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Letting Go

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This is Kea Li Mei Fun Redwing. Kiki. Kiki Marie. Kiki Monkey. Baby Kiki. Squeakie. Squeaks. Today I took Kiki in to the vet for a follow up visit about her eye, but I had some other concerns. Yesterday she wouldn’t eat and overnight she threw up. She was just laying there in her bed all listless and just not herself. Dr. did some blood work and Kiki tested positive for diabetes. Dr. told us that we had 2 choices: treat the diabetes that would kill her eventually, or let her go. Let her go??? We just came in for a follow up visit!!! CSP arrived from work and the vet went over everything with him. That Kiki was elderly at 11 years old. She’s slow to heal. Prone to infection. Would require insulin shots twice daily for the rest of her life. She’s already about 95% blind as is but would develop cataracts and likely never be able to see again. That it was likely she might not make it through the night and could pass there in the veterinary hospital, alone, overnight. That it was time to let her go. We talked it over. We cried. We spent time loving on our girl. I told her how much we love her, how she’s everyone’s favorite. How in heaven she’ll see so much better and she can boss everyone around again. How all the toys there have squeakers that work. How her little elbows won’t have arthritis anymore and she can run around again. How we’ll miss her like crazy and she’ll always be my first baby. She’s my BABY. I talked to her and pet her and loved her until her sweet little heart stopped beating and mine broke in two. Then we had some alone time with her and I told her all those things again, so she’ll remember. And I told her to wait for us in heaven and that we’ll meet her at the bridge one day.

Unboxing: BoxyCharm May 2016

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My May BoxyCharm box is here and it is full of goodies I can’t wait to try!  My May @boxycharm is here!!! Full of goodies I can't wait to try!!! #boxybeauty #boxycharm


  • ModelCo Bronze Shimmer.  Full Size. $22.  I’m excited to give some bronzer a try.  Added bonus is the shimmer! 
  • The Lip Bar Lipstick in Purple Rain. Full Size.  $20.  I was scared of this color when I first opened the very cool package, but after application I really like it!  Especially under some gloss.  It will be fun for Summer!  
  • Bodyography Essential Brow Trio. Full Size. $19.  I’m blessed with dark brows so I’ve never used brow powder but I’m excited to try it out!  
  • Bodyography Brow Brush. Full Size. $19.  Perfect accessory for the brow powder. 
  • Lauren B. Beauty Nail Polish in Sunset Blvd. Full Size. $18.  This is a vegan, eco friendly brand and if I didn’t already own a color that is its twin, I’d be all over it.  So this will be a giveaway. 

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Essential Oil Make & Take Spa Party!

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Saturday night I threw a fun Essential Oil Make & Take Spa Party!  8 of my friends came over to make bath and body products and learn about essential oils from my sister Sara.  I put out some food.  And some kick ass punch.  I’m so mad I didn’t get a picture of it.  But trust, it was awesome.  Recipe: 2 bottles moscato wine, 2 bottles Sprite, 2 cans/tubes of frozen pink lemonade.  Mix together, slice up a lemon or lime to float in the punch and serve.  SO good.  Everyone loved it.  Thanks for the recipe Bonnie!

Sara arrived a half hour before everyone else to set up.  She set up the table in such a cute way with trays with all our supplies we’d need.    Here’s a close up of each place setting.   We were able to take notes in the inside of each flier that she made.  So cute!  First Sara told us all about essential oils and what they are, how to use them etc.  Then she passed around each of the eleven oils that come in the Premier Starter Kit from Young Living.   We all smelled the oils and picked out our favorites (Stress Away!!!)  Then we got to work.  We made body wash, linen/room spray, and sugar scrub.  Sara had made lip balms for all of us ahead of time.  And at the party she made us whipped body butter.  It was all so easy!  And by the end of it we all smelled amazing! Check out the finished products!   If you’d like to smell amazing like us and be able to make all your own bath and body products, you can sign up for the premier starter kit here.

Unboxing: April’s BoxyCharm Box

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My April BoxyCharm is here and full of goodness! 

Here’s what I received:

  • Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette. Full size. $39.95.  Gorgeous eyeshadow palette with 20 shades.   Lots of pretty neutrals in matte and shimmer finishes.
  • OFRA Derma Mineral Powder in Pink Sapphire. Full size. $35. This powder is so beautiful!  I can’t wait to use it!  It’s got natural sunscreen in it and can be used on face and body.  It’s a pale pink shimmer!
  • Vincent Longo Duo Lip Pencil in Lavender Lite and Grape. Full size $26. Lovely colors that will go great with my skin tone! 
  • Coolway Smoothing Lotion. Full size. $24.95.  This is a hair smoothing lotion to prevent frizz and flyaways.  Smells so nice! 
  • Harvey Prince Mini Roller Fragrance. Mini. $21. This roller perfume smells so good and is the perfect size for my purse and travel! 

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Unboxing: Boxycharm March 2015

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My Boxycharm box arrived and I’m so excited about it! Here’s what I received:  

-Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo.  $11. Travel Size.  I’m very excited to try this.  I’ve heard so much about how amazing Oscar Blandi products are and I love a good dry shampoo!  

-OFRA Eyeliner in Coffee Bean.  $13.  Full Size.  This is a water resistant pencil in a pretty dark brown. 

-LVX Nail Lacquer in Lemondrop. $16. Full Size.  I am in LOVE with this sunny yellow polish!  

-tarte LipSurgence lip tint in Charmed. $24. Full Size.  This is a really pretty pale pink. It’s a creamy balm. Perfect for Spring!  

-Previse Nutrify Skin Type 1-6 Universal Tonic. $48. Full Size.  This is a skin oil that you apply after cleaning your face.  It hydrates your skin and fights free radicals.  I’m really excited to try this as my skin tends to be really dry.  

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Disney Magic- Western Caribbean. Day 5 Cozumel

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We woke up and went to Cabanas buffet to have breakfast. After breakfast we delivered our Fish Extender gifts.  What is a Fish Extender??  Outside of every cabin is a fish that holds mail from the ship for your stateroom.  cruise A Fish Extender (FE) is a hanging that has pockets (usually a pocket per family member) that hangs from the fish.  Here’s an example: FE14 *Note the door decorations- all magnets.  The doors are metal and Disney allows decorations as long as you don’t use tape.  Back to the FE.  I’d show you our FE but we couldn’t find it when we were packing for the cruise!  Boo!!!  To participate you sign up for a FE exchange in your Facebook cruise group.  Just search Facebook for your ship and sail date and you’ll find your group. Each group is different so I’ll tell you how ours worked on this cruise.  We had 15 cabins per group. Each stateroom created or bought little gifts for all the people in the other staterooms in their FE group.  Some people (like us) gave a room gift.  Some people gave individual gifts – something for each person in the cabin.  It all depends on you what you do.  There are no rules.  Some people give regional items, some give Disney themed. Our cruise group (Holla Group A!!!) was AMAZING!  Our peeps are nothing short of creative geniuses!  We got the CUTEST stuff.  I can’t even begin to tell you everything we got, but it was fabulous.  We gave barbecue sauce from Shealy’s (the best in the world), a Thirty One Hang It Up Key Fob, and a Thirty One Manicure Nail File (gotta represent!).   Anyway, we delivered all our gifts (great way to see the ship!).

There were 4 ships in port today.  We were docked next to the MSC Divina. IMG_6399 It was funny, when the MSC ship pulled up next to our Disney ship, all the people came out onto their balconies to take pictures of our ship.  The MSC ship was massive!  We were on the 7th deck of our ship and their ship went up at least another 7 decks!  We were in our room to change into swimsuits.  I might add that each time we put on our swimsuits we lathered up in sunscreen and to our delight did NOT get sunburned in the least this trip!  SPF 110 for the win!!!

So we went to Quiet Cove, the adult pool area.  We hung out in the pool, read, pooled some more, read some more.  Had lunch at Cabanas.  Pool, read, pool.  Lather, rinse, repeat.  It was an awesome, relaxing day!  Our view: IMG_6401 If you look closely, you can see there is a Starbucks logo on that big white building.  CSP is a Starbucks junkie so he was tempted to go check it out, but the lure of the adult pool and his book kept him on the ship.  IMG_6400

Around 5:45 we went back to our room and dressed and showered for our dinner tonight at Palo.  DSC_0139Tonight I only took pictures of the dishes you haven’t seen yet. For his appetizer CSP chose Cippino again.  I got the Portobello Mushroom with Polenta Cake. DSC_0134  For our entrees CSP got the Osso Buco.  It’s his favorite dish ever and he looks forward to it all year waiting on this cruise! DSC_0135  I chose the Saffron Risotto di Mare, but just with shrimp.  I’m not into shells on my plate. It was amazing.DSC_0136

For dessert we both ordered the chocolate souffle. It comes with ice cream and 2 little pots of sauce, one vanilla and one chocolate.  CSP and I always trade.  I take both vanillas and he takes both chocolates.  This souffle is incredible.  Makes your eyes roll back in your head. DSC_0137

After our fantastic dinner we went back to our room to change clothes and get ready for the fireworks. We went to deck 10.  No chairs.  Deck 9- no chairs with a view.  Then I thought of something.   I remembered there are deck chairs and benches on deck 4!  So we went down and there were only 2 other people there.  Boom- no crowd and an incredible view of the fireworks! DSC_0147 CSP was tired and had wanted to go to bed then bang! DSC_0174 they started and he was so excited to be so close to them!  DSC_0151 We couldn’t hear the music but you couldn’t beat the view! DSC_0173DSC_0155DSC_0143

When the fireworks were over we went back to our room and turned in for the night! DSC_0140 I always love the monkey!

Up next:  Day at Sea!

Disney Magic Western Caribbean- Day 4 Grand Cayman!

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All ashore 7:30 am- 4:15 pm.  We woke up at 6am and put on our swim suits then went up to Cabanas buffet for breakfast at 6:30.  After breakfast we went to the Walt Disney Theatre to meet up with our excursion group.  Then we took a tender boat over to Grand Cayman.  We took a trolley bus to a marina where we boarded our excursion boat.  Then we were off to swim with the stingrays!!!

We boated out to Stingray City in some pretty choppy water.  The guide came around and yelled some things to us but I couldn’t hear a thing over the motor of the boat.  I’m pretty sure we were sitting right on the engine.  Luckily we’d done the stingray thing before so we knew how to behave around them. We got to Stingray City ( a sand bar in the middle of the ocean where stingrays convene).  We disembarked the boat and our guide had us (try to) get in a circle.  Do you know how hard it is to make a circle out of 50 people when the waves are covering your head sometimes???  That water was choppy!  It was only up to our waist but the waves were big.  The day was perfect- 80* and sunny and the water was nice and cool.PICT0057PICT0013

The guides would dive down and catch stingrays then hold them so we could pet them. PICT0035 And then we got to feed them!  We had a ball!!!! CSP is a stingray hog! PICT0064 He’s so good at holding them and they just swim up against him.  But then one ran him over!!! PICT0036There were big fish in the water too. PICT0014

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PICT0043 PICT0041 PICT0037 PICT0040 PICT0044 PICT0053 PICT0049 Up close with a stingray.  See her eye?PICT0042

We had SO much fun once the whole circle thing was over and we could just bob around playing with the stingrays.  They are such gentle creatures!  The guides called us back to the boat and we headed back to Grand Cayman.  It was a busy day for them- 5 ships in port!

Back on the ship we grabbed a quick bite to eat up by the pool as we were still wet and Cabanas wasn’t open yet.  We went back to the room to change into dry clothes after showers and a nap!

At 4pm we met up with some of our Facebook cruise group friends for a mixology class!  We were in the Keys Piano Bar.  Tea the bartender taught us how to make 5 drinks.  IMG_6389

We made Paradise Punch, Elder Bubble, French Martini, Moji-do, and Bubble Gum.  IMG_6391 This is the Bubble Gum.  It’s a layered shot.  It was SO good.  I drank mine and CSP’s! IMG_6393

CSP discovered he’s a French Martini lover.  James Bond in disguise. IMG_6390 The bar was really cool with these neat wall coverings.  They look like regular wallpaper until you get up close and see all the hidden Mickeys!  IMG_6396 IMG_6395 IMG_6394

After the class was over we ended up staying there until 6 chatting with our new friends A & K McC from Ohio.  They happen to be on our next cruise too!

We went up to the Cove Cafe for a chai tea for me and O’Gill’s pub for a beer for CSP.  They had Irish soda bread!  Not exactly like my Nanny used to make it but close!  Back to the room to change for dinner and we couldn’t get in!  Turns out our door lock had died.  Had to wait for someone to come fix it for us.  Took about a half hour but we were finally back in our room.

After a quick change of clothes we went to Carioca’s for dinner.  DSC_0119

At dinner I always take a pic of CSP looking nice and get him to take a pic of me too.  Tonight was a little difficult as CSP was in a playful mood.  Probably from that mixology class! DSC_0121

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But I finally got a good shot. DSC_0122DSC_0124

For his appetizer CSP chose the Salmon Royal (again with the ROYAL food!) DSC_0128 2and Blue Cheese Polenta Cakes. DSC_0129 2

I got the Roasted Roma Tomatoes with Goat Cheese.DSC_0127

I’m always amazed at the nice presentation.  Look at the little dots of balsamic.  They had to do that on like 400 dishes!

For our soups CSP got the Saffron Mussel soup, which he loved.  I got the Potato and Sausage, which I did not love.  But CSP liked it so that was good.

Entrees: CSP went with the Turbot (still on his seafood kick)DSC_0130 and I had the roasted portobello mushroom pasta. DSC_0131 Very yummy.

For dessert I had the Banana Bread Pudding DSC_0133and CSP had the Flourless Chocolate Cake.DSC_0132 2

Back to our room for bed! DSC_0118 I loved this snake Edwin made us!  How cute!!!

Up Next….Cozumel!  Fireworks at sea!


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