Friday, July 13, 2018

Friday Favorites: Top Five from the Nordstrom Sale!

Hey There, Friday!
Everyday seems like a Friday in the summer!
Chances are if you ask me what day it is or what the date is, I have no clue!
It's good to know that it's actually Friday, so that means Friday Favorites!

As always, I'm linking up with ErikaNarci and Andrea
We're sharing our favorites from the week.
Grab their graphic and linkup with your favorites from the week, too.

Today I'm sharing my top five finds in the Nordstrom sale!

I've been shopping the Nordstrom sale for the last few years. 
I wasn't a card member before, so I always waited and hoped that my favorite finds wouldn't be sold out. 
Just a couple of days ago I decided that I buy enough things from Nordstrom to not be a card member!
So, from my lovely hotel room in Mexico, I applied and got approved. 
I knew I couldn't wait until I got home and chance not being able to shop the sale on the first day!!

Ironically enough, the site crashed when I was ready to checkout, and I ended up not even being able to use my Nordstrom card. 
Fortunately, they did offer 10x points for all of the chaos and confusion! 
I'm so glad and thankful because I literally tried to checkout from 9 am until 3 pm when I finally gave up, called, got through and placed my order!
I was starting to think I was doing something wrong, so I was comforted by hearing other people share the same problems. 

Here's my top five in no particular order...

NeuLASH Serum

I started using this eyelash serum a couple of months ago, and wow does it work!
It's pricey, but it seems to be lasting a long time. 
I jumped on this set when I saw it on sale!

Wit and Wisdom Jeans

I have a black pair of Wit and Wisdom jeans that I adore.
They are stretchy and just seem to fit in all the right places. 
I was excited to find these at just $44!

Yabba Wedge Bootie

I eyed these booties up in the magazine. 
Wedges seem to be so versatile and easier for me to wear at school all day. 
I opted for the black at the last minute and hope I will enjoy the color. 

Barefoot Dreams Circle Cardigan

I'm jumping in on the Blardigan rage!
I just bought my first Blardigan. 
I really liked this stone color but opted for the pacific blue when it sold out for a bit. 
I'm still tempted to try the hooded blardigan. 
We shall wait and see!

Sam Edelman Flats

These are a bit pricey as well, but I'm going to try them out. 
I'm not sure I will keep them, but I've had a pair of Anne Klein flats for probably 6 years. 
This past year I noticed they were getting a bit worn and was torn. 
I always tend to grab for them, and they probably need replaced. 
I'm interested to see how they fit!

So that's my top five for the Nordstrom sale!
There are SO many great deals!
I spent way too much, but I'm excited to see what I love and what doesn't seem quite as great!

If you are looking for some great tips from the Nordstrom sale, please check out these awesome ladies. 
They are my go-to girls for any sale, but their fit tips and recommendations were spot on yesterday!

Have a lovely Friday!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Friday Favorites: Beach Weddings, T3 Wand, Xcaret, The Travel Institute

Happy Friday!
I'm so glad to jump back in to one of my favorite days.
It's a Friday Favorites kind of day!
I have so many great things to share!

As always, I'm linking up with ErikaNarci and Andrea
We're sharing our favorites from the week.
Grab their graphic and linkup with your favorites from the week, too.

Beach Weddings

I am a sucker for any and all beach weddings. 
A couple weeks ago Alex and I went to Mexico. 
We stayed at two resorts and both had lots of weddings!

One of the resorts had more over the top weddings, and I LOVED them!

My favorite thing about our destination wedding might have been my beautiful flowers that I couldn't even take home with me because we lived over 1,000 miles away and were going on a cruise the next day!


While in Mexico, we ventured off to our first ever excursion. 
I had seen and heard about Xcaret, so we decided to see what it was all about. 
So fun!
Xcaret is an all-natural park. 
They have animals, snorkeling, underwater rivers, swimming with dolphins/stingrays, etc. 
The locals compared it to our Disney World. 

You pay a fee to visit the park and then you can add on any extras that you want. 
We paid for the whole day and evening. 
During the evening they have a couple shows, with the Espectacular being the final and most grand one. If we were going to be there all day, why not stay for the shows?
We added on swimming with dolphins and full-body fish therapy. 
We got there pretty early and didn't want to be wet all day, so we decided to forgo the underwater rivers until later. 

We walked around and saw various animals and basically toured the whole place, getting our bearings down for where our extra add-on activities would take place. 
We saw the butterfly conservatory, birds, stingrays, turtles, etc. 
We went on a little boat ride, which was beautiful. 
I would have ridden it several times had we had the time!

Then, we ate lunch and got ready for our swimming with dolphins extra. 
I've always wanted to swim with dolphins, so I was excited when Alex agreed with it. 
We chose the package that allowed us to interact and swim with them. 
I was a bit disappointed that all of the groups were in the same area. 
There was even bleachers and a waiting area for people to watch. 
I'm not much on crowds, and even though there were about 6 groups going at once and only 3 other people in our group, I would have enjoyed a little more seclusion. 
We had a blast interacting and swimming with the dolphins!
They are so intelligent!

Then it was time for our fish therapy. 
Alex really wanted to do this, and even though I feel it's kind of like swimming in fish poop, I went ahead with it. 
The best thing about this activity was that we did the full body one. 
There were two tubs overlooking the beautiful ocean with little fish in them. 
The water was freezing, and the poor worker wasn't quite sure how to communicate with us on what we were supposed to do. 
I would say this was the only time that there was an immense language barrier. 
Otherwise the Mexicans were so great at answering our questions and communicating with us. 
Props to them for learning more languages than their native one. 
We were easily able to figure out what the guide was trying to say and slowly got into the water. 
Now let me tell you....that water was COLD!
The view was breathtaking, and I think they forgot about us because it lasted longer than I think it was suppose to. 

After the fish therapy we headed for the underground rivers. 
We were SO disappointed to find out that they close early!
We didn't check the time because we just figured they would be open until the park closed. 
We were five minutes late and didn't get to experience the underwater rivers. 
I felt so bad for Alex because I knew he would love that. 
We learned a major lesson, though, always check the time to see when things close!

The day seemed to fly by. 
I almost wish we had two days there.
There was so much to do and see!

We ended the evening with the Espectacular!

T3 Wand

I've been hearing a lot about wands for a while now. 
I typically use a curling iron and wrap my hair around it just like a wand. 
One day I saw the Whirl Trio set on sale on Gilt City.
It just happened to pop-up in my email.


Interestingly enough I thought I had a credit on that site from our wedding. 
Sure enough, I logged in and found I had a $100 credit. 
I could purchase a $250 T3 gift certificate for just $160. With an additional discount I got it for $35!!

The actual set itself cost $270. I had my $250 credit and there was an additional discount, so I paid $5 for it.
That's a grand total of $40 for this set that retails for $270!

The great thing is I love this tool!
I wasn't sure how much I would use it, but I've been loving the tapered barrel.
It only takes 10 seconds to wrap it around the barrel and you are good to go.
I've been trying out the different barrels, but the tapered one is my favorite so far!

Red, White and Blue Trifle

If you're looking for a quick and easy dessert for this weekend, check out my red, white and blue trifle!

Yesterday I posted this light, airy and delicious dessert that I might have gotten more comments on than any other dessert ever!
It's easy to make and doesn't even require heating up your kitchen!
Check it out here!

The Travel Institute Scholarship 

Last summer I took a leap of faith and started working in the travel industry. 
I had no idea what I was doing but jumped right into a three day boot camp and got the ball rolling. 
Now that I have a base, I'm working on gaining more knowledge. 
Each week I've been watching several webinars. 
One of the webinars last week was the chance to win a scholarship for a certification through the Travel Institute. 
I quickly got to work on my essay and ended up winning one of the scholarships!
I'm currently working on certification through Royal Caribbean; I'm about half way through.
When I'm done with that I will start on the new one through the Travel Institute. 
The whole world of travel has been so exciting!
Currently I have clients in Jamaica and Vegas and Alex and I are off on another getaway tomorrow morning!

Here's to hoping you have a relaxed and enjoyable weekend!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Red, White and Blue Trifle

Hey There!
I took a LONG unexpected blog break. 
The end of the school year always gets hectic, and just after that ended I found myself not wanting to make my posts, so I took some time off. 
I decided that I enjoy the community and great ideas too much to just throw in the towel. 
I'm back and will give myself more freedom with my posts. 
I might posts once, twice or three times a week. 
I'm going to let it happen as it happens. 

Today I have a super easy and delicious trifle for you!
If you are looking for a last minute dessert for this weekend, look this way!
I've made this three times in the past month and everybody has LOVED it!
Seriously, this might be the dish that I've gotten the most compliments on and it comes straight from Shay Shull herself. 

You only need a handful of ingredients and you don't even have to turn on the oven!
After the past week of blazing temperatures, I was so happy to come home from the pool and through this all together without making my kitchen 100 degrees!

You Need:
 1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/2 Cup Water
1-5 oz. Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
1-12 oz. Cool Whip
1-8 oz. Sour Cream 
1 Large Angel Food Cake
2 Containers of Blueberries
2 Containers of Strawberries- Cored and Cut

1. Whisk the pudding mix, condensed milk and water together. 
Set in the refrigerator for 5 minutes. 

2. Add in the Cool Whip and Sour Cream. 

3. Cut the angel food cake into bite size pieces.
Layer the bottom with angel food cake pieces.

4. Add the cut strawberries over the angel food cake. 

5. Add the blueberries on top.

6. Spread the pudding mixture on top.

7. Repeat the layers two more times.


 This is such a great and easy dessert for hot summer days!
At every cookout that I took it people were asking for the recipe!
Light, airy, fruity and yummy!
You need this sweet treat in your summertime!