Facts about Veterans Day! Thank you❤️

Appreciation and LOVE to my daddy and my brother for their dedication and service!!!! Veterans Day was once known as Armistice Day. The term comes from an armistice between Germany and Allied Nations on November 11, 1918. Also known the armistice ending on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. World…

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Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa “Royal Palm Club” Concierge!

When I was on my best behavior in kindergarten I received a gold-star sticker from Miss Sheffield. Unfortunately that was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away and the last time I received a gold star, until I enjoyed the perks of this concierge service. My impression of the Royal Palm Club at Disney’s Grand…

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Happy 86th Birthday~ Daddy! We Miss you Every Second! I

Today is a very difficult day for me and my family. I wasn’t sure if I was going to post something or not, but I do EVERY YEAR and I know my daddy, being the DIVA he IS/WAS wouldn’t want it any different. My daddy would have been 86 today, it’s his birthday. Surprisingly, there…

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Unexpected Value at Disney Parks!

In Louisiana, we call it Lagniappe- A little something extra! Does Mickey love Minnie? Is Goofy, well Goofy? Was Walt Disney imaginative? I could go on, but the answer would stay the same; unequivocally YES, I feel Disney is worth the expense and here are some of the reasons why. Unexpected Values~ You aren’t just paying…

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How to become the MacGyver of Disney’s Boardwalk Inn!

I don’t know why, but I was apprehensive to book Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Resort! Until,,,,,,,,,,,,,I found a freakishly amazing Annual Passholder Club Level discount available, then took into account its proximity to not one but two Walt Disney World Resort theme parks; Epcot & Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Boardwalk Inn GODS were speaking to me…

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“Essential” Cruise Packing List

All aboard matey, it’s cruise time! Packing is the most crucial part of any trip, especially a cruise, because once you’re onboard, you are kind of stuck there. So that makes packing a significant component when planning a cruise. This is a list I’ve compiled from one cruise lover to another. The list is ever-changing as your…

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My Fab “5” Shore Excursions!

  Roatan, Honduras– At Mahogany Bay Cruise Port we hopped on the Magical Flying Beach Chair ($14 adults, $8 children ages 4-12) that carried my family from the Welcome Center over lush landscape to the marvelous Mahogany Beach. Talk about a killer view and a primo spot for selfies, if you have a steady hand!…

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Why I LOVE Carnival Cruise Lines!

Why I love Carnival Cruise Lines! My family has six cruises under our belt, with the seventh cruise only a few months away. We’ve enjoyed three different Cruise Lines: Carnival (CCL), Disney (DCL) and Royal Caribbean (RCL). Stop right there, I know what you’re thinking, Dawn, your math skills suck, how could you have six…

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I Hate it When!

I HATE it when: I get deodorant on the outside of my shirt and I’m oblivious till late in the day, plus it’s so suppose to be an invisible solid! I get into the shower and find out that my bath soap is practically gone, like melted or shriveled up looking! How does this even…

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Happy 4th of July!

  “It will be celebrated with pomp and parade bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.” John Adams God bless and have a blast! (pun intended)

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#HappilyEverHaydel

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. … Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8  Peyton, we feel so many emotions today, especially me, lol. Most of all,…

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Happy Father’s Day~ Daddy!

A DAD is a person who is loving and kind, And often he knows What you have on your mind. He’s someone who listens, Suggest and defends… A dad can be one Of your very best friends! He’s proud of your triumphs, But when things go wrong, A dad can be patient And helpful and…

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Happy Memorial Day!

“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” Thomas Jefferson     To all military men and women and their families, a ginormous THANK YOU!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

To the kindest, most selfless mother around, I love you! Have a beautiful day…..

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Lost Child at Walt Disney World Resort “Child Safety”

In light of our recent trip to Walt Disney World Resort I’m going to repost my “Child Safety” Lost at Walt Disney World Resort article. We ran across a few non-magical situations whilst there, some “lost parents” and one little scared princess that my daughter handled like a pro! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Gosh, I would love to…

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My sleek, new “Jord” Watch!

I’ve partnered with #JORDWATCH to bring you the dopest interlaced wood watch in the universe! Enter the contest for free~ GIVEAWAY Link https://www.woodwatches.com/g/dawnsdorkydiary Thanks to JORD, (pronounced YODE) I selected the NEW Cora Polaris turquoise and Zebrawood timepiece. This star studded 2019 Cora Collection features; 34mm Dial Hand-set Swarovski Crystals Constellation that depict the Little Dipper 16mm interlaced Zebrawood…

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“Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Orlando Resort! Part 3 of 5

Let me preface this by saying I’m a weenie! So much so, if the electricity went out unexpectedly, you would find me in the corner sucking my thumb. So, imagine my reaction when asked to attend Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights 2018! I felt some kind of way to say the least, more like, pack me a…

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Universal CityWalk! Part 2 of 5

  You can find a plethora of dining, shopping, and entertainment within Universal CityWalk. If you want your tummy, wallet and mind blown, then CityWalk is your venue! Universal CityWalk is located in-between Universal Parks and Resorts at Universal Orlando. Parking is free after 6pm. (not valid during Halloween Horror Nights) I indulged in some of Universal CityWalk’s…

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Happy 73rd Birthday, Mama!

Mama, Thanks for tagging along on our many adventures and holding on for dear life! Wishing you a day filled with happiness and a year filled with joy! Have a blessed birthday! I love you! ❤️ Off to the movies………

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Comfort Food On Fleek at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’at Disney Springs!

Y’all want a mouthful of southern homecookin’ without all the snappin’, peelin’ & shuckin’? Does Shrimp & Grits or Braised Kale & Collards sound appetizing? Follow your watering taste buds to Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ at Disney Springs for comfort food on fleek! The down-home smorgasbord was authentic, with a unique “Art Smith” twist. The fixin’s looked like…

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Happy Turkey Day!

From our family to yours~Have a blessed day with family and friends! Be kind- Happy Thanksgiving.

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Tips and Tricks using Walt Disney World Resort Transportation!

I’m at my Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, now what? That is probably the number one question upon arrival at “The Most Magical Place on Earth.” Here are a few tips and tricks to ease the mayhem, known as Disney Transportation! Let’s begin with a bang: There is NO courtesy Resort Hotel to Resort Hotel…

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“Blue Man Group” at Universal Orlando Resort!

I really didn’t know much about Blue Man Group in advance! I did know it involved three blue men, kinda obvious – Blue Man Group! I had no idea what talents they possessed or really what the show entailed, no predetermined thoughts what so ever, just intrigue. Blue Man Group opened June 6, 2007, in CityWalk at Universal Orlando…

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“Discovery Cove” 8 Tips For First Timers!

What do you get when you mix animals, tropical lagoons and an all-inclusive food & beverage package together? I’ll give you a hint, Discovery Cove and it’s a front-runner in my aquatic travel repertoire! Hello, my name is Dawn and I’m an all-inclusive junkie! This mama of two eased herself into a hammock a little faster as…

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5 Must-Have “Disneylicious” Delectables at Walt Disney World Resort!

I’m overjoyed when visiting Walt Disney World Resort! I know a kiss from macho Mickey Mouse is near and that Disneylicious delectables are inevitably going to tickle my taste buds! My family’s confectionary checklist consists of 5 Must-Have Desserts when visiting Disney Parks. Our favorite on-property treats are: #1 The Pineapple Dole Whip is a true Disney legend. It can be…

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Happy 85th Birthday Daddy!

You’re the greatest daddy in the entire world! Thank you for being you. I love you bunches! Happy special day❤️🎈

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9/11- Commemorate the 17th Year Anniversary!

God bless the victims, families & survivors of September 11, 2001! A day of remembrance for those that lost their lives, and for all of those who gave their lives. We Remember!

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“Yachtsman Steakhouse”Dining Review at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort!

We selected Yachtsman Steakhouse for our 21st Wedding Anniversary dinner. It’s located within Disney’s Boardwalk Area at Walt Disney World’s Yacht Club Resort. With all the hype that surrounded this “sumptuous” chophouse our expectations were off the fo hizzle and since Ryan and I were celebrating our 21st wedding anniversary we expected mo shizzle.  DRESS CODE Don’t dress like you…

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Happy 19th Birthday Logan!

I wish you the strength to face challenges with confidence along with the wisdom to choose your battles carefully. I wish you adventure on your journey and may you ALWAYS stop to help someone along the way. Listen to your heart and take risks carefully…… We love you and we’re very proud of you! Happy…

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Disney Bounding WTF?!

Disney Bounding, you’re probably thinking WTF, right? Does this mean that you’re bound to Disney once you arrive at the park or maybe it’s something freaky that Disney lovers do. Nope and EWWWWWWW……… Don’t worry, most folks have not a clue, so Disney Dawn is here to help you and fill in the WTF. Disney Bounding is…

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Amazon “Prime Now” available at Walt Disney World Resort!

Disney vacation deliveries have never been easier! Don’t want to leave the Disney bubble on your vacay? You’re in luck, you don’t have to! You have more choices than ever before, Amazon “Prime Now” delivers directly to Walt Disney World Resort hotels. If you need groceries, snacks or personal supplies while on vacation, then Prime…

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#Smilefearlessly with “Smile Brilliant” At-Home Teeth Whitener!

Are your teeth as white as you would like them, probably not? Do you #smilefearlessly? If your anything like me then you’ve tried everything from store bought whitening toothpaste, conferring with the dentist about “professional whitening” to “Pinteresting” your own baking soda combinations, epic fail! For some time, I thought the fad Whitestrips worked ok,…

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Happy 48th Anniversary Daddy & Mama!

Happy Anniversary to the best parents any kids could hope for! You’ve been a great example of what marriage is all about. It’s because of your successful matrimony, that A.J., Jenni and I have been able to live with harmony. Your successful marriage serves as an inspiration to us. We love you immeasurably, have a…

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Errrt’ Off the Normal “Walt Disney World” Beaten Path!

It’s fun to go against the grain and do the unexpected, especially at the most magical place on earth. By unexpected, I’m not referring to a ride on Splash Mountain or the umpteenth visit to Cinderella Castle! If you are looking for magic in exciting new places then this article is right up your alley…

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“Toy Story Land” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

OFFICIAL OPENING June 30th, 2018 LOCATION Disney Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort PREMISE Welcome to Andy’s backyard, where toys come to life and visual stimulation is at an all-time high. Imagine that Andy’s childhood toy box exploded……….wait for it………………..wait for it…………….. in his backyard. Voilà, you are now inside Toy Story Land where…

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Key West, Florida

Originally posted on Travel, Family & Fun rolled into one!:
? 10 Points of Interest- Part 1 Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square Gather with your Key West BFF’s to witness the most unforgettable sunset in the state’s southernmost point. Stroll Waterfront Square as you shop and/or eat your way to the most interesting performance on…

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Dawn Does Disney’s Wilderness Lodge “Resort Activities!”

When referring to Walt Disney World Resort Hotels, what do Lincoln Logs, Bison Topiaries and American Craftsmanship, have in common? If you thought of the Grand Floridian– you’re wrong, if you said the Polynesian Village Resort– Wrongo, but if you guessed- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, ding, ding, ding, now your cooking with gas! Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is themed…

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Review of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge- Geyser Point Bar & Grill!

Walt Disney World Resort’s Pacific Northwest inspired hotel is magnificent. Serene must be Wilderness Lodges middle name. This property encapsulates the national park feel with rustic elements around every ahh-inspired topiary. The hotel has an actual living, breathing Geyser, hence the name of the restaurant. My hubby and I water taxied over one gorgeous afternoon to savor lunchie…

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Tale As Old As Time~ Peyton is Engaged❤️

First met when they were fours years old (Wedding) Friends/School-Mates since Kindergarten Crush since eighth grade Started dating as sophomores in high school at age 14 First date was a Christian Music Concert “Winter Jam” Congratulations Love Bugs! We love you both and couldn’t be happier. Now enjoy your 🎼adventure in the great wide somewhere!🎼

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Revamped “Planet Hollywood” Observatory at Disney Springs, Food Review!

  The stars alined at the redesigned “Planet Hollywood” Observatory at Disney Springs! At first glance, it was similar in appearance, minus the large white stars and staircase on the cylindrical outer building, upon closer inspection, it shined in comparison to its former self! “My palate and tummy had the good fortune of tasting the deliciousness…

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Happy 84th Birthday Daddy!

We love you very much! Looking forward to your birthday weekend in your favorite home away from home~ Hot Springs, Arkansas! Happy Birthday Daddy🎁 

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“Le Cellier” Steakhouse Review in Epcot’s “Canada” Pavilion, eh!

I’ve heard Disney dorks rave about Canada’s pride and joy “Le Cellier” Steakhouse for an eternity. Anytime this Signature Dining steakhouse was mentioned, the next two words were inevitably Cheese Soup and Pretzel Bread! I’ve actually sampled both at Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival on more than one occasion. At no time, did either make me hop onboard the tasty train….

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Avatar Flight of Passage Attraction

Hello Disney dorks and welcome to Pandora The World of Avatar, located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park! I have a secret to share with you, Animal Kingdom is my least favorite theme park at Walt Disney World Resort, we only visit the park every other trip. With that said, we were surprisingly enthusiastic to…

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