My Summer Survival Items!

Hey guys!

Summer is literally ALMOST a month away!  I can’t believe it is finally here.   While it is quite warm in Texas and already feels like Summer in the afternoons,  I know some are anxiously getting ready for their summer vacations or road trips during Memorial Day weekend!  (Envious!)  I feel very much like a vampire, I am currently an American working on Beijing time and it is killing me, I literally ONLY come out at night and even then I am rarely seen.  (true story!)

That being said I am really hoping to get to enjoy some of the sunshine this Summer!  That being said I want to share some of my favorite products with you!  I hope you give them a try and love them as much as I do!  Bonus most are SUPER cheap as you know I am ALWAYS on a budget (plane tickets are not cheap!)

All my products are cruelty free & I love each and every one of them!

I have the worst luck with nails!  I am very rough on my hands, I am really working on that.   I use gloves now when I do any cleaning and the dishes!  I am also trying to not be as aggressive when it comes to typing.   That being said I LOVE Wet n Wild 1 step wonder.  SO many colors to choose from I can’t help myself!

Summer is brutal on my hair.  Between the sun, chlorine, beach water (if I am lucky) my hair gets so dry!!!!  Shea Moisture is always to the rescue.  I LOVE ALL of their products and use them year around!

I bought this H&M bikini and I am in love with it.   It is mix and match and they have it available in all bra sizes so you can guarantee a perfect fit! #winning

I love the Yes To line.   I love their sleeping masks and I really try to use one a week depending on my skin issues.   My skin gets very dry & sometimes agitated and sensitive.   I love how there is a wide variety so I can cater my sleeping mask to my current issues.

ALBA sunblock.   THERE is a very good chance your sunblock is doing more harm than good.   Ever since I learned about the corals getting bleached I realized I had to do better when it comes to choosing my sun block products.   That is why I use ALBA.   I use ALBA everything and I am always boasting at how much I love their products as I find my skin & hair have started looking pretty stellar since I have started using their products.    I would work for ALBA if I could. 🙂

Finally, I rarely if ever wear makeup in the summer.  It is always over a 100 and humid as hell in Texas so why bother.   I might wear full makeup if I am going somewhere but I don’t see that happening much this summer as I plan on working crazy hours.   I have two debts I am trying to get rid of this summer and I am done with debt.   I am a woman on a mission 🙂 but that being said if I need to wear something to even my skin tone I always turn to E.L.F tinted moisturizer.   It has SPF and I have found it works for me and hell for $3 it is a total STEAL.

So there you have it the products I love and will use all Summer.   What products do you use?  Comment below and let me know!

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How do I plan my trips?

As I get more seasoned with travel I am finding that I get random PM’s from people that I didn’t even know were paying attention to my Facebook.  I get asked random questions like “How do you plan a trip to a country across the world?” or “How much underwear did you take to China?” or “Where are you going next?”…

I only have one trip planned this year and it is taking me all over the Caribbean but as I start preparation for next year I realized that I do in fact have a bit of a process when I start planning my trips.

Typically my trip inspiration will start with a book, movie or TV show.   (Anthony Bordain is 100% responsible for my trip to Chengdu. )  I am pretty sure I am 100% going to St. John Newfoundland next year and it is 100% because of Republic of Doyle on Netflix.

Side note- As far the other places next year?  I am still working on those plans.  Now that I have a remote job, I really don’t have to stay in one place for long anymore and I plan on taking advantage.  

Then will come my skyscanner search for flights so I get an idea when I can go… or if the flights are crazy expensive how long will it take me to get there…

Currently I can go to Germany for $383.00!!!!!!!  Skyscanner is a great place to check out cheap flights.  I always use them for an idea of cheap places to go 🙂 just choose everywhere as your destination… make your time flexible and choose cheapest month.  YOU might be shocked at how cheap some places are 🙂 

Then comes the quite shameful stalking of my three favorite bloggers and sometimes other bloggers if I know they have been somewhere.

Seriously almost a stalker… but bloggers are fantastic resource. 

Then I check out travel guides at the library to get a more detailed idea of budget, where to stay and a basic history.

I don’t buy travel guides, I buy plane tickets.  I use the library, you should too! 

Then comes many hours of internet searches… and shamelessly watching YouTube videos.

I just search my country of choice and get to watching.  OMG YouTube is a new obsession. 

I also google books set in (insert country or place here) and check out and read as many books as I can during this entire process.

I have been reviewing books set in certain places for years so this is more than just a random hobby 🙂 

My Summer WISH LIST! Yes I am serious about the Unicorn Float…

I admit I love shopping even though 99.9% of the time I stop myself but I do want to splurge from time to time.   I am always online browsing especially lately because well to be honest I am bored sometimes at night.  (working nights remotely is so lonely, everyone is ASLEEP!)

I decided I would share the products that have stuck with me and the ones that if I find myself with extra cash I will probably buy 🙂

The Unicorn float… yes yes yes I know silly Jen.   I am in love with this float and to be honest I am probably going to buy this for pool days with my mom this summer.

The ASOS tote is something I have had my eyes on, I love how bright and cheery it is!  I think it is perfect for summer!

The Brita Water bottle is something I am probably going to buy asap.   I do hot yoga and I feel like SUCH a freaking loser when I bring a water bottle in to class.   I mean it is so bad for the environment and I should be ashamed.

The Osprey bag is water resistant and to be honest I am probably going to buy an Osprey back pack soon anyway.   I am taking a 12 day trip to the Caribbean at the end of the Summer and I really just want a simple bag I can walk around with and this is the one I keep coming back to.

I LOVE the bracelets at NOVICA especially these Guatemalan bracelets,  I am pretty positive I will buy these on next payday.

The Burberry sunglasses are a pretty big splurge but I had a pair that I bought end of season a couple of years ago that I was absolutely in love with, sadly they are no longer with me and I have wanted another pair for quite sometime.

The Crocs water shoes I will buy before I go to the Caribbean.  I am planning on chasing a lot of waterfalls and I really need a pair of water shoes.   So far these are my favorite 🙂

I love the beach cover up by Ralph Lauren 🙂

I am getting pretty obsessed with all of the beach towels by The Beach People and if  I do get to work as much as I am hoping this summer I am going to splurge and buy this towel as I am in LOVE with it!

 So there you have it! 9 items that I am planning on adding this summer (well probably not the sunglasses 🙁 ) !   What are your must haves this summer?

Road Fever by Tim Cahill

Summary: Tim Cahill reports on the road trip to end all road trips: a journey that took him from Tierra del Fuego to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, in a record-breaking twenty three and a half days.

My Review:

I am a person that loves travel memoirs. I always find that they drive me to keep pursuing and working to achieve my goals of seeing the world. This book was fun mostly because at the time he traveled from Tierra del Fuego to Prudhoe Bay in record time.

At the time this was amazing and that is why I love this book. Going on an adventure like this was not the norm.  Now you are always hearing about some travel record being broken that if you love to travel like I do, you just go… not to beat some record because it will likely be broken the following week 🙂  That is why I love this book it was not normal and he WENT for it!

Very well written book. I laughed so much in this book. Anyone that has ever traveled will understand the perils he went through because they still exist today, so overall this is a great relaxing book to read!

Just escape the cubicle already

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