Saturday, February 07, 2015


I'm out, friends!

I've been thinking about this for months now and I'm simply too busy to keep up with the blog as I want to. I don't like doing anything half-way and this blog has become just that.

My Disneyland planning business has taken off like I had not fully expected and I'm non-stop working for it, plus two other freelance writing/pr/social media jobs.

I'm simply too busy right now to keep up. After 8.5 years blogging, I think it's time for a break.

I may return eventually, but until then, I hope to see you all via social media.

Send me an email if you don't know where to find me there.

Love you all!

Monday, January 26, 2015

January is Nearly Over - February Here We Come!

Blake and I went to Disneyland solo last week and are planning on it again this week. We're loving it!

Took the kids, too. I love my job.

We caught the train up to Orange County last week, too. Oh, and I cut my hair. With bangs!

Lainey continues to be the fashion mogul she aims to be.

School photos came out. Adore them all. Such big kids all of the sudden, it seems. I like having big kids. Life is so different now.

Our biggest kid is excelling at Varsity Basketball. Smart and athletic. Love that. 

Shannon, who hired me to write for and who runs came to visit. We did so much!

First Disneyland.

And, then Knotts Berry Farm. 

There was a Santa Convention in town. Makes sense, right?

Back to Disneyland again!

40 year old princesses. Never too old for Disneyland.

Back this Friday, hopefully.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

January Scoop

We're all the way into January and super busy.

First, Lainey is a math genius. Common Core is feeling like a breeze for her.

I love that she's so smart.

We got snow here recently! Actual snow flakes fell in our back yard. First time in 48 years. Nothing stuck, of course, but it was a tiny miracle and tons of fun.

Lainey continues to be obsessed with fashion and all things beauty related.

And, I continue to be obsessed with Disneyland. It's my job now!

Blake and I took kids to school recently and then went on a Disneyland date. It was awesome.

We checked out the new Frozen Fun section of California Adventure. Totally adorable. Can't wait to take our kids.

Selfie with Olaf! I was dying laughing. He was so cute.

And, I made my 100th visit! I've actually been more times than that, but this is since Disney started tracking it a few years ago. 

Off to the parks again later this week with the whole fam. We'll stay overnight and get lots done.

Back soon!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Christmas and New Year Wrap up 2014

It's been a great year here at the Starnes house!

We entered our 5th year in Southern California and continue to love life near the sea.

Some Christmas details:

Blake and I took the little ones to Disneyland for a final holiday visit. Carter had basketball practice because he made the Varsity Team! So proud of him.

Blake and I joined friends in Orange County for a lovely Christmas party. Sans kids! It was a ton of fun.

Christmas Eve Mass was beautiful, as always. 

My favorite photo each year:

Back home for our usual routine.

Reindeer food.

The Night Before Christmas read by Blake, as always.

Christmas morning brought presents for everyone.

We've had a low key break. And, then Blake turned 40! 

We're officially old now.

Happy New Year, friends! Lots in store for 2015, including our 15th wedding anniversary. 

More to come!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


We are fully into the holidays.

250 cards are en route!

We enjoyed the Oceanside Harbor Boat Parade this past weekend.

I love our cute little town. 

Jack and I went to Disneyland solo last week. Love going with just one kid at a time. Whomever goes with me picks what we ride, what we eat and what we do. Besides a bit of work I always have to get done, I let the kid choose everything.

Loving this one-on-one time. 

The fam goes to Disneyland tomorrow! Our last holiday visit.

Also, Carter made the Varsity Basketball team! 

Good things ahead.