It's time to say Goodbye to the Blog

I haven't blogged since December and I just realized it when someone sent me an email asking for me to talk about their product but wouldn't send it to me. 

I wasn't happy writing anymore and the unofficial break that I took made me realize that. I'm here today to say that I'm going on a hiatus. 

For how long, I don't know. It could be for a few more months. It could be for a year. I could never come back to the blog. 

I've been blogging since the LiveJournal days and as it always happens, some things slowly fade away. I personally feel like blogging is going that way and it's all about Instagram. I started Usagi in Wonderland to talk about my geek adventures and it has brought me some amazing people into my life. For that, I shall be grateful. 

If you want to keep up with me and my adventures, follow me over on Instagram and youtube.
I also have a Disney specific Instagram and a Planner / Bullet Journal Instagram as well. 

It's been fun blog. I'll see you on the flip side.


In my Thirties

This month I had a birthday. I turned thirty something.

No matter how old you are, nothing is simple. I keep learning. I keep growing. You can be 21 or 100 and you will never have a handle at life. 2017 has been a year of a lot of things. Finding myself, trying new things, saying yes, saying no, learning, FAILING, and just other things.

I started to become fearless.

Not a whole lot though. I didn't jump head first into the deep end of things.

I started up a youtube channel. So far the videos have been of my adventures but I'm hoping to add more!

I tried new things like ziplineing and finally got on Guardians of the galaxy ride. I'm scared of heights / drops.

I'm putting myself out there more on social media. I've been scared of getting trolled but so far so good!

I've finally accepted myself. 

I've spent a good chunk of my life thinking I was never good enough for anything. I'm finally free of those chains.

I'm not here for motherhood. I have a step kid, a bonus kid and she's amazing but I love her because I'm not fully 100% responsible for her. She has her father and she has her mother. I've always knew that I didn't want kids but I would say "maybe" because it was thrown at me that "women need to have children otherwise they will not know joy in their life." Let me tell you, thirty something years and I don't feel any less joy in my life!

I'm not the prettiest when it comes to social standards but you know what, F that. I'm fracking beautiful. When you spend years seeing people who looking nothing like you that sits with you for the longest. I know it's kinda "WTF, you're in your thirties why do you think that way?" but it happens. It sits with you for so long even when you are not thinking about it. It's down there deep.

I have anxiety attacks and I'm okay with that. I ignored them for a good chunk. I let it rule my life. It was not the way I wanted to go. I finally got help. I went to a therapist. I spoke. And now I know how to handle it and I'm not scared to say "Hey, I have this" and feel like I'm broken. I'm not broken.

I fail and that's okay.

I started running and this year I attempted my first half marathon. I ran a 5K, 10K, and half back to back. I hurt my foot in the process. It happens and that is life.

My college education is not where I want it to be - I'm okay with that. I have an A.A but that doesn't get you any where anymore. I want to get a better job so I need to finish. I'm in the middle of applying for a student loan forgiveness but that got put on hold because of 45.

I failed posting this in a timely manner around my birthday. It was at the beginning of December and here I am at the end.

Every time that I think I've gotten a handle on this thing called life, new things come at me both physical and mental. I'm rolling with it and sometimes I just stare at the wall "thinking what am I doing?"

And I need to remind myself that I'm doing great. I'm also going to fail and as long as I get up and do it again, nothing is wrong with that.

Even though I started writing this post for my birthday, I'm going to end with a quote for 2018 by a very important "person"

“The greatest teacher failure is.” - Yoda


Museum of Ice Cream: San Francisco Edition

I love Ice Cream so when I first heard about the Museum of Ice Cream in LA, I made a trip over there for the day.

You can read about that adventure here.

It was a fun and instagramable set up. If it wasn't in LA and sold out I probably would of gone again. A few months after that I saw the announcement that they were making their way up to San Francisco. I was very tempted to try and get tickets.

It took a few tries and I finally got a ticket. I was going by myself this time. The tickets were a little more than the LA location and to have Jaime come, who can't eat any of the Ice Cream why would I make him pay so I went alone.

Nothing wrong with going alone to events. Of course it turned out a few friends had tickets for the same day and time so I got to walk through the Museum with them.

The building was an old retail space that has been empty for a minute so it made for a larger Ice Cream exhibit than the one in LA. It was completely different in set up but they did bring a few ideas over such as the swings and of course the Sprinkle Pool.

I came back for the Sprinkle Pool, lets be honest.

They had its-its ice cream, mochi ice cream, and non ice cream items such as cotton candy and pop rocks. The museum was very, very pink. My favorite room was the Gummi Bears or as I've been calling it Gummi Land. It was very cute and colorful. They also had a music room which just had shiny records on the wall and a lovely jukebox. You could walk over and select music so it totally worked.

I want a jukebox.

Out of both experiences I loved the one in San Francisco a lot more and I'm not just saying that because I live here. I did love both places though.

They are currently doing doing a winter flash sale for tickets to both LA and SF so give it a shot if you've been wanting to check it out and I heard they are setting one up in Miami.

And of course, I have a vlog of this adventure! Please check it out and sub to the channel! I'm thinking of more videos to do besides of just my adventures.

Have you been to the Museum of Ice Cream? Would you go if given the chance?


Disney California Adventures: Summer of Heroes!

I had this written up back in August when I went but got really lazy. So in honor of THOR: Ragnarok and the Super Heroes Half Marathon weekend, Here's my post on my visit to DCA: Summer of heroes! 

The opening of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout turned out to be a huge deal for the park. I like Disney California but I don’t make a point to visit it unless I have more than 2 days or I’m officially blacked out of Disneyland. I believe Summer of Heroes was a thing to help elevate the crowds in Disneyland and get folks over to DCA.

It worked on my end because as I mentioned above, we  also avoid Disney in summer and I wanted to visit! Summer of Heroes is ending September 10th so by the time this post goes live, it will be over.  We headed over for two days at the end of August so I could get my photos with characters and Jaime could ride the new Guardians ride.

No matter what anyone says you are never too old to take photos with characters. If you want a photo, you get that photo!

One of the things they offered was Avengers Training Initiative, a show for kids to train with Black Widow, Hawkeye, and a few SHIELD agents to become part of the Avengers team. If you’ve watched Jedi Training Academy, it’s pretty much the same thing. There is a story included just like Jedi Training and it was really cute to watch. The kids also got to throw shields at the machine they were required to destroy and I want to throw a shield.

There was also a Super Hero personality test. I’m not 100% sure what it was since we didn’t get in line for it. I’m assuming it’s a fancier version of a Buzzfeed quiz of which super hero are you. They were giving out stickers and a comic for trying it out. I would have wanted in the long line but really, I have no room for a comic and I would have ruined it anyways.  I could have taken the sticker for my scrapbook though.

Star-Lord and Gamora made appearances throughout the day but only for the Awesome Dance Off show. They didn’t do meet and greets. The dance off show was fun and worth watching. Peter and Gamora are trying to escape, Rocket is yelling at them, Peter plays some tunes on his boombox, gets the kids to dance while trying to flirt with Gamora.

It was fun watching the little kids join in and seeing them all have a dance battle to save the world and I of course loved hearing the songs that played. When the show is over, Groot comes out and you can get a photo with him. Black Widow and Hawkeye made random appearance as well. I happened to walk by when Black Widow was arriving in her armored vehicle.  I had to ask when Hawkeye would show up and I got a photo with him as well.

Captain America and Spider-man were there as well but I skipped them since they are always at the park.

And there was Super Hero theme food as well because what would be a Disney Park even without theme food.

They were also selling a Baby Groot sipper cup and of course I got one for my crazy Disney sipper cups collection. There was also the infamous and instagramable Groot bread which I did not buy to eat or photograph.

Bad Disney fan.

There was the Cosmic Canteen which has the name says, a canteen for different kinds of drink both with and without . I didn’t get any since I already had my Baby Groot sipper filled with sweet tea. There were color doughnuts being sold that were Hulk and Spider-man theme but they were already sold out by the time I got there.  Oh well.

We grabbed some actual food over at Knowhere Eats and we really loved the food there! I ordered the Obviously Nachos which were loaded chicken nachos. They were spicy and had a kick to them. So yummy, I was tempted to get another order. Jaime got the Most Dangerous Tacos in the Galaxy which was barbacoa beef tacos. He did mention the meat was a bit chewy but nothing that he wouldn’t eat again.

My favorite spot though was the Bifrosties which is pretty much shave ice. My favorite was the Spinal Fluid. I know the name can be off putting but oh my god it was ridiculously delicious and what I needed on this obnoxisly warm day! It’s a banana-mango shave ice with tajin on top. It was amazing and I want more right now as I’m writing about it.

Jaime and his cousin who came along got to ride Gaurdians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout. I did not. I'm not a fan of drop rides. I need to work up to getting on them and I just couldn't this trip. I did the walk through with them and the inside is set up like the Collector's warehouse. It's really cool. They have items from the films (not sure if they are official props or not) and Cosmo the dog even moves. One of the neat things they included was the original Abominable Snowman from the Matterhorn Bobsled ride. He's in the room right before you load into the elevators. You gotta look up.

Overall, Summer of Heroes was a fun event. My main reason to go was to get photos with characters who hardly make an appearance. This was Groot’s first time in the parks but Black Widow and Hawkeye have only been seen during the Super Hero Half Marathon. This could be a thing and I’m assuming it will be since it looks like that back half of the lot may become Marvel Land according to Disneyland rumors.

Of course, I tried my hand at vlogging this trip!! Here's the video! I took a lot of video while in line for GoTG Mission Breakout.

Did you get the chance to hang out with the super heroes this summer?


Small Goals {November 2017}

Oh hey there November! Where did you come from? Shoo I'm not ready for Christmas yet. 

It wasn't even Halloween yet and stores already had Christmas decor up for sale. Granted, I do need a new Christmas tree but can we wait a bit? Starbucks starts their Holiday season today which also means random Christmas music. 

I love Christmas but can we get through Thanksgiving first?

Oh man, this post sounds like I'm whining about the holidays. I love them, I really do. I'm just sick and stuck at work. When I get the flu, I turn into a 5 year old. I probably should stop and get to the goals!

October Goals:

1. Clean the Bathroom - Done and Done!!

2. Create two videos for youtube - I only got one up. But hey, 1 is better than nothing!

3. No clothes spend - I failed towards the end. I bought a couple of shirts on Wish.

4. Get 100 followers on my Disneyland Instagram - I was close and somewhere along the way I lost about 5-6 followers. I'm not sure what happened.

One out of four. It happens. I just gotta keep going no matter what!
With that, here is my small goals for November 2017!

November Goals:

1. Clean the Kitchen- My kitchen in the last few months have turned into a storage unit and well, that needs to stop. Also cleaning the kitchen is needed because of my second goal for the month. 

2. Meal Plan - We eat out all the time. I did the math for all of October and it was bad. So starting today, I'm going to make an inventory of what we currently have and try to cook at home every day. Also, I'm going to buy just what we need and buy just the generic stuff. No brand name items. Because paying 5 bucks for a jar of meat sauce from Prego when Target sells the same at a dollar.

3. Drink More Water - Drinking water is always a battle with me. I have cut out Coke which let me tell you, it was hard. I had to do it cold turkey and the withdraw was tough. I didn't know that could happen. Anyways so I've been drinking water and tea but somewhere along the way I discovered Arizona Sweet Tea and water has fallen to the side. Gotta get that water intake back!

4. Christmas Shopping - I'm on a mission to get my list done and completed by the end of this month. I think a few things I can wait for the massive Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales (all online though). I don't want to be shopping into December. I refuse. 

Alright November, Let's do this!!

Do you have your small goals for November ready?! 

It has come to my attention after doing these for a year that Small Goals became a thing thanks to Writes like A Girl. Be sure to check out her blog for her small goals and more!


Unearthed from My Closet: I Want to Be Where The People Are

One of the events that happened on the Disney Cruise was Mickey’s Mouse-querade party! It was the chance for everyone to dress up, go around the ship trick or treating, and getting photos with Disney characters dressed up in their Halloween costumes!

I originally planned to transform into Alice from Alice in Wonderland but I had to change plans at the last minute and put something else together for the party.

I lived my dreams of being a land mermaid. I ended up going as Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid. It was such a simple and comfortable costume. Even though it was all from store bought items, people knew who I was. The best part was seeing little kids recognize the costume! Some would even yell out “Ariel!” It was adorable!

I had such a fun time running around the ship collecting candy I felt so adorable and cute in this costume. I love that this skirt was so flowy that I was able to twirl in it. There is something about being able to spin in a skirt and just watch it dance around with you.

I want to give a shout out to glitzygeekgirl.com! She actually posted a tutorial on how she put together her Ariel costume and I was able to use the same bases to put together one for myself at the last minute. All the pieces came from Amazon with the exception of the bow so I searched for items that worked for me and were shipped through Prime.

If you need some costume ideas, be sure to check her site out!

Wig, Shirt, Corset, & Skirt: Amazon
Bow: Etsy
Shoes: Target

I also wore the costume to Disneyland during their Halloween party and that was such a fun time. Again, little kids knew who I was, running through the park collecting candy, being called Ariel, and getting on the rides!! Oh and QueenElizabethAprons created the Ariel bow and it stood the test of time! I got on Space Mountain forgetting I had it on and it stayed in place!

I love dressing up and I’ll do it any chance I can get may it be for a con, Halloween, a race, whatever. It’s a fun outlet to create something and dress up. Also, you don’t have to create anything from scratch or know how to sew! I mean, this entire outfit was bought on Amazon!

Have you gone to any of the Disney Parks Halloween parties yet? Did you collect a ton of candy?! I have so much! I’ll be bringing some to the office and giving away on Halloween!


Unearthed from my Closet: Cruz Ramirez - CARS 3 Disneybound

"It's all about motivation, Mr. McQueen. You can use anything negative as fuel to push through to the positive!"
Cruz Ramirez

Its been a bit since I fully Disneybounded during my visits to the park. I just wasn’t motivated to put things together and most of the time I wouldn’t have a piece like I don’t really having any purple bottoms to pull off a Ariel bound.

I’m not a huge fan of the CARS series. I love the secondary characters but I was never a McQueen fan. Of course, I still went to see the films! CARS 2 was okay. It was a funny spy agent spoof and I love that it revolved more around Mater but not something I would re watch or even own. I don’t think I even own the first film.

Anyways, when the third file was released I went and saw it. It went back to its original roots about racing and I hoped that McQueen wouldn’t be as annoying. Also there were new characters such as Storm and Cruz.

The film was really good! It has become one of my favorites and it was all because of Cruz. The yellow car that was a huge racing fanatic and became the racer she was always meant to be.  She became the star of the film for me. CARS 3 was all about Cruz!

When my friends who work at Disneyland started sending me photos that you could met Cruz at CARSLAND, I had to make the trip and started getting ideas to Disneybound as Cruz.

Cruz is voiced by Cristela Alonzo and it was great hearing Cruz speak some Spanish in the film even if it was a small moment. I’m not sure why I resonated with this character – maybe lack of women stories in both live and animated films - but she’s become one of my favorites.

Mouse Ears: HappilyEver Hatter
Dress: Amazon
Dinosaur purse: Amazon
Shoes: Target

Did you watch CARS 3? What were your thoughts? Was it better or meh?


Disney Cruise: Tips from a Newbie!

Jaime and I finally got to experience a Disney Cruise and it was magical! Neither one of us had gone on any kind of cruise but I kept saying when we do book our first one, it has to be a Disney Cruise.

We got our chance when they opened up cruises from San Diego to Mexico! Getting to Orlando is a bit costly for us from the West Coast. I was also scared that I would get sea sick and not enjoy my trip. So we jumped at the chance of booking the Disney Cruise Halloween on the High Seas adventure.

As I mentioned above, we knew nothing about cruises and what to prepare for. I booked the trip directly on the Disney Cruise website. Let me tell you, I learned a lot through trail and error. Just because you finish paying off your cruise doesn't mean it all ends there.

So I put together some tips that hopefully will help you out!

My Disney Cruise Tips!

1. Take advantage of the Disney payment plan - I didn't book through a travel agent but Disney Cruise offers a payment plan and it helped us out! Our trip was in Sept and we had to finish paying it off in July. So keep that in mind if you're going to do that.

2. Pre-book your excursions/events on your booking date - I made the mistake of not paying attention to my emails once I paid off my trip and didn't see the date of when I could log on to book things. Thankfully the dinner meals are included you just have to pick your sitting but some of the excursions were already filled. So pay attention to the emails Disney sends you!

Also, if you are child-less pick the later dinner sitting. It's not that late -8:15pm but it will be less rowdy and you'll get to enjoy the main shows early (there is a different show that played at 630 and than 8 something each day) and the water slide won't be as busy.

3. Download the Navigator app - It came in handy because they have a chat room for you to use. There is no reception when you get out to sea and their internet package is really expensive. Jaime and I both downloaded the app and we were able to use the chat to communicate with each other.

In reality we just sent each other Disney emojis.

4. Fill out the paper work online - Disney Cruise will send you a information packet which includes forms for you to fill out but do it online. Saves you so much trouble and worry! Checking in was a complete breeze because I did it all online!

5. Bring the essentials with you - When we got in they offered to take our suitcases or of course we could drag them in with us. I didn't want to so I handed them off to them. Also because I was told our rooms wouldn't be ready until after we sailed. So I handed off my rolling suitcase but I had my sunscreen, my bathing suit, my ID/passport. and some extra clothes so I can could get on the ship and get ready to relax.

When we checked in though not only did they let us board early (we picked 330pm just to be safe) our rooms were 100% ready. So giving them my suitcase was pointless but since I had my main items, I was able to change into my suit, grab some lunch, and hit the water slide before it got officially busy.

6. Bring a water bottle/ cup - Their drinking station was open 24/7. Sadly it was all the way on 9th and we were on deck 5. Also the cups are small. Thankfully this was one of the tips I read online! We brought our bottles and the large movie theater cups and didn't have to keep running to the drink station or wasting all those cups!

7. Bring some snacks - Most of the food is included and the restaurants/food stations are open good portion of the day but when you get the munchies after most of them have closed up, you'll be glad for that bag of pretzels. They have room service that runs all day/night and that is also included but who want to get up in the middle of their Star Wars Destiny match to get back down to deck 5 to order food?

8. You can order multiple things off the menu during dinner - You want to try all the things? Do it! I actually skipped some of the appetizers one night and got all the entrees. Another night, I asked for all the desserts.

9. Cash is your friend - You'll get the Keys to the World which is pretty much your stateroom and charge key but when your on port and want to shop, you're gonna need cash. I made the mistake of not bringing enough and used my CC to pay for something when we were in Ensenada. I got charge taxed and of course a foreign transaction fee. Thankfully I had enough cash to buy snack while were were walking around.

10. Bring sunscreen - Pack it or buy it when you land in your city of departure. The bottles on the ship are expensive and you will go through a bottle for sure! Jaime and I had the spray on kind and with the exception of not using it one day, we ran the bottle mostly empty by the end of our 5 day cruise!

11. If you pin trade, bring some - This is one tip I didn't find anywhere but they had a pin trading night with the cruise team. Thankfully I had some pinned to my purse that I was willing to part with and was able to trade for some Disney Cruise specific pins. So bring those pins!

12. There is an adult only lounge on the ship - On Disney Wonder there is a section where kids are not allowed to hang out. This came in wonderfully when I was tired of the screaming and yelling. I walked over, got in the pool, and the screams were far away. So don't worry if you're kid free and don't want to be around other children. There is section just for you. We didn't know about it until we got there.

13. Bring a card game - I will say, the adult events are seriously lacking on the ship. The few that happened were of course at night but fun. They just need more! Jaime and I had brought Star Wars Destiny and Battle Kittens with us. We would sit somewhere randomly inside or in the adults only section, have our drinks and play our game.

14. Bring an extra swimsuit or two - I didn't see this mentioned or maybe its a default but bring a few pairs! I don't know how to swim and I never going swimming but I'm glad I had three different pairs. It made life so much easier. Every day I was wearing a different one as the previous day was drying.

They do have washing machines and dryers but that can add up!

15. There are pirate parties on the ships and they are serious - A few folks talked about the pirate parties on the ship and dressing up their kids. Guys, it was serious business. I found out about them the last minute so I wasn't able to get anything together. It sounds like it's on every ship so yea, get that pirate gear!

16. Review your navigator print out every night - Your state room host leaves you a print out of the schedule of events for the next day the night before. Review it and make note of them. Also, the shows / events only happen once so before you attend. We almost passed on the Nightmare before Christmas Sing and Scream because it was at 1045pm the first night and we were tired from the bus ride. So glad we asked at guest services because it was only that one night.

17. If you're wanting to meet a character, arrive early - The character meet and greets were really short, like 15 mins short. I'm still all about getting character photos and course Disney is going to theme them up. They were in Halloween costumes, pirate gear, some of them had Hawaiian shirts, and yea, the lines get long and the characters rotate super fast. But they are out every day through out the day.

18. If you're unhappy about something, speak up - This is one thing that was never really mentioned and I believe it's because you're on a Disney Cruise but speak up if something isn't right. They will do everything they can to make it correct. Our excursion while at Ensenada was not what was advertise so by the time we hit up Cabo, we decided to just enjoy the boat. On the last day I mentioned it and they thanked us for the feedback. They said that they won't know if the tours are great without our feedback. So give that feedback!

19. STAY ON THE SHIP - I'm actually happy we decided to stay on the ship. There's nothing wrong with staying on the ship the entire time so if you want to go for it. We enjoyed it a lot. Even though we did it because we were unhappy we had the best time because it wasn't full or as loud. So stay on it if you want to. No one mentioned that as an option or tip!

Oh man, I really made a list!! Haha.. well I hope you got something out of my Disney Cruise tips may it be your first or tenth! We have plans to book the Disney Cruise Star Wars one but it will probably be a couple of years out just because that one is out east and flights are expensive.

If you're looking at taking a Disney Cruise and aren't sure, go for it!! If you don't have any kids, do it anyways. I will say Disney is lacking in the adult entertainment but overall we had a great time and really, Jaime and I found things to do!!

I'll be back soon with more photos of the cruise! Oh man I can't wait to go back.

Let me know your thoughts on Disney Cruises or any cruises you've been on!! I wouldn't mind looking at other companies now!
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