Cheery Monday: Fort Lauderdale Christmas 2013 - Part III

Monday, 21 April 2014

Christmas day in Florida.

A belated follow up to what I did in Florida over Christmas. I really need to get back into blogging! This is a picspam of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The turkeys are humongous in the USA! 

Christmas eve dinner table.

Even the birds wanted to join in!

Our canap├ęs. 

European sausages (boudin blanc and boudin noir).

Christmas pudding.

Christmas Day itself. 

The aftermath of presents on Christmas morning.

Christmas breakfast, Florida style!


Deep fried turkey for lunch at my aunt's.

Surprisingly moist!

Pineapple salsa, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole.

My aunt's neighbour's house. 

Another neighbour's house..

Outlandish house #1 on our way home.

Outlandish house #2 on our way home.


Cheery Monday: Fort Lauderdale Christmas 2013 - Part II

Monday, 7 April 2014

Fort Lauderdale's neighbourhoods all decked out at Christmas time.

Part II in the Fort Lauderdale at Christmas time, which is long overdue. Have fun looking through all the photos from my family's drive around all the neighbourhoods with all their Christmas finery!

Beauty Basics: Herbal Essences Shine Collection Brillance Shampoo

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

You've probably already heard by now that Herbal Essences have brought back their original shampoos and conditioners, and I picked up my bottle of their Shine Collection Brillance Shampoo back when I was in Florida. I've been using it ever since!

Although I did rave a couple of months ago about my favourite Lush shampoo combinations, I found that duo not only expensive but still a bit too harsh on my scalp so I gave up trying to avoid sulphates for now and went for an old favourite. I adored this shampoo back when I was a teenager, and its reemergence did not disappoint. A cult product, it is well known for being gently cleansing and removes product build-up like a dream. The intoxicating scent of flowers is just a bonus! So if you're looking for a new shampoo, I highly recommend it.

Cheery Monday: Fort Lauderdale Christmas 2013 - Part I

Monday, 10 March 2014

Fort Lauderdale beach in December 2013.

I'm not dead, hooray! In fact, not even close. I'm still studying and trying to juggle all the basics (working, cleaning, staying healthy, speaking to friends, etc.) It's been a hard couple of months, but it should all be over soon, hopefully. Anyway, I have a blog post for you today! I know, right? Shocker! This is Part I of my trip to Florida for Christmas and New Year's. It was a lot of fun reminiscing on the beach and sunshine!

First thing we did when we got to Florida was go pick out Christmas tree and decorate it! I haven't had a real tree since I was about 6 years old... I was a little excited to say the least. 

The tree was too big for the car, so they put hazard warnings on it so we could drive home with the trunk open. Oh, the things we do for Christmas! 

My boyfriend Michael and my brother bringing the tree. 

The tree all lit up.

All my presents for my family under the tree. 

My stocking my Grandma cross-stitched for me when I was a baby. Every one in the family has their own that she made for them, it's a family tradition.

The model train at Aventura mall in Florida, which includes elements of Florida and the mall itself. 

We had to let Michael have his proper American diner experience. 

...complete with chocolate milkshake...

...bacon, pancakes, and fake maple syrup! 

Oh, Fort Lauderdale! Can you believe my parents live only 5 minutes away from this? I still don't.

Yep, that's my kind of life. 

Mom has a bodyguard that likes to protect the car... can you spot him?


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