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I don’t get out much, so when I do it must be documented!

 

 

The Best Coffee Shops in Houston

The Best Coffee Shops in Houston

I’ve been wanting to write this post for a long time, and after such a positive response from the NYC Food Tour post, it prompted me to finally get it done! My hubby and I aren’t big drinkers, but we love a good cup of coffee and Houston hosts a number of great coffee shops to sit back, relax and enjoy the brew.  We’ll go as a family or as a quickie day date when it’s been too inconvenient or hard to line up a sitter for an evening out.

This post is also in collaboration with Nordstrom #homeawayfromhome,

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Foods of NY Tour : What We Ate in …

Foods of NY Tour : What We Ate in NYC (Part 1)

Good Monday morning friends!  I got back from a jam-packed trip to NYC on Saturday and I’m so glad I went.  Did you guys see on Snapchat or InstaStories? Y’all know how hard it was to leave Jordan, and I swear she grew three months in three days!  While I was gone she went from pulling up and standing to pulling up and standing and letting go! Girl, slow down! This mama can’t keep up!

We certainly crammed a lot into those three days away.  I was there for the Better Homes & Gardens Stylemaker event,

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Packing for NYC & Our Plans

Packing for NYC & Our Plans

Okay, you guys seriously rock!  Ask and you shall receive!  I asked for help narrowing down my dress choices and y’all let me know what you thought!  Thank you!  Sometimes you just want that extra input from your girlfriends to help you decide.  I respect your opinions (y’all are a smart bunch with good taste!) and appreciate you taking the time to weigh in.

After my mini meltdown yesterday (as seen on Snap) when Grandma took Jordan to her house, I had to pull myself together and get focused on getting ready to get out the door.

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Things To Do With the Kids This Summer

Things To Do With the Kids This Summer

As a stay-at-home mom, I have to admit, as much as I usually look forward to summer, I was apprehensive about this one.  I’m sure it was because it would be my first summer home with two kiddos; a 6 year-old and a 4 month-old.  It’s hard enough to juggle a baby alone, but add in the older sibling and I worried that I’d be overwhelmed and unable to get out the door to do fun activities with my son having a baby in tow.  My son loves video games and his iPad and watching YouTube videos, and he’d probably do that all day if I’d let him.

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BHG Stylemaker Celebration Recap

BHG Stylemaker Celebration Recap

For the last four years, every September, Better Homes & Gardens presents its Sylemaker issue and focuses on individuals who “influence style at home and beyond.”  I’m a digital subscriber to the magazine, and this past issue was filled with stylemakers such as Darby Stanchfield, Erin Gleenson, Eddie Ross and Jen Ramos.  A day-long “Stylemaker Celebration” event is held in NYC as a way for influencers and the magazine to come together and share ideas and talents with each other.

It’s awesome these days to see brands and magazines taking bloggers more seriously and honoring what they bring to the table creatively and through their blogs.  

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San Antonio Vacation

San Antonio Vacation

We are back from our family weekend getaway to San Antonio and it really was nice to get away, even if only for a couple of days.  We stayed at the historic 150-year old Menger Hotel, located next to the Alamo and just two blocks from the Riverwalk.

The grounds are pretty and lush, including the quaint courtyard in the center of the hotel.  You can relax outside in the rocking chairs or take a dip in the pool.

 


Pineapple tee | shorts | crocs 

And inside the hotel,

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Wardrobe Wednesday | Haven Recap & What I Wore

Wardrobe Wednesday | Haven Recap & What I Wore

I mentioned that the contest prep put a damper on the start of our summer with regards to planning family outings and going to restaurants has been off limits, so it’s also cut down on my social life since so many of our get-togethers involve food and restaurants.  I’m blessed with great girlfriends who were happy to stop by or go for a walk with me and I appreciated that so much.  Long chats on the phone were also a must!  You can imagine how excited I was to have an entire girls’ weekend last week as I traveled to Atlanta for the Haven blog conference.  

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Weekend Recap // Lost Pines

Weekend Recap // Lost Pines

Some of you who’ve read my blog since the very beginning have seen my son grow up from just a little baby old into an energetic 4 year-old boy.  He’s got the sweetest spirit and everyone who meets him always comments what a joy he is.  He’s one of those kids who will sit and chat with you as long as you’re willing to talk.  I like sharing bits of my life with him here and I got some cute pictures this weekend while we were away on a quick getaway at Lost Pines in Bastrop, Texas.  I always debate if I should bring my good camera (Nikon D90) or just use my iPhone,

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