Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Denver Trip 2018

Every year my family gathers in Denver for my grandmother's birthday at the end of February. This year I decided to take Roman and plan a skiing day with my sister. Unfortunately, my grandmother passed away in January. We decided to make the trip anyway since I have cousins and aunts and uncles that live in Denver.

Roman started a new school 2 weeks before the trip, so I was pretty sure the new germs would cause him to get sick and sure enough he was throwing up the night before the trip. I crossed my fingers for a 24 hour bug and kept our plans. It ended up being a 4 day GI bug, that put a little damper on our trip. Roman did really well flying despite being sick and felt well enough to still have a little fun in Denver.

My cousin Kevin took my sister Meagan and I skiing in Copper Mountain. We both love skiing, even though we are both beginners. After the first run we both got a little sick from the altitude and the cold. It was 10 degrees with a wind chill making it feel like -6. Thankfully, Kevin had backup gear for us. After lunch, a couple shots and the sun coming out we felt much better and had a great afternoon! Turns out I'm a worse skier than I thought. No falls, but I need some practice.

I didn't take very many pictures during the trip since Roman was sick, but I always like to document  our vacations on my blog and refer to them later for the memories!

 Meagan and I got matching ski pants from Amazon. We wanted to look cute together, but honestly we were freezing!

My niece Rye and her matching new doll.

The only picture we took of the whole crew before we all left.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday Favorites

It's so hard not to browse and inevitably buy spring clothes in the middle of winter. I have to use restraint every year around this time when all the bright spring clothes are released. I try to limit purchases that I can't wear for another few months, but it's still fun to look! Here are my current favorites.
I'm really obsessed with bold stripes right now, as you can probably tell from my last few posts. I'm in love with this dress from Express and it comes in a romper too! Dying over these Forever 21 pants as well. Round bags are all the rage again this year. I have a wicker one from last year, but would like to have a leather one too! Check out these cute ankle rain boots with the bow! They come in several colors.
Colorful Striped dress, Gingham slides - Express
Faux Leather round bag - Nine West/Macy's
Trench dress- Target
Colorful clutch - Red Dress Boutique

Monday, February 5, 2018

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Rainbow Bright

I 've always loved bright stripes! I'm loving these color blocked rainbow sweaters right now to brighten up the winter!
By the way, I saw a few of these sweaters in boutiques but they were sold out. I checked Amazon and I found better pricing and some even on Prime. Good tip to always check there too!

Monday, January 29, 2018

J.Crew Playa Pre-Sale

Do you follow J.Crew on Instagram? If you don't, go do it right now! Today they have a pre-sale on their new Playa line and the swimsuits are super cute and priced really well! J.Crew one piece swimsuits are usually around the $100 mark, but these are around $50. You have to go through the Instagram link to get to this line, you won't be able to find it on the website. Here are some of my favorites, but they come in many colors and also have a few bikini options.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Christmas Trifle

I made this for our family get together on Christmas day and it was a huge hit! It was so good, that I think I will make it again next year and start a tradition!

The original recipe is from Taste of Lizzy T, I changed it up a bit.  Here is my recipe:

Christmas Peppermint Cheesecake Trifle


1 box of Duncan Hines red velvet cake mix
4 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1 1/4 cup milk

Cheesecake filling
12 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup butter softened
2 tsp peppermint extract
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
8 ounces of cool whip

1 package of peppermint Oreos with green filling, quartered with knife or just crush for times sake!

Prepare cake mix by combining box mix, eggs, oil and milk. Bake in preferred pan. I used a 9x13" pan. Bake as directed on box. Let cake cool completely before cutting into squares or bite size pieces.

Prepare filling by mixing together cream cheese and butter with a mixer. Once smooth, add peppermint extract, and powdered sugar. Continue mixing until well combined. Fold in cool whip.

To assemble trifle, start with a layer of cake, then cheesecake filling, then Oreos, repeat until full. You will have about half of a cake left and plenty of filling. If you have 2 trifle bowls, it would probably make 2! Or you could use a larger bowl to begin with.

Refrigerate and enjoy!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

2017 Christmas

Some pictures of our family Christmas activities this year.

Dan and I hosted our annual Christmas cocktail party again this year. We had a great turnout and lots of fun! Our house is pretty dark, so none of the pictures turned out great, but I like to blog the food so I can remember year to year what I serve.

Chocolate martinis with my sister


Christmas with Dan's family.

Roman and his look alike cousin Rye.

 For Christmas with my family, we went to French Lick and visited both the French Lick hotel and West Baden. You can take a trolley between the 2 hotels. We then took the Polar Express.

Roman enjoyed the Polar Express, but mostly for the hot chocolate and cookies.

 It snowed on Christmas Eve!

Special day sledding with Grandpa for his 70th birthday!