Photo Diary: #bsbvegas

Apr 28, 2017

I've been a diehard Backstreet Boys fan since high school and vividly recall making signs for and attending their concert with my pal Angie.  Fast forward a few (ha!) years and we'eve seen them each time they've come to St. Louis (including an all day GNO and my bachelorette party) with the same school girl affection. So when their Vegas residency was announced it was a given we HAD to see them again. Thus, a trip was born.

Thankfully Mark was onboard with tagging along so I didn't have to leave Owen since we have family with a condo there (we stayed with them a few years back during this trip*) a quintessential selling point in convincing Mark it was a great idea for the entire family to go. Win-win!

It goes without saying I HAD to bake cookies because, kitchen goals.

Hangover = steak breakfast burrito + endless coffee

Champagne wishes...

Hoover Dam

Dress from RTR. Owen's BSB tee is DIY

Bobbys Burgers -- came here last trip and had to make a stop this time. Potato chips on burgers is so yummy. 

Jaleo -- playing fast and loose with bedtime on a travel day proved to be idiotic as Owen melted down moments after the first round of tapas arrived, which included this bonkers iberico ham that makes my mouth salivate just thinking about it. I opted to head back with Owen while Mark and his aunt/uncle caught up. Our waiter walked me back to the hotel, opening doors along the way (stroller navigating Vegas is REAL). Talk about kindness!

JalapeƱo Margarita (somewhere in the Cosmopolitan) -- slow heat, followed by a one-two punch of tequila.  YES.

Herringbone -- pre-concert sustenance whereupon we ate and drank ourselves silly. I finally tried (and loved) Perrier Jouet. (makes mental note to put on grocery list)

Mandarin Oriental -- champagne vending machine (drops mic). Our aunt graciously offered to watch Owen one night so we walked the strip, shopped a little and swung by the champagne vending machine (I squealed like a kid in a candy store) before heading back to the condo. Also of note: their pool is a slice of heaven.  Serene and family friendly, perfect for a day in the sun. 

Ferraros -- located off the strip, with delicious fare. Bonus points if you have a glass of wine with dinner. 

Bruxies -- Crispy, tender chicken sandwiched between a waffle. His: Original. Hers: Nashville Hot.

Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay -- Mark was adamant about taking Owen to the aquarium and once inside I understood why, it was awesome. Pro tip: buy your tickets beforehand. We stood in line for at least 30 minutes.

Backstreet Boys brought their A-game with ninety minutes of non-stop dancing, singing and screaming in a theater cozy enough you felt like you were apart of the show. I totally copied Kaitlyn and took off my shoes to maximize dancing with reckless abandon, and still woke up with bruises the next day from dancing so much.  Post concert we popped over to the outdoor after party for a bit  before yours truly called it a night and turned into a pumpkin.

This weekend was Larger than Life. 

Bad pun, intended.

*part two of SB-SD-LAS {part one} is still in my drafts folder...

Working On My Postpartum Fitness: March

Apr 27, 2017

We relocated the treadmill from the nursery into the garage (and put up this awesome tent in its place!) and as I type, is still not in working order.  The belt got tangled during the move and is giving us fits so no treadmill life, for me. Yet. On a positive note, we ventured off to Vegas for a few days so I could attend the BSB concert and in a word it was, EPIC. I even stayed out till almost 1a before I stalked this poor cabbie until he took pity on me pacing his cab, barefoot, because stilettos are the devil.

Then, in a I-didn't-know-I was-sick turn of events I got SICK right before Owen's birthday and party which turned out to be Strep. I had no idea I could even get Strep because my tonsils were removed years ago. Spoiler alert, you can. Did I also mention I had strep for TEN DAYS without knowing it? Needless to say I got both my mom and Mark sick but thankfully Owen nor anyone at his party was affected.  I felt like such a schmuck!

1 rest

2 rest

3 rest

4 walk 40min

5 rest

6  rest

7  rest

8 walk 2.37mi + 20 single arm kb shldr press

9 20 push ups (knees)

10 walk the strip 6.37mi

11 walk the strip 5.84mi

12 walk Hoover Dam/strip 4mi

13 walk the strip 1.5

14 rest

15 rest

16 rest

17 rest

18 walk 3.65mi

19 rest; sore throat

20 rest; Owen birthday!/sick

21 rest; sick

22 rest

23 rest

24 rest

25 Owen 1st birthday party

26 rest

27 rest

28 rest

29 rest; sick

30 rest; sick

31 rest 

14 Things We've Ate, As Of Late

Apr 24, 2017

Where do I begin?! There have been so many recipes we've tried recently (specifically September to March) that leap off the page and scream, "cook me NOW" so we did. Below are the latest creations from our kitchen and tested by three very discerning palates :) 

Each recipe based solely on taste (see below star ratings key). 

Also of note: We recently invested in a quality frother (the last one, one of those sticks, broke minutes after I opened it) and espresso maker to elevate our coffee and let me tell you -- GAME CHANGER. During the week we opt to make drip coffee (no muss, no fuss -- bonus points if we remember to set the timer), leaving espresso for weekends when we have ample time to brew without rushing around. The frother even comes with a little chart on how to make lattes/mochas/cappuccinos!

*Apple, Carrot Cheese Bites -- easy to make and held up well in the fridge and were great to have on hand.

**Corn Dog in a Bowl -- because when you have cheesy polenta, everything tastes better.

**Butternut Squash Chili -- hearty spin on a classic culled from McDaniel Nutrition (my nutritionist!) who has a FREE weekly newsletter with meal ideas.  

***Chocolate Pretzel Bars -- a sweet thank you treat for Owen's teachers.

*Butter Roasted Chicken -- need to try this one again; first go came out dry.

****Blackened Fish Tacos with Avocado Cream -- cannot wait to make this one again. Flavor town.

****Everything in the Pantry Cookies -- loved these so much they got a blog post of their own.

**Oven Fajitas -- quick meal idea, in one pan!

****Smoked Brisket/Chicken wings (for Super Bowl) -- we had people over and Mark used the smoker. Man oh man, so good.

***Zuppa Toscana -- made this in the crock pot (brown the sausage first) for a truly effortless meal.

***Sausage +  Kale Pasta -- whipped this up on a whim: brown sausage, set aside. Wilt Kale in sausage pan. Toss with your favorite pasta and a little/lot fresh parmesan.

**Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting -- Happy Birthday to my baby daddy!

**Drunken Chorizo Rice -- we demolished this in two days. From the cookbook, Mexican Today.

****Cauliflower Shawarma Tacos -- another winner from Molly On The Range


** very good
*** excellent
**** extraordinary
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