We had such a wonderful time at the Doctor Who tea party!
Everyone was served the following:
Bottomless Pots of Tea
Buckingham Palace Garden Party Black Tea
The Fourth Doctor’s Jelly Babies Jelly Bean Tisane
The Power of Three Salad
(Kale salad with Creamy Blueberry Vinaigrette and Almonds)
Three-Tiered Tea Tray
Fish Fingers & Custard
The Fifth Doctor’s Celery Muffin
(filled with Chicken Salad)
Lady Cassandra’s Flat Bread with Avocado Hummus
K-9 Wrap (my favorite)
‘Try Some Bacon and Apples’ Savory Scone
‘Always Bring a Banana to a Party’ Sweet Scone
The Time Vortex Cupcake
“Still Not a Ginger” Gingerbread
The price was $25 per person and Reservations were Required
To see a list of upcoming events check out their event schedule here: http://sistersteaparlor.com/sistersteaparlor/events-classes/
I’ve always wanted to visit Central America. But the idea of travelling to Central America by myself scared me to death! I had 7 days off work and didn’t want to waste it sitting at home watching Netflix so I started stalking flights on Skyscanner and Costa Rica was the cheapest option. So, I booked my Airbnb got some Costa Rican Colons from the bank and packed my bags!
I stayed in a private room hostel style house I found on Airbnb (https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/10722946). It had a female host which I always look for when I’m travelling solo. She was very nice and extremely helpful. It also had a full kitchen that I used to heat up my leftovers. It was in a very central location with a cute coffee shop right out the front door, soda shops (small restaurants) within a 5 minute walk and museums and other tourist attractions within a 10 to 20 minute walk.
The first day I went to the jade museum which was very interesting… if you like jade and it was huge! You could easily spend half a day there. The entrance fee was $15 and they take USD. There is a nice flea market filled with souvenirs next door I definitely recommend checking it out if you are a shopping addict like me. After the museum I tried to go to the National Opera House which I was very excited about but they were closed for rehearsal. I was pretty bummed out but I found a churro shop called Crispy Churros. It was located diagonally across the street and churros were amazing. They had a few different toppings to choose from. I got sweetened condensed milk and strawberry jelly. This place made up for the theater being closed and after eating these churros I was happy again.. Seriously guys by far the best churros I’ve ever had!
I ended my day with shopping until I almost dropped on the walking street. Thank goodness for Uber they are everywhere in San Jose and extremely cheap! I didn’t trust their taxis just because I heard they didn’t like to use meters so I was very happy about the availability of Uber. If you ever go to San Jose I definitely recommend using Uber it is very easy to use, they arrive very quickly and its cheaper than taxis (so I’ve heard) they even picked me up from a bus stop on the side of the highway!
Arenal Volcano Costa Rica
I spent the next day on a tour I booked from Viator to the Arenal Volcano and Baldi Hot Springs. (http://www.viator.com/tours/San-Jose/Arenal-Volcano-and-Hot-Springs-Day-Trip-from-San-Jose/d793-4100AVHS) If you go to Costa Rica I defiantly recommend this tour. I didn’t want to hike to the volcano I just wanted a pretty view and that’s exactly what I got from this tour. Then we spent over 4 hours at the hot springs which was amazing. They had 25 different pools with varying temperatures and swim up bars also, amazing views of the volcano. Lunch and dinner was included in this tour.
Baldi hot springs is a resort so it has a hotel you can stay at which I would love to do next time . The Resort is so relaxing and there are a lot of tours and things you can do nearby. If you don’t want to take a tour or stay at the resort you can purchase a day pass from their website. (https://www.baldihotsprings.cr/)
The next 2 days I spent in Jaco which is a small beach town about a 3 hour bus ride away from San Jose I stayed in a very cute hostel I found on Airbnb (https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/5309128). It was a 5 minute walk to the beach. I pretty much just relaxed under a cabana at the beach which was only $10 dollars for a full day and you can come and go as you please and they will hold the cabana for you! I also had some of the best sushi ever from a restaurant in “downtown” Jaco called Tsunami Sushi. I loved this little town and can’t wait to return. Overall this was an amazing and surprisingly hassles trip. Hopefully I will be able to return soon with my husband.
For my first Foodie Friday post I wanted to feature Scarlet’s Bakery. I love everything about this place! From their mission to ” teach transferable job skills that help exploited women overcome adversity and achieve financial freedom” to their cute little shop at 741 E Oak St to their delectable treats. So far i have tried their Cinnamon Roll, White Chocolate Raspberry Muffin, Gluten Free Double Chocolate Cream Cheese Swirl Muffin and the Bacon and Cheddar Muffin. So far everything has been amazing. Next time you are in the mood for something sweet make the trip down to Scarlet’s Bakery, you will not be disappointed!
Scarlet’s Bakery 741 E Oak ST, Louisville, Kentucky 40203 502-290-7112 Store Hours: Wednesday-Friday 7:00am-3:00pm Saturday 8:00am-3:00pm Sunday 8:00am-2:00pm
Welcome to Myrtle Beach
Why visit Myrtle Beach? Its the perfect place for a beach vacation! Cheap food, cheap accommodations, cheap things to do. Its the perfect place for everyone since it offers a variety of things to do. Whether you are a Couple, a family with children or a solo travel you will find something to do. Have i sold you yet? If not, maybe the places i have listed bellow will convince you. 🙂
Where to Eat:
Myrtle beach is filled with tons of restaurants. Every where i looked there was a restaurant. Two things that i love about Myrtle Beach is the amount of mom and pop restaurants and the amount of breakfast restaurants. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day so its heaven on earth for me. Bellow I’ve compiled a list of our favorite restaurants in Myrtle Beach.
- Mammy’s Kitchen: They serve a very good and cheap breakfast buffet filled with all your usual breakfast items but also a really good fruit bar.
- Plantation Pancake House: The awesome thing about this place is that they are open from 10 p.m until 2 p.m so when you have that late night breakfast craving they are open!
- 2nd Avenue Pier: The view this restaurant offers is spectacular. They are also open for breakfast lunch and dinner. They have an open air bar and a pier you can walk out or fish on for a small fee.
- Sams Corner: The hot dogs here are so good! The have a lot of different options for toppings so they can fix your hot dog just the way you like it. Another awesome thing about this restaurant is that they are open late. So after a late night walk on the boardwalk head over to Sams Corner for some awesome hot dogs. Keep in mind that they don’t accept cards only cash. They do have an ATM inside the restaurant but it charges a fee.
- Thai Cuisine: This was by far the best Thai food I’ve ever had! The restaurant doesn’t look too appealing on the outside but don’t let that scare you. The restaurant is nice on the inside and the food is absolutely amazing!
Where to stay
View from our airbnb apartment
There are a lot of different options of accommodations in Myrtle Beach. Keep in mind that If you wait to book the night before or the same day of your stay a lot of times you can get really good deals. Sometimes you are able to book higher star hotel at a very large discount on sites like Kayak or Priceline. So if you’re not a big planner like i normally am try to wait to book your hotel.
- Rent an apartment on the beach using AirBnb. Here’s the link for the apartment (pictured above) that we stayed at: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1640460
- We’ve also stayed at The Sheraton which is located very close to the beach. We got our room 50% off the original price because we waited to book on the day of our stay by using a discount travel site.
- Another way we were able to get a really good deal on accommodations was looking on Groupon and Living Social. A lot of times they will have hotel deals and resort packages. When booking a hotel on one of those sites make sure to read all of the fine print. That way you can make sure that the hotel is available on the dates you want (a lot of times you should call the hotel to check on the dates you want before purchasing the Groupon/Living social unless you are able to pick the dates on Groupons website before purchasing) and also at the location you want.
What to do
There are so many things to do in Myrtle Beach for the whole family. There are a ton of restaurants so you can take it easy and just eat your way through the city. Or you could spend your whole day at the beach. But if you like to cram pack your vacation full of stuff like i do, there are plenty of things for you to do as well. Bellow is a list of the things that my husband and I enjoyed.
- Go to the Beach. You cant go all the way to Myrtle Beach and not go to the beach. You just cant.
- Walk along the Boardwalk. It has something for everyone. During the summer they have concerts and festivals. It is also the home of the Sky Wheel which i definitely recommend trying out. If you’re not afraid of heights that is. They also have a lot of old time photo shops along the boardwalk which is a lot of fun for the whole family. and you’ll get a family portrait to take home with you. Since there are so many of these shops, i recommend looking at as many as possible and then picking out which you like the best based on clothing options, background options and friendliness of staff. There are also a lot of restaurants on the boardwalk. everything from fancy shmancy to order at the window take out.
- Brookgreen Gardens is also a must see. Especially if you have kids. Its the perfect place to go to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the touristy part of Myrtle Beach. This place has so much to see! If you can plan a full day here and pack a lunch. Just to name a few of the things we saw the sculpture gardens, the petting zoo (which includes a humongous bird cage that i wasn’t brave enough to walk through.) oh yeah, and the botanical gardens.
- Take a ride in a NASCAR if you have a need for speed. The Myrtle Beach Speedway offers the option of you driving a NASCAR or riding in the passenger seat while a professional drives you around the track a few times which is what I did. It was awesome by the way!
- Walk around The Beach Off Broadway. The beach off broadway has tons of stuff to do! Restaurants, stores (tons of them) a little lake where you can rent paddle boats and other things, and museums. Wonder Works which is a very interesting museum to take the kids or the kid at heart is located here, just in case you were looking for it. I definitely recommend spending an evening at the beach off broadway.
- Last but not least Go shopping! There are a few outlet malls around myrtle beach so take advantage of their sales while your in town.
I hope this list of things to do in Myrtle Beach helps! I would love to hear about what you like doing while in Myrtle Beach.
We finally had the pleasure of visiting the St James Art Fair today! I haven’t been since i was a kid! Now that I’m older and manage booths myself i had a bigger appreciation for the art we saw and the artist we met. And we saw some amazing art. If you are ever in Louisville i definitely recommend visiting the St James Art Fair. Or if if you are an art enthusiast i would recommend making a special trip to Louisville for this event. It is an annual event that normally falls on the first weekend of October.
Info About St. James Art Fair
The area that holds the fair is so beautiful it provides the perfect setting for such an amazing event. While walking down the streets of the fair you are surrounded by gorgeous Victorian homes and very friendly people. The festival host about 750 artist so definitely wear good walking shoes. They have many food booths but most of them only take cash and ATM’s are scarce so definitely bring cash if you want to get lunch or a snack while there. Most if not all of the artist take credit/debit cards. A lot of times if you are patient you can find parking on the streets around the festival but if you don’t want to deal with that you can park in the fairs designated parking lot and they have shuttle buses that run through out the day that will take you to and from the fair. Most of all enjoy and have fun! Here is a link to the fairs website so you can get more detailed information http://www.stjamescourtartshow.com/
Something that caught my eye
Don’t get me wrong, we saw some truly amazing art but one artist stood out to me. His name is Nick Ringlestetter he is the graphic illustrator and owner of Atomic 7 Studio. His work is so unique it caught our eye from a far. He uses many different forms of media to make these awesome creations but the one i liked the most are his metal print street signs. This combination of media creates something very unique. Here is a link to his Facebook page so you can learn more about him and see all of his beautiful creations https://www.facebook.com/Atomic7studio
Earring display for craft show booth
It’s actually a cupcake holder that spins.
I bought it at TJ Maxx but I see them all the time. I used open crimp beads so the earrings will stay in place.
I used it at a Booth once before and it worked out perfectly and it attracted people to my Booth.