Wednesday, October 19, 2016

New Orleans - A Fun and Always Entertaining Experience

I have always been a big fan of New Orleans.  New Orleans is one of those cities that I always love to visit and would love to visit, at least once a year.  The city has so much charm, history and I especially love the French Quarters!

Bourbon Street

New Orleans may not be a city for everyone, but for my family and I, we love it. I was recently in the "Big Easy" city for one night, the night before our family's first cruise on the Carnival Dream.  We stayed at a bread and breakfast place, a 5 minute walk to the French Quarters.  

My son and I on Bourbon St. Gotta love the Big Ass Beer!

Once in the French Quarters, we were automatically welcomed with Jazz music, blues and full of entertainment.  Bourbon Street, a street that you must visit, is one of the infamous streets in New Orleans.  I swear, that street never sleeps! There was a pink parade going on, music and people everywhere and just a whole lot of fun and good times.

One of the places we stopped in to eat, was Pier 424 Seafood Market.  424 Seafood Market is located at 424 Bourbon St.  This restaurant has awesome cuisine that will tickle anyone's taste buds!  I ordered the Blackened Fish of the Day, which was a white fish, served with seasoned steamed vegetables and andouille sausage jambalaya.  Man oh man!  So good! The blackened fish was cooked perfectly...flaky and moist while the andouille sausage jambalaya had a slight Cajun flavor.

After our wonderful meal, we decided to walk off some of the delicious food we had just eaten.  Walking up and down Bourbon Street is the thing to do, when in New Orleans.  You never know what you will run across, between parades, dancers, and bead being thrown from the balconies of the historic hotels.

New Orleans is also known to be one of the most haunted cities.  You can learn about the haunted city, as well as the most haunted places to visit, by taking a haunted tour.  Don't are never left alone and your guide is very expertised in this area.  We went with Ghost City Tours for our haunted tour. Ghost City Tours is one of the most popular tours to go with and with several different tours to choose from, we opted in for "The Killers & Thrillers East Tour." This tour is recommended for ages 16+.  Our Tour guide was Randy Reid, an awesome tour guide who knew his stuff!  

The haunted tour is a walking tour, so wearing comfortable walking shoes is a must.  The tour goes on, whether rain or shine.  You can find out more about Ghost City Tours of New Orleans by visiting their website:
I promise you, you will learn a lot about the history of the gruesome murders, killers and the gritty details of each incident.

If you are looking for a drink after all your walking, you won't have to look very far.  There seems to be a bar, pub or walk-up everywhere you turn on Bourbon Street.  But, if you want to get away from all the hustle and bustle of Bourbon Street and enjoy a nice cocktail or two, head on over to 21st Amendment Bar, located on 725 Iberville St. It's a very nice and historical place to visit!

If you love Mardi Gras and want to know what all goes on during the making of the floats, you definitely want to visit Mardi Gras World, located at 1380 Port of New Orleans Place.  There, you'll learn, the history of this unique tradition and what it takes to bring Mardi Gras to life.  

There are so many places to visit, so many things to do and each visit is always unique and fun.  But, before we left the following morning on our cruise, there was one last stop we HAD to make...Cafe Du Monde! You absolutely, cannot leave New Orleans, without trying the famouns Beignets!  These little donut like gems are a must to try!  They literally melt in your mouth, with the soft and fluffy pastry that is generously sprinkled with powdered sugar!  Everyone who visits New Orleans, has to try the popular beignets.  

So, if you are in New Orleans, check out these stops, plus more.  

***I want to thank New Orleans Convention & Business Bureau for sponsoring some of the wonderful places I was honored to visit during my stay in New Orleans and to Ghost City Tours for hosting my family and I on the Ghost City Tours.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Be Brave Little One Wood Sign by Joyful Island Creations

I'm a big fan of wood signs.  I think they are so neat and unique and they seem to fit any theme, in any room.  When I was looking for signs for my grand-son's nursery, I wanted a theme that went well with the Woodland Animal theme his mother had for his nursery.  

The wood sign, shown below, is perfect!  It had an outdoorsey feel and look, the wording, "Be brave, little one", describes the adventure that is about to follow for my grandson, Brody.  It is a wood sign that goes well in any room or nursery.  When looking for Woodland or Forest Animal themes, you can't go wrong with personalized wood signs.

This wood sign, as well as 88 other wood signs, are available over at Joyful Island Creation on Etsy.  Amanda has a way with words and some of these words or quotes, are very popular ones you see today.  The lettering is done in white while the arrow is a mint color.  The sign is made with reclaimed wood and then stained.  

The sign is approximately 10" x 10" and comes ready to hang.  Each sign is different and unique, because depending on the wood, its knots and lines, the sign will stain differently, giving it it's own unique look.  The sign is very well made, sturdy and has a very rustic look to it.  I love it!  And let me tell're not going to get a sign that is thin and delicate.  Oh, no.  This sign is made from real reclaimed and re-purposed wood, which has a thickness to it, that will last.

You can visit Joyful Island Creation on Etsy for this sign, as well as tons of others.  If you don't see what you want, let Amanda know and she will be more than glad to customize your own saying or quote.  Below are just a few samples of what Amanda has to offer in her Etsy store.



***I received a complimentary product, in exchange, for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely 100% my own.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Messic Women's Long Sleeve Cross V-Neck Hoodie Sweatshirt

Fall is finally here and soon, Winter will be on it's way.  Now is the time to break out those long sleeve shirts, hoodies and warm (but not too warm) comfy clothes from your closet.

If you're like me, you have two for your Winter and Fall stuff and one, that you may be currently using, for your Spring and Summer clothes. Almost every year, no matter how many sweaters or hoodies I may own, I always end up with a couple more new items to add to my collection.

This sweater, shown here, is the long sleeve cross v-neck hoodie sweatshirt by Messic.  Messic is an Amazon store that sells tons of neat, comfortable and great priced clothing.  I have been blessed and honored to have had the opportunity to experience Messic's clothing.  Their tops are always so comfortable and fit me, perfectly.  

This sweatshirt is made just like a hoodie, but in fact, does not actually have a hood!  The shirt is very soft and warm, has a large front pocket (just like your hoodie) and even has the drawstring near the neck.  Everything about this screams hoodie, with the exception of no hood!  This shirt is perfect for those who have casual days at work, but are not allowed to wear hoodies.  The Messic long sleeve cross v-neck hoodie sweatshirt has this neat detail in the neckline area, where the front has a cross v-neck and is adorned with three buttons.

I can't tell you how comfy this shirt feels, on.  I could literally live in this hoodie shirt!  AND...if you're not a big fan of thick bulky sweatshirts or hoodies...then this is the perfect shirt for you!  It is lightweight, without the bulk, but still keeps you warm.

The shirt consists of 95% polyester and 5% spandex.  Anything with spandex is a big plus in my books...just means more comfort!

You can check out this hoodie shirt and more, by visiting Messic's Amazon store. This shirt is available in Black, Gray, Magenta and Aqua.


***I received a complimentary product, in exchange, for my honest and unbiased review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Vialumi Distressed and Ripped Knee Skinny Jeans

Fall has finally approached us and soon, Winter will be here before you know it.  It's time to reorganize my closets, switching out my summer clothes for my Fall and Winter attire.  This can sometimes be a chore, but very necessary!

With the cooler weather almost here, it's time to say hello to my jeans, scarves and long sleeve shirts.  Recently, I've acquired a few more jeans in my collection and I couldn't be more proud of them.  When it comes to jeans, they have to have some stretch for comfort, they have to be stylish and at least one pair has to be a color besides your regular blue jean color.

Vialumi, on Amazon, was kind enough to supply me with a few jeans that I can honestly say, will be my favorite to wear this season.  Not only are they stylish, but they are so so comfortable!  They have quite a bit of stretch and the colors available seem endless!  Below are the jeans that I have become to love so very much!

This first pair, the Mint slashed ripped knee distressed skinny jean, is a light mint colored jean that has one single slash in each knee.  They come in 7 different colors: Blush, Camel, Mint, Navy, Olive, Black and Burgundy.  They are 98% cotton and 2% polyester.  They have a pocket on each side on the back and two front pockets.  These are my favorite!

The second pair, the Vialumi Women's Slashed Ripped Torn Knee Stretch Skinny Jeans, are available in tons of colors and styles.  Some of the single slash in the knee, while the others have a more tattered look to them.  Colors available include: Black, Faded Black, Midnight Blue, Indigo Blue, Navy Blue, Dark Blue, Denim Blue, Medium Blue and Washed Black.  These jeans are 75% cotton, 23% polyester and 2% spandex, giving you that nice stretch in the jeans, top to bottom.  I chose the Midnight Blue in these.

The third pair of jeans by Vialumi are the Solid Stretch Fit Five Pocket Skinny Jeans.  These come in 6 different colors: Black, Dark Blue, Deep Blue, Medium Blue, Olive and Light Blue. I chose the Black in this jean.  They are 75% Cotton, 23% polyester and 2% spandex.  I love a pair of jeans that has spandex!  Totally comfortable and not so tight where it doesn't have any give way.  These jeans do not have any holes, rips or tears in them.  They are your basic skinny jeans, without the tattered look, which is perfect for jean day at work, when your work does not allow jeans with holes in them (like mine!)

And last, but certainly not least, this was the very first pair of jeans I received from Vialumi. They are the Torn Distressed Ripped Destroyed Stretch Skinny Jeans.  These are totally your everyday jean, that is very trendy and fashionable, today.  You see many women and teens, wearing the ripped and destroyed jeans, with style!  I chose the Dark Wash in these particular jeans out of these available colors: Black, Dark Wash, Denim Blue (2 styles), Patched Denim (awesome!), Dark Blue Denim (2 styles), Camo Green, White and Olive.

These jeans have the most tears, rips and worn look to them. They are 75% Cotton, 23% polyester and 2% spandex...once again, the importance of stretch, here!  

I am very very happy with all of these jeans.  These have got to be the most comfortable jeans I have and I love all the different shades and color choices available.  These are just a few of the jeans I have reviewed, but Vialumi has other jeans as well, especially if you love the tattered, slit knee look!  Vialumi also has the cropped boyfriend jeans, low rise skinny jeans, leggings, yoga pants plus much more!  Go check them out on Amazon.  You can visit Vialumi by clicking any of the links below.


**** I received a complimentary item(s), in exchange, for my honest and unbiased review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Gold Glitter Party Cups by BBA Homemade on Etsy

I'm a big fan of going all out on a party.  Whether it's a birthday party, baby shower or just a party at home with a few friends, I love to decorate for the occasion.  

AND....I love anything that is glittery, blinged out and poppin'!  That is why I love these plastic cups by BBAHomemade.  BBAHomemade is a store on Etsy. They have these cups in 20 count for only $10!  The cups are clear plastic with the bottoms done in gold glitter.  Not a fan of gold glitter?  Why not have them customized to the color of your choice?  

These glitter cups were used at a baby shower I hosted, recently.  They were a great hit and looked awesome against the pink tablecloth for the drink table. These are more for decoration purposes than drinking, as I found, that if not careful, some of the glitter can end up inside your drink.  I have a bad habit of reaching for my cup without looking and I normally pick my cup up near the bottom.  If using these for beverages, I would try to pick these up near the top, where there is no glitter.

You can also use these cups for table centerpieces.  Add some matching striped or chevron drinking straws (you may have to cut your straws down some) inside the cup, add a few more decorative pieces and you have yourself a nice little centerpiece.  Check out what BBAHomemade done with theirs, below!

These gold glitter cups are so pretty and so festive looking!  They come carefully packaged with wax paper in between each cup, to prevent the glitter from rubbing off inside the other cups, when stacked inside each other.  And don't worry, you won't have to worry about there not being enough glitter on these cups.  When I received mine, there was a generous amount of glitter added to the bottom of these cups and I loved them!

You can check out these cups, as well as other items, by BBAHomemade on Etsy.  BBAHomemade has over 300+ items for you to browse and choose from that range from tons of Fall items, photo props and painted & decorated mason jars.


***I received a complimentary product for informational and review purposes, in exchange, for my honest and unbiased review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Casual Baby Necktie Onesie by The Jumble Girl on Etsy

You never can go wrong with onesies!  Whether it's for a baby shower, birthday, coming home from the hospital or any occasion, onesies are the biggest thing in a baby's life!  They come in all sizes, styles, colors and even the most funniest and humble sayings.

If you are a new mom, allow me to let you in on a little something.  YOU WILL NEED ALL THESE ONESIES!  You will find that your little one will go through tons of these!  They grow very fast during their first year of life, so you can never have enough of onesies.

This particular onesie, shown here, is by The Jumble Girl.  The Jumble Girl is an Etsy store that has unique baby items that range from onesies to bibs to sock dolls!  This onesie is the Casual Baby Necktie onesie that features a tie down the front with jumbled numbers within this tie.  The tie is an applique that has been added to this white onesie and it really stands out and makes a statement.  Very different and unique!

This onesie is very soft and the applique is very well affixed to this onesie.  It features three snaps at the bottom and has short sleeves, great for the Spring, Summer and Fall.  Pair this up with some little blue jeans and you have a snazzy outfit!

Although this item is currently unavailable by The Jumble Girl on Etsy, there are other cool baby and kid items you can choose from.  You may want to shoot Nancy a quick message, just to see if she can customize your own necktie onesie for your baby boy!


***I received a complimentary product, in exchange for informational purposes as well as my review.  All opinions expressed are always 100% my own.

Pink Baby Girl Crochet Shoes for Newborns to 12 Months by Dolcelina Shop

It's not secret that I love Etsy.  Etsy is an online store where sellers create unique, fun and adorable things...all hand made by themselves.  It's an online community where millions of people go to when looking for that one of a kind item, unique and crafted with love.

These pink crochet shoes are one of those items.  They are so cute and adorable and what little baby girl wouldn't look like a princess wearing these!  They are sold by Dolcelina Shop on Etsy.  These cute pink shoes are available in sizes 0-3 months - 12 months.  They are super soft, flexible and comfortable for little one's feet and would be an awesome gift for a baby shower, baptism or birthday.

Once your baby has out grown these, you can put them up for a keepsake and pass them down, possibly to the next baby girl in your family.  These shoes are made to order, so please allow Lina 3-4 days, after your purchase, to get these shipped out to you.  

To keep your booties looking as new as possible, hand wash in mild temperature water with soap, rinse and allow to air dry, so the booties will keep their shape. Do not throw these in the washer or dryer.  Not a fan of pink?  Lina can customize your own booties in just about any color.  Just let her know.

Dolcelina Shop has over 100 items in her Etsy store...144 to be exact.  There, you will find all kinds of booties, shoes and sandals in a wide range of color combinations as well as styles.  Go check out Dolcelina Shop for all the great baby items she has to offer.  Lina has some awesome looking teething necklaces that I absolutely love!  So unique and different that a lot of the silicone ones I've been seeing lately.



***I received a complimentary product for review and informational purposes, in exchange, for my honest and unbiased review.  All opinions expressed are always 100% my own.