Character Breakfast – Pooh & Friends Crystal Palace Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Character Breakfast – Pooh & Friends Crystal Palace Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom

It wasn’t until Casey was eleven that I found out his favorite Disney character was Piglet. He had been going to the parks for years and had never mentioned it before. But all of a sudden, there it was. Piglet. He had to see Piglet. Well, I’m always up for a trip to Disney, so as one of his Christmas presents he was promised a character breakfast with Piglet at The Crystal Palace in The Magic Kingdom.

We tried to make a reservation that wasn’t too early; we love that the parks have later hours for resort guests and normally aren’t in any big rush to leave our hotel room. For one thing, we are annual passholders, so we go to Walt Disney a lot. And another thing, depending on the month, it is just too darn hot in Florida to stand in line for rides all day long. Sometimes, we just use the resort pools and head into the parks closer to evening time. Anyway, we ended up with a 9:45 reservation, and were seated at our table within a few minutes of checking in.

Before we were seated we could see the characters moving around from table to table. The Crystal Palace is a beautiful restaurant just off Main Street, and almost the entire front is made up of huge windows. We sat, ordered drinks, and Tigger was at our table in under 5 minutes. He posed with the kids for several pictures, and was in no rush to leave us. Then we headed to the buffet, which had a bit of everything. There were pastries, fruit, yogurts, waffles, scrambled eggs, potatoes, breakfast meats, cereals, and I’m sure I’m leaving something out!

Pooh came around next. Again, plenty of time to take pictures. The lighting in the restaurant was fantastic due to all the windows, and almost every shot I took came out great. Both kids even smiled!!!

Then came my favorite Winnie the pooh character; Eeyore!!! I have a thing for donkeys (wait, WHAT?!?!). Anyway, this was the only character I took a solo photo with. I mean really, he’s the cutest. Just look at that tail!

After our Eeyore photos, we went back to the buffet (unlimited trips, right?) and got seconds. We ate more and waited. This was the big event. This was what we came here for. We could see him making his way around the room. So cute. So sweet. So PINK!!!!!

I was super stoked that these photos turned out so good. Piglet was great and posed for a lot of pictures when we mentioned that we were basically there to see him (he promised not to tell the others), and the entire breakfast was a fantastic success.

For holidays and birthdays, I now try to give gifts that make memories. I love travel, and experience, and adventure. I love these photographs, and most importantly the memories that we shared at this breakfast and with these great characters. It, for me, was worth way more than something they opened under the Christmas tree, most of which has probably been cast aside and forgotten by now.

As the kids grow, I know we will continue to make these memories and have these experiences, and I am so thankful for that. Someone once said (I looked for the quote but could not find it), you will never regret spending time with your children. If anyone is on the fence about going to this breakfast, I highly recommend it, especially if you have a fan of Pooh characters in your family. The food can be a little on the expensive side, but the memories will make it all worth it.

“Sometimes,” said Pooh, “the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”

Why Your Business Needs a Social Media Manager!

Why Your Business Needs a Social Media Manager!


Whether you’ve just started a new business, or your company has been around for a while, you know you can’t do everything yourself. A lot of business owners spend a majority of their time working on products or services. Their focus is the client, the sale, the substance of the business. Sure, business owners know that in order to be successful they have to market the business. But advertising has changed so much in the past decade, and continues to do so. Can you really stay on top of all of it yourself? This is where the social media manager comes in. Here are 5 (which isn’t even close to all of them) good reasons to hire a social media manager today!

1. You’re in business, well, to run your business!

Unless your business is a social media marketing business, it’s not where your expertise, passion, or experience is. You started a business because you believed in a product or could provide a service. You’ve always wanted to own a restaurant, or you love clothing so you opened a consignment store. That’s where your focus should be, not on trying to babysit multiple social media accounts, writing content, taking pictures, or keeping up with the postings and comments on all of your pages. Do what you do best, which is why you started the business in the first place!

2. Social media platforms are always changing the rules!

Social media managers stay on top of the new policies and guidelines across all the major social media platforms. Just when you think you’ve got something figured out, they throw a wrench in your whole program. Having someone whose entire business is social media assures that your business is on top of the trends and is utilizing your accounts in the best way possible!

3. Consistency!

If you want to engage your fans , customers, and clients, you can’t put a post up every three months and expect people to respond or continue to follow you. And certainly don’t expect to pick up new subscribers. Information moves fast. If a potential customer searches for your page and the last thing on it is six month old news, they won’t be impressed.

4. Customer Responses and Engagement!

Overall, you are trying to formulate an online community. Just putting up posts or videos with no future responses is incredibly one-sided, and won’t foster any kind of relationship. Social media easily creates a more personal relationship between businesses and their customers, but it doesn’t work when there isn’t mutual interaction.

5. Creativity

Your social media manager will know what type of content is working best, and how to affordably create it. They stay on top of the best programs and are constantly evolving the way they do things to stay current. Social media, realistically, is where most people come to be entertained. If you can’t produce original, imaginative, and engaging content, it’s better to hire someone who can.

That’s all for today! Stay tuned for more fun stuff and informative articles. Subscribe and follow us, we are everywhere! And don’t forget…

Get a Grip on your Business!!! – Lisa

Grunge Artists; I Miss You <3

Grunge Artists; I Miss You <3

I’m sitting alone in my room, as I often do, listening to Alice in Chains. The lyrics have always spoken to me. I don’t know that there is a song I don’t like. And the haunting melodies, they just reach a part of me that most music doesn’t. But does this exposure of the soul come at a price? I think it may, as many of my favorite lead singers have died by their own hand, whether from drugs or suicide. So, what does it cost to bare your heart in song?

I listen to the music on the radio currently, mostly because I must; I have children. For the most part, the talent isn’t there. Songs are written by other people and performed by mass-produced “artists.” This is not the music I grew up listening to. The music created from hours of sweat in dirty garages or basements. Music created from heartbreak, and dreams, and disasters, and hopes. Music created, not manufactured.

I think there is a major difference between an artist and a performer. Art comes in many forms: Music, theater, painting, sketching, photography, and no this is not a complete list, as art is everywhere. So, do the artists that lay it all down on the line put themselves out there too much? When you give yourself to the art, are you more vulnerable? Or is the reason your art is so good because you are vulnerable to begin with? A broken, open book.

I’m lucky to say that I got to see Kurt Cobain and Chris Cornell in concert. I’ll always wish I had been able to see Layne Staley perform live. Same with Chester Bennington. As I’ve gotten older I prefer to avoid the crowds at concerts and listen to music in the comfort of my room, with my pajamas and slippers on. But one encore performance by any of the above and I’m right there in the middle of the masses. This music was life changing for me. And apparently life ending for some of them. Or maybe the music kept them going longer than they would have. I wish being creative, an artist, a sensitive soul, didn’t have to also break people down. If I live to be ninety I will still be listening to 1990’s grunge. You guys left your mark on my life, on my soul, on my heart. ❤

The Aquarium

The Aquarium

The Aquarium


Colored pawns encaged in light

Dancing for the human sight

Crystal walls of ocean blue

Risen old respect anew

Flinch the mantra from within

Beauty bold in houses thin

Do they hear beneath the sea?

Recluse as their world must be

Living lives as on display

Wonder what a God would say

See the fishes swim with rage

Watching life from in a cage