Skagit Tulip Festival 2018

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESOne of my favorite things to do in the Spring is visit the tulip farms in Skagit Washington.   As soon a April rolls around you know it’s the start of blooming festival season in Washington, starting with daffodils to the beautiful blooms of the colorful tulip farms. Every year during the whole month of April people can go and enjoy the millions of tulips planted on huge fields.

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Tulips fields have been around in the Skagit Valley since the 1900’s, and are planted throughout hundreds of acres in the valley each year. The fields are bordered by the Skagit River in the north west part of Washington. The bulbs are planted in the fall and bloom around the end of March to the beginning of May, when the weather starts to get warmer in the spring.

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I love walking around the fields and enjoying the beautiful spring weather. Looking at the sea of colors, of pink, purple, orange, red, and yellow attached to their vibrant green stems, it always reminds me of a rainbow. All of the color surrounded by mountains, still with a dust of snow on top of them, it’s just too beautiful to describe!

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There are several different fields that you can wander through to enjoy the tulips. I like to go to a different one each year to get different views of the tulips. The two gardens I love visiting are Tulip Town and RoozenGaarde. They are both owned and operated separately and both charge around $7.00 entry, and have services where you can buy food, shop, and buy flowers. They put out amazing arrangements of flowers and you get several different spots for different photos.

 

 

 

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I have a few tips if you get the chance to visit the Skagit Valley. The best way to get around is by driving to the farms. Tulip season is from April 1-30 but sometimes they extend the dates based of the blooms for the year, and if you wish to avoid the crowds the best time to go is a weekday. The best way to be informed about the festival is to check their website: Tulip Festival. Wear boots or any closed toe shoe because your shoes are bound to get dirty. You’re not allowed to bring pets into the farms. Bring money to pay for you entry ticket.

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It’s so hard to put your camera down as your walking through the fields. Every angle is so picturesque, it’s hard to choose which photos are my favorite! Tulip Festival is over this year but if your ever in the PNW in the spring it should definitely be on your list of places to visit. Stay tuned for all the other festivals I hope to visit this year!! Next up on my list is Lantern Fest!!!

 

p.s. The views expressed on this site are the author’s own and are provided for informational purposes only. The author makes no warranties about the suitability of any product or treatment referenced or reviewed here for any person other than herself and any reliance placed on these reviews or references by you is done so solely at your own risk. Nothing on this site shall be construed as providing dermatological, medical or other such advice and you are always advised to seek the advice of a suitable professional should you have any such concerns.

Quick Bagel Bites

I am always on the hunt for something quick to make on those busy days where you have to work late or your just way to tired to actually make something fancy. Bagel bites are something that I have eaten since I was a kid. I would always see the bagel bites commercial on tv when I got home from school so my brother and I were so excited to eat them as a snack when my mom finally caved and bought a box from the frozen section at the grocery store. Since then I have upgraded and now make my own quick homemade version of the frozen treat. It’s not as fast as opening the freezer and placing the frozen treat on a baking tray in the oven, but it’s still quick and equally as delicious. All you need are english muffins, my favorite are from Trader Joe’s, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and all of your favorite toppings.

Ingredients:

  • English muffins
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Tomato sauce (any brand will do)
  • Black olives
  • Garlic salt
  • Red chili flakes

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cut each english muffin in half (one muffin makes two bagel bites).
  3. Before I put the sauce on each half of muffin, I like to sprinkle so either garlic powder or garlic salt onto each muffin for some add flavor.
  4. Spread about a spoonful of sauce onto each muffin half.
  5. Sprinkle cheese on top.
  6. Now the fun part, toppings!! You can add whatever toppings you like. I prefer olives, a little bit on onions, and sometimes I will add pieces of pepperoni or pancetta.
  7. Once you add your desired toppings place in the oven for 10 mins or until all the cheese as melted.
  8. Enjoy!

I hope that you enjoy my quick treat for those days that you just need something simple!

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Hair straightening brush

How many of you have seen this device floating around the internet over the past couple of years? Well I finally decided to bite the bullet and try it out. Surprisingly I actually liked it, minus the off putting chemical smell that comes from this particular version that I bought from Amazon. If you want perfectly straight, frizz free hair, then this is not the device for you, I would suggest getting a flat iron. My favorite is the CHI, I have been using mine since high school. This straightening brush is for more natural looking straight hair with a little more volume than a flat iron would give. I find that it takes about the same time to do my hair if I use this device or if I use a flat iron. I have curly, wavy, frizzy mixed hair so this device is perfect for me when I want my hair to look more put together.

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One of the things I like the most about this device is that you can control the temperature. Some people find the automatic heat settings on devices too hot, and with this you can us a higher or lower temperature setting based off your personal preference. The one negative about this is that you can’t get close enough to straighten out your baby hairs, and mine are curly so I have to use the flat iron as well, which to see seems a little redundant.

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Overall I don’t think that this is a device that you need to run out and go purchase, especially if you already own a flat iron, but if you are looking for something new or if you had wanted to try this then I don’t think you would be disappointed with your purchase.

Note: This device is not going to give you that super sleek, straight hair look that a flat iron would give. This gives you more of a natural straight softness to your hair.

Here is the link to the one I bought but there are so many versions out there. I advise you to look at review on amazon before you pick one to buy! hair straightening brush

What my hair looks like after I use the brush.

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p.s. The views expressed on this site are the author’s own and are provided for informational purposes only. The author makes no warranties about the suitability of any product or treatment referenced or reviewed here for any person other than herself and any reliance placed on these reviews or references by you is done so solely at your own risk. Nothing on this site shall be construed as providing dermatological, medical or other such advice and you are always advised to seek the advice of a suitable professional should you have any such concerns.

Happy New Year!

I know! I Know..it has been a million years, but I am back. I hope you all had an amazing 2017 and start to the new year so far. One of my major resolutions for 2018 is to start blogging again. Life got the best of me last year, and between moving and facing new challenges in my life I just lacked the inspiration and time to blog. One of the things I like to do at the end of each year is to reflect on what I can do better or be better at in the next year. For me one of the things that I really missed doing was blogging, because it was a way for me to create and share as well as show my creative side, and a fun way to write and interact with the world.

So hears to all of us doing our best to fulfill all of our resolutions for the years as best as we can. I know that life happens and sometimes it can be hard but if we push through we can achieve all of our goals! Cheers to the new year and I hope you all have a great 2018!

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November Favorites

 

 

Products Mentioned:

Pink Sugar Fragrance: http://www.ulta.com/pink-sugar-eau-de-toilette-spray?productId=VP12090
Shiseido Ibuki Multi Solution Gel: www1.macys.com/shop/product/shiseido-ibuki-multi-solution-gel-1-oz?ID=1929984&CategoryID=25897&LinkType=&selectedSize=#fn=sp%3D3%26spc%3D143%26ruleId%3D77|BS|BA%26slotId%3D132%26kws%3DShiseido%26searchType%3Dac%26ackws%3Dsh
Herbivore Phoenix oil: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/herbivore-botanicals-phoenix-facial-oil/4482501?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort
Elf ultimate kabuki: http://www.ulta.com/ultimate-kabuki-brush?productId=xlsImpprod14521241
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick trio: http://www.sephora.com/bobbi-to-glow-shimmer-brick-palette-P413011?skuId=1857580
Loreal carbon black mascara: http://www.ulta.com/voluminous-carbon-black-volume-building-mascara?productId=xlsImpprod560090
Loreal Brow gel: http://www.ulta.com/brow-stylist-plumper-brow-gel-mascara?productId=xlsImpprod11861077
Mica Beauty Gel Brow Liner: https://www.amazon.com/Bundle-Items-Beauty-cosmetics-Chocolate/dp/B01FPZGO86/ref=sr_1_9_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1481390043&sr=8-9&keywords=mica%2Bbeauty%2Bcosmetics&th=1
Lipsence by sengeance
Bose Headphones: https://www.amazon.com/Bose-SoundLink-around-ear-wireless-headphones/dp/B0117RGG8E/ref=sr_1_3?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1481390210&sr=1-3&keywords=bose+headphones

Alternative Headphones:
Edifer: https://www.amazon.com/Edifier-H650-Hi-Fi-Ear-Headphones/dp/B013IKWU7Y/ref=sr_1_2?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1481390298&sr=1-2-spons&keywords=headphones&psc=1
FRENDS Layla Rose Gold: http://us.asos.com/frends/frends-layla-rose-gold-headphones/prd/6093126?iid=6093126&clr=Rosegold&SearchQuery=headphones&pgesize=22&pge=0&totalstyles=22&gridsize=3&gridrow=1&gridcolumn=2
Marshall Major II: http://us.asos.com/marshall/marshall-major-ii-on-ear-headphones-in-black/prd/7028367?iid=7028367&clr=Black&SearchQuery=headphones&pgesize=22&pge=0&totalstyles=22&gridsize=3&gridrow=5&gridcolumn=1

p.s. The views expressed on this site are the author’s own and are provided for informational purposes only. The author makes no warranties about the suitability of any product or treatment referenced or reviewed here for any person other than herself and any reliance placed on these reviews or references by you is done so solely at your own risk. Nothing on this site shall be construed as providing dermatological, medical or other such advice and you are always advised to seek the advice of a suitable professional should you have any such concerns.

Few Sephora Holiday picks!!

 

p.s.The views expressed on this site are the author’s own and are provided for informational purposes only. The author makes no warranties about the suitability of any product or treatment referenced or reviewed here for any person other than herself and any reliance placed on these reviews or references by you is done so solely at your own risk. Nothing on this site shall be construed as providing dermatological, medical or other such advice and you are always advised to seek the advice of a suitable professional should you have any such concerns.

Halloween Skeleton Makeup

I hope you all have an amazing Halloween!! Hope you enjoy!

Products Mentioned:

Image of skeleton I used I looked at this stencil as reference- https://www.merchantsfashionsdiscountsretailshoppingstore.com/products/skeleton-makeup-kit-beautiful?utm_campaign=Pinterest%20Buy%20Button&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Pinterest&utm_content=pinterest-buy-button-1846547e4-f9dc-44b6-ae4f-558511fb3da5

NYX milk jumbo- http://www.ulta.com/jumbo-eye-pencil?productId=xlsImpprod2150066#
NYX milk pencil- http://www.ulta.com/retractable-eyeliner?productId=xlsImpprod4141599
Nars Black liner- http://www.narscosmetics.com/USA/makeup-eyes-eyeliners/999NAC0000041.html?dwvar_999NAC0000041_color=7845082279#start=1
Mehron Face Paint- https://www.amazon.com/Mehron-Paradise-Palette-Basic-Colors/dp/B00FGAET6A/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1477946702&sr=8-2&keywords=mehron+face+paint
Morphe 35B palette- https://www.morphebrushes.com/collections/pro-makeup-palettes/products/35b-35-color-glam-palette
Glitter Injections copper crush-http://www.glitterinjections.net/store/p244/_COPPER_CRUSH.html

ps. The views expressed on this site are the author’s own and are provided for informational purposes only. The author makes no warranties about the suitability of any product or treatment referenced or reviewed here for any person other than herself and any reliance placed on these reviews or references by you is done so solely at your own risk. Nothing on this site shall be construed as providing dermatological, medical or other such advice and you are always advised to seek the advice of a suitable professional should you have any such concerns.