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Recent Amazon Purchases

Happy Friday friends!! I wanted to share a few of the recent Amazon purchases that we have made. It's pretty hard to find someone that doesn't use Amazon once a month, so it's always fun to see what other's are buying as well! These are some of my favorite posts to read on other people's blogs because I always find new stuff to check out! 
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Pilot Razor Point Pens ||

I'm a pen fanatic so when Katey mentioned that these are the only pens she uses, I quickly decided I needed to see if they could become my new favorites!! Verdict - love them and how smooth they write! I have the assorted pack of colors, but you could also try the blue or black if that's more your thing! I like to add a little color to all my notes! 

Gallery Frames ||

I have had "create a gallery wall" on my house to do list since we moved in! I finally found the perfect white frames. We're going to use 6 of them in the living room and the other 3 we'll use in the nursery with some prints that I found on Etsy. This package also comes with a full wall template that will help you hang everything level. For those of us that are perfectionists, this is key! 

Spice Rack ||

^on the website^
^how ours turned out^
This is probably the project in our kitchen that Gary is most proud of! We had this little filler space that was perfect for a spice rack organization and thankfully Rev-A-Shelf makes a product exactly for this! I take absolutely zero credit in this project because it was a pretty heavy lift for Gary to get it done. These types of shelves are easier to put in before the kitchen is completed, but Gary figured out how to get it done! I absolutely love how it turned out and we managed to clear out two shelves in our top cabinets that we'll be using for bottles and stuff. 

World Adapter ||

After our latest trip, we really wanted to get a world adapter that had USB plugs already in it. We found this one that will work regardless of where we travel and we can even take it with us on trips within the US, since it has plugs for that. Comes in 5 colors and we tested it out with our outlets and it works like a charm! 

Striped Hoodie ||

I know that it's supposed to be warmer out, but I have been loving this striped hoodie from Daily Ritual. It's the coziest thing in my closet at the moment (non-maternity and I went with a Medium). It's a bit like terry cloth and seems to go with everything in my closet! I wore it on both international flights & I've been wearing it a ton just to run errands! 
What have your recent amazon purchases been? Have a fabulous weekend friends! 

Travel Guide | Cliffs of Moher and Galway

Following our time in  Kilarney and the Ring of Kerry we were ready to close out the trip and head to Galway, with one epic stop at The Cliffs of Moher.  The drive from Kilarney to the Cliffs of Moher is a little over 2 hours - there is a ferry that would add on an extra 20 minutes to the trip, but we decided to bypass that and drive the entire way.
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Cliffs of Moher ||

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Pretty much a must see if you find yourself in Ireland! They are truly breathtaking and I don't think any picture I took could do them justice. There is no reason to book ahead of time - your parking fee is the same as the fee to see the cliffs. They have interactive exhibits, two cafes & a gift shop for before or after your cliff experience. It was amazing that on one side of the cliff was clear skies and then on the other you have the clouds rolling in. 
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We spent about two hours at the Cliffs and that's only because we ate at the cafe! I was really nervous with the winds that we would somehow get swept out to sea, but if you stay alongside the guided path you'll be fine. You are able to go out on your own, that many people did do to take photos, but to me there was no picture worth the chance I might slip and fall --> dramatic, but that's all I kept picturing! 
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Heading to Galway from the Cliffs is about an hour and half and some of the most hair raising turns you'll take while driving! Our stay in Galway was brief, but packed full of lots of sightseeing and walking! 

Stay ||

We stayed at The Park House Hotel and to be quite honest, it was my least favorite of all the rooms we stayed in. It just didn't feel as updated as the other places we had been in, but the hotel itself was perfect for what we needed for those two nights in Galway. I didn't realize that breakfast was included with our package, which was perfect for getting our days started. The staff was very accommodating, but my only qualm was that it felt outdated. However, it was a great deal for being smack dab in the center of Galway, everything was within walking distance & parking was included! 

Eat & Drink || 

If you're craving Italian || 

I wish we had gone to the Dough Bros for pizza the one night I was craving it because we heard from so many people that it was amazing. Instead we opted for Venice Restaurant, which was good, but not amazing! I did have pizza and Gary had pasta and again we split olives because that was just the theme of our trip! I will say it was super authentic in that everyone at the restaurant was actually from Italy!  

Papa Rich Kitchen ||

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What to do in Galway, travel guide for galway, Cliffs of Moher, where to eat in Galway
Beware, you will have to go through a store to get into the restaurant - at least we did because there was construction going on and I ended up buying a sweater 😂 We both LOVED the food at Papa Rich Bistro, there is another restaurant that is associated with it that is more street food, but much of the menu is the same. We split the spring rolls & pulled pork burger - so good after you've walked all morning exploring! 

Blakes Bar ||

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What to do in Galway, travel guide for galway, Cliffs of Moher, where to eat in Galway
We stumbled upon Blakes Bar which is connected to Brasserie on the Corner, which is where we originally wanted to eat. We ate at the bar and had such wonderful service! You're able to order from the Brasserie restaurant even though you're eating at Blakes Bar. We split a delicious steak and had the best onion rings - not greasy at all! If you want to eat at Braserie, I highly suggest making a reservation because the odds of walking in and grabbing a table are very low during dinner time. Blakes Bar is a bit more low key, but you still get great food and service! 

The Kings Head ||

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Located in the Latin Quarter, this is a great spot to get yourself a pint of Guinness which I clearly didn't indulge in, but Gary had enough for the both of us! They have live music nightly and it's a big pub that you don't feel overcrowded in. We didn't eat here, but they do serve food. 

An Pucan ||

On our final night in Galway we walked into An Pucan just in time for the live music to start! Being pregnant and in a bar is about as fun as going to the dentist, but I have to say I really enjoyed the music and vibe of this place! It helped that it was directly across the street from our hotel! 

Explore ||

Galway is a small city with a lot to offer. Like many cities, it's extremely walk-able and once we parked our car at the hotel, we didn't use it again until we were leaving to head back to Dublin! 
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Abbeygate Street is the main shopping street in the city. There are plenty of souvenir shops, but you also have some nice retail stores to pop into. I actually found the cutest boutique that I was able to buy my sister and mom some gifts in. 
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Lynch's Castle is also on Abbeygate Street which is now a bank, but is from medieval times so when you go into the bank they have a history of the castle. It's known for the interesting gargoyles on the outside. I will note that shops close very early here - 5-6:00 PM so if you're in the mood to shop, get it done earlier in the day. 
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What to do in Galway, travel guide for galway, Cliffs of Moher, where to eat in Galway
Galway Cathedral is actually the "youngest" stone cathedral in Europe, but it's absolutely stunning! It used to be the site of the old city prison, but was reconstructed in 1958 and finished in 1965. Worth a trip if you're there! 
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The Claddagh Area || Close to the city center, it's where the River meets the bay and is absolutely beautiful! These colorful houses are situated there and reminded me of rainbow row in Charleston! We got stuck in this weird slush / rain storm for about 15 minutes while we were out there, but I guess that's all part of the adventure. 
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Keep your eyes peeled for all the colorful doorways as well, perfect photo ops! 
Eyre Square || You'll basically find your way here regardless of where you are. Compared to other parks in cities, it's a little underwhelming, but what I noticed was that it's a great meeting place for people and they have some very small statues and attractions that relate back to the history of Galway. This is actually where we spotted this beautiful mural! 
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Overall Galway was a really cute little stop to make. I think we've all heard "Galway Girl" by Ed Sheeran and you cant help but sing the song while walking around. There are musicians playing on the street everywhere and they are all so talented. I think one full day in Galway was plenty for us to get the feel of the city and see what we wanted to see. 
Hope you enjoyed these recaps of our time in Ireland. I had fun reliving them and hope I can answer any questions you may have if you're planning a trip to Ireland! 
Travel Guide | Dublin
Travel Guide | Ring of Kerry and other stops
Planning an Ireland Road Trip

What's in my Travel Makeup Bag

Happy Monday friends! Apparently weather apps lie because instead of the beautiful Spring weekend we were promised it was cold and snowing! Thankfully it didn't stick, but the conditions are less than stellar for those running the Boston Marathon today! I guess colder weather is better than warm weather for the runners so wishing everyone the best of luck running today! 
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I had two trips back to back and really minimized my makeup bag! My go to products have changed since last year and I wanted to share what I've been using and loving! Also the Sephora VIB sale starts on Friday and I added in a few of the products that I'm picking up! 
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Patchology Sheet Masks || I absolutely love Patchology products. They are easy to use and their sheets masks only take 5-10 minutes to work. I got my mom and cousin hooked on their eye gels and swear by their hydrating masks when traveling. I pop one on before bed the first night and wake up fresh faced and my face is hydrated. They have an on the fly treatment kit that was specifically made for travel!

No Pore Blem Primer || I just finished this primer after about a month and half of using it and I absolutely loved it! No greasy residue on your fingers or face, blurs imperfections and feels as light as air on your skin. The only downside is that you can't get every little bit of product out because of the applicator / pump, but other than that I absolutely loved this primer and already ordered another one. It will be part of the Sephora sale for those interested!

IT Cosmetics CC Cream || Won't go into detail about this product because I've already raved about it 100 times!! It's still a staple and will be for a long time! If you haven't tried it yet, spring and summer are the perfect months to give it a whirl because you're more than likely not using heavy makeup / foundation anyway! 

Age Rewind Concealer || I had been wanting to try this concealer for years and then finally a month ago decided to get it! It is as good as all my higher end concealers and I absolutely love the applicator sponge. Easy to travel with and you can see exactly how much you've used up already!

Setting Powder || I've had this setting powder for two years and it feels like I've barely made a dent which is good. It does come in a smaller size for $15 that would be much easier to travel with! I only use this under my eyes after concealer and it never cakes like it used to!

Studio Fix Powder || I prefer a more matte finish to my look rather than dewey, so I have used this studio fix powder for YEARS! I'm not kidding when I say I've used it since I was 17 years old and absolutely love how it looks on my skin! 
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Makeup Forever Trio || This is probably my favorite item to travel with because I have a highlighter, bronzer and blush in one piece. You can customize this palette at Sephora with whatever colors match your complexion best and you can do a duo of bronzer and blush if you don't want the highlighter. I don't use this for my every day makeup, but when I'm traveling, it's the only thing I'll bring. 

Jordana Eyeliner || I fell in love with this eyeliner about 8 years ago and while I've tried others, none compare to this $2.39 eyeliner (sold at Walgreens, but I did find it on Amazon as well)! It never smudges and easily glides on. I don't need a sharpener for it and it lasts for a while even with daily use! 

Creamy Shadow Sticks || You'll notice that I don't have any eye shadow palettes with me when I travel! That's because I use shadow stick 95% of the time! They are easier to work with and travel so much better. I shared a couple of my favorite shadow sticks in this post! The newest one I've been trying is from Lancome in the crimson red color which is more of a brick red. I use a beige sephora shadow stick as a base and then just build my look on top of it! 

Lash Primer & Mascara || For a few months now I've been using the L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Primer and Voluminous Lash Paradise for my mascara. I am done with the mascara right now, so I've switched to the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir in a travel size with the same primer and loving the look! 

The lips are always something that changes. I usually have 3-4 colors with me and have recently started using this lip liner in the color "Spice" I like to throw in a smaller size of the Urban Decay setting spray, especially if I'll be out exploring all day! I will be picking up this Laura Mercier matte lipstick from the Sephora sale in the color Ruthless. I also spotted this watermelon glow pink juice moisturizer that can be used day and night - it smells amazing and I tried a sample of it and it left my skin feeling great! 
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What are your favorite beauty products to travel with? Will you be shopping the Sephora VIB sale?

Friday Favorites Round Up

Happy Friday friends! This was the first full work week I've had in a quite some time and I have to say it flew by! I can't even believe I'm saying this, but we're looking at what could be our first real spring weekend weather wise here in Boston and I'm so excited! I haven't shared favorites in quite some time so let's get right to it! 

Meeting my favorite YouTuber / Blogger

Telling Lydia that I was actually from Boston and there for vacation!
I found out a couple weeks before we left for Ireland that Lydia Millen was going to be doing a event at Brown Thomas in Dublin on one of the days that we'd be there!! Since it was only two hours of an evening and not even during dinner - Gary told me I had to do it! So I bought my ticket and was able to listen to all of her wisdom and meet her at the end of the event!! She is so lovely and exactly how she comes across in her videos!! One of the perks was that the price of the ticket went towards any purchase of the store so I picked up her absolute favorite foundation and have been using it ever since! Full review to come! 

Mr. Selfridge on Amazon Video

I normally don't like period pieces, but when we were on our trip we stumbled upon Mr. Selfridge on Amazon Video. In the 1900's American, Gordon Selfridge, went to London to open up what is now the iconic department store Selfridges. He basically created the way we shop, how we see display windows in stores & more importantly that we are able to see and feel products before we buy them!! There are 4 seasons on Prime and we're currently making our way through Season 3!

Sherwin Williams Bunny Gray 

We finally selected a color for the nursery and decided to go with Bunny Gray from Sherwin Williams - it was between that and Behr's Hush, but Jackie just recently painted a few rooms in their house this color and I really love how it looks! After swatching 8 different colors, I'm happy to have this checked off the to-do list! Now, Gary just has to paint! 

Ann Taylor Floral Top

I stopped into Ann Taylor the other day and saw that they were having an additional 40% off sale items and I tried on this top and loved it!! It's perfect for the cooler temps that we're having right now, but light enough to wear even when it warms up a bit! It's not maternity so I know I'll wear it next year as well. I can already envision it with my white jeans this weekend! 

After a few months of a bit of writers block, I have about 10 posts lined up that I'm really excited about! Hope you have a wonderful weekend friends!! See you back here Monday for some weekending! 

Travel Guide | Ring of Kerry

After leaving Dublin we started to make our way towards Killarney which would be our "home base" for the next few days. There was a lot we packed into those two and a half days and I've included two points of interest that are not part of the Ring of Kerry. 
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Stay & Eat || 

Where to stay in Killarney, Places to eat in Killarney
Where to stay in Killarney, Places to eat in Killarney
Where to stay in Killarney, Places to eat in Killarney
Where to stay in Killarney, Places to eat in Killarney
The town center of Killarney offers a variety of accommodations - from smaller B&B's to really nice resorts. Our friends raved about Muckross Hotel & Spa - so that's where we decided to stay. It's situated right near the national park and is actually one of the best starting points for the Ring of Kerry. The service that we experienced at the hotel was incredible - everyone was super friendly and accommodating! They were so kind to have a little dessert waiting for us when we arrived in our room as well - when in doubt, always let them know if you're celebrating something special! 
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We booked our room with breakfast included and it was delicious! You could order from the menu which had loads of options and you could also enjoy the buffet! Highly suggest adding the breakfast option so that you don't have to seek food out on your own. 
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We felt a little duped by the staff in the sense that they made it seem like the only places to eat in Killarney were at the hotel and since we had arrived starving we took their word on it. Of the three restaurants we ate at in the hotel, I enjoyed Monks Lounge the most - the food was delicious and it was a more laid back atmosphere. You have to make reservations at the Yew Tree Restaurant which is an award winning restaurant in the town. While the service was outstanding - the actual food selection was a little lack luster for my taste and also there wasn't much of it. Perhaps they say that you should dine at the hotel because when you're sight seeing all day - the last thing you want to do is leave to go somewhere else to eat! 

Rock of Cashel ||

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Where to go in Ireland, Ireland Road Trip, Weekend trip from Dublin
Where to go in Ireland, Ireland Road Trip, Weekend trip from Dublin
On they way to Killarney we decided to stop and see the Rock of Cashel in the Town of Tippery. It's a two hour drive from Dublin and a nice little stop if you aren't in a hurry anywhere. The ruins date back to the 12th and 13th century and is situated atop a small hillside. There is a tour you can take, but we decided that 45 minutes at the "rock" would be too long. We meandered around the grounds on our own & then had a really enjoyable lunch in the town center. If you're staying either in Kilkenny or Killarney, this would be a great little pit stop! 

Blarney Castle ||

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One of the days that we wanted to take it easy, we decided to visit The Blarney Castle in the morning. It's a little over an hour away from Killarney & you drive through some really cute towns and sites on the way there. I imagine when everything is in bloom and it's a beautiful day - the grounds are really spectacular - unfortunately for us it was a little gloomy out that day and cold. It's most definitely a tourist destination, but for us we couldn't go to Ireland and not visit the castle and stone. Getting to the actual stone is a little hairy, meaning there is one spiral staircase on the way up and it's very narrow and tight. 
The "gift of the gab" is what comes along once you kiss the stone and while I didn't kiss it myself (too many germs) Gary had no problem being the tourist for us both! I think this is more of a bucket list item rather than something that I had to see, but I'm still really happy we checked this one off the list. We had heard that locals come and do some not so nice things to the stone for unsuspecting tourists - well after seeing the security around the stone and castle itself it would be impossible for anyone to get there after hours! 

Ring of Kerry ||

If you're up for an adventure then you absolutely must do the Ring of Kerry. There was never a doubt that this was going to be one of the highlights of our trip. Thankfully the concierge at our hotel gave us a few inside tips about where to stop and what not to miss while on the drive, but even if he hadn't - using this guide book we would have figured it out. There are loads of tours that are offered if you aren't up for driving on your own, but we really wanted to do this by ourselves! It took us about 8 hours total to complete the drive and come back to our hotel, which as I mentioned before is one of the best starting points for the ring since you end at one of the stops. Here are some of the not to miss stops along the drive.
Glenbeigh / Rossbeigh Beach || Where the mountains meet the water. Great spot to take in so much beauty! 
Portmagee || Perfect spot for a lunch break - we ate at Morrings Restaurant, split the fish and chips & it was really tasty! If you're a Star Wars fan, the cast ate here during the filming of one of the most recent movies! Also, you can take a ferry tour of the Skelling Island if time permits!
Kerry Cliffs || Much smaller scale of the Cliffs of Moher, but equally as beautiful. 
Caherdaniel / Coomatloukane || Great spot to take in the scenery - again a lot of coastline! The day we went, there was an ice cream truck that made for the most perfect treat! 
Staigue Fort || If we were to do this again, I would vote we skip this since it's just a stone fort, but apparently it's a not to miss attraction. We spent about 15 minutes off the actual path getting to it and a total of 5 minutes at the fort. Totally a game time decision for you as you're making the drive. 
Kenmare Town || A pit stop for us, but depending on where you are in the drive you could stop for dinner here. It's a cute little town with lots of shops & food options. 
Muckross House & Gardens || Beautiful property in the national park. They offer tours of the home, but if that's not your thing, you can get a carriage ride around the park and see the lakes. 
Torc Waterfall || This was our final stop and about 3 minutes from our hotel. We were both pretty tired from the day, but it was nice to end the journey on such a relaxing note! 
These were just the stops that we made, but others would say that there are not to miss beaches and castles. It all depends on what you're after! Regardless you'll see the beautiful countryside, so much of the coast and breathtaking views! 
The drive is not for the faint of heart - there are plenty of one lane roads that have you staring down the edge of a cliff. If you've ever driven the Road to Hana it' the only thing I can compare it to, the Pacific Coast Highway wasn't nearly as scary!
There was a lot to see and do during this part of our trip & hopefully this was informative if you're planning a trip to Ireland!!