Monday, July 21, 2014

Spur Of The Moment Trips

It has been really rainy this summer which has made it hard to plan any day trips ahead of time.

So the past couple weeks we have been taking some spur of the moment trips. Rain or Shine we were going Storm cloudSun!

The first trip was to some Springs not to far from us. It literally poured half of the ride there but when we arrived it was pure sunshine.

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My nephew was in town so he came along. Open-mouthed smile

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This is my favorite spring. It has the best swimming area. So if you ever get a chance visit Alexander Springs.

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As I said in a previous blog the animals at this park beg like dogs for food and if you don’t give it to them they will just steal it when you go in the water if it is not sealed.

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The second trip was to a state park that is not terribly far from us. Percent chance of rain you ask…..50% so we bit the bullet and went.

These little guys were all over the place.

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This park was once an estate and was donated to the state after their death.  It is surrounded by the ocean and Intracoastal.

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The last owner of the property loved gardening and it has all been kept up over the years. It was absolutely beautiful.

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I can’t imagine living this close to the Intracoastal. They must have had so much fun.

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Bub loved all the little crabs peeking out at low tide.

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My two favorite men after we had sweated up a storm hiking. It was HOT hot on that nature trail.Smile with tongue out

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Some more little guys we saw leaving the park on our way to venture to the ocean side.

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It was Soo pretty with the waves crashing on all the coquina rocks.

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We decided to drive down a little bit to a less rocky part of the ocean to take a dip.

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We were there for about a half hour and then it started to drizzle so we got all cleaned up and got in the car and the bottom dropped out for all of 30 minutes. Gotta love FL Rolling on the floor laughing!

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So we went and got a bite to eat and then it was sunshine the whole way home.

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We even came home to this beauty blooming

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Hoping to squeeze in a few more fun day trips before school starts again.

Who is not looking forward to your child going back to school? Raise your hand High five!

Friday, July 18, 2014

July Ipsy Glam Bag

I was so excited when I went to my mailbox yesterday and my little pink shiny package of beauty goodness had arrived.

This month came with a cute little pink bag. It feels pretty durable. 
I can kinda tell that the material might be ones of those that flakes, but we will see.
I must admit the inside smelled a little chemically but nothing a little airing out won't fix.
The theme this month was sensationally kissed

I received 5 products:


I have not used a tanning oil since probably high school. I may try using this when I know I will only be out in the yard for a little bit. Where I live I would not dare use this at the beach or if I am going to be laying out for any long length of time. I would be a lobster in no time ;) Side note it did not have the best smell in the world. I was hoping for a coconut scent and there wasn't one :/

The next product is a Jojoba Gel Cream from Lavilin: Retails for $21

I love jojoba oil so I can not wait to start using this cream. It had a pleasant smell and soaked into my hand really well. I am thinking this might be great for the heat rash I tend to get on my elbows every summer!

Next up is the 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Eye Cream Shadow w/spf 15 by BareMinerals in the color divine wine: Retails for $18.00 at Ulta

I actually really liked this product. It glides on really well and was easy to blend. I have sensitive eyes and this did not bother mine at all.
I am by no means a makeup artist but thought you might want to see what it looks like on the lid.

My next product in my bag was a Elizabeth Moss Tints & Sass in the color cherry: Retails for $22.99

It says it is for the lips and cheeks.  I used it on my cheeks and it reminds me of Benetint by Benefit. Sometimes with benetint you dot it on then go to blend and you still have those dots stained on your cheek which really gets on my nerves. I did not have that problem with this product. I love that it is buildable as well so you can get the exact color you want.
Not sure if you can even tell from this picture but it just gives a nice I have been in the sun for just a bit look.

Last but not least was the Benefits They're Real Mascara: Retails for $23.00

I have used this before and I kinda have a love hate relationship with it. The wand is kinda weird to me. It is one of those mascaras you have to be careful with or it will look at hot mess and be all clumpy. 

I am more of a Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes or Covergirl Professional Super Thick Lash kinda gal cause they are no muss no fuss mascaras and I don't have to be careful when I apply them.

I only applied one coat and I literally barely touched my lashes. I don't curl my lashes really because they have a natural curl but I definitely don't with this mascara because it will transfer all over the place. With all that said this is a nice going out mascara because it gives you really nice volume.

I hope that was helpful.



All in all I think it was a pretty good bag this month

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Miracle Cake Goodness

This is happening right now in my kitchen.  Yes I am taking you along as I make this miracle cake :)



Don't yell at me spelling police. I know dessert is spelled wrong. I just printed the cookbook I didn't make it ;)

So this is the easiest recipe ever & I am sure you have heard of it.

Miracle Cake

Ingredients are:
1 box of any cake mix
1 can of any type filling
3 large eggs

Mix everything together.



Pour in miracle dish or I believe any dish that is microwave safe with a lid will work.

Cook uncovered in microwave for 15 minutes. (Which is what is happening right now as I type)


Take out and place lid on for approx 5 minutes.


Here are some variations of this cake while I wait 5 minutes:

Vanilla cake mix and blueberry filling
Spice cake mix and apple filling
Yellow cake mix and apple filling (which is what I am making)
Yellow cake mix and peach filling
Streusel cake mix and apple filling
Chocolate cake mix and cherry filling
Spice cake mix and pumpkin filling

You really can't mess this up with any combo!

Okay back to the recipe at hand:

Then flip and serve on lid while still warm. (This step is with this dish I can't promise it will work for any old dish but you could flip it into a serving dish).



Serve with favorite ice cream. (We are all out cause Bub ate it all. I wonder if these count..)


Just kidding...well maybe not that might taste good ;)


Bub gave it a thumbs up!


Yes he is still in his pjs and has bed head. The life of a teenager during the summer :)

The good thing about the princess house miracle dish is if you have any left just plop the dish back on the lid and flip it over to store!

Enjoy :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Fell Off The Blogging Wagon

Again....

Since I have been gone we had the Fourth of July. A lot of that was spent on the back porch comforting Mr. Matt who was not thrilled with the fireworks. But before the fireworks we spent the day with my parents and our nephew who was in town. It was a very nice day.


We have been having a lot of rain these past couple weeks so lots of laziness has been going on.


And some grillin' cause who doesn't grill in their garage when it is pouring buckets outside ;)


On the days the sun actually did show it's face we spent it in our pool & my Mom's pool.


Or at the springs


The animals at the springs will literally rummage thru your stuff when you are in the water if you don't keep
it secure. I had been before so ours was safe but some of the others around us were not :/ The squirrels also beg like dogs.


I know don't feed wild animals. It was only a cracker and I am not kidding they will steal it if you don't give it to them. 

Isn't that what summer is all about being lazy and floating in the pool.. 

Oh & eating watermelon :)


I hope everyone is enjoying their summer to!