Third Place

That’s usually what bronze means, third place. But for your face, bronzer is the option to take you from porcelain beauty, to a glowing goddess. Personally my skin doesn’t usually get exposed to natural or artificial tanning lights, I work inside, and when I do have to go out for extended periods, I will apply an SPF of at least 50 or more. I take sun protection seriously. So my skin resides permanently in the porcelain category.

But I don’t always want to look like an albino in a cloistered order. So I bring out the bronzer when I need a little glow. Word of advice; less is more. Start with a little bronzer and add more as needed, remember you aren’t using to cover your whole face, you are only adding a little extra glow to your skin where needed. If you put on too much it won’t look natural, and that is the end goal, a natural looking glow. From make up.

Almost seems a contradiction in terms, but I digress.

If you wanted to have the appearance of a tan on your body, and do not want to go into the sun or a tanning booth, then a good self tanner may be an option. Jergens offers a tanning lotion, than provides a good tan after a few applications, and it appears much more natural than other self tanners, you aren’t orange or steaky, but as it is a lotion, you would have to apply it each day to keep the tan from fading. It’s a rather reasonable option, available at most drug stores, or department stores, $8.64.

When I had discussed the contour options a couple weeks ago , I mentioned the bronzer I use to help with my contour. That hasn’t changed, and I do use that for contour. If I was planning to do a make up look for a more “natural” look I would apply the bronzer differently.

So what’s the difference between bronzer and contour? Contour defines the structure and dimensions of your face, bronzer provides a glow to your skin. When I use my bronzer I use it to help define my face, hence it’s use as contour. I’m more precise with it’s placement. When I want to use it more as a bronzer, I will apply it a little less precisely and use a different brush/applicator as well, to give a more sun-kissed look.

To apply the bronzer to give that more sun-kissed look that people want, use a bigger brush with looser/softer bristles. Start lightly, and work from the forehead down the side of your temple to your cheekbones, and then down along your jawline. You can envision a large 3 on your face, then you are applying it where you need to. After you apply the bronzer, follow it with an application of blush, but choose a rosy blush to give you more of that glowing goddess look. And to blend it in….I can’t stress blending enough.

Remember that you are beautiful just as you are and anything you do to enhance your beauty should be for you, to give you happiness, help boost your confidence, or to simply help you smile.

Be strong, be beautiful, be you

The Muse

I can appreciate those writers who get writer’s block. As I sit here trying to figure out what to write about today, I consider those authors who have created whole worlds in their heads and then have the talent to relay that to us. I’m lucky if I can get a single thought down on a blog without getting distracted or losing interest.

In Greek Mythology there were 9 Muses. All daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne. They were the goddesses of poetic inspiration. They were adored deities of song, dance, and memory. Their mercy bequeathed the creativity, wisdom and insight of all artists and thinkers. They were depended upon.

  • • Thalia (“The Cheerful One”) was the Muse of Comedy and was often portrayed holding a comic mask or a shepherd’s crook;
  • • Urania (“The Heavenly One”) was the Muse of Astronomy, and you can often see her holding a globe;
  • • Melpomene (“She Who Sings”) was the Muse of Tragedy, and she is either holding a tragic mask or some other symbol of tragedy (sword, club, buskins);
  • • Polyhymnia (“She of the Many Hymns”) was the Muse of Hymns and sacred poetry, often depicted with a pensive look hidden behind a veil;
  • • Erato (“The Lovely One”) was the Muse of Lyric Poetry; naturally, she’s usually represented with a lyre;
  • • Calliope (“The One with a Beautiful Voice”) was the Muse of Epic Poetry; Hesiod claims that she was the foremost among the nine, since “she attends on worshipful princes”; Calliope can often be seen holding a writing tablet;
  • • Clio (“The Celebrator,” “The Proclaimer”) was the Muse of History, and, quite fittingly, she usually holds a scroll;
  • • Euterpe (“She Who Pleases”), was the Muse of Flute-playing, which is why she is time and again portrayed with an aulos;
  • • Terpsichore (“The One Delighting in the Dance”), was the Muse of Choral Lyric and Dancing; as expected, she is usually shown dancing and sometimes holding a lyre.

Which brings me to a hidden talent that I claim to have. An inner muse. But like Serendipity in the movie Dogma, I can’t use the ideas for myself. I am able to give you ideas for many ventures, businesses, stories, or even vacations.

If you have a desire to open a business, I will be happy to come up with an idea for you (I truly do have a list that I use for my regular job, shout out to Peas, for being my partner in crime on that.)

If you want to write a story/novella/book, come to me and I will help you create the world in which your imagination is in control. But do not ask me to write my own book, those worlds live solely in my head and if they meet paper, they will vanish.

Perhaps it’s only true in my head that I have this hidden muse, but if you want to see if I can help you, all you have to do is ask. If it is only true in my head, I’m still happy with it. I know I can come up with ideas, and share them when needed. It’s just too bad that I can’t use my ideas for myself. Oh well, we all have our burdens.

Stay weird my friends!

Marcus

**This article may be too intense for some readers, it may contain adult language, references to sexual relations, incest, and rape. Reader discretion is suggested.**

Currently Marcus Delon Wesson, aged 75, resides in San Quentin State Prison. He is waiting for his execution. He was convicted in 2005 for nine counts for first degree murder; 14 counts of forcible rape and sexual molestation of seven of his daughters and nieces. So what happened in this unusual family dynamic?

Born in 1946, Marcus was the oldest of four children. His mother was a religious fanatic, and raised her children in the Seventh Day Adventist Church. His father was an alcoholic and a child abuser. He abandoned his family when Marcus was a child. In the 1960’s his family had moved to San Bernardino, CA.

Marcus had spent two years in the Army, and after leaving, he moved in with Rosemary Solorio and her children in San Jose, CA. Rosemary would have Marcus’ first son in 1971. Three years later, Marcus began to sexually abuse Rosemary’s 8 year old daughter, Elizabeth. He would eventually marry Elizabeth, when she was legally able to marry, at the age of 15, and they would have a total of 10 children together.

Elizabeth Wesson

Not surprising, Marcus was abusive towards his wife and children. He encouraged his adult children to work and give him all their earnings. He never held a steady job and lived off welfare. Eventually he was convicted of welfare fraud.

Marcus built the cult like family with his children from the beginning. He prevented Elizabeth from participating in the children’s upbringing, he homeschooled them from his own handwritten bible that focused on Jesus Christ being a vampire. He insisted he be called ‘Master’ or ‘Lord’ and taught the children to prepare for Armageddon.

Marcus sexually abused two daughters and three nieces beginning at age 8, each of the 5 girls became pregnant as a result. The girls were destined to become Marcus’ future wives and they were not allowed to talk to their male siblings or their mothers. All of the children in the home were physically abused.

Before March 12, 2004, Marcus had declared his intention to move his daughters and their children to Washington state to be near his parents. This declaration caused several members and two nieces who rebelled against him to converge on the family compound. They demanded the release of their children.

Police were summoned.

A standoff ensued. Gunshots were heard. When the police finally entered the home, Marcus Wesson was alive, but nine other people were dead. Each victim had been fatally shot through the eye, the bedroom was filled with antique coffins and each victim was inside one coffin. Victims ages ranged from 1 years old to 25 years old.

At his trial, Marcus’ defense team, presented the defense that the murders all were committed by Marcus’ 25 year old daughter, Sebhrenah. Her DNA was found on the gun, and it is possible that she killed the younger victims, and then turned the gun on herself – the jury declined to find that Wesson fired the shots, but convicted him of murder anyway. They found that he had persuaded his children to enter into a suicide pact.

An that my friends is a glimpse into the Marcus Wesson case. What concerns me the most in these cases, is that children are consistently used for nefarious deeds. Abuse, rape, incest, and finally murder. Why? Because someone wanted to control people and when that wasn’t working, he did a final act of horror. But he didn’t die, oh no, Marcus Wesson wasn’t worthy of death, he deserves to be in prison, and I hope that karma works for him now, and let him be raped and abused.

For the victims, I hope their souls are at rest.

Shirley Tonic

The month is almost over and this will be the last week of a two for one drink recipe. In the future I will include beverages again, however next week will be a tasty option.

As with the previous weeks I have two recipes for you and one for those who drink alcohol and one for those who do not. As always please drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive.

  • Shirley Temple:
    • Ingredients:
      • Ice
      • 3 cups lemon lime soda
      • Juice of 1 lime
      • 4 tsp grenadine
      • Maraschino cherries, for serving
  • Directions:
    • Fill 4 glasses with ice. Divide the soda and lime juice between the glasses and top off with grenadine.
    • Serve with a maraschino cherry.
  • Gin and Tonic
    • Ingredients:
      • 2 ounces of gin (preferably Tanqueray)
      • 1 – 3 lime wedges
      • 3 – 4 ounces tonic water
  • Directions:
    • Add gin to a highball glass filled with ice. Squeeze in lime wedges to taste, then add them to the glass. Add tonic water and stir to combine.

Happy Drinking my friends!

The Killing Fields

Cambodia today is a beautiful country with amazing architecture, people and culture. But they do also have a dark and ugly history as well. It saddens me that horrific events have taken place against innocent people. The Holocaust being a major example, however another genocide took place in Cambodia during the reign of the Khmer Rouge, and that is something I wanted to share today.

**I will try to deliver the facts on this topic, however it may be too much for some readers, please use discretion. I do not agree, accept, nor believe that these actions described below were good, proper, or needed. Acts of this caliber are horrific and those responsible I hope are receiving the karma they earned.**

The Killing Fields term was coined by a Cambodian journalist, Dith Pran, after his escape from the regime. It is not only one location within the borders of Cambodia, but several locations.

How it all started: The Cambodian Civil War was fought between the Communist party of Kampuchea (known as the Khmer Rouge) and the government forces of the Kingdom of Cambodia. It lasted from 1968 to 1975. The Khmer Rouge then took over the governance of the country.

Starting in 1975, The Khmer Rouge, led by dictator Pol Pot, began arresting and eventually executing everyone suspected of connections with the former government or with foreign governments, as well as professionals and intellectuals.

It is estimated that between 1.7 to 3 million people lost their lives during the genocide, which lasted until 1979.

How it happened: The “judicial process” for minor or political crimes began with a warning from Angkar (the government of Cambodia under the regime). If you received two warnings, you were sent for “re-education” which meant certain death. People were often encouraged to confess their “pre-revolutionary lifestyles and crimes” which would then be forgiven and the slate wiped clean. They were then taken away to a place such as Tuol Sleng or Choeung Ek for torture and execution.

Those that were executed were buried in mass graves. Not only were the adults who “offended” the regime executed, but their children as well. The rationale was “to stop them growing up and taking revenge for their parents’ deaths.” Some victims even dug their own graves.

In 1997, the Cambodian government set up a genocide tribunal. In 2006 the tribunal was presented with five names for prosecution. Two of those men, Nuon Chea and Kang Kek Iew were found guilty of crimes against humanity and war crimes. They were sentenced to life in prison.

Memorial at Choeng Ek

There are two well known location memorializing and commemorating the genocide. The Memorial Park in Choeng Ek has been built around the mass graves located there. The other location Tuol Sleng has a museum regarding the genocide. A survivor of the genocide, Dara Duong, founded The Killing Fields Museum, in Seattle, WA.

For those who refuse to believe these types of events take place, I encourage you to look at the facts and see the reminders that remain. Not only in Cambodia, but across Europe, the United States, and Africa. These types of events have occurred, and sadly may still be happening today.

Be kind, always

Travis

When love goes bad, things can get bloody. Travis Alexander could probably tell you all about that, unfortunately, he’s not able to do that because love went wrong for Travis, and things got bloody. Here’s the twisted story of Travis Alexander and Jodi Arias.

Travis was born July 28, 1977. At 11 years old he moved in with his paternal grandparents. He became involved in his grandmothers church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Despite his tumultuous beginnings, Travis worked hard and became a successful salesman for Pre-Paid Legal Services (PPL), and also a motivational speaker.

In September, 2006, during a conference in Las Vegas for PPL, Travis met Jodi. And the couple were immediately smitten with each other. Jodi converted to the LDS Church and was baptized in November of 2006. They began officially dating in February, 2007.

As they maintained a long distance relationship, Travis living in Mesa, AZ, and Jodi resided in California. They often travelled to visit each other, and Travis’s friends who knew Jodi, observed them together and tended to have a negative opinion of her. They stated her behavior was worrying.

At one point, Jodi moved to Mesa to be closer to Travis, however this didn’t work out well and she moved back to California and lived in Yreka, with her grandparents. They had planned to go to Mexico for Travis’s work trip in June, but he asked to change his companion in April to another female friend.

While living with her grandparents, Jodi and her grandparents claimed a burglary occurred. One of the missing items was a handgun, .25 caliber, which was never recovered.

Jodi and Travis may have no longer been a couple, but they kept in touch, and Jodi attempted to call Travis on June 2, but didn’t reach him all four times. After 3am, Travis called her twice and they talked for almost an hour between the two calls. The transcripts of these calls were not released in court.

After their conversations, Jodi rented a car to go to Utah, she was going to visit some friends in Southern California first and then go to Utah for a PPL work conference, and to meet with Ryan Burns, a co-worker. It is believed she went to Utah late on June 3rd.

On June 4, 2008, Travis was murdered. He had up to 29 stab wounds, a slit throat, and a gunshot wound to the head. A shell casing from a .25 caliber round was found on the scene. There were defensive wounds to his hands.

On June 5, Jodi met Ryan in Utah, and attended business meetings for the conference. Ryan noticed that her hair was now dark brown and that she had some cuts on her hands. June 6, Jodi left Utah to travel back to California. She called Travis several times, but didn’t get an answer. She even accessed his cellphone voicemail system.

Jodi returned her rental car from where she had gotten it on June 7. The car had been driven about 2800 miles. Which doesn’t compute if she went from Yreka, CA to Southern California and then to Salt Lake City. It would make more sense if she drove from Yreka, to Mesa, to Salt Lake City.

After returning the car, the rental clerk noticed it was missing floor mats, and there were red stains on the front and rear seats. However, the company could not verify if it had floor mats when it was picked up.

By June 9, when nobody had heard from Travis, a group of his friends went to his house. His roommates had not seen him for several days, but believed him to be out of town and didn’t suspect anything. Even though he had roommates, Travis owned the house and kept his master bedroom locked.

After finding a spare key for the bedroom, his friends unlocked it and went inside. They found large pools of blood in the hallway to the master bedroom, and then they found Travis. His body was in the shower. They called 9-1-1.

While searching the home, police found his digital camera that was damaged in the washing machine. Police were able to recover deleted images, the images showed Jodi and Travis in sexually suggestive poses, taken at approximately 1.40pm on June 4. A photo taken at 5.29pm shows Travis alive and in the shower. The next several images, show him profusely bleeding, a bloody palm print was discovered. It contained DNA from both Travis and Jodi.

Jodi was charged with first degree murder of Travis Alexander.

Jodi plead not guilty. She later admitted that she did kill Travis but it was in self defense. She was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of parole.

Be ever alert, make good choices, stay safe

The Boy In The Box

Some of the cases I stumble upon, affect me. Especially when it involves children. Children should never have to experience such violence that ends their lives. But when a violent act is committed and the child is not able to be identified it seems to make it even harder. Today’s case is such a case that it’s hard not to be touched, and angered that a young boy was taken too soon, and unfortunately America’s Child is still unknown.

In February 1957, the body of a young boy, aged 4-6 years, was found in the woods, in Fox Chase, Pennsylvania. His naked body was inside a box which once contained a bassinet.

The boy was autopsied, not only to learn his identity, but to also find out what caused his demise. His hair had recently been cropped, there were signs of malnourishment, as well as scars on his ankle, groin, and under his chin.

The boy’s fingerprints were taken, and police were optimistic that they would find out the boy’s identity, but sadly that never happened. No one has ever come forth with any useful information.

Many theories and tips have been used to advance the case, the two that have generated the most interest are:

  • The Foster Home:
    • There was a foster home approximately 1.5 miles from the site of the body. Upon entering an estate sale at the foster home, Remington Bristow, an employee of the medical examiner’s office, discovered a bassinet similar to the one that was sold in a box that the boy was found in. He had also discovered blankets hanging on the line, that were similar to the one in which the boy was wrapped in. Remington’s theory was that the boy was the son of the stepdaughter of the man who ran the foster home. They disposed of the boy so the girl wouldn’t be exposed as an unwed mother. He theorizes that the death was an accident.
  • The Woman Known as Martha or M:
    • In February 2002, a woman only known as Martha, claimed that her mother was abusive and had “purchased” the unknown boy, who she said was named Jonathan. He had been bought from his birth parents in 1954. The boy was subjected to extreme physical and sexual abuse for two and a half years. One evening the boy had vomited up his dinner and was severely beaten for it. His head was slammed against the floor until he lost consciousness. He was given a bath, during which he died.
    • Martha’s mother had cut the boy’s hair in an effort to conceal his identity. Her mother then forced Martha to assist her in dumping the body. A confidential testimony given by a male witness in 1957, stated that the body had been placed in a box previously discarded at the scene.
    • Most of the details in Martha’s story matched information only known to police. However previous neighbors claimed that Martha’s claims were ridiculous, as she had a history of mental illness.

It is probably fair to assume that the identity of this little boy will never be known. It breaks my heart that those that perpetrated this crime will be unpunished, at least in this world. Hopefully his soul is at peace.

Be safe, make good choices, take care of the children

Laneige

When I first started my venture into helping my skin be beautiful I found a brand that I have instantly loved. Laneige.

Laneige is a Korean skincare brand and products are available online and I have even found them in local stores as well.

They offer a full line of skin care products and I do recommend them if you are looking to start a new routine or even trying different products. Here are a few that I absolutely love.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. Comes with a small silicone applicator, or simply use your finger or cotton swab. After cleansing and applying other moisturizers, simply apply this to your lips to drench them in moisture overnight.

The product isn’t very heavy, and feels silky on your lips. After a few days you may notice an improvement in your lips simply from using this product nightly.

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. This product is a lightweight formula that you apply after your other moisturizers. You do not need to slather it on you simply apply an even layer thinly on your skin and it will lock in the other products you applied and provide even more hydration for your skin.

This isn’t a thick formula and it’s very cooling on the skin. One of my go to products for dry patches or even sunburn (eek!)

Laneige Eye Sleeping Mask. This little gem is ideal for those nights when your eyes are super dry. I’ve even applied this in the morning after a rough night.

The applicator, as seen in the image, is smooth, cool, and as you apply this product you can massage the sensitive skin around your eyes while applying a light layer of product. I can’t even tell you how many times I did this when my children were babies. Some mornings my eyes needed a little extra TLC.

Laneige Essential Balancing Emulsion. This has to be my absolute favorite Laneige product! It’s simply a lightweight lotion, that you can use in addition to other moisturizers, but I have used this alone and love how it feels and more importantly how it works on my skin.

A couple pumps of product is sufficient for your face. And if you wish to add this as a step in your routine one pump to focus on those areas you need more help with is plenty.

I honestly was saddened when I couldn’t get this for awhile, and then when it became available again I was overly excited. This is one product I foresee will be used a long time for me.

This post was not sponsored, but as I am here to share products with you I felt I would be doing you all a disservice by not mentioning this brand and these products specifically. Give them a try if you are looking for some new options, and let me know your opinions!

Be strong, be beautiful, be you

The Tower of Silence

No this isn’t a movie, it’s a tradition in Zoroastrianism, and a structure they used for excarnation. I do not intend to cause harm, misinformation, or any negativity during this blog. I hope that you all read this with an open mind and a desire to learn more about other cultures that share this planet with us. The information shared here is by no means inclusive, and I won’t attempt to explain in detail a religion that has been practiced for over 4000 years. It doesn’t do the religion and practices justice, nor will it provide you with any real knowledge. Please reach out to the Zoroastrian community with more specific questions.

Zoroastrianism, is one of the worlds oldest, continuously practiced religions. Based on the teachings of Zoroaster, the belief has a dualistic cosmetology of good and evil. The religion exalts and uncreated and benevolent deity of wisdom, Ahura Mazda (Wise Lord) as its supreme being. The religion states that active and ethical participation in life through good deeds formed from good thoughts and good words is necessary to ensure happiness and to keep chaos at bay.

One of their traditions considers cut hair, nail clippings, human and animal corpses to be unclean, and potential pollutants. They also had rules against graves and raised tombs. Enter the Tower of Silence.

Modern towers are fairly uniform, they have an almost flat roof, and its divided into three concentric rings. The bodies of men are arranged around the outer ring, women around the second ring, and children in the innermost ring. The remains of the bodies are left in the open are to be consumed by vulture or other scavengers. Once the bones of the deceased have been bleached by the sun and wind, usually taking up to a year, they are collected in an ossuary pit at the center of the tower and assisted by lime they gradually disintegrate and any remaining material, including rainwater run-off, runs through multiple coal and sand filters and then eventually returned to the sea. Only special pallbearers handle this process.

In the past the community planned to keep these rather sacred towers outside of populous cities, but with growth, cities have expanded and the towers are closer to the cities, or inside them completely now. This has potentially invited vandalism, and corpse desecration, something that is devastating to the practitioners and family members.

Recently upon great reflection and consideration many Zoroastrianism communities no longer use the Tower of Silence, even though the towers remain, the deceased are now entombed in graves that are sealed with rocks and cement so that the bodies do not touch the ground.

Originally this post wasn’t going to be about this unique practice, but I came across and it and realized I learned something new, and hope I shared with you all something new as well. The more you know, the more you can share.

Stay curious my friends!

Travel Blog – Appleton, WI

Okay I admit, Appleton doesn’t seem like a major tourist destination. Perhaps it isn’t but it does offer some great options for dining, shopping, sports, and other unique adventures.

Appleton, Wisconsin

Appleton is located in Eastern Wisconsin about a half hour south from Green Bay, and an hour west of Lake Michigan. Here I am with my Wisconsinite distances, instead of miles I give distance in time.

They have numerous dining options and while we were there we ate at some more well known chains but also a few mom and pop places too. My girls and I stayed two nights in Appleton and the surrounding area and here’s a few things I will share. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

La Quinta, Appleton

First night we stayed at the La Quinta off of College Avenue. I originally picked this place as they had a large pool and my girls and I wanted some time to swim and relax. Plus the rate was reasonable at $88 plus tax for the night.

If you can choose where you stay, take my advice and do not stay here. Why? The pool, hot tub, and kids activity center were all closed due to a burst pipe. From the time I booked, and drove the hour to the hotel, this occurred.

We were disappointed, but I tried to make the best of a bad situation. The room we were assigned was literally just off the ‘lobby’ but really it wasn’t a lobby, just where the front desk was.

The room was clean, but when I took a shower the maid service did not apparently see the wash cloth on the shower curtain from the last guest, so that was a nice surprise when I was showering.

The room was considered a two room suite, and it had a living area with a desk, couch, and TV. And then a separate bedroom with two full sized beds. The couch pulled out to a bed, so we all could have our own bed. Due to my children being a bit rotten I ended up on the couch and it was the worst bed I’ve slept in ever.

I know, I know, pull out couches aren’t a luxury. Once I did finally get comfortable, that’s when the staff began talking at the front desk. Remember, we were literally 30 feet from them. And at midnight their voices carried easily.

Now the staff that I interacted with seemed interested in only doing their job to the extent of getting to take their next cigarette break. Which seemed to be quite often.

Overall, La Quinta Appleton, I would not go back nor recommend it.

The first night we had dinner at Texas Roadhouse. It was busy so there was a wait, but Texas Roadhouse….do you really need 6-7 staff members standing around the hostess stand talking and laughing while people are waiting for a table? Couldn’t you offer a soda or water to people? Especially when it’s super hot and the kids are a bit tired? But I digress…

Ribeye steak at Texas Roadhouse

The food was wonderful, our waitress was polite. We enjoyed our dinner. Nothing superb, nor horrible to report.

After our night of joy in the La Quinta, we went to find breakfast the next morning, as a Nutri Grain bar was not enough for my hangry child.

We found a mom and pop restaurant, simply called The Diner. Upon entering, my youngest had to use the bathroom (I swear she has to visit every bathroom) so my two girls went while I waited for someone to seat us as the sign said.

Inside The Diner in Appleton

All I got from the waitress was to “sit anywhere with a green sign.” Gee thanks. I found a table and my girls joined me. The same gracious waitress provided us menus, her name was Jeni and the sign said it was her birthday.

I don’t want to assume she hates her job but I am willing to guess that smiling was something she was allergic to. Regardless, she took our order, brought our food, and the bill. She never asked how we were doing or if we needed anything else.

The place was not overly busy and she wasn’t the only one there but if she wants to make a career on her people skills, she’s not gonna get far.

Country Fried Steak at The Diner

But again the food was really good and my youngest inhaled her pancake and bacon.

After a fun day of shopping we then went to our second and last hotel. This one was about 10 miles north from where we were and their pool was not closed.

Country Inn and Suites, Little Chute Wisconsin. They offered a comfortable room, but more importantly they had a small waterpark on the property. 1 pool, hot tub, splash pad with two slides and then another independent slide as well.

Country Inn And Suites, Little Chute WI

We spent 5 hours in the pool area and it was the best time I could have hoped for. If you need a decent hotel, clean, and in an easy to get to area, definitely check them out.

The property also was conveniently located to fast food restaurants or other dining options a short drive away.

We opted to check out a local Mexican restaurant. El Jaripeo. I have mixed reviews on this place. The food was delicious and we were very full. But…we waited 20+ minutes for a server to come to our table to even get a drink order. The five tables that surrounded us all were serviced within 5 minutes of being seated. So service wasn’t the best but the food was good. Would I try them again, maybe.

Nachos El Jaripeo

So my friends, I feel that I had more bad to report than food, however I enjoyed our little mini break and my girls and I had another memory together.

Not all those who wander are lost.