A Mother’s Day weekend retreat

Mother's Day

This past Sunday was Mother’s Day and what this mom needed more than anything was a BREAK! And I’m not even a little bit scared to admit it. Judge me all you want, being a mom is T-O-U-G-H. Night feedings that seem to be never-ending, diaper changes that feel like wrestling matches, extra laundry, having your day dictated by nap times, suctioning tiny noses that don’t want to be suctioned (so gross, by the way), are just some challenges moms face. On the other hand, I never felt true joy until I held my baby boy in my arms. I thought I had but I was completely wrong. I love him so much and he inspires me to be a better person. I swear something changes when you become a mom, it’s like the whole world shifts, and you finally realize what matters most: FAMILY. Not that I didn’t know it before, it just I would get stressed about things that in the grand scheme of things don’t matter at all.

Unfortunately, my husband and I don’t live close to family so date night kind of died when Landon was born. We probably should find a regular baby sitter, but it’s just so scary to leave your baby with someone you don’t really know. I had a terrible time letting him go to daycare, but the people there are great. The first step is just hard I guess. Soon, I will be adding that to my to-do list.

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Luckily, for Mother’s Day my husband arranged for friends of ours, who have two kids of their own, to watch Landon overnight so we could finally have a night together. It was the first time that we have had a night to ourselves in 11 months! He surprised me by taking me to the Ritz-Carlton for a night. It was just what I needed. From the moment I walked through the door, I just seemed to relax. How could you not with the soft classical music playing and it being so pretty everywhere you looked? I don’t think I have ever seen so many chandeliers in my life. They were everywhere in the lobby, hallways, elevator….

When we got to the lobby they had cute Mother’s Day cookies, lemon and lime infused water, and apples for the guests. There was also bottle water everywhere. The room was every girl’s dream! There was a big fluffy bed, a soaking tub, walk-in shower, a vanity outside the bathroom so I had a perfect place to sit and get all dolled up. I know this may not seem over-the-top amazing to you but when getting to take a shower daily is a luxury, this was phenomenal.

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For dinner we went to Wildfire and treated ourselves to cocktails, calamari, and filet. We didn’t have any room for dessert, but when we got back to our room our turn down service left us chocolates on our bed. I would gotten a picture of that too BUT it was gone before that even crossed my mind. Oh my, I do love chocolate! Which reminds me of how sweet my husband is, he had ordered us chocolate strawberries via room service for when we arrived.

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Ladies, I think I’ve got a keeper. We followed up our amazing night with room service for breakfast, which didn’t disappoint. Then we packed up our stuff to go pick up my little cutie pie. It was an amazing weekend and I was very pleased with our stay at the Ritz.

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P.S. Some of the pictures would have been better, but I didn’t want to look like a creeper or someone who had never been in a hotel before.

Book Review: Shadow Falls Series (must read)

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I just read the Shadow Falls series and I LOVED it! It consists of 5 books: Born at Midnight, Awake at Dawn, Taken at Dusk, Whispers at Moonrise, and Chosen at Nigthfall.  I may be growing up but I still love young adult fiction. This series reminds me of what would happen if you put Harry Potter and Twilight into a blender and mixed it up. It has super naturals, magic, and a love story. The series is about a girl who learns that she may be more than just your average human. It all begins when she starts seeing a stranger that no one else can see. This forces her mother to put her into therapy which somehow leads her to attending the summer camp, Shadow Falls, for troubled teens. However, upon discovering she may not be human, she is left not knowing what she is or where she belongs.

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The journey of self-discovery that, Kylie Galen, goes through is incredibly honest and captivating. There is a love triangle with a charming fae and buff werewolf, but it does not consume the whole story line. The young lady finds herself in some scary confrontations with evil (evil vampires, evil spirits, even evil animals) where she must find the courage to fight for her life and the lives of others.

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The tone of this series is very relatable to anyone who reads it. It makes you think of how important friendship is. I must admit that the ending was a little too well wrapped up for me, but it does not change the fact that I will read the series again. Among the super naturals that belong to this series are werewolves, faes, witches, shape shifters, and some other super natural that is truly unique.

When reading this series be prepared to read all 5 books at once. I know I could not wait to see where the next book would take Ms. Galen, in her adventure of becoming a force to be reckoned with.

Overall, I think it is a must read series if you like young adult fiction. What did y’all think of the series? What books do you recommend?

Honeypig: A dining experience to remember

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I have never had Korean BBQ but thanks to Groupon I decided to try it.
I was not brave enough to go by myself so I had my twin sister go with me.
I had seen pictures on yelp so I knew it was very different then the BBQ I grew up with-those mouth-watering pulled pork sandwiches with homemade coleslaw.  Korean BBQ consists of putting seasoned chicken, beef, pork, octopus, etc. on a heated grill-like thing that is it the middle of your table.  It is served with several different sides.
Rice, salad, fish cakes, and other items that were tasty (but I have no clue what they were).  You also get some sort of egg dish for your table to share.  We decided since we had a groupon that we would get a mix of food and take the leftovers home.  We got dumplings, as an appetizer, which were delicious.  However, with the amount of food you get an appetizer plus your entree equals a food coma.

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Our entrees were boneless ribs and spicy chicken.  As your food cooks, people will come by and turn in over and cut it up. This was actually fascinating to me.  For the chicken they used what looked like salad tongs and the sharpest scissors ever made to cut it up.
It was so much different than using a knife and so much more effective.  I think I will be doing this in the future. I also was overwhelmed at how kind the staff was.  It was a great experience and I will be back.  Next time I won’t feel so lost.  I didn’t know how I was supposed to eat anything or what some things were, but I feel like we did an ok job of not seeming completely clueless.  I am a little ashamed that apparently my chopstick skills are so bad they brought me a fork. Honeypig, I will be back.  Another perk, this place is open 24 hours.  My partying days are mostly behind me but this would be a great spot to hit after a long night out.