April Photo Wrap-Up 2017

Hey everyone!

The time has arrived once again for the monthly Photo Wrap-Up. So here’s a peek at what went on with me throughout the month of April!

Before I get carried away with this post I should mention my Spring Favorites video. Just in case you missed it!

Now on to the rest of April!

David and I visited the most iconic waterfall in Northeast Oklahoma, Natural Falls. The area was very beautiful and worth a trip if you’re in the area.

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As you know, David and I are definitely foodies. We strayed away from our typical breakfast spot, Village Inn, and decided to eat at IHOP (Internal House of Pancakes). Let’s just say a buy one meal get one free coupon may have seductively influenced that decision.

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I am doing much better handling my stress levels at work. March was a hard month for me. However, I am pushing through. Like the saying goes, once you’ve hit the bottom the only place to go is UP!

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We enjoyed a wonderful Easter weekend. It was a little rainy, but that is typical for Oklahoma weather around this time. I can’t complain. I also began my manual car lessons. I never thought that I would be learning how to drive a stick shift in my 30’s.

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I got a much needed hair trim. Sometimes it’s the little things that really add up and make a difference. I am really enjoying my hair now. This natural hair journey is not always easy. There are times I get so frustrated but there are times that are completely great! You have to take the bad with the good. Enjoy the good times while you can.

Thank you guys for reading! You are awesome! YES YOU!

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Things To Do In Denver CO

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Hey everyone!

David and I were dying to travel west for the first time! We finally got the opportunity last weekend. We took a three-day weekend trip to Denver Colorado. The town is very beautiful with a laid back atmosphere. There are some cool things to do in Denver.

  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science
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The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is a wonderful place to take the family. There were interesting things to see. If you’re not really into taxidermy than I wouldn’t encourage you to visit (just being honest).

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  • Red Rocks Amphitheatre
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The Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a Denver staple. It’s very easy to get to, which is nice for families. The area is beautiful and has very scenic views. It’s open to the public (free of charge) all the time unless there is a performance scheduled.

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  • Downtown Denver
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Downtown Denver is busy, but not in an obnoxious way. People and vehicles are rushing about but there is no feel that you’re going to get run over (if that makes any sense, lol). The architecture in Downtown Denver seems somewhat modern and vintage all at the same time. It’s cool to see the tourists interacting with the locals in downtown as well.

  • Larimer Square
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Larimer Square is a great place to find food and shopping in Denver. The Union Station is a great place to grab a bite to eat, catch the train or hook up to some free Wi-Fi. The streets in Larimer Square are pedestrian friendly so that allows for easy access to and from restaurants and shops.

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We had an awesome time in Denver! The people were friendly and weather was beautiful. There are plenty of other options available for your entertainment while in Denver like zip lining, amusement parks, medical and recreational marijuana, the zoo, professional sporting events and malls. Take your time and enjoy this laid back city.

The YouTube video of our experience is below! Check it out and SUBSCRIBE!

 

Tulsa Food Tour 2.0 – Lassalle’s New Orleans Deli, Bill & Ruth’s and Sushi Train

Hey everyone!

This is the third and final part to our Tulsa Food Tour 2.0! We hope you have enjoyed discovering all the yummy places we have ventured to here in Tulsa. For Part 3 of the tour we decided to visit places that weren’t new to us but we knew that they were little gems that some people might not know about.

  • Lassalle’s New Orleans Deli – 15 W 5th St. Tulsa, OK
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David introduced me to this place a few years ago when it was at its former location. The owners are New Orleans natives who were uprooted by Hurricane Katrina years ago. They made a home for themselves in Tulsa and decided to introduce their culture to our growing city through food. Everything I have eaten at Lassalle’s has been awesome. This is not a place to go if you’re on a diet. Fried food, buttered food, sauces galore. This place has it all. David and I had the Pick 2 option on our recent visit. I chose the seafood Po boy, with fried shrimp and fried catfish, and the crawfish etouffee. The seafood in the Po boy was hot and crispy. The “WOW” sauce they add to it amps up the flavor a lot. The etouffee was flavorful with a subtle spice. David had the muffelatta, with ham and salomi, and red beans and rice. He really enjoyed his choices. The red beans and rice is very savory.

  • Bill & Ruth’s – 3202 s. Memorial Dr.

If you’re in Tulsa for a while it won’t take long for you to notice that there are Bill & Ruth’s locations all over. Bill & Ruth’s is kind of like a local restaurant chain, with each location adding its own pizazz to the menu. This particular one is one that David has been eating at for over 5 years. The owner, Sam, has been there for over 20 years. Needless to say, he knows his food. The menu offers some of the lunchtime staples like sandwiches and salads but it also offers Lebanese options. So if you’re hungry for a sub or a gyro you can get it here.

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We ordered an array of items from the menu. I wanted something light but filling so I took a recommendation from David and ordered the chicken salad. It was large and fresh. The chicken was grilled and seasoned perfectly. David ordered the kafta kabob pocket, which is a beef kabob he orders regularly. We also split an order of cabbage rolls and a chicken gyro. Our eyes were definitely bigger than our stomachs because we couldn’t finish it all. This Bill & Ruth’s location is worth stopping by.

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  • Sushi Train – 3300 e. 51st St, Tulsa, OK

When it comes to sushi for David and I, Sushi Train is our go-to spot. We’ve tried other locations but there is something about the no-frills feeling of Sushi Train that we like. The service is always great and the food doesn’t disappoint.

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Sushi train is nestled on the corner of a shopping center near several popular food chains like Chili’s, Papa Johns and Starbucks. But this little sushi spot holds its own. There’s always a good crowd and something good playing on the televisions. You can grab color coded plates of sushi from the toy train, hence the name “sushi train”, or you can order from their large menu.

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Now we don’t consider ourselves to be sushi connoisseurs but we do know what tastes good. There is so much to choose from. You will for sure find something worth trying at Sushi Train. Pop in and you may find us sitting across from you.

I hope you all have enjoyed the Tulsa Food Tour 2.0. This was so much fun to do and we had a blast stuffing our bellies for your enjoyment.

Catch the vlog of Part 3 below! Which was your favorite restaurant we featured. Comment and let us know!

Tulsa Food Tour Part 1 – New Atlas Grill & Hey Mambo

Sometime last month I began throwing around ideas on how to highlight my area on the map in ways people can relate to and gravitate to. I thought up a deliciously random idea to do a food tour.  Food is a staple in every city. I believe I heard someone say once, on a Food Network show, food tells a lot about a place. So for the month of September David and I decided to showcase a little of what Tulsa, Oklahoma has to offer in restaurants and diners.

  • New Atlas Grill – 415 S Boston Ave, Tulsa, OK; Courtyard by Marriott
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The New Atlas Grill is located in the Atlas Life Building in the heart of downtown Tulsa. The place was initially a coffee shop but over time it has expanded into a restaurant with a delicious menu. David and I stopped by for breakfast. Upon walking into the restaurant you realize how different it is. You can tell that it was formerly a small coffee shop. The small quaint size of the place adds to it’s uniqueness. Don’t worry there is an adjourning room and also a lobby that has plenty of seating available. The service was fast and our food came out quickly. I was not at all disappointed with the food. Everything I ate was delicious. I had the Boston omelette which included fried potatoes (often referred to as home fries). David had the Cincinnati omelette with fried potatoes and two a la carte pancakes. For our orders we spent around $25. If you’re in downtown Tulsa and you are looking for a laid-back spot to grab a bite to eat I would check out the New Atlas Grill.

  • Hey Mambo – 114 N Boston Ave, Tulsa, OK 74103
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Hey Mambo is an Italian eatery and wine bar located in the Brady Arts District of Tulsa a few blocks from the Tulsa Drillers minor league baseball stadium. Once we were seated I took in the ambiance and noticed how open the restaurant felt. The huge windows, height of the wine shelves and the space for the wood fire grill helped to add to that effect. We came on a Saturday afternoon so we did not have to wait for a table, we were immediately seated and attended to by our waitress. Since we had wine at home we decided to focus on the food (hey you have to save some pennies where you can, lol). David and I split the eggplant parmesan and a calizone. The eggplant parmesan was so yummy. The sauce tasted very fresh. The calizone had the right ratio of cheese to other ingredients (we added pepperoni, bell peppers and mushrooms to ours). We finished our meal with a chocolate cheesecake (pictured above). The waitress informed us that the restaurant baker makes everything fresh daily. I have to say that adds to the “YUM” factor. For the entire meal we spent about $50. Which for the freshness of the food and the cool atmosphere I would say that’s not too bad. I believe this place to be a great idea for date nights or a spot to grab a drink before headed out to enjoy Tulsa.

This was a great way to kick off our Tulsa Food Tour. If you’re more of a visual person you can check out the video for the Part 1 here.

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for the next installment of the Tulsa Food Tour. If you haven’t subscribed to the blog please do so before you leave!

 

 

Travel Bloggers and Vloggers You Should Follow!

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Hey ya’ll!

Everyone needs a little motivation or better yet inspiration from time to time. You could be a singer drawing inspiration from Andrea Bocelli or Usher. Or maybe you’re a cook inspiring to be the next Anthony Bourdain. Everyone looks to someone to inspire them or simply someone to motivate them to get back on the horse and keep going. As a novice traveler I often need a push to get back out there and see new things. I thought I would share with you some of the bloggers and vloggers (video blog) who continue to spark my interest in the great big world out there!

Louis Cole

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Deciding to create the Colormyfootsteps YouTube channel was not an easy decision. I went back and forth over all the things that could make it a bad idea. When I did a little research into the idea one of the first YouTubers I came across was Louis. I think I binged watched for at least 2 hours, lol (each of his videos are approximately 12 minutes…so yeah I watched a lot of videos). It was so cool to see him go from place to place so carefree. I felt so inspired by him. Out of everyone on my list, Louis, probably has the most stamps in his passport. His motto is “Live The Adventure”, that statement in itself should be enough to make you want to get off the couch.

Brooke Saward

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I actually stumbled upon Brooke on YouTube because I wanted to use the word “wanderlust” as part of my blog/brand name. You can tell that Brooke is well traveled and her joy of travelling truly shows in every post on her media platforms. Her blog and YouTube channel offer helpful travel hacks and tips. Brooke has also written books dedicated to her travels. I think the biggest thing I have learned from Brooke, so far, is sometimes you have to give up what you want now for what you want most.

Becca and Alex Foss

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One day, about 6 months or so ago, I received a notification that a WordPress user was now following my blog. I thought,  “cool”. So I checked them out to see if I wanted to subscribe to them as well. Little did I know that I would absolutely love what I found. Becca and Ross are a traveling couple (along with their hairless dog) who live out of their camper and pretty much go where they desire. I always look forward to their blog posts. Their posts are always heartfelt and interesting. They also take beautiful pictures (why can’t my camera seem to do that?). If you’re not interested in subscribing to their blog at least follow them on Instagram. I’m sure you’ll be in awe.

Alli Speed

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  • Twitter: @AlliSpeed
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I actually found Alli via Louis Cole (mentioned above). I believe he was on a Contiki trip for Youtubers in Asia and Alli was one of the YouTubers. I gravitated to her humor and different perspective of showcasing the culture around her. Alli does travel often, some is nationally but a lot is international (her boyfriend, Chase, lives in South Korea). Alli is a natural in front of the camera and always seems to enjoy herself while on the road. She also lives in Florida, which makes her random vlogs at home seem pretty cool.

Tracey Coleman

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I came across Tracey on Instragram. Almost every photo she was either eating something yummy or frolicking on the beach somewhere. I just knew I had to see more of her world. Tracey stays busy on the road but she also gives us a peak into her neck of the woods, Brooklyn. She was included in the list of Essence magazines “9 Travel Instragrams You Should Follow” in 2015. That alone should make you want to see what she is up to. Right now she is making me want to plan a trip to the next carnival season in the Bahamas!

That’s my list y’all! If you think that you have been bitten by the travel bug or maybe you are just a weekend road warrior, I hope this list has added a few faces to reference when you are sitting at home wondering where to go next. Take care and safe travels!

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Product Review: Livesay Orchards Peach Jam

Hey y’all! It has been quite some time since I last posted a product review on my blog. Lately I have saved most of my product reviews for my YouTube channel. Which if you haven’t subscribed to yet, you should be ashamed! Just kidding.

The product I am reviewing is Livesay Orchards Peach Jam. I purchased this item at the 50th Annual Peach Festival in Porter, Oklahoma a few weekends ago. My husband and I have tried the product and here is what we think.

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Packaging

The packaging was simple and colorful. The product name and ingredients were easy to read. For the amount that I paid for the product ($4.99) I felt like I got an ample amount of jam.

Taste

The jam has a simple ingredients list and that simplicity is what I tasted in this product. The jam had a strong peach flavor, but did not taste like imitation peach flavoring at all (example. peach flavored soda pop or Jolly Ranchers). The product consistency was great. It spread very easily.

Final Thoughts

I really like this product. I mainly like it because of the simplicity of it. Of course I also like it because it is made right here in Oklahoma. I don’t think it is too pricey. I feel it maybe a little pricey compared to other brands you would find in the store. However, knowing where the product comes from makes it worth it to me.

Livesay Orchards has a variety of products including products other than peaches. However, peaches are an obvious choice when looking to purchase some of their items.

Have you tried any of the Livesay Orchards peaches? What about their other products? Let me know!

Thanks for reading y’all!

Summer Safety Tips for Families

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Hey y’all hey!

As of June 20th we are officially in summer mode! I thought I would drop some helpful and safe tips for you and your family to use this summer!

Protect Your Skin

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We all know, or at least should know, that the mighty sun is no joke. Blistered and peeling skin is not fun. According to howstuffworks.com, “the amount of time it takes to get one (sunburn) can depend on a person’s complexion, the time of day he or she was exposed to the sun or any number of other factors”.  If you are reading this and you have a darker complexion, then you might blow off this warning. But I would recommend that you don’t take that chance. The website howstuffworks.com goes on to state; “Regardless, ultraviolet rays cause damage, penetrating deep into the skin, and you should always protect yourself with sunscreen no matter what your complexion is”.

Hydrate

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Water is a necessity in the warmer months. Believe me, I understand that this can be something very easy to forget. Whether you’re rushing out the door to get to work or rushing your kids off to summer day camp. It can be very easy to lose track of your water intake throughout the day. The summertime can amplify your chances of becoming dehydrated. If you think it’s hard for you to keep track of how much water you consume just imagine how difficult it can be for your kids, especially if they love playing outdoors in the sun. According to the website verywell.com, “you sweat more when the temperature’s hot, especially if you’re working or exercising in the heat. Drinking water helps replenish the fluids lost by excessive sweating. If you don’t get enough water, you may become dehydrated, and the combination of hot temperatures and dehydration can lead to serious heat-related illnesses”. The signs of dehydration are:

  • Thirsty and dry mouth
  • Lethargy and lack of mental clarity
  • Reduced urine output (and the urine is dark yellow).
  • Dry and sunken eyes

From what I have heard over the years the best way to prevent dehydration is to plan ahead. Make sure you bring enough water for you and your kids when you’re outside. Also if you know you’re going to be very active the next day then drink up the night before!

*Don’t forget your pets. Your animals need to stay hydrated as well!

Stay Alert

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There are so many family friendly activities available for the summer. From amusement parks, to malls, to festivals and recreational parks, there are herds of people everywhere it seems. In my opinion it is important to make sure not only for you to be aware of your surroundings but make sure if you have children that they are aware too. I don’t mean that you should be overly protective or constantly on edge. What I mean is I don’t think it’s a bad idea to know where the entrances and closest exits are when you’re hanging out somewhere. Make sure your children know too. Also have a plan in place if you and/or children you are there with get separated.

I hope you find these tips helpful. They aren’t called the dog days of summer for nothing. Have fun and be safe out there!

 

April Photo Wrap-Up 2016

Hey y’all!

Here we are at the end of April. We’ve had a pretty good amount of rain but a whole lot of sunshine too! If you know me than you know I love some sun. Here’s a quick look at what I got into this beautiful month of April.

 

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I love getting outdoors and taking in the sun. I took a nice walk after work along Riverside here in Tulsa, OK. I am making a point to get out and enjoy the outdoors and get a little more exercise before it gets unbearably hot.

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David and I found this lovely couple of ducks hanging out in the yard one evening. It was kind of surprising to see them so close to a residence.

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A look at Riverside Park from the other side of the river. This was the 1st time I had hung out on the paths on the other side of the river. Have you hung out there? They have a relaxing and cool vibe going on in the evenings. From food, to music, to yoga, check it out!

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It’s been awhile, but David and I finally stopped in to get some good eats from our favorite sushi spot, Sushi Train located at 3300 E 51st St, Tulsa, OK 74135 next to Chilis. The food was delicious of course.

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Friday Night Lights typically consist of softball! David has continued with softball for the spring. So far the team is doing pretty good. With these nice spring nights I definitely don’t mind hanging out and cheering.

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New shirts were introduced on the website. If you follow me on my social media outlets than you know that I have deals offered on products on a regular basis. Just follow me on Facebook and Instagram! Check out the shop here!

I recorded a few videos this month. Feel free to check those out!

One of those videos included our trip to the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman, OK.

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One of the biggest things that happened this month was me introducing Allie Paschal to you guys as a Fellow Okie! Allie is an awesome young woman and the owner of Left on Elm. Please check out her Fellow Okie post here!

Thanks guys for stopping by my little hub here on the internet. Have a great week and weekend! Catch you guys next month!

March Photo Wrap-Up 2016

It feels to me like March has actually been shorter than February this year! Time flies when you’re having fun. Enjoy this month’s photos y’all!

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I hit the road with my favorite traveling companion, and best friend David. We had a great time at the Arnold Fitness Expo in Columbus, Ohio!

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When these beautiful trees start blooming again I know spring is here!

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Stumbled upon these new items while shopping for kid birthday gifts. These are a part of the new line of “fashionista” Barbie dolls. They have curvy, petite and tall dolls. Being a tall girl myself I sure wish they would’ve had these options when I was a little girl.

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Date night fun with the David. We tried a new restaurant and watched a movie at The Warren Theatre.

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Yummy dinner at The Waterfront Grill in Jenks, OK (reference date night above). It was our first time dining here and the food was delicious. I had the catfish fillets, with coleslaw and Asian stir-fry vegetables. I was impressed with the catfish. Did I mention yummy yet?

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One of the most important indicators that spring has arrived is my god-daughter, Icely’s, birthday. I am so honored to have her in my life. She is growing up too fast.

I hope your month went well. Even though allergies can be a pain in the butt, please get out there and enjoy the outdoors.

Thanks for reading!

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February Photo Wrap-Up 2016

Hey y’all hey! Welp this month got away from us as I knew it would. I hope you made the most of it. I know I did. Of course I took some pictures here and there of life. You already know I’m sharing them with you! Yes you reading this!

If you no one has told you yet today…You’re Awesome!

 

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Enjoying Red Robin with my “spousal unit” lol

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Officially started back to keeping track of my nutrition.

 

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We attended David’ 5th powerlifting meet

For the video of the event click the video below and enjoy!

Thanks for the love and support! Remember to encourage one another and get out there and see the world around you!

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