Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Visiting Mystic Aquarium

On Monday we took a day trip to Mystic, CT to visit the aquarium with one of our favorite families! It was a chilly day which made the outdoor parts of our adventure short-lived but as someone who loves visiting any sort of animals I was thrilled to walk around and see what we could.

So come along with me as I photograph our day at Mystic Aquarium. I think you'll be inspired to visit too!

We met up with this little girl in the parking lot and she was beyond excited to visit the "fishies home" with us.

She took Tim by the hand and quickly led him inside.

One of my favorite exhibits is when you first walk inside the aquarium and is the beluga whales. There are two whales in the exhibit and they are super friendly. They will come right up to the glass and interact with you which is so much fun.

Emma is pretty enthralled by them but we got cold quickly so we headed inside to the main section of the aquarium to see what other sea creatures we could find.

I loved testing out my new camera by taking pictures inside the exhibit. I think I managed to take a few good ones too!

This little girl seemed to enjoy her second trip to the aquarium. It won't be long before she is running around with her big sister.

Such a cutie.

After spending quite a bit of time checking out all the indoor exhibits we headed back outside to see the beluga whales again.

Emma was so excited every time one swam by. Her excitement was so contagious and it was nice to have the area all to ourselves so she could run back and forth and enjoy the exhibit.

Once we had finished looking at the belugas we headed past the seals and over to the penguins.

At this point it was super cold and hailing so we didn't stay outside too long. The penguins weren't really swimming around or doing much, mostly just standing in a group so we didn't have too much excitement at this exhibit. 

Say cheese!

Thanks to this family for inviting us to spend the day with them at the aquarium!

We had a great time and it was so nice to spend time with some of our favorite people :)

Parker was pretty exhausted by the end of the trip but we headed to Friendly's for a delicious meal after the aquarium anyways.

We had such a great time and highly recommend Mystic Aquarium if you are in the area. They are redoing several of their exhibits right now but it is a great place to spend a few hours if you are an animal lover like me!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Life Lately: Puppies, Visitors at Work, and Family Lunches

Happy Monday everyone! This is an extra happy Monday for me since I am on vacation from work this week! I love taking a staycation and not having to go to work. 

Here's what I've been up to recently...

I visited with my brothers puppy Kai last Wednesday before I had dance team. He is such a good dog and has SO much energy! I am almost done with the dance team season which is nice but I will definitely miss it! The season goes by too fast....

On Thursday I had two little visitors at work...

Parker is such a happy baby! She loves to eat, smile and seems to enjoy sleeping too which is great for Brittni and Stephen! She was such a good baby as she gets passed from person to person. 

Emma was pretty hilarious as well. I always set up a word document when she visits so she can type away which she seems to enjoy. She calls it pushing buttons which keeps her from pressing the power button (although she did that too!). She also poured all of the paperclips out of my container onto my desk! Little trouble maker :)

Yesterday Tim and I met my extended family for lunch at Outback which was a nice time. We haven't seen them since Christmas so it was great to spend some time chatting with them!

So far our plans for my week off include visiting the aquarium, babysitting Tilly, senior night for my dance team, and a valentines day dinner. What are you guys up to this week?

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Life Lately: SuperBowl Sunday and Planning a Trip

This week has been very eventful! If you weren't already aware Tim is an Eagles fan and I'm a Patriots fan which made this past Super Bowl Sunday very special for us. This was the second time in our relationship that our teams had the chance to play each other. Unfortunately for me the game didn't work out in my favor but we had a great time watching together!

We chose to watch the game at home alone which was nice and relaxing but we were social a little bit earlier in the day!

We ate dinner with Tim's parents, his brother Dan and Dan's girlfriend Danielle. It is always so nice to see all of them and we were pumped up for the game by the time we headed home.

I had to put my Patriots dish towel out on display for the big game! Tim refused to touch it to dry his hands- so superstitious!

I made pizza dip for the first time and it was just okay. My friend Brittni had made this for us one time and it was delicious but the recipe I followed did not turn out the same. I was a little bummed out with the results but if I ever perfect it I'll definitely share it here on the blog.

Seeing Tim SO unbelievably happy when the Eagles won made losing worth it to me. I'm so happy that his favorite team has finally won a Super Bowl. The Patriots will just have to win next year!

We have a free credit from Southwest since we got re-routed on the way home from our Disney trip so we are planning on using that to head to Philadelphia in the fall for an Eagles game. We are hoping to go for a four day weekend since I've never been before. I have a few ideas of things to do while we are there but would love suggestions from anyone who has been there before!

The list I've created so far:

  • US Mint 
  • Liberty Bell
  • Philadelphia Zoo
  • Rocky Steps
  • Independence Hall
  • LOVE Park / Sculpture
  • Reading Terminal Market
  • Eat a Philly Cheesesteak
  • Eagles Game 
If you have any other suggestions for restaurants/things to do while we are there please let me know because I am ready to start planning this weekend away!

Monday, February 5, 2018

January Empties

I can't believe we're already one full month into the year!  January was a fun one with lots of time with friends, tons of lounging around the apartment to avoid the cold and I seemed to have used up quite a few products as well.

Check out my empties bin- getting pretty close to overflowing! I'm not sure if it was because I was focusing on finishing things up before opening something new or if I just got lucky with a lot of things being close to done. I finished up a ton of products this month either way and I'm here to share my thoughts with you!

First category up is laundry, not super exciting but I have found some products that I absolutely love. Tide Pods are one of my ultimate favorites even though lately they've been get a bad rep. People, don't be stupid and eat Tide Pods- they are too expensive to eat and you will die. They do, however, clean your clothes realllllly well! I also like that I can cart them up and down the stairs easily at my apartment. The Total Home Laundry Detergent was a freebie awhile back and it worked just fine. It's not something I would repurchase unless it's free again just because I have other products I like better. One of my favorite products of all time is Purex Crystals which make laundry smell amazing! I will keep repurchasing these on sale and loving them in the future.

I absolutely love candles! If I'm home I'm without a doubt burning a candle. I finished up quite a few candles this month. Leaves by BBW is my absolute favorite candle if you couldn't tell. I used up two full size candles and one mini. BBW Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin is one I finished this month and I liked it but won't be repurchasing it in the future. I finished a mini Yankee Candle Winter Garden which was a nice scent but not my favorite. Mini candles are not my favorite because they don't give off scent very well. I also finished an unscented beach glass candle which was pretty boring but I no longer wanted it in my collection so I knew I had to use it up.

Next up: hair products! Tresemme Heat Protectant was pretty good. It certainly did the job and the smell was nice but I have other products I want to try next so I will not be repurchasing. I liked the Garnier Fructis Moisture Lock but it wasn't my favorite conditioner. I always use up conditioner before shampoo! The purple shampoo from Beauty Protector was nice and I would really like to incorporate a purple shampoo into my haircare routine but I have another I would like to try next. Dove 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner wasn't my favorite but I'm not a huge fan of 2 in 1 products. I will definitely not be purchasing a full size of this. The Disney Conditioner is a leftover from our trip to Disney. For a hotel product it works really well and I love the scent. With all the dry air my hair has been holding onto extra static so I was loving this Nexxus Hairspray while it lasted. The smell is amazing and I think it works great.

Five Chapsticks were used up. I've used Cake Batter, Sugar Cookie, and Candy Cane.  I am a huge fan of the cake batter as you may know but the others are great too!

Two face products in this category and a shampoo that I missed during the haircare photo. I mainly bought the Neutrogena Moisturizer due to the packaging. I know, I know that's terrible but look how gorgeous the blue is! I did like this moisturizer but I'm still looking for my holy grail product...any suggestions? I finished the last of my Pathology Mask which was alright. I am not a huge fan of sheet masks but this one was very moisturizing. I hated the Cowash Shampoo sample it did nothing for my hair so I certainly won't purchase it in the future.

For home products I finished a Dawn Caribbean Breeze Dish Soap which I loved the scent of. It smelled amazing and worked great. I wish I was done washing dishes by hand but hopefully that day will come soon! Method Shower Spray is one of my staples. I spray down my shower after every use which helps keep it from getting full of soap scum and whatever else can build up over time. BBW Merry Cookie Hand Soap was a super nice scent and although there are many other scents I would like to try out in the future before repurchasing this one.

I am on a mission to use up all my BBW Vanilla Bean Noel  products so you will see a shower gel and body cream in this months empties. I find this scent to be a little fake and I tend to receive it as a gift. I have some more lotions in this scent but soon it will be used up! I am SO proud that I finished up a Victoria's Secret Body Splash in Pretty In Pink which was not my favorite scent so I was determined to remove it from my collection. Gold Bond is a popular lotion brand but I think it feels like glue on my hands which isn't exactly what i wanted my hands to feel like when applying it. I won't be purchasing it in the future. BBW Pure Paradise Mini Lotion was one of my favorites and I received so many compliments on it. I used it at work regularly and will purchase this again in the future. BBW Fall Aspen Day Antibac was an okay product, I kept this in my purse for a long time and would repurchase antibacs but probably in different scents in the future.

So that's it for my empties! What products have you used up lately?

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Grove Collaborative Order

I decided a couple of weeks ago to start ordering from Grove Collaborative! I have heard amazing things about this company and since I mostly use all-natural cleaners in our home I thought it might be a tad easier to just order everything and have it delivered to the apartment. 

With my first order I picked out five items. One I have used previously and the other four were completely new to me. Here's what I picked out:

Molly's Suds was recommended by LoveMeg over on Youtube. Since we use the apartments dryer often our clothes don't come out completely dry. I did buy a drying rack but I'm hoping this will cut back on the number of items that come out still wet. I did use these over the weekend and fond that the three worked better then my whole stash of plastic dryer balls. I will definitely keep using these!

I love Mrs. Meyers and I knew the Honeysuckle scent is a hit with Tim and I so I decided to order a dish soap since we needed new dish soap anyways. We are loving this scent and I'm finding that I need less dish soap then I normally did when I was using other brands. So far so good!

Again with Mrs Meyers Honeysuckle :)

I have been using this spray recently so I purchased this as a backup because I really enjoy the scent.

I have heard so many things about the Basil scent from Mrs Meyers and I'm so glad I decided to try it because it smells amazing!

This Caldrea countertop spray was a little on the pricey side but it smells INCREDIBLE. This is my favorite of the bunch and each time I've used it the scent just lingers. This is in Sea Salt Neroli and I will definitely purchase this in the future.

I've already placed another order for February and received a freebie because I'm a VIP member and I would highly recommend for you to check out their website! If you click here you will get a $10 credit for signing up and you will get a 3 month VIP membership for free! Head over now- I promise you won't be disappointed!

What cleaning products do you like to use?