Fun October Activities for your kids: Conner’s A-Maize-Ing Acres


Conner’s A-Maize-Ing Acres is a 5th & 6th generation working family farm. Our first goal is to put God first in everything we do and to treat people as we would want to be treated. Our Mission: To provide a wholesome, Godly environment where families can come together and enjoy good, clean fun on the farm. Conner’s A-Maize-Ing Acres is one of the four farms in Florida selected by the PNuts Worldwide Corp to put the 50th year anniversary design of “It’s The Great Pumpkin” Charlie Brown in the maze field!

My kids love any kind of train ride so why not give your kids a once in a lifetime experience! Visit your nearest corn maze! Your kids will love it and it will give you priceless moments with your little ones.

Days and Hours of Operation

October 1, 2016 through November 5, 2016

Tuesdays – Fridays 10am to 2pm by reservation only

Saturday, October 15 – Flashlight Maze 7pm to 10pm

Field of Screams – Saturday, October 22nd – 7pm-10pm

Field of Screams – Fri. & Sat., Oct. 28th & 29th-7pm to 10pm

Saturdays (Daytime) – 10am to 6pm

Sunday and Mondays – Closed

$1.00 Off Saturday Admission Only: Oct. 1st – Nov. 5th – Fall Festival, Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Wagon Rides,
and Much, Much More! .@usfg

Life is on pause

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My entire life has been on pause for the past few months.   Sometimes a pause can be a short little pause and sometimes it can be a little longer than a week.  I did not plan for this pause to be so long, but life is too short and I really want to enjoy this time with my family.  At the moment, I am busy making memories with my family and enjoying some time off that I deserve.  I hope that it does not keep you away from coming back to my blog.  Just know that I will be back soon.

Until then, enjoy your summer! Make those memories last for a lifetime!  See you soon Charis by Design fans!



Rock my hair: L’oreal Everpure Sulphate-free Review

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Here is the deal….my hair is really curly and dry.  I have switched over shampoo several times trying to find one that would not dry out my hair.  Because I  wash my hair several times within a week, my hair is very dry and brittle.  At first, I was a bit hesitant to try out these products because I am very cautious as to what products I actually use on my hair.  I feel like not all products are created equal so I do not just get any product to experiment on my hair. However, this particular shampoo got my attention because it is sulfate free product. Usually, I try to write a review on a product pretty quickly.  But, I wanted to give it at least two weeks of trial before I can give my honest review on this product.  I am not going to lie and say that I was not excited about getting products from L’Oreal, but I was really thrilled.  The fact that they included a leave-in and a hair mask actually gave them more credentials in my eyes.  They really understood the importance of always using leave-in and hair mask so your hair can repair from all the damage of hair dye among so many other chemicals.  I love the packaging, but I love the smell the most.  It smells like mint rosemary and it leaves you feeling soft.  Here is a little known fact about L’oreal Everpure from the manufacturer: EverPure Repair & Defend is our first sulfate-free color-care system for damaged, color-treated hair.  Formulated with our exclusive Antioxidant Complex- Acai, Goji and a UV Filter – our system helps repair damaged hair while protecting from daily color aggressors like UV rays, water and heat styling.  Hair is 3X stronger, more resistant and helps color stay pure wash after wash. Overall, I feel that L’oreal Everpure fulfills my expectation! It does not leave my hair feeling dry and brittle.  So far, the products that I have received has been doing a great job at repairing my damaged hair. I received these products complimentary for testing purposes but all opinions are my own. Have you tried L’oreal Everpure collection? If so, which one have you tried? Check out my video!

Borghese Makeup Review

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I was so thrilled to get a package from Borghese!! It was filled with gorgeous goodies and it was packaged so elegantly.  The presentation of the makeup really captivated my attention.

My experience: These are some of the best eyeshadows that I have tried so far.  The pigmentation is great except the light colors can be a little too light if you have fair skin.  These are great colors for an every day use.  The darker colors make a great smoky eye for those nights out with friends or a date night.  Smoky eyes are hard to do if you do not have the right eye shadow combination.

The name of the product that I received was the Eclissare Color Eclipse Five Shades of Torrid.  (Retail at $29).  It is a small palette packed with five neutral shades with an assortment of mattes, pearls and metallics.  The eyeshadows are smooth and they last longer than other shadows that I have tried in the past.  At first I was a little hesitant because I personally have never heard of Borghese.  They apply smoothly and effortlessly and it does not require a primer to intensify or for longevity.  Although I have to say that primer does help bring the color out.  The best part that I really enjoyed was that there was no fading and it was not too powdery.  I dislike shadows that are too powdery because when you are in a rush in the morning you really do not want to get your clothes dirty as you are trying to get ready.

The downside of this product has to be that they are a little bit difficult to find at stores.  You can find at Bloomingdales, Lord and Taylor and online stores.  You can also find it on Amazon.  Below is the link if you would like to make a purchase today at Amazon.

Smooth over your skin for winter with Borghese

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As the seasons change so does our skin too.  Right after the summer is over and fall begins, it is super important to look for a moisturizer that is going to take you through the fall into the winter and all through the year.  A very good moisturizer is essential to help your skin transition through the seasons.

The moisturizer promises protection from premature and visible signs of aging. Vitamins C and E are proven and powerful antioxidants.  Squalane, Bisabolol, and Hyaluronic Acid help to hydrate, soothe and restore your skin which leaves it sublime, soft and beautifully luminous.

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I absolutely fell in love with this moisturizer.  In my opinion, it is not too thick and it really does hydrate my skin.  As you apply the lotion, there is a fresh scent to the lotion.  It does not smell like medicine like other lotions that I have used in the past but it smells like you just washed your face and it smells clean.  I love the fact that it does not smell too much like perfume.  Borghese claims that it is a barely- there feel, however, I did feel some kind of richness to the lotion.  It did feel like you had lotion on your face but it was not too heavy where you cannot apply makeup over the lotion.  Personally, I love this moisturizer because it hydrates dry skin, smells great but most importantly it does the job.

Have you tried this moisturizer? If so, what are your thoughts? Please leave your comments below.  I would love to hear from you.  Thanks for stopping by and make sure to come back!


Clear Creek Mountain

soapI have always wanted to learn to make my own soap.  The kind of soap that does not have too much chemicals but still leaves your body nourished.  But, the problem is that time is always against me.  A very close friend of mine has been making some amazing soap and I wanted to share it with my readers.  If you are looking for all natural soaps, then you are going to love Clear creek mountain soap.  I was drawn to her soaps because it is hand-made, all natural and so beautifully presented.

Below is her story how she started her company:

I’m a veterinarian by day and soap-maker by night.  I began doing this at the request of my husband, Stephen. During his years in research science, he developed a distain for products composed of materials with questionable safety.  In particular, he wanted us to switch to soaps that did not contain triclosan, an antimicrobial and antifungal agent used in many soaps and detergents.  The following is an excerpt from the FDA on triclosan:

“Animal studies have shown that triclosan alters hormone regulation. Other studies in bacteria have raised the possibility that triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics.”

I believe in being responsible with what we put on our bodies and into the environment.  I make my soap in small batches, entirely by hand and with only the purest ingredients; they do not contain any preservatives, bleaches, or fillers. My base formula includes high quality oils such as olive & coconut for a gentle, nourishing bar of soap as well as castor oil to suspend the lather.  Our sensitive skin soaps (Oatmeal, Honey, and Milk Soap and Naked Soap) also include shea butter and locally sourced goat’s milk for extra moisturizing.   The colors you see are the result of a mixture of spices, clays, or charcoal – no chemicals here!  And I use only the highest quality essential oils and fragrance oils from Bramble Berry.


What I’ve come up with are a handful of soaps that I’m really proud of. They look and smell beautiful and I hope you’ll enjoy using them as much as I’ve enjoyed making them!




I share with my readers what I believe are really great products.  The holidays are around the corner and this is a great gift to give to friends, family or colleagues.

Did you enjoy this post? Let me know in the comments below!

ZooBoo Kids Review at Tampa Lowry Park Zoo 2015

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The best opportunity was presented to do a very exciting blog review for Lowry Park’s annual zoo boo.  Upon arrival, they give the kids bags so they can go trick or treating around the zoo.  The kids got excited just knowing that they will get candy.  As soon as you enter the zoo, there is music to greet you; the kids really loved this.  What kid does not love to dance to music? I think it is a great way to get the kids started.

The petting zoo was one of their favorite spots.  They got to feed them and touch them in person.  It was nice seeing them not being afraid of petting the animals.  My son really loved feeding the goats.

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We also had a chance to do the fun house and my son was really excited about it.  As we walked through the fun house we made it a fun time and the kids didn’t get scared at all.



There are so many Halloween attractions to go with your little ones.  Between the trick or treat, fun house, and rides the kids will really enjoy going to the zoo without getting scared.

Keep exploring new activities for your little ones!



ZooBoo Kids at Tampa Lowry Park Zoo


Are you looking for something fun to do with your kids?  An event will keep your little ones smiling and not frightened.  Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is introducing a fun event for your little ones.  It’s an all new ZooBoo, just for kids! Ideal for little boys and “ghouls” (age 11 & under), ZooBoo KIDS is a Halloween treat for families. Go batty with extended hours on select nights and “fright free” festivities like a trick-or-treat trail, corn maze, creepy critter encounters, friendly character appearances, fall photo opportunities, Halloween-themed games, festive seasonal decor and a Monster Mash dance party.


ZooBoo is included with your daytime admission

On designated days, guests can watch some of the Zoo’s animals have a smashing good time too with pumpkin toss enrichments. ZooBoo KIDS activities are included with paid Zoo admission or Zoo membership.

Below is the list of dates for ZooBoo Kids Event:

  • Saturday, October 10th
  • Sunday, October 11th
  • Saturday, October 17th
  • Sunday, October 18th
  • Friday, October 23rd
  • Saturday, October 24th
  • Sunday, October 25th
  • Monday, Octoboer 26th
  • Friday, October 30th
  • Saturday, October 31st
  • Sunday, November 1st

What time does it start?

ZooBoo Kids adventure starts from 1pm- 7pm.

Visit for a schedule of events.


About Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is featured among the “Top 25 Zoos in the U.S” by TripAdvisor (2015) and “10 Best Zoos in the U.S.” by Trekaroo (2015). The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with extended hours on select nights during special events.

Admission prices

Adult – $27.95, seniors (60+) – $25.95, children ages 3-11 – $20.95, and children 2 and under are free. Parking is free.

Visit or call (813) 935-8552 for information.

Please make sure to follow Tampa Lowry Park Zoo  on Facebook  and Twitter to stay updated with all the events.

$3 OFF ZOO ADMISSION – Enjoy $3 off Zoo admission and spend the day visiting more than 1,000 animals on 56 acres of lush, natural habitats! Offer valid for up to 4 guests per original coupon presented. Coupon not combinable with any other offers. No cash value. Valid only during daytime hours; not valid for special events. Prices subject to change without notice. Discount not applicable to AAA rates. Expires 12/31/2015. @usfg

Borghese Fango Delicato Active Mud Review

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I just realized that I am completely obsessed with facial masks.  Honestly, I don’t discriminate, I love moisturizers, cleansers, and scrubs; but I just love the relaxation of taking time to put on a facial mask and then checking to see if it actually worked.  I have recently been given the opportunity to try Borghese Fango Delicato for delicate skin.  My face lately has been having a mind of it’s own.  Sometimes it reacts really bad to new chemicals and sometimes I can see a great difference on my face.  But, I always like to try new masks!


The first thing I noticed with this mask is that there is a light fragrance.  It smells sort of like cucumber and aloe.  In my opinion, it smells refreshing and clean.  After a few minutes, it makes your face a little stiff but not too much where you can’t even move your face.  I have had a mask in the past where even smiling was quite a spectacle.

The directions say that you have to wait at least ten minutes before removing it.  I have to say that my skin felt really rejuvenated and refreshed after the mask.  It feels a little soft too so I am impressed.  If you are looking for your skin to feel soft and rejuvenated, then this is the mask that you’ve been looking for.  It is definitely one that you have to try out before making a call.

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Now for the question of the hour…would I continue to use this product? I am a little bit torn because I did like the fact that my skin felt great after the mask.  However, there is some controversy with the ingredient Propylparaben being included in it.  Some people are stating that Propylparaben may cause cancer but it has not been clinically proven yet.  Studies are still being conducted to determine whether this is true or not.  So besides the controversy that has not been proven yet with this ingredient, this product is pretty good.


I would love to hear your opinions .  Please share your experience at the bottom of the page.


Covergirl super size mascara and Intensify me eyeliner review

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Every girl loves to have long beautiful lashes to give your eyes a little pop to your makeup.  This mascara promises flirty, luscious, bold and long lashes.  Mascara is definitely an important step in my book when applying makeup.

The packaging came in with bright colors and a thick tube that is actually rather large compared to other mascaras that I have owned in the past.  It has bristles that really guide the lashes and leaves it looking beautiful.

I was really impressed with the volume and how long my lashes looked after I applied the mascara.  There was no accident under the eyes as I usually do with other mascaras.  It did get a little clumpy but not that much where it was unbearable.  This mascara does not claim to be waterproof so if you are looking for a mascara that is waterproof then this is not the one.  But, I do have to say that it does not come off that easily.  You will need to use makeup remover or solution for it to come out smoothly.

As for the eyeliner, it has a paddle-ship to create a thick or think line.  I was a little hesitant at the beginning, but I like products that you can use in different t ways.  The eyeliner applied very smoothly and I was amazed how easy it gave me a look of liquid eyeliner, but it was not the liquid eyeliner.  It did last me a few hours, but I wish it would have lased a little longer.

For the few hours that I had the eyeliner, it did not look dry or cracked.  I was able to remove it with eye makeup removal but soap and water did not really work for me.









Would I recommend this mascara? Absolutely! This mascara did the job in my opinion and it did not irritate my eyes which is a huge plus for me! There are so many mascaras that I have tried that really irritate my eyes.  It really did elongate my lashes and made them more noticeable.

Disclaimer: Covergirl Super Size Mascara and Intensify me Eyeliner was provided to me for reviewing purposes only.  My opinions are my own and I like to give my readers and honest opinion on every review.


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