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Photo Diary – Owasippe Camping Trip 2017

Hello all! I’m uploading my entire batch of photos from my camping trip last weekend! Honestly, some I’ve edited and some I didn’t bother to. You can click on any of them to make them larger and click through the full images. I’m putting them all in thumbnail form so this post doesn’t get too bogged down.

But anyway, I had an amazing time with my friends and I can’t wait to go back!


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Camping “Beauty” Essentials

Camping “Beauty” Essentials

Once in awhile I like to unplug for a weekend and go camping. I wouldn’t say I “rough it” but I’m not sleeping in a portable house either. Something about day drinking in the woods, sitting around the campfire with some tunes in the background, and just being with friends and family for a weekend feels like a little mini vacation without spending too much money.

Now, I love makeup but I’m not the type of girl that can’t be caught dead without. When I go camping, I’m not concerned about my appearance, I just want to be comfortable. But that doesn’t mean I completely abandon my routine. I have a travel bag all made up that’s ready to grab and go whenever I’m going somewhere. Now, I’m going to show you everything that’s in there, but that doesn’t mean I use it all when I go camping for a weekend trip.


Let’s get into the the products!


Rusk 12 in 1 TreatmentIMG_9626

This is something I make sure to have in my kit just in case. I hate the way my hair feels after I get it wet but don’t condition it. So, this is a must have for me in case I go swimming wherever I am.






IMG_9621Redken Pillow Proof Dry Shampoo

Usually when I’m just taking a weekend trip, I wash my hair right before I leave and then I wash it whenever I get back. But just in case I get extra sweaty or greasy, I keep this  handy little guy with me.







IMG_9630Hair Brush and Hair Ties

Even though I’m camping, I still gotta brush my hair. And it’s super important to me to keep my hair off my neck so I don’t feel too hot. I love these ribbon hair ties because they’re gentle on my hair and they look like a cute bracelet when I put them on my wrist if they’re not in use!





IMG_9620Clean & Clear Morning Burst Facial Scrub

It may not be my normal face wash but it’s something. I just like to start my day by washing my face and when I’m camping that’s no exception!







IMG_9619Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer

Actually, I’m not dead set that it has to be this particular moisturizer, just something with SPF. It’s very important when I’m spending a lot of time in the sun to keep my face (and the rest of my skin for that matter) protected. I use a moisturizer as opposed to sunscreen on my face because it feels a lot better. Less greasy, and nice and smoothing.






IMG_9618Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes

Okay, so these are in there as a travel essential, and not a camping essential since I don’t wear makeup camping. But there’s no point in taking them out just because I’m not going to need them. And if I do happen to get my face extra dirty, they’re still good to have in this case!




General Hygiene

IMG_9628Gotta have my toothbrush, some mouthwash, toothpaste and deodorant, no matter what!






IMG_9629If I’m on a weekend camping trip, I will shower, wash my hair, and shave before I leave and I’ll be just fine waiting until I get back to do so again. But if it’s a longer trip, I will definitely need these. I have my travel shampoo and conditioner, my little baby Bath and Body Works body gel, and a travel razor.

No shaving cream. I don’t use it in general. I have a smoother shave and better luck not cutting myself without it. Go figure.




IMG_9633Again, loofah for the longer trips, only needed if I end up taking a shower during the trip.






Camping Musts

IMG_9631Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen

Gotta have sunscreen if I’m spending time in the sun. Duh. I use the children one because I have sensitive skin.







IMG_9632Repel 100 Bug Spray

Bug spray is definitely a must when camping! I tend to get eaten alive by mosquitoes so I for sure need. I recommend this one in particular because it doesn’t have a god awful smell. If anyone else can recommend one that smells pretty decent, let me know.



And I throw everything into a pouch and I’m ready to go.  I have a couple more bags that can be added to it if I’m going on an actual trip (not camping) and I do wanna bring my makeup with. And even then, I will only pack what can fit in there. The entire set was by Modella, and I think I found it at Target.

What do you do to unwind?

What sort of beauty essentials do you pack when traveling?

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Travel Blog: Mammoth Cave

Travel Blog: Mammoth Cave

So, I promised this post like, a million weeks ago. So I think I should probably make it  happen. This is the sort of thing I used to do back when I took vacations with my family. I didn’t have a blog service yet, but I was running a website. And I would just add to a designated page every time I went somewhere. I would keep a diary with me and write about what I did that day and post it all up on that page when I got back. I didn’t keep a diary this time, but I could still talk about what I did while I was at Mammoth Cave. But I’m wondering if I should start doing that again?

Granted, with the Internet the way it is now, I wouldn’t really need to. You know, I can update WordPress with an app on my phone? I kept a journal because I had dial-up back then. I couldn’t just update what I was doing when I was doing it. Technology is so cool.

Anyway. Mammoth Cave. We left late morning on Sunday, the 6th. James and I were packing until the wee hours of the morning because we had recently bought all this fresh fruit we intended to make jam with and never got around to doing it. So we did it after running around Saturday and didn’t even start packing until really late. So, we gave ourselves a little extra time to sleep before making the drive. We got there in the awkward “too late for lunch, too early for dinner” stage but we were  really hungry so we made our lunch before setting up our campsite. Then immediately after we were done, we had our dinner haha. We checked out the camp store, and did a little wondering around and ultimately decided to check out this little Ranger-led campfire story sort of thing. When we realized it was just an old ranger babbling about a poorly constructed Powerpoint presentation, we left. We had booked ourselves two cave tours for the following day and were tired from the drive so it wasn’t long before we turned in for the night.

Monday morning we went off to our first tour, The Violet City Lantern Tour. Now, if you’ve never been to Mammoth Cave I’m not gonna talk too much about what they showed on the tour. This was the best tour we took, so I’d highly recommend seeing it for yourself. They talked a lot about ancient history of the caves, and they also talked about 1816 tours and how they were back then. It was really the most fascinating tour, history wise! Lots of cool stuff! Later was the Focus on Frozen Niagra tour. They basically walk you through the Frozen Niagra tour which shows the most formations of any of the cave, but at the end you get to venture backwards and take photos using flash and tripods and whatever else. I didn’t get much, but it was cool to see.

Tuesday’s tour was actually not part of Mammoth Cave but is owned by the national park. It was the Great Onyx cave. And it had the most beautiful limestone formations and gypsum formations of anything that I saw that week. It was truly breathtaking.

Our last tour at the park was Wednesday and we took the longest one, the Grand Avenue tour. It really gave you a sense of how large Mammoth Cave is. I could have done without the tour, but I think I was all caved out by then.

Then we decided to look at the coupon book they gave us for other things we could do nearby, since we were tired of touring caves. What did we find, but another cave? They had a coupon for an underground boat tour, so we thought that sounded cool.  I really wanted go swimming so we also saved a coupon for a waterpark to go to sometime too.

Thursday we headed out to Bowling Green, KY to check out the Lost River cave’s underground boat tour. On the way, I was trying to find out Beach Bend’s hours so we can go check out the amusement park/ water park the next day. Turns out they were already on their fall schedule, so they wouldn’t be open Friday. And we were leaving Saturday. Well, when we got to Lost River we found out they weren’t giving tours that day because they were repairing their dam, so I was pretty upset that we couldn’t do any of the things we wanted to do. But they told us to come back tomorrow and gave us a couple ideas for other things we could do. We did a railpark museum and that turned out to be really cool, way more interesting than I thought it would be.

Friday we went back to Lost River and they were giving tours again. The tour itself was okay at best. But the fact there used to be an underground bar in the mouth of the cave was super interesting. They even restored the dance floor, which is beautiful. And nowadays, they hold events and weddings and stuff like that. So, we’re really trying to plan our wedding to be there! Really exciting!

Saturday afternoon we trudged back home and Sunday we did all our running around. Then it was back to the grind again.

So there you have it, my trip to Mammoth Cave. I’ve already posted photos, which you can check out here if you missed it.

I have a couple ideas for other blogs and some random week days off coming up. So hopefully I wont be slacking off.

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Photo Diary: Mammoth Cave

I have a few photos to show off from my recent trip to Mammoth Cave. I would like to do a whole blog about the trip, but I’m out with some friends right now so I’ll leave these for now.

Frozen Niagra Tour

We got to do a “Focus on Frozen Niagra” tour which was the only cave tour that allowed you to use flash for your photos and even bring tripods and what not. And they gave you plenty of time to wonder around and get some cool photos.


Campfire Fun

I was playing with my Lensbaby, trying to get some neat light effects.

And stay tuned for a full blog about the trip!

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