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. 💖💖💖

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.

 SONÄGE SKINCARE - Saffron Energizing Vitamin Mask

The SONÄGE 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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