Monday, February 26, 2024

Our Anniversary Universal Studios Trip

Our Anniversary Universal Studios Trip
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Our Anniversary Day Trip to Universal Studios

February 25th marks a special day for us – our anniversary! This year, we celebrated 30 years together and 24 years of marriage. The day began with roses, breakfast in bed, and exchanging heartfelt cards.

For our 30/24 anniversary, we chose a simple yet exciting day trip to Universal Studios Orlando. As Universal Orlando Annual Passholders (UOAP), we often find ourselves drawn to this magical place for our monthly travels. It's our go-to spot for fun and relaxation, and our anniversary was the perfect excuse to visit again.

We had dinner reservations at Bigfire, a place that always impresses us with its food and service. We kicked things off with drinks – I enjoyed a refreshing Lakeside Punch while my husband sipped on a Blackberry Citrus. Then came our usual appetizer, the Bourbon cheese fondue with gluten-free bread – absolutely delicious!

For our main course, we decided to switch things up. My husband savored the Dutch Oven Beef Burgundy, and I opted for the Bell and Evans Maple Chicken. I'm usually not a fan of chicken breast, but this dish was moist, tender, and bursting with flavor. A pleasant surprise indeed!

Post-dinner, we strolled into the park. Being pass holders and regulars we are often in no rush to get to anything in the park. Even though we have express passes with our annual pass and are grateful to have them in case we decide to ride that day, we often skip the rides and simply enjoy the ambiance, exploring new attractions and revisiting our favorite spots.

Our first stop was the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, my personal favorite. We timed it perfectly to see the dragon breathe fire in Diagon Alley, which for those curious, it goes off every 10 minutes starting on the hour. After soaking in the atmosphere, we popped into Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes for some window shopping. We couldn't resist picking up chocolate frogs and Butterbeer Fudge – which, by the way, pairs wonderfully with a cold Butterbeer!

After leaving the Wizarding World of Harry Potter we continued our stroll around the park heading in the direction of Men in Black. It was a lovely casual stroll and during our walk, we decided to stop in at the Five and Dime to pick up our UOAP Magnets and head home before the Universal's Marti Gras parade started, with plans to skip it this trip and include it in next months visit. Well, the Universe had other plans.

We miscalculated the parade time and found ourselves amidst the festivities. my husband thought it was supposed to start at 6:30 pm, which with the plan we had just made, we would've had plenty of time to get through and out of there just before the parade started. Well, we had the time wrong... It started at 6:15 pm that day and it was 6:19 pm.

However, what was initially an oversight turned into a fun bead-catching competition between my husband and I, so fun was still had! We did eventually make our way to the Five and Dime store to pick up our UOAP Magnets after the Parade ended in Hollywood, and then we continued on our way out of the park.

Nope, not yet. As we were coming up on exiting Hollywood, the beginning of the parade was making its way back around. So we hurriedly found a spot and continued our bead-catching competition. It was a tie, we both caught eight. After the parade concluded we were able to make our way to the Exit and head to City Walk.

Before leaving City Walk we decided to Stop in one of the many Universal gift shops and pick up some swag before making our way to the parking garages and heading home. 

Disclaimer: This blog is a personal account of our experiences at Universal Studios Orlando. All opinions are my own and do not reflect the views of Universal Studios or any affiliated companies. Universal Studios, UOAP, and all related marks are trademarks of Universal Studios.

Sunday, February 25, 2024

30/24th Anniversary


30/24th Anniversary
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Celebrating 24 Years of Marriage: A Journey from Friendship to Everlasting Love

It feels like just yesterday when my family made the move to sunny Florida, and there he was—a friend who would soon become my everything. Fast forward a few years, and we took the plunge from friends to something more; we started dating 30 years ago. And now, here we are, celebrating 24 beautiful years of marriage.

Our kids, once the center of our bustling household, have grown up and set out on their own adventures, leaving us in the quiet but exciting phase of being "empty nesters." We're embracing this time with open arms, filling our days with quality moments, embarking on new adventures, and engaging in those deep, soul-nourishing conversations that have always been a staple of our relationship. Together, we're ticking off all those dreams we used to talk about for hours on end.

I am overwhelmed with gratitude for every year, every day, every moment we've shared. He's not just an amazing husband and partner, but also a wonderful father, and my pride knows no bounds when I think of how much we've grown together. Our weirdness, our perfectly imperfect life, our rock-solid friendship, and our unconditional love for each other are the things I cherish the most.

Sure, the last 30 years haven't been flawless—because let's face it, perfection is a myth. But what I love most is our resilience, our unwavering commitment to never give up on each other, always finding a way through any challenge.

So here's to us, to 30 years of love, 24 years of marriage, and a lifetime of memories still to come. Happy Anniversary to my incredible husband, my rock, and my adventure buddy, Craig. I love you always and forever to infinity and beyond. đź’–đź’–đź’–

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Inside My February Glam Bag

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Ipsy's February Glam Bag: A Love Letter to Beauty Enthusiasts

February is the month of love, and Ipsy has outdone itself with a Glam Bag that's sure to steal your heart. The pouch alone is a dreamy affair, featuring a pink satiny ruffled texture and an adorable heart zipper pull adorned with a black bow—perfect for the romantics at heart.
Let's dive into the treasures this bag holds:

ACE BEAUTÉ - Hydrating Face Primer 

Starting off strong, we have the ACE BEAUTÉ Hydrating Face Primer. This primer promises a smooth canvas for makeup application while keeping your skin hydrated. It's like a drink of water for your face, ensuring your makeup stays fresh all day long.


Next up is the DR. BRANDT SKINCARE Eye Cream. Say goodbye to tired eyes! This cream targets dark circles and puffiness, giving you a refreshed look even on the busiest days.

HALF CAKED - Double Dipper Bronzer in Siesta Key 

For a sun-kissed glow, the HALF CAKED Double Dipper Bronzer in Siesta Key is your new best friend. Its buildable formula allows for a natural-looking warmth or a dramatic contour.

 SONĂ„GE SKINCARE - Saffron Energizing Vitamin Mask

The SONĂ„GE SKINCARE Saffron Energizing Vitamin Mask is a burst of energy for your skin. Infused with saffron, this mask revitalizes and brightens, leaving you with a radiant complexion.

LOTTIE LONDON - Oil Slick Lip Oil in Peachy Cheeks 

Finally, the LOTTIE LONDON Oil Slick Lip Oil in Peachy Cheeks adds a juicy pop of hydration and subtle color to your lips. It's not sticky, just slick and comfortable!


This February Glam Bag from Ipsy is a delightful mix of skincare and makeup. From priming your face to adding the final touches with a bronzer and lip oil, it's got you covered. The products are well worth the try, especially if you're looking to pamper yourself with some self-love this month.
If you're intrigued by these goodies, why not sign up for your own Ipsy Glam Bag? It's a fun way to discover new beauty products tailored to your preferences every month. Head over to Ipsy and join the beauty adventure!

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

2024 Rolex 24 Hour Race

2024 Rolex 24 Hour Race
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My Unforgettable Weekend at the Rolex 24 in Daytona

This year's Rolex 24-hour race in Daytona was an adventure I'll never forget. My husband and I, along with our daughter and her boyfriend, made the trip to Orlando Florida for this thrilling event. We stayed in a room with a stunning ocean view at the Boardwalk Hotel on A1A. Waking up to watch the sunrise each morning was a special treat since we're more accustomed to sunsets back home in Southwest Florida.

We arrived on Friday afternoon, buzzing with excitement. Our first night tradition is always dinner at Joe's Crab Shack, and it didn't disappoint. The next day, Saturday, started with breakfast at IHOP - their gluten-free pancakes are a must for me! With full bellies, we headed to the track, hopping on the trams that took us straight to the infield. There, we got an up-close look at the sleek cars and focused drivers along pit road before the opening ceremonies kicked off.

One of the coolest things we did was sign the start-finish line, leaving our mark among the many racing fans. Then, we found our seats in the stands just in time for the roar of engines signaling the start of the race. After watching several laps, we couldn't resist visiting the nearest gift shop to grab some race swag. We also explored the museum and had a delicious dinner at PF Changs across from the track in Daytona One. To top it off, we enjoyed a refreshing cold brew from Foxtail Coffee Co.

The infield festivities were calling our names, so we took a spin on the Ferris wheel and strolled through the garages. As dusk fell, we returned to the stands, the perfect spot to watch the mesmerizing fireworks light up the night sky. Exhausted but happy, we retreated to our hotel to rest up for another day.

Sunday greeted us with another beautiful sunrise. After sharing breakfast at IHOP with our daughter and her boyfriend, they had to say goodbye. But for my husband and me, the race wasn't over. We zipped back to the track on the trams, eager to check out the car tents and pick up even more memorabilia. The highlight was watching the winners triumphantly roll into the winner's circle after the checkered flag waved.

Our journey didn't end there. We drove to Orlando and stayed at the Adventura, taking a bus to City Walk. Dinner at Mythos Restaurant in Islands of Adventure was fantastic, and a leisurely ferry ride brought us back to our resort. By then, we were ready to collapse into bed, utterly spent from the weekend's excitement.

Monday came too soon, and after grabbing Starbucks and breakfast in the lobby, we checked out, our hearts full of memories from an incredible race weekend. But the adventure wasn't over just yet! We had one more stop on our itinerary for our extended weekend adventure.

We set off to explore the Titanic Experience on International Drive. This had been on our must-do bucket list for ages, and we finally managed to fit it into our Orlando adventure. We were so excited to check out the exhibits, artifacts, and all the historical treasures. The Titanic Experience definitely did not disappoint and I recommend adding it to your itinerary the next time you're visiting Orlando. Afterwards, we couldn't resist picking up some swag from their gift shop, rounding off our trip with a little piece of history to take home.

As we drove back home, reflecting on the whirlwind of experiences, I couldn't help but feel grateful for the time spent with family and the new memories etched into our hearts. From the adrenaline-pumping Rolex 24 race to the serene sunrise views and the historical journey aboard the Titanic Experience, this weekend was more than just a getaway; it was a treasure trove of moments that will last a lifetime. If you ever get the chance to attend the Rolex 24 or visit Daytona Beach, take it! It's an adventure that's sure to leave you with unforgettable stories to tell. Maybe we'll see you there next year!

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Inside My January Glam Bag


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Discovering the Ipsy January Glam Bag Magic: A Dazzling Start to the Year!

Hello, beauty enthusiasts! January 2024 has brought a fresh start and with it, a brand new Ipsy Glam Bag that was nothing short of spectacular. If you've been on the fence about diving into the world of Ipsy, this review is your sign to make the leap.

January 2024 Ipsy Glam Bag, a purple velvet fabric makeup bag embroidered with iridescent sequins designed by Joanne Wong
January 2024 Ipsy Glam Bag designed by Joanne Wong

The Star of the Show: 

This month's Glam Bag was a real head-turner, designed by the talented Joanne Wong. We're talking about a sumptuous velvet fabric bag, twinkling with iridescent sequins that catch the light - and everyone's eyes - with every turn.

Now, let's dig into the goodies that came nestled inside this little beauty gem:

DWTNPARIS Eyeshadow in Rose Gold

DWTNPARIS Eyeshadow in Rose Gold

A swipe of this luxurious Rose Gold eyeshadow by DWTNPARIS could elevate any look from simple to absolutely glam. It's buttery texture and high pigment make for an effortless application, instantly warming up your winter gaze.

FIRST AID BEAUTY Deep Cleanser with Red Clay

FIRST AID BEAUTY Deep Cleanser with Red Clay

Battling winter skin blues? The First Aid Beauty Deep Cleanser with Red Clay is here to the rescue. This cleanser is the hero that will rejuvenate and detoxify your skin, leaving it feeling refreshed and clear without stripping away moisture.

REN CLEAN SKINCARE Radiance Glow and Protect Serum

REN CLEAN SKINCARE Radiance Glow and Protect Serum

Say hello to radiant skin, thanks to the Ren Clean Skincare's Radiance Glow and Protect Serum. Packed with Vitamin C and bioactives, it not only brightens the complexion but also shields it against daily environmental stressors.

YC COLLECTION Island Eyeliner in San Juan

YC COLLECTION Island Eyeliner in San Juan

Defining your eyes has never been more tropical! The Island Eyeliner in San Juan by YC COLLECTION glides on smoothly for a long-lasting, smudge-proof line. It's the perfect pop of color to remind you of sandy beaches and clear blue skies.

YENSA BEAUTY Pink Lotus Peptide Renewal Face Cream

YENSA BEAUTY Pink Lotus Peptide Renewal Face Cream

Lastly, pamper your skin with the luscious Pink Lotus Peptide Renewal Face Cream by YENSA BEAUTY. This cream infuses your skin with peptides and pink lotus to reduce signs of aging and leave a silky-smooth finish.

Ready to Jump Into the World of Ipsy?

If you love discovering new beauty products and treasure a good surprise each month, then Ipsy's Glam Bag subscription is perfect for you. Signing up is easy - just visit Ipsy, fill out your beauty profile, and voilĂ , you're all set to receive a curated collection of products tailored to your tastes.

One more thing before you go! Being an Ipsy member comes with its perks! Enjoy member-exclusive savings and get your hands on even more beauty products directly from brands you adore. Plus, exclusive promo codes just for IPSY members mean you can score that extra bit of beauty without breaking the bank. So, why wait? Begin your very own personalized journey of beauty discovery and delight with Ipsy today!

Remember, beauty is an adventure, and with Ipsy, you'll never have to explore it alone. Happy glamming!