MY OCTOBER TBR LIST

MY OCTOBER TBR LIST

Every month I try to read a handful of books. I have so much fun sharing my love of reading on TikTok and Instagram that I thought I would try out writing posts about my monthly TBR’s. For the month of October, I read four books– The Kingdom of the Feared, The Ballad of Never After, The Ex Hex, and Scarred. This is a no spoiler post, so all descriptions and thoughts down below are safe for all to read!

KINGDOM OF THE FEARED

Kingdom of the Feared is the third and final book in the Kingdom of the Wicked trilogy. This series starts off as YA Fantasy and by the third book turns into New Adult Fantasy. I really enjoyed this series as a whole and love the setting of this book. It is a great read for fall/spooky season and it will make you want to constantly eat cannolis.

Genre: New Adult

THE BALLAD OF NEVER AFTER

The sequel to Once Upon A Broken Heart. This book was quite the journey. So many ups-and-downs plot wise and emotionally. I flew through this book faster than I care to admit. Fair warning, the ending is a cliffhanger and will make you want to throw your book at the wall. BUT, the good news is that there is going to be another book to look forward to in the future.

Genre: Young Adult

THE EX HEX

This was such a fun and cute read. It reminded me of practical magic meets Gilmore Girls. It’s about a couple that fall in love in college, but it was short lived. Years later they are forced back together to help save a college town after a curse gone wrong, but it’s not the curse you think it is! This book will make you laugh and give you the feels.

Genre: Romance

SCARRED

This is a dark retelling of Sleeping Beauty. It’s about brother princes, and girl who has one mission– kill the king. When she finally gets to the castle she never expected to fall in love with the scarred prince. I really liked this book, and I especially liked the different points of view.

Genre: Romance

DIY HOCUS POCUS COSTUME FOR OOGIE BOOGIE BASH

DIY HOCUS POCUS COSTUME FOR OOGIE BOOGIE BASH

As soon as I knew I was going to Oogie Boogie Bash this year, the costume planning begun. I always look forward to picking out a costume every year, and since I’ve gotten older, I have become very into DIY costumes.

I had never dressed as anything from Hocus Pocus before so I decided this was the year to do it! I decided to dress up as Dani in her Halloween costume.

My strategy was to find affordable pieces that I could embellish to make my costume.I purchased the skirt, turtle neck, hat, and orange fringe from Amazon. I bought a mens XL shirt from Target for super cheap because I knew I would be cutting and painting it. The ribbon I purchased at Michaels.

I do want to preface with I have zero sewing skills, so I am sure there are much better versions of this out there, but I really like what I accomplished. I decided to loosely “sew” on the ribbons to the skirt so I could remove them later and just have a black skirt for everyday use.

OOGIE BOOGIE BASH 2022

OOGIE BOOGIE BASH 2022

This was my first time experiencing Oogie Boogie Bash. I had previously attended Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Disneyland, but once they changed it and moved it to DCA I have not attended. After the parks were closed in 2020-2021, I decided after having major fomo last year that I would be attending this year. With that being said, here is a run down of Oogie Boogie Bash and my experience at the party.

There are many treat trails scattered throughout the park that feature characters. They trails are so fun and interactive, and each trail is unique to the character it features. My favorites were Mim, Oogie Boogie, and Agatha. I was only Able to go through half of the trails due to timing, but I still came home with a full bag of treats.

One of the perks of attending Oogie Boogie Bash is the limited capacity, which translates to short ride lines. We were able to walk onto all the major attractions except for Radiator Racers and Toy Story Mania. I highly recommend, if you are willing and able, to do Guardians. For Halloween, it gets transformed into Monsters after Dark and it is such a blast. We had an awesome cast member who really made the ride fun.

The parade is the same from Mickey’s Not So Scary, so if you are willing to skip it, I would. We ended up wasting a lot of time by being at the end of the parade route, but the parade is short so we were able to squeeze in the interactive walkthrough before the party ended.

Located in the Redwood Creek Trail is Villains Grove. It is a Villian inspired interactive walkthrough experience. The line was continually long through out the party. I will say the line does move quickly and it is a really cool walkthrough. However, it is shorter than I expected and I am glad we did this last.

MUST DO’S AT THE PARTY

  • Character Trails
  • Rides
  • Vilian’s Grove Walk Through

WHAT I WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY

  • Do the treat trails first instead of between rides
  • Skip the parade
  • Do rides after treat trails during the first parade

TIPS

  • Bring a backpack to put your candy bags in to go on rides
  • If you’re in it for the candy, bring a tote bag to trick-or-treat with
  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Eat before the party starts

I had a fun time at the party, but I still prefer the one that use to be at Disneyland. I definitely think it is worth the money for the low ride wait times and the fun character experiences. I probably won’t be going every year, but I do see myself attending again sometime in the future.

STAR WARS DAY, DISNEYLAND + DOWNTOWN DISNEY

STAR WARS DAY, DISNEYLAND + DOWNTOWN DISNEY

{A Downtown Disney date night with my boyfriend to start the week}

{Seeing the miniature rice crispy model of Batuu at the Grand}

{Spending the morning at Disneyland on May the 4th and soaking in the vibes of Batuu}

{Getting in some castle views while finally wearing my baby Yoda top}

{Enjoying Star Wars treats for a fun date night watching A New Hope and Rouge One}

I can’t believe how fast this week has gone by. I love when May 4th comes around, but it honestly is SUCH a busy week for me because my mom’s birthday is on the 6th and then this Sunday is Mother’s Day.

I love to squeeze in as much Star Wars things as I can before the festivities switch over to my mom. Last year I was not able to go to Disneyland so I made sure I was there this year. I started off the week with an impromptu date night at Downtown Disney. We had dinner, Salt and Straw, and then headed into the Grand to look at the amazing Batuu display.

Then on Wednesday, My friend and I headed out to Disneyland and soaked in all things Star Wars with a bunch of other people. I honestly felt like everyone was dressed for the occasion and everyone seemed to be in a really good mood. It was such a fun morning with her, and I even got to finally meet with one of my instagram friends which was the cherry on top of it all!

That night, my boyfriend and I watched two Star Wars movies and enjoyed some blue milk with our Grogu cupcakes. It was the perfect way to end the day.

-Lyndsay

WEDNESDAY’S WISHLIST: MAY THE 4TH

WEDNESDAY’S WISHLIST: MAY THE 4TH

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Bright suns!

I am so excited because today is May the 4th. I love Star Wars, and after not being able to go to Disneyland last year on this day, I made sure I was going today.

While out sitting in Batuu, I thought it would be fun to put together a little Amazon shopping guide for you all about Star Wars. Here are some cute things to add to your cart to feed your dark side (or light side– I don’t discriminate).

How cute are the star hair pins? I think this is such a fun, subtle way to add some Star Wars flair to your everyday. I also love the pork keychain. I actually have him, and he really is the cutest.

One of my other favorite ways to add some Star Wars in my daily routine is to have some drink ware. I love a good mug, and you really can’t go wrong with whichever one you get!

I hope you are having a great Wednesday, and May the 4th be with you.

-Lyndsay

3 OUTFITS I WOULD WEAR TO STAR WARS NIGHT AT DISNEYLAND

3 OUTFITS I WOULD WEAR TO STAR WARS NIGHT AT DISNEYLAND

I can’t believe tomorrow is May 4th already! I am so excited to be spending the morning at Disneyland soaking in all the Batuu vibes. I originally wanted to go to the Star Wars event Disneyland is hosting that evening, but if I’m being honest, I couldn’t afford tickets. SO, a morning trip to Batuu and my favorite ice coffee is just what the doctor ordered.

I thought it would be fun to share some outfit inspiration for everyone who loves May the 4th as much as I do. Here are three outfits I would wear to the May the 4th event at Disneyland if I was going.

This outfit is so cute and definitely caters to my more comfy, relaxed side. I am calling this my Endor outfit because of the graphic tee, like how cute?!

Next up is my dark side outfit. I love how minimal this outfit is with only black and white elements. It’s so cute and I probably will wear this at some point in Galaxy’s Edge when it’s nice and hot outside.

For my last outfit, I wanted something sparkly and a little fancy. If I am going to be wandering around Batuu at night, I think sparkly stars are a must. I paired it with this super cute “Cutie Batuutie” tee and some sparkly blue ears to match the blue milk I will be drinking. I also took the tie from my dress and tied it in my hair.

I would love to know which outfit is your favorite and if you are attending the May the 4th event, so leave me a comment down below!

-Lyndsay

GUIDE TO BARCELONA, SPAIN

GUIDE TO BARCELONA, SPAIN

At the end of March/beginning of April, I was fortunate to be able to travel to Barcelona, Spain with my boyfriend. We had the most amazing time and honestly fell in love with this amazing city.

I wanted to create a short guide of everything that I feel are top musts when going. If you want a more in-depth look at each day I have created posts for each one– day 1, day 2, day 3, day 4, and day 5– just click on the day you want to read about!

WHERE I STAYED

I love a good hotel, but when it came down to finding lodging for Barcelona, I wanted something with a great view and close to transportation. I ultimately found a great Airbnb two blocks away from the Sagrada Familia. We had a whole apartment to ourselves, and a view of the cathedral from our balcony.

HOW I GOT AROUND

The transportation in Barcelona is amazing! You can literally get anywhere by bus or metro. Before you start thinking “eww dirty”, let me be the first to put those thoughts at ease. Barcelona is an extremely clean city, including the public transportation. I never once felt like I was sitting in a can of germs while being on the bus or metro.

I did a lot of research about the public transportation in Barcelona and I found that the Hola Barcelona Card was the best option. It was super affordable and gives you access to all public transportation systems.

WHAT I DID

We were in Barcelona for five days (not including two travel days). I planned pretty much the entire trip on my own with the help of Google and YouTube. Here are some things that I think are a must when you are in Barcelona:

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Sagrada Familia– make sure you do a tour. We did a guided tour in the morning and it was really nice being able to ask questions and hear stories from the perspective of someone who lives in Barcelona.

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Palau de la Musica– This place was stunning! We did an audio tour and were very lucky to be there while someone was warming up on the organ inside. This is the type of place that could only exist in Spain and it definitely should not be missed. There is also a great little cafe downstairs for an afternoon espresso and sandwich.

Parc Guell– This is probably one of the most iconic places in Barcelona. I never realized how big this park actually is, so I would allow for a few hours here to explore and see all the amazing pieces that make up this park.

Parc de laberint d’horta– This park is like a hidden gem that I never really came across in any of my research before the trip. I happened to just see it on a map and Googled it. It is only a few euros to get into and it is well worth it. There is a full hedge maze in the center which was fun to wander around with several locals. There are also numerous reflecting pools, statutes, fountains, and gardens surrounding the maze.

Casa Batlló– This house was so unique and beautiful. I highly recommend taking the audio tour. It was such an interesting experience because the tour is from the perspective of the house talking about the family who lived there and the architect, Gaudi. I loved all the blues and the intricate details of this house. It was such a fun few hours feeling what it would be like living in the city of Barcelona.

The Gothic Quarter– One of the best free things you can do is explore the gothic quarter. If you go to Spain and expect ancient, historical, fairytale vibes– this is your place to experience that. We loved walking around all the small streets and shops in the gothic quarter, and we will probably forever reminisce about it until the day we can go back.

WHERE I ATE

My boyfriend was mostly in charge of the dinners on this trip and we ended up mostly at tapas bars (which honestly was so fun). Here are the places that were stand outs to me.

Dulcinea– You have to go experience a Swiss drinking chocolate with melindros. They are *chef’s kiss*. This was my favorite thing I had in the city and if/when I go back, I will be enjoying this treat daily.

Bodega La Palma– This tapas bar had the best bravas and croquets I had the entire trip. I really regret not going back a second time to get some.

Can Ramonet– This paella was EVERYTHING! We shared the vegetable paella, and I’m not ashamed to admit I ate almost the whole thing by myself.

La Cova Furmada– I have two words of advice for this place: be early and order the bombas. Seriously, get there early because they close around 2pm and they will turn a giant line of people away. The bombas are the most delicious things ever; I recommend ordering at least 1 per person. The sangria was also very delicious.

Hofmann Bakery– For all my pastry lovers out there, do yourself a favor and go to Hofmann’s. They have the most delicious croissant filled with mascarpone cheese and is covered in a glaze. It’s so good you won’t want to share, trust me on this one. Like really though, get one to have all to yourself!

BARCELONA DAY 5: PARK HOPPING, FOOD + SHOPPING

BARCELONA DAY 5: PARK HOPPING, FOOD + SHOPPING

I am sad to say that this was my last day in Barcelona. This was also one of my favorite days in the city. It was a beautiful Saturday and the sun finally decided to brace us with her presence. I honestly couldn’t have ask for a better day.

We started off by going to Hoffmann Bakery and grabbing the most delicious croissant I have ever had in my life. We sat in the little street behind the bakery and just ate our pastries while watching the people go about their day. It was such a good start to the day.

From Hoffman we walked to the Parc de la Ciutadella.

We walked around this gorgeous park while families and puppies played in the grass around us. We came upon the most gorgeous fountain at the end of the park and decided to stop and take pictures and overall just soak in the magic. It was like stepping back in time.

From the park, we headed to the Arc de Triomf. It was so large and so so pretty. Unfortunately it was blocked off for some event so I had to make lemonade out of lemons to get a cute picture. I literally climbed up a giant lamppost, but it is my favorite picture and I have zero regrets.

We then headed out for lunch. If I haven’t mentioned this before, my boyfriend was in chard go 90% of the food places. We did a lot of tapas bars and I feel like it was such a fun experience hopping around them. There was only one time when we had some trouble getting into one and it was on this day.

We wanted to get La Cova Furmada for lunch after seeing them on a YouTube video during our research. We did not expect to wait about an hour to get in and be one of the last parties that were let in before they closed down. We felt very lucky to have made it through the threshold and get to taste the deliciousness that are bombas. I had the pan con tomato, bombas (little potato balls with seasoned beef), and sangria. All delicious!

After Lunch we did some shopping in the streets of Barcelona. We found some souvenirs for family and friends, we visited a very old nougat shop, and we bought some treats from Casa Gispert.

We stopped by our Airbnb to drop off our goodies and headed to our last destination for the day– Parc del Laberint d’Horta.

This park was something out of a fairytale. It was a labyrinth park built for some princess forever ago and was just STUNNING. We spent all afternoon wandering the maze and exploring all the little secret gardens. I honestly felt like I was in Bridgerton and needed to be in a dress holding an old book with a parasol.

We decided to get dinner to-go and head back to our Airbnb very early because we had to wake up at 4am to get to the airport.

And just like that our Barcelona trip was over. I hope you enjoyed my day recaps of my trip and I will be creating a Barcelona guide in the next week or so.

-Lyndsay

BARCELONA DAY 4: PARC GUELL, SANT PAU HOSPITAL + PAELLA

BARCELONA DAY 4: PARC GUELL, SANT PAU HOSPITAL + PAELLA

We were very lucky the sun decided to come out, but it was still freezing. I am definitely glad that I packed layer able pieces on this trip. We started our morning off by exploring Parc Guell. It is probably THE most famous park in Barcelona and I now fully understand why. Not only is this park beautiful, but its also massive which I didn’t realize until I was trying to find the famous mosaic bench and got lost.

This park has so may perfect spots for pictures that my boyfriend and I got a little carried away with taking pictures (no regrets though).

After Parc Guell we decided to grab a coffee and then we were off to our next destination.

We took an audio tour of Sant Pau Hospital and were literally blown away. First of all, this hospital seems more like a palace and was gorgeous. Secondly, this hospital was gigantic with something like 13 different buildings not including the newer still functioning hospital.

Once we finished with our tour, we headed back to our Airbnb to rest a little. Later on we headed back to the gothic quarter to do some shopping where I picked up a pair of handmade espadrilles to take home. I also convinced my boyfriend to get Melindros and Swiss chocolate before dinner.

We headed to the beach to get some paella for dinner. This was probably my favorite meal and I honestly wish I had it one more time before we left.

We had an early night in because we were so exhausted from walking so much and it was in the 40’s by the time we finished dinner. I had absolutely no objections to turning in early for a warm shower and a cozy bed.

BARCELONA DAY 3: SAGRADA FAMILIA, CASA BATLLO + FLAMENCO

BARCELONA DAY 3: SAGRADA FAMILIA, CASA BATLLO + FLAMENCO

We spent most of the morning walking around the Sagrada Familia, and we took a guided tour there as well. The parks outside were gorgeous and we definitely got there early before our tour to walk around and take some pictures. Luckily we were staying a block away, and we were actually able to sleep in which was nice.

After Sagrada Familia we headed over to Casa Batlló.

This beautiful house was designed by Gaudi and it was honestly one of my favorite places we toured. We did a self guided audio tour which was really nice because we were able to take our time in the rooms and take pictures. This whole house was inspired by the Mediterranean ocean and I absolutely loved all the blues.

After Casa Batlló we headed over to Pueblo Espanyol to see a Flamenco show.

We got there about an hour early and we took the opportunity to walk around this little city. It was so cool because it essentially is all of Spain in one city block and each area represented a different area of Spain.

Once it was time to check in for our show, we headed inside and sat down for our tapas.

The show was amazing and there was actually a massive thunderstorm while it happened and it added to the intensity of the show.

After the show we headed out to a bar for a nightcap and then went straight to our Airbnb for a good night of sleep.