Monday, February 25, 2019

Oscar 2019

The 91st Oscars Ceremony is in the books! 

I think this might have been my favorite one since Ellen hosted. For me and millions of others, the highlight of the show was Lady Gaga and Bradley's performance of Shallow. What a great song, performance and couple. If only they were officially together. 

The best speech in my opinion was Olivia Coleman. Like everyone else on the planet, she too was shocked that she won! She clearly didn't think she had a chance because she had no speech written and was going completely off the cuff. It was super cute and heartfelt though and everyone in the room was in shock with her. 

Now... the fashion...
These were my favorite top 4 looks

First up, Jennifer Lopez aka JLO

I loved everything about this look. The dress, the color, her bag, her hair! I have a hair appointment on Friday and I'm about to show them this picture and say make it happen. 

Next up, Emma Stone...
I loved the color and design of this dress. Not that many people can pull off shoulders like that but Emma sure can. 

Third, Emilia Clark, aka Queen of Game of Thrones. 

The soft coloring and the design work on this dress was stunning on the carpet. I loved it but her brown hair threw me for a loop! I'm so use to seeing her as a blonde. 

Last but not least... Lady Gaga!
This dress was amazing and the gloves were a nice accent but let's talk about that diamond. At first I did a double take! 
The famous Tiffany yellow diamond has only been worn three times and this was the first time at the Oscars. It comes with two bodyguards as well. Not to be mistaken for the Isadora diamond. 

What were some of your favorite looks at the Oscars this year? 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Presley’s First Birthday

Last week Presley turned ONE! 

We didn’t celebrate with a huge, blowout party. We just had a few family members over and friends. We didn’t even do party invites that’s how small we kept it. We did eat cake though!
We opened gifts all day long, we played with our new gifts then we would repeat that cycle. In true fashion, Presley was having so much fun he refused to take his last nap so by the end of the night he had been up for almost 8 hours. I was rewarded with him sleeping the majority of the night and getting up at 6:25 a.m. 
The weather was not cooperating on his birthday so we had to wait till President's Day to take him to the Zoo and boy did he LOVE it! He got to see all kinds of different animals and reptiles, take part in the Giraffe encounter and even saw some real life water hogs from the Lion King. 



I think for a first birthday party we did pretty good! Next year will be completely different because he will be so much more aware. We will have to start planning a great birthday theme and plans!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Happy Birthday Presley

Today Presley turns ONE!

I can’t even begin to wrap my mind around the fact that my tiny, newborn son is now a year old. It feels like just yesterday I was being rushed in for that emergency c-section. I can remember how scared I was when they handed him to me, swollen, red, dark eyes and crying. I didn’t know what to think. All I knew was that I had this tiny, little human to care for and keep safe. I have a confession... before Presley I had never changed a diaper, never fed a baby, never dressed one. I was never a baby sitter. I only had a few cousins growing up and I never watched them. So Presley was it for me. 


Those first few days in the hospital were scary and even scarier when he had to go into the NICU due to his sugar. I don’t think I had ever prayed that hard in my life or even asked people to pray. Thankfully, he was able to get control of his sugar and we were discharged. Due to being in the hospital for so many days my poor mom had to leave the evening that we were discharged and my husband had to go back to work the next day (the joys of owning your own business). That next morning it was just Presley and I and for the next three months we had to find our rhythm. 



I would be lying if I said those days were easy because they weren’t. Presley cried a lot. The doctor even called him colic. I would walk him up and down our long hallway and sing to him and call my mom and cry because I didn’t know what to do. I was getting up every 90 minutes in the night and breastfeeding was/is so hard. But then three months hit and we started to get past the colic. That’s when I think a lot turned around. It was like I had this happy, little baby who wanted to start playing and loved everything I said and did. It’s still that way most of the time but now it’s the teething. You can tell when he doesn’t feel good because of his gums. 

We got pretty lucky with Presley because he’s usually a pretty happy guy. I can’t imagine the world without him and while it’s the most exhausting thing I’ve ever done in my life, I love him with all my heart and wouldn’t change my days with him. 

Happy Birthday My Precious Presley

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentines Day

From our Presley Bear! Sharing some of his Valentines Day Photos!


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Valentines Day Gift Guide

Last year, I went into labor on Valentines Day. Luckily for us it wasn't until around 11:00 p.m. and we were home. This year is clearly very different! While we will be celebrating Valentine's Day, I'm sure I'll also be getting things ready for Presley's birthday the very next day. Plus it’s Presley’s very first Valentines Day! 

I’ve even included a little gift guide for him as well. Here’s a few things that I wouldn’t shove a bow up Cupid if he were to drop on my doorstep...

1. A puffer Coat I have been wanting a puffer coat for a few winters now. I know, I know... you think California doesn’t get that cold well guess what? I live in Northern California and it still gets very cold. This one that I’ve included is a made for Macy’s DKNY with faux fur trim hood. While it isn’t grey it makes me think of Joan Wilder in Romancing the Stone. 

2. Keds I got a pair of Keds two Christmas’s ago and I literally wear them almost every day. As I’ve gotten older my feet enjoy only being in certain types of shoes and my feet love these keds. I wish I could get the exact same pair that I have now because their a salt and pepper blend and they go with a lot of the black pants that I wear but they don’t make that design anymore. 

3. Ped Egg At Christmas I said I wanted a Ped Egg but apparently no one took me seriously. No really! I want a Ped Egg! Maybe it was having a baby but my feet have taken a toll lately and I have so much extra dead skin. I have seen so many people raving about the ped egg and since I have no time to actually go get a pedicure this might be the next best thing. 

4. A Vacation I have always wanted to go to Hawaii and stay at the Royal Hawaiian. I use to watch Gidget Goes Hawaiian growing up all the time and she stayed at this hotel. While I’ve been to Hawaii, I didn’t stay on this island so the dream continues on. Also... Pigeon Forge because that’s my home away from home and I love it there. I wouldn’t snub my nose at either of those!

1. Mickey because Presley loves all things Mickey and we’ve got him the Christmas one and several others.

2. Books Presley loves all books but we haven’t tried pop ups yet!

3. Shoes Presley is currently standing himself up and cruising a little with the furniture but soon he’s going to walk. I think these would be great first shoes for him and they will go with a lot of outfits.

4. Drum Presley loves to beat and thump his hands on stuff and he loves all of his musical toys. I think this would be good for him.


Monday, January 28, 2019

Disneyland 2018

When I was on my hiatus from blogging, we took Presley to Disneyland and California Adventure. It was also my husband's birthday trip. Usually we head north to Seattle but this year we decided to do something a little different. My husband's birthday is just a few days before Halloween and for years now he always makes a comment about how it would be nice to go to Disneyland at Halloween. Well... we never go because we go to Seattle instead and the cycle repeats of me hearing about how we should go to Disney for the Halloween décor.

Well October 2018, I booked the annual trip to Seattle and then promptly cancelled it. I then rescheduled a trip to Disney and told my husband that this year we were in fact going to Disneyland.

Since I had never been to Disneyland this was going to be my first trip there and clearly Presley's first time as well. Presley was already very familiar with Mickey Mouse because he gets taken to the Disney store several times and gets to pick a new Mickey each trip. His eyes light up and he gets so excited so I knew he'd like meeting the "real" Mickey at the park.

If you've never booked a trip to Disneyland then you are in for a price surprise! Even before the increase in ticket prices, the happiest place on earth will give you the blues once you've spent all your money on the trip. I enlisted some of my husbands family and we rented a large house via AirB&B to stay at. The owners were crazy but that's a whole different story.

We did three days in the park with 1 park each day and 1 magic morning. Maybe we didn't do our Magic Morning right but half the park's rides weren't even running during the magic morning. The restaurants weren't open nor were the gift shops so unless you just wanted to take photographs or ride the ride It's a Small World then I didn't get the point of Magic Morning.

I did appreciate the nursing room located in both parks. It was clean, easy to locate and air conditioned! They also have baby supplies in case you run out and a place to feed and change Presley who of course had many poop explosions while we were there. I also appreciated the rider swap on the maxpass (which cost extra by the way) because that did save us several minutes when we had to switch off. If you were like me, and knew nothing about Pirates of the Caribbean ride, when they offer to let your family sit in the front row- decline as you have a small child who doesn't want to be splashed. Wish I would have known that it was going to have a dip at the beginning....

The price of food, water, mickey ears etc.. well you can go bankrupt without ever leaving the park. BUT they do take your photos!






I was clearly unimpressed by this ride lol! Also I loved the new COCO ears! And Presley even got in on wearing them...
Our It’s A Small World Ride. I’m glad we rode it when we did because it shut down the next day to star the refurbishment.



Clearly my husband wasn’t digging the ride either.....





What’s your favorite part of thing to do in/at Disney? 

Thursday, January 24, 2019

22 Reasons Why I Love Tennessee

I have a deep love for Tennessee. I have been going there since I was two years old for vacations. I grew up wishing and waiting for our trips to the Smokey mountains and to Nashville to go to the once great theme park Opryland, to get a glimpse of the Dolly Parton and to soak in all of their southern charm. I’ve been everyone from East Tennessee all the way to the opposite end of Memphis. I love this state and I love all the things in it. Trust me I count down till the day I either get offered an amazing job there or can retire to there! Follow along as I take you through just 23 reasons why I love Tennessee.


Graceland
I clearly have a deep love for Elvis considering we named our son Presley. I have visited Graceland several times and always notice something new during each visit. A recent expansion and upgrades to the complex across from his elegant home which features memorabilia, gold records and jumpsuits is sure to push you into the obsessed category. Top off your trip with a stay at the recent build of the new hotel - The Guest house at Graceland.

Fall foliage
If you've been to Tennessee that's one thing but coming there in the height of the fall foliage is a whole different experience. The vast trees show their full glory in all colors of the rainbow. The prime time to come for the best foliage is usually anytime in October but depending on the weather it can fluctuate so keep an eye out on the local temps!

Smokey Mountains
An early morning riser can catch the best view of the Smokey mountains. These mountains earn their name every day by showing off their smoke.

Rock City
You can see seven states from Rock City! Located in the eastern part of Tennessee, Rock City has something for everyone in the family. I can remember crossing the suspended bridge as a child and thinking it was the greatest thing on earth.

Beale Street
If you go to Memphis then Beale Street is a must! The food, the culture, the shops. It's all right there on Beale street. The street performers and the people watching is enough entertainment to last the entire night!

Ober Gatlinburg
No matter what season, this Gatlinburg attraction will keep you coming back for more. Taking the scenic sky tram to the top of the mountain leaves you with endless activities. They have a wildlife exhibit that features live bears that you can watch relaxing and feeding. Depending on the season you can ride a rollercoaster or go snow tubing.

Grand Olé Opry
Taking in a show at the Grand Ole Opry is the best experience but learning about the history of the Opry and taking the tour is another fun feature. Thousands of legends have graced the stage and now you can too!

Opryland


If this was 1995, I would tell you that the theme park was my favorite thing about Opryland. Sadly they closed their doors but I still remember the ride- Screamin Delta Demon! Now it's the Gaylord Opryland Resort.

Dyer's Burgers

Located in Memphis on Beale Street. This is one of the best burgers you will eat in your life. Just thinking about the juiciest meat makes me want to jump on a plane and get to Memphis. The bun was soft, the cheese was perfect. Do not miss out.

Marlowes

The best bbq in Memphis if you ask me! The ribs are amazing and so is the pork. I also can’t go without mentioning the sides as well. Best baked potatoe I have had in the south! You can’t go wrong with going to Marlowe’s. Need a ride? They’ll even pick you up in their giant pink limo!

Dolly’s “Dixie” Stampede
We have been going there for years. I personally don't think the name should have changed from Dixie Stampede to Dolly's Stampede but to each their own. I still love the show and the food. Those to-go bags are no joke. Take it home, there is so much food!

Stages West
How do you know you are in the south? See a Stages West? You are in the south. You can find everything in this store from a giant belt buckle to the perfect pair of cowboy boots. I personally have a pink and white ostrich pair from Stages. The boots last forever and you can even get a free t-shirt with a 50 dollar purchase. Trust me... those boots will get you that free t-shirt.

Dollywood

If you love Dolly Parton or just theme parks in general then this is the place for you. They’ve got rides, they’ve got great food, they have shows and best of all they have things like quilt making, candle dipping and all kinds of other crafts that you can take part in. What other theme park has that? The best part about Dollywood is that you can tour Dolly’s museum and see all of her movie memorabilia and afterwards you may even see her around the park as she goes there frequently. I’ve seen her several times in the park and it’s amazing!

Big Daddy’s Pizzeria


Located in Pigeon Forge, this pizzeria serves up some great slices. We started eating there every visit once my husband started going to PF. It's become our little tradition and we love their pizza!

Ole Smokey Moonshine


Over the last few years, tons of moonshine places have been popping up all over the area but Smokey Mountain Moonshine was the original place! I might say something you never thought of but they make the best JAM! My mom swears by their apple butter jam.




Nostalgia

Some of the best vintage finds can be found at Nostalgia. You can find everything there from vintage Christmas ornaments, to clothing, to a three piece sectional couch. Trust me! I've bought a couch and chairs from there and then moved them all the way to California. If you are in the Knoxville area swing by and get your vintage groove on.

Stax Records


I'm sure you've heard of Sun Records located in Memphis but maybe you've never heard of Stax. Located in Memphis, this recording studio was once home to soul music. Some of the artists to record there included- Otis Redding, Booker T & The MGs, Wilson Pickett and Isaac Hayes. The studio is closed today to recording but you can go and take the tour of the once great record company.

The Christmas Place
The largest Christmas store in the south is worth stopping for! I could spend my entire mortgage at this store but I show some restraint. They have everything from ornaments, to nutcrackers, to décor, to personalized stockings. They have an entire room dedicated to Christmas villages and even a little Halloween! If you love the holidays then this store has it all. Can't make it to Tennessee? You can even shop online (trust me... I do).

The Inn at Christmas Place
Did you shop till you drop at the Christmas Place? Well if you did you can walk across the street at sleep in at the Inn at Christmas Place. They celebrate Christmas 365 days of the year here. Each room comes with a Christmas tree and décor. They also serve up an amazing breakfast bar that is included in the price of your stay. They have an omelet station, an entire dessert bar, hot plates and much more! I personally loved their fried bologna.




Country Candy Kitchen


Be still my heart! The Country Candy Kitchen. If I lived in Pigeon Forge, I would weight at least 300 lbs. The best candies can be found here. I can't decide which is best... the double dipped chocolate peanuts, the chocolate covered cashew clusters or the peanut butter peanuts. Oh well, I don't have to decide, I just buy them all.








Sky Lift
I've been going on this sky lift since I was a small child. You ride it to the top of the mountain and get off to take in the views. When the fires occurred it ripped this sky lift to pieces and the top of the mountain was destroyed by the fire. I was so happy when they reopened. They have also expanded to include the longest suspended bridge.

Pigeon Forge Dinner Shows
There are so many dinner shows in town! What's better than watching your show and eating at the same time! My favorites include Hatfield and McCoy, Dolly's Stampede and Comedy Barn.