Week In Review

Wow! It’s already the end of summer. Kids are going back to school and and it’s almost the end of the 3rd quarter. Holy guacamole, how time flies! It’s been a busy week for us. We are currently looking to purchase our first home and it’s been a little stressful and time consuming. It feels like there is no time left to blog! ūüė¶

Now it’s time for our Week In Review!

Nail Art2

Monday was all about nail art. Tell Me About It Stud¬†was Laura’s latest nail art creation. Beware of the short nails due to breakage! ūüė¶

Into The Collection

Tuesday’s post was about Textured Sparkling Sand Polishes! Who doesn’t love adding new polishes to their collection? Especially sparkly ones!

Tags and Quizzes

Hump Day was about learning which career Laura would have if she lived in the Wizarding World! Check out the post and complete the quiz to learn of your enchanting career path!

Reviews

Thursday was all about reviewing Hemp and Omega 3 Botanical Shampoo. Check out the post to see Laura’s thoughts on this latest hair product.

We couldn’t forget to share with you our experience at the Orlando Sea Life Aquarium back when we visited in May. We finally got around to posting to the blog all about our time there.

I NEED SLEEP!

Do you have trouble sleeping? If so, check out how Laura is getting back those precious Zzzzzs in Time To Sleep. Maybe it could help you!

So that wraps up yet another week. Summer has flown by and the days are already getting shorter. We are sad to see it go but also excited (and nervous) for what’s to come! We hope your week was great and the upcoming week even better!

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Time To Sleep

I NEED SLEEP!

Have you ever found yourself laying down to sleep but suddenly your mind takes over and begins thinking about everything and anything? If you have, like myself, you can relate to how aggravating, frustrating and down right tiring this can be. Trying to fall asleep while your mind is racing can be very stressful, especially if you have to wake up in the morning for work. I have often found myself in this predicament resulting in my stress level  rising and the hours till wakeup time get closer and closer.

I have tried lots of different things from sleep tea, to sleeping pills. None of it worked for me. I discussed it with my doctor and she did prescribe me some medication that has helped in the falling asleep department, although not entirely. Unfortunately I suffer from a mild case of OCD. Now when most people hear OCD they immediatly think of someone that has to turn a door handle ¬†a certain way and a certain amount of times before¬†they can move along to their next task¬†which is OCD but sometimes people fail to recoginze that there are other forms of it as well. I am thankful in a way that my OCD doesn’t work like that.

My OCD is more of an internal struggle, I guess is how I would describe it. I don’t know how to pin point what triggers it and without knowing that makes it harder to work with. For me, my OCD is with counting. I have something,¬†unknown to me,¬†that makes me count in my head. It could be a word, a sentence, something I read or heard, the list is endless. So when it’s time to finally settle down and sleep the OCD takes over and the counting begins, resulting in valuable sleep being stolen right out of my grasp.

I recently found a way to help slow the counting down and figured I’d share it in case someone else, either with OCD or someone just struggling to sleep could try to¬†use this as a way to get back those ZZZZZ’s.

Have you ever heard of ASMR? If you haven’t don’t worry, I had never heard of it before. Honestly, when I first came upon it I thought it was the strangest and freakiest thing but as I used it more and more the freaky went away and was gratefully replaced with sleep!

What is ASMR? Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response is described as a tingling sensation usually in the head, scalp and neck which is usually the result of a visual, auditive or cognative stimuli. What is all of this I’m talking about? Well to start,¬†¬†it is said that not everyone can feel this tingling sensation but if you can you will understand what I am about to describe. Have you ever gone to have your hair done and suddenly as¬†the stylist is doing their thing you get the feeling of what I would describe as tingles or shivers? If so than you have felt ASMR!

Many people, that suffer with sleep problems have turned to ASMR to allow themselves to relax and drift off to the world of sleep. This has led to many people creating ASMR videos on Youtube. One important thing to know is that everyone has different preferences to feeling the tingles which is why ASMR artists (as I am learning they are called) tend to make all sorts of different styles of videos.

For myself, I prefer whispering videos with tapping and clicking sounds but many others have found sleep through different ways for example plastic bags crunching, hand gestures or even just relaxing music. Everyone’s trigger can be different and because of that there is an endless amount of videos being made and watched all the time. I’d like to share with you some of the ASMR artists that I personally enjoy.

Ariel ASMR

MinxLaura123

Brittany ASMR

TheUKASMR

These lovely artists have given me back my sleep and stopped many restless nights of tossing, turning and counting. I am grateful for the work they have put into their videos and I can’t suggest them enough for anyone who suffers with not being able to sleep. I do also want to say that the videos, at first, can seem rather creepy but my suggestion is to keep trying and you may just get back to sleeping normally, as I have. It is also suggested that while watching and listening to their videos, wearing headphones is the best way to feel the tingles and drift off to la la land.

My hope in sharing this is that if you suffer from sleep problems this might just be a way to get back to a normal routine as I have resulting in one happy chick!

Happy

Orlando Sea Life Aquarium

Back in May during our Star Wars Weekend Trip, we visited the I-Live 360 complex that houses Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, The Orlando Eye and the Orlando Sea Life Aquarium. We shared our experiences at the wax museum here¬†and on the Eye here. Now it’s finally time for us to share our experience at the Orlando Sea Life Aquarium.

The I-Live 360 complex is located on International Drive in Orlando. The 3 main attractions listed above are available to visit individually or as many as you’d like depending on the type of ticket that you purchase. We purchased all 3 because we wanted to experience each one. This post is going to be about the experience at the Sea Life Aquarium.

Our experience began with entering the aquarium and taking 3 different pictures. We were not shown the pictures before proceeding into the aquarium. We then meandered through the different tanks and taking in all the fish. We were a little surprised with the array of fish, but not in a good way. For a little background, we have visited many aquariums and Dave is a big fish fan. He has had many fish tanks over his lifetime both freshwater and saltwater. The selection of fish we found to be rather stingy (if that is even the right word!) Most of the fish we saw was not really worth paying to see. The local fish store near our house has about the same selection. We were more than disappointed. Not only that, but our camera batteries were basically dead so we were not able to get many pictures.

Here are some of the things we did get to take pictures of-

At the exit of the aquarium we were greated by some friendly sales people that had a book put together with the pictures we had taken at the entrance of the aquarium. We were given a few different options to purchase the pictures and we decided to because we wanted the pictures as a way to remember our trip. The very first photo in this post was one of them and the rest are posted below.

Overall we had a fun time at the Orlando Sea Life Aquarium. It at times felt a little bit less than what we were expecting but we made do anyways. For the price we didn’t think it was any better than our local aquarium, The Boston Aquarium. We have also visited the aquarium in Tampa and found that their selection was far more vast and unique.

Hemp and Omega 3 Botanical Shampoo

Pros:

  • Helps to stop itchy scalp
  • Safe for color treated hair
  • Rich in vitamins
  • Moisturizing
  • Doesn’t leave hair greasy
  • Lightly scented

Cons:

None

Directions:

Wet hair and massage into hair and scalp. Rinse.

Overall Thoughts-

I really liked how this shampoo left my hair feeling soft and silky smooth. It’s made brushing my hair much easier and there has been far less tangles in my hair than before I used this shampoo. I also really like that it left my hair feeling moisturized without being greasy or weighed down. My hair stayed feeling soft and light even after styling it. The scent is very light and not overwhelming. I am extremely sensitive to a lot of scents but this did not give me a headache like most do which is something I personally appreciate about Carapex products.

Rating- 

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(4/5)

The Hemp and Omega 3 Botanical Shampoo can be purchased through the Carapex website along with their other fabulous items that include body, skin, hair and foot products. This product is part of the bcBud Skincare line that is made with hemp oil which is filled with vitamins and proteins to give you the best results wih a natural product.

This product was provided to me for an honest review. The thoughts I expressed were from my own personal viewpoint and experience with the product. My reviews are always 100% honest regardless of how the item was received. 

Which Harry Potter Career Should You Have?

Dragon Feeder

I guess I’d be good at feeding dragons? Hmm…. I’d like to think of myself as adventerous but feeding dragons is not something I would do! I do love looking at dragon pictures and all but I don’t see myself getting all up close and personal with one! I’d probably be better at cleaning dorm rooms or something far less daring!

Want to know what career you would have in The Wizarding World? Take the quiz!