Lubbock and Houston

During this whole trip we didn’t stay at a single place for more than a night. Even if we spend a couple of days in the same city we were hopping houses, hotels, and air bNb’s. It was crazy!

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Because of that I didn’t get too much from Lubbock. We made it there around evening time from Austin and had enough time to shower and get ready for a dinner.

We went to a Cajun restaurant called Razoos, I think. I got a po’ boy with tilapia and the hubby got a salad. I didn’t take any pics since it was a part of B’s interview process. 

You guys by the time we left the restaurant it was SO cold! We stopped by Target to grab a few things and rushed home. The next day we could see snow flurries! We were not prepared for the cold!

The hubs dropped me off at Starbucks and he went to his interview. I ordered a tea and a little while later got their egg sous vide and an everything bagel. 

It was my first time trying the “egg bites” and it was pretty good! They were soft and fluffy on the inside (almost souflee like?) and the outside was a little crispy which I loved. Besides eating I was able to schedule some blog posts and catch up on reading some of your posts…it was quite productive!

Once the hubby got done we had a very long drive ahead of us to Houston. We drove and drove and ended up stopping for some Taco Bell. We finally made it to our air bNb and it was so cute!

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The couple that greeted us were so friendly and I loved our room! It was beach themed and cozy. We knocked out as soon as our head hit the pillow 🙂

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The next morning we packed up and headed out to meet up with some family. I was starving so we stopped to grab a Banh Mi for me. I know it’s a weird thing to have for breakfast, but nothing else sounded good. Honestly I would have had the pho, but it is not great car food.

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We met up with fam at a place they suggested called, Snooze! Can you believe it? I didn’t realize Snooze was a chain, but it’s also in Houston! I was still full from my sandwich so I ordered the OMG french toast, fruit, and coffee. I only had a piece of the french toast and shared it with everyone else!

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The hubby got a protein packed bowl which looked and tasted amaze! I tried a couple of bites 🙂

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We visited some more family before heading out again to check into our hotel. We got stuck in some traffic, but made it safe and sound.

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I went and worked out a bit and then we got Chipotle for dinner. How pretty is that tree that was around Chipotle! They had a bunch decorated and it looked so beautiful and festive!

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We both got bowls and it was warm and delicious and totally filling. Noms! We packed up as much as we could since we needed to head out after hubby’s interview the next morning.

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While hubs headed to his interview I decided to workout again in the hotel gym. Afterwards I headed to breakfast at the hotel lobby/restaurant area. I didn’t get a pic before I started eating, but I had a piece of veggie frittata, lots of servings of fruit, and some potatoes. 

I decided to check out the waffle maker and made my own waffle. It was so fluffy and crispy and absolute perfection. I also have some fruit hidden under there 😀

Once the interview was over we drove over to the airport to return our car and head back to LA.

I hadn’t had lunch and hubby needed a snack so I got a sandwich from Which Wich and he got a spinach feta egg white wrap from Starbucks. The sammy was wheat with turkey, cheddar, ‘cado, onion, lettuce, and tomato.

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It was YUM! We had some time before our flight so we wandered around the airport looking at the stores and our options for dinner. When it was almost time to head on we grabbed some dinner from Panda Express for our flight.

 

It was delicious and the only pic I have is terrible since it was so dark! We made it back home pretty late and ended up sleeping within an hour of arriving. We were both beat! 

It was a really great trip! Till next time!

 

Austin

Our drive from OKC to San Antonio was a long one, but lucky for us Austin is pretty close to San Antonio so it was a quick trip!

We made it to our adorable airBnB and settled in while waiting for B’s brother to arrive from OKC.

We had made plans to hang out with him while we were in Austin. Once he got there we (I) decided tacos were much needed.

We headed to Juan in a Million. We were all starving, but once seated we were greeted with tortilla chips and salsa. The hubs ordered some guac too! We annihilated one basket and she came back with another.

I had to stop eating the chips because our tacos started coming out. I was expecting smaller sizes of tacos, but these were pretty big. Eyes>stomach 😅

I don’t remember which ones we got, but they were all pretty good!

We ended up walking around the area for a bit. They had a lot of little art galleries set up so it was really cool!

We were pretty ready for dessert by this point. I wanted to check out Shipley’s so we went. It was really late in the day so they didn’t have much. I ended up grabbing a glazed to try and it was simply okay.

We were told that they do hot glazed in the morning and I imagine that is way better!

We dropped into Amy’s for some ice-cream. Their Mexican vanilla is very popular and I can see why. It’s so flavorful!

I ended up getting the Oreo which is their Mexican Vanilla with crushed up Oreo. It was fantastic!

We left and walked around a mall until our improv show. We also checked out downtown and some other popular areas.

Austin is so beautiful! I love the neon signs and string lights that are at every restaurant and bar!

After the improv show we grabbed pizza at Homeslice! This place was so cute, but dimly lit.

Each of the menus had a different meme on the front. I thought they were fun!

You guys, it was a cold night and hot pizza definitely hit the spot.

I don’t think any of us could imagine walking out again to find dessert so we had chocolate chip cookies and milk at Homeslice too 😋

These cookies were fat and chewy, but would have been over the top if they had been just a little warm.

I fell asleep in the car on our way back to the airBnB. We crashed so hard once our head hit the pillows.

Our next stop was Lubbock so we got up and grabbed some gas, coffee, and Torchy’s for me before heading out.

I got the breakfast one with brisket in it…the Wrangler I think. I promise this tasted better than it looked!

I will see you guys Thursday with the next leg of our trip!

Have you been to Austin? What did you think?

Roadtrip: OKC and San Antonio

Good morning lovely people!

We recently did a little roadtrip around Texas for some interviews for hubby.

I thought it would be fun to share our memories here and bring you guys along.

Both hubby and I had to be at work the morning of our trip. I had a class to attend and he had actual work.

I grabbed a quick breakfast from our cafeteria and it really hit the spot! Simple scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, and hot sauce all over errythang…

Once we got to the airport that afternoon we grabbed a sandwich to eat.

Later on we grabbed a hummus chicken wrap for dinner since we wouldn’t arrive in OKC until midnight.

We were in Oklahoma for a couple of days. B did his interview in OKC and then we hung out with our families for a couple of days!

November is a very busy month for our family since it’s filled with birthdays and other celebrations. I’m not kidding! We literally have 1 to 2 birthdays a week in November. Since we happened to be in town we just celebrated everything for everyone at one time 😁

I didn’t record much of our time in OKC, but I did get some pics of our cupcakes.

We left OKC for San Antonio very early on a Friday morning. The hubby had rented a Jeep and I can honestly say that it was a great vehicle for this trip. It had navigation, heated seats, heated steering wheel, bluetooth, and so many more things to make many hours of driving bearable!

It’s been pretty gray everywhere since it’s fall. This was our view from our hotel room:

I worked out while hubs did his interview dinner the first night. He brought me home some chick-fil-a #besthusbandever.

I watched a lot of HGTV and Say Yes to the Dress during our 1 night 2 day stay.

The next morning B went back for more interview stuff and I worked out and grabbed some free breakfast from the hotel. I showered and started packing us up for our next leg of the trip!

Once he got back he worked out, ate breakfast, showered and we headed out to Austin.

I’m going to leave it at that! See you guys in Austin 😉

Do you like to roadtrip? Tell me about your favorite roadtrip in the comments!

Things I Do Before Traveling

We are going to be heading out for a week long trip and that had me thinking about all the things I do to prep. I like to do things to help me get ready for the trip (obvi!) and have me thanking myself when arriving home so let’s jump in!

If we’re planning on flying I make sure that we have all our travel size necessities (toothpaste, lotion, etc). If we use something up by the end of the trip I will add it to my shopping list to pick up so I’m not running around before our next trip.

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We usually do a weekly grocery trip since most things we buy are fresh fruits and veggies and they are perishable. For the week leading up to any trip I try to use up what we have in the fridge and avoid buying or opening anything I can’t use up. I don’t think anyone likes coming home to rotting produce 😖

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As close as I can to our departure date I will do a nice deep clean of the house. Coming home after vacations can be sad and I don’t like to make it worse by coming home to a dirty house!

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This goes along with the cleaning but I wash all our last minute laundry, blankets, sheets and such. I like fresh sheets and we will probably be coming home with a load of laundry  anyways so this minimizes the loads we have to do.

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I check the weather and overpack. I’ve come to realize over the years and after a few trips that 72 degrees in California is not the same as 72 in Hawaii. I tend to pack layers since I get cold very easily and I like choices so I do overpack…I know I need to work on this, but it’s so hard. Lucky for me I have a wonderful husband who has no problem packing whatever I decide to bring 😀

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That last one wasn’t helpful so much as it was me being super honest! It helps me in the sense that it gives me peace of mind, but I can’t help but feel jealous of those that can pack 1 pair of pants and 3 tops for a 3 weeks. Meanwhile I’m over here packing my whole house for a week long trip…send help!

Thanks for stopping by friends and I hope you enjoyed the post! Leave me a comment letting me know what kind of packer/traveler you are. Do you clean the house? Are you a professional light packer?

 

Favorite moments in October

You guys, this post is more for me than anything else. This past month has been so crazy and filled with ups and downs and I just wanted to take a minute to talk about all my favorite moments before diving into another busy month!

Hubby had to be in Fontana for 2 weeks plus traveling for interviews so any time he came home was a highlight moment! The 2 week stent we were only apart for one of those weeks, but that’s the longest we had been apart since getting married. It was rough, but it made him being home all the sweeter!

Having a super quick trip to Vegas is 2nd only to hubby coming home. This was super fast, super delicious, and super fun! I also loved being able to have that experience with B and enjoy that time together!

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We had the annual retreat with B’s work this month! It was amazing being able to relax and hang out with some good friends especially since this will be our last retreat. We did ice-breakers, danced, and ate lots of snacks!

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Being at home with hubby and doing absolutely nothing! I think being away from home so much in October has made me really appreciate being at home with nothing to do. Sometimes routines can get boring, but right now I am craving some regularity to my weeks. I am still trying to enjoy and appreciate every moment!

The adventure continues this month with a flight and road trip and possibly some home renovations! I am planning on bringing you guys along and trying to keep posting as regularly as possible. Thanks for coming on this journey with me!

 

 

Vegas

A few weeks ago we went to Vegas for a quick little trip. I have very little to say other than Vegas is gorgeous and we definitely need to go back for longer than 24 hours next time so we can take it all in!

Since I have such few words here’s a little photo recap 😄

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Earl of Sandwich

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Chai tea with almond milk from Cuppa

We perused the beautiful indoor garden area at the Bellagio

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This sleeping fairy really spoke to me for some reason…

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We checked into the Encore. THE nicest hotel I have ever stayed in. SO gorgeous.

Lunch at El Segundo Sol started with chips, salsa, and unpictured is a big bowl of guac!

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Tacos for the win…always!

Dessert always.

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Dressed and dapper 🙂

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Delicious dinner that started off with this salad that was almost too gorgeous to eat. Sadly the picture does it no justice.

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Steak, shrimp, and potato gratin

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Dessert-what a dessert! Chocolate mousse, peanuts, and that white chocolate shell on top? It had a gold flake in it.

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It was a whirlwind of a day and it’s something I will always treasure especially since I got to do it with my best human. Love you babe!

To Prison We Went (SF Part 3)

If you’ve stuck along this far on my SF posts I appreciate it! There will be a SF Part 4 on Wednesday because after typing up this post I noticed how long it was and decided to make it two smaller posts. Let’s jump into it!

We started our morning pretty early and went to grab coffee and split some sort of breakfast. We came to a spot pretty close to our AirBNB and had a couple of almond milk lattes. These were yummy!

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Upon perusing the menu we decided to split an egg and cheese sammich which ended up being a little dry, but made the hunger bug go away so I can’t complain…

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The reason we were having small breakfasts was so we could go and check out Donut Savant. We had read many good things and wanted to eat all of the donuts (per usu).

We ended up with half a dozen: 1 regular glazed cronut, 1 cinnamon sugar cronut, 1 mini chocolate glaze cronut, 1 mini maple cronut, 1 mini maple pecan cake donut, and 1 coconut cake donut.

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They were simple and delicious!

After this we drove to our next adventure, but since we had some time before it we parked and perused the pier and Ghirardelli Square. We did end up getting some chocolates for munching on later…how could we not?

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After all this walking we walked some more to get to our ferry that was going to be taking us to Alcatraz!

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If you ever go to SF I think this is something touristy and fun that I would recommend. Wear comfortable shoes because there are stairs and some up hill and down hill walking.

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We got headphones that led us through the tour which was great because you learned some things and since everyone started it at different times you had time to look at all the things.

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The tour was really interesting and really brought the place to life. I seriously couldn’t recommend it enough!

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We enjoyed it so much we end up getting this cup as a souvenir so we could remember our time at Alcatraz!

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That’s where I will be ending this post, but stay tuned for the next one to find out what happens after Alcatraz 🙂

See you lovelies Wednesday!

The Day Continues (SF Part 2)

If you haven’t read SF Part 1 feel free to click the link and read it now and we will wait while you catch up!

All caught up? Great! While we roamed through Golden Gate Park we made some plans for the evening. We decided to finally leave the park and head to see some other sights.

 

The Sutro Baths were another thing we missed last time so we went to find them and find them we did!

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Don’t let this picture fool you…it may look calm and serene, but it was windy AF. We did walk those ledges and the wind kept trying to blow us off, but the views were worth it!

After the bath ruins we were pretty tuckered out since we had hiked and walked and nearly died at the hand of the winds. We got in the car and headed to see the Golden Gate Bridge!

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I can’t even describe the bridge to you, but it’s a pretty cool experience. It’s touristy, but it’s an experience that I am glad to have had.

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After all the miles we had on our feet we decided to go and grab some dinner. Our friends had recommended this place to us because they wanted us to try Chicago style pizza and Zachary’s is the place to get it in North Cal.

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I couldn’t agree more!

The restaurant itself is really cool with fun art pieces all centered around their pizza and when we got there it was filled with people and the delicious smell only pizza can have!

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We ordered a small mushroom and spinach pizza and I thought we could finish it easily. HAH! I got through barely a slice and maybe a quarter before calling it quits.

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The crust is really crispy, but I guess it needs to be to hold up to all the layers. The sauce was the star here! It was really savory and sweet and flavorful. There was a ton of cheese  that was super stringy and could build you a bridge from LA to SF if needed. The mushrooms and spinach added a nice textural difference.

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When you put that first forkful into your pizza hole you get one hot, delicious bite. That being said I love NY style pizza and even after having this I would choose the NY stuff. I liked this a lot, but it felt more like a pizza lasagna situation than pizza?!

I’m still planning on having Chicago style pizza in Chicago before I make any rash decisions 😉

If you know us you know that dessert ensued shortly after! We hit up Fenton’s for some ice-cream. I went for the blueberry cheesecake while the hubs got a chocolate peanut butter something or other. The blueberry cheesecake was a dream! The ice-cream itself was so super duper creamy and the bites of blueberry broke up the creaminess and gave a fresh fruity flavor.

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This was a pretty hefty scoop, but I had already taken some bites.

The evening plans I alluded to earlier were to watch Deadpool 2. We love watching movies and what better time than after a long day of traveling and sight-seeing? We picked a random theater and when we walked into our movie this is what we saw.

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This is seriously one of the prettiest theaters I have ever watched a movie in! I loved all the architectural details and even the curtains were so beautifully beaded. After the movie I can tell you that we went back to the AirBNB and crashed hard!

We were beat!

On Monday I will be back with another SF post so I will see you lovelies then! Have a great weekend!!

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Hello San Francisco or SF Part 1

We had been to SF before and were a bit overwhelmed and underwhelmed all at the same time. When talking to friends we discovered we had missed a LOT and so we knew we had to return. With somewhat of an itinerary in mind this time we planned out our trip (hubby planned our trip and I nodded a lot)!

We left home bleary eyed and bushy tailed as the sun was beginning to rise! I need coffee so I had taken the time to have a cup before leaving, but did not have breakfast. Seeing as how I need to be eating all the time we made a stop and got some breakfast from McDonald’s 😀

We both got the egg white and turkey sausage bowl which comes with parmesan cheese, a wilted kale/spinach mix, and some fresh chopped tomatoes. Again, not big into egg whites, but I really enjoyed this bowl.

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The turkey sausage had a good savory bite to it which went well with the mellowness of the egg white. The tomatoes and parmesan added some flavor and bite to the dish while the spinach and kale added some moisture. All of it came to create a TASTY bowl that had macros AND micros which is always a win for me!

Just in case we didn’t have enough micros we had packed some carrots to munch on so we had these with our breakfast bowls 🙂

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We also shared this delicious fruit and yogurt parfait because who doesn’t like dessert with every meal? Besides #roadtrip.

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Our first stop was Redwood Forest for some light hiking. After being in the car for 5.5 hours it felt AMAZING to stretch our legs and breathe in the woodsy scent of all the trees.  There was a park and lots of picnicking areas-very family friendly!

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After getting our circulation flowing we decided to head to our AirBNB. We’ve stayed at many AirBNB’s and this one was a real winner! Everything was clean and fresh and looked super comfy (it was!).

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We checked in, freshened up, put our stuff away and headed out to our next adventure. We headed to Lou’s Cafe to grab some sandwiches and picnic at a park. We got the Hot Pastrami and Pesto Chicken. All the gourmet sandwiches are dressed with lettuce, tomato, pickles, red onions and jalapeño spread besides having their own special ingredients.

The Pesto Chicken was simple, but tasty with avocado, American cheese, pesto aioli, and chicken breast on a roll. This didn’t taste super pesto-y to me, but the flavors worked well together. The bread was kinda crusty on the outside and chewy inside so it made a good vessel.

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The Hot Pastrami was the favorite out of the 2. It had pastrami (duh), cheddar cheese, Lou’s sauce (Idk what this is), on a Dutch Crunch roll. The meat was super tender and there was creaminess from the sauce and cheese and freshness from the lettuce, tomato, etc. The bread added on another layer of texture by being crustier than the bread for the Pesto Chicken. It was SO. SO. GOOD.

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We ate our sandwiches at Golden Gate Park near the Conservatory of Flowers building and had apples we had brought from home for our dessert!

After our lunch we perused our way through the park and saw some beautiful roses in the rose garden. I honestly couldn’t help, but take some pictures of these roses. In person they were much larger and fluffier and more vibrant and as much as I knew a picture couldn’t do it justice I couldn’t help myself-they were that beautiful.

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We continued to walk through the park and came across a lake (we love any walk involving a water scene) and ended up spending a very long time walking around it. To be fair it was a pretty massive lake and there was a lot to see.

This waterfall being one of those things. It was so cool because there were stairs leading all the way up the waterfall so you could actually see each part of the waterfall!

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These duckies were the other thing I couldn’t help gushing over. I mean, how cute are they??!!

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Okay, friends my initial plan was to make this post into 2 parts, but seeing as how long this has already been I may have to make into 3 (possibly 4) posts. Stay tuned for the next post to read about what we did after our long walk in the park!

Have you guys been to SF? What are your favorite spots??