Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Backstreet's Back ALRIGHT!

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Alright friends. I am about to relive my childhood with you. And let me tell you, it. was. AWESOME! A couple months ago, my mom and I had lunch together and we realized that we have never taken a Mother-Daughter trip together. When I told her that Backstreet Boys were performing in Vegas, we quickly decided we should needed to take a Vegas Girls Trip! Now, let me give you a little background. I was in about 4th grade when I quickly became an N*Sync and BSB addict. And when I mean an addict, I can still, 20 years later, tell you the track listing on all of their CD's because I listened to them so often. Please don't judge, we all have our quirks, ok? I was blessed when I was younger that I was able to go to a Spice Girl concert, Britney Spears, OTown, and TWO N*Sync concerts, but friends, I had never been to a Backstreet Boys concert as a little girl, so we definitely needed to make up lost time. So off to Vegas we went!

And let me tell you, it was fantastic! I had only been to Vegas once before, and I was only there for a little over 24 hours, so I don't really count that trip. But my mom and I decided to do this trip right! We booked a room at the Paris, and asked for an upgrade, and ya'll, look at this view!

22nd Floor Baby!
Nothin Like Vegas at Night!
My cousin and her family live in Vegas, so she picked us up from the airport, and we had lunch with her and her kiddos at their house, and it was so fun to spend some time with them. After we unpacked, we spent our first night in our casino, and played the slots, had some sushi, and hit the hay pretty early so we could be totally refreshed for our full day in Vegas. We woke up the next morning and went straight down to the pool, trying to get some lounge time before it got toooo hot. And it was great. We got in the water every 15 minutes, got some sun, ordered lunch from the pool bar-we felt pretty blessed. 

View from my lounge chair at the pool
After our time at the pool, went we began our primping for the concert. And friends, I had my first Dry Bar experience, and I am officially a fan! We decided that what better way to do a Girls Trip right was to get pampered! For those of you who aren't familiar with Dry Bar, you basically go in there, tell your stylist what kind of style you want, and they wash, dry and style your hair! Best thing ever. So after we were primped and ready, we headed across the street to the Cosmo for dinner, and we said to ourselves, "we fancy!" We enjoyed a great dinner and then finally headed over to Planet Hollywood to the concert!

My beautiful Mama!
She insisted on taking a photo of me...
Love her so much

So once we got into the venue, we met up with my cousin and her friend who were able to get tickets to the concert, and were anxiously awaiting the start of the concert!
Quick Pic at the Cosmo

Loved meeting up with my beautiful cousin Sandy!
Now it was time for the main event! And friends, IT WAS WORTH WAITING 20 YEARS FOR!!! The vocals were amazing, the lights were so cool, and the energy was just out of this world! They sang all their hits, my mom and I sang along like we were back in the year 2000. Sharing this experience with my mom was more than I ever could have asked for, it was one of the greatest times we've spent together.

We are already talking about planning our next Girls Trip, and I can't wait. It's times like these that remind me how truly blessed I am.

One last picture from our seats!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

I'm Baaaaack!

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Holy Cow Friends! It has been almost 2 years since I've blogged. Yikes. 2 years?! Man does time fly! To say I've been busy would be an understatement. Life just crept up on me at 1,000 mph and I just felt like I had to prioritize my time and unfortunately, blogging just fell a little too far down on the list. But I have so much happening in my life right now that I felt like it was the right time to jump back in and start documenting all of the things that are happening for me right now! 

One of the main reasons why I now have time to get back in the blogging saddle is because I am on my First. Official. Summer. Break!!! Wooo!!! And wow what a whirlwind it has been. I am definitely going to dedicate an entire blog post to my wonderful munchkins, because they gave me the greatest gift I could have asked for. So stay tuned for that...

So happy to be back! Tell me, what have you all been up to?

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What's Up Wednesday - November 2015

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Holy Cow. I cannot believe November has already come and gone! I tell ya, this year has flown by, and I can't believe this time next month we will be on the brink of a new year! Linking up with Mel, Shay, and Sheaffer is one of my favorite things to do! So without further ado, welcome to What's Up Wednesday!

What We're Eating This Week
Well, besides stuffing ourselves silly with turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin pie, I don't think Mike and I will go hungry this week! But before we go over to my in-laws for Turkey Day this year, I am planning on making our Traditional Thanksgiving Breakfast. I made it last year for Mike and I, and I am officially making it a tradition we will carry on with once we have kids. What's better than already having breakfast done for you while you drink your coffee and watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade? I don't think there is much better than that…Shout out to Shay for this cozy recipe!! 

French Toast Casserole

What I'm Reminiscing About
Our Tahoe Trip.  The hubs and I had so much fun and really needed a getaway to just focus on the two of us and really take the time to relax. Often times life gets so busy and we forget to focus on each other, so this trip was definitely very much needed. Take me back to the mountains!!

What I'm Loving
THESE PJs!!! They are so comfy cozy and the perfect thing to throw on during these cold winter months. I may or may not be living in them sleeping in them every night.

What We've Been Up To
Holy cow. What have we NOT been up to? It seems as if life has only gotten crazier since we tied the knot. We have been going to my brother's show, throwing baby showers, celebrating birthdays, working on school, prepping for the holidays, just regular everyday life stuff!

What I'm Dreading
Ugh, Christmas shopping. Things have been so busy around here that I haven't got as much of a jump on it as I would have hoped. So fingers crossed I can get on my online shopping in the next few days!! Because who wants to feel like this?!

What I'm Working On
A job application! Can you believe it?! There is a job opening for a 2nd grade teacher starting in January, and it would count for my credential program and I would be a full time staff member, so it would be the best of both worlds. So! I'm currently working on submitting that job application, keep me in your prayers please!

I know it will all work out in God's time, so this verse has been close to my heart lately :)

What I'm Excited About
Christmas Break!! One of the perks of working for the school district is I get the same breaks as the kiddos! So during the break, I am taking a road trip to Santa Barbara to see my beautiful friend Sam for a few days! I am so excited to see her new place that she shares with her new hubby, do some shopping and watch some Christmas movies in our PJs! 

Love this girl so much

What I'm Watching/Reading
So my focus lately has been husband, school, holidays, so we haven't had much time to watch much TV or read, but I have a guilty pleasure that I can't deny. And that is Miss Lisa Vanderpump. And her spinoff show Vanderpump Rules never skimps on the drama. And let's be real, we all need a little bit of drama in our lives, as long as it's not ours, right?!

And of course this will be on our TV this week! One of my favorite things to do every year is have my coffee while watching the parade with my family!!

What I'm Listening To
Michael Buble's Holiday Radio will be playing on my radio until the New Year. No change there :)

What I'm Wearing
Tis the season for Burgundy! It is just such a great fall color that transitions perfectly into the Holiday season!

What I'm Doing This Weekend
Ya know, I don't think we have any plans this weekend! Say what?! So I see a lot of this in my future this weekend…

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month
No work, no school, peppermint mochas, holiday shopping, fuzzy PJ's, decorating the Christmas tree, and spending lots of time with family. Sounds like the perfect month to me! And I can't wait to enjoy every minute of it!!

A few photos from our Christmas last year :)

What Else Is New
Not a whole lot, just living life one day at a time!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope ya'll have a fantastic holiday with your families!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

French Toast Casserole

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French Toast Casserole

This is the perfect breakfast for a lazy Saturday morning. Or in our case, Thanksgiving morning! I made this last year for Mike and I am officially making it a tradition for our family. I mean, you make it the night before, pop it in the oven a few while your coffee is brewing, and voila! You have a comfy cozy breakfast to chow down on while you're watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Shopping List
1 loaf French bread, torn into bite-size pieces
6 eggs
1 1/2 cups half and half
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
powdered sugar (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Arrange bread in a lightly greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan; set aside

Beat to ether next 6 ingredients, pour over bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight

The next morning, take the butter, maple syrup, brown sugar and pecans and mix them together in a bowl to a crumbly mix. Spread mix over casserole as your topping and bake for 45 to 55 minutes. (Check after about 30 minutes and if it's getting too brown on top, cover with foil and continue cooking)

Dust with powdered sugar and let stand 5 minutes before serving


Baby It's Cold Outside

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Hello friends! Thank you for your patience with me, I've been a little MIA the past week! Mix a bout of pink eye going around my school, my last 2 weeks of school wrapping up, the hubby's birthday, blah blah blah. But I am back and so excited to share with you something that is so extremely special to me! And that is my family.

This past weekend I threw a Baby Shower for my sweet cousin Jen and her little baby GIRL! Jen already has an adorable bundle of joy, James, who is so excited to be a big brother! Jen and I spent our lives growing up together, spending holidays together, Christmases together, weddings, and now BABIES! This is such an exciting time in her life and I am so grateful I get to be part of it!

So given that we are in the midst of the holiday season, I thought it would be fun to throw a "Baby, It's Cold Outside" themed shower, and despite it being 70 degrees this last weekend (didn't the California weather know I was throwing a Winter themed party?!), it was such a great day! 

Crepe paper background and my Diaper Cake centerpiece

I mean, how cute is that?

Homemade diaper wreath and I put her sonogram photo in a frame

This was our game table

Guess the gift! Each guest had to guess the item inside that started with the letter on the outside of the bag. 

I hung photos of Jen's sonograms

Our food spread…I forgot close up shots of them, whoopsie.

Winter Themed Flowers

The favors! Hot cocoa in an ornament 

Onesie decor

We can't wait to meet Baby Alison!

The Mama to be and her Grandma! 

After getting 3 hours of sleep the night before the Shower and entertaining all day. This was me mid-way through clean up. Whoopsie. But the lack of sleep was TOTALLY worth it and I am so grateful for these exciting times in our lives! 

We are so excited to meet Baby Alison in January!!

PS Linking up today!! 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Let It Snow

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Happy Monday Friends! I hope ya'll had a great weekend! In light of the recent attacks going on around the world, I am starting this week with an extremely grateful heart and sending out lots of prayers. This is one blessed life we live, and it is so sad how sometimes it takes awful things to make us really realize that.

This weekend made me count all of my many blessings. It's my hubby's birthday today, and the past 2 years I have surprised him with some pretty epic birthday getaways, and he haaaaates it. Seriously, I have never met anyone who hates surprises more than he does. #dontaskmewhy So instead of me surprising him, he decided to surprise me! Which, I still don't really understand the logic, but whatever makes him happy!

So he gave me a list of things to pack, gassed up the car, and we were off. I didn't know anything more than than. And for a girl who looooooves surprises, #noshame, I was super excited.

Coffee in hand, husband by my side. We're off!

So come to find out he made reservations at this adorable hotel in South Lake Tahoe, at the base of Heavenly mountain. 

A little Martina McBride Christmas on our way to the snow!

So we spent the afternoon walking the strip, weaving in and out of stores, and enjoyed the crisp, mountain air. Once we were all shopped out, we went back to the hotel for some down time before we headed back out to dinner. 

Love my sweet hubby

Dinner was all about the pizza, and folks, I'm all about the pizza. After we had stuffed ourselves silly, we headed across the street to Stateline and spent a couple hours playing the penny slots. Mike took out a set amount of money out of our vacation fund (we always keep money away for when we go away on vacation) to spend on the slot machines, so we had a little fun with that. 
*Side-Note- I hate gambling. I feel like it's a waste of money. And I am suuuuper competitive so when I continually lose on those dang machines, I just get upset. I'd rather spend that money on a nice, long, hot stone massage. End Note*

Now if that's not a generous pour, I don't know what is

Husband + Mountains + Wine + Pizza = Happy Kendra

Then we headed back to the room, got into our cozy pjs, watched a movie in bed, fell asleep and awoke to the snowy mountainside. Mike is an early riser where I would prefer to sleep in, so he woke up before me, snuck out, and I woke up to this on our bed:

Breakfast in Bed-does it get much better than that?!

Looking out at the snow in my COZY pjs!!!

Our view from our room

We decided to head home pretty early because there was a massive storm coming in, and boy did we hit it on our way home! But Mike was a champ and got us home safe and sound. 

In the middle of a snow storm!

Super focused

It's not a California Road Trip without an In N Out pitstop!!!

It was a much needed getaway and I am so glad that I had that special time with my husband. I just love Lake Tahoe, it just instantly puts me in a state of relaxation. Tahoe is my happy place. 

What were ya'll up to this weekend?? I would love to hear! I hope you have a super smooth Monday and it goes by super quick! 

*Linking up with Smart Party Planning for Marvelous Monday!*

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