Monday, June 29, 2015

Review: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale by Elly and Caroline Collins

Release Date: August 30, 2014
Publisher: Theme Park Press
Genre: Non-fiction
Pages: 174 pages
Format: eBook
Buy It: Amazon
Elly and Caroline Collins aren’t just sisters; they’re best friends, too. So when Elly suggested that they join the Disney College Program together, Caroline went right along. They left their family and boyfriends in Colorado for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live, work, and play with Mickey Mouse.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale is both diary and tutorial. It offers essential advice on how to get accepted into the Disney College Program, and how to avoid the pitfalls of working for Disney and living in its pressure-cooker environment. But mostly it provides a fun, witty, intimate account of a year spent in the pixie dust trenches of Walt Disney World, taking you behind the scenes, through the theme parks, and out the front gate into the dorm-like Disney apartments and the warts-and-all College Program community.

Caroline and Elly open their diaries and share:

What you absolutely must do to get accepted into the Disney College Program, and what you absolutely must never do
How to pick the best Disney apartment complex, what to pack, whether to enroll in Disney University, and everything else you need to start the program right
Disney roommate stories, including the notorious "Walk of Shame" and the girl who thought Brillo pads worked in the dishwasher
The pure joy of creating "Magical Moments" for park guests
An entire chapter about backstage tours of attractions like Haunted Mansion and Expedition Everest, with trivia only Cast Members know
Plus, glimpses into every aspect of DCP life, from Traditions and training to merchantaining and private Cast Member parties
These two girls really do have a mouse tale to tell. You'll love their honesty, their humor, and most of all their enthusiasm for the happiest place on earth.
After completing my college program in Fall 2013, I longed for more ways to connect with my Disney past and keep in in my present and future. After connecting with Elly Collins in a DCP Alumni group, I was excited to hear about her and her sister's experience during their program so I eagerly bought this ebook.

It was such a change to read about someone else's DCP experience. Not only did the Collins girls attend the WDW college program instead of my Disneyland program, but they attended as sisters and roommates which made for a unique experience.

I wish I had found a book like this before going on my program. They cover everything a potential DCP attendee needs to know, and give advice on things to avoid as well. Much appreciated!

I received this book via purchase through Amazon. I was not required to post positive review, and the thoughts contained herein are my own.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

IMM and Stacking the Shelves: 6/28/15

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme previously hosted by the Kristi at The Story Siren, and Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga from Tynga's Reviews. We share books we received this week, whether we bought them, got them in the mail or checked them out from the library.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Social Media Saturday: 6/27/15

Welcome to Social Media Saturday! This is a meme created by myself, where each week I share a different social media account that I use, and that you as readers can follow to continue connecting to me and my blog!

This week, I'll be focusing on my Twitter account, @Ariel_Librarian. I used to struggle with things to tweet about, and to be honest, I still do! However, I'm learning that sometimes just simple tweets about what I'm thinking about currently can go a long way in spreading my content!

I have my blog posts syndicating to my Twitter each time I post, so if you follow me on Twitter, you can still see every time I post! I often follow back, so feel free to follow me!

Leave your Twitter accounts below and I'd love to check them out!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Mini Review and Blog Tour: A Friend in Me

Release Date: June 1, 2015
Publisher: David C. Cook
Genre: Christian Non-fiction
Pages: 208
Format: Paperback
Buy It: Amazon
Young women long for relational connection with women further ahead of them on the journey. Yet, without realizing it, many of us tend to distance ourselves from those in younger generations. Can we really have close relationships with women who have different thoughts on church, different experiences with family, and different ways of talking about God? Where do we start?

In A Friend in Me, Pam Lau shows you how to be a safe place for the younger women in your life. She offers five patterns women need to internalize and practice for initiating relationships and talking about issues such as faith, forgiveness, sexuality, and vocation. Most significantly, she reminds you that there doesn’t need to be a divide between generations of women. Together, we can have a global impact—and experience a deeper faith than we’ve ever known.
I've been craving more connections with Christian women in my life, so I was eager to review this book. While it is mainly targeted at the older generation of women, this book holds many tips for women of all ages to help increase their connections.

Whether you have many Christian women to share your soul with, or none, this book gives realistic tips and examples of ways both generations of women can help each other connect. If you are of the younger crowd, Pamela explains the signals that can turn the older women off from being close with us. If you are of the older generation, she gives ways to really get us younger women to open up to you.

If you are craving new connections, or simply want to deepen the ones you are already a part of, this book is a great read for you.

I received this book free for review through LitFuse Blog Tours. I was not required to post a positive review, and the thoughts contained herein are my own.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Follow Friday: 6/26/15

Follow Friday is a weekly meme host by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Each week they feature bloggers, and we trade blog follows to meet new people!

The rules are simple:
  1. Follow the hosts, Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. (This is is required.)
  2. Follow both of the featured blogs, one from each host's blog. (This is required.)
  3. Put your blog name and link into the linky on one of the host's pages.
  4. Make your own Follow Friday post and answer the questions or simply say "hi" for new followers to have an easy place to comment.
  5. State your preferred way to be followed, if it's not apparent on your blog.
  6. Follow as many people as you want! Leave a comment so they know you are a new follower.
  7. Follow back when someone new follows you!
I would love to be followed via GFC or RSS if you can follow that way! Otherwise feel free to choose one of the many ways I've listed on my sidebars. Whatever is easiest for you!

This week's question:
Is there a book that you were required to read in school that you actually loved?
Anything Edgar Allen Poe during the poetry units. I'm kind of obsessed with him. It's unhealthy.

Leave a comment down below so I can check out your blog!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Review: The Icing on the Cake

The Icing on the Cake: A Novel by Janice Thompson

Release Date: August 15, 2013
Publisher: Revell
Genre: Christian Romance
Series: Weddings By Design #2
Pages: 320 pages
Format: eBook
Buy It: Amazon
Scarlet isn't sure if she has just the right ingredients for true love--or utter disaster

Scarlet Lindsey is busy making her dreams come true. She's moved her bakery to a prime spot on Galveston's most popular street, she's planning an extravagant cake for her best friend's wedding, and she has a great relationship with Bella Neeley, the island's most popular wedding coordinator. Business is booming and Scarlet is enjoying the ride.

But when Bella's dangerously handsome brother Armando breezes into her life, Scarlet is faced with a sticky situation. Should she stay with the safe, sweet guy who's been a fixture in her life for years? Or will this brash Italian hunk melt her guarded heart?
Once again. the beautiful families, friendships, and romances in this series are evident and entwined throughout the entire novel. While this book is the second in the series, it is a different main character than the first book so you don't need to read the first one if you don't want to.

I loved Scarlet's story more than Hannah's, partially because of the food tie-ins and partially because she is just so lovable! Her self-talk is so relatable and many times I wished I could just give her a big hug. The relationship between her and Armando was realistic, which is refreshing when so many romance novels are predictable.

If you're looking for a sweet romance where family is the icing on the relationship, pick up this book!

I received this book free for review through Revell Blog Tours. I was not required to post a positive review, and the thoughts contained herein are my own.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

IMM and Stacking the Shelves: 6/21/15

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme previously hosted by the Kristi at The Story Siren, and Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga from Tynga's Reviews. We share books we received this week, whether we bought them, got them in the mail or checked them out from the library.

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