Happy 2018!

Vacation Favorites–2017

We just returned home from almost a week in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. It was gluttonous, decadent and lots of fun.

Long story short: I needed my stretchy pants for the trip home.

Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen


Thankfully, I did have a few supplies with us that proved to be invaluable while we were on vacation. For starters, no matter how much sunscreen I wear in Mexico, I always burn like a tiki torch. But, this year, I managed to keep both myself and my family generally sunburn free. I attribute it largely to this product:

Walgreen's Sunscreen
Walgreen’s Sunscreen


Y’all this stuff is NOTHING fancy. And, I grabbed two travel-sized bottles of it at the checkout the day before the trip  because the travel-sized bottles were bigger than most travel-sized sunscreen bottles (but still FAA-approved) and the miser in me was digging her heels in at the thought of having to purchase over-priced sunscreen at the resort.

It turns out that this sunscreen smells devine. It has a vanilla-y, amber-y, sophisticated scent that is nothing like most sunscreens I’ve ever used. Weird, right? I wanted to wear this sunscreen for the scent alone (a little dab behind both ears). It also wasn’t greasy, dried nicely and, best of all, it worked. I will be running out to buy more of this to keep in our pool bag. The price certainly can’t be beat either. So, run to your local Walgreens and buy this stuff STAT.


Next is a high-end sunscreen (that was not an impulse buy, like the Walgreen’s sunscreen) that I purchased for my face.

COOLA Mineral Suncare

I invested some time and researched good facial sunscreens for this trip. I wanted something that was lighter weight than my usual CC cream (Your Skin but Better CC Cream with SPF 50 ) but that still had a little bit of color to it and protection. I also wanted something that felt light on. Ideally, I wanted a facial sunscreen for beyond this vacation as well–something I could wear, for instance, when I walk the dog during the day. Yes, this stuff was a smidgen pricey, but dang it if it didn’t work. And it goes on smooth–almost powdery feeling–and doesn’t make your face oily. In fact, you don’t feel this stuff on your face at all. Best of all, I didn’t even get so much as pink on my nose the whole trip. And we were in the sun from sun-up until sun-down every blessed day.

And, last but not least is a makeup bag, invented by a member of my family:

Makeup Junkie bag (I purchased a size medium) $31


Makeup Junkie inside view
Makeup Junkie inside view


My husband’s cousin’s wife (you still with me?) was frustrated with all of her makeup bags. They were either too tall and she lost things in the bottom or they were too small and didn’t hold anything. Out of frustration, she sat down at her sewing machine and whipped up a bag to solve all of her problems. A quick post on Facebook to show off what she’d created and boom–an empire was born! Her bags are in over 500 boutiques now and she’s been successful beyond her wildest dreams!

Makeup Junkie bag in action

Image Courtesy of Makeup Junkie’s Facebook Page

I had been wanting a Makeup Junkie bag for awhile and decided that this vacation was a good reason to get one. Boy, was it handy! I too really enjoyed being able to quickly see and grab whatever it was that I was looking for inside of my bag–even my tiniest chapstick, among my eye shadow pallet and containers of lotions and potions. I also easily fit my Makeup Junkie bag in my purse and had no problems getting my cosmetics through security at the airport.

Also, I’m in love with the adorable fabrics she chooses for her bags! And the tassel…tassels are my love language.

Purchase Makeup Junkie bags HERE-tell her that cousin Jenny sent ya!

I have a few more blog posts brewing. For starters, this was my first time to go back to Mexico as a teetotaler. That was an interesting experience and, I’d be lying if I said that it was easy, peasy, lemon-squeezy the whole time.

Also, I had a friend pass away recently due to a prescription drug addiction. I’m heartbroken and counting my many regrets about the times that I maybe could’ve done something to help. That’s a blog post for another day indeed. Stay tuned…