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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas time in tiki-town

The holidays are here in full swing! I have already shared the decorations in our living room, but we also put up a few things in the tiki room. And yes, I do not believe I have shown pictures yet, but we do in fact have an entire room related to all things tiki. Ok... we also store a bunch of odds and ends in the closet and behind the couch... but other than that... tiki :)
Tiki bar with holiday lights and red beaded garland.
I realize that a proper tiki bar should be all dimly lit to set the mood... but here are some photos in the daylight so you can see details:

I do wish we could paint the walls... a deep green would be wonderful.
I found this midcentury modern table and bamboo/wicker chairs for a really good price at a local thrift shop.The second shot is a better view of the table... though we had just moved in and there wasn't much else around for decor!

Fun little things: Three Dots and a Dash coaster, Kukui nut lei from my time in Hawaii, a little handkerchief that was a gift, an incredible Disneyland print, and bamboo cups... part of a set with ice bucket (you'll see it soon).
There's the matching ice bucket! Along with a fabulous bomb-shaped flask, shells, hula girl, and a close up of the garlands.
A few Tiki Mugs: you can see Adrift and Trader Sam's near the front. And, way too many swizzle sticks, mostly from Trader Sam's in Disneyland.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

It's Christmas Time in the City

The holidays are in full swing at our place... and not a moment too soon!


Naked tree

Beautiful vintage bulbs. I love the pink and blue ones!

A box of my ornaments, so many good memories...

Christmas Poodle

Pretty hula girl. She was a gift last year, I was so excited to hang her on the tree... and then promptly dropped her on our hard-wood floor, where she shattered into a hundred little pieces. Sigh. At least I got a picture!

My very first ornament!

I bought this at the CVS across the street during my first Christmas with Hubby (though he wasn't hubby yet back then!).

I made some gingerbread cake. Delish with some brandy.

just a few more ornaments...
Holiday cheer on the buffet.

I found these two amazingly adorable holiday cards last year.

The whole cabinet.

Christmas movies on the couch :)


I LOVE my new black velvet robe, it's to luxurious and warm! Perfect for lounging around the house during the holidays.
With lights! This is my view of the holiday decor when I sip on my coffee in the morning.

Little Pierre's new favorite spot :)

Gingerbread cookies... these made the place smell SO GOOD. Hubby said "it's like Disneyland in here!" Couldn't agree more :)

One of our favorite cozy spots is Longs Peak Pub & Brewery, just a short walk away on Main street. It's so cozy inside and their beers are just incredible. On this visit, we discovered their Belgian-style Christmas Ale and oh my is it to die for!

The day that we decorated was actually sunny and beautiful so we took advantage with a nice long walk with a view of the mountains. The poodles were happy to come along.

I've been wearing all of my favorite warm and cozy hand-knit sweaters this season and am still knitting away... more on that to come.
And finally, if you don't remember A Disney Christmas Gift, a collection of old holiday cartoons, I would highly suggest watching. I make it a priority to watch this on youtube every year. Here is the magical intro (recorded from a VHS no less... just the old days!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Disneyland Hotel

I was lucky enough to stay at the Disneyland hotel, not once... but twice this summer! It is just so magical... allow me to take you on a little tour:
View from our hotel room in the Fantasy tower. To orient you, that is the Frontier Tower straight ahead, Tangaroa Terrace/Trader Sam's to the left, and the convention center area to the right.

The Disneyland Hotel is located right at the end of Downtown Disney. To get to either of the two parks, you can head through Downtown Disney or take the Monorail right outside the hotel... this will drop you off in Tomorrowland (inside Disneyland Park).
I enjoyed a delicious yogurt parfait from Tangaroa Terrace here... it's a nice quiet spot by the pool with a view of the waterslide. Every trip... I always wish that I had spent more time lounging by the pool!

The hotel has three different towers for guests to stay:

Fantasy Tower
As you enter the Fantasy Tower, you are greeted by this giant mural of Disneyland park. At night, you can see that some of the areas have moving projections such as water flowing at the jungle cruise.
The check in area is located in the Fantasy tower, as well as both hotel shops. This picture was taken at night, but it's usually very bright near the check in area here. I just love the teacup chairs :)

On the other side of the Fantasy tower, there are topiaries of Minnie, Mickey, and Pluto.

I just love them!

Frontier Tower

The lobby of the Frontier tower has a scale model of Thunder Mountain Railroad
Zoomed out photo of the model
As you can see... the themeing is spot on! Do you see the hidden Mickey that was arranged?
There is a really beautiful fountain/garden area near the entrance.

Ok.... I need this wall paper! You can find it in the Frontier tower bathrooms downstairs.

Adventure Tower
Adventure Tower is the one tower that I have not stayed in, though I have seen inside the lobby. The themeing is fun but not quite as extensive as the other two towers, in my opinion. However the most wonderful part about the Adventure area is, of course, Trader Sam's. I would like to do a whole post on this amazing bar one day. It's located right outside the entrance of the Adventure tower.

Outside seating area of Trader Sam's. You can also get delicious quick service food from Tangaroa Terrace, located around the corner in the same building.

More outdoor seating for Trader Sam's/Tangaroa Terrace

More amazing wall paper! You can see this in the downstairs bathrooms of the Adventure Tower. And no, unfortunately the Fantasy tower bathroom wallpaper is not of the same caliber.

Steakhouse 55 is a beautiful and classy restaurant located near the convention area, next to the Fantasy tower. I joined my parents there for breakfast. The coffee was delish and I tried some of the food as well. This place seems ideal for the steak lover! There is also a lounge located near the front of the restaurant.

My parents! The walls are decorated with old pics of dining celebrities.

Convention Center: I took some time to walk upstairs and look around the convention area, it is just filled with incredible concept art from around the parks!

Space Mountain


More castle art.

The Enchanted Tiki Room. I'll take two please.

Fun umbrella lights hang from the ceiling

"Monorail Bar, late 1960s". YES! Why doesn't this exist anymore?!
Room Interior: the rooms are just filled with adorable little details that really make staying there a special occasion.
Mickey hands hold up your light

Sink faucet

Naturally, the pillow on the bed to the left reads "A dream is a wish your heart makes"

Sorry for the glare but I love that they put up old pics of Walt in the park.


The headboard is embossed with the castle....
.... and when you push a button, the fire work lights come on as you hear "A dream is a wish your heart makes".
Hidden Mickey in the fireworks :)
 Getting Married? There is a beautiful wedding pavilion located sort of behind and between the Adventure and Frontier towers: