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ATX Blogger Mixer

11.25.2014

AUSTIN BLOGGERS! I'm super excited to announce the first of many ATX Blogger Mixers! Kirsten of Triple Max Tons and I will be hosting the first mixer at Punch Bowl Social located at the Domain, December 4 from 5-7pm (or later depending on how long we chat)! You will even receive a complimentary drink from the bar when you post a social media shout out (must do while at the event) to Punch Bowl for hosting the event! RSVP here, space is limited!


I look forward to meeting you!

Family Photos with Kim Neuman Photography

11.17.2014

We ventured out the cold morning after Halloween at 7:45am (a bit rough as we had a party at our house the night before) to take family photos w/Kim of Kim Neuman PhotographyKim was great and found these beautiful blue doors for us to pose in front of in Georgetown. Aren't they amazing?! Kim took Turner's 2 year photos in Georgetown as well. Turner wasn't very cooperative (what you would expect from an active 2 year old boy), but Kim was able to get some amazing shots in less than 30 minutes! Once again, I love having family photos to remember this time in our lives. Thank you Kim!









Estate Sale Finds - 11.13-11.16

11.13.2014

It's been a while since I've had an estate sale post. Honestly it's because I haven't been thrifting at all since Alex and I have become crazy strict with our budget.  I saw these chairs below in Round Rock for sale and wanted them sooo bad! Unfortunately, I wasn't able to make it out to the estate sale this morning because of work.  Can we please change these estate sale rules....WHY on Thursday/Friday mornings?! I mean, I understand that you need a few days for the sale, and you drop the prices after each day, but c'mon....only retired people or stay at home moms can make it on a weekday!

Estate #1  - Round Rock





Estate #2 - Lewisville (Online Auction)
These online auctions are the BEST deals, because not many people know about them and most people won't bid...currently most of the items below are listed for $3.00 and no one has bid on them. I posted a while back about this Campaign Furniture, which was listed through the same online auction. Guys...the dresser sold for $36 and everything else was less than that! I'm still crying over the fact that I could not pick them up in Dallas.





Estate #3 - San Antonio

Holy Moly...that is a lot of square dancing skirts

Love at First Sight

11.10.2014

I fell in love with this Express skirt months and months ago, and have been patiently waiting for it to go on major sale.  I gave up on it a while back, but the other day I happened to stop in Express to look for some work clothes when I spotted it on the clearance rack.  Of course they were out of my size, and I almost cried to an employee. I was walking out of the store when I thought..."Heck, let me just try on a different size and hope for the best." Well, sure enough, it fit! A bit snug...the type of snug where eating a full meal and sitting hurts, but I will make it work. I don't dress up too often, even on a girls night, so I thought the only occasion I'll have to wear it is a wedding. One of my friends from college got married this past weekend, and thankfully it was warm enough to wear this outfit.  I did feel my look was not fall appropriate and a tad out of my comfort zone with the skin showing, but I took the risk.  I bought the top last minute at Forever 21 for $5!

 

Top: Forever 21 (similar)
Skirt: Express
Shoes: Dolce Vita

Northern California Vacation

11.05.2014

I has taken me forever to get this post up, because I've been overwhelmed with all the things I wanted to say about our trip to California this past August..but here it goes!

First stop: San Francisco

We rented a car and learned real quick that we would rather take public transportation. Parking and the fees were a bit of a nightmare, so we took the bus most places.  We stayed in various homes during our trip using AirBnb (some better than others), and kept a pretty tight budget on our expenses.  We both complained at one point that it would be such an easier trip if we were rich.  But then we remembered that we are blessed extremely to even be able to come on a trip like this, even if we're eating super cheap, taking buses because we can't afford taxis, and sleeping in people's extended garages.  Below are some pics of the main stops we made while in the city!













We ate at some great places in San Francisco, and I might have had a Nutella crepe every day.

- Tony's Pizza Napoletana
Blue Mermaid (Clam chowder - Fisherman's Wharf)
Ghirardelli Square - The BEST salted caramel hot chocolate I've ever had. Alex and I still dream about it.
Limon Rotisserie (Peruvian restaurant in the Mission district)
Buena Vista Cafe (Famous Irish coffee)
- Freddie's Sandwiches

After two crazy packed days in San Francisco we were excited to head out of the city. San Fran is beautiful, but I'm not much for loud noises and crowds of people.  The streets were busy, and at times I felt a bit overwhelmed.  We headed south for the infamous Highway 1, but we made a few stops along the way.

First stop, breakfast at Nini's in San Mateo (we searched yelp reviews and found this hidden gem).  Oh my goodness, the breakfast here was amazing! Best pancakes I've ever had.


And of course, Apple. We couldn't drive through Northern California without seeing the mothership. 




After a few hours driving down Highway 1 and walking around Pfeiffer beach, we headed to Carmel where we stayed for the night.  The city of Carmel was amazingly cute. I wanted to buy every little home, which might have been out of my budget a few million dollars. I wish the home we stayed at for the night was still listed on Airbnb, because it was insane! Honestly, staying there might have been one of our favorite parts of the trip.  It was a gorgeous mansion tucked away in Monterey, owned by retired multi-millionaires who liked to have travelers around.  We asked the home owner if he had any recommendations for dinner, and he replied "Well, I own a restaurant, you could go there if you like Italian." Umm...sure.  


We spent one short day on the coast of Big Sur and Carmel, and then headed north to Napa the next morning.  Our road trip was quite interesting in our TINY rental car.   Alex could barely fit, but the pro was it was super easy to park.

NAPA
Napa is one of those places you "must" see, but honestly it wasn't my favorite.  The vineyards were a beautiful site, but I'm not a fan of wine.  We experienced one tasting at Bell Winery, and then explored downtown Napa. Definitely check out Oxbow Public Market for a great local market experience.

For dinner we had a delicious Italian meal at Ristorante Allegria (an old bank), and went off the beaten path to a dive bar called the Green Door.  We were told by locals it was "rough" and they didn't serve wine, so we headed straight there ; ).  This was our favorite night of the trip.  We chatted with the locals, played a ton of country on the juke box, and received a round of applause after we danced to our wedding song (I Just Want To Dance With You by George Strait).



Our favorite night of the entire trip was hanging out in a Napa dive bar (The Green Door).  After we had dinner, we asked locals for bar recommendations.  We told them we weren't big wine drinkers, and that we wanted a very local spot.  One guy said.."Ohhhh...you could go to the Green Door, but it's pretty rough." Alex and I looked at each other, and thought what is "rough" in Napa?  We headed straight there. We were greeted by a cloud of smoke, a juke box, and the neighborhood drinkers.  It was perfect.  I played lots of George Strait and at one point played our wedding song, I Just Want to Dance with You.  A few people had been dancing, so I pulled Alex out on to the dance floor.  We two stepped, and when the song ended we got a round of applause from the entire bar. It was hilarious! Everyone was freaking out about seeing a real two-step.  We ended up leaving early because a guy was hitting on me right in front of Alex, not that Alex cared when he bought me a shot...but it got weird after a while...seriously weird.  


We only spent one day in Napa, and headed back to San Francisco for 2 more days before flying back home. We actually felt the earthquake on our last night in San Fran on Castro street.

We had an amazing week, and can't wait for our next trip together (Hawaii in June).  I would much rather save money for traveling than on material items like a car or clothes.  These memories will last a lifetime.  We missed Turner so much, but I truly believe parents need to take time away from their children and build special memories between just the two of them.  Alex and I forget sometimes that we are best friends, and can easily become roommates in the chaos of life.  Trips like this help us to reconnect, and we hope to take a trip just the two of us every year.

Halloween 2014

11.04.2014

We had such a great Halloween celebrating with friends!  Friday was a crazy day.  Don't try to plan a party the week you go out of town, and then schedule a haircut (highlights = 2 hours) just before the party starts.  Bad planning on my part, but thankfully it came together.  I was planning on being a nerd for Halloween, but as I was getting ready for work I decided to go as Sissy from Urban Cowboy because I already had everything in my closet I needed for the costume.

We started off the night with some trick or treating in the neighborhood with our favorite neighbors. Turner wanted to eat his candy immediately once receiving it from anyone that would give him some, so the trick or treating didn't last too long.  One of the neighbors had a bounce house, so that was pretty awesome.



 

The night cooled off, and our friends started showing up for the party.  I made my popular grape jelly meatballs, sausage/cheese dip, brownies/macaroons, and Vampire punch.  The adult punch was a hit! Super easy and very delicious.  The best costume award (a bottle of Deep Eddy Ruby Red) was given to my good friend Amy who handmade her Ariel costume, and we roasted s'mores by the fire. Alex's Ms. Doubtfire costume was also a big hit.  Shopping for his costume was hilarious...oh man, trying to find a bra and skirt for him while onlookers stared was hilarious.  I was nodding off by midnight, and had to be a party pooper and go to bed before everyone left.  I knew I had to wake up around 6:30am to get ready for our family photos, so I didn't want to have huge bags under my eyes.





I feel truly blessed to have a wonderful group of friends surrounding me in this time of my life. Friends from early childhood, college buddies and neighbors that would help out with any need Alex and I might have.

Austin Passbook Giveaway

11.03.2014


My blogger friend, Lee Anne, has recently launched an amazing new business called Austin Passbook! Her and her husband partnered with 40 food truck and activity destinations in Austin all who are offering a 2 for 1 deal in the book. You can check out all participating vendors here.  I'm extremely excited to try out Burro Cheese Kitchen, Churro Co. and a Silver Whisk cooking class! The Passbook is absolutely perfect for dates with Alex and it's affordable which makes the date even better.


Each Austin Passbook is $20.  Take your passbook to any of the participating destinations, redeem your deal, get your Passbook stamped, and head to your next destination!  These are great gifts for the holidays, locals, tourists, or newbies to Austin that want to get out and explore the city.  I am guilty of becoming very comfortable with my favorite places to go,  so this is the perfect opportunity to get me to explore new places and try new things. 


Head over to my Instagram account to WIN your very own Austin Passbook! Winner will be announced Friday (11/7).

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