It’s Friday!!! Friday is so much more exciting to me now that my girls are in school. No waiting in drop off/pick up lines and no tennis practice on the weekend, whoo hoo!!! I also just really love when my girls are home with me. I look forward to the weekends now.
Today I am sharing a super quick and easy little dessert. If you have ever been to Disneyworld, chances are you have tried Dole Whip. Dole Whip is a pineapple dessert that is basically just pineapple soft serve. They now make it in a bunch of flavors, but my favorite is the classic pineapple. It is such a delicious cold and creamy treat, perfect for a hot summer day!
Here’s how we make it at home! (And pretend we are at Aloha Isle in Magic Kingdom) 🙂
What you need:
• 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks
• 2 large scoops of vanilla ice cream
• 4 oz pineapple juice
Just throw all of this into a blender and mix it up! I use this little personal size Ninja Blender for EVERYTHING!!!
Spoon it into little cups, and serve! This makes two small servings. My girls absolutely love this. It has the sweet vanilla flavor of the ice cream with the tartness of the pineapple. It is so good!
It’s the end of August, and I have a bunch of beauty faves to share with you! These are things that I’ve been using pretty much all summer long; everything is super easy and are great for the hot summer months.
Honestly, I’m not really into eyeshadow anymore. I usually just do a one-wash-of-color type of thing pretty much daily. Cream shadows are awesome for the summer, they’re so easy to apply, last all day, and feel nice and cool. These NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils are the OG cream shadow sticks, and for good reason. This color, Iced Mocha, is the perfect shimmer bronze color and looks so pretty on the lids.
My favorite lip gloss formula of all time is the Dior Lip Maximizer, and this color Ultra Pink, is a hot pink with golden shimmer. I’ve been wearing this gloss so much and it is just the best, non-stickiest gloss. It also plumps the lips slightly. Love it!
I’ve talked about these e.l.f. Multi-Sticks before, and I love to use them on my cheeks instead of powder blush. They have a slightest shimmer and give a pretty, dewy look to my cheeks. They last long and are so easy to apply! I have the colors Glistening Peach and Sparkling Rose, and both are gorg!
Is it even summer if you don’t paint your toes hot pink?! I recently picked up this color from LA Girl called Eden, and it is electric pink. It is so so pretty and shiny, and just the epitome of summer for me.
For fragrance, I have been loving the Michael Kors Eau De Parfum. If you love florals, you will love this scent. It has tuberose, peony, and a hint of incense to make it warm and a bit woody. It is my go-to!
Lastly, a texture spray, because I love a textured wave. I hardly ever wear my hair straight because it is so long, so I love to curl my hair, brush it out a bit, and spray this in. It gives a messy, undone type of look, and it does have some hold to it. My hair still looks great the next day when I use this, and it smells really good too.
That’s it for the faves!!! What have you been loving this summer?
Hello! My girls ages 10 and 7 are both going back to school tomorrow, so I thought it would be fun to round up some school must haves for them! We also re-organized their homework cart, so I thought it would be helpful to share that as well.
First up, water bottles. My girls always bring a refillable water bottle to school, and these from Simple Modern are their favorite. They are stainless steel, come in a ton of colors/patterns, and they are dishwasher safe! Oh, and you can get them on Amazon.
Next up, some vitamins. I don’t give the girls a multivitamin since they have a well balanced diet, but I do give them vitamin c/elderberry gummies every morning. Especially with all of this Covid stuff, I figure it can’t hurt, right?
They love the taste of these gummies. I put them into this mason jar so that they could easily open them…and it’s more aesthetically pleasing to me 🙂
Speaking of Covid (ugh), I want to share their favorite reusable masks to wear. It is challenging to find masks that are comfortable and breathable, and we have found some that they really like.
My 10-year old Allie likes the cotton ones from Cat&Jack at Target. These have a metal little nosepiece and are very breathable and comfortable for her.
It was a little bit challenging to find masks for my 7-year old Ashley. She is very small for her age, (barely 40 lbs) and so I found these toddler ones on Etsy. They are kind of like bathing suit material, very stretchy, and they have the built in ear loops. She LOVES these and wears them just for fun sometimes!
I put both kinds into a laundry bag every few days and wash them in the machine and then let them air-dry.
Let’s talk lunch! It’s the best part, right?
I love to include notes in my girls’ lunchboxes every day. They do buy school lunch about half of the time, but they love to bring their lunch too. I found the BEST notes on Amazon.
These come in a pack of 100, and have 50 different patterns, so they are perfect because I can give the girls the same one each day. They have the cutest little sayings and would be good for boys or girls! I know it makes the girls really happy when they get a note. I also like how there is space on the back to write something. It’s just a little something special to let them know how much I love them!
Here are some other little things I like to use for their lunches.
I love to use cookie cutters for their sandwiches, it just makes it more fun for them, and also using little toothpicks to make little turkey/cheese roll ups, and silicone muffin cups to separate certain foods. Also, these little reusable snack bags are so cool! I can put their afternoon snack in here and machine wash these. I usually don’t need to, I can just wash them out really quick by hand so they’ll last longer. I put goldfish crackers, cookies, pretty much any snack will fit inside and I don’t have to buy the plastic snack baggies anymore.
At our house, a homework cart is necessary. We keep this little cart in the kitchen, and it has everything in here that the girls will need to do their homework.
They like to do their homework in the kitchen while I am cooking dinner, so that is why we keep it in here. We have everything in here, so that they won’t have to run to their art table in the playroom to get something.
On the top here we have a little plastic caddy, two cups for each of their pencils and pens, some glue and scissors, and we use the space at the back for any important papers and homework due at the end of the week. Also up top we have a little hair-do caddy. We keep elastics, ponytail holders, hair clips, and a brush in here so that I can do their hair in the morning while they’re eating breakfast. It’s just easier than going over to their rooms to do it.
The next shelf has notebook paper, plain white paper, and their scratch journals.
The last shelf has markers, crayons, colored pencils, and then a few packages of extra pencils.
On the side of the cart I have these little magnetic hooks, and that is where we hang their face masks. They choose a new one each day to wear.
Alright, well that is all I have for back to school this year! Not only are they excited, but MOM is excited too!
Hello! We recently took a trip to Disney World, and I thought it would be fun and helpful to show you what to pack for a day at the parks! Usually park days are super long, so having a lot of items with you is crucial to making the most of your day. We were packing for a family of four; me, my husband, and our two girls, ages 10 and 7.
Here’s what we packed!
First off, my backpack. I chose to take this pink Jansport backpack with me because it is washable and I wouldn’t have to worry about it getting dirty or wet while on the rides. The straps are really comfortable to carry all day and it’s just easy with the two compartments. One big one in the back and a small one in the front that actually fits quite a lot.
The two things that took up the most room in the backpack were our rain ponchos and cooling towels.
If you aren’t familiar with Florida’s weather, you might not know that it rains a lot in the summer. Seeing as Disney’s tickets are non-refundable, you’re not going to let a little rain stop you from enjoying the park. Disney has these for purchase at the gift shops, but they’re much cheaper on Amazon. I have a two pack of children size and a two pack of adult size. Luckily, we did not have to use them, but didn’t want to take the chance!
Next are these cooling towels. These are a must if you go to Disney in the summer, you just wet them, wring them out, and then throw them around your neck. Instant coolness. They also do sell these in the gift shops too with cute mickeys all over them.
You gotta have the proper headwear! I packed all of us a cap just so our faces wouldn’t get sunburned, but we did wear our ears most of the time! I found these ears on Etsy because we wanted to have them before we went to the park. The girls even wore them in the airport 🙂
Sunscreen is a must! I have a cream face sunscreen here SPF 50 and then also a spray on with SPF 50. We all used these and reapplied often and did not end up sunburnt!
Also, you really want to have bandaids on hand, not only if someone were to get hurt but because BLISTERS! Luckily, we did not have to use these because we all wore comfy shoes and socks. Always good to have these in the bag though.
Medicine! I have to take Dramamine when I travel because I have extreme motion sickness. Planes, Ubers, the monorail, and the rides all make me feel ill, but Dramamine really does help me a lot. If I take one in the morning I’m good for the rest of the day. I also packed some Tylenol and threw some chewable Tylenol in this container for the girls. You never know if someone will get a headache and you don’t want it to ruin their day.
Sunglasses are a must if you can’t see in the sunlight (me!) and then also this little re-chargeable fan is awesome to have. I originally bought this for me to use while watching my girls tennis practices and matches, but it came in so handy at Disney for us!
Also, face masks – when we went to Disney face masks were not required, but we still wore them inside shops and monorail and Ubers. I know they are requiring masks now everywhere at Disney.
A couple more things – I packed a little wallet with my cash, license, credit card and our park passes. Also, some extra ponytails and a lip balm.
Disney does allow you to bring in food, so keep that in mind – you are able to bring in snacks and bottles of water, just not any ice chests. Packing water is a good idea so that you don’t have to buy it there.
So that is what we packed for Disney park days! It wasn’t too much and it’s so nice to bring a backpack so you’re hands free!
This Sephora Hair Primer was just okay for me. It is supposed to be a heat protectant that you use before blowdrying and I just wish it was a little more moisturizing, kind of like a leave in conditioner. It seemed to just dry my hair out, so I probably wouldn’t repurchase.
I used my Sephora points to get this Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo, and I can’t wait to get the full size! The smell of Amika products are so good, and this dry shampoo really makes my hair feel clean.
Of course it wouldn’t be an empties post without some L’Oréal Lash Paradise. This is my favorite mascara, and all I ever wear! It lengthens, holds a curl, is super black, and lasts all day! Love it.
This Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is another longtime fave of mine. It has good coverage but isn’t drying, like most concealers. I would repurchase.
I use Bare Minerals Foundation every day, but this is the pressed version. I have finally decided that even though the pressed version is more easy to use, the loose powder original version is just better. It just provides more coverage and looks less powdery on my skin. I probably wouldn’t repurchase this.
I used up two Burts Bees lip balms, one in original and one coconut pear. I prefer the original because of the minty tingle, but I would repurchase both!
This Arm and Hammer Toothpaste is my secret to white teeth! Even my dentist says how white my teeth are and it’s thanks to this. I love how it’s not overly sweet and minty, but still gives a really clean feeling after you use it.
This Activated Charcoal toothpaste for whitening was just ok, I don’t feel like it really did a lot, and it’s black color makes a big mess every time it’s used. I wouldn’t repurchase.
Loving Tan has become my favorite self tanner. I use this 2 HR Express formula along with a mitt, and it gives the perfect tan! I would repurchase.
This Clinique Moisturizer that I have been using for years just isn’t going to cut it anymore. I have since switched to a moisturizer with SPF and won’t be going back. This is the gel formula and was moisturizing and lightweight, so if you are looking for that, it’s a good one.
This is a little container of the Sol De Janiero Hair Repair Treatment Mask. I LOVED this. It has that same delicious smell as the Bum Bum Cream, and it was really nourishing for my hair. I can’t wait to get the full size!
This Banana Boat Sunscreen is all I use on my girls and they have never been sunburned. I use this on their bodies and their faces, and have purchased multiple bottles of this over the years. It’s tear free and feels nice and cool going on. Already repurchased!
This nail polish remover is like none other. As someone who paints their nails weekly, this is the best for removing even glitter nail color! It takes it right off. Already repurchased.
Another thing that is crucial for my manicure routine is one of these buffing blocks. You can get these pretty much anywhere and I always use one to buff my nails before painting so there’s no ridges or anything.
Lastly, Oxyclean Max Force. This is a laundry pre-treater for stains. I have YET to find a stain that this won’t take out. I use this on a daily basis on my girls and husband’s clothes (and mine sometimes!) and it just works. I also like the foam version of this. I spray it on and throw it into the hamper and then let it sit anywhere from a few hours to DAYS, and then throw it in the wash. It has never not worked. They don’t call me the stain master for nothing! Haha
Whew, that’s it for the empties! Have you used any of these products?