Friday Favorites /// Zenni Optical + Food & Drank + more

>>> I'm linking up with Heather over at Life In Leggings for Friday Favorites.

A  few days ago, a woman came into the coffee shop and she had on the coolest glasses! I asked her where she got them and she told me Zenni Optical. She even gave me the product number off of them and I went straight home and ordered these babies.

I was a little worried ordering from Zenni since there were mixed reviews online, but the entire process was so easy. The glasses came within three weeks and the quality is great! These frames were only $9.95, but I had to add $19.95 for high index lenses (heeeello terrible eyesight!) and an extra charge of $9.95 because my pupillary distance didn't match these frames. In the end, I had an awesome pair of glasses for $40 - you can't beat that!

Here is a link to their refer a friend program. If you purchase frames through that link you'll get $5 off and I'll get $5 credit to my account. I highly recommend Zenni and actually ordered this pair last night. If you have any questions about my experience just let me know!

I'm still loving packing Waves' lunches and we are still loving the Yumbox lunchbox. To make packing lunch easier, I make a big pot of pasta and sauce on Monday and then use that for the main part of her lunch during the week. She only goes to school Tuesday-Thursday so it stays good. In the treat compartment I put a gummy vitamin, gummy probiotic, and a couple of marshmallows.

The Chobani yogurt tubes fit perfectly in the dairy compartment, by the way. The white cubes in the bottom left corner is plain tofu which she loves for some reason.

Waves is super into those dig diamond kits (I recommend this one - it's big and has a lot of crystals in it). She bought this Dig Emerald one for $5 at Target the other day that said you had a 1 in 28 chance of getting a real emerald and I'll be damned if she didn't get one! It is that tiny little green chip haha but she was so excited!

I have super thick hair and Waves' hair is really curly and it's always such a pain to brush. While the wet brush does a great job on its own - seriously you have to get one - this curly creme conditioner is INCREDIBLE! I found out about it because my sister uses on her kids hair and I tried some while I was at her place one day. It makes my hair super soft and so easy to brush through. I picked mine up at Wal-Mart for ~$5.

When I'm working at the coffee shop, I stick to black coffee or cold brew. But I was at Target the other day and the signage for the iced coconut milk mocha macchiato got to me.. so I got one with half the amount of syrups added. And it was amazing.

Aldi has these latching tupperware sets for $4 right now and they are AWESOME! They hold so much food and save space in the fridge. It's great to keep a bunch of washed and prepped fruits and vegetables in for whenever Waves wants a snack. I used it on our road trip to Florida so that we could make subs and have snack and wouldn't have to stop at any restaurants.

As you can see, my life revolves around food and drinks 😜 Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

St. Petersburg, Florida

We took a trip to St. Petersburg during Waves' spring break and we loved it. None of us had been to this area before but we loved the laid back vibe, great restaurants, and how close it was to Tampa (which we actually didn't end up visiting because there was so much in St. Pete). And the reason we chose the St. Pete area? Well, I heard there was a Frida Kahlo exhibit at The Dali Museum and there is a beach nearby.. sooo.. it just made sense 😜

We booked an Airbnb and since it was the first time I'd used it I was pretty nervous. Everything was super smooth though and the place was great. It was very clean, bright, and the fridge and microwave was great to have. There's no stove/oven here, but there is one one of the other two rentals on the property. It's three little rentals all connected and that was actually really nice since the people next to us also had a four year old daughter so they were able to play together in the fenced in yard.

It had this amazing fenced in yard with all kinds of fruit trees, a grill, huge patio tables, and little teeny tiny lizards running around which Waves loved. It was also half a block away from the main strip so there were a ton of shops, restaurants, grocery stores, and bakeries within a two minute walk.

And it was literally a two or three minute walk to Upham Beach which was beautiful and never crowded. Don't let the few negative reviews on Trip Advisor steer you away from this beach.. it was really a great beach. White, powdery sand and a TON of shells. Waves was in heaven since finding cool shells was the #1 thing she wanted to do.

Seriously.. look how many shells! It was like this up and down the entire shore. It was crazy!

A stop by The Dali Museum was a must, of course. It is a little pricey to get in, but SO WORTH IT! I still can't believe that I was able to see so many of Frida Kahlo's original paintings, drawings, journals, and personal photos. It was really incredible. 

And while I 'd always enjoyed Dali's work, I'd never been able to see it up close and I was blown away, you guys. The detail in his smaller paintings and the scale of his larger works was just amazing. I was worried about how Waves would do here and they actually had a scavenger hunt for kids. They had to find certain paintings and check them off their list and when they found them all they got a prize. This kept her busy for a bit, although we didn't get to stay as long as we'd like to or do the audio tour since she got bored pretty quickly. But she had a great time and got to see some great artwork!

Outside in the garden they have this huge tree with ribbons hanging off the branches and everyone ties their wristband to it when they are ready to leave. It was pretty neat. They also had some small mazes which you can see right behind the tree up there. 

Also, the cafe in the museum serves some awesome coffee from Kahwa Coffee and their magdalenas are incredible! If they have them there, get one! I didn't order food, but did get Waves a turkey wrap from the kids menu there and it looked really good and she ate most of it. Prices are really reasonable too.

One of the best things we did was take a ride on this Dolphin Racer Speedboat. Captain Dalton led our trip and he was awesome! He was really funny, answered everyone's questions, and told us a lot about dolphins and history about St. Petersburg which was cool.

So basically, we rode around and whenever someone spotted some dolphins, he would make waves in the water that the dolphins liked to play in. It was crazy! The yellow part in the picture up there is the very back of the boat so you can see just how close they were to us! I didn't zoom in at all for that photo!

We were out on the water for about an hour and a half and it flew by. I highly recommend this trip. It was just too neat! And if you end up at the Dali Museum, there was a little booth by the entrance that had brochures and things for area attractions. Dolphin Racer has a mini brochure there that has a $2 off coupon for the ride. 👍 Check out the video I took during our trip:

Here are some of our favorite restaurants near the Airbnb we stayed at:

La Casa del Pane - An Italian bakery that serves awesome Americanos. Their chocolate pastry, plain croissant, and cheese pastry are really good! We stopped by here every morning for coffee and something sweet before heading to the beach.

Barracuda Deli Cafe - Greg said the Cuban sandwich was one of the best he's had and they made some delicious veggie enchiladas for me. They also have great 2/$5 margaritas in a few different flavors. Super nice people working here and a nice vibe.

Nori Thai and Sushi - We had some amaaaazing food here one night. We went here twice during our stay and got takeout both times. I went with the pad thai with tofu - level 4 hot and it was good. Crazy spicy and huge portions. Loved it. Greg went with the spicy basil shrimp and chicken and said it was great. Springs rolls were also awesome.

1200 Chophouse - We stopped by here because Greg really wanted steak. This is a cute little spot with fantastic service. This place is called "carnivore's paradise" and being vegetarian I was worried I wouldn't find anything to eat, but they made me a great house salad and baked potato with butter and sour cream. They went out of their way for me for sure and I really appreciated it. Great place!

That's all I've got right now, but if I think of anything else I'll be sure to add it to the post. We mostly hung out at the beach and ate a lot of food which is the perfect vacation if you ask me 😜

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