Spring 2017 FabFitFun Box

Monday, April 17, 2017

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter. I spent my day going to church with Chandler, taking Diesel to get his next round of Trifexis, and then relaxing at the pool for a few hours.

I'm super excited to share my thoughts on the spring 2017 FabFitFun box. I'll be honest, I wasn't sure if I was going to continue my subscription or not so I made sure to look at the spoilers this time. As soon as I saw the Gypsy Roundie teaser, I was hooked! I've been wanting one of these for the longest time. I'm sure a few of you are wondering, how did I get the blue roundie with my box? A coworker of mine that is also subscribed to FabFitFun knows that I have a serious obsession with blue tie-dye. Once she received the blue tie-dye roundie in her box she immediately asked if I wanted to trade if I got a different color. As you guys can see, I said yes!


I was so impressed with the items in this box. The first item that caught my eye was the Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-in Conditioning Spray. My hair is my favorite thing about myself and so I can't wait to try it out and see the difference it makes!
 
The next item that I was drawn to was the Karuna Hydrating+ Face Mask pack. I got four great face masks that I can't wait to try with one of my girlfriends on our next girl's night in.

A few other items that were included in this box were two cute Deborah Lippman nail polishes that are perfect for spring or summer, a beautiful Emerald + Duv bracelet, a pack of delicious strawberry flavored Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies by Nature's Bounty, a fun lip kit from Realher, and the Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator from dr. brandt.


Don't worry, I didn't forget about my adorable Milly Zip Pouch. When I received my pouch that said "Haute Mess", I thought, wow, they do get me! haha :)


The best part about this pouch is that you can fit pretty much everything you got in the box inside of it! This pouch is perfect to take to the pool, the beach, or even as your very own make-up bag inside your purse!


What did you think of the spring 2017 FabFitFun box? I would love to hear more about your favorite item from the box in the comments below!

Have a great week!

Xoxo,

Caitlin

How To: Pack For A Trip

Friday, April 7, 2017

I hate packing. I don't think I know anyone who doesn't! You spend a ton of time trying to figure out what outfits you want to pack, how to make everything fit, and then you ask yourself "Did I forget something?"

I'm super excited to share a few of my favorite packing tips with all of you! I'd like to start by sharing what you should pack. The key to packing outfits for a trip is to pack the essentials, plus a few fun pieces that you can create multiple outfits with.


In this photo I have included:
  • Dark Wash Skinny Jeans
  • Dark & White Wash Jean Shorts
  • Black Leggings
  • Black & Blue Bralettes
  • Black & White Cardigans
  • Casual blue romper
  • Casual stripe romper
  • Three sleeveless tops
  • Short Sleeve Graphic Top
  • Black Sequin Dress (formal)
  • Tan Tulle Dress (formal/informal)
  • Lavender Bikini

Let's start with casual wear! You can create multiple looks with these seven pieces (jeans and leggings below items). Each top pairs with both pairs of jean shorts, and jeans and a few tops pair perfectly with the leggings. The romper is a cute alternative for those days when you want to switch it up.


It's important to bring a few dressier options because you never know where your trip will take you! I like to pack at least two dresses; one dress that is more formal, and another that can be dressed up or down. I also like to bring at least one top that can be worn with shorts or jeans and a cardigan for a night out with the girls or date night with your special someone.


Finally, my favorite things to pack: swimwear & cover-ups! For cover-ups, I like to bring something that is not as see-through so that I can wear it as another outfit. I found this adorable romper from ASOS for only $40! I also recently discovered this local swim company called Aurora swimwear. Their suits are so soft and comfy and this one is the perfect color for sun-kissed skin!


I'm sure you're wondering "how does everything fit in one small suitcase?" The answer is plastic bags! Go to your local grocery store and purchase gallon size zip lock bags. With these zip lock bags, you're basically creating those space bags you saw on TV years ago (that really do work I might add).


Let's start by packing your tops. Grab any top and roll it up long ways as tight as possible, then put it at the bottom of your zip lock bag. Repeat this step until you have fit 2-3 more tops in the bag, or as many that will fit.



Once you do this, fold the bag over, zip it half way, and begin pressing the air out. Once all of the air is out, completely close the bag. This will eliminate extra air space within the bag and flatten it out.


When you do this for all of your clothes, you have more room to bring back souvenirs or new clothes haha. :)  I will add that this does not work as well for thicker material items such as jeans or sweatpants. Those items are best kept flat or rolled up.


If you're hopping on a plane, this tip is especially useful because those who check baggage will be able to see what's in your suitcase more clearly without having to touch everything. Now, I can't guarantee they won't open the bag and look through your stuff, but every little bit helps!

I really like to do this with my undergarments, because the thought of someone else handling my undergarments kind of freaks me out.


There you have it! I hope you enjoyed all of my packing tips and I hope they help you for your next adventure!

  
P.S. Traveling alone is fun, but traveling with a friend is even better!


How to: Visit All 4 Disney Parks In One Day

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Growing up in Orlando, my family had annual passes to all of the theme parks. If I had to pick a favorite though, it would definitely be Disney! With four fun parks to pick from, Disney has something for everyone. Most of the time, if you go to Disney, you only go to one park a day so you can get the most out of the day. However, a friend of mine who has never been to Disney, is currently visiting from Germany. So of course we had to take her!

My boyfriend and I wanted to give her the full Disney experience, so we sat down, chose the best rides from all four parks, and planned the best day of her life!

This blog post includes what rides we went on in each park plus tips on how to achieve four park status in one day. Let's begin!

First off, I HIGHLY recommend starting at Magic Kingdom when the park opens at 9 a.m.. Don't be late!
*Tip* Once you have parked and are ready to get on the monorail to Magic Kingdom, take the "resorts monorail." It will save you so much time because while the line gets longer for the "park monorail", there is no line for the "resorts monorail" which only has a few added stops before it hits Magic Kingdom. 
Magic Kingdom is the busiest of the four parks, which means the lines for the rides get long very quick. If you are wanting to go on any roller coasters, water rides or completely new rides (meaning within the past few years), you should start with those.

For example, our plan was to go on Space Mountain and Thunder Mountain first, however due to the lines we could only get on Thunder Mountain (space mountain already had a crazy 90 minute wait after only being open for an hour).
After that, I recommend heading over to rides that get you out of the heat for a decent period of time (Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, Spinning Tea Cups and Country Bear Jamboree)
Now let's move on to Animal Kingdom! This park has a lot to offer, however if you're on a time crunch like we were, the best two rides to hit are Expedition Everest (a.k.a. my new favorite roller coaster and Kali River Rapids).
Funny story about the rapids ride. Growing up, my mom and I loved going to Animal Kingdom. For some reason though, every time we went on the rapids ride, we always went down the waterfall backwards. To this day, I STILL don't know what it looks like from the front!
*Tip* Expedition Everest is one of those newer(ish) rides that always has a long line. I recommend getting a fast pass for this ride. To get a fast pass at any point, download the Disney Experience app and simply link up your pass. From there you can link up any other passes that are in your group and reserve fast passes for all of your friends! You can get three to start and then one additional fast pass for every other park you visit that day.
Once you've gone on those rides, it's time for Hollywood Studios, formally known as MGM! This park in particular is known for it's shows. You can see anything from Indiana Jones to Beauty and the Beast. If you want to see the shows, I recommend going to this park on its' own day because the shows are scheduled at set times throughout the day.
The top two rides to go on at Hollywood Studios are Rock 'N' Roller Coaster and Star Tours! Now, I'm sure some of you are thinking "What about Tower of Terror?" I, personally am not a thrill seeker who likes freefall type rides, so I skipped this one. If you do like those types of rides, you have to go on it!
If you love Steven Tyler, rock music and limos then you will LOVE the Rock 'N' Roller Coaster. This fun ride puts you in a stretch limo that takes you all over Los Angeles! With fun, energetic rock 'n' roll music blasting in your ears the whole time, you'll be ready to take the stage at your own concert once the ride is done!
Now, I didn't forget about all of my Star Wars fans! Growing up, I LOVED watching Star Wars with my dad. We watched everything together. Star Wars, Star Trek and Godzilla! I was such a tom boy! Any who, Star Tours is a fun simulation ride that takes you on a mission all over the galaxy. Don't worry though, you won't be alone! R2D2 and C3PO will be with you the whole time guiding your flight!


Finally, the best park to end a four park day with is Epcot! I used to hate this park when I was little because it was so educational. Now, I absolutely love it! You get to explore so many different countries in just one loop around the park!
One ride that you have to go on is Spaceship Earth. This ride is educational, however, it has many really cool parts to it. Not to mention, this ride is completely inside the giant "golf ball" that you see when you first walk in. How cool is that?!
*TIP* Eating at one of the nicer restaurants at any of the countries is a must! However, you have to make a reservation first thing in the morning or else they will all be full by the end of the day. You can book a reservation on the same app that you got your fast passes on.
We decided to eat at Italy (because you know, I love pasta) and it was amazing! What I love most about Epcot is that every person you meet in each country, is actually from that country. When we were eating dinner, one of our servers had just come over to the states to work at Disney two weeks ago! It was so cool to get to know her a little better and meet a true Italian.
Last but not least, the fireworks show. I had  never seen the fireworks at Epcot before! I've only ever seen Magic Kingdom's fireworks. Chandler told me that Epcot has the best and he was right! Not only does Epcot do fireworks, but they also include a laser show and every country lights up during the show.
I hope you enjoyed reading my post about my trip to Disney! If you have any questions, I would love to answer them in the comments below!

Diesel's First Trip To The Beach + Dog Friendly Beaches in Florida

Friday, March 24, 2017

I'm a firm believer in the benefits of socializing your dog. They are less likely to be afraid of people (unless they have a gut feeling or sense some form of hesitation from you) and they are more likely to approach a new dog with a positive attitude.
Since we got Diesel we have taken him everywhere, and I mean everywhere! He's been to BurgerFi, Smoothie King, Aerie, Altar'd State and of course every pet store there is! On Valentine's Day, Chandler and I brought Diesel with us to the surprise Chandler had planned, which just so happened to be an Olive Garden picnic at the beach (aka HEAVEN haha). Diesel had never been to the beach before and so shocker, he lost his mind!
I knew that I had to take him to the beach again for his first official trip without the distraction of delicious marinara sauce.

He was so excited that he immediately starting digging to China in the sand. Of course, all that was running through my mind was "please oh please do not poop on the beach!"
He's not a fan of water though, even though we're pretty sure he's part Labrador. I'm hoping that will change as he gets older but if not, the only way I'll be able to walk with him in the water is with a TON of treats.
All of these photos were taken at Atlantic Beach, Fl which is a beautiful, dog friendly beach! If you're wondering what dog friendly beaches or dog friendly attractions are in your area, you have to visit this site: https://www.bringfido.com/

This site allows you to search dog friendly attractions in your city and it rates each location on a bone (star) rating. I mean seriously, how cute is that!

I would definitely give this site five out of five dog bones. πŸΆπŸΎ

Photography by the talented Sarah. I highly recommend booking her!

I bought this dress about a year ago at Francesca's! They're definitely one of my favorite boutiques! 

St. Patrick's Day

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Everyone loves St. Patty's Day! No matter where you look, you're bound to see something or someone completely green. I've always loved seeing all of the food and drinks that people dye green just for the holiday. So today, Chandler, Diesel and I are sharing our favorite St. Patty's day treat...Irish pancakes!
 
Okay, they're not really Irish but they are green and festive!
 
For our pancakes we used Krusteaz delicious buttermilk pancake mix and some basic food coloring! 
 
 
First, we mixed up the pancake mix until it was the right consistency. Fun fact for you guys, Chandler is definitely the pancake chef in our household. He makes the perfect pancakes every time and honestly, once I told him that we would be shooting making pancakes for my blog, he got really excited. 😊
 
 
Of course, Diesel had to check to make sure he did it right.
 
 
We then added in the food coloring! One side note about food coloring: if you want the color to be more prominent, add more drops!
 
 
 Next, pour some, but not too much, batter in your skillet or frying pan and flip once you start to see bubbles around the edges. I will say though that the tops of the pancakes will turn brown even though the batter is green.
 
 I really hoped they would completely stay green but you can't control that!
 
 
P.S. The shot above was taken right after I caught it in the air. Can you tell I was excited?
 
 
We obviously couldn't wait to dive in after we made these. I promise they were delicious!
 
 
 
Now, I'd love to hear your St. Patty's Day traditions! Comment below with what you do with friends or family so I can learn more about your traditions. 😊
 
 You can find the pancake mix and food coloring at your local Target!  
 

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