Denver Graffiti Tour

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I am so excited to be able to finally post about my experience with the Denver Graffiti Tour! I live for the weekends and this was such a fun way to learn more about my neighborhood as well as get out and enjoy the perfect weather last weekend.

Denver Graffiti Tour officially launched last weekend and was started by a husband and wife team. They went on a graffiti tour in Bogota Colombia and fell in love with the idea and brought it to Denver. The tours are $20 per person which may seem a little pricy but I can assure you that it is well worth it. They have spent so much time researching all of the different artists and pieces around the RiNo area and it really shows when you are on the tour.

This two hour walking tour will take you around the Denver RiNo neighborhood, where you will get information on the art pieces as well as the artists themselves. The tour starts at 10:00am (they also have tours starting at 3:00 which would be fun to do before dinner) which allowed us to get a small breakfast and coffee at Port Side (highly recommend this by the way) and end right in time for lunch. The tour begins at the “Love This City” mural on Broadway. From there you walk a little over a mile up and down Larimer street, where you stop at the different pieces and talk about them. This is where I think that Denver Graffiti Tour does a great job. They know everything about the pieces that we stopped at and were able to point out so many things that I have missed. Mind you I drive by this art at least once a day and walk by it probably once a week, so I am very familiar with the area. The level of knowledge that our guide has was amazing which made it very educational and worthwhile.

I highly recommend taking this tour. It is really great for everyone of all ages that are fine with a little walking (luckily are no hills or anything too strenuous). The great part about street art as we learned on the tour, is that it is always changing so the tour you take this weekend may not be the same tour you take a year from now. I think this is so cool because you can keep coming back with different groups and see different things.

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loved this one with the letters spelling out magic (@LOVEPUSHER).

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Perfect photo op (@WHATUNITESUS, @WHATLIFTSUS)!

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This was buy a female artist which I thought was cool and I loved the details in the face.

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Love that chicken fish and that this artist does these pieces to make his daughter laugh (@MIKEROANE)!

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They pointed out things on the tour that I would have never noticed like this wheat paste hand.

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This is from an Oakland artist that was passing through Denver.

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Love all the colors on this building.

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I couldn’t believe the amount of detail they can get by using a can of spray paint!

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Again the detail is just insane! I have so many more photos I could share but these were just a few of my favorites.

-M

Wine Wednesday | Clos Du Val Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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Happy Wednesday! G and I are binge watching Shark Tank which is our favorite show, but I wanted to take a break and let you know about this weeks wine. We decided to go with Clos Du Val Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Fun fact, G and I went to Napa about a year or so ago for a friends wedding and this was our last winery stop before we headed out. G gave me strict orders not to let him join another wine club and of course I went to the restroom and came back to find out that we were now members! So this is a bottle from one of their quarterly wine club shipments. It is on the pricer side at about $50 per bottle and you could probably find it at your local BevMo! or liquor store.

Anyways this bottle of wine was great! My thoughts were that it was really fruity and had a little funk or earth to the taste. I didn’t get much bitterness, so I don’t think that this wine would need to age any longer.

G thought that this was a fantastic Napa Valley Cab, but it will greatly improve with more cellar time (agree to disagree I guess).  When he first tasted the wine right out of the bottle it was really closed off and there was not a lot going on. After decanting for an hour the wine started to open up and display notes of fresh red berries (raspberries, cranberries and blueberries) on the nose with hints of cedar, oak, dark cherry and vanilla. The wine is full bodied with plenty of French Oak and grippy tannins on the palate. The palate also displayed notes of blackberries, leather, earth and black pepper. While the wine was delicious, he will be saving his additional bottles of this vintage for at least 5-10 more years in the cellar and is looking forward to watching it develop and evolve over time.

Dinner at White Pie

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This past weekend started off right with dinner at a new restaurant for me, White Pie. A co worker of mine was raving about it and told me I had to check it out. It is located in the uptown neighborhood. G and I went on Friday evening and the weather was perfect so we go to sit outside on their patio. We got there around 6:30pm and there were still plenty of tables and were sat right away without a reservation. The vibe is also super casual. Most people were in jeans an t shirt and some were even in workout clothes from biking over there.

We started off with a house white wine for me and a Negroni for G as well as their house salad that fed 2-3 people. The white wine was pretty bland without much flavor, however I think that was needed to pair with all the amazing flavors of the food. G said his cocktail was great. The salad was huge! The both o us could hardly finish it and we are not light eaters so it is more than enough for 2 people.

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We also got the lasagna which they are known for as well as the Paulie Walnuts pizza. I wish I had taken a photo of each, however I was too hungry and everything looked too good that I completely forgot to. The lasagna is what everyone said to get and it was homemade with about 10 layers. It was good, however I don’t think it was the best I have ever had. The pizza had mashed potatoes, bacon and candied walnuts and OMG it was amazing. If you end up going I would highly recommend getting the pizza. G and I can’t wait to go back soon and try another pizza.

-M

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mothers Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is right around the corner on Sunday, May 13th and I thought that I would put together some fun ideas for gifts. Heads up mom you may or may not see one of these items on your door step.

  1. La Mer Moisturizing Cream – This stuff is supposed to be amazing and at the price point it better be! I thought this would be a fun gift to pamper mom with.
  2. Barefoot Dreams Circle Cardigan – I love Barefoot dreams, their stuff is so soft. This piece would be great for mom year round and there are tons of colors to choose from.
  3. Joe Malone Cologne – You can’t go wrong with anything Joe Malone. My favorite scents are Red Roses and Wood Sage and Sea Salt. This stuff is good and lasts all day.
  4. Yeti Cup – Great for any mom on the go. The classic cup in a fun color would be perfect and an added bonus would be combining it with a gift card to her favorite coffee shop.
  5. Slip Pillow Case – Such a fun gift to give mom to make sure she stays pampered even in her sleep. This will keep her wrinkle and bed head free. A splurge for a pillow case but worth it for mom. This is what G got his mom.
  6. Kendra Scott Earrings – Would be great for a mom that likes fun jewelry. G’s mom is always wearing different and fun jewelry so I thought this would also be a fun gift. This would not be great for my mom since I know she wears higher end pieces and not much costume jewelry so definitely know your mom for something like this.

I hope this helps to make your shopping a little easier this weekend.

-M

Wine Wednesday | Wente Cabernet Sauvignon

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Wednesday already! This week is flying by and am not mad about that. This week’s wine is brought to you by G. I feel like Wente has been in the rotation ever since I met him almost 10 (!) years ago. This cab gave be a strong berry flavor (dark red cherries, cranberries) with a hint of pepper. I really like this wine and it is a winner in my book. It also comes in at $12 a bottle which is insane! We picked this bottle up at Molly’s, but I am sure you could find it at your local grocery or liquor store as well.

We paired this with a delicious filet mignon that we picked up from where else, Trader Joe’s. I also made some green beans topped with honey roasted almonds and I think it was the perfect pairing for this wine.

Enjoy!

-M

 

FNG Restaurant Review

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Another successful weekend in the books! We got lots of yard work done and were able to sneak out for an early dinner at FNG Denver.

FNG is part of the TAG restaurant group and I was lucky enough to get a gift certificate for Admin Day. FNG is located in the Highlands neighborhood and only 11 minutes from downtown. I love Guard and Grace so I was really excited to try out their new less fancy sister restaurant.

We had an early dinner and arrived a little before 5 so seating was not an issue and it was such a nice day that they had all of their windows open and it was the perfect setting. Their vibe is retro classic rock. G ordered the F’n Burger with avocado and I got the Rotisserie Chicken Salad. We also got a basket of fries to share.

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The the food and the portions were great, except for the basket of fries. I think those were probably enough for one person. We ended up ordering a second basket. The drinks were probably the best part though. I got the Almost Famous and G got the Debbie Gibson. The Almost Famous had the perfect amount of sweetness to it, but not too sweet and was perfect for a warm spring day.

The only complaint that G and I had with FNG was their wait time. We think that it might have just been us for some reason but it took forever to get our food and the second order of fries. G also ordered a side of ranch dressing and that did not arrive until he was finished with his burger. Again we think that this was mainly just us for some reason so we are both down to try it again soon because the food was so good.

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-M

Hosting Game Night

G and I hosted our friends over this past weekend for game night and I wanted to share what we did that made it such a fun night. We usually get together with our friends at least a couple times a month to eat, drink and get competitive with games. Here are some of the things that I did this weekend that were a success!

Food

I decided to keep it super simple and do pulled pork sliders. I went to Wal-Mart and grabbed a big chunk of pork butt 🙂 and roasted it with Dr. Pepper and salt and pepper for 6-7 hours on low in the crock pot. Once it was cooked I went ahead and shredded it and added in some BBQ sauce. For the buns we did the Kings Hawaiian Rolls which were small but delicious so get plenty! We also whipped up some Cole Slaw for dressing which was super easy.

The best part in my opinion was the dessert! I wanted something super easy and while we were at Wal-Mart socking up we walked by the Little Debbie’s and could not pass it up (plus our group had talked about how much we used to love them as kids so I thought it would be a funny reminder). I ended up getting a box of Nutty Bars and Fancy Cakes. They were so good and so easy since I just set them up on my dessert tower. They were also a hit and only $2 a box!

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Drinks

We had plenty of Whisky on hand as well as Vodka, wine and beer. One thing we learned from our friends was to get a bag of ice. Our ice machine in our refrigerator is good but with 6 or 7 people getting drinks filled with ice it can go quick and not having any is a real bummer.

Games

Our game of choice is Catch Phrase. I ordered a new Catch Phrase: Uncensored on Amazon and it was a fun mix up from the regular version we usually play. This is definitely not x-rated so you could play it with your family as well.

I also put out my new Instax Camera. It was fun to have people be able to take pictures throughout the night.

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*Pro tip* Get your dog a bone or toy that will occupy them for the night. I got Charlie the biggest bone I could find and that kept his attention all night. It is never fun to have someone else’s dog trying to eat your dinner and our dog is 100 lbs so that is a lot of dog coming at you!

Game night has turned into such a fun night for us with friends and I am looking forward to continuing the tradition.

-M

Wine Wednesday | Rebuttel

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Half way through the week and feeling good about it! Finally got myself a new phone (goodbye busted iPhone 7, hello iPhoneX!) so that has been the highlight so far, and this wine has been a close second,

If you are new here then you may not know that Chardonnay is my wine of choice. I love a good buttery Chardonnay which I know is not everyones preference. What I love about the Rebuttel wine is that it does have hints of butter but it also has a little tart to it as well. I find that it has a really nice balance between butter and steel.

I was able to snag this wine at Trader Joe’s for $6.99! I think this price is insane for the quality of wine you are getting. In all honesty I paired this with a clementine and Brussel Sprouts which I wouldn’t recommend, but it would be great with some seafood or a veggie tray.

Cheers!

-M

Best Kept Shoe Secret

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True life, I hate paying more than $60 for running shoes! I wear them almost everyday for walking the dog, running errands, yard work and of course working out, but I just hate paying so much for them. They really take a beating and I need to buy new ones pretty frequently.

This is why 6pm has been such a lifesaver! I can order shoes for literally so cheap!

I was running a race a while ago and noticed that my knees and shins were starting to hurt, so I figured I would bite the bullet and finally get expensive running shoes. I went to Boulder Running Company and they helped me out so much by getting me proper fitting running shoes. $120 later I was running my heart out and feeling great.

Then about 6 months later I needed new running shoes again and went to 6pm. I found those same $120 running shoes for a fraction of the price. I scooped them up quick and a second pair as well. I highly recommend checking out 6pm for athletic shoes next time you need a new pair.

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-M

Casual Friday

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Fri-Yay! So glad that we made it to the weekend! My phone died this week and the weather is going to be horrid but my sister comes in today and we have game night with our friends so I feel like it will even out to be a good week.

I have styled these Spanx leggings on a previous post but I keep reaching for them so I figured I would share them again but styled a little differently. They really are magic leggings and I find that they go with everything.

I paired them with a band t-shirt today and my jean jacket (got mine at Nordstrom Rack awhile ago but want this one). I have about three good band t-shirts and I highly recommend getting yourself one if you don’t have a collection already. They are so casual and cool. They had a few really cute ones at Lucky when I went to the store the other day that were on sale.

I wore this while we were grabbing breakfast and running our Sunday errands and it was the perfect amount of comfortable while still looking put together.

Moral of the story is get yourself some Spanx leggings and a band t-shirt ASAP!

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-M