BruCrew Top Ten

Happy Friday!  Today I am in the hot and steamy state of Texas having a blast at the BlogHer conference.  So far we have had cupcakes from a food trailer,  eaten some Mexican, and then hobnobbed with Ree from Pioneer Woman and Amanda from Kevin and Amanda.  That totally means we are BFF’s now, right?  Ok, so maybe I was totally geeked out by both, but it was so fun to meet them and see how real and friendly and downright amazing they are.   I can’t wait to see what the rest of the weekend is like.  I will be posting pics on instagram throughout the weekend if you want to follow along.

Let’s get to the Top Ten this week.  

1.  Taking walks along the beach with my honey definitely made the top of the list this week.  We just got back from Daytona Beach where we spent a week soaking up the sun and sand.


2.  We also went to Universal for 2 days and visited Harry Potter.  Butter beer was a must for us and the kids.   It was so hot, so that frozen one was the perfect cool down.  I also wanted to plug staying at a Universal resort.  Did you know that if you stay at a Universal resort you get a complimentary express fast pass?  We stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel, which was awesome btw.  This particular fast pass gets you on all the rides as many times as you want.  You can add it on to your park pass for like another $100, but it comes free with the hotel stay.  It was so worth it to stay at the hotel and have that pass.  I like not be standing in the long lines in the hot sunshine.   Just thought I would share that fun tidbit,  just in case a trip to Universal is in your future.

Harry Potter World

3.  I love this fun Fashion Formula that the girls from The Dating Divas put together.  I love finding cute new ways to wear clothes :-)  I guess this means more shopping to get some eye-catchers, finishers, and of course more accessories.


4.  Bubble Tea…has anyone else had one?  I have to admit that the first time I tried one, I wasn’t that impressed.  They are different flavored slushies with cooked tapioca pearls.  It’s like a chewy gummy in the bottom of your drink.  I know that might not sound good, but I think you end up liking them if you give them another chance.  I tried one again and again, and now I kind of like them.  We like them enough to order a kit online at …we are set for a summer of Bubble Tea making in our kitchen.

5.  I am not normally a morning person, but I think I could manage to get up if a plate of these gorgeous Strawberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes from Taste & Tell were in my dining room waiting for me.

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6.   Did you know that a paper plate could become a cute berry basket?  How cute is this fun Paper Plate Basket Tutorial from Sarah Hearts.


7.  These cute pink dotty Sanuks were just too cute to pass up.  They are seriously the most comfortable shoes.  I did some web surfing and found them quite a bit cheaper at .

8.  So many fun tips on why you cream certain ingredients with others in this Creaming Method post from Completely Delicious.
creaming method

9.  I get the exact same meal every time we eat at Panera.  The broccoli cheddar and the turkey asiago is the best combo, according to me that is.  What do you usually get when/if you eat there?  I really should branch out more often.

10.  Ummmm hello, my new best friend.  I crave Reese’s like nothing else.  These Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies from Trish are so calling out to me!  I must answer!!!  Look at how chocolatey and delicious they look!



Ok, guys have an absolutely awesome weekend.  And if you are reading this on Friday…GO GET SOME DONUTS.  It is national donut day and I think Dunkin Donuts was giving away a free donut with every beverage purchase.


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  1. Roberta says

    Oh, I LOVE Sanuks as well – I have at least 4 pair – sandals are super comfy too!!

    Panera is the little sister/brother of Paradise Bakery & Café and Panera has recently begun serving some additional salads fromt he Paradise menu. I always get the Thai Chopped Chicken Salad – love it!!
    Enjoy the conference – sounds like you are!!

  2. says

    LOVE Bubble Tea! I haven’t had it in forever, but now I’m totally craving it!
    Enjoy BlogHer! So fun seeing everyone’s pictures so far. Isn’t Amanda just fabulous?! I got to sit with her table at BYBC and we chatted for awhile. Love her! I’m sure Ree is just as great as well.
    Have fun!
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  3. Mikaela says

    You are not alone in loooving the Broccoli cheddar soup at Panera! It is my to go to soup whenever i get to the States. Have to have it at least twice when I go and visit friends. :)

  4. says

    The Broccoli Cheese Soup is my favorite there too, but I don’t go nearly enough to satisfy my cravings. I keep hearing good things about Bubble Tea but it freaks me out a bit. I guess I’ll just have to bite the bullet soon and try it. Have fun in Texas! I would love love love to me Ree some day! My husband, kids and I adore her and in my la la land fantasies, we are totally bff’s! LOL!
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    • says

      Really give the bubble tea a try, it’s pretty good! I hope you get to meet Ree!! She’s just as sweet in person as she is on her blog and her show! I’m pretend BFF’s with a few people too! Haha!
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  5. Nancy says

    I’m excited you got to meet Ree from Pioneer Woman. I love her blog. You are moving up in the world! And I’m not sure about Bubble Tea. Guess I’d have to taste it…. Have fun in Texas!

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