Thursday, August 17, 2017

Five for Friday 8/18/17

Hello and welcome to my Five for Friday! I am linking up with Cup of Tea Bright on a BudgetDella Devoted, and BYBMG!

1. We've been in Washington this week visiting my grandparents and it has been SO nice! It's always great to see my grandparents and my dad was able to get the week off and join us, so it's been nice to see him too! We haven't seen him since the Fourth of July weekend!

We drove up to Olympic National Park one day and went for a hike. The scenery was just beautiful! The weather was nice too! Not too hot and not too cold. The trail was deserted too, so it was nice not running into a bunch of people!
2. And we also drove up to Mount Rainier! Despite the fact we lived most of my life in Washington, my siblings and I had never been up there before. My mom had gone when she was a kid, but that was the last time she had been too. We started at the lodge, which was at 5,400 ft in elevation, and we hiked up to 6,700 ft in elevation!!! The hike was around 3 miles round trip, which goes to show just how steep the trail really was! We basically walked about 1,300 ft in elevation uphill in 1.5 miles. Needless to say, we were all quite sore the next day! 

I have lots more pictures and will have a full post soon! 
I made my dad stop so I could get a picture of the volcano evacuation sign. Not something you see every day!
3. I bought this nail polish in So Daupe by Sinful Colors at Walgreens and I really really like it! It's just a really pretty kind of grayish purple (it looks kind of brown on Walgreen's website, but it's really pretty in real life!) I've had it on for 6 days now and I only have two tiny chips in it. (I use this top coat.)
4. I was at Trader Joe's earlier this week and found this sparkling water. I really like grapefruit Perrier, but Albertson's is the only store in my area that sells it, and since I hate shopping at Albertson's I won't go there. Anyways, I was really excited to give this a try and it is really good! And it's only $0.99! 

They also had lemon, lime, pineapple, and a tangerine & clementine or something flavor. 
5. In case you missed it I shared a review of my July Ipsy glam bag!
Have a great weekend!

And sorry if you have left a comment this week and I haven't responded yet, I just haven't had a chance to get to them yet!

Monday, August 14, 2017

July Ipsy Glam Bag Review

Seraphine Botanicals Lychee + Gold Blush: I really liked that this product is all natural. The color is pretty bold, a little goes a long ways! I thought the shade looked nice with my skin tone. Maybe a little too warm if I'm being really picky, but overall a nice color.
Ciaté London  Wonderwand Gel-Kohl Hybrid Liner in Black: I didn't really care for this eye liner. It wasn't as creamy as I would have expected from a kohl liner. The color was bold at first but was fairly easy to wipe off. It just didn't do a good job at lasting throughout the day. And the brush was useless. It's too soft to be able to smudge the liner and just doesn't do anything. Overall I didn't like this.
AHAVA  Mineral Hand Cream: This lotion didn't feel too greasy and while it was pretty absorbent, I wouldn't consider it super moisturizing. It has a rather nice light scent to it, almost like lilacs. Overall I did like this hand cream.
TONYMOLY I'm Real Sheet Masks in Green Tea and Lotus: I'm not really into masks, and I prefer cream/mud masks over sheet masks, but these were okay.
Green tea mask: While my skin was a bit red after using the mask, it didn't irritate my skin. After using it, my skin felt soft and smooth. The scent was subtle. 

Lotus mask: The smell was nothing like a lotus, to me, it smelled like that cherry cough syrup I'm sure you all remember taking as a kid! I didn't like this one as much. It just didn't really do anything for me.
OFRA Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Gold Rush: I didn't care for this eyeshadow. It's too shimmery and the gold is just kind of an ugly color.
Overall this was a pretty decent bag. The only products I really didn't care for was the eyeshadow and the eye liner. And even then I like the items in general, but I just didn't care for the shade of the eyeshadow and the eye liner just wasn't that great. The blush and the lotion were probably my favorite items in this bag.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Five for Friday

Hello and welcome to my Five for Friday! I am linking up with Cup of Tea Bright on a BudgetDella Devoted, and BYBMG!

1. I ended up doing SO much cooking and baking this week! I made gluten free and regular granola, gluten free cookie bars for my brother as well as regular chocolate chip cookies. And then we had a guest over for dinner Wednesday night and had chicken pot pie and chocolate cake. And I also helped my mom make a butternut squash and quinoa soup for my brother. Needless to say I need a break and it's going to be easy dinners for the next couple of nights! 

(I actually washed up a bunch of lettuce yesterday so we're having salads for dinner.)
2. Our guest Wednesday night was a friend of my brothers from school. My brother did a study abroad a couple of years ago, and since he did that he can participate in the buddy program at his university. So when international students come they partner you up with them to show them around campus and town and stuff. Last year my brother was a buddy to a student from India. They remained friends and he just got back, and, since it was his birthday we had him over for dinner.

He brought us back this really nice shawl from India. The fabric is really soft. It was definitely a nice and unexpected gift! 
3. Since Wednesday was national book lover's day, I thought I would share what I'm currently reading! This book came just in time (it was released Tuesday!) and I'm really enjoying it so far! Besides the fact it's from a great author, I love that it's set in the PNW! What are you currently reading?
4. Has anyone else been getting a ton of ads on Facebook lately? Like every third or fourth post is an ad. Pinterest and Instagram have gotten really bad as well! I am SO sick of seeing ads all the time! I generally will click to hide them, but I'm wondering if that is just a way to confirm to them that I'm actually seeing them? I'm halfway tempted to mark every ad as inappropriate just so maybe they'll go away! I've tried not clicking out of them and it doesn't seem to make any difference.

5. I ended up only getting one other post up this week as my Wednesday post just did not come together in time. But I shared some pictures of our hike up in Stanley.
Hope you have a great weekend!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Hiking in Stanley

Last month we made a last-minute decision to drive up to Stanley, Idaho to go for a hike. My brother and sister both had a day off, so it was the perfect chance to go! 

The drive up took us about 3 hours despite the fact it was only like 130 miles. The road was SO twisty and went up and down and there were spots where you would have to slow to 20 mph, and then speed up and slow down. Needless to say I was quite nauseous! And I was glad my brother was doing the driving! 

Once we finally started getting near Stanley, we were really surprised to find people everywhere! This was the weekend before the Fourth of July, but we had no idea so many people would be up there! After a bit of driving we finally found a spot to eat our lunch at the trail-head. 

We loaded up a backpack with some water bottles and set off on our hike! The hike was fairly easy but there was lots to see! We saw trees and mountains and wild flowers. We didn't see much wildlife except for a very excited chipmunk who chattered very noisily at us as we walked by! And we also saw a bunch of antelope on the drive back. It was all quite pretty! 

We eventually reached a clearing with kind of a swampy area, that signaled the end of that part of the trail. The view was pretty but the mosquitoes were TERRIBLE. Just awful. The closer we got to that marshy area the worse they got. So we didn't stick around long.

We turned around and started walking back to the car. It was getting  kind of late by the time we reached the car, so we drove around a little by the lake just to check it out before heading back home. We took a different route home, one that took us near Sun Valley, and that route was way less treacherous! I wish we had took that route up, but we didn't know.

Overall we enjoyed the hike and it was nice to get away for the day and see some nice scenery!