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Weekend Whereabouts & Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival

Hope everyone had a fun and relaxing weekend. Mine was a bit of both which was perfect before my trip today. I'll be unplugged from blogging and the computer for the next week or so but Kate and I's Tuesday Recipe Swap is still scheduled for tomorrow.

On Friday night, K and I went to a new location of Chuy's Tex Mex restaurant in our area which was SO good. Really great food and drinks for an affordable price plus a fun environment. 

On Saturday morning, I went to the hairdresser which took almost 3 hours to get highlights, a cut and style ugh! We then headed to Epcot for the Flower and Garden festival to celebrate a friend's birthday who was visiting from Philly.

Saturday was a sunny and hot day in Florida. We walked around Epcot with a group of friends and had some drinks in China, Africa, Mexico and England. The slushy margarita from Mexico was key to cool down from the heat!

On Sunday, I went to the spa for a mani and pedi and then packed for our vacation. You would think after all these years of traveling, I would have mastered the art of packing a suitcase. There's still no method to my madness and I always end up overpacking by a lot! At least it's easier packing for a tropical destination which requires less bulky clothes and shoes and lots of bikinis. 

On Sunday night, I finished up some blogging and hung out with our wrinkly girl before we leave her with the "sitters" for a week. That's become the toughest part of traveling now but she does love the place that we board her at and they take good care of her. 

Joining the lovely Biana for her Weekending linkup. 

Valentine's Weekend Festivities

Another busy, busy weekend...

On Friday evening I came home from work to find Lola dressed in a cute Valentine's outfit and some roses from my two loves. You can tell she's getting big but I still love picking her up like a baby!
K and I then headed to Downtown Disney to have dinner at Planet Hollywood before the SOJA concert at the House of Blues. SOJA is a reggae band from Arlington, Virginia that I absolutely love. My sister gifted used the concert tickets for Christmas so I've been looking forward to the show for a while.

On Saturday we took Lola to her final training class at PetSmart. She passed her graduation class not exactly with flying colors and got her certificate of achievement so we're done with puppy training!

After training, K and I headed to Epcot to continue the Valentine's festivities. 

We did some shopping in China and had some drinks in Japan, Morocco and England.  

We capped off the night with a double-date dinner in the France pavilion at the Monsieur Paul restaurant. I had the duck entree which was amazing and same for the wine was but holy expensive!! On the plus side, we were seated by the window which overlooked the 9pm fireworks so the view was priceless.

By the time we were done with dinner it was at 10:30pm and the park was closed for the day so we had a peaceful walk back to the car without tripping over a million people and got some great photos. It was the perfect end to Valentine's day!

Sunday was a relaxing day at home. Lola played dress up in her new Chinese kimono I bought at Epcot and I also love the little Buddha statue I got for my office desk.

Joining the lovely Biana for her Weekending linkup.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Weekend Lounging & Epcot Adventures

I'm thankful things are starting to quiet down after the holidays although I always seem to find a way to make plans for the weekends so it's never 100% relaxing.

I did get some relaxation on Friday night. We watched the movie Let's Be Cops, which was pretty funny. Definitely a Redbox quality movie, if you know what I mean, but good enough for a quiet night at home.

On Saturday morning we met up with a couple friends at Epcot and went on some rides including Soarin' (my favorite) which is such a cool simulated ride where you fly above California in what seems like a helicopter but with your feet dangling below. 

After the rides we had some beer in Germany and some wine in Italy before heading to Morocco's Tangierine Cafe for a quick lunch/dinner.

Sunday was spent at home taking down some Christmas decorations, getting back on track with my recipes and of course spending time with K and Lola.

I love how she sleeps with her tongue sticking out.  haha

How was your weekend?

Joining the lovely Biana for weekending.

Disney Recap: Magic Kingdom & Epcot

I wanted to get my Disney recap out before the craziness of the holidays begins so I'm double posting today. 

About a month ago K and I bought Disney seasonal passes to have in time for my 31st birthday last weekend and to enjoy all year round since we live a short drive away. (I'm especially loving forward to the Food & Wine Festival next year.) I took Friday off of work and we headed to Magic Kingdom in the morning. 

We walked around to admire the all Christmas decorations, went in several shops on Main Street and went on a few rides including Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain and Peter Pan's Flight. 

Then it was time to head over to Epcot via the monorail and I was able to snap this photo of the Spaceship Earth ball. 

We started in Canada and went around to Japan, Italy, Norway, China, Morocco and all the other countries in between ending at Mexico. 

We had beer in Canada, warm sake in Japan, and some amazing wine in Italy. 

We enjoyed the sunset on the lake and stopped off at several of the shops including the Mexican market which has a bunch of fun stuff like piñatas and sombreros etc. Thankfully we avoided the tequila bar!!

After our drinking around the world adventures, we were ready for some dinner so picked the Marrakesh restaurant in Morocco since that just sounded exotic and it was. 

It was the perfect way to celebrate my birthday!

Disney Pt 1: Epcot & Animal Kingdom

Joining Helene today for another week of Travel Tuesdays.

Thought I'd share some of our Disney adventures from my two favorite parks - Epcot and Animal Kingdom - from a few summers ago. We happened to go during Epcot's Flower & Garden festival so that explains all the fancy character scrubs!

The pub in England - Epcot, Orlando FL.

 At Animal Kingdom we went on the Everest roller coaster which is one of the better Disney rides.

And went on the African Safari along with a few other small rides.
I love Disney but the lines and wait times are insane so we end up skipping out some of the rides.  Ah well, fun times!

That's all for this week's travel Tuesday!!
Helene in Between