I’m so excited to partner up with Polar Ice Vodka this month! You’ll notice below that these bottles are actually missing the iconic Polar Ice polar bear from the bottle. Polar Ice recently released these limited edition bearless bottles to help raise awareness for Polar Bears International’s mission to keep the magic of Canada’s arctic alive.
I’ve watched enough documentaries to know that this is a huge problem and one that I feel strongly about. Scientists are predicting that as the Arctic continues to warm, two-thirds of the worlds polar bears will disappear within this century. Polar Ice Vodka and Polar Bears International are working to reverse this trend. Have you seen Leonardo Dicaprio’s After the Flood documentary yet? It’s incredibly eye opening. You have to see it if you haven’t yet! It really sheds light on this issue. Anytime I hear that animals are in distress or are at risk of becoming extinct, I can’t help but want to get involved.
Stay tuned to my Instagram on February 27th (International Polar Bear Day) because Polar Ice will be donating $1.00 for every like, share and comment I get on their post to Polar Bears International (up to $500!)!
Also, check out the bottom of this post for instructions on how I made these floral ice buckets!
How to create a floral ice bucket:
The key to creating a flower ice bucket is to work in layers. Flowers float to the surface of water so I created my flower ice bucket in 4 different layers to ensure flowers are evenly distributed.
Step 1: Fill the bottom of ice bucket with flowers and water and freeze for 4 hours
Step 2: Add second layer of water and flowers for freeze for another few hours.
Step 3: Place round container in the middle of the ice bucket and fill up another layer of water with flowers. Freeze for another few hours
Step 4: Finish final layer of water and flowers and freeze.
Tip: My ice bucket wouldn’t fully freeze while the container was inside the ice bucket so I ended up removing the container and the ice stayed in tact. I turned up the freezer to it’s highest setting and then then all of the water was able to fully freeze.
Step 5: Run ice bucket under warm water upside down until ice sculpture is released.
Step 6: Place liquor bottle inside ice bucket
Thanks for Polar Ice Vodka for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
All of the Little Mermaid vibes right now!
When Garnier asked me to part of their most recent collab and dye my hair bright copper red, I was super excited and incredibly nervous. I had never dyed my hair this bold of a colour before and I wasn’t sure how it was going to look on me. I was presently surprised by how much I LOVED it! It was such a fun change. I love how vibrant the colour turned out!
I’m slowly making my way back to blonde and I’m already missing the red. I’d like to go back to this colour again one day for sure! I have to be blonde for a little while and then I want to do pink! I’ve never done pink hair before and I have always wanted to do it. Now that I’ve gone this bold I feel like I could do any colour. Is there a colour you’ve always wanted a try? My goal in 2017 was to break out of my comfort zone and try new things. This was definitely a great start!
Ever since posting THESE flamingo photos in November, I’ve received alot of questions about my trip to Aruba. I wanted to put together a full Aruba travel diary to highlight where we stayed, what we ate and where I would recommend visiting! So, here it is!
Where to stay:
We stayed at the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino and I would highly recommend it. The above photo is the view from our hotel balcony and it was absolutely stunning!
We loved our week at the Marriott in Aruba and after walking the beach strip to check out all of the other hotels nearby, we were really happy with our decision. The stretch of beach at the Marriott was the nicest and the hotel grounds were beautiful.
The service all week was amazing, food was unreal and the rooms were nice and roomy. There was just a really great vibe the whole time we were there. We loved hanging out at the beach in the morning and then heading to the adult pool in the afternoon. We’d lay under the cabanas at the pool for a late lunch and cocktails. I’m still dreaming about these cocktails. I recommend the Miami Vice (half strawberry daiquiri and half pina colada) or the Chocolate Monkey. They line the glass with chocolate syrup, fill the glass with a banana/chocolate/rum slushie and then fill the straw with rum with a cherry on top. My mouth still waters thinking about it. I’ve had this drink at other resorts but this one was next level yummy. Iguanas are everywhere around the pool and we loved watching them scurry around and sunbathe in the trees.
Where to Eat:
I really can’t say enough about the food in Aruba. Everything we ate was fantastic. The room service at the Marriott was delicious, the buffets were great and every restaurant was better than the next. There’s a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse at the Marriott and the sushi bar in the lobby is alot of fun for cocktails and apps. I have a gluten allergy so I always get a little nervous going to resorts, but I had zero problems here. They even had Udi’s gluten free bread (my fav!) and a gluten free toaster at the Marriott buffet, so I was able to eat almost everything off the menu’s.
Atardi Restaurant at the Marriott:
This is the view you get to enjoy while you eat at Atardi restaurant. Just take a minute to take in these views….
We ended up eating dinner at the Atardi Restaurant at the Marriott Hotel 3 times (!!!) throughout the week because you cannot beat the food, experience and view. It’s one of those dining experiences that basically ruins all other dining experiences for you because it’s just THAT good.
The restaurant tables are outside right next to the ocean. You take your shoes off at the entrance and have your toes in the sand throughout dinner. Make sure you schedule your reservation around 6:15 so you don’t miss the sun setting! The sun sets early in Aruba (around 6:30) so we scheduled our dinner reservations pretty early so we could watch the sunset. They have live musicians each night and it makes for one of the most romantic dinner settings ever. You really have to experience it for yourself. I recommend the lobster tail. Anytime there’s lobster on a menu, there’s about a 99% chance that’s what I’m getting. It was delicious!
Another really cool dining experience we had was at Screaming Eagle Restaurant. You eat dinner in a bed, surrounded by white flowy curtains. The waiters bring you your food on trays and you eat cuddled up in a sea of pillows and a comfy headboard. It was so much fun and the food was incredible!
I ate barracuda for the first time and loved it. We popped some champagne and after a glass or two I couldn’t help but jump on the bed a few times. It’s just way too tempting. The chocolate mousse dessert will forever haunt me because it was one of the best desserts I’ve ever had. I will plan another trip to Aruba just to have that dessert again. Mmmmm!
Where to Go & What to Do:
Renaissance Hotel Flamingo Island
If you missed my post on Flamingo Island you must click HERE because it was one of the best days of my life. I can’t get enough of these pictures! I HAVE to go back to Aruba someday to visit these flamingo friends again.
Royal Plaza Pink Mall
After the flamingo island adventure, we ended up at the pink mall (because it’s right next to the Renaissance Hotel) so it was basically the pink filled day of my dreams. The mall looks like a decorated cake with the pink walls and the white awnings. It’s absolutely adorable!
The day we had scheduled our island tour was the day it (of course) rained. And it NEVER rains in Aruba! So we must head back to Aruba at some point to do this tour because it sounded amazing! I love that you can tour the whole island in just a few hours. The tour included snorkling at baby beach and an ATV excursion. I can’t wait to get back to Aruba to explore the rest of the island!