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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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.

Whats in my travel beauty case

 

Products Mentioned:

Karina train case (sold out)
(similar) Tartan + Twine train case: http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod13651109
Bellabe: http://www.amazon.com/Bellabe-Remover-effective-tweezing-bleaching/dp/B001RPL902/ref=sr_1_3_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1461180901&sr=8-3&keywords=spiral+hair+remover
Gillette venus travel razor: http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod6481588
Tangle Teezer: http://www.sephora.com/tangle-teezer
Kopari coconut sheer oil: http://www.koparibeauty.com/products/coconut-sheer-oil
Dior Blooming Bouquet eau de toilette: http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod13231193
Clinique moisture surge: http://www.sephora.com/moisture-surge-extended-thirst-relief-P209117?skuId=1084805&icid2=brand%20content_brand:clinique_p209117_image
Origins nitamins face cream: http://www.sephora.com/high-potency-night-a-mins-tm-oil-free-renewal-cream-P389345?skuId=1605351&icid2=brand%20content_brand:origins_p389345_image
Living Proof Dry Shampoo: http://www.sephora.com/perfect-hair-day-dry-shampoo-P399330?skuId=1722180&icid2=brand%20content_living_proof_lp_whatsnew_carousel_brand:living%20proof_p399330_image
Dove deodorant: target
vichy 3 in 1 face wash (sold out)
Bioderma sensibio: http://www.beautylish.com/s/bioderma-sensibio-h2o-100-ml
Cake Beauty desserted island body scrub:http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod11221071
Shiseido waterproof uv foundation: http://www.sephora.com/uv-protective-liquid-foundation-spf-42-P385743?skuId=1610658&icid2=brand%20content_brand:shiseido_p385743_image
Cover Fx custom cover drops: http://www.sephora.com/custom-cover-drops-P394579?skuId=1676501&icid2=brand%20content_coverfx_lp_trulyhealthyfoundations_carousel_brand:cover%20fx_p394579_image
shiseido tinted moisturizer: http://www.sephora.com/urban-environment-tinted-uv-protector-broad-spectrum-spf-43-P378216?skuId=1507615&icid2=brand%20content_brand:shiseido_p378216_image
Laura Mercier primer:
http://www.sephora.com/foundation-primer-protect-broad-spectrum-spf-30-sunscreen-P386053?skuId=1582204&icid2=brand%20content_brand:laura%20mercier_p386053_image
Becca Ever Matte poreless Primer: http://www.sephora.com/ever-matte-poreless-priming-perfector-P378017?skuId=1495209&icid2=brand%20content_becca_lp_yourskinperfected_carousel4_brand:becca_p378017_image
MAC studio fix foundation:
http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/13849/251/Products/Makeup/Face/Powder/Studio-Fix-Powder-Plus-Foundation
Estee Lauder blush in wild sunset: http://www1.macys.com/shop/search/Beauty,Pageindex,Productsperpage/Makeup,1,100?keyword=estée%20lauder&cm_kws_ac=est
Hourglass ambient lighting powder in luminous light:http://www.sephora.com/ambient-lighting-powder-P377723?skuId=1483528&icid2=brand%20content_hourglass_new_carousel_brand%3Ahourglass_p377723_image
Nars Gienah contour palette: http://www.sephora.com/contour-blush-P386664?skuId=1614023&icid2=brand%20content_brand%3Anars_p386664_image
Makeup Forever HD powder: http://www.sephora.com/hd-microfinish-powder-P210400?skuId=1582063&icid2=brand%20content_brand%3Amake%20up%20for%20ever_p210400_image
Urban Decay all nighter setting spray: http://www.sephora.com/all-nighter-long-lasting-makeup-setting-spray-P263504?skuId=1476142&icid2=brand%20content_ud_lp_top10_carousel_brand%3Aurban%20decay_p263504_image
Real Techniques beauty sponge: http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod12231055
Laura Mercier lipstick French Kiss: http://www.sephora.com/velour-lovers-lip-colour-P404722?skuId=1773902&icid2=brand%20content_brand%3Alaura%20mercier_p404722_image
Buxom Lip gloss Jessica: http://www.sephora.com/buxom-full-on-lip-polish-P174213?skuId=1589837&icid2=brand%20content_buxom_lp_bestsellers_carousel_us_brand%3Abuxom_p174213_image
Muran rapid age spot lightening serum: http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=prod2082341
Sensodine toothpaste: target
Loreal brow gel mascara:
http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod11861077
Tarte beach bum lipstick: http://www.sephora.com/rainforest-the-sea-drench-lip-splash-lipstick-P405809?skuId=1779321&icid2=brand%20content_brand%3Atarte_p405809_image
Tarte lights camera lashes mascara: http://www.sephora.com/lights-camera-lashes-P111902?skuId=862417&icid2=brand%20content_brand:tarte_p111902_image
Makeup forever matte ink liner: http://www.sephora.com/ink-liner-P391916?skuId=1656933&icid2=brand%20content_brand:make%20up%20for%20ever_p391916_image
Urban Decay naked skin concealer: http://www.sephora.com/naked-skin-weightless-complete-coverage-concealer-P392854?skuId=1678937&icid2=brand%20content_brand:urban%20decay_p392854_image
LA girl pro conceal: http://www.amazon.com/L-Girl-Concealer-High-definition-Gc973/dp/B00HEU0EZK/ref=sr_1_7_s_it?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1461183965&sr=1-7&keywords=la+girl
Becca shimmering skin perfector rose gold: http://www.sephora.com/shimmering-skin-perfector-pressed-P381176?skuId=1626449&icid2=brand%20content_becca_lp_bestsellers_carousel2_brand%3Abecca_p381176_image
Urban Decay 24/7 lip liner 1993: http://www.sephora.com/24-7-glide-on-lip-pencil-P219001?skuId=1724939&icid2=brand%20content_brand%3Aurban%20decay_p219001_image
MAC brown script: http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/13840/363/Products/Makeup/Eyes/Shadow/Eye-Shadow#/shade/Brown_Script
Bobbi Brown eyeshadow camel: http://www.sephora.com/eye-shadow-P270568?skuId=1754969&icid2=brand%20content_bobbibrown_lp_eyes_carousel_brand%3Abobbi%20brown_p270568_image
Mally Saddle shimmer shadow stick: http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod13741015#

disclaimer: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.

My Easy Long Lasting Travel Makeup Routine

Products Mentioned:

Makeup Forever Step 1 smoothing primer
Shiseido Tinted UV protector
Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer
Mac studio fix powder
Nars Gienah bronzer duo powder
Mac Eternal Sun blush
Nars Orgasm Blush
Mac paintpot in Groundwork
Mally Shadow stick in Saddle Shimmer
Mac eyeshadow Brown Script
Lakme cajole eye pencil
Anastasia Beverly Hills tinted brow gel espresso
Too Face better than sex mascara
Makeup Forever black ink liner
Mentha Lip Shine from bath & body works

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.

TBT Venice!

Hey guys!! Happy Throwback Thursday! About three years ago I went to Venice (gosh I miss traveling!!) and I fell in love with it’s beauty and romance. I’ve seen it in pictures and movies (the film Dangerous Beauty is one of my favorites), but there’s no substitute for seeing the city in person. In film’s it’s much more grandeur than it is today, but the crumbling palaces, beautiful art in its churches and museums, the Carnevale make Venice literally a living tribute to the past.

Venice is surrounded by narrow canals and streets spread over more than one hundred islands with gondolas gliding down these watery alleyways to beautiful palazzos emerging to the sea. These twisted and tangled passageways are an amazing attraction, it’s the city to get lost in, especially if you want to find all the cute little bistro’s and coffee shops, and shop at cute little stores to find that perfect Venetian mask.

After you’ve seen all the major sights, close your map and set off wondering. You’ll see pretty and colorful flower boxes hanging off of old windows, and the motorboat traffic on the Grand Canal. You’ll discover the Rialto Bridge, San Marco, and even an amazing glass blowing factory, in this beautiful and enchanting city with no cars.

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View from the Rialto Bridge

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Directions to Per San Marco

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Behind San Marco

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The Rialto Bridge, the most famous of the Venice Bridges

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Delicious Italian Cannoli and Coffee, a delicious snack as we took a break from our wandering around Venice!

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I hope that if and when you visit this enchanting city you call in love with it’s beauty and wonder as much as I did. I would love to know what you thought of Venice!!!