Ipsy Glam Bag May 2017

Ipsy Glam Bag May 2017

Long, hot summer days are upon us here in the sunny state of Florida!  It is time to lighten, brighten, shimmer and dazzle with makeup.

Ipsy says that there are 93 days, 15 hours and 47 minutes of summer–are you soaking them up?  Whether you’re craving a road trip, a sun-drenched siesta, or a poolside fiesta, we dare you to take a day off and make it happen.  In fact, your May Glam Bag picks were chosen to help make all your warm weather dreams come true.

Ipsy Glam Bag May 2017

May’s cosmetic bag is a clear plastic covered with ice cream cones and popsicles–the perfect summer’s day treat!

Mannakadar Beauty Bronzer Highlighter Duo – this 3-in-1 product can be used as a bronzer, highlighter or eyeshadow.  The color is highly pigmented.  A velvet-like texture for a flawless finish.  Lightweight for smooth application.  $21 on website.

Adesse New York Organic Infused Nail Lacquer – a gel-effect nail polish without the UV or led lamp.  This is in the color Surfer Girl.  Infused with organic bamboo extract, argan and shea oils to soothe and rejuvenate your nails.  Organic mica, minerals and pigments deliver high-definition color and super shiny finish that won’t chip or scratch.  The specially designed self-leveling brush delivers the right amount of polish each time.  $18 on website.

Luxie Beauty Dreamcatcher Precision Foundation Brush (not pictured–sorry I got overanxious to use it!  Click on the website to see how pretty!) – the round shape allows you to apply your liquid foundation smoother and quicker.  A beautiful blue handle with rose gold detail.  $23 on website.

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen – in the color Opal Overcoat.  A very shimmery pink liner.  Waterproof, super-long-wear, no-smudge, no-budge eye liners. They glide on like seamless silk, and in a single sweep motion create a flawless, solid jewel-toned line. No retouching required all day – or night!  $12 on website.

It Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara – in the color Super Black.  Formulated with powerful peptides and proteins, strengthening biotin, lash-lifting polymers and plumping collagen, this anti-aging mascara will take your lashes to new heights.  $24 on Ulta website.

Ipsy Glam Bag May 2017 contains samples that are geared for a cool summer!

You can sign up at Ipsy.com.  Ipsy is a $10 per month sample and sometimes full-size products mailed to your door with a beautifully designed makeup bag.   Once you subscribe you fill out a Beauty Match survey that will determine your preferences.

Also, you can earn points by giving feedback on products.  Copy and paste my referral link https://www.ipsy.com/new?cid=p_share_ref&sid=link&refer=5×85 so that I can earn 250 points.

Enjoy reading my blog?  Please leave a comment!



 photo http---signatures.mylivesignature.com-54494-57-036CA213FF0D4348FE87B694F515C4A3_zpslo9dxncr.png

Ipsy Glam Bag April 2017

Ipsy Glam Bag April 2017

The little card in Ipsy Glam Bag April 2017 reads, “Step right up!  Step right up!  Now is the time to be bold and shatter the mold.  forget what you know about the status quo.  This is your ticket to the ipsy Sideshow.  Featuring…”

Ipsy Glam Bag April 2017


The cosmetic bag is one of the cutest designs I’ve seen.  It is in the shape of a movie, show or theatre ticket.  The products in the bag are fun and designed to kick off the lightness and ease for the Spring.

Adesse New York Cupuacu Butter Lip Balm – a very light, sheer pink lip color that uses cold-pressed cupuacu butter in its center.  Cupuacu butter comes from the Rain Forest.  It soothes, moisturizes and hydrates dry lips with a hint of ginger mint.  $24 on the website.

Avene Rich Compensating Cream – for dry, sensitive skin.  Ultra-rich restorative moisturizing cream nourishes hydrates the skin and prevents moisture loss while providing powerful anti-oxidant protection.  $35 for 1.69 fluid ounces on the website.

Ciate of London Bamboo Bronzer – this is in the color Palm Island, which is a medium to dark bronzer.  It is described as a lightweight matte finish powder bronzer with oil-controlling ingredients for a shine-free, warm, radiant glow.   $28 for .35 ounce on Sephora website.

Jesse’s Girl Liquid Eyeliner – this is a felt tip very black liner.  An all day, waterproof liner.  The tip is as fine as 1 millimeter.  $6.99 on Walgreen website.

Glamour Dolls Lisa Frank Blush Brush – not even available to purchase yet!!!  You can pre-order for June delivery.  The handle contains Lisa Frank very colorful unicorns with a rose gold detail.  The brush is angled and very soft with a pink tip.  Perfect for applying blush.  $5 on the website.

Would you like to subscribe to this monthly beauty kit?  You can get your own Ipsy Glam Bag April 2017:

You can sign up at Ipsy.com.  Ipsy is a $10 per month sample and sometimes full-size products mailed to your door with a beautifully designed makeup bag.   Once you subscribe you fill out a Beauty Match survey that will determine your preferences.

Also, you can earn points by giving feedback on products.  Copy and paste my referral link https://www.ipsy.com/new?cid=p_share_ref&sid=link&refer=5×85 so that I can earn 250 points.

Are you status quo when it comes to your makeup…or do you like to be set apart?

Comment below!


 photo http---signatures.mylivesignature.com-54494-57-036CA213FF0D4348FE87B694F515C4A3_zpslo9dxncr.png

Walmart Beauty Box Spring 2017

Walmart Beauty Box Spring 2017

The theme for Walmart Beauty Box Spring 2017 is “Embrace Your Beauty.”  My box is full of facial care, which I can really appreciate with the constantly changing Spring weather here in Florida.



The box is a beautiful pink with gold detail.  Walmart has stepped up its game with presentation.  The paper inside has gold roses that remind you of springtime.

Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant

60 Second In-Shower Facial – works with the steam of the shower to gently exfoliate dead skin.  $6.72 for 5 ounces.

Overnight Hydrating Facial – hydrating, hypoallergenic formula for facial rejuvenation.  Deeply hydrates and nourishes.  $15.03 for 1.7 ounces.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Luminous Hydration Facial Oil – contains 10 skin-loving natural oils to deeply boost hydration, replenishing and revitalizing skin to its most naturally dewy, radiant and healthy-looking state.  Helps maintain skin’s optimal moisture level so skin is balanced and never greasy or over producing oil to compensate for dryness.  $9.88 for one ounce.

Soo AE Nature Collagen Essence Mask Vitamin – formulated with a special blend of vitamins to provide an instant boost to the skin brightening its overall tone while supplying it with a plethora of nutrients.  $2.50 for one mask.

Burt’s Bees Skin Nourishment Night Cream with Royal Jelly – clinically shown to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  Provides all night hydration.  $17.07 for 1.8 ounces.

Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair

Ultimate Repair Shampoo – 3x Liquid Keratin.  Extreme damage repair, protection and shine.  For heavily damaged hair.  $5.47 for 13.6 squeeze bottle.

Ultimate Repair Conditioner – 3x Liquid Keratin.  Deep reconstruction.  More shine and up to 90% stronger and shinier hair.  $5.47 for 13.6 ounces.

Jergen’s Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer -applies to wet skin while still in shower.  Glides on smoothly to lock in hydration and create gradual, subtle color.  Comes in Fair to Medium and Medium to Dark skin tones.  $8.64 for 7.5 ounces.

Colgate Optic White Beauty Toothpaste – Radiant Icy Mint flavored anticavity flouride toothpaste.  Whitens teeth with hydrogen peroxide.  $6.96 for 3 ounce tube.

 Palmer’s Coconut Facial Moisturizer – an indulgently creamy, moisture-boosting formula, that replenishes and revitalizes skin for a dewy, radiant complexion.  Naturally skin-healthy Coconut water helps maintain optimal hydration and keep skin looking balanced all day long.  $8.98 for 1.7 ounces.

Walmart Beauty Box Spring 2017 is nice way to kick off Spring.  It gives plenty of ideas and samples to moisturize, brighten, whiten and repair your hair, skin and teeth.

Walmart Beauty Box is a quarterly subscription.  The boxes coordinate with each season.  Visit walmart.com to sign up for your subscription box!

Let me know what you think in the comments!



 photo http---signatures.mylivesignature.com-54494-57-036CA213FF0D4348FE87B694F515C4A3_zpslo9dxncr.png

Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

I keep a travel bucket list of interesting places, restaurants, roof top bars and shops I’d like to visit.  One of those places got checked off my list this past January!  We had the amazing opportunity to visit Iceland’s Blue Lagoon!

Iceland's Blue Lagoon

Our flight landed in Reykjavik, Iceland at 4 AM.  After some duty-free shopping, some coffee and breakfast and shifting of luggage, the reserved Flybus picked us up at 730 AM.  Let me just say this….we landed in a windy downpour.  It was freezing.  We had to walk from the airport through these partially enclosed glass walkways to the parking lot where Flybus was to pick us up.  There are lots of buses.  We had reserved tours through Reykjavik Excursions.  Most of the buses are from this company.  However, our bus was yellow…not the white with blue lettering.

We were so thankful to get out of the wind when our bus did arrive.  It is about a 45 minute ride to Blue Lagoon.  It was still quite dark.  The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa and one of the most visited attractions in Iceland.  The spa is located in a lava field in Grindavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwestern Iceland.

Our visit was part of a transfer to our hotel, so we were still with our luggage.  There is a nice area at the drop-off site to store your luggage.  Once that was done, you hike a path through the lava rocks to the spa area.

Blue Lagoon

Here are Juan and I bundled up at the entrance to the spa.  I was surprised at the crowds at 830 in the morning.  Make sure you make reservations!  You can go to their website here.  There are different packages you can purchase.

We received our towel and wrist bands, which have credit card information and scanner to lock your locker.  The dressing rooms were very nice.

Shoe Storage Blue Lagoon Locker Room

The facility was extremely clean.  There were shoe storage areas.  Changing rooms, lockers, plastic bags to store your wet things (you can see the roll on the wall above.)  Once changed, everyone is asked to take a shower.  You do this wearing your swimsuit.  After your shower there are two entrances to the pool area.  One opens right out into the elements.  Being that it was January with gale-force winds blowing, we chose the second way.

Inside Steps Blue Lagoon

Inside Steps Blue Lagoon

If you look to your left there is a stairway leading into the pool still indoors.  Once in the warm, soothing water you can go through a door to an outdoor cave.  It is there where you can put on the mud face mask and chill or you can move out to the huge spa area.

Door to Outside Blue Lagoon

Door to Outside Blue Lagoon

Cave in the Blue Lagoon

Cave in the Blue Lagoon

It is a great idea to bring a waterproof camera or a waterproof pouch for your phone.  You’ll want to take lots of pictures!

I wore a hat because 1.) it was cold!! 2.) I read that the properties in the water cause your hair to dry out and to frizz.

Juan in the Blue Lagoon

The above pic shows Juan outside in the spa water.  It is still dark.  It is still blowing gale winds sideways and there are whitecaps on the water!!  We went back to the inner part of the spa and soaked away our airplane aches and pains.  Yes, we even had a cocktail as we soaked.

Vanity Area Blue Lagoon

It was time to leave the warm, soothing waters for a shower and change.  There is a nice vanity area where you can dry your hair and redo your makeup.  There are hairdryers for your use and outlets.

Restaurant Blue Lagoon

It was time to visit the cafe for some hot coffee.  There are huge windows where you can people-watch the soakers in the spa.  It was just starting to get light outside.

Blue Lagoon Bridge

Waters of the Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon from Upper Deck

Overlooking Blue Lagoon from Upper Deck

In the above pic you can see the geothermal facility that heats the spa.

Path through the lava rocks blue lagoon

It was time for us to head back to the bus.  Here is the walk through the lava rocks.  That is our friend, Pammy!

Myself at Blue Lagoon

Myself at Blue Lagoon

Walk from Blue Lagoon

I seriously don’t think you can take a bad picture in Iceland!  It is such a stunning, scenic country.  This is walking from the spa back to the drop-off site.

Lava Rocks at Blue Lagoon

I mean look at all that beauty!  The black lava rocks set against the blue water!….even with cloudy skies!

Visit Iceland’s Blue Lagoon CHECK!!!!!

Should you go?  YES!!!!  It was well worth every bit of it.  It was unlike anything we have ever done in all our travels.  I would do it again…when it is warmer and when it is light outside.  That is not to take anything away from our experience.  It is a visit we will never forget.

Questions? Comments!

Leave them below.  I would love to hear if you have been to Iceland’s Blue Lagoon!




 photo http---signatures.mylivesignature.com-54494-57-036CA213FF0D4348FE87B694F515C4A3_zpslo9dxncr.png

Ipsy Glam Bag March 2017

Ipsy Glam Bag March 2017

Spring has sprung here in Florida!  I am so excited to bring to you a Spring-inspired collection of sample makeup products.  Ipsy Glam Bag March 2017 includes a card that says, “You are Beautiful.”  It encourages to pass it on.  We are to share the card with someone who could use a little love.

Ipsy Glam Bag March 2017

The cosmetic bag is a beautiful blush with a rose gold zipper and pull.  Definitely dressy enough to carry as a date-night bag.

City Color Photo Chic Dark Spot Corrector – a peach colored concealer used to minimize the appearance of dark circles and spots.  The thick formula is long lasting and gives eyes a healthy rested appearance.  Tip:  use your finger to “melt” the product to under eye.  Top with your favorite concealer. $3.99 on website.

Elizabeth Mott Blending Brush – this is a dense, yet soft brush that does a fantastic job blending eye shadow.  The handle is a tiffany blue and rose gold.  $15 on website.

The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer – Bahama Mama is a beautiful brown matte bronzer that does not have any orange undertones.  The product can be used to contour or as a brown eye shadow.  $15 on Walmart website.

Doucce Freematic Eye Shadow  – an individual shadow is sold as part of a quad.  The product is in the color Marisa No. 67.  It is a shimmer rose color shadow.  It feels velvety soft to the touch.  It has a slight sparkle to it.  $35 for the quad on the website.  You can choose from 82 colors both matte and shimmer.

Ladykin Affinitic Snail Cream – first thought: what a cute container.  Second thought: snail secretion! Ew!  However….even Ipsy tells us not to get grossed out.  There is no scent to the moisturizer.  This is a Korean brand that helps heal damaged skin, boost elasticity and leaves your skin smooth and hydrated.  My skin feels very soft and smooth after one application.  Also, the product is on back order until 3/30/17!  That in itself says something.  It is $22 on website.

How do you get your own Ipsy Glam Bag March 2017?

You can sign up at Ipsy.com.  Ipsy is a $10 per month sample and sometimes full-size products mailed to your door with a beautifully designed makeup bag.   Once you subscribe you fill out a Beauty Match survey that will determine your preferences.

Also, you can earn points by giving feedback on products.  Copy and paste my referral link https://www.ipsy.com/new?cid=p_share_ref&sid=link&refer=5×85 so that I can earn 250 points.

Thanks for reading.  I hope you enjoy your Ipsy products as much as I do.

What is your favorite product this month?

Leave a comment below.

 photo http---signatures.mylivesignature.com-54494-57-036CA213FF0D4348FE87B694F515C4A3_zpslo9dxncr.png

Ipsy Glam Bag February 2017

Ipsy Glam Bag February 2017

Ipsy Glam Bag Febraury 2017

It’s glam bag time again!  Once a month I look forward to unboxing new beauty products to try.  Ipsy Glam Bag February 2017 is another exciting combination of these beauty products.  The cosmetic case is a cute denim with bright orange piping and zipper with a lip-shaped pull.  The nylon lining is also bright orange.

Briogeo Rosarco Blow Dry Perfection & Heat Protectant Creme – good for all hair types.  It is a silicone-free and weightless finishing formula infused with a nourishing blend of rosehip, argan, and coconut oils to smooth hair, enhance shine, tame frizz, and thermal protect up to 425°F.   No parabens. No sulfates.  No silicons.  $24  for 4 ounces on Sephora website

It Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination – in the shade medium.  This is a full coverage anti-aging waterproof concealer.  It is good for normal, combination, oily and dry skin.  It corrects dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles and uneven skintones.  It comes in 4 shades:  light, medium, tan and deep.  $24 for a 0.28 ounce on Sephora website.

NYX Butter Lipstick – in the color ripe berry is hydrating to the lips, buttery and nicely pigmented.  $5.99 on Target website.

Hikari Cream Pigment – a beautiful shimmery copper eyeshadow in the color latte.  $13 on Hikari website.

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish – has a fun name.  It is in the shade $12 Latte.  It looks gray in the bottle, but it is a medium brown.  $15 on Trust Fund website.

The theme of Ipsy Glam Bag February 2017 is #Ipsy Much Love.

How do you get your own Ipsy Glam Bag?

You can sign up at Ipsy.com.  Ipsy is a $10 per month sample and sometimes full-size products mailed to your door with a beautifully designed makeup bag.   Once you subscribe you fill out a Beauty Match survey that will determine your preferences.

Also, you can earn points by giving feedback on products.  Copy and paste my referral link https://www.ipsy.com/new?cid=p_share_ref&sid=link&refer=5×85 so that I can earn 250 points.

Comment below on your favorite product this month!

 photo http---signatures.mylivesignature.com-54494-57-036CA213FF0D4348FE87B694F515C4A3_zpslo9dxncr.png

My Visit to Birchbox Store SoHo New York

My Visit to Birchbox Store SoHo New York

My Visit Visit to Birchbox Store Soho New York

A trip to New York is not complete without a visit to a beauty store!  Last year I visited Bite Lip Lab.  You can read my post My Visit to BITE Beauty Lip Lab New York.

This time I visited the BIRCHBOX Store.

Birchbox Store

The Birchbox Store is located in SoHo at 433 W. Broadway, New York.  Birchbox is known for its $10 personalized monthly subscription boxes.  Visit their website here to read all about it and to subscribe to your own monthly delivery!

Birchbox Store Interior

Birchbox Store is more than just samples!  You can also buy full-size products or visit the salon.

Birchbox Store Sample Selection

I visited to BYOB–Build Your Own Birchbox!  For $15 you can choose from categories of body, hair, makeup, skincare and nails.  It costs more than the monthly subscription price, but you get to choose your very own samples.

Birchbox Store Samples

My visit was during February, so I got to pick the Valentine Box.  Just look at these samples!  The bins are organized by the five categories for ease when choosing samples.  There are so many great samples that it is hard to just choose five!

My Birchbox Choices

Birchbox Samples

The samples I chose:

  • Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo
  • Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey
  • Ciate Paint Pots Nail Polish in Paparazzi
  • Milk Makeup Sunshine Oil
  • Nest Fragrance

My Visit to Birchbox Store SoHo New York was a highlight of our trip!

Let me know in the comments below if you have visited Birchbox Store.

Thanks for reading!

 photo http---signatures.mylivesignature.com-54494-57-036CA213FF0D4348FE87B694F515C4A3_zpslo9dxncr.png

Review of Wow Airlines

Review of Wow Airlines

Wow Airlines on Runway in Boston, MA

Juan, some friends and I recently traveled to Iceland out of Boston on Wow Airlines.  This was a new airline to me!  The airline was founded in 2011.  It is headquartered in Reykjavik, Iceland.  It’s operating base is Keflavik International Airport in Reykjavik.  At this time it only has 12 planes in its fleet!  Wow Airlines flies to 29 destinations in Europe, the US and Canada.  Link to their website here.

We were able to book a round trip to Reykjavik, Iceland out of Boston, MA for $179 per person.  We flew late January and early February 2017. You pay $10 per seat extra.  A medium-sized (27 in x 18 in x 11 in) with a weight limit of 44 pounds cost us $51.  Please visit Wow website here to read about the fees and charges.  We had to read and reread to comply.

I have a whole blog post: What This Florida Girl Packed for Iceland in the Winter specifically on what we packed to meet the weight guidelines.

I was surprised to find that the planes are painted a bright fushia!  The flight attendants wear pretty, fushia uniforms (including hats!) that rival those of Pan AM.  The crew was very professional and courteous.  I had the seat next to a flight attendant.  I was able to chat during take-off.  She gave me some valuable information on the people of Reykjavik.  She used to work at the Blue Lagoon.  I got some insider tips!

Checking in at the airport in Boston was easy.  Not many people were flying to Reykjavik.  Only a few people in security, so we breezed through! The airline was only a third full.

Wow Airlines Whole Row of Seats

That meant each of the four of us had a whole row of seats for the 5 hour and 10 minute flight!!!  We were on a 6 PM flight.  There is a 5 hour time difference

Wow Airlines Interior Facing Back

The interior of the planes are clean.  Of course legroom is an upgrade in price, but we were able to spread out.

Wow Airlines Interior Front

The seats have the paper protectors.  There are charging stations for electronics.  I was able to use my plug without the converter.  It is not a USB plug.

Wow Call Station

I was so amused at their slogans for services.  Here are the call buttons for the flight attendants.  “Honk if you’re hungry!”

Wow Airlines Call Buttons

Another said, “Ring my bell!”

Wow Airlines Barf Bag

The barf bag was my favorite!  It has a Vomit-meter that include: “Icelandic pronunciation”, “Our competitor’s prices” and “the pilot’s jokes” are just a few.

Wow Airline Cup

The plastic cups say, ” Sip it…sip it good.”  So much fun!

Wow Airlines Duty Free Shopping

The duty-free shopping catalog wants to Wow Me!

We arrived in Reykjavik at 4 AM–35 minutes ahead of schedule.  At that time of the morning we were able to go through customs and claim our luggage quickly.

Wow Airlines Check-in Reykjavik

The return check-in process in Reykjavik was very smooth.  We were able to print our own luggage tag from a kiosk.

Self Check Wow Airlines

Next, you place your luggage on the conveyor belt that weighs it and sends it to be loaded on the plane.  Here is Juan saying goodby to our luggage!

Wow Airlines Flight to Boston

Because of an international flight, we were early for our flight.  We were hoping to upgrade to seats with more room.  As it turned out, the flight was not full!  We loaded in a bus and were driven to the plane.  We loaded from the tarmac.

Emergency Row Wow Airlines

Here we are (toasty warm wool socks!) in the emergency row–Seats 24 D and E!  Lots of legroom!  We could have changed seats, but chose to stay put.

This was a day flight.  We left Reykjavik at 340 PM and arrived in Boston at 435 PM.  We loaded movies on our iPad–free entertainment.  Juan’s drinks were $7 each.  We ate before our flight, but brought snacks so as not to have to buy any on the plane.  I was hoping for coffee before we landed, but it was a quick-service of soft drinks or water.

Overall, we LOVED out experience with Wow Airlines!!!

Did you find my Review of Wow Airlines helpful?

Leave a comment.

I hope you will visit my other travel posts!


 photo http---signatures.mylivesignature.com-54494-57-036CA213FF0D4348FE87B694F515C4A3_zpslo9dxncr.png

What This Florida Girl Packed for Iceland in Winter

What This Florida Girl Packed for Iceland in Winter

Packing List for Winter in Iceland

Here is a free printable:

Packing List for Winter in Iceland

Thinking about traveling to Iceland in the wintertime?!   Juan, some friends and I just returned from an awesome adventure Jan. 31st-Feb. 3rd.  You might be surprised to hear that it wasn’t as cold as we expected!!  It was colder in our other destinations–Boston and New York than it was in Iceland.  Don’t get me wrong, it was cold, but we were prepared for the weather.

What This Florida Girl Packed for Iceland in Winter

Airlines have made it affordable to travel to this beautiful country.  We flew Wow Airlines.  I had never heard of this airline.

Wow Airlines

Our flight was out of Boston.  It was $179 per person round trip!  You can read my Review of Wow Airlines.  What is important is that the airline is very strict on their luggage policy.  You pay $51 for one checked luggage—and it has to weigh 44 lbs. or less!


That is why I am writing this post.  I am here to tell you that you can do it too!

We did go to Ross and buy a new piece of luggage for this trip.  It is by a British company called IT.  We paid $69.99 for a 27x18x11 (in inches) suitcase.  And it is purple!  So easy to identify.  I would call this a medium-size piece.

It Luggage

It Luggage wtht Lock

I like to lock our luggage so we don’t have any mishaps along the way.  The lock is TSA approved, so if they need to open the suitcase they have a master key.

It Luggage Wheels

Another helpful piece of advice is to find luggage with eight wheels.  This suitcase never fell over.  Never had a problem rolling anywhere!  It was a dream!

Okay!  Now for what went inside this suitcase!

First Layer, PJs and Underwear

We will start with my packing list.  I chose colors that I could mix and match–black, gray and purple.

1 set of pjs
9 underwear
1 bra
1 first layer top
1 first layer bottom

Outer Layers

1 thick turtleneck sweater
1 fleece jacket
1 fleece vest

Women's Tops

5 Tops

Women's Leggings

1 pair velour leggings
1 pair fleece-lined leggings
1 pair corduroy leggings

Skirt and Fleece-Lined Tightss

1 skirt
1 fleece-lined tights

This was my just-in-case or luxury item, if you will!  I did not wear the skirt in Iceland.  I did wear the tights under leggings.  We went to New York on the return.  I did wear the skirt there.

Snow Boots and Wool Socks

1 pair Columbia snow boots (loved these!  I could just slip them on and off.  So helpful traveling through airports.)  Order here.
4 pair wool socks

Women's Magellan Rain Pants

1 pair Women’s Magellan rain pants (I wore these to the waterfalls and on sleeting or snowy days!  Just layer over pants or leggings.)

Blanket Scarf and Neck Gaiter

1 blanket scarf (doubled as a blanket on the plane)
1 wool neck gaiter  (best piece of clothing I brought!  I was able to pull this over my mouth and nose in the frigid temperatures)

Hats and Gloves

2 hats
1 pair snow gloves ( I did not wear these.)
1 pair finger-less gloves (I wore these all the time so I could use my camera or iPhone.)
1 pair leather gloves

Swimsuit and Sandals

1 swimsuit  (Yes!…a swimsuit for Iceland!  We went to the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal heated spa.)
1 pair of sandals

Women's Down Puffy Coat

1 women’s down puffy coat


My husband’s packing list:


Men's First Layers and Underwear

1 first layer top
1 first layer bottom (Juan wore one time!)
9 pair of underwear

Men's Shirts

2 long-sleeve henleys
3 long-sleeve button down shirts (one not shown)

Men's Pants

1 pair of jeans
1 pair of corduroys

Sleep Shorts and T-shirts

1 pair of sleep shorts
2 t-shirts

Snow Boots and Wool Socks

1 pair snow boots
4 pair wool socks

Men's Fleece Top

1 men’s fleece top

Men's Hat and Neck Gaiter

1 men’s hat
1 men’s wool neck gaiter

Men's Scarf and Gloves

1 men’s scarf
1 men’s fleece gloves

Men's Rain Pants

1 pair men’s rain pants

Men's Swimsuit and Flip Flops

1 men’s swimsuit
1 pair of flip flops

Men's Fleece Jacket

1 men’s fleece jacket

Men's Waterproof Fleece-Lined Jacket

1 fleece-lined waterproof jacket

A few extras were packed:

Hot Hands-Feet, Extension Cord, Travel Curling Iron and Laundry Bag

1 pack hand warmers (did not use)
1 pack toe warmers (did not use)
1 travel flat iron
1 extension cord (for cpap machine if needed)
1 laundry bag

Cpap Machine

1 cpap machine


1 backpack (for our excursions)

Carry Cases for The Blue Lagoon and Waterproof iPhone Case

1 waterproof iPhone case
2 carry cases for The Blue Lagoon–packed with swimsuit, sandals, waterproof iPhone case, toiletries and coverups for when we stopped at The Blue Lagoon on our way to our hotel.

That is everything I packed into our suitcase.  Remember our weight limit was 44 pounds.  All of this weighed 38 pounds.  It was nice to have a little wiggle room!

Another packing tip:  Use 2 gallon ziplock bags to pack.  Once filled, I sat on them to get the air out.  It allowed me to pack more tightly.

That is What This Florida Girl Packed for Iceland in Winter!

I will have a series of posts relating to our Iceland trip.  Stay tuned for new posts.

Have you been to Iceland?  What did you pack for your trip?

I would love to hear about your trip.

Email me or comment below!


 photo http---signatures.mylivesignature.com-54494-57-036CA213FF0D4348FE87B694F515C4A3_zpslo9dxncr.png

PINCHme.com Free Samples January 2017

PINCHme.com Free Samples January 2017

Have you ever purchased a product only to be disappointed?  You end up throwing it away or giving it away.  Here is a way to sample things you are interested in FOR FREE!!

It is PINCHme.com a website that sends you samples to try FOR FREE!!

Just click on the link above and sign up. There is a short survey to see what your shopping preferences are, you choose your samples and they are mailed to your door. Once you receive your samples and try them, you give feedback through another short series of questions.

Pinchme.com Free Samples January 2017

Based on my survey answers I received the following product samples for PINCHme.com Free Samples January 2017:

Vagisil Personal Lubricant & Vaginal Moisturizing Gel – ProHydrate Natural Feel.  Feels like your own natural moisture.  Relieves dryness anytime & makes intimacy more comfortable.  Included in the box is a $3 coupon.

Purina One Tender Selects Blend Cat Food – crunchy and tender bites made with real chicken and 0% fillers.

Also included are recipe ideas and coupons for Barilla Pesto Sauce and a free photo book from Shutterfly.

Have you received your free samples from PINCHme.com?

Comment below.



 photo http---signatures.mylivesignature.com-54494-57-036CA213FF0D4348FE87B694F515C4A3_zpslo9dxncr.png