TMSM’s Adventures in Florida Living ~ Epcot and More!

Happy Wednesday Main Streeters. I hope you’re doing well and that those of you that are in the path of Hurricane Florence are getting yourselves ready and such. Being as prepared as you can is most important, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry. This week marked the one year anniversary of Hurricane Irma in Florida. We talked about it on Monday night’s show (I’ll post the link below). It’s funny, being from the North, how four years ago the thought of weather like this made me panic. I wondered why people who had been in Florida for years didn’t panic or seem to worried about storms and such. Here we are four years later, and two hurricanes later, I can honestly say I’ve learned a lot. We stay informed but it’s different now. I guess we’re really becoming Floridians. It’s funny how things change. So, lets talk about what else is going on….

We have been swamped. I’m sure you’re absolutely shocked to read that. I’m finding that I’ve been putting too much pressure on myself and it’s taking it’s toll. Scott tells me I can’t be everything to everyone, and he’s right, but there’s that voice inside my head that tells me to keep pushing. I’m trying to find balance. I think when you start to feel side effects though, health wise, you have to force yourself to chill out, so I’m working on it. Friday we worked in the daytime and had friends over for pizza at night. Oh, and wine, wine goes well with pizza. So that was nice. On Saturday, it was family media day at Epcot. We took the boys over there around lunchtime, because they have certain check in times of course. Disney was nice enough to give us five fast passes for the day so the boys were happy about that too. We actually were able to ride Soarin’ AND Frozen Ever After, that’s usually unheard of. However, we were actually there to cover the Food and Wine Festival, so that’s what we were focusing on coverage wise.

One thing that I wanted to make sure the kids got to see, was the chocolate sculpture area in the Festival Center. They were pretty excited to see the Headless Horseman, made of chocolate. It’s pretty neat actually. While in the Festival Center it started to rain, so I figured it would be a good time to stand in line to get our Passholder magnets. We were in line, and the nice gal in front of us started talking to me, saying she knew who I was and followed the site. She was so sweet, and I really appreciated her saying hello and chatting with us. Hi Ashley, if you’re reading this! I was sure to tell her about the meet up in December too, since she’s a Florida resident. This wasn’t the first person to say hello that day. When we got into the park, another pair of sweet gals came up to us to say hello. There was another too but I didn’t get a picture. Honestly, this type of thing makes me so happy. Actually getting to meet the people who follow TMSM is the best, it’s an absolute joy. If it wasn’t for all of you, then our site and Disney community wouldn’t exist. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

This week, we’ve been working from home a lot. Our side business, Lost Princess Apparel is going really well, and it keeps us extremely busy. Busy is good. We’re able to offer shoppers Disney goodies to wear to the parks and such, and it’s been great thus far! If you haven’t joined our shopping group yet, come on over at! This weekend, I’m not sure what’s going on yet. The kids want to go to Universal to check out their Halloween decorations for Halloween Horror Nights. Looking at decorations and actually GOING to the event are two different things, as I’m pretty terrified of those things. Aidan is too. Andrew “thinks” he wants to go, but I think he’d be in for a rude awakening. Disney’s Halloween festivities are much more my speed. Well, that’s about it for this week. Again, please, if you’re in an area that has a threat of bad weather, take care of yourselves! Things can be replaced but you and your loved ones can’t. I’ll stop lecturing, just know that my heart and prayers and with you. Until next week, sending 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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