Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday Five: {1}

My very first Friday Five!  Woohoo!  Today I am linking up with Joy.  Be sure to check out her amazing blog!
Tomorrow I am helping my sister move back to Tuscaloosa for the fall semester.  In honor of getting to visit my favorite city, I am going to share with you my top 5 restaurants in Tuscaloosa.  It was extremely difficult for me to narrow the list to just 5.  I lived in Tuscaloosa for 4 years and fell in love with so many restaurants.  There are days when all I want to eat is a sandwich from Newk's or sushi from Bento.  So after much deliberation, here is my list of the 5 best restaurants in Tuscaloosa and my favorite items on the menu.
1. Newk's - A deli that serves sandwiches, soups, salads and pizza.  I always order either the Five Cheese Pizza (it has a pesto base!) or the Club Sandwich.  Both are excellent!

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 2. Bento - Japanese restaurant on the Strip (University Boulevard).  I love their Teriyaki Chicken Bento Box and Shrimp Tempura Roll (I'm not very adventurous when it comes to sushi).

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3. Iguana Grill - Best Mexican restaurant ever!  (In my humble opinion)  I order the enchiladas everytime.

4. Mugshots - Amazing burgers!  The Pat-O is the way to go.  Lots of melty cheese!

5. Cypress Inn - A nicer restaurant on Black Warrior River with great food and beautiful views.  All of their food is yummy.  I usually get the grilled chicken.

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Be sure to check out these awesome restaurants if you ever find yourself in Tuscaloosa!  Happy Friday!


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

National Tequila Day!

I just found out that today is National Tequila Day!  Then, I saw this ecard that made me laugh because it is SO true.  So lets all just take a minute to celebrate tequila.   

Here are a few awesome tequila recipes/ideas that I found on Pinterest.  Enjoy!

Margarita Popsicles - Genius!

{Photo via Confections of a Foodie Bride}

Mini Patron 'Ritas with Fish Tacos - Such a cute party idea!

{Photo via Peter Callahan}

Coco Loco Tequila Cupcakes - Tequila + Cupcakes = Yum

{Photo via Joanne Weir}
Tequila Cherry Limeade - Only tequila could make a cherry limeade any better!

{Photo via Song of Spice and Fire}
Hope everyone has a great National Tequila Day!
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Talk Appy To Me

Like the rest of my generation, I am completely addicted to my iPhone.  I NEVER leave home without it.  So, today I am linking up with Alabama Women Bloggers to share some of my favorite apps.
1. Facebook - Duh!  I know this is a given, but it's always a go to app for time killing.
2. Instagram - My current favorite!  I love being able to follow all of my friends' photos, and the app offers some great photo effects.

3. Pic Stitch - I love using Pic Stitch to create collages for Instagram! 
4. Walgreen's - The Walgreen's app makes refilling your prescription so easy!  All you have to do is scan the barcode on your medication and select the pick-up location and time. 
5. Etsy - This app helps me manage my Etsy shop on the go.  I can list items, edit items, check my shop stats, respond to conversations and view my sales.  I can also see all of the amazing items in other shops. 
 6. - is a great personal finance tool.  It allows you to link all of your bank accounts, credit cards, investment accounts, loans and savings accounts so that you can see all of your account balances in one place.  It also allows you to create budgets and shows you how well you are following it.

 7.  Stylish Girl - This is really cool closet organization app.  You can take pictures of the items in your closet and create outfits.  You can also use the calender feature to plan when you are going to wear the outfits (which appeals to my Type A-must plan everything-personality). 

What are your favorite apps?  I would love to know if there are some apps that I need to know about!


Wednesday, July 17, 2013


I am in LOVE with the great city of Nashville!  Ty and I made the 5 hour trek up there a couple of weekends ago, and we had a blast! 

If you are on a budget like we were, then I highly recommend staying farther away from downtown and paying to park in one of the parking decks close to Broadway Street.  Sure it's nice to be able to walk to the bars from your hotel, but we weren't willing to pay $350/night.  We decided to stay at a Home2 Suites by Hilton close to Vanderbilt (Ty's Hilton Honors point are definitely coming in handy).  It was really nice for a reasonably priced hotel, and I would definitely stay there again. 

Here is how we spent our time in my new favorite city:

Friday - We didn't get to Nashville until about 11:00 that night, so we didn't get to do anything fun :(

Saturday - We headed out to Fontanel to tour the Southern Living Idea House.  It was absolutely      beautiful!  I am planning on doing a post on it soon.

Next we stopped for lunch at the Pancake Pantry.  I cannot even begin to describe how amazing their pancakes are.  Don't be alarmed if there is a line down the street.  It moves pretty quickly, and I can assure you the food is worth the wait.  Ty had the Silver Dollar pancakes (boring), and I decided to go with a lighter option, the Swiss Chocolate Chip pancakes. maybe they weren't the healthiest item on the menu, but they were the most chocolatey.  That's a valid argument, right?  ;)  I am just devastated that I didn't take a picture of them.  I must return for a photo!
Then, we headed to Bridgestone Arena for the Cirque du Soleil show Quidam.  This was the first Cirque du Soleil performance that I had ever seen, and I really enjoyed it!  My favorite acts were the man in the giant wheel (I'm sure the act has a better name) and the aerial contortionist on silks (pictured below).  I think Ty was pretty skeptical, but he enjoyed it too.  We weren't allowed to take pictures during the performance, so I had to borrow one from Cirque du Soleil's website. 
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We ate dinner at Merchant's on Broadway Street.  This was my second time here, and it was fabulous! 
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If you are ever at Merchant's, be sure to try a Tennessee Mojito.  It is amazing!  I believe it's the best drink I've ever had.  I love a mojito, but it's the mango and peach rum that really make this one special!

We spent the rest of the hanging out on Broadway.  We spent a lot of our time at Big Bang Piano Bar.  I love piano bars, and this one was great! 


Sunday - We had to make the long drive home.  We did stop in Franklin, TN for a delicious brunch at Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant.  Franklin is the cutest little town.  We saw some really cute store fronts downtown while passing through.  I would love to go back and explore.

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We had a great trip!  As I already mentioned, I LOVE Nashville!  I am already eager to go back.  Next time I want to stop in Lynchburg and tour the Jack Daniels distillery.  I also think it would be neat to see the Parthenon replica.  Who knows when I'll be going to Greece to see the real thing?!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Playing Catch Up

I'm back!  We are just going to pretend that it hasn't been almost 2 years since my last blog post.  So as you can probably imagine, quite a few things have changed in my life since November 2011.  So here is a timeline to get everyone caught up!

December 10, 2012 - I got engaged! Check out the bling!

May 2012 - Moved into this cute rental house in Troy
June 16, 2012 - Got MARRIED!

June 17-22, 2012 - Honeymoon in Anguilla
February 2013 - Started a new job at Southern Field! ...but sad to leave my CRI friends :(
That should get everyone up to speed.  I promise that I will do better this time!  No more waiting 19 months between posts!