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Ok, here is a tip using Vaseline to keep help you save money on your manicure. One day I was at the salon doing my nails and mentioned to thevaseline manicure lady that my cuticles got dry and rough often; I guess due to washing dishes; cleaning products, just daily work. So, she told me to try rubbing some Vaseline on my hands and fingers tips and also on my feet to keep it from getting dry skin. So, I did and it works wonders!

I keep my bottle of Petroleum Jelly next to my bed and every night I rub in on my hands, fingers, and feet. Now, I am able to keep my nails and cuticles looking good for several weeks. Who would know that she gave me a tip to keep me out of her salon! I still go there for my pedicure tough. Hey, now Vaseline can save me about $20 per month and if I keep this up for the year, it’s at least $240 more in my pocket.

Another little handy “gadget” for nails is this long square nail filler; it has 4 sides to:

  • Grit: Coarse/Medium/Fine/Extra Fine
  • Files, removes ridges, smoothes and shines
  • Cuticle protection edge for safety

It’s called Tropical Shine Mini 4-Way Nail Buffer Block and it works wonder, combined with the Vaseline.

Try it!

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Interesting enough my thoughts about the population getting even more overweight was probably on the right track. This last weekend I read a Sun Sentinel article about the stress people are under and the lack of money; thus, going to reach for cheap fast food and end up gaining a ton of weigh. So, with that in mind, here is a list from Yahoo Health – American Healthiest Restaurants, also on the affordable side!

Read the entire article – America’s Healthiest Restaurants

A List

  • Chick-fil-A – never been
  • Subway – good grilled chicken sandwich
  • Jamba Juice – love their smoothies
  • Au Bon Pain – never been, never heard
  • Boston Market – has good turkey meals and veggies

B List

  • Cici’s Pizza Buffet – never been
  • McDonald’s – like the deal with the hamburger and then freeze some for later
  • Taco Bell – haven’t been there in a long time
  • Wendy’s – haven’t been there in a long time

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Not many people know that you can register one of your credit cards with the credit card Rewards Network site at http://www.rewardsnetwork.com/ and earn money and discounts in over 500 different restaurants locations! You can enter your zip code and find the nearest restaurant. I have used and it’s a really good way to save money. There is a fee involved but it pays off if you like to dine out. Check it out. Nowadays, with this tough economy anyway you can save money is worth a try. 😉

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Well, my Atlantis Resort Vacation, in the Bahamas, AKA- Paradise Island, was interesting. And, despite the cold December weather, we still manage to have some fun and swim with the dolphins! I never thought the Bahamas could get cold; but it can. Well, I call anything below 70 degrees.
But, we still saw many families and their children frolicking in the cold water of the Atlantis Resort pools and slides. The beach was beautiful with crystal clear water and lots of wild life to entertain anyone!
So, here are some tips for anyone looking to take a vacation at Atlantis Resort, in the Bahamas…
  1. Make sure you are not afraid of small planes, if flying to the Bahamas from Florida, you will most likely fly in a
    small 19 seat place. The take off was rough and scary; a lot of shaking but it got better after were above the atlantis-resort-vacation-bahamas-bird6clouds.
  2. Make sure you watch your luggage, if you fly in a small plane, like I did, the pilot may decide the plane is too heavy and ask to have some luggage removed; which happened to my husband’s bag. The flight was about 45 minutes so we got to the Bahamas airport around 1 pm, but his luggage didn’t get to Atlantis until almost 6:30 pm. We were told that this luggage was coming in the next plane coming from Florida, which was actually true. But the anxiety and the thought of getting stuck there without anything to wear was very stressful.
  3. In case your baggage gets lost, or just missing for a few hours let’s hope, before you leave the Nassau airport, make sure you fill out a lost luggage form and get the name of the person you talked to and a phone number to call later – keep checking until you have you bag at the hotel; they will deliver to the concierge desk. As soon as you get to the hotel inform the concierge you are expecting your bag to be delivered from the airport. And, tip them, it will help.
  4. If you book your vacation direct with Atlantis Resort, make sure you also get the “casual meal plan” which is $59 / person per day; and it’s well worth it! Food and drinks cost an arm and a leg. The “casual meal plan” entitles you to breakfast and dinner in a few different restaurant options; the food was good and services too, but watch what you eat b/c every meal includes a 15% gratuity fee, which you have to pay.
  5. If you are like me and my husband and don’t like to get in the water if it’s below 70 degrees, do not go to Atlantis in November or December, all of the activities revolve around water.
  6. If you like my room balcony view, ask to stay at the Coral Tower; we had the 9th floor room facing the Royal Tower. All of the hotels are connected and you can come and go very easy.
  7. The spa is beautiful, Mandara Spa, make sure you have a massage or facial there.
  8. If you are looking for a more private and quiet vacation without lots of kids around, don’t go to Atlantis Resort; there are a lot of families and tons of kids running around and screaming at the restaurants. So, be prepared.

    dophin swim at Atlantis

    dophin swim at Atlantis

  9. A dolphin swim is a must, I did the deep sea swim which was fun but still not enough time. You can’t touch the dolphins that much; but it was a fun experience; I still recommend.
  10. Besides the deep sea dolphin swim, which was $158 / person I recommend doing the swim in the shark tank, which was $110 and seemed very exciting. I didn’t do it, but if I visit Atlantis again, I will.

Well, I hope my tips can help you on your next vacation to the Bahamas!

View Atlantis Resort videos

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view of Royal Tower, from my room balcony

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Atlantis Resort Beach - Nassau, Bahamas

Atlantis Resort Beach - Nassau, Bahamas

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Searay tank - balcony view

Searay tank - balcony view

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I had to cut the D&B purse cake – the fondant sweet aroma all over my kitchen; it was saying eat me, eat me 😉

Purse Cake cut in half

Purse Cake cut in halfSlice of a Purse Cake

Slice of a Purse Cake

Slice of a Purse Cake

 

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It seems like I took a little break from making cakes – well deserved!! But, I am back 😉 and this time it will be a purse cake. To be more specific, it will be a Dooney & Bourke Handbag cake. I will post the steps I will have to take to get this puppy done. So, check out the blog again by end of next week and I will have it here.

 This is the real Dooney & Bourke Handbag – let’s see how mine turns out!

 

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My latest cake was a strawberry cake with chocolate chips and butter cream cheese icing. For the icing, I used some butter cream pink icing I had from the last cake and added some whipped cream and mascarpone cheese. It turned out delicious!

 

Step 1: let the cake cool at least 30 minutes. This cake also had chocolate chips.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2:  cut the top of the cake to make flat top, and do not waste anything – see I made some heart shaped mini cakes 😉

 

 

 

 

Step 3: cut your cake and add the filling/icing. When doing the icing on the cake, do not make it too thick, to avoid fondant bubbles or ripples (step four).

 

 

 

 

Step 4: make sure cake is completely cooled and at room temperature before you cover the cake with fondant, to avoid fondant bubbles or ripples. Also, and as I said before, DO NOT, PLEASE DO NOT USE WILTON FONDANT, it has no taste and no one will eat you cake, it actually has a really bad rubbery taste. So, either make your own fondant or get if from Satin Fine Foods or other web sites . For the base, I covered 3 round cardboards with pink fondant, which can also be used again.

 

Step 5: After it’s all done, it’s time for the fun stuff, decorate your cake and never put the cake with fondant I nthe refrigerator, so make sure the cake can stay out and be eaten in the next couple of days.

Have Fun & Enjoy the Cake

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