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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Easy & Tasty BBQ Foil Packet Meal and a Glow Party with Premier Glow

I wanted to do something special for the kids on Friday evening, the end of their first half week of school. I decided it would be fun to go outside and have a BBQ and glow party. For the BBQ I made one of their favorite BBQ dinners, an easy foil packet meal and we enjoyed fun glow toys c/o Premier Glow. The weather was beautiful, the food filled our bellies and the kids were over the moon about the glow toys! I wanted to share with you what glow toys we enjoyed and also the recipe for the tasty foil packet meal... so read on!

Easy & Tasty BBQ Foil Packet Meal

This is one of my favorite meals during the summer, because it all cooks in the foil packet on the grill. Little to clean up and it is SO delicious! You can also make these up the night or morning before and they are ready to be placed on the grill for dinner! I like to serve a fruit salad or some fresh watermelon with it. I also sometimes drizzle some steak sauce or the kids enjoy ketchup with the meatballs.

2 Ears of Corn, Split in Half
2 Potatoes
1 lb. Ground Chuck
Yellow Onion
*Makes 4 Foil Packet Meals

Spray 4 pieces of foil with cooking spray.

Divide the ground chuck into 12 separate meatballs. Season with salt, pepper and some seasoning. Each foil packet will get 3 meatballs.

Cut up 2 potatoes and divide equally among the 4 pieces of foil. Do the same with the onion.

Split the two corn on the cob in half and put one on each piece of foil.

I'm not sure if you have a Penzeys Spices near you, but this BBQ 3000 is my favorite seasoning mix to sprinkle on the meatballs.

Seal up the foil packet. Place on the grill at medium heat or in your oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes to an hour, or until meatballs are cooked through.

Trust me, this is one tasty meal... and, a nice meat and potatoes meal that my picky kids enjoy!

Glow Party
Premier Glow sent us A LOT of glow products! They have such a huge assortment of glow products on their site! My daughter and I are wearing these glow sunglasses and we're holding light up balls that expand when you roll them on the ground.

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Although, my kids favorite toys were the light up bubble guns!

They kept making bubbles on the ground and then they would run through them to pop all the bubbles! So much fun!

If you're a Star Wars fan, you'll enjoy these light up sabers.

My husband even got in on the fun. We were also sent some light up space guns that made noise. My son is holding one in his left hand in the above photo.

It was a lot of fun having a special evening with the kids and surprising them with a glow party outside with yummy food. Be sure to check out Premier Glow for any upcoming party or special event. These glow toys are wonderful for Labor Day, sporting events, etc.

Thank you to Premier Glow for partnering with me on this post. I was gifted these products to try and these are my honest opinions.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Ipsy Review #21 - August

I'm on #21 with Ipsy... which is almost TWO years! This box was a pretty good one, since I love It cosmetics and facial treatments (there was 2 in the box!). The lipgloss they sent is a perfect color on me and has great lasting power. The face powder (made with crushed diamonds) is also wonderful. The pouch is pretty cute, too and I love the pastel colors and design of it. I did order a free product with my free points I have accumulated, BUT I think I missed the date and it should be in next months bag.

What is Ipsy?
If you've never heard about Ipsy before, it is a mail subscription that sends you a new makeup pouch each month along with 5 products to sample. And, the kicker? It is ONLY $10 a month! It is also fun to see what others get, because not everyone gets the same products... you fill out a questionnaire and they base your products off of your answers. If you're interested, you can sign up under me, by clicking HERE and I'll earn some points to buy myself extra products. Thanks!

Now, let's review my Ipsy bag!

August Ipsy
*In the photo above I'm wearing Trust Fund Beauty Liquid Lipstick, Winky Lux Diamond Complextion Powder, and IT Cosmetics No-Tug Eyeliner.

Trust Fund Beauty - Liquid Lipstick in K, Bye
I was really excited to receive another Trust Fund Beauty item in the bag this month. In the past, I was sent a nail color from them. This liquid lipstick is a great everyday shade that I don't have already and it really stays on for HOURS. I will definitely use it up! I'm wearing this in the photo above.
I would rate it 5/5 stars.

Neogen Code 9 - Gold Black Caviar Essence & Gold Tox Tightening 2 Pack
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You exfoliate your skin with this product on one side (there is even real gold flakes you can see) and you absorb and smooth it with the other side. The price point on this product is pretty high, BUT I don't think I would go out of my way to buy it. My face didn't really feel any different or tighter after using it... but, it was a fun product to try out and they sent 2 packs and I'll get to do it one more time!
I would rate it 3/5 stars.

Winky Lux - Diamond Complexion Powder in Light
I used this over my foundation and I was really impressed with it! It is a little light on me since I have a summer tan, but I applied a bronzer on top and it looked great! I really like how there is crushed diamonds in this, how glamorous is that? I also like that it doesn't have a shimmer and it applies evenly and goes on my brush like a dream! I also think it would look great under my eyes to brighten them. I'm wearing this in the photo above.
I would rate it 5/5 stars.

It Cosmetics - No-Tug Waterproof Mini Gel Eyeliner
I really love IT Cosmetics, so I was excited to receive this in my bag! However, Ipsy did send me a black eyeliner last month, SO I think I'm good on black eyeliner for awhile. This eyeliner glides on easily and definitely doesn't tug. It self sharpens and I wish the point was a little thinner on the tip. I didn't notice any smudging when I wore it. I'm wearing this in the photo above.
I would rate it 4/5 stars.

Global Beauty Care - Dead Sea Wash Off Mask
I really enjoy trying out different face masks... even if I do look scary with them on. Ha! This one was just OK. My face did feel nice and refreshed after, but I wouldn't go out of the way to buy it again. I will probably get 3-5 facials out of this pouch. I did like that the dirt and minerals are from the Dead Sea in Israel and I have never tried a dirt mask before... it reminded me a lot of a charcoal mask I tried a few months ago.
I would rate it 3/5 stars.

And, if we look back from a YEAR ago... this is my August 2015 box and I'm sharing what I used and what I didn't use...

Products from my August 2015 Box I've Kept or Tossed:

There are two products from this box that I am still using and really, really love: Skone Cosmetics Luxe Doubler Eye Lip Pencil in Wine. I wear this as a lipstick, I fill in my lips with this wine color for a nice and long lasting fall shade. The 'Pencil Me In' Cosmetics Natural Eyeliner Pencil in Boysenberry is more of a blue color (I know, weird) and I love to wear it when I'm wearing navy or anything blue! It really makes my eyes pop.

I really enjoyed the Paula's Choice Skincare Retinol Serum, but it didn't last long enough for me to see results. The Albertini Divine Skin Hydrator is a product you put on your skin in the shower and you rinse it off and it moisturizes your skin. This was great to use after shaving my legs.

The Doll 10 Blush is a rub on blush and it goes great with my skin color... but, my powder bushes are SO much easier to blend and apply that I forget about it a lot. 

To see my August 2015 Ipsy review post, click HERE.

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What did you get in your Ipsy Glam bag this month?

Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Creative Corner Link Up Party & Weekly Recap - 08/21/16

Welcome back to our DIY/Craft Link Up Party! Thank you for stopping by every week!

Today's Feature is Farmhouse Chic Dining Room Shelves by Lolly Jane Blog.

I like to share a little recap of my week at the start of each party:

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On Wednesday, the kids started school... 5th grade for Nathan and 2nd grade for Autumn! They had a half day for the first day and then a full day on Thursday and Friday. It seems to be going well! On Thursday morning I drove out to Queeny park, which is a beautiful park yet challenging due to its mammoth sized hills. I had never run there before and wanted to test it out before I had to run 16 miles there (4 times around!) this Saturday. I did great running the one 4 mile loop on Thursday and on Saturday I completed all 4 loops (16 miles!). It was REALLY challenging, though (mentally and physically) and I am glad we aren't running there again for marathon training! lol!

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The kids started cross country and here is a photo of them stretching. I had forgotten their clothes for them to change into, so I had to bring them up after school and I was able to snap this photo. :) And, magazine sales have started again at school... this is the kids (not mine) favorite fundraiser, because they get keychains (each year it's a different theme) for sales. This year it is Emoji (big surprise) keychains. There is even two 'secret' keychains and one of them is a chocolate ice-cream one (as the principal called it- lol).

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Italy Vacation: Rome, Day 1

I've finally had time to go through the vacation photos from Italy, so that I can start recapping my trip on the blog. I was going to do ONE post for Rome, but I've decided to break it apart into 3 parts for each day that we were there. We had such an amazing trip of a lifetime in Italy and I would love to go back someday... there were so many amazing cities that we didn't even see in Italy, but we thoroughly enjoyed Rome, Florence and Venice!

In this photo I'm sharing my Passport and boarding pass. I forgot to sign my passport and the flight attendant that was boarding us onto the plane jokingly (well sort of) told me my passport wasn't valid. I was like... WHAT? Of course, it just needed my signature! I almost died... I thought I had brought my old passport by mistake or something. LOL.

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International flights are LONG, but in a way so relaxing! I always love to look at the map to see how much progress we have made towards our destination. In the second photo above, you'll see we had a beautiful view as we flew over the Alps!

After a long taxi ride from the airport to our hotel, we arrived at the Empire Palace Hotel. I had a hard time selecting a hotel in Rome and I went back and forth with our travel agent. This hotel was really nice for Rome, but my least favorite of the three hotels we stayed at. There wasn't anything bad about it, but also nothing I would remember. I hate the showers in Italy. ALL three hotels had a bath with a shower partition with glass that only covered the wall of half of the tub. So, you had to be REALLY careful when taking a shower as to not get water all over the floor.

The free morning breakfast was spectacular at Empire Palace and there were several restaurants and a gelato place in walking distance. The hotel itself wasn't super close to a lot of the sights in Rome, but we used Uber to take care of that problem (and everything we wanted to see was spread out, so it wasn't the hotel's fault).

Here is a photo of our room, definitely hohum and nothing to write home about. The bed was also not the most comfortable.

One part of our room that I did love is that our window opened up to a courtyard and there was a fountain that you could hear from our room. This was an outdoor restaurant area at the hotel. It was a beautiful view and the fountain and sounds were relaxing when we had our windows open.

The Vatican

After taking a little break at the hotel (right after our LONG 10 hour flight), we decided to keep moving to stay awake. We had a Vatican tour that afternoon. Even though I had gone over 24 hours without sleep and a shower, I was so amazed by this tour that I forgot that I was tired! The photo above shows the outside of the Vatican before we went into it.

Here is a photo of the outside of St. Peter's Basilica.

The inside of St. Peter's Basilica is enormous... and it was a surreal experience.

StPetersBasilica4 StPetersBasilica5(Photo on Left) This photo is a little grainy, because I was zooming in pretty far. You can see how big St. Peter's Basilica is by looking at the service they are holding and how tiny they look compared to everything else in the church! (Photo on Right) We also got to see the tomb for John Paul 2.

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(Photo on Left) One of the statues that I was the most excited to see at the Vatican was Pieta by Michelangelo! I remember studying this sculpture in art history back when I was in college. (Photo on Right) Apollo Belvedere


One of the halls of the Vatican Museum.

This is the Gallery of Maps in the Vatican, where you'll see a series of topographical maps of Italy that are painted by Ignazio Danti.

The famous Swiss Guards.

And, a photo of me in St. Peter's Square.

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After our tour of the Vatican, we were tired and famished! We decided to eat at Ristorante da Giovanni, which was close to our hotel. There were actually A LOT of really good restaurants within walking distance of our hotel. This restaurant was small (most are in Italy) and was family owned. In the middle of the restaurant (I wish I had taken a photo) they had a table set up and all of their freshly made desserts were set out on it. Yum! We started our FIRST Italian dinner with caprese salad, which we had a lot of while in Italy.

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We drank the house wine that night (the house wine was never disappointing anywhere we went!) and I ordered spaghetti with homemade noodles. The dessert I had was a lemon cake topped with powdered sugar. I wish I could give you the exact names of what I ordered, but I can't find a menu online for the restaurant. You'll just have to trust me that it was indeed very, very good! Oh, do I miss Italian food! It really is the freshest and so delicious!

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After dinner, we wanted another dessert... is it bad to have 2 desserts, especially your first night in Rome? Oops! We decided to check out Gelateria Come il Latte and this was THE best gelato we had our ENTIRE trip (and we had a lot of gelato)... so good in fact, that whenever we are back in Rome... we are coming here! The whipped cream was homemade and just perfectly whipped. The gelato itself just melted on my tongue. Oh, I wish we would have had time to visit this place every night we were in Rome! I also wanted to add that this place is #1 for Coffee and Tea and #9 for Places to Eat on TripAdvisor, so you know it is a step above the rest!

Well, that is a cap on our first day in Rome. I was going to combine our 3 days of Rome into one post, but there is just TOO much that we did. So, next Friday stay tuned for Day 2 in Rome!