TMSM’s Adventures in Florida Living ~ Halloween Time Plus Food and Wine!

Well well, here were are again. It’s Wednesday. My week is so screwed up from the long holiday weekend, but I’m still keeping it moving.  As usual, we have a lot to talk about, so lets chat….. shall we?

Oh. My. Gosh. Busy doesn’t even begin to describe how life has been lately. Disney has been keeping me on my toes, and truthfully that’s a good thing.  Last Thursday, Scott and I had to split up and go cover different places being that there were two events going on.  He went over to the opening ceremony of the new Chicken Guy restaurant at Disney Springs. Me, well I went to Epcot to cover the opening day of the Food and Wine Festival.  Scott’s time at the Springs was less interesting according to him, but on my end, I had fun doing live feeds and walking around by myself getting pics and such for our readers.  I actually ran into a few different people who follow us, and I love that. I ran out of TMSM buttons, I didn’t bring enough with me to give away, but other than that it was good.  My mission was to get footage of the new merchandise of course, plus take photos of the various food booths and menus. Mission accomplished.  We ended up going back to the festival on Saturday night to meet friends for dinner at Via Napoli, so I was able to get more photos then. I try to take these opportunities whenever I can, my poor phone is LOADED with photos, but it’s how I do my job. I’m a bit trigger happy with my camera, but you do what you’ve got to do. This coming Saturday is family media at Food and Wine so I’ll be back again! Of course I’ll post pics and such so watch for that!

Friday. Oh boy. Friday was a LONG day. We got up early to get over to Disney Springs to meet my merchandise reporter Lindsey, to get photos of the new Haunted Mansion Dooney bags that were hitting. I love the Haunted Mansion, and I was pretty excited about this line. We shopped, had lunch at Earl of Sandwich, then had to get the kids from school and head home to get ready for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. This was a family media event so I was able to bring the boys, and that made me happy. The weather was super hot, but we got lucky and had no rain for the party. The goal was to cover all the parts of the evening that we may have missed two weeks ago on the first media night, but also have some fun in the process. We actually trick or treated this time, that’s a must do for the kids. We hung out with Lindsey and her husband for awhile, ran into my friend Cindy and her family (with their awesome ballroom dancer costumes), saw the parade, fireworks AND Hocus Pocus show. Successful night indeed. So much fun.

We didn’t do a lot on Sunday or Monday. Having three busy days in a row sort of took its toll, so we just sort of took it easy. It’s funny (well not THAT funny) but I’ve been doing my best to watch what I eat and watch my carb intake. I had a few “cheats” because of the party and such and gained TWO pounds. Even with all that walking and sweating. Life isn’t fair sometimes, it’s so much easier to gain weight than it is to lose it. I’m not giving up, I’m just bitter. It’s come to my attention lately that I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself over various things. Shocking, I know. I’m so determined to do a good job on things that sometimes my expectations are too high and it leads to disappointment. Like dieting. Or the radio segments I’ve been doing. I really don’t like how they sound, one came out today and I literally cringed. Something needed to change. So, I decided to do the next one more low key, less pressure, just tell the scoop and be myself. Low and behold, it sounded better. Again, shocker. I have no one to blame but myself when it comes to these things, I have to learn to chill out. Someday maybe, I’m working on it. Oh on Monday night, I had another guest co-host for our live shows, my friend/staffer Erika. She did a great job, we laughed a lot and gave the viewers a good time if I do say so myself. I’ll link the show at the bottom for you to see. Tomorrow, I have the launch party for the NEW Disney Vera Bradley prints that are being released at Disney Springs. I’m excited for that. Vera Bradley actually sent me the bags already for a preview for our readers, I’ll link that video as well. Whew… well, that’s it for this week. That’s actually a lot, right? Busy is good, I keep telling myself that! Don’t forget, booking is now open for our TMSM Fan Cruise that’s being sponsored by David’s DVC Rentals. You can find the link on our site and Facebook page, or right here actually! Until next time, and as always, 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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