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Date Night Fun: Def Leppard, Journey and Gambling

20 Jun

Oh my gosh you guys, we had such a fantastically fun weekend! Def Leppard and Journey are currently on tour, so on a whim I decided to buy tickets for when they came to Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, MD. When I told my husband about our Rocking date, we joked that he’d totally have to wear some acid-washed jeans and a bandana…

As it was, the crowd watching was FANTASTIC!

Def Leppard and Journey are co-headlining the tour… so they are taking turns going first or second on each tour night. On Saturday, Journey went first:

They were pretty awesome for their 90-minute set and then there was a 30-minute break (complete with timed countdown) until Def Leppard took the stage. I have to say, I love the ‘old people’ concerts and their attention to promptness!

Def Leppard was also incredibly awesome and both my husband and I were singing along with smiles on our faces most of the night! I had checked out their song list online before we went, so as soon as they finished Pour Some Sugar on Me, I knew they only had two songs left… so we ran out before the crowd to get to our car.

When we went to a nearby casino a month or so ago, I signed up for a new member card that had a special deal where they would give you back the money you lost on that first day (up to something like $200). So, the day after, I received an email saying I had a $75 promotion waiting for me! Since my parents were watching Jack for the concert, we figured it would be the perfect time to add on the gambling promotion to our night.

I have one particular group of machines that I like, so Travis and I sat down and had soooo much fun playing the slots. I would put $10 in from my promo card and then as soon as it grew to $30 I would cash out. Then, I did it again! The third $10 didn’t go so well, but then I came back. All in all, we left with winnings of $83, which wasn’t too shabby.

We didn’t go to bed until 3am (I know… insane for us!) and we slept in. From there, we basically had just enough time to have coffee and showers, before leaving to do Travis’ final suit fitting appointment at Indochino (full blog post coming soon).

We stopped by Duck Donuts for a little Father’s Day morning treat too:

Later that night, we took my parent’s to dinner for a little more Father’s Day celebrating. All in all, it was a super fantastic ROCKING weekend and I kind of wish I could go back and do it all over again!

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Jack’s Last Day of Kindergarten

18 Jun

In order for you to really experience this with me, you need to read this: The Story of Jack

And look at this:

Okay, everyone is in the right set of mind now.

Here is Jack on his first day of kindergarten vs his last day of kindergarten:

And now I have a first grader.


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Advice Needed: Men & Boys Dress Clothes

10 Apr

I’ve mentioned that I have some fun wedding activities coming up – my brother and his fiancée are getting married in September and then my sister and her fiancé are getting married in December (and yes, I googled when to use fiancée vs fiancé ). I’m in both weddings and will be wearing a long bridesmaid dress for one and a short bridesmaid dress for the other. The problem is… dressing Travis and Jack!

Travis very, very rarely dresses up and doesn’t even own a suit that fits. We actually bought him one from Target about 13 years ago, but that one is way past due for hitting the donation pile. I’d like to find him a well-fitting suit and maybe 2 – 3 shirts that he can switch in and out for the two weddings, rehearsal dinners, and any other suit-related activities that come up over the next few years.

Husband Suit Inspiration Board:

Sources: suit, top dress shirt, bottom dress shirt

I’m leaning towards a navy blue suit, possibly with a super subtle pattern. Here are our suit-related challenges: my husband is 6’4” tall, so in shirts I usually have to buy him an XL-Tall because his torso is so long. He does sometimes fit in a ‘regular’ XL when it comes to coats though… so maybe we will get lucky. I did some online research and checked places like Jos. A. Bank and Men’s Warehouse, and it looks like men’s suits run $400 – $700, which is giving me some massive sticker shock.

Here’s where I can totally use your advice… where can I find a relatively reasonably priced man’s suit?

Right now I’m leaning towards Nordstrom Rack, because they have some nice options online and I believe since they are a Nordstrom store they do alterations too. I’m certainly open to other ideas though!

Next up, is Jack. Jack is the ring bearer in my brother’s wedding in September and is also attending my sister’s wedding in December. He doesn’t have a special outfit for his ring bearer’s duties, so we decided to go with trousers, button up shirt, suspenders and bow tie.

Here’s what I’m thinking:

Ring Bearer Inspiration Board:

Sources: boy’s shirt, boy’s pants, crab bow tie, chambray bow tie, suspenders, shoes.

We already have the shoes and it should be pretty easy to pick up suspenders. There are so many adorable bow tie options on Etsy that I want to buy them all. I mean, LOOK at that cute crab tie?! The shirt and trousers will be where I’m looking for deals. Jack will most likely only wear them for the two weddings and then promptly grow out of them!

Advice time: where is a good place to get reasonably priced kids’ dress clothes? And yes, I’ll absolutely be checking thrift stores!

I have plenty of time to find everything we need, so I figured I’d start early to allow us to take advantage of any super awesome sales or clearance events. If you have any stores you swear by or tips for the best time to buy, let me know!


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Our 3rd Year in a Row Visiting Great Wolf Lodge

2 Apr

I’ve talked about Great Wolf Lodge before, with our first visit here for Jack’s 4th birthday and then a follow up visit for Jack’s 5th birthday. We were going to skip it this year, because we had a kid birthday party for Jack, but then they were running a really good special and I decided to jump on it.

What can I say… the winter was long and I really like having something fun to look forward to!

We usually would visit from Friday to Saturday because the pricing is better, but by using a ‘Book Early and Save’ deal, we were able to get a Saturday to Sunday reservation for less than usual. We drove there on Saturday morning, checked in, took a few ‘howl’ photos, and went to the water park for a few hours of fun.

We got dinner late (and it was truly awful with terrible service) at a nearby Red, Hot and Blue and then went straight to bed. On Sunday morning we went to our favorite pancake house for breakfast. If you are in the area, we highly recommend the Astronomical Pancake House for breakfast. It’s all the goodness of a diner, but much more clean!

And LOOK at these amazing waffles that I ate:

😍 #allthefruit

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After stuffing ourselves full of coffee and food, we put our bathing suits back on. Because that’s what you want to do for some total body confidence…

Anywhoo, we spent the rest of the morning and early afternoon at the water park. Even after 3 years it was so much fun! Jack loves the Fort Mackenzie tree house area with water spewing around everywhere and interactive water toys to play with. We all loved the water slides, especially Water Canyon Run where the three of us hurtled down a dark tube while screaming at the top of our lungs. When we were done, we threw on some comfy clothes for the ride home and took one more quick photo on the way out…

All in all, it was a great weekend and really helped get rid of some of that winter funk we were feeling!

{If you’ve never been to a Great Wolf Lodge, you may be interested in the Q&A I did at the end of my previous post.}

Do you have someplace you return to again and again? For us it’s usually Ocean City, but now I’m adding Great Wolf Lodge to that list!

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