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Spring salad? We got you covered! This delicious apple pear spring salad will definitely bring joy to your day! Since Mother’s Day and Teacher Appreciation is just around the corner, this would be a lovely dish to provide to those you love and care about.
The salad is fresh, healthy, and tastes absolutely delicious! It’s very simple but actually has lots of elements you will love!
My favorite is the cashew! It gives the salad some nice crunch. The poppy seed dressing is yummy and are also a great addition to this beautiful spring salad!
A very important tip to healthy, soft and glowing skin is exfoliation. I occasionally like making my own soap and skin care products. I know exactly what I am putting in my recipe! Jojoba beads are a great way to add exfoliation to soap. Use jojoba beads as raw material for making beauty products or add directly to finished skin care products. Although I still do purchase skin care products (they’re expensive), it is nice to make them occasionally and especially choosing my colors, fragrances and ingredients.
One thing to be careful of are microbeads in skin care products. Microbeads are tiny pieces of plastic used in personal care products. They are designed to go down the drain and into our rivers, lakes and oceans every day. Obviously, not good for our environment. So, I do not add microbeads. when making skin care products. So what do I use? Jojoba beads!
Jojoba beads exfoliate similar as microbeads do, but they are a gentler alternative and are less likely to harm sewer systems or the environment.
*2.2” diameter by 1” depth x 8 cavities. Each cavity holds approximately 3.75 ounces. The whole size of the mold is 11.2” x 6.5” and holds approx. 1.9 pounds of soap. It will make approximately 8, 3.75 ounce bars/pieces of soap.
Steps 1-3: *Divide 28-30 cubes (each cube is approx. .8 ounce) evenly between two measuring cups. Add 1/2 teaspoon of the lilac scented oil to each of the measuring cups of soap cubes. Melt the soap in the microwave at 30 second bursts until soap is completely melted.
Steps 4-5: **Add 15-17 cubes of the goats milk soap base into the remaining measuring cup. Add 1/2 teaspoon of the lilac scented oil to each of the measuring cups of soap cubes. Melt the soap in the microwave at 30 second bursts until soap is completely melted.
Steps 6-8: Add 1 drop of the darker blue to one of the measuring cups with the suspension soap and 1 drop of the lighter blue to the other measuring cup and mix well. You don’t want to use too much color or you won’t be able to see your jojoba beads floating in the soaps.
Add the jojoba beads and mix in gently.
Steps 9-11: Spray your soap mold with the rubbing alcohol. This prevents bubbles from forming. Pour about 1.4 ounces of the darker soap mixture into each of your molds. Spray top of mixture with rubbing alcohol to prevent bubbles. Allow to harden completely.
Steps 12-14: Spray top of darker blue soap mixture with rubbing alcohol. This helps the layers adhere to each other. Pour about an ounce of the white soap mixture and spray your white soap layer with the rubbing alcohol. Allow to harden at least 30-45 minutes. You know you can pour the next layer if you blow on the soap and it doesn’t ripple.
Steps 15-18: Spray top of white soap mixture with rubbing alcohol. Pour the lighter blue soap mixture into each cavity, filling each to the top. Spray with the rubbing alcohol. Allow to dry overnight. Gently pop soaps from the mold and store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag until ready to use.
Wouldn’t these make great gifts? I also love the fact that it would be a great craft to make with kids.
These printable bookmarks for moms are a simple and sweet gift idea! And they’re absolutely FREE!
Three of the bookmarks have short sweet messages on them. Kids would have fun coloring them and writing a sweet sentiment on the back.
Have fun creating colorful beauty with these bookmarks! I think I might color a few with colored pencils or felt pens by myself. It’s therapeutic to color.
Make sure to print on cardstock (heavier paper). You could also laminate them to help make the bookmarks last longer.
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Have any of you ever felt like this when trying to close a suitcase? Over the years of my travels, I’ve learned what to do and what not to do when packing a suitcase. I have definitely been guilty of overpacking. It’s a learning curve of how to pack well and efficiently. I feel I’ve mastered packing much better than when I first started traveling.
The Ultimate Suitcase Packing Tips:
First thing check your airline’s baggage policy for size and weight restrictions. You can fly with one airline and be ok with your size suitcase and weight. But you catch another flight with another airline and be charged baggage fees. If your traveling with your family and have several suitcases, this can create hefty fees by not paying attention. Flying internationally our suitcases have been the typical size and weight. But arriving in other countries and using budget airlines. They have very strict baggage guidelines. So just be careful and plan ahead.
Now that you’ve checked what size baggage you can bring. Begin with a packing checklist of essentials or use a packing app. A packing checklist helps prevent leaving important items behind.
Try on complete outfits before you pack – this ensures you have all that is needed — shoes, jewelry, undergarments, belts, etc. Have you ever put on an outfit while out of town and you realize the special slip or belt needed you forgot to bring?
Organize and maximize space by using packing aids, I am a BIG believer in packing aids. Some of my favorites are shared below.
Spread out all that you want to pack on your bed. It’s easy to see everything you want to bring and is a good time to begin the process of elimination.
Pack efficiently. Do you really need that big blow dryer (check your hotel/Airbnb if they have blow dryers – most do occasionally some do not ). Do you need to bring that LARGE beach towel? What about purchasing some items when you arrive at your destination. You can always leave items behind.
Roll your clothes. Rolling your clothes versus folding will save space in your suitcase.
Stuff underwear, accessories, and socks inside of shoes. Leave no space unused.
Place shoes along the sides and bottom of the suitcase – toe to heel
Heavy items go on the bottom of the suitcase.
Lightweight items that are prone to wrinkle go on top in the suitcase
Bring travel-size toiletries or purchase them when you arrive at your destination.
Don’t pack valuable items in your CHECKED suitcase. Even with TSA approved locks on my suitcase – my locks go missing. Airlines will not reimburse you for valuables. Check the airlines for – items not covered by their baggage policy – cash, jewelry, electronics, computers, cameras, etc.
Don’t bring lithium batteries or high wattage power banks in your CHECKED luggage. Check with the airlines on their rules. You can bring them in your CARRY-ON luggage. A power bank (portable battery used to power up mobile devices) is a must if you use your smartphone when traveling. I would never travel without a power bank.
Leave extra room in your suitcase for travel souvenirs that you will want to bring home.
Pack a foldable tote, beach bag, or duffel in your luggage for day trips, beach, pool or picnics.
Make your suitcase stand out to you. I have a colored ribbon tied to my black suitcase. This helps me and others from grabbing the wrong black suitcase since there are so many out there. When you get to the baggage carousel you can find your suitcase easier with a luggage tag, ribbon or ??
Packing Aids That Are Awesome!
To see my ALL-TIME FAVORITE packing item that I always travel with, scroll to the very bottom of the post. In the meantime see all of the packing aids that I use with the exception of one that I personally don’t find useful.
I had purchased a toiletry bag a few years ago that just wasn’t working for me -way too small. I had to find one that was the right size and fit ALL that I needed it to. I found it in this toiletry bag
The sides that open up are genius. I can also fit my makeup bag in here and a curling iron! Most sinks and counters in hotels in Europe have very little counterspace. Since this has a hook for hanging it’s worked out great while traveling in Europe.
Have you seen a packing folder? These folders help keep you organized and wrinkle free! Every packing sleeve includes a folding board with instructions on how to fold your clothes properly. They are great for packing men’s dress shirts, pants, women’s dresses, skirts, etc. They help keep clothing from shifting in transit so they stay wrinkle-free.
Do you have bulky items that you need to pack? On my last trip, I needed to bring my winter jacket due to cold weather! This jacket goes to mid-thigh so it was bulky. I used travel space saver bags and love them. Check out the images below that show my bulky winter jacket placed inside the travel space saver and the next image that shows it rolled up.
I also bring an empty bag to use for my landry. When it gets full I just roll it up!
I really dislike electrical cables that become a tangled mess in my suitcase. I found this cable organizer that keeps my computer cable organized and protected. I especially love it when I bring it in my travel purse if I have a layover somewhere and will be using my computer. Best invention for keeping cords organized.
Compression packing cubes. I’m not sure if I’m sold on these. I did an experiment with my hubby’s t-shirts. I took two stacks of t-shirts that were the same height and about the same weight. I placed the t-shirts inside the packing cube and used the two zippers that help “compress” the packing cube. The size didn’t go down enough for me to see that they are really helping size wise. I then rolled the t-shirts and the same thing. It didn’t help that much. It is a way to keep your clothes organized but I find that I won’t be using them. Let me know in the comments if you like these and why. I know a lot of people do.
Shoe bags – These are inexpensive and a great way to keep bathroom and floor germs (yuck) off of your clothing inside your luggage.
Organize your jewelry! In the past I have used drawstring little bags and my jewelry would become a jumbled mess. This travel jewelry organizer helps keep my jewlery organized and in one spot.
My FAVORITE travel aid:
A portable travel closet also known as a hanging shelf organizer for the suitcase.
This portable travel closet pulls out of the suitcase and hangs up in the closet. I love it because I don’t have to unpack and pack at every hotel. I just remove it from the suitcase and hang up – it takes all of 20 seconds – literally!! Recently I stayed at a hotel in Palm Springs with 2 girlfriends and surprisingly, there was NO chest of drawers. I had my portable travel closet and pulled it out of the suitcase and hung it up. No living out of my suitcase for 6 days. The bottom shelf has an area for dirty laundry. I collect it all in the bottom and then when packing up to leave place my dirty laundry in the travel space saver bag (shown several images above) and roll up. This is my FAVORITE travel aid for sure.
So there you go all the ultimate suitcase packing tips! Let me know in the comments below what your favorite packing tips are?
If you need a great travel purse, I love this one shown below. It’s inexpensive and has held up well in my travels.
Sentosa is an island resort off Singapore’s southern coast. It’s a man-made themed park-like recreation island. Read all about the fun we had on this Island in this post!
Accessing the island is easy by car, cable car, monorail and pedestrian boardwalk. We took the Singapore cable car which had stunning views and was a great way to get to the island. The beach is lovely and there is a lot to do on this island.
Universal Studios theme park is located there. So many activities – boat tours, water-theme parks, swimming with the dolphins, fishing, biking, restaurants and more. We spent the afternoon there but I can see how some would want to stay on the island for a couple of days.
Singapore Sentosa Island Video - YouTube
As you can see, not only is Sentosa Island incredibly fun but it is gorgeous as well! I wish that this video even did the views justice but it doesn’t quite. You will just have to visit the island yourself to see the beauty. We are already planning our trip back!
Singapore is is a city bursting at the seams with attractions that are impressive, with exciting activities, and plenty of things to do for all the family. Read this post to see what we did and where we went while we were there!
On our trip we visited Sentosa Island, the Harry Potter Cafe, Gardens by the Bay – Cloud Forest, Flower Dome, Supertree Grove, the beach and ate lots of great food. The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands (high-end mall) were amazing!! This shopping mall gives new meaning to retail therapy! We stayed in a Boutique hotel near Chinatown.
Chinatown has great access to the subway. Which we used several times. You can catch the subway from the airport. We decided to get an Uber to our hotel. After staying in Chinatown, we went to the Marina Bay Sands for two nights before we flew to Thailand. MBS is pretty amazing.
Sentosa Island –
Sentosa Island is a popular resort 500-acre island (man-made) off the southern tip of Singapore. There are many activities on Sentosa – beautiful beaches, hotel resorts, restaurants, Universal Studios Singapore, Adventure Cove Waterpark, and more. You can drive a car to the island or take the Sentosa Skyride (an open-air cable chairlift) which is part attraction – part method of transportation – Sentosa Skyline Luge & Skyride is a perfect way of getting from A to B all whilst getting some great views across Singapore, as well as a fun ride too!
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is an attached mall to the Marina Bay Sands. This is a VERY high-end mall with retailers that are pretty awesome. Let’s just say the mall stores were ones that I wouldn’t be purchasing jewelry, shoes or clothes. I looked at a ‘sweatshirt’ in a high -end brand name store and it was $300+!!
An indoor canal runs the length of the mall for Sampan (boat) rides. Sampan rides are available (for a fee) to ride in for any mall shoppers.
Also, located in The Shoppes are many celebrity chef restaurants. We ate at Bread Street Kitchen the food was good – nothing spectacular – not a fan of Gordon Ramsay just decided to eat there. On another day we purchased food to eat at the food court which was very reasonably priced food in the mall and it was quite yummy.
The Digital Light Canvas
The Digital Light Canvas (large circular floor) is near the food court. You can step into an interactive digital experience on a large floor that is unbelievable until you experience it. There are controlled LED lights, which allow for graphics to be rendered on the floor in real time, in reaction to people’s movement and behavior. I loved watching the interaction with kids on this floor. There is a small fee to gain access to the light canvas. You can dance or walk on it and the images below your feet move. Pretty fun to be a bystander and watch all the action.
Spectra Free Light Show –
Spectra is a free outdoor light and water show displayed over the water at the Event Plaza along the promenade. It’s a beautiful symphony of music, water, and light that’s powered by lasers, fountain jets, and visual projectors.
The 15-minute show will mesmerize you with its dancing water fountains, colorful visual arts, and special lighting effects.
The video below I filmed from our hotel room where we watched the Spectra Light show. We could barely hear the music but fun to watch.
Light Show at Marina Bay Sands - YouTube
Marina Bay Sands and the world-famous infinity pool
The pool. The world’s largest rooftop infinity pool is approximately 490 feet long across Sands SkyPark. Accessible only by hotel guests, the iconic Infinity Pool at Marina Bay Sands has a stunning city-skyline view not found at any other Singapore hotel. I would recommend an early morning swim if you prefer to have fewer people or a late afternoon dip to catch the lovely sunset. The jacuzzies are on the opposite side of the infinity pool and offer a beautiful sunrise in the morning. I love sitting by a pool and reading. This pool I actually got in and swam. This is a must if you want to go to the edge and overlook the city of Singapore. COMPLETELY AMAZING. I loved every minute there.
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is a showpiece of horticulture and waterfront garden artistry along the bay and ocean. It is is an 250 acre nature park on the bay that is beautiful, entertaining and also educates visitors. There are an abundance of plants grown here that are seldom seen in this part of the world, there are different species in cool, temperate climates and also tropical forests and habitats.
Supertree Grove consists of an outdoor garden with real foliage, plants and manmade trees that are tall (80-160 feet high). There is an elevated walkway, the Skyway, between two of the larger Supertrees for visitors to enjoy a panoramic aerial view of the Gardens. Every night, at 7:45pm and 8:45pm (as of this writing), the Supertree Grove comes alive with a coordinated light and music show known as the Garden Rhapsody. It was mesmerizing and beautiful to watch. You will be dazzled to see this show and it’s FREE!
Step into the Flower Dome and stand in awe of nature. Spectacular and innovative, it is the largest glass greenhouse in the world. It’s a world of perpetual spring! We enjoyed looking at all the various plants.
The “Cloud Mountain” itself is an intricate greenhouse type structure with plants such as orchids, ferns, peacock ferns, bromeliads, etc.. It consists of a number of levels, each with a different theme, including The Lost World, The Cavern, The Waterfall View, The Crystal Mountain, The Cloud Forest Gallery, The Cloud Forest Theatre and The Secret Garden.