As someone who lives in an apartment in Austin, it is frustrating that charcoal smokers aren’t allowed near the buildings.  This regulation in the fire code is absolutely necessary for obvious reasons, but a guy can still crave home-smoked food, right?  Enter the electric smoker. Continue Reading »

Ahhhhh… It’s Labor day! What a great weekend for relaxation, bar-b-ques, and of course football! However, if you’re in the Atlanta area this weekend you may have other things on your mind. It seems as if people come from near and far to participate in the amazing events ATL puts on which are sure not to disappoint. Here, I will go over a few of the great attractions so that perhaps you can check out a few.

• The Atlanta Dragon-Con is similar to ComicCon but perhaps our parade is better!? The parade is made up of hardcore fans that dress up as their favorite fictional character and march through Downtown Atlanta. It starts on August 30th at 10:00 AM.

• The Atlanta Braves take on the Miami Marlins:
Fri, 8/29 Marlins 7:35pm
Sat, 8/30 Marlins 7:10pm
Sun, 8/31 Marlins 5:10pm

Black Gay Pride is a celebration that floods the streets of Atlanta all weekend long. Party promoters advertise parties each night of the week, which wraps off with a Parade through Downtown Atlanta Sunday Afternoon.

House Music In the Park is going to be great on Sunday. This even stars around noon and ends at 8pm in Piedmont Park.

Georgia Tech opens its football season on Saturday against the Wofford Terriers at Bobby Dodd Stadium

• And of course, there will fireworks at Stone Mountain Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

So, whether you are in town for the weekend, or an Atlantian you are sure to find something to get into. The weather is supposed to be nice, but traffic is supposed to be horrible. So plan accordingly, obey parking signs, and have a fun and safe Labor Day Weekend!

Labor Day – end of summer vacations and start of school…. Although most schools start before now and the end of summer vacation is harder to do. It seems that more and more families are staying close to home but still want to enjoy the last official weekend of summer with family and friends.

One idea is the Newport Dunes Resort. It is a 110-acre premier waterfront resort located in Newport Beach on Pacific Coast Highway.




Bring your RV, tent, rent a cottage or just stay for the day. There is a mile of beach featuring a waterpark with inflatable rock climbing walls, icebergs, trampolines, swimming, sail boat, pedal boat, electric boat rentals, or kayak rentals. The Back Bay Nature Preserve and the Newport Bay Conservancy is at the entrance of the resort also.



The Dunes has a fun Labor Day weekend planned. There are family-friendly movies on the sand Friday and Saturday. On Sunday there is a bounce house fun zone, volleyball tournament and a pizza party and dance social. Along with these planned activities, you can just relax on the beach and enjoy the water. There are plenty of BBQ’s or you can enjoy the Back Bay Bistro restaurant.



I grew up in the 1970’s and 1980’s.  Since I was able to sit calmly in my seat, my teachers didn’t realize I couldn’t pay attention.  They just thought I didn’t get it.   Continue Reading »

I was in Pier 1 Imports the other day picking up my new dishes and what did I see? Fall decorations AND Halloween decorations…already. It felt like when Hallmark puts out Valentine’s Day cards in October and grocery stores put out Easter candy in February. I shook my head and giggled slightly. I may or may not have thrown in an unnoticeable eye roll. But then it hit me. It’s almost fall and technically Halloween, the way this year has flown by, will be here before any of us realize it. Then the excitement set in. I love fall. Like seriously love it.  If it was something I could marry, I would.  The last few mornings I was able to walk out on my patio and feel that slight chill in the air that makes me so content with life.

So what I am going to do is give you a little fall, a little early. That way you’re prepared and fall into the spirit (get it?!).

Fall Decor Idea

Chevron Painted Pumpkins Photo Credit : www.interiorsbystudiom.com

Chevron Painted Pumpkins
Photo Credit : http://www.interiorsbystudiom.com

Now either we are ourselves or have that one Aunt who changes out the decor for every season and every single holiday. Whether you do or not, you can certainly appreciate adding just a touch of the season to your home. It can be the tiniest shift in your decor to a wall-to-wall makeover. Hey, who are we to judge? Southern Living has awesome ideas from tablescapes to small touches of things you can do to incorporate fall themes into your home. Stay classy, Southern Living. I personally am obsessed with painted pumpkins like the ones above. They make me feel fancy.

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Image courtesy of University of Houston

Image courtesy of University of Houston

Have you ever made a bucket list? Just a simple list of things you want to do by a set time. I’m currently working on one with some friends for things we want to do in the next 12 months around Houston. Creating this list was not that easy, but after some help from the internet and Pinterest, I was able to find lots of great ideas. Turns out there are already some Houston “bucket lists” created for you to take a look at!


Houston Press Bucket List

Houston Chronicle Bucket List

Wall Street Journal – One Weekend in Houston

Solana Beach Pizza Port photo credit to pizzaport.com

Solana Beach Pizza Port photo credit to pizzaport.com

So if you’ve lived in Northern San Diego for a while, you know you’ve heard of Pizza Port.  Since moving to San Diego 12 years ago I had heard the name over and over and had even seen their signature beers all over the place.  Only recently was I finally able to dine at Pizza Port and if definitely met expectations.  My first expectation was that it would be crowded, so we showed up early.  There was a small line when we got there, but by the time Continue Reading »


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