Honeymoon Cruise – Carnival Vista

When deciding what to do for our honeymoon, my (now) husband and I decided a cruise would be easy and require little effort to plan during a stressful time with the wedding and all. It was suggested we use Carnival as our cruise line and the Vista is their newest and largest ship. We were both pretty excited and I thought I should review our time with Carnival for our honeymoon vacation.

The booking process was easy and it’s nice to view and purchase excursions before you board the ship. We only booked one, but in hindsight, we should have booked all excursions in advance. Otherwise, you’ll be waiting in line on the ship to purchase, or struggling to find a ride to excursions if you don’t buy on the ship. Our room was amazing! We had the balcony suite, which made it feel less closed in. Our room was super clean all the time thanks to our awesome room steward. Our bed was made and trash was taken every time we left the room! We also received roses, chocolate covered strawberries, and champagne courtesy of my Mother in Law! It was a wonderful surprise and made it feel more like out honeymoon.

The buffets, free restaurants, and drinks were all delicious and had a good variety. We enjoyed all the foods and desserts that we tried. The free ice cream stations were pretty great and they also offered frozen yogurt as well. The sit down dinners were very nice and the staff was super friendly and courteous. The only problem is that it took a very long time for food to arrive to the table. We would be at dinner on average an hour and a half every night. Of course, there are other restaurant alternatives, but it was worth the waits since these dinners were included in our tickets.

Our first port was Ocho Rios, Jamaica. We didn’t have our excursion tickets, so we got off the boat not knowing where to get tickets or who to buy from. We ended up going to the help kiosk, after being bombarded by people trying to sell us overpriced tickets and transport, and we went to climb Dunn’s River Falls. It is a challenging excursion and I fell a couple times, but it was beautiful and a fun experience none the less. No regrets here, besides not purchasing tickets on the ship first. We didn’t stay off the boat long since we had to be back on board soon after the excursion was completed.

The sea days made the ship feel very crowded. It wasn’t easy to find lounge chairs to sit by the pool, and we never even got in the pool because of the crowds. There was a waterpark, over 21 spa area, and also an after 7pm public pool, but we mostly were busy after 7pm with dinner and the over 21 whirl pools were packed except for one time where I we were able to get in. The sky fitness was pretty cool too, but the lines were long most of the time. We did take advantage of the track and walked it as exercise. We never did make it to the actual gym on the front of the ship. If we go on another cruise, we’d choose one that would feel less crowded, even though the ship had so much to offer and was incredibly cool to be on a boat and have so much to do. There were just way too many people on the boat this trip.

Our second stop was Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. We purchased our snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef excursion tickets on board the day before, so we knew what we’d be doing for the day. It was nice we were able to leave the area where cruisers were sectioned off, but we decided to stay in this area. While we waited we stopped at shops and I found a cool magnet, which was great since I collect them. The snorkeling was a great time, even though it was delayed and seemed like a long wait. We saw tons of tropical fish, coral reefs, and even sting rays. The guides were amazing and brought sting rays to the surface for us to pet and admire. The waves were a little rough,  but I had a great time for my first time snorkeling!

The last port was Cozumel, Mexico, where we purchased our Dolphin Swim tickets online with our cruise tickets. This is the only one I knew for sure I wanted to do because it was on my bucket list to swim with dolphins! Our guide was friendly and informative, so it made the transport and whole experience easy and fun. Swimming with the dolphins was very structured, so we were told what to do the whole time, but it was truly an amazing experience and still very fun. They pushed us on buggy boards, gave us kisses, and pulled us along the water. It made me want to be a dolphin trainer! We both had a blast and agree this was our favorite part of the trip. The only thing is you have to pay for the photos they take of you since there are no cameras or phones allowed during the dolphin swim. It was $140 for a CD with 60 photos. We also roamed the beach and got free lunch and margaritas as well during this excursion. There was a sea otter show too, which was fun and entertaining! We headed back to the ship early, since this one was a bit of a ways back to port.

After the trip I experienced Mal de Debarquement Syndrome (MdDS) which means I still felt the rocking of the ship even when I wasn’t on the ship. This lasted about two and a half weeks after being home. It was pretty annoying, but once it was gone I was able to appreciate the trip more. During those weeks though, I did not ever want to be on a boat again! It’s rare that it lasts so long, but that is just my luck. I took ginger Dramamine to help when I felt very nauseous. On the boat I was fine, but I also took the ginger pills and had nausea patches on every day.

Are you thinking about going on a cruise? Ask me questions!

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Review: Perfectly Posh Complexion Perfection and Moisturize 911

So, my close friend had a Perfectly Posh party. If you’ve never heard of their products, Perfectly Posh is a Made in USA brand that claims they blend quality ingredients to bring you the best products for your pampering pleasure. Now to begin, I love the idea of locally made products and quality ingredients, but unfortunately this won’t be a positive review.

I was looking into their face wash and moisturizer since I have my wedding coming up in May and I have whiteheads and blackheads everywhere from stress and working out a lot. I needed something to clear those up. The consultant suggested many products, but I chose the Complexion Perfection and Moisturize 911.

The products are pretty expensive for what you get, but it’s understandable, since everything is locally sourced. They are $19 per bottle and with tax it was a little over $40. I was excited to see how they work since they cost a pretty penny.

Let’s talk about what I like about the products, because they weren’t a total fail. They both smell really nice. The face wash smells sweet with a hint of peppermint and gave my face a fresh tingly feeling. The moisturizer is very light and didn’t make me feel sticky or like I had a layer on my face. If these products didn’t have negative side effects, I would have been happy with my purchase.

Yes, now on to the negative side effects. The first use I washed and moisturized at night. The Moisturize 911 says to apply twice a day, so I wanted to start right away. I woke up and had hives on one side of my face! I didn’t think it was the products, I just thought it was allergies, so I kept using them. The face wash gets huge bubbles when you scrub and they went up my nose a lot and it was sort of annoying. The walnut shells in there are pretty rough, although there weren’t a ton in the pea sized amount that it suggested I use. That amount was definitely enough for each wash though. After a couple of days, my skin was getting pretty dry. I tried more moisturizer, but I felt like it was doing nothing. After a week or so of daily use and then switching to every other day, my face felt like sand paper. It was dry, flaky, and irritated.

The good news is I was able to contact the sales consultant and return the product. We both assume I’m allergic to something in them. I do have pretty sensitive skin and was hoping more natural products would benefit me, but they did not. I think Complexion Perfection was too rough for my skin and Moisturize 911 was not able to make up for the dryness that happened after washing.

Overall, the party, buying process, and consultant were great! I just don’t think I’ll be purchasing their products again. If you’re interested in learning more about Perfectly Posh, you can visit their website here. Have you tried their products? Which are your favorite and least favorites? Comment below!

Review: LulaRoe Nicole Dress

Lularoe nicole dress reviewWell, here I am again reviewing a LulaRoe product! I have to be honest, I kind of got tired of the whole patterned leggings trend. I wore them a few times, but now I only wear my solid gray or purple ones under dresses. When I was at someone’s online shop on Facebook, I decided to give one of their dresses a try. I only liked the patterns of a couple, so I went ahead and bought the Nicole patterned dress.

LulaRoe Nicole Dress Review

The issue was that the Nicole has a lower waistline, and I have a pretty high one. I also only liked the XXS dress pattern and was worried it would be too small since I’m a size 2-4 and XXS is 0-2.

LulaRoe Nicole Dress Review

To kind of hide the bunching at the waist, I used a belt and it looked great! The dress WAS pretty tight, but at least I was confident it wasn’t going to slip or move at all.

LulaRoe Nicole Dress Review

I wore this dress for my engagement photos and I think they turned out great! I love the coral and gray colors and pattern of the flowers. I think my 5″ heels helped with making me look taller. Without the heels the dress kind of makes me look shorter.

LulaRoe Nicole Dress Review

The fabric is very nice and good quality. It is slightly stretchy, which I think helped make it fit. I washed the dress in cold water and let it dry flat on top of the dryer overnight. It still looks perfect!

Overall, I think I would get a Nicole again, but as a XS instead of XXS. That way it wouldn’t be so tight, especially around the arms. Do you own a Nicole dress?

Review: Columbus Color Run (2016 Promo Code Included!)

 

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I have been a fan of The Color Run (TCR) for many years now. They keep getting more creative and luring me into signing up for each race. They keep it fresh and different every year! Last year in 2015, it was the Shine Tour. Instead of just color, at the end they covered you in a beautiful shiny powder! I loved it!

I can’t say enough how exciting and fun this race is. It gets you motivated to be happy and healthy, no matter where you are in life. This race is for EVERYONE! You don’t have to be a runner to join in on the fun. I know several people who walk the course to make it last, because it is THAT awesome of an experience!

This year, they switched it up. For 2016 they are doing the Tropicolor Tour! It’s definitely going to be one of their best! The Color Run Tropicolor World Tour 2016 is bringing a 5k paradise straight to Columbus, Ohio with a sweet Tropicolor Zone on course, all-new Rainbow Beach at the Finish Festival, and a fresh island-style participant kit.

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Review: Victoria’s Secret Tinted Sunless Tanning Lotion

Victoria's Secret Self Tanning Lotion Review

I’ve been meaning to make this post for a while now, but I’m finally reviewing it after my previous sunless tanning lotions review. Victoria’s Secret has a Tinted Sunless Tanning Lotion that I’ve fallen in love with. It’s a little pricier than my other options at $15 for 5.5 ounces, but it’s well worth the instant golden glow tan.

You can purchase this in stores, but it is seasonal and limited quantity, so I stock up and buy a couple bottles so I have some to last me a while. The lotion is very good smelling, hardly any “sunless tanner” smell, it doesn’t come of on clothing or sheets if you let it dry for 15-30 minutes after application. It’s also not sticky or streaky. It is tinted bronze so you can easily see even coverage. I apply two days in a row (usually at night and show in the morning) and it gives me a really nice glow that lasts for 3-5 days. You still need to wipe your ankles, knees, elbows, as these areas get darker like with other self tanning lotions.

Positives

  • No terrible smell
  • Instant tan after one application
  • Tinted lotion is great for easy coverage
  • Non-sticky
  • A little goes a long way
  • Doesn’t come off easily on clothing or bed sheets when fully dry
  • Lasts a 3-5 days
  • Didn’t make skin break out (including my face)

Negatives

  • Pricey for only a 5.5 oz bottle that lasts only about 6 applications or less (depending on amount used)
  • Turns skin yellowish as it fades
  • Not available in stores all year round

I recommend exfoliating before applying as well as staying hydrated to make the tan last. Drink water, use a lotion such as sunscreen to lock in the color. My skin becomes very sensitive to sun rays when I use this tanner, or any tanner, so sunscreen prevents burn and sun rash if I’m going to be outside. I also recommend reading directions and also ingredients to make sure you aren’t allergic and to get the best results.

Overall, this is my go-to lotion. The sole fact that it doesn’t make me smell terrible is a WIN! It also gives me instant results, which is great because I’m not very patient with gradual tanning lotions. I would recommend this, but stock up if you want to tan all year round. Limited availability is definitely an issue with this one. You could buy on Amazon.com but it’s outrageously priced.

Have you tried Victoria’s Secret Tinted Sunless Tanning Lotion? What did you think?

Review: LulaRoe Clothing (Leggings and Irmas)

LuLaRoe Clothing Product Review

I was introduced to LuLaRoe by a friend at work. She added me to a seller’s Facebook group and I decided to give them a try, since my friend let me feel how soft the leggings were. They seemed really comfortable and like silk, but thicker material. My first purchase happened to be size Tween leggings that was paired with an Irma top (size XXS) for a bundle deal to save $3. I did not pay shipping since my friend knew the seller and she picked them up for me!

First LulaRoe Outfit

I am a size 2 pant, XS shirt, and 5’0″ tall, so the Tween leggings fit pretty well on me length wise and waist wise. They are a bit tight, but they are so stretchy I barely notice. They say the shirts run a size big, and I can see how that would be since a XXS was still pretty large! It was ok though, since I wanted it to be loose over the leggings. I really enjoyed pairing the leggings with oversized sweaters as well. I’ve also worn the shirt with jeans or black leggings. The shirt is not as soft as the leggings, just a regular cotton feel, but still very comfortable. I love all the leggings I see my friend wearing. I would probably not wear them to work if she didn’t do so as well!

LulaRoeLeggings

I have worn these leggings many times, but I think my one mistake is that I put them in the dryer. The softness has seemed to fade a bit and they have shrunk a little, but not drastically noticeable. I would recommend leaving these out to dry flat. There are instructions given when you purchase these leggings and I will follow them from now on! Care directions for all LuLaRoe clothing are as follows:

LuLaRoe Care Instructions

LuLaRoe Leggings Review

That same friend happened to give me another pair, which I love, for my birthday! These are One Size fits all (OS) and fit much more loosely and comfortably than the Tween. They are still tight at the waist, but I feel that there is much more room in the legs and butt of the leggings with OS compared to Tween. The above photo is after a couple of washes (Tween size on right). I pair all of my leggings with flats or boots, which seem to be the best with this fashion trend.

LuLaRoe Leggings Review  LuLaRoe Clothing Review

My second LuLaRoe purchase was recent and I’ve seen pop up parties posted ALL the time now! They are really gaining popularity. It was a pop up shop that was open for 24 hours and you have to say “SOLD” on the clothing items you want (along with any other seller instructions, such as adding your email address and or zip code). The items can be found in their album folders on the event or group page. This party had “free” shipping, but it was just automatically in the price of each item. For instance, my first seller did not include shipping, since she allowed buyers to meet her instead of having to pay for shipping. This was very nice, but some sellers are too far, so having shipping automatically in the pricing was also helpful when purchasing from my second seller. I received my items within 3 business days! This will depend on the seller, of course.

Overall, I really love the quality of these clothing items. They are rather pricey ($20+ for leggings and $30+ for tops), but the patterns are one of a kind and run out quickly. I really enjoy going to all of the pop up parties on Facebook, even if it is to just look at the most recent patterns. I even got my sister hooked on these lovely leggings! 🙂

So, what do you think about the new crazy pattern trend? Do you own any LuLaRoe clothing? Do you sell? How has your experience with them been? Comment below or comment on my Facebook page!

 

Review: Maple Holistics Degrease Shampoo

Review: Maple Holistics Degrease Shampoo

In February of this year, I stumbled upon a blog post about how to train your scalp to produce less oil so that you can go longer between washes. Less washes means less damage to hair, which is what I was looking for since I have very fine straight hair that is prone to split ends.

After a month of going every other day between washes, I was not enjoying the scalp training experience. My hair would look oily and gross by day 2 of no washing. I decided to look into a shampoo that would help with oil production. I found Maple Holistics Degrease Shampoo on amazon.com and decided to give it a try, despite the high cost of $16 for an 9.9oz bottle.

My first impression is that it does not smell like shampoo. It smells natural and earthy, but not unbearably so. The smell doesn’t stick to my hair, so it isn’t there after my hair dries. Only downside is that my hair doesn’t smell good or bad, it just smells neutral.

I like that this shampoo is all natural and works with my body’s natural oil production to reduce the amount of oil my scalp usually produces due to over-washing and using styling products. I feel good about using it and know it’s helping rather than hurting like shampoos with sulfates. This product seems to be more natural. 

I’ve been using the Degrease shampoo for about six months and now I can go 3-4 days in-between washes! I love that the product also included a info card with tips on how to keep hair healthy, like rinsing with cool water after a hot shower to seal the hair cuticles, reducing oil production.

Overall, I would recommend this product to anyone who gets an oily scalp and would like to go a couple days in-between washes to keep hair healthy and clean. After 4 months I got my hair cut and the stylist said my hair looked great and didn’t really see any split ends to trim! I say that’s a win!

Have you tried this product? How do you keep your hair healthy?