Mexico Travel Diary: Luggage and Accessory Haul

So as I mentioned in my Hobby Lobby Haul, I will be jetting to Mexico in December. We are visiting Playa Del Carmen and I couldn’t be anymore excited. We will be spending five days there, but more of that to come.

The other day I made a stop into TJ Maxx to find a nice suit case for my trip. I went with a paisley pattern from the brand Anne Klein. It is the perfect size for my needs. Plenty of space for five days worth of clothes and a lot of souvenirs. There is one main area that is the majority of the space. Inside there is a small bag to store your essentials. There is also a small zipper on the side to keep more important items. The right side has another zipper for other items such as toiletries. It has 360 degree wheels which will be nice when walking through the  airport. I never knew a piece of luggage could make me so happy, but it does because it means that wonderful things are coming.

The next item that I picked is this travel bottle set. There are three bottles and one spray bottle. It also includes a small funnel and pump which I think is absolutely adorable. They are TSA approved which makes them even better!

These are pretty self explanatory, but I think that they are just so adorable. The luggage tags came in a pack of two for $4.99 which I thought was a great price. One is silver and the other is a gold color. I plan to use one on my suitcase and the other on my backpack.

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I also picked this hydrating face mist up. I have seen this all over Pinterest for a very long time and I wanted to give it a try. I plan to take some to Mexico with me. I am going to pour some in the spray bottle from above. It is in a glass bottle so I can’t take it, plus it is just way too big to make the trip. It smells absolutely delightful!

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I have been on the hunt for tea tree oil for a very long time. Most bottles ring up at a $20 price tag. I found this bottle for $5.99 and it had to come home with me. This isn’t necessarily for my trip but I just had to share. Tea tree oil is awesome for multiple uses.

I highly suggest swinging by your local TJ Maxx or shopping online if you are in need of new travel items at reasonable prices.

Are you travelling somewhere before the end of the year? Let me know where you are going in the comments!

Hobby Lobby Haul

So I headed back to Hobby Lobby, which I am sure doesn’t come as a surprise to any of you. This time I bought a bunch of items to go along with my Happy Planner. Yes, I am obsessed.

The first thing that I picked up was a pack of date stickers. I can use these to add to my planner. I can also use them when I scrapbook and I got them for half price.

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I then picked up a pack of Mambi stickers that have a travel theme. I am going to Mexico in December so I thought these would be perfect. I can not wait  to create a travel scrapbook with these stickers. So cute!

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I always see how happy people are when they memory plan. I don’t want to buy another planner for it so I decided to pick up some accessories for my current planner. I grabbed a pack of page protectors with 12 in it. I plan to insert these in my planner whenever I have a big occasion happen that I want to remember.

To go along with the page protectors I also picked up Pocket Pages Themed cards. It comes with 72 adorable decorative cards to go along with my pictures.

I have been eyeing these dividers for a while and I finally just couldn’t resist. I mean look at how adorable that gold looks. I can not wait to add these to my planner.

These gold pineapples were too cute to just leave on the shelf. You can’t tell in the pictures but I can promise you that they are gold foil pineapples.

The last thing isn’t super fun, yet it is necessary. It is a new set of scissors. I managed to lose my last pair and I have gone crazy without scissors so they came home with me. They are even my favorite color, so even better!

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My store was having a sale since they are moving stores. Everything I bought was on sale so that was a total score. My planner needs are quenched for a while.

What is your favorite planning tool or accessory? Let me know in the comments.

 

Michael’s and Hobby Lobby Haul

It is honestly like a drug to me. Crafting is something that I just can’t stay away from. Recently I fed my addiction by making a stop into Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. Both of them felt like home the minute I walked through the door.

My first stop was at Michael’s. I of course picked up some planner supplies because, well, how could I not. DSCN0890

I picked up a new stamp that is a simple to do list. It was a steal at only two dollars.DSCN0897

I always use my 40% off one full price item on new Mambi sticker books so I get them for $11.99. Always look at Michael’s coupons and advertisements before heading to the store. DSCN0903

I also picked up a tube of washi that was on sale. I spent less than five dollars on it.

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My next stop was Hobby Lobby and my oh my did I find some deals.

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I picked up another Mambi sticker pack, because as you can see, I just can’t resist them.dscn0917.jpg

I also found paper clips in the clearance which only came out to be 80 cents. I thought that was a huge steal since they were originally $3.99.dscn0911.jpg

I then picked up a new black stamp pad to go with my to do list stamp.dscn0923.jpg

A new necklace was needed so I picked up the pieces to make my own. I grabbed a chain, my birth stone and a couple other gems.

This is the final product and I absolutely adore the way that it turned out.

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Comment down below what you get when you go into these stores. Check out my Pinterest and Instagram for more ideas!

Colorado Travels: Union Lake

Every 4th of July weekend, my family and I take a trip somewhere. This year we went to Union Lake in Longmont. We went two years before and enjoyed it so much we decided to go back. My neighbors came along with us as well as their parents. Our neighbors’ daughter and grandson made the trip as well. My boyfriend also joined us for the adventure.0701170655

Union is a nice and family friendly lake. They have paddle board rentals which is very nice. Our neighbors have two of their own so we just used theirs. The lake also has a sectioned off swim area. Furry friends also have a spot of their own with a nice dog beach. The only downfall is that there is no electricity, therefore noisy generators must be used.

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My boyfriend and I arrived on Friday afternoon. The night was spent talking and laughing around the fire.

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I was up by 6 o’clock the next morning. My boyfriend and I took a walk along the lake and watched the sun rise. There are always hot air balloons around Longmont, so we were able to watch those. Saturday was a warm day and a perfect time to paddle board. My neighbor’s daughter and I took out the paddle boards and paddled down by the swim beach and then back.

I finally convinced my boyfriend to hop on the paddle board with me. We just messed around and were having tons of fun. My grandparents also came out for the day. We had a nice lunch and everyone sat around talking. For dessert, we had angel food cake in a mason jar that my neighbor made for us.

When my grandparents left, a few of us headed down to the swim beach with floaties in hand. The water was pretty warm and floating around was so relaxing. There were many people but there was still plenty of room for everyone to do their own thing. The night was another spent around the fire talking.

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When I walked out of the camper on Sunday morning, there was a hot air balloon right outside the door. We sat and watched it for a while until it was too far behind the trees to see. My parents, boyfriend and I enjoyed a small breakfast. Then, my boyfriend and I headed home because his brother was getting married. How exciting!

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Comment below where you have traveled to already this summer.

Colorado Travels: Greeley Stampede

Carnival food is always so expensive and not always worth it. Therefore, Hayley and I decided to start out our night at Panda Express. Best friend talks are always the best especially with some Chinese food to go along with it. Mmm it doesn’t get much better than orange chicken.

We arrived to the Stampede around seven. Parking prices are through the roof but the entry fee was only $5. We started the night by walking around to see what we wanted to do. They brought in some new rides this year but they also did  away with many of them. We walked around the whole place to discover there was no monkey this year. Repeat: NO MONKEY! What the heck is up with that?

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We went and bought ride tickets for a dollar a ticket. The Cliff Hanger was the first ride of the night. Flying high over the carnival is always a thrilling experience. It went higher up then I remember! Our stomachs are a bit weaker then they used to be when we were 15.

Of course, we had to take some fun Boomerangs! The Cliff Hanger and the Super Shot were fun Boomerangs to take.

Hayley always has to get a jumbo corn dog when we go. (I don’t like corn dogs) People probably looked at us like we were crazy when we took these pictures, but who cares as long as you are having fun.

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We are always the oldest people on most rides. This year we got told we could only sit on certain animals on the Carousel. I mean horses are cool but I wanted to sit on the giraffe. Even worse than that, Hayley and I were separated on the ride. I could not understand the ride operator to save my life. Coffee?

Then we chowed down on some ribbon fries and said hello to some people we know. Why are ribbon fries only carnival food? We strolled through the shops and a man stopped us and shoved a hot pack in my hand. Hello its summer and I don’t need to be any warmer than I am.

Waiting to get on the Ferris Wheel until it is completely dark is always the best. The line moved much quicker than we anticipated. While we waited, we of course had to get our basic selfies. The first time you start moving is a wave of excitement and just a slight amount of fear. As soon as I could see the entire carnival, I was in awe like I am every time I make it to the top. The view from above is always the best. Even if that means being many feet off the ground.

We then made our way through a free fun house and I almost lost my pursue while going down the slide. Two tickets left and we had no clue what to do. So we hopped on a slime version of the teacups even though the ride operator looked as like we were mental.

Five dollars for a small, guaranteed stuffed animal is expensive but it is more about the memories. She got a doughnut and I picked a rainbow colored penguin.

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Just because there were downs, doesn’t mean I didn’t have a blast with my best friend. This has been our tradition for the past four years and nothing can stop us.

Comment below what your summer tradition is?

 

Movie Night with Your Best Friend

Summer is a busy time for everyone. It is hard to find time to make plans with your best friend. But for my best friend and I, a movie night was in order.

I bought the snacks and drinks. She bought the wings and fries. How can it get any better? We piled up our snacks and looked at all the glory. We set out on a mission to devour our wings and fries along with the yummy ranch. As we ate, we started out with a tale as old as time: Beauty and the Beast.

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We giggled about the animation and how bad it used to be. We joked around and had great best friend conversations.

BREAKING NEWS: Moana is now on Netflix. It was my first time watching it and I absolutely adored it. Disney animation has definitely improved! I love the meaning behind it. If a girl sets her mind to something, she can accomplish it even though there will be challenges. I would highly recommend any one to watch it if they haven’t seen it yet.

If you have never heard of Totoro, then you are missing out. We watched My Neighbor, Totoro and it is one of the cutest movies I’ve ever seen. Japan makes their movies right. Another movie that needs to be added to your to watch list!

Then we skipped through parts of Gremlins just so we could see cute, little Gizmo. He is just so stinking adorable! We chowed down on our yummy treats throughout the night. And then we ended the night by watching The Emperor’s New Groove but, sadly we both fell asleep.

Spending time with your best friend doesn’t have to be expensive. A few snacks a movie or two from home is way better than paying a million dollars to see a movie at the theater. You can talk and giggle as loud as you want. Plus, the candy isn’t $4 a box.

I went to the Dollar Tree and was able to buy our snacks and drinks for the night. This is perfect if you have other expenses that you need to pay for. She splurged on wings and fries from Wing Shack but mmm was it worth it!

Decide what you want to do and it can be something as simple as a picnic in the back yard or park!

Comment below your summer ideas to do with your best friend.

New Happy Planner

DSCN0850I recently bought the 2017-2018 CLASSIC Happy Planner®  in Modern Marble.  I have just planned my first week in the new planner. I have chosen to do a theme each week.

This week’s theme is an orange and light blue scheme. It felt very summery to me and that is exactly what I am going for. The Happy Planner is all about being creative and staying organized. That is what I intend to do when using the planner.

I have jotted down the word “pic” in pencil but, it is hard to see. I am leaving space for a picture after the day happens so I can look back on it with what is called memory planning. Make a quick Pinterest search to see some ideas.DSCN0877.JPG

From Left to Right: Everyday Reminder Stickers Teacher Edition Sticker SheetsStudent Edition Sticker SheetsSchool/College Planner StickersLife Quotes Stickers , Washi Sticker Pack  and Organize It Removable Calendar Stickers

To go along with my new planner, I had to buy some stickers. Of course! Who doesn’t love stickers? These add beauty to my week. They also help me stay on track with what I need to get done because they draw my attention.

While shopping at Michael’s I also found this cute stamp set that will keep me right on track. I found it in their dollar bin.

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I absolutely love using Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens in my planner. They are the perfect size and they come in any color that you can imagine. You can pick some up at pretty much any store that sells office supplies. I keep mine stored in a large mason jar.

Washi Tape is a very big trend with planners. I currently only have two rolls but I love them both.

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