Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thursday Three

Thursday Three

1.  New Pet Peeve: No dates on blogs. If I am going to a blog via Pinterest to read something, it should have a date. How am I to know that the travel advice or whatever is current? What if it was written several years ago?

2.  Photo:  

Reese Cup likes to sleep in the dryer. 

3.  Emotion: Ticked!! Mother Nature needs to get her act together and get me some sweltering, hot July weather. She better not even wait until August 12th (when school starts again). 

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag July 2014

My Ipsy Glam Bag came today!! I love getting that shiny, pink envelope in the mail!!

Here's what I got:

As for the breakdown, let's start with the pretty, pink bag. It is made of vinyl, I think, and it smells like it. I am hoping to ignore the smell and use it in my purse. Where does Ipsy get all these cute bags?

I got a small bottle of Hang 10 tanning oil. I like the Hang 10 sunblock I got from Ipsy so hopefully this will be just as good. This will work when I am going some place without children and don't need my huge beach bag. I can carry a small bag with a small sunblock and this small tanning oil.

I also got a Mini Tinted Brilliance Balm from Pixi, color Pretty in Pink. This color looks great with my skin tone and feels good, too.

I got a super tiny bareMinearals BB cream eyeshadow in a weird brown color. I don't usually use cream eyeshadows because of my oily skin but I may have to try this just to see how good it is. 

Also included was Sunkissed Bronzer by POP Beauty. I have never used a bronzer because I am  pale skinned but I will try it at least once.

Lastly, was a bottle of beach spray by Sexy Hair. I have always wanted to try a texturizing spray, glad I got a small one to try. 

I am happy with the Glam Bag that I received this time. I hope they keep up the excellence!!
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Holidays and Concerts

The following post was written for Monday morning, however, PicMonkey was being dumb and kept crashing so I couldn't edit any photos. So after dealing with the problem for 5 days I decided to find a new, free online photo editor, and the winner was: befunky. So far, so good!!

Well, I had a great weekend. Hope you did too. I'm not the type of person that does big plans for the 4th of July, not sure why, I just don't.  I did do a little bit though.

Our town has a parade on the 4th, which Eve and I went to. After that was swimming and then a cookout with friends.

Joe got his new camera out and decided to take some fun pics with it. I love how the sparkler ones turned out.

Eve was trying to make a star!

This one was from my phone, turned out good though.

Then Saturday I got to go to the Motley Crue and Alice Cooper concert with Xander, my friend, and her husband. I was super excited. I have seen Motley Crue a few times but this was their final tour. We had a great time. 

And then this happened:

Tall people should be banned from sitting/standing in general seating!

But to make up for it this happened:

Yep, that's the band on a different stage playing "Home Sweet Home." Funny story, we go to concerts at Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville and ALWAYS sit in section F (see below). This year my friends didn't want to pay the $150 per ticket for that section so we sat in the lawn section. The lawn is cheap ($35) and is open seating. We had good spots on the lawn but still we dreamed of our old section, especially since they have seats and we are old with aching feet and backs. Well, the funny part is that the encore song was "Home Sweet Home" and it was played on a different stage IN SECTION F!! If you look at that gray box in the pic, that was the alternate stage. We usually sit within 5 rows of that gray box, but not this year!! As soon as they walked onto that stage, my friend turned to her husband and I and said "we were supposed to sit there. No matter what it costs, we are sitting there next time!!"  Nothing like a missed opportunity.

There is always a downside, Vince Neil couldn't seem to remember the lyrics. It's pretty sad that the crowd can sing all of your songs but you can't. Maybe it's a good thing they are not going to tour together anymore.

How was your holiday weekend?

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thursday Three

Thursday Three:

1.  I did a little blog makeover. I only like things that I can use for free. The new banner came from The Cutest Blog on the Block.

2.  Photo: This is how many days I have left until Disney:

Countdown printable came from but their link no longer works :(

3.  Confession: I REALLY want a Harvey's or Dooney & Bourke wallet from Walt Disney World when I go. I think I will start putting back $1-$2 per day until we leave so I have the extra money. Now which one do I want?
Harvey's Ariel wallet
Dooney and Bourke Minnie Mouse wallet

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Thursday Three

Thursday Three

1.  Confession: I hate the smell of mango's. I think it smells like cat pee. Think about that next time you get something mango flavored!!

2.  Summer school is over and it's now time to start my summer break. Now I'm waiting for it to be super warm out and not rainy.

3.  I started and finished the Divergent trilogy this week. I am very disappointed!! More about that later though.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Up's and Down's of booking a Disney Vacation

I've been working on my fall Disney trip for the last few months. Deciding where I am going to stay, making reservations, making dining reservations, watching videos, etc.

This year there will be five of us my mom, my husband, my 2 kids, and myself. Because of the amount of people I automatically counted out moderate resorts. I wasn't going to pay for 2 moderate rooms and the only resort that holds 5, I think would be cramped with 3 adults and 1 child that's the size of an adult. I narrowed it down to a deluxe resort, deluxe villa, Art of Animation suite, or 2 value rooms. I decided to go with deluxe, since I have never stayed at one before.  

My dream has always been Beach Club Resort since the first time I laid eyes on it. What's not to love, it's right next to my favorite park, Epcot. Everyone was OK with the choice, especially Eve because she wants to swim in a sand bottom pool. I called and booked in February. 

Every year that we have went the same week in October free dining has been offered. This year, however, it was released and my week was not included. Sadness. My only hope was for it to be added later or wait for one of those wonderful PIN codes. 

What I failed to mention is that one of my friends has decided to go the same time. She has a daughter Eve's age and they have been friends since they were toddlers. These 2 girls are super excited to be able to ride rides together. My friend and I have stressed out several times about the lack of free dining. She almost changed her vacation dates. 

Then the PIN code came. Excitement all around......or so we thought. The PIN code went to my friend. She was booked in a Finding Nemo suite at the Art of Animation but that was not included in the free dining promotion with her PIN code (WTH?). The agent on the phone booked her for 2 rooms at Pop Century (she also has 5 people in her party).  She was disappointed but went with the positive thought that she is going to Disney and it shouldn't matter where you stay.

Next up it was my turn to call. Well, we thought it sucked for her, that was only the beginning. I called and told the agent that my friend and I were going on the same dates and I wanted to use her PIN code as well. That agent said that I had to have my friends reservation number, not just the PIN code. No problem, I thought, so I text her and got her reservation number. I then called back for the second time, this agent said that I not only had to have the PIN code and reservation number, I had to have my friends street address as well. WTH? So, I hung up with that agent and text my friend for her address (because let's be real, how many of you have all your friends address memorized). 

After I got that info I called back for the third time. This agent dropped the bomb, I had to stay at the SAME RESORT as my friend to use her code. Sadness starts now. Beach Club is my dream and I'm not sure when we will be able to go back to WDW after this year. Also, we have already stayed at Pop Century and I want to try different places. But free dining is important. I need that or my stay at Beach Club would be astronomical.

So, reluctantly I said I would stay at Pop Century again. Then the lady said that I had to make 2 reservations for my 2 rooms. UGH!! After 30 minutes on the phone, I ended up at a resort I didn't really want to stay at again and 2 reservations to manage, one under my name and one under my mom's. We may or may not have connecting rooms.  BUT, I guess, I at least got free dining.

This 2 reservation thing has turned my vacation planning in to work. I have to manage 2 MyDisneyExperience accounts, fastpass + will probably be a nightmare, and I am not looking forward to dining reservations with 2 different reservations. 

Looking at the bright side: At least I get to go to Walt Disney World!!

Pop Century here we come!!
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Friday, June 13, 2014

World Cup Fun!

Yesterday was the opening of the 2014 World Cup. This is a big thing in our house, my husband and son are big soccer fans, as I have mentioned before. 

While watching the 2010 World Cup, the kids liked it but they were still too young to really get in to it. This one is different, for Xander anyway.

For Easter I got Joe and Xander World Cup t-shirts from World Soccer Shop and Joe got a poster to keep track of the scores and games. We even have done brackets on Yahoo! just like March Madness!!

It's so big that it won't fit on the fridge!
For opening night I decided to make some traditional Brazilian food. My people are extremely picky, including myself, so finding things posed difficult. I ended up finding: Bolinho de Chuva (cinnamon and sugar donut holes), fresh fruit, and Misto Quente (grilled ham and cheese sandwich).

To make the Bolinho de Chuva I cheated, the recipe called for homemade dough and I don't really have the time or inclination to do that. So, I made them the way that my dad used to make donuts for us when I was little: buttermilk biscuits in the can. I bought the 8 count tube of biscuits at Meijer and tore them into about 1 inch sized balls. I then dropped them in oil that was hot on the stove a few at a time. When both sides were brown, I took them out. After I cooked all of them I rolled them all in cinnamon and sugar. When I was a child we rolled them in powdered sugar, but these were just as good.

As for the Misto Quente, I used multi-grain bread, Kraft sliced swiss cheese, Kraft shredded triple cheddar cheese, and Hillshire Farms brown sugar ham. I grilled them just like a grilled cheese sandwich. They grilled up beautifully and were nice and gooey. 

Now all I have to do is sit back and wait for Portugal to play so I can watch this hottie: 

Hater's gonna hate and I don't care!!
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