New Orleans and the Sugar Bowl 2018

Anthony works for Allstate, so I was so excited to hear that we were going to the Allstate Sugar Bowl for the second time! The first time we went was three years ago, when I was 20 weeks pregnant with Aurora. It was a great trip, but New Orleans isn’t exactly the greatest city to be pregnant in, especially on New Year’s Eve!

This years trip was very similar to the last one. We stayed at the same hotel, The Roosevelt New Orleans. It was so nice and beautifully decorated for the holidays.


There were a few other couples from the Charlotte site who went on the trip and we hung out as a group most of the time. After we took our luggage to the hotel, we decided to walk Bourbon Street and get some Bloody Mary’s.

Then, when it was time for all the restaurants to open, we followed Kim’s lead and went to Deanie’s Seafood. Instead of the typical bread basket to start the meal, they served a bowl of seasoned potatoes! Strange, but they were good!

We ordered the crabmeat nachos to start, which were actually potato chips and we really enjoyed them.

Kim and Tim ordered BBQ oysters and garlic and herb oysters and let us try them. They were so good!! I’ve never had oysters like these before and I will definitely have them again!

Anthony and I got two things to share. Stuffed Shrimp, which had broiled shrimp stuffed with crabmeat dressing (basically a crab cake) and raw oysters.

After lunch, we all got text messages that our rooms were ready, so we headed back to the hotel to get situated and freshen up. Then, it was casino time! I love a casino and rarely do I have free time to go to one. Anthony is not a fan and he is really not a fan now, because I lost…a lot (well, a lot to me…and him). That was a bummer. I feel like I rushed through it because I usually have to. I wish I would have just found some good slot machines and took my time.

After the casino, we took a walk with Kim and Tim by the river.

From 4-6PM Allstate had an event in our meeting room where they had heavy hor d’oeuvres and drinks.

The three “Allstaters” 

Then, it was Bourbon Street time! We had fun! It was a cool experience to see what Bourbon Street is like at night!


In the morning, there was a special brunch for certain members of Allstate and their guests. The food was great. I took a picture of the food but it didn’t look that great. It was buffet style so I should have try to make my plate look prettier, but I was pretty hungry and we were a bit late! They had these little individual smoothie cups that I thought were cute!

And I got a couple things to try from the dessert table. Chocolate bread pudding and a mini cupcake. I took a few bites of each and that was enough for me!

Since it was football Sunday, we decided to go to Manning’s, a sports bar owned by Archie Manning (Peyton and Eli’s dad). It was crazy busy, but we lucked out and got a first-come-first-serve table upstairs eventually and hung out there for a couple hours watching football.

We headed back to the hotel so we could get ready for the New Year’s Eve party at the House of Blues. We (Allstate employees) had the whole place to ourselves and it was a giant venue!

Those trees were in the lobby of the hotel and there were so many of them…so pretty! 

We all met in the same meeting room and got on buses to the event.

They had a shrimp boil for dinner, which I couldn’t even try because of the eyes and whiskers (??) on the shrimp. Luckily, they had other food buffet style and they were passing a ton of appetizer-like foods too!

They had a photo booth for the second night in a row!

And the champagne toast at midnight had light up glasses that I brought home for the girls. They were pretty excited about them!


New Year’s Day was game day! Alabama vs Clemson! We had another brunch in the morning and then Anthony and I did some bar hopping to watch the other bowl games that were on in the afternoon. Oh, Michigan…blowing the lead again!

Then we got ready to head over to the pre-game party.

We all bussed out at the same time and were escorted by police officers on motorcycles. It was pretty cool, and for an impatient person, a very quick way to bypass New Orleans traffic! They had tons of food and drinks and you could even take your picture with the Sugar Bowl trophy!

We had good seats for a not so great game, but it was fun!


We didn’t get to our car until almost 3PM on Tuesday because the airports were really busy and it seemed to take forever! We picked up the girls from my MIL’s house (Thanks so much for watching them Stephanie!! And Papa Keith!) and headed home to quickly change for basketball practice.

We got the girls some New Orleans masks which they enjoyed on the car ride home!

It was a crazy day to be our first school night since before Christmas break, and Anthony and I started the whole30 yesterday, so I had to get some food going for that too! The girls both did surprisingly well waking up and getting ready for school and I bought some quick and easy whole30 appropriate meal items to get us through this week!

I am glad to be home and back to a long stretch of normal mom life! Trips and holiday’s are fun, but I can’t wait to eat some veggies, watch some six year olds play basketball, sell some Girl Scout cookies (not eat them!) and feel a bit less squishy!

Happy New Year everyone!