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


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


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


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!


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 Ariel

Disney’s The Little Mermaid premiered in 1989 after a 30-year break from princess movies, a tail (teehee) about a head-strong mermaid who chooses legs and love over the freedom of the ocean and family (I know, didn’t I make that sounds like a happy ending?)- kicked off the Renaissance of Disney Animation! Ariel has her own grotto (where you can meet her in her mermaid tail) and dining experience in DisneyLand, a ride at both parks, several meet-and-greet locations throughout both, a live action show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and even a resort at The Art of Animation. On top of those attractions, there were two sequels and tv series with 3 seasons- all of that to say that there are so many DisneyBounds that can be inspired by all things The Little Mermaid.

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 4: The Little Mermaid (1989)

The Little Mermaid Food & Bev – Fishes!

Of course, for The Little Mermaid we opted for seafood! I made this quick rustic white bread in my Mickey Mouse Le Creuset, and Kyle made homemade Gravlax– perfect for a midweek brunch on the balcony of avocado toast and gravlax! Then for dinner, we tried making a new fish, red snapper (I think we had a bad cut or something because neither of us were big fans), with mango salsa and coconut rice (recipes coming soon!).

The Little Mermaid Quarantivity – Missing Humanity & Giving Back

I have all of the things in the world to entertain me, but I just want to be where the people are!

After filming this little video, I got myself up, got dressed (in a simple Flounder Bound) and went to the Red Cross to donate platelets. They were running about an hour behind which, while obnoxious for me, was good because it meant that hey had implemented new safety features (e..g fewer beds so they can be farther apart) and also meant that a lot of people were still donating! Once I was all set up, I called my mermaid bestie and we both pulled up the movie on our iPads and sat on the phone the entire time I was donating and watched The Little Mermaid together, it was awesome! (*she’s the one featured in the in-parks look below)

The Little Mermaid Outfits

The Little Mermaid In-Park Look


The Little Mermaid Ears from Gillian’s Pixie Shop • “Under the Influence” Ariel T-Shirt from The Midnight Comet • Mermaid Fanny Pack from Amazon

Instagram post about Ariel Ears from Gillian’s Pixie Shop.

Ariel Workout Outfit

GET THE LOOK *note: better pictures of this outfit are coming soon!

Shell Tank Top from Amazon • Mermaid Leggings from Amazon

Flounder DisneyBound


Aqua Sunglasses with Mickey Mouse Detail from Shop Disney Parks (similar) • Cobalt Blue T-Shirt from StitchFix (similar) • Yellow Nautical 3″ Chino Shorts from J.Crew (similar) • “Follow Your Dreams” Ariel Bangle from Disney x Alex and Ani in Disney Springs (similar) • Navy Skechers Ballet Flats from Amazon

Day 13: The Little Mermaid: Return to the Sea (2000)

Without a single question, this is the best princess sequel (until Frozen 2), and there are a LOT, in case you’ve missed my posts about them, lol.

The Little Mermaid: Return to the Sea Quarantivity – Turn off the TV

During this time it’s super easy to turn the tv on 24-7 and we are usually the people who watch 1-2+ hrs of tv/night, but it’s been nice to take a few nights/week to turn it off and read, play a game, or just puzzle! We played Scrabble, did a crossword puzzle from a “variety” word puzzle book, and worked on another puzzle!

The Little Mermaid: Return to the Sea Outfits

“Mom Ariel” Disney Bound


Shimmery green scrunchie from the Slytherin Set from Happily Ever Hairties • Under eye face mask from Ulta (similar) • Shell Tank Top from Amazon • Mermaid Leggings from Ambrie Clothing • Hot Pink Fuzzy Robe from Ulta (similar) • Minnie Mouse Mug from Shop Disney Parks (similar)

Melody DisneyBound


Sunnies from Ray-Ban • Wild Fable Puff Short-Sleeve Ribbed Cropped Top in White from Target • A New Day Satin Slip Skirt in Coral from Target (plus)• Lace-up Wedges from Sperry (similar)

Day 18: The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning (2008)

The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning – Tasty Treats

Simply Royal Snack

It’s seriously the easiest snack that seems so fancy, but all of the ingredients can be found at the regular grocery store*!

Layer the following on a plate in this order (or seriously whatever order you’d like, I do it this way because then I can roll it up into a tasty finger-food.

•Drizzle Olive Oil
•Shaved Parmesan & Pecorino Romano (I use a vegetable peeler for this!)
•Freshly cracked black pepper & sea salt

*we get our Prosciutto, Parmesan, and Pecorino Romano, & Olive Oil at Costco because they’re all DOP there.

Salmon Bowl

Such a tasty dinner- we always have seafood when we watch The Little Mermaid, haha! Homemade rice pilaf on bottom, American-style sous vide cooked and cast iron finished salmon, sprouts, and avocado, simple & delicious!

The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning – Outfits

BoundToWatch Mermaid LoungeLook


Shimmery green scrunchie from the Slytherin Set from Happily Ever Hairties • Sports Bra from Nike (similar) • Sweatshirt from Fabletics • Mermaid Leggings from Ambrie Clothing • Bright Blue Converse from ThredUp (similar)

I’ve gotten pretty into ThredUp during this whole quarantine, it’s a great way to clean out your old closet and earn a few extra bucks and also an awesome way to scratch that shopping itch and find cheap, nice clothes! I really loved finding these Converse sneakers, I’ve been wanting them for years, and I was able to snag these for $26.99!! ThredUp has really high standards, so I know that when I buy something, it won’t be ripped and will be really clean (something I’m too scared of to use PoshMark). I’ve made over $500 sending clothes (and shoes, and purses and…) in for resale to ThredUp, and if my clothes haven’t met their standards, ThredUp donates them for me, saving me a trip to GoodWill. My best find is a Lily Pulitzer Dress that STILL HAD ORIGINAL TAGS ON IT for $44.80!!!

If you want to buy something, click here for $10 off your first order, but if you need some extra cash or are looking to clean out your closet, click here and get a $10 bonus!

*note: this is not at all a sponsored post, ThredUp doesn’t even know I’m posting it, I just genuinely really like the site and their customer service!

Flounder DisneyBound


Mickey Mouse Sunglasses from Shop DisneyParks (similar) • Men’s Columbia PFG in Light Yellow from Amazon • 5″ Buttercup Stretch Short from Lily Pulitzer (exact short, similar color) • Bright Blue Converse from ThredUp (similar)

Bonus! Did you know there’s a Little Mermaid TV Show from the early ’90s?

A super cute show!

In all of it’s 90s glory and old school animation style, The Little Mermaid TV show has 3 seasons and is on DisneyPlus now, I swear the episodes feel so long– in a good way!! It’s a great background show, could be fun for kids to see while

Continue reading Sometimes I Quarantine: with Ariel

Gift Guide for your Globetrotting Gal

For the Disney Darling

I would happily identify as a Disney Darling

The Disney Darling plans visits to see Mickey at the drop of the hat, she’s already got four trips planned this year, but will jump at any discounted flight to get her booty back to Orlando or Los Angeles! The Disney Darling shops small, wears ears, eats churros, and can sing along to any ride theme music.

Honestly, the best way to go here is a Disney Gift Card, your Disney Darling will be incredibly grateful! These cards can be used at any Disney Store, online, or anywhere on property. That means that you could be contributing to their next park ticket, hotel stay, castle luncheon, or favorite stuffed animal. Usually, I don’t like to promote gift cards because they feel impersonal, however, for a Disney Darling, a gift card is truly a key to the kingdom. Bonus! Pick up the gift card at your local grocery store & use a cash back credit card like this American Express that gives 6% cash back at grocery stores! Or pick it up at Target using your RedCard which gives you 5% off every day!

If you don’t want to get a gift card for your Disney Darling, I recommend some small shops!

My current favorites are:

My favorite Once Upon a Tee Shirt

For the Eco Explorer

Eco Explorers love to get outside and see themselves as part of the world.

The Eco Explorer doesn’t only thrive in nature, she can appreciate the finer things too, but all the while, she understands the impact that travel has on Mother Nature and knows that using straws can harm our precious marine life. Get your Eco Explorer some travel accessories that will help minimize her affect on planet earth.

For the Resort Relaxer

I’m not that great at relaxing, frolicking on the beach is about as close as I get.

The resort relaxer has one mission and one mission only, to maximize her relaxation factor. Whether it’s poolside at a 5-star resort, or on her favorite panhandle beach, the Resort Relaxer knows how to tune out the world and soak up the sun. Gift her some adorable accessories to boost her spring vacays!

For the Fitness Fanatic

I love getting outside while traveling, hiking is one of the best ways to stay fit while traveling!

Some people really enjoy getting to know a new city by jogging through it, others travel a lot for work and want to stay fit on the road. Either way, you can’t go wrong with a ClassPass gift card for your Fitness Fanatic, she will love getting to try a yoga class when dealing with a difficult client, or exploring a local park through a group class. Other ideas for your Fitness Fanatic include:

For the Destination Diva

Lahaina is one of the cutest towns on Maui! It’s definitely a destination to aim for!

Destination Divas are all about getting as many passport stamps as possible! She can discuss Manhattan museums, European countrysides, Asian street food, and South American mountains with the best of ‘em. She knows that having the perfect passport cover and crossbody bag are imperative for any day out. Get your Destination Diva a purse that can hold a camera, some comfortable but cute walking shoes, a new passport cover, or European wallet! The Destination Diva isn’t just about the destination, she understands that the journey is part of the adventure, you can’t go wrong with a carry-on cocktail kit to help make her overseas flight more enjoyable!

For the Boss Lady

I don’t have lots of pictures from my work trips, but at least I’m in a blazer in this one!

The boss lady’s one busy gal, whether she’s running her own firm, crushing it in court, managing multiple media accounts, she keeps her schedule tight. Consider gifts to help with her productivity or to manage stress. If she’s old school (like me) consider a paper planner and a nice set of pens, if she’s in to technology, consider Timeular, a six-sided pyramid to help with time tracking and management, or noise cancelling headphones to keep our background sounds. If she’s a bit of a stress cadet (also like me) consider a set of travel size candles, bubble bath, or adult coloring book (like this silly one, or this one which doubles as a gift for you Disney Darling). 

For the fashionable boss lady, consider a pair of Banana Republic Madison 12-hour Pump (yest they really are comfy after 12 hours!!) or a Stitch Fix gift card! If you opt for the blazer route, make sure the blazer has at least one functional pocket!

For The Frequent Flier & the Budget Babe

Whether you’re a Delta loyalist or a Spirit saver, everyone enjoys a good vacay!

The Budget Babe and the Frequent Flier are two sides of the same coin.  While both travel as often as possible, the Frequent Flier sticks with her fave airline and will pay the extra penny, she racks up miles and knows when to use them. On the other hand, the Budget Babe does not fear the stiff seats and personal item limitation, she is an expert at hunting down deals and gathering big savings!

Be cautious of gifting big travel accessories to the Budget Babe, there’s a good chance she only takes a personal item with her on most trips! Your Frequent Flier on the other hand probably has so much status that she can check bags on bags for free- she could also probably use a new luggage piece!

For the Gram Girl

Creating Content was definitely one of the ways Kyle convinced me to do this 22-mile round trip hike!

She’ll do anything “for the ‘gram”- she’ll step out to any ledge, taste any food, and hop on any midnight flight if it means getting that next great shot!

Treat your Gram Girl to some editing software light Adobe Lightroom, memory makers such as an adventure camera like a GoPro or a selfie stick that doubles as a tripod; a lit LuMee phone case to make selfies pop; or a handheld ring light to improve even the darkest of food photos!

For the Local Tourist

My favorite unique spot is SOS Tiki Bar in Decatur! If you’re in town, check it out!!

The Local Tourist is one of the most adventurous spirit out there! She may like staying close to home, but she’s no homebody- she likes exploring unique eats, botanical gardens, nearby hikes, and finding fun places for a GNO!

Try finding new activities for her to try, tickets to the local botanical garden, food festivals, theme parks, museums, aquariums, and more! Search #Staycay + City on Instagram for activities to feel like you’re on vacation! Check out #StaycayAtlanta here!

Not quite sure what kind of Globetrotting Gal your special lady is? We’ve got you covered!

Of course for your Globetrotting Gal, you can never go wrong with a Visa or Amazon gift card. Whether she’s a Frequent Flier, a Budget Babe, or a Destination Diva, you can’t go wrong with a gift card for her home airline. If she’s based out of Phoenix or Atlanta, go for a Southwest Airlines Gift Card. If her home airport is Houston, Newark or Denver, snag a United Airlines Gift Card. Similarly, Airbnb and gift cards are sure to make your Globetrotting Gal smile!

Let me know what kind of Globetrotting Gal you are! Or what you’re getting for your Gal this Christmas!

Restaurant Review: The Boathouse

While strolling through Disney Springs on a Sunday morning in April, doing some last-minute shopping before hitting the road, I realized that I wanted a truly memorable lunch. The weather was gorgeous, and I was in the mood for some seafood. Sadly all of the restaurants serving sushi were closed, but that ended up being a wonderful accident because it meant that I got to eat at The Boathouse!

Of course, I was drawn in by the nautical themed shop which, at least at one point, was a Tommy Bahama retailer. They have the most wonderful beach-themed accessories and goodies. Definitely a must-shop, even if there’s nothing with a special mouse embroidered in sight.

Upon entering The Boathouse, I was greeted by a charming 1940s style Oyster Bar, which perfectly fit the theme of the restaurant. While it did make me crave oysters, I was much more tempted by what I saw past the bar…

They have a Dockside Bar! I walked across a dock to this adorable extension of The Boathouse and grabbed a lake-side table.


I started with a margarita…. I was ready to not have anything else to drink after the Flower & Garden Festival on Saturday,


Oysters! I love oysters. A perfect portion size for one.


The scallops on grits was INCREDIBLE! I wanted to eat every single bite, but I was so stuffed, I couldn’t finish it. The corn flavors played nicely and the scallops were perfectly seared and seasoned so the outsides were packed with flavor and the insides soft and succulent.

Where’s your favorite place to eat at Disney Springs? Tell me below in the comments!

Check out this view from my lake-side seat at The Dockside Bar
Have you ridden in one of these floating cars? I haven’t yet, but it’s definitely on my someday list!
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Where to Eat- Disney World

Welcome back! I’ve compiled a list of all of the places to dine at Walt Disney World! Inspired by Disney-grammer @DisneyAtoZ, I’m determined to someday eat at every single one of them. But for now, I’m going to have to settle for just trying a few each year. I’m linking to my restaurant reviews, and will put some notes on each restaurant below. I’m super excited to be working on this project and cannot wait to review all of the Disney Dining options.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom


  • Rainforest Cafe
  • Rainforest Cafe Safari Bar

Discovery Island

  • Eight Spoon Cafe
  • The Smiling Crocodile
  • Flame Tree Barbecue
  • Isle of Java
  • Tiffins Restaurant
  • Nomad Lounge
  • Pizzafari
  • Pizzafari Family-Style Dining
  • Creature Comforts

Pandora- The World of Avatar

  • Pongu Pongu
  • Satu’li Canteen


  • Harambe Fruit Market
  • Harambe Market
  • Tamu Tamu Refreshments
  • Dawa Bar
  • Donald’s Dining Safari at Tusker House Restaurant
    • Review coming soon!
  • Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery


  • Caravan Road
  • Mr. Kamal’s
  • Warung Outpost
  • Drinkwallah Hosted by Coca-Cola
  • Yak & Yeti Restaurant
  • Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe
  • Yak & Yeti Quality Beverages
  • Anadapur Ice Cream Truck
  • Thirsty River Bar & Trek Snacks

Dinoland U.S.A.

  • Resturantosaurus
  • Dino-Bite Snacks
  • Trilo-Bites
  • Dino Diner

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Boulevard

  • The Trolley Car Cafe
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge

Echo Lake

  • Hollywood & Vine
  • Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine
  • Minnie’s Seasonal Dine
  • 50’s Prime Time Cafe hosted by Coca-Cola
  • Tune-In Lounge
  • Dockside Diner
  • Oasis Canteen
  • Backlot Express

Grand Avenue

  • PizzeRizzo
  • Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano
  • BaseLine Tap House

Commissary Lane

  • Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater
  • ABC Commissary
    • Quick-Service Lunch
    • Fast-Casual Dinner

An Incredible Celebration

  • Neighborhood Bakery

Toy Story Land

  • Woody’s Lunchbox

Animation Courtyard

  • Market

Sunset Boulevard

  • Sunshine Day Bar
  • Sunset Ranch Market
    • Anaheim Produce Hosted by Cuties
    • Rosie’s All-American Cafe
    • Catalina Eddie’s
      • Review coming soon!
    • Fairfax Fare
    • Hollywood Scoops
  • KRNR The Rock Station

Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Main Street U.S.A.

  • Tony’s Town Square Restaurant
  • Main Street Bakery
  • Casey’s Corner
  • The Crystal Palace (A Buffet with Character)
  • The Plaza Restaurant
    • Restaurant review coming soon, in the mean time, check out my Instagram post.
  • Plaza Ice Cream Parlor


  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
  • Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies
  • Cool Ship
  • The Launching Pad
  • Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant


  • Cinerella’s Royal Table
  • Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Be Our Guest Restaurant
  • Gaston’s Tavern
  • Prince Eric’s Village Market
  • Cheshire Cafe
  • Storybook Treats
  • The Friar’s Nook

Liberty Square

  • Liberty Tree Tavern
  • The Diamond Horseshoe
  • Columbia Harbour House
  • Liberty Square Market
  • Sleepy Hollow


  • Golden Oak Outpost
  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
  • Westward Ho


  • Sunshine Tree Terrace
  • Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen
    • Full review coming soon, until then, check out pictures of the food here, and you can see more pictures on the Instagram post.
  • Aloha Isle
    • Full snack review coming soon, until then, check out my Instagram post.
  • Tortuga Tavern

Disney’s Blizzard Beach

  • Lottawatta Lodge
  • Cooling Hut
  • Frostbite Freddy’s
  • Arctic Expeditions
  • Avalunch
  • I.C. Expeditions
  • Warming Hut
  • Polar Pub

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

  • Leaning Palms
  • Happy Landings
  • Lowtide Lou’s
  • Hammer Head Fred’s Dive
  • Typhoon Tilly’s
  • Snack Shack
  • Let’s Go Slurpin’
  • High ‘N Dry
  • Surf Doggies
  • Tropical Amity Outpost

Disney Springs

Quick Service

  • 4R Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck
  • The Basket at Wine Bar George
  • Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza
  • Bongos Cuban Cafe Express
  • Chicken Guy!
  • Cookes of Dublin
  • D-Luxe Burger
  • Earl of Sandwich
  • Food Trucks at Exposition Park
  • Frontera Cocina To-Go Window
  • Marketplace Snacks
  • Morimoto Asia Street Food
  • Pepe by Jose Andres
  • Pizza Pointe
  • The Polite Pig
  • The Smokehouse at House of Blues
  • Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill To-Go Window
  • Wolfgang Puck Express at Disney Springs Marketplace

Table Service

  • The Boathouse
  • Bongos Cuban Cafe
  • Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
    • Full review coming soon!
  • City Works Eatery & Pour House
  • The Edison
  • Enzo’s Hideaway
    • Full review coming soon!
  • Frontera Cocina
  • House of Blues Restaurant & Bar
  • Jaleo by Jose Andres
  • Maria & Enzo’s
  • Morimoto Asia
  • Paddlefish
  • Paradiso 37 Taste of the Americas
  • Planet Hhollywood
  • Rainforest Cafe
  • Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restuarant
  • STK Orlando
  • T-Rex
  • Terralina Crafted Italian
  • Wine Bar George
  • Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

Specialty Food & Beverage

  • Amorette’s Patisserie
  • AristoCrepes
  • B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co.
  • Disney’s Candy Cauldron
  • Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC
  • Ghiradelli’s Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop
  • Goofy’s Candy Co.
  • Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Company
  • The Spice & Tea Exchange
  • Sprinkles
  • Starbucks
  • Vivoli il Gelato


  • Coca-Cola Store Rooftop Beverage Bar
  • Dockside Margaritas
  • Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
  • Lava Lounge at Rainforest Cafe
  • Stargazers Bar

Carts & Kiosks

  • Disney Springs West Side
    • Haagen-Dazs
    • Italian Ice
    • Joffrey’s Handcrafted Smoothies
    • Wetzel’s Pretzels
    • YeSake
  • Disney Springs Marketplace
    • Florida Snow Company
    • Italian Ice
    • Joffrey’s Handcrafted Smoothies
    • Wetzel’s Pretzels

Disney Resorts

Art of Animation

  • Animation Hall- Landscape of Flavors

Disney All Star Movies

  • World Premier Food Court

Disney’s All Star Music

  • Intermission Food Court

Disney’s All-Star Sports

  • End Zone Food Court

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge / Kidani Village

  • Boma
  • Jiko
  • Utima-Springs Pool Bar
  • The Mara
  • Victoria Falls Lounge

Disneys’ Beach Club / Disney’s Yacht Club

  • Ale and Compass Lounge
  • Captain’s Grille
  • Crew’s Cup Lounge
  • Yachtsman Steakhouse
  • Beaches & Cream Soda Shop
  • Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar & Grill
    • Review coming soon!
  • Martha’s Vineyard
  • Cape May Cafe

Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Resort

  • Belle Vue Lounge
    • Review coming soon!
  • ESPN Club
  • BoardWalk Bakery
  • Trattoria al Forno
  • Seashore Sweets
  • BoardWalk Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas
  • Flying Fish Cafe
    • Review coming soon!
  • Big River Grille & Brewing Works
  • Jellyrolls
  • Atlantic Dance Hall
  • Leaping Horse Libations

Disney’s Caribbean Beach

  • Banana Cabana
    • Review coming soon!
  • Sebastian’s Bistro
  • Centertown Market
  • Island Markets
  • Spyglass Grill

Disney’s Contemporary

  • Contemporary Grounds
  • The Wave…of American Flavors
    • Review coming soon!
  • Chef Mickey’s
    • Review coming soon!
  • Outer Rim Lounge
  • Contempo Cafe
  • California Grill
  • The Sand Bar

Disney’s Coronado Springs

  • Barcelona Lounge
  • Dahlia Lounge
  • Toledo Restaurant
  • Three Bridges Bar & Grill at Villa del Lago
  • Laguna Bar
  • Cafe Rix
  • Rix Sports Bar & Grill
  • El Mercado de Coronado
  • Maya Grill
  • Siestas Cantina

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground

  • Meadow Snack Bar
  • Trail’s End Restaurant
  • Crockett’s Tavern

Disney’s Grand Floridian

  • 1900 Park Fare
    • Check out @DisneyAtoZ’s review here!
  • Grand Floridian Cafe
  • Victoria & Albert’s
  • Citricos
  • Gasparilla Island Grill
  • Narcoossee’s
  • Garden View Tea Room
  • Mizner’s Lounge
  • Courtyard Pool Bar
  • Beaches Pool Bar & Grill

Disney’s Old Key West

  • Olivia’s Cafe

Disney’s Polynesian Village

  • Capt. Cook’s
  • Kona Cafe
  • ‘Ohana
    • Review coming soon!
  • Tambu Lounge
  • Pineapple Lanai
  • Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto
  • Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace
  • Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show
    • Review coming soon!

Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter  / Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside

  • Riverside
    • River Roost
    • Boatwright’s Dining Hall
    • Riverside Mill
  • French Quarter
    • Sssagoula Floatworks & Food Factory
    • Scat Cat’s Club

Disney’s Pop Century

  • Petals Pool Bar
  • Food Court
  • Classic Concotions

Disney’s Riviera Resort

  • Le Petit Cafe
  • Voyageurs’ Lounge
  • Primo Piatto
  • Bar Riva
  • Topolino’s Terrace

Saratoga Springs Resort

  • On The Roks Pool Bar
  • The Artist’s Palette
  • The Turf Club Bar and Grill
  • BBQ Grill Area
  • Backstretch Pool Bar

WDW Swan & Dolphin

  • Dolphin
    • Shula’s Steak House
    • Lobby Lounge
    • Cabana Bar & Grill
    • Picabu
    • The Fountain
    • Todd English’s bluezoo
    • Fresh Mediterranean Market
  • Swan
    • Splash Grill
    • Splash Terrace
    • Garden Grove
    • Kimonos
      • Review coming soon!
    • Java Bar
    • Il Mulino New York Trattoria
      • Review of their bar coming soon!

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

  • Whispering Canyon Cafe
  • Territory Lounge
  • Artist Point Dining
  • Roaring Fork Snacks
  • Trout Pass Pool Bar

Flower & Garden Festival.