My Way to do Vegas.

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a girl with blonde hair standing in front of 7 magic mountains in Vegas

We love going to Vegas! We went there on our Honeymoon, our 10 year anniversary, and many times in between! But so many people think of Vegas as just a party scene, or a place to gamble. But Vegas is so much more!

There is no shortage of fun to be had in Vegas. Don’t get me wrong, you can party, and gamble, but there is so many other fun adventures to be had!

Let’s start with FOOD! We stayed at Park MGM, which I highly recommend. It’s newly remodeled, and most of all has a KILLER selection of food! Every single restaurant was a good choice. We barely left to eat. First up was brunch at Primrose. It’s the cutest little French inspired bistro. It was my hub’s bday, so he went for it and ordered the French onion burger. It looked and smelled amazing. I ordered the Garden omelette. It came with smashed fingerlings and grilled zucchini , and a toasty piece of Brioche. It was big enough for 2! We also all split one of the Buttermilk pancakes. It was a fluffy cakelike pancake , so rich in flavor. Lastly I ordered an almond milk latte. It was by far one of THE BEST I’ve ever had, and inexpensive! So I highly recommend this restaurant ! It’s the cutest.

Next up was the famous EATALY! It was everything I dreamed it to be. They have other locations , but this one just opened at PARK MGM. It was so huge, full of selection, and just such a vibe and buzz from the moment you entered. We had many many yummy things while we were here. One of my faves was the Charcuterie board, and the fried risotto bites. There are classes and tastings you can be a part of , and they have a market where you can buy all kinds of goodies. Be sure to pay a visit here if you go to Vegas.

One other place we LOVED, was Bavette’s Steakhouse. They are originally from Chicago, but have a Las Vegas location. We asked to eat in “the parlor” which is a secret + hidden part of the bar in the back, and oh so cool. So be sure to ask to sit there or have a drink there and you won’t regret it! It’s not cheap, but it’s worth it. It is also very sharable. I ordered the baked potato because I wasn’t super hungry. IT WAS 2 baked potatoes. So, you can def share! My hub + bro shared the burger , they are burger snobs, and they said this is by far the best burger they’ve EVER HAD. I also had a rose martini and it was delish.

Another hidden gem, in our hotel, was JUNIPER. It’s a gin based bar, and the drinks are FAB. They were not only delish, but the presentation was amazing. I ordered many many drinks, you know for market research:) My fave was ” A little birdie” . It came in the cutest bird glass. It was Gin, Strawberry, dry vermouth, and fresh lemon. My hubby and bro loved the old fashioned. I also loved the “Carnival”, the drink topped with cotton candy. They also have a happy hour every night, so be sure to partake in that!!!

the bar Jupiter at park mom in Vegas
a hand holding a drink at a bar

For some cheaper, and laid back options, the Cosmo has a great little food court. They even have a Hattie B’s(which is from here in Nashville!) They have Eggslut, one of my faves, and China Poblano. (it’s Mexican and Chinese. YES PLEASE. ) But my fave are the 2 HIDDEN bars. Literally hidden and secret. If you go back behind the food court, and through the employees only door, you enter a secret bar called Ghost Donkey. THEY HAVE THE BEST NACHOS here. They also have a hidden pizza joint on the top floor, that sells yummy pieces of NY pie by the slice.

WOW, THIS POST IS MOSTLY FOOD. As you can tell I love food. But 2 other things I recommend are 1) site seeing . Rent a car and go out to the mountains. We have been to the red rocks canyon before, which is amazingly beautiful. This time we went to 7 Magic Mountains. It’s an incredible rock art install out in the middle of the Las Vegas scenery! This install is only there for a little longer, but if you don’t make it there, def. go to the canyons and hike and site see.

Lastly, I LOVE the Bellagio! They always have a different art install, usually themed for the season that is currently happening . We were there for the Chinese New Year, and it was magical! Also very busy, but so cool to see! Also, if you gamble at any casino, you get free drinks. SO don’t forget to take advantage of that!

We also saw a Cirque Du Soleil show, which is a MUST. They have so many to choose from, but we saw Mystere. SO AWESOME! We actually saw that same show on our honeymoon 15 years ago, and it is just as amazing as I remember.

These are just a few of my suggestions, but there’s endless options when you go to Vegas! Look at reviews before you go to things, and just set out to explore! It’s a great time, and pretty cheap!

DIY Holiday Cookie Box

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a box of christmas cookies

The Holidays are my MOST favorite time of the year! And every year I’ve always wanted bake cookies for friends, but never have! So this year my friend Lindey and I spent 2 days of baking some of our favorite cookies to make holiday cookie boxes for our friends and loved ones! 

We started the process by picking 3-4 cookie recipes that we wanted to be the staple of our cookie box. I knew I wanted to make and decorate sugar cookies, so we used this Martha Stewart Basic Sugar cookie recipe.  I will say I wish I would have taken the sugar cookies out of the oven about a minute sooner. They are DELISH, but a little bit more like a shortbread cookie! Once we tweaked it, the rest came out much softer! So keep that in mind. But that’s if you don’t eat all the dough first:) We also used all different styles of christmas cookie cutters to make it cute and fun.  We spent a few days baking at Lindey’s beautiful home, and she had it set up so cute with all of our baking utensils. 

The Royal Icing is also a little finicky if you’ve never worked with it before. You have to keep it sealed once you mix it up, or it will harden fast. It’s so yummy and pretty on the cookies. Here’s my easy recipe:


4 cups confectioner’s sugar

3 Tbsp meringue powder

1/2 tsp vanilla 

1/2 cup warm water

Sift together dry ingredients. Then add vanilla + water and mix with hand mixer for 5-6 minutes. Add more or less water if it’s not to the consistency you need. Add food coloring and put it piping bag! Once you are ready to ice, you will pipe your OUTLINE ONLY with the royal icing. Be careful b/c it can tend to be runny. Once you have your cookie outlined, fill in 3/4 with icing inside the line. Then use a tooth pick to completely cover the rest and it will fill in. Let cookie sit for 20 min to harden before adding any other colors on top, or it will bleed and you will cry! hahahah. 

a bunch of sugar cookies un iced

Another fave recipe of mine is traditional crinkle cookies. The recipe we used  you can find here.

We did adjust this recipe by adding more flour because the dough was not thick enough. But it turned out amazing once we did that! They taste like a brownie in a cookie form. SO GOOD. 

The amazing thing about putting together these boxes, is that you can use really any kind of container to do so. We wanted to do it on a budget, so we used gift boxes we got from target. But you could use a wood box if you wanted it to be something they could keep after the treats were gone! I also used cute little plastic holiday tins I picked up at walmart.  I covered the bottom of the box in a christmas parchment paper I found at World Market. I then took card stock and cut pieces to make the sections for my different kinds of cookies. I just cut  and doubled the card stock to make it sturdy! I then filled the sections with crinkle paper to add dimension and give something for the cookies to rest on. These are such a fun and easy gift idea! You could do these for any holiday or occasion!

My friend Lindey added a different twist to her box. I loved that we made all the cookies together, but had a slightly different outcome! She put some of her treats in cute little treat bags which I loved!

box of holiday cookies

I added some tasty pretzels from Theresa’s Twists, and picked up a few other kinds of cookies at Trader Joes! You really could put anything in this box. Make it your own and fill it with things you know your recipients enjoy! I also added pretty twine and candy canes to the box once I closed it all up, and of course a cute tag. These are fun and easy to do, and I promise will bring your friends and family joy when they receive them! I’d love to see your boxes when you’re done, so please comment below and share! Have fu

The Perfect Outdoor Friendsgiving Ideas



outdoor blogger friends giving

THANKSGIVINGThe expression of gratitude. Being Thankful. Being Grateful. Gathering with friends and family. Friends giving- all of these things AND celebrating with people you wish were your real family.

Tis the season to be thankful, so I thought hosting a Friendsgiving would be so fun! Why not have it out doors and invite other empowering women to join me! I invited different women that inspire me in some way! All the way from business owners, to bloggers, to moms and hairstylists. Each of them has pushed through hardships to follow their dreams and make them realities. Which I find VERY inspirational and motivating. I think it’s important as women to support each other and build one another up. That’s why I wanted a day where we all came together to celebrate friendship and accomplishment! They’ve each played a vital role in my life, and I wanted them to know that! I gathered with 8 of my Nashville friends, and we had an outdoor Friendsgiving 2018 to remember!  Continue reading

Instagram Guide to the best Nashville Murals


a blonde woman standing in from of the nashville music mural in 12th south

Nashville has become the new IT place to get those Instagram worthy photos in front of all of the best Nashville murals! So I thought why not take a little Nashville mural tour to my most favorite ones! There are so many, I didn’t cover them all- but here are the ones you have to visit if you come! So here we go with my Nashville Mural Tour List! Continue reading

The Saffron Diaries, meet Sujata


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It’s no secret I love making friends! Especially when those friends and I have a lot in common! I started following Sujata a long time ago, and it was such a treat to finally meet her in person last December! OH, and she has an Instagram husband too:) Better yet, they are from Texas so of course we had something in common since my hubby’s from there too! She is not only beautiful and an amazing blogger, but she’s SO SMART! She works in clinical research, and uses blogging as a creative outlet! I’m so excited to be featuring her on the blog today! Be sure to check her out! Meet Sujata, AKA The Saffron Diaries!



a beautiful woman standing in the sunshine


Hi everyone! Sujata here from Saffron Diaries! A little bit about myself: I am a native Texan, a diehard Longhorn fan and alum of the University of Texas, and lover of all things food and fashion.  I work in clinical research and, well, my job is way more technical than creative so I use the blog to balance the use of both sides of my brain! I’m a first time blogger, and my purpose has sort of revolved over the last 6 months. This year, I’m focusing on a year-long project which I call ‘Journey through 30’. (I turned 30 back in January) Each month I take on a new experience, something that I’ve been wanting to incorporate in my life or just try for the first time ! I’m learning a lot and getting to meet lots of wonderful people along the way!

What’s your favorite song right now?

Downtown by J Balvin (pretty much anything by J Balvin, to be honest…)

What’s your favorite style to wear?

Preppy/chic. (although this is totally determined by my mood, I’m a chameleon)

a pretty woman wearing glasses

What’s your guilty pleasure snack-go-to?

Chocolate (currently those Oreo-Milka bars)

What’s your MUST-HAVE beauty item that you can’t live with out?

Fenty Beauty PRO FILT’R Soft- this foundation just gets me! #melaninlove

Who’s the most influential person in your life and why?

My mom (shh don’t tell her). I don’t think there’s anyone else who just knows me for me as well as she does. She always has the answers, and she never holds back from calling me out (which just may be ALL THE TIME). She may be the queen of tough love, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

What’s the one thing you want to accomplish that you haven’t yet?

I don’t think I’ve reached my career goals just yet. This is partially due to the fact that I’m still trying to figure out which direction to take it in. It’s hard reaching a goal that you’re not sure of! Some of this has to do with just where my husband  and I are right now and we’re trying to figure out what’s next! Being a Type A, it has been really hard letting go of that sense of control, but I’m learning!

If you could give someone some great life advice, what would it be?

If I’ve learned anything in the last 30 years, is that life requires adaptability. Life is constantly changing, and you have to be in the mindset to keep up!

What’s your fave inspirational quote?

I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going  wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles. – Audrey Hepburn

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Where is one place you’d love to travel to?


What drives you and gives you passion in your profession?

I work in public health research and let me tell you, it’s very easy to forget that the work that you’re putting in can have some downstream effect on people. You get bogged down with the day to day, and losing the big picture is so simple. The times where I’m reminded of the importance of what I do is when I describe my work to other people. I think people lose sight of the fact that medical research is not just limited to finding the next best drug. Working in a field where we can learn to truly understand why people make the choices that they do (especiallythose that affect their health) can lead us to better medicine, and one that focuses more on prevention! (Vaccinate, eat healthy, be physically active!!)