The Ganachery at Disney Springs

The Ganachery
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Anyone who knows me knows I love my desserts. And especially at Walt Disney World. At home, I generally try to eat healthy, but all bets are off when I go on vacation. Disney Springs is really turning into a place I love to visit. On my last visit in February, I stopped by The Ganachery.

I had my doubts, because honestly, I’m content with a Hershey Bar. Cadbury, now that’s my jam. I had heard the chocolates were a little on the expensive side, so I was a little hesitant to try. All doubts were erased the moment I stepped inside the store. The smell of chocolate was heavenly. You know that scene in Frozen on Coronation Day when Elsa says, “What is that amazing smell?” Then Anna and Elsa both snifffffffff, and say, “Chocolate.” Exactly that.

The Ganachery at Disney Springs
Photo by Disney Parks Blog

When you enter the store, on the left you get the treat of watching chocolate being made. On the right, the holy grail. There are also fun chocolate gifts such as lollipops in the shape of Disney characters or Star Wars chocolates. Something for everyone.

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For the most part, Disney Cast Members are happy and friendly. But George, he was exceptional. That smile, the helpful attitude. It put me in a happy mood. I just wanted to put him in my pocket and take him home.

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George, the friendliest Cast Member ever!

We got a box to share amongst friends and all of them were amazing! I truly was surprised at how much I enjoyed that chocolate, even the flavors I didn’t think I’d like. Well worth the price.

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Ganache Prices

 

After you make your selections, your chocolates are wrapped up nicely. Pretty packaging makes everything better.

The Ganachery at Disney Springs

And then we opened those bad boys right up to eat them.

The Ganachery at Disney Springs

I tried Caramel Fleur de Sel, Chipotle Pepper, and Calamansi (Vietnamese Oranges in Milk Chocolate).  They all were amazing! Dark Chocolate with Mexican Red Pepper? Who knew?

My friends tried Coffee as well and gave it the ‘praise emoji’ status. So my fellow chocolate lovers, put The Ganachery at Disney Springs on your must-try list. And then invite me when you go, please.




Most Romantic Spots in Sydney, Australia

Every place in the world can be romantic if you want to make it so. You just need a beloved person and a little bit of imagination. However, when it comes to Sydney, you do not really need to put in a lot of effort into searching for romantic spots and ideas. There are in abundance in this wonderful city. Here are some of the most interesting things that a couple can do or places that they can visit while in Sydney.

The View from the Sydney Tower

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You will feel like you are among the clouds as you enjoy the romantic candlelight dinner in the luxurious restaurant at the top of the Sydney Tower. First, take a Skywalk and the 45 minute tour of the tallest building in Sydney, even taller than the Sydney Bridge. After all that excitement, come into the lovely ambient of the 360 Restaurant that features the full view of Sydney and amazing cuisine.

The Glorious Balloon Aloft

Romantic Sydney Australia

This is the wonderful experience from the moment you see the balloon getting inflated, to the moment you land and help pack it up. You will even get a sip of champagne once you do it. And in between these two fun moments, you will live through some of the most romantic moments ever. Flying over the Sydney and softly flowing through the air, you will forget about any troubles that you may have down on the land.

The Delicate Chinese Garden of Friendship

Romantic Sydney Australia

The serenity, the remarkable flora and stunning plants, as well as some of the most favorable tea that you have ever tasted await for the two of you in the Chinese Garden. You can simply spend the day, holding hands and exploring the wonderful spots in this garden, with the view of the Sydney. Also a good choice is to make a tour on electric bikes. That way you will not get to tired and you will be able to see hidden pathways and waterfalls, lovely ponds and secluded corners. After a day spent there, you may never want to leave it. The Taoist spirit of tranquility is in every fiber of this place.

The Hidden Romantic Beaches

Romantic Sydney Australia

Whether you want to walk along the Little Bay until you reach the Little Bay Beach, or if you want to bushwalk through the Garigal to reach the Flat Rock Beach, you are in for a treat. These are among the best, hidden beaches that you can find near Sydney. There are also the Long Reef Beach and the Fisherman’s Beach that people of Sydney use as beach wedding venues. Some of these lovely beaches are also reachable from the sea, so a boat ride to them can also become a romantic part of your day.

The Adrenaline Packed Bridge Climb

Romantic Sydney Australia

If there is one thing that will make you hold on a little bit tighter to each other, then it is the view down from the bridge, as you two climb it. The adrenaline will make you laugh, the view will make you lose your words and the experience the two of you share will bring you two closer together. If you start the climb in the early morning, you may experience the crack of dawn on the bridge construction which is definitely something to tell your kids one day.

You can always decide to stay clear from the land altogether and bring your significant one to the luxurious cruise that will show you Sydney from the sea. You will have a nice meal and some nice Australian wine. The amazing architecture and the view of the city will be peppered with your chats and tender moments. It definitely sounds like one of the great options for romantic couples that want to get to know new face of Sydney – from the ocean.

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 Nicole is an avid traveler passionate about yoga and healthy living. She always seeks new adventures and enjoys sharing her experiences with others. You can find her on Twitter and FB




Food Allergy Chronicles: EpiPen Tips


EpiPen Tips

I think we all know at this point that the EpiPen® is the staple of an allergy sufferer’s life. Sadly, far too often though we hear about people not having their EpiPen with them when they need it. Here are my tips to making sure you’re always prepared:

  1. Find a way to comfortably carry at least one EpiPen at all times. I have a waterproof, insulated clutch that works great but there are lots of options from belt clips to ankle holsters. The most important thing is that you are comfortable with it. If you aren’t you are less likely to want to carry it everyday.
  2. Keep an extra EpiPen at places you frequent that are a part of your everyday life like schools, work, a boyfriend/girlfriend’s house. I know the price has gotten a little out of hand but having multiple sets is something to think about. Keeping them in your desk drawer is a lot easier than digging thru your purse if needed.
  3. Keep the temperature in mind. Unless you are currently driving it, your car is the worst place to store your EpiPens. They are meant to be kept at room temperature – something your car very rarely is.
  4. Keep track of expiration dates. If you register your EpiPen you will receive reminders. Pay attention to that email.

Ending up in a situation where you need an EpiPen and don’t have one is a very avoidable problem in my opinion. It’s plain stupid to not be prepared and you won’t care if you looked cool or not when you can’t breath.




Captain America: Civil War – Girls Reforming the Future Challenge

Marvel Captain America Civi WarI can’t tell you how EXCITED I am for Captain America: Civil War. Chills every time I watch a new trailer. Like counting down the days, declaring my love for #TeamCap to whoever will listen, shining my Captain America Shield excited! I may have gotten in some Facebook fights, but you need to pick a side, people!
 
Here’s something I think we can all agree on, though – how awesome the Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR – “Girls Reforming the Future Challenge” is for our girls. Marvel is launching the GIRLS REFORMING THE FUTURE CHALLENGE to engage young women to further the Avengers’ goal of making the world a better place.  Here is a brief overview.
 
This program, supported by the Science & Entertainment Exchange, a program of National Academy of Sciences, seeks to inspire young girls to create positive world change for their generation and beyond through science and technology. One exceptional young woman will be selected to receive a one-week internship with Marvel Studios. The challenge invites girls nationwide, ages 15 – 18, in grades 10 -12, to submit innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics)-based projects that have the potential to change the world. Each applicant will be asked to submit a short video demonstrating her project and explaining how her science and technology-based project could make the world a better place. Five finalists will be selected to come to California and present their projects to a panel of experts. One grand prize winner will be selected from the five finalists to receive an internship with Marvel Studios.
 
An internship with Marvel Studios?? Geeking out. I’m a huge fan of Marvel, because I love the kick-butt female characters. I’d like a little more <cough cough, Marvel>, but I do love Black Widow and Scarlet Witch. I’m also excited to see Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter, because she was pretty kick-butt in the TV show, Revenge. Speaking of, check out their video below.
I am so thrilled about this, because I’m the mom of 5 girls who all love Avengers and are exploring their world. They love writing, they love math, they love science, they love experiments. I am teaching them that they can do and be whatever and whomever they want! And I’m happy this program reinforces what I’m telling them.  Finally something that focuses on their brains and real self-confidence.
 

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My little Avengers

My oldest is only 11 years old, so she can’t enter. But there are lots of high-schoolers who would thrive off of this opportunity. Let’s spread the word and help someone’s dream come true! My little Avengers would love an opportunity like this in the future, and I want to make sure that things like this will continue to be offered to them. They can change the world, you know.
More Details:
Finalists will have the opportunity to inspire other young girls around the world by participating in a LIVE global Broadcom Masters webinar during which the girls will discuss how their STEM skills enabled them to create their projects and become a finalist of the Captain American Civil War: Girls Reforming the Future Challenge.  The Grand Prize Winner will share her MARVEL STUDIOS Internship experience, giving girls everywhere a peak into STEM skills in action outside the lab and the classroom.
 
Each finalist will receive: Two round-trip tickets to Southern California for the finalist and her parent or guardian, including scheduled meals, ground transportation to and from organized activities, hotel accommodations, from April 10 through April 13,2016; an opportunity to be on the red carpet at the World Premiere of Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” at the Dolby Theatre® in Dolby Atmos® and Dolby Vision™ on April 12, 2016; a tour of the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California; and  $500.00, deposited into a High Yield Savings account with Synchrony Bank.
 
Complete contest information will be available from March 11, 2016 through March 26, 2016.    Entries will be accepted beginning on March 11, 2016 through 9:00 PM PT on March 26, 2016. For application forms, eligibility requirements, official contest rules and more information about MARVEL’S CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR – GIRLS REFORMING THE FUTURE CHALLENGE, please visit http://www.captainamericachallenge.com.
 
About the Contest:
 
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Contest commences on March 11, 2016 and ends at 9:00 PM PT onMarch 26, 2016. Open only to girls between the ages of 15 and 18, in grades 10 -12, as ofMarch 26, 2016, who are legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. Limit 1 entry per person. Winners must be able to travel on or about April 10, 2016 through April 13, 2016. See Official Rules at http://www.captainamericachallenge.com for full eligibility and entry requirements, prize description, conditions, and limitations. Void where prohibited. The official contest sponsor is Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
 
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So what are you waiting for girls? Let’s do this! And by us I mean girls ages 15-18 🙂 I’ll just be over here cheering for you on the internet!



10 Tips to Eating Healthy While Traveling

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Often we are faced with challenges. How we deal with these challenges either makes or breaks us. Traveling and healthy eating is one of these challenges. Whichever means of transport you use opt, there will be the temptation from numerous fast food shops available at every stopover. A shake in self-discipline and you will find yourself indulging in these treats. To avoid this, you will need to follow a few tips while traveling.

Traveling and Healthy Eating

To ensure that you don’t suffer from poor eating consequences after traveling, do the following:

  1. Avoid Fast Foods

We all know the consequences of indulging in junk foods. While these foods will be numerous during your travel, try as much as possible to avoid them. You can do this by carrying packed snacks and meals with you. This is especially possible when you are traveling for quite a distance by road. This will curb the temptation of stopping over at the next fast food joint on your way.

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  1. Eat Breakfast

Breakfast is the first meal of the day and is critical. A healthy heavy breakfast will give you the energy that you need to stay active throughout the day. You should go on a high fiber diet that has a lot of whole grains and proteins. This combination will keep you fuller for longer. This way, you can concentrate on the day’s activities and reduce snacking every few hours.

  1. Plan Before Embarking on the Trip

Through planning, you know what to take with you and what to leave (regarding foods and other necessities). Take this time to decide on the kind of foods you will eat during the trip and which ones you won’t. This will make it easier for you to surpass all obstacles that may present themselves while traveling regarding food.

  1. Go Through The Airline Menu

Unlike before, now most airlines offer healthy meals. Peruse through the menu and find a healthy meal that will keep you full throughout the flight. It should be balanced with all the required nutrients, proteins, vitamins and carbohydrates.

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  1. Drink Sufficient Amounts of Water

Water keeps you hydrated throughout the trip. Your intake of water should remain the same as when you aren’t traveling. This is because you’ll find that sometimes dehydration masquerades as hunger. You may be pushed to eat a bit more when in the actual sense what you need is water. Buy fruits along the way for addition water supply but don’t use beverages as substitutes for water.

  1. Stick to the “one treat per day” rule

Most people with a sweet tooth will find avoiding sweet treats quite challenging. The remedy for this is to have one treat per day when you are traveling. If you say its ice cream, then you buy some ice cream and you are done for the day. All the other meals that you take that day should be healthy and nutritious.

  1. Stay Mindful

Having a clear mind during the trip will help you in many ways. One, your food choices will be top notch. This will especially help you when the food is in a buffet and you are spoilt for choice. Another thing, it helps you get the most out of the trip. If it is a business trip, you attend all the workshops and meeting, and your focus is uninterrupted. That’s why you are recommended to avoid alcohol when traveling.

  1. Scan the Destination Prior

Familiarize yourself with the place you are headed to before you leave. It is a great way of making hotel reservations, and if the need arises, you can spot grocery and convenience stores with ease. It also helps you locate healthy food joints along the way. You can download an app for this.

  1. Carry a Reusable Water Bottle

This will save you lots of cash that would have been spent buying water bottles during the trip. You can easily refill it and have your water wherever you go.

  1. Empty the Hotel Room Bar

If you are not planning to indulge in alcohol during this trip, then it makes perfect sense that you should empty it and store some healthy snacks in there. Alternatively, you can make a fridge from a Styrofoam cooler and ice from the hotel’s ice machine.

Reference

  1. http://nutriadviser.com/2016/02/04/7-secrets-to-boost-your-energy-during-travelling/
  2. http://healthyeatingandliving.ca/10-tips-stay-healthy-traveling/

Author Bio

Adonia Dennis (@adoniadennis), by profession a Health, Beauty and Skin Care adviser. She provides solution related to health and beauty problems. She is an independent researcher who researches for all type of skin related issues. She is a passionate blogger who loves to read lifestyle news and share her views on health, fitness and diet. Visit Adonia on Facebook, Google+,  and Pinterest.

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