Disney Festival of Holidays

We we’re so excited to go to the Disney Festival of Holidays this year because last year we had an amazing time.  California Adventure Park hosts this fun celebration that has food, drinks, music and more to celebrate all the different holidays of the season from different cultures.  The Festival of Holidays runs Nov. 9th-Jan 8th.  This year did not disappoint.  There were a few of the same menu items that we loved and got again, and we also tried some new things!  I honestly want to go and do it again because there are so many more things that I wanted to try!    You can purchase a lanyard where you can get 8 items from any of the stands for $49 if you are an annual pass holder, or $54 for non pass holders.  One lanyard is perfect for two people to share.

I highly recommend you give this a try!  If you love food, Disneyland, and the holiday season, this is a must!

Now let’s get to the important part… the food!

Turkey and stuffing tamale-  It was good, not great. It wasn’t that flavorful, but it definitely gave us the Thanksgiving feels.

Braised Pork Belly Adobo with Garlic Fried Rice- Amazing!  Super flavorful and tender, and the rice was just so garlicy and delicious.  Possibly the best thing we ate.

 

Nashville Hot Fried Turkey with Dill Pickles- The turkey was a tad dry, but the flavor and spice were perfect.

 

Jalapeño Latkes with Chipotle Crema- This was definitely one of my favorites.  They were super crispy and spicy, and the crema and apple chips were perfect on top.

Beef Pot Roast on a Potato Roll- I wasn’t expecting to love this because it had a horseradish cream sauce on top but it was delicious!  The horseradish flavor was super subtle.  I could have eaten many more of these lol.

 

Chorizo Queso Fundido with House-made Tortilla Chips- This was a repeat from last year but we just loved it and had to get it again!  Who doesn’t love a good cheese dip with chips?!  We got a couple of the beers at the “Brews and Bites” stand that went perfectly with this one.

 

Holiday Ham Shanks- This was just okay.  It was kinda dry and really sweet.  Not my favorite.

 

Shrimp and Grits with Andouille Sausage- This was good!  The grits were super creamy and the shrimp and sausage had good flavor.

I have a feeling we will be back to try some more of the many delicious looking items they have on the menu 🙂  Again, this is a must try if you haven’t been before!

Thanks so much for reading!

XOXO

Nikki

Jeffrey Campbell Coma Stretch Booties

I just had to share the amazing boots that my sweet sister got for me for my birthday!  I had been searching for some sock like booties and just couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for…until I saw these!  These are the coma stretch booties from Jeffrey Campbell.  They are just perfect.  The heel is 3″ which to me is the perfect heel height, and they are comfortable and easy to walk in.  The tight fit gives a slimming look to the leg, and these will go with any kind of skinny jeans, leggings, skirts, and dresses!  They come in this beige color, black, and a black and white plaid color.  They are so chic.  If you have been looking for a boot like this to amp up your wardrobe, look no further!  I have linked them down below at the end of this post!

 

Thanks so much for reading!

XOXO

Nikki

Trader Joe’s Seasonal Items: What You Need to Try, and What You Don’t

So I have been wanting to do this post for so long, but I wanted to wait until I could try everything that I wanted to share with you guys! There are a few things that you absolutely must try, and there are a couple that I would say you can pass on.

Must try: 

Eh…You can pass:

These are just a few of the yummy looking things they have this season!  Let me know what you have tried!

XOXO

Nikki

Fancii & Co Skincare Brush Review

So I have been trying out the Fancii & Co Cora 7 in one face and body cleansing brush.  This brush comes with 6 different brush heads.  A silicone cleansing brush, a regular face cleansing brush, a body cleansing brush, a face massaging brush, a sponge brush, and a pumice stone, and an extending wand.

I found myself using the silicone one almost every night because it was gentle and helped with removing my makeup.  The regular cleansing brush is nice for once a week use because it is very exfoliating and not as gentle as the silicone.  The sponge one was different and I have never used one like that before.  I used it with a rich cleanser that had beads in it and it felt nice like it was really making it sink into my skin. The massaging one feels nice, but I will probably not use it very often just because I feel like it doesn’t really do anything for me. The pumice stone and body brush are great and really nice to have.  I love the body brush for getting off old spray tan and prepping for new spray tan.

My overall thoughts: This whole system is $39.99 which is a great deal for what you are getting.  I would recommend giving this a try if you are looking for a face/body brush with multiple uses/benefits.  What you are getting for the price is great!  Also check out some of the other great things on Fancii.com and use the code: NIKKI30 for 30% off 🙂

Thank you for reading!

XOXO

Nikki

Date Night Ideas

Hey guys!  So this is a random post but I wanted to share some fun date night ideas with you!  This is a short list of our favorite things that we actually do a lot, rather than a really long list of random things that we have never done that you might see if you google “date night ideas” lol ie: apple picking, cooking class, couples massage. It is important for Kohl and I (and everyone!) to unplug and go on a fun date every now and then.  We don’t have children yet, so we are trying to set a habit/routine to keep going for when that time comes.  I love going to dinner and a movie, but sometimes it’s fun to switch it up!  Here are some ideas when you want to do something a little different and have a fun date night/day with your boo.

Brewery/Winery: There are so many cool breweries around to go and taste different kinds of beer or wine.  Usually places have tours which is fun to walk around and learn about and most offer yummy food to try too.  Who doesn’t like relaxing and unwinding over a few drinks with their honey? 🙂

Mini Golf: Going to play mini golf is so fun!  We are both really competitive, so our games can get intese lol, but we always laugh so much and have a blast.

Dave & Busters/Arcade: For one of our date nights not that long ago we went to Dave & Busters and had such a great time!  We went to Cheesecake Factory for dinner first (food is always a must for us lol) and then we played games for a couple hours.  We used to go here or to Boomers when we were younger and dating and would always have fun.  After a few years of marriage, that has not changed!  It takes us back and makes us feel like kids again.  We had a blast and want to go back soon.

Make dinner and dessert together and watch a movie/play video games: This sounds so simple but we did this not that long ago and it was such a fun night!  We made pizza together and had fun getting creative with the toppings and just relaxing together after a long week.  Sometimes staying in is the way to go.  And also playing Mario Party is pretty fun lol.

Disneyland or Theme Park (but Disneyland lol): Ok you knew this one was coming!  Lol but there are fun ways you can make this date special and different.  Sometimes we make a reservation at a nice restaurant in the park and watch a show.  Sometimes we will try a ton of different seasonal snacks.  This is somewhere we go often but there are times we make them “special” Disney dates.

Hiking: We don’t do this as often as we would like to but we both love hiking and seeing beautiful places!  There are a lot of nice trails near us and it’s fun to leave our phones and take Daisy along and just walk and talk and enjoy nature together.

Go to a coffee shop and plan our next vacation: We love talking about and planning our trips, it helps us look forward to something.  It’s fun to sit down with the laptop and research all the restaurants we want to go to, things we want to see and do on our vacation.

I would love to hear what your favorite date nights are!

Thank you for reading!

XOXO

Nikki

All About Scarves

One of my favorite fall and winter time accessories has always been scarves!  I love how they complete a simple outfit and ad a cute and cozy look.

I used to wear a scarf every single day to work for a year, even in the summer because I had a healing scar on my neck that I was embarrassed of.  I have learned to accept my scar, but still love wearing cute scarves!  Just not in the summer lol.  The pink striped scarf I am wearing in these photos is one I found at Target a couple years back, so they don’t have it anymore, but they have some similar styles!  I like how big and blanket like it is.  The leopard print infinity scarf is a favorite of mine from H&M that I have also had for a while.

I have put together a shoppable link of cute scarves to get you in a cozy fall mood!  Enjoy!

Thank you for reading!

XOXO

Nikki

A Pop of Pink

I love wearing all black and having a pop of color when I am wearing athleisure attire.  These shoes add a pop of pink which gives a fun and girly feel to a comfy/on the go outfit.

These are the Adidas NMD_R1 shoes and they are a bit pricey, but so so comfy and cute.  If you have been wanting to invest in a nice pair of trendy Adidas, I would totally go for these!  They don’t even feel like you are wearing shoes, but in a good way, if that makes sense lol.  I am wearing a size 10, which is my normal size, but I feel like I could have gone down a half size, but I would be too nervous to lol.  I don’t mind that they are a bit roomy anyways, but if you prefer a more snug/more supportive fit, go a half size down.  They do have half sizes which is nice if you are in between.  They are selling out of sizes fast, so if you want them, grab them while you can!

Here is a link to the shoes on the Adidas website: Adidas NMD_R1 sneaker

XOXO

Nikki

How to Stay Organized

So the upcoming seasons hold a lot for most people, and it can be overwhelming planning, scheduling and remembering your commitments all while staying organized.  It happens every year for me, almost every weekend and at least a couple week nights get booked up every month.  Keeping track of all those events along with Dr. appointments, work meetings and events, little unexpected things that pop up, ya da ya da, you know… life stuff, can be super overwhelming and stressful!

I have put together a list to help you stay organized so you can enjoy the wonderful times that fall and winter hold.

  1. Buy a planner/calendar and WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN-This is the most important tip that has greatly helped me the past few years.  Yes, I know a lot of people use the calendars in their phones and type notes, but having everything written down and seeing the whole month at a time makes remembering and planning for things so much easier, trust me.  You can write down your events on the days, as well as to do lists and any extra things like a daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning schedule.  I love my Happy Planner from Me & My Big Ideas.  It is the perfect size, and has a super cute design with bible verses and inspiration on every page.  Oh, and it also comes with stickers! Here is the link to my planner The Happy Planner
  2. Give everything a home and practice putting things away immediately- There is nothing more stressful than looking for something important that you know you have and not being able to find it.  Make designated boxes or drawers for important paperwork, dedicate one shelf or spot to presents you are giving so you can have them all in one place, and de clutter frequently.  Also, when you come home with something, before you get into your sweats and sit on that couch with that bowl of popcorn (this is a hard one for me) just put the dang thing where its supposed to go!  Don’t just throw it on the bed, to be thrown on the coffee table, to be shoved under the coffee table, to be forgotten about/lost!
  3. Set a monthly budget and stick to it, and when you buy something, yes, WRITE IT DOWN in your planner so you can keep track and not go over your budget.  I like to write down what I need to purchase and calculate that, and if there is extra to spend, I save it or get something that I want, but always always write everything down so you can stay on top of your spending.
  4. Get rid of stuff you don’t need/use/wear-Before you get something new, try to get rid of something as well.  This helps eliminate clutter and unneeded things.  I love the feeling of getting rid of crap that I don’t need, it’s invigorating! LOL
  5. Simplify your life by not over committing and jam packing your schedule- Sometimes many commitments are unavoidable, especially during the busy holiday months.  I am guilty of spreading myself too thin sometimes and it leads to stress.  It’s ok to say no to something and postpone or move things around to accommodate your schedule.  It is very important to take time for yourself to just relax.  During fall and winter time, the changing weather+stress=lowered immune system which=getting sick…yeah I know that was a funky equation haha but it’s true!  I have learned this from experience.  Take a deep breath, de clutter, organize, and ENJOY the wonderful months ahead and take time for yourself to relax and be with your loved ones!  

Thanks for reading!

XOXO

Nikki

My Tried and True Workout Clothes

If I don’t have a cute and comfortable outfit to wear to the gym, I’m probably not gonna go lol.  If I have a few really cute pieces that suck everything in and make me feel good while I’m working out, it helps get me there.

First let’s have some #realtalk.  Last night I destroyed a box of milk duds, but ya know what?  I’m giving myself some grace and starting the day over by focusing on putting healthier things in my body and taking little steps to be better every day.  Sometimes weeks go by that I don’t go to the gym and let’s be real, I hate going.  But I love the feeling I have afterwards, so I am trying to focus on that feeling.  If you are struggling to workout regularly, I feel you!  Let’s motivate each other and give ourselves grace.  We’ve got this!  I just wanted to throw that little bit of inspiration in there haha anyways let’s get on with the post…

This post is dedicated to workout clothes I own that I have been wearing for a really long time.  I LOVE wearing cute workout clothes even if I’m not going to workout.  The athleisure trend is one that I really love. These pieces have held up and are my tried and true clothes to wear to the gym and on days where I’m just lounging or running errands.  I don’t have $98 to spend on one pair of leggings or have 10 different pairs of Adidas, but there are some really cute, comfortable, flattering, and affordable pieces that I think you will love!  Also, a lot of my picks are from Old Navy…shocking right lol.  Right now, you can save 30% off your entire order with the code THANKYOU 

There is a shoppable link with all of my favorite workout clothes at the end of this post!

 

 

Thank you for reading!

XOXO

Nikki

What’s in my Purse

So today’s post is kinda random but I thought it might be fun!  I feel like you aren’t really a blogger until you do one of these challenges lol…so here’s the what’s in my purse challenge!  I literally dumped out my purse onto the bed and this is what was in there, no adding or taking away anything.  My purse is pretty big, so I tend to have a lot of stuff inside.  Here’s a picture of everything.

Pretty normal stuff…lol.  I have:

my calendar/planner

the book I am currently reading

sunglasses

lavender essential oils (I’m a stressed gal :/ )

chapstick

tampons

hand cream

wave spray for my hair

mints

touch up powder

wallet

name tag

perfume

apple (always hungry)

stevia

wireless ear buds

tums (I love spicy food and wine but it doesn’t like my esophogus)

9 different lipsticks/glosses haha (always have to be prepared and have the right lip for every situation am I right?!)

Oh and how could I forget the most important thing in my purse?!

Thanks so much for reading!

XOXO

Nikki