Another Weekend Recap

This past weekend we had more visitors staying with us.

When we lived in LA, our friends Erin and Richard lived on the East Side of LA. We hung out all the time on hikes, camping, dinner parties, etc. We also lived down the block from them when we lived in Washington DC. So it was so much fun to have them staying with us in Seattle. It was Richard’s first time in Seattle, and Erin hasn’t been in a few years. It was so fun to do touristy things together.


We went to the Pike’s Place market downtown and went on an eating tour. We ate pastries at Pirosky Pirosky, biscuits, bacon donuts (yes you read that right!) and mac and cheese from Beecher’s. It was glorious and mostly delicious. My favorite was the bacon donut.





I love this map showing where people come from to see the infamous Pike’s Place. I work in walking distance from the market and I love walking around and realizing I live in such a cool city.



Richard really enjoyed the gum wall. I love going back periodically to see the progress of the wall. It’s definitely being built back up but it is still bare in other sections.





We stopped by Gas Works Park to catch a view of Seattle.


We visited the Fremont Troll and Dave didn’t give me the “we are doing our jump pic” memo🙂 Since moving here I haven’t visited the Troll.


That night we had a cheese plate and fruit and played Cranium, trivia, and shuffleboard at a local bar. IMG_4689


We went for scrumptious burritos from TNT Taqueria that we love so much. Fuel for our Rattlesnake Ledge hike (yes I did the hike and Snoqualmie Falls two weekends in the row. #Seattleproblems) and followed up our adventures with ice cream at the Bluebird Cafe which was really good! That night we went to dinner and drinks in Capitol Hill.







We had brunch and met one of Richard’s friends that used to live in LA. Then we walked about the farmer’s market, and walked through a park because it was so nice out.


After our friends took off we headed to Gig Harbor to watch the Super Bowl with our other friends. They just moved into their place so we had a fun picnic on the floor, because they’re still in the process of moving and unpacking.

I also loved this pic I found on the internet because guacamole😉


It was another great weekend with friends and it’s so fun to show off our new city.
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Weekend Recap

I’m a little behind on my blogging (do I sound like a broken record yet?) as I started strong last week, blogging Monday-Wednesday then failing towards the end of the week. But for my memory’s sake, I want to blog about last weekend, but it was a very memorable one.

Our friends came in from Austin to find an apartment, because they’re moving up here this month! Kristina, Dave and I all went to high school together so it’s going to be really fun to all be together again in a new city! Who would have thought all these years later, even after living apart in different states, that we’d end up in the same city again?🙂


I worked a half day from home and was able to pick up my friends from the airport. We stopped at the house to drop off their luggage, then went to lunch in West Seattle. Then we drove around a few Seattle neighborhoods to give them an idea of where they want to live. We took a mini break at home and had some girl time and watched Knotting Hill. I haven’t seen that movie in so long. Then we got pizza, went to a bar and played trivial pursuit. We learned a lot of new fun facts. It was a great first night catching up.


In the morning we got a small breakfast and walked around a nearby park. Then they were off to meet their realtor and I met up with two girlfriends. We went to breakfast in Belltown, then went to REI to look at a few things. Melissa brought us to South Lake Union and we walked around. It was sunny out but a little chilly.



These seaplanes are so cool. I would like to go one at some point. vyKksem1-4h9biIReEf5WobEwLijwft-HRuWp0hs8TYvj21RxOY0xUCNoWp6Jic7rP0Mju9PbTbeO8J8i73_0ttr0uXnDx68zUhmGV009_pqAS8JWbshf1VlactvDwVhQsnwEM2jWIKndso0b9Vud6arMHrPgPIGOZqANvus5uz-GvDcG8wyKPzDyygPAVQz4Q8LI5fP6JkxEJ0uZeZ_1xFMICNIKBzY2WVF

That night we went to sushi downtown at Wasabi and it was delicious. Even though we were at a sushi restaurant, I had ramen and it was great! I’ve been wanting to look for a good ramen place since we moved to Seattle. I’d love any suggestions from any of you Seattle-ites!

Luckily Melissa has lived here for 12 years so she is a great tour guide!🙂 We went to a karaoke bar called Hula Hula and it was really entertaining. I was so impressed with how gutsy people are. So many people got up there really singing and dancing, and owning those 3 minutes. I love to sing in my car, in the shower, in the kitchen, but you will not find me up on stage in front of a crowd. So I can totally respect their courage! One guy came out of nowhere with this amazing rendition of Unchained Melody. It was stuck in my head for days. I’ve been listening to it on repeat on Spotify.


We woke up at 8am to go for a morning hike at Rattlesnake Ledge in North Bend. It’s a perfect hike to take tourist, and this was my 4th time doing it. My second time doing it with Gretchen. With Seattle being sunny somedays and cloudy others, you never know how different it will look up at the top. It’s a 4 mile hike back and forth and take about 45 minutes to an hour one way. I highly recommend this hike.🙂



Gretchen and I🙂


Ever since we moved to Seattle I’ve been hearing people talk about Snoqualmie Falls. It’s very close to Rattlesnake Ledge so this time on the way home we stopped by. It’s right off the road, and you just have to cross the street from the parking lot to get here. It’s a perfect tourist spot, especially for parents or older people who don’t like to hike, but it’s such an impressive site.


The waterfall was raging! So much water and so much spray coming up.


The colors were so pretty. 0dhKPGj4B83F8ZCGGl7v_EtQItTVeimSd2XEENW1sGv5ouz0WrTVaItoAQ-cQM83R4pVaQDDZXQ1afOItRpRRMqwieJJaXzKtxJFNMRPeqrg3_z3nSyDa8uCp8GSXAmLo_secKnjk3jL5pBrJBsuGPbb7rMSMSBw3Z0fP27x5qRp2Oiw3UYuxdSsbkq8o90_sP8UtU45t8aAujlkOUy_tcy6WBmPHk-egx9M



After our hike, Kristina and Patrick met up with some friends. Then we met back up to grab dinner. We had some Thai food that was pretty good but not the best I’ve ever had. I took them to the airport that night and I came home for some more girl time with Gretchen and Melissa to watch Mindy and paint our nails.

It was a really wonderful weekend with great friends. I’ve always known we made the right move to Seattle, and being surrounded by friends is such an awesome feeling in a new city. Feeling very grateful and happy!


Four Facts Survey

Thanks Lauren for nominating me for the Four Fact Survey. It’s a fun little way to get to know other bloggers.
Four names that people call me other than my real name:
  1. Jules
  2. BF (Melissa, one of my best friends and I call each other BF)
  3. woman (Vi, my other best friend and I call each other woman for some reason and it stuck)
  4. Ju-Ju
Four jobs I’ve had:
  1. Nanny
  2. Vietnamese Translator
  3. Registration Coordinator
  4. Retail at Wet Seal and Aeropostale (my first jobs!)
Four movies I’ve watched more than once:
  1. Miss Congeniality
  2. Home Alone
  3. Mean Girls
  4. My Best Friend’s Wedding
Four books I’d recommend: 
  1. The Lost Girls
  2. Wild
  3. What Remains
  4. Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me?


Four places I’ve lived:
  1. Chicago
  2. Washington DC
  3. Santa Monica
  4. Seattle


Four places I’ve visited:
  1. Togo, Africa
  2. Denali National Park, Alaska
  3. Maroon Bells, Colorado
  4. Vietnam
Four places I’d rather be right now:
  1. At home in Chicago/Atlanta/California with our nearest and dearest
  2. in the mountains hiking and camping
  3. on the plane traveling to somewhere cool
  4. reading in a cozy nook, drinking some tea


Four things I prefer not to eat:
  1. sardines
  2. anchovies
  3. mayonnaise
  4. tuna


Four of my favorite foods:
  1. mangoes
  2. berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
  3. biscuits
  4. Mediterranean food


Four TV shows I watch:
  1. The Mindy Project
  2. The Bachelor
  3. 2 Broke Girls
  4. Master of None
Four things I’m looking forward to this year:
  1. Spring/Summer in Seattle (hiking, camping, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, island hopping etc)
  2. Family and friends coming to visit us here
  3. Wedding Festivities for my bestie Vi
  4. Our friend’s wedding in Bend, Oregon


Four things I’m always saying:
  1. That’s hilarious!
  2. Where are you from?
  3. Chicago (I get made fun of for my Chicagoan accent
  4. I love you.
Four people I tag to answer these questions:
  1. Katie
  2. Mattie
  3. Molly
  4. Alexandra


Happy Tuesday everyone!

Tell Us About It: Fave Rom Coms

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So this is our first link up of 2016, a month late🙂 But here we are! We will have this link up open for the week, so feel free to join us later if you forgot today.

Girls Nights are so much fun and so needed. Last Saturday two girlfriends came over and we cooked and watched our favorite episodes of Friends and it was fantastic. It was the first girls night I hosted in our rental house since we moved here.

I watch documentaries, action movies, serious movies, etc but I love me a good rom com. They’re fun and lighthearted and a great escape.

I’m a big Reese Witherspoon fan. She’s just so sweet, Southern, and I want to hang out with her and be her friend.


I love watching Sweet home Alabama. It’s one of my absolute favorites. She is just so charming. I have a a serious girl crush on her. It’s such a relateable story of moving away to be successful and figuring out how you fit back home in your old life. And Josh Lucas is great.


I also love Reese in Legally Blonde. It’s such a fun girlfriend movie, with such a positive message of not needing a guy.


The Notebook is a classic. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams have such great chemistry and they really make you believe in life long love. Or I guess Nicholas Sparks does. It’s such a beautiful love story of utter devotion.


The Wedding Planner because Matthew McConaughy is so adorable. For awhile in college I thought I wanted to be a wedding planner so it was fun to see that world. And J Lo really is triple threat, because girl can sing, dance, and act.


Letters to Juliet made me want to go to Italy immediately. Such beautiful scenery and I loved the grandma in this movie. She was so sweet and I want her to be my grandma lol.

So since I don’t drink and have never had a cocktail, I thought I’d include fun dessert options instead.

21 Desserts You Can Make in a Muffin Pin

22 Desserts You Can Make in Five Minutes
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Friday Favorites: Our New Link Up Topics!

I’m continuing my blogging streak this week and finishing with Friday Favorites.



I know it’s already the end of January but we have finally gotten our stuff together and come up with some monthly topics! Katie is going to be joining Mattie and I with the link up this year.

She made these amazing graphics and I’m in love with them! So grab our button and join us this coming Monday February 1st and tell us about your favorite girls’ night chick flicks/rom coms and cocktail recipes!






Last weekend my friend Gretchen and I went for a little walk at Gas Works Park and it was a crisp Seattle “winter” afternoon. Winter here is so mild, it’s just cloudy and rainy and in the mid 50s. Seattle winters have got nothing on the brutal Chicago winters.

It’s so nice to take a walk in the park and be out in nature but still see the skyline close by.



I found two new Seattle based blogs this week: Seattle Bloggers Unite and Lindsay Living on Mil’s blog. I’m excited to find other Seattle bloggers and go to some meet ups! I love finding blogs in areas I’m familiar with or where I’m currently living.

I’ve mentioned it before how Katie and I were blog friends first, met up and then became real life friends and now coworkers! So I know the power of social media and blogging! If you’re a Seattle blogger, please leave a comment or send me an email. I’d love to chat and check out your blog too!SSB-button-214sbu+logo+header+copy+blogger


I’m really excited to see Shay’s cookbooks that are coming out this month. She’s one of my favorite bloggers and I’m happy to support her.





Have you guys SEEN the little 3 year old girl singing Part of Your World from the Little Mermaid?! She is too cute. I’m so impressed with her knowing all the words. Love her little princess dress.

Have a great weekend everyone! My friends from Texas are coming in this weekend and staying with me while they house hunt. SO excited to have more friends here in Seattle🙂


New Year’s Snowshoeing

Continuing with our first snowshoe day adventure, here are some more awesome moments. The snow was so pretty that I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking. close


Our entire group, minus one more dog. These two couples have been so welcoming since we moved to Seattle. We spent Halloween, Thanksgiving, and New Years together. Moving to Seattle and already knowing people has been amazing and really made it feel more like home. group


It was beautiful and sunny out and we had such a good time. We stopped for lunch, walked a little more, then headed back to our cabin.    walk.jpg

I loved waking up everyday to see the lake. It would be realllly nice to get a lake house someday. But I wold also just love to get a cabin every now and then.🙂

cabinSo that wraps up our first Christmas and New Years together in Washington. They set the bar pretty high for future holidays huh?😉 Living in such a beautiful place gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘staycation’ because there are so many gorgeous places here.


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What’s Up Wednesday



Linking up today with Shay for What’s Up Wednesday. I answered a few of the questions:

Eating This Week:

This week my friend is staying with me and it’s so nice to have some girl time. We had her work friend over last Friday and we made guac and a salad bar and watched our favorite episodes of Friends. It was perfect🙂 We have a bunch of leftover salad to eat this week and a Blue Apron meal of salmon.

Reminiscing About:

So before we moved to Seattle, we went on a big trip to Zion National Park in Utah with my brother, his fiance, and my best friend and her husband. We went sightseeing, hiking, and camped. One of these days I will blog about our amazing road trip.


I’m Loving:

Living in Seattle. I’m so happy here. We have good friends (another couple we are friends with who are from Chicago are moving here next month! That makes 8 of our friends here Chicagoans!) and there are a ton of things to do and see. We have a running bucket list of things to do in Seattle and the surrounding areas. That’s another blog for another day.🙂


What I’m Dreading:

As glad as I am to be getting my health in order with all my upcoming doctor appointments, it still makes me nervous. I get a pit in my stomach while sitting in the waiting rooms. So much could be going on within my body and it always makes me nervous until I get the all clear from the doctors. I don’t do well with medical stuff.

What I’m Listening to:

I’m currently obsessed with a few country songs this week:

Run Away With You – Big & Rich

Heartbeat – Carrie Underwood

Thunder – Adam Sanders

Break Up in a Small Town- Sam Hunt

What I’m Watching:

I can’t remember if I’ve written about Aziz Ansari’s new show: Master of None. It’s on Netflix. It is hilarious and so well written! It’s set in New York in actual locations and not on a sound stage like a lot of other sitcom shows. It’s also super relate-able with my age group with our friends having babies, being in relationships, divorce, and appreciating our parents.

I’ve told multiple friends about it and they all binged watched it like we did. We watched all 10 episodes in 2 days. It’s gotten rave reviews and everyone is talking about it. It’s one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long, long time. Dave and I can’t wait for season 2. You can thank me later.😉


What I’m Looking Forward to Next Month:

So much is going on next month and I’m so excited! I love having things to look forward to.

  • The first weekend in February our friends Erin and Richard, who live in LA, are coming to visit us! We used to hang out with them all time when we lived in LA and we really miss them. It will be great to catch up and show them around our new state.
  • The Super Bowl is always fun to watch. Two years ago we watched the Super Bowl in Venice Beach, and last year we watched it in Orange County with our roomies. And both years I wore my Bears jersey.🙂 I will always root for the Bears no matter how bad they are. (The last time they won the Super Bowl was before I was born in 1985!)
  • My friend Mich is coming to town and I’m really looking forward to catching up with him and meeting his wife and kids. I haven’t seen Mich since our big trip to Togo in May 2014.
  • My brother, his fiance, Dave and I are going to visit our dad and stepmom in Georgia! It’s been a long time since we’ve all 6 been together (I think the last time was when we moved to California in October 2013) so I’m really excited to get the band back together. Haha.
  • I’m also really excited for Fuller House at the end of the month, and the Oscars. I love seeing what everyone is wearing.