Bachelorette Party in Miami Part 2

Hey friends!! I’m back with the second part of my trip to Miami for my bestie’s bachelorette party.  I had only been to Miami once before for a quick trip so I never really got to see the city and wow, it sure is pretty!! I stole some beautiful pictures from the girls so we will start with those!!


View from the pool level at our condo. 


View from our condo balcony. 


The sunsets from our balcony were breathtaking.  


So pretty!


Liz, the maid of honor (and bride’s sister) bought a Polaroid to snap pictures throughout the weekend, which was so fun.  She also came prepared with a cute little scrapbook to fill with the polaroid pictures from the weekend for the bride-to-be.  Such a fun idea! 


Just loving life in Miami!  Happy as can be! 🙂


Me, the bride-to-be and the groom’s sister.  Fun story: All 3 of us went to high school together and I actually ran cross country and was on the swim team with the groom’s sister in high school so we go way back.  It was so fun to have her there and to catch up with her!


Me and my sweet bestie.  She deserves the world and her groom is the most amazing guy and just so perfect for her.  (I may have played cupid in high school and set up this perfect pair. ;).)


We went to dinner at Mignonette for a nice dinner out on Friday night.  


I got the mahi with roasted cauliflower which was so delicious!!! 


All the girls with our bride at dinner!! 


A bunch of the girls went out afterwards, but I’m a grandma and had to call it an early night. 🙂 I can’t hang like I used to! 😉

One more recap is on its way and it is probably my favorite post from our Miami trip!  We had such a fun day on Saturday so I can’t wait to share soon!!

I hope you all have the best weekend!! We have 7 friends in town this weekend (the boys organized this weekend to watch March Madness) so I am going to soak up all the friend time and enjoy a slower paced weekend and I hope you all are able to do the same! XOXOXO


  1. Any fun plans for the weekend? 
  2. Do you watch March Madness?  Do a bracket?
  3. Have you ever been to Miami?

Bachelorette Party in Miami Part 1

Hi friends!!  I hope your week is off to a good start.  I am pretty exhausted from a long weekend in Miami celebrating my best friend’s upcoming wedding.  On Thursday afternoon I headed to the airport for my flight to Miami (flew into Ft. Lauderdale) to meet up with all the other girls.  There were 10 of us that made the trip to Miami to celebrate bachelorette style! A bunch of us flew into Ft. Lauderdale around the same time, which was nice so we could coordinate and share rides to our condos in Miami (we had two right next to each other).  

My bestie, Rachael’s family hosted a toasting party for the soon-to-be newlyweds a couple weekends ago in Nashville and I wasn’t able to attend, but my momma did and I got this cute picture.  I’m so happy my friends love my family as much as I do.


Rachael’s sister is the maid of honor (I’m a bridesmaid), but she asked a couple of us for a little help planning out the bachelorette weekend for Rachael.  I made an itinerary for the girls when they arrived so they would have a little bit of an idea of what we were doing all weekend (and when to be ready).  Getting 10 girls out the door on time is quite the task. 😉 


Thursday night we arrived at the condos and had groceries delivered (huge timesaver!) while we all changed and got ready for dinner.  We originally planned to get tacos, but the place was packed so we opted for sushi a few doors down.  

Girls after dinner!


The sushi was good, but the service was horrible (the worst ever!!) so I won’t name the spot.  After dinner we headed to a small night club, Bodega for a few drinks and some dancing. 



We stayed out way too late and were pretty excited to come back to these cute kits that the maid of honor had waiting for us. 🙂


Yall, all 10 of us girls are obsessed with doggies.  We saw more dogs on this trip than I have seen in a long time.  We made friends with this frenchie puppy on the elevator.  Her name was Felony. 🙂  She kept biting my nose… I wanted to take her home with me.  


After a few hours of sleep, I hit the gym to sweat it out before beginning our pool day.  Myself and a couple of the bridesmaids had beach bags full of goodies for the girlies when they woke up.


My husband kept sending me pics of the dogs all weekend.  I think they missed me.  


He had to go to an event in Austin on Saturday and took the dogs and sent me this snap.  Riley will go to anyone… Callie will warm up, it just takes a little while.  


Friday after brunch we all got ready to head to Hyde Beach pool party.  


We spent the afternoon hanging out poolside in the beautiful sunshine!

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Thankfully we arrive early and bought some chairs so we had a spot to sit because yall, this place filled up quickly!


Just helping the bride with her grey hairs. 😉


We had a blast!


All the girlies!


After hours in the sun, we headed back to our condos to get ready for a nice dinner out.  Lots more to share, but I will break this into a couple posts.  I will be back soon!!! Hope you all have a wonderful day!


  1. What did you do this past weekend?
  2. Have you ever been on a bachelor or bachelorette party?
  3. Have you ever been to Miami?

Weekend Recap 3.17.19…Recovering, Sunshine, and Date Night

Hey friends!! Happy Monday! I hope you guys had a nice St. Patrick’s Day weekend and were able to take part in the festivities (or at least more than we were!).  My husband was sick all last week and ofcourse I woke up sick on Friday.  We just hung out at the house on Friday night and most of Saturday trying to recover and feel a little better.  Being sick is the worst.   And knock on wood, I haven’t been sick in quite some time so hoping it passes quickly.  I was feeling a bit better yesterday, but still woke up super congested and my cough seems to have gotten worse. Ugh!! 

I am taking in all the vitamin C and resting because this is a short week for me.  On Thursday I am heading to Miami to celebrate my best friend, Rachael’s, bachelorette party! I am soo excited (and cannot afford to be sick!).  

We did happen to sneak in a yummy taco night last week.  Riley was not amused.  


When you’re sick, you stock up on all the essentials.  🙂 


We were lounging on the couch the other day and I looked over to see this.  Riley did not mind one bit.  


Saturday was spent hanging around at the house and by Sunday I needed to get out.  I was able to get some things done on my to do list in the morning so I ran to get my nails done Sunday afternoon while my husband was out golfing.  I had given my nails a break for a bit so didn’t have to pay for the removal of the past coat, but nail prices in San Antonio are SO cheap compared to anywhere else I have lived.  I never used to get them done regularly because it was so expensive, but I get the powder dip here and it is only $35.   It was at least $50-$60 everywhere else I have lived.  🙂


Since I wasn’t feeling  so hot on Friday night we had to cancel our dinner plans.  Thankfully by Sunday afternoon I was feeling a bit better so we decided to reschedule our date night and head to an early dinner.  We love a good date night for no reason at all, but I told my husband we had to celebrate our 10 year anniversary together since it is coming up in a couple weeks.  It is crazy to think we have been together for 10 years!  We met when I was just 19 years old and a freshman in college.  Boy, time sure does fly! 


We sat outside on the patio overlooking the riverwalk at Supper in the Pearl.  


It was a beautiful evening outside and we enjoyed people watching as we ate.


We got the brussels and risotto to start and both were super yummy!  If brussels are on the menu, I am getting them.  


I love this guy so much.  ❤ 


My husband was convinced by the waiter to get the Quail.  He ate every bite. 🙂


The waiter convinced me to get the Trout and it did not disappoint.  Oh my gosh, sooo delicious. 


I like my chocolate, but I’ve never been big on desserts at restaurants.  My husband doesn’t usually get one either, but after one look at the menu, he had to get this dish.  It was some sort of churro cookie with ice cream and toasted marshmellow with chocolate sauce and strawberries.  He gobbled it up so fast and said it was the best dessert ever. 


We were home in bed with the pups by 7:30pm… just how we like it. 😉  


Send me all the healing vibes so I can kick this sickness it the butt before my trip to Miami!  I hope everyone had an amazing weekend!!! xoxo


  1. Did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?
  2. Tell my the highlight of your weekend. 
  3. Do you typically get dessert when dining out?

Weekend Recap 3.10.19 Date Night, Home Projects and a New Snack For The Week!

Happy Monday friends!  How was your weekend?  I can’t believe it is already Monday again, but we had a great weekend over here.  It was so nice to be home with my husband (and pups) and spend some quality time together and get some things done around the house.  

Friday night we just hung out at home.  We have been watching Dexter on Netflix so we got in a few episodes.  Have yall seen this show?  It is crazy.  On Saturday morning we took the pups on a long walk to grab a coffee.  After a quick workout we got to work on some things around the house.  I washed sheets, did laundry, vacuumed, while my husband worked on painting our new carport out back.


After I was finished inside, the pups and I joined my husband outside (it was 85 degrees!!!) and I relaxed and shelled some pecans while the pups ran around.  My mom always asks if I have shelled all the pecans in the box we gathered from our pecan tree in the backyard.  No mom, I have not.  Everytime I shell pecans I do not make a dent in this thing!  🙂


After a while we got cleaned up and headed to the Pearl, a cute little area with restaurants and bars in San Antonio for a much needed date night.


We were going to go to dinner at another restaurant, but the wait was so long, we ended up putting our name in at Southerleigh.


We grabbed a drink at the Hotel Emma bar and sat outside by a fire while we waited.


It didn’t take long to get a table though so we downed our drinks and headed on over.


We got a side salad and shrimp cocktail to start and I got the scallops and my husband got the redfish for our entrees.  We both loved our meals.  Yum!



There were tons of people hanging out with kids, pups watching the water light show after dinner.


After dinner we met up with a friend of ours for a bit before calling it a night.  We both forgot to cancel our class pass trials (when we went to Dallas) so we have a bunch of credits for this month.  We are too cheap to let them go to waist so my husband found us a circuit type class for Sunday morning.  It was really fun and challenging.  I love trying new workouts so we are already planning our next one.  

While meal prepping for the week, I decided we needed a new snack to change things up a bit so I decided to make some protein balls.  

The base recipe is: 1 and 1/2 cups of old fashioned oats, 1 cup of peanut butter, 1/4 cup of honey, and 2 scoops of protein powder (I used vanilla Sunwarrior).  


From there I just added a couple tablespoons of chia seeds, flax seeds, unsweetened coconut flakes, and chopped almonds.  I didn’t end up adding raisins, but you definitely could add these or chocolate chips or any other dried fruit or nuts you prefer.  This recipe is completely customizable.   


Then you just mix it all up and roll the mixture into balls.  


I popped them all into an airtight container to store in the freezer.  I will pop two or three of these in my lunch for the week and each them alone or break them into a greek yogurt.  


For lunches this week, I made salads for my husband and I.  This week I used mixed greens, beets, chickpeas, pumpkin seeds, dried cherries, and goat cheese.  We will top with chicken or salmon or tuna each day.  This took me all of 10 minutes and makes our life so much easier throughout the week.  


My husband went to grab a sandwich this weekend and sent me this picture.  I just can’t with the cuteness.  Riley loves car rides and my husband takes him on all his errands, it is so precious.   


That’s all I’ve got for today!! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and have a great week ahead!! 


  1. Highlight of your weekend? 
  2. Favorite healthy snack?
  3. Do you meal prep on the weekends?


Weekend Recap 3.3.19 Sister Time in Dallas

Hey Friends!!!  Happy Thursday!! This week is flying by for me, which is always nice.  My husband has been out of town since Monday for work so these weeks are usually a little tough for me, but luckily my pups have been keeping me company.  My sweet husband sent me the sweetest note and a bouquet of roses to let me know he was thinking of me while he has been gone.  It is the little things, yall.  

Last week when I was eating some dinner, I had quite the admirer.  She is never far away from me…especially when there is food. 🙂 


Does anyone else still watch Wheel of Fortune?  I look forward to it every night. 🙂


I came home the other day and saw this.  It looks like he is giving the dogs a stern talk, but he really was just telling them to sit so I didn’t run them over.  So obedient. 🙂


The king of the castle. 


My bestie sent me this that popped up on her timehop.  This was me and my little brother 11 years ago!  Crazy.


This past weekend my husband was away on a boys ski trip so I decided to hear to Dallas for the weekend with the pups.  


We did a TreadBarre class on Saturday morning and got some juice afterwards!


Aren’t they all just the cutest??  Anything for a treat!


Saturday after our class we went to my sister and her bf’s old apartment to clean it up before they give up the keys.  We just did a quick clean then headed home.  On Saturday night we decided to just stay in and watch movies/organize my sister’s closet.


Ofcourse we got our favorite, poke bowls!


We helped my sister’s bf hang some mirrors.

And I dried my sister’s hair.  Hey, what are sisters for?


On Sunday morning we went to a bootcamp style workout class before packing up my car.  It was such a fun little trip to Dallas, but like always, it went by way too fast.  The pups and I were glad to be home and to see Jonny!  


  1. How was your weekend?
  2. When was the last time you moved?
  3. Tell me one highlight of your week!

Master Bathroom Renovation … Before and Afters!

Good morning!!!! I have a fun post planned for you today.  I have been waiting for what feels like forever to share our master bathroom/laundry room renovation with you all.  We finished most of the project a while ago, but had a little hiccup with the shower glass getting installed so that delayed us a bit.  I am excited to show you the carport that we had built out back too.. it looks so great and we love it! 

When we first bought this house I told my husband that the master bathroom had to go asap… like I may have had contractors at our house the day we were moving in.  To me it just wasn’t very practical and was extremely dark and outdated.  My husband probably would have been fine with it… but that is a man for you. 😉 Since we knew we were going to change out the flooring in the bathroom, I decided it was the perfect time to change out the flooring in the laundry room (it is the same tile).  This is the before tile.


I know it is not horrible, but it is just not my style at all.  I like light and bright and neutral colors. 


New flooring getting installed!


All done!  Riley approves.  We got this tile from the Habitat for Humanity store.  If you haven’t checked these out, you are missing out.  The prices are unbeatable and we saved SO much money doing this.  We have a few more plans for the laundry room so I will share those when the time comes.  


So this was our bathroom before the renovation.  The viewpoint is from the master closet, the entrance to the bathroom is directly to the right by the light switches.  The dual vanities are on opposite sides of the bathroom.  


View from inside the bathroom looking towards the master closet. 


The after!  We tore down the wall right when you enter the bathroom and the two walls connecting the door to the shower and toilet.  We made them all half walls. 


We actually got the window from Habitat for Humanity store too.  Guess how much it was?  $20!!!!!! Insane!


This was the shower before.  It felt so dark and dull. 


The tiny old window.  The new window makes a huge difference.


The old flooring was so gross.  I was soo happy to see it go.


We chose subway tile for the shower.  Riley wanted to test it out.


We did a neutral accent strip through the middle of the shower.  We used the old fixtures to save some mula.


My husband was set on using dark grout for the subway tile and I think it turned out great. We chose flat stones for the flooring.


We did a little built in place for soap/shampoo.  


The old door way to the shower and toilet.


In the middle of the reno!


The same view, with the half walls all finished.


The old vanity.  There was an identical one on the opposite side.


We were able to sell the old cabinets and make some money, which was nice.


Refinishing the old cabinets!

In the middle of the project.  Noticed the direction of the light fixture.


Refinishing the old cabinet underneath my new makeup vanity.

New counter tops installed.

We reused our old sinks and fixtures and updated the cabinets (we had to update to make it a duel vanity on the same side), new counter tops, and new mirrors.  The backsplash matches the one in the shower.


We reused the light fixtures too, but just turned them upside down!  By reusing the shower and sink fixtures, the light fixtures, and the sinks, we saved a lot of money.


We got new cabinets for the duel vanity on the right side of the bathroom from Habitat for Humanity (great price!), but kept the one on the left and just refinished it to match the new cabinets.  


These are the new cabinets and I was able to refinish and paint the old one to match it perfectly.  They didn’t have the exact size vanities we needed so I just asked my husband to add in some shelves for towel storage to complete the look.  


New cabinets.


The left side of the bathroom is my makeup vanity.  I begged my husband for this and he finally agreed.  I love to sit down and dry my hair and do my makeup.  These are the cabinets I refinished to match the new cabinets on the right side of the bathroom. The makeup mirror… my husband made it for me. 🙂 


We researched a lot of different ones online and they either weren’t big enough or cost as much as our mortgage so we opted to go the DIY route on this project.


We kept the storage closet to the left of the makeup vanity.  There is a TON of storage on top. 


And the bottom opens up for a place to drop your laundry!! Such a smart idea and no way I was giving that up.  I love being able to conceal a laundry basket and not have it out in the open.


The important part of the new bathroom! 🙂 


Our master bathroom renovation was a LOT of work. We interview a lot of people.  Since we knew the design we wanted, we searched for a handy man instead of an entire design team since we didn’t want to pay for all of that.  We reused quite a few items and did a bit of the work ourselves.  It was no easy task, but we are both thrilled with the outcome!  It is exactly what we wanted and it is so much more functional this way.  I think it is important to love where you live and this project really makes our new house feel like home.  

I hope you all are having a fantastic week!! xoxoxo


  1. Have you ever done a home renovation project?
  2. Are you a DIY-er or do you hire someone for projects?
  3. If you could change one thing about the place you live in, what would it be?

Celery Juicing Update… Two Months In… Is It Worth All The Hype?

Hey friends!!! Happy Friday!!! I am pretty freaking happy we have made it to Friday.  It’s been a loooooooong week over here.  What about you?  Any fun plans for the weekend? 

I told you guys a while ago that I hopped on the celery juice band wagon to see if it was really worth all the hype it is getting.  I have been regularly juicing celery every morning since the beginning of January so I feel like I have given it a fair shot to be able to give an honest review.  

If you haven’t read about all the benefits to drinking celery juice, I highly reccommend doing so before starting because there are a LOT of testimonials out there from helping people with acne, pain, sleep, digestion, etc.  As always, you should consult your doctor before changing or altering your diet. 

If you want to learn all there is to learn about celery, go to the Medical Medium’s blog where he clearly explains the benefits of drinking celery juice and exactly how to begin this process (how much, how often, what time of day, etc). 

This is what my kitchen looks like at least twice a week.  I buy about 12 stalks of celery at a time and stalk up about 4-5 days later with maybe 8-10 stalks.  I make celery juice for myself and my husband so take that into account for why I buy so much.  Celery is cheap where I live so it’s not a big cost concern to me, but I do feel like a bit of a weirdo in the check out line with so much celery (LOL) but I actually have had really great conversations with strangers about it so I’m ok with that. 

I drink 8-16o ounces of freshly juiced celery every single morning on an empty stomach and wait at least 20 minutes to each breakfast afterwards.  This is just what works for me.

One of the biggest issues I have with the celery juicing process is the prep.  I usually grocery shop on Saturday (sometimes Friday, sometimes Sunday) and when I get home I immediately wash all the celery and chop off the ends.  I have two big veggie drawers on the outside of my fridge that are now the “celery drawers” because celery takes up a LOT of room in the fridge.  So I would say the time to prep and the space the celery takes up are the biggest downfalls for me when it comes to juicing celery regularly. 


While those are a couple negatives, I have experienced quite a few positive changes from drinking the celery juice.  I have not changed anything else in my diet or supplements because I really wanted to know if the celery juice actually made a difference.  

The biggest change I have noticed is my energy levels.  I usually hit that slump in the afternoon around 2-3pm where I am so tired, but after starting the celery juice regimen, I often feel an energy burst in the afternoon or evening, which is so rare for me.  I also feel more energized when I wake up in the morning.  I may still hit snooze a few times, but I don’t feel so groggy in the morning.  

Another big change I have noticed is my mood.  I would say I am a pretty happy, but melancholy person most of the time.  I don’t get SUPER excited about things, but I also don’t get SUPER sad or mad about things most of the time either.  Since drinking celery juice, overall I have felt in a better mood most of the time.  Just happier, almost euphoric feeling sometimes.  I will get crazy energetic and happy and my husband is like, “Are you ok? Did you take too much pre-workout?” LOL.  So I think my mood and energy levels are not only noticed by myself, but my husband has noticed them too, which I definitely didn’t think would happen. 

I know a lot of people experience clearer skin when drinking celery juice regularly and this one, I’m not quite sure.  I have been using Rodan & Fields for a few years now and I feel like that keeps my skin pretty clear, but I definitely have not had a break out since starting the celery juice regime.  

Digestion and bloating.  This is another one you hear about a lot with celery juicing.  I have definitely noticed a difference with this too.  I feel like my digestive system is working properly and I don’t get as bloated as often anymore, which is a huge plus.  

Yall know I have been dealing with migraines stemming from my back and neck pain for awhile now.  I think I told yall I got botox for them, which helped a LOT.  I still had dull headaches here and there, but not near as often as I used to.  Since starting on the celery juice train, I have had a lot less headaches and they have been a lot less severe.  This is very important to me because they were starting to get in the way of simple daily tasks and work, which can be very frusterating.  

Those are the biggest changes I have seen and noticed throughout these last 2 months.  I am starting to increase my intake to at least 16 ounces every day.  It is a big time commitment (the prep and cleaning the juicer), but if it has a huge positive impact on your life, it is worth it.  For now, I plan to keep juicing my celery every morning for me and my husband.  (My husband hasn’t been as consistent, but once he gets in a rhythm, I’ll have him do a review for you guys too!).  If you have any questions, please let me know! I am happy to answer any! 


  1. Have you jumped on the celery juicing band wagon?
  2. What is one healthy ritual you do each day? 
  3. Have you ever tried a crazy, fad diet?