Friday, October 31, 2014

November 2014 Goals!

I've never been that good with yearly goals, so I decided I needed to break it down and take one month at a time. I started doing this months ago and I feel like I've achieved so much more since then! I want to post on the ol' web so that I will be held even more accountable for my goals!

Silver & gold painted pumpkins on the porch!

NOVEMBER GOALS:

Read 1 book 
(I did set a yearly goal on this & I've already met my yearly goal thanks to a week at the beach this summer so I'm just going to try and finish 1 book this month)

Decorate my house for Christmas- yay!

Cook 2 Fancy Friday Dinners 
(We have something every weekend this month so hopefully we can do this at least twice!)

Finish blogging about our Europe trip!

Schedule all of our doctor appointments 
(When you move you have to find all new doctors for everything so I need to get these appointments scheduled- even Griffin is due for shots!)

I want to visit Bahama Bucks and have one more sno-cone before it's way too cold! 

 Order Christmas cards- my favorite thing to receive in the mail :)

What are your goals for November?


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

When in Rome

Ahh Roma. This was my second time to visit and Mr. Neill's first time. Rome is a "big city" with a lot of history. Their public transit system needs some work so the location of your accommodation is pretty important. Both times I've been (in the summer) it's been HOT and you end up doing a lot of walking and most of the major sites are outside so stay hydrated! (Travelers tip: cheap bottled water can be found at grocery stores so pop in & pay literally cents compared to the 2-3 euro a bottle at tourist sites and restaurants!) 







My favorite gelato in the world! It's rose flavored and I've only ever found it at this 
gelato shop near the Pantheon... YUM!





Unfortunately this was our view of the Trevi Fountain... completely under construction :(


Things you must do in Rome:

-The Colosseum: I've done both the live tour guide and the audio guide and I recommend the live tour guide. I personally would wait until you get inside to purchase a guided tour rather than purchasing one from the guides standing outside the Colosseum that may or may not be legit.

-Roman Forum: This is not really my cup of tea but if you have time in Rome this is cool to see. If you have limited time, I would cut this out. For one, it takes a lot of time and secondly, it's the same thing over, and over, and over :)

-Pantheon: Fun to see and a great spot to sit and relax and grab the best gelato ever!

-Piazza Navona: A fun square that is filled with cute cafes, artists, and street entertainers. I recommend this as a fun dinner place, especially if you wander behind the square and the church.

-St. Peter's Basilica: By far one of the most impressive churches you will ever see! The line is long unless you get there early or an hour or two before it closes. My recommendation is to go through the Vatican Museum and once you've seen the Sistine Chapel, sneak out a side door that leads straight into St. Peter's. I did this the first time I visited and it worked perfectly. (Thanks Rick Steve for this amazing tip!)

-Vatican Museum: Great museum but takes a lot of time to get through. Buy your tickets in advance and feel free to bring sandwiches in your bag for lunch!

-Borghese Gallery: I did this on my first visit but not on this trip and I highly recommend it! It's a great Gallery and the park it's in is beautiful. You have to reserve tickets beforehand.

-Trevi Fountain: Fun to see if it's not under construction...

-Spanish Steps: Underwhelming to say the least but it is near some great shops (!) and in close proximity to other sites so worth the stop to check it off your list.

Rome really only takes a day or two to see the major sites. If you have any questions leave a comment and let me know!









 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Our one year Griff-iversary!

This day last year we were driving to Little Rock to pick up our new puppy! We have loved having Griffin in our little family and can't imagine life without him!   

 







We love you G!


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Firenze

Florence, Italy is by far one of my favorite cities in the world. This was my second time there & Mr. Neill's first time and he loved it as much as I thought he would! Florence is easy to get around (you can walk everywhere- no public transit needed), has great sights & food, and is a quick and easy trip to the beautiful tuscan wine country.










I have some great recommendations for Florence:
Stay: Hotel Lorena is a great budget-friendly hotel with a great location and good price
Eat: Trattoria Lo Stracotto, Golden View Open Bar  
Do: The Duomo (one of the prettiest chapels inside and the line moves quickly, you can also climb the tower for a great view of the city), Accademia (where the David statue resides- purchase tickets in advance!), San Lorenzo Market, Uffizi Gallery (again, purchase tickets in advance), Ponte Vecchio, Piazzale Michelangelo (best view of the city), Chianti Region Wine Tasting.        


Monday, October 20, 2014

Little Pumpkin

My dear friend is having a baby boy in November and we can't wait to meet him! Chelsea and I decided to host her a fall themed baby shower at her home in San Antonio. It was so much fun to plan and we had a great time celebrating Tammy & baby George! I only took iphone pictures but I'm sure Chelsea will blog about it soon with her much better camera pictures :)

Chelsea created these darling invites!

I made this pumpkin banner and we hung wishes for the baby on them once everyone filled out their wish form! We also had everyone put their address on an envelope for thank you notes.

The menu included chicken salad scooped on apple slices with pecans, mini chocolate chip pumpkin muffins, apple slices & caramel dip, pasta salad, chips & salsa and yummy caramel candy corn.

Dessert was yummy bundts from Nothing Bundt Cakes- they are the BEST!


Everyone got a mini pumpkin to take home!

We played this fun and easy game before Tammy opened her presents. Everyone wrote down what baby item they think is in each bag that starts with the letter on the bag. We had no clear winner but it was fun and Tammy got to keep all the loot from the bags!

I love you so much friend, and I can't wait to meet baby George!


Friday, October 17, 2014

Cinque Terre, Italy

Five villages, one beautiful ocean, and the most amazing seafood you can imagine. This area is home of focaccia bread and pesto and we tried both! I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking...