Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

The cliffs of Moher in Ireland. Have you been? They are breathtaking! So beautiful. We had just finished exploring the Ring of Kerry the day before and headed northwest to check them out the day before we had to head back home. Film buffs will recognize them as the cliffs of insanity from the movie The Princess Bride. (LOVE that movie. so good)

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The cliffs are one of Ireland’s most famous tourist destinations receiving over one million tourists every year. They’re in Clare county and located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region. The cliffs consist of mainly Namurian shale and sandstone and it’s possible to see 300-million-year-old river channels cutting through at the base of the cliffs. 300 million years old? Wow.

I was really REALLY wanting to see a puffin. I think they are one of the cutest birds ever. Sadly, we didn’t see any (insert sad face) but maybe you’ll be luckier. If so, please send a picture.

You are free to walk along the cliffs. There aren’t any guard rails so if you have young children please make sure to watch them. I was astonished at so many people sitting on the edge with their feet dangling! It made my stomach drop a bit. Cuz you know, one slip and well, I’d think you’re a goner.

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The day was a bit hazy when we were there. But still gorgeous.

O’Brien’s Tower is located at the highest point of the cliffs. It was built in 1835 by Sir Cornellius O’Brien as an observation tower for Victorian tourists but is also rumored to have been built for a woman he was courting. On a clear day the view can extend as far as Loop Head at the southern tip of Clare and beyond to the mountains of Kerry. Looking north from O’Brien’s Tower on clear days, the Twelve Bens in Connemara, beyond Galway Bay can be seen, and typically the Aran Islands to the west.

The cliffs are a must see when in Ireland. Don’t forget to add them to your sightseeing list. I’m off to watch The Princess Bride again.

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2018 Resolutions

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My 2018 Resolutions.

Paint more

Write more

Declutter/Organize House

Visit a new country

Quit trying to please everyone

Do the best I can in everything I do

Practice gratitude

Do things that challenge me

Try a new recipe once a month

I think that’ll do it for now. How about you? Did you make any resolutions you care to share?

 

My Top 5 Books of 2017

It was really hard to choose this list. I read so many great books and to narrow it down to my top five, well, let’s say for this Libra, it was a difficult task. But I did it. 🙂

eleanor Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.

I completely fell in love with Miss Oliphant, with all of her quirks and idiosyncrasies, she made me laugh and cry. You know throughout the story that something bad happened during her childhood and she’d spent growing up in foster homes. Now she lives by herself, goes to her job and talks to her mother once a week. Read it and love it.

 

ove A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman

Meet Ove. He’s one of those cranky old men that you see shuffling down your street yelling at the kids to get out of the way or the dog to quit pooping on his yard. But beyond the grumpiness is a story and a sadness. When a young chatty young couple and their two young daughters move in next door, Ove’s life begins to change with an unexpected friendship and a cat. I was not wanting this book to end.

 

lg Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

I couldn’t put this book down. Inspired by real events, this is a story of three women during World War II, their lives woven together through romance and tragedy. There is Caroline, a NY socialite working at the French Embassy; Kasia is a spunky Polish teenager wanting to be fighting against the Germans and caught up in the Polish underground; and finally Herta, a Nazi doctor who has convinced herself that she is doing the right thing. I think this is the best book I read all year.

road The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Okay, so this book came out in 2007 but I’ve never read it until this year. And I finished it in a matter of days – you’d see me at the beach with my nose in this book. A son and father are wandering fire ravaged America. They must rely on each other as lookouts and the only person they trust because there is evil lurking at every turn. It’s a profoundly moving story about needing to move forward, to move on when there seems to be no hope. And a story of unconditional love.

 

rules The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

You’ll read this as fast as you possibly can. It’s that good. A memoir by Ms. Levy as honest as I’ve ever read. She’s been knocked down, gotten up, knocked down again. It’s beautiful and messy and soul-baring with surprising humor. You won’t be disappointed.

 

 

 

What were some of your favorite books of 2017? See y’all in 2018!!

 

Stocking Stuffers Under $20

This Christmas, Felix and I are exchanging gifts every day – kind of like the advent calendar. His Mom bought us this adorable advent bag thingy and on odd days he gets a gift and on even days, I get a gift. So far he has gotten socks and chocolate but as the days get closer to Christmas I’m planning on more exciting things.

But presents can get expensive so here are a few stocking stuffers for that female you love so much in your life – your mom, your wife, your sister, your girlfriend, your bestie, your niece, your grandma …. I think you get my point. And us females love all things that pamper us and smell good. You can’t go wrong with these. And all under $20.

Bee & Flower Rose Soap Bars

soapThis sweet smelling soap is hand-milled in Shanghai to last longer and preserve moisture — plus, the long-lasting rose scent is created without any additives. Plus the package is so pretty no need to wrap it! 12 bars for $15, now that’s a steal.

French Girl Rose Lip Polish

french girlScented with organic rose otto, peppermint, and rose geranium, this super moisturizing lip rescue leaves lips smooth, plumped, and deeply hydrated. A mix of shea butter, olive oil, rare botanical waxes, and sugar gently remove dry skin and smooth the surface for your healthiest, prettiest lips ever. And for only $19.

Poo-Pourri Citrus Toilet Spray

poopouriOkay, so this one is not only funny but functional! It’s Poo-Pourri Before – You – Go Toilet Spray in citrus scent. And it works! And the 2 oz. bottle is less than $9. Who know bathroom time could be so refreshing? Spritz the bowl before you go and nobody will ever know. Scientifically-tested formula made of essential oils and other natural compounds; NO harsh chemicals, aerosol, parabens, phthalates, or formaldehyde; All stink-fighting good stuff!

Whole Seaweed Detox Bath

seaweedShow me a woman who says she doesn’t like a relaxing bath and I’ll give you $20. Seriously, every female loves a bath. And some candles, a glass of wine and this seaweed detox bath and you will be her numero uno persona. This bath naturally purifies and restores with over 65 vitamins and minerals. Also, sustainably harvested off the coast of Maine. I like that. Seaweed Bath $8.50