Skinny Funfetti Dip

Skinny Funfetti Dip

One of my biggest downfalls is my sweet tooth, I almost always crave something sweet after dinner and it's so hard to say no. So, I love it when I find yummy sweet recipes that are lower in calories and fat. Bonus points for being super easy to make too! I found this recipe on Pinterest, and knew it'd be a huge win.


Ingredients

1 box of funfetti cake mix
2 cups of non-fat greek yogurt (I always use Oikos "Uncle Jesse" yogurt, as it's the only non-fat greek yogurt without sucralose)
1 cup of lite or fat free cool whip
Animal crackers for dipping

Directions

Combine all ingredients until well blended and refrigerate for a few hours before serving.
Serve with animal crackers and enjoy!
Refrigerate any leftovers

*Excuse the grainy iPhone pics - I made this at a friend's house*

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Spring Cleaning Weekend

Spring Cleaning Weekend

**First things first - if you have my URL saved in your browser as peridotkutie.blogspot.com please note it has changed to greenfashionistablog.com. Yes, I have finally purchased a domain, and it gets redirected to my old URL. Still trying to figure out how to not just be re-directed, but for my domain to be the main URL**

Oh Monday we meet again, but I'm not complaining as much as usual because I actually feel refreshed and ready to take on the week. It was unseasonably cool this weekend which meant relaxing outdoors with good friends and some good ol' fashioned spring cleaning with all the windows open.


I started off my Friday with 25% off my iced skinny vanilla latte with a reward on my app, while sifting through some of the business cards I picked up at last week's blogger meet and sweet.


Lunch time called for a stop at Trader Joe's to restock on cookie butter and cheap wine. I also picked up a bundle of daffodils for only $1.49... TJ's you win again! 


Later, I met up with some friends I hadn't seen in a while for some happy hour outside. Good fattening food, drinks, and laughs are always good for the soul. Afterwards, we made our way over to World of Beer for one last drink where I tried their beer mimosa which was delish!


Saturday made way for a beautiful bike ride before a Target run and heading over to a friend's to continue our Harry Potter marathon in their home theater.


After Sarah mentioned the limited edition birthday frappuccino, I knew I had to pick it up when I was at the Target Starbucks, and it was delish! Today, is the last day so if you haven't tried one yet go get one! And don't be afraid to ask for them to make it with skim milk to help lessen the calorie bomb!



The girls enjoyed lots of some wine while the guys drank their manly beers, and we munched on dips and grilled out before saying goodbye to the beautiful sunshine and hello to the dark theater for some HP time.


Sunday called for some spring cleaning and a few new beauty items.

*My daffodils from TJ's started blooming*


I feel like none of the primers I've been using work. They either leave my face in a total oil slick still or cause me to break out even worse than I already am... really not cool. So, I decided to try out a cheaper primer when I saw e.l.f.'s poreless primer at Target for only $6. If it doesn't work, at least it's not as much as the $30-$40 primers I've tried that haven't worked. 

I also picked up Essie's new Flowerista from their spring 2015 collection, and it's just as beautiful in person as it is online. Definitely a must buy!

Joining Biana for Weekending
and
Lisa and Bella for Weekend Recap

Friday Sweets

Friday Sweets

I felt like this week dragged, so I am welcoming this lovely Friday with open arms! A long week though means there were a lot of favorites to love!

1. My latest Rocksbox came in, and the pieces are gorgeous! I may need to cash in some more credits soon...



2. Wednesday night I attended the Orlando Blogger Meet and Sweet, and hung out with Deborah and Heather. We mingled with other local bloggers while enjoying sweets from the various vendors. Such a neat event, looking forward to the next one in the summer.




My favorite was the organic cotton candy made with real sugar cane. I got the lemon berry which was flavored with strawberry flakes and zest of lemon.


3. I was excited to receive my candles from Leeann's giveaway. My Old Factory candles arrived, and they smell amazing. I chose the "vacation" set which includes Sea Breeze, Hawaiian Lei, and Awapuhi. My favorite part is that the candles are made from soy!


4. Happy to be back in my workout routine after being away. I made my return to Barre3, and enjoyed yoga twice at work this week. 



5. Well it's official... I've officially become addicted to a new "trashy" show. I watched the first 2 episodes of the new show The Royals, and I'm officially hooked. I feel like it's the perfect cross between Gossip Girl and Tyrant


Linking up today with Rebecca for That Friday Blog Hop, Christina for 5 on Friday, Tif for High Five for Friday, and Amanda for Friday Favorites. Hop on over and join us! Happy Friday!



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Everyone needs some sparkle

Everyone needs some sparkle

I mentioned here about what happened after I ordered these beautiful sequined pants. My size was out of stock, so my order was cancelled. I then called customer service, and they told me the next size up was available plus they gave me an extra discount for the inconvenience. After my rant in yesterday's post about Carnival's lack of customer service this was a pleasant surprise, and the perfect definition of how to keep customers happy.

Pants - H&M | Top - Target | Heels - VS | Clutch - Nordstrom



*These pants are perfect for drinking champs and dancing on tables*




Eastern Caribbean Cruise ~ Ports of Call

Eastern Caribbean Cruise ~ Ports of Call

Last week, I recapped my recent cruise on the Carnival Liberty by reviewing the ship (you can find that post here), and this week I'm going to review the ports of call. We booked the cruise knowing we'd be repeating 3 of the 4 stops, and that the only new stop to us would be Grand Turk. Imagine our extreme disappointment that as we were pulling into Grand Turk, our ship turned around due to weather, and we sailed away from what looked like an absolutely gorgeous island (that had another Carnival ship in port!) and gained an extra rocky day at sea. But more on that later.. let's talk about the good stuff first.

Nassau


H had been to Nassau countless times on cruises with his family, and we both stopped there a little over a year ago on a Bahamas cruise with a group of friends to celebrate a friend's 30th birthday. However, neither of us had ever been to Atlantis. So, we decided to pay the astronomical price for an excursion there while we were in port on our first day. Our excursion included a shuttle to and from the resort (which included the bridge toll to get onto Paradise Island), a tour of the grounds, and full access to the aquariums, water slides, beach, and pool areas of the resort. 


It was beautiful there, and so surreal to finally be exploring the place I've seen on tv and in magazines for years. We toured the aquariums first before hitting up the water park, and eventually we went down to the beach to swim in the aqua blue water before shelling out $14 for those pretty yard drinks.



St. Thomas


St. Thomas was another stop H had been to several times with his family, and we had cruised there together back in 2009 on Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas. Last time we were there we did a snorkeling catamaran sail to St. John, so this time we wanted to enjoy St. Thomas and go to Magen's Bay.

We were also excited to spend time with a friend who was recently transferred there for work, and she was going to meet us at the beach and then show us around the island and give us more of a local's view which was amazing.


It was raining when we pulled into port, but it was nice and sunny on the other side of the island for lounging at Magen's Bay. 


The view from our friend's place... imagine waking up every morning to that! Absolute paradise! After a quick stop to check out the gorgeous views from her place, she showed us where we could pick up the cheapest bottles of Cruzan rum (made in St. Croix) and then we went to Iggies Beach Bar for some drinks.


We ended the day with one more drink near the pier at Mojo's before getting back on the ship. Bonus points for it being happy hour! 


San Juan


Woke up to this beautiful view from our balcony in San Juan, and enjoyed some room service breakfast before disembarking and walking around Old San Juan.


San Juan was another multiple repeat for us from various cruises, long flight layovers, and we've also stayed there before taking a cruise out of San Juan at the Caribe Hilton. So, we didn't book any excursions, and only planned to get off the ship and walk around the city for a little while and come back on the ship and lay out before the pool deck got crowded again. But we managed to get some beautiful pictures, and picked up some souvenirs we didn't pick up during past trips.








Grand Turk


I was so excited as we were pulling into Grand Turk (look at how close we got!) that I started to take pictures. I'm so glad I did, because this is as close as we got. If I hadn't, I would have had nothing to show for the beautiful island. 


Look at that... another Carnival ship in port. We were told we turned around due to high winds, and the Carnival Sunshine was able to dock since they got in earlier that day. I was just in shock that we got that close, and the whole reason we booked the cruise in the first place slipped away from us as we turned around and left. I understand that itineraries can change due to unforeseen circumstances, but when you spend your hard earned money and vacation time on a trip for a certain destination, and it's taken away from you in the blink of an eye you'd expect a large corporation such as Carnival Cruise Lines to be somewhat sympathetic towards the unfortunate circumstances. A little something extra would have gone a long way in keeping the disappointed guests happy who were stuck on board an extra day at sea spending money in the bars, the casino, the spa, etc.. 

We have filed several complaints, each one going unanswered. We filled out the survey recently, and got a response that the crew members we praised would get recognition, but absolutely no mention of our unfortunate experience. 

It makes me think of my friend who missed her sailing on a Royal Caribbean cruise due to a flight connection that got cancelled, and she ended up missing the first 2 days on board and had to meet the ship in Aruba (the first stop). Royal Caribbean reimbursed her and her husband for the time missed AND gave them vouchers for another free cruise. Them missing the first few days wasn't even Royal Caribbean's problem (it was American Airlines problem), but they stepped up and did what they thought would make their guests happy and coming back. To me, that is excellent customer service. I am by no means looking for a voucher for a free cruise, I just think that if Carnival was prepared when missing a port due to extraordinary circumstances such as a free round of drinks or money off the on-board sail and sign account would go a long way in showing that they care about their guest's happiness. And the fact that our complaints have fallen on deaf ears has just soured us even further towards Carnival which was a bad move on their part considering we cruise 1-2 times a year, and will never sail with them again. 

I apologize for the book, and want everyone to know we had an amazing vacation despite our disappointment in missing Grand Turk, and thoroughly enjoyed the other three ports as well as the ship. Carnival just has some serious changes to make in their guest relations/customer service procedures. A little bit goes a long way in keeping guests happy.

Have you ever had a bad experience on a cruise? If so, how was it handled?