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Tips For Capturing Meaningful Moments on Family Vacation

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I am thrilled to share our tips for creating meaningful moments on family vacation today!  There’s nothing I love more than heading out of town with my crew of boys on a new adventure!

I am thrilled to share our tips for creating meaningful moments on family vacation today!  There’s nothing I love more than heading out of town with my crew of boys on a new adventure.  We are counting down the days to our next family vacation to Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in a couple weeks with Mom It Forward.  Stay tuned for our newest adventures!

For starters…

Involve the kids in planning your family vacation.  Show them pictures of where you are going, let them pick some of the activities and start a countdown calendar to get everyone excited!

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Family vacations should be fun so enjoy the little mements.  It can be stressful getting everyone ready for the trip, so once you are packed take a deep breath and enjoy the adventure.  Your positivity and attitude will rub off on the entire family.

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Take pictures!  I always regret not having more pictures from our trips, so I warn the family in advance to just let mom take pictures.  It is important and the quicker you smile, the quicker it’s over, lol!

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Take advantage of your hotel’s free activities.  We LOVE hanging at the pool, game room and exploring the hotel grounds!

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Try something new as a family, whether it be a new activity or new restaurant.  These are the things that create lasting memories.

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Most importantly don’t expect a perfect family vacation.  I’m not sure there’s such a thing.  The kids will probably fight and even drive you nuts at times.  It’s ok!  Make the best of your time together, limit technology,  and don’t sweat the small stuff.  I remind myself how lucky we are to be able to travel together as a family and laugh…a lot!

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Chit Chat Make Up Edition


Happy Friday to you!!  Today, I am talking a little about my daily Make Up routine, since some of you have requested this post :)

Let’s talk about pre-make up first.  I wish I could say that I use a really fancy face cleanser to wash my face but unfortunately I don’t.  I wash my face in the shower….eeek :)  I know, I am working on finding a great system.  I’ve been curious about the Chanel cleansing products.  It’s on my list to check out.

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Right after I get out of the shower and I’ve dried my face, I use one drop of pure Argan Oil underneath my eyes.  I am not kidding this stuff works wonders.  It has been the best results I’ve ever actually witnessed work for reducing wrinkles under the eyes.  It’s not very expensive either.  I go up to the health store by my house and they carry it.  Any pure argan oil will do the trick.  Doesn’t have to be this exact brand.  After I use the argan oil under my eyes, I use the Oil of Olay Regenerist cream as my main moisturizer.  I’ve used this for YEARS.  I’ve tried other expensive moisturizers and I always come back to this one.  It’s the best drug store moisturizer around.  Note:  Some friends I know can get away with using argan oil all over their face as their moisturizer.  I tried it and it just didn’t work for me.  Too oily for my whole face.  I prefer it just under my eyes and my decollate :)

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Up next, I apply Mac Studio Fix Concealer to various areas on my face.  Under my eyes, around my nose and mouth…and any other unfavorable spots :)  I just use my fingers for this, but you can definitely use the beauty blender.  Next, I apply my Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation with my beauty blender.  You have got to pick up a beauty blender.  Best $20 I’ve ever spent.  Seriously applies my foundation so smooth.  Love it.  I mix up my foundation a couple times a year, but I am really loving this one.  It’s light but still has nice coverage.

To apply my foundation I use the Beauty Blender.  It is like no other.  Smooths your foundation perfectly.  A must!

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I don’t use this highlighter everyday mostly because it’s kind of expensive and I save it for “going out” days or nights, but it worth mentioning.  I find this at Sephora and I get #1, “Mister Meringue” the lightest one they have to use as a highlighter and concealer.  It really is beautiful.  Check it out, kind of fun to have as an option in your make up kit :)

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Up next I use Mac’s Pink Swoon blush on the apples of my cheeks.  Sounds kind of weird, but I found this website that talks about exactly where you should put your blush.  Scroll down a few pics and you’ll see they have it circled :)  I use a brush similar to this for my blush.  Then it’s contouring time with my bronzer.  I LOVE Too Faced Milk Chocolate Bronzer.  I’ve used it for a couple of years now.  The best part is that it smells like chocolate!  I won’t use anything else and I’ll be devastated if they stop selling it, lol!  I am not a brush snob.  I use some simple Sephora brand and Mac brushes for my brush and bronzer.

Moving on to the eyes.  I use Mac black pencil liner in Feline.  It’s a pencil, but goes on smooth.  It’s not waterproof, but I don’t really like wearing waterproof.  It stays on just fine throughout the day……unless you live in crazy humidity, then go with something more waterproof :)  I love this liner and have used it for quite a few years.

If there’s one product I really cannot live without it is without a doubt this Mac Eyebrow Pencil in Lingering.  It works for light or dark brows and fills your brows in just enough without looking clown-like.  A must find.

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I’ve used this Archie’s Girls eyeshadow palette from Mac for a couple years now.  I love it.  I mostly use the 3rd from the left called caramel sundae.  You can’t purchase it from Mac anymore but I found it on Amazon.  It really is an awesome little palette.

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I also LOVE my Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara.  It works the best for my lashes and it’s under $20 at the department store make-up counters.  Before I apply my mascara, I always curl my lashes.  Is that a thing from the past?  I thought everyone still curled their lashes, but maybe I’m wrong, lol!

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I don’t do much lip these days, but I do put a few dabs of Clinique’s Pudgy Peony.  It’s a great moisturizing lip balm with great color.

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Super lame selfie trying to show my fresh make up.  I typically don’t spend more than 10 minutes putting my face on.  No mama’s got time for that :)

That’s it for me!  I’d love to hear your favorite beauty/make-up products!  I’m always up for trying new things :)

Happy Friday, see you Monday with a new recipe!!

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