Sunday, June 26, 2016

Ballparks #6 & #7 {Tour of the Ballparks}

If you've been following along for a while, you know I am a major baseball fan. So big, that the boyfriend and I have made it our goal to visit every ballpark in the country in the next few years. A major part of why we chose San Francisco for our recent vacation was so we could not only see a fabulous city, but knock two more ballparks off of #TourOfTheBallparks list.
If you haven't checked them out before, you can read all about our trips to Boston, Kansas City, St. Louis, and Houston!  
After landing in San Fran early in the week, and doing some sightseeing for a few days, we headed to AT&T park to watch a Giants game! Now, I am definitely not a Giants fan, but it's all in a good days work. 
We had great seats, right behind the dugout! And in perfect view of the awesome coke bottle slide and giant glove (pictured above). 
This little snack may have been my favorite part of the ballpark... There were tons and tons of food options at AT&T park, be seeing as how we had just eaten lunch, we weren't in the mood for anything heavy. But after hearing some ladies talk about the "popcorn crack" we knew we had to get some... And that we did, and I must say, it was definitely popcorn crack! If you're ever visiting AT&T Park, this is a must try!
AT&T Park sits literally right on the water. It was so cool to look over, from inside the ballpark and be able to see the bay right there. Despite being total anti-Giants fans, we had a great time at the ballpark.
Next stop... Oakland!
After taking countless Ubers, Thomas and I decided we would take the ferry from San Francisco to Oakland. Definitely not something we could do in Dallas! 

It was absolutely freezing in Oakland and Thomas and I definitely were not dressed for temps in the 50's! And having a ballpark in the same place where football games are played was a little weird, but we enjoyed our time there. 
We loved the time we were able to spend at both AT&T Park and Coliseum! And we can't wait for our next ballpark trip in August!

Where are you headed for vacation this summer?

Thursday, June 23, 2016

A Day In Napa

If you follow me on just about any social media platform, you know I've been counting down the days until my San Francisco trip. Not only because Thomas and I would be able to cross of two more ballparks on our #TourOfTheBallparks, but because we carved an entire day out to spend in the greatest place on earth... Napa! Okay, it may not be the greatest place on earth, but it sure is close!
Before heading out to Napa, we booked a wine tour driver so we wouldn't have to worry about having too many glasses of wine. Our tour driver's name was Barry, and he was absolutely fabulous. We chose our wineries, but he had some great suggestions on other things to see and do.  
Our first stop was Del Dotto Winery. A few weeks before our trip, Thomas and I were trying to nail down the wineries we wanted to make reservations at, so I posted on social media asking if anyone had any great recommendations... Cristina from Cristina Was Here came to the rescue, and suggested we check out Del Dotto, as it was one of her dad's favorites. Within moments of entering this fabulous winery, we knew exactly how and why it landed a spot on Cristina's Dad's favorite list.
Like many places in Napa, Del Dotto Winery (the Napa Location) is lined with gorgeous ivy and tons and tons of hydrangeas that created the perfect ambiance to walk up to. We showed up a few minutes early and were able to get started on our wine tour almost immediately. With our wine glasses in hand, and our fabulous tour guide Dan, we were ready for some wine!

At Del Dotto, not only did we taste some delicious wines, but we learned so much about the wine making process, origins, burning oak and so many other things. Did I mention our tour was IN the wine cave? Our samplings were straight from the barrels, and have not even been bottled yet... Crazy to think all of the wine we purchased is not even bottled yet!
After a whole lotta wine, some cheeses, bread and chocolates, we were in business. We could not have asked for a better place to start our wine tour that day. Del Dotto had so much to offer and such incredible wines, we will definitely return!
I only found out after we returned home that Del Dotto Winery was featured on a recent episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians... How cool is that? 
Our next stop was one that our wine tour driver, Barry, recommended. V. Sattui, the picnic capital of the world, at least thats what the sign said. We had consumed our fair share of the wine from Del Dotto, so our main concern was getting some food in our systems. We had the most delicious lunch at V. Sattui. Thomas and I shared ravioli, an Italian sandwich, and a crab cake. Holy yum, it was all beyond delicious.

Our last winery of the day was Sterling Vineyards. Our main reason for checking out Sterling was to ride their famous gondolas up to the top of their vineyard. Unfortunately, the wine was lacking and we were a little let down with the quality of wine, but we made the best of it. 

Despite the wine, Sterling had some amazing views!

We had the most incredible time in Napa, and I couldn't have imaged a better day. Now, I'll just sit here patiently and wait for my wine to arrive!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

5 Car Essentials

Ever since I got my new car after my big wreck back in February, I have been so conscious about how much time I'm spending in the car... That may be because my new car tells me how many hours I've spent in the car each week... But regardless, It's a lot of time. I'm not saying it's' bad, because I love driving, and when you have a car you love, shouldn't driving be something you enjoy? Sure. Anyways, over the years, I've learned there are just some things I have to have in my car.

Hand Sanitizer
Ever been pumping your gas and rubbed your hand along the pump and been greeted by a nice sticky mess? Yeah, that's me just about every time I pump my gas. Between that and all the other possible messes, I don't see how anyone can not carry hand sanitizer with them.
Tire Pressure Gauge
Now-a-days, most cars tell you when your tire pressure is even slightly below normal. But those number aren't always right. When in doubt, pull out your tire pressure gauge, especially if you car does not have tire pressure sensors, you should always have one of these bad boys with you.
I love Starbucks, and I love to drink my Starbucks on the way to work. More times than not, I spill. Whether it's a $4 cup of coffee or water from my own refrigerator, I always spill. Napkins are imperative.
I can't lie... Some days, I go through the Sonic Drive Thru just to get a medium water with lime and extra ice. Some may call me a Sonic-holic, but it is what it is. Most days, it costs me a whopping 47 cents, and I absolutely hate using a dollar bill to pay for it.
Laugh all you want, but how many times have you left the house and realized you forgot to put deodorant on? Maybe not every day, or even every week, but all it takes is one time to be super grossed out. I always grab the little travel size one and stick it in my middle console- problem solved!

What is something you just have to have in your car with you at all times?


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

6 Things Every Dog Owner Needs

If you have read my 25 Signs You're a Crazy Dog Parent post, you know I AM a crazy dog mom. I was reading an article recently that said more people than ever have dogs, and I couldn't agree more. Being a dog mom is probably one of my favorite things about life. Coming home to someone who is always happy to see you, and really can't get enough of you, is the best feeling, ever.
As a doggy parent, I am always on the lookout for the next thing I can buy Sophie... Treats, toys, you name it, I've bought it. I've rounded up some of the best things most dog owners didn't even know they needed- AKA the dog stuff your dog will seriously love you for!
Brain Stimulating Toys
Crazy girl says what? You like being mentally challenged right? Well so does your dog! Whether you're using a meal time puzzle for your dog or puzzles for treats,  anything is better than nothing! You'll realize just how bored your dog is when you begin implementing these brain stimulating dog toys in to your daily routine. The puzzle pictured is Sophie's favorite. It's fairly simple and Sophie loves it. Shoutout to Thomas' mom for finding this one & recommending it to us!
Healthy treats
It's no secret, dog food, toys, treats and everything else is expensive. You know what is more expensive than treats? Vet bills for when your dog gets sick from cheap treats. Obviously, if your dog has a sensitive tummy, there are more restrictions, but I really like any of these Blue Buffalo brand treats, or these homemade doggy ones too!
Lint Roller
There may or may not be eight or nine lint rollers hanging around my house on any given day. If you have a seriously shedding dog (ME!) or a pooch that doesn't shed too much, you know, wearing your dog hair around with you is never in style!
Non-Plastic Dog Bowls
I'm a firm believer in all glass everything. There are so many chemicals in plastic, I try to use it as little as possible. You definitely don't want your doggies ingesting anymore gross chemicals than they have to. These are the bowls we use for Sophie, they keep her water cool and are microwave safe- SCORE!
Treat Dispensing Toy
This one really goes hand in hand with the brain stimulating dog toys I mentioned above. Sophie has had a Kong like this one since she was a puppy, I love that brand and that they have different sizes and treats to go along with it. Any of these treat dispensing dog toys are great, and are sure to keep your puppy busy all day long. The number one thing you have to watch out for is toys that are just too hard for your dog to figure out. You have to remember there always has to be some form of reward for the dog or they will get bored with the toy and ignore it.
A Place That's All Theirs
Crates, beds, cozy corners. Whether you have 5 sq. feet or 500 for your pooch, they need a spot that is all theirs. You love your bed right? It only makes sense that they love theirs too. Create an area that is only theirs, with something that makes it cozy, and stuff that makes it their go to area. Grab some blankets, some toys, and anything else you think your dog would love and give it a go!

Disclaimer- I am not a vet or a medial professional and these opinions are that of my own based on experiences with my own dogs. 
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