Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Birthday Freebies

Here are a few links to register with if you haven't already to receive free or discounted products

Jason's Deli: received a $5.00 off coupon by email must print and surrender coupon and show proof of name and birthday.

Sephora: Once you register, you can go on-line or visit the store to receive your free gift.  You must make a purchase to get your birthday gift on-line. No purchase is necessary if you go to the store and pick up your gift.

Ulta: Email will be sent and needs to printed to receive your free gift.  Unfortunately I did not receive my email.  A free CK mascara was the gift.

CVS Beauty Club: $3.00 off any purchase coupon will be emailed. It has to be printed to be redeemed.

Summers Eve: A coupon that needs to be printed for a free 16 count box of cleansing cloths.  You must register your email first.

John Frieda: Receive an email with $1.50 off coupon

International Delight: receive a email with $1.50 off coupon

I am sure there are a lot more than these that I just posted. Feel free to leave a link of any freebies that you get on your birthday.  I would love to sign up for those you share.

It feels weird not posting a picture of anything on my blog.  These two guys here are the loves of my life!! They both love me, understand me and make me open my eyes and heart to trust God when things look and feel uncertain.  

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Melted Violet-Too Faced

I don't go to Sephora very often but I think I should. They are super friendly and make your purchase look so pretty.  

Chloe sample
Smells so good

Birthday gift
All you have to do is register online or at the store.  You'll get a birthday email to remind you of your free gift.  It can also be redeemed on line but you have to make purchase.  I don't  think an in-store purchase is needed to get your gift.

Rouge Artist Natural N9 lip color and Smoky Extravagant mascara

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick

Melted Violet

0.40 Fl.Oz

Velvet tip allows precise application

Gently squeeze and product will come out

This color is perfection!

How do some girls look so pretty when showing off their  lipsticks on Instagram???

I have been seeing a lot of the Melted colors on Instagram.  They look so intense and pretty.  I decided to go ahead and get one.  Oh my gosh, I think I want them all now. It  applies evenly and are not thick. Its actually creamy and feels good on my lips.  Its not sticky at all.  They come in 10 shades  and well worth the price.  If I get another chance to visit Sephora or Ulta I am going to get Melted Fuchsia.  

Monday, July 28, 2014

Blessed Monday

Today was a very blessed day for me.  I turned 37 years young today.  I felt very fortunate for this years hardships and blessing.  God is good all the time All the time God is good!
Today I spent it with my son.  My husband is working out of town for a while and even though I missed him not being with us, Alex and I had a great day.
We decided to go to the "fancy" mall today which is about 30 minutes away which is not far at all but I just got so used to driving 10 minutes to our local mall.
Our first stop was to Build-A-Bear to buy Alex the new TMNT Build-A-Bear.  Unfortunately they did not have any in stock.  They won't be getting any until September!! The sales lady suggested we order a "unstuffed" one online and have it stuffed at the store.  I am so thankful to have son who doesn't throw a fit when things don't go his way.
We then went to the Coach store and I saw 2 pretty bags.  The first was the Mini Brooklyn and the other was the Mini Bleeker.  They were both cross body bags which is more my style. We ended up leaving without making a purchase.  We did make a small purchase at the Lego store though.  If you have a Lego Discovery Center or a Lego Park near by, they have coupons in their Lego magazines that they give out for free, for a free child entrance to either parks.
I went to Sephora and bought  Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipstick in Melted Violet.  I have not tried it on yet but it looked so pretty on my wrist.
We then walked into Michael Kors and I bought a black cross body bag. I forgot the name of it but will post pictures soon.
Afterwards we had lunch at our favorite Chick-Fil-A then went to the Apple store to figure out why the Internet crashes when he tried to use his iPad.  I also went to Lush but I don't think I have enough privacy in a day to take a quite relaxing bath anytime soon.
We then drove to ULTA to get Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation. I also bought the Anastasia Amrezy Palette which is so pretty.  It was an unexpected buy because I mainly went there to get the Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.  I must go now; time to enjoy my birthday Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Day 3: Magic Kingdom

This was our final full day at Walt Disney World.  We saved the best park for last.  Going to Magic Kingdom was the best ever.  The castle is simply magical.  The rides were awesome too. We were able to ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Roller Coaster which was amazing!  Splash Mountain was awesome!  We also got on It's A Small World which was really cute.  Pirates of the Caribbean was cool as well.  Unfortunately, we had a long break because of the rain.  Fortunately, we were able to take cover at Big Top Souvenirs.  It was there that I had my very first macaroon.  It was very tasty.

Mickey Macaroon

Quick photo before we were headed out to dinner

The Grand Floridian Resort.
We took the monorail here to have dinner at 1900 Park Fare.  It was a buffet but very delicious. I am not a big fan of buffets but this was very good.  Not only was the food good but Characters also came around to each table and took pictures, signed autograph books and interacted with everyone! This was so nice especially because they all stayed in character.  Cinderella's step sisters were loud and obnoxious.  The step mother was very serious. Cinderella was so pretty.  Her waist was so tiny.  I almost started to cry to see my little niece taking a picture with Prince Charming.  It was so special.  

After dinner we took a ferry back to Magic Kingdom to enjoy the rest of the evening.  A highlight of the evening was watching the Fireworks at the Castle and seeing Tinkerbell flying high across Magic Kingdom.  We had a blast!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Day 2: Epcot Theme Park

It did rain towards the end of this day.  I made sure to pack ponchos for my nephew and Alex. I also had a light gym jacket in my backpack

This day at Epcot was actually really fun.  Lots of walking but well worth it.  My sister suggested to take a little notebook and a fat marker to get autographs from the Disney Characters.  We bought some from Michaels Craft store. The notebooks where in the kids section $1.00 baskets and the fat markers are the ones that have a scent to them.  Those were a little over $1.00.  I'm still trying to figure out how to upload photos to my blog so forgive me if my pictures are limited.  When we first got to Epcot, Pluto was taking pictures with the kids.  He also signed there books.  My mom had a big sun hat on and she had the characters sign that.  We used our Fast Pass to get in line to have Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy take pictures with us. The kids really enjoyed that.  I must admit I enjoyed it as well.   We watched the show "The Circle of Life"  We rode Mission: Space and Test Track.  I  was shocked that I actually got on it.  I am usually very scared of heights and get motion sickness really quick.  But it was all worth it especially after hearing my son say "Im proud of you mom".  I am glad he took after his daddy...fearless.  We ate dinner at the Nine Dragons Restaurant which was included in our dining plan.  Again we just had to pay for the tip.  After dinner we walked 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Our Day At HollyWood Studios

This is a few of us when we first got to the park
Magic Bands
These bands allowed us entry to the parks, to our resort bedroom, had our meal plans and fast pass rides linked to them

That's my mom in the wheelchair and dad in the far right with the hat.  
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Dessert at 50's Prime Time Cafe. This restaurant was so much fun. The  theme is set in the 1950. There are black and white  TVs all over the walls showing episodes of different 50's sitcoms. Manners are very important when eating here. No elbows on the table and you have to eat all your veggies. My dad had to be corrected a few times about his elbows on the table and he got quite the "punishment".  He had to stand in the corner and apologize to "Aunt forgot her name" for putting his elbows on the table. This was very funny for his kids and grandchildren to watch.   My niece and nephew did not eat any of there green beans. "Auntie" gladly picked up there plates and came back with a surprise for them,  She layered the green beans in ice-cream, whipped cream and M&M's. They still didn't eat them but it was all done in fun. I had a chicken Cesar Salad and it was delicious. This meal was covered in our Disney Dinning Plan. We only had to pay for the tip.

To take a break from the walking we watched a show about Indiana Jones

I didn't take my camera in because I thought it was going to be too big to carry.  This was  our first trip so we were kind of a lost on where to start. I think it was harder because we were also in a large group.  As far as rides go I only got on one which was the Toy Story Midway Mania. This was really cute.  It was also in 4D and you had to shoot moving targets. Unfortunately we got to the Pixar area when it was closing time. I would have loved to find this area first.
In my honest opinion, If I only had 3 days to spend at WDW I don't think I would make this park a priority to go to. It was fun but not to spend a whole day there kind of fun. The day was cloudy but no rain. Which was very nice because it gave a little breeze not too much but enough to keep you from sweating profusely. 
This was taken at the Pixar area. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Walt Disney World-All Star Music Resort

Finding this frame and balloons made our welcome very pleasant. It was a real surprise to see this when we walked into our room.

How cure it this!!
This Mickey Mouse towel set was on our bed. I  didn't want to mess it up, so I carefully picked it up and  placed it  on  a desk that was in the bedroom.

This is the desk I was talking about.

The room we stayed in also had a small kitchen and fridge. Which was great because we were able to  keep cold drinks in there from our ice chest. 

Sorry for the sideways picture.
The room also had 2 full bathrooms.  My son and nephew used  one and  Frank and I used the other.

Again sorry for the sideways picture.
This was the vanity area separate from the shower and toilet. I  also had a  privacy curtain which was great  for extra privacy

This is the outside of the resort we stayed in. The buses picked us up from here to take us to the park we wanted to go to for that day. This was also the drop off site.

The room had a full size pull out couch and the chair and ottoman pulled out into a single size bed.

Don't forget or be embarrassed to ask for buttons. We got 1st Visit,  Family Reunion, and  Celebrate buttons.  There was 13  of us on our group and they gladly gave each one of us buttons. All the "Cast Members" at WDW are very helpful and friendly.

Alex taking a picture with a Cast Member.
This summer we were very blessed to be able to go to Walt Disney World. We talked about going but never really made any plans to go.  My aunt was gracious enough to invite us and 10 other of my family members to Walt Disney World.  We piled up in 3 vehicles and started our voyage from Houston, Texas to Orlando, Florida.  We stopped about every four hours to stretch our legs and take restroom breaks. We packed a few ice chest with drinks and lunch meat. We also had bread and a big variety of snack that way we didn't need to spend extra money eating out during the drive to Orlando.  We left my house about 7am and made our final stop at about 10pm. The next morning we drives a few more hours until we got to Walt Disney World. The resort we stayed in was a value resort. We knew we were going to spend more time at the parks rather than the room so this resort was perfect for us. As you can see the room was very roomy. We got a package that included points for a hot breakfast, a snack and dinner. We also got refillable cups to use at the resort. We ate breakfast every morning at the cafeteria in the resort. The waffles were shaped into Mickey Mouse. The snack point was used at the park. We were able to get anything from popcorn to cookies to pretzels or frozen lemonade. There were many others to choose from but these were some of the things our group chose to get. The dinners were awesome. I'll post more about that in a couple of days.  There is so much more I can write about the resort but I'll stop here. I will say that we found it easier to just call WDW to make the reservations rather that book online. My aunt and I must have spent a little more than an hour with the call center making the reservation. Every question we asked was answered politely and she gave us different price options from the more expensive resorts to the most value resorts. Overall it was a great experience.