The theme at the Disney Parks and Resorts this year is “Limited Time Magic” – special appearances of beloved characters, brief returns of old favorites or new experiences only around for a very short time.

Now through the end of this weekend (though it has been at Disneyland since January 10th) is the Salute to the Golden Horseshoe! A condensed (but still VERY fun) version of the Golden Horseshoe Revue, which played at Disneyland from park open in 1955 through October 1986.


I had never seen this stage show before and I’m SO glad I got the opportunity to experience it – it is a hoot and a half! 🙂

We’re introduced to the saloon owner Miss Lilly, and she and the bartenders and dancers at the saloon put on a great 20 minute show.


The saloon girls even do the can can!


It’s very much the kind of thing I would see in the classic westerns my dad likes to watch – lots of singing and joking and BOY was Miss Lilly trying hard to find a husband during our show 😉


This is a great little variety show, with lovely ties to Walt and opening-day-Disneyland. Miss Lilly even makes a point to talk about how Walt personally picked out much of the decor.

If you’re at the parks this weekend be sure to catch this before it goes away after February 4th!


I’m terrible at New Year’s Resolutions, just like basically everyone else on the planet. This is probably due to the combination of 1. not really putting a lot of effort into what I’m resolving to do (work out more! stop snacking so poorly! be…better in general!) and 2. putting ridiculous parameters on those goals (don’t just work out – do 3 different types of classes every week no matter how tired you are! buy super organic specially made and probably way-too-expensive snacks).

Enter my early January discovery of Lara Casey’s Making Things Happen in 2013 posts. (I linked to her most recent MTH post about Encouraging Others, and at the bottom of THAT post she links to all of the Making Things Happen posts from this year so they’re easy to find!)

I started a few days behind good ol’ January 1, but I’m LOVING the motivation her posts have given me to get my butt into gear this year (and not just exercise-wise, as the above examples may indicate). The basic premise is to help you come up with actionable goals instead of “resolutions”. I really like that a lot of the early “steps” involve a lot of reflection and writing out what did and didn’t work before, and there’s also a lot of WHY you want to change or continue on with different goals. And all of that is before you even START doing things.

This is true...but so hard for me to do! Definitely been working on it.

This is true…but so hard for me to do! Definitely been working on it.

Needless to say it’s taken me a little bit to get sorted out and organized -holy cow did the CLEARING THE CLUTTER step take me AGES since I’ve been a clutter bug for basically most of my life – but I’ve slowly started to work on more of the DOING stages of 2013. That includes working more on this poor, neglected little blog of mine (if anyone at all has stuck with me you’ll notice a few aesthetic changes, with hopefully some more tweaks down the line).

To help stay organized this year/keep better track of my goals, I also indulged in a bit of a nerdy splurge – Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner!

So pretty...

So pretty…

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Haven’t filled it with much yet, but I already LOVE it

I’m really trying to be more proactive and excited to try some new things this year and make myself a little bit better. I’ve definitely taken “progress not perfection” to heart and am trying to stop being so in my head and get out in some new adventures this year!

Here’s hoping to staying on this bandwagon throughout the year, and not tumbling off in like…a month 😉

During the Annual Pass preview, we spent the majority of our time in Carsland but I was also really eager to check out Buena Vista Street. My love of Old Hollywood/early LA history makes this a PERFECT place for me. I couldn’t wait to see LA as Walt knew it when he first got there.

While we didn’t see any of the shows in this new entrance area (not sure if any of them were even supposed to perform that day, to be honest) it did not disappoint!

All of the store fronts are unique and absolutely gorgeous. On the inside, it seemed like it might not all have been set up yet (some of the rooms were pretty empty) but the decorations were very realistic.


Though I’ve obviously never walked around LA as Walt knew it in the 20’s I was feeling some SERIOUS nostalgia as we were wandering around.

(a citizen of LA circa 1923)

We found Mickey over by the Red Car Trolley (it was just hanging out parked while we were there) which was a nice surprise.



We also HAD to check out the Fiddler, Fife and Practical Cafe while we were there- it’s the home to the very first Starbucks on Disney property! The inside of the café is great- very home-y. It feels like its been around forever, when in fact it’s only a couple days old!


Hopefully the lines for Starbucks won’t be too bad when we come back 😉 I’m sensing this will be my first stop on the way to fast passes for Carsland from here on out!

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