as sea lions, otters, and walruses. These are definitely better shows for younger kids as they are funny, relatively short, and include a wide variety of animals.
Here's a photo of the adorable little otter carrying the treasure map!
Here are the trainer/actors with the animals featured.
We also saw "Blue Horizons" which is a dolphin and parrot show. It's very "symbolic" and follows a "story line." Really, it's a very beautiful show with fabulous acrobatics courtesy of the dolphins.
This was really a once-in-a-lifetime shot. It's really not the best photo I've ever taken, but it shows every part of the show- the five dolphins, the parrots, and the actors in the background.
Here are travel tips that will make your trip at SeaWorld very enjoyable:
visit in the fall- smaller crowds and more enjoyable weather
plan around the shows- the shows are really the best part and really make the "SeaWorld" experience
snack throughout the day- it's much cheaper to snack throughout the day and save your money, then go to a restaurant outside of SeaWorld and get a huge meal, vs. eating all day at the park
Islands of Adventure (at Universal Studios)
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is definitely the best part of the trip! This time around, we did everything- eating there, going to Ollivander's, and riding Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.
It's really a picturesque park- it feels like you're walking into J.K. Rowling's books.
Anyways, here "takes place" the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride. This is only ride in the Harry Potter part of the park that does not allow you to use "Express Passes," so it's especially important to get to this ride early and have it be the first thing you do. It really is worth the wait! Speaking of waiting, the wait line is "in Hogwarts." You walk through the greenhouses, Dumbldore's study, the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom, and the hallways or Hogwarts. It's not a boring wait, but it can be a long one. I recommend if it's your second+ time on the ride or you are going by yourself, use the "Single Riders Line." While you don't pass through the above locations, you do get in and out in about 10 minutes.
Here's a photo of my brother, sister, and I in front of Hogwarts. If you're curios, my sister is drinking butterbeer (you HAVE to get it if you're there). They have both chilled and regular butterbeers, and while I liked both, the chilled was just a teensy-bit better.
Move right over to Jurassic park, they have this cute little photo-op perfect ride. My brother and sister both enjoyed it.
We also ate at the Three Broomsticks in Harry Potter. The food was actually really good with decently priced kid's meals. It really completed the Harry Potter experience.
Here's another shot of the restaurant. It looks a lot like it does in the movies!
Here are travel tips that will make your trip at Islands of Adventure very enjoyable:
visit in the fall- smaller crowds and nicer weather
spend the extra money and stay on-sight- you get easier access to the parks as well as a free express pass
if you can't stay on-sight, still purchase the express pass, it really is worth it, especially if you love going on roller coasters
while this post was mainly about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the other sights are fun too, like Marvel and Jurassic Park
Have you ever been to the parks above? Do you think I provided got tips? Did you like this post, anyways? :-)
Hello all! Today, for this BNT, we will be focusing on the most popular names of the 1910s. This BNT is going to be a questionnaire, giving you popular names from the 1910s corresponding with your answers. For example,
Girl's Name #1
FN What is your favorite color?
MN What is your favorite pet?
So, if your favorite color was green and your favorite pet was a bird, the girl's name would be Gabrielle Britton. Cool right? You can use this game to make "families" but it's really just for fun!
Boy's Name #1
FN What's your favorite Disney Channel show out of the following? Good Luck Charlie- Charles Austin and Ally- Angelo Shake It Up- Sylvester Jessie- Julius
MN Out of these destinations, which you would most like to visit?
Santorini, Greece- Glen
Edinburgh, Scotland- Frederick
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil- Bernard
Canberra, Australia- Forrest
Boy's Name #2
FN What's your favorite sport out of the following?
Ice Hockey- Orville
MN Out of these, what's your favorite flavor of chips?
Sour Cream and Onion- Peter
Girl's Name #1
FN What's your favorite clothing brand out of the following?
Forever 21- Julia
MN Out of the following, which is your favorite country singer/group?
Lady Antebellum- Blanche
Taylor Swift- Lorraine
Miranda Lambert- Eloise
Girl's Name #2
FN What is your favorite game out of the following?
MN What's your favorite summer camp activity?
Arts and Crafts- Sylvia
Swimming/Water Activities- Alma
So, what names did you get? I got Charles Glen, Clayton Peter, Josephine Lucile, and Addie Mabel. I think all of these are names very classic and somewhat cute, but I don't think I would ever actually use them. :-)
Hello! Can you believe it's week 8? :-O Already? Wow! Well, this week I'm still continuing on with my decade series, but also combining it with celebrity baby names (which was the winner in my poll). I hope you like it!
This week, I'm focusing on most popular baby names from 1900-1909. Many celebrities within the past 6 years have chosen very vintage (yet gorgeous) names for their kids. Here are some below!
Tori Spelling and her husband welcomed Hattie Margaret last year. Both of these names were very popular in the 1900s (Hattie was #64 and Margaret was #3).
Maya Rudolph and Paul Thomas Anderson’s first daughter, Pearl Bailey, was born in 2005, however her name has been around for a lot longer. Pearl was #31 in the 1900s.
Angeline Jolie and Brad Pitt have a beautiful little girl named Vivienne. While her spelling wasn't very popular in the 1900s, the more traditional spelling of Vivian was #129.
Jennifer Garner and her husband Ben Affleck welcomed baby Samuel this year. He is just precious- and Samuel (#39) is such a cute name.
Last year, Prince Frederik and Princess Margaret of Denmark welcomed twins! Both have very classic and vintage names. The oldest is Prince Vincent (#114) Frederik Minik Alexander (#97) and his twin sister is Princess Josephine (#37) Sophia (#196) Ivalo Mathilda.
These are just some of the many celebrity vintage baby names out there! Personally, my favorites would have to be Vivienne and Samuel. What are yours?
You can view the entire list of popular 1900s name right here.
What do you think of this post? Did you like learning about celebrity baby names? Please tell me in the comments!
Another photo. Oh- look at that snow. Am I going up North?
Nope! I'm headed to Universal Studios Florida and...
Sea World Orlando!
My fall break is this week so my family to taking visit to Orlando to enjoy all it has to offer (which is basically just theme parks).
I hope to purchase some fun Harry Potter goodies in Universal (maybe even something for a possible giveaway...) and I'll even go behind the scenes in Sea World. :-) I'm taking my camera this time, so expect some fun pictures in about a week.
Today for this Baby Name Tuesday, we will be talking about the most popular baby names in the 1890s! For this week, here's a fun baby name to go with the most popular names from the 1890s. (You may remember this game from BNT: Week 4.) For those of you don't know how to play, simply find the girl name and the boy name that corresponds with your birth month (the first name) and your birth date (the middle name). Then you end up with 2 very old-timey names!
Girls' Names month (first name):
January = Ruth
February = Bessie
March = Gertrude
April = Frances
May = Lillie
June = Iva
July = Nina
August = Eliza
September = Belle
October = Frieda
November = Madeline
December = Delia
Boys' Names month (first name):
January = Ernest
February = Roy
March = Charles
April = Clarence
May = Oscar
June = Jesse
July = Alfred
August = Russell
September = Clifford
October = Jacob
November = Edwin
December = Theodore
date (middle name):
01 = Calvin
02 = Dave
03 = Dan
04 = Nathan
05 = Wesley
06 = Mack
07 = Emmett
08 = Matthew
09 = Harrison
10 = Kenneth
11 = Anthony
12 = Michael
13 = Floyd
14 = Louis
15 = William
16 = Simon
17 = Jasper
18 = Owen
19 = Aaron
20 = Clinton
21 = Cornelius
22 = Ross
23 = Roscoe
24 = Harrison
25 = Wilbur
26 = Vernon
27 = Bennie
28 = Percy
29 = Willard
30 = August
31 = Nelson
I got Delia Lucille and Theodore William (my birthday is December 15). I kind of like both of them! What did you get? You can see the full list of most popular 1890s names here.
A sweet camp friend of mine, Amanda, was just diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma last weekend. Hodgkin's lymphoma is a cancer of lymph tissue that affects the spleen, borne marrow, or other sites.
I met Amanda last summer at my summer camp, and I have known her sister, Shauna, even longer. Shauna and I went to camp two years ago, met back last summer, and have remained friends throughout those years. It was so much fun meeting her sister this year and it was heart breaking to learn she was diagnosed with cancer.
Amanda and Shauna live about 45 minutes away from me and we have never gotten the chance to see each other except for summer camp. We text and talk are still friends throughout the school year, but it's not the same as going to the same school or living in the same neighborhood, which makes it even more sad knowing that I won't get to see them and offer my support face-to-face.
My mom came up with a great idea to send Amanda a care package filled with goodies so she isn't bored throughout chemo or her months of home-schooling, and she knows that we wish her the best. But, I don't know what to put in the care package! I've already started a small list below:
the latest issue of Seventeen and Teen Vogue
The Dark Unwinding (a really excellent novel)
iTunes gift card.
I still need some more ideas, though! Please suggest anything that you think a 12-year-old girl would like. Whether it's favorite novels (please, nothing cancer related or depressing or inappropriate), favorite magazines, favorite movies, or things you like to do in your free time. I'd really appreciate this (and I know Amanda would too).
My mom and I are planning to put these items in a colorfully decorated box and send them to her so she knows even her camp friends are looking out for her. :-)
Thank you for your suggestions- I can't wait to read them!
Hey guys! The top winner on my poll (as of now) says the most liked BNT topic is a decade series! So, I'm going to start with the 1880s. Why? Because that is the first Social Security name list on the website. You can see the full list here.
For this decade series, each week I will talk about a new decade, some similarities of names then and now, favorite names, and/or least favorite names. It will be a whole lot of fun!
So the top ten names for boys and girls in the 1880s are as follows:
If you look closely at each name list, you may recognize some names- either as kids in your class or as your grandparent's names! You may recognize some of the girls' names on the list from my vintage name post a few weeks ago. While Margaret, Elizabeth, and Mary are classics, Alice, Clara, and Emma are popular vintage names right now. Alice, Clara, and Emma dropped in the 1900s, but are rising very quickly as part of this vintage-names trend.
As for boys names, those on the list are classics- timeless and will always be popular. But some names, like Edward are falling (maybe it's the Twilight association?) and Henry (LOVE this name) is rising.
Some of my other favorite 1880s names not mentioned in list are Nina, Eva, Louis, and Harvey. What are yours?
But please, Bertha and Alva (yes, it's for a boy) don't ever come back into style!
Hey guys! What do you all think of my new design? It's much more light and peppy and I thought that it was perfect for my blog right now!
Anyways, as I promised, my pictures from Florida!
We went on a beach hike.
I love Northern Florida's beaches! It was a really nice time to visit too- the ocean was warm and it made it all the more enjoyable!
We also visited the Naval museum there.
There was like, a billion planes.
Not really, but were tons of aircraft, models, and replicas of old war planes- especially from both World Wars.
They also had this fun little carton about needing scrap for the war effort in WWII. It even showed some Disney characters! (I spotted Donald Duck and Chip and Dale.)
We also went snorkeling! From left to right, my brother, my sister, and me!
p.s. I have been reading your comments from my most recent post and I am definitely taking your ideas into consideration. I just bought a lot of clothes so I think my some fashion posts might be due as well as some more BNTs. :-)
Hello all! I assume most of you have noticed my almost 2-week long hiatus and I am very sorry about that. My Florida and a recipe tutorial photos are uploading right now and I am think of ideas for this week's Baby Name Tuesday, but basically I am having a hard time writing on this blog mainly because I don't have any ideas. So, I want to know what you, the (hopefully) loyal reader wants from this blog. Do you want a giveaway? A contest? A new blog design? More weekly posts (like a Baby Name Tuesday, but with another topic for another day)? Videos? Photos? Lists? Hair Tutorials? Fashion? Dragons, unicorns, and tea cup pigs? What would YOU like? Please comment below.
Thank you for your help- it is greatly appreciated!
p.s. Have any of you ever watched Once Upon a Time, I really want to watch it, but my mom would like to know it's "appropriate." Please help a poor girl out and tell me what you think of that show (and if it's "appropriate")!
p.s.s Do you have any ideas for an upcoming Baby Name Tuesday? Please share!
Hey! What's your favorite baby naming trend? Do you even know what that means? Well a baby name trend is basically a popular streak that has a certain style of names. Like Biblical names (Rebekah Jedidiah), mythological names (Athena, Orion), and funky hipster names (Clementine, Magnus). But, right now vintage names are in and I LOVE them!
Unlike vintage clothing, I love vintage names! The girls' names are feminine, fresh, and delicate, while the boys' are masculine, classic, and are hidden gems. Here are some of my favorites!
Warning: the list below may contain your great-grandparents names.
Vivian- means "life," Latin name
Evelyn- means "desired," English name
Minnie- means "resolute protection," German name
June- Latin month name
Clara- means "bright, clear," Latin name
Josephine- means "Jehovah increases"
Lillian- means "lily, a flower," English from Latin name
Genevieve- means "woman of the people," French from a German name
Leo- means "lion," Latin name
Charlie- means "free man," English name
Victor- means "conqueror," Latin name
Everett- means "brave as a wild boar," English variation on a German name
Henry- means "estate ruler," German name
Benjamin- means "son of the right hand," Hebrew name
Theodore- means "gift of God," Greek name
So, what are some of your favorite vintage names? You can see the full list here.
Hi! Because I'm so on time and punctual when it comes to blogging (sarcasm) I'm just now posting about the Olympics! Yay! So in this post I will show you my favorite moments and athletes. Most of them are gymnastics, because that's like, the only sport I watch. But don't worry, there's others too.
So, first I'll start off with the opening ceremony. I really liked it- it had a very British feel to it, but it was also, I don't know, a little un-exotic? But that might be because American and British culture are similar in some ways. I mean they are just right across the pond. They also speak the same language as us, so maybe that has something to do with it. Anyways, it was the first time I watched an Olympic Opening Ceremony all the way through- it was so much fun! I'm planning to do that with every other opening ceremony that I live to see. On top you can see a collage of some of the highlights of the opening ceremony, including the UK walking into the track, the flags, the medieval villages in Britain, the British soldiers, and the Olympic rings.
Now for the athletes! Let's start with gymnastics!
Man, I love gymanstics! I wish I was an Olympic gymnast- but I think my nerves would get to me. And I'm too tall. (Anything above 5'2 is considered too tall, depressing right?) Anyways, I really loved watching all of the Fierce/Fab Five compete. Everyone of them was unique and amazing! In the collage above I have 13 mixed photos of all of them! From top left going clockwise around: Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, all 5 with their gold, Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas, Kyla Ross, Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, all 5 when they found out the won gold, and in the middle is all 5 with their gold. My favorite moments of the games include the team final and the floor final. Aly Raisman is my favorite gymnast from the team and I loved watching her on floor. She had a fantastic floor routine with fantastic music she just lit up that whole darn stadium! It was pretty fantastic!
I really hope I get to see Kyla Ross at Rio in 2016. She is a fabulous gymnast and very artistic, and being only 15 at this Olympics, I think she could definitely be a strong member in 2016. What do you think?
One of my other favorite moments would have to be watching Goksu Uctas on beam. She is the only Turkish gymnast ever to compete in the games and said that just being there was a dream. While she didn't win any medals, it was a joy to watch someone come to the Olympics because they loved their sport, not because they wanted to win anything.
Another great moment was watching Kirani James and Oscar Pistorius compete in 400-meter race. Oscar Pistorius is a South African leg amputee who is competing in this year's Olympics and Paralympics. After this race, Grenadine Kirani James and Oscar Pistorius changed name tags, a sign of respect and sportsmanship. I thought this was amazing! This is what the Olympics are about- (besides medals and all that jazz) sportsmanship and world peace. :-)
Oh, and who can forget the good queen and Mr. Bond. Quite spectacular wouldn't you say?
While there were many other great moments, these were some of the scenes that stood out to me the most. What were some of your favorite Olympic moments?
ps. Please vote on my sidebar where you think the 2020 games should be! The three choices are actually the three real cities that are vying for a chance to host that 2020 Olympic Games!
NOTE: I DON'T OWN ANY OF THE PHOTOS SHOWN IN THIS POST!
Hello, hello, hello! Here is a long overdue baby name Tuesday week 4 post! It's been over a month since I lasted posted one of these fun name posts and I am getting back in the swing of things. This week, I have planned out an Olympic post (can you believe it's been a month since the opening ceremony) and hopefully my Florida pics will be posted as well.
Anyways, today I'm going to do a baby name game! Have you ever heard one of these? Well there are many types. Some include creating a mini life (like MASH) or basing an entire family off of a photo of a house, but today I'm going to do a simpler one- this game you have no control over on the outcome. It's all about your birthday! It's easy- find the girl name and the boy name that corresponds with your birth month (the first name) and your birth date (the middle name). Have fun!
month (first name):
January = Joyce
February = Flavia
March = Minerva
April = Astra
May = Mirabel
June = Jolie
July = Juliet
August = Arabella
September = Stella
October = Olga
November = Nell
December = Diana
date (middle name):
01 = Amica
02 = Coco
03 = Ruby
04 = Stephanie
05 = Mina
06 = Quinn
07 = Itzel
08 = Katniss
09 = Madeleine
10 = Tuesday
11 = Prima
12 = Rebecca
13 = Magnolia
14 = Pearl
15 = Wren
16 = Primrose
17 = Josephine
18 = Elaine
19 = Dahlia
20 = Amelia
21 = Molly
22 = Nina
23 = Nylah
24 = Cora
25 = Thisbe
26 = Musetta
27 = Ophelia
28 = Hazel
29 = Elizabeth
30 = Karina
31 = Savannah
month (first name):
January = Jagger
February = Fox
March = Maverick
April = Adriano
May = Miguel
June = Johan
July = José
August = Alastair
September = Silvano
October = Octavio
November = Nolan
December = Declan
date (middle name):
01 = Alvin
02 = Caesar
03 = Remy
04 = Espen
05 = Mackenzie
06 = Ryan
07 = Payton
08 = Teagan
09 = Atticus
10 = Aubrey
11 = Fidel
12 = Rhett
13 = Logan
14 = Hendrix
15 = Christopher
16 = Cullen
17 = Thurston
18 = Wolf
19 = Jack
20 = Gabriel
21 = Potter
22 = Isaac
23 = Evan
24 = Liam
25 = Emerson
26 = Cedro
27 = Micah
28 = Noah
29 = Bruno
30 = Robin
31 = Charles
My birthday is December 15 so my names are Diana Wren and Declan Christopher. So, what did you get? I would love to know!