Roubidoux Spring Path Missouri Ozarks

Adventure Travel: Missouri Ozarks Roubidoux Spring

Prior to the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, I met my family at a hotel in St Robert, Missouri. We found a really nice hotel for only $50 a night, perfect for a quick stay. We arrived around 6pm and wanted to explore the area a little bit. Since St Robert is in the Missouri Ozarks, I googled trails in the area to see what our options were. I saw that Roubidoux Spring was less than a ten minute drive away, so we decided to check it out.

We arrived to find a nice sized stream. It had rained a bunch in recent days so that water levels were high. The water was brown with random bursts of blue/green that were beautiful. We read the signs and found out that the stream was part of the path of the Trail of Tears, and that it is a prominent location for trout fishing.

Roubidoux Spring

Roubidoux Spring Missouri Ozarks

The path from the parking area to the spring was short. I was a little disappointed because I wanted to walk more after being in the car all day, but the path itself was beautiful. In the following picture you can clearly see how blue/green the water was. I had a weird realization that the water, trees, and current reminded me about a place that I had dreamed about.

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Above is a picture of the spring when we first arrived. We touched the water and were surprised by how cold it is. It maintains a temperature below 60 degrees in the summer. Since it was so hot in Missouri (90-100 degrees and SO HUMID every day) we decided to head back to the hotel and grab our swim suits. The picture below is an accurate representation of the color of the spring when we returned.

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Getting in the water was a bit difficult because of how cold it was, but we had a really great time.

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We met a nice little kid (you can see him at the end of the video) who told us that although the signs suggested otherwise, it was “completely safe” to jump in. Jumping into the water was an incredible experience because the force of the spring pushed you right back up to the top and out of the way.

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In the above photo you can see the mist rising up from the water, since it was about 30 degrees cooler than the air.

We had an amazing experience at Roubidoux Springs and I can’t wait to return to the Missouri Ozarks.

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Guest Post: TonyMoly Inked Cushion Gel Eyeliner

The following post is a guest review by Kara S. who currently lives in Superior, Wisconsin. Want more? Check her out on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook.


Tony Moly Inked Cushion Gel Liner Harry Potter eyeliner

I received Tony Moly Inked Cushion Eyeliner (aka Harry Potter eyeliner) from my dearest best friend Jennifer. I completely forgot that she picked this up for me, so it was a nice treat! We are both mega nerds when it comes to Harry Potter, and we both like makeup, so of course this was a no brainer.

So the first time I put it on, I didn’t realize that the brush wasn’t already in the liner, the way an inkpot works. It took me a hot second to realize that I had to unscrew the bottom.

Once I figured all that out, it took me a second to get used to the quill. As someone who usually uses drug store liquid liner pens, it was a new experience. I am pretty low maintenance, so I’m not used to washing out brushes after putting on my makeup.

Tony Moly’s description of the eyeliner is:

“Formulated to go on intense like ink and glide on light as a feather, our liquid gel-type cushion liner never skips, clumps, or drags, helping you achieve the perfect winged look. The cushion pot helps control the amount of product that is picked up and the built-in brush is designed to work perfectly with the formula so you always get an intense payoff with precision and ease.”

I wouldn’t necessarily agree with the description 100%. I had no problem with the consistency of the eyeliner, it was smooth, but the brush was really thick- too thick to have a winged look. Maybe I’m just not skilled enough with eyeliner, but I also am a former art major so I don’t think that’s the case. I like the color, and I would agree that the black was very inky. It was easy to make sure that the liner got close to/ in my lash line, so there was no gap near my eyelashes.

All in all, I love the novelty of using this, I love the richness of color, and I love how close I can get to my lashes, but I still pull out my more precise liner for a wing.

 


Are you interested in guest posting on jenrazzle.com? Send a pitch to jenrazzle@gmail.com. Thanks Kara for the wonderful review!

Joplin Tornado Memorial Pictures

Six year ago, my grandmother and I were in an EF-5 tornado in Joplin, MO. It was very awful and destroyed a large portion of her city. A few nights ago, I took a walk to the memorial garden. The garden is beautiful and a lovely tribute to all of the people who lost their lives and homes.

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Joplin Tornado Memorial Hope Fountain

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I also found several rocks around the memorial. When I flipped them over, they said “Joplin, MO” on them. Does anyone know what these signify?

Travel: Ledges State Park, Iowa

I was in the mood to do some hiking last week while I was in Iowa and one of my friends suggested we take a trip to Ledges State Park. I grew up close to Ledges, and even went to girl scout camp about a minute away, but had never been to the park before. I didn’t know what to expect but we had a great experience.

The first thing we saw was a swampy area.

Ledges State Park Swamp

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I personally love areas like this, as long as they don’t smell. Fortunately, this one was all good. AND there was a lovely surprise! If you look closely at the picture, you can see dozens of tiny cricket frogs sticking out of the algae.

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The following is another section of the same pond. If you look to the left of the big branch, you can see little froggie heads sticking up.

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Next we walked to the “secret lake” – not really sure how a giant green swamp is a secret, but it was lovely. Here is a pic of my friend Mikey, the wonderful guy who took me to Ledges.

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Now, the secret lake ended up being one of the best experiences of my entire life. The entire shore was covered in bull frogs and cricket frogs, so every time we moved a dozen would hop into the water.

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You can see some of the frogs in the photo above if you look closely. There aren’t as many close to the camera, but if you look further out you can see just how many were on the shore.

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This next one really worried me. Wasn’t sure if it was a monstrosity or a normal development. Apparently it’s a polliwog. I thought that was a Pokemon, but my friend explained that she is actually a scientist and its a mix between tadpole and frog.

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I never wanted to leave that area, but apparently since we were at Ledges State Park we were required to see the actual ledges.

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Here is Mike being an ~expert~ hiker. He even has a backpack with a water pouch!

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Here is me. I’m a normal hiker. I put lipstick on before hitting the trails.

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The view of the Des Moines river was quite lovely.

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This next ledge was a little terrifying. Normally I would have been a daredevil and tried to hop onto it, but apparently some guy died doing that this summer and I wasn’t super interested in following in his footsteps.

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I loved the park and had a great experience, especially the jumping frogs. What is the coolest thing that you’ve seen at a state park?

Travel: Iowa Hindu Temple

During a recent hiking trip in Iowa, we stopped off to check out a hidden Hindu Temple. It was completely unassuming and located between cornfields. I had never heard of it and didn’t know it was there, so I was pretty surprised by the spectacular beauty.

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This was my first glimpse of the temple. I was very excited!

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And there were elephants!!!

Iowa Hindu Temple Elephant

The details were remarkable.

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Iowa Hindu Temple Details

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We left an offering with this guy.

Iowa Hindu Temple Offering

And this is the sign.

Iowa Hindu Temple Sign

What is the coolest site you’ve stumbled upon out in the wild?

Review: Solar Eclipse Glasses

I am SO EXCITED for the this year’s solar eclipse! I am going to be in Joplin, Missouri which unfortunately isn’t a part of the full coverage path, so I am planning to drive to St Louis. My family is taking the day off to drive down and we are going to watch it together. Please let there be amazing beautiful weather!

Needless to say I was really excited to have the opportunity to get a 10 pack of solar eclipse glasses for free so that I could try them out and review them. During the last eclipse (partial, the night of my college graduation party) one of my friends brought a pair of eclipse glasses. Before this, I had no idea that you even needed special glasses to view an eclipse.

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I was so excited when the package arrived. Getting this product awoke the inner nerd in me.

Solar Eclipse Glasses

The package came with ten pairs. I saved pairs for my immediate family and have been using the additional pairs for bribery. JK I have been giving them to fellow space nerds.

Light through solar eclipse glasses

It was dark when I received them so I tried a pair out against the light. It was a really bright shiny light that I couldn’t look into (just like the sun!!) so it was neat to see what kind of effect they’ll have on the day of the eclipse.

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Here is a picture of my brother and I showing off our extreme fashion! Since I received these glasses, they had sold out or have had the price increase significantly. Here is the link in case you want to check, but the last time I looked it was down. I am so glad that I was able to receive these for free from my blog and pass them along to friends and family.

Thrift Store CDs

I’m not sure about you, but I spend an unreasonable amount of time trying to take a picture on my phone, finding out that my storage is full, and quickly deleting whatever I can out of frustration. Because of this I’ve never been big on putting music on my phone, which means that I’m generally at the mercy of listening to whatever is playing on my car radio.

A few weeks ago I had the genius (and completely unoriginal) idea of stopping at a thrift store to check out what CDs were available. I was really excited to find a Beyonce and (lol) All American Rejects. After listening to Love on Top and Countdown on the Beyonce CD 30 times in a one-week period, I decided to stop at another thrift store to see what else was available.

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It’s only been a few weeks but I have already found some great music. I was particularly psyched to find the Toploader album as they sing the most beautiful version of Dancing in the Moonlight, and it reminds me of Corinne over at http://skinnedcartree.com whenever I hear it. I’m also in love with the Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Beatles album, as A Day in the Life is the sound of my soul.

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While I realize it’s a bit of a risk to purchase a used CD with no option for return, the cost is so little ($1 or $2) that it shouldn’t worry you too much. I have purchased 7 CDs now and only one track has skipped – and it was easily fixed with a quick t-shirt wipe down. Annnd now I can enjoy some of my favorite songs while driving when there is absolutely nothing else available.

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What CDs would you have your eye out for at the thrift shop?

Product Review: Activated Charcoal Konjac Sponge

Getting packages in the mail is the highlight of my life. I love getting things because I often forget what I’ve ordered by the time it arrives, so it’s exciting to find out what’s inside. This time I received a konjac sponge to try out for my blog – I enjoy using konjac sponges and wanted to try one out with activated charcoal.

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The konjac sponge arrived wrapped as they usually do. It was completely solid and I was a bit taken aback when I opened it because it has a strong unpleasant scent. I am very sensitive to smell though so I’m not sure that it would bother anyone else.

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I was happy to see that this sponge included the string for hanging and that the sponge itself was larger than most I have tried. It’s not gigantic, but it is slightly bigger than most.

Charcoal Conjac Sponge

Next I took it to the bathroom to get it wet. The sponge softened quickly after running it under the tab. The smell did not linger – I took a huge whiff and there was nothing unpleasant.

Wet Conjac Sponge

After using it on my face I can safely report that this is a great purchase. I recently moved so most of my things are in random locations and hard to find. I haven’t been able to exfoliate my skin chemically for a while, and I will keep this hanging in the shower so that I can do so physically each morning. The sponge is nice and soft so it does not irritate your skin when you use it, and it leaves your skin feeling clean and fresh.

Have you ever used a konjac sponge before? Are you interested in trying one out but have questions? Let me know and I’ll try to answer as best I can 🙂

July Instagram Memories

If you were hanging out with me in July you probably saw literally all the emotions come out of me. I started the month out super stressed, was wiped out by a cold/fever for a week, and then ended the month on a super positive note. Mostly I’m really glad it’s over but also pretty worried about the fact that school starts in ONE MONTH. How did this happen??

I definitely need to say thank you to all of the amazing friends and family members who help me get through the bad and stressful times so that we can have amazing experiences together.

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For 4th of July I went kayaking with my family and Anna. We had a great time and got this super adorable picture out of it. I didn’t watch any fireworks but it was probably the best 4th I’ve ever had.

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Mid-month we went up north to hang out with Kara at her family’s cabin. It was perfect weather and we all had an amazing time. It was so great to see my bestie and float around together venting about how difficult 2017 has been. Fortunately things are looking up for us both.

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I also got to see my family in Minnesota since we brought TJ to the cabin with us, and that was lovely in and of itself.

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If you like what you see and what to see more, please feel free to follow me on instagram @jenrazzle. Hope you’re all having a lovely summer!

 

TBT: 11 Years Ago

The wonderful (horrible?) thing about the internet is that I can tell you exactly what I was doing when I was 17. In pictures. Ready?

In June I was hanging out in Missouri with an adorable baby who is now a 12 year old.

Then me and my friend Cassie went to Chicago. My hair is a huge struggle in every picture. Can anyone tell me why we wore tank tops like this? Probably for the boobies.

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August looked a little boring. I took a LOT of selfies. Many of the selfies featured strongly held opinions which I shockingly still agree with today!

In September I got drunk. And felt it.

What were you up to 11 years ago?