Winnie

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

Last Friday Winnie was 12 weeks old. I can’t believe we’ve had her for 3 weeks now! The time has flown by.

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

She weighs 5.3 lbs. I’ve been using this Puppy Weight Calculator and it’s been pretty consistent each week.

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

It predicts her adult weight will be around 11 lbs. Miley and Howie are 15 and 13 lbs. She’ll be a little runt! She was the second smallest in her litter.

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

The only time she is still is when she’s chewing on something she shouldn’t be.

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

She loves to run around the backyard and explore!

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

She is getting SO good at using the bells to go outside! We hang bells on the back door that are low enough for her to reach. When she needs to go out to go potty she runs to the back door and rings the bell. If you are potty training a puppy I highly recommend bells! We’ve used them for all three pups. You could easily make your own, but we got ours from Poochie Pets.

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

She even experienced her first snow day!

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

Winnie especially loves chasing Howie and trying to steal his toys!

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

Howie is very good and very gentle with her.

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

He lets her think she has a chance!

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

But he always knows he can win if he really wants to. ;)

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

She loves hiding behind the bushes in the flower bed.

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

Winnie also loves her Cuddle Cup!

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

Back when we got Miley and Howie, we bought them these small bucket-shaped beds called Love Buckets. They were actually made for cats, but they were the perfect size for Boston Terriers and Miley and Howie LOVED them. They were the best beds we’ve ever had. We’ve had them for 9 years, and to this day they are still their favorite beds. Many other beds have come and gone, but the Love Buckets have stood the test of time. They are so durable and easy to wash. You just throw the whole thing in the washing machine and it comes out just like new. You don’t have to fumble with unzipping, taking off the lining, and trying to stuff it back in when it’s done. The whole thing just goes into the wash. And they’ve held up through hundreds and hundreds of washings over the past 9 years. They still look brand new. And they were affordable! They were the best beds ever.

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

Sadly, they stopped making the Love Bucket beds several years ago. I haven’t seen them in stores in ages. But when we got Winnie, we knew she needed a bucket bed of her own. We found this “Cuddle Cup” at Home Goods. It’s a teeny bit smaller than the Love Bucket beds, but very similar. The Cuddle Cup doesn’t have a bottom cushion that comes out like the Love Bucket beds do. But everything else is similar, and price-wise they are similar too, so that’s great. We’ll have to see if this Cuddle Cup will be as durable as the Love Bucket beds!

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

Winnie will pounce, twirl, and bark when she’s begging to be picked up.

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

She always gets what she wants. :)

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

She’s so sweet when she’s sleeping!

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

Miley doesn’t know what to think of this puppy’s crazy antics.

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

Although sometimes she’s fun to play with, I guess. ;)

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

Howie just has to catch up on his rest, like a little old man!

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

Sometimes he’ll even cuddle with her, as long as he thinks no one’s watching. ;)

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

Winnie would give you lots and lots of kisses if she could.

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A Day in the Life of Winnie the Wonder Dog

Posted by Kevin & Amanda on Monday, January 18, 2016

 

A Day in the Life of Winnie

 

The hopping! The butt-move!

Posted by Amanda Green Bottoms on Thursday, January 28, 2016

 

Learning some tricks!

 

Winnie has discovered herself in the mirror 󾌴

Posted by Amanda Green Bottoms on Friday, January 22, 2016

 

Discovering herself in the mirror.

 

That little hop at the end!!! 󾌧󾌧

Posted by Amanda Green Bottoms on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

 

Hopping down the steps!

 

Puppy's First Snow! ❄️❄️❄️

Posted by Kevin & Amanda on Saturday, January 23, 2016

 

Winnie’s first snow!

 

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See you next time!! :) xoxo


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Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Last fall I had the opportunity to go on an 8-day Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Sunshine. The ship was fun and super family-friendly, the ports we stopped at were gorgeous, and the food was amazing! Most cruises are better known for their quantity of food rather than quality, which is why I was super surprised to have some of the best food I have ever eaten on the Carnival Sunshine — not just the best food I’ve ever had on a cruise, but the best food ever! I would totally do another Carnival Sunshine cruise just for the food!

Just take a look below at the fabulous food and restaurants we found aboard the Carnival Sunshine:

 

Guy’s Burger Joint

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Carnival has teamed up with Food Network personality Guy Fieri to create an authentic roadside burger shack on board the Carnival Sunshine. Guy developed these burgers exclusively for Carnival. Guy’s Burger Joint is the poolside spot for fresh-off-the-grill burgers and hand-cut fries. Be sure to stop by the toppings bar to fully customize your burger with all the fixings, and try all the dipping sauces for the fries!

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

And you’ve got to try the “Piggy Burger” — topped with a bacon patty!! Best of all, Guys’s Burger Joint is included with the cost of your cruise, so you can eat all the burgers and fries you want! :)

 

Ji Ji Asian Kitchen

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Ji Ji Asian Kitchen was one of my favorite restaurants on the Carnival Sunshine. Everything here was SO good. We got to try a little bit of everything. I am still dreaming about the pot stickers and the Kung Pao chicken!! The menu is huge and there’s a ton to choose from. Honestly you can’t go wrong here!

 

Pizzeria del Capitano

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Get fresh, hot, made-to-order pizza 24 hours a day on the Carnival Sunshine! These hand-tossed pizzas are made with fresh mozzarella, homemade sauces, and a number of toppings to choose from. We ate here several times!

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

And who can resist the all-you-can-eat soft serve ice cream?? :) Loved this chocolate and strawberry swirl. I had way too many of these this week! :)

 

Cucina del Capitano

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Cucina del Capitano was another one of my favorite restaurants on the Carnival Sunshine. The ship’s captains and officers are Italian, and Cucina del Capitano serves Italian-American dishes inspired by their favorite recipes from their childhood.

What to order: For an appetizer, the arancini is a must. For an entree, the carbonara and the chicken parmesan are amazing!!! For dessert, I LOVED the lemon sorbet and the tiramisu!

Wish I could go back here right now!

 

Shake Spot

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Artisan, handcrafted milkshakes and indulgent floats galore! Loved this fun sweet shop!

 

Seaday Brunch

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Brunch is my favorite meal of the day! And I like to sleep in, so I love that the Seaday Brunch on the Carnival Sunshine is served late! :) But it’s also open early for you early riser weirdos. I’m talking to you, Kevin. ;)  xoxo

The Seaday Brunch has a fabulous menu with a wide variety of breakfast and lunch options.

How seriously fun is this Froot Loop French Toast?? :)

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

And if lunch is your thing, how decadent is this mac and cheese?? :)

 

Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

On the last day at sea, celebrate with a fun Dr. Seuss character breakfast on the Carnival Sunshine!! The dining room and tables are decorated in bright colors and patterns with fun and unique menus. All the food is fun and funky!! You can even order green eggs and ham!

Plus the stars of Dr. Seuss and the Cat in the Hat are around for special photo opportunities and fun interactions. Definitely a meal to remember!

 

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

How fun are these Cat in the Hat pancakes?! :)

 

Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse is perfect for a special occasion. Enjoy premium cuts of beef cooked to your exact specifications, as well as a fantastic selection of seafood, entrées, gourmet appetizers and an extensive wine list.

I got the Lobster Ravioli with shrimp scampi, lobster bisque, a baked potato, and for dessert, this heavenly cheesecake. So good!

 

The Chef’s Table

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Dining at The Chef’s Table was an amazing experience. If you are a foodie, you have to do this! You’ll be treated like a VIP with a multi-course dinner hosted by one of the ship’s master chefs. The full-service dinner includes unique appetizers, entrees and desserts not found on the regular dining menus. You even get to take a tour of the ships galleys and kitchens!

 

Alchemy Bar

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

The mixology specialists at Alchemy Bar will create a signature cocktail just for you! Choose from both nonalcoholic and alcoholic elixirs. You can even create your own custom concoction from a variety of unique ingredients! Definitely a fun experience!

 

St. Martin

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Now let’s talk about the beaches! :) We went to 4 different stops on the Carnival Sunshine. The first one was St. Martin. My favorite part of St. Martin was sitting on the beach and watching the planes come in at Maho Beach.

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

I loved the beaches in St. Martin.

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Such beautiful, warm, clear water!

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

This is Maho Beach, where the planes were landing.

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

I could’ve sat out here all day and listened to the waves crashing against the rocks.

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Coming in for landing!

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

We sailed away at sunset, just as the sun dipped below the ocean.

 

St. Kitts

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Next up was St. Kitts!

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

We did a fun snorkeling excursion here. We took a catamaran out and got to explore an abandoned ship wreck.

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

We made our way back to the ship just as the sun was setting.

 

San Juan

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

We spent the day exploring Old Town San Juan.

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Had to stop for these gourmet popsicles! :)

 

Grand Turk

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Grand Turk (Turks and Caicos) was one of my favorite beaches.

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

We took a cab out to Pillory Beach and spent the day lounging in the sun. It honestly looked straight out of a postcard.

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

The water was amazing! You better believe I got in! :)

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Such a fun day in the Caribbean!

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

The sunsets on the ship were incredible.

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Always my favorite part of a cruise.

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

If you’ve been considering a cruise, and want to go on one with fabulous food, I highly recommend the Carnival Sunshine! The food is amazing and the beaches are gorgeous. You can’t go wrong with that!

Until next time! :)


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St. George, Utah. Home to GORGEOUS red rock mountains, fabulous food, and nightlife. The perfect spot for a weekend getaway!

Last fall I met up with some of my favorite girlfriends for a fun weekend getaway in Las Vegas. After four fabulous days in the city, I was so excited to extend my trip a few extra days to hang out with my awesome friend Shawn and explore her gorgeous town of St. George, Utah.

I fell in LOVE with St. George. It has everything I adore: gorgeous scenery, hiking, fabulous food, and unique things to see and do. If you are considering a weekend getaway in the mountains out west, I highly recommend St. George! Come see what all we found…

St. George, Utah. Home to GORGEOUS red rock mountains, fabulous food, and nightlife. The perfect spot for a weekend getaway!

Okay, but first, before we left Vegas we had to stop at Serendipity! It’s one of my favorite restaurants in New York (I always try to go anytime I’m in the city) so we HAD to check out the one in Vegas. I love their Frozen Hot Chocolate! I probably should’ve added this to my Vegas post, but it ended up here because I’m just so organized like that. ;)

St. George, Utah. Home to GORGEOUS red rock mountains, fabulous food, and nightlife. The perfect spot for a weekend getaway!

How ridiculous is this Party Like It’s Your Birthday Cake??! Layers of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream with funfetti cake and lots of chocolate curls! So good!

St. George, Utah. Home to GORGEOUS red rock mountains, fabulous food, and nightlife. The perfect spot for a weekend getaway!

We were there for breakfast, so I got the Cinnamon Roll French Toast with caramel sauce.

St. George, Utah. Home to GORGEOUS red rock mountains, fabulous food, and nightlife. The perfect spot for a weekend getaway!

And for dessert we had to try the Deep Fried Oreo Ice Cream Sundae!!  So incredible! Serendipity is always so fun, if you are ever in NYC or Vegas and want a ridiculously fun and sweet meal, definitely check them out!

St. George, Utah. Home to GORGEOUS red rock mountains, fabulous food, and nightlife. The perfect spot for a weekend getaway!

After breakfast we packed up and took a quick drive through the desert to get to St. George. It’s only about 1.5 hrs away from Vegas. It was such a gorgeous drive! I wanted to pull over every 5 minutes to take photos!!

St. George, Utah. Home to GORGEOUS red rock mountains, fabulous food, and nightlife. The perfect spot for a weekend getaway!

First order of business in St. George: Doughnuts! :) Shawn took me to the funnest doughnut shop, The Fractured Prune.

St. George, Utah. Home to GORGEOUS red rock mountains, fabulous food, and nightlife. The perfect spot for a weekend getaway!

The doughnuts are made fresh when you order them. They have tons of different icing flavors, and tons of different toppings. You can mix and match them any way you can imagine! There are literally thousands of different combinations you can create!

St. George, Utah. Home to GORGEOUS red rock mountains, fabulous food, and nightlife. The perfect spot for a weekend getaway!

Here are some icing options we tried: Vanilla, blueberry, lemon, marshmallow, strawberry, chocolate.

And the toppings! We tried: Rainbow sprinkles, chocolate chips, marshmallows, powdered sugar, graham crackers, Fruity pebbles and more. I had so much fun mixing and matching and creating my own doughnut combos!

So made fun doughnut creations to try!! :)

St. George, Utah. Home to GORGEOUS red rock mountains, fabulous food, and nightlife. The perfect spot for a weekend getaway!

To work off all our doughnuts, we spent the day hiking at Zion National Park.

St. George, Utah. Home to GORGEOUS red rock mountains, fabulous food, and nightlife. The perfect spot for a weekend getaway!

I could not get over the rainbow of colors. The gorgeous red rock mountains, the green trees, and the vibrant blue skies.

St. George, Utah. Home to GORGEOUS red rock mountains, fabulous food, and nightlife. The perfect spot for a weekend getaway!

How neat is this Checkerboard Mesa?

St. George, Utah. Home to GORGEOUS red rock mountains, fabulous food, and nightlife. The perfect spot for a weekend getaway!

Loved all the colors.

St. George, Utah. Home to GORGEOUS red rock mountains, fabulous food, and nightlife. The perfect spot for a weekend getaway!

We were up so high at some points!

St. George, Utah. Home to GORGEOUS red rock mountains, fabulous food, and nightlife. The perfect spot for a weekend getaway!

But the view from the top was totally worth it.

St. George, Utah. Home to GORGEOUS red rock mountains, fabulous food, and nightlife. The perfect spot for a weekend getaway!

After our hike we’d worked up an appetite again! I had to try the famous Swig Sugar Cookies! They were so soft and cake-like! Need to try this copycat recipe!

St. George, Utah. Home to GORGEOUS red rock mountains, fabulous food, and nightlife. The perfect spot for a weekend getaway!

Monday nights in St. George are Food Truck Night!

St. George, Utah. Home to GORGEOUS red rock mountains, fabulous food, and nightlife. The perfect spot for a weekend getaway!

All the food trucks in the area get together and park in one area. This was perfect for us because we got to try them all! :)

St. George, Utah. Home to GORGEOUS red rock mountains, fabulous food, and nightlife. The perfect spot for a weekend getaway!

How amazing is this Cookies ‘n Cream Waffle from Waffle Bliss?

St. George, Utah. Home to GORGEOUS red rock mountains, fabulous food, and nightlife. The perfect spot for a weekend getaway!

These mini doughnuts from Bites were phenomenal!

St. George, Utah. Home to GORGEOUS red rock mountains, fabulous food, and nightlife. The perfect spot for a weekend getaway!

You can create your own doughnuts at Bites as well. The doughnuts are made fresh and you choose your icing and toppings!

St. George, Utah. Home to GORGEOUS red rock mountains, fabulous food, and nightlife. The perfect spot for a weekend getaway!

This Strawberry Shortcake waffle from Waffle Luv was incredible!

St. George, Utah. Home to GORGEOUS red rock mountains, fabulous food, and nightlife. The perfect spot for a weekend getaway!

That night we went to see Beauty and the Beast at the Tuacahn Outdoor Amphitheater. You guys, this was one of the most incredible experiences of my entire life. If you are ever anywhere near St. George, please try to see a show at Tuacahn!!! It was so amazing. It was the fabulous music and magic of Disney, set outside and surrounded by beautiful red rock mountains. There were lights, fireworks, live animals, an AMAZING production!!! It was like watching a Broadway show but with fireworks! Watching them perform “Be Our Guest” with fireworks was something I’ll never forget.

St. George, Utah. Home to GORGEOUS red rock mountains, fabulous food, and nightlife. The perfect spot for a weekend getaway!

One last day of doughnuts and hiking before I had to head home! :) Loved this Orange Creamsicle doughnut and Blueberry Fritter from Lin’s!

St. George, Utah. Home to GORGEOUS red rock mountains, fabulous food, and nightlife. The perfect spot for a weekend getaway!

We took a short easy hike up to the top of Dixie Hill with these sweeping panoramic views of St. George and the St. George Utah Temple along the way!

St. George, Utah. Home to GORGEOUS red rock mountains, fabulous food, and nightlife. The perfect spot for a weekend getaway!

Then we had a quick lunch at El Coyote Charro for these awesome Carne Asada FRIES!! How fabulous are these??

St. George, Utah. Home to GORGEOUS red rock mountains, fabulous food, and nightlife. The perfect spot for a weekend getaway!

Had such an amazing time in St. George, and I will for sure go back. So grateful I got to spend this time with my sweet friend Shawn!

By the way, Shawn just came out with an AMAZING cookbook that I am so excited about.

Express Lane Cooking

Shawn has taken “quick and easy cooking” to a whole new level. Her book has a wide variety of 80 delicious recipes, and more importantly, every single recipe only has 5 ingredients!! My kind of cooking! But not only that, in her book she takes 5 basic ingredients and turns them into three different recipes! So you can save time at the grocery store, but still get multiple meals! Shawn has come up with unique, creative recipes so you can shop and cook quickly and your family will not get bored eating the same things over and over again. It’s a win / win!

One of my favorite features of this book is that each and every recipe has a full page, high-quality photo so you can see exactly what you’re about to make.

If you need quick and easy meals that the whole family will love, you have got to check out Shawn’s book! Find Express Lane Cooking at the stores below, and where ever books are sold!

Thanks so much for reading. Until next time!! xoxo


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