Friday, December 15, 2017

Celebrating 8 years ♥

Last month, Sean and I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary. We decided to check out a new to us winery and we both agreed that it was nice to try a new winery (Mountain View Vineyard). It was great that we both could see ourselves making many trips back especially when the weather warms up again. I was also surprised to find that it was the same distance as my favorite winery which I post about often on this blog. The views were beautiful even on a rather grey day and they had a large patio area which I can't wait to get use of come spring and summer. We did a wine tasting first to figure out our favorites and then purchased several bottles. We purchased one to enjoy at the winery and then a few more for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. We also ordered a few small plates to eat and I love that they actually had a real menu to order food versus just appetizers. Our food was tasty too!

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After the winery we went home and napped for a couple of hours and then got ready for dinner. We tried a new to us restaurant (weekend of new!) and loved the entire experience. The restaurant (Sette Luna) itself is small, warm and cozy. Oh and our food was absolutely delicious! I cannot wait to go again because I must try everything on their menu. I’ve always been this person that doesn’t really care to go to Italian restaurants because I feel like it’s food that I can prepare at home, but lately I’ve been wanting to eat at Italian restaurants and this one did not disappoint one bit. There’s just something about homemade pasta that I’ve been loving lately and I think this year, we’ve gone to Italian restaurants more than we have in our entire relationship.

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We had a really great time celebrating with each other. In this day and age, 8 years of a happy marriage is a big deal and we made sure to acknowledge that. We’ve been through a lot in our 8 years of marriage. We’ve had some highs and we’ve definitely have had some lows. But through it all, we love each other. We choose each other. We respect each other. I won’t ever be able to explain how incredibly grateful I am to have Sean. He really is my person and I love him like no other. There are times when we both are laughing about something that no one else would get and it’s during those moments that I feel so content with where we are in this life. We don’t always get what we want or what we think we need, but with Sean I believe that I have it all. Love, laughter, happiness, wine and always good food … what more could one person need? Happy Friday y'all and happy weekend! ♥

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Bally's & the Palazzo in Vegas

Hotel "reviews" probably aren't anyone's favorite posts but maybe one day you'll find yourself heading to Vegas and need recommendations on a place to stay and will be like, oh yeah, that crazy Faith girl shared a million pictures of (insert hotel name here) which I'll admit was so annoying but let me check out that post now ;).

Whenever we go to Vegas we make it a point to stay at a different hotel. We choose the hotel that we'll stay at the majority of our stay first and then the second. We do this since we usually catch the red eye traveling to Vegas and since we arrive late (or rather early in the morning) we choose a less expensive hotel our first night since all we'll be doing after a quick walk on the strip is sleeping. And then the following day we check into the second hotel. Yes, this might not be your cup of tea but it works for us and we get to save a few bucks this way. It also allows us to experience another hotel to keep in mind (or not to) for the future.

Our first night we checked into Bally's and they surprised us by upgrading us all! When they learned that Cinthia's mom (who traveled from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria) had been without electricity for almost a month they wanted to give her the bells and whistles. And then did the same for us which I thought was super sweet because they did not have to do that at all.

Our view at night when we checked into our room.

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Excuse the messy bed, this was taken in the morning. I did try to straighten it up a bit.

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Our view in the morning.

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Our room was gorgeous and we seriously would have stayed and just switched to another room had they not told us they were sold out the following day. I loved all the modern touches in the room but my favorite was the tub. I wished that we had enough time to use it but we were basically in and out. We did manage to check out the pool to relax a bit and grab a drink but we didn't last very long before we had the itch to check out the strip. One of the employees, Robert, was so great to us and gave us pins that read Vegas Strong. He talked about how the shooting affected the overall vibe in Vegas in the last month but that he could see the true spirit of Vegas coming back which was nice to hear. And seriously, whenever anyone heard that Cinthia's mom came from Puerto Rico, people went above and beyond to give her great service. It was really incredible to see just how much people care. Above are some pictures of our room, view and the pool area.

The following day we checked into our second hotel, The Palazzo which was another great hotel! The Venetian and Palazzo are actually connected to each other on the strip. The Venetian was the first to open in May 1999 followed by the Palazzo in January 2008. We really enjoyed our stay. Our room wasn't decorated as modern as Ballys but still beautiful. I liked that they had security before entering the elevators to ensure that you had proof that you were staying at the hotel. It takes a few minutes if you're like me and have to dig in your purse but worth the safety precaution. Here's some pictures of the hotel and room we stayed at.

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We received great service at both. Enjoyed clean and nicely decorated rooms. Locations ideal as they are both located right on the strip. What's not to like? OK, hopefully this wasn't too annoying! Happy Wednesday! ♥