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.

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.

I’M GOING ON A TRIP!

I’M GOING ON A TRIP!

Even typing this out is so surreal…I am going to BARCELONA!

This trip was very unexpected, and is coming up very soon. I will be going at the end of March into early April (which is about two months from now). It has been a long time since I have traveled overseas and I am so excited. I also am slightly nervous to travel so far during COVID and I am also nervous that this trip could be canceled like all my trips in 2020. You can read about that in this post and this post.

I’m sure you are wondering how this trip came about because I stated it was unexpected. Long story short, my boyfriend recently had COVID. While he was confined to his room, I think he got a little bit of cabin fever and it amplified his travel bug. So, he randomly booked us flights to Barcelona for his spring break when he saw a flight deal come through to his email. I had no idea he was doing this; I just got a call one day on my way to work and he told me he bought flights.

I can’t wait to take you along on this trip with me! I will of course be sharing everything we do and see on our adventure. What types of things would like to see on this blog? I would love to share the things I want to get for the trip, but would love to know if there is anything you want to know so leave me a comment down below!

-Lyndsay

JANUARY AMAZON BUYS

JANUARY AMAZON BUYS

January is the first month of the year, and it usually a month to set goals and get your life together. I have done a lot of planning this past month, as well as cleaning and organizing. One of things I would like to do more of is sharing my Amazon purchases with all of you. I love finding things on Amazon, and I love seeing what other people buy. Here is what I bought this month on Amazon.

GREENS POWDER

I realized I lack a lot of greens in my diet. While I do eat veggies and take vitamins, I felt like it wasn’t enough. I decided to try this greens powder out in a new smoothie (recipe coming soon) and I love it! I also love that this greens powder has probiotics in it too.

VANILLA BEAN POWDER

To go along with my new smoothie I bought this vanilla bean powder. I think its so fun and delicious. I can’t wait to add it to more things like blended coffee drinks and baked goods.

SMOOTHIE GLASSES

Speaking of smoothies, when the weather is warmer or I can finish one before I get out the door, I love making smoothies. I find they are so easy to prep and put together and they are delicious! However, I really struggle with taking them to-go because my blend jet cups have no lids and I find them cumbersome to tote about at work. I found these very aesthetic smoothie jars and they are a game changer. They have bonus points for being dishwasher safe too.

PISTACIO SYRUP + PUMP

For Christmas I received a Nespresso machine and have been loving it. I especially love making lattes with the espresso pods. Since Spring is right around the corner I decided to get a Pistachio syrup and it is the most delicious syrup I think I have ever tasted. I also got this pump to go on the bottle for quick and easy dispensing.

SWEATER DRESS

My closet needs a little bit of updating. Over the past year I did a lot of purging, and I have a lot of holes in my wardrobe now. One area I really want to work on is my dresses. I feel like I only have summer and spring dresses, but none for cooler temperatures. I saw this dress and love how cozy it is. It can easily be dressed up with tights and boots or can be worn by itself with a pair of sneakers. I love having pieces that are versatile.

I honestly love finding things on Amazon. What did you buy recently that you love?

-Lyndsay

FRIDAY’S FIVE | FIRST WEEK OF 2022

FRIDAY’S FIVE | FIRST WEEK OF 2022

{Starting of the New Year with a quick trip to Disneyland}

{Getting in the last mickey gingerbread cookie until December}

{Enjoying my new Nespresso machine with shots of espresso in these cute cups}

{Feeling grateful for my vehicle after my last car was stolen this time last year}

{Adding to my TBR list with a trip to Barnes & Noble}

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 2022…

The first week of January has come and gone. Wow! It already feels like it’s flying by. I started off the New Year with a quick trip to Disneyland. I wanted to soak up the last bit of Christmas decor before the park transforms into Valentine’s Day. I also got to enjoy the last mickey gingerbread cookie of the holiday season. He was delicious!

For Christmas I got a Nespresso machine, and when I tell you I have an espresso shot (or two) every morning, it’s not a lie. I love making coffee in my new machine. What makes it even better are these super cute espresso mugs that have mickey shaped insides. I also have done some damage at Barnes & Noble with many a gift cards that I received for Christmas.

I have also taken a few moments this week to asses 2021, and look back at everything that has happened– both good and bad. One of the more major moments of last year was my car being stolen. It was definitely a moment in my life that felt like the tipping point. 2020 was really rough, and to start off 2021 with that was honestly harder. In retrospect, I now look at it as something that I overcame even though I didn’t think I would. Now I have a newer car, and while the check engine light has been on for longer than I like to admit, I am so grateful to even have a car.

As we head into 2022, I wish you all nothing but happiness in this new year, and that we all get through another year in this pandemic.

-Lyndsay