Enjoying Paint Nite with Yummi Studios

A few days ago, I went to my first paint nite presented by Yummi Studios at the Post Office Cafe in Babylon, NY. Attending a paint nite has been on my 30 before 30 list, so when my friend asked me to go, I was excited.

Paint Nite Starting

The event was called “Piña Colada Paint & Sip”. If you do attend a Paint nite, make sure to read the terms; there are BYOB, alcohol free or a pay-while-at the venue. We thought Piña coladas were included, but they were sold at a discounted $5. Our instructor gave a brief overview of Yummi Studios and the paint nites hosted within Long Island and the City. While she mentioned one may become frustrated when going through the steps to create our “masterpiece”, the should focus on having a good time. As excited as I was, I was a bit nervous of my final result since I have zero painting skills.

The painting we followed looked pretty tough, but following directions step by step wasn’t so bad. I “failed” on more than one occasion, but certain cover ups were able to hide the faults. In addition to painting, my friends and I were able to catch up and talk about what was going on in our personal lives over the Piña coladas and some nachos. It had been a couple months since seeing each other, so we had a lot to talk about.

 

Paint nite friends

In the end my palm eaves needed love, but we had an overall great time. Since I don’t have a car, getting to the venue was the biggest hassle. If I go to another paint nite, I’ll definitely find one closer to home.

Paint nite at the Post office cafe

 

Enjoying Paint Nite with Yummi Studios

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What to Do When You Find a Glitch Fare

Did you see the recent NYC to South Africa glitch fare I posted on my Facebook page? If not, it was one of the many flight deals I have posted. Since seeing the ultimate glitch fare aka the NYC to Abu Dhabi for $187 Christmas Day 2014 and NOT taking it, I’ve tried my best to find and purchase when I see them. A few weeks before going to Barbados, my cousin and I were able to find a glitch fare to Greece in September. Greece has always been on my list, so getting my flight for under $200 was a win. If you’re new to traveling or don’t know what to do when you see a glitch fare, here are five simple tips

What to Do When You Find a Glitch Fare

Book the Flight

Glitch fares go fast, so make sure you book. Some people purchase for themselves and their travel buddy(ies) to make sure everyone is there. If you do, just make sure it is refundable just in case.

Don’t Contact the Airline

There are some people that disagree, but glitch fares happen without the airline knowing. Don’t call the airline. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. In all seriousness, if you want to confirm the price is correct or they received your information, don’t call the airline. The confirmation code and e-ticket number you received in an email should suffice. You can always check that information online. There are times where the airline will contact you about your flight. That’s probably the only time I’d call, but you can use your best judgement.

Make Sure You Can Cancel if Needed

If you do purchase a glitch fare, make sure you at least have the ability to cancel it within 24 hours. You may not want to travel solo and that’s okay. If you can cancel within the 24 hour time period, you can get your money back. I would also recommend purchasing travel insurance for your flights. In the event of pregnancies, deaths or unforeseen circumstances, you can get your money back granted it falls under the company’s terms. Thankfully, I was able to get my money back after cancelling a flight to Paris last winter; it was only an extra $30.

Tell a Friend

Don’t be stingy. Share the wealth with your friends, family or social community. They may not use it, but it’s better to share than hear someone say, “Why didn’t you tell me? I would’ve gone with you.” If you do, just make sure they know the rules that come with purchasing a glitch fare.

Check Periodically

Flight times change, especially if you purchase them months in advanced. Make sure to keep your confirmation number handy and check online for any changes. You can use travel trackers through apps by Tripit or Kayak to save flight information. You can also get flight alerts from the airline directly.

What to Do When You Find a Glitch Fare

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10 Must Haves For the Perfect Beach Day

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I love the beach. NYC beaches aren’t the cleanest and don’t have the clearest water, but I still don’t mind taking a ride on the subway to walk on the Coney Island Boardwalk or lay on the sand at Jones Beach. While on vacation, I always try my best to make a beach day if I’m by the coast or pay for a ride through a tour service like Viator. Whether you’re in or out of the US, here are 10 must essentials for the perfect beach day.

10 Must Haves For the Perfect Beach Day

Sunscreen

It doesn’t matter what race you are, no one is immune to skin cancer or skin damage from exposure to Ultraviolet rays. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater. It is recommended that you apply and reapply at least every two hours. To reduce risks, try scheduling time outside before 10 AM or after 3PM. Here are a few recommended products.

Suncreen Lotions:

Facial Moisturizers with SPF:

Sun Hat

Another alternative to protecting yourself from the UV rays is a sun hat. I don’t even know why I took so long to buy my sunhat, but I’m always wearing it on a sunny day.

Beach Day Barbados

Swimwear

One of the best parts of going to the beach for me is purchasing the swimwear. Mix it up and buy a combination of one-pieces, bikinis, monokinis and tankinis. I’ve narrowed down my top two stores for buying new swimwear to Old Navy and Target because both stores have cute and affordable swimsuit options for all shapes and sizes. Since going to Curacao, I’ve become braver at wearing a two-piece.

Cover Up

Cover ups aren’t necessary, but they do help if you’re not very comfortable wearing a swimsuit, when you’re transitioning from the beach to go to a nearby area for eating and drinking or when the temperature drops. You can wear something like shorts, rompers, linen pants, a sarong, or pullover in a lightweight material.

Sunglasses

Just like playing mas, you don’t have to wear expensive sunglasses to the beach especially since they can get lost or washed away. 

Flip Flops or Sandals

No need for shoes or sneakers. Get some cute flip flops or sandals to easily remove sand from your feet.

Beach Towels and Blankets

If you plan on doing more than walking along the shore, bring an old blanket and some beach towels to dry off. 

Tote Bag

A cute, durable beach tote is need to carry all the items listed. You can also carry along a plastic bag to separate the wet and dry items.

Snacks

Bring along some water and light bites for the road or if you plan on staying for a few hours. It saves you money in the long run. Beach days with family in Trinidad sometimes include something light like cheese paste sandwiches or something heavy like bake and shark. If I’m with friends in NYC, we’ll bring chips and dip or a pasta salad.

Entertainment

Bring along a book to read, a device with reading app or some music to get through the day. I have my Liztek speaker, but highly recommend a sound dock that is splash proof like this one from iHome.

What are some of your beach day must haves?

10 Must Haves For the Perfect Beach Day

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