Tuesday Travel Guide: Denver- Where to Play

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

If you were to ask my best friend Melissa what to do in Denver, her first response would probably be a Broncos game. 

If you're like me, you either a) don't care for the Broncos (sorry, girl), b) don't care for football, or c) don't have the time to invest in seeing a game or scheduling your trip around one. We didn't have a lot of time and frankly, we just wanted to lounge around and chill. Since it was my mom's birthday trip, we knew we wanted to a) wander the shops, b) eat some great food, c) relax and wander on foot.

If you like to shop (or just window shop), there are plenty of places to do so in downtown Denver. The Denver Pavilions is right downtown and hosts a ton of shops, things to do, and places to eat. The 16th Street Mall felt less to me like a mall than a cute casual stroll. It was outdoors and very wide so it was nice for a leisurely walk with plenty of shops, restaurants, and cafes along the way.

We happened past the Larimer Square shops our first night in Denver but everything closed very early so we went back the next afternoon. If small boutiques are more your thing then this would be the place to go. The shops had plenty of unique, upscale items. We really enjoyed wandering through them and got some of the most adorable items at the dog boutique (Roger is so spoiled).

One afternoon, my mom and I walked down to the Colorado State Capital. It was about a mile walk and the weather was perfect so it was a nice weekend stroll. There were some interesting pieces to see along the way like the Big Blue Bear at the Colorado Convention Center (so cute). There were also some old Denver Cow Parade cows randomly along the way. We actually saw a few on our trip and we really love Cow Parade.

Corey and I really enjoy street art and even though he wasn't on the trip, I couldn't resist getting a peek at some of what Denver had to offer. One of the streets by the Denver Performing Arts Complex had some really amazing street art including a couple really gorgeous pieces by David Choe. If you're in the area it's definitely worth seeing! If we'd had more time, I would have liked to see a show or something in Denver but we didn't have the time. Also, make sure to stop by Sculpture Park on the other side of the complex to see the dancing... people? Aliens? Whatever those things are.

I would love to fly back into Denver and rent a car to explore the surrounding areas. Corey and I want to see The Stanley at Estes Park (The Shining), and I would love to see Vail and Aspen when they're in their snowy glory. The flight was insanely cheap from Vegas since Denver is a Frontier Airlines hub; it was only $40 per person!

Monday Must Haves

Monday, March 20, 2017

I will say this a million times- this year is flying by!

Since it's warming up, Vegas pool season is like literally almost here. Good swimwear comes in all kinds of price points and I own plenty of cheaper varieties but sometimes a good quality suit goes a really long way. So many designers have gorgeous suits that are crazy expensive (like over $200) but when you do some good sleuthing, you can find a great deal. I've rounded up some of my favorite designer swimsuits and cover-ups that are under $100!

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Sunday Sales

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Good morning!

Just wanted to let you guys know there's a really great sale this week at Target! It's BOGO 50% off on dresses, jewelry, handbags, wallets, and girls accessories! It's the perfect time to stock up for spring and summer. I know I'll be picking up a few pieces myself!

Here are some of my favorites!

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Fun Things on Friday

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy Friday!

Since St Patrick's Day is here and I had all these green sprinkles lying around my kitchen (don't ask why), I thought it would be fun to make up some kind of recipe involving the green sprinkles and maybe some Irish Cream because why not. 

Irish Cream Cake Truffles

1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
Irish Cream (Substitute for water content on mix box)
Green Sprinkles
White Chocolate Chips

Follow the instructions on the box, just substitute whatever water they ask for with the Irish Cream. If you want the cake to be a bit more decadent, usually I substitute the oil with melted butter. I typically use liquid eggs as well instead of regular eggs.

Once the cake is baked, mash at it with a fork and then roll it into little balls. It helps if your hands are damp; it helps keep the cake together when you roll it. 

Melt the white chocolate carefully in the microwave. Two sets of 30 seconds should do the trick and keep it from burning. There are two ways to coat the truffles- the first is dipping them into the white chocolate. This is going to depend entirely on the consistency of the cake. If they start to fall apart, you can also lightly pour the melted white chocolate onto them. One smaller bag of white chocolate chips should coat about 20 truffles.

Let sit on wax paper and sprinkle with the green sprinkles before the white chocolate sets. Place in fridge to let the white chocolate set.


Throwback Thursdays

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Good morning!

So in past years, the end of March/beginning of April has always meant ACM weekend. It's been my second favorite part of the year for a long time. This year looks amazing but I'm actually not even going to be home for part of it (oops) and I'm not even sure how much of it I'll see next year with all kinds of plans in the works. That said, I put together a couple posts of my favorite throwback moments from the ACM weekends of past in the weeks leading up to ACM 2017.


My first time actually seeing some of the craziness of the awards weekend. My friend Katie and I ventured over to the market where we won meet and greets to see Chris Young. 

I want to say this was the first year it started turning into a festival. 
I spent a lot of time around Mandalay Bay that year with the BBQ in the parking lot, the RAM Ride and Drive, and the fun festivities and market area. 

And of course, take all the goofy photos we could at the booths. 

A bunch of us also ventured out to Fremont Street to see Luke Bryan!