Vegas Baby!!! 2/20-2/23/20

Happy Friday everyone!!! Woohooooo!  We made it.  The weekend is near!!  We have a few plans with our friends this weekend, but nothing too crazy and I am a-okay with that!  I’m sure this weekend will be a little less crazy than last weekend in VEGAS!!

Our college friends invited us to go out to Vegas for the weekend with them so ofcourse, we said YES!  We can’t say no to a good trip with great friends! 🙂

When we arrived, we grabbed an uber from the airport and actually got stuck in the parking garage at the airport in the uber for over an hour because they closed down the airport and all surrounding roads because Trump was in town and actually leaving on Air Force One.  While the wait was super inconvenient, we did get to see the motorcades come in and the plane take off so that was kind of cool.

But, the absolutely highlight of my trip was running into THIS guy while we were just casually walking to lunch one day.  If you don’t know (are you living under a ROCK?), this is Peter from this season of The Bachelor.  I was a total fan girl and ran right up to him, introduced myself and asked if we could take a picture together.  He could not have been nicer and so genuine.  I didn’t get any spoilers, but I am totally rooting for him! 🙂

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Friday night we got to see the water fountain show at the Bellagio, which is always so fun!

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Then we went to dinner at the Sugar Factory. 

It was yummy and crowded, but quick for a good meal before our evening plans!

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Next, we headed over to the Mirage to see the Beatles Cirque Du Soleil show and you guys, it was SOO phenomenal.  Obviously the music was so good, but all of the acrobatic stunts were out of this world.  There was always so much going on, you didn’t know which way you should be looking.  I highly recommend seeing this show if you are ever in Vegas.  It was absolutely amazing.

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The girlies with the beetle bug.

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Jonny and me!

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Us and our sweet friends!!!

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The next morning we had brunch at Primrose.

It was super yummy and we realized Biden had breakfast here one day earlier… just missed him!!

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So I am not sure if I have told you all about my new obsession with playing Texas Hold ‘Em Poker.  Like it is my favorite thing ever.  But, I have only played in games with our group of friends… never at a casino and definitely not in Vegas.  But, I figured I should give it a shot to say I tried.  Jonny and I signed up for the poker tournament starting with 34 players at 3 different tables.  Well, we both made it to the last table and placed 5th and 6th overall!  Ofcourse, only the first 4 players won money… so we were SOOO close. But I was proud of myself for being the last girl standing and making it all the way to 6th place.  I had a freaking blast and would have played in 10 more tournaments, but they last about 3 hours soo that is a long commitment. LOL.

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After a little more gambling (we did not win any money… :)).  We made it to sushi for dinner.

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Soo yummy! and it was happy hour so a lot of our food was half priced!

After dinner we headed over to Jimmy Kimmel’s comedy club for a stand up show.  He obviously wasn’t there, but the acts were pretty good.  Not my favorite, but it was a fun way to end the night.

After the show we headed back to the hotel, Tropicana  to call it a night.  The hotel was actually very nice and not as pricey as the big resorts (we have stayed at the MGM and the Venetian before which are both nice, but can be pricey).  My lovely husband booked us a 6am flight home Sunday morning, which was great in theory. LOL.  We did get to bed at a decent hour, but when we were walking through the hotel at 4am with our luggage to get to the uber pick up spot, I was AMAZED at the amount of people who were still up gambling and partying.  I am too old for those kind of late nights and lack of sleep these days. 😉

We had a blast touring Vegas, losing all our money, and hanging with our sweet friends!!

After Europe, Arizona, and Vegas, I need a traveling break…for a bit. We have a couple trips planned to Georgia, Chicago, and Austin, possibly Denver, but… where should we go next?  I am dreaming of a tropical vacation on a beach somewhere… but like not too far because I am tired of plane rides. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Tell me what trips you have taken recently, or are coming up soon, or tell me what your dream vacation destination would be if you could go anywhere right now!!!

Scottsdale, AZ Trip 1/30-2/3/20

Hi friends!! Lots of catching up to do around here!!  It has been a crazy couple of months with a lot of trips in 2020 already – Europe, Arizona, and Vegas!

Backing up a bit, we went to Arizona a few weeks ago to visit our good friends and have some fun!  We had been meaning to make it out there for quite a while so I was so happy we got to fit this trip in!

Up, up and away!

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On Friday we got to grab lunch with an old friend who moved away from Nashville so it was great catching up!  Friday evening our friend scored us some sweet seats at the Suns game Friday night!

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We had a blast!

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Me and Jonny!

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Saturday morning we were up bright and early for some pickle ball with friends and some play time outside!

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Then we grabbed a quick lunch before heading back to the house to hang out for the afternoon! Salad of my dreams!

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This is what my Saturday afternoon looked like.  I told our friends I’m moving in. 😉

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Our friends have these awesome walking paths in their neighborhood so I got plenty of walks/runs in while I was there.  The weather was so perfect.

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Saturday night some of our other good friends came over for a grill out and some ping pong!

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They made salmon, steaks, veggies and a salad.  Our sweet friend brought this beautiful cake she made.  How pretty is it?

Sunday we made it out to the Waste Management Open golf tournament for a few hours.  My husband was in his happy place. 🙂 . We had so much fun!

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Sunday night we just hung out with our friends and caught up and our friend made these delicious quinoa taco bowls.  They were SOO good.

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Time to get to work! Tomorrow is Friday and I am ready for a nice, relaxing weekend at home!!!  Tell me what your plans are for this weekend!!

Europe Trip January 2020 Video

Hi friends!! I hope you all had a nice weekend (maybe even a long one if you were lucky enough to get yesterday off… not me).  I have been working on a few blog posts, but my domain doesn’t renew for another week and a couple days and I have used up all my storage because I posted too many pictures. 🙂 Sooo while you are waiting for some more posts, my husband compiled some videos and pictures of our Europe trip to Munich, Innsbruck and Prague.  The link to my youtube page where the video is posted is below!!

 

Check it out if you want.. just don’t laugh too hard at me skiing for the first time in probably 5 years down wayyy steeper slopes than I would prefer. 😉

Talk to you guys soon!!

Creamy Chocolate Smoothie… My Latest Obsession

Hey friends!! It has been busy and crazy as ever over here, but life is good! I’m still working on organizing all our pictures and videos from Europe, but I’ll be sure to share those soon! Last weekend we visited some friends in Scottsdale, Arizona and had the best time!! We fit in lots of fun activities and friend time so I’ll share some pictures from that trip soon too!

Life has been crazy lately with our travel and still dealing with some pretty bad neck pain which has been causing intense migraines so my days around here have been a little hectic.  I am getting a nerve ablation (they go in and literally burn the nerve in my neck) later this week and I am hoping that eases some of the pain and migraines (i’ve done it once before and I think it seemed to help).

One thing that has been brightening my days lately is this new smoothie combination I have been making on the daily.  It is soooo good – I crave it just thinking about it!!  It is so tasty, it belongs in a fancy glass – preferably a martini glass. 😉 . Give it a try if chocolate milkshake tasting smoothies are your thing!!! 🙂

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Creamy Chocolate Smoothie

1/2 Banana

2-4 dates (depending on how sweet you like it)

1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (you can use chocolate and any kind you like – I just had vanilla on hand – I love the SunWarrior brand)

1 teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)

1-2 teaspoons of cacao powder (can use cocoa instead – I like mine really chocolately so I use 2)

1 teaspoon almond butter

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (can use any milk/substitute or even water)

1 teaspoon L glutamine (optional, but I always add after a workout as it aids in muscle recovery)

5 drops liquid trace mineral drops (optional)

1-2 cups of ice

1-2 teaspoons of unsweetened shredded coconut (I usually add one in the smoothie and sprinkle the rest on top)

ADD all ingredients to the blender and top with shredded coconut!!!

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I hope you give it a try and love it as much as I do!!!

ENJOY!!!!

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I’ve been making this daily after my workout and it fills me up and satisfies my sweet tooth!

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday and a great week!!!!