Love at First Drive in the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum

Ford Explorer

You know it’s love when you name a car. I’ve named all of my cars. Yes, I realize this sounds crazy but I harbor a serious emotional attachment to my cars, man. The same can be said for cars that I review. Some are fun to drive and I enjoy ripping and running in something fancier than my own car and when they leave, whatever. Life moves on.

And some cars touch me. Some have me at hello and it takes everything in me to NOT want to return the keys back. That’s how I felt about the Ford Explorer Platinum.

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Naked Bar Soap Company – A Lovely Gem in Orlando

Naked Bar Soap Company Orlando

Let me tell you about the College Park area in Orlando, Florida. It’s a quaint little part of town where you won’t find many tourists. Locals move up and down the streets drinking coffee at Credo, getting facials at T-Secret and visiting The Spa. The best pasta dishes are served at Trevi Pasta and The Cookie Cousins get an A+ from me in the cookie department.

Liquid Soap

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The Makeup Show Orlando 2016

The Makeup Show Orlando

And once again…I made it! It’s starting to be a bit of a joke with my blogger gal pals and me that every time I make my way to The Makeup Show Orlando, I’ve got a baby in tow. Sure enough, Bub made his beauty show debut at the show and except for the minor whining he did during the Blogger Preview, I think my boy did a grand job. He shot the ladies lot of smiles and had an enjoyable time snugging up with Titi Ellis. 

The Makeup Show Orlando blogger

You know your friends love when you when they’re willing to wear your baby so you can enjoy the show a bit. And enjoy, I did! This year, many of the girls in the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida group commented on how there weren’t as many attendees this year. I noticed that, too. It was nice to be able to walk down not-so-packed aisles. Brands like NARS, Make Up For Ever and Crown Brush were still packed but even still, their tables were walkable. Which is always appreciated. 

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Make Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a Day ON

Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a big deal where I’m from. The older I get, the more I realize that for a lot of people, this day is really just another day off from work. And you know what? Okay. Whatever. While I am in the business of educating people should they be open-minded enough, what I don’t like doing is forcing others to think the way I think. The truth is, to some…Martin Luther King, Jr. was just a man. Ask any 4th grader who attended public school is in the U.S. and they’ll likely be able to drop 2-3 facts about MLK. That’s good and all, but celebrating this man, his legacy and this day is so much more to me than knowing a few sentences.

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Visiting Walt Disney World While 37 Weeks Pregnant

I’ve done a lot of crazy things in my life. From spontaneously moving across the country to marrying a dude I met off of the internet and eating my placenta, I rarely shock myself anymore. My friends are used to this and often laugh at my antics. When I came up with the idea to take Elle on a “Almost Big Sister” trip to Walt Disney World while pregnant, no one tried to stop me.And they should have. 

Walt Disney World at Fall

Because that was by far the craziest thing that I’ve ever done. No overly pregnant woman should be waddling around Walt Disney World. But this post isn’t about why you shouldn’t do it. I’m going to highlight our up’s and great experiences while casually noting how much BETTER they could have done if I weren’t so you know…pregnant.

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Crayola Experience Orlando – Big Kids Rejoice!

The Crayola Experience Orlando

What does a parent who is feeling a bit guilty about her daughter losing her only child status do? She spoils her, of course! With baby boy making his arrival any week now, I’ve been making a list of activities and things to do with Elle as we celebrate her now more than ever. I’m the oldest daughter raising the oldest daughter and I know how important it is to create memories for her now and especially when Lil’ Dude gets here. We’re heading to Disney World next weekend but I wanted to do something fun, local and pretty interactive with her. 

Soooo…we went to the Crayola Experience here in Orlando!

The Crayola Experience

Okay, first of all…I may have been more excited going to this place more than my kid. What’s not to be excited about? You can be Mr. Stuck Up and Professional and still geek out over a pack of fresh crayons. That’s just life, man. Ideal for children of all ages, this is one attraction that both locals and tourists will really enjoy. Elle is 2 and almost 3-years old and while at her age there was plenty for her to do, I saw many older kids (think upper elementary) that were just as engaged and having a good time.

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The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage – Mini Compact Car Love

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage

When I purchased my first car, I was a single gal. I had gotten my first real job, was living in an apartment with my best friend and was living that young, free and single life as a fresh transplant to Orlando, Florida. When my car from college died, I wasn’t trying to get something brand new with car payments that would kill my monthly budget. So I got what I could afford and I’ve been lovin’ that baby ever since. She’s on her last leg now and THIS YEAR I haaaave to get a new car. 

Enter the Mitsubishi Mirage. 

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That Day I Twirled Around In Wedding Dresses

Alfred Angelo wedding dresses

Girls. Can you believe this? Can you believe that I am married women who (up until last month) had never tried on a wedding dress? It’s pretty unheard of here in the United States. As many of y’all know, Esposo and I eloped and while we don’t have any regrets about it, it wasn’t until I went to a blogger event at Alfred Angelo when I realized, “Dang it, man…I LOOK good in wedding dresses!”

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