Monthly Archives: April 2015

‘Twas the night before playoffs

‘Twas the night before playoffs, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…

Tomorrow the journey to the Stanley Cup begins!


Just typing that gives me the chills.

Some of y’all reading might not quite understand that, so watch this….

Montreal Canadiens Playoff Pump Up Video

If that doesn’t give you the chills or make you smile, then you should just stop reading. Seriously, the rest of this post will mean nothing to you.

As a former athlete, those kind of moments hit home with me. Playoff anything….championship anything….really anything competitive ignites my inner athlete, and can’t help but feel the emotion the players feel or are about to feel during that journey. It is just so cool. I love everything about it. I might not be playing, but I can tell you I am in the second best spot. I get to stand right by my hubby through all of it, and get to experience it first hand as his number one fan and support system!

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Now, I have to be honest…I have never really thought about the possibility of Jeff winning a stanley cup, or the true excitement of this “new season.” I mean I have thought about it, but nothing below the surface because Jeff has never been in playoffs.

Now, for the first time in his 5 year career as a professional hockey player he is going to the playoffs!!!!!!!!!!


Playoffs are the beginning of a new season. It is when they truly have the opportunity to chase one of their biggest dreams. For a hockey player, that dream starts with an 82 regular game season and then four rounds of playoffs with the ultimate goal being able to lift the Stanley Cup above their head with pride!

For that to even be a possibility for Jeff and his team this year is incredible. And, I could not be more excited to be right by his side cheering him on along the way.

Montreal Canadiens,

It is so real now, and it all starts tomorrow!



Friday Favorites: App Edition

Here’s a go at some Friday Favorites. Today’s edition includes some of my favorite phone apps at the moment!

Glow Nurture

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Yes, this is a pregnancy app. But, I love it! Each day it gives me an update on what is happening with the baby or your body that day. Also, every week it tells you want size the baby is in comparison to a fruit or veggie. For example, Baby P is the size of a sweet potato right now, but Sunday will change to a mango! It’s kind of a running joke in my family now…my dad will call me and say “how is the avocado today!?” Anyways, I like this app because it’s very concise, yet informative. It also lets you add bump photos each week so you can see your progress. Another cool thing is your hubby can download it and link up with all your info and read up on the same stuff….if they want to!



My go to! I travel/ am moving all the time, so this is my go to to find anything. Best dinner restaurant, best salads, best mexican food, best dry cleaners….you name it! Just type whatever you are looking for into the search bar and use your current location or type your location in, and voila! Your top rated searches pop right up! I love “yelping” before I go on vacation to find the best restaurants to make reservations or find things to do while there! This is a must have!

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This one is more for the dudes, but I like it too! Our friend who plays for the Bruins actually told Jeff and I about this app and now we love it. Okay, so Jeff definitely uses it more than I do, but I definitely like to look at it every now and then to check in on how all our hockey friends are doing! Instead of having to go to your friends team’s page to see how they are doing in hockey and keep up with them, this app allows you to create a profile and follow all your favorites. Then everyday you have a news feed that your friends info/ stats pop up on from the night before. It’s pretty cool to have all of that info right there. Makes it super easy! You can also follow your favorite team, so it gives you those updates as well.




This app takes some of your average pictures and turns them into a beautiful watercolor painting. I have done this with a couple of photos I took right on my iPhone and can’t wait to print them out and put them up in our house. I think these would make great gifts for people!

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Okay, this is a silly app, but it’s so entertaining. I think. Maybe I am just bored. But, you can make yourself into your own emoji to use in texts! Ha! Yeah, okay it sounds dumb, but it is really funny to use and see people’s reactions or get one from someone else to see how they made themselves look. Alright so after all the anticipation, here is my bitmoji….These are just a few examples of many emojis you can send as part as your message! Now go bitmoji yourself 🙂



Hope you enjoy these apps as much as I do! Happy Friday! 🙂

Mom in Montreal

This morning I had to take my mom to the airport so she could go back to Texas. I have to say I was really sad she had to leave! I begged for her to stay longer, but that didn’t happen….

Nevertheless we had a great week together here in Montreal. When your hubby is as busy/traveling as much as mine it is just nice to have company every now and then. And, moms are sometimes just what you need!


You can do as much or as little as you want while they are there, they just want to be with you! Oh, and if you have a mom as awesome as mine they will even clean and do your laundry! You see some moms come to visit their kids or family and cook homemade meals…not Shell Bell. She doesn’t cook! She does great take-out, but cooking…not her forte. Shell Bell cleans!!! She volunteers to wash the sheets on your bed, she checks the laundry hamper and washes any clothes that needs to be done (whereas I leave it ’til the bin is overflowing), she even washes the dishes by hand…. it’s the best!

And, what is better than a bed made by mom….fresh sheets put back on your bed by the best bed-maker there is. It’s guaranteed to be one of the best night’s sleeps. Am I right? I don’t care how many times I can make a bed….it is NEVER as good as when Mom does it.

Ahh…the little things!

Ok, but seriously she didn’t just clean the entire time she was here. We actually experienced a lot of what Montreal has got to offer!

She got to feel the excitement of the Bell Centre at her first Montreal Canadiens game! We actually decided she is Jeffrey’s little good luck charm because he ended up scoring goals in both games she got to see. (That was another one of my tactics to try and get her to stay longer….so Jeff would keep scoring goals!)


Tuesday we went for a freezing walk around Old Montreal. The architecture around this city is truly amazing. We then went to lunch at one of Jeff and my favorite spots: Olive and Gourmando. YUM!


Some shopping took place Tuesday and Wednesday!

Thursday we got to sneak a peak at the Canadiens pre-game skate. It’s pretty cool the practice facility is open to the public to come watch! Canadians love their hockey! 🙂


Friday we were tourists! We took the city by storm and saw some of the sights. First we drove to the Olympic Stadium where the Olympic Games took place in 1976 (the first time Canada actually hosted the Olympics). I have to say, that building was a sight to see. Just HUGE!


We then dropped the car off at home, laced up our sneaks, and took Nellie for a mega walk around the city. The weather was perfect (and when I say perfect, I mean perfect in my Canada-living mind set….the Texan in me wouldn’t have minded 20 more degrees added). But whatever, I’ll take it.


We headed up to Mount Royal and eventually made it to the top to enjoy the beautiful views of Montreal. I can see this city being AMAZING in the summer! Three hours later we made our way back down through the city and finally home after picking up dinner we would enjoy later that night. 20,000+ steps on our FitBits…we were pooped. We spent the night in our comfy’s watching Jeff’s game, and proceeding to stay up way too late watching all the mindless TV shows my mama likes to record.





The rest of the weekend was rather lazy. I am going to blame it on the SNOW. Yes, I said it. Snow in April. I still can’t wrap my head around it. We did venture out to Atwater Market. Such a cute farmer’s market! I will definitely be going back to get our produce and meat from there once Jeff is home.


Easter Sunday came. We enjoyed brunch in our PJs. Attempted to watch the church service from home online, but missed the live stream. Whoops! So, we just relaxed until it was time to get ready to go to the lovely baby shower the girls here threw for me and a couple other ladies on the team who are expecting. It was so nice my mom was able to come and enjoy my first baby shower with me!



And here we are, Monday. She’s on a plane back to Texas as we speak. 😦 We had the best week…the men in our life would be happy to hear there were minimal mother-daughter blow ups at each other! 😉  Success in my book! We did a a lot and then we did a whole lot of nothing. It was perfect if you ask me. Mom visits are the best!

Can’t wait for her to come back! Muchos besos, Mama!