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If you know me and my hubby, you know we LOVE spontaneous trips to Vegas. Our relationship in general is very spontaneous and full of adventure (to say the least). We are also huge foodies and will try anything at least once. What we love so much about Vegas is that you can do something different and stay somewhere different every time you go!

On our most recent Vegas adventure we decided we wanted to do a food tour through the city. We visited some of our favorite places and lots of new ones! We probably walked miles around the city and visited Old Vegas this time around. It was so different but we loved it so much we spent the whole day there! Here are some of our favorite places we visited:

IN & OUT

Now, I can’t remember the last time I had Shake Shack, but these two are very close competitors. When I did the Instagram poll the results were 50/50! I feel like they’re just different. In & Out is very fresh…but I think Shake Shack takes the cake on this one. I mean, you can never go wrong with a good burger, especially when it looks like this!

EVEL PIE

Unfortunately we didn’t get to visit our favorite secret pizza place this time around, but Evel Pie was a great alternative and right in the heart of downtown. My favorite pizza is by far New York style, and they did not disappoint! Not to mention the vibe was so fun. Bumper stickers everywhere. Bartenders that we chatted with the whole time. And a $6 beer & slice special. You can’t beat it.

COUSINS MAINE LOBSTER

You may recognize this name from Shark Tank. We walked by the food truck in Old Vegas and just had to stop by and try it out! These guys make all sorts of yummy foods with lobster including lobster rolls, lobster tacos and lobster bisque. Yum. We tried the lobster grilled cheese and omg….I don’t know how I’ll ever go back to normal grilled cheese after that. This is definitely a must try! And the great part is, they have food trucks in 21 major cities across the US.

CHINA POBLANO

Located in the Cosmo, this was our last stop of night 1 and we were completely stuffed! But we pushed through! We ordered dim sum & siu mai. We sat at the bar where we could see them steaming our food right in front of us. So I’ll be honest, I had no idea what I was ordering. Turns out they are similar to dumplings, little round stuffed balls of dough. Nate and I rolled ourselves out of the restaurant also feeling like little round stuffed balls of dough.

PINCHES TACOS

We just did a quick stop in here for one of my favorite foods: Mexican Street Corn. This corn was just smothered in mayo, cheese and spices. It. was. so. good. y’all.

CHEFFINI’S HOT DOGS

Finally, our favorite food we tried in Vegas…I know what you’re thinking. “A hot dog?!” This was no ordinary hot dog and I totally wish I had one right now. We ordered the Classic Cheffini Hot Dog which had a grilled frank, onions, tomatoes, jalapenos, mozzarella, crushed potato chips (game changer), pineapple sauce, mustard, mayo & ketchup. If you want something a little out there, they also have hot dogs with seaweed, pickled mango, and quail eggs. Definitely going back here next time!

We of course had way more food that this during our trip, but these were hands down our favorites! While in Vegas we tried to go “around the world”. We had food from America, France, Germany, Ireland, China, Mexico & so much more! That is just the beauty of Las Vegas! I hope this helps anyone planning a trip soon!

Bon Appétit!

Hello friends! Happy first Monday of 2019!

A new year is always so exciting for me. A fresh start, saying goodbye to bad habits, a chance to reinvent and refresh yourself. This year we threw a New Year’s Eve party at our new home and I’m quickly realizing that all the leftover junk food is NOT the best way to start new goals! Oops.

Last year was a big year for me. My hubby and I traveled to Honduras, Belize and Mexico (twice), along with several places throughout the US. We just moved back from Greenville, SC and settled back into our hometown of Fishers, IN. Spent lots of quality time with friends. I photographed my first wedding and lots of sweet couples!!! BOUGHT OUR FIRST HOME! Tackled so many projects in that home. And have had so many laughs in between.

2018, you were one for the books.

This year’s goals are pretty big! But I’m excited for the plan I’ve set out for myself to make sure I’m staying on track. This is super important. So many years I’ve had the hardest time keeping (or even remembering) my resolutions. So I’m taking some very intentional steps to keep me on track this year.

I am making measurable goals.

I have learned that I personally need goals that I can track. I need to be able to check something off each week to know that I’m headed in the right direction. Goal-setting is not the time to be vague, especially if I’m being super honest with myself.

I am making attainable goals.

It’s so tempting to think “new year, new me” and set super high goals. That’s great! But is it realistic? Probably not. It takes a lot to make a new habit when we’re so cozy in our own ways, so for me setting goals in baby steps helps a ton.

I am writing down my goals.

Okay, I know this sounds super simple…but even writing this blog post makes me feel more accountable! This year I’m writing down my goals and posting them to the fridge. It’s the year to get really organized in the Gross household. I mean in our home (more of that below!), social calendar, finances, pantry, you name it!

So without further delay, here are the things I’m working on this year!

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”

I stopped letting fear really control what I do in 2018. I felt so much growth from that small, simple act! We fearlessly do things every single day, we just don’t know it. My husband and I have fearlessly moved from IN to SC, then back to IN. We’ve fearlessly adopted a crazy, loving puppy together. We fearlessly stepped into marriage, knowing it was not always going to be perfect. We didn’t do any of these things without anticipation and a little anxiety. But we also didn’t do any of these things without a whole lot of prayer.  Fear was the biggest thing that held me back from starting my business until I finally realized I was made for this. This quote was my 2018 mantra!

Continue to learn + grow in my business.

I made it a priority to learn through webinars/books/fellow photographers/etc. in 2018. I learned more than I imagined I would! I believe in always learning no matter what kind of business you’re in. I will never claim to know everything, there will always be something new to learn.

Get on top of home projects.

This one I am super excited about! We have so many exciting projects planned for 2019 including renovating our kitchen and part of our living room. Plus painting and setting up furniture. Now the part I’m not so excited about – getting on top of laundry/home organization as well. My least favorite. Can anyone relate??

Travel + read more.

Traveling is my favorite thing in the world. I love experiencing new places and will always take that over an item. My husband and I have bought each other experiences over gifts since we started dating and I’m so glad we are both adventure seekers! Traveling is an experience that you will always have with you.

Fitness goals:

Of course, we all have some fitness goals when we get into a new year. I’ve tried to be very real with myself here. Although a whole new fitness routine and food program sounds great, it’s not going to happen overnight. So I’m starting with a couple of simple things that will get me in the right direction. 1) Sip on water all day instead of coffee. I have a 32oz Yeti and it’s my goal to drink 3 each day! 2) Get to the gym just twice a week to start. I know this may sound small to some but for me it’s a big jump!

Thanks for following along! Let’s keep each other accountable this year and show 2019 who’s boss!