2017 Resolutions

I’m not typically the one to make new year’s resolutions. I don’t believe in them much. Do you?
I decided that I was going to try to change and implement some new things in my life this year. Is that a resolution? Sure, why not. I don’t care what you call it.

1. Last year, we went to a comedy show. I had a fantastic time. I couldn’t remember the last time I had laughed that much for hours on end. I went home with my cheeks hurting and my soul feeling a little lighter and brighter because of the good energy and time spent laughing. I want to do more of that this year. Do you know between all the stress of being a grown-up, adults typically don’t laugh as much throughout the day? Then, you spend time with a child and they spend their day laughing, I want to be more like that. I want to laugh way more than before.

2. If I had to pick a motto for 2017, it’s going to be, “Can’t steal my joy”. I think I may still be recuperating from the last election season. I was left sad, angry, and in disbelief. However, I’m not going to stay in that space. I don’t want that energy or negativity of the media or others put a damper in my life. I’m going to focus on my blessings. I have too much to look forward to this year, nothing or no one else will matter and you can’t steal my joy.

3. Yeah, I’m going to start using the delete button figuratively and literally a lot more. It relates to resolution #2, but this is where I put it into action. I will not tolerate anyone else’s negative energy in my life or on social media. You, it, they, them will be deleted, again and again. I have many blessings coming my way. I’m preparing myself for them. I have no room for anyone or anything that is not in my life to celebrate and bring joy.

4. Finally, I’m going to mind my own business a lot more. Ok, at least, I’m going to try. Why? It goes back to what my mom has always told me half a billion times, “if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it at all.” It really is an invaluable life lesson. How can I say, I’m not going to tolerate others negative energy if I don’t check my own. If I’m not a blessing to others in my life than that leaves me being a burden. Maybe, not in the sense where I’m asking them for something, but I’m not bringing my best to them.

How is your 2017 shaping up? If I had to leave one wish for all my friends and family in 2017 it will be this: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind” – Dr. Seuss

 

 

Travel Tuesday!

Greetings, from rainy Minneapolis, MN! We’re currently visiting with my in-laws over the Labor Day weekend we had here in the U.S.

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I don’t know about you, but I’m daydreaming of Italy today! Sigh… I fell in love with Rome. Most people know that I consider it the city where I realized I was going to marry my husband. It was our 1st trip together. Besides being a beautifully romantic city, I felt as if I was transported back in time. I was in awe of all the architecture, ruins, and original statues that still remain around the city. Simply fantastic! That’s why for today’s Travel Tuesday, I picked Rome! A Must for any traveler.

La Vida Sunshine’s NOLA Experience

I was looking forward to going to New Orleans, LA, for the 1st time. Then, I landed up getting Vertigo. It is some kind of crazy, dizzying, off balance, and at times nauseating sickness. It comes from out of nowhere and no one knows how long it will last. Mine lasted about a whole week. I haven’t had it since thank God!

I called the doctor and she prescribed me some pills that mostly put me to sleep. I took those and got on the plane. Luckily going to NOLA for us is only an hour flight. When I say, I was out of it, I mean I was OUT OF IT. I wasn’t going to let Vertigo ruin my first NOLA experience. Thank goodness, for my husband, who was extremely patient with me. I couldn’t have made it on the plane or enjoyed anything without him taking care of me.

We stayed at Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. It was fantastic! We had an extra large room and away from Bourbon St, which is exactly what we were looking for. It was peaceful and quiet, but close enough to be able to walk to the party scene in the French Quarter. We had a view of the river and the French Quarter from our room. I would definitely stay there again and recommend it to others, as well.

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La Vida Sunshine’s NOLA Experience

La Vida Sunshine’s NOLA Musts:

Gumbo Shop was our 1st stop to fill up on gumbo and jambalaya. For those unfamiliar with Creole food, it is a beautiful mix of African, French, Spanish, and Caribbean styles of food. This is what we come to New Orleans for, to discover this piece of history and culture that is exclusive to NOLA.

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La Vida Sunshine’s NOLA Experience @ the Gumbo Shop – It’s all about Jambalaya for me.

 

Johnny Sanchez the baby of famous chefs John Besh and Aaron Sanchez. 1 word: Awesome! It was such a delicious and flavorful Mexican taqueria in the middle of New Orleans. We went back to eat and drink there twice. This has to be my most surprising discovery in NOLA. It’s also outside of the French Quarter, but still walkable in the downtown area. It’s worth the walk and reservations are accepted. I’ve been telling everyone about this place. It’s become my top recommendation because it’s completely different and unexpected to New Orleans cuisine.

NOLA Restaurant gets a big Yaaaasssss, from me! One meal here and I remember why Emeril Lagasse is a world renowned Chef. We had an unforgettable dinner here. The portions are more than generous and left us wobbling out the door. The wine list was extensive and the service was fantastic. I highly suggest reservations.

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La Vida Sunshine’s NOLA Experience @ NOLA Restaurant

Saints and Sinners probably more famously known for its owner, Channing Tatum. Yep and we were told every time he’s in town, he’s usually enjoying the party. I’ll forever remember this place as the 1st place I tried Crawfish. A Southern staple. Since living in the South this was my first, but not my last time enjoying crawfish.

Pat O’Briens is the place to be to start the party since 1933! By the time we got here, I was feeling better from my Vertigo and was ready for a Hurricane or two. What’s a hurricane? Well, it’s Pat O’Briens signature drink, a mix of Rum and their own famous Hurricane mix.

Gordon Biersch Brewery my husband is a beer enthusiast through and through, meaning anytime we can stop and enjoy a pint or two we do. This place is a great mid day or evening stop for a late night beer. They also have food, but we never ate there as it was only a stop on the way to wherever we were going next.

Cafe Fleur De Lis usually has a line out the door. I promise it’s worth the wait. It serves only breakfast and lunch. It doesn’t take reservations. I don’t suggest going with a big group. It’s pretty tiny on the inside. It’s a great way to start the day with a big ‘ol Southern breakfast!

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La Vida Sunshine’s NOLA Experience – Cafe Fleur de Lis

Cafe Du Monde has been in NOLA since 1862! It’s open 24 hours a day. We enjoyed our beignets late at night on a walk around the French Quarter. It’s a NOLA must and easy to understand why it’s been around for generations. The one, the only Cafe Du Monde…

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La Vida Sunshine’s NOLA Experience – Cafe Du Monde

 

We celebrated Easter Sunday in New Orleans. We went to mass at the famed St Louis Cathedral.

First of all, I’ve never seen an Easter mass as I experienced it in NOLA. It was bright, colorful, and every single person was dressed to impressed. There were several parades throughout the entire day. They were all full of music, beads, and plenty of costumes. I love a good old fashioned NOLA parade.

My other favorite New Orleans must is actually away from Bourbon St and the French Quarter. It’s a short cab ride away called, Frenchmen Street. This is where the over 25 crowd hangs out. It’s abundant with live music, signature cocktails, and plenty of art to be experienced. It’s the grown-up version of Bourbon St. I enjoyed it so much more than I expected.

I took away that this city is proud of its history. Seeing how far they have come from Hurricane Katrina is uplifting. I would suggest don’t just visit New Orleans, experience New Orleans. Eat as much as you can. Drink as much as you can. Sing and dance as much as you can. Just make sure not to step in a bourbon puddle.

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La Vida Sunshine’s NOLA Experience @ Bourbon St

 

Did your favorite NOLA eats or sights make the list? If not, let me know where you love to eat, drink, and hang out in New Orleans? Cheers!

What does La Vida Sunshine mean?

It means the way I try to live my life. An eternal optimist. Crazy, I know. Especially in today’s world, but someone has to find a reason to smile. I believe it’s possible to spend more days happy than sad or angry. I was given the nickname, “Sunshine”, which is another reason as to why I named my blog, ” La Vida Sunshine.” My belief is you can find joy in any situation, rich or not rich, coupled or single, CEO or stay at home wife. Happiness has always been a choice for me. If it’s something you want and believe in, you work at it like anything else.

I’ve thought a lot about happiness and what makes me happy. I recently married the most wonderful person for me. Everyone wishes you a lifetime of happiness on your wedding day. I know, I couldn’t stop smiling from ear to ear on our wedding day. During our honeymoon, in the beautiful Maroma Beach, in Riviera Maya, Mexico, everyone kept telling me, “You’re glowing!” I was and a month later still am. I think ever since I fell crazy in love I’ve been glowing. I’m happiest at home, on the couch, no makeup, no bra, wrapped in the arms of my husband. One thing we always say to one another, “you are my happy place.” It’s true. It doesn’t matter what we’re doing, where we’re at, as long as we’re together. My best advice, find who and what you love.”Do more of what makes you happy” – Carmel McConnell, it’s a refrigerator magnet on my fridge, and partially what helped me start my own blog. Writing makes me happy.

Through this blog, I hope to share my happiness, my love of life and people. I can’t forget my love of food, culture, and our travel adventures.