Sunday, July 31, 2016

Life Lately: Six Flags New Jersey

Last weekend we took a little road trip to New Jersey! Tim and I have been talking about going to New Jersey and heading to Six Flags since last summer so we were excited to cross this off our to-do list!

I took Thursday and Friday off of work but Tim was only able to get Friday off. So Thursday was spent preparing for our trip, cleaning the house, and getting laundry done. Once Tim arrived home and we packed up the car we headed off!

We stayed in a hotel nearby Six Flags and got up early so we could eat breakfast and head to the park. 

Unfortunately the breakfast at Quality Inn wasn't the best breakfast in the world. We were excited to get going anyways!

One of the draws with us going to Six Flags New Jersey instead of the one closer to us in New England was the rollercoasters. We have a few good ones near us, but this park is known for its awesome coasters and we were game to try them all!

We also wanted to do the safari within the park since that is something unique to Six Flags New Jersey. I had done the safari when I was young with my family when you could actually drive your own car through- now they have guided tours and special park vehicles where you are a passenger- not quite as adventurous, but still fun!

As animal lovers we took a ton of pictures of all the creatures within the safari.

There were a plethora of creatures around and they didn't pay us much attention as we zoomed around the park. There was a stop where you were able to get off the ride and do a few activities. There were giraffe feedings and a zip line that cost extra money which we weren't looking to do. However we did take some time to look at this baby bear...

He was only a few months old and so cute. Tim mentioned that he looked a lot like his sisters dog Attie from the back!

We spent some time watching the giraffes..

Then hopped on the next jeep out and continued our tour.

It was a great experience! We both said that we were glad we did the safari first since it was such a long ride. It was definitely fun but I don't know if I ever need to do it again until I am bringing kids someday!

After the safari we had a ton of rides to do! We also used our phones to collect Pokemon...

Well not those ones :)

Tim had been one smart boy and bought us Flash Passes. The park wasn't particularly full on this day due to extreme heat, but we were able to completely cut the lines that there were and were able to do everything we wanted! I highly recommend spending the extra money for the Flash Pass if you want to get on all the rides.

Now let's go through each ride shall we?

Batman The Ride: This was a fun rollercoaster we did towards the end of our day. It wasn't my favorite coaster by far but was a good solid one.

Congo Rapids: A water rapids ride that got us good and wet during the hottest part of the day. It was actually quite refreshing. We also had the added entertainment of watching some woman make a fool out of herself as she yelled at the kids in charge of the ride because her daughter didn't listen to instructions and fell. Oy vey people, get it together.

El Toro: This wooden coaster was super fast! It was way more intense then it appeared and everyone was screaming their lungs out by the end. I was surprised by how fast this rollercoaster really was.

Green Lantern: This was my least favorite roller coaster of the day. You are in a standing position in the ride which I thought would be very cool, but it rattled my head wayyyyy too much throughout the ride and I ended up having a headache by the end.

Houdini's Great Escape: I had been on this ride at Six Flags New England and knew that it was air conditioned inside so we took some shelter from the sun. It's a strange ride but entertaining.

Kingda Ka: Did you know this is the tallest coaster in the world? It was the fastest roller coaster I've ever been on, the ride being less then a minute. It went from 0 to 128 mph in 3.5 seconds and the coaster itself is 456 feet in height. It was a huge a drop down once you got to the top and we couldn't even see the coaster in front of us since it was straight up and down. Insane! We tried to go on it again later in the day but unfortunately a girl had dislocated her shoulder on the ride and it had been shut down.

Nitro: This was my favorite rollercoaster of the day. I love ups and downs and this coaster just continually brought us up super high and then back down and my stomach was flipping like I love!

A quick break from rides to show a picture of me reliving a family memory. My brother Dan stood like this in the same spot when he was little because he hated the noise coming from the Batmobile!

Outfit Details- Tanktop is from Old Navy, Pink shorts are Lauren Conrad via Kohls, sneakers are Nike.

Now, back to the rides!

Superman Ultimate Flight: This was another of my favorite roller coasters. They bring you into a flying position and it made the ride so enjoyable. It was so cool to do a coaster in that way, I've never seen any other coaster like it!

Skull Mountain: This was an inside roller coaster- it was jerky and kind of like space mountain but was air-conditioned and I enjoyed it!

The Dark Night Coaster: This was sort of the same as Skull Mountain, but Batman themed. It was all dark inside, but wasn't my favorite indoor coaster!

Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom: I kind of tricked Tim into going on this and it was terrifying. It was part of Kingda Ka's track so we kept going up and up and up. Thank god it only dropped once because I don't think my heart could've handled more! I was also trying to get Tim to relax and not let him know how afraid I was!

We took this picture right before we left for the day after a fabulous day in the park!

Just a last view from the car of Kingda Ka. Crazy how tall it is right? Almost straight up and down!

We had over 23, 000 steps on my Fitbit by the end of the day! We were completely exhausted and couldn't wait to eat dinner, shower and get in bed.

A not-so-great picture of the place we ate. Tim had read reviews online about 3 Brothers Pizza so we figured we'd give it a try since it was right across the street from our hotel. It was delicious. Tim ate pizza, I had a huge plate of pasta and garlic bread and we both enjoyed our meals.

Overall it was an exciting, exhausting day and we went to bed with no plans as to what we would do the next day on the way home.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

July Birchbox

My July Birchbox finally arrived this past weekend! I had taken a sneak peek on my Birchbox app and knew what was coming but I was still super excited because I received some awesome products.

Besides the products inside, the actually box is gorgeous this month!

I love shampoo and conditioner but I'm disappointed the conditioner comes in such a small package. I will easily use it in one use where the shampoo could take me two or three. Not an even amount people!!! Long and dry hair problems...

I am excited to try a shampoo and conditioner set for blondes since I am currently using another blonde shampoo right now and loving it.

Marcelle 3 in 1 Micellar Solution can be used to remove makeup, tone and cleanse skin so it will be great to use as an all in one product.

I love getting mascara samples and I have yet to try the X-Rated Mascara from Smashbox so I'm excited to try it!

Last but not least is Milk Makeup Sunshine Oil. Apparently it brightens, hydrates and illuminates skin giving it a deny glow. I will be trying this soon since my skin is always super dry it's nice to try something different that's not lotion!

What new products are you trying?!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Life Lately: Jenna's 30th Birthday and Pokemon Go

I admit it, I am officially one of those people obsessed with Pokemon Go...

I'm lowering my head in shame as we speak because Tim and I have been playing very often throughout the last week. I do think it's a great game because not only is it fun, it involves seeing different places and getting out and moving. We have taken a bunch of walks outside lately which we normally would avoid in this heat but the game has forced us to get moving!

On Friday night after work we met up with Brittni, Stephen and Emma in Wilcox Park to catch some Pokemon. It was a bit of a drive to get down there but worth it since there were so many new and different Pokemon. Also we were able to spend time with our friends and our favorite baby!

Saturday I spent a good part of the day cleaning, doing laundry, and getting stuff done around the apartment while Tim went golfing. Then we headed up to northern Rhode Island for our friend Jenna's 30th Birthday!

(Photo stolen from my friend Brittni since the only pictures I took were of Emma!)

It was fun to hang out with my trivia friends outside of trivia, play with the baby and chat about what everyone is up to!

I've said it before but Emma absolutely LOVES Tim. It is so adorable to watch her with him. She just stares at him non-stop, thinks he's hilarious and always seems content when he holds her. It's so cute :)

She's not as fascinated with me, but she did enjoy pulling my hair for awhile :)

We had a great afternoon! After the party we headed down to Roger Williams Park to hit some Pokestops and see what we could catch. We were pretty disappointed as we walked around with Brittni, her mom Sue, sister Kylee, and of course Emma because there were no new Pokemon anywhere around. We did get out and walked quite a bit though and I was able to reach my step goal on my new Fitbit (review coming soon!)

Now it's Sunday and besides hunting Pokemon and eating we haven't done too much which is just the way I like it! Sitting here and blogging while Tim plays video games is a perfect Sunday afternoon. It's nice to get a little rest since every weekend seems to be jam packed with events! I'm excited because I only have a three day week and then we are taking a mini trip!

Just a few Pokemon pictures from this morning.

When your boyfirend takes over a gym...

I hatched an egg and this came out of it...

Tim was super jealous because apparently it's his favorite one. I don't know anything about Pokemon but I'm thrilled to catch everyone I can!

Hope you are enjoying what's left of your weekend! Thanks for stopping by :)