My Favorite Things: The Epilator

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Ok ladies….who hates shaving?

WOW– nice to know we are all in agreement.

See, I was “blessed” with dark almost black hair and as a kid, it was super embarrassing to have dark hair on my legs.  You start shaving and then you never stop.  You start waxing, which is super expensive, and you never stop.epilatorMeet my new friend- the Epilator!  Remember years back hearing about the “Epilady”?  Well, technology has changed and I decided to buy one.

The first time I used it – not the most pleasant experience. But I am used to the quick “pull” of the hair from years of waxing so this was easy to get used to. Legs- Yes! Underarms- Yes! Other places – probably more painful but why not! It can be used wet or dry, is easy to clean and the price cannot be beat compared to what I spent for waxing.  Summer present for yourself?

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Handwritten?

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You get a gift, you say thank you. Easy, right? For me, whether it was a birthday, a holiday, or just because, I always sent a handwritten thank you note. And I taught my daughter to do the same.

But the struggle is real. As she gets older, sitting her down for two hours to write 10 cards is a huge challenge. What happens when she gets more than 10 gifts? I can already hear the complaints…..

TouchnoteAnd then she got a thank you note from her friend after a birthday party and it was sent from a website. Wait- I know you can do this for holiday cards but thank you’s? It was a simple postcard from a company called Touchnote with a picture and personal note from her friend saying thank you for coming to my party and for the great gift. And it hit me- the other moms DO NOT expect a handwritten note. Any thank you note is appreciated. I could finally let go of this false expectation that I had placed on myself and make the process easier for me and more fun for my child. More expensive? A little but worth the money- MOST DEFINITELY!

So now, great grandma will still get the handwritten note and my daughter can go online and send her friends a thank you note with a fun picture!

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On the Road Eats: Park City, Utah

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Another awesome trip to Park City, Utah. The highlights- my daughter skied her first black, we all enjoyed the Olympic Park ropes course, zip line and 65 foot free fall and of course the food!

Hotel Park City, the Autograph Collection
Marriott has some great properties and I noticed that this was an all-suites hotel with a spa. Perfect! Every morning and afternoon they offered shuttle service to the mountain AND would drive you to town or dinner at night.  Plus there was a breakfast buffet every day!

Now for the restaurants –

Shabu:
Loved the atmosphere. Walk in, down the stairs and our table was ready (Thank you OpenTable!)  My daughter had a direct view of the sushi bar from where we sat so she was happy.   We ordered sake and some sushi, a couple appetizers and the black cod. Loved this spot!

Sammy’s Bistro:
Sometimes I will check the foodtv websites to see what restaurants the celeb chefs have profiled on their shows.  I found one for Park City and the whole family enjoyed it.  It was super casual(needed after skiing) and had a line out the door.  We even tried the “Chivito” Club Sandwich that was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives and it was really good!  Need super casual and kid friendly with a great price point – THIS is your spot!

Blind Dog Restaurant & Sushi:
I did some google searches and found The Female Foodie.  I had been to a bunch of spots that she recommended in Park City but this one was new to me.  This spot is closer to the Marriott rather than on Main Street. We enjoyed another dinner and loved the quotes all along the restaurant wall.

Slapfish:
A seafood shack in Park City – ok, we are headed to the tubing spot close by so let’s try it!

Buona Vita:
We decided to try an Italian spot although our first choice was not open on Mondays. Although I was not a fan of what I ordered (too much bacon in the pasta with clam sauce- strange, right?), my husband said his Alfredo was good. And of course my daughter loved her spaghetti and meatballs.

Pasta with Clams (and Bacon)
Pasta with Clams (and Bacon)

Java Cow:
After a full Italian meal you head north on Main Street to get ice cream. Sorbet for me, ice cream for them, we were all happy.

Java Cow Sorbet
Java Cow Sorbet

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse:
Yes, if you live in a major city you can dine at Ruth’s Chris but sometimes after a full day of skiing you are just too damn tired to leave the hotel. So, an elevator ride away we dined on French onion soup, bone in ribeyes with creamed spinach and sautéed mushrooms, splurged on a very rich lobster Mac and cheese and finished with Creme Brûlée to share. Time for bed!

Fletcher’s:
Last night of the trip and we were celebrating my birthday so I chose Fletcher’s.  I did try a few new things although stuck with the same biscuits, salad, and dessert that I loved from the last trip!

Let me know if I should add another spot to my list for the next trip!
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On the Road Eats: South Bend, Indiana

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It’s been a long time since I posted and after dining in South Bend, I realized I needed to start sharing again!

I flew from DFW to Fort Wayne, rented a car and headed to South Bend. If I had had a little extra time I would have stopped at one of the many cute boutiques in FW so hopefully next time I can make that happen. The drive was pretty easy and in less than two hours I was checking into the Aloft South Bend.

Aloft South Bend
The Aloft is a newer hotel and located downtown. Parking was in the building and the staff was great during check in. There is a bar, a few social areas and a spot for breakfast. Plus you can walk to numerous restaurants in the area. My room overlooked downtown and I could see the Notre Dame campus. Fast forward to the next morning, I slept great, had a quick breakfast of lemon pancakes with fruit and granola in a breakfast bowl and started my day!

LaSalle Grill
I had looked up all the spots downtown and settled on LaSalle, a fine-dining restaurant and steakhouse. I normally would not choose a fine dining spot but they had a casual third floor lounge that got great reviews.  But, it was a Monday night so the third floor was closed and it was a super quiet night in the main restaurant. Since I was dining at 8pm I decided to order a light meal- the wedge salad with the herb dressing and the pan seared scallops over a roasted leek johnny cake with nueske’s bacon pomodoro. Both were fantastic! My server was great and she timed everything perfectly so I could finish my presentation due the next morning.

Cinco5 International
Full day meeting so we take our client to lunch and they choose Cinco5, a casual spot for Mexican and Thai food. Yes, Mexican and Thai. Since I had to pick one, I kept it simple and went with Pad Thai.  Half the table did thai, half did tacos.  The best part – private room for a group of 10!

Cinco5 Pad Thai-South Bend
Cinco5 Pad Thai-South Bend

Tortas Frontera
When flying through O’Hare and super hungry, this is your stop. Braised pork torta with pickled red onion, black beans and amazing bread. Cannot go wrong with Rick Bayless!

Have other favorites in Fort Wayne or South Bend?  Let me know!

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