With a website address that contains TheEnemyIsGood, a lot of people ask Connie M. which enemy is that? Connie laughs and points out how her blog started with a typo, she meant to nab “The Enemy is Food.” But with her new blog formally titled “Life is a Journey” in place, Connie was ready to blog, and embrace what she loved.
“The blog originally was started as a way for me to make a food diary but I gave up that idea when I realized that I am a sensory person and loved the sight, smell and taste of food. So…instead of trying to lose weight by dieting, I embraced my love of food but developed a new respect for it,” Connie said. “Slowly, I began to write less and less about food and now only occasionally include a photo of something I am enjoying on one of my little exploratory trips around Southern California. Or Disneyland!”
Also posted in Children, D23, Dining Tips, Disney Reviews, Food, News, Parents, Photography, Recipes, Restaurants, Rumors, Uncategorized Tagged connie, Disneyland, gazette, jourey, life, moreno
I was recently asked by a fellow scrapbooking friend if she should go back and “fix“ or “re-do“ some of her original scrapbooking layouts? I told her that was a decision only she could make, but that I believed that my earlier attempts at scrapbooking were part of my own creative journey and that the changes I have made to my style on paper showed as much where I am from as the photos on the page.
With so many Disney related web sites out there, do you ever find yourself taking a quick peek at newly discovered ones without much investigation? I do, and after discovering Davelandweb.com I’m rethinking my web browsing indifference’s. Davelandweb.com contains a treasure of both new and vintage Disneyland photos. Along with an entertaining blog and some of his own artwork, Dave is proving that the art of truly great content is perseverance.
“My website started as a means to share my art and photography with others; sort of an online portfolio. The creation of my site began around the same time that Disneyland was celebrating its 50th Anniversary. As Imagineers began sprucing up the park and making improvements that hadn’t been seen there in years, I found myself going much more often and taking more photos. I stumbled upon a few blogs that posted vintage photos of the park and as a result, I started collecting those as well. As an additional way to share those photos with others, I began my blog. That’s when the runaway train left the station. It has been quite a journey since then. Over five years of blogging and countless amazing friendships and connections since, I have to say that I have been truly blessed with so many serendipitous moments.”
Also posted in Celebrities, Disney Company, Education, Hidden Treasures, History, Leisure, Photography, Vacation Tagged daveland, davelandweb, Disneyland, History, Photos, rare
I was recently asked by a fellow scrap booking friend if she should go back and “fix“ or “re-do“ some of her original scrap booking layouts? I told her that was a decision only she could make, but that I believed that my earlier attempts at scrap booking were part of my own creative journey and that the changes I have made to my style on paper showed as much where I am from as the photos on the page.
When I first began putting my memories to paper, my DH and I had just celebrated our 2nd Wedding Anniversary. As a surprise, I booked us at the same hotel in Kissimmee that we stayed at for our honeymoon and even spoke to his boss about having the 5 days off for our trip. Our son was staying with his grandparents while we were away, so this was our chance for a 2nd honeymoon.
Also posted in Crafts, Disney Driven Life, Hobbies, Home Photos, Scrapbooks Tagged Creative Memories, Disney Lifestyle, memories, paper, Photos, scrapbook, scrapbooking, Walt Disney World
Photo Credit: Brian Fee
I love to walk around Epcot and discover new perspectives of the World Showcase pavilions. One of the best areas for me has been Italy pavilion. This image of the replica bell tower of the Campanile seems larger than it is in real life. I really enjoy walking to the very back of all the pavilions and working my way back to the front, all the while taking my time in the shops and looking at all of the specialty items they have for everyone to buy. Disney does such a great job of changing things ever so slightly that it’s almost like a game to figure out what is new or has moved. In this case I was looking for those changes and I found this awesome angle of one of the light posts and the Campanile.
Photo Credit: Brian Fee
The hidden treasures of the Mayan-ruin themed Dig Site pool at the Coronado Springs Resort really come alive at night when the place seems all but deserted. When the family has gone to sleep and no one seems to be at the resorts, I find some of the most interesting sights. This really gives me the time to see what beauty the resort of my choice has to offer in way of photography. I happened to be walking around the resort with a little extra energy and found that when the water is turned off and no one was around, this place really caught my eyes. What seems to be just a pool with lighting for the people using it, turned out to be one of the best images from my trip. Resorts can often be one of the most over looked places for photography on property. I highly encourage everyone who comes to Walt Disney World to take the time to really explore and enjoy everything your resort has to offer.
Contributed by: JB Conway (NDD#27) JB is the DDL Poet. He is also the author of Mouse of Zen: Disney Inspired, Mouse-Sized Poetry. To have your Disney Parks vacation images treated with similar pixie dust, please visit our studios located at Knell StudiWorks!
Also posted in Children, Community, Disney Driven Life, Fine Arts, Haiku, Lifestyle, Literature, Parents, Photography, Poetry Tagged art, Disney, Disney World, haiku, Mouse of Zen, Photography, WDW
Contributed by: JB Conway (NDD#27) JB is the DDL Poet. He is also the author of Mouse of Zen: Disney Inspired, Mouse-Sized Poetry.
Also posted in Disney Driven Life, Education, Fine Arts, Haiku, Lifestyle, Literature, Photography, Poetry Tagged art, Disney, haiku, Mouse of Zen, Poetry, WDW
As I take my photos I seem to plan out my layout in my head at that time. My kids are getting used to hearing “stand over there, this will make a GREAT scrap booking page. I have my paper and embellishments already planned as I pose them in their places. I also have my favorite photo places; both at home and in Walt Disney World.
My kids know that on the first day of school I always take their photo at the top of our staircase and outside under our big maple tree. In the same manner, I seem to always take photos of my kids in the same places at Walt Disney World. Yes, I need to get the (almost) mandatory photos from in front of Cinderella’s Castle, and with the Partner’s Statue, but my family has our own photo op places that are not necessarily marked with a “Kodak Photo Spot” sign.
Also posted in Crafts, Hobbies, Home Photos, Photography, Planning, Scrapbooks, Uncategorized, Vacation Tagged Hollywood Studios, Hoop Dee Doo Dinner Musical Review Dinner Show, It's a Wonderful Shop, layouts, scrapbooking, snowman, Walt Disney World
Contributed by: JB Conway (NDD#27) JB is the DDL Poet. He is also the author of Mouse of Zen: Disney Inspired, Mouse-Sized Poetry. To have your Disney Parks vacation images treated with similar pixie dust, please visit our studios located at KnellStudioWorks !
Also posted in Community, Disney Driven Life, Education, Fine Arts, Haiku, Lifestyle, Literature, Photography, Poetry Tagged Disney, fine art, haiku, Poetry, Walt Disney, WDW, zen
Not all of my scrapbook pages are started when I sit down at my scrapbooking spot in my house (currently my dining room table). No, many of my pages begin while I am taking my pictures. Many times my family and I will be somewhere and I will think “this would make a great layout for my album”! Last week I was at my local scrap booking store and noticed some adorable paper tags by “My Little Yellow Bicycle” that were shaped like ticket stubs. Some were printed and some had blank spaces for journaling. They would be a great addition to a lot of my pages, but I didn’t buy them because as my family knows, I save everything from our trips to add to my layouts.
My Disney Scrapbook albums are filled with receipts, ticket stubs, Keys to the World, napkins and park maps. In spite of the hundreds of photos I take and scrapbook for my layouts, I still buy postcards to add to my pages. Especially useful to me are postcards of the nighttime parades and fireworks as I still have not been able to take photos of them that are “scrapbook worthy.” My kids know I’m a collector of things to go in my scrapbooks and will gather mementos for me while we are traveling too. At the end of each day at the parks they will happily hand me any papers or stickers they have saved for me to put in my bag to take home and use in our albums. I will never forget one trip years ago when my son (then 9) and I were at the Magic Kingdom for park opening. We were near the front and one of the cast members handed him a handful of Mickey confetti to throw into the air after the countdown. He solemnly handed me some of the confetti for me to use in my scrapbook. I explained to him that I wanted him to throw it all into the air, but he was determined that I should save some of it. We debated back and forth for a minute until a kind lady beside us had finally had enough and said, “you know you can BUY the Mickey confetti in the park, don’t you?” We laughed and thanked her, and my son took back his confetti and had a magical moment throwing his sparkly Mickey confetti into the air. Of course, I took pictures and scrapbooked that moment when we got home.
Also posted in Crafts, Hobbies, Photography, Scrapbooks Tagged Disney, fireworks, key to the world, layouts, Mickey confetti, parades, postcard, reciepts, scrapbooks, tickets
photo credit: Ami B-E
One of my all time favorite pastimes while visiting the Walt Disney World Resort is to amble around slowly, taking in all that satiating attention to the finer points. From the music, just loud enough to fill your subconscious with pleasantries, to the subtly jovial colors, mature foliage and precise architectural details, all properties within Disney World are a feast for the senses! Some even have their own aromas! Goodness, what I wouldn’t do to bottle that crisp, Polynesian fragrance!
Also posted in Dating, Lifestyle, Marriage, Photography, Relationships, Solo Life, Travel Tips, Vacation Tagged beautiful moments, center st., fairytale theatre, Magic Kingdom, peoplemovers, romance, savoring, secrets, slowing down, Tangled, wishing well
Photo Credit: Brian Fee
A structure right out of 1939, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror stands at the end of Sunset Boulevard. This attraction seems to have the perfect angle and look for those great vacation photos. This structure seems to be one of those got to have photos that you end up taking every time you go to the Hollywood Studios. I really like adding a black and white touch to this attraction to give it that old-time feel. As you approach the Tower of Terror you get the feeling something might not be right. Then you hear the screams of the people falling and you decide to head to the queue line. Even though this ride might give you a slight sinking feeling in you stomach, I always find myself returning for the magical scare that only Disney can give me.
Contributed by: JB Conway (NDD#27) JB is the DDL Poet. He is also the author of Mouse of Zen: Disney Inspired, Mouse-Sized Poetry. To have your Disney Parks vacation images treated with similar pixie dust, please visit our studios located at Knell StudioWorks !
Also posted in Children, Community, Culture, Disney Driven Life, Education, Fine Arts, Haiku, Lifestyle, Literature, Photography, Poetry Tagged Disney, Disney World, haiku, knell studioworks, Mickey Mouse, Mouse of Zen, Poetry, Walt Disney, WDW
Photo Credit: Brian Fee
I want to continue with an ongoing theme I’ve had lately with images from around World Showcase. It seems that night or day there is always a wonderful area that catches your attention, and one such place is the fountains just in the French pavilion. Just after the sun goes down, you will find that the way Disney has lit this pavilion gives this area a whole new look at night. The shimmer of the light coming from the fountain and the soft yellow light of Les Chefs de France really helps set the mood for a relaxing evening. This World Showcase country has a lot to offer from its signature dining to the upscale shopping. I personally enjoy finding a quiet corner, having a seat, and enjoying the beautiful scenery. The image you see here is from one of those evenings I spent just taking my time and looking for something special.
Also posted in DDL Photos, Disney Driven Life, Hobbies, Photography Tagged EPCOT, Fountain, French Pavilion, Photography, Photos, Walt Disney World, WDW, World Showcase
Photo Credit: Brian Fee
I find looking at a distance you can find some of the most enjoyable views at Walt Disney World. One of my favorite things to do is to walk around Epcot in the evening and catch some of the wonderful sights that were created. In this case, we have a creation by nature and a creation by the Imagineers. The warm glow of the sunset off of the things it touches gives me a peace that was intentional for the World Showcase. This is one of the very reasons why I am so attracted to Epcot around this time of day. It seems like no matter where you look in Epcot, around sundown you will find these peaceful sights. If the warm Florida sun catches it you will most likely get a wonderful result. I encourage you to slow down and take a look at all of the colors nature shows you at this time of day.
Also posted in DDL Photos, Disney Driven Life, Hobbies, Lifestyle, Photography Tagged EPCOT, flowers, Gardening, Photography, Photos, Spaceship Earth, Walt Disney World, WDW, World Showcase, World Showcase Lagoon
Photo Credit: Brian Fee
Just around the corner from the Yak & Yeti Local Foods Café you will find this great fountain. This picturesque dining area has great things to photograph and is a great area to grab a bite to eat. If you decide not to eat or to take a few photographs then you might just find this a relaxing place to rest your feet. I seem to always find myself interested in this fountain and the wonderful flowers that fall on it from the tree above. Next time you are in the area of the Yak & Yeti Local Foods Café, pick up some of the great egg rolls and have a seat next to this fantastic fountain.
Also posted in DDL Photos, Disney Driven Life, Hobbies, Photography Tagged Animal Kingdom, Food Court, Fountain, Photography, Photos, Walt Disney World, Water, WDW, Yak & Yeti Local Foods Café