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D Town

May 22, 2015

As I mentioned yesterday, we jetted to Dallas recently thanks to some super cheaper Frontier flights.
We had a fabulous time and due to a cancelled flight and an extra day there, we contemplated just moving in with our friend Whitney.  I think Floyd would enjoy the warm weather and hanging with her great dane, Jax.  
As per usual with our trips we were pretty nonstop.  However, this trip did not include any celebrity run ins...

Thursday we landed in Dallas and hit the ground running to The Rustic.
Such a cool space and great live music.

Friday our day began with brisket and pork ribs.
You know, how every day should begin.
We hit up Pecan Lodge and began our wait for what we heard was amazing food.  Pecan Lodge makes a certain amount of food every day and when it's out it's out.  It seems like everyone in Dallas knows this.  A line starts to form before they open their doors and continues out the door until they run out.  Thankfully we made the cut.
I splurged on a few bites of that mac and cheese and it was totally worth it.
After lunch we dodged the rain and checked out the Perot Museum.
For dinner we hit up Mi Cocina and it was just as good as I had heard.  I could drink their sangria every day.
Having a terrible time ;)

We ended the night at a club/bar that I am pretty sure I am not cool enough for but it sure was fun!

Saturday morning was really, really exciting and a day I was looking forward to as a fabulous bonus to our trip.
Mister and I met up with Sarah and her husband for brunch!
I've said it before but I really love connecting with blog friends in the real world. 
Sarah and her husband were SO sweet and we were SO glad we were able to spend a few hours with them.  Now they just need to make it up to see us! 

The rest of Saturday was full of shopping (finally made it to Milk and Honey), pool lounging, great dane petting and bbqing.
So basically my ideal day from start to finish.
Sunday Whitney and I went to Drybar before brunch.  It was my first time I had the pleasure of having a blowout and now I want one everyday.  Plus I am obsessed with the way Drybar products smell.
We then hit up brunch full with a 'sparkle bar' aka mimosa bar.  But I like sparkle better.
So glad Whitney's friends have become our friends 

We then ventured to Top Golf.  I am, in no way, a golfer (I will spare you the video of my swing) but Top Golf was really, really fun!  I managed to hit a couple good hits.  Rumor is we are getting one here, I will have to work on my swing!

Monday we shopped around...I found a Lorna Jane (my favorite work out gear from Australia!) and we walked for a few hours on the Katy Trail.
And to reward ourselves for our exercise, we had Velvet Taco for lunch.
Yum to the holy yum.  As in tater tots with sauce and a fried egg on top...
We were scheduled to leave Monday night but I will spare you the details of a cancelled flight and 6+ hours on the phone with Frontier.  Thankfully it meant one more evening with my bestie to drink wine and watch The Bachelorette.

Tuesday was more of the same with extra doses of Jax snuggling.
Don't tell Floyd but I really want a great dane prancing around our house now.

All in all we had a such a great visit and it was the perfect mini vacay.  Sometimes time away and girl talk is just what the doctor ordered.

And if you are wondering, Floyd stayed with the neighbors and they claim he behaved himself ;)

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Everything is Bigger...

May 20, 2015

...in Texas
Including the time to recover.
Which is the state of tiredness that Mister and I are in at the moment.

We spent the the past weekend/early this week visiting our best friend down in Dallas.
We had a really, really fabulous time but after a cancelled flight one day and then getting in at 2am on the make up flight...we are beat.

I promise a full Dallas recap soon, including where to eat, my lovely brunch with a bloggy buddy and my first Drybar experience!


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DIY : Palette Style Raised Garden

May 13, 2015

After our success from our porch raised planter last summer, Mister and I were determined to have a raised vegetable garden down in the yard this year.  So much so it has it's own place on our yearly list!  Plus my aunts had wild success with theirs last year so we were inspired to try our own!
Originally we planned on buying cedar and constructing our own garden.  But then I was home sick one day and saw the Property Brothers make one out of a palette on the Today Show and I was sold.  (Can we all agree that after 8:30 segment the whole Today Show really goes downhill?) 
We often have palettes at work from deliveries so I snatched up the next one I came across. 

Here's how we tackled it...

Supplies needed:
Palette
Flower/Vegetable Soil
Garden Fabric
Staple gun
Veggies/Plants/Flowers
Small Shovel
Water
Nosy basset hound (optional)

We opted to start from plants this year rather than from seed.  Seed worked really great for us last year but since this was our first go 'round with an actual garden I choose to start with plants. 

1.  Find a sunny (but not too sunny) spot in the yard
Thankfully for us we have an area in our yard where a tree was cut down and grass has decided not to grow.  Sad for our grass, perfect for palette placement.
2.  Flip your palette over
I decided to use the underside of the palette, where the boards are in more of a quadrant rather than the slats (shown above).  If I were just doing flowers I would use the slatted side.

3. Staple garden fabric to sides of palette
The purpose of the garden fabric is to keep weeds from growing up into your garden.  Because our grass is dead we do not have to worry too much about that.  It also keeps all of your soil from spilling out all over the ground.
4.  Fill with soil
We went with Sta Green Flower and Vegetable Garden Soil.  There are a lot of options out there but this one seemed to fit the bill for what we needed.  Remember you are going to be eating what is growing from this soil so you want to start with soil of decent quality.
And this is where the nosy basset hound comes in
5.  Get to planting!
We planted sweet potatoes, romaine lettuce, peppers and cucumbers!
These photos were about a week and a half ago and I am happy to say things are growing quite nicely!  I will update soon! The cucumbers and lettuce have really taken off this week!
This photo below was over this past weekend and it is even bigger than this now!
I used chalkboard paint on paint stirrers to work as the markers so we know what is where.

And lastly, don't forget to water and feed.  I made sure to give the plants a good dose of plant food (one rated for vegetables you will be eating) and a good watering once they are planted.  I like to make sure plants (flowers) get a lot of good water until they are established.

I am totally in love with the idea of walking out into our yard and grabbing vegetables for our dinners.  That idea makes me so happy.
And the fact that this project was SO easy is just a bonus.
All in, this whole project cost around $30 (palette was free).

We are also growing tomatoes in another area and spinach, basil and rosemary in the porch raised planter.

Any questions feel free to ask! 

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Weekend Wrap Up : Mamas

May 11, 2015

Happy belated Mother's Day to all the mamas (and dogs mamas!) out there!
We had a fabulous weekend celebrating ours around these parts.

We hosted a Mother's Day Luncheon on Saturday and our weekend was geared towards honoring them all weekend long!

Friday night my mama came up to help me get ready for the luncheon.
I love having help in the kitchen and if it's my mama, it's even better.

Saturday I squeezed in a quick bootcamp and then it was prep time for the luncheon.
We whipped up all sorts of goodies and had a full spread.
I wasn't able to taste any (stupid no sugar) but there were rave reviews on the Chocolate Mousse Pie and the Apple Fritter Cake
We had a fabulous day spending time with our families and eating yummy food!
Fun tidbit : Trader Joe's gave my mom these flowers for free because it was her first time there!
Sunday my mama and I shopped until we dropped and found some goodies.
(Loving this tank we picked up!  And this one that Mister gave me for Mother's Day)

Mister and I rounded out the day planting the knock out rose and mint his mom brought us!
I will say it again...if our yard could be all flowers, veggie and herbs we would be really happy!

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Clean Slate {A Review}

May 6, 2015

I've said it before, I really love a good cookbook.
And it if is over the top beautiful it is even better. 
Clean Slate fits the bill for that.
I am talking, one of the most beautiful cookbooks I've ever laid my hands on.
Plus it is by the editors from Martha Stewart Living so you know it has to be good!

Clean Slate is broken up into helpful sections to hit the restart button on your diet and what is entering your body.  The sections include recipes to: replenish, reboot, recharge, reenergize, restore and relax.  The system they have set up in the book is very in depth and looks like it would be a fabulous plan to follow if you were in need of a reboot.  
We have been picking and choosing various recipes to try out and incorporate into our plans.
The smoothies all look amazingly delicious and we will be trying one of those soon.

One of my favorite recipes from the book that I've tried was the
Roasted Edamame and Cranberries.
It took literally no time at all and has been the perfect afternoon snack.
I am not sure why I haven't roasted edamame before now but I am definitely going to be doing it more often.  
I think this mix would also be delicious with almonds mixed in.
Basically anything salty and sweet is a okay with me.  

I will say, some of the recipes are a bit over my head or weeknight time constraints.  However, I don't doubt their deliciousness and they are on our radar for weekend cooking and special occasions. 

I was given this book by Blogging for Books but all opinions are my own. 

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