5.23.2018

Welcome to Miami for My First Visit




Welcome to Miami! I was so excited about our trip to Miami and I am even more excited to share the pictures from our recent trip. We stayed in Miami for an extra day after our recent cruise so we could do a little sight seeing and take in some good food and fun times. 



Above is our view before we made it off the ship. I wanted to take in one last view from my amazing balcony while on board the Empress of the Seas. This was our first time staying in a city after getting off the ship and it just made sense to use this time before heading back from Spring Break. 


Above fits my idea of what I thought Miami was going to look like. The streets were filled with amazing palm trees not only on the right and the left but straight down the middle of the street. It was such a beautiful day and the temperature was in the high 80s which made it pleasant. 





I am not a huge Kardashion fan but I felt like I should take a look at the DASH store. I was not impressed but happy that I at lesast took a look. The pineapple t-shirt above with no sleeves was $68. 
I don't know why I am surprised by that but I must admit that I am. 


We had lunch at Joe's Stone Crab which is a place that so many people told us we had to visit. I am happy we did but again I must admit it was over priced. The experience was nice and fun but its one of the items we have checked off our list. 




Eddie looks like he is having so much fun wearing his bib doesn't he! Oh the fun times I create for us as a couple. He does such a great job playing along and I love him so much for that! 



Below is a picture of two orders of crab claws and I do not even want to mention the price of them. It might make me cry so lets just focus on how much fun we had together instead of how much each one of those little guys cost! 




Trey had the Caesar Salad but it was not his favorite so they were happy to take it away. I do like when a restaurant takes that step and removes an item off of your bill when you just do not enjoy it. Poor guy took one bite and knew it was not for him. He loves Caesar Salads but this was not one that he enjoyed because of the dressing. 


Eddie and I had the Lobster Bisque and we enjoyed it. I am a big fan of Gumbo and Crab style soups.


Here is a look from our hotel room with the beautiful palm trees. Our hotel had a very Miami feel and over all I was very pleased. 


The pictures on the wall were different and if you can't tell they were ladies laying down with their legs crossed. Very interesting but I might have liked a pretty flower portrait instead. :)


The room had a built in mini kitchen which would have been perfect for anyone staying for a longer visit. The beach was just down the road within walking distance so it would be perfect for that style of vacation. 


Of course I just loved this mirror and I am keeping my eye out for one just like it that I could add to my guest bedroom. I love the complete look of mirror even along the trim. I feel like it gives it a very feminine look and would be perfect in my white guest room. 



We went out for dinner and had pizza in a great outdoor shopping mall. I really enjoyed sitting outside and having dinner under all of the palm trees and doing a little people watching. The people watching was amazing because there were so many people with so many different styles. 


The highlight of the day was when I had the chance to meet two of my subscribers. Donya and Danny have followed my channel for sometime and are just the sweetest people. I am so glad I have the chance to call them friends now! 


Look how adorable these two guys are! Trey was also very excited to meet Danny and his mom. 


Now its time for you to feel like you are on the trip with us. I put together a fun video of our trip and I know you will just have an amazing time. I tried to capture a piece of our entire day because we had such a great time. Be sure to subscribe so you never miss out on the fun. 


See you in the next post friends! 



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5.19.2018

I Love the Pieces from the OpalHouse Collection At Target

Welcome to my blog! 
 I recently purchased pieces from the Target OpalHouse Collection and I must share that I love this collection. I recently set my dining room table for a dinner party I hosted and the dishes were a hit. I actually mixed two different sets and the colors paired together beautifully. 


I am going to list the items that are available here to make it easy for you to find. If the item is not listed it might not be available at this point. These pieces seem to go fast and I am sure you can see why. 



I have really enjoyed using this collection this Spring and I am very excited to continue using it this Summer. We have so many fun Summer events coming up and these will be perfect. I will be sure to share the post on those events so you don't miss out! 


Here is a fun tip for you. When serving something as simple as water add a ribbon around the bottle for that special touch. This is a water bottle from the Target Dollar section and I added a simple ribbon around it. This is such an easy and inexpensive way to add that touch of pretty to your table. 

I also wanted to be able to use the pizza board as decor and made it part of the table centerpiece. It's a great way to use the items you have even though it's not for its intended purpose. I find when you do this its better than keeping items in storage and I love seeing pieces from my collections. 


Here is a sneak piece of something fun that's to come so be sure to Subscribe to my YouTube Channel so you don't miss out on the details shared in the picture below!


Here is a link to one of my most recent YouTube videos that I am sure you will enjoy! 


Be sure to follow me on Instagram also because we have lots of fun there! See you in the next post friends! 



5.15.2018

Final Evening on the Empress of the Seas



So here we are on Day Five of our cruise which is the final day! We have really enjoyed the cruise and meeting so many new friends! Royal Caribean summed it up perfectly when they said they are the smallest ship but have the biggest heart because you can clearly see that! 


On the final night after the performance, they brought at several of the crew members from different departments and gave us the opportunity to cheer for them. It was so much fun to watch the crowd go crazy for the different people and the amazing job they did it. 


For dinner,  I wanted something different and new so I order the onion tart which was very different from what I normally order. It was actually very good. Again it pays off to be adventures and try new appetizers. 


The apple pie was so warm and right out of the oven with the cool vanilla ice cream. Oh I love a good apple pie! 



I also had the lobster bisque soup which was good. A little shy on the lobster pieces but still good. 


As our farewell entree, an I had the prime rib and lobster which was amazing! They saw me struggling with my lobster to get it out of the shell and they took it right from me and fixed it perfectly so I could eat it. I am telling you they were just amazing. 



We did not order these but our head waitress said we had to try them. They were very good! It was a pastry stuffed with ice cream. 


Each night someone in the dining room had a birthday right around us so we decided to have our own birthday celebration! 


We had such a great time meeting our new friends! This was our first time sharing a table with a group and it was wonderful to visit each night. 



Now its time for you to feel like you are on the cruise with us and take a look at my YouTube video I have put together for the day. Be sure to subscribe so you never miss out on the fun! 


See you in the next post! 




5.13.2018

Day Five on Empress of the Seas Cruise At Chops Grill




Welcome to Day Five of our cruise on the Empress of the Seas. I am splitting this post into two sections. For lunch, we made a reservation to Chops Grill. This was our first time to have Chops offered at lunch and we wanted to take advantage of it so we could still have dinner in the main dining room with our great new friends that we shared a table with. 


All three of us had the filet and I had them add the mushroom gravy sauce on the side as you can see. I just love everything mushroom lately and their mushroom gravy sauce is wonderful. 


Their sides are served family style which means everyone has the chance to share them. I love that idea and it lets you have a little taste of everything. 


We finished dinner with a slice of Key Lime pie of course! It was very good but I have to stay I am still the champion when it comes to making Key Lime Pie. Just had to say it! 


The restaurant was not busy during our visit when made it nice to be able to sit back and take our time to enjoy. 


Trey had the Shrimp Cocktail as his appetizer. You will find this is offered in the main dining room but these are very different. They are much larger and the presentation is very nice. Some people have asked me why would you pay for dining when everything else is already included in our package. There is just something next level with the additional dining packages that are very nice. You don't have to do it but it's nice to try at least once. 



Of course, I had the mushroom soup and this soup is without a doubt my most favorite soup ever! Many of you have emailed me the recipe and it is on my Summer must make list! If you like mushrooms then you have to try this amazing soup. 


Eddie always gets the wedge salad and I am amazed at how its always so pretty! 



We had a nice view of the water and a nice quiet dining room to enjoy lunch! 


Now its time for you to come along for the fun in my YouTube video I put together below. Watch and feel like you are right there with us on this fun day! I tried to include tips along the way that will help you on your next cruise or if you cruise the Empress of the Seas. Be sure to subscribe to my channel so you never miss out on the fun! 


See you in the next post friends! 



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