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Here are a few things I am so excited to share…First off I went to Bora Bora. Crazy Right! Check out these pictures. This trip was a celebration of our 20th. Wedding Anniversary.

We flew from Detroit to LA and then boarded Air TahitiNui. It was such a long flight but totally worth it. Once you arrived.


Our view as we were approachingBora Bora. The excitement was overwhelming.


Exhausted, but so Excited.



Once in Bora Bora we were picked up by this amazing boat. Which took us right to our Resort.

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We arrived in paradise to cool drinks and this amazing welcome.




Once in our bungalow all checked in for a week of celebration. We were surprised with this refreshing gift.



Look at this place. So breathtaking.



Dreamed of this day for a long time. We started planning this trip over two years ago.




I researched every blog, website and review and got some amazing tip on items and things to bring from home. One being tubes and floating rings. So that’s what I did. Brought my own so we could float the day away. I also brought rope to tie off to our deck…Kinda have a fear of being in the Open Ocean.



Four Seasons Bora Bora was the most amazing place to stay on earth. They are amazing hosts. From the first sight of the island to the last they were the most friendly people I have ever met. They really made every single day so special.



Anniversary dessert and champagne compliments of the staff.


One of our special dessert we had on the trip.




We also represented Detroit, Michigan on this trip.



Had the most delicious fruit every morning.


Lots of pool time with fun drinks.


Had room service so we did not have to leave our Over Water Bungalow.





Did a mini photo session on the deck (poser) while enjoying the amazing weather and the colors of the water.


Explored the resort grounds and found this look out point.


Swan in the lagoon and did some snorkeling.


Did some paddle-boarding.


So much fun.




Watched the sun go down for 7 nights in paradise.





Best trip ever, but then reality hit us. Back to Michigan. Well at least I came home to warmer weather, just in time to start my yard and planting.



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It’s good to be home.

Also recently had an opportunity to try a few new supplements from Neocell.

NeoCell has been developing and manufacturing all natural, premium anti-aging formulas for over 20 years and is the leading collagen brand in the world. Our products are naturally based, not synthetic, and are designed to promote youthful health, beauty and total body wellness. We manufacture our own products using carefully sourced food-grade raw materials and our facility exceeds all GMP standards. We strive to continuously bring the best to our customers– products that we and our own families are proud to use, made with Nutrients You Can Trust®.




Feed Your Skin With Delectable Bursts of Nutrients!

Having beautiful and radiant skin has never been so easy- or so delicious. NeoCell Biotin Bursts deliver high potency beauty nutrients in a delectable, gourmet soft chew. Formulated based off of scientifically proven ingredients NeoCell Biotin Bursts offer a delicious alternative to your daily biotin regimen. Each chew is low in sugar and was especially formulated to be as readily absorbable as possible in delicious Brazilian Acai Berry flavor. Healthy hair and skin were never this easy, or sweet!

NeoCell Biotin Bursts, the best way to take your biotin. Period. (You’re Welcome!)

  • Biotin is an important B vitamin supporting hair and skin health
  • 10,000 MCG of Biotin per chew
  • Scientifically formulated to support metabolism of proteins in the body promoting natural energy, luxurious hair and vibrant skin.



SO easy to just scoop, mix and enjoy.



Collagen Type 1&3 Benefits:*

Provides specific amino acids necessary to replenishing the body’s collagen supply helps minimize fine lines & wrinkles, and improves elasticity in the skin builds and supports bone matrix, corrects weak, broken, split and damaged nail beds thickens fine hair, adds body and slows down hair loss repairs connective tissues for improved elasticity; improves circulation; promotes glycine builds lean muscle to help burn fat while you sleep.

Collagen: The Body’s Anti-Aging Protein

Collagen supplementation is one of the most fundamental things a person can do to prevent premature aging and promote youthful vitality. Understanding collagen begins with knowing that it is truly the glue that holds the body together; it is the building block for all our body’s major systems.

Although abundant in our youth, the body’s natural collagen production typically slows at a rate of 1.5% per year after the age of 25. As this collagen production slows, the collagen fibers in the body become brittle and begin to break down resulting in many of the tell-tale signs of aging, such as loose, flaccid skin, wrinkles, ligament and tendon injuries and osteoarthritis. Super Collagen+C™ utilizes Collagen Types 1&3, which is 90% of the body’s total collagen supply and the main collagen constituents in the skin, hair, nails, ligaments, tendons, bones and muscles.*


I used NeoCell Biotin Burst every day for 30 days and I did notice some changes in my hair. It did not crack off at the bottom like it normally does and my scalp seemed to be healthier. I normally get really dry scalp around my crown area. I also want to comment on the flavor of the chews. They are just taste little nuggets of flavor. I really looked forward to them every day. Wonderfully made product and a great website with lots of health items.

I also loved having the Collagen  shakes. The flavor was so good. It mixed well and was easy to just add water and sip on after yoga or a long walk.

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Hope this post inspires you to take your  Dream Vacation, and Celebrate Life

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This summer I went to New Orleans with my Husband and our Friends. We love this town! This is our Third time visiting this fun and never-ending party town. Our trip was centered around the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Which features Music, Food and Culture.


I love New Orleans, so much so I decided to Get Some Ink.


Meaning Behind the Fleur-de-lis symbol link.

I had it placed on the back of my neck. Gives my neck a little decoration when I wear my hair up.



Back to the Jazz Festival. It was packed with so many people.

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So many different venues to visit with so many live bands playing at the same time spread over the entire festival. Always something to do, see, and eat.

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They had parades and so many activities happening everywhere you looked.



After the Festival it was back to Bourbon Street where we walked the streets and enjoyed the town some more.

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Had Lots and Lots of Amazing Food.

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560 Enjoyed the view from the Balcony Bar.

573 It was an amazing trip with our dear friends. Until next time New Orleans.

Speaking of Vacations, I also wanted to share a new candle I just recently tried out for the blog. Sold on Amazon made by Old Factory . These all Natural Soy candles have a variety of scented candles to choose from, I went with Vacation.


The prepper in me has already started my Christmas shopping list. With the list comes keeping my eye open for fun gift ideas. Well here is one I was recently lucky enough to score from Old Factory Candle sold exclusively on Amazon.


I love opening Packages. I also love candles. I have not had too many soy candles so I am really excited to have a natural burning product like this in my home.


Old Factory Candles are sold exclusively on Amazon.com. These candles are hand-poured in the USA with natural soy wax, self-trimming cotton candle wicks, and premium fragrance oils. The Old Factory Candle Gift Sets each contain 3 different scented candles. Each candle burns clean and even for 20 hours. The subtle jar design makes it the perfect complement for any decor, and any room of the house – kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, family room, great room, and basement. Each gift set is themed around a group of related fragrances. So everyone is sure to find something perfect for every occasion, every room in the house, and all the special someone’s in your life.


A perfect size candle. With three different tropical scented jars. Jeff and I do travel quite a bit, so the fact that these are small is a huge bonus for me, because I can easily toss them into my bag and have a wonderful comforting scent to enjoy on my trip.


It really feels like a Vacation in a box.


The Vacation Theme Includes:

Sea Breeze
Hawaiian Lei

017The packaging is adorable. At the bottom of each candle slot was a cute saying.

012These natural soy candles are hand poured the USA.


So I can check one gift off my list. I know a few people who would really love the receive this as a gift. You can never be too prepared.

I gladly rate these candles with five stars, the quality soy wax and wicks, and for the nice fragrance. Great USA made product with wonderful tropical fragrances.

My Amazon Review Link Here.

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Miami…One of my favorite places to be. My best friend Jody and her husband Ira live in the heart of Miami and I cannot get enough of that City. The restaurants the food the drinks the weather, it all fascinates me. I live in a rural town in Michigan which is the total opposite of the tall buildings and Miami lights.  I thought I’d put together a post of my favorite moments from my trip. Which always include loads of food pictures.

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003 Coney Dog Panini. Hell Yeah Buddy!





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Buffalo Chicken Crepe Sandwich.


Nutella Banana Crepe.


More Drinks and good eats and Havana 1957 in Downtown Miami.

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Enjoying the pool and soaking up the sun.




My Forever Friends Jody and Ira. Congrats on celebrating your 1 year wedding anniversary this past Sunday!



Breathtaking view. Until next time.





Previous Miami Trip Posts, here and here, and my I love to Travel and Pack Post here.


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Happy Easter

Good morning friends.  Just wanted to wish everyone well and share a few photos.

Had an Easter Egg hunt with the dogs. They think they are dyed! Wink, Wink…They are color blind.


Finally baked an avocado with a baked egg center. WOW. It is perfection.



Made scrambled eggs for the doggies, after all they found the eggs!




Yummy Easter Breakfast.


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When I travel  I love to pack my bag. I know most people dislike it, but I love the challenge of packing as light as possible. I love to carry on my bag and make my trip about the destination and not the hassles. I have it down to an art. Here is how I roll.

393Snacks are a must! So is a good hat and fun jewelry. I love my gopicnic boxes when I travel. 


I also use small all in one compacts and make-up samples.

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I also always back Hot and Ice patches..Sitting to long on a flight always hurts my back so I always pack a few. Tunes and entertainment are a must. I love passing the time doing crosswords.

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Then I have to pack my Special stuff. Lysol, Emergen-C, my Gin-Gins ginger throat drops, alcohol wipes and any other go to item I usually travel with.

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I always pack sinus meds in small bags to save space. I also always pack tons of facial sample size moisturizer packets, my skin gets so dry when I travel.



My Ultimate favorite items to pack are Shampoo/Conditioner bars from Lush and my bar beleza swivel stick which is a moisturizer and a makeup removal solid. TSA does not care about solid bars so I can carry them on and not have to buy hair care at my destination!


Just a few of my favorite packing tips!

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Refreshing. Natural. Hydrating.

Just a few words to describe Cocozia.


  • COCOZIA® 100% Organic Coconut Water
  • Contains a natural abundance of potassium and magnesium, as well as other electrolytes.
  • USDA Organic
  • NON GMO Verified

Product Description:

COCOZIA® – Sounds like a kind of crazy drink, and it is! But, check out these not so crazy facts… HYDRATION Pure and simple, hydration is essential to life. COCOZIA® Coconut Water is exactly that: A pure, natural hydration source containing not only water from the green coconut, but essential electrolytes too. ELECTROLYTES COCOZIA® contains a natural abundance of potassium and magnesium, as well as other electrolytes. Electrolytes are directly involved with body hydration and muscle function. Better to get yours from a natural source like COCOZIA® than from a sugary, synthetic sports drink alternative. COCONUT WITH A STRAW That’s how they drink coconut water in the islands, but fortunately, COCOZIA® has made it a little easier for you here! All the natural elements and flavor, without the need to carry a coconut to your work-out!


COCOZIA 100% Organic Coconut Water




Some-days you just need to replenish those electrolytes. Could be after a long day at the beach, a long walk on a hot and humid day, a big workout, or even the morning after a few glasses of wine. Whatever the reason Cocozia will hydrate you with a mellow coconut flavor that is 100% natural. Perfection.

Cocozia Comes with Easy Instructions:

  • Chill
  • Insert Straw
  • Sit Back, Relax, Enjoy, Hydrate



COCOZIA® – Sounds like a kind of crazy drink, and it is! But, check out these not so crazy facts…

Pure and simple, hydration is essential to life™. COCOZIA® Coconut Water is exactly that: A pure, natural hydration source containing not only water from the green coconut, but essential electrolytes too.

COCOZIA® contains a natural abundance of potassium and magnesium, as well as other electrolytes. Electrolytes are directly involved with body hydration and muscle function. Better to get yours from a natural source like COCOZIA® than from a sugary, synthetic sports drink alternative.

That’s how they drink coconut water in the islands, but fortunately, COCOZIA® has made it a little easier for you here! All the natural elements and flavor, without the need to carry a coconut to your work-out!

Cocozia is available at Amazon.com.

You can purchase a 12 pack of Cocozia off Amazon or Amazon Prime for $25, quick and easy. I would definitely recommend this drink to anyone, even kids. I personally loved the non-sweet natural flavor of this coconut water. I cannot wait to try it in a smoothie.


Want more information on Cocozia? Check out their Facebook page.


Always Remember to Hydrate.

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Just wanted to share a post about what I have been up to this summer. To start I am now at a new job! I left my place of employment of 5 years for a new adventure. I am working more hours and am further from home, but I am loving the new responsibilities and learning new skills.  Now on to the good stuff…Weddings, Florida, Food and Fun.

I did some traveling to Florida this summer..Two Trips, and both for weddings! I love weddings.

Our first trip was in May to Key West for our Close Friends daughters wedding.


I love everything about traveling. The airport, the planes, the anticipation. It all makes me happy. Even when I’m on a flight and experience a delay or a cancellation, I just add it to the excitement of the travel experience. I really just go with the flow. As it so happens there were delays and more delays in both my trips to Florida. So I walked away with flight vouchers from both my flights for future travel! I really see it as a bonus.

Jeff and I love Key West. We have been there three times now over the years and LOVE it.


Here we are relaxing in our condo pool in Key West. This is our very own private pool. This is our second time renting this condo just for the private pool. To quote Kid Rock my theme of this  vacation was “Chillin’ the Most”.




Enjoying the sun. Doing what is required on any good vacation.


We enjoyed Amazing Food. I get so excited about vacations mostly for the fresh fish. Being from Michigan I do not get the quality that I do in Florida for obvious reasons!


We enjoyed many Key West Sunsets. Utter Perfection.


We ate Lots of Oysters….Lots and Lots of Oysters.


We enjoyed lots of dinners out on the town.


No trip to Key West would be complete with out a slice of Key Lime Pie. Yum.


Favorite meal was this Delicious Scallops and Grits. Ridiculously good.


Lots of cocktails.


and the topper on the vacation cake was the Beach Wedding Celebration.


With my Honey.


Enjoying the Moments….that make up any good vacation.


We acted like Silly Kids.

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My next trip was in June for my Best Friend Jody’s wedding. I went solo. My husband was already obligated to go to another wedding for a family member. On a side note, we had 5 weddings this summer.

Jody lives in Miami and her wedding was on Marco Island. So I flew into Miami and spent a day there, then we drove to Marco Island for some fun and activities.

One of my favorite things was paddle boarding. This was my first time doing it and I am hooked. This was so much fun and such an amazing workout. Must look into getting my own board one day.


Here is the wedding party getting our pre-wedding cardio workout in.


Did someone say cake! Look at this amazing cake Jody had made for her wedding. It was beautiful.

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Here is my Best Friend Jody…Well I like to call her my Forever Friend. We just had our hair done.


Look at the great gift bag my bride gave me for standing up in her wedding. Loved it. She spoiled me.


Pre-Wedding Cocktail.


Jody got married on a sunset dinner cruise. The boat was called the Marco Island Princess. It was an amazing venue. Perfect weather, great atmosphere. It truly was a perfect evening. I was a Co-Matron of Honor with Jody’s sister Amy.


Our friendship theme is “I got your back”. So naturally we had to have a picture back to back.


After the ceremony I robo-gripped my Jody and gave her the biggest hug I could. I was just so trilled that she found an amazing man to spend her life with. Her husband Ira is the best. It was beyond a special day for me standing at her side as she said her vows. She is like a sister to me and my emotions were overflowing as I looked upon their love and appreciation of one another. It was such a gift to be apart of their special day.


The happy couple listening to the wedding party speeches.


Dinner, Cocktails, then Party Time.



Fun fact….Back when Jody first moved to Miami from Michigan, I went to see her and during my visit she had her first date with Ira, well I actually went on the first date with them. So for me it was like I was apart of their love right from the start.



Toasting the Happy Couple.


I love weddings. It always bring me back to how I felt on my Cherished day with my husband Jeffrey 18 years ago. Cheers to Love.

Sure hope your summer has been full of celebration and good times.

Here are some links to previous posts about my Best Friend Jody.

I’m in Miami Trick.

Chicken Soup for your Soul

Have you hugged your Best Friend Lately?

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