Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Lovin These Libraries

Yes, it's true, I've been ripped away from my community and friends and work. Everything I got comfy and familiar with for 15 years. Thank you Marine Corps! I landed in the biggest contrast I could imagine next to a foreign country. Lush, water logged coastal North Carolina. 

And I'm bored. My kids are in school. My husband is at work. I'm either cuddled up with a book or roaming around aimlessly. There isn't much to see so I started looking for Little Free Libraries.


Are you familiar with the Little Free Library? The best way to explain them would be oversized birdhouses filled with books. As a patron, you take a book and leave a book. They are taken care of by generous community members who love reading and want to make books more available in their neighborhoods. 

(Little Free Library #4065)

I was introduced to the Little Free Library organization through two bloggers I follow earlier in 2016. I am so sorry I can't specifically recall who they were :( I hate when my memory fails me like that. But those bloggers had posted about their own Free Little Library discoveries where they live.

I went on a little research mission and found all this really great information. (https://littlefreelibrary.org) Now I'm convinced I need to join the cause and get my own Little Free Library. In the future, of course. Until we get settled enough for me to get my own library, I've been driving around looking for LFL in our new town. We have the two shown above. 

Before we left Cali I had checked out a few in our area.




Little Free Library #27027


Little Free Library #26186


Library #29960


Little Free Library # 22195



Little Free Library # 20669

Isn't this the best idea? Have you heard of the little free library? Have you visited any in your town? 


Why Arkansas?

Arkansas may not be on your travel list but it should be! This state is gorgeous. Trees, mountains, rivers and waterfalls are all here. Arkansas is one of those states I've never traveled to or through. When we made our PCS travel plans, the whole route was planned so we could drive through Arkansas and explore. The bonus of PCS-ing is a free vacation along the way.


I learned very quickly to make use of a state's welcome center along the state lines. They are a wealth of information, not only for the area but the entire state. 


We made a couple hikes in the Petit Jean State Park. This one was Bear Cave Trail. I'll give you one guess why...


Yep, the caves. You're so smart!


We also hiked Cedar Falls Trail which ended at...you guessed it, Cedar Falls! My little daredevils hiked all the way around that rocky terrain to stand under that waterfall. I suppose if you are going to take the time to hike to a waterfall you better have the experience of standing under it. 


Another thing I was reacquainted with in Arkansas was humidity. I thought my straightening lotion was going to conquer. You can see how that worked out. I'm a curly haired girl and I'm not going to be able to fight it in my new home. Because it's May and the humidity is insane already :/




Wednesday, May 11, 2016

April 2016 Ipsy Glam Bag

Are you an Ipsy GlamBag subscriber? It's the best $10 you will ever spend! This is one subscription service where you get more product than what you pay for. I'm putting my referral code in here if you want to sign up. I don't get free stuff or money but maybe points towards samples. I'm not even quite sure ;)
Referral code: https://www.ipsy.com/new?cid=p_share_ref&sid=link&refer=wswla

Every month Ipsy sends out 5 beauty items tailored to you in a cute little makeup bag. Sometimes the items are full size stuff, sometimes trial size. The best part is the products are all good stuff! No dollar store cast offs. 


My April GlamBag included:

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Creme in wonder (Love)
Harvey Prince Organics Keravegan Repairing & Hydrating Masque
Pro belle Nail Lacquer 'In or Out'
OFRA Bohemian eyeshadow
L.A.B2 Just Blending In Brush

Everything in April's GlamBag was great. Tarte is definitely a brand I am interested in exploring. Which is what I'm looking for with the glambags, my little arrow pointing me in the right direction ;)

Need more convincing? Here are previous GlamBags:

March 2016
February 2016
January 2016


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Bearizona

What is a road trip without visiting roadside attractions? It's the world of cement dinosaurs and the world's largest "insert thing". Have you been there?



I think Bearizona on Interstate 40 through none other than Arizona (see what they did there!) qualifies as a roadside attraction. We were so pumped for the treasures Bearizona had in store for us. In the end, we saw more wildlife in Tennessee driving through the Smoky Mountains for free. But, hey, support small business and all that. Have some fun. Enjoy America. Words to live by!



What is Bearizona you ask? It's a drive through wildlife park near Flagstaff Arizona. A real big attraction in that area according to the billboards. It was cute enough but the animals were a little too comfy in their protected home. Which equates to animals who just lay around, stand around, or eat.


A special shout out to the goats! They were the highlight of the day :) 



Nicole

Do You Live At The Beach?



If you follow me on Instagram, the question may have crossed your mind. I've been posting a lot of pictures of our walks along the Carolina coastline. The answer is no but kind of yes. One of those PCS woahs--turning lemons into lemonade- kind of things. We are waiting on our permanent house here so instead of continuing to slowly run our family dynamic into the ground we got a house on the beach.





The house is a little lack luster. An 80s throwback really, but everyone has their own bed and the dog is allowed. Honestly, it's cheaper than a hotel room, so no complaints! The back porch faces out towards the Atlantic Intercostal Waterway (not sure if I'm saying that correctly) and the front of the house faces towards the Atlantic Ocean. We are on an island that is no more than 4 city blocks wide. The beach is close and the weather is warm (aka humid). So the beach it is!!

Our pathway to the ocean


The other reason for all our beaching-ness is the lack of entertainment. I can not express to you how small this town is. I'm not referring to Jacksonville which is big is size but the small town where we will make our home. People, there isn't even a Walmart in this town, and I thought every town had a Walmart!?! I have to drive 26 miles to go to Target which is my store (despite the controversy).

It is very clear to me I will need a hobby and a job and some friends ASAP. My sanity depends on it.
Nicole