This weeks favorite find! 

Growing up in Florida I learned from a young age the importance of aloe. As a teenager I realized that aloe helped to quickly clear up breakouts and other teenager skin issues. In my 20’s and early 30’s I discovered that I have sensitive skin and that my face didn’t just have freckles, but laugh lines and the beginnings of sunspots too… As I progressed through my 20’s into my 30’s, I tried every product I could find on my face and nothing worked. Most products clogged my pores causing my face to breakout or it was too oily or too drying and many were very expensive with no results. One summer about 10 years ago I discovered a product that changed my life. I was shopping for aloe after a day at the beach and came across Ocean Potion ICE. This isn’t just any aloe product. ICE is enriched with natural extracts of Arnica Flower, Comfrey, Aloe Leaf, Tea Tree Oil, Menthol and Lidocaine and provides temporary pain relief from sunburn, scrapes, windburns, minor burns, insect bites and so on. Every day for the last 10 years I apply ICE to my face when I get out of the shower each morning and again when I wash my face at night before going to bed. This product has worked wonders for my face and skin. It works for razor bumps, and makes my legs super smooth after shaving. I love the cooling menthol and the aloe clears up my skin. If you have a teenager it helps acne and the cuts and scrapes lil kids often get. I have a friend who rubs her kids feet with it before they go to bed at night and another whose husband is a landscaper and loves it. He uses it for bug bites and also on his face after shaving. You can find Ocean Potion ICE at your local Walmart or online at http://www.oceanpotion.com. I’ve tried other aloe products by Ocean Potion and by other makers and none give the same results as ICE. If you have sensitive skin or problem skin, if you work outside, play outside, camp or go to the beach, if you shave, have cuts or bug bites or if you just simply have a sunburn; ICE is for you! I’ve used ICE daily for over 10 years and swear by it!!!

Non-sticky and will not stain.

Made in US

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Chili’s Grill & Bar

I don’t usually care for chain restaurants, but every now and then I find myself at one for dinner and drinks with family and friends. Chili’s Grill & Bar is a convenient and affordable neighborhood restaurant that we enjoy. I’m always down for the 2 for 1 drinks and the chips and salsa. You used to get the chips and salsa free with drinks at the bar, but now they charge for it. The cost isn’t much so it’s not really a big deal, but free was better! I love their Mango Margaritas, but have to request the ones made with syrup. They are just better. For dinner, give their new smoked menu options a try. You get to choose 2 or 3 meat options that includes smoked BBQ chicken breast, jalapeño cheddar smoked sausage, chicken crispers or a half rack of ribs. Each smoked meal comes with roasted sweet corn on the cob, homestyle fries and garlic toast. All of this to include drinks is around $20 per person. Sooo good! 

Sweet Treats ♡

There’s no place better for sweet treats than Kilwins in Saint Armands Circle. Just entering Kilwins makes you feel like a kid again. It smells so good, taste so good and just makes me happy! Any time of day or night you’re sure to find something good here!!!

Best Italian Restaurant! 

I love everything at Venezia in Saint Armands Circle! This family owned Italian restaurant has the best pizza and pasta dishes that are made from scratch with fresh ingredients. I love the Margharita Pizza, the Fried Mozzarella, the Spaghetti with homemade marinara sauce, the Angel Hair Pasta with olive oil and garlic and more than anything else, the homemade Sangria! This is by far my favorite place to go when I want Italian food. The staff is great and the atmosphere is too! Sit inside or out and enjoy amazing food with good company. This is a great place to go with friends, with family or on a date. We love going here and hope you will too! 🙂 

Beach Cruiser 

Looking for an affordable Beach Cruiser for the summer? I found a super cute one at Walmart for $99! It comes in 3 different colors and is really durable. You can buy it in-store or online. I purchased the basket separately (also from Walmart) and absolutely love it! This is a great bike for any beach town!!! Enjoy! 

https://www.walmart.com/ip/26in-Hyper-Womens-Beach-Cruiser/131531053?variantFieldId=actual_color 

This Beach Cruiser is also available for men and comes in two color options, blue and black for $99. 🙂

Best Chinese Take Out!

Once in a while I CRAVE Chinese take out and then disappointed by all the crappy take out places between Sarasota and Bradenton. A few years back I was buying a car and the finance guy reviewing my paperwork was making small talk and somehow got on the subject of Chinese food. Weird I know. Anyway, he mentioned that he recently moved to Tampa… he only comes here once a month… blah blah blah… but that anytime he works in this area he makes a point of getting take out from China Wok II in Bradenton. Now he had my attention! He went on and on about how it was the best Chinese take out he’s ever been to, how fresh it is, how good it is etc. A few weeks later I decided to give it a try and holy goodness he was right! It is sooo good!!! China Wok II in Bradenton is hands down the best Chinese take out anywhere! It’s located in the River Edge Shopping Center off HWY 64 next to Publix. My favorites are the Honey Chicken, the General TSO’s Chicken, the Pork Fried Rice, the Vegetable Lo Mein, the Fried Chicken Wings and the Crab Rangoon’s; to name a few! If you like Chinese and craving take out, it’s worth the drive!!! Trust me! 

Thank goodness for garlic knots… 

Roaming around Main Street tonight looking for anywhere open after 10pm for a quick bite to eat, we came across Patellini’s New York Style Pizza. We ordered two slices of pizza and an order of garlic knots. I was sadden to see the pizza was reheated pizza so the crust was warm on the bottom, but the cheese and toppings were still cold on top. Plus there was no taste to it. The Garlic Knots were also reheated and also warm on the bottom and cold on the top. The difference between the pizza and the knots was that the knots were amazing! First of all, they are HUGE and secondly, they are delicious! The knots saved the day!!! I didn’t like the marinara sauce that was served with them because it was cold, right out of the fridge cold, and I prefer my sauce warm. Too many cold elements to this meal so I doubt I’ll be back for pizza, but I will get the knots… to go… and heat at home and eat with my own sauce. The garlic knots are a must try! The pizza not so much.

Best Lunch Ever! 

I love being at the beach especially when there’s a great place to eat near by. One place I love is Sharky’s on Venice Beach. The food and drinks are always great and the view is even better!!! Today I had the hot peel and eat Gulf shrimp with a side of their homemade remoulade sauce and my husband had the BLT salad topped with blackened chicken. We both had our favorite daiquiri, the frozen Mango Bango, which is amazing on a hot sunny day! If you are ever in Venice, you need to spend time at the beach and MUST have lunch at Sharky’s!!! Best lunch ever!!!

This weeks favorite find! 

I have really thick wavy hair and have a hard time finding products that make it soft and manageable. I color my roots (to hide a few grays) and also highlight my hair which can make it feel dry and course. I don’t like using a lot of products or heavy conditioners that weigh my hair down. My hair is heavy enough! I don’t mind spending a little extra on a product that works, but also don’t want to spend a fortune. While at the store I saw L’Oréals 6in1 Cleansing Balm and thought I would give it a try. I absolutely LOVE this stuff!!! Not only do I not need conditioner, it meets all my criteria’s. It’s affordable, it’s Sulfate, Silicone and Dye Free and it leaves my hair soft and manageable without ruining my color or damaging my hair. My husband also uses it to wash his beard and it makes it really clean and soft to touch. If you are looking for one product to fix all your hair issues, this product is for you!!! Give it a try! 🙂

 

Oh Sooo Good!

I love fresh seafood, cold drinks and live music. One place I enjoy all of these things is at Swordfish Grill and Tiki Bar on Sarasota Bay in Cortez Fl. For starters, I get the Shrimp Fajita Nachos which are tricolor tortilla chips topped with fresh Gulf shrimp, cheese, jalapeños, tomatoes, scallions, grilled onions and peppers. To drink, I love the Cortez Cooler which is a rum and pineapple based drink. You can’t have just one… For dinner, I love several menu items, but one of my favorites is the Fried Cobia! This white flaky fish is battered and deep fried and oh sooo good! For my sides, I get the seasoned fries and the pineapple slaw. Top all of this with live music, a beautiful sunset, loved ones and good friends to share it with and you have a night made in heaven!