Ohio City Exploration – 5 Reasons To See CLE’s Ohio City

The more that I get to visit the Cleveland area, the more that I want to visit the Ohio City neighborhood to get lunch or just explore. Cleveland gets a bad rap from people who aren’t from the area (it’s really an amazing city), and areas like this prove that Cleveland really has a ton to offer! Need more reasons to get to the city? Here are 10 reasons I love Ohio City, and think you should put it on your travel bucket list!

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Return to Basin White – Luxury Shopping at Disney’s Grand Floridian

Ah, Basin White. One of my favorite little spots in the entire Walt Disney World Resort. I am always down for a trip to the Grand Floridian to try out all of their scrubs, soaps, and bath products. In the past (on a now long gone blog) I shared my trip and they even reached out and sent me some treats! Since then, I’ve certainly learned a bunch about writing, and decided that I would love to do a little do over of that post. Hence, return to Basin White.

Where Can I Find Basin White?

As a frequent Disney visitor, I’ve learned a fair amount about cute little spots to hang out at or visit. I love getting to see all the resorts that are along the monorail, but the Grand Floridian is certainly the best along the route.

The hotel itself is gorgeous, has an amazing quick service if you need a quick bite, and has tons of comfy couches on to crash after a long day hiking around the parks. However, my absolute favorite part of the Grand is Basin White.

Basin White is a little shop on the second floor that is immediately to your left when entering the building from the monorail. It has an adorable windowed facade that matches the hotel itself, and is stocked full of tons of bath bombs, shower bars, and super lovely cast members.

 

Seriously, its the most lovely little shop.

My mother and I like to go and try the scrubs, then follow up with the matching lotion. My personal favorite is anything in the Lemon Sugar scent (delicious!). They pretty much have anything you could possibly need bath wise while in Disney, plus more.

This trip, I picked up a tub of Lemon Sugar Body Butter, a spearmint scented lip balm, and a bar of soap with a rainbow that they had special for pride month. It always feels like a super special treat getting to shop around and see what new things I want to try on my trips.

So, What Can I Get at Basin White Exactly?

Basin White offers pretty much anything you could ever need for a comfy, lovely bath. They have bath bombs, salts, scrubs, shampoo bars, and more. They even have ready made gift baskets for you to take with you! All of their products are online so you can check them out here. My one bit of advice would be to make sure that you keep your goodies in a checked bag instead of your carry on. Some of the items exceed the maximum amount of liquid that you can have in a bag, and you don’t want to have to throw it away! This stuff is so luxe and you’re going to seriously fall in love, just like I have.

What is in Basin White’s Products?

You can shop with a clear mind because all of Basin’s products are cruelty free! Products are also free of any alcohols, mineral oils, or parabens, and are made in the United States! To me, that a win-win! Ethically sourced and produced products are super important, so I am so happy that one of my favorite brands shares the same views.

Have you ever visited a Basin White or Basin location? What’s your favorite way kind of bath products to relax with? Let me know in the comments below!

XOXO Em

Fireworks Dessert Party Review – Disney World Travel

Another summer means another family vacation to Walt Disney World! In our family, trips to Disney are pretty commonplace. We love getting together and all driving down to Florida, camping out at a campsite, and spending some time in the parks. A new tradition that my mother and I have started is every year we visit a fireworks dessert party.

So, what is a fireworks dessert party? It’s pretty simple; it’s an extra experience you can have at the Walt Disney World Resort that might make your visit a little more special. It does come with a price tag, however; $79 for adults and $47 for each child that attends. For us, it’s usually just the two of us, so its worth the little bit of money to get to have a special experience.

When you arrive, you are seated at a table that you have until the end of the fireworks display. They also have another party that happens simultaneously where you are escorted to the courtyard to watch the fireworks. That option is slightly cheaper, with similar desserts. I’ve done both parties, but today I’m just working on covering the Tomorrowland Terrace seating option.

They also offer a massive array of desserts; cupcakes, macarons, and cookies! They also have sparkling apple juice, a marshmallow roasting station, and a section for sundaes. Cast members are present to help you decorate your own cookie, brownie, or rice crispy treats.

Once you find your table, you’re free to browse all the amazing little bite sized treats! There is something for everyone, and you are encouraged to visit the buffet as many times as you would like. They also offer lemonades, a coffee station, and water bottles.

Each table is decorated with a table cloth and a lantern, making the experience feel even more special for those attending.

Once the show begins, guests are welcome to move their chairs to make sure they have the view that they want. The show is beautiful, and honestly, one of my favorite ones I’ve seen to date. The view from the terrace is also lovely, and you have plenty of room to move around. One of the issues when viewing the fireworks is the insane crowds, so staying on the terrace ensures you’ll have plenty of space while watching the show.

Once the show concludes, we were encouraged to help ourselves to the remaining treats, and finished our night out in the Magic Kingdom with a few last rides.

Overall, I plan on attending the Fireworks Dessert Party next year when we return to the parks for our vacation. I think that the value is justified for the event, and it really does feel special. The desserts are delicious, the cast members are great, and the view is beautiful.

Have you had a trip to Disney World? What was your favorite part? Let me know in the comments below!

XOXO Em

Ultimate Disney Packing List

Ultimate Disney Packing List – It’s Vacation Time!

It’s here again! It’s time for me to head back home to the Disney Parks in Orlando for the semi annual family trip. As usual, I am so excited to pack up and get ready to go, but before I go, I need to write up a packing list so I don’t leave anything behind.

I would consider myself a bit of a self proclaimed Disney vacation expert at this point. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve visited, but seriously, I have learned so much about what you need and DON’T need when you’re traveling the parks. Believe it or not, your list can be relatively simple! The less you need to carry in the sweltering heat, the absolute better.

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Plane Packing List

Checked Bag Packing List

  • Tops
  • Shorts
  • Leggings
  • Sweater (it gets chilly at night!)
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Walking shoes
  • Flip flops
  • Swim Suit
  • Beach Towel (if not provided by hotel or resort)
  • Sunscreen
  • First Aid Kit
  • Sunglasses
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Face wash
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Razor
  • Comb or brush
  • Deodorant
  • Waterproof Eyeliner/Mascara

Packing List for Parks Bag

  • Water bottle (water in the park is crazy expensive!)
  • Sunscreen
  • Chargers, Portable chargers
  • Magic Bands
  • Minnie Ears
  • Painkillers, Allergy Medicine
  • Snacks (granola or snacks that won’t melt in the sun!)
  • Glide (Lifesaving product right here)
  • Wallet
  • Pins to trade (Buy ahead online!)
  • Addresses of friends so you can send post cards from Main Street USA!
  • Bandaids to help sore feet
  • Portable fan

Are you headed to an amusement park this summer for a day getaway or for a vacation? What’s in your bag as you get ready to go? Best item you’ve ever discovered that makes travel easier? Share in the comments below!

Also, check out my post about keeping cool in Disney World here.

Happy Sunday!

XOXO Em

Disney World Packing List

Vacation Time! How to Keep Cool on Your Next Disney Park Trip


We’re under a month until my next Disney vacation! I can’t wait, it really is like going home for me! My family spends a near shameful amount of time in the parks (seriously, we love it!) and have learned our fair share of tips and tricks along the way to help you keep cool and hydrated. There is no fun in exhaustion and being sick because you overheated or didn’t think to drink enough water. And it is. so. easy. to do.

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Believe it or not, keeping your entire family cool is simple, easy, and CHEAP! All it takes is a little planning ahead of time, which will save you from having to nurse headaches, burnt skin, or worse. We do it every single summer, pretty much without fail.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

This might sound painfully obvious, but it seems to go over the head of so many people who hit the parks year round. Florida is a warm place, with sunny skies and high humidity. You will sweat, and therefore, lose hydration pretty fast. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is not drinking enough water. Another problem is drinking too much soda, juice, coffee, or alcohol. These products don’t hydrate you like water does, and can leave you feeling worse.

Vacation Tip #1 – Skip the Bottled Water!

I know I just said to drink water as much as you can, but hear me out. Bottled water in Disney World is such a huge price gouge, and when you travel with family, one stop for waters can leave you about $20 poorer. One of the best ways to save cash fast is to get free water from quick service restaurants and stands. If you ask nicely, they will give you as many cups of water as you like at no charge. We use this water to pour into our water bottles, or just drink straight from the cups. You will be amazed at how much more water you can get when you aren’t spending money on bottles you are just going to throw away!

 

Free water!
Peep that cute cup!

 

Vacation Tip #2 – Enjoy a Breeze!

The air in Florida is heavy, humid, and usually pretty stagnant. This can leave you feeling pretty gross, because if I had to describe Orlando in a word, I would probably use sticky (ha!). The park has fans you can buy there (at a premium of course) and when buying more than one, again, the cost can add up quickly. One great tip is to order fans ahead of time (like this cutie!) that you can recharge at night, saving money on batteries. I received this one at a discount, but I have to say, its a powerful little fan, without being heavy. Small kids wouldn’t have an issue toting this guy.

 

Portable Fan
Being pink doesn’t hurt either!

 

Vacation Tip #3 – Dress Light

Once again, Disney is a hot, hot place. The way you dress for the day can make or break it; you should be opting for lighter fabrics that help to wick moisture away from your skin. For me personally, I prefer to wear athletic shorts and tanks, or light dresses with shorts underneath. You can always layer up if it gets chilly after dark, but during the day, you’re going to want to have light layers that don’t weigh you down.

 

Dress Light
Dressing for the weather doesn’t mean not dressing cute!

You can find the above dress here (I received this dress at a discount as well, but man, its comfy!) and its super affordable! You could easily dress it down or up and it’d be perfect for a Minnie or Mickey Disneybound!! I plan on picking up more colors and bringing them all with me for an easy, comfy, go to outfit. Perfect with the rose gold ears! The material of the dress is smooth and soft, perfect for days where you’re running nonstop!

Pockets!!
Seriously, all dresses need pockets.

What are your go-to tips when hitting an amusement park, Disney World or otherwise? I’m always looking for new tips and tricks! Let me know in the comment section below.

Happy Tuesday!

XOXO Em

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