Sometimes I Quarantine: with Tiana

In 2009, Tiana premiered as Disney’s first new princess in more than a decade, not since Mulan in 1998 had a princess hit the big screen– and Disney did it in a big way. Not only was Tiana Disney’s first black princess, most modern princess (set in the 1920s)– and let’s be real: most relatable princess — but Princess and the Frog was also Disney’s first hand-drawn film in over five years! (compare the animation style of PATF to Tangled and you’ll see what I mean) Tiana embraces hard work, prioritizes her future, and proves to be not only a keen business woman, but a fierce friend.

My personal favorite thing about Tiana though, is how much she cooks; my fiancé, Kyle, is a whirlwind in the kitchen, but every once in a while, I like to dabble in baking, and if I do say so myself, these beignets are the best thing that I’ve made in a long time! Scroll down for the recipe for these fluffy delights, delicious gumbo, and if you’re really looking to round our your stroll down Bourbon Street at home, I’ve also included our recipe for a Hurricane.

Sometimes I Quarantine: With Princesses! This series within a series really started as a way for me to keep my spirits lifted while completely socially distancing. Watching the movies gave us something to do during that afternoon slump, trying to think of an activity to match gave us another (we don’t always have a matching activity, but we’re trying!), taking the movie in to account while deciding what to eat that day helps us think of fun and new ideas for food options, and doing a daily DisneyBound encouraged me to wear more than just PJs while working from home! I highly encourage the last one, it’s been super fun- if you want to see any other DisneyBound outfits that I’ve done, you can find them here!

Day 19: Princess and the Frog (2009)

Princess and the Frog Food & Bev

Breakfast: Beignets & Cafe au Lait

The perfect beignet is light, fluffy, fried on the outside, with a big air pocket on the inside, and covered in a bonkers amount of powdered sugar. They sound complicated, but are actually super simple to make at home (and way better than the beignets at Port Orleans)

We edited this recipe for “The Best Authentic New Orleans Beignets Recipe” by Chef Billy Parisi in partnership with King Arthur Bread Flour. But only just barely, so feel free to use his recipe too! Total time is about 2.5 hours. I prepped the dough early in the morning, and let it do a 90 minute rise while we went on a walk for the whole time (“earning” our beignets) then came back and got to rolling & frying!

Edited to add: we fried up about half and then froze the rest. To re-fry, remove from freezer and allow to come to room temp + rise (this may take up to 2 hours). Fry and enjoy as directed below.

USE THIS
• 8 fl oz (1 cup) warm water (105-115 * F)
• 5 g (1 3/4 tsp) instant yeast (such as SAF Instant) (or 2 tsp active dry yeast)
• 67 g (1/3 cups sugar) + 13 g (1 Tbsp) granulated sugar
• 5.33 fl oz (2/3 cups) whole milk
• 1 large egg + 1 yolk
• 43 g (3 Tbsp) melted unsalted butter
• 6 g (1 tsp) sea salt
• 18.5 oz (4 1/3 cups) all purpose flour (thank goodness we were able to find some!) + more for kneading + dusting
• peanut (or any neutral) oil for frying
• powdered sugar (more than you think you need, imagine how much a 4-year old would want to use, and plan for at least that much) *note: organic powdered sugar is less gritty because it uses tapioca starch instead of corn starch, but during quarantine, whatever baking supplies you can find will be fine.

THESE THINGS WILL MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER but are totally not necessary, you’ll just have to do some kneading by hand and rougher measurements
kitchen scale
thermometer
stand mixer
pizza wheel or pastry/ ravioli wheel
bench scraper
• dough scraper
French rolling pin

DO THIS
1. Combine yeast, 13 g sugar, and 8 fl oz water in the bowl of a stand mixer. (The water should register between 105 and 115 on a thermometer, a little over 110 is okay because the bowl will cool down the water pretty quickly, but don’t let your water get over 115 or it will kill the yeast.) Whisk together (by hand).
Note: If you’re using instant yeast, this step isn’t strictly necessary, but it never hurts. If you’re using active dry yeast, this step is critical and you’ll need to wait about 15 minutes (min 7) until the top is frothy — like the head of a beer — which means the yeast has fed and it’s ready to help your beignets fluff up!
2. Add remaining sugar, milk, egg + yolk, & melted butter. Whisk (by hand) until combined.

3. Attach the bowl to the mixer with the dough hook. Add salt + flour and mix on medium speed (around a 4 on a KitchenAid) for 2-3 minutes until it’s smooth and pulling away from the sides of the bowl.

4. My dough comes out wet since the original recipe calls for by volume measurements (which are notoriously unreliable). I tossed a big heaping handful of flour onto the counter (like seriously, a whole handful) and kneaded by hand for a few minutes. Dough is forgiving, it knows what it’s supposed to be and how much flour it needs, it won’t take on more than it can handle. So add flour until your dough becomes smooth (should be roughly 1/2 cup flour).

Note: if you used volume measurements, you may have a different experience, but I would suggest airing on the side of caution and not going crazy with the flour at the beginning because you can always add more flour, it’s harder to add more liquid and fats.
Note: this is where I use a dough scraper to get all of the dough out of the bowl, not only does it ensure that I got every last drop, but it makes cleaning the bowl afterwards wayyyyy easier.

5. Cover the dough (I have a lid for my bowl, but you can use plastic wrap or a towel) and let it sit at room temperature for about 90 minutes or until it’s about doubled in size.

A few tricks: (1) letting dough rest on top of the dishwasher while it’s running (a good time to clean your kitchen and wash the big ‘ole mess you just made mixing dough); the heat from the dishwasher helps the dough rise since your house is probably chilly in the morning; (2) take a picture of your dough beforehand, especially if you’re using a glass mixing bowl, it’ll help you see how much your dough has risen, it’s also super fun to actually see the difference.



take a walk, watch Princess and the Frog, do a yoga, clean your kitchen, go back to bed… it’s going to be a while

…once doubled in size (roughly 90 minutes later)
start heating your oil, you’ll want it to register 350*F on your thermometer
➝ too hot and you can burn the beignets | too cold and they’ll get soaked in oil before they have a chance to cook)

6. Coat a large clean surface in flour & pour out the dough (the dough scraper might come in handy again). Top the dough with more flour. Roll out until it is 1/2″ – 3/4″ thick (the measurements on the side of the bench scraper are useful).

7. Using a pizza wheel or a pastry wheel, cut 1″ – 2″ ‘squares’ of dough. (do not use a knife directly on granite or stone!

➝ (*note: I took the wonky pieces from the edges to make a Mickey Mouse shaped beignet, but if you have a mickey cookie-cutter, this would be a good time to use it!)

8. working in batches of 4-5, gently place the beignet squares in the oil (don’t drop them or splash oil on yourself!). Fry for 90 – 120 seconds on each side they should be golden brown.

9. Remove the fried beignets from the oil & rest on a paper towel.
➝ all out of paper products during quarantine? a clean smooth dish towel will work just fine! seriously, this is how we used up the last of the paper towels in our house, haha.

10. Pile them on a plate and coovvvverrr in powdered sugar.

ENJOY!

Dinner: Authentic Gumbo

For our gumbo, Kyle used Daniel Gritzer’s recipe on Serious Eats “Cajun Gumbo with Chicken and Andouille Sausage.” *Note that you’ll need Pure Ground Gumbo Filé which you can find here on Amazon.

Cocktail: Hurricane

*Note: this is an insanely strong drink… We usually split one or I’ll make one and have it for my first two drinks! We also make our own syrups and squeeze our own juices(because what else are you going to do during quarantine??), but you can absolutely make these with store-bought juice & syrup. Actually– if you’re trying to recreate this Bourbon Street Classic, you’re probably just fine with store bought! This was developed in the 1940s, so about 20 years after Tiana’s time, but since they’re both from The Big Easy, we’re just going to let the good times roll.

USE THIS
• 60 ml (2 fl oz / 1/4 cup) white rum
• 60 ml (2 fl oz / 1/4 cup) dark rum
• 30 ml (1 fl oz / 2 Tbsp) freshly squeezed lime juice
• 30 ml (1 fl oz / 2 Tbsp) freshly squeezed orange juice
• 15 ml (0.5 fl oz / 3 tsp / 1 Tbsp) Passionfruit Juice/Pulp/Syrup (really whatever you can get your hands on will taste great!)
• 15 ml (0.5 fl oz / 3 tsp / 1 Tbsp) Sugar Syrup*
• 15 ml (0.5 fl oz / 3 tsp / 1 Tbsp) Grenadine**
• 5 ml (1 tsp) Orgeat***
• fruit + maraschino cherry, for garnish (+ extra cherries for snacking)
• 10 ml (2 tsp) 151 proof rum, for floater

DO THIS
Combine all ingredients — except for garnish + floater — and shake over ice. Notice how much liquid there is in this recipe — almost 8 full ounces! — it’s huge. The recipe is technically for one Hurricane, but we typically split this because, also, 4 oz of rum + 10 ml of 151 is a llloootttttt of alcohol for one drink! Make sure to serve it over plenty of ice, & if you decide on a floater, use a straw.

*This is 1/3 of the above Hurricane recipe!

Princess and the Frog Outfits

“Almost There” Tiana DisneyBound

“ALMOST THERE” TIANA BOUND BREAKDOWN

Paradise Classic Garment-Dyed Polo Dress from Tommy Bahama (similar) • Striped Apron folded in half from Anthropologie (similar) • Oxfords from leather market in Florence (similar) • Minnie Mouse Mug from Shop Disney Parks (similar)

For the story behind what I’m doing here and to see more, check this out! Sometimes I Quarantine: with Classic Princesses!

Eleven years before Tiana graced the theaters, Disney’s last princess was Mulan! We also paired those movies with some delicious Chinese dishes, if you liked these recipes, check out Sometimes I Quarantine: with Mulan!

Tiana was just the start of the princess revolution in the 2010s, less than two years later came Tangled, Sometimes I Quarantine: with Rapunzel!

If you’re struggling to find ways to get moving during your quarantine, check this out: Sometimes I Quarantine: 3 Ways to Stay Active.

Still bored, I’ve compiled a list of more than 20 things you can do: Sometimes I Quarantine: Quarantivities.

Sometimes I Quarantine: Quarantivities

These TikiTikiTiki tank & T-shirt from LakeBuenaVisitors were a fabulous way to support a small shop and bring a smile to our faces. They inspired us to have Quaran-TIKI. Fridays! *If you decide to buy from Maria & Chris, use code “SOMETIMESIVACAY” at checkout!

Over on Instagram, we made a whole list of things you can do while social distancing yourself or going into quarantine. Of course, I coined them “quarantivities” (if you have any fun things you’re doing these days, use the hashtag #quarantivity and I’ll share your post! *I can definitely say that I coined the term because my pic is the first one using that hashtag on insta :D! ) One of the other things I’ve been doing is having theme days, I’ve been watching a different Disney Princess movie each day and planning my outfit around that, and we also have a Quaran-TIKI every Friday night! Coming Soon! Sometimes I Quarantine: QuaranTIKI)

Lighten Up and Let Yourself be Lazy

•📺 binge watch shows (@disneyplus @hulu @netflix )
•💭 you’ve got to find ways to lighten the mood a bit, I’ve been trying to come up with fun outfits, or DisneyBounds, which are encouraging me to actually get up and get dressed, which helps me feel a bit more human! You can see all of my “Bounds” here! Coming Soon! Sometimes I Quarantine: Classic Princesses)
•🕹play video games! give yourself permission to play like 6 hours of Mario party!

Get Productive!

• set up that home office you’ve been dying for and use this as an opportunity to show your boss that you are capable of being just as productive from home!
• refresh your wardrobe. Go through your closet and either sell your clothes on PoshMark, set aside a pile to take them to Goodwill after you’ve finished quarantine, or consign them through ThreadUp. If you’re looking to update your look for spring, y’all know how much I love StitchFix and so many of my favorite pieces are from my fixes! (Note: if you’re going to get in to DisneyBounding, PoshMark and ThreadUp are great sources to find cheap pieces!)
•🧹DEEP clean your house! Dust the baseboards, launder the blankets & stuffed animals, sanitize every surface (especially things you touch like faucet handles, door knobs, remote controls, light switches)
•🔨tackle other house projects (like organizing the pantry)
• 💻 start that blog you’ve been putting off! {ColorMeCourtney has a great free series called #ColorMeClassroom that you can check out for starting your Instagram, YouTube Channel, or blog!}
•📚read through that stack of books on your nightstand!

I literally have barely read. I thought I would have done loads more of it, but I keep doing puzzles

Get Your Brain Going!

•🧩 puzzles puzzles puzzles!! {ColorMeCourtney has a great list of puzzles you can pick up on Amazon, but you’ll notice that a lot might be sold out on Amazon or Target, my secret source is Barnes & Noble!!}
• logic puzzles, crosswords, activity books, etc. are also great ways to keep your brain engaged! Take a night to turn off the TV, an duo a logic puzzle or crossword with your partner or with a friend on the phone!

Get Connected

•💌write snail mail letters to your friends! brighten someone else’s day with handmade cards & thoughtful notes
•📱FaceTime friends & family! {Coming Soon! Sometimes I Quarantine: Stay Connected While Socially Distancing Yourself}

Get Moving! Get Healthy!

Our trails are now closed, so I wrap 16 lbs around my waist now & we go for a 4 mile walk every morning.

• .. hike (if your hiking trails are open, otherwise, throw on some ankle weights or weigh down a backpack and go for a long walk around your neighborhood)! its a great way to get outside while staying 10′ away from others!
• 🧘🏼‍♀️ yoga! Find some good online videos and get your stretch on! 💪🏼 but any kind of workout! You can still go for a jog, use home weights, do body weight workouts, set up an obstacle course in your backyard, play with your pups & kids! {See Also Sometimes I Quarantine: 3 Ways to Stay Active}
*focus on your health and find healthy recipes online that still taste like you’re going out to eat!

Get Creative!

•📒 catch up on your crafting (like that scrapbook you started from a trip 2 years ago but never finished)
•🖍coloring books! pull out some old school books, or the giant page ones, or the adult coloring books!
•🍕 pizza! make your own pizza, do a quick grocery run & grab supplies to have your own pizza party!
**or perfect souffle, crack open that cookbook you got a few years ago and work your way through it!
• learn a new skill! A friend of my got a ukelele and I ordered a caligraphy book!

Get into Yourself!

•start meditating, getting introspective can be a great use of your time… although, we might all have too much time on our hands with our own thoughts in the coming weeks
•🛍 online shopping 🤑🤑🤑 (You can also shop on ThredUp (use this link to get $10 off your order!)
•🛁 home spa day! whip up a hair mas, give yourself a home mani/pedi, use up your stock pile of bath bombs & face masks! Maybe even get your partner to do a mask with you 😉

**please, if your immune system is compromised, stay home, if you’re symptomatic, stay home… but if you’re feeling well, just limit your exposure to lots of people, consider going for a socially-distanced walk, playing in your back yard, sitting on your patio with a good book**

Sometimes I Quarantine: 3 Ways to Stay Active

While practicing social distancing, there are so many things that you can do, I’ll gather a whole list here on the blog, but in the meantime, you can check out the list on Instagram! Today we’re talking about ways to stay active while keeping at least 10 feet away from those you don’t live with. As a bonus, a lot of these can be done from the “comfort” of your own home (just in case you’ve been ordered full quarantine).

1. Hiking + Walking

I’ve been loving hiking every day, it’s been great to get some fresh air & some days some vitamin D!

Hiking (or going for long walks) is a great way to stay active while practicing social distancing, you can get some fresh air, soak up some vitamin D, and get in a workout. While the National & State Parks are still open, we’re going to Kennesaw Mountain every morning (we do the trail to the top twice, making it four miles). To find trails in your area, check out the AllTrails website & app.

We finally saw the sun this morning (first time in five days!) and it was a beautiful sunrise!

To make it more of a workout, we’ve been using our poles and weighing down our backpacks (Kyle with potting soil & me with books), but I also ordered some ankle weights to add a little more of a workout!

2. Home workouts!

Savanna Jimenez is the queen of at-home workouts! You can check out her website or follow her on Instagram.

Yoga is always a great home option that doesn’t require any equipment if you don’t have any or don’t want to use any! Plus, it’s de-stressing, and stretchy!

Tone It Up offers web workouts on your computer or on the go, this is a great way to keep active and get in a workout at home. ToneItUp is also offering this month totally free right now due to the coronavirus spread! Visit the ToneItUp website here and if you’re on your phone, grab the app!

ClassPass is allowing you to roll-over all unused credits until June 1 due to boutique studios’ closings. However, they’re still offering ClassPass Live! This is another great app to use for home work out videos (bonus, you can “cast” the workouts to your SmartTV or streaming device. These are also a fun way to Stay Connected while Socially Distancing yourself- text a buddy or two and all do the same workout at the same time!

PopSugar Fitness is one of my favorite resources for finding good at-home & body weight workouts! They’ve got videos, printouts, and healthy recipes- I’ve been using these for years. There’s even an app!

Equipment For Home Workouts

We’ve recently ordered a lot of this equipment since Kyle typically relies on his gym and I typically use ClassPass to attend studios. As they come in, I’ll keep you posted on how we’re using our home-gym set!

For home yoga workouts, it’s basically the same equipment that you would use in the studio, a yoga mat, strap, blocks, if you really want to get in to the stretches, you might want to check out a wheel.

For home pilates workouts, you may want some of the same items above, you may want a set of resistance loop bands, resistance bands, slide discs, and pilates ring + mini ball to help with some of the strengthening workouts.

For weighted workouts, if you prefer heavier weights, this adjustable set of dumbbells are a great option so you can keep upping the weights as you gain strength! A balance ball (or BOSU) is a great substitute for a bench when you don’t have access to one. I don’t so much care about upping my weights, and would rather get some cute ones that I’ll use for a while even after this quarantine sitch is over, so I’m ordering a set of dumbbells from Amazon Basics, but if those aren’t your preferred weights, you can get individual pairs with this link: click here.

Kyle made a home-gym set up using a few pieces of equipment and some things he had around his office and in his trunk!

3. Active video games like Just Dance & Sports Party

There can be a lot of fun ways to use your video games to get moving! We’ve got the NintendoSwitch gaming system and Just Dance 2019 game (get the 2020 version here) that’s helped us get moving at night! Based on Color Me Courtney‘s suggestion, we also got these handy dandy wrist bands for our controllers so we don’t have to hold on to them while dancing!

We definitely played a lot of Just Dance on my family vacation last summer! It’s a fun way to get the whole family up & moving!

If you don’t like dancing, try this SportParty game!

What other ways have you found to stay fit while avoiding gyms & studios? Let me know in the comments!

Note: I am not trying to body shame anybody! All that matters to me is that you’re happy in your own skin :). This is merely meant to show different things you can do while still being socially distant, and also, while body health is super important for fighting off sickness!

Sometimes I Quarantine: with Venellope

Can you guys believe that Wreck It Ralph came out in 2012? I’m still surprised that it came out before Frozen. The movie is so cute, and while we all joked that she might be a princess, this was confirmed in 2018’s Ralph Breaks the Internet. I very much love that Vanellope is completely her own character and her friendship with Ralph is adorable.

Wreck It Ralph (2012)

Honestly you guys, I forgot how good this movie was until I rewatched it. The characters are well-developed, super cute, and even though they’re video game characters, shockingly relatable!

Wreck It Ralph Quarantivities

Matching Manicure

I felt like Vanellope would approve of this fun manicure, but the color combo was meant to match Taffyta- my fav color combo!

Dyeing Easter Eggs

A day after Easter, but how could I resist these colorful eggs (covered in glitter) to match Wreck it Ralph???

The wax crayon from Paas was crap and barely made a mark, I tried my own crayons on a few and they didn’t work either, but the glitter still made them fun! I really think I’m going to stock up next time I see Paas egg dying kits because they are SO MUCH FUN to pull out of the fridge!!

Wreck It Ralph Quarantivity – Video Games

Of course, Vanellope, Taffyta and the gang are racer drivers, so how could I resist playing MarioKart 8 on my Nintendo Switch? (*even my controllers were on theme haha).

Wreck it Ralph Outfits

Taffyta DisneyBound

TAFFYTA BOUND BREAKDOWN

Rose Gold Cap from Shop Disney Parks • “Front Row” hot pink Color Intense Lipstick from Beauty Counter (similar) • Prosecco Pink top from Lilly Pulitzer • 3″ Chino Shorts in White from J. Crew • Women’s Boat Shoe in Pink from Sperry (similar) • Light Blue and Hot Pink nail polish by Essie from Amazon

Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) – coming soon!

Sometimes I Quarantine: with Merida

Oh how special Brave is to me… premiering three days before my 20th birthday, my mom and I saw this together, she was prepared to fall asleep during it, and by the end, we were both in tears! My mom is the most important person in the world to me and it was so special getting to see this movie with her! We’ve watched it a few times again since and I’m thinking it’s time for a rewatch with her!

This was such a fun edit to work out!!

But on to my usual such-eel about the movie… Merida is Pixar’s first and only princess, Merida was inducted very quickly into the Princess Fairytale Hall and the creators were upset with Disney publicists for altering her appearance for the induction–they thinned her face and waist, smoothed her hair, and made her breasts slightly larger, this upset Pixar’s creator because she based the images of Merida on her own daughter. Brave is set in Scotland and tells the tale of a girl who just wants to be free over being a princess. She seeks the help of a witch to change her fate, but ends up nearly costing her family dearly. In the end, both Merida and Queen Eleanor learn a bit about each other and respect for each others views.

I got this Harris Bear from the Brave movie at my first (and only) trip to Disneyland in the summer of 2012 just a few weeks after the movie came out (you know, back when they actually produced march on time for the movies to come out). I introduced Dublin, my niece, to Brave and it’s been one of her favorites ever since! A few years later, I got to spring break with my niece at my mom’s house and we snuggled up to the same bear! I have all 3 brothers and the mama bear, they are the best stuffed animals! Actually, during that spring break, she was listening to something on her headphones and I was listening to “Touch the Sky” on a speaker, she ripped off her headphones and said “I HEAR BRAVE!” and we danced to the soundtrack. That is one of the reasons why I will always love Brave.

One more quick story… It’s amazing how social media can connect people. One of our friends’ girlfriends (Elizabeth) used to work at WDW, and we’d chatted about it a few times, she played a princess, I thought it was super cool, but didn’t want to annoy her about it. We met in around 2018.

A few months ago, I posted these pictures of meeting Merida at Magic Kingdom in 2012!! (btw I was sooooooo excited and I’ve been so sad that I haven’t had time to meet her again!) And Elizabeth comments on this picture… IT WAS HER! How crazy that I met her as Merida years before she ever met her boyfriend who is our friend?! You can check out Elizabeth here as Ariel, as Anna (and here), and here as Merida! It really is a small world after all.

Day 21: Brave (2012)

I was having a really rough day when we watched Brave, **it had hit the fan at work throughout the day, even though it was a weekend, my Old Navy package was mis-delivered (but they had great customer service! UPS’s customer service? not so much), and I was exhausted! I took a two-hour nap in the middle of the day! Finally we got up, took Meeko for a walk, and just spending an hour in the sun completely turned around my mood!! I wasn’t really in the mood to put together a whole Bound though (because some of my items I wanted were in that missing package), so I pulled out the only Brave T I own, and made my hair as big and curly as I could. I don’t feel like I was cheating though because I did do a ’90s Merida Bound back in February and I’m sharing the bound breakdown with you below!

Brave Food – Chicken Pot Pie

While not Scottish, Chicken Pot Pie felt like the perfect homey dinner for this Pixar Princess. I love this Stella Parks recipe for double-crusted chicken pot pie, we follow it to a T!

Brave Quarantivity – Taking Meeko for a Sunny Walk

We put Meeko in a backpack, tucked in to a fluffy sweater, and strapped him to my chest. He was hesitant at first, but in the end seemed to really enjoy the fresh air and sunshine!!

Brave Outfits

In-Park Look (and at home!)

The Merida Ears from Marvelous Darling Designs • “At Last I see the Wine” Tangled T-Shirt from The Midnight Comet 

Instagram post for Merida Ears from MarvelousDarlingDesigns.

Marvelous Darling Designs is my favorite Etsy shop for ears & Tara is a fantastic human. Even though Merida is the least bridal princess, my maid of honor knew it’s the princess I would. want to be. I’d been eyeing these ears fora wile and Tara worked with Jasmine to turn them into bridal ears!!! I also gifted my wonderful bridesmaids and bachelorette attendees each a pair of Tara’s amazing ears, check out what other goodies I included!

Brave Workout Gear

GET THE LOOK

Plaid Button-Up from Old Navy (similar) • Women’s High-Waisted 7/8 Lace-Up Leggings by Lab Joy from Target • Women’s Newton Ridge Plus Amped Waterproof Hiking boots in Light Lichen/ Canvas Tan from Columbia

Brave DisneyBound

BOUND BREAKDOWN

Dark Mark Choker + Necklace Set from Hot Topic (wearing just the choker with the chem spun around back) • Plaid Button-Up from Old Navy (similar) • Black Tank Top from Amazon • Black High-Waisted Distressed Rockstar Super Skinny Jeans from Old Navy • Calista Combat Boot from DSW • Brave Bear from Shop Disney (smaller version)

See my original Instagram Post for this Merida 90s Bound.

For the story behind what I’m doing here and to see more, check this out! Sometimes I Quarantine: with Classic Princesses!

Shortly before 2012’s Brave, Rapunzel hit the big screens in 2010, Sometimes I Quarantine: with Rapunzel!

The next year, Disney went big giving us a princess and a queen! Frozen themed day, coming soon!

Still bored? Check out Rapunzel’s Quarantivity Tower!

Sometimes I Quarantine: with Rapunzel

There is so much I want to say about Tangled, but oh where to begin….

Premiering in 2010 right on the heels of Princess and the Frog, I feel like Rapunzel kind of overshadowed Tiana. Not only was Rapunzel Disney’s first white princess since Belle (Belle-1991; Jasmine-1992; Pocahontas-1995; Mulan-1998; Tiana-2009), but Tiana was also Disney’s first princess in the new animation style, Tangled’s animation style was much more similar to that of Pixar than was typical of other Disney films at the time. Tangled was the first time that a very famous actress voiced the role of a princess (Mandy Moore voiced both Rapunzel’s speaking and singing lines). On top of everything else, Tangled hit the big screen as the first RealD 3D animated movie, with stunning animation. Is anyone else shocked that we don’t have a ride that takes us through the flood scene in Tangled?? From Tangled, we got a clip of Rapunzel’s and Eugene’s wedding; four “short cuts”; a TV movie and two seasons of an actually AMAZING cartoon (I’ve been binging it on DisneyPlus since I watched the movie!). But all Rapunzel gets is a place at Fairytale Hall and a fancy bathroom at Walt Disney World.

For a long time, Rapunzel was my niece Collins’ favorite princess (even though it came out 3 years before she was born!). She loved the TV show and was so excited she got to meet Rapunzel in person. I was trying to be “in the moment” or whatever, but I’m so glad Kyle thought to pull out his phone because this was a really special moment and I’m glad we have it on video!

Sometimes I Quarantine: With Princesses! This series within a series really started as a way for me to keep my spirits lifted while completely socially distancing. Watching the movies gave us something to do during that afternoon slump, trying to think of an activity to match gave us another (we don’t always have a matching activity, but we’re trying!), taking the movie in to account while deciding what to eat that day helps us think of fun and new ideas for food options, and doing a daily DisneyBound encouraged me to wear more than just PJs while working from home! I highly encourage the last one, it’s been super fun- if you want to see any other DisneyBound outfits that I’ve done, you can find them here!

We probably all feel a little like Rapunzel these days, trapped in our homes, being told by Mother Gothel that the plague will get us if we leave, and going through all of our tasks and activities by 7:15… But we’ve taken Rapunzel’s spirit and come up with whole hosts of ways to stay active and entertained while on quarantine. With plenty of more ideas below!

Day 20: Tangled (2010)

Tangled Quarantivity – Planning a Routine

Making a calendar and having a routine has helped us a lot during this quarantine. By Day 20 of this princess series, we had been in shelter-in-place mode (without the official order) for 27 days. So by then, we had it down pat. Once a week I draw up this little calendar (I just photo copy the outside of the one I made week 1) and get to drawing a coloring in what we’ve got planned. I mark what movie we’re watching, what my DisneyBound will be, what our workouts will be, and any other quarantivities we have planned, whether it’s dying Easter eggs, a big Zoom happy hour, a quaranTIKI, the release of Onward on DisneyPlus, whatever! The schedule making gives me something to do, and posting it up on the fridge helps us actually feel like the days are changing!

Of course, I start every day by changing out the Once Upon a Tee Shirt doodle magnet on the fridge calendar to match the day’s movie theme!

Tangled Quarantivity-

Rapunzel’s Quarantivity Tower

Honestly, I have’t really felt bored this entire quarantine–certainly no more than I would on an average Tuesday at noon when I work from home. Whenever I start to feel a little bored, I go to Rapunzel’s Quarantivity Tower!

I picked up this rolling caddy from Michael’s (exact) a few months ago to have some home office storage and also grabbed this shelving unit from Amazon at the start of all this so we’d have a place to organize our quarantivities!

So we created this sort of rule that if you’re bored you just have to get up and grab something from Rapunzel’s Quarantivity Tower– if you say you’re bored, you have to draw a card from the little jar on top and clean or organize whatever area of the house it tells you to (they’re small areas, like a specific cabinet or drawer). It’s definitely kept us from admitting boredom, and because we have to get up to get something, it’s actually making us do them! So I started typing up what all was on each shelf and realized that it’s a LOT of stuff and if you’re not here for that, it might be overwhelming, so you can check out this post➝ Sometimes I Quarantine: with Rapunzel’s Routine & Quarantivity Tower!

Tangled Outfits

In-Park Look

GET THE IN-PARK LOOK

The Rapunzel Ears from Kasys Kustom Magic • “At Last I see the Wine” Tangled T-Shirt from The Midnight Comet 

Instagram Post for Rapunzel Ears from Kasys Kustom Magic. Unfortunately, Kassandra doesn’t have an instagram page for her ears, but you can see instagram posts that have tagged her shop with #KasysKustomMagic!

Anna was so sweet, she even sent me this pic of her rocking her ears & Tangled tee at the start of quarantine ❤

Workout Gear

I got so many Punzie-vibes from these lace-up leggings from Fabletics.

It’s all about those accessories. I love this “Best Day Ever” sunshine emblem headband from Chronicles of a Pixie on Etsy. I especially like that I can either wear the bow with the headband, wear the headband by itself, or tie the bow around a ponytail holder! Make sure to use “KATY10” to get 10% off your purchase!

“Best Day Ever” Rapunzel DisneyBound

“Best Day Ever” Rapunzel Bound Breakdown

Best Day Ever” sunshine emblem & “Purple Wall” bowbands from Chronicles of a Pixie (use code KATY10 at checkout for 10% off your purchase!) • Wild Fable Puff Short-Sleeve Ribbed Cropped Top in White from Target • Lavender Mid-Length Skater Skirt from Amazon • Lavender Ballet Flats from Amazon

Day 22: Tangled Sequels
Tangled: Ever After (2012)
Tangled: Before Ever After (2017)
Tangled: Rapunzel’s Adventure (2017-2019)

Tangled Sequels Quarnativities

There are soooo many quarantivities you can do for Rapunzel-day! Think of her intro-song where she goes through the long list. Here are just a few: coloring books, reading, video games, word searches, drinking wine + laptop time, take a nap with your cat, do a puzzle… and so much more!

Tangled Sequels Outfits

Bring the Magic Home

I got Emily these ears from Tara at Marvelous Darling Designs!

Emily’s review of the ears: “I am absolutely IN LOVE with my Tangled inspired ears! The quality is fantastic, the design is spot on, and there is even a cute little hidden detail of Pascal on the back of one of the ears! I cannot wait to wear these ears to Disneyland!! I definitely recommend buying from Marvelous Darling Designs, and I will be buying more ears from this store in the future!! Couldn’t be happier! She even threw in some hand sewn masks for me and my fiancé because she was we lived in LA, and wearing masks is now mandated. So incredibly sweet and thoughtful! Absolutely amazing!” — Emily is an actress in Los Angeles, you can check out her page here!

Loungewear

I loved this loungewear look!! These leggings are particularly comfy!!

Get the Loungewear Look

Best Day Ever” sunshine emblem bowband from Chronicles of a Pixie (use code KATY10 at checkout for 10% off your purchase!) • Lety & Me Aubree Back Detail Cardigan in Purple from StitchFix (I particularly like that this had the lace up detail on the back and sleeves that resembled the Tangled corset) • Green Athletic top from Nike (similar) • Floating Lanterns leggings from Ambrie Clothing • Kickstart x Rifle Paper Co. Printed Canvas Sneaker by Keds from StitchFix (exact)

*Note: Ambrie Clothing is now offering face masks with characters & parks themes.

For the story behind what I’m doing here and to see more, check this out! Sometimes I Quarantine: with Classic Princesses!

Rapunzel was the second of the princess revolution in the 2010s, less than two years prior came Princess and the Frog and all of the NOLA food vibes! Get our beignet and gumbo recipes here on Sometimes I Quarantine: with Tiana!

After Rapunzel came Pixar’s one and only Scottish beauty, coming soon!

If you’re struggling to find ways to get moving during your quarantine, check this out: Sometimes I Quarantine: 3 Ways to Stay Active.

Still bored, I’ve compiled a list of more than 20 things you can do: Sometimes I Quarantine: Quarantivities.

Sometimes I Quarantine: with Rapunzel’s Routine & Quarantivity Tower

We probably all feel a little like Rapunzel these days, trapped in our homes, being told by Mother Gothel that the plague will get us if we leave, and going through all of our tasks and activities by 7:15… But we’ve taken Rapunzel’s spirit and come up with whole hosts of ways to stay active and entertained while on quarantine. One of the big ways we’re staying entertained is with our Quarantine with Princesses series where we watch a different movie each day, DisneyBound as a character from the show, coordinate an activity, and usually a food or cocktail to go along with it! I’ve also gathered plenty of more “quarantivity” ideas below!

Rapunzel’s Routine

Making a calendar and having a routine has helped us a lot during this quarantine. By Day 20 of this princess series, we had been in shelter-in-place mode (without the official order) for 27 days. So by then, we had it down pat. Once a week I draw up this little calendar (I just photo copy the outside of the one I made week 1) and get to drawing a coloring in what we’ve got planned. I mark what movie we’re watching, what my DisneyBound will be, what our workouts will be, and any other quarantivities we have planned, whether it’s dying Easter eggs, a big Zoom happy hour, a quaranTIKI, the release of Onward on DisneyPlus, whatever! The schedule making gives me something to do, and posting it up on the fridge helps us actually feel like the days are changing!

Of course, I start every day by changing out the Once Upon a Tee Shirt doodle magnet on the fridge calendar to match the day’s movie theme!

Rapunzel’s Quarantivity Tower

Honestly, I have’t really felt bored this entire quarantine–certainly no more than I would on an average Tuesday at noon when I work from home. Whenever I start to feel a little bored, I go to Rapunzel’s Quarantivity Tower!

I picked up this rolling caddy from Michael’s (exact) a few months ago to have some home office storage and also grabbed this shelving unit from Amazon at the start of all this so we’d have a place to organize our quarantivities!

So we created this sort of rule that if you’re bored you just have to get up and grab something from Rapunzel’s Quarantivity Tower– if you say you’re bored, you have to draw a card from the little jar on top and clean or organize whatever area of the house it tells you to (they’re small areas, like a specific cabinet or drawer). It’s definitely kept us from admitting boredom, and because we have to get up to get something, it’s actually making us do them!

Activity Books!

ACTIVITY BOOKS & JOURNALS~
• Hand Lettered Design Starter Kit (check it out for 5% off!)
• Learn to Draw books (Mickey & Friends | Disney Princesses | Classic Characters | Villains)
• “Variety” Word puzzles books + word searches, crossword puzzles, etc. ( Variety Puzzles | Harry Potter Word Search | Disney Crossword Puzzles | Friends Word Search)
• Journal Prompt Books (creative writinggratitude and mindfulness prompts, and if you need help remember how Not to Give a F*ck or to Let that Sh*t Go, all of these links here will take you to prompt journals to help you start writing it out!)
• Coloring books designed for meditation, for enjoyment, and for stress relief (mandala coloring book |Harry Potter Magical Artifacts Coloring Book | Thomas Kinkade Disney coloring book | Calm the F*ck Down: An Irreverent Adult Coloring Book | & my personal favorite: Fucking Adorable Animals)

Puzzles & Reading!

PUZZLES & READING~
• Pictured are just three of our 20+ puzzles, I rotate them out after we’ve finished and usually mail the old puzzles off to friends! (Snow White Puzzle | Vintage Hawaii Puzzle | Marauder’s Map Puzzle | Harry Potter 3D Puzzle | Friends Puzzle)
• Silly Books (DisneyBound Book | Harry Potter Companion Books)
• Wedding planning books– because we still have to plan for the future even if it’s post-poned (The Knot Book of Wedding Lists)
• Books (I have a lot from Book of the Month that I’m trying to get through still!)

TWO-PERSON GAMES, VIDEO GAMES, MORE PUZZLES & CRAFTS~
• Games that we can play just the two of us (Scrabble | Sushi Go | Disney Villainous | Harry Potter Labyrinth Game)
• Crafts (Disney Princess Crochet Kit | Mickey Mouse Crochet Kit | Cactus Crochet Kit | Harry Potter Oragami)
• Video Games (Portable SEGA Genesis | Nintendo Switch)

More Arts & Crafts

MORE ARTS & CRAFTS~
• Stickers galore
• Paint by Numbers (Up | Giraffe | Beachy Volkswagen)

More Electronic Entertainment!

ELECTRONIC ENTERTAINMENT~
• Bose Speaker
• Photography Equipment (Sony a6000 | Gimbal Camera Stabilizer | GoPro Hero 5| Octopus Tripod | Harry Potter Spell-Casting Toy Wand)

Coloring & Stationary

COLORING & STATIONARY~
it’s so easy to get lost in technology right now, I’ve been loving keeping up with my friends like old school pen pals & putting actual colored pencil to paper! Plus, how could I do a word search without crayons??

So that’s it! That’s Rapunzel’s Quarantivity Tower! Let us know if we missed any activities in the comments below!

Sometimes I Quarantine: with Cinderella

In case you missed it, I grouped the three Classic Princesses–Snow White, Cinderella, & Aurora– into one post that you can find here! I did a super simple Cinderella DisneyBound, scrubbed the kitchen, and celebrated The Magic Factory as a maker of fine Minnie Ears.

Day 15 – Cinderella 2: Dreams Come True

Have you seen Cinderella 2? It’s a collection of 3 short stories told into one movie about the year following the first film. It premiered in 2002, and looks like it could be one of the Barbie movies–same animation style.

Cinderella 2: Dreams Come True Quarantivity – Crochet!

So I’m super excited about this, I’ve wanted one for years (I’ve gifted it to my cousin’s crafty kid even!) Buttt… It’s super hard to even get it started, if you know a good youtube video to show me how to get the first few stitches started, send them my way! 8 days later… this is my progress so far.

Cinderella 2: Dreams Come True Outfits

Perla DisneyBound

PERLA BOUND BREAKDOWN

Purple Wall BowBand from Chronicles of a Pixie (*use code KATY10 at checkout) • Light Pink Shirt from StitchFix(similar) • Fuchsia Pink Skater Skirt from Amazon • Disney Princess Crochet Kit from Barnes & Noble

Day 17 – Cinderella 3: A Twist in Time

Cinderella 3: A Twist in Time Cocktail

The Glass Slipper

We’ve been making a lot of tiki cocktails during quarantine, and it was super tasty!

GLASS SLIPPER RECIPE

• 60 ml (2 fl oz / 1/4 cup) rhum agricole (sugar cane rum)
• 10 ml (2 tsp) elderflower liquor (e.g. St. Germaine or St. Elder)
• 20 ml (3/4 fl oz / 4 tsp) freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 15 ml (3 tsp) vanilla syrup* (a dash of vanilla extract and 3 tsp 1:1 simple syrup should do the trick if you don’t want to make the syrup below)
• 10 ml (2 tsp) 151 proof rum

Combine the rum auricle, elderflower liquor, lemon juice, & vanilla syrup and shake with ice; serve over ice and float the 151 over the back of a spoon.

VANILLA SYRUP RECIPE

• 1 vanilla bean, split open + seeds scraped (save the pod)
• 440 grams (15.5 oz / 2 cups) sugar
• 500 ml (17 fl oz / 2 cups) water
• 1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine vanilla bean seeds + empty pod, sugar, and water in a saucepan over medium-high head. Bring to a boil until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, mix in vanilla extract and set aside too cool. Store in a jar in the fridge for up to one month.

Cinderella 3: A Twist in Time Outfits

Lucifer DisneyBound

LUCIFER BOUND BREAKDOWN

Black BowBand from Chronicles of a Pixie (*use code KATY10 at checkout) • Pink Clover Penton Two Pocket Cardigan in Black from StitchFix  (similar) • Gray Shirt hand-me-down (similar) • High-waisted Black Shorts from J. Crew • Lucifer Plush from Shop Disney Parks(similar)

Day 26: Cinderella (live; 2015) – coming soon!

I’llkeep updating this post as I go through the movies!

For the story behind what I’m doing here and to see more, check this out! Sometimes I Quarantine: with Classic Princesses!

The Cinderella sequels were…. okayyy…. but the Little Mermaid sequels were AWESOME!!! Sometimes I Quarantine: with The Little Mermaid!

Finally, after all of the Renaissance sequels ended, came Princess and the Frog — coming soon!

Cinderella was the first live-action princess, the next movie that got a magical makeover was Sleeping Beauty in the form of the live-action Maleficent — coming soon!

If you’re struggling to find ways to get moving during your quarantine, check this out: Sometimes I Quarantine: 3 Ways to Stay Active.

Still bored, I’ve compiled a list of more than 20 things you can do: Sometimes I Quarantine: Quarantivities.

Sometimes I Quarantine: with Mulan

Mulan premiered in 1998 as Disney’s eighth princess and third multi-cultural princess, and once again: addresses the issues of gender in a way that kids can comprehend! Based on the ballad of Hua Mulan, it is said to be set sometime in the late BCE/early CE (is that still a thing? or have we gone back to calling it BC/AD?). Anyhoo, we sort of ignored how long ago the tale is set because we really wanted to whip up some Szechuan Chinese dishes and those didn’t come to China until the discovery of “the new world” (aka around Pocahontas’ time period)– hellooo peppers! While it too is sadly lacking any real attraction at the parks, Mulan did have a sequel that holds up pretty nicely, even if it s the most predictable thing. Mulan stood out as a common girl from a nice family who rose through the ranks and achieved notoriety not for royal blood, but for becoming a war hero. While not a princess by birth or by marriage, she was inducted into Disney’s Princess Hall and therefore is a princess.(Don’t get me started on this, I’ve had way too many rants with my girlfriends about what makes a ‘princess’.)

It’s been so much fun watching these movies with Kyle ❤

Sometimes I Quarantine: With Princesses! This series within a series really started as a way for me to keep my spirits lifted while completely socially distancing. Watching the movies gave us something to do during that afternoon slump, trying to think of an activity to match gave us another (we don’t always have a matching activity, but we’re trying!), taking the movie in to account while deciding what to eat that day helps us think of fun and new ideas for food options, and doing a daily DisneyBound encouraged me to wear more than just PJs while working from home! I highly encourage the last one, it’s been super fun- if you want to see any other DisneyBound outfits that I’ve done, you can find them here!

Day 12: Mulan (1998)

Mulan Quarantivity – Lend an Ear!

I worked with some other amazing creators because social distancing is super hard, but if you open up, lend an ear, and reach out to people virtually, it can make it a lot easier! Featured in this video, in order: Angela (@buenavistamagic), Geoffrey (@themeparkmillennial), Renee (@shopellieandmae), Cammy (@magicthreadsco), Me! (@sometimesivacay), Tenley (@travelingwithtenley), Crystal (@preciousgemcrystal), Tara (@marvelousdarlingdesigns), Mel (@bfdisney), Abby (@itsabbysworldafterall).

P.s. yes, I’m on TikTok, handle @sometimesivacay!! But you can see the video on Instagram here.

Mulan Delicious Bites-

MAKE IT AT HOME

We are definitely big fans of Kenji and used his recipe for Mapo Tofu and for Bang Bang Chicken on Serious Eats to make this tasty Szechuan dinner!

Mulan Outfits

Mulan In-Park Look

GET THE LOOK

The Mulan Ears from Kitty So Krafty• “A Drink Worth Fighting For” Mulan T-Shirt from The Midnight Comet 

Instagram Post for Mulan Ears from Kitty So Krafty.

Ping-Inspired Workout Outfit

Another simple color blocked workout outfit, this time: PING!

GET THE PING LOOK

Pink Clover Penton Two Pocket Cardigan in Black from StitchFix  (similar) • V-neck Pocket T-Shirt in Light Green from J. Crew • Olive Sports Bra from Lululemon (similar) •Women’s High-Waisted 7/8 Lace-Up Leggings by Lab Joy from Target • Women’s Newton Ridge Plus Amped Waterproof Hiking boots in Light Lichen/ Canvas Tan from Columbia

“Honor to us All” Mulan DisneyBound

“HONOR TO US ALL” MULAN BOUND BREAKDOWN

“Red” ColorIntense Lipstick from Beauty Counter (similar) • Le Lis Melodie Textured Knit Blazer in Pink from StitchFix (similar) • Blue Tank Top from Lilly Pulitzer (similar) • Kut from the Kloth Theresa Zipper Detail Cargo Skinny Pant in Maroon from StitchFix (similar) • Kickstart x Rifle Paper Co. Printed Canvas Sneaker by Keds from StitchFix (exact)

Day 15: Mulan 2 (2004)

Mulan 2 Delicious Bites- Wonton Soup & Kung Pao Chicken

Until his full notes come, you can use these Kenji Lopez-Alt recipes for: Kung Pao and Wonton Soup on Serious Eats. (if we ever don’t link a recipe, you can probably find it on Serious Eats, it’s our go-to for recipes! Specifically, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt for meals and Stella Parks for baking)

Mulan 2 Outfits-

Mushu DisneyBound

MUSHU BOUND BREAKDOWN

SugarFix Earrings by BaubleBar from Target (blue pair | yellow pair-similar) • MIX by 41 Hawthorn Alison Knit T-shirt Dress in Red from StitchFix (similar)• Mustard Yellow Skater Skirt from Amazon  • Madison 12-Hour Pump from Banana Republic (same style similar color) • OPI Red and Gold Nail Polishes from Amazon (red | gold)

For the story behind what I’m doing here and to see more, check this out! Sometimes I Quarantine: with Classic Princesses!

Disney’s first Adventure Princess premiered three short years before Mulan, Sometimes I Quarantine: with Pocahontas!

It took over a decade for Disney to return to creating new princesses, but when they came back to the big screen, they did it in a big, American way! Sometimes I Quarantine: with Princess and the Frog coming soon!

If you’re struggling to find ways to get moving during your quarantine, check this out: Sometimes I Quarantine: 3 Ways to Stay Active.

Still bored, I’ve compiled a list of more than 20 things you can do: Sometimes I Quarantine: Quarantivities.