How To Plan A Stress-Free Group Trip + Freebie!

Happy Sunday Loves! I know I have already dipped my toes in the summer-themed blog posts, but I am super excited to plunge head first into many more posts now that it is officially the summer time! That begin said, I thought I'd share with you, this week, how I stay stress-free while traveling with a group!


My secret weapon is a planner (Surprise, surprise!). Typically, I organize my thoughts using OneNote, but obviously that isn't as accessible for those traveling to areas with no WiFi or signal (aka. potentially me when my group of friends leave for the cottage). Because of that, I designed a printable planner that you can download and print, for yourself, to plan your next group trip with! Download link will be provided at the end of the post!

Moving forward, here are a couple tips I use to stay organized while planning a group trip:

Keep All Important Information Together
Typically this would include:

  • Accommodations Information (Contact Info/Address/Reservation Number, etc.) 
  • Check in/out times
  • Location (Meeting Places/Accomodations/etc.) 
  • Number of Guests
  • Etc. 
I like to keep it all on an itinerary. It is important to keep it simplified onto one page because then you won't be searching through multiple files and pages looking for information. It is all quick and accessible to you. 

Make Lists & Tables 
I find this is most pleasing to the eye and helps keep things easy to find. Need to know how much someone still owes you for the trip? Need to know who has and hasn't RSVP'd? It is quick and easy to find in a table or list! I also like this because it helps me keep track on how to contact people. My friends and I barely text (mostly talk via Facebook Messenger), but in many instances while traveling, WiFi isn't accessible. Knowing someones contact information and having it saved is very important to staying stress free. 

Use Sticky Notes For Pending Information 
Anything that isn't 100% sure, just use a sticky note. This way, your canvas (in this case, your sleeping arrangement chart) is left clean and simplified. With sticky notes, you can easily move around information that you aren't sure about. Once information is confirmed, you can write it in with pen.

Now for the part I'm sure you've been waiting for: 

THE ULTIMATE GROUP PLANNER
(Free Printable Planner!) 

13 Pages
Itinerary
Guest Lists (Up To 30 People)
Sleeping Arrangement Pages
Carpool Arrangement Pages
Grocery Lists
Blank Note Pages 




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Starbucks Berry Prickly Pear Frappuccino (Blended Creme) - Worth The Buy?

Happy Thursday, Loves! It is finally summer! I'm just so excited for longer days, warmer weather, and lots of adventures! One of my absolute favorite parts about summer is trying out all of the awesome summer seasonal drinks that come out! Earlier this week, while visiting Starbucks with Adam after a nice nature walk (lol aka, a Pokemon Go walk), I noticed they had some new drinks released! Little did I know, they were released that day! Lucky Me! I knew I definitely had to do a "Worth The Buy" for you all because you all know I love my Starbucks!


Disclaimer: This post is NOT sponsored and I purchased this drink with my own money. All opinions are that of my own.

How gorgeous does this drink look in the advertisements? So colorful and fun!

Starbucks describes it as:
"It's a whole lot of fruity fun in one Frappuccino®. Mango syrup is blended with Frappuccino® Blended Crème base, milk and ice, then poured over a purée of berries and prickly pear, and topped with more purée."
A Grande (16oz) is 260 Calories, as per following original recipe.


Despite how cute the photo from the advertising is, my frappuccino actually turned out to look really displeasing (see photo above). It really doesn't look anything like the photo, to be honest with you. The way the barista made it, it looked like more creme than real fruit puree. The syrup looks kind of blotchy at the top and its just really ugly to look at (see photo below). Definitely not Instagram worthy.


Nevertheless, it tasted pretty good. Remember how I mentioned earlier in the post how it had Mango Syrup in the creme base? Well, if you remember the Unicorn drink Starbucks released earlier this year, it kind of tasted like that (minus the gross sour shocks). When mixed with the berry/pear pure, it was actually a really nice refreshing taste.

So, in the end, do I think it is Worth The Buy?

Taste wise, definitely! The mix of the fruit puree with the mango creme base was delicious! I actually finished it almost immediately! I definitely will be coming back to Starbucks soon to buy it again!

Presentation wise, my barista failed me. Not to say your barista will fail you, but I think I'd definitely try a different location, next time, to see if they can make it look more presentable. I was kind of scared and turned-off, at first, to try it, because of how gross the puree at the top looked.

Nevertheless, I definitely recommend anyone to go out and buy it! Definite YES from me! It was absolutely delicious.

I guess, if you want to buy it for the 'gram, you could ask your Barista to try to make it look Instagram Worthy.

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Have you tried any of the new Starbucks summer drinks? Which one has been your favorite so far?

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Biore Charcoal Pore Strips | Worth The Buy?

Happy Tuesday, Loves! With the really humid weather here in Ontario, Canada, my skin has been really oily. Because I also wear make-up on a daily basis, my skin is really paying for it. To combat this, I thought I'd give pore strips a try. So I purchased myself a box of the Biore Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips.


*Disclaimer: This post is NOT sponsored and I purchased this product with my own money.

I purchased a box for $9.99 at my local No Frills. Each box comes with 8 Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips.

This product:
  • Is dermatologist tested
  • Is hypoallergenic 
  • Is oil Free
  • Draws out excess oil with natural charcoal 

What It Does:
"...works like a magnet to instantly lock onto and lift out deep-down dirt, oil, and blackheads. In just 10 minutes, you'll remove weeks' worth of build up, 3x less oil and achieve your deepest clean". 

How it's done
It is all done through an easy 5 step process: 
  1. Remove From Pouch 
  2. Wash Face & Wet Nose 
  3. Peel Plastic Liner & Apply Nose Strip 
  4. Let Dry For 10 - 15 Minutes 
  5. Peel & Rinse Any Residue. 

Now the question I'm sure you've been waiting for: Is it Worth The Buy?

I've never tried pore strips before, so I have nothing to compare it to, but according to the description on the box, it did seem to do what it claimed it would do. 

The process was easy and quick. Pulling off the strip wasn't as painful as people make it seem in the videos online (it feels kind of like ripping off a band-aid). When I finally removed the strip, there was plenty of dirt and build-up that I didn't even know I had on my nose (skip over photo below if you do not want to see my nose strip lol). My nose also felt super and oil-free after. I was actually very impressed. 


For about $10, a box of the Biore Deep Cleansing Charcoal Nose Strips isn't a bad price. It is about $1.25 per nose strip. 

I'd definitely say this is Worth The Buy! A Definite YES from me! For the price and how nice the results were, I'd definitely buy these again in the future to use regularly. 

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Have you tried these? What were your thoughts? Are there any other pore strip brands you have used that you really liked? I'd love to hear all about it down below in the comments! 

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