Summer 2016 ~ Adventure List

Summer 2016

“it’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine … it’s summertime!”
― Kenny Chesney

Summertime is the time to be carefree and spontneous (something with the help of Handsome, I have gotten much better at).  So this years Summer 2016 ~ Adventure List is going to be full of things that are in and out of my comfort zone along with some “to do” items I’ve been wanting to try.

  1. Throw a dart on a local map and go to where ever it lands for the weekend.
  2. Go fishing.
  3. Make a different flavor of homemade ice cream, every week.
  4. Go Geochaching   Who’s in to go with Handsome and me?
  5. Play flashlight tag.
  6. Play chess at the ocean.
  7. Watch the sunrise at the beach and the sunset in the mountains on the same day.
  8. Take the 48 Hour Film Project.
  9. Watch movies in my backyard on a big screen.
  10. Make Sun Tea.
  11. Go olive oil tasting.
  12. Visit a different Farmers Market every week.
  13. Spend a whole Sunday in my pajamas watching old movies.
  14. Attend at least 3 outdoor concerts.
  15. Take a Instagram picture everyday.
  16. Send a message in a bottle.
  17. Host a Olympic watching party.
  18. Start a podcast.
  19. Make my dad’s famous lemonade. (recipe coming on Its All About The Yummy, very soon)
  20. Walk barefoot in the grass.
  21. Ride a bike on the boardwalk.
  22. Go on an eating tour of Los Angeles.
  23. Make fresh jam.
  24. Take evening walks with Handsome.
  25. Enjoy every moment!

 

What’s On Your Summer 2016 Adventure List?

See my Adventure Lists from the past for a little more inspiration.

Summer 2015 ~ Adventure List

Summer 2014 ~ Adventure List

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Spring…It’s Not Over Yet!

Spring...It's Not Over Yet!

 

It’s my favorite time of year.  The peonies are blooming, the birds are singing, and the butterflies are dancing!

 It’s Spring, of course.

Marc Jacobs Oversized Cat Eye Sunglasses, Bloomingdales

The floral print on these sunglasses are the perfect way to bring flowers with you wherever you go!

Down the rabbit hole straw daisy tote, Kate Spade

Isn’t this straw bag a fun springtime accessory?   It’s the perfect tote when you have lunch with friends or heading to the beach.

Love Spring Leather Watch, Olivia pratt

An adorable watch desgin by Olivia Pratt featuring a soft and comfortable genuine leather strap in spring colors, a large polished metal bezel, a colorful spring-centric dial design.

Carrie Ceramic Shift Dress, Diane von Furstenberg, Orchard Mile

The perfect dress to have as a staple in your wardrobe.  It’s simple, yet has the exposed zipper in the back for that surprise detail.

Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet’ Eau de Toilette Spray, Nordstrom

A sparkling floral, Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet is a composition fashioned like a dress embroidered with a thousand flowers. Its floral bouquet pays homage to Christian Dior’s legendary passion of flowers, glorifying the mandarin and the peony on downy notes of white musk. The peony is at the heart of the new signature while its unique trail combines the rose Damascus essence with fruity notes to recreate the outstanding scent of the flower, elusive in its natural state.

BE LEGENDARY CREAM LIPSTICK, Smashbox

My new favorite color.  I know this color will take me right through Summertime.

Kate Spade 14k Gold-Plated Yellow Stone Daisy Stud Earrings, Macy’s

Nothing says Spring like yellow daisey’s.  Everyone needs a pair of these daisey stud earrings (I love that they are 14kt. Gold-Plated)

Jack Rogers Whipstitched Flip Flop, Nordstrom

These Jack Rogers sandles are not easy to find in California, so you could imagine my delight when I realized Nordstrom carries them.

Until Next Time…

XOXO

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Is Your Smile Brilliant?

Do you love taking selfies, but when you look at your picture all you notice is your yellow teeth?

 I’ve got the solution,

Smile Brilliant!

Recently, when I was taking a few selfies with my daughters, I noticed just how yellow all of our teeth had gotten.  Too much coffee and red wine.  We’ve tried the whitening strips you buy at the store and they are expensive yet never seem to whiten our teeth to any noticeable amount.  So, when the wonderful staff at Smile Brilliant offered to send me a kit to try, I was elated!  Mia, Nina, and I played rock, paper scissors, to find out who was going to be the lucky one of us to get to try out the Smile Brilliant product.

And the winner is…

Mia!

Smile Brilliant

Did you know to get your teeth whitened at a dentist office can cost as much as $700+ (depending on the area)?  When I did a little research on the Smile Brillant company I learned that they use the same ingredients as the whitening products used by many cosmetic dentists.  In fact, Smile Brilliant’s lab has been providing teeth whitening services to cosmetic dentists for over a decade. Same great product for a fraction of the cost!

 

The Smile Brilliant Process:

Creating the custom molds (just like at the dentists office)

Smile Brilliant

Once you place your order, within days you will receive a kit to make your custom impressions.  The step by step instructions makes it a cinch.  Mix the blue and white paste together, place it in the blue tray (one at a time) and place it in your mouth.  Once the impression molds are completely dry just pop them in the postage paid envelope provided to you in your kit.

Receiving your custom fitting trays.

Smile Brilliant

We were so excited to receive Mia’s custom trays back.  She couldn’t wait to get started.

It’s easy with the step-by-step directions.  Place the gel provided into the custom molds and wear them from 30 minutes to 3 hours (you get to decide). Mia wore them for 45 minutes the first day and loved the results, so each time she wears them 45 minutes.  If you have sensitive teeth there is desensitizing gel provide in the kit.

Smile Brillant
Using the custom trays. The first whitening session. The second whitening session.

And the best part…you get a beautiful smile and you never have to leave your home!

Please enter Smile Brilliant’s Giveaway HERE!

Professional Teeth Whitening

Follow me on Instagram and Twitter to get updates on Mia’s teeth whitening process!

If you would like to see more Smile Brilliant before and after photos and read some reviews check out their page, here.  Or click on Smile Brilliant’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

Check out this awesome YouTube video by Danielle Mansutti and the results she got, click here.

**All photos of Mia are unfiltered and untouched, the photos were taken at different time of the day.

Until Next Time…

XOXO

 

 

 

 

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Goodbye Old Makeup

Is it time for you to say goodbye to some of your favorite makeup?  Here’s a guide to know when to hold them and know when it’s time to say, goodbye old makeup.

Goodbye Old Makeup

There is a good chance you used an expired mascara this morning.  We, women, tend to hoard makeup.  Buying new but never throwing out the old.  It is time to stop that!  How long do you keep using your mascara? 4 months, 5 months?  Did you know the recommended time to use mascara once it is opened is 3 months?

  • Don’t keep makeup in your car. The extreme temperatures make your products go bad more quickly plus in the heat, your lipsticks and eyeliners will melt.

  • When using a product that comes in a jar or bottle, always use a cosmetic spatula to transfer the product from the bottle instead of your fingers which can pass bacteria to your products.

  • Once you open a new product the time starts ticking away for when you need to get rid of that item.  Write the date on the product with a sharpie.

  • DO NOT share makeup with anyone!  If you let a friend use your makeup give it to them for keeps!

  • Keep makeup pencil sharpeners clean so you don’t spread bacteria once you sharpen that pencil.

Face Makeup

When To Say Goodbye: Six Months to 1 Year for liquids; Two Years for Powders

Product Shown #1 Clinique #6 Nars #5 MAC #9 Laura Mercier

Eye & Lip Liners

When To Say Goodbye: (Eyeliner, Eye Brow & Lip Liner) Liquid Eye Liner-Three Months, Pencil Eye Liner and Lip Liner-Six to Eight Months

Product Shown #3 Stila

Mascara

When To Say Goodbye: Three Months or Less! **Please follow this one.  An eye infection is horrible.

Product Shown #2 Lancome

Eyeshadow

When To Say Goodbye: Cream Eyeshadow-Six Months  Powder Eyeshadow-Two Years

Product Shown #7 Urban Decay

Lipstick

When To Say Goodbye: One to Two Years

Product Shown: #4 Yves Saint Laurent

Nail polish

When To Say Goodbye: 2 to 3 Years or when nail polish has separated and the colors are dark and cloudy.

Product Shown: #8 Nails Inc

With all this information, please use common sense when deciding if your “old” makeup is ok to use. If your lipstick doesn’t smell the same as it did when it was brand new anymore, if your nail polish is separating with a funky color or your lipgloss is gunky, it’s time to say goodbye old makeup!

The best part of clearing out the old makeup?  You have a reason to buy more!

Until Next Time…

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Happy Spring 2016

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Getting Ready For Spring

Getting ready for spring

Can you believe it’s March already?  Spring is almost there!

Have some Springtime signs started showing in your area yet?  Over on this end of the country, sadly, we haven’t had as much rain as any of us would have liked.  Yet, the trees that have lost their leaves a bit ago are starting to show springtime signs of regrowth now.

Are you getting ready for Spring?

Spring is such a wonderful time of year.  The perfect time to feel the warm sun kissing your cheeks (don’t forget to wear sunscreen).  So, get out of the house and enjoy the loveliness that springtime gives us.

Here are just a few things you can do:

  1. I know it’s cliche but really go on a picnic with someone you love to a park, lake, or beach.  This one is on every outdoor list yet most people I know haven’t been on a picnic in years.
  2. Visit the Carlsbad, CA flower fields.  If you are within driving distance this is a must see.  The flowers go on forever and there is a great outlet mall that is right next door.
  3. Plant a garden.  Even if it’s a herb garden.
  4. Enjoy outdoor seating at a restaurant.  Why be stuffy inside when you can enjoy outside?
  5. Fly a kite.  Have you ever made one using newspaper?
  6. Buy fruits and vegetables at farmers markets.  The fruits and vegetable are always fresher and taste better when it’s farm to market!
  7. Buy new sandals.  Just because!
  8. Bring fresh flowers into your home.  It’s nice to bring the beautifulness inside.
  9. Look for four-leaf clovers.  Have you ever found one?
  10. Go hiking.  Even it’s a short one, it’s wonderful to be one with nature.
  11. Have an adult scavenger hunt.  This is such a fun activity with a group of friends.
  12. Play a round of miniature golf.  When is the last time you did this?
  13. Make this for dinner. It’s a delicious and easy springtime/summer meal.
  14. Meet a friend at the park for lunch instead of a restaurant.  I’ve done this and it is so nice spending time talking and catching up in the fresh air.

 

What will you be doing to get ready for spring?

 

Until Next Time…

XOXO

 

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My New Salt And Pepper Shakers

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone.                       #UniquelyMine  #CollectiveBias

I love the colors of black and white together and those are the colors of my kitchen.  A few years back, Handsome and I changed our backsplash to a beautiful black granite and a white marble rectangle pattern, we fell in love with it from the moment we saw it and knew it had to be our black splash.  The counter tops are Absolute Black granite and my stove top is also black (yes, you could say I like black).  Lately, I have been wanting a pop of color in the area of the kitchen that the stove top is located.  Not knowing how exactly to achieve it, I thought I would keep searching until the right item just popped out at me.

Coke, diet coke, pepsi, sprite, dr. pepper, soda, pop

Who knew I would find the pop of color for my kitchen while I was shopping at Ralph’s {Kroger} Grocery Store?!?  Yes, Ralph’s!  I was walking down the soda aisle when I came upon a display of these unique Diet Coke 12oz glass bottles.  And then it hit me, exactly what my pop of color would be!  When Handsome and I first started dating we loved to go out to brunch, we would frequent one restaurant that would have glass Coca Cola bottles as their salt and pepper shakers and I always thought they were so cute.  With Diet Cokes unique design (no two bottles are alike) I knew this would be the pop of color I had been looking for and they would look great on my counter top!

My New Salt and Pepper Shakers

So in my basket they went.  I picked 4 of my very favorite bottles, but with so many choices, it wasn’t easy!  Once I got home I couldn’t wait to begin.

My New Salt & Pepper Shakers 2 (1 of 1)

The first thing I did was pour myself a glass of Diet Coke.

 I love the refreshing taste!

Then I got started on making my salt and pepper shakers.

Here is how I did it:

My New Salt and Pepper Shakers

  1. Throughly clean and dry the bottles.
  2. Gently removed the bottle cap from the bottle making sure not to stretch out the cap, so it will snap back on tightly.
  3. Use any small item that you can place the bottle cap on to drill the holes.  I used the top to a sprinkler head.
  4. Place a piece of tape over the top of the bottle cap and mark where you want the holes to be.
  5. Drill the holes in each cap.  I put 4 on the salt and 3 on the pepper.
  6. Fill the bottles with salt and pepper using a funnel.
  7. Snap the caps back on to the bottles.
  8. Then proudly display your unique colorful new salt and pepper shakers!

** If you stretched out the cap when you removed it from the bottle and it doesn’t snap back on tightly, use a bit of hot glue around the outside top of the bottle to secure the cap back on.  It’s easy to remove the cap when you need to refill the bottles, then just repeat with the hot glue.

Coke, diet coke, pepsi, sprite, mountain dew, squirt, canada dry

Don’t they look great?  The perfect POP of color that area needed.

My New Salt & Pepper Shakers

How cool are these Uniquely Mine salt and pepper shakers?

Make sure you head to your nearest Kroger store to pick up a few of these Uniquely Mine bottles of diet coke.  They are limited edition bottles and will only be around until supplies last!  Hurry!

To find out more about Diet Cokes limited edition bottle click here.

Until Next Time…

XOXO

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February Make-Up Favs

My February Make-Up Favs

February Make-up Favs

I don’t know about you, but 9 times out of 10, I can’t pass a make-up counter without buying something new to try out.  Check back monthly to find out my new make-up favs!

 

One: Maybelline The Falsies Volum Express Patented Spoon Brush fans out lashes from corner-to-corner, while our Pro-Keratin formula instantly builds volume without clumping.  I really like the way this brush separates the lashes and for a waterproof mascara how easy it is to remove.

Two:  Loreal Magic Lumi PrimerThe first time I used this product I could not believe how alive my skin looked.  It smooth the texture of my skin for a even natural looking complexion.  I love that this one product is a universal shade that is suitable for all skin types and skin tones.

Three:  Fleur DeForce, Quad Eye Shadow – If you follow You Tubers then you MUST follow Fleur DeForce Beauty Fashion Lifestyle.  She and her husband are absolutely adorable!  She came out with a make-up line a little while back and I was fortunate to get a few of her products and one of my favorite items is her eye shadows. The full-coverage formulas are incredibly easy to blend and Fleur’s can’t-go-wrong colourways make it easy to craft the loveliest of looks with minimal effort. The palette comes complete with a prestige style brush applicator for smooth application on-the-go.

Four:  Real Techniques Miracle Complexion SpongeI love this sponge.  I don’t always wear liquid foundation, but when I do, I always use this sponge.  My make-up goes on so smooth and the rounded corners of the sponge get in all the nooks and carnies on my face.

Five:  Urban Decay All Nighter – This is the perfect product if your make-up needs to stay on a long, long time, it has serious staying power.  All Nighter keeps your make-up looking fresh and gorgeous with that just applied look for up to 16 hours – without melting, cracking, fading, or settling into fine lines.  The sprayer delivers a microfine mist that goes on so light, you’ll hardly feel it – and once you’ve applied it, you won’t even know it’s there. If you’ve tried other setting sprays that feel sticky or tight on your skin, you’ll be amazed by how different this is.

Six:  Revlon Rose Glow Highlighting Palette – I really like the look of these softly shimmered shades when I want to give my face that sun kissed look without having to subject my skin to the harmful rays of the sun.  They are super easy to blend and they give my face that ever so slight sculpted look.

What are your make-up favs this month?

**None of these items were sponsored or gifted, although, there are some affiliate links.  If you purchase any of these items though my site I will receive a small sum that helps defray the costs associated with this blog, with no addition cost to you..  Thank you.

Until Next Time…

XOXO

 

 

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Valentine’s Day Gifts For Him

Valentine's Day Gifts For Him

Whiskey Ice Cube Tray | Hey Handsome Shaving Kit Bag | Hearts & Arrows Boxers | Men’s Hearts Everywhere Socks | Fossil Watch | Portable BBQ Suitcase | Superman Money Clip | Bose Bluetooth Speaker | Drink Tanks Growler | Mad Libs

Valentine’s Day Gifts For Him

Still don’t know what to get that someone special in your life for Valentine’s Day!  These gifts will make his heart go pitter-patter.

  1.  If any many on your list is a whiskey drinker then the large square ice cubes need to be on his “must have” list.  Larger cubes melt slower so the water does not interfere with the taste of the whiskey.
  2. If you read any of my blogs then you know I call my Husband Handsome, he is definitely going to be receiving this for Valentine’s Day. *If you know him, please don’t tell him.
  3. These boxers are adorable from J. Crew.  Every man needs cute holiday boxers in his wardrobe.
  4. And just like the boxers, they all need a cute pair of socks with hearts.
  5. Touch screen watch in silver-tone case featuring activity tracker and seamless phone/laptop connectivity.
  6. The perfect portable BBQ for the man who loves to be in the outdoors!
  7. For the Superman in your life.
  8. Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker. Wireless connection to your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth-enabled device
  9. Drink Tanks Growler – Keeps Beer Cold, Fresh, Carbonated. 64oz Capacity (Black) Material: 18/8 stainless steel
    Volume: 64 oz
    Valve: double-bail locking cap system
    Recommended Use: casual, hiking & camping
  10. Who remembers Mad Libs? On Valentine’s Day or any day, everybody adores MAD LIBS.  Where you fill in the fun! Now our insanely popular, outrageously funny, bestselling series is spreading the love. With twenty-one fresh new features serving up a special blend of mixed-up MAD LIBS amour!

Until Next Time…

XOXO

 

 

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Look Who’s Calling! Walmart Family Mobile PLUS

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Recently, Handsome and I were looking over our bills and I was shocked to see how much we were paying to our cell phone company each month!  There are 4 of us on the plan and we pay over $300.00 a month. Most months we run out of data early and have to pay an additional fee for extra GB’s.  It’s CRAZY and I’m not even under contract any longer!

When I was telling a friend about this, she told me how her family just switched over to the new Walmart Family Mobile PLUS plan.

She said the plan has unlimited talk, text, data; which includes up to 10GB 4G LTE and 1 free movie a month (a $7.00 value) on VUDU.  You get all that for only $49.88 a month per line per month!

That’s a savings for my family of over $1200.00 a year!!!

Look Who's Calling

Handsome was so happy when he heard what we could be saving yearly and that I wanted to switch, we went straight to Walmart to pick out my new phone.  I decided on the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime, it has everything I need and more.  I love the brilliant 4.5″ display screen, and for blogging, the 2 megapixel front-facing camera and the 5 megapixel rear-facing camera will come in very handy when I’m taking picture for social media, and I love that it’s white!

Look Who's Calling

It was so easy to join the Walmart Family Mobile Plan, all you need is a cell phone and the Family Mobile Starter Kit ($25.00)  Once I purchased it all, the sales person at Walmart kindly did the rest, they called and had it connected for me right then, in a matter of 10 minutes!

I am so happy with the phone and especially the unlimited talk, text, and data, service plan.  I spend a ton of time in my car waiting on my daughters, so it’s great to be able to get on my phone, check my email, play a game, go on FB, or simply listen to music without worrying about using too much data. Plus, with unlimited talk and text I can talk to my bestie and catch up on all of my hometown happenings.  And, if i’m going to be waiting for an extend period of time in the car and handsome is with me, we can even have a mini date and watch the free movie via VUDU on my tablet.

Samsung, iphone, galaxy, sprint, apple, nextel, t-mobile

Walmart Family Mobile PLUS = Unlimited Talk, Text, Data; 10GB 4G LTE plus a free movie (rental, new release = $7 value) on VUDU every month, per line for $49.88 is music to my ears and my bank account!

Are you ready to start saving money on your cell phone plan?  Switch to Walmart Family Mobile Plan, today!

**Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to here or your local Walmart for current pricing.

Until Next Time…

XOXO

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