Mulan is finally coming out!

Truth be told, I’m excited but also NERVOUS about the live-action remake of Mulan coming out on Disney Plus today!

Mulan to me was a real Chinese heroine, whose life I had known since I was a toddler. The Ballad of Mulan was the longest Chinese poem I ever memorized since I was 5, taught stanza by stanza by my patient father who cared about me knowing my culture. Mulan represents the kind of family loyalty and self-discipline that are true to Chinese culture.

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Tips for Traveling to Hong Kong Disneyland with Kids

Two weeks after visiting the great grandparents in Shanghai and finally experiencing the magic at Shanghai Disneyland, we packed up our suitcases and 3 little ones, and flew to Hong Kong to visit my in-laws and more Disney magic at Hong Kong Disneyland!

This was my first time in Hong Kong, and boy was I surprised at just how densely populated but also really beautiful this island is! A little bit of history about Hong Kong – it is part of China but is governed separately, and it has its own economic system. Hong Kong was colonized by the British Empire for 100 years before it was returned to China in 1997. Because of that, a lot of people in Hong Kong speak English and Mandarin, while Cantonese is spoken by everyone.

TIPS for traveling with kids to Hong Kong Disneyland –

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Tips for traveling to Shanghai Disneyland with Kids

There are 6 Disney parks around the world if you didn’t know already – 2 are in the US, 3 are in Asia and 1 is in Europe –

  1. Walt Disney World (Orlando, Florida)
  2. Disneyland (Anaheim, California)
  3. Shanghai Disneyland (Shanghai, China)
  4. Hong Kong Disneyland (Hong Kong, China)
  5. Paris Disneyland (Paris, France)
  6. Tokyo Disneyland (Tokyo, Japan)
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Alice and White Rabbit

Alice said it best – “It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” Maybe we remember yesterday with fondness and nostalgia, or wish we were back at a simpler time before the difficult things started happening. But we are different today because of our experiences that have made us smarter, stronger and more unique.

May you and I embrace TODAY and cherish the Wonderland we get to be in, right now.

National Chocolate Day

Hi, my name is Rachel and I’m a chocoholic 🙋🏻‍♀️ Today is National Chocolate Day! I started the day working hard in Barre which now allows me to eat all the chocolate I want before picking up my kids and pretending I’m really healthy and don’t eat that much chocolate! 🙈 My husband has always known this dirty little secret of mine, and my college roomie/maid-of-honor @prp729 who has seen…well, everything, and now you do too.

The best chocolate treats are Minnie Mouse shaped am I right? 😍 I found these beautiful chocolate cake pops in Downtown Disney in Anaheim, the cookies here in Houston @tudorhousecookies, and the chocolate covered Minnie Mouse donut from Disneyland Hong Kong! Cheers to a sweet and chocolatey week! ❤️ Don’t forget to get some exercises in to balance out the sweetness too 😘

Maleficent – Mistress of Evil

I may come off as bubbly and a ray of sunshine to many of you (and I am), but I definitely have a dark side, just like Maleficent, my all-time favorite villain – cue evil laughter👸🏻⚡️ #MeettheMinnies

If you watched the first movie back in 2014, you know Maleficent was not evil, just extremely hurt (many of us can understand and relate!) and sought revenge. But ultimately the love in her heart won over her, proving her love to be even truer than that of Prince Philip’s!! Ohhh the love between a mother and daughter! 💕 She has got to be the BEST Disney villain ever!

Maleficent – Mistress of Evil officially comes out TODAY, and I cannot wait to watch it! Celebrating this month with Maleficent as my @otterboxstyle#otterboxambassador

Magical Childhood

There is something truly magical about being a child. This sounds cliche but I find myself learning from my kids every day. Perhaps the fact that they give me so much to think about is why I reflect and need this creative outlet to journal so much. Their worlds are filled with endless possibilities, and they can be whoever they dream to be. Everything is an adventure and there are endless ways to imagine and create. Today my 6-year-old wanted to be Princess Sofia the First, and her friend decided she was Princess Jasmine.

Watching our girls play dress ups and our boys driving their toy cars together was so sweet. May they stay this beautiful inside and out, and become courageous and kind people 💕

On to the ALCS!

Way to go Astros!! On to the ALCS! The last time I was cheering at the Minute Maid Park, they still had the giant Mickey Mouse in orange Astros jersey outside of the squeeze play area.

According to my super fan friend @jathree, each MLB team has a Mickey Mouse statue gifted by the Los Angeles Angels when they hosted the All-Star game. The original Mickey to Houston Astros was actually wearing the red and white jersey, before it was painted orange later on when they got the new uniform color scheme.

Thanks Joe for the fun MLB Mickey Mouse facts! ⚾️ #letsgostros

#houstonastros#goastros#babyastrosfan#alcs

My love for Mulan

I don’t know how many Disney Princesses are based on real historical figures, but I know Mulan is. I could recite the Ballad of Mulan, the longest poem I ever memorized, in Chinese since I was 6 years old. Thanks dad for teaching me every challenging word and line with such patience. 📚 I still know it really well to this day and have even performed it at a college event. I grew up hearing and learning about the heroic story of Mulan, which makes it very personal to me.
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For that reason Mulan will always be my favorite princess, but I also look up to and love many of the other princesses like Belle and Rapunzel. Is there a Disney princess who you relate to or mean something personal to you?
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