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2014 Summer Bucket List Recap

Summer Bucket List Final

I sat down just now to write out my 2015 Summer Bucket List and it occurred to me that while I shared my list last year I never followed up with a post about which ones I was able to complete.  This was a super fun idea and we got through quite a few of the activities I listed.

 Some of my favorites were:

Go to a Baseball Game:  We managed to cross two things off the list with this one.  We went to go watch the Yankees play in Toronto, so we traveled to another Country and went to a game.  It was a great weekend.  Here is my a link to my recap.  

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Go to a Drive-In Movie:  This may have been my favorite activity on the list.  My hubby did all the research, found the theater and planned a “family date” as a surprise because he knows how much I have always wanted to go to a drive-in!  We went to the Warwick Theater.  It was about an hour and a half from our house but the trip totally worth it.  We got there early, got our spot and set up.  Taylor immediately befriended a whole group of kids and starting playing ball with them.  It was a warm night and we sat with the windows open.  Some people set up chairs and watched the movie outside.  This experience FELT like Summer.  It was so casual and outdoorsy and fun.  It will DEFINITELY be on my bucket list again for this year.  I wish it were closer because I would go all the time.

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Ride the Cyclone.  We go to Coney Island every year but 2014 was a milestone because Taylor was finally tall enough to ride the Cyclone!  The Cyclone is a roller coaster that has been around since 1927.  It is on a rickety, wooden track and while I am sure it is safe, it feels like it is going to break at any moment.  That is part of the fun though.  Usually, my hubby and I take turns going on it while the other one stays with T.  She was excited about being able to finally experience it herself…until it came to ride it and then she tried to chicken out.  She is a trooper though and she overcame her fear to go on it TWICE (and she only looked mildly terrified both times).  

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Make Homemade Ice Cream.  I first read about making ice cream in a Ziplock bag on the internet.  I thought there was no way that it would work but one rainy day my girlfriend and I were trying to think of ways to entertain the kids (who were bored and on the verge of a revolt) and I figured we should give it a shot.  Wouldn’t you know?  IT WORKED!  The kids were so impressed and the ice cream was actually good.

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Spend a Day at the Beach.  We met my Aunt, Uncle and Cousins out at Lido Beach on Long Island one day in August and it was bliss.  Hopefully we can do that again this year.

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Go Fishing.  We went out on a charter boat for my husband’s birthday and did a lot better than one would anticipate (considering Taylor and I are quite the girly girls and fishing isnt really our thang).  We may not have baited our hooks or touched any fish but we definitely caught a few and had a great time.  Go us!

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Not everything went according to plan.  Here are some fails and some of the activities we were not able to accomplish:

Release Chinese Wishing Lanterns.  Oh boy.  I bought these from Living Social.  We got a pack of 5 for like $10 and they were colored and pretty and seemed like a great idea.  We went to the beach the night of the Supermoon to set them off.  One thing I never considered was that we live in a very populated area and even though it was cool to watch them float away, I was beyond terrified that they were going to fly back towards houses and set someone’s property on fire.  Thankfully, that didn’t happen but I would not set these off again unless we were somewhere VERY remote.  

Catch Fireflies.  We didn’t do this and I don’t even know why it was on the list.  It sounds Summery but I don’t mess with bugs (light up or not.)

Have a Picnic, Watch a Sunset, Make Smores, Fly a Kite, Have a Water-balloon Fight, Camp in the Backyard, See a Play, Go Strawberry Picking.  We did not get around to these last year.  I definitely intend to add some of them to this year’s list though.

What is on your 2015 Summer Bucket List?

A Little Glitter’s 2014 Beauty Faves!

A Little Glitter 2014 Beauty Faves

I love all things sparkly, pretty, shiny and happy.  I also have borderline shopaholic and hoarder tendencies, so it makes sense that I am a total beauty supply junkie.  I order new products constantly.  Some work great and some are flops.  Here are my faves for 2014:

OPI – Big Apple Red.  I have worn this on my nails for most of the past year.  I use OPI’s GelColor and I am extremely pleased with how well it holds up.  I head to the salon every other weekend and soak off the old color and have a new one applied.  It takes about an hour and my nails look shiny and perfect for the next two weeks.  It is practically indestructible.  Big Apple Red is the perfect shade of polish.  The color is classic and flatters all skin tones.  I cant put black or dark colors on my nails.  As a New Yorker I tend to wear black clothes most of the time and the addition of dark polish feels sad to me.  Big Apple Red dresses up all my black.  

Urban Decay – Naked 3 Palette.  I love this collection of colors.  They have a rose gold tint that is extremely flattering with my skin/eye/hair color.  There are so many online tutorials for this product that I am still learning new ways to use it.  The shadows are pigmented with an easy to blend formula and I find that they don’t crease as easily as other brands.  

Dr. Brandt Skincare – Do Not Age Time Reversing Cream.  One of my biggest complaints in 2014 was dark under-eye circles and the beginnings of some wrinkles.  (Sidenote – getting old is terrible.)  I have tried numerous products that claimed to help with one or both of those gripes and failed miserably.  This cream really makes a difference!  It gets my stamp of approval and I can attest to the fact that it actually works.  

Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo.  I have mentioned this product a few times on ALG.  I absolutely love it.  It is a clarifying shampoo that you use once a week.  It gets rid of all that styling build-up and leaves your hair bright, shiny and squeaky clean.  I also enjoy it’s minty fragrance.  This will definitely stay in my beauty arsenal for 2015.

Philosophy Hope in a Jar Night.  I did a post on this product last year here.  There are so many face creams out there and I find this one to be truly exceptional.  It makes my skin so clear and my pores so small.  I highly recommend it.

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask.  I am obsessed with these masks!  Since they are kind of pricey I do use them sparingly but if you have a special occasion and are looking to really make your skin glow this is what you need.  They will not let you down!  I did a full review on them here.  

What were your favorite beauty products for 2014?  I am always looking for recommendations!