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Archive | May, 2012

Last Thing Thursdays

17 May

On time and everything, look at me go! Life is absolutely crazy right now so this says a lot about how I feel about you!

The Last Thing I…

Pinned. Coconut Blueberry Muffin Tops…I mean does anyone even eat the bottom?

Sometime a girl just needs a pastry!

Read. Gal Meets Glam – love this blog. Julia has an awesome sense of style and I really look forward to her posts. I also secretly covet her legs wardrobe.

Bought. Cement to level our floor…enough said.

Wanted to Buy. The Back in the Day Cookbook.

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Back in the Day Bakery is located in Savannah, Georgia – a bucket list destination for sure. Not only for the sights, but also for this bakery. Paula Deen says it’s amazing so it must be true! I dream of stuffing my face full of their decadent desserts and southern treats.

Did that made me smile. Spent an hour outside in the sunshine with Lulu and my niece picking flowers and making birds nests. Sometimes we forget how important it is to just relax and be a kid for a little while.

Got Excited for. The long weekend! Even though I am working on the Monday I am really looking forward to the Cowboy Cookoff and the Cloverdale Rodeo this weekend. Are you surprised? Didn’t think so!

Giddy Up!

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Monday Morsels

14 May

All I can say is FINALLY! We finally had a beautiful weekend full of sunshine. Not the kind where you still need to wear a sweater or capri pants. The kind where you don’t give the girls wearing next to nothing dirty looks…Don’t act like you haven’t! It was hot, hot sunshine, so here’s to a sunburned nose and sore muscles – totally worth it for an awesome weekend of softball! I am so happy that I was able to spend it all outside while my other half continued to renovate our apartment. That’s love I guess!

We also had a lovely Mother’s Day BBQ last night to celebrate the Lilinator but I forgot to take pictures…FAIL!

My Monday morning started off a little bit rough but then I received this from a friend.

And obviously it turned right around!

On Friday morning I found this beauty in my mailbox.

Not gonna lie it made me feel pretty important.

I also found some time over the weekend to drink to a bottle of wine. I threw in some strawberries and really classed it up!

Hopefully you found some time to enjoy the sunshine and celebrate Mother’s Day too!

Happy Monday!

Xo

Last Thing Thursdays

11 May

Yeah, yeah, I know it’s Friday, which means I am definitely late. Terrible I know, forgive me!?

The Last Thing I…

Read that made me laugh. A letter to Ryan Gosling, just read it, its awesome. I promise! Almost as awesome as this…

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Pinned. The delicious looking grapefruit and mint coolers. Perfect for patio season.

Bought. Tiles and paint, we are trucking along with our renovations, hopefully in a couple weeks we will be able to move in. Next on the list…floors! We have managed to get a lot done despite what this picture might portray.

Dreamed about. Life going back to a normal routine so I can get some sleep, and maybe have the energy to make myself look presentable…sigh!

Got excited for. The Rodeo, heck yes! It is a week away but, I am itching to shine my boots in preparation for a long weekend full of BBQ, sunshine, country music and duh – cowboys!

They are ready go, and so am I.

Fingers crossed for sunshine all weekend, I’ve got softball to play.

TGIF!

Chicago – What We Ate

9 May

Let’s be honest, what didn’t we eat would probably be a better title for this post. I was so excited to travel to Chicago, not only for baseball, but also to all of the food The Windy City is so well known for. Ahem, deep dish pizza. I don’t really even have words to explain this one to you. See for yourself.

We went to Giordano’s – the most famous spot to eat this local delicacy. This was a small pizza, yes a small! Thanks to our friends past experience ordering a large we were strongly advised to get a small. Good thing!

Check out all the cheese! I manged to eat 2 pieces prior to feeling my arteries begin to close….who needs arteries!

Proof we ate the entire thing…killed it!

Another local staple is the Chicago dog, hands down my favorite! I ate one everyday, that’s not overkill right? I am not sure what makes it so delicious, the pickle, the sport peppers, maybe its the celery salt? All that I know is I need to make these at home, like yesterday. You can get these bad boys just about anywhere, I consumed the majority of mine at the baseball stadium, figures right!

Quite possibly the most delicious ice cream sandwich ever, ya I said it.

Hand scooped ice cream sandwiched between 2 freshly baked oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. It was so good we went back a second time to try it on sugar cookies. The pictures were forgotten as we promptly inhaled the entire thing. The verdict – sugar cookies are the winner. Funny enough these were from Potbelly a sandwich franchise in the Midwest…take that Subway!

We also managed to find donuts…of course! Do-Rite donuts was a hit, we sampled the PB & J donut and the candied maple bacon.

Finally, the best for last Frontier. This little spot was so amazing it deserves its own post!

To be continued…

Monday Morsels

7 May

As usual another busy weekend for me. We have started renovations on our apartment so I spent Friday night and all day Saturday cleaning cabinets and sanding walls. Needless to say by the time Saturday night rolled around I was in bed by 10. Who knew it could take so much out of you, or that your boogers could turn white from inhaling putty dust that has been sanded off the walls – lesson learned! In other exciting news that doesn’t involve boogers, I received my first Glossybox in the mail. Check it out.

Such a cute box – I adore the packaging. Plus, you can’t beat the novelty of getting an adorable little package addressed to you in the mail. The $15 dollars I spent is definitely worth it considering the moisturizer alone was worth $20. Throw in some mascara, a full size body wash, some hair products and I am a happy girl. I can’t wait to see what next month brings me. Order your Glossybox and join the party!

I have also fallen in love with another show, GCB, which stands for Good Christian Bitches or Belles – which ever you prefer. It is set in Dallas where Amanda Vaughn, a recent widow moves back into the wealthy neighborhood in Dallas where she grew up. While trying to start her life over she is engrossed in the tumultuous gossip, drama and competition of all the women from her past. It is absolutely hilarious!  Typical I know, it’s very southern, plays country music and the amount of sparky, bedazzled cowboy boots is beyond awesome!

Do yourself a favor on this beautiful Monday morning and have a listen to Ben Rector. You can thank me later!

Happy Monday!

Xo

Chicago – What We Saw

1 May

Miss me? Yeah, I missed you too! We had a fabulous getaway in Chicago – what an amazing city! Since arriving home on Sunday I have been thrown full force back into real life, between final paperwork on our apartment, a car that needs to be repaired, renovations and insurance being a grown up really sucks sometimes! Let’s just say the bank of Kim is now closed! But hey, that’s life I guess, a little bit of adjustment and we will be just fine. Enough with the negative, let’s move on to the awesome. And by awesome I definitely mean Chicago. I am going to tell you all about it but rather than inundate you with a 6 page post I am going to split it up a little bit. Why don’t we start with this.

Hands down Chicago is one of the most beautiful cities to fly into, between the skyline and pristine blue waters of Lake Michigan I couldn’t wait to get off the plane and start exploring the city. And we did just that, I would say we easily walked at least 5 miles a day, I definitely did not pack the best footwear for this little adventure, a word of advice do not complain about this to your boyfriend. Such nonsense will promptly be followed with an eye roll and an “I told you so”. Oh well, at least I looked cute right? It’s a shame my poor swollen toes don’t care.

As you know, we are pretty big baseball fans…that’s probably an understatement. So we were incredibly excited to visit Wrigley Field.

It is the second oldest baseball stadium in North America behind Fenway park and getting to watch a cubs game there was definitely a item we had on our bucket list. Whether you like watching baseball or not, if you are ever in the Chicago area be sure to pay a visit to this spectacular building, probably the coolest stadium I have been to – It’s hard to explain but it just had a really awesome old school feel to it.

We planned our trip so that both the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs had games while we were there. Genius I know! We spent 2 of our evenings at U.S. Cellular field – home to the Sox. This was a completely different experience than the cubs game but equally as fun. The stadium was awesome but I think we might be bad luck because the home team lost every game we watched, oops!

We also had a chance to visit Navy Pier and see the Ferris Wheel, unfortunately we went later in the evening and nothing was open but with a children’s museum, mini golf and more, I can imagine it’s a fantastic spot for families during the day.

On the opposite side of the city is the Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower – I had no idea they changed the name of this landmark, definitely need to keep up on my current events.

We also did a pretty good job stimulating the US economy by shopping our hearts out on State Street and the Magnificent Mile. Not only does Chicago have  fantastic shopping, they also have amazing parks and absolutely beautiful architecture. I often found myself constantly looking at my surroundings it didn’t matter where we were there was always something to see. Or hear…the subway is LOUD! I know that it is just something different but being so used to the skytrains in Vancouver the subways in Chicago were so strange to me. Train tracks run down the middle of the street, beside houses, underground, over bridges. Definitely a experience and a bit of big city culture shock. Once I got used to the sound and wasn’t jumping out of shoes every time the train rolled by I actually thought it was really neat. I will say that if you ever travel to Chicago you do not need a car. We got absolutely every where we needed to on this bad boy. And we only paid $23 for a 7 day pass, now that is a steal! Here is a look at the 5 days we spent in the Windy City!

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If you enjoy city travel, Chicago is a must see! We loved it there and I don’t think either of us would hesitate to go back.