Posts Tagged ‘travel


Wins, Wishes and Wellbeing

I’m winning more than Charlie Sheen at this point, even with some minor losses along the way.

Win = Hello, sunny Florida!

Loss = Not knowing who to root for at a baseball game


Win = Seeing your all-time favorite player from a few yards away 

Loss = Said player hits a double-play ball on his first at-bat, but that’s ok.. he’s still healing!

Ultimate win = Winning the game, no matter who lost.  I’ve got to have a team in both leagues, after all (thanks to my family and their fan stances).

Loss = Thinking I’ve spotted Johnny Depp and being disappointed by a strikingly similar wax figure.

Win = Finding fun new treasures that lessen my disappointment.

Loss = Not being Cinderella.  Hence, not being able to live in her digs.

Win = Cinderella still came down to say hi during a magical parade


Loss = Long walks on bum legs (thanks to over-exercising while on vacation)

Win = Having family around to make the walks feel (almost) painless

Ultimate win = Sharing an amazing experience with this gang – and a more furry gang..

and a leathery gang…

and a feathery gang…

The gang’s all here.. well there.  We had such a wonderful time – between seeing the Braves & Yankees, visiting parks and relaxing by the pool, it’s always sad when good things come to an end.  Fortunately, we will all be together again soon and we did make some great memories last week!

I am one incredibly blessed girl!

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sweet, brave success

It’s no big secret – I’m an Atlanta Braves fan through and through.

I’ve sat through rain at Turner Field for hours, only for the game to be called.  We “Brave”d Atlanta traffic 24 hours later to watch them the following night.

I’ve forced (okay.. maybe he looks like he’s having fun) Steve to sit through games with me.

In fact, I’ve made him sit through several!

I’ve accumulated many, many pictures of this gentleman (and his behind).  Yes, that’s Chipper Jones and next to Tom Glavine, he is my favorite Brave of all time.

I can’t help it.. I’m maybe slightly obsessed.  So, of course, it was a sad day when he was injured early this season and had to sit on the sidelines for the remainder of it.  Last weekend, we ventured up to D.C. to see my beloved Braves play the Nationals.  While I was impressed with the stadium,

their awesome food offerings,

and the fact that they honored an awesome Braves manager,

I couldn’t hide my disappointment that the Braves lost another game so close to the postseason!  Luckily, they pushed through and clinched the Wild Card spot for the National League.  Thank goodness!

I can now enjoy my breakfast.  It’s also no secret, if you’ve paid attention, that I love my sweet breakfasts.  Berry-topped oats, berry-topped pancakes, yogurt sweetened with Stevia and topped with cereal.  It’s almost too sweet to handle!  I need a break from the sweet and a return to the savory.  But, I can’t just turn my back on the end to my sugar cravings.  So what’s a girl to do?  Compromise!

Half sweet and half savory!

An egg puff with broccoli (and a hidden wedge of Laughing Cow Garlic & Herb) + Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats with peaches and strawberry syrup

I thoroughly missed my egg puffs.  Not to mention how much I missed my Laughing Cow!  If you didn’t get your fill of seeing these last Fall, be prepared to see more.  I actually found this to fill me up as much as custard oats and yogurt for about 100 fewer calories.  It’s a win-win situation.

But.. I still craved some more sweet later in the day.  Trust me, the news about the Braves making the post-season was not enough.  Enter Starbucks Vanilla Rooibos hot tea. 

 I need NO stevia with this drink.  It’s slightly sweet and perfectly spicy.  I successfully satisfied my sweet tooth today.

What is the best thing to satisfy your sweet tooth?


No excuses!

I’d like to have a good reason for taking so much time since my last post.  I don’t.  Every few days I’d think “Man, I should really post this so that in a few months, I will remember it.”  I’d have a moment of hysteric laughter or sheer anger and I felt like writing, but I didn’t. 
I suppose I just didn’t care enough.

 In any case, in between posts I spent some time here back in June:

Princeville Beach at the St. Regis (Kauai, Hawaii).  The cuties below will soon be my niece and nephew!

Luckily, we didn’t have to pay outrageous St. Regis prices to enjoy the water.  My hubby’s grandfather lives just down the road from the resort in this cozy home –

 Half of my family stayed with him while we bunked with a few others right next door in this beautiful place –

I would have loved to gather all of those plumeria on the ground to bring them home.  The smell was wonderful!  Don’t let those Bath & Body Works scents fool you.  They are nothing like the real thing!

The Kauai trip was a celebration for my in-laws 40th anniversary. I love how in love they are and what a great example they have set for my own relationship –

They thought they would give a gift to each other by reuniting all of their children and their counterparts in Hawaii.  A gift for them was a gift for all of us too!  Is there any way thank someone for being so generous because all of the baked breads and pastries that I’ve given them don’t seem enough?  Anyone got an idea? 

Along for the ride was my sister-in-law, Michelle, her best friend, Lori, bro-in-law Mike and his girlfriend, Cassie, sis-in-law Patti and her boyfriend-turned-fiance, Bill, as well as Bill’s children.

Here’s everyone (minus me) getting ice cream at Lappert’swhich is a Kauai staple! 

Gotta love happy ice cream faces!  It is, by far, the most amazing ice cream and sorbet that has crossed my lips.  Sadly, shipping to the east coast just isn’t an option.  Thumbs down to that.  I guess I just have to make the cross-country trip for more!

Ice cream was just one of many Kauai highlights and I think it’s only fair for those who have not been to the island to be given the breakdown, should you decide to venture that way.

Things to love about Kauai:

  1. Chickens – You should make yourself accustomed to early morning rooster wakeup calls.  The chickens are EVERYWHERE, including the beach.  
  2. Bubba Burgers – Yes, the teriyaki burgers are like none other, but their grilled chicken sandwiches also rock my socks.  You should never say no to a trip to Bubba’s.  It’s an experience that should not be skipped, even if they do proclaim that “health food sucks.”

3. Mai Tai’s and other yummy “Grown-Up” drinks – This really requires no explanation.  It is vacation after all!

4. A Luau – Where else can you see beautiful, talented dancers and handsome fire-handling men.

Kaiden, however, was a little embarrassed by the beautiful hula girls and had to hide is own face with his Daddy’s hand.  This was, by far, the funniest kid-related moment of the entire trip.  I should also mention that about a half-hour later, when the girls performed a serious hip-shaking Tahitian routine, he could not stop laughing!

It was a magnificent 10 days. 

In other happenings since my last post I’ve also started a new part-time gig which I absolutely adore.  I’m working at a small shoe store that specializes in custom orthotics, specialty shoe brands and diabetic shoes.  My coworkers make me laugh and my customers (usually) make me smile.  Our diabetic customers are so grateful to finally find some comfortable shoes that offer them the support and protection they need.  I often get to use my biology knowledge when customers come in with plantar fascitis, foot injuries, neuropathy – just about anything that makes it unpleasant to do..well.. anything.  I love it almost as much as I love the HUGE shoe discount.  Score one for my tootsies!

I had a birthday – the big 2-8 – and I got my #1 wedding registry item. Can you guess? 


My husband and in-laws must really like me!!  In the 30 days since receiving it, it has churned out multiple batches of hubby’s favorite chocolate chip cookies, Heidi Swanson’s Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip cookies (Hey, I’ve gotta get my chocolate fix too!), Tina’s Chewy Oatmeal Raisin cookies, and I am now on my 2nd loaf of the famous No Knead Bread, introduced by Mark Bitten.  I don’t know how I lived for so long without this mixer.  I am in baking heaven!  My coworkers, husband and parents waists are probably growing because of my new obsession, but it doesn’t matter.  If I have a spare few hours, something is going to make my home smell yummy!

The starter has been mixed for tomorrow’s bread loaf and it will likely accompany my regular spaghetti.  You never know, however.  I might get crazy and whip up something new – riding the wave of adventure spawned by my new toy!

Aside from my new mixer, new job and new tan (actually, that faded about 1 week after I returned from Hawaii), things are much the same.  I’ve been keeping tabs on my favorite bloggers and wish you all lots and lots and lots and lots of luck during the challenge.  I’m glad that many of my faves are participating and I am having a blast (and probably wasting too much time) reading blogs that are new to me!  I wish I had more hours in the day and money in my wallet to make some of the amazing recipes I am seeing!  It is all so inspirational!

In fact, I think I’ll go waste some more of that time now..

Hi Ya’ll!

Hiya! I'm Heidi, a 28-year-old "retired" student living in Virginia. I am a newlywed and currently on the hunt for a full-time job that will use either my Biology or Secondary Education degree. In the meantime, I work in retail and at an event venue part-time. When I'm not working, I love to kill hours at the gym, scrapbook, and act as a domesticated diva to keep my hubby happy!