Archives

Try It Tuesday – #Travel Tuesday #destinationMexico

tryitTuesday

This Try It Tuesday, I am focusing on a destination!

Try It Tuesday is also Travel Tuesday!

This month’s focus is on an island off the coast of Cancun called Islas Mujeres (translation: Island of Women). It is very easy to get here and not as expensive as you might think.


We stayed in the Zona Hotelera district in Cancun at the Riu Palace Las Americas. We took the bus for 10.50 pesos (about 60 cents US). Then we paid 146 pesos at the Ultramar station for our roundtrip ferry tickets (about $8US). We also pre-paid for our golf cart 650 pesos (seated 5 people- about $35US).

TIP: In this case, it is good to have already converted Mexican money (pesos) to get the best exchange rate.

The ferry ride is about 20 minutes. We went to the top deck to get some sun during the ride. There was a guy that was singing for tips. I think we would have paid him not to sing. But I digress.

Once we arrived and got off the ferry, we walked to the golf cart rental place. It was about 2 blocks from the port. The rental process was easy. If we had rented a 4 person cart, the price would have been considerably lower.

TIP: If you want to see more than just the downtown area, rent a golf cart. Take some form of ID (I prefer showing driver’s license instead of passport just in case it gets lost) because they keep it until you return the cart.

 

We went to:

  • Turtle farm in Sac Bajo – looking at turtles is always fun for me. There is not much to this place. They charge a minimal amount for admission.
  • Punta Sur below the Mayan ruin – This is a great look out point. Also, it is a nice place to take pictures. Other than that, there are vendors selling their goods to tourists. Nothing new in the way of souvenirs.
  • Beach – we decided to get massages from a beach vendor. There is only a sheer curtain between you and the public masses on the beach. However, all your private bits are covered and not on display for the world to see. If you are with a group and more than one want a massage, haggle the price to get a good deal.

 

We did not go to any restaurants or bars while on the island. I did have some friends that did that when they went and the recommend going to one of the local bars (off the beaten path for best prices). Take pesos and make sure you do your mental math so you know how much you are spending. Many places don’t prefer to take credit cards, so cash is better.

 

Should you go? YES!!! If you want to do something different than staying on the mainland, it is worth a trip. It is a nice, entertaining day trip. I do recommend renting a golf cart for ease of getting around on the island. Plus they offer a little more safety than mopeds.

Try It Tuesday: Dietary Supplements #vitamins #multiminerals

tryitTuesday

I am sure that everyone is supposed to be taking vitamins of some sort. We rarely get all of our required nutrients through our diet.

I have tried several and here are my opinions based on how it worked for me. I am not a doctor, so this is in no way medical advice.

Vita Melts Hair-Skin-Nails 

According to the package, it contributes to healthy hair, skin, and nails because of biotin. Vitamin C supports collagen production.

TOW Opinion: These taste good, like candy. However, after 2 months of taking these religiously, I saw no improvement. My nails were still splitting. This may not work for nail growth, but I continued to take as a Vitamin C supplement.

 

Phillips Colon Health Daily Probiotics Caps

The claims are that the capsules help defend against constipation, diarrhea, gas, and bloating.

TOW Opinion: To be honest, I don’t know why I bought this since I do not have any digestive issues. In any case, I think this works as they claimed. I think if a person really has digestive problems, this is worth a try.

Martha Stewart Essentials Vegetarian Multivitamin Gummies

The product claims to be delicious gummies that support, nurture and protect the entire body. Flavor includes apple and apple juice powder, grape seed, carrot, tomato, broccoli, spinach, kale, strawberry juice, raspberry juice, blueberry juice, tart cherry, pomegranate seed and cranberry juice.

TOW Opinion: I love Martha Stewart and I love gummy vitamins, so I thought this would be a winner. Unfortunately, the mineral flavor was too strong for my palate. These gummies tasted like medicine tossed in sugar. I gave up trying to eat these.

Martha Stewart Essentials Hair, Skin and Nails Supplement

The product claims that it nourishes and strengthens the delicate tissue that keeps hair, skin, and nails looking radiant.

TOW Opinion: I think this was the best vitamin supplement that I tried! After about a month of using this product, I could tell that the splitting on my nails was minimal. I could not tell a difference in my skin, but since I was taking it for my nails, I was thrilled. My stylist did say that she noticed less breakage and shedding of my hair. All in all, this gets two thumbs up from me 🙂

Work on your Fitness with Aerial Acrobatics #aerialacrobatics #tryitTuesday

tryitTuesday

This month for Try It Tuesday, I want to focus on an activity that I did a couple of weeks ago: aerial acrobatics.

I am not the most graceful person. I trip over my own feet. However, when my friend suggested trying aerial acrobatics/yoga, I thought it could not hurt to try.

I loved it!

This exercise is so relaxing because you are hanging in the air while experiencing a light swinging motion. It reminds me of how I felt as a child playing on the swing set. If you are prone to motion sickness, this might not be good for you. 

It did not feel like exercise at all. As a bonus, the exercise poses worked my core muscles. While hanging upside down, I was able to do more crunches than usual.

I was feeling fit.

By the time the class was over, my back felt more in line, my spine straighter, and my muscles limber.

Word of caution though: The next day, I could feel that I worked all those muscles I forgot I had 😂. I was SORE! But it was a good sore.

TOW opinion: Google “aerial acrobatics near you” and put this on your list of activities to try. If you have back problems, this could help, but ask your doctor first.

Office Supply Marker showdown #tryitTuesday

tryitTuesday

For this month’s Try It Tuesday, it is an office supply marker showdown.

I love office supplies. Pens. Markers. Pencils. Paper. Notebooks. I love it all.

When it comes to buying markers, my favorite brand is Sharpie.

When I saw Bic Markit on sale, I thought that they were just as good at Sharpie (at least they looked that way a first glance).

In the beginning, it seemed that Bic markers were a great, inexpensive alternative. They wrote just as smoothly. The permanent ink did not fade. I could write on any surface type. Both are available in many different colors and widths. 

Here is the thing. I buy so many markers because I like to have one whenever I need one. They are in my car, by the bed, in the office, in the kitchen and living room. Some of my markers are 5 or more years old.

 

 My SHARPIE markers have never failed me as long as I keep the top on tightly (which I do).

 My Bic Markit markers (which are not as old as the Sharpie) were dried out when I went to use them. I was in shock. This was not supposed to happen. Markers are not supposed to have an expiration date. When I use all the ink in the marker, I understand. But these were new out of the pack. Granted the pack was 3 years old, but I never had an issue with Sharpies drying out.

 Despite the fact that the BIC markers were cheaper, they lost MAJOR points because they dried out before I had a chance to use them. 

Office Supplies Showdown Winner: SHARPIE

As Seen on TV Wrist Wallets #tryitTuesday

tryitTuesday

I am starting a new feature called “Try It Tuesday”. It will be the second Tuesday of each month. This feature is all about product reviews.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Wrist Wallets – As Seen On TV

 

This is a zippered wrist pouch. Not much else.

I wanted to a Phubby but none were available on Amazon Prime, so I thought this would suffice. It was a 3 pack for $10. Not exactly a bargain but I needed it for an event I was going to be in that next weekend.

It looks exactly like the picture but the size is misrepresented.

They said it could hold a small cell phone and mp3 players. They need to put a caveat saying “Only if you have that Motorola Razor from 2005”. The pouch barely was big enough to fit a credit card.

They should have said “Can hold cash OR a credit card OR one small car key. Nothing else.”

I was not impressed.

TOW Verdict: Pass on this unless you need a small pocket for a key and a few dollar bills. Probably best used by little kids.