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Magnolia Market Trip Recap & Home Decor

Magnolia Market Trip Recap & Home Decor

Hello friends!  I hope you are having an awesome start to your week!  Yesterday, I woke up at 6am and it was go, go, go until I fell asleep late last night.  Adulting is hard with all the household things we have to keep up with like bills and taxes and groceries and car registration.  There are not enough hours in the day!  But, of course there are, it’s a matter of prioritizing and GSD!  😉

Today, I’m taking you to Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco, Texas.  My mom and I made a day trip out of it last fourth of July and really enjoyed it. 

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48 Hours in San Antonio

48 Hours in San Antonio

Good morning!  How was your weekend? I was in Chicago until Saturday evening, and on Sunday we got to celebrate my little nephew’s 3rd birthday. He’s so cute and I love watching his relationship with his cousins grow.

Last weekend we celebrated my friends’ 50th birthday in San Antonio.  It’s one of those things where we knew we wanted to do something extra special for the occasion and this trip was just the thing.  It turned out to be such a fun time, so I wanted to share all the details with you in case you wanted to plan something similar. 

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48 Hours in Galveston

48 Hours in Galveston

Thank you to ShopStyle and Macy’s for sponsoring today’s post.

Good morning friends, and happy almost Friday!  Back in January, I resolved to have more fun in my life.  I wanted to go on more adventures and travel, even if it was just a quick getaway.

I feel like we work so hard and go, go, go, so scheduling in these little breaks helps us rest and refuel and connect with the people we love. It gets us out of the daily grind bubble and helps us remember what we’re working for and what’s important in life.

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24 Hours in NYC & JUNE REWIND

24 Hours in NYC & JUNE REWIND

Happy Friday friends!  This is definitely one of those months where I look up and go, “where did it go??”  June seemed to fly by, but we sure squeezed every ounce of pleasure out of it!  Today’s post is a recap of the 24 hours Shannon and I spent in NYC this week and of the whole month in case you missed it.

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48 Hours in South Beach Miami

48 Hours in South Beach Miami

Thank you to Nordstrom and ShopStyle for sponsoring today’s post.

This post was supposed to be titled, 48 hours in Key West, but the weather had other plans.  After my girlfriend Audrey and I showed up at the airport bright and early for our 6:45 am flight, it got delayed an hour.  Then it got delayed another hour.  We were hopeful when they boarded us onto the plane, then dejected as we sat on the tarmac for an hour. They finally let us off the plane, only to wait in the airport while the flight kept getting delayed and delayed. 

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Spring Break Recap | JW Marriott San Antonio vs. …

Spring Break Recap | JW Marriott San Antonio vs. Hyatt Lost Pines

Hi friends and Happy Friday!  I’m so looking forward to today and the weekend!  James gets to do the first reading at Mass today and I love that!  He’s been rehearsing and it’s so special to hear him recite verses from the Bible.  He actually inspires me to go deeper in my own faith.

Fridays are “off” days for me when there’s no one at home besides me and Jordan and I cherish that time with her.  As a mom, it’s so true that the days are long, but the years are short.  I know Fall will be here before we know it and she’ll be in PreK3 so I try to soak in as much quality time with her as I can.

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Tips for a Family Ski Vacation with a …

Tips for a Family Ski Vacation with a Toddler & What to Pack

Our Spring Break is always super early and so we’re already gone and back and I couldn’t wait to share our trip with you!  I could have easily split this post into three, but I wanted to have all of the information in one place for you! So, this mama jama blog post recaps our trip, provides tips on traveling with a toddler, tips for taking a toddler skiing, and what to pack for a family ski vacation!

We were lucky enough to be invited back to Pagosa Springs, Colorado (35 miles north of New Mexico) where our friends’

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24 Hours in NYC

24 Hours in NYC

First up, let’s talk Halloween! How was yours?  I’ve never been a huge Halloween person leading up to the day, but on the actual day of Halloween, I love it!  Those kids are just soooo stinkin’ cute in their costumes and some of them are seriously so creative! At our school a few of the standouts included Pac-Man and his ghosts, KFC Colonel, basket of laundry with washer/dryer, Slurpee, film strip, and the cutest little pilot inside his airplane!

Of course I have to give a shout out to my own kids- the sweetest ballerina you ever did see and a pretty cute Michael Jackson!

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BH&G & Bloom Recap

BH&G & Bloom Recap

Hello friends! I hope your weekend was nice and relaxing and you’re beginning today with a fresh start!  That’s how I like to start Mondays!  We can easily drag into the week kicking and screaming or decide to make it great, even if we don’t feel like it- so that’s what I’m going with today! Let’s make it great!

We made some progress on getting James’ Halloween costume together and decided that Jordan will be a little ballerina.  She’s going to be so adorable with her hair in two little buns and in that tiny leotard and ballerina slippers!

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Packing for NYC

Packing for NYC

Oh man, there’s never enough hours in the day, right?!  I swear getting ready to go out of town always has me feeling like I’m scrambling to get things done before going.  I’m sure if you travel for work, you know how it is, leaving the house in the middle of the week.  But, I’m honored to be invited back to the BH&G Stylemaker event and super excited to turn the trip into a mini girls’ weekend.  Well, we’re just staying one extra day, but I’ll take it!  We’ve got a fun agenda and I *think* I know what I’m packing,

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New Orleans Trip Recap | Day 2

New Orleans Trip Recap | Day 2

Hi friends!  Welcome back to Day 2 of our trip to New Orleans!  (If you missed it, check out Day 1 here, including a recap of the hip, new hotel we stayed at). Just getting away was amazing, but waking up in a new city with a whole day to play and explore is so exciting!  The next morning we got up early to make a 7:45 AM reservation at Willa Jean for breakfast.  No one was super thrilled about waking up so early when we’d had been out late the night before, but that was the only time they had and we really wanted to go there.  

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New Orleans Trip Recap | Where We Stayed & First …

New Orleans Trip Recap | Where We Stayed & First Day

*Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring today’s post!

I’m so excited to share our New Orleans trip with you today!  We ate, we drank, saw the sights, shopped and hung out at the pool and did I mention, ate?!  It was a lot to pack into two days, but we made every second count!  This recap post was becoming longer than a novel, so I’m breaking it into two posts- Day 1 today and Day 2 tomorrow.  You’ll definitely want to come back so I can share ALL the good food we ate with you!

Our trip was couples only and we went with four of our good friends.  We’ve traveled with them before and it’s always fun when you have a great group to spend so much time with.  Unfortunately, my husband got called away on work at the last minute so he didn’t get to meet up with us until dinner the first night there.

Gingham Top ⋅ Boyfriend Jeans ⋅ Sandals ⋅ Necklace ⋅ Bracelet ⋅ Watch

I wanted to be comfy and cute for the trip over, so I wore my relaxed boyfriend jeans and the fun gingham top with tassel sleeves you saw in my latest dressing room post.  I got so many compliments on it, seems everyone is a fan of classic black and white gingham, but the petite tassels put it over the top in the cute department.

It’s a quick flight from Houston to New Orleans, so we arrived in a jiffy.

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Gingham Top ⋅ Boyfriend Jeans ⋅ Sandals ⋅ Necklace ⋅ Bracelet ⋅ Watch

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Our Trip to Lost Pines & Tips for Vacationing …

Our Trip to Lost Pines & Tips for Vacationing with Kids

Hi friends! Wasn’t that a weird 4th of July being on a Tuesday this year?! It made me feel all out of whack, constantly forgetting what day of the week it was since Friday, but I guess that’s a good thing, right?!  We took an impromptu family trip to Lost Pines in Bastrop, Texas and it was so much fun!  We’ve been before with just James, but this trip was even better with two kiddos and so much to do that we got to take advantage of this time.

We went Saturday morning and came back Monday morning, but I wish we had stayed one more day.  The typical two-hour car trip took 4 hours with traffic (we left at 11 am), a stop at Subway and, of course, the obligatory pitstop at Buccee’s.  If you road trip in Texas, you have to stop at Buccee’s.  James got a pair of realistic handcuffs and played with them all weekend and  I got a bag of caramel popcorn and ate 3/4 of it on the trip, then felt sick! Ahh, vacation life!  But, I really recommend a two-night stay if you visit Lost Pines because, once you get there, it takes some time to actually relax, so one more day would’ve been even better!  For us, once we were really getting into the vacation groove, it was time to come home!

ROAD TRIPS WITH KIDS

Because the trip was planned last minute, we packed  the morning of and just threw everything in the car.  I kept my road trip outfit comfy and casual, and because I get cold in the car, wore a longer sleeve top.  It’s so comfy I actually wore it home too.

 

Top (XSP) ⋅ Jean Shorts (24) ⋅ Lace-Up Sandals (blue & ivory on sale) ⋅ Similar Snakeskin Crossbody Bag 33% off ⋅ Sunglasses ⋅ Coil Ring

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Girls Weekend Recap

Girls Weekend Recap

How’s your week going friends?! If I didn’t already know it, last weekend taught me that I am definitely NOT 21 anymore! Three jam-packed days of classes and meetings and more importantly, parties and dancing and 2 am chat sessions with my girlfriends and a side of Taco Bueno really wore me out! Then, I got home and my brain was overflowing and I couldn’t sleep! It was definitely worth going though because when you have so many friends scattered all over the US and a chance to get together in one place, you have to take advantage of it!

I wish y’all could’ve been there too,

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Our Family Trip to Waco | Magnolia Market

Our Family Trip to Waco | Magnolia Market

Hi guys! How was your weekend? Never enough weekend time before Monday rolls again around, right?! Well, might as well embrace it and the fact that we’re officially in April!  Hopefully, the April showers we’ve been getting will lead to lots of May flowers! 

Today, I’m excited to share our trip to Waco, Texas and Magnolia Market with you.  This was part of our Spring Break mini vacation and it did not disappoint!  I’ve been wanting to go forever, especially since Waco is only about a 3 hour drive from Houston.  After spending a few days in Galveston,

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Guide to Spring Break in Galveston

Guide to Spring Break in Galveston

We are back from our Spring Break and back to real life with school, sports and schedules.  But that’s okay, a little break away always rejuvenates and energizes and now I’m feeling particularly ready for all the Spring goodness! 

For our Spring Break, we went to Galveston (a nearby beach town) and Waco (hello Fixer Upper!) and today I’m sharing scenes from our Galveston trip, along with where we stayed, good things to eat, and lots of fun things to do if you decide to vacation there.

Polka Dot Swimsuit

It’s just an hour south car-ride from Houston,

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Family Spring Break Packing Guide

Family Spring Break Packing Guide

We made it through wedding weekend and my baby brother is successfully hitched! He and his beautiful bride are off on their honeymoon and we are getting ready for our Spring Break, which officially starts today!  Sweet James was the ring bearer in the wedding and he took his role so seriously!  I was so happy to get a chance to get some super cute pics before the ceremony started with everyone all spiffied up before Jordan had a meltdown and James was a sweaty dance floor mess!


Dress

James wore the grey rental tux to match the groomsmen and cutie pie Jordan was lucky to be gifted this gorgeous gold dress from our friends.  

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BH&G Stylemaker Recap

BH&G Stylemaker Recap

How was your weekend friends?  Ours have been packed lately with sports but we did have a nice relaxing Sunday and I got lots done around the house.  On Saturday, in between soccer and baseball games, my girlfriend and I took a quick trip down to Galveston for my trainer’s bodybuilding show. As luck would have it, we arrived while the show was at a break, but we took advantage of being at the beach and had lunch on the patio at The Spot, dug our feet into the sand, and browsed some local shops before heading home.  I couldn’t stop smiling the whole time we were there.  

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