Happy October, y’all! I seriously can’t believe its here! I mean.. less than three months until Christmas. But more importantly, three months until we can put 2020 behind us! Halloween is easily my favorite holiday, so things will be getting extra spooky around here until then. I love all of the adorable graphic t-shirts that come out this time of year and I am a sucker for themed-out pajamas, so today I thought it’d be fun to round up the cutest Halloween and Fall-themed loungewear from around the interwebs.
We’re all still living in sweats, right?
Also – full transparency – I was an anxious mess the first half of the year and really neglected this little corner of the internet. But I have my sh*t together now so there’s gonna be content, baby, content! I have been consistently posting on Instagram and TikTok, but I have started getting back into YouTube and plan on posting here at least twice a week! So be prepared for more Cortney than you ever asked for 😉 OKAY… now lemme share with y’all the cutestttt loungewear you’ve ever laid eyes on! ILYSM
Since the iPhone launched in 2007, we haven’t been able to really customize our homescreens. That is, until the iOS 14 update. If you’re on TikTok, you have seen just how creative iPhone users have gotten and you may be wondering how they cultivated such unique home screens. So today, I wanted to share everything you need to know to totally change your iPhone to fit your style!
And if you like the pastel pink Taylor Swift aesthetic that I went with, scroll to the bottom where I have linked to every image I used 🙂 If pink isn’t your thing, I’d suggest going to Pinterest and searching for images to fit your theme there.
WHAT YOU NEED TO GET STARTED
This goes without saying, but make sure your phone is updated to iOS 14. These options aren’t available without it. Next, you will need to download a THESE APPS: WIDGETSMITH & COLOR WIDGETS.
I’d also take the time to clean up your homescreen by moving apps to the APP LIBRARY, a new feature of the update. The app library is a great way to move less-used apps to a more organized place. They are still on your phone, but not cluttering up your screen. You simply press down on your screen until your apps wiggle. Then, click on the – sign on the app and select MOVE TO APP LIBRARY. I’d suggest moving all the apps you plan on changing the cover of to here.
Now… let’s get to customizing!
HOW TO CHANGE APP ICON COVERS
Go to the SHORTCUTS APP and click the + symbol in the top righthand corner
Click ADD ACTION & in the search bar type “open app”
Click OPEN APP & then click CHOOSE
Search for the app you want to change the cover of and tap it
Click the “…” in the upper righthand corner
Click ADD TO HOMESCREEN
Name the app & then click on the app icon that has a blue border around it
Click CHOOSE PHOTO then select the image you want
Click ADD in the upper righthand corner then click DONE
ADDING PHOTOS TO YOUR HOMESCREEN
You’ll do this with the Widgetsmith app
Select the photo you want to feature on your homescreen
Add it to it’s own unique album in photos (I named my albums Widget 1, Widget 2, etc. to make it easier)
Open the Widgetsmith app and click ADD SMALL WIDGET (or medium/large)
Tap on the new widget you created, then tap on it again to see options
Scroll down to PHOTOS IN ALBUM and select it
SELECTED ALBUM will pop up. Scroll to the album you created for that image and click it
Go back to your homescreen and press down until your apps wiggle
Click the + in the upper lefthand corner & scroll down to Widgetsmith
Click ADD WIDGET and tap your screen so wiggle mode goes away
Press down on the new widget and select EDIT WIDGET
Tap WIDGET and all of your images will show up. From here, just select the image you want to feature
ADDING ROTATING IMAGES/WIDGETS TO YOUR HOMESCREEN
You’ll need to have created a couple of WidgetSmith images ahead of time
Press down on your homescreen so your apps begin to wiggle
Click the + button in the upper lefthand corner
Scroll down to Smart Stack and click it / select the size you want (I went with small)
Add it to your homescreen, then drag and drop your WidgetSmith images on top of it
Press down on the widget and select EDIT STACK to adjust the images/widgets to the order you want
ADDING A COLORFUL DATE/TIME WIDGET TO YOUR HOMESCREEN
Open the COLOR WIDGETS app
Select the style you like, then click EDIT WIDGET to customize
Select color, style, font, or ADD PHOTO to set your own background
Hil, dolls! Jeremy and I recently returned from a whopping 11-night southern Caribbean cruise aboard the Norwegian Epic. We booked the trip pretty spontaneously, within a few weeks of departure, so we didn’t have a chance to plan much of anything at the ten ports we were visiting. All I knew was (thanks to Instagram) I HAD to visit Aruba’s famous Flamingo Beach. I mean, c’mon, the closest I’d ever been to a flamingo was at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom.
I took to the internet to figure out how to get to this beautiful place and came across a ton of contradicting info. So today, I thought I would share everything you need to know about Flamingo Beach in one concise place to make it easy for you to make this dream a reality.
HOW TO GET TO FLAMINGO BEACH
First things first, it’s important to know that Flamingo Beach is part of Renaissance Island that is privately owned by the hotel, Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino. The easiest way to the island is to stay at the hotel. Access to the island is included in the price of your stay and its operating hours are from 7am-6pm. But if you are visiting Aruba via cruise ship, that obviously isn’t an option. Luckily, Renaissance Aruba provides a limited number of day passes to non guests.
Every day at 7am local time, Renaissance Aruba will make their website available to purchase day passes FOR THE NEXT DAY. Each pass will cost you $125. If you show up to the hotel the day of looking to purchase a pass, you’ll likely be out of luck. The amount of day passes is based upon hotel occupancy, so you need to make sure you’re on the website right when the next day’s passes go live. The upside of limiting capacity, though, is that it provides you with plenty of privacy, not to mention time with the flamingos.
Renaissance Resort & Casino is a quick 5-10 minute walk from the port. Head right towards the Renaissance Mall (you’ll see luxury stores like Louis Vuitton), swing a left into the resort and the ferry will pick you up inside the hotel right in front of Starbucks.
The ride to Renaissance Island takes about 10 minutes and there are multiple ferries that go to and from the island about every 15 minutes. These ferries are prompt, so you won’t have to worry about making it back to the ship on time.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR DAY PASS
Of course island access and your ferry rides are included in the price of admission, but you get a free meal and drink with your day pass. There is one restaurant on the island and OMG the food is delicious! We were so pleasantly surprised. Your comped meal can be anything on the menu – I went with the shrimp tacos.
Keep in mind that your comped drink MUST come with your meal. Let me suggest ordering “The Angry Bird”. It’s actually a kid’s cocktail that comes in an inflatable flamingo with SPRINKLES, but you can add any liquor of your choice. ADORABLE!
There is also a hut located right by where the ferry arrives where you can rent snorkel gear, floats, stand-up paddle boards, and more FOR FREE. There is great snorkeling throughout the mangroves.
TIPS FOR VISITING FLAMINGO BEACH:
Make sure to get to Flamingo Beach as soon as it opens. The island doesn’t get that crowded, but there will be enough people swarming the flamingos as the day goes on that your best shot for a photo is early in the day.
Renaissance Island is open to all ages, but Flamingo Beach is specifically ADULTS ONLY. There is another beach on the island where kids can play.
Take the steps down into the mangroves and relax on the hammocks. Waiters will wade into the water to serve you, plus the water is crystal clear and there’s great fish peeping.
There is a flamingo food dispenser (which requires a quarter) that is located on the bridge that leads out to Flamingo Beach. Don’t leave your flamingo food unattended because there are a TON of other birds that will grab it!
Watch out for the iguanas. THEY ARE HUGE and seem to emerge later in the day. I heard people screaming left and right when they snuck up on sunbathers.
MY REVIEW OF FLAMINGO BEACH… IS IT WORTH IT?
YES YES YES. It is worth every penny of $125 to visit Flamingo Beach on Renaissance Island. Jeremy and I had an amazing time at every port on our cruise, but our time on Aruba can’t be topped. When we get the opportunity to travel again, Aruba is at the top of our list. From the flamingos, to the food, to the adults-only beach, and more… Flamingo Beach should top your travel bucket list!