Thursday, August 29, 2013

Daisy's First Trip to Disney

Sunday morning Zane and I were eating breakfast and this happened: 
D: "Let's go to Wet N' Wild." 
Z: "Okay!" 
D: "No, it's too expensive."
Z: "Then let's go to a Disney water park." 
D: "No, I don't want to use our free Disney tickets for a water park." 
Z: "Then let's go to Disney." 
D: "Okay!" 

A few hours later, this happened: 

Daisy's first visit to Disney World!
We arrived to the Magic Kingdom at noon and immediately got Daisy a First Visit button. 

I have to admit, when we first went through the turnstiles, I started to cry. Not blubbery, but more than teary-eyed (which was honestly, a little embarrassing). It was so special to remember all my times of entering Disney World as a kid, and now we were introducing our baby to the magical world of Disney!

First up, we did the carousel. I think she liked it, but she was very private about her emotions the entire day. Next, we did It's a Small World. She seemed to like the ride, but she mostly stayed quiet and observed the majesty. 

For Zane and me, it was all about the New Fantasyland. I know it's been around for a while now, but we hadn't seen it yet, so please share in my excitement. 

I was in LOVE with this corner of Fantasyland behind It's a Small World designed like the village from Tangled! 

I said, "Let's go see what that is!" It was the bathrooms. The coolest bathrooms in the whole park! Each stall door had large curly strap hinges! Zane said the mens' bathroom had frying pans all around. Love it!

Rapunzel's tower is behind Zane!

The entrance to the new parts of Fantasy land is flanked by these cool castle walls. 

Ariel's ride is in this awesome replica (can you replicate a fictional building?) of Prince Eric's Castle!! Can't you imagine him on the balcony playing his flute? What a dreamy prince with his flowy hair!

The beginning of the Ariel queue. 
We loved Gaston's tavern. This photo below is not the best angle or framing, but I was trying to get the fountain statue and the Beast's castle in the background. That castle is part of a restaurant that had a ridiculously long line to get into. Next time we'll try to eat there. 

Daisy trying out Gaston's chair. She's roughly the size of a tugboat. 

Right before the afternoon rain came, we snagged one of the only covered stroller parking spots in Frontier land and ran into Country Bear Jamboree. Then we dashed over to the Tiki Room. Two great shows for kiddos.

(Poop Story: Daisy had some tummy problems, and I had her on my lap in the Tiki Room. When the show ended, I set her down and saw a glob of diaper contents stuck to my leg. Yes, that happened. It was okay, because it was only on my leg (not my clothes), so I just discreetly wiped it off. My nonchalance in this story is how I know I've fully crossed over into mom-zone.)

After the Tiki Room, the rain stopped, so we grabbed my favorite Disney treat: Dole Whip!

Daisy was into the dole whip!

Then we did Pirates of the Caribbean, saw some mallard ducks (possibly Daisy's favorite part of the day), visited the chaotic former ToonTown-current Circus World (I do NOT recommend going back there: too many kids), rode the train back to Frontier land, ate dinner, and headed back to Fantasyland to do the Belle's Story Time ride/walk-through thing.

By then it was time to leave. Daisy stayed up from 12-7pm, totally skipping her afternoon nap. She was really the most excellent toddler the entire time. She was happy and content and conked out as soon as we started driving out of the parking lot.

It was a great, spontaneous day! We needed a little break from reality. Plus, it was a good test to see how Daisy does with little sleep, since we're headed to China in a couple weeks.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Sunshine Cloth Diapers

A review!

My long-time friend Dana is a mom, who decided to use cloth diapers with her daughter. That went so well that she started her own online, eco-friendly, baby gear store called Sunshine Cloth Diapers. Last month she sent me a sample diaper of my choice to try out and review here, so here I go!

The Diaper

I chose a Best Bottom Diaper, which is considered a hybrid, because it has an outer, plastic-y shell and soft, fleece liners that can be replaced without changing the shell, similar to a Grovia diaper (the front-runner in my favorite cloth diaper brands).

Best Bottom is my new favorite. The shell fits Daisy much better around her legs than her Grovia shells. No leaks with Best Bottom. The shell also seems sturdier than my Grovia shells.

I've washed the diaper 5-6 times, and it's still like new.

Sunshine Cloth Diapers' website has the cost breakdown of each type of cloth diaper system versus disposable diapers. The Best Bottom diaper system costs approximately $400 compared to a disposable system, which costs approximately $2200 over the course of three years.

I would recommend Best Bottoms over other types of cloth diapers for affordability and ease of use. If we have another baby, I'll definitely order more of these.

The diaper gets an A+!

The Website

The website is a gold mine of information.

Diapering 101 - If anyone is considering cloth diapering, check out the diapering 101 page and browse the diapers. Each product page has a diagram picture of the diaper, detailed description, and washing instructions!

Registry - Expecting mothers can register for the reusable baby products that they need!

Wipe Solution Recipes - No need to search the internet for solution recipes, because there are several recipes available for free!

Customer Loyalty Program - Planning on buying lots of diapers? Want to refer a friend? You can earn discounts!

Not Just Diapers

Many cloth diaper stores only sell the diapers. Then you have to hunt down the other reusable things that go with cloth diapering, but Sunshine Cloth Diapers offers it all: pail liner, diaper sprayer, cloth-friendly diaper cream, cloth wipes, laundry detergent.

They also carry products for mom, the nursery, teething, potty training, bath, and even baby carriers!

Plus, all products are eco-friendly and made in the USA. 

If you're just starting out on the journey of motherhood, and you're looking for a way to support small-business, save money, stay green, and care for your baby with quality products, then try Sunshine Cloth Diapers!!

I received a free diaper from Sunshine Diapers, but the opinions are my own! 

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Dreamy Weamy

I'm changing my name. This blog is changing venues. 

As if parenthood, full-time work, hubs in school, planning a trip to China, and starting an etsy shop, weren't enough for me, I decided to change this space too. 

Where's My Dream Life?

I've never been crazy about the title "Where's My Dream Life?" It was relevant when I first started this blog as I was trying to discover my purpose in life. I graduated college, got married, and started a part-time data-entry job. I had a lot of time to ponder what my next steps were supposed to be.

It was relevant when we were trying to have a baby. I felt like my dreams were just out of grasp. I was literally looking for my dream life. I started acting, which did fulfill a dream of mine, but I was constantly wishing to be a parent. Now that I'm a parent, I'm wishing to be an actor again. Times and seasons, I guess. 

In many ways, the phrase "Where's My Dream Life?" still applies. I don't think I'll ever be satisfied. I'm okay with that. I'm a very pro-active, creative person, and I want to keep expanding my skills and trying new things. 

But - the name has to go. 

It's too long and confusing. It can't be shortened in an acronym because "WMDL" sounds like a radio station. Where it was relevant for my blog, it's not relevant for my etsy shop. Plus, I only ever liked it; I never loved it. 

So, I'm shifting the site. I'm branding a small business for myself (this is a lot of work, by the way). I'm changing my name. 

Dreamy Weamy

By this point, you may have guessed that "Dreamy Weamy" is the new name, since it's the title of this post. 

I wanted to keep the theme of dreaming, because I'm a dreamer. Dreamy Weamy is short. It rhymes. It's unique, and it's a subtle tribute to Doctor Who, referring to the line: "Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Stuff."

Coming Soon

I'm in the process of making all this happen. I've got a lot to do. It may happen in October, or it may happen in January. It is happening. 

I'll keep you updated. 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Homegrown Pineapple Harvest

The first or second year we were married, I propagated the tops of two grocery store pineapples. We've now been married nearly five and a half years, and I finally harvested our first pineapple. I almost gave the plants away right before they started to fruit.

Let's see the progression:
2010 (I brought them over in pots from our apartment)

2011. I planted them on the back porch, only to transplant them later to more sunlight. 

Later in 2011, they shot up in the full sunlight. 

April 2013, budding fruit. 

Today (photo not enhanced). 

Today I noticed that one of the pineapples was yellow, so I plucked it from the plant. I literally grabbed the top and twisted it gently until it popped off. 

We took a couple pictures, then I cut off the top (and disposed of it outside) and washed it really well, because there were little ants all over it. Then I cut it up and ate some.

The result?

It was not very tangy. It's mildly sweet. It reminds me of the Dole pineapple whips at Disney. I ended up eating several bites, because it didn't taste very acidic. It's been about two hours, and my tummy hurts. I guess it was secretly acidic. Darn, you!

Five years of waiting for this organic, home-grown, tropical delight, and now I wonder if it was worth it. Oh brother. 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Weekend Mini-Vacation to Savannah

We recently took a little mini-vacation to see our friend Jimbo graduate from marine boot camp at Parris Island, SC. It was a nice little getaway for us, where we could support him and spend some family time in Savannah on the way home. 

On the drive up, we stopped at Jekell Island Club. I had visions of grandeur, because I knew it was the vacation place for uppity ups back in the Biltmore and Flagler hay-day. We were not too impressed, plus it was hot as hades.

Daisy and me wishing for a swim.

That night in Beaufort, SC (near Parris Island), we met up with Zane's brother for dinner at Q on the Bay, which was good if you like Carolina BBQ. The food was really delicious (I got one fish taco and one brisket taco), but I was not happy with the amount of food per dollar spent when ordering a side other than french fries. Punished for eating healthy. 

After dinner we strolled around historic, downtown Beaufort. 

The next day we arrived at Parris Island not a minute too soon for the graduation. Jimbo's parents saved us PRIME seats in the second row of the bleachers (they arrived two hours early). As soon as the marines made it out on the pavement, it started to downpour. I ran under a tree with Daisy and several other onlookers. A couple minutes later, they dismissed the graduation. We hadn't even gotten to the national anthem.

Daisy and Jimbo. 

We had a lovely lunch with Jimbo and family and heard lots of fun stories about boot camp. It was cool to see him with his comrades and hear about training.

After lunch, Jimbo headed home, and we drove to Savannah. We checked into our hotel on Bay Street, right in the historic district, and rested for an hour or so. Daisy enjoyed the looking out the low window.

After a good rest, we regrouped for dinner and headed to Riverwalk.

Sassy momma. 

We ate dinner at Huey's on the River. Great Cajun food. I got shrimp and grits ($20 for a large serving), and it was AMAZING, if a little heavy.

My only recommendation would be to not sit in the bar area of the restaurant. I guess they sat us there because we said we would participate in happy hour (one sangria for me), but it resulted in distracted service, since our waiter was also tending the bar. 

Great food, great view of the river, and very friendly staff. 

After dinner we walked up and down Riverwalk. We saw several street performers and one outdoor concert by an acapella band from New Jersey. Unfortunately, I can't remember their name, but their performance of Journey's "Love Will Find You" teared me up. 

Awesome giant globe sculpture.

The next day, we took a trolley tour (Oglethorpe Tours) around the historic district. I highly recommend doing this because we would not have known what we were looking at otherwise. We learned about many of the beautiful buildings and squares. Daisy conveniently napped during the tour.

Whoops! My eyes are closed too, probably because we're passing the one ugly building in the city. 

She wasn't up for much walking, but she enjoyed hanging out in the town squares. Savannah is very unique with their parks at every block.

We had lunch at The District Cafe and Eatery, which I also recommend. I got an amazing peaches and brie pita. However, I had the same problem that I had at Q, where I felt like I paid more than was worth the amount of food I got. It was unique food and a fun environment, though. I guess I just expect to be full at the end of my meal.

Daisy liked the chalkboard tables. 

From there we played a bit more in Savannah before heading home and took pictures with buildings like this cute little house: 

It was a lovely weekend, and it was good to experience travel with Daisy as a toddler in preparation for our trip to China in September. 

Savannah! Go see it!