Thursday, May 26, 2016

Travel Log

Good morning! I'm finally back with another post. This time, I want to discuss travel logs, and why everyone should have one, no matter where you travel. 

As you all know, I made my amazing trip to Ireland back in late 2014. It was the experience of a lifetime, but what helped make the trip go smoothly was the amount of research I did before we left. Finding out what the local weather is during the time you're there, figuring out which main attractions you want to visit, and any helpful hints were all carefully planned before leaving.

One of the things I read about during my research, was that one should keep a travel log of their trip. You take a notebook, or something similar, with you and write in it every night before you go to bed. The idea is that this will help you remember a lot of the details that one tends to forget over time.

It was a great piece of advice that I took to heart. I wrote in my notebook at least once, but sometimes twice, a day. I go back and read my log now and then, and it makes me happy that I kept the log. There were so many details that I had forgotten: conversations we had with people, the names of pubs & shops we went to, experiences traveling, and all kinds of other things, that I would surely have never remembered so much about that wonderful experience in my life.

When we were in Limerick City, Ireland, we stopped by the Hunt Museum. We checked out the gift shop on our way out and I picked up a cool notebook. Until the other day, it sat in my little vault where I had only made a couple of diary entries. I looked at it and thought, "Why don't I use this as a travel log?" It made perfect sense, so my project lately has been transcribing my log from Ireland into the notebook.

The orange notebook is the one I took my notes about my trip in. The one that looks like a copy of Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped is actually the cool notebook I bought in Limerick City. A lady who lives there takes old books and turns them into notebooks. On top is the pen I bought for myself at the Guinness Storehouse. What better way to take Irish notes?

The artisan kept the inside liners (both front and back) intact, and the rest of the pages are unlined, blank paper to take notes in. Pretty cool huh?

As I had used a couple of pages as a diary a few years ago, I ripped those pages out to repurpose the notebook into my travel log. I decided I wanted to keep the sticker and corresponding note I wrote about the notebooks by taping it on the first blank page. Her etsy information is right there in case you decide to check out some of her cool notebooks. I haven't checked to see if her etsy is still active or not.

And there you have it. A cooler than normal travel log that I will use until I fill it up with entries. My husband and I are planning (finally!) a new trip across the pond, and I can't wait to use my travel log. Now, just because you may be traveling domestically instead of internationally, doesn't mean you can't log those trips! We're taking the kids to Colorado next month, and then an adult trip to Chicago in December. You can bet I will log them in here. I want to always remember the fun trips I took...after all, traveling is in my blood.

Always, H.A.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Ipsy's May Glam Bag

Hey everyone! It's that time again...yep, Ipsy time! So this month's glam bag came, and, like usual, it's like mini-Christmas. The glam bag itself is an ode to traveling, and it's one of my favorites so far. I mean, we all know how I feel about traveling!

First up is The Organic Pharmacy's Antioxidant Lip Balm. It smells wonderful and I've already used this a few times. So far it seems like it's great for healing the lips. I always have dry lips and hands--unless it's the middle of summer when it's humid as all get out--so I never seem to have enough lotion or lip balm. 

This month, I was given another mascara courtesy of Smashbox. I got one a few months back, but this one is their X-Rated volumizing mascara. I have about four mascaras I flip back and forth with using, but I'm going to save this one for when it's time to ditch the old ones. (That's a good, and necessary, thing to do routinely with all your makeup products.)

I was excited to see this combo in my bag! I love the eyeshadows they've sent, and this one is no exception. It's a Pacifica brand set of pink and purple hues which is perfect because finding the perfect pink hues can be taxing. It's infused with coconut for a 'velvety finish' so we'll see! It came with a Inspr eyeshadow brush. Yay! A girl can never have too many eyeshadows or eyeshadow brushes. 

Last, but not least, is a hard to read bottle! It took bright light and special effort to read it. lol It's Avene's Micellar Lotion. It's a cleanser and makeup remover. It will go in my little tub of stuff that I need to remember to try at some point! 

Someday, I swear I will make a post about how the ipsy products I've been posting have worked out! 

Have a great day!


Monday, May 9, 2016

Horrendum Media

Good morning! I hope last week was a good one, and that your weekend was even better. Last weekend I entertained my mother who was here for a rare visit, and this past weekend I entertained my dad and my stepmom who always come visit for my dad's birthday. It was nice to visit with my parents, but it definitely kept me busy!

Mother's Day was yesterday, and I hope it was an enjoyable day for anyone who's ever mothered another living thing. I celebrated all the mothers in my life...including myself! 

As I mentioned in my last post, I'm now under the Horrendum Media umbrella. You can find out a little bit about this burgeoning company by following this link:

Until next time!