Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you SO much to Plain Debbie for nominating me for this award!!! It is always truly inspirational to open up the notifications tab and see a nomination waiting for me 🙂 . Go check out her blog if you haven’t already… it is fabulous!

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THE RULES:

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog.

MY ANSWERS:

  1. Cats or dogs? – Kittens.
  2. Where are you right now? – Sitting at home, in the office, surrounded by moving boxes.
  3. Do you have any brothers or sisters? – One of each.
  4. What keeps you motivated? – The future, my goals, art, nature, reading, education. But mostly the company that I keep… my family, my friends, and the people I get a chance to help.
  5. What’s the first country you visited? – The first was Canada. I’ve since been to Mexico, The Bahamas, and Jamaica.
  6. What’s your favorite flavor for ice cream? – Blue Moon.
  7. Who’s your favorite singer? – Lately it has been Bruno Mars for the win.
  8. Pizza or burger? – A true Wisconsin girl could never pick one or the other 🙂 .
  9. Where would you rather be right now? – Seeing as how we got several inches of snow last night, probably anywhere warm.
  10. If you could travel through time and visit a era for a day you would pick 60 70 or 80? – 1970’s, but seriously any of these would be awesome.
  11. Have you said I love you to someone today? – Yes!!!

MY QUESTIONS:

1. What is your favorite type of weather?
2. When was your last vacation?
3. Who do you most admire?
4. What inspires you?
5. If you could speak any language what would it be?
6. You favorite candy bar?
7. What do you like to do for fun, aside from blogging?
8. Is there a story behind your name?
9. Favorite color?
10. Best accomplishment?
11. What would you do with a million dollars?

NOMINATIONS:

Beauty Blush, Dasa Lavric, Dolled Up By J, Helpless Whilst Drying, Hey Ehren, Online Beauty Finds, Queen of the Girl Geeks, Simply Sorcha, Sophia Lo, Taylor Dorothy

Key West, FL

As you may have seen in a recent travel post, this summer I was fortunate enough to take a trip with my family to The Florida Keys. One of my favorite parts of the vacation was our day trip to Key West, which was so much fun! To start, the actual drive down is gorgeous. I have seen it on many “things to do in your lifetime” lists and would recommend that you add it to yours. The famous Overseas Highway is how you actually get down to Key West. From our hotel in Key Largo, which is the northernmost Key, it took a little over two hours by car… and you need to do it by car. I promise that you won’t regret it. It’s a one road in and one road out kind of deal and the scenery will take your breath away. It literally feels like you are driving on water because the ocean surrounds the road. Amazing!

Since most of the family members we were with had been to Key West before, we first stopped at a few of their go-to’s including El Mason De Pepe, a Cuban bar and cigar shop, and Hogs Breath, a famous bar that has the yummiest drinks and a fun atmosphere. From there, we visited The Southernmost Point in the US and Mallory Square… two essentials on the island.

We spent most of our day sight-seeing and exploring what Key West has to offer, a lot of which is located on Duval Street. Downtown is filled with unique shops, bars, and restaurants. We went to Flying Monkey’s Saloon for frozen drinks, the original Margaritaville for lunch, and Sloppy Joe’s for a live band. Needless to say it was a good day on Duval!

Other notables from our Key West trip included US 1 Mile Marker 0 and the Key West Lighthouse, both historic and must-sees in their own special way. We ended the day with a beautiful sunset on the island as we drove away. Sunsets in Key West are a nightly celebration and likely the biggest must-see of them all.

Key West is truly one of those places you have got to see and experience for yourself. There is a rich history to tell about the island… everything from pirate ships to famous poets and lots of things in between. I know I will be back again to see some things that didn’t quite make our day trip itinerary. There is so much to do and see that you won’t be able to get to everything in one day, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try! If you get the chance to go, GO!!!

Have you ever been to Key West? Anything I missed? XOXO

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

I feel so fortunate to live in Wisconsin, where this type of lake view is not all that hard to come by. This weekend I enjoy a new-to-me Sauvignon Blanc on the pontoon boat… It was a match made in heaven. The bottle said “enjoy in the sunshine” and I took that as a direct order.

This wine has sharp acidity with strong flavors of green fruits, which is common for the lower island region of New Zealand because of the cooler climate. It is tart and light with no oak presence. The color is pale and the sweetness dry. I enjoyed this wine quite a bit. It was perfect for a little sun and a lot of relaxation, XOXO.

Springy Pink Lips

Lately I have found myself reaching for really hydrating, pinky lip shades and think it has something do to with the spring season. Something about a soft and shiny pink lip screams warm weather and sunshine! Here are a few favorites I have been loving, XOXO.

 

Milani – Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss, “Sweet Grapefruit”

Used alone, this is a lightly pigmented and sheer gloss. I also use it on top of other matte lipsticks to get a larger lip effect. The scent is very sweet, like cupcakes.

Beauty For Real – See The Light Illuminating Lip Gloss, “Kiss Me”

This gloss includes a light on the wand and a mirror on the tube for easy application. It has a minty scent and subtle shimmer that is really flattering.

Almay – Smart Shade Lipbutter, “Berry Light/Medium”

Probably my favorite of all! I actually used this on my wedding day because of the lightweight formula and buildable qualities. It’s really comfortable on the lips and has a yummy vanilla scent.