You Are What You Eataly

You are what you eataly sign

 

Eataly…where do I even begin. This past weekend I took a girls trip to Chicago with three of my best friends from college. Every time I get together with these girls I forget how much fun we have. Shopping, reminiscing on old times, laughing and of course eating. I couldn’t have planned a better weekend.

The absolute highlight of the trip was Eataly…ah-mazing! Seriously this place was my heaven. Wine, pasta, pizza, cheese platters, and more wine. I think I could have been content staying there the entire day. If they put one of these in Dallas I just might be there every day (secretly hoping they do open one though!). We indulged in several glasses of wine, exquisite italian foods and caught up on life. It was the perfect getaway weekend.

{Life Lesson}: Good friends never grow apart no matter how far the distance is in between.

Wine at Eataly

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Eataly trip

Eataly salad

Eataly wine elevator

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Eataly trip

Life Lesson: One Step at a Time

small steps every day

 

It’s hard not to get overwhelmed or stressed on a Monday. I feel like the last couple of months have been a constant stream of Monday’s. Yesterday’s message at church was the perfect message to make me take a step back and realize I need a break. God specifically gave us a day for rest, and we need it. Our pastor made a comment yesterday about being busy which struck my heart. Being busy is: Being Under Satan’s Yolk.

{Life Lesson} It’s our choice wether or not we want to be BUSY.

Pray for the Best, Prepare for the Worst

coffee and jesusForest Gump said it best,

Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.

One day you think you will spend the rest of your life with someone, the next day your entire world is turned upside down by them.

Love is hard, love is complicated, and love is a choice. I came to terms with this last week during our dating series at church. There isn’t a ONE true love for you, but there is a ONE who chooses to walk through life with you.

{Life Lesson}: There are always going to be rough times ahead, but accepting them and praying for strength through those times will make you stronger.

Texas Wine Country

Grape Creek Vineyard

{ Life Lesson } You don’t have to travel far to find something you love.

I’ve been living in Texas for 8 years and absolutely LOVE wine…how did I not know about Texas Wine Country?! Thanks to a good friend and her decision to visit these fabulous wineries for her bachelorette party I may not have to go to Napa quite yet.

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pinkpig

No matter which season you choose to visit The Pink Pig in Fredericksburg, TX you will always find fresh and local menu items with extraordinary flavor. The Pink Pig reminded me of a few restaurants my family would stop at on our summer road trips to Colorado. There was one restaurant in particular that had pancakes as big as a pizza, and I’m pretty sure I begged my parents to order it for me every time we ate there. One thing hasn’t changed…my eyes are still bigger than my stomach.

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Grape Creek Vineyards brings Tuscany to Texas. I could have sat outside on the patio for hours with a glass of the Bellissimo red enjoying the view of this gorgeous vineyard. The view and wine is amazing at Grape Creek, but my favorite thing about this vineyard was the gift shop! Foodies and wine lovers take cash when you visit…I could have bought everything in there.

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becker

becker vineyard barrel

If you want to have some fun and meet a ton of wine lovers put Becker Vineyards at the top of your list. I was told I would taste one of the best Cabernet Sauvignon reds I’ve ever had and I was not disappointed. Ask to try the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve if you visit, and if you love the scent of lavender they have 3 acres of lavender fields they use to make a wide array of lavender products. I bought the handmade lavender soap bar which has made my bathroom smell heavenly.

NYC Farmer’s Market

strawberries at nyc farmers market

lavender at nyc farmers market

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apples at nyc farmers market

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tomatoes at nyc farmers market

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{ Life Lesson } ┬áDon’t be afraid to get lost in a new city. You never know what treasures you will find.

Last weekend I went to visit my boyfriend in NYC while he is there for a few weeks this summer during his internship. On Friday while he was at work I had planned to wander around the city and do a little shopping, obviously. I got my coffee from Starbucks and decided to walk through Union Square Park before I headed down towards SoHo. That’s when I stumbled upon this amazing farmers market of at least 100 vendors. This was a legit farmers market and brought back some memories of the one I would visit in Los Angeles while I was interning there for a summer. I loved getting up every Sunday morning and heading to the farmers market to get fresh flowers, veggies, fruits, and anything else I had to have. It was my few moments of time to myself where I could enjoy the day and get lost in my own little world. Unfortunately, at this farmers market I couldn’t take anything back with me…well I did end up buying some fresh apple butter, which was about the only extra thing I could have fit in my suitcase.