Tag Archive | New Orleans

10 Places/Things I’ve Been/Done That Still Make Me Pinch Myself

I thought I would share a list of ten places/things I have been/done that still surprise even myself.

1) New Orleans, LA

2) Eating beignets at the Cafe Du Monde

3) Staying in a Royal Guest room at Port Orleans Riverside (not just once but twice now)

4) Dinner at Paula Dean’s Lady and Sons restaurant in Savannah (twice)

5) Staying at the Christmas Place Hotel in Pigeon Forge, TN

6) Kentucky Wildcats Basketball game at Rupp Arena

7) Garth Brooks concert, twice

8) Seeing a Grand Ole Opry induction from the front row

9) Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman

10) Staying at the Opryland Hotel

Two Coming this Year:

1) Disney Cruise

2) Eating at Cinderella’s Castle

NOLA In My Reading (Recommended Series In Depth Part 2)

I knew I was drawn to the city of New Orleans from my short trip there two years ago, I just didn’t realize how drawn I was. That draw has even found its way to my reading now. There are two series (both from my recommended series list) that based in New Orleans. The first is the Boudreaux Series by Kristen Proby and the other is the Bourbon Street Boys Series by Elle Casey.   

Boudreaux Series (in order)

– Easy Love

– Easy With You (novella)

– Easy Charm

– Easy Melody

– Easy Kisses

– Easy for Keeps (novella)

– Easy Magic

– Easy Fortune (novella)

– Easy Nights

I just learned about the first novella Easy with You so I am super excited to go back and read it. These are fun romances that really capture the essence of New Orleans. They are full of southern charm mixed with the music, magic, history, and night life of New Orleans. Reading these really made me want to go back to NOLA and since I don’t see that happening any time soon these were a fun way to take a little trip back there, even if it was only in my mind.

 

Bourbon Street Boys Series (in order)

– Wrong Number, Right Guy

– Wrong Place, Right Time

– Wrong Question, Right Answer

– Wrong Turn, Right Direction

The Bourbon Street Boys series are four quirky detective stories with some romance built in. Would I say these are the best books, not really, but they were a fun breath of fresh air. They kept me laughing and I really enjoyed the characters and their bond, so that was good. These are perfect for a change of pace reads, in my opinion.  

Single on Valentine’s Day 

Another Valentine’s Day where my date is with two guys I have never even met but their names are known worldwide and I’m sure a few other singles will be having a date with them as well, Ben & Jerry. Oh, how I love their Chunky Monkey. That’s right I am talking about ice cream here, no minds in the gutter! That is my special treat to myself each Valentine’s Day, a pint of Chunky Monkey ice cream. Don’t worry I don’t eat the whole pint, but I could if I would let myself. I was really hoping that maybe this year would be different but no such luck. My Prince Charming/Rhett Butler is lost somewhere and won’t ask for directions or he has completely fallen off his horse and has broken something, lying in a ditch somewhere. Oh well, I will make the best of it. With Valentine’s Day being on a Tuesday this year at least I will have my men of New Orleans, NCIS New Orleans.  I did receive flowers from a handsome dude.  Of course he’s three so technically his mommy bought them, but he was so proud of himself when he gave them to me .

31 Day Blogging Challenge Day 12: If I Won The Lottery…

If I won the Lottery…

  1. I would pay off my car, but now I see that have Hybrid Rav4’s and I maybe interested in one of those
  2. I would payoff some bills
  3. I would purchase the Disney Vacation Club
  4. I would take a trip to the Outer Banks
  5. I would take a trip to New Orleans
  6. I would take a trip to Savannah
  7. We would have Princess Rooms at Disney in October when we go
  8. And all the girls would have Princess Makeovers and the boy would get a Pirate Makeover
Those are my first thoughts on what I would do if I won the lottery.  I’m sure I would come up with more things.

31 Day Blogging Challenge Day 2: 20 Facts About Me 

20 Facts about Me…
1) I am a hopeless romantic

2) I am still looking for my Mr. Right

3) I love to bake

4) I am starting to love to cook

5) I am a Food Network Junkie

6) The Pioneer Woman is my favorite Food Network Show

7) My favorite vacation spot is the Outer Banks of NC; especially the town of Corolla

8) Surprisingly I love Disney World more now as an adult then I did when I was a kid

9) I enjoy all things southern

10) Gone With the Wind is my favorite book and movie

11) When I was a child my favorite movie was Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

12) Two Cities I would love to spend more time exploring are New Orleans and Savannah, there is just something about them that has drawn me in

13) I am a huge Civil War buff

14) I still love sending post cards from vacation, especially to the kids, and I still write thank you notes

15) I love Vera Bradley bags; even my luggage is Vera Bradley. I have been known to have a least 25 pieces of Vera Bradley with me on one trip. Of course I am in seventh heaven now that there are Disney Vera Bradley’s! (I even have Vera Bradley stickers on my laptop.)

16) I love crime shows: Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, & Castle are probably my top three

17) I love to take pictures and make things out of the pictures I take

18) Pink is my favorite color

19) I love spoiling the kids

20) I love old antebellum homes

2015 

2015 where have you gone? It is hard to believe tomorrow is already the first day of 2016. Here is a look back at my 2015. 
I traveled to 3 new states; Louisiana, Mississippi, and Michigan. In those three states I visited a few cities; New Orleans, West Monroe, Natchez, Grand Rapids, and Holland. I even tried some new foods; fried catfish, wilted salad, beignets, and a dole whip. 
Little Baby Girl E was born this year. I got a bonus trip to Disney World where I got to see the Osborne Lights for the first time and the castle all in lights. All in all 2015 was a good year. I can’t wait to see what 2016 has to bring! And if everything goes as planned another trip to Disney will be on the plate in 2016, the first of hopefully many for my little J and E.

Southern Belle Charm: New Orleans 10 Years Later

I am not familiar with the New Orleans before Katrina, or the New Orleans right after Katrina.  But I am familiar with the New Orleans almost 10 years after Katrina, and I think it is pretty great!    It was 10 years ago today that Katrina ripped through the city and left total devastation.  Thinking of New Orleans and all the other cities in the Gulf that were left in ruins after Katrina tore through them.

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10 Questions 

Earlier this year I took over creating the monthly newsletter where I work. One of the features each month, probably the most popular part, is have usually two people answer a set of questions so we can get to know them a little better. I have answered these same questions on here before (March 2013 I think it was) but I changed the questions up a bit when I took over, so here is the updated version.  

1. What is your favorite movie? Gone With the Wind & Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

2. If you won the lottery, what’s the first thing you would do? Family Trip to Disney World and then a trip to New Orleans

3. If you were given $10,000 to donate to any charity, which one would you choose and why? The Victory Junction Gang Camp, they make it possible for kids who would not usually be able to go to camp due to illness actually be able to attend camp
4. If you could visit one place where would it be? The Hamptons

5. Name one person (living or deceased) that you wish you could meet (or could have met). My grandpa (my dad’s dad) he died when my dad was only 16 and I think we would have had a lot in common.

6. Do you have any hidden talents? No

7. If you could learn to do anything what, what would it be? Not be afraid to try new things and to live life more

8. If you could live in any time period, what would it be? Antebellum South (just for the homes and dresses) 

9. Do you have any pets? If so what kind? Yes, one dog a mix but he looks like a black lab, is name is RP, which is short for Rolly Polly

10. Who or what inspires you? My family
 

New Orleans

Ever since my, way too short, visit to New Orleans earlier this year, I have been enamored with that city.  I want to take in everything New Orleans.  I think that is one of the reasons I am loving NCIS: New Orleans so much.  I am reading the book of blog posts by author Heather Graham titled “Why I Love New Orleans”.  I find myself looking for romance novels set in New Orleans.  Heck, I am even waiting to stay at Port Orleans French Quarter one night when we go to Florida in November just so I can see what it is like.  We always stay at Riverside when we go but I want to try the French Quarter once.  I purchased a Mega Millions ticket last week and I said one of the first things I would do if I won was take a trip to New Orleans so I could get it out of my system.  I never dreamed I would be drawn to this one of a kind city like I was but I am in complete and utter awe. 

  

My New Favorite TV Show

It’s official!  I am addicted to NCIS: New Orleans.  That’s right, I can’t stand the original NCIS but throw in a Southern City and a few hot guys that talk Southern and I am a goner!  I can not wait for the new season to start but first I have about 4 more episodes to catch up on from season one.  I can do that in one night though.  September can not get here fast enough for me right now.