my craziest disney story

Thursday, July 20, 2017

My 17th birthday in 2013

I feel like this post should have a clickbait title typical of YouTube "STORY TIME" videos but, alas, my all-caps title formatting limits me. We can pretend this is a YouTube story time video though and I think it's pretty crazy, but you can let me know in the comments below if my title actually did turn out to be YouTube-worthy clickbait after all.

If you're a frequent Disney-goer you may remember the American Idol Experience attraction that used to be in Hollywood Studios where contestants in the park would compete in a mini version of American Idol throughout the day - singing a song and getting voted for by the audience. At the end of the night, the winners from the rounds throughout the day would compete in a final round and the ultimate winner of the day would take home a pass to skip the line for the real American Idol auditions. I actually really liked this attraction because it was entertaining and interactive and I'm a little sad that it's gone.

ultimate guide to instagram hashtags

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

It's time to accept it. Instagram hashtags are a necessity if you want to improve your reach and see more engagement on the app today. It's only been a few months since I really started using hashtags on my Instagram posts and I've seen a noticeable increase in my engagement and followers. I've put together everything I've learned about Instagram into this amazing guide to help you out if you're new to hashtags or looking to up your hashtag game.

I often have trouble deciding which hashtags I want to use so this post has 100+ good hashtags all in one place for everyone to reference. It tends to be more beneficial to use less popular hashtags so your post is more likely to be seen - although a few hugely popular ones never hurt - so I tried to focus on the specific, smaller hashtags that have significant followings without all the robots.

Your Complete Guide to the Characters of Riverdale

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

If you follow me on Twitter (@madisoncarter12 - if you don't, jump over there!) you know that I just recently watched the first season of Riverdale on Netflix after seeing so many of you rave about it online. Today, I'm issuing my version of a character guide to the show - a humorous description of each character heavily coated in my personal opinions - so you can have a slight background to understand my tweets, a little taste to decide if you'd be interested in the show, or just a reason to disagree with my opinions in the comments below. Promise to try my best to avoid any major spoilers!!

Archie Andrews - Riverdale's golden boy. Star football player. Talented Shawn Mendes-like musician. Strangely colored red hair. Typical teenage boy. Archie is so perfect, he really can't do anything to make you dislike him.

Betty Cooper - Super relatable, literal girl next door. Betty is also a golden child and is forced to deal with bizarre parents and crazy classmates. She's very admirable and her detective skills are top-notch. So many things happening in this town are made possible by Betty.

Veronica Lodge - The new girl in town. So NYC it's like she stepped off the set of Gossip Girl and into the town of Riverdale. Good friend to Betty (most of the time) and fierce as fierce can be. Ronnie is a person you'd want to have on your side.

Jughead Jones - Okay, swoon. Although he's good friends with Archie, they're practically polar opposites. Jughead has had it rough, but he's such a cool guy. He plays a key role in solving the mysteries and getting things done around here.

Ultimate Guide to Walt Disney World

Thursday, July 6, 2017

If you've been following my blog for a while, you know that I'm a Disney queen - my family visits Walt Disney World frequently and I'm obsessed with all things Disney. Today is kind of a big deal because I'm sharing my ultimate guide to WDW, letting you in on our tips + tricks, my favorite spots, and must-dos on a trip to Walt Disney World.

Magic Kingdom

Must-do rides + attractions
  • the Peoplemover
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Peter Pan's Flight
Favorite restaurants
Quick service
  • Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe - cult classic restaurant, best chicken nuggets
  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe - order the fajita platter + create a burrito bowl
Table service
  • Liberty Tree Tavern - family style classic American food
Instagram Spots
  • the purple wall outside of Stitch's Great Escape
  • the hub grass between Main Street USA and the castle

The Planner Post

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Planner posts are definitely a blogger favorite - it's a popular topic, there's plenty to talk about, and everyone has their own spin on the subject. Since summer is typically the time for buying a new planner for the upcoming school year, I wanted to talk about the planner I've been using for 2017 (something different than my previous Vera Bradley + Lily Pulitzer agendas) and how my planner organization has evolved since the Super Cute Planner Organization post in 2015.

I started using The Happy Planner by Me and My Big Ideas in January. I got mine from Michael's and I've seen them for sale in a few other crafts stores as well. While this planner is not the cheapest option available, it's definitely less expensive than most other popular brands and I think it's a happy medium between a Lilly or Vera and a Day Designer or Erin Condren Life Planner.

This planner comes in different styles and sizes, along with different cover options and page designs. I have the classic size with a vertical layout so each day is a column with three separate boxes. I typically use the top box for events, the middle box for a to-do list, and the bottom box for my posting schedule. The layout is so flexible - you can use it any way you like and switch things around daily or weekly.

Another nice feature is the notes section on the side of the weekly layout. If I have things to do but have no idea what day I might be able to do them, I write them in the notes to keep them in mind throughout the week. There's also a notes section on the side of the monthly layout so I use this in the same way for things that are taking place during the month with no exact day scheduled.

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