Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Loves

Woohoo it's finally Friday guys! I cannot be more excited for today because in a few short hours (after a quick dental check up) I'm headed to the airport to pick up 2 of my favorite people ever, my momma and sissy!!!!


We have some errands and lots of catching up/packing to get done before we head out for our cruise tomorrow, but I'm so excited to be sharing this adventure with them. We also get to celebrate my mom's 60th birthday on Sunday while we're on the cruise and I can't wait to just celebrate her. She is such an amazing mother and I cannot express how much she means to me. Having moved hundreds of miles away from her has been awfully tough especially since starting this new chapter of my life without her being by my side. She has been there through everything in my life and she more than deserves this trip. She is as young as we are, at times younger than us with all she does in a day. She's an amazing chef, organizer and overall kind hearted soul. I hope to one day be just a fraction of the type of mother she is because she loves us through anything and would do anything in the world for my sister and I's happiness. Love you momma and hope you have the best time!!

This week has been the week of serious pampering just getting prepped for the cruise. On Monday I got my nails done at a new salon near work and I was in love, I almost didn't want to leave and drive home because of how relaxed I was. I also got dipped nails for the first time and think I found my new favorite nail technique. If you have a salon that offers it I highly recommend it, much safer than gel and lasts much longer!



And now because I have nothing else, I'll leave y'all with some funnies. (p.s. I am going to try to post on Instagram and possibly Snapchat if I'm able to while on the cruise. If you want to follow along, add me npat62 for both.)










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Well folks, that's all I've got. I'm going to be pretty MIA from the blogging world until May 1st!

Linking up with Amanda!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Weekending | Celebrating Hubs

Happy Monday morning folks! I'm hoping and praying this week just breezes by because at the end of it my mom & sister await along with our looooong awaited Caribbean cruise!! I've been starring at this countdown timer since the day we booked the cruise and I can't believe in 5 short days we will be cruising away! My momma and sissy get here Friday morning so it'll be a day well spent, catching up and doing some last minute stuff.



Our weekend started out on Friday, since I didn't have the day off (boo!) we waiting until the evening to go to our friends place for a little craft beer & cider tasting. I wasn't a huge fan of the beers because I just don't like beer in general, but the ciders on the other hand! I definitely found some winners in there! I can't wait until our next tasting, we decided it'll have to be wine though!



It was fun to catch up and see some people we haven't seen since early January. Our hostess also had an amazing chocolate wine shaped cake for hubby's birthday! It was almost too pretty to eat, but I'm glad we did because it was delicious!! We were also celebrating hubs passing his work exam!!! I cannot begin to tell you how proud and relieved we both are that he passed! After 4-5 long months of studying and failing the first time, he finally has his Series 66 behind him!



After all the clean up was said and done, we headed home...exhausted! I fell asleep almost immediately and gladly so since I had an early morning the next day!

Saturday morning hubs and I both woke up and headed to get our hair cut. I was trying out a new salon after reading great reviews on Yelp and I'm so glad I did. If you are in the Sugar Land area and are in need of a new hair stylist or even a great blow out, check out Sugar Land Drybar, it is the only blow dry bar in the area and I hope Ashley branches out and becomes even bigger than she is right now. I'm actually headed back to her to get a Keratin express blowout treatment later this week! The rest of the late morning/early afternoon was spent getting some stuff done around the house before our night out.

I had asked hubs if we could stop at Kendra Scott before dinner since there was one in the area and use his birthday reward! Folks if you don't know about the 50% any one item at KS on your birthday (or your s/o if they comply) you are missing out! I picked myself up this gorgeous iridescent druzy necklace which goes perfectly which just about everything! 



Afterwards, we headed to one of my favorite restaurants, YardHouse for hubby's birthday dinner! If you have never been to a YardHouse and have one in your area, run don't walk there...and get their firecracker boneless wings, you won't regret it! A bunch of our family and friends came out to celebrate and it was so great having everyone in one place celebrating my favorite person! After dinner we headed to a little lounge in the City Centre area for some late night drinks and live music!




After staying out way past our bedtimes, we decided to call it a night and head home. I had such a blast celebrating A's birthday since it was his first married birthday!

Sunday we slept in much later than usual and paid for the late night of drinking the night before! When I did finally make it out of bed, it was chore time. Once everything was cleaned and tidy, we headed to the grocery store to grab stuff for the week. Since we don't celebrate Easter this was our way of celebrating I suppose. Luckily for us, Kroger was not only open, but unusually quiet!

Since it was our 9 month(!!!!) wedding anniversary, we decided to go out for dinner for some Indian yumminess! We ended the night with some SNL and Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches, now that's what I call a successful marriage!




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It was quite an eventful and busy weekend, but I wouldn't have changed a thing...besides having it last longer! I can only hope I can make it through this short 4 day work week ahead!

Linking up with Biana for some weekending!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Happy Birthday Hubs

Happy hump day loves! I'm just popping in because I wanted to dedicate today's post for my amazing hubby. It's his birthday today and even though he should be relaxing and enjoying the day he is prepping for his exam that's tomorrow. 

I'm so proud of him and to call him my husband because he is such a thoughtful, patient, caring and intelligent man that I love learning more and more about every day of this married adventure of ours. I can't wait to celebrate him even more this weekend with our loved ones, but today is for him!

Even though he despises when I suggest we take a picture, more notably a selfie....we take some good selfies together and there's nobody I'd rather  selfie with than him!


Monday, April 10, 2017

Weekending | Catching Up

Happy Monday loves! Is it just me or did this weekend just fly right by us?? I felt a good catch up sesh was necessary for today so shall we?

I did absolutely nothing this weekend, the highlight of my weekend was going to Target and Sephora!


Yup that pretty much happened. I literally went in for a birthday card! I ended up with $75 worth of other things....as I was walking out to my car, totally forgot the birthday card! I had to run back in and grab that since that was basically the only reason why I was there. Luckily I don't go basket crazy at Sephora or else I would be under a pile of debt from that place alone! 

Once I came home and proceeded to hide all of the things I unnecessarily bought, I went into a Netflix daze. I saw some fellow bloggers posting about 13 Reasons Why and was suddenly intrigued. Between catching up on my daily shows, I totally have neglected Netflix. I'm so glad I heard about this because guys it's really a good show!! I even got my sissy hooked on it. I made it about 6 episodes before I had to cut myself off, also because it was past midnight! It's also a book so after binge-watching the season I'll grab it!  



Today is National Siblings Day, so shout out to my ride or die sissy!! Cannot wait to see her and my momma in 11 days! I have seriously missed them something fierce and NEED a week long cruise with my besties! 



Hubby's birthday is coming up this Wednesday and I cannot wait to give him his gift! He is usually always impossible to shop for and I end up just taking him to the mall and letting him pick out his gift...not this time! I knew I wanted to get him something that we could do because he honestly doesn't need anything at the moment. When I heard that Enrique & Pitbull were going on tour, I knew I had to get us tickets! We both love Enrique, our reception entrance song was Bailando after all! He has no idea what the gift is so I'm excited to be able to finally surprise him with a gift he'll love!! 



If you missed this nail color I posted last week on Instagram, go out and find this color y'all! I have gotten so many compliments and it is totally going to become my new go to for Spring! I got mine in my FabFitFun Spring box, but I'm sure you could find it online or at Sephora!



Finally, Sunday was spent cleaning out my closet and basically purging what I didn't need or wear anymore. I have a whole bag of goodies ready to go to Goodwill tonight. The purpose of this was to change out my closet to be spring/summer focused now that the heat and humidity have settled in, but also to set everything for my cruise aside. We don't leave for another 12 days, but next weekend is completely jam packed and between the craziness at work, I don't want it to be a rushed event. Also serious overpacking has happened! I managed to fit everything I need in 2 carry on bags (trying not to check in anything)!




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That's pretty much what's been going on with me and what our weekend consisted of! Linking up with Biana for weekending!

Monday, April 3, 2017

2017 Travel Diary | Waking Up In Vegas Part 2

Happy Monday loves! So I know you've had to wait a few days since I posted the part 1 of our Vegas trip, but since I dropped the ball for my part 2 to be ready it had to wait until today!

Anywho if you haven't read part 1 go ahead and do so, here's the rest of our weekend in Vegas.

Saturday:

We had breakfast plans with a friend who was staying at Caesar's Palace and since hubby loves their breakfast place there, we decided on that. I got the Captain Crunch French Toast and it was ah-mazing!!



We then decided to walk around the Forum Shops since the stores were just opening and the crowds weren't around. We made a reservation at the restaurant we were coming back to for dinner since it was there.


After doing some serious window shopping, we took a cab to Fremont Street. Now on the way we noticed some parts of the strip being blocked and I saw a sign for 'Special Event Ahead' so I assumed they were filming something or some hot shot celeb was around...we ignored it and we about our business. Hubs had never been to Fremont Street and I had so we decided we needed to make a trip there. Even though it was early in the day, before the main crazies come out to play, it was still a fun experience. We walked inside some of the older casinos and just got some great people watching in before heading back to our area.



Alas, the experience I will never forget...no not Nick Carter, yet! As we are sitting in our cab, we see SWAT trucks and police cars just zooming past us. After hearing something on the radio about a shooting at the Cosmopolitan we were a little freaked. We immediately got to googling what in the heck was going on. Turns out some guy decided to shoot up the Cosmo and ran out into a bus where he then proceeded to barricade himself for the next 4 hours. Mind you this was going on right in front of Cosmo and we were staying at Aria right next door. They had the entire strip on lock down basically and nobody could get anywhere past Bellagio going towards Aria, so we were stranded and exhausted. We hung around Caesar's Palace for a few hours until the shooter finally surrendered and everything was cleared up again. 



We then proceeded back to our hotel around 4pm and just laid in bed for an hour. We then had to start getting ready for our dinner that evening and felt much more refreshed after being able to be allowed in our hotel. Of course in true Vegas fashion, everything was business as usual after all the hoopla from the day. We then proceeded to have the absolute best dinner of our visit in Vegas. I never would have thought a restaurant that right smack dab in the middle of the Forum shops would be this good, but you guys it was!!





Once dinner was done we were waiting for our ride at the front entrance of Caesar's Palace we were just sitting by the fountain area, hubby on the phone with our ride and me just people watching. As I was people watching, I noticed a cute little pug dog and immediately stared at it, then looking up at it's owner. It was then that I realized it was NICK FRIGGIN' CARTER!! I nudged hubs, but he was not paying attention and just said in a normal voice "is that....." and I just said Nick Carter a bit louder and he actually turned around. Guys, he turned around and looked STRAIGHT at me!! I was immediately star struck because nobody else around us was noticing who he was, he was just a guy walking his dog. When he turned around he just waved and said hey to me and then proceeded to walk on, I was froze and just had no words...literally biggest regret was not immediately saying omg can I get a picture?! I kind of woke up from my dream state and walked behind him, but he was already too far way and I heard girls screaming so I figured they found him. I managed to get a quick blurry snap of the back of him, but literally no proof this actually happened! I had been upset that we weren't able to go to the BSB show in Vegas, but trust me meeting Nick Carter and having him say "hey" to me....so worth missing it! Oh and did I mention that a BSB song was playing as he walked by...literally out of a movie guys!



After just constant shaking and flying on cloud nine, we were in our car headed to Mandalay Bay to hang out at the SkyFall Lounge. Hubs was pretty excited this all happened to because he claims he made eye contact with Nick Carter and became bros right then and there...glad he didn't think I was nuts! Guys if you are ever in Vegas, you need to head to Mandalay bay to head to this lounge because it really is such a swanky and cool place. Never too crowded and their drinks are stellar!

Also the elevator ride claims to have the best view in Vegas, they also have a little balcony ledge that has couches and a little lounge feel to it where you have a pretty incredible view of the city as well.




After about an hour we headed out to The Mirage for a comedy show that we had tickets for. Nick Swardson, you may know him from Reno 911 and basically any Adam Sandler/David Spade movies. He was pretty hilarious and I was actually surprised at how packed the theater was. Overall we had a fun time watching his stand up routine. 




We decided to just head back to the hotel since we were beyond exhausted that night and had to be up fairly early the next morning. 

Sunday:

We woke up fairly early and started to get ready and pack up all of our stuff so we didn't have to rush later on. Afterwards we finally headed to Cosmopolitan to collect my winnings and then walked around the hotel a bit to catch the beauty one last time.



After heading back to our room to grab our bags and head down for our car to take us to the airport. Of course had to get a quick pic in front of the pretty flower wall at the Sky Suite entrance.



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Overall it was such a fabulous trip...minus the whole shooting incident! We got to meet up with a friend while he was in Vegas, I got to get some pampering done, hubby got to watch all the games when he wanted to (I even got in on the action a few times) and we overall just got to enjoy each other. Definitely much needed after all the stressors in our everyday lives. Now it's a few more weeks until I'm reunited with my momma and sissy for our week long cruise in the Western Caribbean!!


Linking up with B!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Guys Behind The Blog | March

Guys I finally have my stuff together to be able to participate in this fun link up again! The last time I did this was back in June, but I felt like that was practically yesterday! When I saw the questions up on Evelina's blog I copied and pasted them in an e-mail to hubby and had him answer them. He was very prompt at answering and told me not to judge his answers (they aren't that weird I promise). 

These are always fun to do with him because when we were first dating, we would send each other questions to answer and it was such a fun way to get to know each other. I think these are still fun to do because I don't know everything about my husband so it's still fun to learn new things about him.






1. Would you rather have your dream job and make less money or have a job you hate and make tons of money?
Dream job and make less money. 
If it were up to me it would be his dream job & make tons of money ;)

2. Would you rather play a hero or a villian in a movie?
Hero. Ideally someone like Bruce Wayne who is a secret hero.
Our mutual love of Batman makes me smile.

3.Would you rather always have to say what's on your mind or never be able to speak again?
Tough question. Always say on mind only if it didn't create conflict otherwise never speak. Let's go with always say on mind only because never being able to speak sounds awful.
He may be referring to when he brings up things I don't like the answer too...I've gotten better at open communication though :)!

4. Would you rather go back in time and meet your ancestors or go into the future to meet your great grandchildren?
Into the future to meet great grandchildren.
Same, although ancestors would be interesting.

5. Would you rather swim in the Artic Ocean with nothing but a swim suit (no wet suit) or walk through the desert in the middle of summer having to wear sweat pants and a sweatshirt?
Desert. I wouldn't do well with cold water. Plus you can always take off the sweats.
Again same, would rather be hot over freezing cold. Plus living in Houston has probably made us both immune to extreme heat.

BONUS:

6. Would you rather live like a king but have no friends and family or be homeless with your friends and family?
King. Ain't no one wanna be homeless.
Clearly by his answer he loves me LOL, but I guess it beats being homeless.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

2017 Travel Diary | Waking Up In Vegas Part 1

Hey loves! So I am finally getting down to recapping our trip to Vegas. I don't know what it is about traveling that just makes me lose all want to do much of anything. The few days after we got back, we've been dealing with issues my car is giving me and other things that have been coming up so needless to say I've been keeping busy.

We traveled to Vegas on Thursday and came back to Houston on Sunday evening. Once we got to the airport, our driver was ready to pick us up...definitely a great perk of staying at the Aria Sky Suites. I've never stayed at Aria, but I have to say I'm very impressed with the hotel and the service, definitely the best I've had and we are definitely loyal to them (hubby has been staying there the past 5-6 years now).

THURSDAY:

Private entrance for the Sky Suites at Aria.

We freshened up and headed out to explore...I had been craving some Secret Pizza ever since I was there 2 years back for my friends bachelorette party. If you haven't heard of this it's basically a little hole in a wall pizza place that serves amazing slices! It's located on the 2nd floor of the Cosmopolitan but doesn't have any signs so it took us a minute to actually find it. We were so hungry at this point we each ordered 2 slices and scarfed it down! 

We then made our way over to Planet Hollywood and the Miracle Mile Shops for a makeup appointment I had at Sephora. Since I'm a VIB Rouge, I figured I would take advantage of one being right across the street and book a makeup appointment. I was a bit early, but they were able to accommodate me and I loved my makeup artist, we were chatting away the time and I loved my look, minus my lip. It was a little too vampy for my taste and it just didn't work on me so I took that off and replaced it with a nice mauve color.


I made my way back to our hotel and met up hubby who was watching some of the March Madness games. I decided to partake in it and it got down to the wire at the end of some of the games, the excitement in the room was electric!



We headed up after some of them ended and got ready for our dinner at Lemongrass which was a delicious Thai restaurant located inside the Aria. Our food was absolutely delicious, I had some soup, spring rolls and the Pad Thai. The service could have been better, but the atmosphere was very cool.



Afterwards we headed over to Bellagio for the Cirque De Soleil "O" Show. It was an incredible show and I was just fascinated. The only thing I wish is that we didn't book it on the night we had just gotten there because we were both exhausted!!





We headed back to our hotel and decided to call it a night!


FRIDAY:

I woke up bright and early, thanks time difference and headed down to the Spa for my facial. I had access all day to the facilities so I decided to go early and take advantage of that. I soaked in the whirlpool for a bit until I was called. Let me tell you that was the best facial I've ever had, the technician was so professional and experienced. Even during the extraction, I never felt discomfort and she gave me some samples of moisturizer and sunscreen to use afterwards. Once I was finished, I went into the hot stone room and laid on them for a while before showering and heading back up to the room. Perfect way to start the day!


When I got back to the room, hubby was awake and we decided to get ready and head out for breakfast. We did stop to enjoy the view from our room, even though it wasn't a strip view, we were able to check out if the pool was busy or not.



We made our way to Hash House A Go Go at the Linq Hotel. Even though we had thought we were there early enough, the line was pretty crazy and we had about a 45 minute wait. It was well worth it because our food was amazing!! 





We decided to walk our way back to Aria so that way we could burn off what we just ate and get a little pedestrian view of the strip. We rested up a little bit before heading down to the pool. It was the perfect weather, not too hot and not too cold. I stayed cooled off in the pool enjoying my frozen cocktail.



After soaking up some sunshine, we headed back up to the room. I took a quick power nap before headed back over to the Miracle Mile Shops to go to  DryBar for a blow out. It was my very first time here and I was excited for it! The whole experience was great and they did such a fabulous job with my hair, plus I didn't have to worry about doing my hair that night!




We met up with a friend for some drinks at Cosmo to watch some games. A few hours later, we headed back to our hotel room to get ready for the night. We ate at Javier's at Aria that night and it was great. It was definitely a late dinner because the place was so booked up, but service was kind of lacking again. The ambiance was great and you didn't feel like you were in a hotel casino!



We got tickets that night to go to Jewel Nightclub at the Aria to see Lil' Jon. I wasn't expecting the amount of people that showed up, but it was packed and so much fun! We aren't much of the clubbing type, but we figured when in Vegas! We had promised some friends we would take tequila shots in their honor so we did that...ended up getting them for free since the bartender was just overwhelmed with the crowd and forgot about us! We must have found the married couple crowd because that's where we were pretty much hanging out until around 1am when we decided to call it a night.





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Since this post is already long and picture heavy, I've decided to break down the post. I'll post about all the excitement that went down on Saturday and trust me you won't want to miss out. I'll mention how I'm basically BFF's with Nick Carter and something scary that happened during our time in Vegas!