Thursday Thoughts + Starbucks Giveaway

Bonus post today! I’ve been sticking to a 3 post per week schedule lately, but since I have some fun giveaways to share with you guys, I thought I’d pop in an extra day this week to share some thoughts and give you lovely readers a shot at winning a $100 gift card to Starbucks. And what better day to share the giveaway on than my weekly Starbucks run day?!

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  • Last week I decided to splurge and invest in an annual pass for Disney! I went back and forth on it for a while (because they’re so dang pricey), but ultimately, decided to go for it. All I can say is thank god for the monthly payment plan, because I also have an annual pass for Universal. What can I say, the theme parks are so much fun, and both are less than an hour and a half drive from me (provided traffic isn’t too terrible)!
  • Girl power! I’m loving this life lessons learned from the Spice Girls post. So much truth!
  • I haven’t been too happy with my site’s hosting provider lately. There seem to be an insane amount of outages (sometimes for TOO long) lately. Would love to hear any recommendations you fellow bloggers have for hosting!
  • I’m starting to think about the destination of my big Europe trip at Christmastime this year. So far I think I’ve narrowed it down to 2 potential itineraries: Oslo/Stockholm/Helsinki/Copenhagen or Amsterdam/Newcastle/Glasgow/Edinburgh. Hmm. Which one would you choose?
  • My cousin’s wedding is in just over a month! So excited to be a part of her special day! ICYMI I posted about the awesome HP bridal shower we had for her earlier this month. The recipes I shared will work for any HP-themed party, so if you’re a fan, check it out!

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  • Emily

    I love caramel macchiatos!

  • Way to go on the Disney passes! You only live once. ;-)

  • the cape on the corner

    good old vanilla latte with skim milk, or caramel macchiato with skim.

  • Lauren @bPatty

    Love this post! Have fun at Disney too :)

  • charispope

    Hey there! If you’re still looking for hosting, bluehost is literally my favorite thing. I used to host with hostgator and it was horrible…but I’ve never had an outage with bluehost! Also, you should totally go to Amsterdam! Pretty much a life goal for me. Haha!

    • I think I’m leaning toward Amsterdam! I’ve actually been having trouble with Bluehost lately :/ I guess no host will be completely perfect!

  • Dana Brillante-Peller

    So jealous about the annual Disney pass! I love my plain old iced coffees with soy milk!

    • That’s exactly my drink of choice too! Great minds think alike :)

  • Joules (Pocketful of Joules)

    My dream would be to live by a theme park and just go whenever I want!

    • It’s so nice to be fairly close! The parks are so much fun.

  • Marissa Pedersen

    You have a lot coming up! It always makes life easier to have fun things to look forward to.

    • I do! I feel like it always happens in spurts, haha. Totally agree about things being better when you have things to look forward to!

  • linda spiker

    Great! Pinned to my giveaway board!

  • Awesome giveaway!!

  • You live an hour away from Disney World?!?!? That is my dream! I used to go all the time when I was a little kid and I went as a graduation present and I never tire of it! It really is one of the most magical places in the world.

    • Yep, it’s great! I hope you’re able to get back for a visit soon, it really is so magical :)

  • Ashleigh

    Yay for Friday Eve! I’m off to Chicago today for a house hunting trip… so it should be a great weekend! Thank you for sharing and for hosting the SB giveaway!!

    • SO exciting! I hope your house hunting went well!

  • I would totally have annual passes to both Disney and Universal if I lived as close as you did! That’s so awesome! And hooray for another European Christmas vacation! I have a thing for Scotland, so I’d choose the second option! Plus I’ve heard Amsterdam is so much fun too!

    • I’m really excited about it! I have a feeling that I’ll be taking a lot of trips to Orlando this year :) And yes! Europe at Christmas is my favorite thing ever. There are just too many places and not enough time!

  • ahh i wish i could go to disney enough for a pass! I’m also dying to go to Europe around Christmas time and see all the christmas markets and cute christmasy villages.

  • I use Weebly and I find it perfect for my blog and website hosting. I’m not sure how it will work with WP though. Have fun in all your upcoming activities Rachel

    • I’ll have to look into that. Thanks for the suggestion, Claudia!

  • I would go with the first itinerary. Although, I would love to go to any one of those places. Awesome about your annual pass too. Love Disney!

    • Thanks, Shann! I feel like I’m going to end up flipping a coin on it. They both seem like too much fun to pass on!

  • Maggie Unzueta

    Oooh… I want an annual pass to Disney. Have tons of fun! Great giveaway. :)

  • Mary Cressler

    Ohhh annual pass to Disney! How awesome. As for starbucks, I sure could have used some of that this morning. I woke up to realize there was no coffee beans in the house!!! The horror!!!!!

    • Thanks, Mary! No coffee in the house?! That’s definitely an issue! Haha.

  • Neely

    What an awesome giveaway! Happy Friday eve!

  • Ooh an annual pass to disney would be awesome!

    xoxo, Jenny

  • I would love to have annual passes to Universal! Congrats on getting Disney passes!

    • Thanks, Diana! You can never have enough theme park time in your life!

  • SO jealous of your Disney passes!

    • I’m pretty excited about it! Hopefully you’ll be able to plan a visit to Disney soon!

  • A disney pass sounds exciting. I have not been in years. What host are you currently using for your site? I use godaddy and have yet to have any issues with them. Also a European Christmas sounds like a blast!!!

    • You should definitely plan a trip, Mistle. It’s such an awesome place! I’m currently using Bluehost but I’m looking into some other options since I’ve been having a lot of issues lately :/

  • I wish I lived closer and could have the annual passes, that’d be so neat. I actually just wish I could go to Disney or Universal once – yep I still have never been to either. I have Siteground and LOVE it. It was a rec from the person who transferred my blog and I couldn’t be happier.

    • You still haven’t been to either?! Oh girl, you need to plan a trip ASAP! I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about Siteground. I think I need to look more into them!

  • Natalie @

    DUDE Friday Eve alllll the way! PS, I can’t believe it’s already Friday eve!! Where are these days going??

  • Very envious of your annual Disney pass!

    I’ve only been to Edinburgh and had a wonderful time, there’s a few posts on my blog if you’re interested.

    Victoria x

    • I’ll have to check those posts out, thank you :)

  • Oh man, I so wish I had a Disney pass! I went to Disney once as a 4 year old and barely remember it, so I’m dying to go again now as an adult. I can’t get the Rafflecopter to load for the giveaway, but I’ll try again. :)

    • Oh wow, you definitely need to plan a trip back!! I grew up in Florida so I’ve been (fortunately) spoiled with taking trips to Disney quite a bit over the years. It’s such a fun place!

  • I’m so jealous of your Disney pass!! Be sure to enjoy it!!

    • I definitely will, Angela! Can’t wait to plan more trips over there!

  • Belle Vie A Deux

    Disney pass!!! so jealous! Also love the Euro trip. My vote is for Stockholm!

    • Thanks, girl! It’s gonna be a close call for sure!

  • That’s so fun that you have passes to Disney and Universal. Sometimes those spendy things hurt, but they end up being so fun!

    • My thoughts exactly! They offer a monthly payment plan too so it’s not as painful since I don’t have to shell it all out up front!

  • I support the Scandic countries!! Tivoli in Copenhagen is supposed to be awesome at Christmas! It’s gorgeous in the summer, so I think Christmas would be AWESOME!! I use blue host and I’ve been really happy with them!

    • Thanks for your insight, Sara! That sounds SO amazing. Ugh, I wish I had all the time and funds to travel to all the places!

  • The Disney pass was a great buy. I love going there. Awesome giveaway, who doesn’t love Starbucks?

  • Mardene Carr

    I like the idea of the Disney pass, I think it is a great buy. I just started visiting Starbucks and I like the things they offer

    • I think it’s definitely worth the splurge! Very excited about it.

  • My favorite drink is the iced green tea with apple juice! Have fun at Disney!

  • Marisa

    My favorite drink is the strawberries and cream frappichino :)

    • That sounds delicious! I might have to give that a try one of these days.

  • A Disney pass is awesome – it’s always a great adventure! And my fave Starbucks drink in springtime is the iced peach green tea lemonade. So dang REFRESHING! <3

    Coming Up Roses

    • Ooh that drink sounds amazing! I’ll have to try it next time I’m at Starbucks!