Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival | Walt Disney World

May 20, 2016

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2016
Although I’ve been to Disney World more times than I can count (I’ve visited the Disney Parks, including Disney World, Disneyland and Disneyland Paris, TEN times in the last 12 months alone so you catch my drift), this year was my first time experiencing the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival! Since becoming a Disney Premier Passport holder (aka someone who has an annual pass to both Disneyland AND Disney World, I’m also an annual passholder to Disneyland Paris) last May (my pass sadly expires next week but don’t worry, I’m DEFINITELY renewing it), I’ve really tried to focus on crossing off as many things on my Disney bucket list as possible. Since attending the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival has been something I’ve been itching to do for YEARS now, I thought this year would be the perfect time to finally go see it (since I’m a passholder!). I ended up spending three days (well, one full day and two half days) exploring the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival and all I can say is photos DO NOT do it justice! It was absolutely breathtaking and I think it’s something ALL Disney lovers should experience in person (honestly, you don’t even have to be a huge Disney fan to appreciate all the beauty the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival has to offer!). Continue reading

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Dooney & Bourke

Disney World Haul: Spring 2016

May 19, 2016

Disney World Haul
Happy Thursday (aka Friday eve)! I JUST got back from Disney World so I thought today would be the perfect day to share this month’s Disney Haul! Since I was only a Disney World for a few days and I was mostly there for the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival (stay tuned tomorrow for a recap of that), I didn’t get much during this trip (and most of the stuff I did get was Flower and Garden Festival related!). It’s always so bittersweet whenever I leave the Disney Parks because on the one hand, I go through serious Disney withdrawals (even though I visit like every month) whenever I leave but on the other hand it’s always so much fun counting down until my next visit (I’m heading back to Disney World for TWO WEEKS in August!). Like I say in all my Disney Haul posts, a quick disclosure: since I am a Disney Premier Passport holder, I get a pretty good discount on merchandise (20% off at Disneyland and 10% off at Disney World). Here’s my Disney World spring 2016 haul: Continue reading

Exploring The Louvre Museum in Paris

May 11, 2016

Musée du Louvre
Since I’m such a HUGE art lover (if you couldn’t already tell by my weekly visits to the Art Institute of Chicago or by all the art exhibits I’ve posted about in the past), I knew that visiting The Louvre was one of my TOP priorities while I was in Paris (it was basically tied with Disneyland Paris as a MUST DO while on my trip). During my ten days in Paris, I decided to dedicate one whole day to exploring The Louvre. Even though I spent six straight hours at The Louvre (I actually spent a total of seven hours there but after the first hour I decided to make a quick trip to the Notre-Dame Cathedral, since they are so close to each other, before spending the rest of the day at The Louvre), I still felt like it wasn’t enough time. The Louvre is HUGE and even six (technically seven) hours there isn’t enough to cover every hall and exhibit. Strategy wise, I decided to pick out a few paintings and sculptures I knew I really wanted to see (like the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo) and after I made sure I saw them all, I just roamed the museum freely.  Continue reading

Alize Cocktail Recipe

Peach Strawberry Lemonade Cocktail Recipe

May 10, 2016

*Special thanks to Alizé Peach for sponsoring today’s post! As always, all opinions are my own*Peach Vodka Recipes
Spring is in full bloom here in Chicago! The weather is beautiful, the trees are filled with lovely flowers and honestly, I couldn’t be happier (spring is one of my FAVORITE seasons after all). Since the weather has been absolutely GORGEOUS, I decided to finally unpack our patio set from the garage and prep the background for all the fun outdoor spring and summer activities I have planned. Spending more time outside in my backyard is definitely one of my favorite things about this time of year. I love having lunch (or dinner) outside on the patio set or curling up with a good book while relaxing in the shade. I also LOVE hosting little get-togethers and outdoor parties during this time of year (nothing says spring like a fun backyard cookout!). After spending the weekend setting the patio set up, I decided what better way to celebrate spring (and finally decorating the backyard) than by hosting my first backyard get-together of the season. Of course it’s not a backyard bash without a few spring cocktails! Speaking of celebrations, today (May 10) Simply Sinova turns THREE! I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for three years now (man, does time FLY by!). When I first started this blog back in 2013, I NEVER could have imagined all the wonderful opportunities, fun experiences and utter joy one little blog could bring me! Continue reading

Must Have: May 2016

May 6, 2016

May Must Haves
It’s May, which means new month, new Must Have list! Fun fact: this month (May 10th) Simply Sinova turns THREE years old! I can’t believe how far this little blog has come and how much JOY it has brought me. Never in a MILLION years did I think that blogging would lead to so many incredible adventures! If you would have told me three years ago that I’d be asked to fly to Miami to cover the iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party or have the opportunity to work with some of my favorite brands, or get to cover fun events like New York Comic Con (two, hopefully three, years in a row), C2E2 and various concerts, or that I’d be traveling almost EVERY MONTH, I WOULD NOT have believed you! Blogging has turned me into the ultimate optimist! Now instead of thinking “I hope things turn out good,” I just say “I can’t wait until the next amazing thing comes along!” When I look back at my first post (which was of course, about my Funko collection,) I always think “wow, look how far you’ve come!” Blogging has seriously changed my life for the better and I’ll forever be grateful for all the amazing things that have come my way thanks to this blog and of course, thanks to YOU, my lovely readers!Here’s to more posts, more amazing opportunities and more fun adventures! Now back to this month’s Must Have list! Like always, these are not necessarily items that I, or anybody, “need,” it’s just a list of things I currently have my eye on. Here are my Must Haves for May:

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