Thursday, October 2, 2014

Life Lately

So, you may have noticed a lack of posting this last week, and for that, I apologize.

Life gets in the way sometimes, and boy has it ever.

That ever fine balancing act of work and home life has definitely been tipping back and forth these last couple of weeks.  To say work has been busy is an understatement, and when that happens, everything else gets turned upside down.

I'm very thankful to have a job but days like this call for many, many beers.

So, I apologize for not having a ton of great posts lately; I do hope you'll stick around though because I have lots of fun things planned for October.

Even if it means staying up til midnight to write and edit photos. :)

I am so happy to be in this community of bloggers and hope to give you better content in the coming days.

Happy (thirsty) Thursday!

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October 1

It's October 1, which means it's the start of fall fun, and also one very important birthday.
If you're a Disney fan, like I am, you might already know what today is. :)

Happy Birthday Walt Disney World!

The Magic Kingdom opened it's doors on October 1, 1971 and Walt's dream was realized.
Sadly, he never got to witness the completion and opening day, but his spirit lives on.  The statue of Walt and Mickey in front of Cinderella Castle always brings a smile to my face and reminds me to always strive for my dreams and to believe the impossible.


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Thursday, September 25, 2014

San Diego Vacationing - Day 3

{If you want to catch up on the first few days of our trip, check them out here and here!}

We woke this morning around 5:30, due to a little person squirming around in her pack n play. :)  It was a little early for my taste, but not terrible.  For the first night in a strange hotel and not her bed, she did really well, so I was happy regardless.  A few showers later, and we were ready to go.

Had to start the morning with some Frozen!

Scott's brother, PJ, lives in California, so we were meeting up with him today.  He drove 5+ hours one way just to see us - thanks PJ!  He met us around 6:30, and he and Scott went to the rental car place to pick up our car.  After they returned, we once again walked to Ralph's to get food for breakfast.  After eating outside by the pool, we decided to venture to La Jolla for a bit.  

Traffic wasn't too bad until we reached the exit - then it was crazy backed up!  Something we noticed while driving these few days though, was that California drivers were really polite.  I was surprised, seeing people wave us through, and no real horn honking of any kind.  Must be that California sun and ocean that keeps them happy :)  

Anyway, it took us a while to find a parking spot- apparently this is a happening place and it was a Saturday too, so there ya go.  We walked along the beach for a bit, taking pictures and looking at the seals; I could've stayed there for hours just listening to the waves and taking everything in, but miss Reese probably wouldn't have enjoyed that. :)  

Love those palm trees!

We walked up a hill to some nearby shops and restaurants and decided to duck into a Mexican place for a small lunch.  We had eaten a later breakfast, so this was a good solution.  After ordering margaritas (yumm!), we decided on guacamole and steak nachos.  Reese is always a big fan of guacamole, and I was happy to order something for her that wasn't a 'kiddie' meal, and/or something processed/fried.  We went through many food pouches during the trip - those were definitely life-savers!

After a quick lunch, we headed back to the hotel so Reese could take a nap.  We hadn't really planned on going back to the hotel every day for her to nap, but that's what we ended up doing.  Originally we thought she could just sleep while we were out and about, but the mama bear part of me wanted her to get decent rest, so back to the room we went!  (For the record, Scott wanted her to get good naps too, so it was a mutual decision ;)

A quick diaper change and jammies, and she was asleep within 3 minutes of me turning out the light.  We hung out outside the room again and Scott and PJ got to do some catching up.  She took an awesome nap (over 2 hours!) and after she woke up, we headed down to the lobby for free wine and sangria.  Definitely one of the best perks of our hotel!  We enjoyed our drinks while little miss went up and down the stairs with Daddy.  The simple things a toddler loves!

It was about 6:00, so we walked around for a bit and found a restaurant that our concierge had recommended.   Stout Public House was a cute little bar/restaurant that had really awesome food.
Scott got a Reuben, which he gave 2 thumbs up to; I ordered chicken fingers (to share with Reese), and then also poutine.  Anytime I see poutine on a menu, I have to order it- so good!  Also a little funny that whenever we go out to eat now, I'm always considering what to get based on what Reese will eat.  Oh, how our lives have changed!

Full stomachs all around, we walked around the Gaslamp District for a while, to try and burn off what we had just eaten.  We extended our time at the parking lot where we had the car, then headed back to the hotel.  We let Reese jump on the bed for a bit, which she thoroughly enjoyed.  Lights out, she was asleep shortly after 8:15.

Since Scott doesn't see PJ all that often, they went out for a while to get some drinks while I stayed back at the hotel.  Having a Kindle and free wireless was a good way to pass the time, for sure!  I watched a few episodes of Nashville, updated my trip notes, checked Instagram (priorities!) and surfed Amazon until they got back.  PJ walked to his hotel and we headed to bed.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tech Tip Tuesday | iPhone series

Welcome back to another Tech Tip Tuesday!

If you want to check out other tips I've posted, take a gander here.

Tech Tip #3

With the new iPhone 6 and iOS 8 now available, I thought I'd focus today's tip around this.  If you already have an iPhone and want to upgrade to the new iOS 8, chances are you ran across this message.

I did for sure, and it was more than a little frustrating.  Obviously I have a ton of pictures and videos of Reese on my phone, and that's where my biggest chunk of storage was.  In an effort to upgrade, I had to go through old pictures and delete a bunch (after backing them up of course).  

I didn't want to wipe all of my pictures off of my phone, so that left me going through them individually.  That would've taken a long time, so I looked for a different way that was faster.  In the Photos app, if you go into your Camera Roll, it usually defaults to the Albums view.  Switch to the Photos view (icon at the bottom) and it brings you to the Moments section. 

 If you see in the top right corner, you have the option to select, which lets you select groups of photos at a time to mark for deletion.  You can check/uncheck any photo within that grouping if you want to save a particular one, and this method makes deleting select pictures WAY easier than doing it one by one.

Something else to add is that I was able to upgrade more easily via iTunes, rather than over wireless.  Even after deleting photos, I was still getting the message that I needed more available space.  I tried it via iTunes and had no issues, so that's a route you may want to try also.

Hope this was helpful!

Have a question or something you'd like me to cover?  Comment below or send me an email!

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Happy Weekend!

I'm taking a break from the Friday linkups today, since it has been one heck of a busy week.
Hope everyone has a wonderful, fabulous fall weekend!
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