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Review of Wilderness at the Smokies Adventure Forest

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Right outside the doors of the indoor waterpark at Wilderness of the Smokies is Adventure Forest.  Adventure Forest is a dry play area that features arcade games and activities for your family to enjoy in addition to the waterpark.  As most other waterparks are also set up you must enter the waterpark through Adventure Forest so if you don't want to pay the additional cost of Adventure Forest or do not plan on visiting Adventure Forest you may want to prepare your kids for this in advance so you don't get hit with it when you arrive.

Adventure Forest has additional costs associated with it and you can purchase activities, individually, by the day, or by the stay.  On our visit we chose the All Stay Pass which was $24.99 for kids under age 11 and $29.99 for those 11 and older.  We purchased our passes before we arrived and were able to get a buy three get one free special which we felt like was a good deal since we were staying a week.  
My kids favorite part of Adventure Fore…

AYL Flashlight 900 Lumens CREE XM-L2 LED Tactical Flashlight Review

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My husband is hard to please when it comes to flashlights, they aren't bright enough, the batteries go dead quickly, replacement batteries cost too much....the list goes on and on.  So when my husband decided he liked this flashlight I knew we had a winner!
This AYL 900 Lumens CREE XM-L2 LED Tactical Flashlight is small in size.  So small in fact that when we received it I was disappointed because I was sure that it wasn't going to be what we thought it was.  
However this small flashlight surprised me by how powerful it actually is.

Yes, that light is coming from this flashlight.  So this means that you can have a small and lightweight flashlight that is powerful.

Another great thing about this flashlight is that it comes with a rechargeable battery or you can use disposable batteries if needed.  The rechargeable battery holds its charge and lasts for quite a long time.
I did receive this item free of charge in exchange for my unbiased review.  All opinions in this review …

InstaNatural Glycolic Facial Cleanser

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I was extremely excited when I had the opportunity to test out InstaNaturals Glycolic Facial Cleanser.  I am trying to make the switch to a cleaner lifestyle and this cleanser features pure ingredients and natural extracts with no artificial fragrances. The Glycolic acid in this cleanser is a gentle exfoliator.  So while my skin did tingle a little when using the cleanser it did not feel as if I was using a typical exfoliator.
I noticed when using this cleanser it takes very little cleanser to do the job, so the container will last quite a while.  Making it a decent price at $20 per bottle.  
InstaNaturals promises the cleanser will give you younger looking skin and I believe it delivers.  My skin looks and feels amazing.  I will say that the fine print states that you need to use sunscreen when using this cleanser because it makes your skin more sensitive to the sun.  Please pay attention to this because on the day that I used it for the first time I sunburned my face and that is qu…

What I Wore Wednesday - July 27, 2016

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As I have said the last few weeks have been devastating for me and I am trying to find my new normal.  For me I am doing my best to get back into my routine.  This means getting up and getting dressed even when I don't feel like it.  I am still not feeling it, and I think it shows in my pictures.
I only have two outfits to show this week and they are both work outfits.





Dress - Ralph Lauren, Somewhat similar dress Shoes - Coach, Same shoes in red, tan is sold out




I love how red shoes can give a boring outfit a bit of pop.  And I had to wear my glasses thanks to my allergies.  I was not a happy camper.
Sweater - Target Pants - New York and Company Similar Shoes - Somewhat similar for $10 Necklace - Altar'd State


Sorry for the bad selfie but I wanted to show you my cute headband.  It was only $2 at Wal-Mart and I received all kinds of compliments on it.
I am linking this post to The Pleated Poppy.

Menu Plan Monday: July 25-31, 2016

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Menu Plan Monday is typically hosted by I'm An Organizing Junkie but she is taking a break for two weeks so there is no link up for this week. 
It's been a busy summer for us, and the last few weeks have been devastating for me (I will be writing about this soon but I am not there yet).  I need to get back to an organized plan and quit relying on my fly by the seat of my pants menu plan.
So here's what I have planned for this week:
Monday:  Baked HamLoaded Cauliflower CasseroleMy Grandmother's Green Beans
Tuesday:  Red Beans and Rice
Wednesday:  Slow Cooker Bolgonese Sauce with Dreamfield's Pasta
Thursday:  Steaks, Slow Cooker Baked PotatoesGrilled Bacon Wrapped Cabbage
Friday:  Eating Out For My Birthday Dinner!!!
Saturday:  Going to a Friends House for a Seafood Night I am taking my Crab Cakes but will be making them with real crab meat instead of Imitation Crab
Sunday:  Your On Your Own

Eight Girls of Instagram with Vintage Pinup Girl Style That You Should Be Following

I totally love the vintage pinup girl style and would love to incorporate more vintage style clothing into my own wardrobe.  For now I get my vintage pinup girl style fix through Instagram.  Here are four of my favorite people to follow on Instagram because of their amazing vintage pinup girl style!

1.  Miss Victory Violet - She has the most beautiful photos with her makeup and outfits always on point.

A preview of yesterday's shoot with @theundefinedphotography! Outfits is all vintage except for the @shazamvintagepinuphairflowers flowers 💜💚💜 #missvictoryviolet #vintage #pahhomestead #theundefinedphotography A photo posted by Ella (@missvictoryviolet) on Jul 18, 2016 at 3:40pm PDT
2.  Miss Hero Holiday - I love her classic style and her love of bright colors.  Her outfits are always of a classic vintage style.

Today's outfit: Top - @vivienofholloway Brooch - @erstwilderofficial via @pinnedonyou Belt - vintage Skirt - #selfmade Petticoat - @bannedapparel Heels - eBay #pi…

Review: Big Frame Competition Swim Goggles by Eve Shine

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My son is an avid swimmer, I guess having a pool in your backyard will do that to you, and is a goggle snob.  He is constantly buying new goggles and the cheap ones just won't do.  So when we had a chance to review these Big Frame Competition Swim Goggles from Eve Shine we were excited.  I did receive these goggles for free in exchange for my honest unbiased review but this did not affect my opinion of them at all.  All opinions in this blog post are my own.

One of the first things he noticed about these googles is that they have a great clasp on the back and they are easy to adjust.  That is a big issue for him as he often has a problem getting his goggles adjusted correctly.  The clasp also made for an extremely snug fit, again a big plus for him.
He also liked how darkly mirrored they were and the UV protection that they offered because of how well they blocked the sun.   
Another big complaint for him with typical goggles?  Fogging up.  These goggles do not fog up with use so…

Review: New York Biology Retinol Moisturizer with Hyaluronic

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Yesterday I reviewed New York Biology's Eye Gel and today I am reviewing their Retinol Moisturizer with Hyaluronic.


Like the Eye Gel this moisturizer is amazing.  I have been using it for a week and can already see the difference in smoothness.
New York Biology's Retinol Moisturizer uses all natural antioxidants like green tea and wheat germ oil and is made in the United States.
To use this moisturizer you simply apply it twice a day.  It's easy to apply and has the same pump top that the Eye Gel does.  Which makes for easy application and it dispenses just the right amount.  

And like the Eye Gel the container is huge so it will last a while, which makes it a great value.  
I did receive this product for free in exchange for my honest review, and this did not change my opinion of the product.  All opinions contained in this blog post are my own unbiased opinions.

Review: New York Biology Eye Gel

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I love trying new products, especially beauty products.  I was given this New York Biology Eye Gel for free for my honest review.  All opinions in this post are my own, and are not at all influenced by the company.


I used the eye gel for seven days.  Here's what my eyes looked like at the beginning of the week

And here is what they looked like at the end of the week (please excuse the freshly showered hair)

I feel like the eye gel did make a difference in just the one week that I have used it and feel that with longer use it would make a big difference.  I noticed a smoothness along my forehead as well.  

One of my favorite features of the eye gel is the pump top which makes for easy use and it dispenses the perfect amount.

And just in case you are curious here is what the eye gel looks like.
One of the things I was most surprised at was the size of this container.  It was much larger than what I had expected.
You can order your own New York Biology Eye Gel on Amazon.

Visiting the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

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This past weekend we visited the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Lincoln City, Indiana.  The Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial is part of the National Park system and is built on the area where Abraham Lincoln's family lived during their time in Indiana.
The cost for admission to the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial is $5 per person or $10 per family and is good for seven days.


We started our visit in the memorial building which features a museum with exhibits focusing on Abraham Lincoln's time in Indiana, a movie theater that shows a movie about his time in Indiana, and a gift shop.

A short walk from the memorial building is the Pioneer Cemetery where Abraham Lincoln's mother Nancy Hanks Lincoln is buried.
From the Pioneer Cemetery you can take a short hike, about a half mile, to the 1820's homestead which is a living historical farm.  If you want to avoid the hike there is a road to drive up the homestead.



At the homestead you can view a bronze outline of the founda…

Tipsaw Lake Recreation Area Campground Review

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This weekend we decided to try a new campground and visited the Tipsaw Recreation Area Campground in Tell City, Indiana.  We based our decision on the Recreation.gov website and mostly positive reviews.

The campground is divided into three loops.

We decided to choose site 3 in the Catbrier loop, as Catbrier was the RV loop and was supposed to be the nicest of the three loops.  It also offered electric and water hookups for $30 per night.


As you can see the site description looks amazing.  And most specifically it showed the site was paved.  
However when we arrived we were quite disappointed in our site.

This is our paved site.



I guess you can say technically it is paved, as there are pavers under the overgrown grass.  
The next big disappointment?  The fire pits.


Yes that is our fire pit and picnic table right next to our neighbor's fire pit and picnic table.  The way the sites are designed it is as if you are sharing the same site.  We could hear 100% of their conversations and…