Friday, February 3, 2017

Some of My Favorite Busch Gardens Pictures

Ya know, I have taken a LOT of pictures at Busch Gardens Tampa. I guess I kind of have that advantage to know where the best places to get some really good pictures are. When 4 out of the 6 people who resided in your house work there, you get to know the park pretty well. I mean, I also worked there at one point in 2010, but that is beside the point. Anyways, I wanted to share some of my favorite pictures that I have taken at Busch Gardens. I wanted to do a Lifestyle-esque post because, I mean, I just wanted too and I feel like this would be a really lovely one to do. :)

I love this picture of Falcons Fury at night because of the colors of the ride itself and then the lights, it is really something. I definitely suggest that when the park is open later during the summer to stay and just check out Falcons Fury when it is lit up...and if you are brave enough even ride it!

This is probably the stinkiest part of the entire park. If you have walked by the Flamingo area over near Sesame Street, you will know. Some days it doesn't stink and other days it is so over powering! As being the main bird associated with lawns in Florida, these are definitely really fun birds to watch! Especially when the babies hatch and are cute, grey and fluffy!

Kangaroos are something that I don't think a lot of people expect to be at Busch Gardens. However over in Walkabout Way, there is definitely a lot of them! Wallabys and Kangaroos as well as an Emu! You can even buy some food and feed them! These are probably the only animal in the park that you are actually allowed to touch and pet. Just make sure you don't pet them where they don't like it!

While I do love this picture, you unfortunately can't see these Flamingos anymore. They closed down Jambo Junction where these are located. They are still quite lovely and if you walk by and peer over a bush you may be able to see them! I even had the chance to feed them once when I was hanging out with a couple of other ex-bloggers who used to run a now shut down blog. Such a lovely couple!

This bad boy is Spike! He is the lone male elephant at the park and he is just so fun to watch! His tusks are also pretty impressive! I definitely suggest checking the elephants out when they do their enrichment time! It is so fun to watch them play around with the things that are put out for them! Last year, they were even given peeps for Easter! Only in small doses though.

Last year at Food & Wine I was able to see the All American Rejects play! This actually was the only decent picture I got of the band because I was pretty far back in the crowd. I definitely suggest checking out the line up for this years Food & Wine at both SeaWorld and Busch Gardens! Some great bands will be playing!

I am not sure his name, but I do know that this is the Silverback Gorilla over in Myombe Reserve. My Mom and I (when we go, before PokemonGo that is) would sit for hours and just watch the Gorillas. They are so fun to watch! Especially the babies.

I LOVE going and sitting at the Tiger Lodge area. I just want to rub their blooming fluffy ears! While I can wish, it is obviously not an option. All of the tigers are adorable though!

The Orangutans are another favorite of mine to sit and watch, especially when they are moving around, My Mom and I call this "The big boy" as we obviously don't know his name.

While this isn't a great picture, it is still awesome. Last year at Food & Wine (again) I got to see MeatLoaf perform! That was definitely a dream come true because I love his music! 

The Giraffes are definitely silly animals! Did you know that they have the same amount of bones in their necks as we (humans) have in ours?! Crazy right?! This was taken from the Serengeti Express train, which is something I greatly suggest doing at least once!

The lions over in the Edge of Africa are awesome to watch as well! You know, as long as I have been going to Busch Gardens, I only recently found out that there were two prides of Lions. I don't know why I never noticed!

This is a picture I actually took recently. The Orangutans have been pretty active as of late. This is the same one that was pictured above, but I wanted to include another picture just because!

The pictures are mainly of animals but lets be honest, I don't do rides. I mainly go to the park to see the animals. Even though I have been there a million times, it doesn't get old. There is always something different you haven't noticed before, no matter how many times you have been there. Plus, with Food and Wine coming up, I may be there more often! Maybe this year I will actually get my Food review up! hah.

I hope you all have such a lovely weekend!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel

I found this in the clearance bin at Walmart and I am not really sure why it was there! I found other polishes, that were not clearanced out...actually thinking back, I was at Walmart earlier and I found this exact polish that was not on clearance. I am not sure why, who knows! I am certainly am not going to complain at all! This is that good of a polish!

Cyantific Method is such a gorgeous Cyan color...also when I first wore this, or well looked at the name, I didn't get it.. Now I do upon writing it for the third time! Scientific. Get it? I obviously didn't at first. Go figure!

I actually like how this picture came out, only because you can see how it looks in various degrees of lighting. The ring finger (3rd from left) if what the polish looks true to life.This applies so smooth and effortlessly! Like spreading butter over warm toast! Depending on how thick that you decide to apply it, it will take 1-2 coats.

One thing I do want to warn you about, especially if you haave a small amount of nail space, the brush on this is rather large. It however, is still easy to use, even on my pinky, which is my smallest nail. The brush is just about the width of my pinky. I do think that it makes it that easy to apply. This is also in a black bottle, I am not sure if that means anything in particular, but you will have a bit of a time trying to see how much you have left.

I also want to mention that I did not use a top coat. This is pretty shiny on its own!

Have you tried any of the Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel polishes?! I would love to know if you have and what you think of them! 


Monday, January 23, 2017

The Makeup Show Orlando! Press Release

Hey, hey. You excited?! I am getting a beauty related post out this week! This one is a post I can definitely get behind though no matter how I feel! I am so excited to look at The Makeup Show's Press Release for Orlando as well as I am excited about The Makeup Show in general!

That is the full press release for The Makeup Show Orlando. I seriously can not wait to see what is all debuted at the show this year! There is always so much fun stuff that companies put out at the show and I think it will all be rather exciting!

I am quite excited to see that there are going to be new brands at The Makeup Show this year! It is always fun so see new brands and learn what they are about. That is what is the most important part to me! I love learning about the brands more than anything else.

This year they are having a Play Area. I think that is such a great idea! Usually there is so much going on and so many people trying to get at the same thing that I love the idea of trying it before it is bought!

The Makeup Show Town Hall is also something that I feel could be extremely beneficial!I love the thought of being able to sit down and have an engaging set of conversations between everyone! It is probably going to be the most beneficial area in the whole show! Of course the show itself, including the Keynotes will be beneficial. However, I do believe that this will be super helpful because you can engage with experts and hopefully learn some new tips and tricks! So exciting! The workshops are also something extremely beneficial to all of those attending the show as well as the Keynotes! Everyone should at least attend one of each when attending the show!

I am so excited that VampFX will be there! I love seeing things that have to do with Special FX! Special Effects is such a craft and amazing! I am also interested in learning more about EarthBorn Solutions, I am quite interested in learning more about their cleaner, so interesting!

I also love the fact that Moo business cards are going to be there! I have used their business cards in the past and they are of such good quality!

There are going to be so many amazing brands at the show this year! I hope you all keep an eye on the hashtags on Instagram and twitter to keep up with the goings on!

Don't forget to follow them on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Youtube!

What are you looking forward too about The Makeup Show?!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Dessert Okonomiyaki

Side note before we get into this post. I had planned on doing a makeup post this week before this one BUT I have no idea what happened. I know what eye shadow palette that I used, but in the pictures it looks nothing like the palette. SO I ended up just scraping the post because I was not impressed with how it came out in the end. I don't want to put out something I am not proud of, so I decided to not put it out. I will make up for it though next week and do an extra post. Please forgive me!

I found these two guys on YouTube called Shinichi and Satoshi and they run the channel called TabiEats. No joke, I bloody love these two! Their channel is so addicting to watch! I recently saw their video where they made Dessert Okonomiyaki and I just had to try it! I have tried making regular okonomiyaki in the and it never turned out that great. I have no idea why! This recipe though is pretty straight forward and simple! Even when you forget an ingredient the first two times you make it! It is still pretty yummy! The longest part of this whole thing is waiting for it to cook. 

For the recipe you just need flour, milk, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, butter, vanilla, egg, sweet potato and an apple. The exact quantities will be at the bottom! The first two times I made this, I forgot the cinnamon like a dope and then cooked it on a higher heat and ended up burning it! Like a bloody nincompoop. 

First you want to start off by peeling your sweet potato. Then start cutting it up into sections and then into matchstick pieces. I don't think the thickness matters because mine were all different sizes and thickness and they all cooked the same way. 
You want to do the same thing with the apple as you did with the sweet potato. You don't have to peel the apple if you don't want too. I didn't, but then again I like to eat apple peels. Now it doesn't matter what type of apple you use, the first two times I made this I used Red Delicious apples and this time I used a Fuji. I also used only half of the sweet potato and the full apple. Satoshi only called for half of each but I like the ratio of the entire apple to the 1/2 sweet potato. Or if you like sweet potato, use the whole thing. I didn't think it needed an entire one this time because my apple was on the medium/small side. 

In the video Satoshi sifts all of the dry ingredients together, but I really just dumped them in. I really just didn't feel like sifting anything, but I didn't see much of a difference in the texture of the final product when it was sifted verses not being sifted. 

You basically just want to dump everything into a bowl and mix well. I found that using my hands made it a little easier to get everything coated than using a spoon. If you do go that route, at least make sure your hands are clean. 

This amount ended up making two Okonomiyaki, but if you want if you want a larger one..or have a larger frying pan go for it. I don't have very large pans so I just made two smalls ones. However, 1 is perfect for one person, or you can share...or I mean you could totally eat them by yourself! I won't judge or say anything! 
It says to cook until brown and crispy, but I found that after you flip it, the top tends to soften up while the bottom will stay crispy. That is because you put the lid on and it ends up steaming itself. The texture of this is fantastic and you get a bit of apple and sweet potato in each bite! This is such a lovely treat to make! The longest part of this entire thing is waiting for it to cook!  
In the video Satoshi melted some chocolate to look like an actual okonomiyaki, but I feel that for my personal preference, it is not needed. I added extra sugar to the batter to make it sweeter so I didn't want more sugar on top. Feel free to do it though if you use the amount called! 

Is this something you would make?! I would love to know! I've made this a total of 3 times and I can see myself making it more! It is pretty addicting! Please check out TabiEats and if you want to see them make this Dessert Okonomiyaki on their channel go HERE!  If you do make it, send me a picture! I would love to see it!