Current Amazon favorites

April 27
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Y’all know I love Amazon. For me, any time I can order something from them instead of stopping at the store to grab it is a win. In an effort to save time I am focusing on Amazon orders more and more. Honestly, knowing the item will be there in two days without checking four stores for the item is so worth it. Run out of soap or mascara? Boom- two days. (Or same day for some items.) So I figured I’d share a few of my current Amazon favorites.

I finally jumped on the Micellar water band wagon and I am already in love. For some reason when this product became popular I just figured it was some hyped up water so I ignored it. This “water” is great for removing makeup and sweat at the end of the day. I squirt some onto a few sheets of toilet paper to wash away the grime of the day. As a person with dry sensitive skin this is awesome. Also, it will take the place of makeup removing wipes on those days I am too lazy to do anything more.  I have this one from Amazon. (Wouldn’t this be great in a small bottle for travel?)

I’ve talked about it before, but if you need a basic mascara L’Oreal  Paris Voluminous Original Mascara is a great deal. Right now it is only $5.50 for a tube. This item is also available for the Subscribe and Save option. With this you get the item delivered every 1-6 months and you save 5% on each order. If you subscribe to five our more items you get 15% off everything. Once I finally pick my subscription items I will share them here on the blog.

You know this e.l.f. Hydrating Face Primer has been one of my go-to items for awhile now. It does the job just as well as other brands and has great, useful packaging.  Try some of there other varieties as well to find your favorite.

Although I would like to try some other concealers, I find that my go to keeps being this NYX HD concealer.  It does the job as well as anything else and is only $5 or less. I use this along with NYX Dark Circle Concealer   to combat thin skin and blue tones under my eyes. #palegirlproblems.

So I was going to talk about some home stuff I have purchased, but it looks like this became a beauty only post. I am totally ok with this.

Ok, I will share one more. Although I did not buy this eyeliner on Amazon, I will next time. This L’Oreal eyeliner is super simple and a great everyday basic. I use it for a simple line on my upper lashes and can smudge it out with the bottom if needed. I also use it for lining my lower lid. Although I like something a little more dramatic for evenings, this stuff is great for everyday wear.

 

 

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Travel Tuesday: Road Trips

April 24
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I love a good road trip. There is nothing like the feeling of the day in front of you with the music playing and your favorite person or people with you. Living in Orlando we are geographically limited on where we can go, but I wanted to share a few places we drove to and enjoyed. Depending on where you live they may or may not be feasible.

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Savannah is one of my favorite old cities. Filled with tons of history, it also is easy to access and affordable to stay in. I’d suggest Airbnb to get the best rates on room or to rent a home in the historic district. I haven’t had the chance to Airbnb in Savannah yet but cannot wait to. I love staying in old historic homes right in the heart of the communities. While in Savannah be sure to walk the riverfront and check out the squares. This is a great city to just stroll and relax. If you’re looking to get inside check out the Telfair Museum or a nice bookstore. My favorite time to visit is in the fall or spring.

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If a day on the beach is your idea of a good time, consider checking out St. Pete Beach. With beautiful white sand, beaches, for days, and lovely sunsets, it is the prefect place to relax, have a drink, or a book. Get a room on the beach and have access to the pool, ocean, and food all at once place. If you want to get out of the sun check out the Dali Museum or catch a game at Tropicana Field. If you’re thirsty check out the Florida Orange Grove Winery and take a free tour.

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For our mini honeymoon Charlie and I ventured to New Orleans. It is a bit of a drive from Orlando, but was totally worth it. Like Savannah, it is an old city with tons of culture. We spent time walking the old neighborhoods and learning about the french influence at the museums. Also, the food is pretty darn good. Check your favorite reviews site for the current best picks, but know the town is full of great options including tons of seafood.

 

 

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Travel Tuesday: Road trip tips

April 3
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Since it is still spring break in some parts of the country I figured today would be a good  day to share road trip tips. We love road trips, but they have to be done right. Below are my seven tips for a successful road trip. Note: We don’t have kids so these tips apply to adults traveling without kids. Some tips will relate to older kids and teens, but I can’t promise anything.

1. Know your route
I feel like this is pretty obvious, but I feel the need to mention it anyway. Know where you are going, how you are getting there, and if possible a few major cities on the way. Share the basic plan with the entire car so that everyone can assist is paying attention to the route. We’ve all missed an exit before, it happens, but it is best to realize this as soon as possible.

2. Bring beverages
Staying hydrated on road trips is super important. We always bring big water bottles to get us going and refill them as needed at rest stops. As a coffee drinker make my coffee before we leave and take it with me, saves money and the time it takes to stop. Yes, the more you drink the more you need to use the restroom, however it is worth it and the bathroom breaks give legs a minute to stretch.

3. Healthy Snacks
Avoid the gas station crap by packing a small cooler or lunchbox with a few snacks to keep you going. I like to pull these out when we get a little tired or just bored. Favorites include carrot sticks, grapes, baked potato chips, and trail mix. Apples, bananas, popcorn, and a handful of nuts are also good options.

4. Pack a lunch
If you are watching what you eat, or just trying to stay healthy and on budget consider bringing your lunch for the first meal of the trip. Before the rise of fast food road trippers always had picnics at rest stops but these days it is not popular. As a nod to the past pack a light lunch to eat at a rest stop and remember the old  days. Salads, cold sandwiches, potato salad, and chips and salsa are favorites for packed lunches.

5. Avoid gas stations
Of course you have to gas up the car, I understand that, however limit time spent wandering around the convenience store. I can’t count the group road trips I’ve been on where we have walked around one of those for 20 minutes and everyone ends up buying junk. Gas the car, use the restrooms and get out. If you do need snacks consider stopping at a grocery store and getting enough for the next leg of the trip instead of single serve options. (If you must stop, Wawa is our favorite for healthy options)

6. Power up
Before you leave ensure you have at least one phone charger in the car. Running navigation, music, and surfing the internet drain phone batteries and for the sake of safety you need at least one working phone. We usually have two chargers just to be safe. Make sure all other entertainment devices are powered up and ready to go as well. Note: check on your phone data allowance before your trip, all that time scrolling instagram in the car can totally blow it.

7. Plan ahead entertainment
Road trips are long but a great time to enjoy an audiobook together. We like to download one to my phone via Overdrive from our local library.  We also love listening to and playing along with our favorite trivia podcast, Podquiz. This is also a great time to talk about life goals, dreams, aspirations, and whatever else needs hours.  I like to bring a pencil and notebook for notes as some of our best ideas come from this time. Eventually I will publish that children’s book.

 

So those are my tips, nothing crazy but just a starting point for a good road trip. Most of all, have fun. A road trip is the memories you make it. So take the time to relax, be silly, and share the real you with your companions. I believe this is the reason so many of us love road trips; in the car we can return to the real us.

 

Check back next week for Travel Tuesday and I will share some of my favorite road trip destinations in the southeast. See you then!

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