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Month: August 2013

What I’m Loving ~ August

Urban Decay “All Nighter” Makeup Setting Spray
As a Bare Minerals user, My skin can sometimes look powdery which I’m not a fan of.  This spray completely fixes that, and as a bonus it also keeps my makeup in place all day. 
This is my favorite version of an eye cream.  I use it all summer when my pores are more likely to get clogged from my heavier eye creams.  I also use it in the morning the rest of the year, the rolling ball has a cooling feel to it so it feels very soothing under my eyes when I first wake up.
These Simple “radiance” cleansing wipes are awesome!  I have tried a few different types of cleansing clothes to take off my makeup at night, and these are the only ones that don’t make me break out.  They cost less than $4 at CVS, I use them every time I have makeup on before I use my Proactive cleanser.
My step sister turned me on to these masks when I was a teenager and I instantly loved that they cleared up a large amount of my acne and made my skin look much nicer.  As I got older and fell into the slump of having twins with special needs, and staying in the house most days, I stopped 90% of my beauty routine and this was cut.  Now that I am getting my flow back and finding little bits of time for myself, I grabbed this immediately!  I used to always buy it at CVS but they didn’t have it at any in my area, I ended up finding a whole line of Queen Helene masks at Sally’s Beauty Supply.  I’ve been using this once a week for a month and my skin already looks much better.
This is now my favorite lip balm.  First off the obvious, the packaging is super cute!  Also the texture of the balm is perfect it soften and moisturizes my lips without being to heavy or waxy.  I have a few different flavors in my bag, and these four I grabbed at Target the other day, They had four packs on clearance for $7.
My new Rose Gold Michael Kors Watch the Hubby got me for my birthday!  I am so in love with this watch, I wear it almost everyday.  The color is perfect, it matches my silver and gold.  I also like that the watch isn’t to big or to small, its a perfect everyday watch.

The Best Ice Cream in Massachusetts! Great Brook Farm in Carlisle

Great Brooks Farm’s ice cream stand, is amazing!
Maybe I’m bias because the memories of going here as a child flood my mind every time I turn down the long narrow road into Carlisle.  However I think that is one of the best aspects of this place, its in the middle of nowhere, has been around forever yet isn’t to crowded, it’s the perfect family place to get ice cream and build memories!  The kids love to run and play in the fields, feed the animals, eat some yummy ice cream, and laugh A LOT.  When they get older I plan to take them into the woods to hike some of the cool paths that surround the farm.

 

New York City with the Kids – Where We Stayed

We stayed at the Marriott Downtown.  The rooms where standard size, which is considered large when talking about NYC budget friendly hotels!  Everything was very clean and modern, the lobby was beautiful and offered an on site restaurant, Starbucks, and store.  What I really liked was that we were close to everything. We were directly across from the 9/11 memorial, a few blocks from Battery Park, and $5-$10 taxi ride to Central Park, Times Square, and Rockefeller Center.
This is the View from our room:


Anthony loved NYC, we had to explain to him a dozen times why we had to leave and when we could come back.  He kept telling me he was going to live there when he grows up.  Lilly had fun, but the candy shop was her favorite part.  Aidan did OK, better than expected, but as with all trips especially ones involving crowds, He had his ups and downs.
Anthony wants to go back soon, I’m thinking of planning a trip with just him for next summer.  I would love the mother/son bonding time, without the stress of worrying about the little ones.  I think he really deserves the time too, sense so much of our daily lives has to revolve around Aidan’s needs.

New York City Traveling with the Kids – Central Park Zoo

After we checked out of the Hotel we stopped at The Central Park Zoo.  This was another big thing on Anthony’s list.  I’m guessing he heard about this one on TV and it stuck, because he had been asking to go for some time and I had no idea why.  This is a tiny zoo with a very small amount of animals, but that doesn’t stop them from charging the same as the bigger zoo’s for admission.

In the main part of the zoo we saw about a dozen animals, in about an hour.  Next we walked over to the 4D movie which the kids loved (and so did I) but wished it was a bit longer, and then over to the children’s zoo.  The children’s zoo was a blast for the kids with sculptures to climb on and animals to feed and touch, this part of the zoo was perfect for the younger children and made the visit worth every penny.

New York City Traveling with the Kids ~ Statue of Liberty, Battery Park, and Top of the Rock

On our second day in NYC we started tackling Anthony’s list of must sees.  I still cant believe my little 8 year old wanted this for a vacation and to top it off had a list of what he wanted to see!  On the top of the list was The Statue of Liberty, so we walked down to battery park and took the boat over. 

 The kids loved the boat ride, Aidan in particularly thought it was awesome that they sold food on board.  Then once we got off they each got the talking tour radio’s that kept the little ones busy.  Anthony was so happy to see everything!
Then we took the boat back and headed down the path to grab a taxi, but had to stop and see the men holding snakes!  They let you hold the snakes and take a picture for $5.  Anthony wanted no part of it, Aidan tried but was terrified, Lilly on the other hand was just excited to take another picture of herself and grabbed the snake.

 For the second half of the day we headed over to the Top of The Rock, at Rockefeller Center.  Anthony had talked about going to the Empire State Building, but after talking to Uncle, he told me this was much better so we needed to switch plans.
The little ones loved the elevator ride up and down, and also the laser light play room.  Anthony loved that he could see EVERYTHING!

  

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