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Toughest Monster Truck Tour

Hudson has been obsessed with vehicles for a long time.. Right now it’s all about his big trucks!! So we’re REALLY looking forward to April when the Toughest Monster Truck Tour comes to town so he can see them up close and personal!

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The Toughest Monster Truck Tour brings only the best and baddest monster trucks in the nation to compete in 3 competitions each night. Only one can be the Toughest!

In addition you might see high flying Freestyle Motocross riders, a giant fire-breathing mechanical dinosaur, ATV/quad racing, tough trucks or a 2,000 hp jet powered ATV!

Tickets On Sale Now! Find more information and view the upcoming schedule by visiting http://www.toughestmonstertrucks.com/upcoming-events/

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January 19th – January 20th, 2018 Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Santa Ana Star Center

February 2nd – February 3rd, 2018 Youngstown, Ohio
Covelli Center

February 10th, 2018 Casper, Wyoming
Casper Events Center

February 17th, 2018 Salina, Kansas
Bicentennial Center

March 9th – March 10th, 2018 Saginaw, Michigan
Dow Event Center

March 23rd – March 24th, 2018 Lafayette, Louisiana
Cajundome

March 30th – March 31st, 2018 Stockton, California
Stockton Arena

March 30th – March 31st, 2018 Independence, Missouri
Silverstein Eye Centers Arena

April 13th – April 14th, 2018 Loveland, Colorado
Budweiser Events Center

April 21st, 2018 Grand Forks, North Dakota
Alerus Center

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Elitch Gardens Fright Fest

UPDATE: Booooonus Night Added – Thursday, October 26 Theme Park + Fright by Night OPEN from 6pm – 10pm. Tickets Only $19.99 if booked online for Thursday, October 26 ONLY

My Family is huge on celebrating Halloween. We always have the most decked out decorations, we get dressed up, have spooky music on and watch horror movies all month long!

20171015_132655A new way our family is going to start celebrating is by going to Elitch Gardens Fright Fest every year!! We went last weekend with our kids and had an absolute blast! We had my Mother, Step Dad and my siblings there too which helped the kids be brave! 🙂

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We made sure to get the Fast Passes so we could get on all of the rides quickly (Especially with kids you never know when the breakdowns will occur) But there was fun treats, great food, BEER ♥, pumpkins for the kids to decorateawesome spooky rides that really gets you in the Halloween spirit and SO MUCH MORE.

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We loved it so much we decided we wanted to do a date night so we can actually enjoy some of the Haunted attractions the kids were too scared to try! We’re going on Friday and will be sure to update this post with some photos. We cannot wait!

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Try it out before it’s gone – Ends October 29th! Fright Fest is a BLAST for kids of all ages AND for a date night! Don’t forget, my readers can enjoy an exclusive discount for the Elitch Gardens Fright Fest Combo Ticket $39.99 here!!


Our date night at Fright Fest was AMAZING. We were missing the kiddos but it was SO fun being able to do any rides we wanted, going through all of the haunted houses and the Seance show (It was SO scary!!).

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We had some drinks, a giant delicious turkey leg and shared a ton of laughs (With all the teenagers getting scared by the clown/killer lumberjack guys walking around) and a ton of screams!

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We’ll absolutely be back twice a year from now on. Once for the kids and another time for just us – We felt so very connected! Thanks Elitches!!

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(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own – We had a blast!)

Family · Hudson · Lifestyle · Reviews · Texas · Travel

Texas Vacation & Roadtrip

Oh Texas.. How I already miss you so!

For my birthday we took an amazing 5 day road trip to Texas to visit my family and have some us time 🙂 It was incredible and I already miss it so very, very much!

As stated in my previous post I had packed way early to avoid any stress and it made it soo much easier the morning we left (Husband finally admitted it was a good idea ;)) We packed everything up and were on the road by 6AM! Brent and I do so wonderful on road trips, it’s a wonderful time for us to crack jokes, play car games and just bond. ♥

It’s around a 13 hour drive so it was really nice to have some new special things for Hudson! Before we took our trip I bought some brand new snacks he hadn’t had before and toys he’d never played with from the Dollar Store and it kept him busy for many hours of the trip! (Thank goodness!) We also had just gotten a new backseat organizer and carseat tray by DMoose for him! He loved the tray for playing cars on and was able to watch his favorite new movie Rock Dog on his tablet with the backseat organizer’s tablet slot! Made it so much easier on us :).

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After a long drive we finally made it to our incredible cottage we were staying in! We used Airbnb which we love for their customer service – I found a little cottage in Crowley, TX that was only $85 a night! And it had two rooms so we didn’t have to worry about sharing a hotel room with Hudson and having to be super duper quiet so it made it SO much easier having a whole house to ourselves!

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The owners were lovely people.. I miss them already.. We got all settled in, put Hudson down to sleep and enjoyed the owner’s famous chocolate chip banana bread before turning in for the night in the most comfortable bed we’ve ever slept in ♥

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In the morning we already had plans to spend the whole day with my Dad ♥ He came over and was so impressed with the gorgeous land we were staying on! (Sure made us feel good!) After some good breakfast we made the drive over to Dallas to visit the Dallas Zoo I used to LOVE as a child and was so excited to share with my son!!

It’s more beautiful than I remember! There was so much to see, so much to do and there was almost no one there because it was a Thursday morning! (Didn’t get many photos there because I just wanted to enjoy the time with all my guys :))

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After a few hours at the zoo Hudson started getting super sleepy (SO many kids activities there, helps to wear them out ;)) so we drove around while he napped in the car then hit a delicious Cuban restaurant (I cannot go to Texas without getting cuban food. It’s not the same in Colorado. I LOVE Cubano Sandwiches ♥)

Afterward we headed to the Dallas Cowboys Stadium!! GO COWBOYS! It was SO much fun! Brent wanted to bring a Football so he could throw it around on the field and we’re so glad he did cause it was a hit with Hudson too!

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Think the stadium made a fan out of my Husband whose usually a Saints fan but it’s such a gorgeous stadium and him getting to throw some pretty impressive passes into the end zone made him gitty!! ♥

Hudson was POOPED. So after a long tour of the rest of the stadium we headed back to our gorgeous cottage and took it easy.

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Once Hudson went down for bed my Dad watched him as Brent and I set out for my FAVORITE childhood memory in Dallas! Medieval Times!! I’d been telling him about it for years and we finally had a chance to check it out!

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I forgot how beautiful it was! The Spanish style castle was so impressive and Brent got more and more excited as we walked up! Once inside the staff was so friendly and really got into character! We got our photo taken in our red and yellow knight crowns and grabbed some delicious drinks before heading to our seats!

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Once the show began, Brent started to get what it was all about. You really get into it and root for your knight! We screamed and cheered every time he came out! Our server Noah was amazing and was SO cheerful and really played the part, especially with our food saying our potatoes were “dragon hooves”, etc. It was a blast. **And it came with a HUGE meal!

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The show was glorious, the food and service was fantastic and the experience was incredibly special. It’s something my Husband wouldn’t usually do but he really enjoyed it and got into it and it’s still a conversation of how much fun we had together! It’s wonderful for kids, birthdays, date nights, whatever! SO happy we went and I know we’ll be back again! They have a ton of locations so check it out if going on vacation or if you have one in your town! Check Here!


 

The next day my Dad had to work so we had just us 3 time. We started with some coffee and breakfast in our comfy cottage then headed to surprise my Grandparents with a visit! They were so happy to see us and especially their Great Grandson! (Wish I’d gotten a photo :'() Then went to see longtime friend of mine with her new adorable baby boy!

My Husband seemed drained and wanted to head back but I didn’t want to waste a minute of our trip! He perked up really quick when I showed him another favorite memory of mine, the Fort Worth Water Gardens!!

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It was so beautiful and Hudson LOVED to watch all of the trickling water!

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I decided I wanted to walk to Sundance Square in Fort Worth for their other water feature but we found ourselves at Riscky’s BBQ for some drinks!

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We ended up being RIGHT next to a parade that included the TCU band! Hudson was in AWE, especially with all of the ladies that were in the parade 😉

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After our drinks and parade fun we headed to the Sundance Square water fountains! Hudson had a total blast playing in them!

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We were all exhausted so headed home (Felt like home ♥) and took it easy the rest of the night (Brent thanked me for taking us around instead of heading home early) 

The next morning we woke up and met Dad for some breakfast! Shortly after we began to get ready for a special vow renewal I had planned for my Hubby and I. It was our 2 year vow renewal and although I know 2 years isn’t usual I wanted to do something special for him to show him how much I truly love him still.

The couple who owned the land we were staying on were so excited for the idea to have our very, very small ceremony on their gorgeous land and they offered to officiate it for us!!

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His words were wise, sweet and something we’ll never forget. He personalized it for us and had some gorgeous things to add from experience from his loving 55 year marriage. This bonded us to the owners forever. We feel a little empty now that we’re away from them as this was such a special and intimate experience.

Brent and I feel closer than ever now and we have Joe and Joyce to thank for that. My Dad wasn’t able to make it to our small wedding in February 2016 so it was so special for him to be a part of this as our only guest 

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Hudson enjoyed chasing the ducks around the pond during our ceremony hahaha!

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After settling down after our gorgeous ceremony we decided to change and head to the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens. It was as beautiful as I had remembered!! Hudson loved to run around and look at all the koi in the ponds 🙂 I loved experiencing this with him.

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We ventured back to the cottage to relax before our long drive the next day back to Colorado.

The next morning was a very sad one. We felt so at home at the cottage and didn’t want to leave. We love Texas, we love Joe and Joyce and loved the together time we were able to spend (We rarely looked at screens the whole trip!)

Hudson loves planes so I found a nearby restaurant at an airport and it was DELICIOUS! The Beacon Cafe had a breakfast buffet that was to die for and Hudson loved being SO close to all of the planes they had on the runway!

This was an amazing trip that I still think about, constantly. I miss the Southern hospitality, food and family. It’s a whole other world down there and if I had a chance would move there in an instant. Miss you, Texas.. Thank you for all of the adventures, experiences, new friendships and family time you gave.

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Hudson · Lifestyle · Paleo · Texas · Travel

Prepping – Texas Road Trip (With Toddler)

Hey y’all! It’s only 2 days away from our Texas road trip! So very excited! Get to spend time with family, friends AND I get to have some alone time with my Husband (Make time for Y’ALL time).

My Husband thinks I am CRAZY for packing 5 days early (Which is LATE for me..) but I’ve told him time and time again how useful I find it! SO I’ve put together some how and why’s I believe getting ready for a trip early IS useful!

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  2. Begin packing non-perishable food in bins! One for your little and one for y’all up front! *We don’t usually let Hudson have many sweets so we brought new treats he hasn’t really had much of so it’s new, exciting and a special treat!**

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  3. Pack a bin of BRAND new toys your child has never seen or played with *I just went to the Dollar Store and got a few awesome things I believe he’d enjoy!22547930_1386721598092111_1371867882_n
  4. Get a list together of what you still need to do/pack/make! *We’re still wanting to eat relatively paleo while our there so we’re going to be making snacks and meals for on the road!*

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  5. Packing early gives you the time to CLEAN your house which is so important before a trip because it’s so much less stressful to come home to a welcoming, clean and fresh house!
  6. Plan some stuff ahead of time! You don’t want to find yourself really wanting to try something in town only to find it’s all booked or you missed on the chance for a coupon to get it at a better price!

So yes, I DO believe getting ready early is smart! Especially when you have a toddler riding along with you!

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Astri The Brave L’il Oyster

Hudson has a new favorite book and when I get hooked on one with him it’s really special because we really enjoy reading them together! His new favorite is Astri The Brave L’il Oyster by Jessica Delagardelle and we LOVE it. It’s so adorable – The art is so unique. Hudson loves how realistic it is (Because a lot of materials went into the making all of the pieces)! He loves his cartoon character books but it seems like he’s able to really relate to the realness of brave little Astri!

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Astri teaches all of us (big and small) how important it is to overcome fear and challenges to allow ourselves to accomplish and grow.

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She is a tiny, super cute little oyster who encounters some misfortune and although was initially very afraid she musters up the strength to be brave!

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Once braver she finds it easier and easier to gain the strength to handle her struggle and in the end brings forth a beautiful pearl.

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This story not only teaches our children (and again, ourselves) how powerful it is to be brave and strong but also teaches children where pearls come from (AND how much work it takes to do so – As it is with other things that may require bravery!)

I love this book because it’s teaching such a wonderful message (In so many different ways!) and the art is so unique and beautiful. Hudson constantly grabs it to read at night (And multiple times throughout the day!)

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I highly recommend it to any family, no matter the children’s age! You can buy it on Amazon or on L’il Astri’s Website!

(I was given a book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and are genuine. We LOVE this book!)

 

Family · Hudson · Local · Paleo · Reviews

Mmm… Coffee! Paleo Bistro

There are some amazing paleo restaurants in nearly every state and I love discovering the hidden healthy gems near us, so was very eager to try Mmm… Coffee! after reading some very promising reviews.

Their menu had many delicious paleo options so my Husband and I decided to make a trip downtown to try it out! It was in a very trendy and artistic side of town in the Lincoln Park area off of 9th and Santa Fe. Their bistro was hidden in a gorgeous and secluded courtyard shown only by their adorable sign out front.

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We were immediately greeted by some of the friendliest people we’ve met in a long, long time. The owners Jami and Derek were so very sweet and inviting which made the already lovely ambiance even more comforting. We asked what they were best known for and wanted to try it all! (They were one of the first 100% grain free restaurants to open in the nation!)

 

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We started with their amazing soup that changes daily (They’re REALLY popular for them!) And my Husband LOVED it. Said it was the best soup he’d ever had and it was accompanied by some delicious plantain chips (My obsession) ! 

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I had their Paleo Power salad which was amazing and we split their tuna wrap (SO GOOD) and INCREDIBLE bacon wrapped stuffed dates which was chicken breast roasted in enchilada sauce, stuffed into dates and wrapped in turkey bacon! *drooldrooldrool*

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We couldn’t stop there. Jami was so passionate about the food she made we had to keep trying more as they were so creative, delicious and unique! Their mocha latte was delicious and they make their own chocolate IN HOUSE, so I had to try some of their delicious concoctions!

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Hudson enjoyed the chocolate too 😉 Yummm!

We finished our lunch with two delicious chicken legs which were simplistic yet delicious!

 

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We asked what the best desserts were and decided to try one of each (of a few!)

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Again, Jami is INCREDIBLE. Her food was amazing but her desserts were out of this world! She’s been eating paleo for a long time so has been able to master so many different techniques. We tried their muffins, cookies, cake, granola, macaroons, and punkin’ bar. It was all SO GOOD. Did NOT taste paleo or healthy but it WAS.

Her cake was AMAZING. It was a made from BEETS. It was an adorable dark purple color with delicious looking frosting on top and tasted JUST like a red velvet unhealthy cake would taste. We decided we’re coming to her for any cakes we ever need (She had sold a wedding cake she had made while we were there!)

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The inside of their shop was adorable and warm – They have wonderful options for comfortable indoor seating and gorgeous outdoor courtyard relaxing. One thing I love is when a local business supports other local businesses. They have many items available inside from other Colorado companies such as kombucha, kale chips, beef jerky, etc.

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After we were done I wanted to thank them so much for all of their kindnesses, wonderful food and inspiring creativity. I had the pleasure of getting to speak with them about their journey and got to take a fun photo with them in front of their paleo sign!

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And it was Derek’s idea to grab their sign from in front with the mini bike attached to take a photo with Hudson on it.. HOW CUTE?!

This is by far our favorite new paleo stop. The people were amazing, the food was outstanding and the location was comfortable and upbeet (Like my food pun? 😉 )

We’ll absolutely be back and recommend anyone in the area (or visiting the area) to try it out – You’ll never want to leave.. I’m already missing it!!

Family · Hudson · Lifestyle · Texas · Travel

Louisiana Trip – Traveling with Toddler

Y’all – I know, it’s been QUITE awhile since I last posted. I apologize! But we’ve been having an amazing time in Louisiana with some family and friends! Sooo happy to be home but also a little sad because there’s nothing quite like the South.. Southern hospitality, tons of history, antiques shops everywhere and sometimes the sweetest people!

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It can be pretty nerve-wracking taking a 1 year old toddler on vacation whether you’re flying, driving or BOTH. It’s pretty scary imagining how your little one will deal with not being able to be independent and active so I tried my hardest to ensure I had everything planned and covered!

I started with cleaning the entire house. SPOTLESS. So when we came home there was absolutely nothing left to stress about but getting into bed and passing out after a long 17 hour drive! Then began a ton of packing, Hudson and I were flying but my Husband was driving so we were able to leave all of the bags with him except Hudson’s diaper bag. We got the CUTEST little bag from our neighbor that I used for a diaper bag and it fit all of the goodies he would need and could fit my tablet, phone and wallet as well. It made it SO much easier only carrying a backpack so my hands were completely free for my busy bee!

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We were flying into Dallas since it was cheaper than flying all the way to Louisiana so we planned for us to fly in right as Brent would be driving by so he could swing by and grab us! It worked out perfect and Hudson was so great on the plane ride there – I kept him busy with tons of treats he usually wouldn’t get, toys he hasn’t played with before, movies on my tablet for him to watch and tons more! (We flew Spirit and although it went smoothly, I’ve NEVER met a ruder flight crew in my life.. Not to me specifically but you could very clearly tell they did NOT want to be there)

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After we made it and got in the car we started our 5 hour trip East towards Louisiana. Hudson was exhausted so he very quickly passed out! (It can be so incredibly difficult to eat healthy while traveling AND why would you when in cajun country?!) We stopped and got some Whataburger since we didn’t have any in Colorado (Wasn’t impressed, unfortunately) then made our way to our friend’s house who was holding us up for a week! (Bless their hearts 😉 ) 

We were EXHAUSTED but quickly passed out and were ready for the next day. My Husband was going to be working at this Dad’s house all week helping him renovate so I had a week full of fun stuff for Hudson and I to do!

We started with a trip to our good friend’s adorable little store found in Ruston that has a ton of vendors that sell awesome rustic/unique goodies for the home, for the kids, for yourself (Got myself a pair of shoes for $20 that look EXACTLY like Yeezy Boosts Which are $3,000!!) It’s the cutest little shop and I could spend WAY too much money in here, everyday..

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After our stop here we made the trip down to see Hudson’s half-brother (His Father’s oldest) and his family. They’re such great people and we had a full day of fun down in New Orleans planned for the next day! But first.. Food! Hudson had his FIRST alligator and LOVED it at Walk Ons. Tasted just like chicken except a little chewier and he digged that 😉

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The next day we made the short drive down to New Orleans and it was absolutely gorgeous. It was a whole new world it seemed. It was full of culture, music, performers, amazing food smells I couldn’t even identify and more! There was also a lot people watching ;).

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I was so wrapped up in the beauty of the old French architecture and the Hurricane Drinks 😉 I didn’t get a chance to take many photos but made sure to get some shots of the gorgeous Jackson Square!

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We headed back after a VERY long day in New Orleans to Baton Rouge to see Louisiana State University (Geaux Tigers!) and get some beignets. The campus was sooo gorgeous but unfortunately there was a torrential downpour the entire time we were there so I couldn’t get out to check it all out but it was amazing to see regardless and the beignets were DELICIOUS.

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After heading back we said our goodbyes and left back to our friend’s house and took it easy and Hudson had a blast hanging out with their little ones! They were all best buds.. 😉 Their land was gorgeous and made me SO wanna be out there for good.

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We made sure not to eat completely healthy on this trip because we couldn’t miss out on all the unique and authentic food! Hudson enjoyed it too.. We found an ADORABLE little diner RIGHT on D’Arbonne Lake.. He had shrimp bites, his new favorite thanks to Louisiana!

He also LOVE my Zyloware sunglasses! I LOVE these too. They’re my first high end pair of sunglasses and they’re so worth it, they’re durable and classy! ❥

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Before heading back to our friend’s house for some more relaxing we headed to his Papaw’s house for some lovings and to get some sillies out before naptime. He LOVED the big open space.. AGAIN.. I wanna move to the country as I believe he’s a country boy at heart 😉

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Of course we had to leave and stop for some BBQ before nap time.. We went to Podnuhs and Hudson LOVED it and their sweet tea.. We had a lot of that there..

Some of the meat was a little large for Hudson so I had to use his awesome new Tiny Bites shears to cut some up for him, they worked great! ❥

 

We headed back to their house for the rest of the day to rest up for our very busy day the next day. We were going to Shreveport to see my Dad who lives in Texas! We don’t get to see him very often so it’s SUCH a treat to get to see him!

We woke up bright and early the next morning for our hour and a half drive West to Shreveport and once we got there were welcomed by the GORGEOUS Boardwalk on the Red River. Then by DAD! It was so so nice to see him. Hudson loves him so much and remembers him every time he seems him.. Even if it’s been awhile.

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We started by walking around the Boardwalk, getting a HUGE sucker (Lucky little man), doing some shopping and riding some kiddie rides! He had a blast (Despite the stickiest of sticky humidity and heat :p)

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We HAD to get out of the heat so stopped at a delicious little cajun restaurant called the Blind Tiger and it was delicious. Of COURSE Hudson had some shrimp bites ;). I swear, they make the BEST drinks down there. Everything was so sweet with a side of rum or whisky. YUM.

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After lunch we wanted to continue being INDOORS. It was just too muggy.. So we found an awesome little kids museum that had the most AWESOME area for toddlers his age. There were water parks, (He splashed all the little girls and old ladies.. What a flirt.. Hahaha!) a fire-station, a construction zone, a store, and so much more! We spent FOREVER in there. It was SO awesome. I really wish we had a place that cool here.. (Maybe we do?! I should look that up! You should too!)

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Hudson very quickly got grumpy (I’m sure the heat wore him out) so we just started driving around Shreveport and looked at all of the history. The gorgeous mansions and very, VERY old cemeteries.. We went through the cemetery twice, we loved it so much.

As sad as it was it was getting late and I had to get back home to get Hudson to bed as we had a long drive back to Colorado the next day. So we said our sad goodbyes (Even though we were gonna swing by and have lunch with him on our way out of state!) and headed back East to the house.

It was so, so sad to leave Louisiana as it’s a completely different feel out there than anywhere else I’ve ever been. But we had to get back home. So the next morning we headed out on our long 17 hour drive back to Colorado. I was not exactly excited to start the long journey as I wasn’t sure how Hudson would do but he was fantastic on our way to lunch with GrandDad. He had a ton of snacks and lots of toys (Again, I brought a ton of toys he hadn’t played with before to entice him)

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We stopped in Denton, TX for lunch at Chilis with my Dad and he was so happy to see him again. We had great food, great conversation and Hudson flirted with our blonde waitress the whole time.. hahaha! But all of his flirting sure did tire him out because after lunch we started our drive again and he was OUT for hours! Thanks blondie 😉

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Although it was sad to leave my Dad, again, we were so ready to be home so we kept trucking along and Hudson was good the WHOLE time. We played games, sang songs and just enjoyed the agonizing butt pain that came from sitting for SO long.

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We finally made it home around 1:30am and couldn’t have been happier. I put Hudson down and PASSED out. It was such an absolutely amazing trip and now I’m officially obsessed with Louisiana. It’s a whole other world down there ❥

It IS doable to both fly AND drive with a 1 year old toddler – As long as you’re prepared!

xoxox