Oh sweet butter croissant, how you make my heart pitter patter. I wasn't sure there was something that could top a day to day croissant, but there is. Enter Kouign Amann--a beautiful, flakey, caramelized croissant and brioche combination. Originating from the region of Brittany, France, your taste buds will feel like you need to put on a beret and twist the ends of your mustache (if you have one). The best news? You don't have to purchase a ticket to fly over the Atlantic, but can get your own taste of France right here in Tampa, Florida at Petit Piquant off of Howard. As one who has been to Europe many times, these fit the bill and then some.
Piquant is under the care of celebrity chefs Rosana Rivera and Ricardo Castro and they are all things delightful. Their warm welcome is right up there with the pastries coming out of the oven. Their new addition to their patisserie family is being released today. You will find sweet flavors like guava, cinnamon sugar, raspberry, lemon and strawberry alongside more savory flavors like Lox salmon, braised short rib rib and roasted tomato with goat cheese. Well, I won't keep your taste buds waiting any longer, so I give you, the Kouign Amann...
Adventuring with littles can be overwhelming or it can be incredibly fun. Like many first time mamas, I was very reluctant to take my little man out and when I did, I somehow managed to take his entire nursery with us. Now that I have a 4 month old, I have learned the beauty of simplifying! Don't get me wrong, every now and then, my old pack rat habits try to creep in, but my hubby happily reminds me when there's just too much stuff! We bought Disney passes last fall, knowing that Kinsley was due in January, we figured we would do our best to make the most of our passes. I have listed a few convenient tips that I have quickly learned while adventuring Mickey's house with my little ones!
Three days spent in Denver. Three days I'll never forget with my sister. Three days I drank hot coffee and savored my meals. I called it my momcation and it was all things lovely. The stars just happened to align for a last minute trip to visit my sister in Denver. So--I packed a very small bag that I didn't remember being capable of doing since before kids and just hopped on a plane. I absolutely adore my kids, but OMGoodness, to only have to entertain myself was just what this momma needed.
There is so much to do in and around Denver, but I wanted to share a few of my fave foodie spots for your next trip over or a local foodie exploring all the hits. All the hiking, adventuring and even shopping can work up an appetite and these are sure to win a nomnom hashtag from your visit.
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If you sat down with me about a year and a half ago, I would’ve told you my life plan. I had it all figured out. I totally knew (or thought I knew) what I wanted to do for a career, I knew when I was going to graduate, I knew I wanted to go to grad school, I knew what the perfect internship was, I knew who my real friends were, I knew when I wanted to settle down…
I knew it all, and I wanted absolutely zero help from anyone, I was going to do it all for myself and by myself.
Well guess what? Over the last year and a half, a lot has changed. Not saying I don’t know any of the above anymore and I’m definitely NOT saying change is a bad thing (check out my last blog post for my feels on that topic ha.) I’m just saying that I’m a-okay where I’m at right now.
As we head into the new year ahead, we wanted to share some of your most favorite posts from 2016. In no particular order, here is our top 16! Thank you for supporting us and having fun alongside us. May you have a blessed year ahead!
Traveling is my job, but let's be honest, my job is hardly as glamorous as it may seem. Wearing a cute flight attendant outfit=being on your feet all day, traveling multiple days a week=living out of a suitcase, you get the idea. Being a Denver based flight attendant, the destinations I travel to are rarely exotic. Outside of work, traveling is also one of my passions, one that can be quite expensive, although it doesn't have to be. In fact, it can be done cheaply, especially on a budget. Here are a few ways I travel and not break the bank:
If you are flexible and open to options, make sure do some research on areas you would like to travel to. Currency is always fluctuating and if you are open to options, explore areas where the US Dollar is worth more. Get more for your money, literally!
If you have your heart set on a particular location. Research the best time to go. For example, one of our faves, Hawaii, is always going to be relatively expensive, but like every destination, it has its low and high seasons. Accommodation, excursions, restaurants all seem to adjust their pricing to the different seasons. For example traveling to the Caribbean during their "winter," happens to be their low season and can be easier on your wallet.
Going on vacation is almost like Christmas time. The feeling of anticipation is almost too much to bear as you countdown the days until your flight takes off. I can't be the only one that L-O-V-E loves to spruce up their wardrobe and accessories repitoire for the location they're headed. As I was dredging away at the work week and never ending piles of laundry, dreaming about getting my sun-kissed glow, gathering my must haves for Maui was a breeze and almost made me feel like I was already on vacation.
Then, it happened. The alarm clock went off and it was departure day! Even going through airport security was relaxing as I had no agenda, just me and the hubby, sans kids. Yes, you read that right, and I had absolutely no idea what to do with myself! We met up with my sister and her now fiance(as they got engaged on our trip ahhhh!) in LA and left the mainland for the gorgeous island of Maui. I R&R'd so hard and below, are my absolute fave must have finds for this trip that helped me do so.
My beach experience will never be the same. Growing up in Florida, we know the beach, but you know how the constant battle with sand goes as you fight for every square inch of a never big enough towel. My incredible new found love is called a "roundie" by Rollo Towel Co. Perfectly sized for your tushy to sit or lay upon, even with room for two. It is super light weight, made of 100% cotton, for easy drying and rolls up to perfectly fit in your beach bag. The handstamped styles shown include theLollipop with bright pops of color and the Willow in a black & white Aztec pattern, both $77. Use code #rolloyolo for 10% off your order and all orders over $100 receive free shipping.
We have three kids under five. That statement is all that's needed to understand why we were over the moon to get away for a few days for some R & R in Maui. We absolutely adore our children and because they are our worlds, we don't get a lot of us time amidst this busy phase of life. I know what you're thinking, you're on vacation, why would you even need a watch then? Because every little second was utilized to the max to fill up my fuel tank and this Jord watch was the perfect accessory for the job.
Traveling across six times zones can create quite the challenge to keep up with a your sense of reality, so this Jord wood watch was my lifesaver. With several flights to connect and little time to do so, once onboard each flight, I always set my watch ahead to the next time zone I'm headed to. This avoids any confusion when you finally make it out of the mile long, itty bitty aisle line to get off the airplane and head to the next. Finally, you arrive at your destination and forget about what it takes to make it there and can let out that big sigh of being on vacation relief.
This is something I’ve wanted to write about for like, ever. Plus, there are some pretty cool pictures from my last trip for you all!
I figured the timing is right to get this up on the blog, because I just kissed my guy goodbye for a 6-month deployment. So she does… REALLY long-distance. The feels, alllllllll the feels are coming out!
There actually are a few reasons as to why I wanted to write this. One, because I had absolutely no idea how many others are in the same shoes I am in until I began my LDR(long distance relationship) Two, because I know college season is around the corner and some of our college followers may be uneasy about saying “see you later” to their hometown people as they continue in their future endeavors. Three, I just wanted to share my heart with you all today!
Lets begin. This all began a little over a year ago for me. It’s been one whirlwind of a year let me tell you. However, I am so unbelievably thankful for my guy and my long-distance relationship with him.
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