Long Weekend in Tahoe

Have you ever been somewhere so amazing that it makes you wonder why you live where you do???

Well, that’s how I felt when I visited Lake Tahoe a few weeks ago!

My sister had been invited to a good friend’s wedding, and since we usually take a trip together every summer, she brought me along and we combined the wedding with our annual Sisters Vacation!

After flying into Reno, we rented a car and drove to Northstar Ski Resort, where we’d rented a condo. Upon checking in, the front desk person reminded us not to leave our cars or the condo unlocked because of bears…yes, BEARS!!! I then Googled all these articles about bear break-ins around Lake Tahoe, which really wasn’t a smart thing to do, but as you can see I made it out alive.

On Saturday morning, we ventured to downtown Truckee which is pretty much the cutest mountain town you’ve ever seen. Some of our friends had suggested a place called Marty’s Cafe for brunch, and it was incredible! Imagine fresh squeezed orange juice in mason jars and meals with a home cooked feel (and generous portions). Yes, I had a cocktail dress to squeeze into later that day, but I still indulged and enjoyed an amazing brunch. (See above pic, taken by my sis!)

After brunch, we began the process of looking presentable and headed to the wedding. The wedding was right by the beach and surrounded by the forest. It was beautiful! My only regret was that after my huge brunch and dinner at the wedding, I didn’t have room for the s’mores bar that was part of the reception. I’ve always thought that was such a cute idea!

After coffee on our porch the next morning (thankfully, without the company of any bears), we met up with some friends to ride the gondola up to the top of the mountain…

Even though it was kind of a cloudy day, it was our last day in Tahoe and we really wanted to kayak in Emerald Bay. We’d heard it was a beautiful place and after a busy weekend, it just sounded so relaxing and fun. So, we went for it and squeezed in a whole hour of kayaking with no rain whatsoever! Here are some pictures of Emerald Bay, if you are still awake and reading this…

(Please tell me why I live in Kansas?)

Anyways, needless to say I was very sad to leave the next day!

On another note…you may notice things are looking a little different around here! Let me explain. A few months ago, I started designing and making greeting cards. Until now, I’ve only sold them to friends and family but as you can see, I’m gearing up to sell them on a wider scale. Hopefully, when I’m a wealthy greeting card entrepreneur, I will have lots more stories and photos of weekends in Tahoe to entertain you with. Until then, I’ll keep you updated on when I’m officially open for business! xo

Chasing Waterfalls


Hello long lost friends!

I’m alive! I’m finally settling in after a whirlwind of moving (still in KC, just a different place!) and back-to-back trips.

One of those trips was to Portland, Oregon, one of the most beautiful places I’ve been! (Ok, so I say that about everywhere I go…but this one really deserved it!)


I worked outside of the city, so I didn’t see much of Portland, but I did make it to beautiful Multnomah Falls!

Here are a few pics of the falls…




I was even impressed by this little mini-waterfall off to the side of the main falls. (Oddly, I was the only person on the observation deck taking photos of the mini falls…oh well.) Check it out:


See it? You kinda have to squint…

That’s all for now, but I’ll be back soon with more!

KC Barbecue Tour Stop #4: Oklahoma Joe’s


Today, I’m excited to (finally!) unveil the FOURTH stop on the Kansas City BBQ Tour!

Yes friends, it’s actually happening. You may have thought this day would never come. Well, it’s here!

To catch you up on the backstory, back in…ohh…2011… I had this grand idea of eating at local BBQ restaurants and posting about them here on MWB. Unfortunately, I have been moving at a snail’s pace.

It’s about quality people…not quantity.

Not to be biased, as this is a deeply scientific and fair/balanced study of local restaurants, but Oklahoma Joe’s is my absolute favorite restaurant in…the world!


First off, you should know their original location is in a gas station. It’s not fancy. Personally, I like it! You can multi-task and fill up on gas before or after filling up on lunch (or dinner.) If eating in gas stations isn’t your thing, you can check out their two non-gas-station locations.


While everything at Ok Joe’s is good, I recommend the Z-Man Sandwich (brisket topped with an onion ring and provolone, served on a bun) with a Coke and side of onion rings. Or cole slaw. Or both. I also love the Carolina Pork Sandwich (pulled pork and cole slaw on a bun.) You really can’t go wrong! Oh, their fries are good too. Just FYI.

In case you’d like to check them out, here’s their website.

You can also dig deep into history and peruse the other posts in my KC BBQ Tour here.