5 Fun Facts about Disney That Will Shock You!

Everyone loves Disney. And it's with good reason, right? It's a fun and happy place where anyone and everyone can channel their inner child. Not too mention, it's an absolute dream for every kid to be able to visit Disney! It seems that no matter where you look or turn at Disney there's a character waiting to hang out with you and get their picture taken or some sort of mouth-watering food item just waiting to be eaten. It's entirely impossible to be able to see everything that Disney has to offer in just one day. As a matter of fact, you could probably spend an entire week there and still not see everything! And while there are a lot of shocking and unique things when it comes to Disney, some facts are just a little bit more shocking than others. If you are looking for a few fun facts about Disney that are certain to shock you, you've come to the right place. 

Beauty and the Beast at Disneyland


How to Spring Clean Your Home Without Using Harsh Chemicals

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lysol®. All opinions and text are 100% my own. I wouldn't tell you about something I didn't love. Promise.
The sun came out today. That's kind of a big deal here. You see, in Seattle we hibernate for the good part of winter. The rain and general gloom hang over us and everything is viewed through grey tinged glasses it seems. When the sun comes out, it's like the first sign that we made it through the doom and gloom of winter and will be safe on the other side. It also means that you see every single speck of dust staring back at you and everything looks a little dull. I saw the bright green freshly-mowed grass out the window and everything looked bright and new on the outside, but the inside it was feeling like it needed a good wipe down. I'm going to get you all ready with some good tips and tricks on how to clean your home for spring {without using harsh chemicals}.


Patriotic Suckers You Can Make at Home

Memorial Day is right around the corner and it's not to much longer until we celebrate the Fourth of July. Why not, do this fun little kitchen science experiment with your kids and make these fun Patriotic Suckers that you can share with your friends while you celebrate. It's really easy to make your own candy and your kids will love learning what that process looks like as you do a this kitchen science experiment and make these fun suckers to celebrate with.


Shrimp Hobo Foil Dinner Recipe

One of my most vivid memories as a kid was going to sleep away camp. For the first time ever, I made a meal in foil and cooked it over the campfire. I was so proud of that meal. Pretty sure it was the first thing in my life I had ever cooked. Fast forward now and I've made plenty of meals now, but my favorites are the ones that can be made in one dish, either over the fire in a foil packet or in a sheet pan. This shrimp hobo foil dinner is not only easy to make, it's the perfect summer meal for camping or for an easy clean up backyard BBQ meal. Come get the recipe and put it on your summer list!

cajun bbq


Girls Trip to Olympia, Washington

My daughter turned 16 and wanted nothing more than to spend a night in a swanky hotel with her friends and explore an area away from home. She's got a wanderer's heart that one, and I was happy to oblige. We didn't have to travel far to find the fun capital city of our state. It's funny because we are often traveling in the opposite direction to head to Seattle, thinking that the boring legislative town is just for suits, but I think we found more than enough to give anyone reason to head to Olympia to visit. It's not a stuffy city at all and whether you are planning a girls trip or a weekend getaway to the Seattle area, Olympia is a city not to be missed!


Dark and Moody Navy Blue Dining Room Reveal

I'm not sure if it's just because I painted my dining room navy blue, but now I'm noticing navy blue rooms everywhere. And I'm not sad about it! I actually think I love the deep dark tones and texture, which is funny because normally I'm all about light and bright. I think I've finally finished up making most of the changes in my dining room after painting the walls with Sherwin Williams Naval, and I wanted to take a second to reveal some of those changes. I didn't do much, but the whole space feels totally different and I didn't even replace a single piece of furniture! I'm sure I'll be searching for some more accessories for the room {because I love my accessories!}, but for now, I'm excited to show you the big reveal of my navy blue dining room.

Fun Outdoor Activities for You and Your Dog

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Our dogs are a part of our family. When we can, we like to include them in the things that we are doing. Dogs can also get bored easily and that can lead to them turning to naughty behavior. Bringing your dog with you while you are out and about won't only strengthen your bond, but it will also provide the mental and physical stimulation that your pet needs. There are lots of fun things to do on the go with your pooch. These are just a few dog friendly activities that you can add to your list and you are both sure to have a tail-wagging good time!


Patriotic Firecracker Strawberry Pops

Memorial Day is coming followed not that far behind by the Fourth of July, so break out all your red, white and blue decorations and get ready to make these patriotic firecracker strawberry pops everyone will love. They are perfect to bring along to a picnic or to the beach. They are a great treat to make ahead and everyone will love them! Keep reading to get the full recipe and tutorial on how to make these yummy patriotic colored chocolate strawberry pops. You can't go wrong!


DIY Agate Look Ceramic Tile Coasters with Gold Edge Made with Alcohol Ink

I don't want to say I'm a craft supply hoarder but I kind of am. My husband has been asking that I get rid of this box of tiles I've had in my garage for nearly two years but I just couldn't. I knew there was a perfect project waiting for them, it just hadn't come to me yet. Inspiration finally struck and I had everything I needed to create a fun project. I made these easy DIY Agate stone looking coasters and finished them off with a gold edge. It was my first time using alcohol ink and it was so much fun! My son joined me because it involved lighting things on fire! Don't be afraid, it's super easy and the end result is really pretty cool. Come get the full tutorial on how you can make your own.


Starbucks CopyCat (But Better) Egg White Bites Recipe

These egg white bites are like the high protein ones you would find at Starbucks but better! You will save a ton of money making them on your own and you can change up the ingredients to customize them to your liking. Best part about these Starbucks copycat egg white bites is that they can be made ahead so that you can enjoy them as a quick grab and go breakfast during your busy week.


The Best Treats at Disneyland for Under 5 Dollars

Disneyland has a reputation for overpriced food, even with all of the seasonal specialties for the curious palate... Even with the trusted standbys fans clamor for.  Some of the best bites are often overshadowed by the inflated prices and mediocrity of quintessential theme park food.

disney snacks and food at Disney

But there are some great classic treats waiting around every Disney corner that you can feel much better about buying.  My favorite treats in Disneyland are under $5 and well worth the indulgence.  I won't mention churros.  I specifically want to share foods you won't find in any of the carts around the park.


How to Make the Best Rum and Coke

Inside: The best rum for rum and coke recipe ratio. 

I often remind my husband how lucky he is to have me. I'm pretty laid back and easy going. There is very little that is high maintenance about me. I'm pretty basic. Except I don't think saying I'm basic is a good thing anymore (ask your teenagers). Is it better to say I'm not fussy? Simple maybe? Whatever you want to say, I usually like things that are easy. My favorite cocktails have two-three ingredients and while I'm simple, I'd like to think that I'm not boring. Classic. Can I go with that? I like the classics. And now that the weather is heating up, I'm a big fan of the classic cocktails. I think I've finally perfected the classic rum and Coke recipe and while you may think there isn't much to it, I might just have the secret to why you've been screwing it up all these years. Come find out the best rum for rum and coke, and how to make the best recipe so you can be the life of the party!

best rum for rum and coke

Tips for the Best Rum and Coke 

I get overwhelmed with a cocktail menu. I had to google what a Paloma was so usually when I order a drink, I stick with the basics, like a rum and Coke, but how can you make the perfect drink? I'm going to tell you!

Can I Use Pepsi in a Rum and Coke?

The short answer is no. I'm one of those people that can't tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi but the minute you mix it with rum, I can tell. There is nothing more refreshing than an ice cold Coke. If you really want to do it right, use a Mexican Coke. They use real sugar and not high fructose corn syrup. 

The Perfect Rum and Coke Ratio

Some people will tell you that the ratio is easy. It's half and half {half Coke, half rum}, but I'm here to tell you that I'm more of a 1:3 ratio kind of gal. You want your drink to taste good and not like you are drinking a straight shot. 

The Secret to the Perfect Rum and Coke

Try whatever variations you want, but there are two things that make the perfect rum and coke. First the best rum for a rum and coke and also make sure that when you mix your rum and Coke that you add fresh lime juice to your drink. That's the secret. I like to squeeze about 1 Tbsp. of fresh lime juice and add 2-3 limes to the glass for flavor.

rum and coke recipe ratio

Variations of Rum and Coke

You can start by trying a flavored Coke like cherry or vanilla, but you can also change up the rum you use too. Spiced Rum or Coconut Rum is a good place to start.

The Best Rum for Rum and Coke

Now let's get to the good part, the rum! 

Here is a list of the top 5 best rums for the perfect rum and Coke recipe.

1. Captain Morgan Caribbean White Rum
2. Bacardi Gran Reserva
3. Flor de Cana 4 Year Extra Seco
4. Brugal Anejo Rum
5. Gosling's Gold Seal Rum

Garnish for Rum and Coke

Now that you have the best rum for rum and coke, it's time for the garnish. You can stick to the classic and use a lime wedge, or give a cherry or orange slice a try. Rum and Coke is the perfect cocktail to get started experimenting with. Before long you will be a great mixologist and this drink will be your specialty.

A Few More of My Favorite Cocktail Recipes

Now like I said I love a good rum and coke recipe, but here are a few more of my favorite summer cocktail recipes. 

Let me know in the comments what if you like the best rums for rum and coke and if this rum and coke recipe ratio is your favorite like it is mine!

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Succulents Pudding Cup Recipe

I'm not sure it would be lying if I told you that I was obsessed with succulents. I have been for quite some time. Maybe it's because I don't have much of a green thumb and I manage to keep {most} them alive. I actually loved them long before the trend back when my mom would plant them in the yard and call them hens and chicks. I can't think of a more sophisticated way to dress up a pudding cup than with these succulents pudding cups. How fun would these be for a garden party? I've got the full tutorial for you, come check it out!

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