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About livinginagrownupworld

**LIKES** Movies (especially horror movies), baking, cooking, going out to eat (food in general is a big like of mine), spending time with friends and family, working out, and of course…All things related to Walt Disney World...I have been there 15 times, and I love to read anything I can get my hands on about Disney…needless to say I have a lot of (otherwise useless) Disney information in my head. I enjoyed WDW so much as a child, and when I went back as an adult I found I enjoyed it so much more than I could have ever imagined, hence this blog...and THE PURPOSE OF THIS BLOG IS to convince those out there that Walt Disney World isn’t just for kids/families, its enjoyable for those of all ages, and there is something there for everyone (and I mean EVERYONE)

T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Coffee Tastes Better At Disney (It’s A Fact!)

There are few things I love more than a nice hot cup of coffee in the morning. The chance to sip it while playing with my son is basically paradise to me. In fact – I’m sipping some right now – out of a Disney mug of course

Speaking of Disney – there are few things better than combining it with my other love – Caffeine!

Starbucks at Disney World is a fairly new development – over the last several years the Parks and Disney Springs have added various locations that offer everything we have come to love about the coffee chain with some Disney magic sprinkled in:

Starbucks + Disney = Perfection.

TGIF – and here’s hoping your coffee is stronger than your toddler’s sass (at least that’s what I’m hoping for anyway!)

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of the Week – Disney Dreamin’

I know this may be hard to believe – but the life of a Disney lover can be hard! We spend our time scheming and planning how we can get to Walt Disney World as much as possible without bankrupting ourselves and our families, and for many we are lucky to go once every few years

So how do we survive? How do we pass the time between trips? Well – aside from the planning of future trips – the MEMORIES are what keeps me going. I have said it before – my absolute favorite Disney souvenirs are my trip pictures – the photos I snap of our adventures are better and more priceless than anything you can buy. And watching my son on this last trip – seeing him enjoy Disney for the first time – that’s what I am missing today

The pure joy and excitement of Disney – that’s why we do it. Us Disney addicts are a special kind of person – we understand the vision Walt Disney was going for, and we aim to enjoy it as much as possible!

I may not have any Disney trips planned for the near future, but I have my memories to keep me going until that Magical day when I can return “Home”


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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – The Cutest Babe Turns 1

Ok – so – fair warning – this week’s post is not at all Disney-related – but it IS related to something I LOVE SO MUCH – my NIECE!

She turned 1 this past week, and while we don’t live close to them, I have loved watching her grow during our visits:

This post may not be Disney related, but my sister in law is training her early to love Disney – which explains these amazing milestone month stickers with Disney Princesses on them!

Clearly Ariel is alraedy her favorite Disney Princess!

…Bet you can’t guess who got her that Minnie Mouse headband for Christmas…OK – it was ME! Gotta start them early, am I right?

My son LOVES his “baby cousin Hailey” so much – and as I type this we are on our way to my brother and sister in law’s house, and can’t wait to celebrate with her tomorrow at her party!

Hope everyone has a great weekend – I know I will!



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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Cupcakes For Breakfast?

I have always been a firm believer in the idea of cake for breakfast – and since the internet has confirmed what I have always thought – that cupcakes are basically just muffins – I thought today’s post could showcase some “muffins” aka cupcakes –

In order we have – a cookies and cream filled Halloween cupcake, a Stitch cupcake, the much missed Butterfinger cupcake (seriously – that thing was a beast!) and the classic white cake celebration cupcake we received while at dinner at Chef Mickey’s on our honeymoon

They are all amazing but if I had to pick a favorite of the cupcakes I have had at Disney over the years it would have to be that Butterfinger cupcake – filled with fudge, piled with frosting and a chocolate shell coated with Butterfinger pieces – I still dream about it sometimes ….

Ok maybe it’s just because I haven’t had any breakfast but I am legit drooling right now. Off to go get some cake err I mean “muffins”


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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Oddball Favorites (Toddler Edition)

When preparing to take my 3 year old son to Walt Disney World for the first time, I had an idea of what he might like/dislike as far as rides, dining, and characters – and many of my instincts were spot on. But – there were some things I couldn’t have predicted that he would just love:


He was obsessed with the Huey/Dewey/Louie and Donald statues outside of our hotel room at the All Star Sports Resort – he insisted on visiting them every time we came or went


He really enjoyed watching the Star Wars show at Hollywood Studios – longest he has sat still in forever ha!


I was not prepared to ride Dumbo 4 times in a row – but it was a trip favorite for sure – he loved that he could “control” the up and down motion of the vehicle – and there was no line so it was easy to ride over and over!


Roasting marshmallows at the nightly hotel bonfire – I mean – ok, most kids love s’mores, but most aren’t patient enough to roast the marshmallows themselves, but he loved it, and of course enjoyed the end result, too!

A few things he did NOT love: “Real” characters – he was dying to meet Ariel, but when he went into the grotto and saw she was a real person (not a covered face like the rest) – he wanted NOTHING to do with her! Slinky Dog Dash, Mission – Space and Dinosaur were all rides he was definitely not on board with – although he said afterwards he liked it, but I could tell he was scared at the time!

It just goes to show – you gotta try everything, and you might just be surprised at what you like (that you maybe didn’t think you would!) Now only if I could use the same theory with my son on vegetables, hmm…


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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Disney Mugs & #MomLife #NeedCoffee

I have written about my love of Disney mugs before – multiple times. There is just nothing better than a hot cup of morning coffee from a Disney mug

Here are some of my Disney mugs that I bought at Disney and brought home – a risky move for sure – as who knows what happens once the luggage is checked into the airport? But they all made it home safely and in one piece which I am grateful for

Today – I am especially grateful for not only the mugs, but for coffee to drink out of them

Just over here living that #MomLife – enjoying some coffee before school

Oh – and I’m grateful for this little photobombing cutie too (who is actually not wearing any pants right now – since he is supposed to be getting dressed for school)

TGIF – and may your coffee be stronger than your toddlers – today and always


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