My Top 10 Disneyland Must-Knows

Friday, April 24, 2015



Colten and I planned on straying from my Disney obsession and doing a Carnival Cruise for our anniversary in August. Then our friends decided to plan a "friend-trip" to Disneyland in October, so we decided to join them instead. Who could resist sharing the happiest place on earth with some of our best friends??

October seems SOOOOOOOO far away and I'm trying to curb my Disneyland withdrawal by writing up some Disney posts!

So today I'm sharing my Top 10 Disneyland Must Knows so you can more fully enjoy your time in the parks.



1. Mentally prepare for crowds.
It's busy. It's busy in January, it's busy in July, it's busy in November. Disneyland is busy year-round, there are slower times, but it will always feel busy. Everything will take longer than you expect and if you come mentally prepared for that you will already be on the road to enjoying your trip!

2. If you're not there at rope-drop, you're late. 
Getting there a half hour before opening to be there right as they drop the ropes is the best thing ever. All the busy rides aren't busy yet and you have full opportunity to get whatever FastPasses you want. If you have to decide between staying until close or getting there at rope drop, pick rope drop every time. The park slows down at night but nothing compared to how slow it is in the morning. 


3. Know the FastPass system!
Here's the Disney site's description of it.  But my best advice is to Google it, and Google the tips and tricks about it! I hear they are getting rid of this system and introducing a new on in 2016, but for now, know your FastPass!


4. Download Disneyland Wait Times to your smart phone. 
This app was always up to date when we were in Disneyland. It made it easy to decide where to go next based on wait times and helped us know if a ride was closed for maintenance. 

5. Do at least ONE Character Dining. 
Waiting in line for characters is hard for everyone. For kids, for parents, for teenagers... but if you do a Character Dining the characters come to YOUR table. They do make it quick but you get one on one interaction with the characters. They'll take pictures, sign autographs and sometimes do silly things that make the kids laugh. Choose the one that best fits the interest of your party.  Goofy's Kitchen is my all time fave but Ariel's Grotto is perfect for meeting lots of princesses! At 21 character dinings are still one of my favorite Disneyland experiences. 

6. Take necessary breaks.
It can be tempting to go go go all day long especially if you don't have a ton of days in the park, but taking breaks when necessary makes your trip so much more enjoyable. So much of the magic of Disneyland is just the atmosphere. Go HERE to read what you can do at Disneyland when you're super exhausted.  If your hotel is close, 1 hour naps make all the difference in the world.

7. Try to eat off schedule. 
Most of the guests will get hungry right around 12-1. If you can hold off until 3, you can take advantage of shorter lines on rides and then shorter lunch lines at 3. 


8. Save $$ and room for snacks! 
When it comes to Disneyland food, they have so many MUST TRYs. On our Disneyland honeymoon my husband and I were basically never hungry because I wanted him to try everything. Mickey ice cream bars, anything from the Cozy Cones in CARS Land, Monte Cristo sandwiches and Corn Dog Castle. Save $$ ahead of time so you don't have to be stingy on snacks. There's just too many yummy ones to try.



9. See the shows!
Just like the food, so many of the shows are what make Disneyland great. Aladdin-A Musical Spectacular, FANTASMIC!, and World of Color to name a few. World of Color and FANTASMIC require FastPasses which are basically your ticket to the show, get them early. 


10. Be knowledgeable, and then go have fun.
Do your research before... What rides will be closed while I'm there? Are my kids tall enough for all the rides? What are the snacks I need to try? How do Fast Passes work? How long will it take me to walk from my hotel to the park? Do I have comfortable/functional clothing and shoes to wear into the park? Do we want to buy souveniers? Where can we meet characters? Plan plan plan! And then once you get there, focus on the moment, and don't stress about anything but enjoying the magical memories you'll be making. 

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His Grace

Sunday, April 19, 2015

I was relaxing today when my husband came in and asked if I'd like to listen to a talk with him. His Grace Is Sufficient by Brad Wilcox. I'd heard it before and remembered the impact it had on me so I said, "Of course!"

In the talk, Brad Wilcox talks about how Christ's arrangement with us is similar to a mother who pays for piano lessons for her child.

"Because Mom pays the debt in full, she can turn to her child and ask for something. What is it? Practice! Does the child's practice pay the piano teacher? No. Does the child's practice repay MOm for paying the piano teacher? No. Practicing is how the child shows appreciation for Mom's incredible gift. It is how he takes advantage of the amazing opportunity Mom is giving him to live his life at a higher level. Mom's joy is found not in getting repaid but in seeing her gift used-- seeing her child improve. And so she continues to call for practice, practice, practice.

In the same way, because Jesus has paid justice, He can now turn to us and say, 'Follow me.'"

a saint

Don't give up on yourself just because you're not perfect. I fall, I sin, I am weak. I am not a Christian because I am perfect at following Christ 100% of the time, I am a Christian because I keep trying. Because I rely on Him. 

"Grace is not a booster engine that kicks in once our fuel supply is exhausted. Rather it is our constant energy source. It is not the light at the end of the tunnel but the light that moves us through the tunnel. Grace is not achieved somewhere down the road. It is received right here and now."

I'm trying harder to give everything over to Christ. To serve Him as he would have me serve. We don't have to wait until we hit rock bottom to turn to Christ, he can be with us every step of the way. 


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Associate's Degree

Friday, April 17, 2015

I've officially done it! I've completed the last class I needed for my Associate's Degree!

After I decided to go to hair school I knew it wasn't worth it to put off getting my cosmetology license to wrap up English 2010 which was the only class I needed for my Associate's Degree. So I spent 13 months of full time school to get my cosmetology license and the plan was to take English 2010 after. 

My plan went great! I graduated from Paul Mitchell the School with my cosmetology license at the end of September 2014 and started my last online USU class in January 2015. 

Tuesday night I turned in my last assignment and Wednesday my teacher graded everything. 96% and an A! 

Right now I don't plan on going back to school, I think maybe one day I will, but for now I'm very happy with the education I've received.

I'm doing hair in my home salon and LOVING every appointment I get, and spending my days helping other student's get enrolled in school for the online university I work at. I want to be less busy so I can help train our puppies, keep our house clean, and focus more on the young women I serve in my ward. Right now, I'm exactly where I need to be and even though my life is turning out so very different than I ever imagined, I'm happy. I'm so so so happy. And when I grow up, that's what I want to be... happy.



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Unite Blonda Review- For My Blondies

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Awhile ago I reviewed Paul Mitchell Platinum Blonde Shampoo. Truthfully after continued use, I didn't love it. It seemed SUPER drying. I needed an intense deep condition after using it and I never liked the way my hair felt even with a deep condition. 

Then I went a little darker for awhile and it didn't matter to me if I used purple shampoo or not. I recently went back to being a blonde blondie and decided that I need to get to the bottom of this. There HAS to be a good purple shampoo out there somewhere. 


Enter UNITE Blonda. Here's what the description is...

"Hey Blondie, you spend a lot of time and money getting those cool tones and highlights just right. Don't you just hate it when your hair starts to go straw yellow like a stressed out scarecrow having a bad day? BLONDA will keep your color vibrant, cool and totally you.
• Keeps blonde or grey hair vibrant
• Prevents blonde hair from turning yellow or brazzy
• Protects, strengthens and repairs while adding shine
• Free of Parabens and Sodium Chloride
Wet hair, lather and rinse. DO NOT exceed 60 seconds in hair. Alternate with your favorite UNITE Daily Shampoo as necessary and follow with BLONDA Condition. Achieve your final look using UNITE styling and finishing products."

Back to my own words- this stuff is AMAZING. I used an entire bottle before reviewing so I could give you my 100% honest opinion. 

This stuff smells like yummy yummy grape. And it is super pigmented so it is great for blondes. I usually do leave it on for more than 60 seconds, but it's pigmented enough that you almost have to watch it and make sure you don't get purplish hair ;)

My hair feels healthy and soft after using it, even if I don't deep condition after. I've even RE-PURCHASED more UNITE Blonda, which is basically unheard of for me because I love to try new things. 

What about you? Have you ever used Purple Shampoo? Do you have a favorite? 

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Filling Your Life With General Conference

Friday, April 10, 2015

I love General Conference. Those 2 weeks each year are my absolutely favorite. Getting in comfy clothes, cuddling up to my husband, taking notes on thoughts and impressions and getting to hear from prophets, apostles and other amazing church leaders. It's so refreshing. 

Growing up I never used to watch the Saturday sessions. We'd have it on the radio playing around the house but I sure wasn't listening, it was white noise amidst my day. But now, I can't get enough. I crave the power I feel when I listen to General Conference. 

I've started re-reading some of the conference talks that really stuck out to me. The great thing is, I have a smart phone! Which means I have the LDS Gospel Library downloaded on my phone. Which means I can listen to conference talks anywhere! 


The past few days I've listened to talks while getting ready. It helps calm the anxiety of the mornings and remind me exactly what is most important. I've set a goal to listen to at least one general conference talk a day. Take advantage of your commute and listen to a talk. Listen to a talk while cooking dinner, or cleaning the house. It always takes me at least 15 minutes to get ready in the morning, and it's the perfect way to start my day. 

Filling your life with the power of General Conference will bless your life.

President Spencer W. Kimball's words:

"I have made up my mind that when I go home from this conference... there are many, many areas in my life that I can perfect. I have made a mental list of them, and I expect to go to work as soon as we get through."



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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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