Travel Diary--The Acropolis in Athens, Greece

The Parthenon
On our recent vacation, my husband and I visited Athens, Greece for a few days.  Greece is an amazing city.  There are so, so many things to see in Athens so I thought that I would start with the most famous part of Athens- The Acropolis. (I have to warn you--I'm a huge history nerd and will probably provide you with more information than you might want, but I LOVE it!!)

The Acropolis is located on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city of Athens.  (It is a pretty steep walk!) There are several ancient structures at the Acropolis including the Parthenon, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Propylaia, the Erechtheion, and the Temple of Athena Nike.  Archeologists believe that the Acropolis dates back all the way to the 6th century BC.  

Fun Products--The Memo Vase

Perfectly fitting since just returning from Paris! 

The great folks over at Splash Brands sent me this fun Clever Me Memo Vase for review.  I couldn't wait to try it out and have had so much fun playing with all of the flower arrangements and notes.  

The vase is a bright white heart-shape and has a detachable oval whiteboard made from sustainable bamboo.  The area behind the whiteboard holds one dry erase marker (a black one is included). The whiteboard is held on with 4 heavy duty magnets which hold it securely in place and can be cleaned with a dry cloth.  The vase is a little over 8 inches high and 9 inches wide. It has a large opening which holds a medium sized floral arrangement.  Also, one of the best features is that it's made in the USA.

This vase is so much fun and would make a great gift for anyone.  I love that the message can be changed at any time.  I definitely would recommend it for birthdays, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, or just because.

Thanks to Splash Brands for letting me review this beautiful vase.

Go here to get your own Memo Vase--you're going to love it!!
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(Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free or a 
discounted price from Splash Brands. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. )

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice cream, ice cream--I love you ice cream.  It often does not love me, alas!! Ice cream is one of those heavenly foods that I rarely eat.  Sadly, I have an allergy to corn and most ice creams contain corn syrup.  So if I eat ice cream I have to be the one to make it.  (It's probably for the best, though--hello thighs.)

I also really love ice cream sandwiches and anything chocolate chip is my best friend.  Combine the two, add some melted semi-sweet chocolate and candied slivered almonds and it's definitely a perfect summertime dessert.

Happy Hour--Plum Thyme Cooler

Some of our best friends, Robin & Randy, have the most to-die-for pool and they are unbelievably generous to invite us over all summer long.  We lounge by the pool, cookout, and I always try to make us some kind of special cocktail.  This past weekend I made a version of this cocktail.  It is super delicious and perfect for a day spent at the pool.

Grilled Green Bean and Potato Salad

This is quite possibly my new favorite potato salad--crispy grilled potatoes and green beans, chopped eggs, dill, and a fresh garlic vinaigrette.  Just about every ingredient that  I love.  All together they make a fantastic potato salad (if I do say so myself).

My husband had requested potato salad on the 4th of July.  I usually make my go-to recipe, but this year I decided on a lighter, mayo-free version.  I also wanted to add green beans to the mix instead of making a separate vegetable dish.

Beauty Favorites--Dove's Men+Care

The super nice folks at Influenster and Dove sent me a box of Dove Men+Care Extra Fresh products for review.  So I put Rick to work trying them out with me as the official smeller.  Opposite, right.  Normally I am the one trying everything out and he gives the second opinion.  Rick was all into it and loved it.

Travel Diary--A Birthday Celebration in Mykonos, Greece (Part 2)

Last week I shared the first part of our Mykonos Birthday trip here.  Today I wanted to share some of the beach and water activities and a view into the lovely villas that we called home for a week.

First and foremost, I wanted to give a special thank you to the Birthday girl, Darla, and Lindsay, aka McGyver, for the best trip ever.  They planned the entire trip (spreadsheets and all), helped with the flights, transports, and food.  They definitely should start some kind of travel business because they planned it all to a "T" and it was absolutely wonderful!