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Ten Things I Want to Do in Puerto Rico!

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Click HereHubs and I will celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary in January 2016, and I am ready to start planning our celebration.  I'm not talking dinner and a movie folks.  I want to GO somewhere.  I want to travel to a place that is on my travel bucket list, and Puerto Rico is in my top ten locales to see.   Puerto Rico is filled with world class attractions that would certainly turn our vacation, and any vacation, into a 5-star vacation story!

Why is Puerto Rico on my travel bucket list?  Well, for starters, there are 270 miles of coastline and is featured among the Top 10 beaches from Travel Channel.  The Flamenco Beach in Culebra is gorgeous in pictures and is often listed as one of the best beaches in the world.   

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^^seriously, who wouldn't want to visit?^^

Okay, since Puerto Rico is on my travel bucket list, I have a few (dozen) things in mind that I'd like to do when I finally go.  Here's ten of them…

  1. Take a guided tour of San Juan and enjoy the old world charm
  2. While in San Juan, stop in to get a Sea Shell Massage at the Ritz.  Glacial shells sound incredibly interesting!
  3. Go ziplining through the canopy outside of San Juan
  4. Visit El Yunque National Park and climb to the clouds.  What fun it would be to hike in a tropical rain forest!
  5. Visit Camuy River Cave Park and go down the 205 step board walk into Cueva Clara. 
  6. Visit the Turtle Bay Inn, the worlds first solar powered guest house. 
  7. Visit the Caguas Botanical and Cultural Garden.  The pictures of the flora are gorgeous, I want to see it in person!
  8. Go snorkeling in Fajardo.  I've read that you can glow like an angel in the water in the Bioluminescent bays. 
  9. Go horseback riding.  I'd love to start off with a beach ride, then go on a tropical trail ride, and end up back on the beach to watch the sunset. 
  10. Visit the Arecibo Observatory.  I hear the view is jaw droppingly gorgeous.  

Puerto Rico is at the top of my travel bucket list because travel doesn't require a passport or foreign currency.  Just hop on a plane and go.  That's my kind of vacation. 

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Carbeau Midnight Magic Adjustable Sleep Mask Review

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With the constant hustle and bustle in life, getting an adequate amount of sleep is more important than ever. If you are anything like me I can’t rest unless it is dark, really dark!! Our bedroom has always been an easy place for me to fall asleep in until recently. After bringing our Little Midnight Magic Adjustable Sleep Mas for Women and MenDude home following his two week stay in the NICU the first couple of nights we could not get him to sleep, he would become extremely fussy once in our room. After the second very sleep-deprived night of being home, my fiancé and I remembered something our nurses had warned us about….some babies in the NICU get very used to the constant noise (other babies crying, alarms going off etc..) and the lights always being on. At this point we began to wonder is he simply not sleeping because it is so dark and quiet? That night we decided to use a nightlight, which happens to be right beside my side of the bed close to his bassinet, and to our amazement Little Dude actually slept…and has continued to sleep as long as a nightlight is on! Of course we were excited that he was finally sleeping well; but, now I find myself sleeping with an arm over my eyes or my extra pillowcase fabric draped over my face to obtain some semblance of darkness so I can sleep! When the opportunity arose to review the Carbeau Midnight Magic Adjustable Sleep Mask, I could not resist!

About Cabeau

Cabeau (pronounced CAH-bo) was founded by David and Kyna Sternlight in 2009. Creatively fueled by their newfound roles as business owners, product developers, and first-time parents, the California couple decided to “keep it all in the family” and name the company after their son, Luca Beau.  Simply drop the “Lu” and you have Cabeau.

Carbeau Midnight Magic Adjustable Sleep Mask

Cabeau knows how to make travel easy by offering the most innovative travel pillows, comfort products, accessories, and on-the-go gear.  Winner of the TGA “Buzz Award” and Dr. Toy’s “Best Vacation Product” and “Best Pick” awards , Cabeau’s goal is to provide a comfortable and restful experience to commuters and jetsetters alike, transforming coach class woes into a First-Class experience.  Once you feel the difference, we hope all your adventures will be in Cabeau comfort.

At Cabeau, we understand how important it is for you to arrive at your destination fully rested and refreshed. With our unique line of travel pillows and accessories, and new innovative products on the horizon, Cabeau knows comfort and is truly transforming the way people travel.

So whether you’re headed around the world or just around the corner, all of us at Cabeau wish you safe and comfortable travels.


  • Soft Velour Interior
  • Inner Rounded Eye Liner
  • Adjustable Nose Bridge
  • Memory Foam Earplugs
  • Earplug Pocket
  • Elastic-Free Adjustable Strap

My Thoughts

I decided to try out the sleep mask the first night it arrived, I have never used a mask before so I was unsure of what to expect. Right off the bat I loved how soft the mask was! The adjustable strap is great, I still had a fair amount of space even with it at its tightest. Even though the mask contains an elastic-free adjustable strap, I will admit I was quite worried that I would wake up during the night finding my hair stuck seeing that I have long, extremely thick hair; but, I am happy to report no such thing happened! The mask was actually comfortable to

Compact and Inflatable Air Evolution

wear too!  When Carbeau states they guarantee 100% blackout, they truly mean it; you can even adjust the nose bridge of the mask if you would like some amount of light in! It even comes with a pair of memory foam earplugs along with a small pocket to store them, I have tried them on and they are very comfortable; but I have not had a need to use them otherwise. I will say the first two nights it was so great to actually sleep between nursing sessions that I would not have been able to come up with a single downfall! After wearing the mask for more than a week now, my only slight complaint is that it can become slightly warm at times.

Overall, the Carbeau Midnight Magic Sleep Mask  is truly a great product to give a try! You can purchase your own for the SRP $19.99 at They offer many other products as well; one being the Compact and Inflatable Air Evolution that I can’t wait to try out this weekend while we are on a road trip!  


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Rootology: Breathe Free Supplement Review

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With four cats and one dog and the fact that both my fiancé and I work with animals you can easily say we are avid animal lovers! Both of us also sadly suffer from mild allergies from their dander. His allergies are much worse than mine, when he has flare ups his eyes will become red, itchy, watery and start to swell and he will begin sneezing. For me, I tend to just have watery eyes and occasionally have an itchy throat. I also suffer from seasonal allergies that tend to be worse in the spring and fall. Neither of us have ever found a product that has truly helped considering they do not treat all of our symptoms nor do they provide immediate relief. We were recently introduced to .a natural approach, especially formulated for environmental allergies; Rootology, Breathe Free.

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What is Rootology

Nasal & sinus health can quickly deteriorate and make our lives miserable, whether due to blooming plants, pets, dust, wildfire smoke or whatever’s in the air that may congest or trigger a sneeze. Rootology is a proprietary blend of 13 concentrated herbal extracts + vitamins that work individually and in synergy to immediately support against sneezing, congestion, sinus pressure, runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, and headache.
How Rootology Works
Synergy, a critical element of Chinese Herbology, requires combining different herbs deliberately and carefully in order to maximize the benefits of a formula. When combining the right herbs in the right amount, the result can be a great deal more powerful, and sometimes even different, than the herbs taken individually. A well-constructed formula like Rootology will harmonize so your body will fully accept desired results at their most potent, an important aspect of natural healing.

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Our Thoughts

I was very excited when Breathe Free arrived, as I had been suffering from nasal congestion for the previous two days; since I am nursing Little Dude, I immediately checked the label for any warnings; which clearly stated Do not take if pregnant or breastfeeding, unless you have consulted a physician.  I decided not to take them, and it so worked out that C had been congested for a few days as well; so he decided to take two pills that night and has been taking them daily for over two weeks now. By the next morning when he woke up he said the congestion was almost gone, and at work that day whenever he would go into our open cattery (containing 40-50 cats) his eyes would not begin to itch as they previously did. We worked on moving items out of storage this weekend and generally the dust would have him very choked up, but it did not bother him. He did say the past couple of days with our recent weather warm up here, he had to increase his dosage as he was having some congestion. Keep in mind it is a rather large capsule. Overall, he said he is very happy with Breathe Free and he plans to continue taking it. I look forward to trying it in my future as well. We would highly recommend giving Rootology, Breathe Free a try if you could benefit from nasal and sinus support.

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These shoes #teamX2

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As you all know, one of my SMART goals for 2014 is to do three 5K’s and hopefully round the year out with a 15K.   If I’m not ready for a 15K, a fourth 5K will be on the roster for me.  After all, these shoes were made for running, right?

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I had planned (and registered) for my first 5K of the year to be on April 5th.  Due to circumstances beyond my control, the only thing I got from that 5K was my race packet.  My presence was unavoidably required elsewhere, and while I do not begrudge the fact that I needed to be elsewhere, I was a bit bummed that I didn’t get to clock my first finish time of the year.   As it stands, my first 5K of the year will be an untimed 5K next weekend with a group of friends.  I am excited for it, but am also completely and utterly NOT ready for it.

Why am I not ready for it?  Well, we spent the last half of February and the first week of March battling first the tummy yuckies as they made the rounds through our house, and then the upper respiratory yuckies followed quickly behind.  The second week of March was spent with the oldest two on antibiotics for the ear infections that followed the upper respiratory bug.  When I wasn’t personally ill, I was caring for all the other sicko’s in my family, and because one ore more of them had temperatures I couldn’t go to the gym.

The result?  I am not 5K ready.  While my running shoes were made for running, they’ve sorely missed the pavement of late.

With introducing green smoothies into my diet, I have managed to lose weight despite not going to the gym.  I also have more energy (yay!) but I don’t know that it will be enough to get me through the 5K.  To that end, I will be trying X2Performance.

X2 FreeTrial

The proprietary blend is designed to increase energy and stamina, and help with post work out recovery, so I’ll be giving it a good old fashioned try out.  Unlike other pre-workout supplements, X2Performance is designed to avoid the spike and crash drama and to last for your entire workout.  The whole spike and crash thing is why I have habitually avoided pre-workout drinks.

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I’m excited to see if it does last the whole workout.

Time to give these shoes a work out!

You can get a free trial of X2Performance (4-pack) to try for yourself! Click HERE for details (Please note- there is a $5.95 shipping fee).

Now I need to sign up for two more 5K’s to round out my three for the year.  Any suggestions?

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Cloak of the Light- Book Review

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I am a reader. When I say “I am a reader”, what I really mean is that I am an inhale a good book, give up sleep to finish a book, breeze through a book in less than 48 hours kinda gal. I love, love, LOVE to read.

Cloak of the Light Wars of the Realm Book 1But I’m picky.  I like the authors I like, and the genre of book I like, and I don’t like to diverge and try new authors or genres.  My husband has been trying for AGES to get me to read his favorite author and I just can’t get into the fantasy genre to enjoy them, so I give up after one chapter, head to the library, and find a book that fits me better.  I’m running out of options, to be honest.

Recently, I got the chance to receive an advance copy of Chuck Black’s “The Cloak of the Light“.  Doing this review was a scary prospect for me, because once I had committed, I knew I needed to finish this book so that I could write about it, regardless of whether or not I cared for the story line, the writing style, or the content.  I don’t say yes to book reviews very often (actually, this is the first), for this very reason- they’re scary to me because nothing is worse than having to finish a book you hate.  It’s like a horrible flashback to my freshman year of college and being forced to read a biology textbook I had no. interest. in.

Anyway, I digress.  ”The Cloak of the Light”.  Here is a brief synopsis from the publisher’s Web site:

“Drew is caught in a world of light – just inches away from the dark

What if…there was a world beyond our vision, a world just fingertips beyond our reach? What if…our world wasn’t beyond their influence?

Tragedy and heartache seem to be waiting for Drew Carter at every turn, but college offers Drew a chance to start over—until an accident during a physics experiment leaves him blind and his genius friend, Benjamin Berg, missing.

As his sight miraculously returns, Drew discovers that the accident has heightened his neuron activity, giving him skills and sight beyond the normal man. When he begins to observe fierce invaders that no one else can see, he questions his own sanity, and so do others. But is he insane or do the invaders truly exist?

With help from Sydney Carlyle, a mysterious and elusive girl who offers encouragement through her faith, Drew searches for his missing friend, Ben, who seems to hold the key to unlocking this mystery. As the dark invaders close in, will he find the truth in time?”

As I read reviews for this book, they promised that the story was similar to some Frank Peretti novels that I had read that explored the supernatural realm in which angels and demons exist, and suggest that these supernatural forces are a part of our everyday life even though we are pretty unaware…I totally believe this to be the case, by the way.  As this novel is targeted at young adults, I knew that it wouldn’t be as intense as a Peretti story, which is aimed at adults, however, I had high hopes.  I was not disappointed.  Let’s just get that out of the way right now.  I finished this book loving it, and simultaneously hating it because now I have to wait for the next book in the series!  Agh!  Any reader of series understands where I’m coming from when I say this: waiting for the next book in a storyline that is enjoyable is the WORST!  There were definitely parts of this story that dragged: there is a lot (and I mean a LOT) of back story that is covered in the first third of the book.  Getting through that content was rough.  I had the promise of a storyline I knew I would enjoy from past experiences with similar stories, and I was having to wade through a hundred pages of back story to get there…not super fun, but obviously important to character development.  Overall, however, I found  the plot engaging (by the end, I was giving up sleep because I was craving resolution), the writing style easy to get through, and the characters relatable, and those three elements make for a great read in my book!

I highly recommend this book and it’s available for purchase on the WaterBrook Multnomah Website, or on Amazon for about $12.

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