Disney Lifestyle

2017: A Year In Review

As the year is winding down, I’m taking a little trip down memory lane. 2017 was my first year of blogging consistently on Kait Around The Kingdom since reviving my blog back in September 2016. I reached over 100 posts on my blog, created a more consistent schedule, and officially found my niche as a Disney Lifestyle Blog! It’s been a year of learning and growth, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Each little victory kept me motivated to keep working toward what’s next! This was such a fun and exciting year so I love the idea of looking back on some of my favorite posts of 2017!

 

January

If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It – I started off the year with one of my favorite Walt Disney quotes and shared my goals for the year. Looking back on this post, I loved seeing that most of my goals came true this year! I’m excited to set new goals for 2018.

Whistle While You Work – Here’s a Disney playlist to help you whistle through your work week! Between Disney classics and some new Disney jams, there’s something for everyone. (I know I’ll be rocking this playlist all day long!)

Ten Disney Movie Quotes To Inspire Your Week – Who needs a little motivation? This list is for YOU! Anytime I’m feeling down, I just read these quotes and get right back to dreaming big. How did we get so lucky to have so many Disney quotes to keep us inspired?

How To Battle Disney Withdrawals – This was one of my favorite posts I wrote last year! I showcased some of my favorite Disney blogs, Disney parks loops, and Disney recipes all in one place! If you’ve been away from your happy place too long, feel free to get a Disney pick me up from this post.

View all of the January posts here!

 

 

February

The Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for the Disney Lover – I put a Disney twist on a classic Valentine’s Day blog post idea! Showing off some of my favorite Disney merchandise perfect for any Disney loving lady.

Parade Ready with Perlis – One of my goals at the beginning of the year was to add style posts to Kait Around The Kingdom. This Mardi Gras fashion post was my first style post with one of my favorite Louisiana brands!

View all of my February posts here!

 

 

March

Disney Must Do: Tangled Photo Spot – While I was visiting Walt Disney World for our annual Mardi Gras trip I had a chance to try out the dreamy lantern Photopass shot by the Tangled area in Magic Kingdom. I couldn’t wait to dish about all the details and share some tips!

My Magical Disney Shoot – After having my first Disney photo shoot on our Honeymoon in Disneyland in 2016, I decided to fulfill my dream of a Walt Disney World photo shoot and it was nothing short of magical! I can’t wait to do something like this again soon.

Wedding Ideas for the Disney Obsessed – A Disney fairytale wedding is possible whether you get married at there or not. Although Nick and I didn’t splurge on a Disney parks wedding, we still added some magical touches to our New Orleans wedding! Peek some of those details in this post!

How to Make the Most of Your Disney Road Trip – Until recently all of my trips do Disney have involved traveling by car. After years and years of traveling over 600 miles to Orlando from Louisiana, I decided to share some for my favorite ways to make it through the lengthy trek!

More on Kait Around The Kingdom:   Ten Disney Quotes To Inspire You Daily

View all of my March posts here!

 

 

April

Fun For Everyone – In honor of my brother Kevin’s birthday, I decided to talk all about a program that Disney offers that is near and dear to my family. Disney’s Disability Access Service is the reason that my special needs brother gets to enjoy the Most Magical Place On Earth just like everyone else. (Maybe even more than everyone else!)

Fashion in Fantasyland – My first Disney Style post of 2017. Showing off one of my favorite Lilly Pulitzer purchases from the After Party Sale! It gave me total Ariel vibes.

View all of my April posts here!

 

 

May

My Flower & Garden Favorites: Food– Flower and Garden Festival is probably my favorite Epcot festival of the year! I shared some of the tastiest foods I tried like Frushi and Potato Pancakes. I’m patiently awaiting the festival in Spring 2018, bring on all of the deliciousness!

Cotton Candy Couture – Living the sweet life in this Main Street Confectionery inspired look! I loved having an excuse to wear my wedding shoes again in this dreamy shoot.

How To Make Your Birthday in Disney Even Cooler – Sharing a little birthday surprise we discovered at Club Cool in Epcot! Let’s just say it pays to spend your birthday in Walt Disney World.

Ten Disney Quotes To Inspire You Daily – Because ten Disney quotes will never be enough! I shared a few more of my favorite inspiring quotes from the movies we’ve loved our whole lives.

View all of my May posts here!

 

 

June

Our Warner Bros. Studio Tour – I dished all the details from our tour of Warner Bros. Studios that we took on our honeymoon! This was one of our favorite adventures while in California, so if you love movies like we do you should definitely add it to your bucket list.

Beauty and the Beach – This Belle-inspired look was my favorite from my vacation to Martha’s Vineyard! I loved the subtle details that reminded me of Beauty and the Beast.

Things To See And Do On Martha’s Vineyard – After getting back from this beautiful island I couldn’t help but share all of my favorites from my trip! If you’re planning to visit in the future, this is all of my must sees.

View all of my June posts here!

 

 

July

Make it Pink, Make it Blue: Princess Pupcakes – Roux celebrated her first birthday this July with some Sleeping Beauty themed pupcakes. I decided to share the recipe on the blog for all those other fur parents out there who love Disney as much as me!

The Ultimate Magic Kingdom Bucket List– Everything you need to do at Magic Kingdom, all in one place! Bring on all of the yummy food and park tours. I’d love to complete every item on this list someday!

Four Tips to Take the Best Character Photos – Pictures with your favorite characters can be more than just a simple smiling shot! I shared my top tips for making the most of the magical moments with your must-meet Disney characters.

More on Kait Around The Kingdom:   My Top Five: Hollywood Studios

DIY Dole Whip Pops – Beat the summer heat with this snack inspired by a Disney parks favorite! To make sure everyone could enjoy this delicious treat, I shared both a regular and a sugar free recipe. This is the perfect pick me up for anyone missing the parks!

View all of my July posts here!

 

 

August

Down in New Orleans: Tour NOLA Like Tiana– Nick and I enjoyed a tourist day in the Big Easy! We took a City Bus Tour with Cajun Encounters and got to see spots all over New Orleans that inspired scenes from one of my favorite Disney movies, Princess and the Frog.

The Ultimate Epcot Bucket List – Epcot is probably my favorite park at the Walt Disney World resort so I had a blast putting together this extensive list of must dos! I also covered my bucket list of Disney’s Hollywood Studios in August, so if you want to see that post you can check it out here!

My Rope Drop Rundown – Rope Drop is a huge time save when it comes to wait times in the parks! I covered my choice attractions for each park to help you make the most of that extra time you’ll save.

The Perfect Disney Breakfast – Looking to celebrate breakfast time in a big way? Look no further! This Chef Mickey inspired French Toast recipe can add a little magic to any day.

View all of my August posts here!

 

 

September

Your Guide To Food Food And Wine Festival 2017– Epcot celebrated its 35th anniversary this year and Food and Wine Festival was no exception! Featuring a fun Ratatouille theme, 35 new booths, and lots of fun events throughout the 75 day run, Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival was a must do this year.

On Cloud 9– A Disney Style look inspired by one of my favorite childhood movies, Toy Story! The outfit showcases a super cute and minimal shirt designed by one of my favorite brands, Jambo Joe.

Disney Eats: Liberty Tree Tavern – One of the most underrated restaurants in Magic Kingdom gets showcased along with lots of drool-worthy photos! If you love pot roast and mashed potatoes, Liberty Tree Tavern is where you need to eat when you visit Walt Disney World.

My Favorite Photo Spots Around Walt Disney World – Disney parks are some of the most Instagrammable places on the planet! I took the guess work out of finding those spots by sharing a few of my favorites around the Walt Disney World resort.

View all of my September posts here!

 

 

October

Four Tips to Make the Most of Your Disney Dining Plan – I tried the Disney Dining Plan for the first time in September and I really loved the experience! After seeing what it was all about, I found a few important tips to make the most of this investment and shared them in this post.

Three Perks of Finding Your (Disney) Person – To celebrate my bestie‘s birthday, I shared the benefits of finding your Disney person! It’s always great to have someone who appreciates your passion as much as you do. My Disney person is that way for me.

More on Kait Around The Kingdom:   The Ultimate Hollywood Studios Bucket List

Roux Rocks the Dots – Roux channeled her inner Minnie Mouse this Halloween in her cute DIY costume! I shared how to details as well as some pretty cute photos of my little fur baby.

Mickey’s Trick or Treat Oreo Cookies – This is the perfect little Halloween activity! Decorating Mickey-shaped cookies? It doesn’t get much better than that in my book.

View all of my October posts here!

 

 

November

How To Spread Kindness With A #CastCompliment – How did I not hear about this awesome phenomenon sooner? Disney is giving us a chance to praise those Cast Members who go above and beyond to make our vacations magical! Once you write one compliment, I promise you won’t be able to stop. It’s so contagious when you think of the kindness you can bring to someone!

Wear A Little Magic Wherever You Go With Jord – My Disney style tends to be more subtle. By adding a magic touch to a normally ordinary accessory, I was able to bring a little bit of Disney with me everywhere!

Caramel Apple Sugar Skulls | Inspired By Disney + Pixar’s Coco – To keep the excitement going for the big premiere of Coco, I made my own DIY Caramel Apple Sugar Skulls. My treats were inspired by the creative caramel apples that are offered at Disneyland!

The Guest Relations Hack You Never Knew You Needed – Saving time and skipping long lines is essential to have a successful park day! Disney just made it easier to get your guest relations issues solved while visiting Magic Kingdom.

View all of my November posts here!

 

 

December

Host Your Own Very Merry Christmas Party With Basic Invite– This year I planned my first ever Christmas Cookie Exchange and I shared my invite designs in this post! I ended up making Snickerdoodles and Peanut Butter cookies for the big day, but what was the most fun was catching up with friends after a few months apart.

The Perfect Holiday Gift Guide For The Disney Lovers On Your List – From Magicgram Mystery Pin Packs to Kingdomchella tickets, I covered the gifts that Disney Lovers were dying to see under the tree! I honestly needed everything on that list.

The Ultimate Walt Disney World Holiday Bucket List – Christmastime at Walt Disney World is something that everyone should get to experience at least once in their life. Between the decorations, the treats, and the holiday feels it really is the most magical time of the year!

Style That Sleighs – My bestie Paris and I came together for a Disney-inspired holiday look! (Complete with festive Minnie ears of course!) This is the first of many bestie style posts to come!

View all of my December posts here!

 

I can’t believe 2017 is coming to an end, but I can’t help but get excited for what is to come in this new year! I hope you enjoyed this little trip through my year. I hope I am able to to continue this tradition for years to come!

If you want to check out my review of 2016, you can check that out here!

 

What are you most excited for in 2018?

  • Katherine

    100 posts in a year is amazing! We’re at Disney all the time, but I love checking out your blog for cute photo ideas! Your outfits in the parks are always on point, too. 😉 When is your next trip to Disney?!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Thank you Katherine! I’m so jealous, I’d love to be more local and visit more often! My next trip is in February for Mardi Gras, but I’ll be back in March and April as well! Maybe we can meet up sometime!

      • Katherine

        We’re heading there next week and then staying a full weekend in March! It’s always fun to stay the night at Disney even though we live less than 90 minutes away. 🙂 DM me on Instagram the next time you’re in the parks!! @katmariefox 🙂

  • Congrats on a successful 2016! I love seeing all of your Disney posts – it reminds me that I need to get myself over to Orlando more often and get use out of my pass!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Yes girl! I can never spend too much time at Disney!

  • What a year for you!! Love that you go to Disney so much, kinda jealous!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Awe thanks! I only had one trip scheduled for the year, but the way life worked out I got to make quite a few more trips!

  • Love all your Disney trips! Looks like you had a fabulous year!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Thank you! I really did! It’s always fun to look back on everything at once!

  • Miss ALK

    What a fun year end recap! I will DEFINITELY turn to your blog before my next Disney trip someday!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Awe good! I’m so happy to hear that!

  • Beth

    This is a great wrap up of your blog year! I love your Disney photos!! What’s your favorite post?

    Beth || http://www.TheStyleBouquet.com

  • I love seeing where you take your photos in the parks! Can’t wait to see what kind of blog posts you have in store for 2018!

  • Oh my, you make a magical place sound even BETTER! I love, love, love all your photos. I will DEFINITELY be showing up to your blog next year!

  • What a great year you had!

    Tori
    http://www.mooretori.com

  • Azanique

    What a fun year! I love those holiday mickey ears.

    -xo, Azanique | https://wwww.lotsofsass.com

  • This is so cute! Happy New Year!

  • Can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for you!
    -Nicholle
    http://www.nichollesophia.com

  • How fun! I hope your 2018 is all you hope it will be!

  • Amazing posts during 2017! I now this new year we will be better!

  • That’s great that you were able to strategize and consistently post. I wish you continued blogging success this year! 🙂

  • It looks like you had an amazing and fun year! I wish you the best new year

  • I am loving how Disney themed you are!!

  • Tara

    so adorable. I love tulle skirts, they’re so fun!

  • all of your outfits are wayyyy too cute!! hahah happy new year and can’t wait to keep following along your blog in 2018 🙂