Thursday, August 22, 2013

Girl Crush Alert

I've always loved Olivia Wilde. And by always I mean ever since she appeared on The OC (basically TEN years ago. HOLY COW). I've always thought she was just gorgeous. This article makes me like her even more.

File that under relevant.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Get on It.

I'm currently getting on board with a few things:

Why have I waited so very long to jump on the quinoa train? I'm not sure. Blame my undeniable love for pasta, but pasta does the opposite of make you skinny when you enjoy copious amounts of it like I do. Maybe this will curb the craving.

Tripping Out with Alie & Georgia. We have a weekend morning tradition: watch the Cooking Channel in bed until we decide to get up to fix breakfast. At first, these gals had a mini show between commercials called - Two Classy Ladies. Well, now they have a show! These girls are livin my DREAM. Thumbin across the country and discovering interesting local food and drink all while dressing in adorable retro outfits and getting PAID ! Each time they 'get back home' they host a party with AHMAZING tiny bites and hand crafted cocktails (um, hello, red velvet cupcake cocktail?!) to reflect their most recent trip. I need them to get off my tv and into my real life. Thanks!

Y'all. We were anti-credit cards before we had to high tail it out west. Knowing that we'd likely be flying back and forth to NC, we decided to do our research and keep an open mind. Steven flies occasionally for work and his travel schedule may pick up soon. We're responsible people and it's paying off! We pay our Southwest card off religiously and we've been able to earn the companion pass. Dave Ramsey, I'm sorry, but we're BOTH flying home for Christmas for $6 total. That's a savings of around $1200 all because I fly for free and we paid for Steven's ticket in earned points. Not to boast, but people, if you like to travel and have an opportunity to do so, take note! It's a really good card and Southwest offers great deals (like Expedia) and you can online shop through Southwest, too. The annual fee is $100, but they give you points that are essentially equivilent to that when you sign up or upgrade your card.

The new Loren Hope Fall Collection is out and she's killin it. I don't want to talk about how many things I wish I could buy! Note to hubs: anything will do. 

Ah. Any excuse to dine like the French. Perhaps a little blind tasting party is in my future. Because, really, who doesn't like wine & cheese & other accoutrements & real good company?!

What are some things that you've jumped on board with lately?
I'd love to know!


Monday, August 19, 2013

Dream Home

I saw this on Pinterest with no link. Oh my gracious.
When can we move in?


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Summer so far...

Our first summer in Texas has been quite a good one, indeed. Hot & dry, but good. We've hosted my parents for about 10 days and taken them to Santa Fe & Denver (sandwhiched between time at our home in Amarillo) and we're recovering from hosting Steven's family (mom, sis, and our nephew). Two weekends ago we met them in Fort Worth, TX and then we ventured to Colorado Springs and Denver! We've been very excited about having this opportunity to explore our part of the country and share experiences with each other and loved ones. We're starting to realize that now's the time to embark on traveling and adventure, so we've got a very busy fall mapped out as well! Before I give way to what's to come, let's recap some of my favorite moments of our travels west:  
We introduced my mom and dad to Maria's New Mexican Kitchen in Santa Fe. Y'all. You haven't tasted delicioso Mexican cuisine until you've had some Maria's. Nothing compares. They have the freshest and best margaritas as well. It's legit. We never miss a visit to Maria's while in SF. That would just be so very wrong!! 
We explored the Canyon Road art galleries. Finley loved it.

Walked and shopped til we dropped. Santa Fe is absolutely beautiful!

We headed to Amarillo, where we had a chance to relax a little and venture about town. I wanted to introduce our Texan friends to a little known thing around here called Carolina BBQ, so we pulled together some authentic NC recipes and ingredients and did just that.
Ah. Corn fritters & collard greens (you're missin out if you haven't had this tasty combo)! BBQ potatoes, pulled pork, cole slaw and baked beans. And PLENTY of sweet tea to wash it all down!

Robyn's hubby Daniel baked some homemade pie's and they were just scrumptious!

Next, we ventured up to Denver. I wasn't so sure what to expect about Denver, to be honest. We stayed at Hotel Teatro, which was super pet friendly and more of a boutique hotel. I loved it. The bathroom had a giant soaking tub and a TV! (Travel tip: we used JetSetter through and got an awesome rate!). Hotel Teatro was located around the corner from Larimer Square in the Nodo district. After walking my legs off, just exploring the city, I can admit that I'm ready to buy a summer house in that area. Where may we sign?
We also explored Golden, CO (We toured the Coors Brewery, the downtown area, and we got to see my alltime favorite band at Red Rocks). This area was simply beautiful. Golden was a quaint town and the brew tour was long and somewhat crowded, but definitely interesting. Largest brewery in the world! Wow. It only felt right to tap the rockies!

Seeing Old Crow Medicine Show & the Avetts in the most gorgeous setting in the world was probably a highlight of my life. Not to mention, I was surrounded by my favorite people!  The acoustics blew me away and while we were up high, we didn't have a bad seat at all. I told everyone I wouldn't be one of those crazies to stress about getting up front...maybe next time! 

That pretty much sums up my parent's trip out west. Stay tuned for our adventure with the H's.