Three Days In Doolin Travel Journal: Wandering Ireland

Before you read this post, make sure you’ve read my Dublin to Doolin post from last week.
We arrived in Doolin in the early evening, checked into our B&B Twin Peaks, a comfortable six-bedroom house run by Sinead and Pascal. They are such lovely people, they made us feel so welcome and at home. After freshening up a little we drove around a little do explore the area, and we went out to Gus O’conner’s pub for dinner and music.

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The food was amazing like all our eyes widened, and all we could say was, ‘wow!” I had the best seafood chowders I think I’ve ever tasted, and they have a Goat’s Cheese tartlet that is out of this word! It was made with red onion and beetroot marmalade, and pesto.
The live music was a little bit different from what we were expecting. We had come there specifically because we wanted to hear it but were informed that the band that typically played there had canceled. The man tending the bar( I think his name was Frank) ended up rounding up some people in the pub who were willing to sing. It was so casual and spontaneous, we heard everything from Danny Boy to Plastic Jesus. It was a time, and I loved every minute of it.

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The Cliffs of Moher are breathtakingly gorgeous, the mist and wind only added to the wild beauty of them. I can totally understand why they have been featured in so many movies and shows. Including Princess Bride, Harry Potter, and Leap Year. Pictures could never do them justice, but I tried.

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It was raining and very windy, but the four of us and boatload of adventurous souls decided it would be a good idea to take the boat tour to see the Cliffs of Moher. Although it was cold, wet and a few people got seasick, it was super fun and exciting. Between the wind and the waves, I was hesitant to get my camera out much, so I didn’t get as many pictures of the incredible view was I would have liked.

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When we got back to shore, we all felt a little cold and soggy, so we went back to Twin Peaks to change and freshen up a bit. For dinner, we went to McGann’s Pub that was having live music, Blackie O’Connel, and Cyril O’Donoghue. We sat with a sweet older couple from Massachusetts, and a young couple from Greece, and were joined by a few Doolin locals we had met earlier in the day.

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We decided to spend one more day in Doolin, we had an early breakfast, then drove around the Burren stopping here and there to take photos and explore. We visited Poulnabrone Dolmen, a portal tomb built in the Neolithic period. Caherconnel Stone Fort, which was constructed out of limestone in the middle ages. We had lunch at the cheese shop there, a lovely cheeseboard, scones and coffee. dsc_0002dsc_0004dsc_0226

We went to dinner at O’Conners Pub again and ordered more Goat cheese tartlets. I had the Crock of Atlantic mussels that had white wine and garlic cream sauce, delicious! We stayed for an hour or two, then headed back to the B&B to pack and get a somewhat early night.

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That last morning in Doolin was a little bittersweet, I didn’t want to leave but was excited for the next leg of our adventure. We had an early breakfast, packed up the Skoda, and headed for one last look at the Cliffs of Moher. It was unbelievably windy, I felt a little like I might be blown over the edge if I wasn’t careful.

We made our way leisurely up the Wild Atlantic Way towards Galway

 

Wandering Ireland: Dublin to Doolin

Hello!
I’m back with another travel post from my trip back in September. I was debating whether it was too late to post more about this trip, but I decided that I would be disappointed if I didn’t.
Ireland stole all our hearts, and I find myself getting a bit misty every time I go through my photos.
We left Dublin mid-morning on Sunday, September 21st. It was a gray, misty morning, as we set out the drive from Dublin to Doolin. It’s about a three-hour drive, but we took it slow, stopping here and there to take in the gorgeous scenery. The great thing about not having a time constraint on your travels as you can stop anywhere for as long as you like, one of my favorites was Kilmacduagh Abby.
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This first thing that led us to this site is the Round Tower. This tower has a noticeable lean. The tower leans outward approximately 2 feet at the top.
Kilmacduagh is located near Gort, Co. Galway. It was founded in the 7th century as a monastery, then re-established in the 13th century as an Augustinian Abby.

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It sits on the edge of the Burren, in the medieval period, it was known as Uí Fiachrach Aidhne. A Dominant local dynasty that stretched from the Atlantic coast to the mountains of the Burren. By the twelfth century, Kilmacduagh had an enclosed settlement with the main church at the center, at least three subsidiary churches and, of course, the tower.

The rest of the drive, we only stopped a few more times to check out interesting things we passed.

We arrived in Doolin in the early evening, checked into our bed and breakfast, and took another drive a short distance down the coast.

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The rest of the drive, we only stopped a few more times to check out interesting things we passed. We arrived in Doolin in the early evening, checked into our bed and breakfast, and took another drive a short distance down the coast.

Brand Overview: Florence By Mills

When I learned Millie Bobby Brown was launching her own beauty brand I was immediately intrigued, I mean the girl is only fifteen/ and Although I was very tempted to try everything right away, I waited a bit for some reviews come out and see what to general feeling towards the brand was.
While there was was a bit of backlash from Millie’s fake evening routine video, the overall consensus was that the brand wasn’t at all what people were expecting from a 15-year-old actress.

The whole feeling of Florence is keeping it fresh and natural. While it isn’t exclusively for teens, it does seem to be directed towards more youthful

Some of the products I have been using for months, and a couple I have been using for a few weeks, I am super excited to share my thoughts with you today.

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Get That Grime Face Scrub

This scrub is designed to gently buffs away dead skin, oils, and dust freeing the pores. It contains vitamin E and cucumber extract which help calm and nourish the skin. This scrub is super gentle using ivory palm seed powder as the exfoliant.
I have very sensitive skin and have had issues with some scrubs before, however, this one is so nice and gentle, it leaves my skin feeling soft and refreshed.
This like all the Florence skincare products I have used has a strong cucumber fragrance, which I really like it but if you don’t then just keep that in mind.

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Dreamy Dew Moisturizer

Dream Dew is a beautifully soft moisturizer, formulated to calm and moisturize without feeling heavy or greasy and it does just that!
It instantly sinks into the skin feeling silky smooth.
My skin is quite dry but still pron the occasional breakout, and I have had no issues with this moisturizer

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Zero Chill Face Mist

I may be slightly addicted to face mists, this is my second bottle of Zero Chill. Made with rose, lavender, seaweed and thyme extract, this mist calms and moisturizes the skin. I absolutely love the light floral scent, and how it makes my skin feel so refreshed every time I use it.
I mainly use this on bare skin, but it works well over makeup as well.

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Like A Light Skin Tint F010

I got the lightest color out of twenty, its fair with cool undertones. I feel like that’s a pretty wide range for a skin tint whenever I see a tinted moisturizer or anything like that I usually only see three of four color choices.
It evens out the skin and adds a healthy glow. This is pretty much just a very light coverage, perfect if you want that my skin but better look.
I love the wear this with a little cream blush and the Tint N’ Tame brow gel for a fresh, natural look.

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Love Liv Eyeshadow Palette

This palette was created in honor of Millie’s friend Liv, who passed away from pediatric cancer $75,000 of the proceeds from the Love Liv palette are donated to the Olivia Hope Foundation.
As for the palette itself, it has five neutral shades, two shimmers, and three mattes. all of the shadows have a cool tone.

Lulu: A lovely muted peach shimmer.

Angel: Glowy cream shimmer.

Sisters: Light, cool matte tan.

Ducky: Soft cream matte shade.

Hamptons: Cool dark brown matte.

While the shadows are very pretty and are definitely workable, I don’t think they are anything special. They are kind of middle of the road as far as color pay off goes. That being said, as it is more targeted towards younger people that might have been their intent to keep it simpler and more natural look.

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Tint N’ Tame Brow Gel in Brown
I have been using brow gel for ages, but I have been enjoying combining the two or just using this on its own.
It’s basically mascara for your brows. It adds color, thickness, and a little bit more texture, while still looking pretty close to natural.
I got my brows tinted recently, so I haven’t been needing to do the usual steps in my brow routine. Just brush a little of this on and they are good to go!

I am extremely impressed with Florence, the skincare products, in particular, have really surprised me and I can’t wait to try more of their products. My favorites so far are the Dreamy Dew moisturizer and the Zero Chill mist.

Florence promises to stay free from parabens, sulfates, dyes, animal testing or animal by-products, synthetic fragrances.

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Cheeseboard for the Perfect Night In: With Maine Crisp

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheeseboard for the Perfect Night In: With Maine Crisp

One of my favorite things to do with my family is to gather around the living room, usually watching a movie or show that we all enjoy, and devour a cheeseboard.
Cheeseboards have always had a special place in our house, whenever we have company, a special occasion, and lazy Sunday afternoons, there will be one in some form or other.

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Lately, they have become the go-to for holidays and birthdays rather than a big fancy meal that takes so much time and effort. It’s nice and simple so everyone can relax and enjoy their evening.
What is a cheeseboard? Well, it can be whatever you want it to be! Just crackers and cheese or you can make it super fancy with different varieties of everything. I like to have a good balance of sweet, salty, and a little bit of tart.

One thing I think a lot of people forget about is crackers. Most of the time we treat crackers as a canvas for all the other flavors, with no thought to it being anything but bland with maybe a hint of salt. Which is a shame really because the right crackers can completely transform the flavors they are paired with.

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Maine Crisps is a wonderful Maine company that makes the most marvelous grain-free, gluten-free buckwheat crackers! They are incredibly flavorful and crisp with the best possible ingredients. You can tell they are something special the minute you bite into them.dsc_0172-1

Cranberry Almond.
With cranberry, raw honey, and Herbes de Provence, these are a delightful balance of sweet and savory.

“Tart cranberries, a smidge of raw wildflower honey, and a medley of organic seeds with the savory undertone of Herbes de Provence. Pair this crispy crunch with soft oozy cheese and you’ve got your newest obsession.”dsc_0157

Cinnamon Maple.
Have you ever eaten something that simply made you feel happy inside? These do that to me. They have such a light, subtly sweet taste with maple, cinnamon, and nutmeg as the dominant flavors.
These are delightful with cranberry and goat cheese. I would also really like the try these with pumpkin hummus.

“Subtly sweet, slightly earthy, touched with pure maple syrup, a hint of cinnamon and balanced with sea salt. Irresistible with mild goat cheese. Great snack for the kids. They’re better than a cookie.”dsc_0167

Wild Blueberry Walnut.
The principal flavor in these is the rosemary, with a light fruity sweetness from the blueberries.
I love these with a generous bit of blue cheese and pomegranate.

“Savor naturally gluten-free buckwheat flecked with wild blueberries, California walnuts, and rosemary. Terrific paired with goat cheese and creamy blues. Deliciously satisfying on their own!”

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Fresh fruit is another thing that is absolutely essential in my opinion. Fruits add sweetness and a little bit of sharpness depending on which ones you choose. I had always just done apples, but lately, I have been enjoying incorporating berries and pomegranates. The sweetness is also a really good way to balance out stronger cheeses, I never liked goat cheese until I had it with cherries.

What is your favorite treat for a cozy evening at home? Do you have any traditions you and your family do on special occasions?

Thank you much to Maine Crisps for sponsoring this post and for sending me some of their delicious crackers! Make sure you check out their website mainecrisp.com and follow them on Instagram @mainecrisp

 

An Evening In Dublin City.

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An Evening In Dublin City.

Hello!

Back in September I spent a day in Dublin, I didn’t get to see very much of the city, but it was enough to make me want to return and explore more.

We flew into Dublin on Saturday afternoon, rented a car and headed into the city to find our hotel. We stayed at the Westin on Westmoreland Street.

DSC_0548We only had a short stay in Dublin, one day and two nights so we didn’t get to see much of the city. Must of our exploration was within a few blocks of our hotel, and mostly on Grafton St in sweater shops and at the weekend doctors on Nassau St.
I wasn’t feeling quite the thing so I don’t get out to take photos until the evening. It was a slightly rainy evening with a pleasant coolness in the air.
We walked for a bit until we found a place to eat, we settled on O’Donoghue’s for a quick bowl of stew than off to explore a little.
Dublin is absolutely gorgeous at night! especially since it was a little dreary all the city lights reflected beautifully off the streets.dsc_0592image.png

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There you have it! Just a quick little glimps into my short visit to Dublin!

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