Simply Disney: Favorite Photos

Happy Hump Day!

So I’ve been sitting at my computer thinking about how I plan on writing this without seeming completely nuts. As most of you probably know, I looooooove Disneyland. And I know there are people who totally get the judging eyes on when I talk about how many times I go a year (as an adult) because everyone assumes its for kids or people with kids. I want to say I don’t care but honestly, it does make me really self conscious about talking about it. But at the end of the day, Disneyland is part of who I am so if you judge me for loving it, I guess technically I don’t want you reading anyways!

There are so many reasons why I love Disneyland but I think it’s difficult to explain. It’s more of a feeling than it is reason (other Disney enthusiasts will agree with me!). But I’m gonna to share my favoriteĀ artsy-fartsy pictures I’ve snapped at the parks and some of the reasons why I love it so much!

Beautiful Giant Castle. ‘Nuff said.

No matter where you are, there’s almost always a “view” at Disneyland.

I’m still crying a little about the California letters being gone but I love the retro feel to the new California Adventure.

I love the Pacific Wharf, mostly for the UH-mazing Margarita Stand and Karl Strauss Beer Truck but the new Ghiradelli doesn’t hurt either šŸ˜‰ Did I mention there’s a Starbucks now too?!

No one can deny the detail Disney puts into small details of the park. This is a restroom area!

California Adventure’s Mickey wheel over Paradise Bay is something I could watch all day.

The line of Indiana Jones is usually horrendous. But the detail they put in the “waiting” areas especially of this ride, is undeniable.

Disneyland almost never has a bulb out. Considering the number of bulbs around the park…

You could walk by this pond all day without noticing anything spectacular. But at certain intervals at night, there’s a mini light show that happens prior to the fireworks. It’s such a trivial detail but it’s one of the ways that Disney always strives to make your money worth it.

I absolutely LOVE how Disneyland is different between night and day. Seeing the transition never ceases to amaze me.

All photos were taken by my iPhone 4s.

I’ve been going to Disneyland since I was little and the wonderful part is that the Disneyland Resort has almost grown up with me. They added California Adventure (a very adult friendly park), built more thrill-centric rides (not for the kids), and now they serve alcoholic beverages (all of these things happened in my lifetime!). Oh trust me, there are millions more reasons I call it my second home (holiday decorations, World of Color, food and drinks), but those are for future entries…

Have you ever been to Disneyland? What’s your favorite parts?

Do you have a place that you simply feel connected to?

Hope you make it over the HUMP okay!

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Instagram Blog Hop: SoCal edition

Happy Tuesday readers!

So RARE do I get two entries in a row done so I’m over the moon with excitement! But I also love the Instagram Blog Hop with Let it Be Beautiful, Ā A Night Owl and The Pink Elephant so this wasn’t hard to quickly rustle up a post. Here are some of my latest Instagrams:

Link up to the blog hop with your instagram too!

Find me on Instagram: @EGatsby88

And don’t forget to follow Kimberly, Ashlyn and EmilyĀ on Instagram too!

Most of my pics are from vacay time down south, especially at one of my favorite places on earth, DISNEYLAND! After weeks of sulking (clearly, I’m a grown up) about the recent $150 increase in the Disneyland Annual Passes, Rob surprised me with already purchasing mine. I’m truly a lucky gal, He knows just the way to my heart! Does anyone else love World of Color as much as I do?!?! More vacation stories and pictures coming soon! šŸ™‚

Just What the Doctor Ordered…

Happy Monday readers!

I had such a wonderful weekend that was desperately necessary after the rough couple of weeks I’ve been having. We celebrated 1 of my best friend’s birthdays (Happy Birthday Auva babe!), took my wonderful boyfriend to a movie (after heĀ barbecuedĀ dinner and washed my car!), had a sunny brunch with my old friend Sam and relaxed with my family. I have to confess, I did absolutely no projects this weekend but there are definitely some coming soon! For now, settle for some of my weekend iPhoneography:

Ā My perfect Saturday afternoon: Sun, a porch swing and a glass of moscato.

Toy Story clouds right?

I love bread. And olive oil.

Gemelli Spinacini from Paesanos – Bacon, Spinach and Pasta, what more could you want?

An incredible Saturday sunset – Sacramento sky

Definitely one of those weekends that are just what the doctor ordered!

I’ve been having major bloggers block and part of it is that I’ve been on aĀ roller coasterĀ of emotions lately. For those of you who didn’t know, I gave Facebook up for Lent and have discovered that it’s absence from my life for 40 days has been a blessing. I spent wayyyy too much time on it, sizing myself up with others (I’m competitive by nature, what can I say?) and generally feeling inadequate. AsĀ embarrassing as it is to admit that social media affects me that way, I’ve mentioned it to a few friends and it seems like other people feel that way too. Because Facebook is so deeply ingrained in society (they now own my fav app Instagram) I don’t think deactivation is necessary but I think I’ll only be logging in to plug my newest blog entry, check messages or events (aka no Timeline stalking for me!). Here’s to making choices to actively shape your own happiness *imaginary glass clinking together*

And for those of you having a hard week, remember to give your heart a break once in awhile. Loving this new hit! (Click on the link below)

Demi Lovato – Give Your Heart a Break

Love,

Evani