Fifteen years ago it seemed like a perfectly good idea to get married the week after Valentines Day. I  never once thought ‘hey that will kinda be yucky each year to have them so close together’…nope I was all ‘HECK YEAH I AM GETTING MARRIED!’ So I went and got married after a crazy year (read about it all here)…but each year celebrating the two events gets kinda blurred together. Add to that, The Husband hates gifts. Yes, all gifts. So each year I struggle to find a way to commemorate the whole love-marriage thing.

Enter the CLUB 33 idea.

IMG_9431The Husband has always wanted to go to the private dinning club that resides inside Disneyland park. Club 33 has a membership fee of $25,000 and $10,000 a year, but has an 8 year waiting list- so what is a wife to do? Well a friend of a friend came to my rescue- and because people are just NICE- they helped me make this happen*. I wish I could have taken ALL of you along with me…but since that isn’t possible- I tried to capture all of it to show you here.IMG_9433-001

You arrive at the door, which almost always has some Club 33 fans just standing around taking photos and waiting to see who goes in and who goes out. So naturally we took pics too.

Then we were able to lift the brass plate and push a bell to call an attendant. She opened the door and asked our name and then we were let in to the tiniest little foyer ever. “Stairs or lift?” she asked and we stepped into the tiniest vintage elevator to take us one flight. Then we took a selfie. Perhaps The Husbands first ever. We were super excited. Which is indicated by my insane smile.

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IMG_9447We had a lovely table by the window overlooking New Orleans view of Tom Sawyers Island (I know they changed the name. But it will always be Tom Sawyers Island to me). And yes, you can go out on the balcony and look down and do your best Evita impression. I IMG_9456totally not really did royalty wave to people who were looking up and saying hi.

So after my time out with my the public…we selected our entries, and then went up to buffet stations that had salads, crab legs, soups and all kinds of other goodies (my plate below). Oh, take a look closely at the menu. No prices. In general each person is charged about what a one day park pass would cost (so roughly $100 per person).

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Yes, it is true. The only place to get alcohol within Disneyland is inside Club 33. So The Husband  did it right and ordered a bottle of bubbly. The wine list was amazing, including having a super rare dessert wine that we adore after being given a case of it as a wedding present.  So also added a few glasses of that at the end of our meal. Hey- WE WERE CELEBRATING 15 consecutive years of MARRIAGE. With EACH OTHER.

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Okay. THE FOOD.  Without a doubt this meal was really one of the best we have had. And that is not the champagne talking.

(Picture one is chateaubriand filet and the other is the lamb)

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THEN, if it all wasn’t perfect enough. Mickey (in his tux!) and Pluto came by to wish us a happy anniversary. I was seriously like 7 years old again. So excited to take a pic it was like a celebrity sighting.


There was an entire dessert buffet to choose from, but the Chef surprised us with this lovely “Happy Anniversary’” plate. The Husband was having such a good time, he even let me take a pic of him.

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Without a doubt this was the best anniversary celebration I have ever had. And it was great to share it with the guy who totally puts up with gets me. I had to stop him from buying every souvenir in the case…in the end we came home with a ‘33’ hat, a ‘33’ coffee mug and wine glasses. But what he really wanted was a member ring. Looks like we will have to wait on that one-unless someone knows how we can get bumped up the list?

Oh it was so nice of Disneyland to have this ‘True Love’ photo opp all set up for us too. Of course it is possible this was there for Valentines day…but I have decided it was just for our anniversary.


*I am sworn to secrecy. So please do not ask for my Club 33 connection. I can not tell you. And I can not get you a reservation. super Sorry.

Williamsburg, Virginia. Yes that colonial one.


Last week I had a great opportunity to visit Colonial Williamsburg for a client event. I had never been before, and was pretty taken back with the authentic charm. These people take their period commitments seriously. The hotel was astonishingly beautiful- equivalent to being a resident in the White House I imagine. And I knew [...]

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Frankenweenie: Chatting with producers Allison Abbate and Don Hahn at Disney’s new art exhibit

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Once my Baby Jack had a goldfish that I brought back to life. Three times. Well, not really- but after goldfish #1 floated to the top of the bowl one day, The Husband would bring home a new goldfish after work and when Baby Jack was distracted I would plop Goldfish #2 (and later #3 [...]

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Consider this your warning London and Italy.


  Someone got their photos done for their first passport this week. I tried not to laugh when he told me he wore blue to ‘bring out his eyes.’ We will be heading to Canada for a hockey tournament in the winter and we are getting prepared. Plus, as Tucker told me ‘it is just [...]

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Family Field Trip: Nixon Library & Museum, Yorba Linda, CA


As you know, I love to take Family Field Trips all over Southern California. We have been here, and here and tons more…but somehow I forgot to mention a wonderful location that is literarily around the corner from my house; The Richard Nixon Library and Museum. Nixon is embedded into the local history, as his [...]

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BlogHer 2012: Planning for success beyond what shoes to wear.


In a few weeks I will be walking the streets of one of my favorite cities; New York. I will be there for BlogHer 2012, which is a ginormous (3500+ attendees) conference that is focus on female bloggers and social influencers. Okay fine- I’ll say it…it is largely focused on MOMMY bloggers (I want to [...]

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Jackman Productions presents: Razor Pro XX


We love us some Razor goodness around our house. The boys take them everywhere- and there is almost ALWAYS a few of them in the back of my car. Ya, know…just in case. So when the boys got the new Razor Pro XX  – it was no surprise they would be in love. In fact [...]

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Tam O’Shanter Inn: Walt’s favorite restaurant is waiting for you (D23 Disney & Dickens)


In Los Angles, near the Disney Studios in Burbank is a little restaurant, that was Walt Disney’s favorite. Disney employees came so often it was referred to as “The Studio Commissary”.  Near the fireplace in a quaint corner is table 31, where you would find Walt sitting nearly every day at lunch time. I completely [...]

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Family Field Trip: Reagan Museum and Library


Some day I like to image my boys being President of the United States.   Or maybe just actors who play the President of the United States. OR Actors who become the President of the United States. You know, like this dude. Ronald Reagan. This past weekend we were on a ‘Hock-cation’ (when we have [...]

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