Saturday, December 29, 2012

BURRiTOS.

     Alright.  Who wants the burrito hook ups in San Diego?  I've always loved Mexican food, but didn't know somebody could love it as much as Josh does.  He's been in San Diego a total of less than 3 months and already knows the ropes with every Mexican restaurant.  We know which restaurants have a salsa bar (which includes carrots, cucumbers, and/or onions & cilantro), the size of the burrito, and the price. 

     So, here's the scoop.  I've come up with a list of Mexican restaurants with the essential information.  These are solely based on burritos; mainly California burritos (Josh's favorite). For those of you who are unfamiliar with a CA burrito, it includes: carne asada (beef) or pollo asado (chicken), cheese, guacamole, sour cream, salsa fresca, and FRIES.  Yes, this might sound weird. But it is delicious and make your taste buds tingle.

    
Cotijas: (Penasquitos)
Type: California
Burrito Size-Large
Price- $6.35
Deliciousness- Bueno!

         

This is the best picture I can ever get with Josh and his burrito... smiling pictures are out of the question!

MXN: (Penasquitos/Mira Mesa)
Type: California
Burrito Size- Small/Med. (skinny, but long)
Price-$5.45 
Deliciousness- pretty good

Cotixan: (Mira Mesa/Poway)
Type: California
Burrito Size- Large
Price-$5.65
Deliciousness- fantastic!



                                      
 El Patron: (Mira Mesa)
Type: Grande
Burrito Size- HUGE, the size of two burritos for the same price!
Price- $6.10
Deliciousness- DELICIOUS


Sombrero: (Carmel Mountain/Scripps Ranch)
Type: California
Burrito Size- Med./Large
Price- $5.15
Deliciousness- Bueno! 

Gualbertos: (Clairemont)
Type: California
Burrito Size- Large
Price- $5.10
Deliciousness- DELISH


 
 Gualbertos!



*Prices may have varied over time

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Poinsettia Bowl: Aztecs vs. Cougars

Pre-game excitement.




Down by the field.... we were impressed by our seats!

The happy couple... Mr. & Mrs. Hamrick

Yes, mother is wearing both RED and BLUE... She technically went to both schools, so she is excused for wearing both colors.

Cosmo's a superstar!  



Oh, and the final score, of course!
YAY BYU!

Although my allegiance is to BYU, I still respect and love the San Diego Aztecs (:  So, well done SD, well done.


Friday, December 21, 2012

How to Make a Thrifty Gift Basket!


      Alright, who out there is having a hard time figuring out what to get your siblings, parents, significant other, or In-laws?  I'm not the best at knowing what someone would want, especially someone who you didn't grow up with!  But, there is something that we do know- people LOVE gift baskets.  Sometimes, it doesn't even matter what's inside of them- they're just, fun.  Along with this, people typically enjoy receiving something that they 1) love 2) wouldn't buy for themselves.  This is mainly because we often talk ourselves out of buying that new pair of comfy socks or extra bottle of nail polish because we already have a dozen.  But who says we don't want more!?


Here is a simple guide to making a classy, yet under $20 gift basket:

First, just like any recipe book, we need a picture!



This is the ultimate "spa day" package.  You can doll up your gift basket however you'd like.  Being college students, Josh and I found that going a more affordable way would work best with basket. 

The items include:
  • bath crystals 
  • soap rose pedals
  • candles 
  • favorite candies
  • soap bar
  • lotion
  • bath scrubby
  • filer, tweezers, nail clippers, toe separators, cuticle pusher
  • nail polish
  • comfy socks
  • gum
  • decorative sea shells
 

If your budget allows for some more elaborate gifts, feel free to include:
  • giftcards for a massage
  • head massager
  • foot warmers
  • slippers
  • sleeping mask
  • face masks

Don't be afraid to get creative!

Tips:
1. The dollar store is your BEST FRIEND.  If you buy something that may look cheaply presented, feel free to take it out of the wrapper and tie the items together with a cute ribbon!  But, something you must be aware of, you don't want the item to look used so insure it still looks classy- however you put the item together

2.  Favorite candies are necessity.  What girl DOESN'T like chocolate?  Or at least have a favorite candy?  Ask someone that you know would know the gift receiver's favorite candy.  This person must be 1) reliable and 2) will not tell the gift receiver anything!!!!

3.  There are things in your VERY home that you may have received or bought that have not been touched.  And face it, you're 99% sure you'll never use that item.  Don't be ashamed, what may be one's 'trash' could be another's treasure!

4.  Make sure there is some type of theme to your basket.  I definitely wanted to make this basket a spa-themed gift.  This is for my husband's sister.  She's an angle and does everything for her family... she deserves something JUST for her!  Hence, a spa day (:

5.  Color coordinate!  Not only is it fun to do, but it is pleasing to the eye!  I tried to get as many items from the blue palette as I could find... The only thing that could be difficult with finding items of the same color is the scent of the item or if the gift receiver will actually like it!  Always keep the person in mind- even if it goes well in the basket to make it look 'pretty', doesn't mean that it should go in.  

6.  To add dimension to your basket, place something under certain items so that they don't get swallowed up in the bundle!  Items in the back are on bunches of tissue paper.  I used this instead of small boxes, which are usually used in larger baskets.

7.  Having trouble finding a basket?  Places that are great for affordable baskets include: Marshalls, Ross, thrift stores, Walmart, TJ Maxx, and more!  


Other themes could include:
  • Goodies (ei. chocolate, nuts, spicy foods, popcorn, delicious beverages- hot chocolate, favorite Gatorade...)
  • Baby Shower (ei. blankets, toys, books, bottles, clothes, wipes, DIAPERS, binkies...)
  • Date night (ei. movie tickets, popcorn packages with candy, giftcard to a restaurant, dvd...)
  • Manly Man (flashlight, pen, book, pocketknife, tools- pretty cliche, I know... Also, favorite goodies that will literally take up the whole basket...)
  • Vacation (beach towels, sunblock, magazines, water, beach ball, paddles, floaties, volleyball...)
  • Picnic (blanket, basket- could be what the items are already in, drinks, goodies, utensils, frisbee, bug spray...)
  • Holiday (Items that are the same color/in season with Christmas, Valentines Day, Birthdays, etc.)
  •  Bachelorette (lingerie, makeup, lotion, perfume, sexy toys :) 
 Here's the final product!  Wrapped in cellophane and topped with a pretty bow (:


*Don't forget that tying the wrap with a twisty tie would be smart before adding the bow 

Here is another basket made for my friend, Shelbee! It was her birthday and she's a silly girl so she deserved a basket equally as silly... 

 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Elevator Madness

 

   Has anyone noticed that an elevator is the best way to make your "claim to fame?" I don't know about you, but unlike practically everyone I know (or at least it seems), I've never had 'the hook ups'.  I don't have any relatives that know someone that know someone, no friends that are bff's with a famous person, nothin'!  Despite this, I promise you, my life is still cool. 

     Anyway, this isn't even going to be that super exciting... BUT.  Today while I was at the gym, I watched the Miss Universe Pageant.  It was hosted by Planet Hollywood the hotel in Vegas. And guess what- Josh and I stayed there last week!  So naturally, I stood next to Miss Thailand in the elevator.  Here's the thing: I'm in Vegas.  A woman with a sash could mean several things in Vegas:

1) I'm drunk
2) I want to feel pretty
3) It's really my bachelorette party, but we couldn't find the right sash
4) ITS VEGAS, I can do what I want
6) I'm drunk

     Plus, there's a thousand pageants out there.... how did I know it was supposed to be Miss Universe??? I was bummed Miss Thailand didn't get into the Top 5, I felt like we had a connection in that elevator- even though we didn't talk.

     Now that you've heard my SUPER interesting run in with Miss Thailand- what about yours?  Anyone cool you've met, or stood next to, in my case, on an elevator?! 

Muffin, but with an 'S'.

   
     Many wonder how to say our last name.  I didn't know how to say it either for the first couple weeks we were dating... I just hoped and hoped that soon enough somebody would call out to him, "Mr. Musson!" while we walked around campus, holding hands like giddy teenagers.  Anyway, the way I like to explain it to people is to say "muffin" but replace the 'f' with 's'.  Simple as that :)

     So, who are we?  And how did this blog get started?  For a while, I pondered if I should start a blog.  I've never been the type to buy that new pair of vans because they're cool, or get those fluffy pants that everyone's wearing... I guess it's a pride thing.  But, after much consideration and a long list of pros and cons- I figured I've got nothin' to lose!  This is a fun, creative way to keep a record of me and my husband's new life together.  Besides a record of our lives, I am here to share, inspire, and laugh along with you.  I hope you enjoy taking a look around!  






    

LACEY*
I am a 20-year-old fun lovin' gal!  I would describe myself as quite jocular, yet knows how to keep it classy.  I was born and raised in San Diego, California to loving parents and an older, less loving sister.  (Don't worry, we love each other now).  Family and friends are a huge part of life. And with recently getting married, I love having a new, wonderful set of parents and siblings!  Aside from this, I am currently studying to be an elementary school teacher, although I did have plans to be a speech pathologist.  But, I have learned to never have your heart 100% on your own plans because you never know what will come your way!  So, once children come into the mix, we'll see if I can survive being a mother and accomplishing my Masters to become a speech pathologist, we shall see!

  





JOSH*
As for Josh, all the information regarding him, may be slightly biased because I may possibly think he's the coolest person in the world....  As do the rest of you wives/girlfriends with your husbands/boyfriends.  Josh is a 23-year-old gorgeous man.  We have a very similar sense of style, which I love- although I am NEVER able to pick something out for him.  This is when birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays get slightly stressful.  Anyone else have a tough husband/boyfriend to shop for?  Of course, if I bought him something, he would wear or use it... but would he love it? Not too sure; men are always tough to read.  Back to Josh.  He is the most patient, generous, and loveable person I know.  Josh is currently studying Health Science and hoping to get into Med School after graduating.  We hope to get into somewhere in Southern California, but we can't be picky so we'll take what we can get!    

PS.  The pictures are from our engagements together... a little cheesy, but the words on the chalkboard are our favorite thing about the other (:

Oh, the Things my Husband Researches!

     So, you know the book "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" by Dr. Seuss?  Yes, he is a well-esteemed author in my eyes... his rhyming and clever drawings always get me.  Now, you must ask, what's up with the title?  Since we've been married, I have realized more and more that Josh researches the craziest things!

     This will be a list that I will add to throughout the years.  Maybe it's more of a guy thing to research random facts that pop into their heads, whereas, girls are more prone to see which baby Angelina and Brad are going to adopt next.  Either way, Josh's fascination for the random has been quite entertaining to me.  So, I will get right to our first conversation that led me to formulate a list of the fun things Josh researches.

     While I was getting ready in the bathroom, Josh was on the bed and started singing the Barney song, "I love you, you love me, we're a happy family..." He stopped singing to tell me that Barney is Black.  I didn't know what he meant at first, then I said, "Oh, you mean the person inside the costume?" (Sorry if any children are reading this and now realize Barney is, in fact, a person and not a real dinosaur) Josh responded with a solid, yes.  He said he 'looked it up'. 

     The conversation slowed down and after about 10 minutes of me continuing to get ready in the bathroom, I heard a peculiar noise.  I asked Josh what was going on.  He said he was watching a video on 'Cats Skydiving'.  Point proven.  My husband researches the most random things.

Accumulative List:
(Not all subjects will have a story)
  • Barney's ethnicity
  • Cats Skydiving
  • To put two bowling alleys in a home it costs $50,000 "that's it!" 
  • Pandas playing with Balls
  • Monkeys doing Karate
  • Penguins scared to dive into water