Hey There Honey Boo Boo

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I really have to stop this disappearing thing, I mean really. Anyways, during my prolonged hiatus a lot has changed.

For starters I’ve gone to Disneyland, twice. Justine and I renewed our annual passes so we took the time to escape from the day to day and head down to our Happy Place for a weekend at a time. Justine loves the Pixar movie Cars & Cars 2, so we were obliged to visit Cars Land now that it is open in Disney California Adventure. It was simply amazing, plus we got to wear our matching Disney t-shirts.

Also while I was gone I baked a little bit, a bunch of mini apple pies here and a batch of banana bread muffins there.

We sent out our Save the dates and I finally stopped gnawing at my stubby finger nails and let them grow. Thanks to Pinterest and Instagram I was addicted to changing my nail polish every few days or so. Unfortunately a little over two weeks ago I started to chew my nails again. But, I know I can stop again and I will.

I got a new job. After being a college graduate for a little over two years I finally earned a job where I can start my career doing what I went to school to do. I have a title and I’m finally salaried. I feel so grown up and so far I’m enjoying the environment and challenges it brings. The only downside is that I work full time now and barely have time to bake or run The Beast Bakery. Frustrating to say the least but at the current moment we need a stable income so that we can have our wedding and pay the bills.

 

On a lighter note, I dressed like a Zombie for Halloween. It was a little last minute but I think I pulled it off pretty well.  My new co-worker turned me on to a new craft which I have began to practice and master. I love learning something new and it doesn’t help that it can actually come in handy some day.

Justine’s cousin invited me to vend at her Annual Holiday Home Boutique. It was fun and my mom attended with me and it brings me great joy to spend time with her.

Overall, I’ve been living life and trying to stay on the brighter side of life instead of dwelling on the negative. I’m not going to sweat the small stuff and continue to persevere. One day I’ll have my bakery one way or another. In the mean time you should head on over to The Beast Bakery’s Facebook page and take a gander at what I’m offering.

Holiday Gift Baskets anyone?

Cheers,
EA

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My Dream Disney Wedding

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Recently I’ve been thinking about our wedding and even though we initially planned on having a huge wedding I wouldn’t mind a much smaller more intimate event. Personally I would love to take advantage of the Disney Wedding Escape package and have our wedding ceremony and intimate reception at the Disneyland Resort.

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 I have always dreamed about getting married at Disneyland. It holds such a special place in my heart and feels like home. It meant the world to me when Justine proposed at the front gates while my family surrounded us. We originally planned on having Disney/Disneyland be the theme of our wedding but as time has progressed and my lovely mother found out about the Disneyland Wedding Escape package available @ the DLR in Anaheim, CA. Just look at the Wedding Garden (above) where we could have our ceremony!


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There is another wedding ceremony site (above) called the Adventure Lawn Gazebo that I nearly swooned over when I first seen this photo. I can just see Justine and I now standing in front of the gazebo, her looking handsome as ever while I cry uncontrollably.


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With the package you get a two tiered wedding cake which is baked the decorated by top of the line Disney Pastry Chefs. Absolutely adorable. I would smash that cake into Justine’s face in a heart beat.


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Disney has you covered with a few floral arrangements for the bride/groom (other bride in our case), maid of honor & best man. Seriously, I can’t get enough of this stuff. Disney has me on a string wrapped around Mickey’s fat gloved finger.

Here are the details that absolutely had me sold:

  • Weddings are planned no more than 6 months in advance.
  • Ceremony locations available: Wedding Garden, Brisa Courtyard, and the Adventure Lawn Gazebo.
  • Ceremony & Reception Times Available: 9am, 10am, 11:30am, 5pm, 7:30p
  • Guest Allowance: 20 people maximum including bride & groom (other bride in our case)
  • Extras included: Bride bouquet, Groom boutonniere, two-tiered wedding cake, champagne or sparkling cider, music (cd), personal wedding website,  Limousine service for 4 hours, a violinist for ceremony and isle walk, 2 hours of professional photography and a Jasmine wedding album, a wedding planner, and a three course plated meal.
  • Music: A CD player is provided by Disney to play your own music or you can use the Disney-themed music provided. Otherwise for an additional cost you can enhance your wedding package with a DJ, vocalist, guitarist, harpist, etc.
  • Beverages/Bar: Additional beverages, including a hosted or cash bar require an extra fee.
  • Cost: $5,000 for ceremony & reception (plus whatever enhancements added)
  • What you can’t have with an Escape Disneyland Wedding: the Crystal Coach, the Rose Court Garden, your own cake, or 21+ guests.

I’m trying to convince Justine that we need to get in on this outstanding package and have a larger “reception/party” for the rest of our friends and family the following weekend. That way we can have our cake and eat it too.

Cheers,
EA

Cake Toppers- CHECK!

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Justine and I have been talking about our theme more and more. We’ve been deciding little details here and there and  being that we are Disney fanatics we have chosen to use a Disney themed cake topper. I have been researching and looking online at various Disney outlets online and found several cake toppers that were cute, but not cute enough. Some just didn’t feel like they represent us as a couple. Some are too elegant, I mean we’re classy but we’re funky and fun too.

We love our pups and Disney so why not combine the two and use the Lady and The Tramp topper like the one above? Eh, not our style.

And we are a “Precious Moments” kind of couple either, although this topper is very cute.  As I thought more and more it finally hit me like a sack of bricks.

We collect vinylmations, if you don’t know what they are check out my previous post here, and what better way to represent our style and our love for Disney than to use the Celebration Series Vinylmation figures of a bride and groom. PERFECT!

I ordered the figures from The Disney Store online and received them in just under a week. I got them on sale so we saved about 40%! YES! They came with two extra figurines and wouldn’t it be perfect to wear the little one on the left as my “something blue.”

Well the cat is out the bag and I can’t wait to choose our wedding cake design and see these little beauties on top!

Ah I can’t wait!!

Cheers,

EA

She Put a Ring On It

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For years I have dreamt of the day Justine would propose to me. Let’s get things straight, she has proposed to me before on our 5 year anniversary, but the time wasn’t right. We were both still young, dumb, and in debt to our eyeballs. Not to mention my parent’s weren’t too fond of our relationship as I had only came out to them a year before. I was 20 and she was 23 and we were rushing things plus she had proposed right after a fight. Needless to say, the ring went back to the jewelers and feelings were hurt.

Fast forward 3 and half years to December 25th 2011, yes just a few weeks ago, Justine and I drove down to Anaheim to celebrate Christmas with my family at Disneyland. We opened gifts on Christmas Eve and Justine said that one of my gifts didn’t make it in time for the holiday so I’d get it when we got back home. I was hoping she bought me a Kindle Fire because I had been raving about getting one for a few weeks.

Christmas morning we woke up, got ready and headed to Disneyland. Once we got inside the resort we decided to take pictures in front of the Mickey Mouse topiary garden thing at the front gates. Justine and I stood together, took a picture and then my family joined in, we took another picture. As we were about to leave Justine suggested we take a better picture of just the two of us. I agreed thinking the picture would make a great Christmas card for the next year.

Then it happened.

We were about to pose when she turned to me and said that the gift that was on the way wasn’t really on the way. She pulled out a small silver box, told me how much she loved me and that she had gotten permission from my parent’s to ask for my hand. She got down on one knee and asked me to marry her. The entire time this was going on I was in shock. I had no idea what was going on because I’m usually 3 step ahead of her and can guess my gifts or surprises way in advance. But, this time she got one over on me and boy am I glad she did. I started crying and said, “Yes of course.” We hugged and I continued crying. The deep sobbing cry that you only cry when someone you love passes or you’re too overjoyed to do anything else.

The rest of the day was a blur because I was too busy trying to not cry due to happiness and the day was amazing to say the least.

Now that we are engayged my mind is consumed with wedding plans and details. I’m excited out of my mind about what is to come. As a result this blog will more than likely be updated more frequently and the theme will change from everyday living to wedding planning. I’m pumped.

Cheers,

EA

Obsession- Vinylmation

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I have come to find out that I have a rather addictive personality. Sure it helps out in situations that call for persistence, like getting good grades, working hard to achieve goals, all that jazz. However, in certain cases it’s not so great. Take for example my newest obsession- Disney Vinylmations. As you may already know I love me some Disney and everything related. So, the last time we were in Disneyland in August 2010 I stumbled across Vinylmation toys, they are essentially collectible figurines made of vinyl much like those at Kidrobot.com. These figures are designed specifically for Disney and feature various artists in different series. They are pretty effin’ sweet and extremely addictive.

When you purchase a Vinylmation it comes in a sealed box and in certain series you cannot tell which figurine you’re buying. Each series has multiple different characters and so it’s a surprise which one you get when you pick a random box. At the Disneyland and California Adventure parks you are able to trade your figurines at different stores and with other park visitors. You can do the same thing at Walt Disney World and at certain Disney Stores. It’s a lot like gambling because you never know what you are going to get and it’s a rush when you get the figurine you want.

So back to last August, I purchased four Vinylmations and traded a few times at the park. I was new to the idea of buying and trading and I wasn’t quite sure where to go and who to talk to so I only traded about once or twice. I came home with the figurines above.

This time around when we visited last weekend I brought my four original figurines and traded Cookies (far left) and SpectroMickey (far right). I traded them several times and needless to say got a little carried away. We went to the park with 4 and came back with 24. Yes ladies and gentlemen we dropped a lot of cash on about 20 figurines. Ridiculous I know, but we have almost the entire Toy Story 3 series and several others from various series.

Below is our Toy Story 3 collection. Minus the Green Army Man and the chaser.

We have just started our collection, and notice I say ours because Justine has gotten a little addicted too. Our next series will be Villians and hopefully Holiday #2.

Cheers,

EA

Disneyland Recap

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I’m back kiddies. Justine and I got home around this time last night and we’ve been busting back into the swing of things since our journey to Disneyland. This time around I was able to celebrate my birthday early and for two days straight. Even though tomorrow is my real birthday, I quite enjoyed hearing cast members and fellow park visitors wish me a happy birthday.

Justine and I spent a little too much mula this time, but we only live once and we’ll learn from our mistakes. My parent’s gave me an awesome early present by purchasing a “Premium Annual Pass” which means I can visit Disneyland 365 days of the year without having to buy a black out day ticket. Thank you Mom and Dad! My little sister is baking me a Disney themed cake so I am super excited for that as well.

Anyways, I am still pretty plum tuckered out from all the fun we had over the weekend. T-minus 2 and a half hours until I am 23 years old. I now leave you with these pictures from our Disneyland weekend.

Cheers,

EA

Disneyland Adventure

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Last year around this time of year Justine, myself and Justine’s cousin Lisa had a mini vacation adventure to Disneyland to celebrate my birthday. Now this isn’t the first time we’ve done this. We all have annual passes and go to Disneyland at least 3 times a year. Well it’s that time again my birthday is next Tuesday and we are leaving tomorrow at midnight to go on our annual Disneyland adventure. I’m going to try and post at least once but be aware I’m going to most likely post TONS of pics from the land.

Till then I leave you with pictures from last year. Enjoy.

Cheers,

EA