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10 April 2018

Puerto Vallarta Honeymoon Sunset Sailboat Cruise

Oh hello friends, I haven't talked to you on this blog for about a million years. CB has been nagging me to blog again. I constantly look at him and say, with what time??? He then reminds me that I sit on the couch and watch Real Housewives multiple times per week, all of which is time that could be spent blogging instead. Touché sir, touché.  

So I'm really going to make an effort, I promise. Maybe if I stopped over extending myself on Dallas Love List every weekend, that would also free up some time but where is the fun in that??? 

We don't have our wedding photos back yet, so I'm off the hook as of now on needing to do a full wedding recap. Baby steps, let's talk about an adventure we took on our honeymoon instead. In case you missed it on Instagram WE GOT MARRIED AND WENT ON A HONEYMOON! Whoop! I say, in case you missed it on INSTA, because I clearly didn't talk about anything on this blog seeing as my last post was from early February. Oopsies. 

March 3, 2018 was the most beautiful weather you've ever seen on March 3rd, and the day could not have been more perfect for an outdoor, rooftop, pool deck wedding at The Adolphus. More on that at a later date though. With my track record lately, that later date will be never but imma promise to get it done. LOLS.

After the wedding day, we took that Sunday off to just be man and wife. By that I mean we spent a solid 6 hours attempting to deflate the giant pool floats we had at the wedding. One was a gold flamingo, the other a glow in the dark swan float that acted as our guest book. Six hours later, we had the swan deflated, and decided to knife up the gold flamingo. It's 2018 people, why is it so difficult to deflate a pool float for God's sake.

That Sunday evening we packed for Puerto Vallarta, Mexico while I sobbed heavily that the wedding was over. ALL THAT PLANNING and POOF! It's over. At least we still had Mexico on the agenda. This is why you have a honeymoon, folks. 

Although we booked at an all-inclusive resort, while in Mexico, we had a pre-booked excursion on the docket that I was so pumped about. A few weeks prior I had been contacted by Trip Advisor about working together to promote their "Things To Do" feature while on vacation, or even in your home town. While Dallas has some fun tours and tickets, I wanted to do something awesome while we were in Mexico. 

There were tons of walking food tours, city tours, cultural attractions and thrill seeking excursions. I have a very strict no thrill policy while on vacation (I.e. zip lining) so we went ahead and ruled that out. Everything else though looked awesome, it was such a hard choice on what to do. 

In the end, we settled on a sunset sailboat cruise with Vallarta Adventures that had an open bar and included light bites like cheese, wine, an instagram worthy setting, and cheese..... jk that wasn't a hard choice whatsoever. Done and done. 

We took a cab about 20 minutes from our hotel to the marina where the sailboat cruise departed from. Drew and I were the first to board the boat, so I immediately darted to the front for the best view. Sarah-1, everyone else 0.

After going over some safety procedures, we were off with a glass of champagne in hand. CB had beer. We cruised about 30 minutes out and just kind of let the wind guide us as we watched the sun begin to set. 

The boat was full of a variety of different groups, there was another couple on their honeymoon, a couple that I think was in a very new stage of their relationship, a family and a group of 20 somethings that appeared to be recently out of college. It was a lively group and the team with Vallarta Adventures were so awesome at keeping everyone entertained and giggling. 

But now, you're probably wanting me to shut up and show you these ridiculously good Insta-worhty shots we got during the trip?? 

Fine fine, have it your way. 

Not too shabby, huh? It was a wonderful excursion which probably took a total of 3-4 hours. I would absolutely recommend this getaway to anyone traveling to Puerto Vallarta. It's a great way to kick your feet up, see some insanely beautiful colors and snuggle up with your sweetie for a few hours while the sun sets right in front of you. 

Check out Trip Advisor for fun things to do in your area, or if you're headed on vacation and looking for a unique activity for some extra fun. If you want to book the same cruise I went on, click here!

Thank you to Trip Advisor for providing this sunset sailboat cruise, all thoughts and opinions are my own! 

05 February 2018

5 Takeaways from Super Bowl 52

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johsonville. The opinions and text are all mine.

Today is just the worst possible day. Today is the first day in a very long draught without a single drop of football. I mean, sure there's the draft in a couple of months (WHICH IS IN DALLAS, and yes it'll be my mission to secure tickets to this) but there won't be a lick of head to head matchups until SEPTEMBER. OMGGGGGG. Ugh.

I love basketball and baseball, but nothing beats football season. And by that I of course mean, nothing beats Fantasy Football season. Alas, I can be patient for many moons until I'm reunited again with my one true love.

All in all, I found the Super Bowl last night to be one of the best in recent years. The game was great, halftime was great and a handful of the commercials were HILARIOUS! Here are 5 takeaways I have from Super Bowl 52.

1. Our Party Spread DID NOT DISAPPOINT! 
I just love food, y'all! Our group of friends totally killed it. There was queso, guac, tons of chips, tons of various dips, nothing low cal or gluten free and a smorgasbord of Girl Scout cookies.

I'm a terrible cook (no one assigned me to anything, legit) but I had a secret weapon that I brought to the party to impress everyone. I got this really cool new grill from Johnsonville called the Sizzling Sausage Grill. It is absolutely a must have for any big game party, from football to march madness to baseball.

When I say this was easy, I'm not joking. You literally pull the Johnsonville sausage out of the package, place each one in the sausage shaped crevice on the grill, close the lid and hit start. There is a sensor inside that knows when your sausage is the perfect temperature, and it only takes 15 minutes. The sausages cook evenly and the juices and flavor don't escape. You can do anywhere from 1- 5 sausages at a time.

I don't care if you're a gourmet cook or a total novice like me, you need this grill in your kitchen. Find it here for less than $80!

I bought the hot and spicy flavor of brats, and came prepared with lots of hot dog buns. THEN, you won't believe what I did next after they were done cooking.  

I POURED QUESO ALL OVER THE BRAT. If that isn't a game day pro-tip, I don't know what is.

2. Why no N'SYNC though?  
I was literally screaming for N'SYNC the entire half time. I was like, here they come... NOW! Ok, maybe NOW? NOW? WHERE IS N'SYNC????? GAHHHHH!

I just knew JT would bring the boys out for a reunion. I couldn't believe that didn't happen. It somewhat overshadowed my halftime experience, but Justin was still great.

Also, I'd like to get his step tracker count from his performance. Did that man walk all over Minnesota during the show?? I think so....

3. One Play Was Better Than The Rest
I don't think I've ever laughed so hard.

4. I'm Sorry I Just Didn't Get It
The ODB + Eli commercial that channeled Dirty Dancing? What was that? Now, I can already hear you guys who are Giants fans (I know there are a bunch of you reading) that'll call me a Cowboy hater. But HONESTLY, I'm sorry I just didn't get the hype. In fact, I assumed everyone would have been trashing it on social, only to open my Facebook and find out that everyone FREAKING LOVED IT! Mind blown.

5. Tide
I was probably the most annoying person ever at our party, because I just continuously guessed if it was a Tide commercial or not. 9 out of 10 times, I seemed to be correct! Tide won the Super Bowl, IMO!

So those were my takeaways, what were yours??
Did you like the Giants commercial? What commercial was your favorite??

Also, I don't watch This is Us, I'm very sorry. If I ever start, I'll let you know.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johsonville. The opinions and text are all mine.