Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Show & Tell | Travelogues

Linking up with Andrea @ Momfessionals for...

Today is all about the best and worst trips we have been on.

I have mentioned before on here, but I will say it again.
Mic and especially me are creatures of habit when it comes to going on weekend getaways or vacations.
I like to think of it more as we know what we like :)
I also love going places in general, where Mic is more of a homebody (if he is able to be) so there really isn't a trip or vacation I could say that was horrible for me.
But for the sake of this post I have a few ideas up my sleeve ;)

Let's begin with the BEST!

Let me be honest for a moment...Disney World of course is on the best list.
But I am not going to lie, there were some stressful times throughout our trip.
At one point I even said to Mic..everyone calls this the happiest place on earth, but all you see are stressed out parents trying to get from ride to ride, or reservations, or crying kids, etc.
I loved being there for the first time, and would love to go back but I definitely have a different perspective about it.
Plus, Mic and I realized he is not meant to walk around "amusement parks" all day, nor does he enjoy being around large crowds of people.
Next trip to Disney I need some new travel buddies! lol!
You can read about our Disney trip - Days 1-4 here and I am hope to get the rest posted later this week.

Mic and I visited one of our friends when he lived in New York City twice.
Once in December and again a year or so later in the Spring.
Both were truly amazing trips for me!
I am all about the crowds of people, the chaotic traffic, the lights, the excitement, etc.
We saw the Rockefeller Center tree lit up for Christmas, and we strolled through Central Park in the Spring.

If I could pick anywhere in the US to move right now it would have to be Savannah, Georgia.
(I blogged a little bit more about it here.)
We spent our honeymoon there, and have gone back a couple times since then.
We loved it!
The food, the people, the environment.
It is just so welcoming!

I absolutely adore Cincinnati, Ohio!
It is a close 2nd to Cleveland in my book of best cities in Ohio :)
It is just a few hours drive for us and it never disappoints!
We have been there multiple times, but twice now we have spent Mother's Day weekend there (2016 and 2013).

Honorable Mention
Mic and I spent a weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana about 8 years ago and fell in love with it!
We went during the playoffs for NFL.
There was a huge crowd in the lobby/restaurant area of our hotel watching the Colts play on a giant TV.
Perfect evening in my eyes ;)
We sat with some local football players and watched and cheered on the Colts to victory!
It was just so fun!

I grew up going to Frankenmuth, Michigan and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with my family.
We typically went to Bronner's Christmas store in the winter months (you must go there sometime!) and then headed south to Myrtle Beach for some fun in the sun during the summer.
Both are great places to visit and hold so many memories.

Check out all of my vacation/weekend getaways recaps here :)

Worst Moments

Like I said above, I can't say I have ever been on a horrible trip but I can't come up with some moments that weren't too great.
We spent our family vacation last year in Destin, Florida (part 1 and part 2).
The resort area we stayed in was gorgeous, the pool was my favorite to date, and the colors of the gulf were more amazing than I thought possible!
But the food choices weren't too good, it rained almost every day we were there (all day), and things were way more expensive than I thought they should be.
I would definitely go back to our resort and that beautiful greenish blue water, but I would need to do a lot more research on places to eat and things to do if it rains!

We went to a wedding in Lawrence, Kansas (home of the Kansas Jayhawks) about 7 years ago.
We actually spent a few extra days there to explore the area and were really looking for some good BBQ since we were on the outskirts of Kansas City.
Nothing! Actually we found more Mexican restaurants than anything else (Mic and I aren't big fans).
If it wasn't a Mexican restaurant it was a custard shop...so that worked out ;)
I know it is a college town, but it just didn't impress me.
We even took a drive into the heart of Kansas City but it just didn't do anything for me.

So now I need your help!
Have you been to Destin or Kansas City?
If so, please give me your recs/suggestions/ideas on what to check out, where to eat, etc.
I would love to go back to each of them and give them another shot :)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Say yes to....

I have been using the Soothe & Redefine regimens from Rodan & Fields for a little over a year now.
I was running low on a couple of products and cut it too close to leaving for vacation to get an order delivered in time :(
So I did what in my mind most people do....run out to the store and find a suitable replacement ASAP!
I heard good things about the yes to products before, so I thought I would pick up the yes to cucumbers daily calming Moisturizer and give it a try.
It goes on super lightweight and smells great!
I literally wore this and my R&F soothe sunscreen every single day at Disney.
Actually, that is all I wore on my face the entire time we were there.
I have been using it every day under my makeup for the last few weeks and it really does keep the redness at bay for me.
I picked mine up at Target for $10.99 for a 1.7 fl oz. bottle.

Since I liked it so much I decided to pick up a few more of the yes to products to try out before placing my R&F order.
I actually ordered all of the following products from Target online and they arrived within 3 days.
And I saved 5% with my red card and got free shipping.
Great deal!
I typically like creamy cleansers over gel, but I was running low on my Soothe cleanser so I gave yes to cucumbers daily gel Cleanser a try.
At the time of this post I have only used it a couple times, but it is really light and leaves my skin feeling clean without feeling dry.
This was $9.19 (online) for 3.38 fl oz.
But I do see there is a Gentle Milk cleanser available that I might try out next time.

Giving the yes to cucumbers calming Night Cream a try as well :)
I typically use the Redefine line in the evening, but I do use the Soothe line some nights when I have been in the sun for awhile.
This is $9.29 for 1.7 fl oz.

The main reason I started using R&F products was because my skin is really sensitive.
That is why I love the Soothe line.
But for the purpose of trying new things, I picked up yes to miracle oil primRose oil.
I have used this every morning and evening since I received it and I LOVE IT!
It really does calm my skin.
The redness almost immediately fades.
I put this underneath my calming moisturizer and makeup each morning.
This was $12.99 for 1 fl oz. - I anticipate this one will last for quite a while since you only need a drop or two :)

I haven't tried this one yet, so we shall see.
My absolute favorite R&F product is the eye cream, so this has big shoes to fill in my book.
It was $8.89 for .5 fl oz.

Since I typically work on getting rid of those pesky lines and such at night, I picked up the yes to blueberries deep wrinkle Night Cream to test out as well.
Again, I haven't tried this one yet since I still have my R&F Redefine products so I will get back to you all on my thoughts once I start using it regularly.
It was $7.29 for 1.7 fl oz.

I have used the R&F Reverse line as well, but didn't really need it.
However, from time to time I do feel like my skin looks dull or uneven so I thought I would pick up the yes to grapefruit even skin tone Moisturizer.
Again, I haven't tried this one yet but I can see myself trading off between this and the calming moisturizer every few days.
This is $8.99 for 1.4 fl oz.

And I am eyeing a few others to test out as well...

Do you use any of the yes to product lines?
Have you tried them in the past?

Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday, Friday, Friday!

Linking up with Andrea & Narci for...

I am still not adjusted to being back from vacation and it has been over a week now!
It might have something to do with the fact that we had soccer or t-ball every single night since we have been back!
It is crazy right now, but as exhausted as I am I wouldn't trade it for anything :)

Now onto my favorites!

On Monday I recapped Mother's Day weekend.
I was happy to share it with my favorite guys :)

I joined Ashley for Tuesday Talk this week and did one of my favorite kind of posts...a video!
Check it out here!

Tuesday evening was X's first t-ball game of the season!
I am helping coach again this year too!
We were both super excited!
I snapped these pics at home since I knew I wouldn't be able to take any while we were playing.
And guess who is rockin' his mommy's favorite number!?!?!

Picture overload was in full effect on Wednesday when I recapped Days 1-4 of our trip to Disney World yesterday.

Just one of my favorite pics from our trip :)

Of course I couldn't have a Friday Favorites post without some of my favorites from Instagram!
Andrea posted this on Mother's Day and I couldn't stop laughing!

 I feel like I need this cup!

This one is from facebook, but I couldn't help sharing.
I absolutely love Paula Deen, and creme brulee is my favorite!
I hope to make this sometime in the near future :)

Last night X had his Spring program and preschool graduation!

I just love watching these three boys grow up together :)

Watching all those kiddos perform and graduate together was definitely a favorite!
I think it was a favorite for X too!  :)
We can't wait for him to start kindergarten in the Fall!

And that is it for this week!
We have more soccer and t-ball this weekend, and I am hoping to throw in a long overdue date night with my main guy :)

What are you plans for the weekend?
Hope it is fantastic!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Disney Vacation Part 1


Day 1

The countdown was finally over on May 1st!
We hopped on a plane in Cleveland and headed south to Orlando :)
Once there we took a ride on Disney's Magical Express that dropped us off right at our resort.

We received our first visit buttons at check-in and couldn't wait to take a picture of it!

We stayed at Disney's Beach Club Resort and it was wonderful!
When I was working with Erika, she mentioned how great the location was of this resort and it was even better than anticipated!
Plus, the pool and water slide were one of X's favorite things about our whole trip!

The only downside (if there is one) was that we had requested to get a king size bed instead of the two queens.
Unfortunately, they didn't have one available when we checked in but they did offer to move us as soon as one was available later in the week.
We opted to stay in our two queen room instead of moving all of our things :)
It actually worked out really well (you will see why later in my recap).

We dropped off our carry on items and headed out to Disney Springs.
We arrived around lunch time, so it was the perfect place to get a bite to eat and check out the shops and such.
We ate lunch at The Polite Pig which is fairly new to Disney Springs.
By the way - it was a QUICK SERVICE meal :)
I didn't take a picture of any of our food except these super cute carrots X got with his meal, but it was all SO SO good!
I HIGHLY recommend eating there if you are at Disney Springs.

After lunch we checked out the stores...first stop the Lego store!

I didn't take a single picture while we were in the World of Disney store because I was in awe of the place!
I could have spent at least half of day in there looking everything they had to offer!

I don't know about you, but I have heard about these Sprinkles cupcake ATM's for awhile now but had never saw one in person until now.
So neat!
We ended up going inside to get cupcakes to see what the hype was all about.
Honestly, we weren't impressed :(
And these are not considered a SNACK if you are using the meal plan.

It was raining on and off so we ducked in and out of stores until it was time for our dinner reservation at T-Rex.
FYI: This is one of the only restaurants at Disney that Erika was able to call them directly and get us a reservation since the Disney site itself stated they were completely booked during our trip.

X liked this play area at the restaurant but didn't like that the sand mixture kept filling up his shoes :(

My phone of course died while we were inside, but X loved it inside.
About every 20 minutes a "meteor shower" happens and all the animals come alive.
It was really cool, but really really loud!
The food was pretty good too :)
This was TABLE SERVICE meal on our dining plan.

After dinner we headed back to our resort to change and head to the pool.
It was directly across the water from the Boardwalk.

It was the perfect way to end our first day at Disney World.

And the icing on the cake....we could see part of the fireworks from Epcot every night from our room!
And everyone outside possibly got a show of another kind from this little guy! lol!

Day 2

We had breakfast reservations bright and early at Be Our Guest at Magic Kingdom for our first official park day.
Side note: I have never actually watched Peter Pan, but I couldn't resist this tank!
It is so me :)

We were so happy to sit down in some AC after we basically had to run to get to the restaurant.
Seeing as though our reservation was scheduled right before the park actually opens, we had to fight crowds of people to get to the area where they let you through :(
But we made it!
And we ate in a beautiful setting!
Oh, and this counts as a QUICK SERVICE meal on the dining plan!

Unfortunately, it poured a lot that day :(
We were able to duck in and out of places, hit up all of our fast passes for the day, and even ride a couple other rides.

I waited 38 years to ride It's A Small World!
Yes, it was cheesy but I still loved it!

These pictures crack me up!
Look how serious we all are on the Buzz Lightyear ride!!! lol!

When we were standing in line for the Haunted Mansion we saw these tombstones and knew we were meant to ride it!

That's my super uncommon middle name on there!

Have you been on the Haunted Mansion ride?
What does the last mirror/window say to you right before the ride is over?

My first MICKEY food item! :)
And yes, this was a SNACK credit.

The rained finally cleared up as we were making our way to Epcot for dinner reservations at the Biergarten Restaurant in the Germany pavilion of the World Showcase.

I can't say enough about how awesome the World Showcase was!
The attention to detail in every country there is amazing!!!!

The food, the entertainment, the service, etc. was wonderful at the Biergarten!
I highly recommend it!
It is a TABLE SERVICE meal on the dining plan.

We picked up a funnel cake with a SNACK credit on our leisurely walk back to our resort.
Yes, I said walk.
We were only 5 minutes or so from the Beach Club!
It was wonderful!

This guy for some reason loved the these leaves and couldn't help but collecting them each day.

What kid goes all the way to Disney World for the very first time and says his favorite thing about the trip was the Arcade?
This one....

We passed this super cute kid space on our way to our room.
(I believe every resort had an area like this.)

Day 3

We headed to Epcot to experience all the virtual reality/3D we could take!
But not before grabbing a quick photo in the phone booth in the UK!
This is totally fitting for Mic since he loves so many British things :)

We hit up Soarin' and The Seas with Nemo & Friends and had a bit of time to kill before our fast pass for Mission Space.
So we hopped in line to meet Mickey, Goofy, and Minnie :)

For a kid who didn't want much to do with meeting the characters he LOVED getting to meet them and get their autographs in his book!

We found Donald Duck as we were walking back through the World Showcase and X was on a mission to get his autograph as well.
Thankfully the wait time was about 15 minutes so it worked out really well before we headed back to our room to rest before dinner.

We had reservations at Rose & Crown in the UK section of the World Showcase.
If you know me, I don't like seafood but I couldn't resist getting the fish and chips.
That fish, especially that batter was SO GOOD!
Another great place to grab a reservation if you are heading to Disney.
It was a TABLE SERVICE credit on our dining plan.


We made our way over to the Boardwalk that evening to play a couple games before calling it a night.

This was looking across the water at our resort from the Boardwalk :)

Day 4

Thursday morning we headed out for an adventure!
I am going to be honest, I was not looking forward to this day.
I am not an animal lover at all, but I knew my guys (especially X) were looking forward to it.

We started off the day with Starbucks - Smore's Frap in May!!!

First stop and Fast Pass of the day was the Kilimanjaro Safari tour.
It actually was pretty neat despite being way too close to all those animals!

One of my favorite things of the day was the It's Tough to be a Bug 3D show.
We sat in the first row so we got all the smells, sprays, etc. of the show.
X loved it too!

We stopped for lunch at Flame Tree BBQ and had some friends join us.

The food was just so-so for us, but the free plate of cupcakes since they saw my first visit button were a plus!

We killed some time in the play area again before hitting up our fast pass for the Dinosaur ride.

X said he was a little scared, but when it was over said he LOVED it!

We then hopped on a bus and made our way to the Port Orleans Resort for dinner reservations at Boatwright's Dining Hall.

So I have to share this drink Mic ordered.
This is how it arrived at the table.
Doesn't it look like someone else drank the majority of it before it got to us?
I am guessing this is how it is supposed to be served, it just seemed really weird!
It was called Sazerac.

I ordered this delicious bowl of French Onion Soup with my meal and it did not disappoint!

When it was time for dessert we each ordered something different so we could try it out.
Mic had the chocolate cake with marshmallow & graham cracker crumbs, while I had the creme brulee. YUM!
Again, this was a TABLE SERVICE credit on our dining plan.

We then headed to the Arcade for the Port Orleans resorts.
It was HUGE!
X was definitely in heaven!

We then took a boat back to Epcot and walked the 5 minutes back to our resort.

Still to come...Days 5-8 and my final thoughts about our trip!

Have you been to any of the places I mentioned above?
I would love to hear your thoughts!
Are you planning a trip to Disney World soon?
Any questions for me so far?

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