“PA-PA-PARA-PARA-PARADISE every time you close your eyes”

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Sorry, I couldn’t resist it! Matt and I are going to be moving to California in one year and I could not be more excited!! However, I love Pensacola, it’s been great. People refer to it as a “little big town”. We have a pretty happening downtown, pro-hockey, pro-baseball, BEAUTIFUL beaches, TONS of hidden gems, and a yummy food scene. Pensacola has given me a lot: education, the love of my life, and my first BIG GIRL job! I wanted to devote a section of my blog to hidden gems/the best things Pensacola has to offer. That way, not only will it be beneficial to anyone who reads and wants to make a little trip over, but I will be able to look back at this and feel all the feels… Oh bitter sweet nostalgia, how I love you.IMG_9566IMG_9620-2IMG_9573

Paradise Inn is probably one of my favorite places on earth, hands down! It has the charm, the quirks and the charisma. That’s right, charisma! Paradise Inn is a one stop shop! I’m all about the the little things in life and Paradise Inn is all about the details, so we are a perfect match! Everything from the art work that is painted on the cinder-block building to the hand painted tip jars. I swear the Eagles wrote a song about this place. You can eat, sleep and drink there. They have live music almost every day in the summer and even during most winter months, too. (They also give a hefty Locals Discount on Sundays, but we’ll get into that later!) It’s one of those places that where you cannot wipe the smile off your face. Palm trees everywhere, your toes are in the sand, good music, good food. Your soul is happy!

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Let’s go on THE Paradise experience, because this place is just that! (Every single thing on Pensacola Beach is in biking distance) So you pull up on your bike, park it along side about 30 other beach cruisers, grab a $ 2 dollar Rolling Rock ($2 all day everyday! hhaaayyy), trek through the white sand, as you hear the live band to the left of you, find a seat at one of the many colorful picnic tables, or beach chairs, watch the waves roll in and relax because you are in PARADISE! Literally and figuratively, lol!

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The food is great (fresh seafood) the fish sandwich is my personal fav! Don’t forget the fried green beans, or the tuna dip! So yumm!! You can hop in the water or jump off the long dock! The dock is up for grabs as well, if you have a boat or even better, a friend with a boat! lol! I like to sit in the beach chairs, watch the boats roll in, and order some food and drinks from a server who WILL come up and serve you in a beach chair! Does it get any better than that? Sometimes jump in the water, you can definitely still hear the live tunes from the ocean! IMG_9575IMG_9614IMG_9589IMG_9615

You really don’t have to EVER leave, because they have hotel rooms there! I know it’s like, “What? Is this place real?” It is! All the rooms are re-done and all have their own charm. To be honest, this is not a resort, but they are so cute to me. They all have quirky decor and furniture. It feels magical! Like you are in a bubble of relaxation, and time has slowed down. After everything winds down, if you did want to go to another bar, you’d just walk about 50 feet to the right, and there you have 3 other beach bars for the late night! Because trust me, you will not want to leave during the day.

PRO TIP: Every Sunday they give Local Discounts! During the winter, rooms are $60 for locals on Sunday! The summer, $100, still not a bad deal!

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I hope you make it out to Paradise Inn if you ever come to Pensacola. So you can relax and get a little piece of a place that is so special. It will stick with you, I promise.

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I’m going to leave you with a pic of my ADORABLE friend Katie, on her first time at Paradise Inn!IMG_1947

I love you, bye!

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IMG_1017.JPGMy hair is SUPER LONG! But it was not always like this! (SEE tiny pictures above) My hair was totally stuck at one length FOREVER. We’re talking YEARS AND YEARS! It was a a lot of trial and error, but I’m pretty sure I have the secret sauce! I get asked all the time about how I got it so long, so I wanted to share the knowledge with you! There are a few things that totally changed my hair game!IMG_8021.jpg

  1. SULFATE-FREE Shampoo and Conditioner: This is number 1 because it’s probably THE MOST IMPORTANT! Sulfates are horrible, horrible, horrible for your hair. Especially if you dye your hair!!! They dry your hair out and FADE your color! A lot of people think sulfate-free shampoo is expensive, and most of the time that is the case. However, these are super cheap and what I use. I have used $30-60 dollar shampoo and conditioner before, and this stuff works JUST as well. This completely changed everything for me! The texture, the look, the length, EVERYTHING. And for about $6 a bottle, completely affordable. Another thing I love, is switching it up with these guys. You should keep your hair guessing. Notice one is for volume and the other is for repair and defend. They have tons in this line that do different things! I switch them up always, and ALWAYS SULFATE-FREE. Total GAME CHANGER!!! IMG_8079.jpg

 

2. WIDE TOOTH COMB: This is also another game changer. I used to be really, really hard on my hair with a brush. Over about 2 months time of only using a wide tooth comb, my hair was noticeably thicker! It’s annoying at first, because it take about a week to get used to. But once you get the hang of it, using a comb becomes quicker than ripping your hair out with a brush! Make SURE you always start from the very bottom tips of your hair when brushing. Things go much easier, and it won’t rip your hair out! I also wanted to mention that if I’m in a hurry, sometimes I use a “Wet Brush” (I’ll put one in the picture below). They have these at Target or Walmart and are the next best thing, because of their flexible bristles. If you are serious about getting longer, thicker, healthier hair though, wide tooth combs are what you should use exclusively! (I can’t take all the credit, my friend Coral taught me this trick. Thanks Coral!) IMG_8074.jpg

3. REGULAR TRIMS: Every 4 to 6 weeks you need to get your hair trimmed if you want it to grow. I know this sounds crazy, because why cut it if you want it longer? Trust me, if you don’t get trims, your hair WILL break off at the ends. And this is why people’s hair gets stuck at a certain length. Without regular trims, your ends will split and your hair will plateau. If you’ve ever wondered why your hair has been the same length for years, this is probably the main culprit. It is kinda crazy that cutting your hair leads to long hair though, haha!. IMG_8080.jpg

4. Argon Oil: Argon Oil is my personal FAVE. It’s what got me to the lengths my hair has reached now. But if you can’t find or afford it, this is a good dupe. A little goes a long way. This should be used when your hair is wet, right when you get out of the shower, without fail. Put a dime size amount in your hands, focus on the ends and work your way up! Use little to none on your scalp, unless you have super dry hair!IMG_8028

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5. NO HEAT: Once you implement all the tips above, you honestly won’t really need to add heat to your hair. I no longer straighten, blow dry or anything! Lay off the heat as soon as possible! Embrace your natural wave or texture. Definitely stop blow drying immediately!

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I hope this helps your hair game! Let me know if you have any hair tips in the comments down below! I’m dusting the glitter off my clothes in Las Vegas with my best friends since high school! SO, SO, LUCKY to have them! Tons of posts coming! Look out for a comprehensive review of the Taco Bell that serves alcohol!!! Hope you have a great day! LOVE YOU BYE!!