GIVEAWAY: Once Upon A Time: Red’s Untold Tale By Wendy Toliver

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Some of my favorite types of stories are fairy tales so I have been loving that retellings have grown popular in past few years.  And when it comes to fairy tales, Disney is the ultimate master of preserving classics and piecing together a story that is both accessible, enjoyable, and an instant classic which is why I am so excited to be a part of their Fairy Tale 2.0!  The three books Disney Hyperion is celebrating on this blog tour are A Whole New World (an Aladdin retelling where Jafar finds the lamp first), A Frozen Heart (the backstory of Elsa and Anna told in alternating perspectives), and the book I’ll be focusing on, Once Upon a Time: Red’s Untold Tale by Wendy Toliver (which tells the popular character Red’s story while she wasn’t on Once Upon a Time).  If you follow the #FairyTale2pt0 hashtag, you’ll be able to enter giveaways for the other books as well!  Here is the synopsis to Red’s Untold Tale:

Red is 16 and lives with Granny in a cottage in the village, where boarding up the house and hiding during Wolfstime is a means of survival. Red help’s Granny with Granny’s baked good business, catering as well as door-to-door sales. Red has a constant internal battle between her wild side and her strict, overprotective upbringing, and the issue of “control” as she discovers she has a hot temper when the “mean girls” push her too far. (“When we learn to control it, we needn’t fear it,” Rumpelstiltskin says in the series.) She has flashbacks to her 13th year when she received her cloak and the nickname “Red.” She is plagued by nightmares that she doesn’t understand, but the Once Upon a Time fans will recognize them as her wolf side coming out. Red balances the difficult times with Granny at home and the girls at school with an emerging and satisfying romance with Peter.

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GIVEAWAY

One winner will receive 1) Copy of Red’s Untold Tale 2) plus FAIRY TALE 2.0 tank, notepad, cosmetic pouch & pillow. Prizing is courtesy of Disney Hyperion and open to US Residents.

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BookTube: Inside Out Book Tag

Kristina Horner had the brilliant idea to create a book tag based on Disney’ newest film, Inside Out, and I am so happy she tagged me because I really loved the film!  My favorite emotion is Joy (as you probably know if you’ve been reading my blog for a while since I’m always using so many exclamation points which I swear I’m not abusing, I just get really excited about things!)

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5 Fandom Friday: Favorite Theme Park Rides

Writing this post has caused me to start thinking about the next time I’ll be able to hop on a plane to Florida to visit Kristin and go to Disney and Harry Potter World<3  We always have so much fun when we’re together and I think a visit is long overdue!

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1) Hogwarts Castle Ride @ Universal – Just being in Harry Potter world is a big enough treat, but going on the Hogwarts Castle ride and seeing Hogwarts in such great detail is an absolute dream come true!  The only part I don’t love is the spiders!

2) Star Tours @ Disney World – This is my favorite of any theme park ride and anytime I’m at Disney, I beeline for Star Tours.  I love feeling like I’m actually in space.  I haven’t ever been lucky enough to be the rebel yet, but I’m hopeful that it’ll happen one day!

3) Indiana Jones ride @ Disneyland – I wish this ride was also at Disney World because Florida is way more convenient to get to than California.

4) Peter Pan’s Flight @ Disney – While Disney’s Peter Pan is my least favorite interpretation of J.M Barrie’s play, I do really love the ride!  It’s so exciting to see all the characters and be taken through Neverland.

5) Spider-Man ride @ Universal – I love all the easter eggs in this ride!  Even when you’re just waiting on the line, you pass by Ben Ulrich’s office among others.  I tend to prefer simulated rides because I’m a big baby when it comes to roller coasters not even because of the speed and drops but because I just imagine how bad it could be if the ride breaks.  Which actually happened on this ride and I was terrified while Kristin just laughed at me and talked about how the ride was actually exciting for once.  She’s quite the daredevil.

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Instagram Obsessed: Honey & Butter

About a year ago when I was visiting Kristin in Orlando and we were waiting on line at Disney to see Belle, we started checking our instagram accounts.  It was then that I realized that unlike most people, I do not follow one single famous person.  But I do follow a heck of a lot of bakeries.  One of my favorite accounts to follow is Honey & Butter.  It’s a macaron bakery and they’re always creating adorable geeky macarons such as Star Wars, Sailor Moon, Pokemon, Baymax, Tsum Tsum’s and more.  You can follow them on instagram here.  Here are some of my favorite creations of theirs!

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BookTube: The Disney Princess Book Tag

I really had wanted to create my own original tag and I figured Disney Princesses would be the best place to start but after searching YouTube I realized that a Disney tag already exists so I decided to answer those questions.  I tag everyone else who wants to answer these questions so leave me a link to your video if you decide to create one!

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My Bucket List

I love the idea of having a published Bucket List to reference when I’m planning future events and reflecting back on the past.  Kristina Horner published a bucket list on her blog and it inspired me to type out my own so I can focus on making sure I accomplish as many of the things I want to do during my lifetime.  I’ll be writing posts about the things I do and even flashing back to some things I’ve already experienced but were always a part of my list.  What’s on your bucket list?

  1. Visit Harry Potter World in Orlando
  2. Live in New York City
  3. Meet JK Rowling
  4. Harry Potter Studio Tour in London
  5. Tour Studio Ghibli
  6. Lord of the Rings Tour in New Zealand
  7. Attend the Yule Ball
  8. Visit all of the Canadian locations in Scott Pilgrim
  9. Disneyland in Paris
  10. Disneyland in Tokyo
  11. Visit Club 33 at Disneyland
  12. Sakura Matsuri in Japan
  13. Attend Sleep No More
  14. Wine tasting in Napa Valley
  15. Publish a novel
  16. Own a pink KitchenAid mixer
  17. Drink champagne in front of the Eiffel Tower
  18. Cultivate and maintain a garden
  19. Go to the Coney Island Mermaid Parade
  20. Learn to French braid hair
  21. The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff
  22. See the Chicago Bean
  23. Go pumpkin picking
  24. See Shakespeare in the Park
  25. Go on a Jack the Ripper Tour in London
  26. Learn how to bake French macarons
  27. See the Yayoi Kusama exhibit
  28. Go skiing
  29. Go to Coachella
  30. Go to The Louvre
  31. Stroll through Central Park in the fall
  32. Complete NaNoWriMo
  33. Sakura Matsuri in NYC
  34. Stay in the Library Hotel in NYC in the Fairy Tale room
  35. Tour NASA
  36. Ride a train across the country
  37. Stargaze on the Highline
  38. See Stonehenge
  39. Kiss Andrew atop the Eiffel Tower
  40. Go apple picking
  41. See the Northern Lights
  42. Watch a sunset on a beach
  43. Go to all 50 states
  44. Climb a lighthouse
  45. Create a board game
  46. Fly in a private jet
  47. Meet R.L. Stine
  48. See the Acropolis in Greece
  49. Stand on the Equator
  50. Visit The Globe Theater in London
  51. Visit YouTube Studios
  52. Go strawberry picking
  53. Customize toys
  54. Carve Andrew and I’s initials into a tree
  55. Attend the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
  56. Get married
  57. Kiss Andrew in front of the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center
  58. Visit NBC’s Rainbow Room and Observation Deck
  59. Attend a live taping of SNL
  60. Attend a live recording of Welcome to Night Vale
  61. Tour Pixar
  62. Tour Nintendo
  63. Meet George Lucas
  64. Tour Google
  65. Attend BlogHer
  66. Drink at the Met’s rooftop bar
  67. Learn how to use photoshop
  68. Visit the Glow Worm Caves
  69. See the Hollywood sign
  70. Attend a movie premiere with a red carpet
  71. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
  72. Meet Michio Kaku
  73. Own a pair of Christian Louboutins
  74. Own a Chanel purse
  75. Style a fashion shoot
  76. Be styled for a fashion shoot by a celebrity stylist
  77. Attend an outdoor concert at Jones Beach
  78. Attend a farewell concert for a band I love
  79. Visit Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany
  80. Be thanked in the acknowledgements of a published book
  81. Meet Neil Gaiman
  82. Meet Stan Lee
  83. Get a Sandman tattoo
  84. Fall in love
  85. Help out at a fashion show
  86. Get published
  87. Be on a television show
  88. Be made fun of by Joel McHale on The Soup
  89. Have an IMDB page
  90. Speak on a panel at a convention
  91. Moderate a panel at a convention
  92. Live in Los Angeles
  93. Read all of the books I own
  94. Get a Harry Potter tattoo
  95. Attend San Diego Comic Con
  96. Attend Star Wars Celebration
  97. Attend Book Expo America
  98. Walk and shop along the Champs-Élysées
  99. See a show at the Moulin Rouge
  100. See the Cirque de Soleil Beatles LOVE show in Las Vegas
  101. Drink gluhwein at Rolph’s during Christmas season
  102. Go to the Labyrinth Masquerade Ball in LA
  103. Buy a vintage typewriter
  104. Visit The Last Bookstore in LA
  105. The Walking Dead Tour in Atlanta
  106. Visit Powell’s Bookstore in Portland
  107. Visit the Space Needle in Seattle
  108. Attend an event in the Great Hall at Whimsic Alley
  109. Visit the castle in Scotland that Hogwarts was based on
  110. Go to Star Wars Weekends at Disney
  111. Meet Peter Jackson
  112. Go to a Renaissance Faire
  113. Attend the Holi Festival in NYC
  114. Take a photo in front of the mirror fence at Storm King

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5 Fandom Friday: My Fictional BFF’s

I tend to be a quieter person (depending on the circumstances).  I enjoy connecting with people one on one but when I’m in a large group I usually feel kind of overwhelmed and wishing I was home with a good book instead.  I’ve always been a great listener and everyone tells me I’m really supportive and I offer helpful and insightful advice.  I tend to get along best with strong-minded individuals who are more outgoing than I am.  I had such a fun time thinking of which fictional characters I would get along the best with and why I could see us being best friends.  Here’s my list!

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1) Luna Lovegood – Luna is wacky and I love her to pieces.  I would be so interested in hearing her speak about her theories and thoughts that I could picture us having plenty of tea dates together. (Sorry guys, you know I can’t go a blog post without mentioning Harry Potter at least once!)

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2) Celaena Sardothien – Caelena is such a brave and fierce heroine.  I would happy to help her do research about what could possibly be going on in the castle and I would totally cover for her when need be.1

3) Belle – Belle is more introspective than the other characters I would call my BFF’s, but I just know we would chat about books together for HOURS on end.  Plus, she seems generous and I bet she would let me walk around her library.

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4) Veronica Mars – I appreciate Veronica’s snark and I would love to be there to help her sort out her ongoing issues with Logan because they’re perfect together.

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5) Echo – Echo is hilariously snarky and puts up a strong front to protect the people she loves.  She’s loyal and caring and we have the same taste in food (plus we live in the same city which is super convenient).  I would love to be able to call her a friend!

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Cinderella Merchandise Roundup

I’ve been really looking forward to seeing Cinderella in theaters ever since the moment I laid eyes on that gorgeous glass slipper.  Cinderella is by no means my favorite Disney princess, but I do really enjoy her color palette and the fashion choices her fairy godmother makes for her.  The new live action adaptation of the classic story has inspired a wide variety of new merchandise so I decided to round up some of the best things currently available.

MAC + Cinderella – That lipstick though!  This collection is currently available online.

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Jimmy Choo + Cinderella – Currently on display in store at Saks Fifth Avenue and you can order a custom pair.

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LC Lauren Conrad + Cinderella – I love love love the glass slipper sweater and the pretty blue tulle skirt.  This collection is currently available online and in-store at Kohl’s.

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Morgan Taylor + Cinderella – The nail art they created for this collection is SO pretty!  Currently available online.

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Cinderella Limited Edition Fine China Set – This tea set is stunning! It comes packed in a pastel blue box and each of the pieces is laid in blue satin.  Currently available online.

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Hot Topic + Cinderella – My favorite piece from this collection is the glass slipper necklace.  Currently available online

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Into the Woods

A few nights ago, Andrew and I finally went to see Into the Woods.  Under normal circumstances I would’ve made it a priority to see it on opening night but since the film debuted on Christmas it was a near impossibility.  I have loved the play and all of the music since I was in middle school so I was over the moon when I heard that Disney would be putting out a film version (many people would argue that I’m an eternal optimist).  But seriously, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, and Emily Blunt all in one of my favorite musicals?!  Yupp, I’m there.

I feel like it’s my responsibility to start by saying that Into the Woods was Disneyified.  Since I completely expected this, it was easy for me to get over it (Andrew’s biggest complaint is that Agony Part 2 was cut, but I’ll let him wax poetic about that).  I thought overall, the film was done really well.  Meryl Streep plays an amazing version of the Witch.  And James Corden!  I have SO MUCH love for James Corden it’s almost unbearable.  I was truly shocked that my favorite number (Agony) ended up being performed by the two princes, Chris Pine and Billy Magnuseen.

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The catchiest song from Into the Woods will always be the prologue song of the same name which lays the groundwork for the rest of the story.  The baker and his wife wish for a child, Cinderella wishes to go to the ball, Little Red Riding Hood wishes to see her grandmother, and the witch next door wishes to break the curse she placed on the barren baker and his wife so everyone must set off into the woods to achieve what they think they desire.

I also LOVED the costumes worn throughout the film.  Little Red Riding Hood’s velvet cape with a satin bow is so incredibly gorgeous.  Mr. Wolf (played by Johnny Depp) is also outfitted perfectly and I love his concealed candy collection beneath his jacket.  Cinderella’s dress is gold toned which looked lovely on Anna Kendrick and Rapunzel’s dress is simply stunning!  I was so excited that some of the costumes worn in the film were on display in the movie theater Andrew and I went to on the Upper West Side.

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If you’re looking to enjoy some music and you love fairy tales with a more realistic ending, you should absolutely check out Into the Woods.  Just be warned that it’s different than the original.  But it’ll be impossible not to adore James Corden if you aren’t already familiar with him (all my Whovians know what I’m talking about).

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Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy) – all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family, and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them. (via Disney)

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5 Fandom Friday: Smart Phone Apps I Cannot Live Without

This week’s 5 Fandom Friday topic is near and dear to my heart because if there’s one device that monopolizes the majority of my time, it would be my trusty iPhone 5c.  We’re inseparable. The apps I chose are the ones where I spend the majority of my time and that I feel I absolutely could not survive without.  In a shocking twist, Twitter did not make my list (gasp!) but it would definitely be the first honorable mention.  While I haven’t been as active on Twitter lately as I have been in the past, I still manage to spend a good portion of some days reading what everyone is excited or complaining about.  Although, avoiding the complaining is part of the reason that I’ve been turning to other social media apps for entertainment as of late.
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Instagram – Instagram is my go to social media app.  I even wrote about how much I love it as part of the I Heart Instagram Tag.  I check it each time I have a free second and sometimes I’ll browse through hashtags and lose myself while I admire other users photos and discover new blogs and photography styles I like.
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Disney’s Tsum Tsum – This is officially the most addicting game I have ever played.  I cannot stop.  There’s a daily mission that I make sure to achieve before bed each night, and I’ve gotten so many of my friends to join that I always have tons of hearts to use when I start up my app.  I had to stop sneaking in games at work because I *may* have used 8 GB’s of data the first month I started playing.  By the way, if you also happen to be addicted, my username is SuperSpaceChick so if you leave yours below we can be friends and send each other hearts yay!
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ModCloth – ModCloth and BlackMilk are my two biggest clothing addictions and the ModCloth app helps me satisfy my fashion fiend-i-ness (yes, I’m inventing new words).  Since ModCloth updates their site every single day with new merchandise at 12pm my time (9am for you west coasters) I’ve had a longstanding date with my app and a cup of tea while I evaluate and determine what needs to be added to my wardrobe rotation.
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Goodreads – I think my affinity for Goodreads stems from a combination of my deep love of list-making and my passion for reading.  Goodreads lets you catalogue the books you’ve read or want to read on your digital bookshelves.  You can declare the book you’re reading and update your progress during your journey (I usually only update my progress if I’m reading something particularly lengthy and feel too impatient to wait to update until I’m done) and once you’ve completed reading, you move the title to the “read” shelf and give it your one-out-of-five-star rating.  You can see what all of your friends are reading by scrolling through your feed (I also receive a daily email with friend updates which I really look forward to), and it’s the best way to find out about new books.
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Feedly – I am obsessed with Feedly.  Feedly is a site that I use to keep track of all the new posts on my favorite blogs and websites.  I have everything separated into categories which makes browsing easier, but if I don’t check it several times during the day, I will end up with over 500 articles to sort through which can get pretty overwhelming.  But, it’s in my nature to not want to miss anything so I can’t help loving it even when it’s taking time away from other things.  I’ve recently started using Bloglovin more and I’m going to determine once and for all which one I like better.
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December 12th – Presents I Want Santa To Bring Me
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January 23rd – Songs That Changed My Life
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