Sincerely Samanda takes Vegas

I’m flying back home right now and leaving Sam in Vegas until Friday! Wahh 😦 At least it’s only three days this time around. We’ve had such a good time together here in Vegas, check out some of what we did below 🙂

After running to make our flight to get to Vegas we had just enough time to grab some Amy’s Ice Cream (Austin original that has now expanded to Houston&San Antonio and SO good).

When we got to Vegas it was two hours earlier and just in time for dinner, so we checked into the Polo Towers and then walked the strip to 800 Degrees Pizza. It’s like a subway for Pizza. You go down the line and choose the kind of crust you want, type of sauce and whatever toppings you fancy…kind of neat but not really my favorite pizza ever. Stay tuned later in the post for some of the best pizza we had in Vegas.This was the view from our room.

During the day while Sam was working I went shopping at The Miracle Mile shops!  I took a picture of these high-waisted jeans from H&M because I really liked how they fit, and I didn’t want to buy them that moment but I definitely want to pick some up maybe next payday? They were super cute with a little crop top shirt…that amazingly didn’t show my stomach thanks to these pants. And actually I’m glad I waited because a lot of their high-waist pants are on SALE online!!

We just had to try some big drinks. We got burgers at Fuku Burger and a Blue Coconut drink. It was good and oh so sugary…but good!

So we got more at Fat Tuesday’s. I got Mango (which I think was the best), and Sam got Mai Tai.

I took another picture of this shirt at Urban Outfitters because I also want to buy it. I love things that fit really nice and flowy and cozy! Especially when I’ve been eating crap and my butt is five pounds heavier. But also this is a nice oversize transition piece for fall!

Last night we went with a couple of Sam’s co-workers to Old School Pizzeria! Sam and I ordered a large Classic Combo and some of their yummy lemonade. Their crust is all homemade without any preservatives and is super good! Sam had leftovers for days from the large, their portions are pretty awesome!

I couldn’t leave Vegas without us having a trip to Mt. Charleston. It’s such a nice drive and escape from the hustle and bustle of the city area. It’s plain beautiful!  Everytime we go, I think, I could live in the mountains for sure! I really think I’d love it. But I think that everytime I’m at the beach too..

We ate some brunch at the restaurant The Mount Charleston Lodge. Their sourdough toast was the best part! Seriously, big fluffy toast with melted butter and jam…SO GOOD. And the views are great too.

I really wish I didn’t have to leave Sam 😦 It’s SO NICE being able to escape with him to work sometimes because it turns into a little adventure and it’s always a good time. Back to work and finishing up bridal shower decor and fun stuff this week, which I’m SUPER excited about! I can’t wait to share everything in a post with you guys so stay tuned!! 🙂

Sincerely, Amanda

Baby Fever vs. Travel Fever

Sam and I have arrived in Vegas!

For those of you who don’t know, Sam travels a lot for work, except the past THREE weeks he has been able to work at home and it’s been such a nice change. Almost a little bit normal for a while. But this weekend and next week he’s in Vegas working with the desert tortoises once again! So in an effort to tack on a few extra days together and have a little getaway I came with him for the weekend!

Yesterday after work I had to literally run out of the building to try to beat traffic, pick up Sam and make it to the airport in time for our flight, but we did it! I just felt a little bad for the people in close proximity to me on the plane because I know I wasn’t smelling my best! The man sitting next to us on the plane didn’t seem to mind, or maybe he noticed we were flustered and that’s why he asked if he could buy us “newlyweds” a drink? Haha. Either way, we thought it was super sweet. And we still think it’s funny to be called newlyweds. I mean I guess we are it just feels as though we’ve been married so much longer than just a little over a year. Not in a bad way. And I just kind of laugh because it feels like Sam and I have worked through so much in our first year of marriage that we have earned some kind of imaginary next title after newlywed. Like advanced newlyweds or something. We’ve passed Newlywed’s 101 and are on to 102.

Anyway, anyone else out there love hearing other people’s stories? Specifically about how they met their spouse? I love love stories and this guy had a great story. I won’t tell it all but he and his wife were engaged after only three months, now married 33 years and happy in love every day with two beautiful kids. It made me so excited about having kids and starting a family of our own.

But I think I get like this every time the weather starts to change and I think about the holidays (or see a cute little baby)…I think about having a big family of our own one day and I want to get started! But then I don’t…But then I see Amber Fillerup from the Barefoot Blonde with her cuuuuute family and I think…yes I do! She seriously has the cutest little baby boy ever and I think, I want a little me and Sam running around everywhere with us!! And I want to go to their soccer and football games and watch them grow up.

But then I think about the ease at which I was able to hop on a plane and travel with Sam for work…and I think we can wait a few more years. We have so many places we want to travel (at least I do) and I know it’s not impossible to do with kids, but it’s definitely more responsibility and more focus and energy is on the kids. It’s just funny because with how stressful teaching can be, I figured it would definitely suppress my feelings of wanting to have kids, but I think it’s made them stronger! Hahaha. Which is REALLY truly surprising.

Anyway…not sure what we will be up to while in Vegas. We kind of figure it out as we go when we’re here since Sam is working. We usually stay at the Aliante Casino and Hotel and do outdoorsy things but this time we are right on the strip at the Polo Towers and we are trying to decide what show we want to see, are planning on eating at Lotus of Siam (a recommendation from a friend who said it was the BEST Thai restaurant in Vegas), and walking/doing things around the strip. What things? Who knows! Maybe we’ll be a little adventurous and try one of those oversized souvenir drinks…LOL. You never know, but as our flight attendant said, “What happens in Vegas, ends up on FB and INSTA in five minutes”, so I’ll let you know!

Sincerely, Amanda


Mt. Charleston & North Vegas

Like I mentioned in the last post we’re in Vegas for the week! Sam is out here working and brought me along because we are going to San Fran from here to celebrate our one year anniversary on Friday!

We hopped on a plane early Sunday morning, landed in Vegas at 7am, got breakfast and then headed directly to Mt. Charleston for a hike up Cathedral Rock Trail. We were feeling ambitious? The hike was a steep 1.2 miles each way, which doesn’t seem too bad until you are huffing and puffing up it. But it’s a really good workout and the view is worth it. AND there are the cutest little chipmunks at the top that come to see if you have food…if you find a quiet place and sit down long enough to enjoy the view, they’ll come! Sam had sent me a video of one taking food directly out of his hand on one of his previous work trips and so I was excited to get to see them.



After the hike we went and ate lunch at the Mt. Charleston Ski Resort because the lodge at the bottom of the trail was crazy packed! I bet it’s good but we were starving. Anyway, I don’t like dogging on places but I wouldn’t recommend eating at the ski resort if you can fight the hunger pains and wait to eat at the lodge. The food was okay at the ski resort, but the service was so bad and they weren’t too friendly. Granted it looked like they were under construction and they were clearly way too under staffed.

Other than the food, it was super cool to see the ski resort! Sam has been boarding there a few times in the snowier months. How crazy is it that there is a mountain with a ski resort in the desert?! There was only a tiny little patch of snow at the top while we were there, but there were SO MANY WILD HORSES roaming around on the mountain side. It was the coolest thing!


When we got back to the hotel we were exhausted! After being up at 3am, flying and hiking a mountain we turned on the TV, ordered two pizzas and literally posted up in bed at 4pm! And on the longest day of the year! We were asleep by 6pm and slept through till morning, it was THE BEST.

While Sam works during the day I am spending my time lounging by the pool. We are staying at the Aliante Casino+Hotel, which is a little bit quieter since it’s off the strip, perfect for relaxing.

Yesterday (Monday) after Sam got home from tracking tortoises in 109 degree weather in the desert, we went to the gym because we are noticing our old age kicking in 😉 haha. Seriously though. We eat like we have the metabolism’s of 12-year-old boys…and I for sure don’t.

For dinner we went to Leticia’s Mexican Cocina! SO GOOD! It’s Sam’s favorite Mexican place and now I see why. We shared an appetizer, chips and dips, and some of their tacos and we were stuffed with plenty to take back to the hotel with us!

Our waiter was also telling us about Leticia, the owner, who actually keeps everything there really authentic. The food is made specifically following her grandmother’s recipes from back home and everything seems to have a little extra touch of something that makes it special. Really enjoyed it, definitely recommend it.

Any cool parks in the area or good restaurant recommendations?

Happy officially Summer BTW!!

Sincerely, Amanda


Las Vegas

My husband Sam travels a lot for work and since October is a pretty busy month for him this year, he brought me with him to Las Vegas for the week. It worked out well with my schedule since I have yet to land a job…I don’t have any big plans while I’m here in Nevada, it would be awesome to see a show one night, but mostly I will probably hang by the pool, drink some wine, search for jobs and hang out with my hub. And hopefully get a new/working phone. My phone has finally completely crapped out on me and while it’s been hard for me to not have something to take pictures with (I LOVE taking pictures) it has also been kind of nice being without a phone, being “off the grid” and not constantly feeling the need to occupy any down time with a screen in front of my face. But that is why being without a phone is also kind of annoying, because when you don’t have a phone to stick your face in every still moment, you notice how much everyone else does it too and how much we are all disconnected from the present so much of the time. It’s really annoying trying to talk to someone when they find Pinterest or their new iPhone 6+ more interesting, ya know what I mean? We’ve all been there. Might as well be talking to a brick wall.

Anyway, yesterday Sam and I went hiking at Mt. Charleston here in Nevada and he took some really great pictures that I’ll get ahold of some time and share. The weather was amazing up in the mountains and the trees had beautiful color change. It was supposedly a 1.5 mile hike each way, but it was a pretty steep incline on the way up so it felt a little longer. It was a good work out and we forgot all about it when we came up to the tiny fall and the gigantic cave at the top. We sat down and had a picnic lunch before making our descent. It was really nice, I’ll post pictures soon. I’m off to run 3 miles.