For our honeymoon, Ryan and I went to Oahu and decided to try out as many places as we could. I narrowed this list to five places that I really enjoyed. Check them out and let me know if you’ve tried any of the places mentioned.Read More...
I want to recap you about our wedding in three separate blog entries. The before, during and after. So let us talk about the days leading up to the big day.Read More...
In an attempt to have more food adventures and cross off a place from our “foodie list” my friend Brenda and I decided to hit up Punch Bowl Social on a Monday night.Read More...
I’ve been in the mood to try new recipes. One Saturday morning I woke up and decided that I wanted to make some Dulce De Leche Crepes, I looked up a basic Crepe recipe made with almond milk and I got to cooking.
1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
1 tbsp Granulated Sugar
1/8 tsp salt
2 tbs Butter (melted)
1 tbs butter (for pan)
1 cup Almond Milk
Preffered Whipped Cream
2 tbs of Dulce De Leche
Fruit in season
Honestly I had no idea how easy it was to make crepes, all you have to do is place all the batter ingredients in a blender until it is smooth and place it in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
I believe the hardest part of the whole process is actually getting the Crepes made. You need a buttered non-stick pan, spatula and patience to know when to turn. When the ends start to come off the pan that is when you will start to loosen the bottom to flip the crepe.
Fill the crepe with La Lechera and add your favorite fruit, in this case blackberries.
In the end the reward is very much worth it, the crispiness of the corners, and the fluffiness of the middle makes this the best Breakfast Dessert.
I must say that I used to not always be a fan of weekends. For the majority of my “work life” I used to work on weekends.
Now, my favorite thing about weekends is the feeling of being on vacation. I can’t speak for everyone, but as of now my weekends are like a blank canvas.Read More...
It’s Sunday morning, Ryan and I are hungry for some kind of breakfast or lunch and it’s my turn to choose where to go.
I scroll through yelp and I see that in the Hot and New section there is a place only 5 minutes away called Wicked Cow. Done!
Ryan is a big fan of burgers, and me, I am a big fan of tater tots. This place has both!
Before we head out, we find the menu is loaded on their website and we decide what we are getting before we even get there. Did I mention that we were hungry?
It was so easy to find this place and parking was no issue.
Here is a rundown of what we ordered.
Wicked Tots: Tater tots with cheese, caramelized onions and topped with thousand island. (Rating 4/5 so good, but needed more cheese)
Widow Maker: Burger with jalapeno, bacon, pepper jack, chipotle sauce and an egg. (Rating 4/5 not spicy at all, but the bacon was delicious.)
Garlic Fries: (self explanatory) (Rating 5/5 perfect amount of garlic)
Big Belly Grilled Cheese: Swiss, pepper jack, cheddar and pork belly. All wrapped on crispy cheddar wrapped bread. Rating (5/5 cheeesy goodness)
This place was so delicious, portions were large, and it had a very good bar vibe. It does get a little crowded, but it is worth the wait.
If you want to see more check out their menu here.
Do you ever wonder what to take to a potluck that everyone will love? A cheese plate is the perfect thing to bring and everyone will rave about it! Here is how to make one for under $20!
I never wanted a big wedding.
To be quite honest, I always imagined myself having a Vegas wedding. I didn’t want to spend thousands of dollars on one day of my life for it all to be over in one blink of an eye.
When Ryan proposed my heart was set on a small wedding with close family and friends. We started looking into Vegas, saw packaged options and realized that a Vegas wedding was in no way a cheap option. Factoring in rooms and lodging for our family and friends the cost was almost reaching what I initially did not want to spend.
Vegas would also eliminate a lot of people and after a few months of comparing prices and packages we decided this was not the best option.
Small wedding. That was still my goal. These are the factors that I had to deal with.
- Guest List– How many people do I HAVE to invite and how many of those people will be super mad if I don’t invite them?
- Guest list is one of the most important aspects of choosing a venue. Many places have a cap at how many people are allowed in their facility. Start with an A list which are people that absolutely have to be there. Then move to a B and C list. The people on the A list plus a few (maybe 10) is the number that you want to use when looking for venues.
- Date– When will this all happen, and will the place I want have this date available.
- You found your venue! Wait… is the date available? My best advice is to have a few dates open. When we decided to put the deposit down on our venue all of our preferred dates were gone, we loved the place so much we decided on a later date in 2017 making it a 2 year engagement. I believe it will be well worth it.
- Amount of time – How long should my event be?
- What was surprising to me was that there were so many venues with limited time. Many of the ones that we saw has a cap of 5 or 6 hours. I didn’t like the idea of being rushed on my own wedding day. Which is why this was a high priority item.
- Budget– How much do I really want to spend on this thing?
- Budget in most cases can determine your venue as a whole. There are many different prices in venues. Some all-inclusive venues charge per person which makes it easy to determine how much you will be spending.
- DIY vs. Package -Do I want my own vendors?
- This was one of the hardest decisions when selecting a place. I knew that packaged deals would have been the best option for less hassle and stress, but at the same time I wouldn’t be able to be as involved in every decision. If I was going to spend all this money on our wedding, then why not make it exactly how I want it.
- Alcohol– Do I want an open bar?
- A lot of times we would fall in love with the venue, with the package, the scenery, the hours and then…. they would go over the bar options. Ryan and I decided very early on that we wanted to have an open bar. We loved the idea of taking care of our guests and allowing them to have fun on our special day. Which is why we decided to go with our venue where we are allowed to bring in our own alcohol.
- Groom– What does the groom want?
- Lastly, but probably the most important would be to incorporate what the groom wants too. I am so happy that Ryan and I have worked as a team to plan this wedding. We have both put in countless hours so far to make sure that everything is taken care of. Yes, we have a lot of little disagreements and that is completely normal. I want this day to be a representation of both of us and make sure that when we look back, we see this as one of the most beautiful days in our life.
After almost 7 location viewings and dozens of online requests for information we finally chose a place that made both of us happy.
I hope you enjoyed this list of what to consider when looking for a venue. I have 344 days left until this day and I cannot wait.
Love you all
I have to tell you about this clothing rental service. I was a little skeptical at first, not really knowing what to expect.
The name of the service is called Gwynnie Bee, they are a clothing rental service for sizes 10-32. You start off by selecting your plan, the most popular is to choose 3 pieces. You fill your closet with at least 25 items and then you just wait for your first package to come!
I know what you are thinking, a rental service? Like, other people wear it before me?
Yes, but to make you feel better Gwynnie Bee goes through an extensive clothing washing system that you can check out in their website.
Once you receive the clothing, you get to keep it for as long or as little as you want. I wanted to take advantage of the free 30 day trial so I decided to return the items as soon as I wore them. I was able to try out 11 pieces!
They send an envelope that you just stick the clothing in and send back when you are done. It’s already pre-paid!
One of the best things to come out of this trial is the fact that you are able to purchase the clothes at a very low cost if you end up liking it. I purchased Gabby Skye at a very low cost.
I cannot tell you how many compliments I received when I wore the clothes from Gwynnie Bee. I had never felt so chic in my life.
The service after the trial is a little expensive which is why I decided to cancel after the trial. The wonderful thing is that you are able to refer friends and family. For every referral you receive $25 towards your subscription. I will definitely re-subscribe once I get a few referral points.
I highly recommend Gwynnie Bee, try it out for yourself with my referral code here with a 30 day free trial. Totally completely free, I did not pay a penny and I had the most amazing wardrobe for 30 days.