Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Wordful Wednesday - St. Louis Mural Mile


While in St. Louis recently, Jason and I went with two of our friends to check out The Mural Mile.  Located along the Riverfront, the project had more than 250 graffiti artists from around the country add their own designs to this Mississippi River floodwall. 



I appreciate street art, as long as it's not damaging or vandalizing someone's personal property.  We walked up and down the floodwall, picking our favorite pieces. A person could spend several hours taking pictures and posing with all of the artful pieces. 



It costs nothing to visit the art and some of it makes for great photo backdrops.  Based upon observation, I'd say it's much safer to visit during the daytime.  Definitely a fun time!

bareMinerals Beauty of Nature Collection - Review




bareMinerals launched their new Limited-Edition Beauty of Nature Collection in late January.  The collection features a mix of fan-favorite formulas as well as limited-edition shades, allowing you to create a dewy glow with pops of luscious color.

I've always loved experimenting with makeup, trying out different brands and varieties.  bareMinerals is one of my favorites. 



Although I'm not qualified to explain how to flawlessly apply makeup, I think I'm fairly well-versed in which brands are worth the buy.  I'm really liking the new bareMinerals Beauty of Nature Collection, especially the eyeshadow palette.  The six new island-inspired shades range from Sandy Beach (light) to Palm Leaf (dark).  bareMinerals makeup isn't weighty, and gives my face a nice polished look.

I'll continue to be a consumer of bareMinerals products, and am pleased with how the company continues to revamp their makeup with new formulas, new shades, and new packaging.


I received products for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

My Experience at St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station


sign at the outside entrance

Considering I'm an enthusiast for sea and ocean life, I was excited when the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station opened in December of last year.  I've never been to an actual aquarium so I can't compare this one to any others, but my experience was a positive one.

Jason's birthday was February 15th and, to celebrate, we took an overnight trip to St. Louis with another couple and two of their grown kids.  I received two free tickets to tour St. Louis Aquarium and we spent some time exploring the new establishment.


large clock aquarium

The 120,000 square foot aquarium is located in the former mall area within St. Louis Union Station.  It does not boast to be the biggest but it does boast to be hi-tech and interactive.  The aquarium tickets are timed so it's best to purchase them ahead of time online.  This helps ensure minimal wait times.  It also helps space out the crowds. 

Our party had ticket times of 1:30 pm.  Once we first arrived, we entered a lobby with a giant aquarium made to look like a clock.  The walls and ceilings had different scenery that changed frequently.  At one time, it looked like we were looking at the galaxy and, another time, we were surrounded with images of dolphins. 

one of the moving scenes from the train ride

When it was time to get started, our group boarded an interactive train.  It was an actual room with bench seats and entirely covered with screens.  A short, action-oriented film played that took viewers through parts of St. Louis and underwater.  Once the "ride" was over, people were on their own to explore the aquarium itself.  From the local streams and rivers to the depths of the oceans, we encountered many beautiful species of sea, ocean, and lake life.  It ranged from the somewhat common fish of the Mississippi River to the sharks and sting rays of the deep ocean. 

Would you stick your hand in a tub of fish to feed off your dead skin cells?!

Two of my favorite interactive exhibits involved the stingrays and the doctor fish.  A large, open tank of stingrays gave viewers the opportunity to put their fingers in and "pet" the creatures.  They actually seemed quite happy to get all of the attention!  The red garra, also known as the doctor fish, are used in pedicures and other skin treatments to remove dead skin cells.  Patrons got to experience this at St. Louis Aquarium.  I stuck my hand in the tub and the fish immediately latched on like leeches!  I had probably 50 of them on my hand at a time.  It was a weird feeling but really neat.



It was fairly crowded when we walked through the aquarium but we were patient and waited our turn.  I suggest that other guests do the same.  Everyone is there to have a positive experience and linger a bit to get the most for their money.  Lines move fairly quickly, but you do have to wait a short bit if you want to get an up-close view.


There's been mixed reviews on whether the price of admission ($25) is worth the visit.  I've read people saying that they are in and out of the aquarium in only 30 minutes.  And, that's quite possible.  If you go in there and briskly walk through the place without stopping to look at the fish or taking time to experience the interactive elements, there's a good possibility you won't be in there long.  If you go about it stopping to see what the place has to offer, you'll be in there a lot longer.


Once finished, you will enter into the gift shop where you can purchase snacks, souvenirs, and photos.  During your visit, you can also enjoy the many amenities available at Union Station, including shopping and dining, The St. Louis Wheel, a miniature golf course, ropes course, and much more.  Those tickets can be purchased separately. 


I received free tickets in exchange for this post.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

"Wastin' Away with National Margarita Day - #MargaritaDay

I will receive product in exchange for this post.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

Enjoyin' a margarita at a local Mexican restaurant

Today is National Margarita Day.  Or, more like marga-need-a.  Over 3 quarters of Americans enjoy drinking margaritas.  I'm one of those Americans!  My favorite is a blended strawberry margarita with a sugared rim.

To celebrate, head to your favorite Mexican restaurant to enjoy one of the great pairings, tacos and margaritas. Invite your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers, your boss, or even me!. With margaritas and tacos, it’ll be a party

If you'd like to find out about other awesome February Holidays, click here: https://nationaltoday.com/february-holidays/

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Heck Of A Valentine's Day - 2020


Another Valentine's Day in the books!  For the first time in umpteen years, I asked Jason that we not exchange gifts.  We were going on a weekend trip the next day, so I figured the money would be best spent on that.  We kinda sorta listened to each other.

Jason and I spent a couple hours getting our taxes done, which is no fun in and of itself.  It's the first time we've had to go to someone rather than do it for free online.  Luckily, the tax preparer was pretty chill and didn't make it a horribly arduous task.  



When I returned home, there was a tray of chocolate covered strawberries and a Reese's Holiday Gift Set on my coffee table.  Jason had purchased the strawberries from a friend who made them as part of a fundraiser.  And not with just ordinary chocolate, but with Godiva chocolate!  That same friend gave me the Reese's set as a gift.


Earlier in the day, before taxes were done, I went with a friend to the mall to help her purchase a Valentine's Day gift for her fiancee.  While there I found a stress ball and a V-Day card "from the cat" to give Jason.  So, technically, the ball and cat weren't from me; They were from WowWow.

Not necessarily Valentine's Day related but, y'all, I found Jersey Shore pasta sauce and marinara sauce on sale for .99 cents.  I think I've watched the show maybe twice in my life but I know a good deal when I see one!  

For curious minds, I've already tried the pasta sauce.  Worth the clearance price but wouldn't be happy if I would've paid full cost.  Needed to be thicker and more robust. 

What about you?  How did you spend Valentine's Day?