Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Travel | Estero, Naples and Fort Myers, Florida

Happy Tuesday, Friends!!

I recently got back after another Florida staycation where we stayed at my friends' family rental so the lodging was free which is always the best, right?! This is a list of all the fun things we found to do in the area. Background - I am slightly familiar with Fort Myers as mom and I have done a scrapbook crop weekend down there a couple times in the Estero area and visited the outlet but that was awhile ago.

I did Vlog while we were there and you can watch that below!

Things We Did

Sanibel Outlet Mall
This outlet mall has a very Florida/Key West vibe and I did drop some money at the Coach outlet. It wasn't on my list, but sometimes you just can't pass up a good deal.

Coconut Point
This shopping center wasn't new to me, but I certainly visited more than the craft store this time, lol. They have a little bit of everything from high end stores and department stores to a theater. We stopped by Five Below just to browse and all came away with some fun stuff including this peanut butter chocolate kettle corn that has become a fan favorite. We also got to try out some new dining places, but those are mentioned under Things We Ate.

All about the Beaches
Our Beach day was spent at Sanibel island and we ended up finding parking with no problem and stayed for about four hours. The wind was such a welcome addition to the heat and even though I didn't get in the water it was a great time.

We did not have a beach day at Fort Myers, but we did walk the strip. It started off a little questionable, but eventually turned out to be a fun time. The evening ended at Loni Kai where they have giant table swings. If you're in the area, definitely head up to the roof and check it out!

Played Games at the house!
Phase 10 and Rummy were the card games of choice.

Face masks!!
I love to take face masks for girls weekend, especially if they don't usually mask up because good times tend to follow.

Pool time!
I didn't take ANY pics of this, was just enjoying the large pool on a lake with hardly any people in it.

Trader Joe's
This was funny because we were staying right near Tamiami Trail and I remember going to Trader Joe's before we had one in Tampa in Naples or Bradenton, both which are off Tamiami. I got excited when I was planning the trip and then realized it was 30'ish minutes away so it wasn't like the nearest grocery store. We did end up stopping and Kim had never been to one. I will say the Naples location was NOT the one I had been in before and it's HUGE! All of the other locations I've been to have always been so small. I loved it and we got to enjoy the ice cream sandwiches!

Places We Ate

The Shrimp Shack - Fort Myers
Service was GREAT here and the food was good. Would go back for sure.

Loni Kai - Fort Myers
The cheesecake was good, but their downfall is that I asked for a bottom shelf margarita because I'll drink them all and was served/charged for $11.25 margarita in a small glass. I'll make sure to clarify from now on that they're bring me the cheap stuff. I drink better at home.

Nervous Nellies - Fort Myers was recommended by one of the shop guys and while the food was good, the service was seriously lacking. The view was pretty amazing right on the intercoastal I believe.

Buca di Beppo - Naples
Chain restaurant that was the Birthday girl's choice. We went after lunch and this was the other place there were hardly any people there, we were one of two tables. We got a nice in depth tour, the main dish was great (I had the chicken parm) but the house salad was drenched in dressing. It was just meh to me.

Stone Mountain Creamery - Estero
We went here to try somewhere new for National Ice Cream Day. They ran out of regular waffle cones so I had to pay $1.50 more for the dipped cone and it was terrible, I should have gone with the bowl but I love cones!! Ice cream was good, but how can you really mess that up?!

Burgerim - Estero
This was a late night run for us. We headed to Coconut Point for Five Guys but since we have that chain I though I had seen a different burger place. When I pulled it up on the map it took us not to where I thought it was and we almost missed it with the janky directions but found it and the food was good!

Mr. Tequila Mexican Restaurant - Naples
Margarita was mixed so well that I couldn't finish it.

Cancuns Bar and Grill - Estero
This place gets good reviews and was EMPTY when we went after lunch rush. This wasn't the only place that happened, so I'm guessing it was because it's not season and all the elderly folk are up North/lunch and dinner early.

Duck Donuts - Estero
We actually went here for breakfast twice and you didn't find any of us complaining. The hot fresh donuts that you get to pick your toppings on are worth the wait.

We're already talking about going back, and this is the same group of girls I have the cruise booked with so lots of fun coming up!!

Have you ever been to the Fort Myers / Estero area?

Friday, July 27, 2018

Monthly Favorites | July 2018

Happy Friday and it's Monthly Favorites day!! Some of these are affiliate links.

Boom Chicka Pop Peanut Butter and Chocolate Kettle Corn
We found this on vacation at Five Below for $3.50, but it looks like you can also order it from Walmart a little cheaper.

Bai Bubbles Coconut Lime
Also a vacation try...I have tried other flavors of this because it's low in calories and carbs thanks to the sugar alcohol instead of sugar, but had not tried the coconut lime. Mixed it with tequila and LOVED IT!!

Too Faced Peach Perfect foundation has been the best for my oily skin this Summer.

While I don't spend full price on GlamGlow masks anymore, I definitely will take them as freebies and have been loving this SUPERMUD® CLEARING TREATMENT for spot treating!

I finally found the brunette Batiste dry shampoo on sale and in stock. Loving it for my brown hair.

Dove spray deodorant. I switched to spray deodorant this year and while I started with Degree, Dove can be found at TJ Maxx and other discount stores for 2/3 the price and I do not like to pay full price, so score!

My favorite book isn't out yet, but you should add Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating to your Goodreads if you like romance. Super cute friends that go on double dates and set each other up but should really be together. It comes out September 4th!

Did Not Like

This was the first month, at least in a while I had a couple things that just didn't work for me.

Neutrogena Cleansing Oil - burned my eyes!! It's supposed to be great for taking off all makeup, including waterproof but it's not as gentle as it needs to be for me. I finally got my Hada Lobo from Japan and that will hopefully be making an appearance in the loves list at a later date.

Dove Dry Shampoo...this makes my hair feel so dirty. I was trying A LOT of different kinds, wanting to give a round up review because what I really want is the Living Proof $20+ dry shampoo but I don't want to continue to pay for it.

I hope you guys are having a fantastic Friday!!

Linking up for Friday Favs with Amanda and High Five for Friday with Bright on a Budget, Becky, Cup of Tea, and Della Devoted!!!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Friday Favorites

This isn't a monthly favorites, that comes at the end of the month...this is just a collection of random things I'm LOVING this week and all the things I'm looking forward to with vacation starting tonight!

1. Vacationitis
It really brought me back to Senioritis this week when all I could think about was going on vacation Friday, lol. I was able to focus only so I could get everything done. Still have the work day to get through, but come on 5 o'clock!

2. Not feeling obligated to finish a book and post for Show Us Your Books Linkup. I didn't finish one dang book this month and that's ok. I read a lot and with the 24 in 48 coming up next weekend AND vacation I'm hoping I can break my no book streak, lol.

3. That it was cold enough to wear a sweater at the office. Every year it seems that our AC breaks upstairs at work and we're just miserable. I needed a sweater two days this week and I was only there four.

4. Spending Monday with my mom instead of doing all the YouTube filming I planned to. Living with five people makes it difficult to get enough quiet that I can film. I had a lot of plans for Monday but when mom mentioned she was feeling like doing something out of the house I didn't want to pass up the opportunity to spend it with her.

5. These funnies . . .

Linking up for Friday Favs with Amanda and High Five for Friday with Bright on a Budget, Becky, Cup of Tea, and Della Devoted!!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

What I Bought on Amazon | June 2018

Hello and Happy Tuesday!! Today I wanted to share with you What I Bought on Amazon during the month of June. Tanya has started a linkup and I can't wait to see what everybody else has been buying! If you want to see what I bought and L O V E D over the first half of 2018 I made a video all about it here. These links are Amazon Affliates and may generate a small percentage of the sale toward this blog. All items can be looked up separately as well.

Let's start with things you wear and this gorgeous, tropical one-piece swimsuit that I first saw from Lindsay. Ordered June 1, delivered June 10th. I'm around a size 16 right now and the XXL fits perfectly. There are no under wires, so if that bothers you this may not be your suit, but for around $10 I wasn't worried about it. I'm most excited to wear it with jean shorts I think it'll look so cute!

With Birkenstocks making a comeback I wanted something for the beach and cheap but still with good support and found the Gizeh! My mom prefers this fit over the leather in this style because the toe thing isn't a different material. I ended up having to go down two sizes and am in a 36 which is 5-5.5 US sizing. I also ordered the traditional Arizona style but did not like them as much as the leather or metallic ones.

If you have a S'well bottle or another bottle with the same top I suggest you try out the Iconiq straw lid that pops up. I have owned the shorter version for over a year and still use mine. They finally came out with one for the taller bottles and I got it this month!!***Edited to add the only time I've had issues with leaks is when it's closed overnight and pressure builds up. It was sitting on the counter and there was water that had collected under the bottle.

This cleansing oil was recommended by one of my new favorite youtubers, Dr. Dray and while I ordered it in June I still haven't received it. I didn't realize I could pay a little more and get it prime, so I'm still waiting on customs probably, lol. Also, did you know you can purchase Japanese beauty products in Japan at Epcot? Had I known that I would have stopped there while I was in Orlando!

These twist ties were a gift for Father's Day and my dad was excited about them, but has yet to use them. Thataylaa recommended them on her Amazon Favorites video recently and I loved the concept.

Have any of my ladies tried the menstrual cup instead of tampons? This was requested by my sister since she'll be in Haiti for over a month and wanted to not have to worry about tampons. She originally wanted the Diva cup, but this was half the price AND the reviews were slightly better in my opinion.

Another thing recommended by Thataylaa were these under eye masks and if you watch my Instagram Stories you might have seen me try these out. Since I've only done them once I can't say they're magical but I did like the cooling effect and thought my under eyes looked nice the next morning.

This battery charger was a necessity for my current vlogging camera because I can't seem to find my original. It was the cheapest option and works just fine for what I needed. The travel plug and international converter are just an added bonus.

I was organizing my Alex Ikea drawers and instead of throwing all of my socks and underwear in the drawer I wanted smaller compartments and organization so I found these. They were easy to fold back the pieces to fit in my dimensions.

This was a gift for my sister. We have a smaller one and I didn't realize I was ordering for the Plus, but it'll give her extra room for whatever. I'm pretty sure Kristen was the first to introduce me to something like this.

These next two items are definitely nerd alert. I needed more room to deal with my video files for YouTube and my dad happened to have an extra SSD drive but it didn't have a case since it came out of a larger machine. It fits nicely in this.

Speaking of more room, my MacBook Air had been moving slow and giving me hassle even after moving files off it and we found this option to clone the current drive onto a much larger drive and now I have a lot more room and it goes zoom, zoom. It was easy enough for me to do the cloning process myself. I did however have him do the hardware swap.

If you have a smart watch with a glass face and you're clumsy you might need some added protection. We've tried out these cases and have gone back to this at my mother's suggestion and the fact that mine ended up with weird white rub marks on it.

The last thing I ordered on Saturday around 1:00 and on Sunday around 1:30 it was delivered without my request or extra money. It was this toothbrush holder divided equally into three as there are three people sharing our bathroom right now and two were sharing the same hole in the holder.

Prime day is July 16th, I've purchased everything from lightning cables to clothing during Prime day so make sure to check out their deals!

That's all for my Amazon purchases in June. Did you buy anything from Amazon this month? Or even online?

Monday, July 2, 2018

Monthly Goals | July 2018

July Goals

I had six things on my list last month and really only made two of them happen. Yes, I'm disappointed in myself, but I'm looking forward to July and changing some things up.

  • Lose 5 lbs. I've been able not to gain, but I really need to see some loss.
  • I'm going for 90 minutes of exercise a week again, because walking at lunch just started last week.
  • Finish 4 books.
  • No sweets during the week, except vaca week.
  • Post 7 YouTube videos this month. My normal Friday posts and 3 bonus videos.
  • Update YouTube and Blog headers and headshots.

I'm excited about what July holds, lots of time to work on me, the things I love and have some fun!

June - How I did

  • No buying clothes until I lose 15 lbs or legit need something.
  • Meh. I only bought TWO shirts right at the beginning of the month and a swimsuit for our upcoming beach trip.
  • Must film and publish 2 videos before buying more makeup.
  • Fail, major fail. The beginning of the month was BAD. I'm pretty sure I spent all of my extra money this month on makeup.
  • Exercise 90 minutes a week. Can be broken up or all at once, lol.
  • I have no idea how I did, need to figure out a way to track. I did start walking at lunch last week, so I probably got 90 minutes the last week, lol.
  • Blog once a week.
  • Done. I was super proud of myself for continuing to blog at least once a week. I don't have any kind of schedule but that's ok. Pass with flying colors! I did more than one a week and I want to see this continue!
  • Try 3 new recipes. I'm always pinning and never seem to try them all.
  • PASS - Warm Taco Slaw, Cauli-tato Salad, Low Carb Chicken Cordon Bleu!
  • Read at least one Netgalley book.
  • I requested a few this month and didn't finish one so now I have even more!! doh!

What's on your goal list? Do you do monthly or seasonal goals?