Monday, January 23, 2017

International Builders' Show Recap Days 1 & 2

If you follow us on our social media, you know that I recently went to the International Builders' Show in Orlando, Florida. I thought I would give you the recap of the fun we had!

My husband and I escaped our children and the snow on the ground at our house, and flew to sunny Florida! That in itself, was very nice. This is our one chance a year to get away just the two of us. We should probably plan better and go somewhere more like a vacation than a convention! Either way, time away together is fun!

So, as a total surprise, we ended up flying down there with some friends of ours who were going too! It was great to get to spend some time with these people that we don't normally get to see!

Before we left, my children had all been sick the week before with cold symptoms and high fevers. I was stressing out big time that I wouldn't be able to go because they (as children do...) were coughing and sneezing in my face all week. Ugh. Luckily, I managed not to get sick. I have trouble with my ears/sinuses when I fly on a good day, let alone when I am congested.

I have a routine to remedy this problem that my doctor suggested a long time ago, and I thought I would share it with you in case you suffer with this as well!

I always take Mucinex D.
This stuff is seriously amazing. I get a dry mouth for the rest of the day, but totally worth it, not to feel like my head is going to explode on the plane!

I happened to have a second pair, and I was able to share with my friend who was in the same boat! Neither of us had any ear problems on the flight!

Also, I love these Pomchies ALSO from Lewis N. Clark! They are a great travel accessories company!

On the shuttle from the concourse to the main building, I looked down and next to me was a woman with one on her carry-on luggage too! I snapped a quick pic to show you!

Moving husband is a car nut, so we had to go investigate East Coast Defenders. That sounds like a group of warriors or something. It is a company that imports old Land Rover Defenders (have I lost you yet?) and customizes them. I like new cars. But even I thought what they were doing was pretty cool. And the gentlemen who owned it and worked there were really kind and took the time to show us around for about an hour and a half. 

And they even took us for a ride in one.  Which was probably a mistake, because that is all my husband can talk about now! I got to sit in the back and hold on for dear life!

Anyway, after that we checked into our hotel and then grabbed some dinner and called it an early night so we could get up early and get to the show. And despite being in Florida, it was still pretty chilly!

Below are some of the beautiful, interesting and random things we saw at the show.

Love this tile!

Unconventional Toolbelt/vest

Bubble Wall

Pretty, right?

So excited! My favorite booth!

 A fun thing to do in the booth. Although, maybe laying on a dirty floor shouldn't be my idea of fun...

Look!I am doing a handstand! Ok, I wish I could do that.

Shower head

I love the water displays!

 This booth made fresh bread right there in the convention hall! Lots of booths had food. But this one made their own!

These Bosch products have Home Connect. You can connect wirelessly to them! So cool! I love technology!

 I love this Thermador range!

Love the blue light in this Thermador dishwasher! 

Taking a load off. I got in almost 17,000 steps on this day!

Wrapped up the day with dinner at one of our favorites in Orlando! Raglan Road in Disney Springs (formerly known as Downtown Disney)

 I thought this area in our hotel was really pretty.

Ok, I think that's enough for one post! I will post again about the remainder of the trip! The trip felt a lot like this blog post...long and overwhelming! Come back tomorrow for the next installment!


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  1. I love those old Land Rovers! I always wanted one in high school. my dream car though will always be a Jeep Wagoneer navy blue with faux wood paneling! :)

  2. My husband would love you!! You have the same taste in cars!!