When Meg and Macy announced that they were going to do a swap for the summer and that it involved a pair of sandals and some nail polish I knew that I wanted to join! I’ve done some swaps in the past with Olya and Mattie and I’ve loved getting to know other bloggers through the process!
The premise of this swap was to step into summer with a new pair of sandals and a new nail polish and a new friend, so I was very excited to find out who I was paired with for this swap! When Meg sent out the email, I was so excited to find out that Kaitlyn from Oh! The Places We’ll Go! was my swap partner! I’ve been reading her blog for a while now, and I was so excited to get to know her better!
After Meg sent us the invites, Kaitlyn thought of some awesome questions that helped us to get to know each other better, like what our favorite color was, what our favorite season was, and what our favorite kind of shoe was. All of the questions really helped me to get to know her better and pick out the items for her swap, although I have to admit that I did a little blog stalking too!
We got back from San Diego late Sunday night, and I was so excited to see my package on my doorstep, but I was even more excited when I opened up the package! Kaitlyn totally nailed my style with these adorable Michael Kors flip flops and this bright pink nail polish!
We’re headed to the country this weekend, and I’m thinking that this nail polish will be perfect for the weekend! Thank you so much Kaitlyn for the great gift, and I know that I’ll be wearing both of these all summer!
Happy Monday everybody, and welcome to the last week of June! This month has seriously flown by, and having this trip to San Diego tagged onto the end of the month has definitely helped that feeling of having a fast paced summer. This past weekend Chris and I flew to San Diego to visit our friends who are currently living there, and I don’t think that we could have had a better time! So in keeping with tradition, here’s 6 more things that I leaned during our trip to San Diego, and of course, I’m linking up with Biana for weekending!
La Jolla is a protected ecosystem- During our first full day in California we did a kayaking adventure in La Jolla. During our tour, our guides told us all about La Jolla and the surrounding ecosystems, and the fact that the state of California knows how delicate the ecosystems are, especially the marine ones so they’ve place certain restrictions on what you can do in those ecosystems. Apparently La Jolla is a protected ecosystem which means you can’t fish or harvest kelp from the area, which is used in the production of soaps and deodorants.
It’s a lot easier to kayak in the ocean than on a river- During our trip to Hawaii last year, we went on a tandem kayaking adventure down a river in Kauai to a waterfall. Chris and I typically work pretty well together, except on that kayaking tour. I swear both of us wanted to kill each other because we both thought that the other one wasn’t steering properly or pulling their own weight. The tandem kayaks aren’t called divorce kayaks for nothing! When we did this kayaking tour in San Diego we were both pretty worried about how we would be able to handle another tandem kayak, and I’m very proud to say that not only did we survive this kayak ride still completely married and happy with each other, but that we were some of the better kayakers in the group! I think that the reason that this trip was so much better was because we had a bigger place to navigate (the ocean is a lot bigger than a river). So keep that in mind when planning on kayaking with your significant other!
How The Grinch Stole Christmas was actually based on Dr. Seuss himself- As most of y’all probably know, Dr. Seuss lived in the San Diego area and a lot of his stories are based on San Diego, specially La Jolla. While we were kayaking in La Jolla, our tour guides were telling us about Dr. Seuss and his stories, and the one that really stuck out the most to me was Dr. Seuss’s relationship to How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Dr. Seuss lived at the top of Mt. Soledad and apparently he could hear all the college kids being crazy all the time and at all hours of the night in Pacific Beach. He complained about them so much that one of his friends told him to just go down and spend an afternoon with those crazy college kids because they really weren’t that bad. Dr. Seuss did just that and after hanging out with them for a day he realized that his friendly was right and that they really cared about the environment and the ocean too. During his day at Pacific Beach, Dr. Seuss said that his heart grew four times, just like the Grinch!
When you give the weather for San Diego, you have to give it for four different areas- The city of San Diego is very unique because of where it is located. It’s not only close to the ocean, but it’s also very close to the dessert and the mountains as well. As you can imagine, the temperatures vary quite a bit for each of these areas, so the news actually gives four different temperature predictions for San Diego based on where you live. The temperatures can fluctuate by 20 degrees based on where you’re located!
Most houses in San Diego don’t have air conditioning- Speaking of weather in San Diego, these Texans consider it pretty much perfect weather, especially during the summer! At home in Houston, I’m sure that the highs were in the upper 90s or even to 100, while this weekend in San Diego I don’t think that the high got above 75 degrees! It was perfect! And with temperatures like that year round, it makes sense that a lot of homes don’t have or need an air conditioner. It was cool enough at night that we just left the window open and had a fan blowing and it was perfect!
The seals and sea lions are super chill- Last time that we were in San Diego, I got super excited when I saw a sea lion up on one the buoys in the bay because I didn’t realize that San Francisco wasn’t the only California city that these guys made their home. So during this trip I wanted to make sure that we got to see them, and one of the best places to see sea lions and seals in San Diego is La Jolla Cove. When we got there, we must have seen probably 30-40 of them laying up on the beach just chilling and tons of people walking up to them and getting within 10-20 feet of them and they didn’t seem to care. We were able to get up close to them as well and got some great pictures! If only they played nice, I would have wanted to take one home to be buddies with Dart!
This past weekend in San Diego was such a blast, and I still can’t believe everything that we were able to do and see! Thanks again Austin and Courtney for planning everything and we can’t wait to come back for another trip!
Good morning and happy Friday from beautiful San Diego! We’re visiting some friends of ours, and I can’t wait to explore this amazing city some more! Even though I’m not in town I couldn’t miss linking up with Christy at Planes, Trains, and Running Shoes and Carolann at Finding Ithika for the Beyond Words- A Blogger’s Book Club review of You!
I have to admit, I’ve been dying to read this book ever since I started reading about it in the Show Us Your Books link up with Steph and Jana. I was definitely very sad that it didn’t get picked last month for book club, but I shouldn’t have worried because it was picked the very next month. You just sounded like a very unique book, and a thriller that I would love, which was why I was so excited to read it!
You definitely lived up to it’s thriller description. As soon as I started reading this book I was hooked, and pretty much spent all weekend last weekend finishing it up because it was that good.
You centers around Joe, an owner of a used bookstore that becomes obsessed with a girl that he meets that walks into his bookstore. After Beck uses her credit card to purchase some books, Joe finds her on her public social media accounts, and starts stalking her, including staring at her through her windows at her apartment and following her to her readings. A chance meeting on the subway brings Joe into Beck’s life officially, and as their relationship grows, so does Joe’s hatred for the people in Beck’s life. As the hatred grows for these people in Beck’s life, so do the number of bodies that start to pile up.
To say that this book was creepy and intense would be an understatement! I thought that it was unique to have Joe address his thoughts to Beck, although I feel that’s probably what happens with a stalker, they really think that they’re in your life. It also really freaked me out to realize how easy it is for others to find out about you through your moves on social media. I try to keep all of my personal accounts private, but through blogging you become inherently more public with your life, and let’s face it, you really don’t know who is reading what you’re posting.
Overall, I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a psychological thriller. You won’t be disappointed, and if you’re not creeped out, I think that there’s something wrong with you! The only word of caution that I would give you is that it is very sexually explicit, after all Joe is a man that’s obsessed with a woman, so he has a lot of very sexual and provocative thoughts, which are not for the faint of heart.
So far this is one of my favorite books of the year and I give it a 5/5 stars! So thank you ladies for choosing this book for book club this month! Now I have to decide if I want to read the sequel since I’ve heard that it’s not as good as the first one, and I can’t wait to choose what we’re reading next month!
I feel like I’m hitting a road block when it’s coming to writing these Fredericksburg posts, so I thought that I’d do things a little differently than usual. This post is going to be all about where to stay and what to do in Fredericksburg, and in the next post I’ll go into more detail on what wineries to visit. So here we go!
Where To Stay:
As soon as we decided to visit Fredericksburg with our friends in April, we immediately got started on trying to find a place to stay. Last year when we traveled with them to New Orleans, we ended up staying in a hotel downtown, which was very nice, but it also meant that once we were done having our fun out on the town, we also had to be done with our time with them. Sarah and I have literally known each other for whole lives, and we always love to stay up late talking into the night, so for Fredericksburg we decided to try renting a house for a weekend.
Sarah and I both got on the typical Airbnb and VRBO websites and looked up affordable houses to rent for the weekend. We also looked at some bed and breakfast places as well because some of those places offered separate houses for rent for the weekend
After our searches, we ended up picking this cute little house that was really close to Main Street in Fredericksburg, offered two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and even had an outdoor fireplace outside. It seemed like the perfect house for us to share so we could spend lots of time together!
When we pulled up to that house on Friday night, we immediately fell in love with how cute it was, but also started to wonder how everything was going to fit into this little itty bitty house. What the Airbnb owner didn’t advertise so well, or maybe we didn’t look at the pictures close enough, was that one of the bedrooms was at the front of the house and that it was two twin beds on either side of the room, not exactly ideal for two couples. It ended up being alright in the end, but I would just caution you when on Airbnb and VRBO to read the fine print carefully and look at those pictures very closely as well!
If the bed and breakfast or Airbnb/VRBO isn’t really your thing when it comes to going out of town. Don’t worry, there’s lots of bigger name hotels in the Fredericksburg area! And the best news is that they’re right on the main highway in and out of town, and they’re really close to Main Street as well!
What To Do:
Obviously the main reason that we visited Fredericksburg was for all the wineries! Over the past few years the Texas wine country has really blown up and wineries are starting to open up all over the place. Driving down Highway 290 you almost feel like you’re in Napa because of all the wineries on the sides of the road. Not only is the wine delicious, but the views are gorgeous too!
Like lots of small towns, Fredericksburg has a Main Street that is filled with lots of little shops that you can walk and in and out of and shop until your heart is content! After a day of wine tasting, that was the perfect way to end our day! We picked up our Christmas ornament from Fredericksburg, and even a cute picture that reminded us of Dart.
The best part about shopping on Main Street will definitely have to be the fact that you can drink while you shop! Several of the wineries have tasting rooms on Main Street and you can grab a to-go glass and walk around while you shop! Be careful though, you might be persuaded to buy more that way!
My last piece of advice about Main Street shopping is to remember that Fredericksburg is still very much a small town in Texas, which means that most of the shops on Main Street close around 6:00 in the evenings, and some aren’t open on Sunday’s. So plan accordingly!
I’ve mentioned it before, but one of my favorite things about Texas is all of the bluebonnets and seeing them in bloom. If you travel to Fredericksburg during the spring, you’ll definitely see the bluebonnets blooming on the side of the road, but if you really want to se a ton of Texas wildflowers, you need to visit the Texas Wildflower Farm.
The Texas Wildflower Farm is located a little bit out of the city of Fredericksburg, but that’s because of the field upon field upon field of Texas wildflowers that they have blooming there. We happened to visit during a really really rainy weekend so we couldn’t actually walk in the fields, but they were gorgeous all the same! It’s definitely something not to miss!
There’s also a few more things to do in Fredericksburg, but unfortunately we ran out of time since we were only there for a weekend. You definitely know that we’ll be making our way to Fredericksburg again, so we can do more around the town, and for some more wine tasting, of course! I’m linking up with Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful Worldfor another Wanderful Wednesday.
Happy Monday and kick off of a short week for me! We’re headed on another weekend trip this week, and we’re actually taking off on Thursday which I’m very excited about! But anyways, I’m linking up with Biana to talk all about our weekend in the country to celebrate my dad and Chris’s 30th birthday!
It was actually really perfect timing, Friday they started the upgrade of our accounting system at 4:00 in the afternoon, so my boss let us all leave a little early that afternoon, which meant that we got an early start on the road. We were left so early that it was pretty much light out the whole time we were driving and got to Leakey about an hour and a half earlier than usual.
After we got the car unloaded we spent the rest of the night talking with my parents and drinking wine. It’s been 3 months since we’ve been to Leakey and it felt so good to be back!
My mom and I decided to wake up bright and early on Saturday and went walking for about an hour. It was early enough that it wasn’t too hot for walking, and we had a great time talking about anything and everything.
On our walk, I couldn’t help but notice that there were still quite a few wildflowers around and a ton of butterflies flying between them. This summer there’s been some pretty devastating flooding in Texas, but it’s nice to see how the rain positively effects some other areas in Texas as well.
After our walk, we had a big breakfast and then spent the rest of the day just chilling outside. I got a lot of reading done and managed to finish up You this weekend, which I loved!
Chris had brought quite a few movies with us for the weekend, and we managed to watch Deadpool and 13 Hours on Saturday. Both movies were very good for vey different reasons. Deadpool was hilarious, and I feel like I’ll need to watch it a few more times to understand all the jokes since the talking was so fast. 13 Hours was a very sobering movie about what happened in Benghazi on 9/11/12. It really made me wonder about how they could hate us that much, and how no other Americans actually did anything to help out the Americans in Benghazi were under arrack and desperately needed their help. It just literally blew my mind. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a really good movie and definitely worth a watch.
We ended Saturday night with another delicious Leakey dinner to celebrate Chris and my dad. My dad grilled quail and steaks, and we ended the night with Chris’s favorite dessert, apple pie.
Because we stayed up so late Saturday night watching 13 Hours, my mom and I decided to not wake up early for a walk, which resulted in all of us sleeping in until 10:00! I haven’t done that in forever, and it felt so good! We spent the rest of our time in Leakey just relaxing with my parents before we packed up the car to head home.
Poor Chris had to make the 5 hour drive back to Houston on his birthday, but I think that he didn’t mind since he had leftover apple pie for dessert, and an awesome episode of Game of Thrones to watch as well! It really was a great weekend in the country, and I can’t wait to be back for the Fourth of July! I hope that y’all had a great weekend too!