Archive | May 2017

My Disney Vacation 2017 In Steps 

I knew there was a lot of walking at Disney so I made sure to have a working pedomiter for this trip so I could see just how much.  In total I walked over 80,000 steps.  My saving grace for my feet: good shoes, good socks, foot pads, and vapor rub.  I would rub the vapor rub on the bottom of my feet each night after we resturned to the hotel and I think that helped my foot muscles from aching.  I know it sounds strange but I feel like it really helped.  I was not about to rub BenGay on them that would burn too much.  

My Disney Vacation 2017 Day 5: Saying Good-bye and Be Our Guest 

The fifth day of my Disney Vacation was also my final day at Disney. It just seemed like I started my Disney Vacation and it was already over. I was sad. We were going to go to Disney Springs for a bit and then onto the Magic Kingdom since we had dinning reservations at Be Our Guest for dinner. But we failed to get the one thing my mom wanted most from this trip at EPCOT while we were their earlier in the week so we made a trip to EPCOT and then onto the Magic Kingdom (good thing we buy the park hopper).  I am a huge fan of Be Our Guest after eating there.  I think it might be the number one must do again.  I tried the grey stuff, I don’t know if I would say it was decilious, but it was very good.  

Review: Making It Right by Catherine Bybee


Since first being introduced to Sheriff JoAnne Ward in “Doing it Over” (book one of the Most Likely To Series) I have been wondering what kind of man it would take to make her go weak in the knees.  And “Making it Right” was my chance to find out.  Let’s just say I was not disappointed.

After a family tragedy, a young JoAnne Ward makes a life decision that nobody in her small town of River Bend Oregon saw coming.  She becomes a cop and gets voted in as the town Sheriff, the job her dad held at the time of his death.  Now nearing thirty she is starting to question her career chose and direction of her life.  The one thing that keeps her from moving on completely is her personal cold case, was her dad’s death rally an accident.

FBI Agent Gill Clausen has no idea what he is about to get into when he meets the beautiful sheriff at a Washington DC bar one Saturday night.  It doesn’t take long for the tough as nails agent to fall for the female sheriff and for her to start letting her guard down and let him into her world.  From the moment, they first met they were perfect for each other.  They just have to solve a few crimes together, all related to the one crime Jo wants to solve most, so their rocky road to love can turn to smooth sailing.

By the end of “Making it Right”, I was left speechless.  I never expected some of the twist and turns this book would take along the way.  Even with the twist and turns I really liked this book.  I’m glad found Jo found new beginnings in more ways than one is this book.  I’m really going to miss the people of River Bend since this was just a three-book series.  I can only hope that maybe Ms. Bybee will create a spin-off series from this one and I will get to catch up with the good people of River Bend again.


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New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Weekday Brides Series and the Not Quite Series. Bybee lives with her two teenage sons in Southern California.






Most Likely Series, Book Three

Montlake Romance, Contemporary

May 09, 2017, First Edition

Paperback & Kindle

In the final book in bestselling author Catherine Bybee’s Most Likely To trilogy, River Bend’s rebel follows in her father’s footsteps to become sheriff. But it might be time to forge her own path…

Some kids inherit a family business; Jo Ward inherited a badge. Once voted Most Likely to End Up in Jail, the town wild child has become sheriff—hell-bent on uncovering the truth about her father’s mysterious death. Life is quiet in rustic River Bend, but Jo longs for something beyond her small hometown and the painful memories it holds. All that keeps her sane is the support of her best friends, Melanie and Zoe.

But when Jo signs up for an expert law enforcement training seminar, she meets Gill Clausen, whose haunting eyes and dangerously sexy vibe just may challenge her single-minded focus. Commitment-phobic Jo can’t deny her attraction to the arrogant federal agent, and when odd things start happening around River Bend and danger surrounds her, she realizes she’ll need his help to discover who’s out to remove her from River Bend…permanently.

As Jo and Gill work together, it’s clear they make a great team. But can Jo loosen her grip on the past enough to let love in and reach for the future?













My Disney Vacation 2017 Day 4 Animal Kingdom

animal kingdom

I am used to Animal Kingdom closing early so it was different being there now that they stay open as late as the other parks,  It made for a long day killing time waiting for the new Rivers of Light nighttime show.  I did get to ride the safari twice.  Kilamajaro Sarfi is one of my favorite rides at Disney World.  I love seeing all the animals and the best thing is, it is one of the few rides that is actually different each time you ride it.  One thing I did do this time at Animal Kingdom that I have not done in the past is really spend time looking at the Tree of Life and its carvings.  They are very impressive.  I was not too impressed with our food at Animal Kingdom.  We had breakfast at the Rainforest Café right as you go in the gate, this was not our first time but it might just be our last time.  Then we had dinner at the Tusker House, it was a nice character experience but the food was just okay.  My reservation for dinner also included the VIP seating for the show.  As for River of Lights it was okay but not my favorite.  It is very interesting what they do with water, lights, mist, and projection but it just did not wow me.  And I hate to say that because I was really looking forward to seeing this show and thought for sure I would love it but I did not.

My Disney Vacation 2017 Day 3 Magic Kingdom


Even at thirty-three years old the Magic Kingdom is probably my favorite Disney Park.  I think it is the atmosphere of the park.  There is nothing like walking through the front gate seeing the train station and then emerging from the tunnel and seeing the beginning of Main Street USA and then rounding the corner from the circle acrystal palacend seeing Cinderella’s castle welcoming you.  And this trip to the Magic Kingdom found me finding one of my two new favorite restaurants, The Crystal Palace.  We had breakfast and the Crystal Palace

and I really enjoyed it.  Not only did I like the food at the Crystal Palace I thought it was very pretty in there too.  That will be a must do on my next Disney Vacation, with or without kids, even though it is character dinning.  Of course our day at the Magic Kingdom (that day) turned pretty soggy quickly after breakfast.  No sooner we got on rainy daythe train at the Main Street Station to make a loop around the park, a thunderstorm rolled in and we had to exit the train at the first stop.  So we decided to make it a short day at the Magic Kingdom, but would return later for dinner.  One thing that was really cool to see was as we were working our way to the exit there was a rainy day parade.  Dinner that night was at Tony’s Town Square, which used to be one of my favorites at the Magic Kingdom but it really didn’t do much for me this time.  I love the Lady and the Tramp theme but the food was just okay this time.  After dinner it was almost time to catch Wishes for one last time.  I am really going to miss that stony's town squarehow but I can’t wait to see the new one.  It is just so cool watching fireworks with a castle in front of it.  (We ended up watching the fireworks from the back of the Castle this night.) fireworks


My Disney Vacation 2017 Day 2 EPCOT

DSCN0292EPCOT is probably my least favorite park but I do love the Flower and Garden Show.  That is one of the reasons we went when we did.  EPCOT to me is the hottest park of them all, very little shade, ecpecially in the World Showcase.  And there really is not many rides.  Illuminations is nice and if you can get lucky enough to get a late reservation and an outside seat at Rose and Crown they have some of the best viewing for Illuminations.  This trip I was very excited for EPCOT because I had a princess breakfast reserved in Normway.  I know I am 33 years old but I have never dined with princesses during any of my past visits to Disney World.  The princess breakfast was okay and I really don’t have to go again, unless of course we have the two girls with us.  Any my Rose and Crown reservation was late enough and we were out side so we were able to see Illuminations great.  I did not ride the new Frozen ride while we were there so that just gives me a reason to go back, right?

Flower and Garden

My Disney Vacation 2017 Day 1 Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios Sign

I want to love Hollywood Studios but there is not really enough to do there to make me love it.  I really enjoy Toy Story Midway Mania, Beauty and the Beast, and Fantasmic and the Great Movie Ride and the Muppets 3D are okay.  But outside of these few things I am searching for things to kill time.  I hope once Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land have been completed there will be more to keep busy until Fantasmic starts.  And the bad thing this time was I didn’t even get to see Beauty and the Beast, the last show was at 5:00, which was while we were eating and Fantasmic didn’t start till 9:00 that was still four hours I would have loved to watch the Beauty and the Beast show somewhere in those four hours.  While at Hollywood Studios we ate at Hollywood and Vine which is okay but not one of my favorites.  I will say if you have young kids Hollywood and Vine does have nice character dinning.  For me the fact that Hollywood Studios doesn’t have a whole lot to keep you busy was one of the reasons I started with it, since I knew we would not get a full day in since it was check in day.



Disney Photo Week Day 7

What better way to finish off a Southern Belle’s Disney Photo Week than with a true vision of the South. I love Port Orleans Riverside because a Southern Belle can feel like a Southern Belle there, especially in Magnolia Bend.  This picture is of part of Magnolia Bend, which is my favorite side,  in my opinion Alligator Bayou is more dark and boring.  It doesn’t feel as homey to me as Magnolia Bend does.  But overall I love the old sourtherm charm I get from Riverside. 

Disney Photo Week Day 6

Fantasmic!  Need I say more.  Hollywood Studios nightly show just might be my favorite.  And this just might be my favorite part.  I love when the boat comes out and Steamboat Willie is driving.  And then all the other characters start waving and it’s just fun.