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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Fighting the Signs of Aging!


Lancome & Estee Lauder 
Saves the Day!


Lancome & Estee Lauder have been constants in my beauty routine, they make up 90% of the daily products I use for no better reason than thy make quality products. I am a member of a great site called Octoly and how it works is their have all kinds of beauty items from all kinds of companies. Then you go through and find the things you like and would want to try, and apply for them. The brand will read over your application and look at your account to see if it's a good fit. Once the brand approves you, Octoly sends you the item in the mail, 100% free of charge. The only thing you have to do in return is post about the product and add the required tags and hashtags. I have literally fallen in love with Octoly because it's my way if trying the items I have had my eye on for free, and you definitely can't beat free. If you'd like to sign up for Octoly just go here and sign up. 
->JOIN OCTOLY HERE!!<- You have to have a following of 10k or more on Instagram, or 1k or more on Youtube to join. if you need any help or have any questions just ket me know. My most recent order from Octoly was a total of 4 fantastic products that I have been wanting to try for some time now. As shown above the Lance Energie De Vie, which is an exfoliant mask. To the left is the Resilience Lift by Estee Lauder. I'm sure most of you know I just turned 40 years old on the 5th of October, so I am taking proactive approach and starting now to stay a step ahead of the signs of aging...boooo to wrinkles lol! I used each product for little over 10 days and got great results from both. 



First let's start off with the Energie De Vie, it was my favorite of all the products because its a 2-in-1 exfoliating mask that both hydrates and exfoliates the skin in under 5 minutes for purified, smooth, glowing skin that feel amazing. If you have an on-the-go lifestyle like me than you know that stress, lack of sleep, fatigue, pollution, exposure to the sun and just the excesses of daily life can effect alter the skin, giving it a dull rough and dry appearance. Let me tell you this mask has become the answer to my skin problems, especially since I don't wear a lot of makeup and love to go with the minimal approach. I like to look natural and you have to be confident in your skin to pull this off, not to mention have an even completion and fresh moisturized appearance. With this Lancome mask I get that skin confidence, so it's a win-win and definitely now a part of my regular beauty routine. It has these great little jojoba pearls with hydrating glycerin and lemon peel which will not only hydrate your skin, it also reduced the appearance of pores and gives your skin a more refined look. I definitely am adding this to my recommendation list because it works just as it says and it's at great priced point of around $55 on the Lancome website (Energie De Vie Exfoliating Mask).



Next up is the Resilience Lift Creme by Estee Lauder, another amazing product. This is a creme that firms the face and neck, it also has an SPF. What it does is firms and sculpts your skin to give a younger and fresher appearance, and it's for normal to combination skin. The creme itself helps with lifting, contouring, loss of firmness or tone, lines, wrinkles, dullness or loss of radiance. The creme itself is rich and creamy, not to mention is smells so so good. In the short period of time I have been using it I have definitely seen results, so I'm looking forward to what the long term results will be. This also runs around $55 from the Estee Lauder direct (Resilience Lift) and it's another item I wholeheartedly recommend. If i wouldn't spend my money on a product I definitely wouldn't recommend you do it, but these I give both thumbs up. 



Next up is the Advanced Night Repair by Estee Lauder, OMGoodness it's like gold in a bottle!! I will always have some of this in my cabinet, I especially love it because I put it on at night right before I got to bed, that way I can wake up to amazing skin. It addresses all of the key signs of aging with exclusive ChronoluxCB Technology for more comprehensive and precise nighttime repair. Promotes a natural nighttime purification process, vital to younger-looking skin. Tested and proven: Lines and wrinkles look significantly reduced. Skin feels smoother, hydrated, stronger. Looks younger, radiant, more translucent and even toned. Proven effective for every ethnicity. This one prices for around $65 direct for Estee Lauder, (Advanced Night Repair) No application is easier... put it on and go to bed...lol! 
I'm always down with some sleep, I mean who doesn't love to catch some zzz's. This gives a whole new meaning to the phrase beauty sleep...lol!!



Last but definitely not least I got the Teint Idole Ultra Makeup Stick, it's the black tube to the far right. In the middle is my foundation and as you can see their a match. I love how these three products work together to give me a flawless complexion that is even and on point. I only put on a small amount as not to have cake looking skin, I feel a lot of makeup takes away rom your beauty. I think makeup is better when used as a way accent your features, not to reinvent or re create them. The compact is highlighter, I love the easy it looks with the stick and liquid foundation. I have found after trying so many different cover ups, this particular line and shade match my skin tone to perfection. 
From left to right
Teint Idole Ultra Makeup Stick is $42 
Teint Miracle Foundation is $47
Dual Finish Highlighter is $40 

I would say all in all all four products from my most recent Octoly Haul are amazing!! I give each one my official seal of approval, they're for sure worth every penny. For my next beauty post I'll be introducing some more of my favorite Lancome Makeup products, also keep an eye on my Instagram page for upcoming giveaways. You can get changes to win a brand new iPhone 8, Instax Cameras and lost of amazing beauty/makeup products!!



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Sunday, September 24, 2017

New York Fashion Week!!

New York Fashion Week 
For the First Time!!

I have to say that my first New York Fashion Week was outta this world. It started off super early, Rob and I decided to take the Amtrak train down instead of drive because the hotel offered no free parking and we didn't wait to pay $50 a day plus the hundreds in tolls and gas to drive up and back. Especially when we could just lay back and ride the train, but we had to get up and get there early. We also had to take the subway to downtown, then walk 3 blocks to the train station. Normally this is no big deal, but at 6 am with a bunch of suitcases it was a bit annoying, then add the can of soda Rob put in the carry all breaking and making a mess, it got really annoying...lol! Thank goodness I put everything in plastic shopping bags, then put it all in the bag, so nothing got wet. I was pleasantly surprised with the Amtrak ride because it was quick clean and on time, you can't ask for any better than that. Plus it cost less than all of the tolls, gas and parking that I would have paid for had I drove the car. I know I'll definitely be using Amtrak in February when I go back, and save myself a lot of aggravation and money. 


Once we arrived at Penn Station in New York around 10:30am, we met up with Lei (@Petite.sole) right away, she arrived an hour or two before we did so she was already waiting for us. She's a really good friend of mine, and an all around awesome chic. We have been friends on Instagram for some time and had never actually met in person, but the weird thing is when we finally did I felt like I had know the girl forever, same thing with Johanna (@Love2bcouture). Some people you just have a connection with no matter what. Once we found Lei we went to have breakfast at this little corner spot called the Tick Tock Diner so we could sit down, eat something, and form a game plan. Especially since we couldn't check into our hotel until 1pm. Turns out the hotel Rob and I got was the Hilton Garden Inn but it was in Jamaica/Queens, which is a super long commute. Lei was supposed to be sharing a room in Manhattan with another girl, but last minute she couldn't make it so we decided to bunk with her at the Manhattan Club. That way she wasn't stuck by herself and we could all hang out, go out to eat, and go to shows together. I didn't want her to be stuck in NYC by herself, plus we had our first show at 6pm and there was no way Rob and I were going to ride the subway up and back to Queens, 45mins each way, and get back in time. Then we would have to of taken the subway back to the room for the night and I did't want to do that at 11:30pm....not in NYC...No Thanks...LOL! Once we decided on a plan and ate we headed to the hotel, dropped off all the luggage, took showers, hung and rested for a bit then headed off to the #Maarkah show.




 I really enjoyed it because it was a handful of fantastic designers from all over the world, and the looks were beautiful. The show was produced by Runway Prestige NYC and Maarkah. At first we were in the back row, but last minute just before the show started we were moved (Lei, Rob and I) to the front seats to fill some reserved spots for people that never showed. I was elated because now I had a front row seat. I was literally right there on the runway, so I was able to capture some fab shots of the show and the audience, and as you can see everyone looked show worthy.



I would have to say of all the amazing styles and looks that I saw, these really stood out. The bottom far left look was my favorite item on the runway from the whole show. It was so pretty and wow was it interesting, I just love the way it looks like a dress and then the bottom hem is almost like pants, so unique and beautiful. I also would say that my favorite all around designer was OhhLaLa, the bottom far right image is one of her looks. If you check out the videos on my Instagram page >HERE!!< you'll see all of them. The whole line that they put out was fresh, young, and so adorable, I really loved the all around style and feel. It's definitely a style I would love to see myself in. They said that they were going to be doing another bigger and better show next year but I'm more than hoping they invite us back, I can't wait to see what Maarkah and Runway Prestige  come up with. 





We met bloggers, and photographers, models and even met Summer Preistler, aka Miss United States. She was very sweet by the way, she took a selfie with Lei and I, as shown above. Once the show was over we went out to eat dinner at this Thai restaurant across the street from the hotel. We ate pineapple fried rice and turned in for the night. After a day of planes and trains we were all exhausted. when we woke up on the 12th we started getting our plans together, Jessica (@a_jess_state_of_mind) another IG blogger friend and Johanna (@Love2bcouture) met up with us at a cute little Jewish restaurant called Sadelle's for brunch. We all sat and talked for hours, what great time we had, and the funny part was Rob was the only guy all weekend. He was at a table full of women, and I'm pleased to say he did awesome and got along with everyone. I even thought it would be a bit awkward with us staying in a room with Lei but it wasn't, and that I'm so so happy about. We had omelettes, bagels and matzo ball soup. Which was friggin awesome by the way, so if you love it definitely try it at this little spot. The only thing that drove me crazy about New York was the fact that every time I ordered a soda I got this tiny little bottle that was all of about 5 swallows for $5..ahhhhhh!! It drive me crazy the whole time I was there...wtf is it about a regular sized soda?!!



I have a confession to make, just before breakfast we hit up Black Tap and had a freakshake...yeah I know it's a bit backwards but we had planned to eat there too, but we didn't know they only served burgers so we got the milkshakes first, then we all walked from Black Tap to Sadelle's. Let me tell you once you see this milkshake you're gonna freak...hence the name Freakshake!!




 Wasn't I right??
The one Rob and I got was called Cotton Candy, and was topped with lots of cotton candy, two rock candies, and a big pink lollipop. Then the glass rim was lined with really thick icing and candy covered chocolate candies. The milkshake itself was strawberry flavored. 
The one Lei and Jessica got was called Birthday Cake, and was literally topped with a huge piece of birthday cake, lots of sprinkles and whipped cream. The glass was rimmed with vanilla icing and rainbow colored sprinkles. The milkshake itself was birthday cake flavored too. Let's just say for once I found something that was too sweet for me, but between Rob and myself we finished it. 


Once we were all finished eating and hanging out we sadly had to go our separate ways, but we made sure to take a picture first to keep the memory. Even though I talk to these girls almost every day it sucks that we all live in different states and so far apart because I definitely would love to be able to hang out with them, meet up for lunch or coffee, and go on shopping trips. It's just crazy how we all have so much in common, it's truly awesome how Instagram brought us all together. 
I live in Baltimore MD, Lei lives in Boston, Massachusetts well she did, she recently moved but she's still far as heck away. Jessica lives in Florida and Johanna lives in NYC, but at leaste we'll always have New York Fashion Week..lol!!


By this time I was flipping because I hadn't gone to the Hilton where we were supposed to have stayed. See back on the 6th when I was doing my shopping for NYFW I bought a cute pink blazer from JCrew, and the woman at the counter told me I would have it by the time I left for NYC which was the 11th. When it hadn't arrived to my house by the 10th, I called and found out that the woman at the store was so off. Had she told me, I would have paid to get it send next day, because that was my outfit for the 12th. Long story short after talking to Jcrew customer service they said they would next day it to the Hilton so I would have it to wear on the 12th. So I called to see if it had arrived yet so I could get it dropped off at the Manhattan Club. OMGoodness they told me that it was delivered to a residential address, and someone named Karen had signed for it. I was beyond mad...still no blazer. Someone named Kathy was up a 150$ blazer, and meanwhile I told Jcrew I have nothing to wear for my next fashion show. Well it turned out they couldn't get it to me in NYC so they said they would refund me, and send me one for free to my house. Ok that's fine and dandy but what am I going to wear?? Thank goodness Lei and I were able to walk to Time Square the morning of the 12th, where we found and H&M and I got a cute little white button up top. I wore it with a pair of black leggings and riding boots to the Eva Longoria show. 





After all the blazer/Jcrew craziness and lunch we headed back to the hotel for a little R&R, then we went out to dinner at Restaurant Row, where we found a great little Italian spot. The food was really good, all three of us agreed on that. I got a chicken dish with peppers and onions in a diced tomato sauce. it was delicious. I also ordered a side dish of angel hair pasta, it made the chicken taste even better. It was very moist and cooked to perfection. Rob got a big bowl minestrone soup, I tried some and it to was really good. If I'm not mistaken Lei got a chicken dish as well, and she also loved it! Let's just say we all left full and super happy.


After we left dinner we headed back to the hotel to shed the dress shoes and clothes, for comfy Toms and Reebok classics, then we headed up to this cute little restaurant/bar to and met up with Melissa, a friend of Lei's (also an IG blogger) and thank goodness for Rob her husband came with her, so Rob had another guy to converse with. We all had some drinks, ate, sat and talked for almost 4 hours, the time just seemed to fly by. Like I was saying before, I have so much in common with these ladies, it's awesome to be able to talk to people that do and love what you do. The last day we woke up early because the Eva Longoria show was at 11am, and we had to walk many many blocks. The show was put together by Fashion 360 Magazine, and it was a fantastic set up. They had all kinds of great sponsors like ChapStix, KIA, Coca Cola and more! Rob and I took a picture on the red carpet, 


and we schmyed around until they called for us to take our seats. Once we got in and the show started  it was definitely full of people, I wish I would have gotten there sooner so I could have gotten better seats so I could have took some nice video and pictures. Hopefully next year, I can say that I loved the looks that came out. I can't wait to take a peek at her website to see more. The last look was a beautiful and flowy powder blue dress, very very nice. I think I just might have to go and get one for myself. 


After the show we all decided to go to the Brooklyn Bridge to take some pictures and grab lunch. I have to say I put some serious miles on my feet in NYC. Plus riding boots may not have been the best choice to go explore in, and wow it got to an uncomfotably warm temperature. After the crazy traffic we made it to the Manhattan side and proceeded to walk across to the Brooklyn side. 
Lei and I also got some really cute shots, like the first one at the beginning of the post. There were so many people walking, skating and bicycling across the bridge. It was an amazing structure, and wow so long. Once we finally made it to the Brooklyn side we were pretty hot and hungry so we stopped in this little Chinese restaurant, wow was the food good. Not to mention they gave me a regular sized soda, I was super happy to say the least. Also because it was Brooklyn and not Manhattan, the pricing was normal and not crazy expensive.  


 We enjoyed the AC and grabbed a yummy Godiva soft serve in Time Square on the way back. There's no better way to end a trip on a good note than with ice cream. 


(When you realize that you and your homegirl are twinning and it's completely not planned!!)




Sadly the trip had come to an end so we went back to the hotel where they were holding our luggage and headed to the train station and airport. Even though I was sad to leave Lei, it was an awesome trip that I'll never forget, and we made plans to do it again in February, we're definitely going again. Hopefully this time now that I have a head start I can get some tickets to big designer shows and get sponsored for the trip. I hope to make my 2nd trip to NYFW more than amazing. Also Lei is going to bring her hubby, so Rob won't feel so outnumbered. I hope to stay 5 days next time....that's the plan at least. 
Have you ever been to NYFW, and if so what shows did you see??
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Friday, September 8, 2017

Bath Bombs Rock!

This post is sponsored by Alemsa Life Organic Bath Bombs and the opinions/experiences are 100% my own.

Alemsa Bath Bombs!!


I received some organic bath bombs from a company called Alemsa Life, and boy am I glad I did. From the minute I took the box out, a fantastic smell filled my nose, as well as the air. The packaging as you can see in the above and below images, is gorgeous and would be perfect for a gift. 
There are 6 lovely scents!!
Lilac, Jasmine, Lavender, Chamomile, Mint, and, Rose. 
I would have to say so far Rose is my favorite, but I have only used 3 thus far, and can see me absolutely loving every scent. Also ineluded was the softest little washcloth, and from being in the box with the bath bombs, it too smelled amazing. The day I got the bombs I was super worn out from a very long week of work and anxiety, so I decided to run myself a bath as hot as I could stand it, and have a super relaxation session. I turned on some good music, dropped in some rose petals and the rose bath bomb. Then I lit a candle and just soaked until the water started to get cold, and my fingers got all pruny...lol!! 



The great thing about these bath bombs is they give your skin a beautiful scent, so that when you get out you have a perfume about you, and who doesn't want to smell like roses. 
Plus I find that when I have had a long and exhausting day, the kind that make you sore and achy all over, a soak like this definitely helps you to wind down and get some good rest. For me to help the achy feeling the hotter the better, I try to literally make it as hot as I can stand it. See when we got the bathroom remodeled we thought of getting a jet soaker, but the hall bathroom was 2 inches to small so I couldn't get it....darn it!! I regret not fighting for that extra two inches, because Rob has serious back issues and I feel like that jet tub really would have helped him. Now I have to admit I have always been a good sleeper, that's one thing I've never had issues with, but Rob on the other hand is not. If something wakes him up it's a wrap, he can't go back to sleep for the rest of the night, or he wakes up at 5-5:30 am. I'm always telling him to take a super hot bath, why is it men never listen...lol! He did love the hot tub, when we went on vacation he got in the one at the hotel, and he said it helped so so much. So that goes to show yah that the hot water definitely does help. 




 I couldn't coax him into enjoying a bath bomb but I sure did,
and just after I was right off to sleep, and smelling like roses...lol! Definitely get yourself some Alemsa Life Organic Bath Bombs, you're gonna love the way they make your skin smell and feel. 
Well I'm leaving for New York Fashion Week in 2 days and am so super excited, let the count down begin!! Rob got two super sharp suits, wow do they look good on him. I got all three of my looks...yes I FINALLY got my NYFW shopping done, I stayed away from heels though only because I tower over Rob due to him only being 1 inch taller than me. Plus I'll be doing a lot of hoofin' it in New York City, so heels may not be the best idea. I got a pair of Coach flats and I'll wear my black and camel riding boots the other two nights. For the first time in so so long I have butterflies in my stomach about something, because I know it's going to be amazing. Plus I'm meeting up with a few good blogger friends of mine that I have been talking to for what seems like forever, and I'm super eager to meet them in person. Johanna, Lei, Jessica, and a couple others...See yah soon gals!! 
I can't wait to share the shows with you guys, keep an eye on my Instagram page and Insta Stories, I'll be giving a birdseye view into Rob and I's daily adventures. 
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A Day Trip & Family Mobile!!

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Six Flags or Bust!!



Rob and I went to Six Flags for a day trip to let off some steam, and have a little bit of fun. I'd never been there, and the last time Rob had been it was the old park, so it was new to the both of us. The drive was only about an hour from our house in Baltimore County, which I was happy to find out about. We like to drive to different places that aren't to far away for weekend or day trips, that way it's much cheaper and we can afford to do several a year, instead of one big trip. The weather was perfect for a day of swimming, water slides, and roller coasters. We started out by going to the water park for the first half of the day. It was 75 degrees until noon or one o'clock, then the sun came out from behind the clouds and really gave a girl a tan...lol! The biggest part was called Hurricane Bay, it's a huge pool that produces waves. I really liked that it was something different, it was similar to swimming at Ocean city, just the waves don't come crashing in on shore. Rob and I swam out there most of the day and enjoyed the sun. Every so often they would have the pool clear out, then the life guards would all go in and do a small safety drill. During these short periods of time we walked over to the water slides. Talk about fun!! We got on one water slide called the Shark Attack...nah that was a bit to much for me. You go down the slide and you immediately drop in the dark, so you go right under the water as your body follows the dip in the tube...nope as I said it was to much for me. I enjoy breathing a bit to much..lol! The other slides were so much fun though, I really liked the ones where you sat on the inner tubes as you went down. They also had one where both Rob and I sat on the tube together, then as we went down it would drop water on you here and there. I laughed so hard the whole way down because of a face that Rob made when the water hit him right in the head....OMG so so funny!!





This was one of the slides I just didn't have the guts to get on because it was straight up and down, you stand on a trap door that opens, then you fall straight down...noooot! I did gladly gawk at those that were crazy enough to go though, and my goodness did I hear some serious screaming. Definitely not for me, when we saw how it worked Rob and I both looked at each other and shook our heads in unison, as to say NO WAY HOSE'....lol!





Now roller coasters I am so so down with, I feel much more safe because I am strapped and seat belted in. Now Rob on the other hand isn't to much of a coaster person, he's more down with the slides, so I guess we even each other out. We got on a ride called the soul snatcher, it takes you all the way up in the air and drops you only to stop just before you hit the ground....haaaa that was so much fun!! We also got on these little cars that you drove around on a track along a cute scenic route. Then there was a train that went all through the coaster park, it was a super relaxing, especially after walking and swimming most of the day. It was good to chill for a second, then it let us off by the water rides...woo hoo!! Now we're talkin', combining the water and the coasters is a genius idea! The best one was a huge coaster that dropped down and went through the water, which in turn shot up a huge wave that soaked all of the people on the ride, and even those watching the ride. Then there was one where you stood up and went upside down, sideways, and every other way. I also saw the new Wonder Woman ride, it was a swing so high up in the air, wow did it look fun. It's a real bummer the park closed at 9pm, so we didn't have time to get to it. I'm so surprised that we were there all day, and still didn't get to see everything, we definitely plan to go back next year. The only thing that annoyed me about the park was the food, now don't get me wrong I know because I'm at an Amusement Park I expect that the food is probably going to be more expensive, but 24$ for 2 slices of pizza and a soda...WOW!! Not to mention is was really bad, so we tried the chicken wings which were also VERY EXPENSIVE! They too were all fatty and just no good, I recommend you eat somewhere outside of the park before you go in. They check your bags as you enter so you can't bring any snacks or drinks with you, but they do allow you to leave the park and re-enter. They stamp your hand, that way you can go out and come back in as much as you want. Next time we're going to bring a cooler to leave it in the car, and just go out from time to time for a soda or snack. Then when it's time to eat a meal we'll just leave and go to eat dinner or lunch at a restaurant, then come back to enjoy the rest of our day. I definitely don't recommend eating at the park, granted they have some great little candy shops just as you come in with some really good fudge, that I vouch for. I bought a couple pieces and it was very very good! Please don't mind my little photobomber..lol!




And here's a picture of the pizza just so you can see what I mean, doesn't look to appetizing does it? Either way we had a really good time swimming and riding the rides, I'm hoping to go to another park not to far from here in PA soon, and I heard they have amazing food, so definitely keep an eye out for that trip. I'm also going to New York Fashion Week in September, I'm so excited. I got an invite to some great shows for the 11th thru the 13th...woop woop! This will be my first time, and I just know it's going to be tons of fun, plus I'm meeting some other blogger friends of mine from other states and countries. I have to say due to my work, I wouldn't be able to do all of this traveling and having summer fun if I didn't have a good, reliable, cell service, with an ample amount of data I'm so glad I decided to make the switch to Walmart Family Mobile, powered by T-Mobile last month. It makes my busy as heck life that much easier. I have more time to enjoy with my friends and family on summer trips like these, thanks to Walmart Family Mobile. Now I can remain connected with work at all times.
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Monday, August 14, 2017

It's Party Time!!

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My Tropical Lemonade Stand Party!



 This was one of my favorite party themes thus far because it was so easy and fun, not to mention delicious. I was looking for a clever way to decorate my new patio, and show it off to my friends and family, when I came up with the coolest idea of a Tropical Lemonade Stand. All I did was pop up the folding table that I use for cookouts, cover it with a nude table cloth, and wrap a grass table skirt around the edges. I did this with all of the tables to carry the tropical theme throughout the whole set up. I then got a cute little tropical style chalkboard as shown above, and tacked it to the front of the table to give off the fun Lemonade stand theme, because summer is so much more refreshing with lemonade, especially when its Minute Maid® Lemonade!! I also added in some FUZE® Tea for those that love the traditional half and half. It came out so cute paired with an awesome lemonade recipe. It's one that I've been using as long as I can remember, and it's so super easy.


Tropical Lemonade Recipe!!

Ingredients
1 Jug of Minute Maid lemonade (I like the lemonade with mint)
2 cups of fresh sliced strawberries 
4 large sliced lemons 
1 handful or fresh mint 
4-6 cups of ice (depending on your taste)

Preparation
Pour the jug of (already chilled) Minute Maid lemonade into the dispensing container along with the ice. (use as much ice as you feel necessary, according to the temperature. If it's a hot summer day you may want to add a tad more). Then add some sliced lemons, strawberries, and mint to each glass. In this case I used cute mason jars to match the dispenser. Then add the straws and the lemonade, it doesn't get any easier than that. I also added some of the sliced lemons, and strawberries into the dispensing container to add an extra hint of cuteness. I guess it just depends on what type of container you're using weather or not you can add some extra items. Everyone loved the taste of the lemonade, it's a good thing I made an extra batch because the first one went so quickly. (I added the pink swirled straws to match the napkins and plates for the table settings, plus fun colored straws look great in the drinks)


I also added a bowl of fruit salad, oh boy are you guys gonna like this next one. Since I was going with the tropical theme, I decided to do more than the usual basic fruit salad. I went with a much more interesting and fun tropical fruit salad, it had an amazing taste and texture. This was also easy to make, I usually pick things that aren't to complicated, that way they still remain fun to prepare. I love being creative and making things with my hands that in turn everyone enjoys. I also have to admit I loved it too!! 

(All of the fresh fruit and veggies shown here were purchased via Peapod).
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Tropical Fruit Salad 

Ingredients:
(makes about 12 cups)
12 mandarin oranges
2 cups of sliced strawberries
1 fresh cubed pineapple
5 sliced kiwis
3 cubed mangos

Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing
1 medium lemon
1 lime
1/4 cup of honey
1/2 teaspoon of grated ginger
1/2 teaspoon of poppy seeds

Preparation:
Dressing: Combine the honey, grated ginger and poppy seeds, along with the juices and zest from the citrus fruits (the lemon and lime) into a bowl and whisk. Then place it in the fridge to chill for serving when you're ready. 
Salad: For the salad itself just combine the mandarin oranges, strawberries, pineapple, kiwi, and mango into a bowl. Then when you are ready to serve it pour on the dressing, and gently mix to coat the fruit and serve. 

It is so fresh and tasty, not to mention full of color and pleasing to the eye. This is one salad that no party can do without. Paired with fresh watermelon and berries you're going to have one happy group of people. Last but not least I made some yummy jerk chicken and veggie skewers on the grill. Another quick and easy recipe!


All I did was marinade some cubed, boneless, skinless chicken thights in a yummy jerk chicken sauce. Then I chopped up some red, green and yellow peppers, purple onions, fresh pineapple, and mushrooms, placed them on skewers, then cooked them on the grill. I added a little salt and pepper, and with each plate put some of the heated jerk chicken sauce in small condiment cups, so everyone  could be dip their chicken or pour it on top. I made sure to cook the skewers well so that the sauce could caramelize along with the sugars in the pineapple, and they came out amazing. I made a huge bed of mixed greens and pineapple fried rice for the skewers to rest on. All in all I was very happy with how everything turned out. I also set up the cutest place settings for everyone. I made sure to continue with the tropical theme, and add a hint of pink. You guys know how crazy I am about pink..lol!


I kept it all pretty simple as not to go overboard with the cost. I found these great paper plates that look gorgeous and are full of color. They also match my decor perfectly, along with the cute pink napkins. Then I figured I should use my knives, forks, and spoons instead of the plastic ones. I also made sure that whatever party items I did purchase, I would be able to use afterwards so nothing went to waste. The good thing is there wasn't any leftovers after the party, which let me know everyone was happy with the food and drinks. Thank goodness for Peapod, they delivered all of the groceries that I needed to put the party together. I have a very busy and on the go lifestyle, so it's hard for me to plan parties, but with the help of Peapod I was able to pull it off. They have fresh quality products, and great prices, with friendly and reliable service. Just go to their website, type in your zip code, then select your city, and start shopping. 


 They made it so easy, all you have to do is adjust the amount and click add to cart. There's a great little colored image of the products so you know it's exactly what you want. It's all laid out for you in your cart, and added up along the way so you know what you're total is as you add the items, that way you don't overspend. This is something that I commonly do, except when I shop with Peapod. All of the clever tools make it so much easier for me to shop and plan my meals. You get $20 off your first Peapod order and 60 days of free delivery. They have 1000's of weekly specials with savings in every category like the regular grocery store...just look for the red tag! They even double manufacturer coupons up to 99 cents. There's to many pluses not to use Peapod. Definitely check out their website, http://www.Peapod.com grab their app and give it a try, it's just to convenient not to. You definitely won't regret it, they have my full recommendation that's for sure. 





For the party I dressed in a pair of leggings and a tank top to look cute and remain comfortable. I had to run around and make sure everyone was good so comfort is always my number one goal. Fortunately it only hit 76 degrees so the weather was perfect. Thanks goodness because the smallest amount of warm weather makes me very uncomfortable, then add to that running around and doing a million different things and you have one sweaty and uncomfortable day, especially when it's an outdoor event. Everything went so well that next time I'm going to double the party in size, we're hoping to have a great halloween party in October, since my birthday is on the 5th. That way I can theme it for both Halloween and my birthday, what fun that should be to put together. Well, I hope you all enjoyed my little party as much and my friends and family did, I look forward to many more in the future. Please feel free to comment below with any fun party ideas you would like to see in upcoming posts, I'm always on the look out for new and fun ideas.
Have a wonderful week Everyone!!

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