Tropical Mixology

The Dis-Explorers

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Thanks to Pirate RJ, the DisExplorer Troopers can now earn the Tropical Mixolgy Badge!  We have the family-friendly POG Juice and the adults-only pineapple drink inspired by the Lapu Lapu! Cheers.

POG Juice

POG Juice is available to purchase in some parts of the U.S. For the rest of us, RJ has this recipe.


Basic POG Juice

  • 2 cups OJ
  • 2 cups passion
  • 2 cups guava
  • 2 cups water

Extra Special Pog Juice

  • Add Coconut Rum to taste.

Lapu Lapu

Made famous at Disney’s Polynesian resort, now you can have it at home.


  • 2 parts Myers dark rum
  • 2 parts pineapple juice
  • 3 parts OJ
  • 1 part sweet & sour mix
  • 1 part 151 floated on top

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Game of Thrones Live Tweeting with the DisExplorers

The Dis-Explorers

GotLiveTweetNever let it be said that DisExplorers are one dimensional fans. Our fandom knows no bounds, realms or kingdoms. When it comes to DisExplorers Mel & Adrian, let’s just say they take their roles as Queens of the Geeks quite seriously.

Join Mel and Adrianne as they mix metaphors and cross cannon in ways that just ain’t right. They mix Southernism with South of the Wall-isms all in real time with each new episode of Game of Thrones.

Earn your Game of Thrones Explorer Badge by following the dueling conversation:

Winter is coming… no really, 6 1/2 season into the show, I hear it is really coming.

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Memorial Day & USNA Graduation

Memorial Day is winding down, and as a member of a military family, I pause throughout the year to remember those who have given all in service to and defense of our country. This weekend also marks another milestone – Graduation at the United States Naval Academy. All Midshipmen commit to serve in the United States Navy or Marine Corps for 5 years upon graduation.  Congratulations to the outstanding men and women who will continue the tradition of our all-volunteer armed forces.


PS – Did y’all know that the tradition of graduates throwing their caps in the air started at the US Naval Academy? It did!

Do Y’all Do Acrylics? 

Today, I participated in the most Southern of practices – gettin’a full set. For those uninitiated in this ritual, a full set refers the act of having plastic tips put on your fingernails to make them longer, stronger and hold polish for two weeks straight without a single chip.  Acrylic is used to fill in over the natural nail.

As a nailbiter since birth, I absolutely adore getting a fresh set of nails. I’ve tried unsuccessfully ever the years to stop the nonsense I know it is. The only thing that works is having a full overlay of acrylic. It’s my bite blocker.

Every so often, you have to take off the old acrylic and start with a brand-new set. This is what happened today. Fresh nails feel fabulous!

I also need a pedicure since it’s sandal season again. Alas, that will have to wait for another day. So, until my toes get the attention they so desperately need, enjoy one of my favorite web series: Sh%t Southern Women Say, by the ladies at the Southern Women Channel. The first lines of the series are “Hey, y’all. Do y’all do acrylics?” Need I say more?

Fitbit: Week 1

imagesLast week was Mother’s Day. My shock lingers a bit as my kids and husband took the hint or two I dropped. Mama wanted a Fitbit, and Mama got a Fitbit!

This is my Keepin’ It Real Review of my first week with my new Fitbit.

I have the Charge HR Fitbit. HR stands for heart rate. I haven’t figured out why it is called “Charge” yet. The charge holds for about 3-4 full days before needing to be recharged. Despite claims that it will last up to 5 days, my experience has been the charge lasts almost 4 days. And, if you think your own bioelectric output will charge it, it won’t. Small electronics still have yet to harness the Matrix-like abilities of humans to act as living batteries. But, all in all, 4 days of charge is a battery life only rivaled by my kindle.

My first week I didn’t alter a thing in my daily routine. I wanted a good log of how I was living my life. I didn’t walk more than normal. I slept like usual. Total status quo. Onto the review…


HR Charge in Black 

The Heart Rate Monitor Review: I give it 3 Hearts (out of 5)

Sometimes it works. Sometimes it is way high. Strangely, it is never low. The best way to get an accurate reading is to wear it upside down, with the monitor directly over your radial pulse point, which makes sense. However, no one has worn a watch like that since the Swatch Watch phenomenon of the 80’s.

Sleep Monitor: 5 Hearts

It’s great. It’s fascinating. No complaints. I like how it shows periods of restlessness and even tracks when I wake up. Though my average of six hours per night needs improvement.

Step Counter: Jury’s Out – too soon to rate.

It counts every step I make (Hey, that sounds like a Police song). Trouble is it counts steps I don’t take, too. If I didn’t know better, I’d think I was a sleepwalker, as I consistently wake up with 30- 70 steps before I set a foot out of bed. One morning I logged 300 steps before setting a foot on the floor. It also tracks a good number of steps while I am doing my afternoon carpool circuit. Usually, I can log about 300 steps while driving, though one afternoon my driving must have been the equivalent of 1200 steps… that’s some pretty aggressive driving for a Southern mama who lives in the country.

Stair Counter – 3 out of 5

I never liked those step machines at the gym that mimic the activity of walking up stairs. Thankfully my two story house has its very own built in stairs. I keep lobbying for an elevator. Apparently that’s frowned upon.

I only give the stair counter a 3 out of 5, in that it seems to recognize that I do clime stairs. It’s count is baffling. I am not sure how many stairs equals one flight, because I can go up (and down) my stairs five or six times while getting the kids ready for school. I look at my Fitbit, perhaps looking for a little validation, but nope. In my house, 6 times up and down the stair equals 2 flights. Just 2.

Overall, so far, I still give this little gadget 4 out of 5 hearts. It isn’t perfect, but it is pretty darn amazing, and the companion app is great – more on that next week. It logs my sleep pretty darn accurately. I treat the step count like political polls, and give it a margin of error of +/- 5%. The heart rate monitor is nice, but I don’t use it often at this point. And the jury is still out on the function that estimates how many calories you burn each day. Though I am excited to give that feature a try.

This coming week, I will try to improve my stats. My goals — more steps and more sleep.

Disclosures: I am in no way affiliated with Fitbit or any of its retailers. My hubby bought my Fitbit with our own money. My opinions and reviews are my own.





The Tooth Fairy Visits the Disney Wonder

I have often wondered if the Tooth Fairy lives in Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell and her friends. Well, I am still not sure where she calls home, but I do know she makes visits to the Disney Wonder, and I think her name is Celine.

It all happened on our “At Sea” day during our Alaskan voyage on the beautiful Disney Wonder. My middle son lost a molar while eating a late lunch with my husband on Deck 9. So, my husband wrapped the tooth in a napkin, and went to the restroom with my son to help him clean up a bit. It is a messy thing to lose a molar.

When they returned to the table, the ever industrious crew members had already bussed the table clean. Tooth and all! Oh no! But not to worry, we are on the Disney Wonder. Surely the Tooth Fairy stops here too, but with no tooth to place under the pillow, what was a mom to do?

Guest Services to the rescue! I called the Guest Services desk, to explain (not complain, mind you) what had happened. And in full Disney fashion, the Tooth Fairy made a visit to our stateroom that very night.

He got a note, from “Celine-the-Tooth-Fairy”, a button for his lanyard and an arcade card too! Wow – that was Disney magic. In fact, my daughter started wiggling all of her teeth to see if one would come loose, too.

So thank you Tooth Fairy for spreading your magic on the Disney Wonder all the way up in Alaska! I think we will be seeing you soon. My daughter is working on a pretty wiggly tooth now.

If your little one loses a tooth at sea or in one of the Disney Parks, make sure to speak with the cast or crew members to make the experience extra magical.


Waterproof Bible: A Refreshing Review

Hello, you had me at WATERPROOF! Just in time for summer mission and camping trips. Below is a dear friend’s review of the Waterproof Bible! And make sure to check out her blog at No NRSV or CEB translations yet, which the Methodist Church seems to favor these days – I like the NRSV, myself – but for traveling, VBS and summer mission trips, NIV or NLT is fine with me. This is a must for anyone in youth or children’s ministry!

Refreshing Review: The Waterproof Bible

Sometimes you just have to enjoy putting a product through its paces. For this review of the Waterproof Bible, we did exactly that…and it was fun! Let me just give you a little background on the product first.


The Waterproof Bible was created in 2005 to meet the needs of those who love the outdoors life. One of the creators, Bobby, would never take his Bible on outdoor camping trips or excursions as a high-schooler or college student because he didn’t want it to get damaged or destroyed by water, mud, or just the roughness of being handled outside in the elements. He and a friend (later the co-creator of the Waterproof Bible) came up with a solution to the problem by making a Bible that was laminated and folded up like a travel map, and they called it the Outdoor Bible. While that worked well, they found that people were desiring a more traditional-styled Bible to carry with them to retreats and other outdoor events. So with a totally different restyle of their concept, the Waterproof Bible was born.


The Waterproof Bible is an outdoor Bible and so much more! It is made of durable synthetic pages that are hand bound and then glued with a waterproof glue. The pages are also tear-resistant, and so all of these features come together to form a Bible that is not just perfect for the outdoors, but also suitable for moms who like to read the Word of God in the bathtub, for missionaries, for soldiers in the field…it’s very versatile.

So, I felt as though this Bible would be best tested out by my kids, two of whom jumped at the chance right away (ages 15 and 12). They literally tested the claims of the durability of this Bible in every way they could, and here are their results, in their own words:

15 year-old:

Ran tap water over it….no harm
Left out in the (soaking) rain…no harm
Oil spilled on it…slickness, later rinsed off, no stain
Note: gets a little stiff after drying, but still readable, and the pages still turn

12 year-old:

Power-rinsed it….not damp at all
Juice spilled on it…no stain
Power-soaked it…slight dampness, but other than that, perfect
Toothpaste on it…had to wash it off, but no stain left

My teenager also noted that when this Bible gets wet and you squeeze it, water shoots out the top and bottom…very cool 😉



Basically, we sought to work this Bible over, and the Waterproof Bible stayed true to its claims. No pages were torn, none of the ink smeared as a result of the exposure to the liquids, and it is as dry and readable as ever. The only thing that gives away the torture we put it through is the slight bleeding of color on the cover.

You might also see in my pictures that the print is very small. That was my only complaint, but then I was in on a conference call with Bobby, and he explained why that is. If they were to make the print bigger, the Bible would itself weigh several
pounds, which would not make it convenient to pack, carry in a backpack, etc. Due to that reason, I don’t consider the small print a real drawback.

The Waterproof bible comes in 5 translations – ESV, NLT, NIV, KJV, NKJV – and they offer full size Bibles, as well as just NT versions. These are some of the best Bibles ever given to our soldiers all around the globe because they can stand up to all the rigors of a soldier’s daily life out in the elements. It is handy and keeps the Word of God available, for soldiers to moms to people who love the outdoors to kids, and everyone in between. I am so grateful to have been given one, and I look forward to sending the Waterproof Bible business in the future!



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What is Pentecost Exactly?

Great question. Pentecost is known as the Birthday of the Christian Church. Penta = 5 (think pentagon), and Pentecost is 50 days after Easter Sunday. It is celebrated as the day the Holy Spirit descended upon the Disciples.

But why take my word for it, the team at Busted Halo have given us Pentecost in 2 Minutes. Really, y’all, it explains the phenomenon in 2 minutes!!

Wow, now you know everything there is to know about Pentecost. Well not everything, but enough to know how important the Holy Spirit is to all Christians. Now, I can only speak from the United Methodist tradition, but the video is spot on, even about confirmation.

Receiving the Holy Spirit is a good thing, so have fun! Wear red to church this Sunday! It’s the church’s birthday. Make Pentecost cupcakes (which are any yummy cupcake topped with bright red frosting).


Thanks again to Busted Halo. The great people there love to share the love of Christ. It is a fantastic resource, even for Methodists. We are all one in Christ Jesus. By the way, over on, you will find a Captain America: Civil War review. Another reason I love them. It does have a few spoilers, but if you want to take a read, here you go: Busted Halo CA:CW

Have a blessed Pentecost, y’all.




Keepin’ It Real Reviews: Orgain Organic

Orgain Organic Protein Powder is a plant-based protein powder, GMO free, soy free, gluten free and vegan. But what I liked most about it is that it has only 5 net grams of carbohydrates per serving.

As someone who is currently watching every carbohydrate I ingest, as well as the source of the carb, I was thrilled to give this protein shake a try. As the directions suggested, I mixed  my shake with sugar-free almond milk. I decided to use my Ninja blender, because it makes a mean smoothie.

The Taste: I give it 3 out of 5. It was good, not great. I could taste that this was a plant-based protein powder, and from time to time I’m fine with that. I actually prefer a vanilla shake to most other flavors, so that was nice.

The Texture: Mixed with almond milk and blended in a Ninja, the texture was spot on. Not too grainy, not too watery. I think I would add crushed ice next time to give it a chill.

Who will love this: Vegans, vegetarians and carb counters.

Who won’t: This product does contain organic stevia as a sweetener. Some folks love it, others don’t.

My final take: I would like this shake from time to time. I’m not sure an entire tub of this is for me. I prefer the milkshake taste of Atkins shakes to the plant based protein shakes. But for folks with milk, soy and gluten allergies, I think this shake is a win!

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Disclaimer: I was provided with a free sample of this product in return for an honest review. Opinions are my own.