Tuesday Talent Show #75

Happy Tuesday Everyone! (If you are linking up Monday Night then Happy Monday!)

Tuesday Talent Show Link Party at Chef in Training! It is held weekly and has some amazing link ups!

This past week has been one of the most incredible weeks of my life. My husband travels A LOT for work. And when I say a lot, I mean it. This last trip he was gone for 3 WEEKS! It was hard. Knowing where he was going to be for those three weeks- Hawaii and BORA BORA- would make it so much harder for me. I decided I couldn’t miss out on a trip to Bora Bora. I mean- his ticket was covered by work right?! I couldn’t pass it up. So I booked my flight and amazingly enough it fell on our 5-year anniversary.

I don’t want to sound to braggy or anything-but I did want to show you a few pictures from my trip :)

I flew in solo since my husband was already there. This is a view of Bora Bora from the plane. I could not stop saying, “OH MY GOSH! OH MY GOSH!” haha!


Our Beach Bungalow was amazing! This is the view we woke up to every morning…Incredible!


The water there is unlike anything I have EVER seen. It is breathtaking. You can see the colors transition from light blue to dark blue. It is so transparent you can see clear to the bottom.


We passed by this dinner set up on the beach, like something you would see on the bachelor. I kept telling my husband how fun that would be and that the couple eating there was sure lucky. Little did I know that dinner was for us!!! He had already booked it a week before I got there. When the waiter asked if we would like to sit outside, I said, “Yes”. As we kept walking passed all the outside tables and onto the beach I just started crying. I asked my husband, “Are we THAT couple?!” and he just smiled. It was like something out of a dream. I feel like the luckiest girl in the whole world to have been able to experience all of this.





It truly was a dream vacation and an experience I will never forget :) But I am happy to be back- and I think our kids are too. This was one of our last skype sessions with them.




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Now onto this week’s features:

Rainbow Sugar Cookie Bark from Mom on Time-out


Mocha Oatmeal Muffins from Annie’s Noms


Butterscotch Scones form Teach Me How To Cookie


Home Tour from It’s Overflowing


Peanut Butter Caramel Bars from Mendez Manor


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  1. Sheryl

    I'm so happy you got to experience Bora Bora. Your husband is a keeper. Thanks for the party! ~Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain~

  2. Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com

    WOW!!! What an INCREDIBLE trip! LOVE the story of your dinner on the beach - such a priceless memory! Thanks for sharing :) ...Thanks for the party!! Always excited to link up here :*)

  3. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    That is seriously the coolest!!! What a fun getaway and that dinner on the beach? Your hubby gets mad props for that!!! Too cool!!! Thanks for hosting!!!

  4. Beth @ The First Year Blog

    Amazing, I am glad you had fun! The picture of your kiddos is funny (and sad of course!)
    Beth @ The First Year Blog

  5. Trish - Mom On Timeout

    Nikki! I was sitting here looking at all your Bora Bora pictures going ooohhh and aaaahhh over everything - especially that dinner on the beach - wowza! And then that shot of your kids - totally had me cracking up! That's how my boys would be :) I'm so glad you were able to get away with your hubby and seriously, if you're gonna go on vacation - it looks like Bora Bora is the place to be! Thanks so much for hosting! Oh yeah, almost forgot - thanks SO much for the feature!!

  6. Heather @French Press

    that skype picture is priceless!! what an amazing vacation...Bora Bora is on my Bucket list for sure

  7. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    Happy Anniversary Nikki! What a trip of a lifetime! Seriously, that' the best way to travel. My husband is gone a lot too, and whenever he's gone some where fun I try and go too! I'm glad you had a great time!

  8. javeriyasayeedsiddiqui

    Oh la la! What a gorgeous place to be! The view is no doubt incredible. Thanks a bunch for hosting. xo

  9. lisa c parsons

    OMG! My husband wants to take me to BORA BORA! but I have been saying no to it bc of the long flight and the time I would have to be away from my dogs. But, from looking at your pics I have changed my mind and want to go now!!! A dinner on the beach just the two of you how romantic!!!!!! Love it.. I hope you will post more pics!!!
    He wanted to plan a trip to there for my 50th bday which was Feb. 8th. I am telling him now I want to go!!!!

  10. Krista

    Thanks so much for hosting this awesome party! Loved all the pictures of Bora Bora, and I am sooooo jealous. My husband and I just got back from the snow. Would have much rather have been on the beach!

  11. Karyn - Pint Sized Baker

    WOW! That vacation looks AWESOME!! I grew up in Hawaii, but that just looks ans sounds so much better! Jealous!
    thanks for the party. Have a great week!

  12. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    What an amazing trip and you DESERVE IT!!! You have had a year from h*ll the past 12 mos or so with all the challenges you've faced with your family and health scares and so happy to see you guys there, and doing great! And it's on my bucket list to go there and stay in an overwater bungalow one day!

  13. Winnie

    The photos are wonderful - I feel;like I'm almost there.
    Good decision to join your hubby !

  14. Ashley

    It looks beautiful =) 3 weeks is nothing though compared to having your husband being shot at in a war zone for 8 months.

  15. Lovefoodies

    Hi Nikki, your holiday looked absolutely gorgeous! So jealous!!
    I've brought along a delicious Sweet and Sour chicken recipe, authentic Cantonese style, so if any were wondering how it's really done, now you will find out!
    Thanks for hosting your party,

  16. Annie @ Annie's Noms

    Thanks so much for featuring my Mocha Oatmeal Muffins! :) Bora Bora looks so beautiful and so glad you had a great anniversary! Would love to have dinner on a beach, that's so cute and romantic!

  17. sally @ sallys baking addiction

    What a beautifully romantic getaway, Nikki! And so SO sweet of your husband. It is truly breathtaking and something you will NEVER forget. A romantic dinner on the beach - you can't beat that! I'm SO happy you had a great time - you both deserve it!

  18. Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

    I am so glad you two got to go on your vacation. WOW it looks like an awesome trip. You deserve it.
    Thank you for hosting the party, I would love for you to come over to mine that's going on now at http://www.memoriesbythemile.com/
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  19. Christie - Food Done Light

    What a fantastic trip Nikki. Good for you for going. I can just imagine how gorgeous it was.
    Thanks for hosting again.

  20. Lauren McClain

    Your trip looks fantastic! Thank you so much of the feature this week! I am completely flattered as I am a new blogger and this is my first feature!! Thanks for hosting!
    Lauren McClain

  21. Kim

    We are new to the party. Thanks so much for hosting! Your trip looked fabulous!

  22. Shannon {Cozy Country Living}

    Wow- your trip looked amazing! So beautiful!! I am sure the kiddos were glad to have you back home again though:)
    Thanks for hosting this week & have a wonderful week:)

  23. Kathryn Griffin @TheDedicatedHouse

    Beautiful pictures! So glad you had a wonderful time. I completely teared up about the dinner on the beach!! Isn't God good to bless you with a loving husband? Thanks for hosting! Wishing you a fun week with the kids. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  24. Mindi

    Good for you! What a wonderful experience, and your pictures are beautiful! Thanks for the party!

  25. Kathy

    Looks like an awesome vacation! I bet it was nice to go somewhere warm!

  26. Kimberley

    Bora Bora looks AMAZING!! Definitely on my places to go list!! I can totally relate to having a husband that travels a lot.....mine is gone to Florida this week while I am stuck in three feet of snow and freezing cold! From time to time I join him on a trip and that is always fun!

  27. Jill

    Looks like you had an amazing time! It looks heavenly there and I LOVE how your cute hubby had those fun dinner plans for you on the beach! So cute!! When I first saw the picture my first thought was "that is something for the bachelor!" Thanks so much for hosting week after week! I love linking up!

  28. Laura T

    WOW. Those are the only words. As I scrolled down and saw your first picture I was saying O my gosh O my gosh too. What a blessing. Looks like you had an amazing adventure! Someday :) Thanks for sharing! -Laura @ cookingisahoot.blogspot.com

  29. Christine

    I'm so jealous of your trip!! It looks gorgeous there. That's so amazing you guys got to be somewhere so magical for your anniversary. I"m glad you had such a great time!

  30. Jackie

    It's awesome that you got to go to Tahiti! My husband and I just went there in November for our honeymoon and stayed on the island of Huahine and the main island! It was gorgeous : ) I agree, the water is absolutely amazing and I will never forget the smell of the flowers!

  31. Happier Than A Pig in Mud

    That looks like an amazing trip:@)

  32. Ruthie

    Thanks for hosting the fun party!
    I would love to have you over to my site on Saturdays for my linky party!
    Have a great week!

  33. suzyhomemaker

    I just want to let you know that #42, that has a picture of a chocolate chip cookie is from a website that has a lot of stolen content. It is called yeswecoupon and I have found at least 4 recipes that they literally copied and pasted, including pictures, and did not give credit to the original source.

  34. Nicole @ Mendez Manor

    I am loving this link party. Thanks for the feature! I am linking up again this week with my cinnamon vanilla french toast.

  35. Deborah

    what a dream vacation!! that is definitely on my bucket list.

  36. Shauna {The Best Blog Recipes}

    Loved your Bora Bora photos... and especially loved the photo of the kids on Skype. That was so cute!

    Thanks for hosting again for us this week! Always get great traffic from your parties so I'm very appreciative that you take the time to do this.

    Linked up 2 recipes from my regular blog http://thebestblogrecipes.blogspot.com/
    also linked up 2 Super Healthy Recipes from my weight loss blog http://ready2loseweight.blogspot.com/

    Hope you have a fantastic rest of your week :)

  37. Rachel

    Super jealous of your trip! Bora Bora is on my bucket list. My in-laws just went in May and the flight sounded less than exciting. I think we may put it off until the kids are a bit bigger. But it looks amazing. And your skype call is so funny!

  38. Virginia

    Wow! What a dream trip!!! My husband travels all the time too and now that the kids are in college it's easier for me to tag along. I just went with him on a business trip he had to Puerto Rico. It was great but it doesn't compare to Bora Bora!!!

  39. S. @ The Captivating Life

    That trip looks amazing, and a gold star for your husband for planning that dinner for you guys! I loved that picture of your kids - so funny and sad at the same time! Awww...haha. Thanks for hosting!

  40. Katie B. of HousewifeHowTos.com

    Oh, Nikki, what a wonderful trip! Your husband has put all other men to shame with his romantic planning of that dinner. (And don't think for a second I won't be pointing that out to MY husband! LOL) Welcome back, though. I wanted to invite you to join my How To Tuesday link party, if you haven't already joined . It would be wonderful to have you!


  41. Nicole

    You Lucky Girl! I love the photos - so gorgeous! And, what a great surprise dinner from your husband :)

  42. Mereana

    Hey... I'm from Tahiti, and I currently reside here... I've been following your blog for a while... I'm glad you could experience a little bit of our paradise!!! Hope you'll come back again another time... And it sounds like your husband job is the kinda job to get if you wann see the world!!! :) Mauururu roa...

  43. eatsweetbycarlasue

    What an amazing place to visit! And that dinner...wow. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos. I have just come across your Tuesday Talent Show...it looks great! Thanks for hosting it :)

  44. Jill

    We just got back from Bora Bora as well!!!! Your pics made me miss it!!!! We also left our 6 kiddos at home and they were glad we came back lol! Where did you stay at? We were at the Four Seasons! Small world!!!