Best Birthday Balloon Surprise

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Last week, I started putting a special birthday surprise together for my husband.
I thought it would be awesome if I emailed friends and family and ask them to decorate a balloon.
I told them to blow up a balloon, create your birthday message, take a pic and email it to me by Friday night.
Then, I put them in MovieMaker, added music and bam – Glen’s Balloon Birthday Surprise was made!

Here’s the video I made…

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Of course some of our amazing blog friends sent their birthday love too!
Melissa @ Hungry Healthy Happy,  Hayley @ Oat Couture and Christina @ The Athletarian

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Glen LOVED the surprise!
He was definitely feeling the love from friends and family.
I think it’s the perfect idea for expats, military or anyone who might live far away from their friends and family.

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Thursday night, we headed to Chaud for Glen’s fancy birthday dinner.
It was my first time their for dinner, as we normally only go for lunch.
I was impressed.
The mushroom, polenta and parmesan cheese appetizer was heavenly!
I also asked them to make a custom salad and they agreed.
The scallop salad was amazing and Glen loved his steak plate!
Our waitress suggested a wonderful red wine and except for the absence of Crown Royal, the night was a success!

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Look for more birthday weekend fun later today in my Giving Thanks post!

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Foot Update

I’m in Houston and off to see the foot specialist in one hour.
Wish me luck!

The New Kid in Town – Paprika

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Wednesday evening, Glen and I attended the soft opening of Paprika.
It’s a rare occasion that we go out on a Wednesday, but I was dying to check out this what’s sure to be, a new hot-spot!
This restaurant/lounge is located on Rust Street in Port of Spain.
We arrived around 8:30 and the place was packed!

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The building is separated into mini rooms – the first is a mixture of nature and glamor – it’s beautiful.

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The second room has a sexy, vampire, industrial feel.
It’s the massive, black chandelier hanging from the ceiling that makes it for me.
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There were 2 others rooms.
One had an African animal theme (I think) and the other had an Indian inspired theme (so pretty).

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Once we made it to the bar, I was impressed to see they were pouring my favorite – Veuve.
I never say no to some free bubbles.
Well done Paprika!

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They were passing around several bites.
Glen tried the ceviche (he wasn’t a fan) and beef patties (he loved).
To be fair, Glen really doesn’t like ceviche anyways.
I think the plan is for Paprika to be a restaurant during the day and a bar in the evening.
Don’t quote me on that though…

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Around 10 pm, they had a mini Carnival parade come from the street and parade all throughout the bar.
It got everyone up and dancing and smiling!

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Instead of getting a pic with this guy, I should have asked him about his ab routine – holy moley!

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After the Carnival band left, these weird things showed up and danced.
I think they were creepy but people seemed to like them….

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Lots of dancing, great music, fabulous drinks and pretty people everywhere.
I think the décor was amazing – never seen anything like it yet in Trinidad.
Go check it out – I expect it will be a new hot spot!
I know we will be going back soon… 

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My boot rocked the red carpet…