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Jan 30, 2013

Q & A Vlog: It's Happening!

Ok, guys...I told you this was going to happen eventually. We're gonna VLOG it up! But, I need your help first! I took a poll a few weeks ago about what you'd like to see more of on this little blog o' mine (thanks for your response, by the way!!), but in the same post I also asked you guys if you had any questions for me, the Mr., and the vlog I swindled him into doing with me. I only got a handful of questions (wahh wahhh), but I think my question for questions got lost in the shuffle of taking the poll. Confused? Me too. SO, I decided to make this wicked cool Google Doc thingie for some legit question asking. We plan on using as many of your questions as we can fit in one 10 minute VALENTINES DAY vlog (because D told me that this vlog would indeed be my V-day present...yayyyy?). We all know I have a hard time keeping anything brief, so if a second vlog is needed because you guys bombard us with awesome questions, we just might oblige. ;) Ok, I'll oblige. D might beat me. But then he'll do it.

Now's your chance, ladies and gents! Wanna know our favorite European travel destination? Ask us! What's the worst part about military life? We'll tell ya! What side of the bed does D sleep on? Umm sure, if you really wanna know (weirdo)...just leave your questions below!

Annndddd as a little incentive, everyone who throws a question in the pot will be entered into a drawing to win 1 month of LARGE AD SPACE on this here blog! SA-WEET, right? Let's just keep the questions PG & nonpolitical. Yes, I have to say that. I also have to tell you that if you ask a ridiculous question like "Why is the sky blue?" or "How many teeth do you have?"...you won't be entered into the drawing. Capiche? ;)

So, there you go. Ask away!

Jan 29, 2013

ROCKin' Around the Christmas Tree in NYC

I had an idea in my head about what Rockefeller Center would look like with its giant twinkling tree and promenade all lit up with lights, but what I had in my head wasn't nearly as spectacular as what I actually saw with my own two eyes our first night in the Big Apple. The photos below hardly do it justice, but Rockefeller Center at Christmas is nothing short of magical. Even the hoards of people clambering around us couldn't distract me from the beauty of the soft Christmas lights beaming off the towering skyscrapers above us. Everywhere you looked there was a new set of eyes growing wider as they stood in awe of New York City's finest Christmas display. As the Christmas music streamed from the loud speakers, it was hard not to find yourself feeling all warm and fuzzy (although it was cold and windy!) as the Christmas spirit began to creep in. So, we stood and we smiled, exchanged a thousand "How cool is this?!" sentiments and snapped a slew of photos; then we made our way across 5th Avenue to enjoy another NYC Christmas delight...the Saks holiday windows! All around the outside of the famous department store, their display windows were filled with moving holiday scenes. Just another fun way NYC gets its visitors in the holiday spirit! We also made a stop at St. Patrick's Cathedral beside Saks before hopping the subway to our last stop of the evening, The Empire State Building. The views from the top at night are unbelievable...just you wait and see!

Just a short video of Rockefeller Center. You can see how crowded it was...and how my family doesn't pay any attention to me when I ask them to do things. Geez. Hehe. ;)

{The Helmsley Building}

Jan 28, 2013

NYC Eats: Dos Caminos

Do you like Mexican food? Umm, duh. Wanna know the swankiest Mexican restaurant with delicious food and out-of-this-world margaritas in New York City? Of course you do. Good thing I'm here to tell you! Folks, when that spicy pico de gallo craving hits you among the bustling city streets in Midtown East, look no further than Dos Caminos on 3rd & 50th. They boast themselves on serving up the tastiest modern Mexican cuisine amidst a super trendy tequila lounge. I have to say, Dos Caminos did not disappoint. Granted, we did drop a load of cash on their tasty margaritas (like $13-$16 per marg, I kid you not), but that was to be expected. We were in NYC after all! Allow me to recommend a few yummy dishes, seeing as you'll all be booking flights to New York after all these recap posts (and I don't blame you):

The St. Rita Margarita// $16 marg made with St. Germain. Worth it.
The Cha-Cha Margarita// Blanco Tequila, Cointreau, & Sangria...who can resist tequila and sangria?
Guacamole// it's served with a salsa trio (tomatillo, tomato chile, & habanero!) and warm corn tortilla chips.
Pescado Tacos (pictured above)// grilled Mahi-Mahi & smoked chile aioli...and that's all I really need to say.
Pollo Tacos (also pictured above)// they come sizzling on a iron skillet. Drool.
Mexico City Street Corn side dish// just do it.
You won't need desert. But you will need to unbutton your pants from all the deliciousness you just inhaled. 
Again, worth it. Believe me, I will be back, Dos Caminos. Get those St. Rita's ready!

Jan 25, 2013

Up with the Roosters

Good morning, sleepyheads! 
I just wanted to pop over while you're enjoying your morning cup of joe to let you know that I'm guest posting over at The Life of Bon today! Bonnie was kind enough to let me gab on and on about my top 5 tips for traveling abroad. So, won't you head on over there and check it out...and of course, leave Bon some love. She's one of the best around!

Annnnd WELCOME Life of Bonnie readers! I am DE-LIGHTED you've made your way over to my little ol' blog today! I hope you'll stay awhile so we can chat and become BFFs, if we aren't already. :) Wanna know a little more about me and the hubs and our adventures here in Europe? Feel free to take a gander at my About Me page (a whole lotta nonsense), our Love Story (a whole lotta mushiness), and our Wanderlust page (a whole lotta travel photos). If you're a new follower from Life of Bon, I'd love it if you'd leave your blog address, a little bit about yourself, and any burning questions you've got in the comments section below. I'm excited to get to know you all!

Whew. It's Friday, friends. Go get yo weekend on.

Jan 24, 2013

NYC Girls Trip 2012: The Arrival

Going home for Christmas was awesome for more than just a few reasons. Not only was I going to get to celebrate Christmas with my family and my favorite weenie dog, but I was also going to get to mark another dream off of my bucket list...seeing New York City at Christmas time! Thanks to my fabulous sister relocating to the Big Apple to start her career in the fashion industry, my mom and I had the perfect excuse to go visit Wendy and experience the magic of NYC during the holidays. What made this trip even more amazing is that my Kansas cousins and my Aunt Debra decided to meet us there...making this another family trip of epic proportions (if you remember, they are the family members that joined us in Germany for My Big Fat European Family Vacation last May)! As much as I wish D could have been there to see the city with us, we had a lot of fun being "just the girls" for the first time in a long time. Sorry fellas. No boys allowed!

Mom and I left from NC and arrived at LaGuardia early on a Friday morning...we waited around about 30 minutes in the airport for the Kansas family to arrive and then off to the city we went! We stayed at the ONE UN New York Hotel in Midtown East with stunning views of the United Nations, the East River, and Roosevelt Island. It was central to almost everything we wanted to see while in the city and was just 2.5 blocks from Grand Central Station (and about 23 different Starbucks shops--overkill much?). After checking-in and dropping off our luggage, we made our way to Grand Central to catch the Subway to Herald Square to pick up the little sis at her place of employment...Macy's! She was the acting brand manager for the RACHEL Rachel Roy boutique on the 3rd floor of the world's largest department store at the time. Seeing her do her thang amidst the bustling holiday crowds was pretty amazing. She's such a fashion rockstar!

After stealing away Macy's star brand manager, we realized we hadn't eaten since breakfast (airplane peanuts don't count). Across the street from Macy's was the Bread Factory Cafe. We could smell the aroma of freshly baked breads wafting across four lanes of traffic...even over all the taxi fumes...so we made a beeline there for a snack. There are only a few things you MUST eat while in NYC (and believe me, I tried to eat all of them), so it was practically a no brainer. A slice of New York style pizza was in order! I choose a unique slice...one topped with penne pasta. It did not disappoint!

When all the pizzas were finished, we made our way back to our hotel to freshen up for dinner and more sight-seeing. We also got to see the skyline go from blue to gold as the sun began to set on our first half day in the city.

But our evening was far from over. Up next--dinner, $16 margaritas, & my favorite part of the city...Rockefeller Center!
Happy Thursday, loves!
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