Olde Harbour Inn in Savannah, GA

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For my birthday this past weekend, the husband and I popped down for a quick trip to Savannah, GA. We’ve been before on an equally quick and impromptu trip. Even though we knew my birthday was on the horizon, we waited until the absolute last possible minute to plan (I searched restaurants and things to do while in the car on the way down).

We did, however, book our hotel before hand. Our favorite dog sitter was out of town on adventures of her own so we knew we would be bringing the pups wherever we decided to go. We heard that the town was particularly friendly to pups and the hotel, the Old Harbour Inn, in particular was extremely welcoming to four legged guests.

And boy, oh boy were they. We stayed in a lower first floor room so that we could just take the pups straight up and out if they needed to potty. Our room was directly to the right of that stair case that led to the lobby. It was also surrounded by other dog lovers which we know because we could hear their pups. That would be my only point of warning if you decide to stay here. This hotel is not, to our knowledge, haunted, it simply has some of the thinnest walls thanks to building this old not having great insulation. At one point, we heard our neighbor cough and looked at each other to see who did it.

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The room that we stayed in actually had a really great apartment feel. It was a full living room, separate kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. In this great old warehouse building, it felt like living in a New York brownstone. We loved it.

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Right outside the window, were the shops that line the river and other tourist attractions. I say the walls were quite thin but we actually heard nothing outside despite it being  rather busy street. We spent quite a bit of time in this room. We’ve been to Savannah before and weren’t necessarily in a rush to take in all of the culture so much as to just get away from our usual location and decompress after one of the most hellish weeks that ever was. All in all this hotel, and Savannah’s cool and relaxing atmosphere delivered.  We had a great time.  2B9F05A6-A4D6-4ABC-A328-843492B5F695

Nantucket The Roberts Collection

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We stayed at the Roberts Collection earlier this summer for the second week in June. We lucked into staying right before the hustle and bustle really started. Which means we missed both the people and the hydrangeas. We stayed in a sweet little king size room in the Gate House. The room itself was small but with the Roberts Collection being perfect placed in town, we spent very little time in it.

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Bachelorette Weekend in Charleston

E33C09BB-8A55-4A51-850A-41C53FE654A6I spent this past weekend hosting a bachlorette party for my main girl, Brooke in Charleston, SC. I’ve gotta say, Charleston’s per capita of brides this weekend was legendary; every fifth girl we met was there for a bridal shower which made it the perfect atmosphere for a girl’s weekend.

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As someone who is a planner and is familiar with how long it takes girls to get ready, I put together a little itinerary for the weekend. I planned to loosely follow it and allow wiggle room for other activities and change of heart. Shockingly (at least for me) we ended up following most of it. We stayed in Mount Pleasant which is adjacent to Charleston. If you want to be closer to the nightlife, a hotel or an airbnb downtown is probably your best bet. But as someone who doesn’t drink who owns an eight seat vehicle, I was happy to play Uber to the girls for the weekend.

Friday

We arrived in Charleston Friday in time for lunch and met up at the restaurant. I made reservations for all things on the agenda three weeks before our trip. I know how the lines get sometimes. We had lunch at Husk and then went back to the hotel to shower for theevening. As one of two maid of honors and a consummate planner, I made this little kits for the girls for the weekend, which we promptly broke into for the bandages and snacks for the night. I also made these little hats (DIY to follow).

We followed our itinerary but excluded Rainbow Row and added a trip to “the pineapple” near the battery before heading to Pawpaw’s for dinner. If you need a recommendation the chicken and the mac and cheese are out of this world! For an after dinner dessert, I recommend Carmella’s which is almost down the street before heading to the Rooftop at the Vendue for drinks. We saved Stars for Saturday.

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Saturday

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We started Saturday with brunch at Old Village Post Inn which was a very intimate affair since I made reservations for opening at 10am. We had the entire dining area to ourselves which was a dream. From there, I packed up my favorite tote (c/o L.l. Bean) and we headed to the beach at Sullivan’s Island for an afternoon on the sand.

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We had plans to spend our evening tasseling at Cannonborough Collective with one of the favorite girls in Charleston but first we stopped at Rainbow Row. One of the things we spontaneously ended up doing was that one of the girls brought along a polaroid camera. Because we had a limited number of pictures, we each planned a picture we wanted to take with the bride for a keepsake. I saved my photo for Rainbow Row which turned out perfect because look at that colorful little lady! The camera even cooperated by giving me the Rainbow strip. Because we had such limited photos and a polaroid only gives you one shot at greatness, it made it so special.

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From Rainbow Row, we headed to Cannonborough Collective to make tassel earrings with the hostess with the mostest, Mimi of The Tiny Tassel who set up a private workshop, complete with drinks and swan plates after the store closed. I would highly recommend this class as something a little different to do at a bachelorette. It made for a great trip for my girl who showed up in tassels even though the weekend was a surprise for her. So it was spot on for her interests. What I love about these kinds of activities is that they, give you a chance to support a small maker but also come home with something unique. Aside from just thinking the world of Mimi, who has the patience of a kindergarten teacher and a saint all rolled into one, making four tier earrings really helped me appreciate how affordable these earrings really are for the work that she puts in.

We finished off our evening with dinner at Low Country Bistro and Stars Rooftop bar on King Street. At 11, Stars turns into a nightclub downstairs which makes it a great one stop shop if you want to have dinner there first. When leaving Stars, stop at Callie’s Biscuits. They’re open 10pm-2am on Friday and Saturday.

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Sunday

We polished off the weekend with Poogan’s Porch for Brunch and a walk down King Street to work off some of the food before piling in the car to be homeward bound.

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I had so much fun this weekend with these girls. A sweeter, more kind hearted bunch, I’ve never seen. Let me know if I missed any must dos for a bridal weekend.

Nantucket Guide from First Timers

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This isn’t an exhaustive guide to Nantucket. I wouldn’t even really call it a guide. Mostly this is what we did while we were there on our five day excursion. My favorite part is that we started with an idea of what we wanted to do in mind and then we let our instagram family who is familiar with the island guide our days based on recommendations. It quickly turned into a really fun and interactive trip with you guys and most of your recommendations were FANTASTIC. So here is the run down of what we did in our five days. If this schedule seems light on activities and high on the food, it is. Most of your recommendations revolved around food and we spent a lot of time just walking around the island meandering and chatting with shop keepers and the locals. The remainder of that time was spent with me tele-working. If you saw my last post, you know I couldn’t relax enough to stop. If these pictures look familiar to you, it’s because a lot of them appeared on instastories.

Day One:

  • Check in at the Robert House Collection
  • Lunch at Charlie Nobles- I got the fish tacos. I have zero regrets. That’s a bit of a theme to this post
  • Wander around town- Stopped into Murray’s Toggery Shop, the ultimate purveyor of Nantucket Reds
  • Stop by Town Pool- Wasn’t open while we were in town but they have an adorable mini golf course that looks like fun for a rainy day. We did however meet the shop owner, Sean, who gave us an excellent town tour and added to our list of things to do.
  • Dinner at Rose and Crown- The burgers are fantastic.
  • Juice Bar- Opted for the Pistachio Ice cream but the real dream was the waffle cone which you can smell all the way down the street.
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Day Two:

  • Black Eye Susan’s for Breakfast
  • Wandered around the Wharf- Went into the little shops including Skinny Dip Nantucket which is a favorite of ours. Also stop into Current Vintage which has wine, cheese, and Vintage Lilly. This wasn’t an offering from you guys but it’s truly a preppy dream.
  • Take the Wave to Sconset, the local shuttle which is only $3.
  • Stop at the Sconset Market for cookies and then take said cookies to the Sconset Bluff walk.
  • Continue to walk from the end of the Bluff to the Sankaty Lighthouse.
  • Return to town and have Claudette’s for lunch if it’s not too late in the day.36257AD0-24DA-4209-BB60-771DB4DBE443
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Day Three:

  • Started the day at Fog Island for breakfast
  • Went into a few more shops- Be sure to stop into Res Ipsa for one of a kind tapestry loafers, since it’s right across the street, and U of Nantucket for the classic red Nantucket sweatshirt.
  • Pop into vintage shop on the way to Brant Point lighthouse.
  • Snag a bike and then head to Brant Point Light house. Mosey around the beach.
  • Have lunch at Brant Point Grill at the White Elephant Hotel
  • Bike around the houses on the island
  • Brotherhood of Thieves for Dinner
  • Stop in the bookstore next door
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  • Breakfast- Downy Flakes for a donut- We were really unimpressed but we live near Duck Donuts in North Carolina which is amazing so we didn’t think very much of it.
  • Lola Burger for lunch
  • Down to Madaket beach on the Wave Shuttle from in front of the Whaling museum
  • Millie’s for dinner- I obviously got the fish tacos yet again.
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Day Five

  • Ran errands around souvenirs
  • Threw a penny into the wharf for a returned trip to the island.
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37E98017-A055-4629-A7D6-AB40887E2F3CTell me what we missed, I will add it to the list for next time. Thank you so much again for all your love and recommendations.

 

XO Prepfords

 

 

 

Work Life Balance: Detaching during vacation

 

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We are spending the week on Nantucket, a trip we’ve had planned since January. It’s an amazing trip and once in a lifetime for us because I’m not going to allow us to be one of those gorgeous couples who summer in the same place every year. So hubby you better soak up all the Nantuckety goodness you can.

But I digress. This post is less about vacation and more about the precarious and ever unatainable work-life balance. Because we planned this trip so early, I put it on my calendar incredibly early in the year for the awareness of my counterparts but I am starting a new position this week (literally Friday, eek!) with a promotion and new and more demanding responsibilities. It’s a position that I am incredibly excited about but in the build up, all I can feel is crushing and almost debilitating anxiety.

It’s a type of situationally induced anxiety that I’ve dealt with before. Every time I start something new that requires me to engage in new responsibilities, particularly if it involves strangers. I get this deep seeded panic; this elephant on my chest, heart racing, eye watering, tightness in my body. I haven’t felt it in quite some time, since I first went to college, or started my first retail job or began “grown up” job hunting. But this week it has vehemently reared it’s ugly head at a time when I should be relaxing.

There’s a healthy number of things that I can rattle off that lead to this feeling of pressure -how young I am at work, being childless as though a vacation can only be taken if you have children, the optics of taking a vacation when starting a new role, important deadlines coming this week that I must meet in spite of my absence, etc etc. I know there are a lot of bloggers who have this #girlboss #bossbabe mantra going on but in the interest of full transparency, I don’t got that going on.

I have spent the better part of three days OBSESSIVELY checking and responding to emails every single time I get a notification because God forbid anyone think I’m inaccessible when I am in fact inaccessible right now. So here are some ways that I am forcibly calming myself

 

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Creating work life balance for myself (and possibly yourself if you are anything like me) during vacation:

  1. Set an auto reply message. People now know you are out of office and do not expect a quick response. Leave number where you can be reached in case its urgent. Rarely will people use this number if they are courteous but you can be found should someone genuinely need you.
  2. Relegate email checking to certain times.  I made those times 9am, 12pm and 4pm for myself. That way I am not obsessively checking but will see anything that needs my immediate response.
  3. Put important must do task on the apple calendar with an alarm so they can be followed through. Nothing makes me more anxious than the possibility of missing my responsibilities. If I can just make sure that the important tasks are addressed then, it goes a long way to soothing me.
  4. Spend 15 min at night answering any non-urgent messages and setting next day alarms. I may be checking emails during the day but nine times out of ten, I’m not responding unless it’s urgent. Responding to email quickly before bed allows me to decompress without spending all night doing endless tasks.
  5. Calm down. This is truly the most important one. I have this amazing conversation with a VP of my company sometime ago and he said something that really stuck with me. “This company ran before you and it can exist without you for a week. Enjoy your vacations because when you get back, it will still be standing.” He’s right. The entire company will still be there when I get back.

So what about you? Do you struggle when leaving on vacation on is it very simple for you to detach?

 

Weekend Getaway to Corolla, NC

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It’s like, in order to avoid letting me get a horse, my husband is being extraspecially gracious with activities that allow me to interact with horses but make it illegal to bring them home. This weekend he surprised me with a little getaway to Corolla, NC where they have wild horse. *Insert imaginary gif of me fangirling over them*

For someone who was surprised though, I sure used those hours in the car to neurotically plan our every waking moment. If you ever have the opportunity to head that way, especially if its in the winter, my brief but intense research will serve you well. If you are headed there in the summer best of luck because the tourist are ever.y.where. We tend to beach in the off season. It’s cool enough to wear the clothes that we actually like and we aren’t “sit on the beach” people. Plus, we getting the added bonus to having the town to ourselves.

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My husband chose to stay at the Sanderling resort which was a fantastic homebase for the weekend. I love a place that is thoughtful and from the smores kit included in our room to the mending kit, that I always seem to need and not have, every detail was accounted for. When we arrived they’d upgraded our room to a waterfront view which was stunning and we lucked into seeing a really gorgeous wedding ceremony play out on Saturday.

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We ended up at the Lifesaving Station, their onsite restaurant twice if we are being honest; our first night and breakfast the next morning. But you should definitely branch out and try neighboring restaurant Kimball’s which is a few short steps away.

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Both dinner and breakfast were amazing. If you are coming from a non-Southern state definitely have the chicken and waffles. Let them show you how they do it and for breakfast have anything. It all looked amazing.

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Another post to follow with out second and third day. I promise the horses deserve their own post.

XO Prepford Wife

National Museum of African American History and Culture

This weekend, Marcus and I met some family in DC to explore the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Marcus’ aunt snagged enough tickets to make it a true family outing and so we couldn’t resist going along for a day trip.

The museum is absolutely stunning. From the exterior through each and every one of eight floors, the museum tells the story of this nations black population. So much symbolism and effort went into the building’s design and structure, built in by architect, Philip Freelon.

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“From one perspective, the building’s architecture follows classical Greco-Roman form in its use of a base and shaft, topped by a capital or corona. For our Museum, the corona is inspired by the three-tiered crowns used in Yoruban art from West Africa. Moreover, the building’s main entrance is a welcoming porch, which has architectural roots in Africa and throughout the African Diaspora, especially the American South and Caribbean. Finally, by wrapping the entire building in an ornamental bronze-colored metal lattice, Adjaye pays  homage to the intricate ironwork crafted by enslaved African Americans in Louisiana, South Carolina, and elsewhere.” -The Shape

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“The enveloping lattice also opens the building to exterior daylight, which can be modulated according to the season. The openness to light is symbolic for a museum that seeks to stimulate open dialogue about race and help promote reconciliation and healing.” The Building

The building has a total of four levels and three addition levels underground. You start beneath the ground and work your way up working your way from the dark, slavery and civil rights, to the light with community and culture (like a said a lot of intent here).

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From the lower levels, while sad, was not as heavy handed for me. I found myself as the Prepford Wife, heavily focused on the family and marital attributes of slavery. The bit about the wedding rings tugged at my heart and made me hold my husband a little closer and my marriage a little dearer. I am so grateful to be born in the time that I am where I have not only the human right but also the legal right to my relationship.

After the concourse we were STARVING. Food and drink is prohibited in the building which turns out to be purposeful. The cafeteria, Sweet Home Cafe, is a veritable spread of culturally relevant cuisine. My husband went for Northern foods, Creole Coast’s Gulf Shrimp and Grits and North State’s Smoking Hot Caribbean Pepper Pot (oxtail with pepper pot gravy), while I stuck with what I knew, The Agricultural South.

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The floors I was most interested in were the up level floors four and five. So after the heaviness of the lower three levels, it was with great joy that I skipped my happy little butt through the top two floors. It seems I am who I am through and through. I was so excited to see the intersection of fashion and hair and religion and womanhood through the museum.

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My favorite exhibition turned out to be one titled “Power of Place“, which talked about the actual spaces and landscapes that black peoples inhabit. My favorite turned out to be about Oak Bluffs, an African American community in Martha’s Vineyard. #OGBlackPreps I don’t really think there are any words for seeing myself validated and present in that way. I can’t ever recall a time where I saw so much of me in any museum ever.

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And to think we almost left because of tired feet before I ever got to see that exhibit. Which by the way, did I mention, wear comfortable shoes?! I decided to wear my J. Crew Chelsea rainboots when I know with all my heart and all of my mighty that they pinch in the ankle. I even went as far as to bring a pair of comfy flats because of it. And then I still left them in the car because I was too lazy to carry my heavy boots if I changed and because they didn’t go with my outfit as well. *facepalm*

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Either way, the museum was an absolute joy and if you have the opportunity to get timed passes, DO IT! You owe it to yourself. The Founding Director, Lonnie Bunch said it best. “This Museum will tell the American story through the lens of African American history and culture. This is America’s Story and this museum is for all Americans.”

So what about you. Have you been to the museum? Do you have plans to go?

XO Prepford Wife

Cannonborough Collective

You know that thing where you have an idea about someone from online and then you meet them in person and they are totally different and it ruins the image in your head? This isn’t that. My husband and I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Mimi of the Tiny Tassel at her shop the Cannonborough Collective while we were in Charleston.

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I follow three schools of thought when I shop; shop small, shop local, shop black (women) and if at all possible do all three. Mimi checks off all the boxes with her little shop that she co-owns with Liz of the Charleston Weekender. I’d followed her on Instagram for a little while because women of color (particularly black women) in preppy spaces seem to be few and far between and I promised myself I would visit her shop if I had the chance because she seemed delightful. Plot spoiler she is! And the shop she co-runs is lovely as well!

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The little shop carries the only balloons in downtown, gifts, jewelry and clothes. Her mommy makes the adorable gingham items in her shops. (Take note, Mom. Hint hint.) While she herself makes the tassel earrings that gives The Tiny Tassel it’s name.

 

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If you ever have the chance to visit while in Charleston definitely do so, especially since the shop is right down from two other adorable shops Candy Corner and the instagrammable Sugar bake shop. Can’t find the other shops? Don’t worry they give out the cutest Charleston guide; so useful.

Go follow these ladies on instagram for an eye full of color and lovely.

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Also how cute are our guys in their gingham bandanas? Even dogs deserve a souvenir.

XO Prepfordwife

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The PrepFords Pilgrammage

No Intro, Just facts. We went to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The culmination of a dream come true. We had the opportunity to go before but passed for very complicated reasons. But as huge Harry Potter fans (see Harry Potter wedding) we had to go.

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Usually, I’m all about bypassing the t-shirts and going for girly dress but if I’m being very honest here, Harry Potter fashion is mostly ugly, or really really hot or ugly and hot and scratchy to boot. I should have done what my husband did and opted for custom gear but I didn’t think far enough ahead so I opted for this t-shirt from the mens section of Target. But honestly, look how cute he is and can you beat a man who looks at you like that when you’re not looking? The answer is no.

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Anyway, we spent two days in Universal Studios and here are the top ten tips that we came away with for best navigating the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

  1. Get the two day park to park pass. If you can afford it and have the time, spend one day doing all things Harry Potter and the other doing everything else that Universal has to offer. The HP things are split between two parks Universal Studios and Island of Adventuress and are connected by the ride, Hogwarts Express.
  2. Get the app. We had the app and still allowed ourselves to get lost. The app has not just a map of the park which can guide you from ride to ride but it also has tickets, real time waits for the lines, and the wifi is free in the park so you are killing your battery searching of signal all day.
  3. Get there for park opening. No not 10 am not 9:30 am. NINE AM. We got to the park our second day a little before ten and it was a mistake mistake mistake. Oh the difference an extra hour makes. We had the park all to ourselves the first hour of the first day and we were able to figure our way to the the Wizarding section of the park without fretting over crowds and managed to ride a few rides before people flooded the park.
  4. Walk to the back of the park. It takes a lot of energy to get there sure but by skipping stuff at the front of the park, you can ride the rides at the back since no one will be there and then do stuff at the front of the park on your way out. Souvenirs and such will still be there and you can ypass everyone taking introductory photos together. We applied this to both Disney Magic Kingdom and Universal and we were not disappointed in the slightest.
  5. Start the day with Gringotts bank. Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts is a beautiful, beautiful ride and the lines get long fast and you want to be able to experience it before they do get long. You have to get a locker which is right across from the ride. Put EVERYTHING in it. They’re free for the first hour or so and the attendants will send you back if you haven’t put everything in the locker so do it the first time.
  6. Regardless of how many children you have, buy ONE interactive wand. Whether you have one child or five, the best bet is to buy one interactive wand from Ollivander’s. Hubby and I made the mistake of buying two and then spent the better part of the day together so we didn’t even get the chance to use them both. If your little ones all demand a wand, get them the non-interactive one and buy the interactive one for yourself so that they can share it. Keep your eyes open for golden medallion on the ground near shops because this is where the interactive wands can be used.
  7. Buy the butterbeer. It’s overpriced and tastes very similar to cream soda but for $7.50 it’s worth it to satiate your curiosity about what it taste like. And in a park that gets to be 100 degrees, it quickly becomes worth the money. If you have little ones, get the courtesy cups and split it. I had to share mine with hubby because it was just way too much sugar. We passed on the souvenir cup because we didn’t feel like carrying anything else.
  8. If a ride has a short wait time, take it! The Hogwarts Express had a ten minute wait, so we took it. The Dragon Challenge ride had a ten minute wait so we took it. The wait for those lines was even shorter than the fast pass so it helped to act while we were paying attention.
  9. Be assertive without being rude. There are people all over the place many of whom stop in the middle of the sidewalk and the streets and the walkways. If you spend all day waiting around for people to scoot over, you will never see everything. By the end of the trip we were experts at the human version of Nokia’s snake and bobbing and weaving while saying politely “excuse me, honey”.
  10. Don’t rush. This sounds counter-intuitive to all the advice I’ve given so far but it pays to take it slowly and meander. You don’t want to get burn out. Our favorite places to take it easy were the shops and food areas.They are all so gorgeous and detailed and pictures can never do it justice especially if you’re a die hard fan.

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What are some suggestions you have for the Wizarding World?

XO Prepfordwife

DIY Wire Minnie Mouse Ears

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Today’s post is finally a DIY tutorial from the wire ears I made for meeting my shero, Minnie Mouse. You can see that post here. I saw a similar pair somewhere online and quickly whipped up a pair. Emphasis on quickly.

I made the first pair with the red ribbon in our hotel room at 2am and the second pair with the yellow flowers in five minutes before we had to run out of the room to the park. I feel like it’s safe to consider this a five minute diy.

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Here are the quick steps for the floral crown ears seen above.

Supplies

Scissors/Wire Cutter

24 gauge Gold Jewelry Wire

Ribbon close to your hair color

Hot glue gun

Floral wreath

Cup

ear supplies

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1. Wrap jewelry wire around glass or other cylindrical container to form ears. Choose one that’s the size you ideally want your ears to be. I chose a larger glass because I wanted my ears to be able to be taller than my large hair if I decided to wear it out which didn’t happen because…humidity.

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2. Make sure to leave enough wire to be able to wrap around your headband.

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3. I chose headbands that were close to my hair color so that they would just blend in but you are welcome to choose a color that stands out or matches your color theme.

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4. Cut off a piece of the floral wreath to fit in between your ears. Make sure to cut a piece that is visually interesting to you. For the park, I cut out the yellow piece since that’s the color I was more interested in wearing that day.

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5. Place your headband and wreath together to make sure the fit is right then hot glue your headband to the part of the wreath you cut. Then wrap a piece of the ribbon that you bought around the headband weaving in and out of your wreath to tighten it. Since Florida is so hot, you could have loose hot glue. The ribbon fortifies it and also provides cushion so the wire ears don’t stab you.

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And Voila you have yourself a pair of ears. I won’t do a tutorial for the ribbon ears but you do make them the same way. Just sub out the wreath with really big bow.

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Now go out into the Disney World and hear all the things with your new shiny ears.

Love,

Prepfordwife