While Meg and Chris were off getting engaged at Harry Potter Land, Corey and I took a quick trip down to Enterprise, Alabama to see Jean, one of our favorite cousins. We stayed at her lovely house next to a lake and she showed us all around town and even bought us some fancy olive oil in their sweet little downtown. Admittedly, one of our favorite parts of the weekend was being able to meet a 3 day old calf on the Wilks Farm that her son Dave was nursing after the mommy cow didn’t want it. Nature is rough man. Thanks so much for a lovely stay Jean!
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So basically the Wizarding World of Harry Potter was like all of my dreams come true. When you are there, it really feels like you are living in the world of Harry Potter (if you can ignore the hoards of people around you). Many of the stores on Diagon Alley are actually physical stores that you can walk into and the inside is just as amazing and meticulously thought out as the outside. It is so over the top and wonderful. Everything was clean and efficiently run and the people that work there were great and many acted as though they are really wizards and we are muggles. Which I kind of took offense to. Obviously I am a witch and not a stupid muggle. The Hogwarts Express and the train station they built for it is an experience in itself. I would tell y’all every detail but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who wants to go. And you totally should. So I will just share some of my pictures. I narrowed them down as much as I could but there are still so many.
Definitely stand in line for the show at Olivander’s wand shop in Diagon Alley. It was one of my favorite parts. Also, I bought Hermione’s wand to cast spells throughout the park. Duh.
Butterbeer icecream. Oh man, what I wouldn’t give to be eating some of that right now.
Knockturn Alley was like its own little world and super creepy.
Inside Borgin and Burkes was so interesting. There was also a vanishing cabinet with a faint bird sound inside.
Can you even?
The ride inside Hogwarts is probably the best ride I’ve ever been on. Even Chris (who likes Harry but is not obsessed like me) agreed that this is the best ride that we went on in Universal.
The last day we were there, we stuck around the park till later so we could see Hogsmeade at dark. I really enjoyed that as well. Diagon Alley was closed already so we couldn’t see that at night.
The Three Broomsticks
It is sad that we are not still there but I am awfully glad I went. Such a special place.
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Laundry is one of those things that I’m not particularly good at. I’m not particularly bad at it either, but I can never seem to get the towels as clean as I want them to be. And sometimes our workout clothes still smell after we wash them. But I shouldn’t have told you that. I think part of the problem is that our washer and dryer are approximately 30 years old. Our washer sounds like the house is going to explode and the dryer takes three cycles to get the clothes dry. So when I got (my first ever!) bonus for passing the PE exam, a new washer and dryer was the perfectly adult (read: boring) way to spend the money. I’m actually pretty excited about it. They are being delivered on Saturday and I can’t wait to wash all of the things. I just know this will be my ticket to fluffy white towels. Since I’m going to be making over my smelly clothes, I figured this would be the perfect time to give the laundry closet a makeover because it is ugly and dirty and quite frankly embarrassing. Time to learn from the experts.
I think the thing that makes the perfect laundry room is sophisticated simplicity. Functional but good looking storage. Pretty containers that I will probably never fill and will just sit there pretending to be useful. A pretty paint color or if you want to spend the cash, but a backsplash really kicks things up a notch. It will just be paint for me. Finally, a hanging rack would be terribly helpful so I don’t just throw the wet delicates on the floor and forget to hang them. I am bad about that.
This image is actually the one I am using as inspiration (read: copying). I am literally going to go buy the same shelving unit and drying rack from Ikea that are shown in the picture. Because Southern Living knows what’s up. Do you guys have any other good laundry room tips?
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