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Visiting The Badlands National Park!

Originally when Ian and I mapped out our road trip we planned on stopping at Mount Rushmore and The Badlands on the same day since they are about an hour apart. However, we underestimated how much time we would take at the parks and arrived at The Badlands at dusk. The roads are very curvy through the park and we would have missed all of the scenery so we turned around and drove back to Rapid City, South Dakota (about 45 miles – yes, that was the closest city) to stop for the night. The view the next morning was definitely worth the backtracking! South Dakota is mostly rolling hills and flat plains so the huge rock formations were quite amazing. We saw so much wildlife (mountain goats, deer, prairie dogs – we even heard coyote howling!) that were all so acclimated to humans that you could get pretty close before they would run off. Unfortunately we didn’t see any buffalo this time which just means we will have to visit again! The Badlands hold a lot of history including many fossils which are still being found to this day. Ian and I stopped at the museum and at different points along the drive to learn about these prehistoric animals. They have fossils of a three-toed horse and a small animal that is a relative of the modern dog that looks just like Rudy. Before we left we made sure to pick up another mug and magnet! The Badlands is such an accessible park since you can literally drive right through it without getting out of your car and see most of everything. It is a must see in my opinion! Please leave a comment if you have ever been; I would love to hear about your trip!

Check out The Badlands National Park here

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A sign before entering the park informed us that these Prairie Dogs have the plague!! It is a different variation than the Bubonic Plague but it is still spread by fleas and can be spread to humans! We took this picture on zoom and stayed in our car!! If you look closely you can see tufts of their hair missing.


This mountain goat was the one out of the herd that the park is tracking – you can see the collar around his neck!
Beware of the mud! It caked on our shoes and was a pain to get off



We took the highway through the park which is over 20 miles long – this is the view for the majority of the drive
The different layers can be seen easily here by the different colors on the rocks


Can you see the mountain goat?


Our rental car that we were so lucky to rent from Hertz – great customer service!!
Up in a cloud! We drove through many clouds in South Dakota. It is a very odd experience!


Ian thought this spire looked like the Egyptian Sphinx – what do you think?

Visiting Mount Rushmore!

Before we left the Dakota’s Ian and I decided that we had to stop at Mount Rushmore. I was driving and Ian kept joking that he saw it and every time I would look it wouldn’t be there. However, when we could finally see George Washington peaking his head through the trees I was got so excited that I screamed and even cried. To believe that so many people sculpted and built this massive rock statue is beyond comprehension. It is truly a wonder of this world. By the time we actually made it to the park it was about dusk (5:30ish) and we pretty much had the place to ourselves.  One of the Park Rangers was kind enough to lend us binoculars so we could see all the fine details of the statue, including sensors placed to track the pressure being placed on the rocks (the most obvious one is on Abraham Lincoln’s hairline). Before we left, we picked up a mug and a magnet and decided that will be our tradition from now on when we visit new places. We both hope to go back someday to spend more time in the area as there is quite a lot to do! I have attached picture from our trip below, I hope you enjoy them! 

P.S. My blog on the Badlands National Park is coming soon!!

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Mount Rushmore website here

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From far away the statue looks quite small (like this) but up close it is definitely much larger!



The statue took many years and needed many workers to be built that they actually made their own baseball team!
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Picture from my Canon camera! Much more clear and detailed!

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Right as we were leaving the park we saw this sweet mother and baby duo right next to the road! Ian got this great picture!

Spring Break in ND and Getting Accepted into Nursing School

For my spring break this year I flew up to North Dakota to help my boyfriend pack up and move back to North Carolina! Before we left we decided to revisit a favorite spot of ours, Theodore Roosevelt National Park. It is definitely a must see if you are ever in the area – there are wild buffalo and horses everywhere! On our road trip home we are also going to stop at Mount Rushmore and drive through the Badlands! Pictures will be coming soon!!

Today I also finally got my acceptance letter into nursing school! After three years of taking NO classes in my major, this moment felt like it would never come. I’m ready to get the ball rolling and finish up these next two years so I can graduate with my BSN!

Check out Theodore Roosevelt National Park here

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We took this on a self timer after we climbed to the top of the mountain!
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Ian using his hiking poles and new backpack
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2016 – much better camera quality!!
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Can you see the man on the mountain?

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Morphe Brushes Review (35O, 35P and 35B)

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There has been so much hype recently about the Morphe 35O palette and Morphe shadows in general that I decided to make my first purchase and boy am I happy I did! Shipping didn’t take too long (about a week and a half) and everything was tightly wrapped in bubble wrap when it arrived. I have never seen a cracked Morphe shadow and I’m guessing that is why! I decided to order the 35O, 35P and 35B palettes for a bit of variety. All shadows are creamy, pigmented, easy to blend and long lasting (with one exception in the 35P which I mention below!). The only down side is the size of the palettes as they would be inconvenient to travel with but this isn’t a concern of mine. Below I have inserted a picture of each palette with stars next to each of my favorite shades that I feel are unique or that I use frequently. All of the matte and shimmer shades are fantastic but I didn’t want to star every shadow so I narrowed it down to a select few. I have also provided swatches of each row in daylight (left) and flash (right) so you would be able to see them on my skin. They are all one swipe swatches so the pigmentation is pretty impressive!

Link to the MorpheBrushes website here


35P favorites
35P favorites are indicated by the black stars. The shadow with the white star is the only color in all of the palettes that I was disappointed with. It felt rough and gritty and had a patchy application. HOWEVER, it was pigmented and the swatch looks nice. I need to play with this shadow more but I just wanted to make a note of the difference!

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35O favorites
35O favorites are indicated by the black stars.

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35B favorites
35B favorites are indicated by the black stars. Not as many standouts in this palette for me but that is because the colors are not ones I will be reaching for every day. Nonetheless, all of the shadows swatched beautifully and the pigmentation is amazing!

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All 35 shadow palettes cost: $22.99

Coupon codes:

PINKP, PSTARRR, BABSBEAUTY, kathleenlights, MANNYMUA are all codes for 10% off your purchase at the time I am posting this blog! Many social media influences work with this company and have coupon codes so never buy anything without first looking for a coupon!

I definitely recommend these eyeshadows! They are hands down the nicest ones in my collection and I’ve been able to create such a variety of looks! The 35P ended up being my favorite palette with the 35O as a close second. Please let me know either by commenting on this blog or my instagram if you found this review helpful, if you have any Morphe products or if you plan on buying any! 🙂

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