Monday, March 19, 2018

Cruisin'

At the end of October, The Husband and I went on our honeymoon... almost six years later. When we got married his work schedule wouldn't allow him additional time off and we didn't really have a ton of money to spend so we put it off. Fast forward to last May and we still had never gone on one and decided to do something about it.

We booked a cruise for the Bahamas for the end of October and happily anticipated the day we got to fly to Miami. The day we finally got on the ship was so exciting! It was also sensory overload. I wanted to see, do, and eat everything but I didn't even know where to start. Luckily, The Husband is a lot calmer than I am so he was able to help me calm down and take it all in stride.

In May we are headed on another cruise and I can't wait! I think I'm more excited now that I know what to expect! We have booked some excursions that I'm super stoked for and will be arriving to Miami earlier to hopefully get to have a night on the town there.

This post is super long but I decided to share some of the prep I feel helped with my first cruise experience. Everyone will tell you something different but I feel these are the things I was told that helped us out the most. This is all stuff to consider from the moment you decide to book a cruise to before you physically get on it.

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1. Explore the ship- Look at the activities on board. Do you have a family? Check and see what the day camps for your children are all about. Athletic? Check and see what the gym and sports courts look like. Some ships have certain food places that others won't have. Select the one that works best for your needs!

2. Explore each port beforehand- I think this is a big one! There are some places where it is better to have an excursion planned than to just wander around. In Nassau, we booked an excursion to the Atlantis and I'm so glad we did! I really wanted to see it and was tempted to just find a way over there once we arrived. It would have been more work to get there than I thought. Our last stop in Freeport we didn't even get off the ship. We knew there wasn't much for us there and instead used the time to get the pool and slides to ourselves.

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3. Calculate the drink packages- Everyone told us to get a drink package. They were like $60 a person but that included your alcohol and soda. The Husband insisted that we needed it but I told him we didn't. I don't drink much soda and there's no way we would drink $120 worth of alcohol a day. In the end, we didn't and were glad. They have cocktail specials everyday you can get for $7-$9 dollars and you can't use your drink pass on the private island they have. I have definitely spoken to people that save money because they purchase it so do the math before you buy!

4. Select late dining or your time dining option- The Husband and I eat dinner pretty early (6:30-7:00). We selected the early dining option (6:00) because we figured we would starve if we waited until eight. We were wrong. Not only were we not starving but it felt like we had to rush from the port back to the ship in order to shower and get ready for dinner. This upcoming cruise we selected Your Time dining which means we can go to the dining room any time from 5:45 to 9:30.

5. Download the app- Carnival has this app that you can use without internet (we didn't get an internet package) that shows you the schedule for each day. I would favorite all the things I thought looked fun (Friends trivia, movie night, learn the Thriller dance) and it would send me reminders before the activity started. Before your trip comes it works as a countdown!

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Lizett

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Strawberry Cream Cheese Cobbler

The only word to describe Utah's weather lately is tease. We had two weekends in a row that were absolutely beautiful. Not too hot, not too cold, and the perfect breeze to contrast the heat of the sun. It was magical.

On Wednesday, it decided to start snowing/raining and forcing everyone to pull out the thicker jackets. Our winter has been very mild this year and we need all the water we can get. I love winter and snow but not after two weeks of wearing flats and jackets that don't weigh two tons.

Anyway, since I was already in a spring mentality I bought the stuff to make one of my favorite spring/summer desserts. I don't know if it's the strawberries but something about this cobbler screams sunshine, fresh grass, and a twirly skirt.

It's super easy to make, doesn't need a ton of stuff, and I promise you people will love it. It starts by pouring melted butter into the pan. How could you go wrong with that!? I have a subscription to All Recipes and found it in there so I'm sure it's also online if you look for it.




Strawberry Cream Cheese Cobbler
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup milk
1 Cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups fresh strawberries cut in halves
1 4 oz package of cream cheese, cut into pieces

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2. Pour the butter into the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish

3. Mix all ingredients except strawberries and cream cheese together in a bowl; pour over the butter in the baking dish.

4. Arrange strawberries in a layer int he baking dish. Dot the strawberries with the cream cheese pieces.

5. Bake for 30-45 minutes

Lizett

Friday, March 9, 2018

It's a Problem

Last year, I was looking around the back of my office and noticed some cookies. I had never heard of Tim Tam but they were covered in chocolate so why not try them? It ended up being life changing.

I thought they were super good but someone in the office said you couldn't buy them at any store. I kind of browsed around a few times but never saw them so I put the deliciousness in the back of my mind and went back about my life.

Fast forward to few weeks ago. The Husband came home from the store and told me he had a treat for me. Tim Tam cookies! I went through them in like a day. We started buying them once a week and now when I get home from work the first I do is go to the kitchen and eat a cookie, just one! It sounds silly but it satisfies my craving. Anyway, they have become a staple in our house and when I run out and it's not grocery day I feel so let down when I get home.

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Lizett

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

March Sadness

I am so sad awards season is over. I feel like February/March is when everything I love ends. Football is over, awards season is over, and we spring forward so I'm exhausted during March Madness. It's so unfortunate!

I know I'm late to the party but I just had to post about my favorite Oscar dresses. I felt like everyone was on point this year! The show was boring (I thought) but I always enjoy the red carpet. Below are my favorite dresses of the night.

Jennifer Garner- I loved the color and the cut off up top! It looked like this dress was made for her.
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Jennifer Lawrence- I thought she did a good job of looking elegant but also had a sex kitten vibe going on. Her eye makeup and wavy hair completed the look for me. I chose this picture because that's something I can see myself and my friends doing.
Jennifer Lawerence
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Viola Davis- Pretty in pink is an understatement! I loved that she wasn't afraid to stand out and be bold. 
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Lupita Nyong'o- I don't think she can ever do wrong. Everything she wears looks amazing on her.
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Eiza Gonzales- I had never seen her before in my life but I had to look her up after first noticing her bright dress. She is gorgeous and I love that she chose a different color than the norm.
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Gal Gadot- She's freakin' Wonder Woman!


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Lizett

Friday, March 10, 2017

Back in Time

Hello, it has been a hot minute! So much has gone on in the last year of my life and I finally have figured out how to make everything work and actually leave myself some time to do things like blog. Here is a super quick run down.

1. I got a job! I am working at a place I love and truly enjoy the environment. I get to work on some awesome projects with awesome people! The only slight drawback is that it is quite the commute. That means 4:30 am alarms (yuck) and sitting in traffic for an hour or two depending on the day. We've had a pretty rough winter so I have been late to work three times even though I had never been late to work before in my life!

2. We bought a house! Last March, we decided to start looking to get an idea of what we liked for when we really started looking in fall. Suddenly it was May and we were closing on a house. It's in the perfect neighborhood and has been such an adventure. However, I have become kind of a homebody because I just want to be nesting in it. We have done so much and still have a lot more to do but it really has been one of the best experiences. Plus, The Husband makes a sexy handyman!

3. I am still volunteering with my sorority. I have a local position and a national position and it continues to be one of the most rewarding things I have done.

4. Once my writing classes ended, some of us decided to continue to meet. It's pretty awesome! I love writing short stories and it's great to have people that can give you honest feedback.

There' some other stuff but those are the ones that take up the majority of my time. I am hoping to blog at least once a week, mainly because I really want to keep track of the things we do to our home!

Lizett

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Anniversary in Vegas

This year was a Leap year which means The Husband and I finally had our first official anniversary. We decided to head to Vegas but not stay on The Strip to make it a little more relaxing. I love The Strip but I always feel like we need to be doing something and get caught up in all the excitement.

The JW Marriott Resort was perfect for this. It was about a twenty minute drive to The Strip but it has a casino, spa, golf course, and is close to shopping and restaurants. Just walking in the vibe was relaxing. Although we went to The Strip for our anniversary dinner and one afternoon for lunch we mainly lounged around and got lots of room service. Plus, The Husband surprised me one night with a spa appointment and I had the place to myself.

Basically, we ate and lounged around a lot. We had our anniversary at N9NE in The Palms. It was incredible. Their french fries were the best and had a yummy dipping sauce and their lobster mac and cheese was crazy good.

Anniversary dinner at N9NE


Lizett

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Best Pancakes

Growing up my family always had a big breakfast on Sundays. Pancakes were  served and to this day I try to continue that tradition with The Husband. The pancakes of my childhood were always from a box mix but they were still delicious.

I decided to try and make pancakes from scratch and looked on Pinterest for an easy recipe. They were amazing. So fluffy and buttery. I highly recommend making them. They have the power to change your life.

                                        

Pancakes
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

1. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl until well combined.

2. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and buttermilk together. Slowly pour in the butter.

3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix. Be careful to not over mix. It's okay for there to be some lumps left.

4. Heat griddle or pan and use about 1/3 cup of batter per pancake. Once bubbles form, flip.

Lizett
 
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