My Experience at Harry Potter World

My Harry Potter World Experience

I did it! I went to Harry Potter World and only cried 5 times! I highly recommend any Pott-head to go. ❤️

I’ll be writing a few blogs about some of my favorite parts and my best advice on what to do once you’re there in the next few days, but in the meantime, here’s a video from my trip!

Leave me a comment below letting me know what all you’d like to know about HPW! 

On being 30 …

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So, today is my birthday. I turned 30 – a birthday I’ve been not looking forward to since I was little. Isn’t 30 when you’re old? I’ve learned quite a few things in my 30 years, though I still feel like I’m a 15-year-old girl that has no idea what she’s doing.

I’ve learned that not all friends will be your friends forever. Some are meant to be in your life for a long time, and some aren’t. Wonderful new ones will pop up out of nowhere and sometimes you’ll feel like you have none. Friendships have their ups and downs, but I truly believe every person has had or will have a purpose in my life.

I’ve learned that you can’t always make everyone happy. Scratch that – I’m LEARNING that you can’t always make people happy. And I’ve learned that it’s okay.

I’ve learned that the sh** everyone tells you when you’re single about how you’ll find someone when you least expect it is SO freakin’ true, no matter how many times you roll your eyes.

I’ve learned that there is no better stress reliever than cuddling with my dog and fiancee.

I’ve learned that regular soda is NOT worth the extra calories. You can have SO much food for that tiny soda.

I’ve learned that hair is not a security blanket and cutting it can actually be fun.

I’ve learned that while flying is still scary, the experiences I have are totally worth the few hours of terror and anxiety I feel.

I’ve learned that passions change. Careers change. You change. Thankfully we’re in a day and age where that’s okay, and trying out a few different jobs is fine. I anticipate I’ll try at least a few more jobs and careers in the next 30 years. OR I’ll just make a bunch of money and not have to worry about working my life away.

I’ve learned that ideas and fears instilled into me when I was younger will be hard to break, but it makes you stronger in so many ways. Guys that treated me poorly and caused me to not trust any man that came into my life. Thoughts about money being a scarcity and “bad” still cloud my vision. While I’ve had some trying times, thoughts and feelings in the last 30 years, I wouldn’t trade any of them because they’ve gotten me to today and will continue to push me in the future.

I’ve learned that life just isn’t that serious. Love, have fun and try to keep a grateful heart. If you go through a rough patch (like now …) know that you’ll come out on the other side. How? Because you have before!

I’ve learned that flared jeans just do not work for me.

Neither does the color orange. ^^

Or booties – my legs are just too dang short! ^^^

I’ve learned that while my passions in careers have changed, my love for blogging and creating an online community has continued to grow and it’s time for me to explore that.

Most importantly, I’ve learned that I can do anything. I’ve worked three jobs while barely scraping by living in a city I hated. I’ve gotten myself out of (and back into) credit card debt. I’ve left abusive relationships – whether it was friendship, romantic or work-related. I’ve stuck to my morals, my passions and my heart … and I’m determined to continue to do just that.

Thanks for reading today, friends! I’m off having the TIME OF MY LIFE in Harry Potter World – make sure you check in on Instagram stories!

Florida, here we come!

TGIF – am I right?

First, thank you to all of you that are interested in supporting my YouTube channel. It’s just another form of creativity for me. If you’re interested, I did a wedding update yesterday and would love for you to check it out! Plus, Cora makes a HUGE cameo at the end. AKA she climbs in my lap.

Now as for the rest of my Friday, I’m off to a four-hour meeting (who does that on a Friday afternoon??) so I need to grab some coffee, but then we’re off to the ‘burbs to drop Cora off at Ben’s parents’ house. 🙁 I’m so sad to be without her for a few days, but SO EXCITED FOR FLORIDA! We leave hella early on Sunday (5 am) but then we’ll be in Florida with Ben’s grandparents who we haven’t seen since September! And TUESDAY IS HARRY POTTER WORLD!! (And also my 30th birthday)

Make sure to follow along on Instagram if you’re not already and have a wonderful weekend!

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73 Questions – Everything You Want To Know

Hey friends! I don’t have an updated wedding post for you today (thought you can check those out here or here) because not much has happened in the last week, BUT I wanted to get out a fun little post for you. Since I’m really vamping up with content now and it’s almost my 30th birthday (holy kamoley!) I want to be sure y’all know a bit about me. Plus, I saw it on Kristin’s blog and I loved reading through it myself. Make sure to check her out – it was just her birthday!

These are meant to be rapid fire, so I’ll try not to write too much. 😉 You can always compare it to the one I did a couple of years ago!

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What is the last song you listened to?
I rarely listen to music, so probably the intro music to Amanda Bucci’s YouTube video.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
To be able to give everyone something that they love.

What is your favorite fashion trend of all time?
Do leggings count?

What is your favorite junk food?
Chips and salsa. Or, if those don’t count, sour gummy worms.

What’s keeping you busy these days?
Full-time job, blogging, YouTube, my side business, wedding planning, Cora, traveling …

What’s a book you plan on reading?
I currently just started “Money: A Love Story.”

A person you’d love to have coffee with?
Becca Bristow – she’s a YouTuber I love and I’d love to pick her brain.

Blow-dry or air-dry?
Definitely air-dry

What’s the best thing you’ve done so far this year?
Started making connections and really focusing on growing my own brand.

It’s brunch and you don’t have food allergies, what do you order?
Chips and salsa (WHAT?!) and chicken/donuts from Rhyme or Reason.

Who is the last person you texted?
My fiancee – that’s so fun to say. 🙂

If you could switch lives with a person for one day, who would it be?
Cora – she has a pretty great life.

What karaoke song would you sing without needing the monitor?
Any Backstreet Boys song.

What’s the last thing you ate?
I just ate this turkey sloppy joe stuff – not the best, but we’re trying to use up our food before we head to Florida.

Last show you binge watched?
Stranger Things

What is your favorite birthday cake?
I actually really don’t like cake – am I strange? I’d rather have a cookie or froyo.

What is something you can’t do?
Fake emotions

Best advice for your 18-year-old self?
Get awayyyyyyy from that boyfriend.

What is one goal you are determined to achieve in your lifetime?
Achieve financial freedom

Is there a dessert you don’t like?
Anything with fruit. Or cake.

What is your spirit animal?
A dog. 😉

What do you usually eat for breakfast?
Lately it’s been egg bakes I put together.

Cooking or baking?

Best fashion advice you’ve ever received?
Splurge a little on high quality pieces you’ll have forever.

Who do you turn to when you’re sad?
Cora or Ben

What is your kryptonite?
Dogs or chips and salsa

Best first date idea?
Getting coffee or one drink – I always liked “chill” first dates without activities … just get to know one another.

Favorite type of flowers?
Peonie and lilies

What’s the best part of living in Chicago?
The buzz of the city is amazing. There are tons of opportunities here.

What do you miss about college?
Barely any financial responsibilities.

Favorite pizza topping?
Mushrooms, black olives and pepperoni

Favorite ice cream topping?
I put sour gummy worms on my froyo, does that count?

Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?
Dark, preferably with sea salt

Jogging or swimming?

When was the last time you cried?
Friday … I was very frustrated with my job.

Do you like your handwriting?
Yes, unless I’m in a hurry.

What is your least favorite thing about yourself?
How mean I am … I get in these funks where I literally hate myself, and it’s awful.

What is your most favorite thing about yourself?
How determined I am… and I also think I’m a very loyal friend.

Favorite smell?

What is the farthest you’ve been from home?
Hawaii or Ireland

Where were you born?

Sweet or savory?

Lipstick or lip gloss?
Chapstick 😉

Who is your girl crush?
Nikki Blackketter

Cupcakes or cookies?

What’s your favorite season?
Summer (if I have AC) or early Fall

What’s your New Year’s resolution?
I made a whole video about it!

You are stuck on an island, you can pick one food to eat forever without getting tired of it, what would you eat?
Chips and salsa (this is becoming a trend …)

Favorite superhero?
Does Loki count? 😉

What do you usually order at Starbucks?
Skinny iced caramel macchiato

If your life was a song, what would the title be?
Find what you love and you’ll be okay

What’s one cause that’s dear to your heart?
Any type of animal rescue or anti-abuse

Who would you want to shoot a love scene with?
Zac Efron (don’t tell Ben)

What’s your favorite thing to wear?
Lately I’m WAITING for the weekend when I can wear my Athleta joggers, but leggings are a happy second. I love dresses, but in the winter it’s too cold and I’m feeling a little chunky right now so I’m not as confident.

What is something you always travel with?
Air travel? Anti-anxiety meds.

Biggest pet peeve?
Being late (or slow)

If you could only dance to one song for the rest of your life, what song is it?
Ummmm… I have no idea!

What are three things you look for in a man?
Benjamin Michael Fritz (does that count?) But otherwise integrity, care for others and humor.

If you could meet anyone dead or alive, who would it be?

Would you rather fast forward ten years and be rich or be able to redo your life with all of the knowledge you’ve gained over the years?

What could you give a presentation on with no preparation?
Planning or dogs

What do you wish you knew more about?
Wedding planning, only because now I’m really pumped to become one.

Who was the president when you were born?
Apparently Ronald Reagan – I had to Google that!

What is your favorite chain restaurant?
Qdoba or Chipotle, depending on my mood

Would you rather always be ten minutes late or twenty minutes early?
Twenty minutes early … which is impossible with a chronically late fiancee.

Lauren Conrad or Kristin Cavallari?

Kim Kardashian or Paris Hilton?
Kim, I guess?

Snow or sun?

If you could learn an instrument, what would it be?
I’d love to relearn flute/piccolo – I haven’t played in YEARS!

Would you rather have to live without your laptop or your phone?
Hmm… I guess my laptop since you can do anything on your phone, but my neck / eyes would KILL ME

What’s something you like to do the old fashioned way?
Send cards

Would you rather scuba dive or skydive?
Scuba, even though that sounds terrifying, too 😉

Take one question from above and answer it in the comments – I’d love to learn more about you! Otherwise, definitely do this on your own blog. 🙂