TMSM’s Adventures in Florida Living ~ Festivals, Flowers and Fun

Happy Wednesday Everyone! It’s been a busy, yet beautiful week down here in sunny Florida! Today, the Flower and Garden Festival officially started at Epcot, but we’ve done more than just that! Lets chat, shall we?

We have been pretty busy, so I wanted to let the kids choose somewhat what they wanted to do last weekend. Sometimes family time is what’s needed, and that’s exactly what we did. Friday night, we went over to Hollywood Studios for a few hours. The park was of course crowded, as it was race weekend, but we made the best of it. We walked around, went on the Great Move Ride, went to see Chewbacca, then finished the evening with the Star Wars Galactic Spectacular. Not a bad night at all. On Saturday, the kids chose Sea World, as to where they wanted to go. Sea World is a nice (and less expensive) alternative to Disney World truthfully. They have their Seven Seas Food Festival going on right now on Saturday’s, which is similar to the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot. You can browse around the food booths, listen to music, and they have souvenirs for the occasion too. A huge selling factor for my boys? The roller coasters of course! Mako is their newest coaster, and it’s really a LOT of fun. You actually lift right out of your seat at times, which is scary yet awesome. When I know we’re going to parks with roller coasters, I make sure to take my motion sickness medication so I can ride with the boys. You do what you’ve got to do!

The following few days were crunch time for the magazine. Month end means solid hours of work with minimal breaks. We put so much into The Main Street Monthly, it’s a labor of love and hard work. Our staff does a great job with articles and content, and Scott builds the magazine each month on his own. It’s a lot of work, but rewarding when we get feedback, so thanks for that! Once the magazine was done (last night) we knew we had more work to do, because the Flower and Garden Festival opened this morning, so we headed over first thing. When I tell people we have a “work trip” over at a park, I always get harassed. Here come the comments….. “must be nice” or “I wish that was my work trip.” It never fails. Yes, we’re lucky to be able to get to cover events, but work trips really are, well, work. We try really hard to get as many photos as we can, gather up a lot of information for our readers, talk to people to get the scoop, etc. Sometimes it’s stressful, because I put a lot of pressure on myself to do a good job. Park days where we can wander around, and go on rides are much more fun, but we have work to do. I do love my job though, I’m not complaining. The Flower and Garden Festival is my favorite one at WDW. It’s better than Food and Wine because it’s a little less crowded, and Epcot is gorgeously decorated with flowers and topiaries. It’s just beautiful!

The Flower and Garden Festival this year has some really great merchandise. From mouse ears to tervis cups, there is so much to choose from. We browsed the festival center too, and did live feeds which should still be on our Facebook page. As we wandered around World Showcase to get photos (which you can see on our Instagram Stories), there were some characters out, so we stopped to take a few pictures of them. Another stop I was sure to make, was in Norway, because they were debuting the new Frozen themed perfume. To my surprise, the creator of the scent, Geir Ness, was there and we got to talk to him. I’m doing a full write up on that tomorrow, so stay tuned. Geir was so nice, gave us some samples, and told us all about the fragrances he does. He even friended me on Facebook and gave me a hug before we left! I’d say that’s a successful trip! More on that tomorrow!

It’s been a busy week for sure. I’m tired, sunburned, but thankful. Living down here away from home, and trying to run your own business, well, it’s not always easy. There are times that I wonder still… what the heck am I doing here? But what’s funny, is things always have a way of working out. I was telling Scott the other day, that I’ve had a “good feeling” about TMSM since August of 2013! I guess that’s either crazy or being an over zealous optimist, not sure. Maybe it’s our year? Maybe. One thing I know for sure is that I have to stay motivated, venture out of my comfort zone a little more, and keep moving forward (as Walt would say). I’m working on it. Thank you as always for keeping up with us each and every week, it means so much to me. Our readers, or Disney Ohana if you’d rather, are the best, and I appreciate you. Until next week, sending you lots of love, blessings and pixie dust! See ya real soon! ~M

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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