Showing posts with label summer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label summer. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

{#WordlessWednesday} #TrendyTravel with @miraclesuitswim Edition! #Photos

Earlier in the season I got to attend an event focused on Trendy Travel where I had the pleasure to meet the team from Miraclesuit Swimsuits. I was also lucky enough to win their raffle that night, and I wanted to share a photo of one of my wins, what better day than Wordless Wednesday right?

I couldn't resist hamming it up with the Big Tiki Tongue! I am wearing the Miracle Suit Swimsuit I won during the Trendy Travel Event in New York City while at The Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City!

This Sassy Butterfly would make a great bartender, don't you think?

A pool that looks out onto the Ocean Below? Yes, Please! A chair, a good book and some sun is just what the doctor ordered! My Miracle Suit held me in and offered great support, totally enhanced my curves! And be aware butterflies, the next pictures you see of me will be with my new super short hair! My long trademark high ponytail? GONE!

Did you rock a Two Piece or a Bikini this Summer Butterfly? Tag us so we can see your fun in the sun photos! Have you ever tried a MiracleSuit Swimsuit?

Bloggers you can comment on this post with a link to your Wordless Wednesday Photos and we will visit yours too! Just no giveaway links please!

Happy Wordless (or as in my case Not So Wordless) Wednesday!

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a Sponsored Post. I won a raffle at an event and received a MiracleSuit Swimsuit as my prize, I am under no obligation to share about this product, I just really think this swimsuit ROCKS my curvy gal socks off and I wanted to share it with you!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Unplug your summer and keep cool with the @BowlAtAMF Summer Unplugged and Summer Pass! #bowling

Have you already exhausted your arsenal of keeping the entire family entertained during the summer? If so, I have a way for you to both beat the heat and provide the family some fun summer entertainment, best part? It's absolutely FREE for Kids ages 15 and under!


Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Time: FREE Bowling for KIDS 15 and Under until 8:00 pm, 7 days a week

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Dates: May 14 - September 3, 2013

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Parents click HERE to select a participating center (there are over 250 locations!) and complete a super simple registration form

NOTE: You can register up to six children in the program. There are also $3.29 Kids Meals Available. (And it's way more active than just watching a movie!)


Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Don't think the kids get all the fun! - Check out the deals for those 16 and up:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - An AMF Summer Pass is only $34.95 and includes 2 FREE Games for the Pass Owner per day for up to FOUR people (the owner of the pass and three guests) ALL SUMMER LONG (the same dates and times apply that we listed above for Summer Unplugged)

Worth Noting: Neither Summer Unplugged nor Summer Pass will include shoe rental (I personally own my own bowling shoes, it's something you might want to consider as well!)

My Take:

They've made some improvements for 2013, with one simple sign-up there are now no coupons to be emailed or printed, now you just present your membership card or your name at your local AMF bowling center and you are all set to go which is super convenient. Summer Unplugged Members can also enjoy the "Stay and Play" option, additional games can be added for just $1.49 which is definitely cheaper than it costs at most competing centers near me.

I don't get to go bowling as often as I'd like because of my insane schedule, but I do enjoy it. When I worked in staffing we'd host client/talent bowling nights often and we'd make up crazy gutterball dances! I might just have to pick up a summer pass myself and get back into it again!

What are YOUR best bowling tips Butterflies?

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Do you 'Dare to Bare'? Are your pits Little Black Dress ready?

This post is sponsored by Dove(R) ClearTone(tm) Deodorant - designed to visibly reduce underarm dark marks and even skin tone.

I"m in the middle of a New York City Heat Wave, and we are days away from August, the most sweltering month of the year in the city that never sleeps. This is primarily a public transportation city. A transit system that unfortunately is sorely lacking in many ways, (yet the prices continue to soar, but that's a topic for another post!), one of the things many NYC subway trains lack is AIR CONDITIONING! The platforms are usually feel like it's 200 degrees. And when you get a subway car with no AC on, particularly during 'rush hour' you come home feeling like you just did vikram yoga. Layers of clothing, starting usually with suit jackets get peeled off, and whether you are standing or sitting you are assured of one thing, seeing (and unfortunately often times smelling) many armpits! The people lucky enough to get a seat have a view of a sea of armpits!

In the summer most of us have no choice but to Dare to Bare. Are your arms 'summer ready'? Little Black Dress Ready? And guys, don't for one second think this can't possibly apply to you, I see those pits when you put on those white t-shirts!

You can either solve a beauty disaster or prevent it, and dark under arms are totally both 'solvable' and 'preventable'. Like all of the skin on our bodies, armpits need some exfoliation too, so make sure when you use your favorite scrub, you get those pits too! It's the shaving that causes the dark marks on your armpits so be sure to use an ounce of prevention to spare yourself from that pound of cure!

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Tips for keeping underarms from getting 'dark':

1) Make sure to use a sharp blade - never use a dull razor and that's good advice for anywhere you shave, not just your pits. Dull blades make you go over the same spot multiple times and that's exactly what you DON'T want to do. Make sure your blade is sharp and you shave in one direction.

2) Balance your 'dry vs wet' - Built up sweat is a bad thing, so be sure to use an anti-persperant, not just a plain deodorant to keep your armpit area from building up sweat. But like all skin it does need moisture too, so be sure to give it some moisture, a dab of lotion in the evening is a good idea, and if you play sports in the summer a sunscreen lotion should be applied to your underarm area as well, while it will probably get way less sun than other parts of your body, the SPF protection is still important.

Photo Credit Torsten Schon/iStockphoto/Getty Images

3) Lightening - What works for your elbows, works for armpits too, good old fashioned Lemon Juice! You can make a paste with 1/2 cup of lemon juice, 1 tsp of cucumber juice and 1 tsp of Tumeric Powder and let it sit for 15-20 minutes (my recommendation would be for those gals who color their hair, to schedule some time on the weekend and kill two birds with one stone! You could also put on a facial mask and then just jump in the shower afterwards and wash it all off!). Remember lemon juice can cause irritation if used too often, so please don't do this daily! (Licorice Paste and Sandalwood powder work well too!) And because I love a bonus, with the leftover tumeric and lemon, make a tea, as a tea, turmeric and lemon helps sooth the pain from a sore throat and works to fight free-radical damage. Lemon, reduces the risk of some diseases, such as nephrolithiasis, a kidney condition. Lemon also has antimicrobial and antiviral action that works even better in conjunction with other ingredients including turmeric. So this combo is a one/two punch that works wonders for your insides as well as your outside!

4) For Prevention AND Cure - Use Dove Clear Tone Deodorant daily, with regular use it will even your underarm skin tone and repair irritated skin with frequent use. What Ambi products do for your face and now body, Dove Clear Tone does for your armpits!

Whether it's to feel more confident in your strapless dresses, tank tops or bathing suit, a little 'armpit 101' goes a long way to feeling confident enough to 'Dare to Bare'.

So Butterflies, What is your beauty ritual that gets you feeling confident enough to 'Dare to Bare'?

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FTC Disclosure:  I was compensated for this post by the Clever Girls Collective. All the opinions expressed here are my own.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Motivation Monday - Butterfly Summer Edition!

I have had a TON of butterfly sightings so far this summer! For me butterflies symbolize change, luck and sometimes a loved one who has passed away stopping by to say hello. Since I'm on the verge of a major change this year, I'm hoping all my recent sightings mean good luck is headed my way!

Wishing you a week filled with butterfly sightings and all the delights of summer!

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

What's New at the Zoo? Check out this weekend's happenings at the New York Bronx Zoo!

LeVar Burton will be at the Bronx Zoo this weekend for a sneak peek of the new Reading Rainbow app and special book reading! This is a great opportunity to see LeVar and get a sneak peek at the new Reading Rainbow app for the next generation “digital” Reading Rainbow kids. My niece and nephew love Reading Rainbow, and I'm a total  nerdie Star Trek fan, so we may have to all head to the zoo this weekend and catch story time at Asia Plaza in the Bronx Zoo this weekend. It's so super cool to have access to one of the city's better known landmarks practically in my backyard!

I have to admit the role I most associate with Mr. Burton is as Geordi La Forge from the Star Trek: The Next Generation, television series. Although one of his first claims to fame was for his acting in the television mini-series Roots (the role landed him an Emmy). He has also written a book called The Aftermath.

I could definitely go on and on about his achievements throughout his amazing career, but it's his work for Reading Rainbow that will be featured this week at the Reading Rainbow Sneak peek, and if you are looking for something fun AND educational to do with the kiddos this weekend, this would be my pick! LeVar is very personable and has a great rapport with children.

And my digital loving butterflies already know that You can also save 10% when you buy tickets online: 

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Disclaimer: Ascending Butterfly is participating in a sponsored ambassador program from the Bronx Zoo/NY Aquarium. As a part of this program we have received paid advertising compensation, a premium family membership and merchandise for placement of digital advertisements and specific postings related to programming.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Bronx Zoo Animal Tales Extravaganza!

New York City Landmark Bronx Zoo, has a series of fun filled weekends lined up this summer and there is still time to get in on the fun this weekend!

At the Animal Tales Extravaganza, each weekend your family can enjoy entertainment from Broadway's Avenue Q, the family friendly puppet show, Avenue Zoo, march in a fanstastical Rainforest Creature Parade, meet and greets with characters from beloved children's books and shows as well as animal yoga stretches and crafts & activities.

I'm most excited to check out Ferdinand The Bull, it was one of my favorite books when I was a little girl!

And because I love sharing great deals with my butterflies, you can also save 10% when you buy tickets online:

Did you check out the Zoo this weekend with your little butterflies?

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Disclaimer: Ascending Butterfly is participating in a sponsored ambassador program from the Bronx Zoo/NY Aquarium. As a part of this program we have received paid advertising compensation, a premium family membership and merchandise for placement of digital advertisements and specific postings related to programming.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sunday Moment of Gratitude!

This week, I am grateful for

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Catching the NYC screening of Winnie The Pooh! It was nice to re-visit the classic cartoon, sorta feels like coming home again, no special effects, inuendos or too mature jokes, a true family movie you can take the little ones too and actually feel GOOD about!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Despite the rainy weather this week, I've been enjoying getting out and making the most out of my summer! How has your summer been so far?

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Took some time to catch up on movies I'd missed in the theaters including Wall Street, Machete, and The Social Network! Did you see them, if so, what did you think?

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What are you grateful for today? I'd love for you to write in and share what you are grateful for this week. The more you say it, the more you speak it, and the more you live in gratitude, the more you will find reasons to be grateful for, and the more reasons that the universe will send you to be grateful for. So join me on this journey of gratitude and inspiration. And you can post here daily (even though my list will be posted weekly).

Remember, attitude really does determine altitude.

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Active Giveaway!

1) Ends 08/02/11 - Featured Handbag in the Spotlight Giveaway July - Elliott Lucca Drawstring Crossbody Handbag!  Enter HERE

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For those of you who are interested in keeping a gratitude journal this year, here is my recommendation and where to purchase it:

Make this Your Best Day ever, Bless and Be Blessed!

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Friday, July 3, 2009

Thursday, July 02, 2009 - Today's Moment of Gratitude

Thursday, July 02, 2009 - Today's Moment of Gratitude

- For the many opportunities that have presented themselves this week to add value to the reader experience on Ascending Butterfly! There are great things in the works dear readers, stay tuned!

- For our sponsor, Mimobot who is sponsoring Ascending Butterfly's First Annual Fourth of July Giveaway! Looking for the Fourth of July Giveaway? Don't forget to show our sponsor some love! Enter Here

- For having to come up with creative contingency plans for a summer that has offered up nothing but rainy days! Indoor fun with a little help from my friends. (although I probably should have been taking advantage and cleaning my closets, LOL)

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Make this your best day ever, Bless and be blessed!

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