2014 was the first full calendar year that Disney in your Day was in existence (I started it in July 2013, so it didn’t have a full year in 2013). Since then, I’m super excited and happy with how things have been going, but I’m also excited about what is to come in the future! Above you can see how many views I’ve gotten the past year, as well as our most popular day (my dad’s birthday! The “Finding Disney in Once upon a Time” pin on Pinterest went viral that day). I write about things I love, but I also want to write about things you want to hear about. So that brings me to my big question for 2015:
What would you like to see covered on the blog?
It can be anything – theme parks, movies, more running stuff, or something I haven’t talked about much before, like Disney weddings. What would you most like to read about? Do you want more reviews of Disney running stuff? More Disney Etsy items? Or ideas for another “guide” that you would love to see?
Top 10 Posts for 2014
To close out 2014, I want to take a look back at the top 10 posts from this year. In case you missed them, here’s what was most popular with Disney in your Day readers:
10. Recipe: Lapu Lapu from the Polynesian
Such a good drink, and now you can make it at home!
Bulu Box is a subscription box that sends you samples of health, nutrition, and weight loss products.
Funnbar Protein Candy Chews – I loved the idea of this product, but the taste was just awful. It left an aftertaste in my mouth that didn’t seem to go away for hours.
Berry Sleepy – a sleep aid that is supposed to work in 30 minutes, but it didn’t seem as effective to me as my usual melatonin.
Zestra Essential Arousal Oils – I could see this definitely working for some people. It definitely made this area more.. sensitive… but it was a bit much for me.
Justin’s Peanut Butter – I’m not a huge peanut butter fan, but this one was really good. I’d buy it again. It had a natural taste, which I enjoy.
Sport Tea – I haven’t tried this one yet, but I hope it tastes good. The idea of extra energy is nice, and I do enjoy tea.
This box had a better variety of items than the past one, but I’ve currently put my Bulu Box subscription on hiatus. I like it, but it’s definitely not worth $10 a month to me. When I got the groupon it was a great deal, with each box costing less than $5. For just samples I can’t see spending more on it, and I’m not sure you can get a discount more than once. If I find a way to get it cheaper again I will be back!
I should start this review by saying that I’m a huge Into the Woods fan. I’ve been performing in musical theater since I was 11 years old, and have seen tons of musicals. Into the Woods is my favorite – I saw the revival on Broadway three times. As a middle school student I would most on musical message boards and chat about Into the Woods all afternoon. So when I heard they were making a movie of it, I was both “excited and scared,” as Little Red Riding Hood would say. Excited to see it come to the big screen, but scared they might ruin it.
I have to say, overall, I was very pleased. I might have loved it – I’m still deciding and would like to see it again, but I definitely liked it a lot. For the most part they stuck really closely to the original musical. Most of the dialogue and songs that were in it were the same, it was only some plot points that were changed and stuff that was cut. I was really, really impressed by the performances in it, as I’m sometimes skeptical of Hollywood stars taking on Broadway tunes. Luckily, they definitely pulled it off.
Spoilers will follow from here on out, so if you haven’t seen it or don’t want to know, come back after you’ve watched the movie!
8 weeks means that we are only 2 months away! I seriously can’t wait, I’m excited both about the trip to Disney World and running these races. And this week’s training felt really good. In spite of the holidays, I managed to get 4 runs in, and one of them was a long run.
On Monday I did my run on the treadmill. Good pace, and felt pretty good. Glad I was able to squeeze this run in despite all of the pre-Christmas stuff going on!
I switched my days around a little to do my long run on Wednesday, Christmas Eve. I knew the weekend would be filled with family time, and at least for the first half of Christmas Eve the rest of my family was working. So I took advantage of that and went for a morning run. The good news is that it was 50 degrees out. The bad news was that it was raining lightly, but steadily, the whole time. I was pretty done by the end, mostly because my feet were squishing so much from the unavoidable puddles. But it was my best pace time ever for a longer run, so I’m definitely happy about that!
Friday I did a quick 2 mile run on the treadmill. Great pace for the ‘mill, so no complaints there!
The next day I also managed to squeeze in a shorter run before a 3 hour car ride. I’ve been lazy today, so I’m really glad I got to it when I did, and with a good pace too!
The next in the series of “package films” from the 1940’s, this one features two shorts: Bongo, about a bear who runs away from the circus, and Mickey and the Beanstalk, a sort of re-telling of Jack and the Beanstalk.
Highlights: Mickey and the Beanstalk is a cute, fun film with lots of little gags and funny bits thrown in. It features three of our favorite characters: Mickey, Donald, and Goofy. The giant is more humorous than scary and all in all it’s an enjoyable little short.
Low points: Bongo. Oh my gosh, I’m sorry if anyone out there likes it (there must be fans), but it was just awful. It had very little plot and went on for way too long. The first half of the film is basically just Bongo exploring the wild and it takes forever. Then he falls in love and there’s a really long, excessive song about it. The ending is okay but it does not make up for the rest of it. Also, during Mickey and the Beanstalk there is some really weird stuff going on with the narration and some ventriloquist dummies, which honestly freak me out. Luckily they’ve released a better version of Mickey and the Beanstalk that is narrated by Ludwig von Drake, rather than these weird ventriloquist dummies.
This week was kind of a downer for me in terms of running. I did go back and get in the 7 mile run that I had skipped last week, but then the 4 mile run I was supposed to do this week got cut short. I hate having to deal with all of this cold!
On Tuesday I hopped on the treadmill for my usual weekday run. Good pace and it felt pretty good, so no complaints other than I wish I didn’t have to be on the treadmill!
Wednesday I got in that 7 mile run that I had skipped. I was actually really pleased with it – I was only 1 second off my best pace for a run in between 6-8 miles. Thank goodness it wasn’t freezing that day and I could actually run outside!
Friday I attempted the 4 mile run but it was just too cold for me. My lungs were really hurting so I decided to stop. The whole weekend was very cold, so I tried to go to the gym Saturday after work. Well, turns out my gym closes at 1pm on the weekends 😦 So I never did get that 4 mile run in, but I guess 1 mile is better than nothing.
I’m trying to figure out where I’ll fit 4 runs in this week, what with the holidays and all of the traveling we’ll be doing. Wish me luck, as I’m supposed to be doing a 9.5 mile run at some point!
Last year my mom found this adorable Mickey gingerbread house at Cracker Barrel, which of course she bought for me. We finally got around to putting it together this year, and I’m so pleased with how it came out! It’s like your typical gingerbread house, but it has some cute little Disney touches included, such as Mickey shaped candies to decorate the house and little cardboard windows with Mickey and Minnie in them.
It’s a fun and easy little Christmas project that brings Mickey into your home too! They also have a gingerbread version of Cinderella’s castle that we have – I’ll be making that one next year!
We’re down to the last two in this restaurant tournament! It was insanely close between the last two match ups – both of them were decided by just one or two votes. While Victoria and Albert’s is probably technically the best restaurant on the list, I’m not surprised it didn’t quite make the cut just because many people haven’t been able to try it due to the price. So that leaves us with Jiko and Ohana! Which one do you prefer?